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Jonathan Caine

CA-3

Jonathan Caine, MD

Medical School: University of Cincinnati

Undergrad School: UCLA, Physiological Sciences - BS

Hometown: Ventura, CA (1 hour north of Los Angeles)

Hobbies: Playing basketball, watching sports, spending time with my wife and friends, walking my black lab Drake, hiking, cooking, grilling, drinking beer and bourbon  

Why did you choose Cincinnati? 

I came to Cincinnati initially for medical school in 2013. Shortly after, I met my wife and we couples matched to stay in Cincinnati for residency. Cincinnati is a great city, filled with so many things to do (this coming from someone that used to live in Los Angeles), yet is not overwhelming and easy to manage. My family lives all over the place (Italy, Costa Rica, Palm Springs, Seattle), but I have really enjoyed my time in Cincinnati and plan to stay here as staff after graduation in 2021. 

 

Jay Conhaim

CA-3

Jay Conhaim, MD
Chief Resident

Residencies:  Pediatric Residency - Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Medical School:  University of Washington School of Medicine - Neurobiology/Music, BS

Undergrad School: University of Washington

Major Publications:
Differential targeting of nNOS and AQP4 to dystrophin-deficient sarcolemma by membrane-directed alpha-dystrobrevin.  2008.

Bimodal septal and cortical triggering and complex propagation patterns of spontaneous waves of activity in the developing mouse cerebral cortex.  2010.

Developmental changes in propagation patterns and transmitter dependence of waves of spontaneous activity in the mouse cerebral cortex.  2011.

Hobbies: Cooking

Why did you choose Anesthesia?
One of the most attractive facets of Anesthesiology is the ability to get involved in patient care in almost all areas within a hospital.  Having to coordinate care with inpatient teams, surgeons and outpatient providers makes Anesthesiologists a linchpin of procedural care.  Many people get into Anesthesiology because they like to work with their hands and have a procedural practice.  Doing procedures is fun, but thinking through difficult care situations, coordinating care with multiple teams and actuating complex care plans is what makes this profession both challenging and rewarding.   

Suhas Devangam

CA-3

Suhas Devangam, MD
Chief Resident

Medical School:  Wayne State University

Undergrad School: Michigan State University, Genomics and Molecular Genetics with Specialization in Bioethics, Humanities, and Society, BS

Hometown:
 Farmington, IN

Hobbies:  Guitar, beatboxing, board games

Why did you choose anesthesia?
I enjoyed my critical care elective during medical school, which first got me interested in anesthesiology. I enjoyed thinking about physiology and how I can alter it with some really fun drugs. It is also very gratifying to be able to get my hands on patients to do procedures and safeguard them through surgery. I felt that it was an exciting avenue into critical care.

Why did you choose Cincinnati?
I really enjoyed my visit. It was a family friendly environment, with happy residents and personable faculty members. I also enjoyed exploring the city. It was extremely convenient with a great food and brewery scene. 


 

Matthew Gerten

CA-3

Matthew Gerten, DO

Medical School: Ohio University

Undergrad School: Ohio State University - Pharmacy, B.Pharm

Hometown:
Lima, Ohio

Hobbies:  
Spending time with family/friends, board games, vacations, landscaping, coaching soccer

Why did you choose Anesthesia? 
My background as a pharmacist made it an easy decision to pursue a career in anesthesia. I have the pleasure of working first hand with medications and how they can instantly impact the physiology of my patient. I enjoy working with my hands, and this career choice has allowed me be involved in many different procedures and being able to work with the anesthesia machine. However, what really defines me is my family. I am a husband and a father. I have a beautiful wife and 3 wonderful boys. Everything I do, I do for them. I am very thankful for the opportunity to learn from this great institution and look forward to returning home to my family upon graduation

Why did you choose Cincinnati?
UC was at the top of my list as soon I as came to visit. The most important topics for me were education and a friendly learning environment. This institution is large enough to offer cases not many other places have and I know that upon graduation that I will be confident in my education to face the challenges that lie ahead. Also, upon interviewing, I took notice of the family friendly staff and current residents. They had a diverse group and I saw some strong relationships forming that will carry on well past graduation. I have always thought of myself as a team player and knew this was a team that I could build my career from.

