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Aderinola Adejare-Smith, MD

CA-3       Aderinola Adejare-Smith, MD

Medical School: Ohio State University
Undergrad School: University of Pennsylvania

Hobbies: Blogging, outdoor running, dancing

Why you chose Cincinnati:
Choosing Cincinnati as my top program was an easy choice for me. I did an away rotation with UC Anesthesiology during my 4th year and absolutely loved it. It's an excellent program. In addition to that, the camaraderie among the residents and faculty was evident. Everyone was welcoming and friendly both on my visiting rotation and my interview day, it felt like the perfect fit for me. I loved that the class size isn't too large - you get a chance to really know your co-residents and form close bonds. Cincinnati as a city, has a lot of fun things to do, including festivals throughout the year. It also has a great restaurant scene, a diverse population, and if you're into hiking, a large of amount of nature trails and parks. I try to take advantage of all the city has to offer on my days off!


David Botschner, MD

CA-3      David Botschner, MD

Medical School: University of Toledo
Undergrad School: Vanderbilt University - Neuroscience, BA
Hometown:  North Canton, OH

Hobbies: Collecting Vinyl Records, Writing Music Album Reviews, Baseball, Golfing, Bowling, Snowboarding, Woodworking

Why you chose Cincinnati:
The anesthesiology residency program is unique in that it has a small to medium class size located at a large volume medical center. When looking at programs, I felt like Cincinnati would provide a large variety of cases that are easily accessible. I wanted to leave residency training feeling confident that I knew how to manage a breadth of cases and that I could handle anything that was given to me. I also felt like I would receive a more personal, one on one education in this program. Cincinnati has always been my favorite city in Ohio as well. I have family here that I would try to visit as much as possible. I am a huge baseball and Cincinnati Reds fan, so being in Cincinnati is great because it allows me to go to more games!


Cameron Harmon

CA-3       Cameron Harmon, MD

Medical School: West Virginia University 
Undergrad School: West Virginia University - Pre-Pharmacy & Pharmacy, D.Pharm

Hobbies: Avid hiker-recently completed Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, Arches, and Rocky Mountain National Parks. Enjoys building gaming computers and playing/streaming video games. Strong interest in cooking various cultural cuisines such as Italian, Thai, Indian and Vietnamese. Favorite form of exercise is playing tennis.


Sean Huynh, DO
CA-3       Sean Huynh, DO

Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergrad School: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University - Mathematics, BS, Chemistry, BA
Hometown: Annandale, VA

Hobbies:  Triathlons, cycling, video games, baking

Why did you choose anesthesiology?
There’s a sense of accomplishment in anesthesia that I think is unique compared to other specialties. Anesthesia is a task-oriented field with clear goals but the number of tools at your disposal allows so many different ways to get the job done. You get to utilize a wide variety of procedural skills and a strong background in physiology/pharmacology to relieve pain, support vital functions, and allow procedures that wouldn’t otherwise be possible without anesthesia. Patients are quite literally leaving their lives in your hands and it’s a great privilege to be entrusted with their well-being on our side of the curtain.

Why did you choose Cincinnati?
The most important factor for me when choosing a residency program was a strong sense of camaraderie in both our work and social lives. During my interview in Cincinnati it was clear that a smaller class size really allowed everyone to get to know one-another in ways that reinforced strong working relationships within and across residency classes. As an intern, I also get to hear about the strong positive impressions previous classes have made on attendings and residents in other departments. I think this speaks volumes about the type of people who come to this program.


Margaret Jones, MD

CA-3       Margaret Jones, MD

edical School: Ohio State University
Undergrad School: West Virginia University - Biology, BA
Hometown: Morgantown, WV

Hobbies: Sports, astrophotography, civil war re-enactments, beekeeping, pro wrestling

Why I chose Cincinnati:

Graeter’s ice cream, Jungle Jim’s, Fiona the hippo, being able to say “let me just squeeeeze past ya” whenever I want to without any judgement, the stellar records of our pro sports organizations, big city experiences with a Midwestern attitude, and most importantly, the people.

