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Our Residents!

Class of 2021


carlos-casillasTony Casillas: Tony (Carlos) Casillas came to us from the University of California LA, David Geffen School of Medicine. His undergraduate degree is a BA Chemistry and Psychology, from the California State University in Fresno. He also earned an MPH from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. While at UCLA he received the UCLA PRIME Scholarship and was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. During his Master’s research, he worked with the med-peds faculty at UCLA on Wearable Devices and Health Coaching effects on fitness levels. Early in medical school he researched Title IX violations in a variety of settings. Both of these projects resulted in poster presentations. Between undergrad and medical school Tony worked on an NIH funded project which investigated the differences in stress response between Mexican-Americans and Caucasians, including the ethnic differences in caregiver burden in Alzheimer patient-spouse dyads. During medical school he was active in improving the health literacy of his communities and teaching medical Spanish. Tony’s hometown is in Santa Rosa California. We are thrilled to have his caring and compassionate dedication to addressing health care disparities and underserved populations. It’s like he is our ray of sunshine from Southern California!!

teresa-cayaTeresa Caya: Teresa Caya received her medical degree from the University of Wisconsin, where she was also awarded AOA. Her undergraduate degree was a double major, earning Bas in Biology and Psychology with a minor in Spanish from Northwestern magna cum laude. Yes, there is the trend to wanting to become an expert in multiple fields!! During her medical school time she did research in quality improvement on chlorhexidine bathing for inpatients and then looked into patient perceptions of the project two years later. Teresa also did work in international health with a research project in Nicaragua on maternal health and child nutrition. As a medical student Teresa was able to do a 2 month CDC research elective in the Waterborne Disease Prevention Branch. She subsequently received an award for Excellence in Public Health from the US Public Health Service prior to graduation. Teresa is interested in global health and ID for her career, and she will be able to make the most of this during her residency as well through participation in the Global Health Pathway. We know she is already a force for good in the world with her enthusiasm, dedication and grit!!!

anjali-chadayammuriAnjali Chadayammuri: Anjali Chadayammuri is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine. She received her Undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado Boulder, earning a BA in Psychology with an emphasis Neuroscience. During her undergraduate time and afterwards, Anjali worked in a neuroscience research lab studying the role of stress in inhibition of various hormones and molecular proteins in the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. This work resulted in 2 publications in the Journal of Neuroendocrinology and Endocrinology. As a medical student, Anjali was involved in a number of med-peds transition medicine experiences including leading a transition- focused, peer support organization for adolescent patients with sickle cell disease. Anjali’s hometown is Thornton, CO. She speaks Malayalam fluently. Her hobbies include traveling to her native home of India, hiking the trails of Colorado, and fostering dogs alongside her two rescue dogs, Milo and Heath. Anjali’s insight, warmth, and kindness are strengths that contribute greatly to her success. We are so happy to have her train with us!!

maximillian-cruzMaximilian Cruz: Maximilian Cruz came to us from Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU), where he was the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine recipient, selected by his classmates to the Gold Humanism Honor Society, and awarded the AAMC’s Herbert Nickens Award. Max was born and raised in the suburbs of St. Louis, and his undergraduate degree is a BA in Pre-professional studies and Spanish from the University of Notre Dame. During the year between undergrad and medical school Max spent time in Peru working in clinics, a hospice, doing health education in villages, and helping out in a local orphanage. During his time at CMSRU Max was involved with many organizations. He was a founding board member of Tutor Time, an after-school mentoring and tutoring program at a Camden library. He served in leadership roles including: board member of the Camden Area Health Education Center (AHEC), Cooper Rowan Clinic, Vice-President of CMSRU’s LMSA as well as serving on LMSA’s Northeast Executive Council in roles of public relations chair and CIO. Max led a Spanish workshop series, “Seminarios de Salud”, which aimed to provide Camden’s citizens the awareness and tools needed to better manage their health and wellness. He also conducted research titled “Identifying Healthcare Access Gaps among Latino Subpopulations”. His career interests are in academics with community outreach and healthcare disparities. Max’s kindness, sincerity and giant sense of humor charms everyone he meets, and we are big fans!!

joshua-dajacJoshua Dajac: Joshua Dajac completed his medical school at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine where he was awarded the Diversity Champion designation. His undergraduate degree is a BS in Biochemistry from the University of Florida. Josh participated in research during his undergraduate and medical school training. He wrote an undergraduate thesis on the use of DNA micelles for intracellular mRNA imaging. In medical school, he was part of a research team studying stereotactic radiosurgery for lung, breast, and melanoma cancer brain metastases, leading to poster presentations at national and international conferences. He is very passionate about community service, participating in summer camp experiences for kids with type 1 diabetes for the last 5 years and serving on the board of the student-run equal access clinic in Orlando. Josh speaks Spanish and some Tagalog. His hobbies include playing piano, tennis, bowling, and international travel (he’s been to 10 countries on 3 continents!). His career interests include heme-onc and transitional care. Josh is skilled at putting others at ease with his quiet confidence. We are thrilled he chose to train in Cincinnati!

Why I chose Cincinnati?
Coming from Florida where med-peds was relatively unknown, I was drawn to the strong med-peds presence in Cincinnati. The residents and faculty I met were some of the most supportive on the trail. Cincinnati also had everything I was looking for: balanced training from strong medicine and pediatrics programs, an emphasis on education, and opportunities for research and community service. Plus, Cincinnati has an awesome food and sports scene!

lisa-fiorettiLisa Fioretti: Lisa Fioretti came to us from neighboring University of Louisville School of Medicine where she was the recipient of both AOA and Gold Humanism recognition. Her undergraduate degree is a BS in Biology and a BS in Psychology from the University of Kentucky magna cum laude. Lisa also did research during undergraduate studies and medical school. Her areas of research included the effects of parental problem drinking on child hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis activity. She also worked for the pediatric emergency department recruiting patients for a number of studies. Lisa’s hobbies include travel, running, live music, board and video games, reading, and the clarinet. She speaks basic Italian and Spanish. Lisa’s easy going personality and dedication to excellence are the essence of the med-peds physician and we are so excited to have her as a resident in Cincinnati!!

heepke-wendrothHeepke Wendroth: Heepke Wendroth is from our home program at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Heepke did her undergraduate studies at Wittenberg University and graduated summa cum laude with BS degrees in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Music. She did research as an undergraduate in analyzing data on the age-related gene expression of Csprs in mouse tissue as well as the grafting ability of diazonium ions to electrodes. Her medical school research was statistical analysis of the Air Pollution Study cohort. Heepke has done extensive volunteering in the Cincinnati area including the Initiative on Justice Poverty and Health, which will be a great resource to her patients. Heepke’s hobbies include cooking, baking, piano, singing, and spending time with her family. She is a native German speaker. Heepke is well known to all who have the good fortune to work with her as the person who has everyone’s back and is dedicated to serving others. We are very grateful to have her train with us.

Jennifer K. O'Toole, MD, MEd, SFHM
Program Director
Phone: 513-584-0397

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Department of
Internal Medicine

Medical Sciences Building Room 6065
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PO Box 670557
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0557

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