Surgery Residents Candid Profiles

RESIDENTS
PGY 5

Dr. Sam Carmichael

Sam Carmichael, MD (Administrative Chief)
Hometown: Ocala, FL
Undergrad:
Emory University
Medical School: University of Kentucky
Areas of Interest/Research: Medical - Surgical Education, Hospital Systems
Why UK?The University of Kentucky is home. I chose General Surgery because of the mentoring I received and the caliber of resident the program produces. It has been a privilege to learn here.


Dr. Katrina Winkler

Katrina Winkler, MD (Administrative Chief)
Hometown: Richmond, KY
Undergrad:
Eastern Kentucky University
Medical School: University of Kentucky
Areas of Interest/Research:
Trauma and Colorectal surgery. Outside of medicine, I enjoy good bourbon, being outdoors, and following UK basketball
Why UK?
UK was my first choice because it just felt like home. One of my highest priorities in choosing a residency was to find a place where I could fit in with my colleagues and be confident that I was getting the best surgical training possible. UK offered both and I couldn't be happier with my choice.



Dr. Daniel Mark Miller



Daniel Mark Miller, MD
Hometown: Fairmont, West Virginia
Undergrad: West Virginia University
Medical School: West Virginia University Medical School
Area of Interest/Research: General Surgery





Dr. Petersen



Justin Peterson, MD
Hometown: Tacoma, Washington
Undergrad:
Utah State University
Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School
Areas of Interest/Research: General Surgery




Dr. Peter Stafford

Peter Stafford, MD
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
Undergrad:
The Ohio State University
Medical School:
 The Ohio State University
Area of Interest/Research: General Surgery
Why UK?: It has a strong academic program



Dr. William Webber

William Weber, MD
Hometown: Amityville, New York
Undergrad: University of Virginia
Medical School:
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Area of Interest/Research: General Surgery, Acute Care Surgery
Why UK?:UK has a program designed to produce good General Surgeons. I found Lexington, Kentucky a nice area in which to raise our children.




RESEARCH RESIDENTS


Dr. Heather FrohmanHeather Frohman, MD

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




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.
Outside of Surgery: Nature, cooking and eating, drawing, cycling and Ohio State Buckeyes Football
Why UK?
Every year, UK chief residents leave the program adept to begin a professional surgical practice. They are excellent decision makers. UK takes care of patients who present the broadest pathologies anywhere in the country. The experience has prepared us to handle any situation in our practice.

Dr. Robert Bautista

Robert Bautista, MD
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.



PGY 4


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
Hometown: 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.
Outside of Medicine: Running, hiking, snowboarding, travel, and live music.
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 3


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



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.
Outside of Surgery: Good food, books, hiking, boating, and my husband, Andrew.
Why UK?: After UK medical school, I discovered the high skill level of UK-trained surgeons. This program prepares its residents well.The surgical faculty and residents care for their patients and one another.


Dr. Danielle Kay



Danielle Kay, MD
Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Undergrad: UCLA
Medical School: Tulane
Areas of Interest outside of General Surgery: Cooking and the New Orleans Saints
Why UK?: I was impressed that residents graduating from UK were able to match into competitive fellowships as well as pursue careers in general surgery straight out of residency. The residents at UK are incredibly supportive of one another. We have fun both 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. Outside of Surgery: Good bourbon, Soccer, and World travel.
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.




Dr-John-Hahn

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.






Dr-Gustavo-Huerta

Gustavo Huerta, MD
Hometown: Dickson, Tennessee
Undergrad:
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
Interests Outside of Surgery: Restaurant adventurer, cooking/baking, TV, attempting exercise.
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 2

Vashisht Madabhushi, MD
Vashisht Madabhushi, MD

Hometown: San Jose, California
Undergrad:
University of California, San Diego
Medical School:
Ross University
Area of Interest/Research: Undecided




Kyle Bess, MD




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





Dr. Wayne Chang

Wayne 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.
Outside of Surgery: Hanging out with my dogs and wife, Biking, Sleeping and Eating
Why UK?: I had a good feeling about the UK surgery residency program when I interviewed. My interactions with the residents and administration have 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
Outside of Surgery:
Fishing, Muscle Cars, Cycling, Video Games
Why UK?:
UK has an amazing group of top quality residents and faculty, a diverse patient population, and some of the most complex pathologies in the country. I wouldn't want to complete a residency program if the difficulty was set on "easy mode."

Brent Hillard, MD




Brent 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
Interests outside of surgery: Golf, Woodworking, Snow Skiing
Why UK?:I knew the high quality of training at UK since I was a student here. I also love the city of Lexington.





Dr. Ashleigh Wright



Ashleigh Wright, DO
Hometown: Greenville, KY
Undergrad: University of Kentucky
Medical School: Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine





CATEGORICAL INTERNS

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
Outside of Surgery: Sports (tennis, soccer), Hiking, Astronomy, Global Cultures
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, MD

Zeta 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.  
Outside of Surgery: Travel, Table tennis, Soccer(Club FCBarcelona), Culinary pursuits.
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!

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, MD
Katie 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.  
Outside of Surgery: Crafting, Scrapbooking, Traveling, Hiking, Bourbon tasting, and Notre Dame football
Why UK?: I knew I wanted to stay at UK after attending medical school here.  I loved the family atmosphere displayed by the residents and was impressed by their work ethic. I wanted to be at a program that would train me to be not just a good surgeon, but an excellent one. 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.  
Outside of Surgery: Spending time with my family, Soccer, Running, Paddle Boarding, Hiking
Why UK?: It was obvious from my interview that the residents at UK received excellent training and were a great group of people. In addition, I wanted a program that would give me the opportunity to either pursue a competitive fellowship or prepare me for a 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.
Outside of Surgery: My Vanderbilt Commodores, Exploring new places, Being outdoors, Ice Cream
Why UK?: When I interviewed at UK, I was impressed with the well-roundedness of the training program and the camaraderie among the residents and felt that 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
Areas of Interest/Research: Undecided.
Outside of Surgery: Boxing, Hunting, and Camping
Why UK?:UK has a track record of matching their residents into amazing fellowships, and the residents here get the volume and autonomy to prepare them to go straight into practice. Also, after sitting through many M&M's and conferences on the interview trail, I found the UK residents to be the most qualified.



PRELIMINARY INTERNS
Luis Acosta, MD – Centroccidental; Erika Almodovar, MD – Ross; Josh Cassedy, MD – Pittsburgh; Devin Druen, MD – Louisville; Hossam Elbelasi, MBBCh – Mansoura; Mauro Hanaoka, MD – San Paulo; Meg Harper, MD – Cincinnati; Chris Jarzabeck, DO – Pikeville; Jonathan Morton, MD – Kentucky; Robert Ringersen, MD – Ross; John Schwabe, MD – VCU; Alan Smith, MD – Ohio State; Sandeep Yerra, MD – J.J.M. Medical; Yara Younan, MD – Beirut; Syed Zaidi, MBBS – Baqai; Vince DiCarlo, MD – GA at Augusta; Leslie Peard, MD – GA at Augusta; Nadia Romero, MD – LSU

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