James Romano

CA-3

James Romano, DO
Chief Resident

Medical School: University of North Texas

Military: Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Alabama - Commissioned Officer Training

Undergrad School: University of Oklahoma - Business BA, University of North Texas, Oklahoma City Community College

Hobbies:  
Fishing, aviation, gardening

Zachary Sesonsky

CA-3

Zachary Sesonsky, MD

Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University

Undergrad School: Youngstown State University - Biology BS

Hometown: 
Poland, Ohio

Major Presentation:  
Procedural Sedation using Dexmedetomidine for PEG tube placement in a patient with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Ohio Society of Anesthesiologists, 2019

Hobbies: Running, golf

Why did you choose Anesthesia?
Anesthesia allows for use of such a wide range of clinical knowledge and skills while also providing the opportunity to do some hands on procedures. I think this combination of things is part of the reason I was driven to the field. The other part of it has to with the nature of surgery being such a difficult time for patients. Having the ability to help them understand and feel more comfortable during that period is really a great honor. 

Why did you choose Cincinnati?\
The People. Most programs can offer a similar clinical experience and case volume. What sets programs apart, though, is the people. I truly love everyone I work with here. I think the culture is one of willingness to help at any time and I am just very happy to be able to contribute to that culture in a small way.

 

Steven Summers

CA-3

Steven Summers, DO

Medical School: Ohio University

Undergrad School: Walsh University, BSN

Hometown: 
Doylestown, Ohio (Akron area)

Major Presentations:  
MARC 2019, ASRA 2020

Hobbies: golf, running, bicycling, cooking, playing pool

Why did you choose Anesthesia?
Anesthesia is incredible because it is truly applied physiology to a vast array of circumstances and conditions, is very procedural/hands-on oriented, and involves critical, life-saving interventions on a routine basis. 

Why did you choose Cincinnati?
UC is a large academic center but the program has a small/tight-knit feel, we are always joking around with each other and having a blast! We are placed in big cases (livers, thoracic, cardiac, high volume trauma) early on yet with appropriate supervision. Hours are very reasonable (2-3 calls per month, often get relieved by CRNAs mid afternoon), work-life balance is good.

 

Bernard TerreBlanche

CA-3

Bernard TerreBlanche, MD

Medical School: University of Cincinnati

Undergrad School: Cedarville University, Pre-Med, Biology, BS

Erica Alcibiade, DO

CA-2

Erica Alcibiade, DO

Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic medicine

Undergrad School: Saint Vincent College, Biology, BS

Hometown:
Ford City, PA

Major Presentation: 
OSA 2018 - Euglycemic DKA in the perioperative period.  

Hobbies: 
Love to travel, hike, kayak, explore new places, dance, concerts, spend time with friends.  Oh, and ice cream and coffee are essential to my survival.

Why did you choose Anesthesia?

When I initially went into medicine, I thought I'd be interested in a more traditional office based practice, but quickly learned how much I dreaded clinic work. I also quickly realized how much I enjoyed procedural tasks, seeing changes immediately take effect and feeling as though I was accomplishing something- which helped narrow down my options.  When starting med school, I never thought anesthesia was something that I would be interested in, but decided to give it a try since it seemed to combine a number of my interests. During that rotation, I was lucky to work with an amazing anesthesiologist who allowed me to get a lot of hands on practice with intubation, nerve blocks and time in the OR-  a true experience of life in anesthesia world. I was easily sold. Every day in the OR, each nerve block, and each line I place reminds me that anesthesia was the best career path for me. 

