Internal Medicine Housestaff 2020-2021
University of Iowa,
VUMC Inpatient Chief Resident
The oldest of three children, Blake was born and raised in small-town Iowa. After high school, Blake attended a liberal arts college in Decorah, a northern Iowa town known for its bluffs and beautiful scenery. Here she cultivated her love of travel, mountain biking and trail running, as well as graduating with a biology degree. After college, Blake attended the University of Iowa for medicial school and developed a love for internal medicine and global health. She continues to enjoy spending time outdoors, hike, trail running and climbing, and has enjoyed residing in a different state and city, especially one with such wonderful music, food and outdoor activities.
Veterans Administration Ambulatory Chief Resident
University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine,
Rachael grew up on Tim’s Ford Lake in Winchester, TN. She attended Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA and completed her BS in Biology. During this time, she studied abroad at St. Andrews University in Scotland and spent a summer in Thailand working in various hospitals through the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty organization (and eating way too much delicious food). She returned to Tennessee to complete medical school in Memphis, Tennessee where she developed a love for the Grizzlies, Memphis barbecue, and the field of geriatrics while working at the Memphis VA hospital. She moved back closer to home for residency and has developed some of the most meaningful relationships of her life with her medicine co-residents at Vanderbilt—a self-proclaimed “fan-girl” of VUMC IM. Outside of the hospital, Rachael enjoys running, eating out at Nashville’s plethora of fantastic restaurants, seeing the occasional magic show, and (most recently) working her way through recipes in Bon Appetit magazine. She is excited to serve the program she loves as VA Outpatient Chief for the 2020-2021 year.
University of Louisville,
Veterans Administration Inpatient Chief Resident
Originally from Nicholasville, KY, Lee spent his entire life within the Bluegrass state until live music and the Vandy Med-Peds program convinced him to mosey south to the Music City in 2016. While in Kentucky, Lee grew up loving ultimate Frisbee, Space Jam, and mix-tape CDs. For college, Lee attended the mighty Transylvania University (1,100 students!) in Lexington, KY, where he majored in Spanish and Biochemistry. Next, he ventured an hour westward and spent 4 years studying the art of both medicine and road navigation via bicycle. While in Louisville, he met his favorite dance partner-in-crime (McKenzie Vater – Peds); they couples matched together and love cheering on the UK Wildcats, attempting to camp, and running 26.2 more miles than they ever thought they would. They are now happily married (2019) and adopted a kitten in the Fall of 2019, named after the mascot of their beloved Wildcats, Scratch (he has thus far lived up to his namesake). Lee plans to pursue fellowship in Cardiology following his chief year, and has long term interests in adult congenital heart disease, heart failure/advanced therapies, and medical education. He loved his four years as a Med-Peds resident and is thrilled to stay at VUMC as the IM VA inpatient chief for 2020-2021!
VUMC Ambulatory Chief Resident
Pierce grew up in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, a town known for its shark attacks and beautiful scenery. In 2008, he graduated from Davidson College in 2008 with a major in English. From 2008-2013, Pierce worked for the Pan American Health Organization, the regional office of the WHO, in vaccine-preventable diseases. He then attended Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, where he was involved with Choosing Wisely and Shade Tree Clinic. During internal medicine residency at Vanderbilt, Pierce has participated in high value care initiatives and care for the underserved. Outside of medicine, Pierce's interests include coffee shops, good books, gin and tonics, pick-up basketball, and spending time with friends and family. He lives in East Nashville with his wife, Frances, and their dog, Mr. Houston.
Bryan grew up in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania. He attended Muhlenberg College, where he majored in chemistry and played football. He then moved to Philadelphia to complete medical school at Penn. In his spare time, he loves reading, exercising, and sports of all kinds (go Birds!!). Bryan and his high school sweetheart, Gabby, are very excited to move to Nashville, and to finally tie the knot this fall!
Gautam was born in India but moved to the United States when he was 3 years old. He grew up in Nashua, NH and subsequently attended Dartmouth College, where he majored in Astronomy and Biochemistry. While he was always interested in space, it was at Dartmouth where he found his passion for space medicine after working with an astronaut-physician. After graduating from Dartmouth, he decided to finally leave New Hampshire and attended medical school at UT Southwestern in Dallas, Texas. During medical school, he was able to continue his space medicine research and also quickly became attached to the field of Internal Medicine during his clinical rotations. He currently hopes to pursue a cardiology fellowship and/or aerospace medicine fellowship after completing residency. During his free time, he enjoys playing basketball, lifting weights, exploring national parks, eating Japanese food, and rock climbing. He is very excited to be a Vanderbilt Internal Medicine resident and is looking forward to living in Nashville! Member of AOA.
Spurthi was born in Bangalore, India, and she immigrated to the USA at a young age when she continued to move around quite a bit before her family settled in Iowa. She moved to California to attend UC Berkeley where she double majored in Molecular Cell Biology and Practice of Art. She, again, made a large move by moving to Boston to study at Tufts University School of Medicine for her MD/MPH. It was in Boston that she continued to develop her passion for global health and equitable research in the international setting. She also continued to cultivate her love of teaching which is what ultimately led her to choose a career in Internal Medicine. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, singing, oil painting, hiking with her husky, and spending time with her loved ones. She is overjoyed to be joining the Vanderbilt family and to move closer to her family in the South.
Emmanuel was born in Yamfo, Ghana and moved to the United States in 1999 with his family. When they moved, his family lived in New York then Seattle, Washington before settling down in Memphis, Tennessee. Emmanuel received his bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University, where he also learned how to fence, before attending medical school at The Ohio State University. Emmanuel’s hobbies include cooking, discovering new restaurants, hiking with his dog named Waldo, spending time with family and friends, and binging Netflix TV shows. He is excited to be a commodore again!
Taryn was born and raised in Long Island, New York, as a middle child between two brothers and her childhood pups. She attended James Madison University, initially focusing on her love of history, until her curiosity led her to pursue translational research and she graduated with a B.S. in Biology. Following graduation, she fostered a passion for medicine and physiology as a Medical Assistant in Arlington, Virginia, and as a graduate student at Georgetown University, where she obtained a M.S. in Physiology and Biophysics. She returned to Long Island for medical school at Stony Brook University, where she studied the mechanistic role of a novel biomarker in cancer pathogenesis and found her interest in critical care. She is thrilled to join the Vanderbilt community where she is excited to continue her love of running, live music, and pets, including her two cats. Member of AOA.
Josh grew up in Salyersville, a small rural town in southeastern Kentucky. He attended Morehead State University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science. Josh went on to attend medical school at the University of Louisville, where he was accepted into the Distinction in Research Track. Josh studied ApoL1 associated nephropathy while developing a growing interest in Nephrology. In his free time, Josh enjoys cheering on the Kentucky Wildcats, trying out new restaurants and cuisines, playing rook, and watching crazy Netflix documentaries. Member of AOA.
Eli grew up on Isla Verde beach near San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he developed a passion for sports, learning, and the kind treatment of others. He moved to New York to obtain his BA (Comparative Religions and Psychology) from CUNY Hunter. Two weeks after graduation, Eli chose to study medicine and returned to Puerto Rico to complete his post-baccalaureate requirements and attend medical school. Following Hurricane Maria, Eli volunteered medical services across the island, and soon after returned to the mainland to complete a year of research at the Yale Clinical Neuroscience Imaging Center. There, Eli explored the subject of consciousness using epilepsy as a model for investigating complex task performance such as driving. Eli’s interests include hepatology and immunology, medical education, exercise of all kinds, and spending time with family. Recent accomplishments include having watched a Ken Burns documentary in its entirety and somehow getting (see: begging) his sister to watch with him. Eli has also recently got (see: beseeched) his brother to sign up for an 11th season of fantasy baseball. Eli (middle child) is looking forward to meeting his Vanderbilt family and this exciting new chapter in Nashville! Member of AOA.