Tom Lowe, DO

CA-3       Tom Lowe, DO

Medical School: Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergrad School: Brigham young University - Exercise Science, BS
Hometown: Albuquerque, NM

Hobbies: Road Biking, skiing, hiking, baking

Why did you choose Cincinnati?
I chose Cincinnati because of the residents, the training, and the city. My undergraduate and medical education institutions were big universities with large class sizes where it was easy to get lost in the crowd. I wanted my residency training to offer a more intimate experience. I also have two daughters, so I looked for a program that was both family-friendly and that felt like family. UC Anesthesia was the best fit. The residents have created a culture of collegiality and mutual support. Everyone is willing to help one another immediately if someone needs it. UC has a collaborative atmosphere where residents want to help each other to excel. The smaller class size makes for a tight-knit program where everyone knows each other, and faculty get to know and trust the residents well. UC is the region’s leading academic institution and Level 1 trauma center, so residents are exposed to a large variety of complex cases. The program also offers very competitive compensation for moonlighting opportunities. Cincinnati is also an awesome place to live with great local food, teams from nearly every major sports league, and numerous parks and bike paths. It has all the attractions of a major city but has low cost of living and no big city headaches like traffic. I’m very happy I joined the UC Anesthesia Residency family.

Moore, Nathaneal
CA-3       Nathanael Moore, MD

Medical School:  Indiana University School of Medicine
Undergrad School: Indiana University School of Medicine
Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ

Hobbies: Running, cooking, cheesemaking, programming

Why did you choose Cincinnati?
Cincinnati is an amazing city; about half of my paycheck goes to Jungle Jim's every month and I love visiting the dozens of parks & trails in the Cincinnati area. As a tertiary care center with a very broad catchment area, UC provides an amazing opportunity to learn how to care for patients experiencing high acuity conditions and to gain exposure to a wide breadth of pathologies. The anesthesia program also is filled with an amazing cohort of faculty and co-residents who are both incredibly knowledgeable & approachable, creating a fantastic environment for learning anesthesia (and a great group of friends to hang out with in Cincinnati).

Connor Smith, MD
CA-3       Connor Smith, MD

Medical School: University of Louisville
Undergrad School: University of Louisville - Economics & Political Science, BA
Hometown: Louisville, KY

Hobbies: Spending time outdoors with my wife and two dogs, exploring new restaurants and breweries, working out, and travelling internationally.

Why did you choose Anesthesia?
I began shadowing an Anesthesiologist during my first year of medical school, and I knew that I would ultimately pursue a career in Anesthesiology after my very first day of shadowing. I greatly enjoyed utilizing the combination of critical care medicine and quick procedures to help provide a safe anesthetic in the operating room to facilitate surgery. I can’t wait to begin PGY2 so that I can finally be in the operating room each day learning and practicing the fundamentals of Anesthesiology.

Why did you choose Cincinnati?
I chose Cincinnati because I wanted to be part of a small, close-knit academic program that places an emphasis on personal growth each and every day. When I interviewed at Cincinnati, I saw that the residents knew each other very well, and it was apparent that they also had strong personal relationships with the attending physicians. I’m grateful that I have been afforded the opportunity to train at a place where I am not just another face in the crowd.

Matthew Ziehm, DO
CA-3       Matthew Ziehm, DO

Medical School: Kansas City University
Undergrad School: Missouri State University - Criminology
Hometown: Kansas City, MO

Hobbies: Golf, snowboarding, mountain biking, weight lifting, running

Why did you choose Cincinnati?
I chose University of Cincinnati for residency because of the exposure to a large number of complex cases and a small class size. Cincinnati is a great city with plenty to do with a low cost of living. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my wife Lauren and our dog Nellie, playing golf, mountain biking, and visiting the many breweries of Cincinnati."

Agyeman-Dauh Mitchell
CA-2      Mitchell Agyeman-Duah, MD

Medical School: Central Michigan College of Medicine
Undergrad School: Brock University, B.S.
Hometown: Toronto, ON, Canada

Travelling, Spending time with family, Working out, Binge-Watching shows and movies, watching the NBA, drawing, trying different foods and restaurants

Why did you choose anesthesia?
Anesthesiology clearly fit the type of doctor I wanted to be and the type of person I am. Their intrinsic attention to detail and calmness and focus during emergent situations really stood out to me. Also, the immediate effect you see after your management and the focus on physiology was something I loved about this specialty. Finally, their critical analysis and empowering leadership inside and outside the OR were also key in why I chose Anesthesia. Also, everyone anesthesiologist I met was very happy and loved their life and what they do so it was a very easy decision for me. 