Why you chose Cincinnati: 

On my interview day, everything here just seemed so natural. I got along with the residents and faculty extremely well.  Some of the conversations I had with people I just met felt as those we had been friends for years.  Despite having a 4 hour drive back home after my interview dinner, I was one of the last people hanging out with the residents at the restaurant that night.  It sounds kind of silly, but it just felt like the right place to be, and now I've met some of my best friends here.  Furthermore, the clinical experience we get at UC is top of the line.  They don't hold back on giving us big cases right from the very beginning- you'll be doing liver transplants, AAA's, traumas and cardiac cases as a CA1.  I've never been a giant city kind of person, so I knew I wanted to move to a mid-sized city, where I would be exposed to a great clinical experience, and Cincinnati definitely fit that description.  Since moving here, Cincinnati (as a city) has grown on me and there's a lot of cool stuff to do and see, both in/around the city, or within a short drive.  


Carl Christenson, MD

CA-2

Carl Christenson, MD

Medical School:Indiana University

Undergrad School: University of Northwester, St. Paul Music BA, clarinet emphasis; Biology BS.  Also ran track for University of Northwestern, St. Paul

Hometown: 
Grew up in Kokomo, IN until Junior year of High school then moved to MN for the
remainder of High school and college.

Major Presentation: 
MARC 2020 Atrioventricular Rupture Following Mitral Valve Repair, Case Study. (not presented due to COVID 19)

Hobbies: 
Enjoying time with my wife, CrossFit, olympic lifting, running marathons/half-marathons, art, cake baking/decorating, music (playing/peforming/listening), walking with my dog,hiking in National Parks, yoga, anythingoutdoors, and spending time with my large and loud immediate family.

Why did you choose Anesthesia?
I am continually on the move. I don’t like having down-time. Anesthesia constantly keeps you on your toes and in motion: from participating in the birth of a child to putting in central lines in a trauma patient. We have procedural abilities and opportunities and see nearly every type of surgery and procedure. We are not confined to a singular focus, but as an anesthesiologist we have to be able to be perioperative consultants, intensivists, cardiac specialists, and acute/chronic pain physicians. We get to interact with patients of all ages and make a meaningful difference in their care and outcomes. I love the OR and fit well with the personalities typically represented in anesthesia. Also, I think we can all admit that rounding for eternity and writing full H&Ps is just painful if done day in and day out and, as a plus, we don’t typically get harangued on for our knot tying abilities or lack thereof.   

Why you chose Cincinnati: 
After interviewing here, this program set the standard for me as a program dedicated to excellence, where I would receive incredible clinical experience and instruction. The culture of UC was a perfect fit. It was immediately clear during our interview dinner that the residents enjoyed each other, supported each other and had fun while working. Being here is just awesome. I love being a part of this program and am proud to be a UC Anesthesiology resident. 


Christopher Cowens, DO

CA-2

Christopher Cowens, DO

Medical School:A.T. Still University SOMA

Undergrad School: Xavier University - Bioloby/Chemistry BA

Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio

Hobbies:  Swimming, soccer, basketball, fishing, kayaking
 

Why did you choose Anesthesia?
Anesthesia was a career that I had been interested in since I was about 8 or 9 years old. I had broken my finger which needed to be surgically repaired and  I still remember my interaction with the Anesthesiologist at the time. At the end of the surgery, all I could remember was how cool of a guy my anesthesiologist was! During my time in college, I had the opportunity to get a job as a medical scribe in a local Emergency Department where I met an Anesthesiologist who was doing a blood patch. I walked over to him while he was writing his note, mentioned that I was very interested in learning more about anesthesia and possibly pursuing a career in the field. He let me shadow and I was hooked! I tried to go into medical school with an open mind, but throughout my rotations I never had the same level of interest as I did while shadowing the anesthesiologist in college. So, I scheduled 3 away rotations in anesthesia and ultimately matched here in Cincinnati.

Why you chose Cincinnati: 
I chose to come to Cincinnati for a couple reasons. The first reason was both my wife and I are from suburbs of Cincinnati and we wanted to be home. But, the more important thing to me was how the residents interacted with one another. When I rotated here as a medical student, I noticed how tight-knit the residents seemed.