Robert was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in beautiful St. Petersburg, Florida along with his younger brother, Edward. They played sports year-round -- tennis, basketball, and cross country running. He studied biology at Harvard and then moved back to Florida where he volunteered at the St. Petersburg Free Clinic. He moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina to join the UNC MD-PhD program and received the PhD for work focused on statistical methods for genetic mapping. He developed a love for rheumatology during his clinical work in UNC's rheumatology division. He still loves playing sports in his free time, now mainly trail running and tennis. He is thrilled to join Vanderbilt and the Harrison Society!
Julie was born in Beijing and moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina as a toddler. She grew up in the University of North Carolina’s backyard, which led to a childhood full of college basketball (Go Heels!), humid summers, and buttery biscuits. She studied Biology at the University of Pennsylvania and spent a semester at the University College of London, playing field hockey and traveling all across Europe. She returned home to UNC for medical school and decided to pursue a career in Internal Medicine. Outside of the hospital, she enjoys traveling, snowboarding, eating ice cream, and spending time with her family and friends. She is thrilled to join the Vanderbilt family and can’t wait to explore Nashville.
Michael was born and raised in central Nebraska. He attended Creighton University for his undergraduate education where he studied chemistry and biochemistry. During his time at Creighton, Michael became interested in scientific research. He ultimately joined the MD/PhD program at Duke University where he studied the role of mitochondrial bioenergetics in the pathogenesis of heart failure in the laboratory of Deb Muoio. Michael is excited to join the Harrison Society at Vanderbilt and plans to complete a fellowship in cardiology. His scientific interests focus on mitochondrial dysfunction in cardiometabolic disease. Outside of the lab and hospital, Michael enjoys reading, spending time outdoors, and tinkering.
Ally was born in Tupelo, MS and moved with her parents to the sunny beaches of Destin, FL. She attended Florida State University and graduated summa cum laude in Exercise Science. She fell in love with FSU College of Medicine’s mission to care for the underserved and remained at FSU for medical school (hopeful that the Seminoles would win another national championship). Ally developed a passion for internal medicine with an interest in cardiology due to its complex intertwining of pathophysiology, lifestyle choices, and social determinants of health. She spent an extra year during this time pursuing a master’s degree in education at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College. She is interested in learning environment research and curriculum design to support a diverse student population. Ally has been a transient Nashvillian for several years visiting her partner, Bryan, a budding Ph.D. in Biomedical Informatics. They are thrilled to make Nashville and Vanderbilt their permanent home. Member of AOA.
Jon grew up outside of Sacramento in Granite Bay, California. For undergrad he escaped to the coast at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California where he studied biomedical engineering followed by one year of working on aortic aneurysm stent graft repairs. After growing tired of the beach he went to Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in Michigan where he discovered his interest in internal medicine. In his free time he is found doing most outdoor activities including running, hiking, camping, playing basketball, or retreating indoors to watch the Sacramento Kings struggle on the court. He is excited to explore Nashville and continue his training at Vanderbilt! Member of AOA.
Ray was born and raised in Knoxville, TN. He grew up loving Tennessee football and went to CAK high school. He went to the University of Tennessee Knoxville and majored in psychology with a minor in business administration. He did research with the department of psychology in the field of ADHD and neuropsychology. He received his MD at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. In his free time, Ray enjoys reading, skiing, new restaurants, coffee, and, above all, Volunteer football. Member of AOA.
Molly grew up outside Chicago with her twin brother and younger brother. She went to Stanford University for undergrad where she majored in Human Biology. After graduating she stayed at Stanford for a year to help teach in the Human Biology program. She then moved back to Chicago and spent two years working at a federally qualified health center before heading to the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor. She got a Masters in Higher Education between her third and fourth years of medical school and hopes to become a better teacher and education researcher during residency. She enjoys hand-biking, wheelchair basketball, watching women’s soccer (international and club), traveling, and eating anything chocolate. She is looking forward to warmer weather, exploring Nashville, and becoming part of the Vanderbilt family.
Johnathan was born and raised in Ft. Lauderdale Florida. Inspired by his mother, a gynecologist, he attended the University of Florida to pursue medicine. It turns out the apple didn’t fall far from the tree as he discovered his own personal passion and fit for the career and was pleased to stay at the University of Florida for medical school. The interests he developed during this time included a love of cooking, reading heady things like philosophy, music (especially classical and jazz), and serving the underserved on global mission trips. He is very excited to pursue this new venture in Tennessee at Vanderbilt!
Jared was born in Manchester, Connecticut. His parents and two older brothers lived in several different states before finally settling down in Jacksonville, Florida. His family cultivated his love for sports from an early age and he supports an interesting collection of teams. He attended college at the University of Florida (Go Gators!). He decided to stay another four years at The Swamp for medical school where his love for internal medicine really grew. He helped direct one of the local student run health clinics, served on the UF College of Medicine Executive Board, and went on a medical mission trip to Nicaragua. He has a passion for helping the underserved and is looking for ways he can volunteer in the Nashville community with his wife. When he is not watching sports, he really enjoys hiking, cooking new recipes, learning Spanish, and spending time with his wife. He is very excited to be moving to Nashville and joining the Vanderbilt family! Member of AOA.
Leahanne, known by her family and friends as Ania, was born and raised down the road in Chattanooga, TN. For undergrad she attended the University of Virginia where she majored in Political & Social Thought. Her parents had no idea where life would take her with that degree, but even they were surprised when she decided to join the Peace Corps. She served as a community health volunteer for 27 months in Nicaragua where she realized she loved infectious disease and health promotion. Following completion of her service, she attended Wake Forest for medical school where she met some of her very best friends and mentors. Outside of medicine, Ania loves hiking, watching college basketball (Go Hoos!), becoming a trivia night master, and spending time with her dogs Clifford & Blue. She can’t wait to join the Vanderbilt family! Member of AOA.
Meghana was born and raised in Houston. While growing up, she enjoyed playing the piano, dancing, and running around on her grandparents’ mango farm. She attended Stanford where she majored in Bio-Mechanical Engineering. She then moved out east to attend medical school at the University of Pennsylvania. She is excited to move back to the south to join the Vanderbilt community.
Matt was raised in a small town in South Central Kentucky. He received his bachelor’s from the University of Kentucky after studying biology and chemistry. For medical school he moved to Memphis to attend the University of Tennessee Health Science Center where he discovered his interest in both Endocrinology/Diabetes as well as Medical Education. In his free time, you’ll find him playing trivia/board games at local craft breweries or watching either college basketball or Overwatch League. He is excited to be joining such an exceptional residency program and the Vanderbilt family.
Kate grew up in Northeast Ohio. She attended Grove City College in Pennsylvania, where she studied electrical engineering and French, and ran cross country and track. She pursued graduate education in biomedical engineering at Virginia Tech before betraying her family of Buckeye fans to study medicine at the University of Michigan. Her career interests lie in gastroenterology and transplant medicine, and her professional passions include medical education and comparative medicine. Personally, she loves spending time with her husband and two cats, Boo and Gracie. She enjoys running, attempting alternative forms of exercise (so far weightlifting, triathlons, and boxing), gardening, and all things animal-related.