Why did you choose Cincinnati?
All aspects of the program were great, including the supportive relationship between the faculty and residents, and their comprehensive clinical training. I had very friendly interactions with various faculty and residents during and after my interview, and everyone appeared very positive and happy. I liked how the program’s tight-knit feel would allow me to have a tailored residency experience and I felt like I wouldn’t lack in any aspect of anesthesia training at UC. Also, I love travelling and exploring new places and Cincinnati has a lot of diverse and exciting things to offer.

DePietro Christopher with UC lab  coat
CA-2    Christopher DePietro, DO

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergrad School: Ohio State University.
Hometown: Lancaster, OH

Swimming, golfing, craft beer

Why did you choose anesthesia?
Anesthesiology has the perfect blend in a specialty. It requires a strong medical background in nearly every specialty, and offers a wide variety of procedures. Another huge draw is the idea that no two patients are completely alike when it comes to their anatomy and physiology, and I enjoy the challenge of creating and delivering on an anesthetic plan that is catered to each individual patient.

Why did you choose Cincinnati?
One thing that really stands out is the size of the program. A smaller sized program with eight to ten residents per class not only allows you to get to know your co-residents well early on, but you get the chance to develop strong relationships with your directors and faculty starting PGY1 year. This will be extremely helpful later on when applying for fellowship and/or jobs after graduation. Aside from that, Cincinnati is great city to live in. Whatever your interests or hobbies are, Cincinnati has something to offer for you!

Latremouille John
CA-2       John Latremouille, MD

Medical School: Medical College of Georgia
Undergrad School: University of Georgia - Chemistry, BS
Hometown: Columbus Grove, OH

Disc Golf, Soccer, Home Brewing, Playing Mandolin, Chess.

Why did you choose anesthesia?
I enjoy the fast pace environment, combination of multiple fields of medicine, and working in the OR.

Why did you choose Cincinnati?
Living in the south my whole life, I wanted to experience another part of the country for residency. What initially made UC stand out to me was the medium class size, the large amount of case numbers, the number of fellowships offered at UC, and the diversity in experience and training in the faculty. When I visited the UC anesthesia program last year, what additionally stuck with me and made me choose this program included the overall camaraderie between the attendings and residents as well as the beneficial relationships with the CRNAs. I enjoyed my virtual interview with the program as well which left me with a great feeling about UC and its leadership. Cincinnati itself is a great Midwest city that is medium in size that has anything you could want from a larger city without the traffic or increased cost of living. I love the city for its unique neighborhoods and various architecture as well as the numerous breweries, restaurants, and coffee shops throughout the area.

Russell Melanie
CA2    Melanie Russell, MD

Medical School: Ohio State University College of Medicine
Undergrad School: Ohio State University, B.S.

 Hiking, Cycling, Traveling, Spending time with family and friends 

Why did you choose Cincinnati?
Going into the first virtual interview cycle, there was a lot of anticipation about how we as applicants would get an authentic experience and feel for programs. Albeit virtually, my entire interview day was fantastic. The best way to describe it is .....“Cincinnati just felt right”! I logged off my interview very excited at the potential to join the department as I was confident that the potential for growth and educational opportunities were limitless. 

Schroeder Connor
CA-2       Connor Schroeder, MD

Medical School: University of Cincinnati
Undergrad School: University of Cincinnati
Hometown: Columbus Grove, OH

Car repair, agriculture, snowboarding

Why did you choose anesthesia?
I love taking an action and immediately seeing the impact of said action. It is also a specialty were most of your day is directly caring for patients and that was really appealing to me.

Simpson Ethan
CA-2    Ethan Simpson, MD

Medical School: University of Cincinnati
Undergrad School: Cedarville University - Nursing BSN
Hometown: Circle Pine, MN

Hobbies: Hiking, boating, hanging out with our child

Why did you choose Cincinnati?
My wife and I lived in Cincinnati for a few years prior to starting residency as I completed medical school and my wife finished residency training at Cincinnati Children's. We immediately fell in love with this city. The people who work here are amazing, and my rotations during medical school proved to me this is the kind of environment I wanted to become an excellent physician. My wife and I recently had a little girl, and we are excited for her to grow up in a great city filled with wonderful people.