Here is why I would choose this residency again:  Now that I've been a resident here for over 2 years, I still feel the sense of family between our resident classes. We all want to see each other succeed and we're always willing to help however we can to make sure that happens. Ultimately, I think what makes this program special is the other residents I get to work with every day.


Thomas Neyer, MD

CA-2

Thomas Neyer, MD

Medical School:University of Louisville

Undergrad School: Anderson University, Anderson, Indiana  - Nursing, BS

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

Major Presentations: Atrial esophageal fistula status post thoracoscopic maze procedure. ASA 2019, Orlando Florida

Hobbies: 
Playing guitar, golf, boating 

What do you like about the training Program?
The program directors have done a great job of intentionally designing our curriculum to optimize our training experience. I really believe that the clinical strength of our program is world-class. As CA-1s, residents are introduced to large, complex cases early and often. As a result, I think that the clinical skills of our residents are unmatched. My favorite thing about our program is the collegiality among my co-residents as well as with the faculty. UC Anesthesiology really has a great team atmosphere.

Why did you choose Cincinnati?
Cincinnati is a great place to live. It has all the amenities of any large city: music, arts, professional and college sports, a top-notch food scene, great breweries, great parks, etc. Cincinnati is also a very livable city with many unique neighborhoods, reasonable commutes, and a good cost of living. Cincinnati is the ideal place to raise a family. 



Luke Olson, DO

CA-2

Luke Olson, DO

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Undergrad School: Penn State University - Biobehavioral Health, BS

Hometown:  Pittsburgh, PA

Major Publications: 
Severe Cerebral Vasospasm In The Setting Of Multiple Unsecured Aneurysms. ASA 2019, Orlando, FL

Hobbies:  Steelers/Penn State football, golf, cooking, archery hunting, fishing 

What do you like about the training program?
I love the structure of our program. We have a well-rounded intern year with exposure and integration within the anesthesia department on several rotations. We begin doing complex cases early in our CA-1 year, which is unique to our program and a huge asset. The best part of our program, however, is the collegiality of our residency program and department as a whole. We have a lot of fun both in the operating room and outside of work.

Why you chose Cincinnati?
Cincinnati has everything a big city has to offer with a small town feel. There are many different areas and neighborhoods in the city that each have their own identity and culture. The city has a great food scene as well as tons of breweries!


Mary Roberts, MD

CA-2

Mary Roberts, MD

Medical School: Indiana University

Undergrad School: Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology - Biomedical Engineering, BS.

Hometown:  Cincinnati, OH

Hobbies:  Sewing, needlework, kayaking, taking care of my dog

Why did you choose Anesthesia?
I chose anesthesia because it plays on my critical and creative thinking drawing from my engineering background, and I enjoy the operating room environment. When I’m not working I spend my time adoring my beaglier puppy and sewing scrub caps! I also have been working on arranging volunteer opportunities for our residency program!

Why you chose Cincinnati?
As a Cincinnati native, I am very happy to be doing my residency at UC! After completing my medical school training at Indiana University, I chose to return to Cincinnati both because of my love for the city and because of the program itself. I enjoy the tight-knit community in our residency program and friendly atmosphere. I also appreciate the complexity of cases we are involved in. Around Cincinnati, I love taking my dog, Moxie, to the Great American Ballpark to watch the Reds! Moxie and I also love kayaking and walking along the many nature trails around the city. If you are a foodie like me, you definitely need to come visit Jungle Jim's which has the biggest selection of cheeses and a large international food market!



