Surgery Residents Candid Profiles

  PGY 5 (Chief Year)

Dr. Tim Horrell Timothy Horrell, MD
Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky
Undergrad:University of Louisville
Medical School:University of Kentucky

Dr. Anh Thu Le

Anh-Thu (Anh) Le, MD
Hometown: Orlando, FL
Undergrad: University of Florida
Medical School:University of Florida
Area of Interest: Cardiothoracic Surgery

Dr. Josh Meyer Joshua Meyer, MD
Wilmington, North Carolina
Undergrad: University of Florida
Medical School: East Carolina University
Area of Interest: Christian medical missions work.
Why UK?: Excellent broad-based general surgery training. UK takes care of patients presenting some of the most complex pathology in the nation.

Dr. Caroline Neff Caroline Neff, MD
Hometown: Evansville, Indiana
Undergrad: University of Evansville
Medical School: St. Louis University
Area of Interest/Research: General Surgery
Why UK?: I wanted to be trained at a program where I would be able to graduate and immediately begin a private practice without fear of being unprepared. The University of Kentucky provides that level of training.

Dr. Michael Totten Michael Totten, MD
Hometown: Whitehall, MI
Undergrad: University of Michigan
Medical School: St. Louis University
Areas of Interest: Trauma, Acute Care Surgery, Surgery Critical Care.
Why UK?: The residency program offers phenomenol clinical training in a large academic center setting. In five years, graduates are well-prepared for careers in general surgery or further subspecialty training.

Dr. Payden Wallace

Payden Wallace, MD
Hometown: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Undergrad: University of Alabama
Medical School: University of Alabama, Birmingham
Area of Interest: General Surgery

  PGY 4

Dr. Callie Dowdy

Callie Dowdy, MD
Hometown: Murray, KY
Undergrad: University of Richmond
Medical School: University of Kentucky
Areas of Interest/Research: Surgical Education, Bioengineering and med/surg device development.
Why UK?: I observed first-hand the high skill level of UK-trained surgeons while in medical school. UK prepares its residents well. The surgical faculty and residents care for their patients and support one another.

Dr. Danielle Kay Danielle Kay, MD
Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Undergrad: UCLA
Medical School: Tulane
Why UK?: I was impressed that residents graduating from UK had their choice of match in competitive fellowships nationally or could go on to a professional practice straight out of residency. UK residents support one another and we have fun inside and outside of the hospital.

Dr. Jahan Miremami Jahan Miremami, MD
Hometown: Somerset, KY
Undergrad: University of Kentucky
Medical School: University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Areas of Interest/Research: Minimally invasive surgical techniques. 
Why UK?: At the end of five years, UK will have given me surgical training that will enable me to go into the Commonwealth and provide exceptional care to my patients.


John Hahn, MD
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Undergrad: University of West Florida
Medical School: Florida State
Area of Interest: General Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Foregut Surgery
Why UK?: I chose UK for three reasons: the residents, the acuity, and the volume of cases.


Gustavo Huerta, MD
Hometown: Dickson, Tennessee
Rhodes College
Medical School:
 University of Kentucky

Dr. Shyanie Kumar Shyanie Kumar, MD
Hometown: Coppell, TX 
Undergrad: Texas A&M, Fightin' Aggie Class of 2010
Medical School: Texas A&M University
Why UK?: I wanted a program where my fellow residents would be family and I would receive strong, well-rounded training. During an away rotation at UK, I knew this program would be a good fit for me. UK was my top choice and I'm glad to be here.

Dr. Patrick Liebel

Patrick Liebel, MD
Hometown: Idaho Falls, ID
Undergrad: Utah State University
Medical School: University of Utah School of Medicine

  PGY 3

Dr. Heather Frohman

Heather Frohman, MD
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Davidson College
Medical School:
University of South Florida
Areas of Interest/Research:
Hepatobiliary, Surgical Oncology
Why UK?: 
It is rare to train at a program where residents and faculty care for one another like family. UK graduates surgeons who can confidently operate on the most complex cases, while simultaneously providing a supportive environment for residents. I feel lucky to be training at UK.