Beau grew up just outside of Phoenix, Arizona as the second-youngest of five children. He majored in ethnomusicology (the hushed-up lovechild of anthropology and musicology) at Brigham Young University. He and his wife, Lori, spent a third of their first year as newlyweds in a Tibetan refugee community in South India, where she studied traditional medicine and farming practices and he played the Tibetan lute, taught drums, and sang badly at birthday parties. Beau went to medical school at the Cleveland Clinic College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, which is notable both for being a 5-year program focused on research and for having a really, really long acronym. Lori was a regular vendor of awesome handmade art and jewelry at the farmers markets and nature centers in and around Cleveland. The apparent total of X chromosomes in the household stands at 11. Beau is excited to join the Harrison Society, with plans to complete a fellowship in hematology-oncology. His scientific interests focus on data science and machine learning approaches to diagnosis and prognostication for blood cancers, with further interests in healthcare disparities. Outside of work, Beau loves arguing with his children.
Thomas was born and raised in Savannah, GA. At a young age he was inspired by his own pediatrician and decided to start on the journey to become a physician. He attended Georgia College for undergrad where he studied Biology and was involved in various sports teams, book clubs, and improvement projects across campus. He attended Mercer University for medical school in his hometown of Savannah. During this time, he found his passion for teaching, clinical problem solving, and medical volunteerism. When not in the hospital, Thomas enjoys weight training, fishing, board games, and exploring new places with his wife, Jessica and dog, Apollo. He is excited to join the Vanderbilt family and, although he will miss the ocean, he is looking forward to exploring all of what Nashville has to offer. Member of AOA.
Andy was raised in the southwest suburbs of Minneapolis. He grew up playing sports year-round, and he continues to spend many afternoons/evenings cheering for his beloved Gophers. He attended the University of Minnesota for undergrad and medical school. Andy met his beloved wife, Anna, during medical school, and they are excited to begin their residency training together at Vanderbilt! Outside of the hospital, he enjoys fishing, golfing, and hiking with Anna, and he is looking forward to escaping the long, snowy winters of Minnesota. Andy is very excited to join the Vanderbilt family and explore the great city of Nashville! Member of AOA.
Soibhan was born in Wisconsin, but she and her family spent several years living down South (NC, TX) before returning to the Midwest. In pursuit of more snow, she moved to upstate New York to attend the University of Rochester and studied neuroscience and bioethics. After a gap year working in a dermatology practice in Massachusetts, she returned to the dairy state for medical school at the University of Wisconsin. While there she conducted research with the infectious disease division and fell in love with the Madison farmers’ market. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, hiking, reading in hammocks, figuring out what things she can stick in the air fryer, and relaxing with her husband, Jake, and chihuahua-mix Edgar. Soibhan is elated to be starting this next adventure in Nashville with the Vanderbilt community!
Nick was born and raised in Austin Texas prior to completing his undergraduate studies at the University of Notre Dame where he graduated with a degree in Science-Business Pre-Professional Studies. He came back to Texas to complete medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston McGovern Medical School. He is excited to be joining the Vanderbilt Internal Medicine program and looks forward to continuing his medical training. Outside of medicine, he is passionate about the musical arts, physical fitness, and technology- especially computers. Member of AOA.
Michael grew up in Park Ridge, IL and attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, majoring in Molecular & Cellular Biology. He completed multiple summer internships at NASA Johnson Space Center and subsequently moved to Houston after graduation to work for NASA on several different projects - including developing protocols for in-flight DNA sequencing on the International Space Station. Michael decided to stay in Texas for medical school and was thrilled to be a member of the inaugural class at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine, where he developed an interest in internal medicine, hematology/oncology, and health disparities. Outside of medicine, he enjoys playing golf, spending time with friends and family, trying new foods with his girlfriend, and writing (bad) short stories. He is incredibly excited to move to Nashville and join the Vanderbilt family!
Paul grew up in Colorado Springs, CO and attended Stanford University where he majored in Biology. After graduating, he spent two years working on hematopoietic stem cells and the bone marrow microenvironment in the lab of Dr. Irv Weissman at Stanford. In 2011, he joined the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Washington in Seattle. He completed his graduate research at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in the lab of Dr. Harlan Robins, which focused on developing computational approaches to understand the adaptive immune response to vaccination and infection. Paul is delighted to be joining the Harrison Society at Vanderbilt and plans to complete a fellowship in Rheumatology where he hopes to study the mechanisms underlying autoimmunity. In his free time, Paul enjoys cooking, skiing and watching major league baseball. He and his wife, who is also a Vanderbilt resident, recently welcomed the birth of their first child in February.
Obiko completed her undergraduate studies at Knox College, IL, where she majored in international studies and anthropology/sociology. She completed post-baccalaureate premedical studies at Vanderbilt University and then joined the MD-PhD training program at the University of Florida. During her PhD in Clinical Pharmaceutical Sciences, she studied pharmacogenomics and biomedical informatics with a focus on antihypertensive therapy. Obiko is excited to join Vanderbilt’s Harrison Society and plans to pursue a fellowship in nephrology. She enjoys traveling, hiking, and live music.
Jennifer grew up in Farmington, Connecticut and attended Georgetown University where she majored in both Biology of Global Health and Economics. Before starting medical school, Jennifer worked for a scientific consulting firm in the D.C. area. Jennifer then moved to Nashville for medical school at Vanderbilt University. She conducted a year of research through the Vanderbilt Medical Scholars Program, focusing on immune mechanisms of atherosclerosis. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys running, doing yoga, playing board games, and visiting breweries with her husband, Chris, and their fluffy dog, Zeus. She is excited to spend another three years in Nashville!
Kinsley grew up as one of 4 siblings in Vancouver, Washington. He has an identical twin brother and two sisters. He attended Cornell University where he earned his degree in Biology and Society and ran on the Track and Field team. After college, he worked in clinical research in the Division of Gastroenterology at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where he helped manage the day to day activities of several clinical trials. He later attended Vanderbilt School of Medicine (Class of 2020), and he is excited to start his residency at Vanderbilt. In his free time, Kinsley enjoys cooking, weightlifting, running, reading and spending time with his friends.
Paul grew up in Arlington, Texas before taking a ten year detour through the midwest playing hockey and attending school in both Minnesota and Iowa. Ultimately, he graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in biology before returning to Texas to attend medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern. There he discovered a passion for medical education, mentorship, and HIV medicine. Outside of medicine he is still an avid hockey fan, Formula 1 racing fan, and unfortunately a diehard Dallas Cowboys fan. He and his fiancé are excited to be moving to a city with a Central Division NHL team so they can watch the Dallas Stars win twice a year in person and they couldn’t be happier to be joining the Vanderbilt community. Member of AOA.
Jamie grew up moving between North Carolina, Texas, and Louisiana as the proud daughter of two army officers. She ventured north for college where she played clarinet in the Band of the Fighting Irish at the University of Notre Dame, met her husband (Ethan - a general surgery resident at UT Nashville), and became focused on caring for vulnerable populations. She returned to Texas for medical school at UT Southwestern where she fell in love with the combination of scientific discovery and close patient connections found in medicine. She spent two years as a Sarnoff Fellow in Dr. William Kaelin’s lab studying CRISPR screening techniques to identify novel treatments for heart failure. Outside of the hospital, Jamie enjoys spending time with her husband, vegetarian cooking, hiking, running, and visiting family. She could not be more excited to join the Vanderbilt family and explore the great state of Tennessee! Member of AOA.