Pinkey Shah-Siegel, DO

CA-2

Pinkey Shah-Siegel, DO

Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine

Graduate School: Boston University - M.M.S

Undergrad School: Boston University - Human Physiology, BS

Hometown:  Boston, MA 

Major Publications/Presentations:
Spontaneous Rectus Sheath Hematoma in a Post-Stroke Patient Placed on Dual Antiplatelet Therapy - Society for Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care (SNACC) Meeting September 2019

Intraoperative Pulmonary Embolism in a Patient with Pulmonary Hypertension - ASA Meeting October 2019

Hobbies:  Spending time with my husband, daughter and cats, playing in the snow, cooking, baking, and cheering on New England sports teams

Why did you choose Anesthesia?
I chose anesthesia because I love hands on procedures and instant gratification. During medical school, my anesthesia rotation was the only rotation that had me excited to wake up at 5AM

Why you chose Cincinnati?
UC checked off a lot of boxes for me while on the interview trail: opportunities for fellowship (especially pediatric anesthesia), moderately sized program, supportive cohort of residents, and location in a city where I could see myself and my husband settling down and raising a family. I have been very pleasantly surprised by how beautiful and fun Cincinnati and it's surrounding areas are! From great restaurants to amazing parks and bike trails, there is no shortage of ways to enjoy our free time away from work



Chelsey Thomas, MD

CA-2

Chelsey Thomas, MD

Medical School:  Indiana University

Undergrad School: Loyola University Chicago - Biology, BS

Hometown:  Kendallville, Indiana

Publications:
"Obstructing Reinke’s Edema (Smoker’s Polyp) Necessitating Emergency Airway Management in the Pulmonary Suite" ASA 2019 

Hobbies:  My husband and I raise chickens, ducks, a mini pig, bees, a golden retriever, and some cats! When I'm not taking care of 4 leggeds I like to hike, travel, and eat. 

Why I Chose Anesthesia:
The anesthesiologists and residents that I came into contact with were the most knowledgeable, well-prepared, and well-rounded physicians in the hospital. They were able to help people in a way that other physicians were unable to and respond to emergencies with calm and skill. I had never considered anesthesia, but once I saw how anesthesiologists functioned in and out of the OR, I knew that was exactly the kind of physician I wanted to be.

Why I Chose Cincinnati:

I tell every applicant to pay attention to how the residents interact with each other-- it was evident at UC that the relationships between the residents and the staff were good. I personally was also looking for a smaller program where I was able to build closer relationships with my attendings and co-residents, which is definitely a reality at UC. I also felt like I was able to get the most well-rounded and clinically-strong training at UC. I feel confident that I will be ready for complicated patients and cases when I start my career due to the array of complex patients and cases that I am exposed to daily at UC. Not to mention that my husband and I have grown to love Cincinnati-- its such a great little city! 


 

Michael Adams, MD

CA-1

Michael Adams, MD

Medical School: University of Cincinnati

Undergrad School: Wright State University - Biology, BS

Hometown: Eaton, OH

Hobbies:  Cooking, baking, movies, running, weightlifting, pour over coffee

Why did you choose Anesthesia?
I initially thought of doing family medicine when I entered medical school. Whenever I rotated through, it was frustrating to wait weeks or months to see the effects of changes you had made in the office. Upon rotating through anesthesia, I was shocked to see effects in real time. I gravitated towards the instant feedback and being able to work with my hands to manipulate physiology. 

Why you chose Cincinnati?
I chose UC for residency for the clinical experience, the wonderful location, and the people in the program. We are able to do big cases early on in residency and have plenty of traumas and transplants. The location is wonderful and the city is just big enough to have a lot to do but small enough to not worry about traffic or high cost of living. Ultimately, the people in the department have made this residency great. Attendings care about our education and residents are down to earth and great people to be on call with at 2am. 

 

 

Sajen Alexander

CA-1

Sajen Alexander, DO

Medical School: Ohio University

Undergrad School: Franciscan University of Steubenville - Theology and Philosophy, BA

Hobbies:  Being a husband and Father, Olympic weightlifting: steadfast Barbell 89kg Athlete: August 2015- Present, sourdough breadmaking 

 

James Heusner, MD

CA-1

James Heusner, MD

Medical School: University of Cincinnati

Undergrad School: University of Washington -Physiology, BS

Hometown:  Spokane, WA

Hobbies:  Playing with my dogs, working out, home improvement projects

Why did you choose Anesthesia?
I never really wanted to go into the "family business" and become an Anesthesiologist like my dad, but every fork in the road reaffirmed that it was the right path for me. I couldn't be happier with my choice!