Tran Charles
CA-2      Charles Tran, DO

Medical School: Kansas City University
Undergrad School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine - Seton Hill Campus
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Hobbies: Skipping leg day, walking with nature, surrounding myself with stranger in foreign lands, pressing buttons to make pixels fight on the computer screen, watching men throw balls back and forth, paying for food I should be able to cook, making $$$

Why did you choose anesthesia?
The 3 P's: procedures, personalities, and pharmacology really drew me to anesthesia. Anesthesia is one of the few specialties that has a myriad of procedures. I am most satisfied and happy when I am able to contribute something tangible to my patients. Every specialty has a personality that it attracts and I find myself drawn to the personalities of people working in anesthesia. Lastly, I enjoy being able to practice medicine and apply pharmacological treatments in real-time with immediate results.

Why did you choose Cincinnati? 
UC was my first choice going into the match because it was the only program that had a perfect balance of three of the things most applicants should look for in their programs. First, UC has a reputation for not only attracting brilliant faculty and residents, but also the most caring, nurturing, and supportive. Dr. Wojo (our PD) reiterated in many open houses and interviews that UC's greatest strength is the people that it recruits. Second, I believe UC offers an established yet evolving curriculum and complex patient cases that would allow residents to finish the program feeling confident in managing any patient's anesthetic care. Lastly, growing up in Los Angeles, CA and going to medical school in a Greensburg, PA helped me realized how much I missed being part of a diverse and lively city. However, I also appreciated not having to worry about traffic and cost of living. Knowing this made UC's geographic location a perfect fit for me. These are the qualities that made UC my first choice and should not be overlooked by applicants applying to residencies.

Zhang-Miller Christina
CA-2       Christina Zhang-Miller, MD

Medical School: University of Cincinnati
Undergrad School: University of Kentucky - Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering, BS
Hometown: Lexington, KY

Hobbies: Rock climbing, running, traveling, cooking

Why did you choose anesthesia?
I liked every rotation of medical school, but anesthesia was the best mix of everything! It's hands-on, fast-paced, and combines physiology and pharmacology - all things I love.

Why did you choose Cincinnati? 

I attended University of Cincinnati for medical school, so I already knew I liked the city. After rotating as a medical student, it was a no-brainer for me to train here! The program offers excellent clinical training, with early exposure to complex cases and a diverse patient population. Furthermore, the residents have not only formed a close-knit community with each other, but also have great relationships with faculty and residents in other specialties.


Goddard Rachel
CA-1  Rachel Goddard, MD

Medical School: Vanderbilt University
Undergrad School: United States Naval Academy
Hometown: Villa Hills, KY

Hobbies:  Volleyball, skiing, traveling, going to breweries, spending time with family, going to sporting events, family dinners, hiking

Why did you choose anesthesia?
I liked every rotation of medical school, but anesthesia was the best mix of everything! It's hands-on, fast-paced, and combines physiology and pharmacology - all things I love.

Why did you choose Cincinnati? 

My husband and I are from Cincinnati and we wanted to move back home. I absolutely love this city as it has a great mix of parks, restaurants, bars, sporting activities, and it is very affordable. The camaraderie at Cincinnati was different than other places, and I knew I would fit right in. The smaller class size made it feel like a family where the residents and faculty had a great relationship with each other. During the interview, I was very impressed by the caliber of the program, in addition to, how much fun the residents had together. UC seemed to have a great work life balance which is important to me. I knew I made the right decision, when I informed the program that my husband and I were expecting and how supportive they were. I am so blessed to be apart of the UC Anesthesia family. 


Khayo Tetyana

CA-1     Tetyana Khayo, MD

Medical School: Bukovinian State Medical University, Ukraine
Undergrad: Bukovinian State Medical Academy, Ukraine
Hometown: Bakhchisaray, Ukraine

Hobbies: In my spare time, I enjoy going to the movie theater, spending time with my family, reading sci-fi books or history books/watching historical documentaries, traveling, scuba diving, and collecting (I have a small coin collection and a few other small collections), also playing video games.  

Why did you choose anesthesia?  
I like to see the results of my intervention in real-time, not months later, and I have always been fascinated by physiology. In fact, this was one of the main reasons why I went to medical school. In addition, my interest in anesthesiology is driven by my passion for helping patients to overcome medical distress, even in the most challenging situations.

Why did you choose Cincinnati? 

University of Cincinnati program is small to medium in size, combined with a wide variety and high complexity cases, which provides a unique learning experience for the residents. In addition, Cincinnati typically has four full, varied seasons and is overall a great city to live in.  