Kaitlyn grew up just outside of St. Paul, Minnesota with her four younger siblings, two cats, and a dog. She then migrated south to Kentucky to study biology at Berea College, a federally recognized work college. She worked as an intramurals referee and a biology teaching assistant and enjoyed living in such a unique, sustainable and socially-conscious community. While in medical school, she was very involved with Shade Tree Clinic, pre-medical student mentoring and a wide variety of research projects. In her free time, she enjoys baking, hiking, running and eating ice cream. She loved Nashville and Vanderbilt too much to leave and is incredibly grateful to be able to continue training at Vanderbilt.
Trey and his younger sister were born and raised in Florence, Alabama. There, Trey developed a love for music and the outdoors. He went on to study philosophy and chemistry at the University of Alabama. While at Alabama, Trey was involved with several service organizations focused on healthcare in medically underserved regions of the state. These experiences played a crucial role in his decision to pursue a career in medicine. He attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and continued to volunteer with underserved populations, participating in the student run free clinic. He chose internal medicine because of its complexity, the emphasis placed on clinical reasoning, and the unique relationships internists develop with their patients. In his free time, Trey enjoys running, reading, playing the guitar, and watching Alabama Football. He and his wife Katie are involved in their church where they enjoy teaching Sunday school classes. Trey and Katie are excited to move to Nashville and to be part of the Vanderbilt family! Member of AOA
Taylor was born and raised in Houston, Texas, where she grew up doing competitive gymnastics and developed an interest in the field of medicine after one too many gymnastics injuries. She stayed in Houston to attend Rice University for her undergraduate training in biomedical engineering. Before starting medical school at the University of Texas at Houston, she took a year off to work for a medical device start-up company. She developed a passion for Internal Medicine, especially gastroenterology, during her third year of medical school. Although she will miss Texas (and Tex-Mex), she is excited to join the Vanderbilt family in Tennessee. Outside of the hospital she enjoys yoga (and teaching yoga), cooking, drinking coffee and/or wine, and spending time with her husband, who is also excited to explore Nashville! Member of AOA.
Mohamed was born in Virginia, but spent his childhood living in Finland, Ethiopia, United States, Saudi Arabia, and Sudan with his four sisters. Mohamed attended George Mason University where he majored in Neuroscience and minored in Chemistry. In medical school he enjoyed mentoring medical students through SNMA. He solidified his interest in Cardiology after a global health rotation in Abu Dhabi, UAE. In his free time, he enjoys film, true crime podcasts, playing guitar, international travel, spending time with his cat Lola, and attending live theatre performances with his fiancée. He is excited to join the Vanderbilt community and looks forward to discovering all there is to do (and eat) in Nashville!
Christina was born and raised in Augusta, GA. She double-majored in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Spanish at Vanderbilt University. Christina loved Vanderbilt so much that after graduating, she stayed for a gap year to work as a research assistant. Christina then headed north to pursue her medical degree at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. While in Cleveland, she developed interests in hematology/oncology and infectious disease and dedicated one year to conducting translational leukemia research. Christina is thrilled to return to Nashville to complete her Internal Medicine residency and to earn the distinction of “Double ‘Dore”. Outside of medicine, Christina enjoys running, cycling, hiking, yoga, Orangetheory, cooking, gardening, practicing her Spanish, traveling, and spending time with her significant other, Jon, and her fluffy cat, Rory.
Patrick was born in Mobile, Alabama into a large family as one of six siblings. He grew up on the water of Mobile Bay learning to love fishing, boating, and flounder gigging with his family. There must have been something in the water, because all 8 members of the family went to The University of Alabama for college. Patrick majored in chemical engineering as an undergrad before attending South Alabama for medical school where he developed a passion for academic medicine and working in teams. Outside of medicine, Patrick enjoys organized trivia, golf, tennis, traveling, and food tours. Patrick is thrilled to be joining the Vanderbilt Internal Medicine Class of 2023 and cannot wait to explore all that Nashville has to offer! Member of AOA.
Terra was born in San Francisco and grew up in Northern California until high school when her parents moved to Chapel Hill, NC to complete their respective masters programs. She fell in love with the Tarheels as a teenager, and ultimately completed her undergraduate education at UNC Chapel Hill, with a B.S. in Biology and minors in Spanish and Chemistry. After graduating and realizing she still was not as fluent in Spanish as she would have liked to have been, she moved to Colombia for a year to teach English while improving her Spanish. She then returned to Chapel Hill to continue her education at UNC School of Medicine. Her professional interests include critical care, hospital medicine, infectious disease and nephrology (so… everything). Outside of the hospital she spends her time outdoors in any way she can - running, hiking, playing tennis and recently picked up rollerblading as a hobby (meaning she bought a pair of rollerblades and has used them exactly once) - and of course spending as much time with family and friends as they can tolerate. She is absolutely thrilled to be moving to Nashville and to be joining the Vanderbilt family!
Lena was born in the suburbs of Houston, TX and attended the University of Texas at Austin where she majored in biochemistry. Continuing to pursue her love of science, she decided to attend medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch. In medical school, she took an interest in medical education after tutoring several pre-clinical courses for her peers. She also volunteered at the student-run free clinic and is interested in health care disparities. She hopes to combine these interests in her future career. One of her joys in life is a good cup of coffee, and she loves discovering new beans and roasters. She also enjoys spending time with her family, trying new restaurants, and traveling. She is excited to see what Nashville has to offer and ecstatic to be joining the Vanderbilt community! Member of AOA.
Madi was born and raised in Clearwater, Florida. She followed in her older brother and sister's footsteps to the University of Florida to complete the heartbreak of her Florida State fan mother, and to study Microbiology with a minor in Health Disparities. She was immensely grateful for the opportunity to study for a master's degree in Immunology at the University of Oxford where she solidified her interest in hematology/oncology and immunotherapy and discovered the joys of the Great British Bake Off. She returned to her swampy home at the University of Florida College of Medicine where she continued pursuing her interests in heme/onc, LGBTQ health, and medical education. When she's not watching HGTV and dreaming of building her own tiny home, she enjoys reading, painting, hiking, rowing, improv comedy, and watching the sports that she is not athletic enough to play. She is looking forward to becoming a die-hard Nashville SC fan, hiking and camping her way through the Tennessee mountains, and continuing her training with the Vanderbilt family! Member of AOA.
Matthew grew up outside of the twin cities in Minnesota and attended Boston College where he studied chemistry. He then moved to San Diego where he received his PhD in organic chemistry at The Scripps Research Institute before coming to Vanderbilt for medical school. In his free time, he enjoys baking, basketball and spending time with his wife and dog. After 4 years as a student, he is excited to join the Vanderbilt team as a resident! Member of AOA.
Margaret was raised in Houston (where her older sister currently lives) and moved to Memphis, TN in middle school. She moved to Nashville to attend Lipscomb University where she majored in Molecular Biology, audited biblical language courses, and tried to visit all the coffee shops in Nashville (a truly impossible feat). She then returned to Memphis for medical school where she enjoys the outdoors, traveling, baking banana bread, and growing orchids. Recently returning from her fourth trip to rural Ghana, Africa, she developed a passion for global health and the community she has built there. She cannot wait to return to Fido and run the steps of Percy Warner park when she moves back to Nashville and joins the Vanderbilt family! Member of AOA.