Why you chose Cincinnati?
My wife told me when I got accepted to medical school at UC that she refused to become an "Ohioan." We soon realized that Cincinnati offers everything we wanted in a city at a lower price tag. When coupled with world class training, close-knit residents, and individualized learning opportunities facilitated by smaller class sizes, our decision to stay was an obvious one. 

 

Hilary Hoffman, DO

CA-1

Hilary Hoffman, MD

Medical School: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

Undergrad School: University of Maryland - Bioengineering, BS

Hometown:  Baltimore, Maryland

Major Publications/Presentations:
Day A, Alkhalil A, Carney BC, Hoffman HA, Moffatt LT, Shupp JW. (2017) Disruption of Biofilms and Neutralization of Bacteria Using Hypochlorous Acid Solution: An In Vivo and In Vitro Evaluation. Advanced Skin Wound Care.

Prindeze, NJ, Hoffman, HA, Ardanuy, JA, Carney, BC, Moffatt, LT, Shupp, JW (2015) Active Dynamic Thermography is a Sensitive Method for Distinguishing Burn Wound Conversion. Journal of Burn Care and Research.

Prindeze, NJ, Hoffman, HA, Carney, BC, Moffatt, LT, Loew, MH, Shupp, JW (2015) Evaluation of the variable depth resolution of active dynamic thermography on human skin. Biophotonics.

Hoffman, Hilary A., Lina Chakrabarti, Matthieu F. Dumont, Anthony D. Sandler, and Rohan Fernandes. (2014). Prussian blue nanoparticles for laser-induced photothermal therapy of tumors. RSC Advances.

Dumont MF, Hoffman HA, Yoon PR, Conklin LS, Saha SR, Paglione J, Sze RW, Fernandes R. (2014). Biofunctionalized Gadolinium-Containing Prussian Blue Nanoparticles as Multimodal Molecular Imaging Agents. Bioconjugate Chemistry.

Hobbies:  Putting on my hiking boots and hitting the trail! Exploring the national parks, travel near and far, riding my bike, horseback riding, water color painting, attempting new creations in the kitchen 

Why did you choose Anesthesia?
I am originally from the east coast! I have a degree in bioengineering but always knew from a young age that I wanted to be a doctor. I took 2 years off before medical school to do research in the Washington, DC area. I had a hard time choosing a specialty in medical school because I always seemed to like everything. Once I discovered anesthesia it felt like the perfect fit because it gave me the best of it all! There is so much variety in anesthesia from patient pathology to age and complexity. I enjoy thinking through the physiology and the hands on procedural experience. I am excited to develop my interests throughout residency and am eager to further explore pediatric anesthesia and critical care.

Why you chose Cincinnati?
I felt I would get a well rounded training at this program. I was impressed to hear that as a CA-1 I would get to participate in complex cases such as liver transplants and have early exposure to cardiac anesthesia. I am also very interested in pediatric anesthesia so was excited to be able to train at one of the nations top pediatric hospitals at Cincinnati Children's. The program has a supportive culture and I couldn't ask for better co-residents! 

 

Patrick Penland, DO

CA-1

Patrick Penland, DO

Medical School: 
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Carolinas Campus

Graduate School: Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences -  Master of Physician Assistant Studies

Undergrad School: University of Colorado, Colorado Springs - Biology, BS

Hometown:  Colorado Springs, CO/Greenville, SC

Why did you choose Anesthesia?
I am a husband and father of 4 amazing children.  I was formerly a physician assistant in both emergency medicine and internal medicine. I chose anesthesia because it was the perfect mix of emergency medicine, internal medicine, critical care and surgical medicine. I love the fact that anesthesiologists are involved in complex surgical cases. 