Kyle Bess, MDKyle Bess, MD
Hometown: Dothan, Alabama
Undergrad: Brigham Young University
Medical School: University of Alabama - Birmingham

Dr. Wayne ChangWayne Chang, MD
Hometown:Ellicott City, MD
Undergrad:University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Medical School:Virginia Tech Carilion
Areas of Interest/Research:Surgical Education, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Patient Outcomes.
Why UK?: I had a good feeling about the UK surgery residency after I interviewed. My subsequent interactions with the residents and administration confirmed my initial impressions. The faculty are top-notch and they give the right amount of guidance and autonomy that a surgical resident seeks.

Dr. Rob KingRob King, MD
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Undergrad: University of San Diego
Medical School: Ross University
Area of Interest/Research: Colorectal Surgery
Why UK?: I wouldn't want to complete a residency program if the difficulty was set on 'easy'. UK has an amazing group of residents and faculty, a diverse patient population, and some of the most complex pathologies in the country.

Brent Hillard, MDBrent Hillard, MD
Hometown: Elizabethtown, Kentucky
Undergrad: University of Louisville
Medical School: University of Kentucky

Nick Jackson, MD
Nick Jackson, MD
Hometown: Louisville, KY
Undergrad: University of Kentucky 
Medical School: University of Kentucky
Area of Interest/Research: Colorectal Surgery
Why UK?:I knew the high quality of training at UK since I was a student here. I also love the city of Lexington.


Roberto Aru, MD

Roberto Aru, MD
Hometown(s): Ridgeland, MS and Cagliari, Italy
Undergrad: Furman University
Medical School: University of Mississippi School of Medicine
Areas of Interest/Research: Endocrine and Colorectal Surgery
Why UK?: An environment that takes resident education seriously is important to me. The caliber of the General Surgery training, the people, and the leadership are what make University of Kentucky's General Surgery program great. Residents graduate from Kentucky well trained and able to go in any direction with their surgical careers. I am thrilled to be a part of this program.

Zeta Chow, MDZeta Chow, MD
Hometown(s): Denver, CO
Undergrad: University of Wisconsin Madison
Medical School: University of Colorado-School of Medicine 
Areas of Interest/Research: Surgical Oncology, Colorectal, Plastics.
Why UK?:Reflecting back to my interview day, I was impressed with how much the interviewers knew about me before our meeting. The opportunity of pursuing an academic career is great here at UK and they have a track record of matching residents into top fellowship programs. I am happy and proud to be a Wildcat. Go Cats!

Meg Harper, MD

Meg Harper, MD
Hometown: Vista, California
Undergrad:University of California, San Diego
Medical School:University of Cincinnati

Travis Hughes, MD

Travis Hughes, MD
Hometown(s): Houston, TX
Undergrad: University of Texas - Austin
Medical School: McGovern Medical School 
Areas of Interest/Research: Colorectal Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery.  
Outside of Surgery: Soccer, Reading, Programming
Why UK?: UK is a high volume program with challenging pathology and a fantastic training culture.

Katie Kraft, MDKatie Kraft, MD

Hometown(s): Modesto, CA
Undergrad: University of Notre Dame
Medical School: University of Kentucky College of Medicine 
Areas of Interest/Research: Trauma, Acute care surgery, Surgical education.
Why UK?: I knew I wanted to stay at UK after attending medical school here.  I love the family atmosphere and the work ethic. There is no better place for surgical training and I am ecstatic to have matched at my first choice program, UK.

Amy Tefft, MD
Amy Tefft, MD
Hometown(s): Northfield, VT
Undergrad: University of California - San Diego
Medical School: University of Vermont
Areas of Interest/Research: Rural General Surgery / Public Health.  
Why UK?: It was obvious from my interview that residents at UK receive excellent training and are a great group of people. UK gives me the choice to pursue a competitive fellowship or enter career in general surgery right after residency, UK seemed like the perfect fit.