Kopel Lior
CA-1     Lior Kopel, DO

Medical School: Kansas City University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergrad School: University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Hometown: Westlake Village, CA

Hobbies: Golfing, Traveling, Trying new foods and restaurants, Binge watching Netflix, and taking my puppy on adventures.

Why did you choose anesthesia?  
Going into medical school, I thought I wanted to go into surgery. Through my rotations during my 3rd and 4th year, I got more experience in the ORs and realized that I preferred to be on the other side of the curtain. I also noticed that my personality was very similar to many of the anesthesiologist I had met and realized that I had found my future specialty.

Why did you choose Cincinnati? 

Cincinnati was my first virtual interview of the season, and after logging off the zoom call that day, I had a gut feeling that I was going to make this program my home for the next part of my training. After attending a medical school that valued strong relationships, I hoped to find a residency program that shared similar values. I had very genuine conversations with the faculty and all the residents seemed to be good friends. Throughout the rest of the interview cycle, I found myself comparing each program to Cincinnati, and in the end, none were comparable.


McKee Erik

CA-1     Erik McKee, MD

Medical School: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
Undergrad School: University of Miami
Hometown: San Diego, CA

Hobbies: Cooking, hiking, golfing, skiing, weightlifting, and playing video games

Why did you choose anesthesia?  

Anesthesia provides constant opportunities to think through physiology, and I love how that knowledge has a direct impact on our immediate decision making. Our actions in OR also yield pretty immediate results, and seeing tangible changes as a result of your actions is very gratifying. I also enjoy the role anesthesiologists play in ensuring a positive outcome for medically complex cases. Anesthesiologists also get the unique opportunity to comfort anxious patients during some of their most vulnerable moments before surgery, combining the humanistic aspects of medicine with the procedural aspects of surgery.

Why did you choose Cincinnati? 

I ranked Cincinnati as my top choice because of the strong relationships I made with both faculty members and residents during my medical school rotations. Not only have I grown to love the city over the past four years, but Cincinnati's program is also the perfect small-to-medium size. There is a wonderful, genuine culture of support amongst the residents and faculty, as well as plenty of large, complex cases with ample cardiac and transplant exposure. Overall, the tight-knit community coupled with the strength of clinical training made it an easy choice for me. 


Sandolo Joseph
CA-1     Joseph Sandolo, DO

Medical School: Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergrad School: University of Connecticut 
Hometown: Weston, CT

Hobbies: Eating pizza, Wikipedia rabbit holes, traveling, exercise, and video games

Why did you choose anesthesia?  
While I was in medical school, I initially had a hard time deciding what specialty to go into as I kind of liked everything. When I found anesthesia, I knew it was right for me, anesthesia integrates physiology with pathology seen in every specialty of medicine. I like that I can be part of the care team for any type of patient, across all specialties, no matter how sick. Patients rely on and trust you to guide them through very challenging, and at times, life changing events. Best of all, anesthesiology is both diagnostic and procedural in nature, it requires efficiency and technical skill in many areas other doctors are simply not trained in. No one is ever disappointed when an anesthesiologist is in the room!

Why did you choose Cincinnati? 

I can honestly say that on my interview day, it sincerely seemed that the Cincinnati residents were the closest and happiest group of residents of any program I interviewed with. The leadership at our program truly has an open-door policy, and the faculty have the best interest of the residency in mind. They are extremely supportive and want to help you achieve your dreams. We have an incredible clinical experience, in an awesome location, with amazing co-residents, what more could I ask for? I feel blessed to be able to train at such a wonderful institution


Tyler Morgan

CA-1     Morgan Tyler, MD

Medical School: University of Virginia, 
Undergrad School: Old Dominion University

Hobbies: Baking, exercise (The Sculpt You app!), embroidery, podcasts (-Ologies, LeVar Burton Reads), trying new restaurants and recipes

Why did you choose anesthesia?  I chose Anesthesia because even on longer days, I still felt good and wanted to come back. The residents and faculty I worked with on my rotations were really great teachers and I want to understand physiology as well as they do. I also just loved the variety of cases you get to see and having the time to just listen to patients in the mornings before a case. 

Why did you choose Cincinnati? 