Why you chose Cincinnati?
I chose Cincinnati because it is a family friendly city with a lot of great things to see and do. The program won me over with the faculty I met during the interview. 

 

Yousef Raslan, DO

CA-1

Yousef Raslan, DO

Medical School: 
Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

Undergrad School: Case Western Reserve University- Chemical Biology, BA

Hometown:  Cleveland, OH

Major Presentation:
Raslan YF, Bowles AA, Patel S, Ali A. Anesthetic and Obstetric Management of Patient with Severe Scoliosis. Poster presentation, Ohio Osteopathic Symposium, Columbus OH, April 2018.

Why you chose Cincinnati?
When I interviewed at UC for residency, I knew that it had the main qualities that we say we are looking for on the interview trail that we think we know that we want; trauma, transplant, high acuity cardiac cases, fellowships in basically everything, etc.  What I didn’t expect when I interviewed here was an instant feeling that “I can really see myself thriving in this city and this program”. Coming from Northeast Ohio, the city of Cincinnati itself has a ton of similar qualities to Cleveland; a unique restaurant scene, beautiful and accessible city views and parks, a sports town attitude, manageable traffic, and a friendly neighborhood culture. But what truly sold me and is the reason that I ranked UC so highly is the “learn-by-doing” mindset that was portrayed to me during my interview and second look. Yes, we have didactics, lectures, readings, and high expectations in regards to our formal studies, but right from the get-go of CA-1 year we are thrown into big cases like transplants, high acuity trauma, major spine cases, etc. Giving us keys to the driver seat so early on showed me that there is a level of patience and accountability instilled by the faculty in the residents, and this was a quality that I was looking for in a residency program.

 

Lena Yu, MD

CA-1

Lena Yu, MD

Medical School:Indiana University

Undergrad School: Indiana University - Chemistry, BA

Hometown: Rochester, IN

Hobbies: Reading, baking, biking, traveling

Major Presentation:
SRPinAM Poster Session: Control of Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy and HMGB1 Cytosolic Translocation in Dorsal Root Ganglion Sensory Neurons Using Olaparib

Why did you choose Anesthesia?
I chose anesthesia because of the combination of critical thinking and procedural skills that it entails. I also wanted a career I knew I wouldn't get bored with and could see myself doing for 40+ years.

Why you chose Cincinnati:
The culture of the place and the camaraderie between the residents.

 

Aderinola Adejare-Smith, MD

PGY-1 Intern

Aderinola Adejare-Smith, MD

Medical School:Ohio State University

Undergrad School: University of Pennsylvania

Major Publications/Presentations:
Adejare A, Paskett ED, Fisher JL, DeGraffinreid CR, Washington C, Deems S, Gray DM. Examining Barriers to Cancer Prevention Tests among Medicaid Patients in a Patient Navigation Program. Poster presented at: American Medical Student Association Annual Convention. 2018 March 7-10. Washington D.C.

Adejare A, Lartey G, Montfort J, Ngombu S, Tolliver S, Vu Y, Sisters Across Borders. Metabolic Syndrome in the Ghanaian Community of Columbus. Poster presented at: The Ohio State University College of Medicine Community Health Education Project Poster Day. 2018 January 17. Columbus, OH.

Kellom KS, Matone M, Adejare A, Barg FK, Rubin DM, Cronholm PF. A Qualitative Exploration of Co-location as an Intervention to Strengthen Home Visiting Implementation in Addressing Maternal Child Health. Maternal Child Health Journal 22. 6 (2018): 883-892 1

Shea JA, Adejare A, Volpp KG, Troxel AB, Finnerty D, Hoffer K, Isaac T, Rosenthal M, Sequist TD, Asch DA. Patients' Views of a Behavioral Intervention Including Financial Incentives. American Journal of Managed Care 23.6 (2017): 366-371.