Raeann was born in Overland Park, Kansas and grew up in the suburbs of Kansas City. She attended the University of Kansas, where she majored in microbiology and developed a passion for immunology. She then ventured from the Midwest to the South for medical school at Duke University, although she remains a lifelong Jayhawk fan. At Duke, she engaged in numerous teaching and leadership opportunities as well as laboratory-based immunological research. She also spent time in the Duke Lupus Clinic and was involved in several lupus clinical research projects. In her spare time, she enjoys creative outlets through arts and crafts, hiking, and curling up with coffee and a good book. She and her little southern belle pup, Maisie Mae, are excited to stay in the South at Vanderbilt!
Lisa was born and raised in Arcadia, a suburb of Los Angeles County. Growing up, she enjoyed playing the violin and continued to take lessons throughout college. She attended Cornell University where she confirmed her decision to pursue medicine. Afterwards, she returned to her hometown to attend medical school at UCLA. She enjoys watching movies, yoga, walking in nature, and exploring new cities. Lisa is excited to be able to head to Nashville for residency and to join the Vanderbilt community!
Marina was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania but grew up in Richmond, Virginia with her parents and younger brother, Paul. She has had nontraditional mascots at every level of her training--first a Cavalier, then a Demon Deacon, and finally, a Commodore! She attended the University of Virginia where she majored in Biomedical Engineering before moving down to Wake Forest for medical school. During medical school, she decided to pursue Internal Medicine-Pediatrics as a path to caring for adolescent and young adult cancer patients and survivors. Her other academic interests include medical education and social determinants of health. In her free time, she enjoys experimenting with baking, eating her way through new cities, day hiking, and spending time with her family, friends, and church community. She also loves rooting for her Pittsburgh Steelers and UVA basketball (WAHOOWA!). She is incredibly excited to join the Vanderbilt family and become a part of the Nashville community!
Trent grew up in Versailles, KY, just 4184 miles from the Palace of Versailles. He attended Tulane University where he consumed excessive amounts of crawfish and occasionally studied neuroscience, Spanish, and film studies. After college, Trent joined Teach for America Appalachia, moved to the mountains of Kentucky, and succeeded in setting off the fire alarm three times while teaching chemistry and physics. Trent then returned to New Orleans, studied pharmacology at Tulane and taught environmental science at an accelerated high school. Many crawfish later, Trent migrated to his home state to attend medical school. At the University of Kentucky, Trent recognized his desire to care for all ages and populations and quickly discovered the Med-Peds community. He also became interested in medical education and best practices for cultivating community and fostering wellness during medical school. In his spare time, Trent enjoys playing soccer, traveling, and watching too many movies. Member of AOA.
Nina grew up in northeastern Ohio on her family farm, where she discovered her love for food and the outdoors. She attended Carnegie Mellon University for her undergraduate education, majoring in biology and psychology - all the while running up and down the Pittsburgh hills as a member of the women’s cross country & track teams. She then returned to the Buckeye State to attend The Ohio State University College of Medicine. As a medical student, she loved both pediatric and adult medicine, and working with underserved populations. In her free time, Nina enjoys running, hiking, crafting, and cooking and is so thrilled to explore all that Nashville has to offer! Member of AOA.
Justin grew up not far from Nashville in his hometown of Clarksville, TN. He decided to travel down the road to attend college here in Nashville at Belmont University where he majored in Biology. During his time at Belmont, Justin spent a semester abroad at the University of St. Andrews and performed research involving Acinetobacter baumannii in the lab of Dr. Eric Skaar here at Vanderbilt. After graduating from Belmont, he spent a year working as an anesthesia technician before beginning medical school at UTHSC in Memphis, TN. Outside of medicine Justin enjoys reading, brewing beer, baking bread, and spending time with his wonderful wife Sydney and their dogs Chewie and Luna. He is ecstatic to be returning to Nashville and joining Vanderbilt! Member of AOA.
Tom was born in Durham, NC, but was raised in southern Indiana where he became an avid Hoosiers fan. Despite what he felt was a promising career in basketball, he was abruptly cut from his elementary school ball club and decided to pursue a medical degree instead. He spent his four years of undergraduate education in Bloomington, Indiana where he majored in Biology and minored in Psychiatry. Tom spent the first half of medical school in Evansville, Indiana where he met his anatomy lab partner and future wife Maria. They later moved to Indianapolis to finish their education. Tom and Maria (Pediatrics) endured the couples match and were humbled to learn that they would both continue their training at Vanderbilt! They are excited to get to work with their new colleagues while hopefully saving some time to explore the parks, breweries, restaurants, and all the other perks of living in the Music City. Member of AOA.
Zack was born and raised with his two younger brothers in the suburbs of Jackson, MS, and dreamed of becoming a doctor ever since he was in junior high. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering from Mississippi State University. While at Mississippi State, Zack and a team of fellow classmates researched and built a successful prototype for an automated blood typing device and later formed an LLC to explore further uses for the technology they developed. Also while in college, Zack was very involved with the MSU Roadrunners student recruiting organization and spent a summer abroad in France, which further fueled his love of world travel. He returned to Jackson for medical school at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, where he learned he had a love for all patients young and old, ultimately leading him to pursue a career in Med-Peds. While at UMMC, Zack served on the Associated Student Body and developed an interest in medical education through tutoring other students. In addition to his passion for medicine, Zack also has a great love for the performing arts, having worked as a choreographer for numerous show choirs and theater productions. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, going to shows and concerts, grabbing dinner and drinks at new restaurants, exercising and doing yoga, and spending time with friends, family, and his dog, Sadie. Zack could not be more thrilled to begin his training at Vanderbilt and looks forward to a new adventure in Nashville! Member of AOA.
Heston grew up in the small town of Quality, KY along with two sisters. Growing up in a rural area exposed him to the health disparities faced by this population and fueled his passion for rural health. He attended Murray State University for undergrad and majored in biology. He then attended medical school at the University of Kentucky as part of the Rural Physician Leadership Program, a program designed to give students additional experience and insight into rural health. He enjoys traveling (he’s been to 48 states and hopes to get to Hawaii and Alaska soon!), cooking, playing board games, hiking, and spending time with friends and family. He is excited to move to Nashville and join the Vanderbilt community!
Brett grew up near Orlando, Florida. Before completing his undergraduate degree in neuroscience at Brigham Young University, he spent two years as a missionary in Puebla, Mexico. He attended medical school at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, a five-year program at Case Western Reserve University that includes as part of its curriculum an additional research focus. While there he spent time researching the impact of the microbiome on heart disease with Dr. Stan Hazen. He also designed and carried out a randomized pilot study with Dr. Leonard Calabrese examining the effects of a mindfulness-based stress management program on transcriptomic and circulating markers of inflammation in a group of stressed nurses. Besides spending time with and taking cute pictures of their two boys, Brett and his wife, Leticia, enjoy getting outdoors and exploring new places, documenting their adventures through photography and video. Brett also plays the piano and is an avid mountain biker and Crossfit enthusiast.
Hunter was born and raised in Miami, FL in a Cuban American household. He earned his undergraduate degree in neuroscience at the University of Miami where he got Scuba certified and joined the rock-climbing team. After undergrad, he worked as a simulation technician before going to Tampa for medical school. As part of the USF SELECT program, he completed two years in Tampa and two in Allentown Pennsylvania, which was his first time seeing snow. During his free time, he loves to cook, play board games and make soap. He also cultivates a variety of succulents and orchids and looks forward to restarting his garden in Nashville.
Viviana was born in Quito, Ecuador but her entire family is from Peru. She moved to Miami, FL when she was 3 and has been there ever since! She majored in Neuroscience and minored in Sports Medicine at the University of Miami and then stayed there to complete her dual MD/MPH degree. Viviana is a HUGE sports fan and loves going to as many baseball, football and basketball games as she can. She loves to run and workout, and her goal is to stay as active as she can during residency. She also loves traveling to see family in Peru as often as she can and enjoys visiting new places. Her favorite countries she has visited are Egypt and Colombia (where she got to do an amazing hike in the jungle). Viviana is so excited to move to Nashville and become a part of the Vanderbilt community!