Sam Walling, MD
Sam Walling, MD
Hometown(s): Louisville, KY
Undergrad: Vanderbilt University
Medical School: University of Louisville
Areas of Interest/Research: Healthcare disparities and health services research.
Why UK?: When I interviewed at UK, I was impressed with the well-roundedness of the training program and the camaraderie among the residents. I knew I could become the physician I aspire to be by training in Lexington.

Jingkun Wang, MD Jingkun Wang, MD
Hometown(s): Wuhan, China
Undergrad: University of Kentucky
Medical School: University of Kentucky
Why UK?:UK has a track record of matching their residents into amazing fellowships. The residents get the volume and autonomy to prepare them to go straight into practice. After sitting in on many M&M's and conferences on the interview trail, I found UK residents the most qualified.


Erika Almodovar, MD
Erika Almodovar, MD
Hometown(s): Sugar Land, TX
Undergrad: University of Texas at Austin
Medical School: Ross University
Hobbies: Exploring Lexington restaurants and bars, hiking Raven Run, babysitting Quinn Tefft.
Why UK?: The patients, my co-residents, the faculty - UK is incredible! I realized that training at UK would turn me into a strong and competent general surgeon with the ability to pursue a competitive fellowship. It is a place that I'm proud to call home.

Jennifer Castle, MD
Jennifer Castle, MD
Hometown(s): Pickerington, OH
Undergrad: Northern Kentucky University
Medical School: University of Kentucky
Hobbies: Hiking, Camping, Fishing ... basically anything outdoors. Craft Beers, New Adventures.  
Why UK?: It was with this program - the residents and faculty - that I fell in love with surgery. Treating this patient population prepares residents to be competent surgeons. As for Lexington, it is the perfect size. There are plenty of activities for the family to do and enjoy. The city is also within a short drive to multiple hiking locations that present a variety of challenges. I've loved this place for the past four years and look forward to many more.

Michael Cournoyer, MD

Michael Cournoyer, MD
Hometown(s): Indianapolis, IN
Undergrad: Indiana University
Medical School: Indiana University

Reba Hodge, MD

Reba Hodge, MD
Hometown(s): Burnside, KY
Undergrad: University of Louisville
Medical School: University of Louisville
Areas of Interest/Research: General Surgery / Trauma Surgery and Critical Care.  
Why UK?: I chose UK because it will allow me to serve the patient population I grew up in, and care so much for.  Lexington is also a booming, young city, and not a single person I have spoken to had anything but praises to sing for the city of Lexington, as well as the program at UK.

Ashley Lipscomb, MD
Charles Campbell, DO
Medical School: Pikeville College School of Medicine
Areas of Interest/Research: General Surgery  

Tori Wagner, MD

Victoria "Tori" Wagner, MD
Hometown(s): The Woodlands, TX
Undergrad: Texas A&M University
Medical School: Texas A&M Health Science Center
Areas of Interest/Research: Colorectal and MIS/Bariatric Surgery.  
Why UK?: I loved the camaraderie between residents and faculty.

Research year

Vashisht Madabhushi, MD
Vashisht Madabhushi, MD

Hometown: San Jose, California
University of California, San Diego
Medical School:
Ross University

Dr. Tong Gan
Tong Gan, MD
Hometown: Dublin, Ohio and Shijazhaung, China
Undergrad: The Ohio State University
Medical School: The Ohio State University
Areas of Interest/Research: Surgical Oncology. 
Why UK? Every year, UK chief residents leave the program adept enough to begin a professional surgical practice. They are excellent decision makers.

Dr. Robert Bautista

Robert-Marlo Bautista, MD, MS
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Undergrad: University of Southern California
Medical School: Ross University
Areas of Interest/Research: Pediatric Surgery 
Why UK? Approachable attendings and a strong emphasis on learning. A high case load and strong camaraderie.

Dr. Heath Brashear

Heath Brashear, DO
Hometown: Viper, Kentucky
Undergrad: Pikeville College
Medical School: Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine
Area of Interest/Research: General Surgery