I chose Cincinnati mostly based on my interview and conversations I had with residents. Every interview felt like a casual conversation and I felt like I had common interests with both residents and faculty.  The interactions between everyone at the program seemed genuine and laid back so I felt like these could be my people. Residents I spoke with after interviews were honest about why they chose this program and continue to feel good about their decision which was reassuring. 

Burgess Anne

PGY-1     Anne Burgess, MD

Medical School:    University of Cincinnati
Undergrad School: Miami University
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

Hobbies: Hiking, traveling, DIY house renovations

Why did you choose anesthesia?  

I chose Anesthesia because it was the best combination of critical thinking and working with my hands. There are few other areas of medicine when problems can be identified and addressed so quickly and dynamically. In addition to that, there are so many career options within Anesthesia and how you practice can evolve over time.

Why did you choose Cincinnati? 

The culture here at Cincinnati is what really sold me. Spending time with Cincinnati residents and faculty made it very clear how supportive of a learning environment exists here. I knew I would get excellent training and be well supported in my journey through residency and beyond.

Chapman Michelle

PGY-1     Michelle Chapman, MD

Medical School:    Northwestern University
Undergrad School: Vanderbilt University
Hometown: East Tennessee

Hobbies: Snowboarding, rock climbing, running, hiking

Why did you choose anesthesia?  
It’s fun to think about physiology and pharmacology in a fast-paced, immediate way. You get to learn how to provide life-saving interventions, and I think that’s incredible

Why did you choose Cincinnati? 

After spending many years away from home, my primary goal for residency was to move closer to my family. Ultimately, I chose Cincinnati over other places that fit that criteria because I felt like the people here were the most authentic and happy people I met on the interview trail. Now that I’m here I can clearly see how everyone in the program supports one another. There’s no other group of people I would rather work with and learn from for the next 4 years. 

Chou Max

PGY-1     Max Chou, MD

Medical School:    University of Cincinnati
Undergrad School: Ohio State University
Hometown: Wyoming, OH

Hobbies: Swimming, erging, lifting, learning Mandarin, PC gaming, Pokemon HC nuzlockes, D & D shows

Why did you choose anesthesia?  

I like practicing medicine that combines physiology, pharmacology, and procedures. I also wanted to be immersed in my work while also having the ability to be fully off when I leave the hospital. These were what initially drew me to anesthesia, but I found that every day we can connect to our patients in these relationships that are ironically both transient and strong. It’s that part where we meet someone for the first time and impart the feeling that says “we’ve got your back” that made me love anesthesia.

Why did you choose Cincinnati? 

The thing I cared most about when choosing a residency was how supportive the program was. I knew from doing medical school here how much our PDs care about their residents AND med student. Our wonderful program coordinator is the team mom that keeps our ship running smoothly. The program is built to be close-knit, and each year Cincinnati attracts residents who just gel with each other. I wanted to stay here because of those reasons. It also helps that our lounge is a cool place where we can decompress between cases and that the city of Cincinnati has a decent number of things to do and explore.

Dunn Garrett
PGY-1     Garrett Dunn, MD

Medical School: Pennsylvania State University, Hershey, PA
Undergrad School: Washington & Jefferson College, Washington, PA
Hometown:  Lancaster, OH

Hobbies:  Soccer, brewing beer

Why did you choose anesthesia?  
I chose anesthesia because of the mentors I met during my medical school rotations. Their personalities, and enthusiasm to teach, matched my own. I also appreciate the blend of pharmacology and procedures that are unique to the profession. 

Why did you choose Cincinnati? 

Why did you choose Cincinnati: I was interested in Cincinnati because it was close to home, and I would have the opportunity to be near my family and support networks. However, I ultimately chose Cincinnati because of the interactions I had with the residents, as well as the attendings. The comradery I felt, and welcoming environment that was created by both the residents and faculty was unique to the program, and heavily weighed into my decision. Additionally hearing firsthand from everyone why they chose Cincinnati, and what they appreciated about the program and the city felt genuine and encouraged me to rank the program highly.

Edwards Anna
PGY-1     Anna Edwards, MD

Medical School: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
 Undergrad School: University of Louisville, Louisville, KY
Hometown:  Union, KY

Hobbies:  Baking, golfing

Why did you choose anesthesia?  
Anesthesia is the perfect mixture of direct patient care and procedures. I like to stay busy so I really enjoy the fast paced nature of the specialty.

Why did you choose Cincinnati? 