Eesha grew up in New Delhi, India until she moved to Collierville, TN when she was 9 years old. Her interest in neurology was piqued during her undergraduate career, when she majored in Neuroscience and Computer Science. She spent some time after college doing clinical research with a focus on genome wide studies at the Lieber Institute in Baltimore, and decided that she wanted to be a clinician after pursuing a Master's degree in Pharmacology from University of Tennessee. During her time in medical school, she developed an interest in public health as well as medical education. She hopes to further those interests during residency. During her free time, Eesha enjoys biking, board games, baking, and reading. She is excited to return to Vanderbilt as a resident!
Molly was born and raised in Nolensville, Tennessee and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a major in biological sciences and a minor in Spanish. She continued her education at the University of Kentucky for medical school, where she was a part of the Rural Physician Leadership Program and the Global Health Track. In her career, she hopes to continue working with underserved populations and alleviating health disparities. In her spare time, she enjoys anything that will get her outside and balance her love of food, such as running, hiking, biking, or walking her dog, Moose. She is thrilled to be returning home and joining the Vanderbilt community! Member of AOA.
Lisa grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana and graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in biology. After college, Lisa studied butterfly behavior at the University of Arizona, where she surprisingly discovered a passion for working with people through extensive experiences in science education and outreach. After receiving a Master of Science in her graduate program, Lisa went on to pursue a career in medicine at Texas A&M University College of Medicine. There, she found her calling in neurology while she continued to develop her interests in education and outreach. Lisa is excited to continue her training at Vanderbilt and with the Nashville community. Outside of medicine, Lisa spends her time cooking Asian cuisine, swimming at the local gym, enjoying yoga in her living room, and caring for her houseplants.
Nick was born in San Francisco, California and grew up in Sacramento until moving to the midwest for college. He attended Washington University where he studied economics, Chinese and finance. He spent several years working in Madison, Wisconsin before applying to medical school and moving to the frigid Syracuse, NY. He is extremely excited to be moving someplace far warmer and joining the Vanderbilt community! He and his wife love hiking, fishing and experiencing local culture, and they are thrilled to start a new adventure in Nashville!
Doug grew up in Princeton, NJ with a twin brother. He attended the University of Michigan for undergrad, where he majored in Cellular and Molecular Biology and minored in Medical Anthropology. Doug was also a member of the inaugural Division I lacrosse team at Michigan and played on the lacrosse team for all four years. Doug furthered his interests in medicine by working for an NCAA/Department of Defense concussion study before medical school. For medical school, Doug moved south to attend the University of South Florida. During this time, Doug was active with mentoring undergraduate students, medical mission work, and various quality improvement projects. In his free time, Doug enjoys playing really any sport, running, hiking, skiing, reading, watching college sports, checking out restaurants/breweries, and cooking (especially mac and cheese).
Jake was born in Atlanta, GA, but raised in the foothills of the Smokies in Knoxville, TN. He went to Creighton University in Omaha, NE for his undergraduate degree, receiving a B.S. in Chemistry with a focus in Biochemistry. After undergraduate, Jake remained a Bluejay by attending Creighton for medical school. Jake discovered PM&R in his first year of medical school and had the light bulb go off in his head knowing that he had found the right fit for him. Jake became involved in traumatic brain injury research, which helped to further cement his passion for PM&R. In his spare time Jake loves to be outdoors. He enjoys spending his time reading science fiction, swimming, biking, hiking, snow skiing, and wake boarding. Jake and his wife are excited to move to Nashville.
Prior to attending medical school, Will received multiple offers to play professional basketball including an offer to try out with the NBA's Celtics. While attending medical school Will served as Ultrasound Club President during his preclinical years and sought out additional training with local Ultrasound Technicians. These extracurricular efforts allowed Will to develop an ultrasound curriculum and teach ultrasound techniques and procedural skills to students and physicians. Will is married to his best friend and they have a 6-year-old girl, who keeps their lives unpredictable and full of adventure.
Michael was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas. He is the oldest of 4, having a twin brother, Warren (Michael is older by 1 minute), and two younger sisters, Maria and Olivia. He attended the University of Arkansas for his undergraduate studies in biology and graduated Summa Cum Laude before entering medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. During medical school he studied diligently and was able to graduate with the highest honors in the class. He has a passion for early morning weightlifting before clinic or class, and he enjoys football, grilling, and fishing on the weekends. He also collects interesting shirts, ties, and socks that he enjoys showing his colleagues and patients. Some of his favorite things about Nashville are the hot chicken that is readily available around the city and the country music scene that practically defines the city. Michael will leave for Oklahoma City to complete his Dermatology residency after his intern year at Vanderbilt. He hopes to return to somewhere in the South after his training. Member of AOA.
Dina was born and brought up in Amman, Jordan. At the age of 18, she moved to Edinburgh for medical school. After 6 years there, she moved to London to start post graduate training at King’s College. Last year, Dina took a year out to earn a Master’s degree in clinical neuroscience. After her prelim year in medicine at Vanderbilt, she will be moving to Chicago for her neurology residency at Northwestern. In COVID times, her hobbies have become sleeping and watching Netflix. Pre-COVID, she loved travelling, eating her way through the places she visited, and running. Dina is looking forward to clearer skies and easier access to the outdoors upon moving to Nashville in July!
Henry was born in San Diego and studied General Biology at UC San Diego. During college, he researched unnatural DNA and spent several summers helping to set up primary care clinics in rural Vietnam. He then moved out of San Diego for the first time to begin a new adventure in Nashville, specifically, medical school at Vanderbilt! He dedicated an extra year of medical school to researching cutaneous toxicities of immune checkpoint inhibitors and was even asked to model an immunotherapy textbook for the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer website. He enjoys reading mystery and thriller novels, writing short stories, playing video games, and visiting the beach (though this has been much more difficult in Nashville than in San Diego). He is excited to be staying at Vanderbilt for another year before heading to Cincinnati for his dermatology training!
Madeleine Alder grew up as an only child in Evanston, which is just outside of Chicago. For undergrad she went to Washington University in St Louis where she majored in American Culture Studies. She is very glad she found medicine, as it turns out that major is not very employable. She spent a year between undergrad and medical school working as a case manager and French translator for refugees and people seeking political asylum. She then spent four amazing years in medical school at Northwestern University. She continues to have a passion for refugee healthcare and working with underserved populations. Outside of medicine, she enjoys yoga, running, reading, and traveling. She loves working in Vanderbilt's welcoming and supportive community. In her spare time she can be found in one of Nashville's amazing plant stores.
Allie was born and raised in Southeast Michigan with her two sisters, brother, and adorable dogs. She attended University of Michigan for her undergraduate education where she majored in neuroscience. She decided it was time to venture out of Michigan for medical school and landed in the great city of Chicago at Rush Medical College. While in Chicago, Allie spent much of her time enjoying Second City shows and touring the Chicago coffee and food scene with friends. In her free time, she enjoys making people laugh, hiking, baking, crocheting/knitting, watching TV/movies, and spending time with friends and family. Allie has enjoyed living in Nashville while making memories and lasting friendships with her wonderful co-residents!