Liu T, Asch DA, Volpp KG, Zhu J, Wang W, Troxel AB, Adejare A, Finnerty D, Hoffer K, Shea JA. Physician Attitudes Toward Participating in a Financial Incentive Program for LDL Reduction are Associated with Patient Outcomes. Healthcare Journal 5.3 (2016): 119-124.

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

PGY-1 Intern
David Botschner, MD

Medical School: University of Toledo 

Undergrad School: Vanderbilt University - Neuroscience, BA

Hometown:  North Canton, OH
 
Major Publications/Presentation:
Research Article – PLOS One (March 1, 2016) “Generation and Characterization of Mice Expressing a Conditional Allele of the Interleukin-1 Receptor Type 1” Matthew J. Robson, PhD, Chong-Bin Zhu, PhD, Meagan A. Quinlan, David A. Botschner, B.A, Nicole Began, PhD, Kathryn Lindler, PhD, Jason G. Thome, William A. Hewlett, Randy D. Blakely, PhD

Abstract and Poster Presentation – American Society of Anesthesiologists (October 14, 2018) “Complications Associated with the Over Use of Opioids for Pain Management in the Post-Operative Period for Spine Patients: A Systematic Literature Review” Ramneek Dhillon, Brian Potocnik, David A. Botschner, Luke Mugge, Azedine Medhkour MD, Thomas Papadimos MD

Abstract selected for ASA media release, answered interview questions for article “Most People Assume They’ll Receive opioids to Manage Post-Surgical Pain. Opioids Tied to Complications After Back Surgery, Studies Show”

Abstract and Poster Presentation – AANS (April 16, 2019) “Complications Associated with Opioids for Pain Management in the Post-Operative Period for Lumbar and Cervical Spinal Fusions: A Single Institution Retrospective Analysis” Ramneek Dhillon, Nick Henkel, Giana Dawod, Harsh Desai, David A. Botschner, Brian Potocnik, Thomas Papadimos MD, Azedine Medhkour MD

Abstract selected for AANS media release

Abstract and Poster Presentation – North American Neuromodulation Society (January 23, 2020) “Powder Vancomycin Use in Closures of Spine Surgeries and Subsequent Complications: A Systemic Literature Review” Ramneek Dhillon, David A. Botschner, Ryan Sefcik, Kevin Tiwari MD, Ajitpal Grewal MD, Francisco Solorio MD, Nitin Goyal MD

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

PGY-1 Intern
Cameron Harmon, MD

Medical School: West Virginia University 

Undergrad School: West Virginia University - Pre-Pharmacy & Pharmacy, D.Pharm
 
Major Publications/Presentation:
Predicting successful laparoendoscopic transhiatal esophagectomy (THE) by mediastinal height measurement. Am Surg 2020 Aug 6, 3134820942167. PMID 32757764

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

PGY-1 Intern
Sean Huynh, DO

Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine

Undergrad School: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University - Mathmatics, 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

PGY-1 Intern
Margaret Jones, MD

Medical School: Ohio State University

Undergrad School: West Virginia University - Biology, BA

Major Publications/Presentations:
Trexler KR, Nass SR, Crowe MS, Gross JD, Jones MS, et al. Novel behavioral assays of spontaneous and precipitated THC withdrawal in mice.Drug Alcohol Depend 2018 Oct 1;191:14-24.  PMID 30071445.

Hobbies: - Aviation: working toward Sport Pilot License - WWE Wrestling: live show frequenter (incl. WrestleMania 34), WWE Raw Women’s Championship (Replica) Title Belt holder - Sports: die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan, WVU Mountaineer Maniac, casual Pittsburgh Pirates fan, commissioner and 2x  champion of Fantasy Football league, MIP (most improved player) of OSUCOM’s intramural softball team - Podcasts: This American Life, Serial, Embedded, Dr. Death, The Fantasy Footballers, the McElroy family, true crime, and more. 

Tom Lowe, DO

PGY-1 Intern
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.


Connor Smith, MD

PGY-1 Intern
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

PGY-1 Intern
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."

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