Kristie Yu Kristie is a graduate of Northeast Ohio Medical University. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Richmond with a BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She went on to do
her Master’s in Physiology at the University of Cincinnati. Kristie is an Ohio native and grew up in the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio. She was excited to stay close to home for her residency training and is looking forward to spending
her time in Cincinnati! While pursuing her medical education, Kristie volunteered at The Akron Children’s Buddy program, realizing the important role of treating the patients as a whole and not just their ailments. During her
Master’s program, she volunteered at EndZone connecting young students to tutors in Cincinnati. During her undergraduate years, she researched on projects synthesizing catalysts for a carbon-dioxide reducing reaction to help
reduce greenhouse gases. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, crocheting, and exploring new restaurants in Cincinnati.
Loay Aljaberi Loay finished a 6-year combined MD program from Al-Quds (Jerusalem) University in 2018. Loay’s interest in surgery was evident early on during medical school for which he pursued multiple surgical
sub-internships in the United States at the time. He also focused on extra-curricular activities during medical school. Loay chaired the standing committee of professional exchange at the International Federation of Medical Student’s
Association that promoted medical and cultural exchange between medical students from different countries. He completed his Intern year at the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, MN as a general surgery resident. During this year, Loay
developed an interest in vascular and endo-vascular surgery and joined our integrated vascular surgery program as a PGY-2. At UC, he is working to enhance his surgical skills and work on clinical research during his residency. During
his free time, Loay likes to go to the gym, hang out with friends and try new restaurants in Cincinnati.
Douglas Rodgers Doug received his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine. He attended Johns Hopkins University for college, where he majored in applied economics and conducted research at the Johns
Hopkins Institute for Applied Economics, Global Health and the Study of Business Enterprise. His interest in economics prompted him to obtain an MBA degree from Brandeis University while attending medical school. Doug co-founded the
health care team for the nonprofit Foundation for Education in Honduras (FEIH) and implemented the health education initiative that provided the basic health supplies and informational pamphlets for opening of each school. In his free
time, he enjoys working out, playing golf, and watching sports.
Steve Chausse Steve completed his undergraduate studies in Montreal, Canada, with a BS in Biochemistry from Concordia University. During his undergraduate time, he played ice hockey for a junior organization in Montreal.
He completed his medical school at St. George’s University and completed an intern year in general surgery at Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami. It was during this year that he developed his interest in vascular surgery.
He joined UC Vascular in 2016. Steve has completed several quality improvement projects throughout his time as a resident to standardize the care of vascular patients and develop new patient care protocols. His career interests include
all aspects of vascular surgery with a focus on aortic, peripheral and dialysis work. In his free time, he enjoys many sports (ice hockey, cycling, golf, hiking) and traveling. Steve has biked several times from Cincinnati to
Aditya Safaya Aditya (Adi) completed his medical school with honors from Mumbai, India. He completed his General Surgery residency at New York Medical College (NYMC) - Westchester Medical Center in July, 2020. During
his residency, he was inspired by the vascular surgeons he worked with who provide individualized, well-rounded solutions for complex issues that materialize as simple primary repairs, complex bypasses or extremely innovative endovascular
techniques. This led him to pursue further training in Vascular surgery. As a surgical resident, Adi got the opportunity to get involved in research and presented his work at regional, national and international symposiums and conferences.
He was awarded NYMC’s Anna Samartzis Research Excellence award for his clinical research paper in 2017. He also received the Gold Humanism Honor Society Award for Teaching Excellence in 2019 and was inducted into the society.
Aditya would like to pursue a career in an academic vascular surgery along with operating on complex vascular pathologies and teaching residents. His research interests include blunt aortic injuries, aorto-iliac diseases and robotic
vascular surgery. In his free time, Adi loves to play cricket, golf, and write poems!
Amit Jain, MBBS FACS RPVI Program Director, Vascular Surgery