Melissa grew up in St. Louis, MO and attended Notre Dame where she majored in biological sciences and minored in theology. She then joined Vanderbilt's MD/PhD program, where she studied the regulation of immune responses during airway inflammation in Stokes Peebles' lab. Melissa has enjoyed being a part of Vanderbilt's Harrison Society and plans to complete a fellowship in allergy & immunology. Her scientific interests focus on modulating the immune response during allergic disease. Outside of the hospital and the lab, Melissa enjoys spending time with her husband Nathan, who is also a member of the Harrison Society. Together, they do their best to keep up with their active and inquisitive 5-year-old daughter Penny and her 1 year old sister Josie.
Nathaniel grew up in Warner Robins, Georgia and attended Georgia Tech where he majored in biomedical engineering. He then joined Vanderbilt's MD/PhD program, where he studied molecular and cellular mediators of pulmonary microvasculature mechanics in Dr. David Merryman’s laboratory. Nathaniel is a member of Vanderbilt's Harrison Society with plans to complete a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine. His scientific interests focus on understanding how microscopic mechanical forces contribute to illness in the lung. Outside of the hospital and the lab, Nathaniel enjoys spending time with his wife Melissa, who is also a member of the Harrison Society. Together, they do their best to keep up with their active and inquisitive 5-year-old daughter Penny and her 18 month old sister Josie.
Leah was born and raised in the heart of the Bulldawg Nation in Athens, Georgia. She stayed in her hometown for college and graduated from the University of Georgia with a major in Microbiology and a minor in Spanish. During her time there, Leah worked in an industrial microbiology research lab and served on several mission trips to Central America, through which she learned that her two passions—science and service-- could be well served in the field of medicine. She moved a couple hours east to Augusta, to attend medical school at the Medical College of Georgia, where she cemented her love for academic infectious diseases. Since moving to Nashville, her training has broadened her interests to sepsis, critical care, and the microbiome. She is currently planning to pursue dual fellowships in Infectious Diseases and Pulmonary Critical Care to best serve her future career as an expert in sepsis and the pulmonary microbiome. Her love languages are quality time and sweet potato fries (usually together), and in her free time, she enjoys rock climbing, exploring local coffee shops and Wine Wednesday venues, and fulfilling her honorable new role as Santa’s Chief by singing karaoke.
Babatunde was born and raised in Miami, Florida. Growing up, his hobbies included playing the bass guitar and cooking with his family. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from Florida State University where he majored in biology before attending medical school at the University of Florida. Despite this apparent betrayal, he remains loyal to the Seminoles on the football field. Outside of medicine he enjoys trying new foods, attending concerts, and spending time with friends. He’s really made the most of Nashville by exploring the food scene and likely has restaurant recommendations on the ready at any given time. He has very much enjoyed being part of the Vanderbilt family!
Janice was born in Brooklyn, NY. She attended Georgia State University in Atlanta. While in college, she decided on a career in medicine. She took a gap year and worked as a scribe in local Emergency Departments in metro Atlanta. At the Medical College of Georgia, she decided to pursue internal medicine because of her passion for helping adults achieve the best possible quality of life with the hope of minimizing negative health outcomes. For leisure, she enjoys walking along nature trails, biking, spending time with family, and traveling.
Andrea grew up in the small town of Longmeadow, MA where she played volleyball and ran track. She then majored in psychology with a concentration in public health policy at the College of the Holy Cross while also playing Division I volleyball. In her senior year, Andrea decided to pursue a career in medicine as opposed to one in law (despite having taken the LSAT!), and as such she matriculated into the Johns Hopkins post-bac pre-med program. She then attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania and continued her studies in health policy and community health as well as developed an interest in caring for critically ill patients and their families. She could not be happier about pursuing this phase of her career at Vanderbilt. Her colleagues, patients, and the city of Nashville have stolen her heart. Not to mention, in her free time, Andrea enjoys checking out the Nashville restaurant scene, breweries, running paths, and parks!
Jesse was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. Growing up he caught the sports bug early, and this has remained his passion to this day. He attended the University of Alabama where he studied chemistry and biology. Afterwards he returned to Birmingham for four years to study medicine at UAB. Jesse's favorite thing in the world is to play basketball. He also enjoys tennis, and unfortunately for him he has picked up golf during his fourth year of med school. Finally he loves the Alabama Crimson Tide very much, and he hopes this won't be too big of an issue in Commodore country. Jesse can't wait to start training in the great city of Nashville!
Robert is the oldest of five children and was raised in Livingston, NJ. He attended Yeshiva University for college, where he studied biology and business. After graduating college, he worked to promote inclusion at the National Jewish Council for Disabilities. During medical school, Robert spent his free time training for triathlons, eventually completing Ironman Cozumel, a challenging but inspiring experience. Robert also enjoys spending time with friends and family, hiking, attending Philadelphia sports games, playing guitar, and learning how to craft the perfect latte. Robert and his wife Hanna are looking forward to exploring everything Nashville has to offer and are honored to be joining the Vanderbilt family. Member of AOA.
Kyle was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania and spent the first half of his life in New Jersey before his family moved south to Atlanta, Georgia. He grew up with four younger sisters and loves being a part of a big family. Kyle pursued his undergraduate education at the University of Georgia where he majored in genetics and minored in becoming a die-hard Dawgs fan. After graduating from UGA, he spent a year working as a phlebotomist at a cancer center, which sparked his interest in pursuing a career in hematology/oncology. He then stayed in Georgia to get his medical degree at the Medical College of Georgia and was incredibly lucky to marry his beautiful wife Ashley during that time. He loves to spend his free time with family and friends and stays active through running and Spartan Races. He’s also a huge sports fan, especially when it comes to college football (Go Dawgs), hockey, and golf. He and his wife are excited to move to Nashville and continue their journey with the Vanderbilt family!
Michael grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia with his parents and two older sisters. He traveled down the road to the University of Virginia for college where he majored in chemistry. He has played the drums since he was five years old and in college was a member of the Percussion Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, and University of Virginia Drumline, where he was Quad Section Leader. With the UVA Drumline, he had the opportunity to record a song for the Dave Matthews Band in their studio. Before Michael graduated from college, his parents moved to Morehead, Kentucky, where they currently reside. He attended the University of Kentucky College of Medicine where he realized a lifelong dream of working with and being taught by his father, a Pulmonary/Critical Care physician. Other interests include playing tennis, golf, traveling, and following UVA basketball. Go Hoos! Michael enjoys the vibrant energy of Nashville and cannot say enough about the camaraderie and supportive atmosphere of Vanderbilt. Member of AOA.
The youngest of four children, John was born and raised in the small town of Longmeadow, Massachusetts. He moved to Virginia to attend UVA where he majored in chemistry, minored in latin, and developed his love for Tony Bennett (not the singer) and UVA basketball. He continued his education at VCU for medical school, where he fostered his passion for medicine and morning report. Outside of medicine, John loves playing soccer, skiing, hiking, and playing foosball and board games. John and his dog Monty are excited to be joining his girlfriend Emily, a PGY-1 in pediatrics, at Vanderbilt! Member of AOA.
Gina was born and raised in Glen Ellyn, IL, a western suburb of Chicago. Growing up, she enjoyed competitive swimming and vacationing with her family in Mexico. She attended Loyola University Chicago where she graduated with her degree in nursing. Gina studied abroad in both Rome and London (yep, it took her 5 years to graduate). After working as a nurse for several years, she attended Loyola Stritch School of Medicine. Gina was kept sane throughout her many years of education by an amazing family and her beloved medical school running club. Some of her favorite things include: live music, triathlons, and gelato. Since moving to Nashville, Gina has been exploring new running paths and reading by the pool. She feels lucky to have made a great group of friends who make Nashville feel like home. Member of AOA.