Choosing to train in Cincinnati was an easy decision for me. It is one that I have never second guessed. After speaking with the residents and some attendings at an interest group meeting, I knew this program was unique. It is filled with people who want to work hard and have each other’s backs. It truly feels like a family.

Choosing to live Cincinnati was also a no brainer. I grew up in Northern Kentucky and have always loved living here. Cincinnati can be whatever you want it to be. You could easily have lunch downtown at a boutique restaurant and dinner at a winery surrounded by beautiful farmland. Between professional sports, Broadway shows, concerts, and festivals, there is always something going on. We have the food, we have the fun, we have the people. We have it all here.

Mort Claudia
PGY-1     Claudia Melissa Mort, MD

Medical School: University of Cincinnati
Undergrad School: Bellarmine University
Hometown:  Guanajuato, Mexico

Hobbies:  7 pets, gel nail polish, DIY garden and house projects

Why did you choose anesthesia?  
I chose anesthesiology because I loved that it was life-saving, and at the same time, focused on comfort. This was particularly attractive to me because one of my guiding principles is to decrease suffering as I can, whether it is for others or animals.

Why did you choose Cincinnati? 

Cincinnati had been my home for four years before residency. Since my second year of medical school, I admired UC’s family-like culture that emphasized teamwork and well-rounded support. It was also a great choice for living, since housing is more affordable, and we could continue to grow our pet-family with way more space than we could in other cities. Overall, I knew  the UC Anesthesiology department would be a place where I could thrive and be supported in my endeavors.

Pagan AJ
PGY-1   A. J. Pagan, MD

Medical School :University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
Undergrad School: University of Dayton, Dayton, OH
Hometown:  Cleveland, OH

Hobbies: I really enjoy cooking. During COVID I purchased a smoker and have been trying new recipes. I am also passionate about staying active outside of work through exercise and playing pick-up sports or trying new restaurants and breweries throughout the city. 

Why did you choose anesthesia?  

I have always been passionate about providing patients comfort while they are experiencing vulnerable situations. As an anesthesiologist, I can do so in unique ways different from any other specialty, which include communicating with patients before surgery, providing instant relief in the forms of blocks/injections, or providing pain management postoperatively using multimodal methods. Anesthesiologists also have a unique role within the operating room compared to surgical fields. We have to constantly take in all the information on a moment-to-moment basis and critically think to make quick decisions about how to stabilize a patient. Each case presents unique anesthetic considerations and potential problems. I love the idea of having to critically think in every new case and make decisions quickly. 

Why did you choose Cincinnati? 

I chose Cincinnati because of the culture of the program and the supportive faculty. Being a medical student here at UC allowed me to interact a lot with this department and from the beginning, everyone was so kind and genuinely interested in my success and career development. Within the residency, each class was so friendly with each other and there was a true sense of family. In addition to the excellent education and training opportunities, the residents here took an interest in each other's hobbies and interests outside of work. Lastly, my significant other is an MD/PhD student here, and staying close to her and family was important to me. 

Pham Nate
PGY-1   Nhat Pham, DO

Medical School: Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergrad School: Miami University
Hometown:  Cincinnati, Ohio

Hobbies:  Formula 1, racing, playing video games, trying new foods and drinks, traveling

Why did you choose anesthesia?  

Anesthesia allows me to care for patients in the best way that I can. I work well under pressure, and I am drawn to the engaging and cerebral nature of anesthesiology. Each patient and case are unique, and I enjoy the careful planning that takes place to optimize a patient’s care plan. I also love the intensity and the dynamic nature of the operating room. No matter how carefully planned out a case may be, the situation within the operating room can suddenly change. I value how this unpredictability forces me to stay up to date with my medical knowledge and pushes me to constantly improve myself.

Why did you choose Cincinnati? 

I did an away rotation at UC during my fourth year of medical school, and right away, I was treated as a member of the UC family. I felt right at home and welcomed by everyone that I met. I enjoyed working with the faculty and staff, and every resident that I met was happy to be at UC. The training at UC is also top notch, and I felt confident that I would become a well-rounded anesthesiologist by the end of residency. Lastly, Cincinnati is my home, and my wife and I are grateful to be so close to friends and family.  

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Department of Anesthesiology

Medical Sciences Building
Room 3502
231 Albert Sabin Way
PO Box 670531
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0531

Mail Location: 0531
Phone: 513-558-2402
Fax: 513-558-0995