Hannah was born and raised in the small town of Bogalusa, Louisiana. For college, Hannah ventured just a few hours from home to attend LSU in Baton Rouge (Geaux Tigers!), where she received degrees in biology and psychology. Following graduation, Hannah spent one year working as a medical scribe before beginning medical school at LSU in New Orleans. During medical school, Hannah developed a great love for Saints football (Who Dat!) and met her better half, Camille, who has joined her in Nashville as an OB-GYN resident. Hannah, Camille, and their pet cat (Maté KiKi) have enjoyed their first year in Nashville and are excited to continue exploring new restaurants, local music, and nearby hikes. Member of AOA.
Carlos was born in Natchez, MS and moved around before living in Nashville and attending the University School of Nashville, right across the street from Vandy! He attended college at Butler University, medical school at the University of Louisville, and is thrilled to be back in Nashville pursuing Internal Medicine at Vanderbilt University. Carlos held several jobs, including selling cars, before recognizing that there was nothing he would rather do than to take care of patients. In medical school, Carlos participated in the Distinction in Business and Leadership Track. His passion for people lead him to several leadership opportunities including being a camp counsellor for the “Summer Health Professionals Education Program” where he mentored and tutored undergraduate students underrepresented in the healthcare professions, and class executive leadership, learning first-hand what is required of an academic physician. Carlos spends his free time exercising, listening to live music and rooting on the Titans! Carlos is thankful for God, his family, and his beautiful wife for the support they have given him, and he is so excited for this next phase of life!
Michael was born and raised in the (very dry) heat of Las Vegas, where he also attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and earned his degree in biological sciences with a minor in chemistry. He then switched coasts to attend NYU School of Medicine in the heart of Manhattan, where he developed a love for internal medicine while working with the underserved population of Bellevue Hospital. While New York City was exciting, Michael is eager to explore the vibrant city of Nashville and is absolutely thrilled to be joining the Vanderbilt community! Outside of the hospital, he enjoys reading, hiking, biking, listening to what seems like a never-ending list of podcasts, finding amazing coffee, and brushing up on his guitar skills.
Saumya was born in Mumbai, India and emigrated to the United States at the age of six. She grew up in Norristown, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. She attended the University of Pennsylvania where she studied Biology, Psychology, and South Asian Studies. After completing her undergraduate education, she took a gap year and participated in the CBYX program which gave her the opportunity to live and work in Köln, Germany for one year. Following that formative experience, she joined the MD/PhD program at Penn State University. Saumya earned her PhD with training as an immunologist and her research interests range from T cell biology to the tumor microenvironment; she will be fast-tracking into Hematology-Oncology and pursuing a career as a physician-scientist. Saumya is an avid tennis player and loves the NBA, especially her hometown Philadelphia 76ers. She loves to travel, not only to visit her family in India but also to explore new countries, cultures, and most importantly food. Her other interests include Bollywood movies, music and theater, reading for pleasure, and spending time with her beautiful co-residents.
Amanda grew up in southeast Michigan, spending most of her free time waterskiing on Michigan lakes. She went to the University of Michigan for her undergraduate education, where she developed a lifelong dedication to Michigan sports. Amanda completed her medical education at the University of Pittsburgh, during which time she worked with Pitt Med's longitudinal mentorship program and curriculum committee, and was elected AOA her junior year. Amanda plans to pursue a cardiology fellowship, with special interests including diversity in medicine and health policy. Her research interests include big database work on clinical predictors of outcomes in heart failure. Her hobbies include exercise, travel, photography, and wine-tasting. She currently lives in East Nashville with her husband stationed at Fort Campbell and enjoys spending time outdoors gardening and seeing local Nashville scenery.
Amelia was born and raised in New Orleans. Although she is an only child, she comes from a large south Louisiana family and has about one million cousins. She briefly left New Orleans to attend Emory University, where she majored in Anthropology and Human Biology and did research in ethnobotany. She returned to New Orleans for medical school where she became interested in critical care as well as medical ethics, end of life care, and medical education. In her free time she enjoys hiking and trail running in Percy Warner, watching documentaries at the Belcourt Theater, and discovering new ways to cook salmon. She tries to stay active and prides herself in being mediocre at most sports. Some of Amelia’s favorite things about Vandy IM include the people (obviously), repleting potassium, traditional trips to the helipad and pancake pantry with the night team, and finding the best views of downtown Nashville from the hospital (hint, it’s 8MCE). Member of AOA.
Joe grew up in Findlay, Ohio - a small town in Northwest, Ohio. He grew up playing lots of sports and still tries to find time to get out and stay active. Since starting residency, that looks more along the lines of hiking with his fiance at the parks around Nashville and throughout Tennessee. Throughout residency, he's started to take more of an interest in cooking and gardening, albeit in a tiny 15th floor apartment in Midtown, but with hopes to move to a small house in the upcoming years. Also, in his spare time, Joe keeps busy exploring new restaurants. He enjoys everything Nashville has to offer – sports, music, the extremely well-established academic tradition, nature, food; you name it, he couldn’t imagine a town he would be more excited to live in!
Adesola was born and raised in Abuja, Nigeria. She came over to the United States at age 17 for college where she studied Biomedical Engineering at Mississippi State University. Prior to medical school, she spent a year in Boston working in sales for a startup Education and Technology company. Adesola quickly realized that she did not enjoy the cold winter of New England and decided to head to Philadelphia for medical school. She enjoys writing, singing, cooking, dancing to Nigerian music and kickboxing. She has really enjoyed her time in Nashville, and loves her co-residents that have become dear friends.
Olusola (‘Sola) was born and raised in Nigeria, where he also obtained his medical degree. Following his medical education, he completed a Master’s in Public Health at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, where he was also inducted into the Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society. As a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, and a Research Fellow at the American Heart Association’s Tobacco Regulation and Addiction Center, he published several high-impact papers in Preventive Cardiology. His research interests, which continue to expand, build upon these experiences, spanning cardiovascular disease prevention, clinical risk prediction, and disease outcome improvement. Clinically, he has interests in subspecializing in Cardiology, and will be looking to merge his clinical and research interests as an Academic Cardiologist. A soi-disant philosopher, he loves to engage in stimulating conversations. He also deeply values true camaraderie – one thing he feels lucky to have found here in Vanderbilt!
Benjamin was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. He attended the University of Alabama for undergrad where he graduated with a BS in biology and a minor in Spanish. During his time in college, he spent a summer studying abroad in Madrid, Spain where he continued to develop his Spanish speaking ability. After graduating, he continued on to medical school at the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham. Benjamin quickly discovered a passion for interacting with underserved communities. As a medical student, he served as an officer and clinic leader for Equal Access Birmingham, which is a student run medical clinic that provides free care to uninsured people in Birmingham. He also had the opportunity to travel to the Dominican Republic for a medical mission trip to help provide medical care to thousands of Dominican patients in need. Outside of medicine, Benjamin enjoys watching and playing sports, listening to music, playing guitar, traveling, and relaxing with friends. He also loves the chance to catch a broadway show with his wife, Anna Leigh. He enjoys exploring new restaurants in Nashville and spending time outdoors with friends and family. Member of AOA
Rachael hails from the Spa City of Hot Springs, Arkansas. She attended the University of Arkansas for undergraduate studies where she majored in biochemistry and anthropology, developing a love of the great outdoors as well as for the Razorbacks (Woo Pig!). She traveled northeast to Charm City to attend medical school at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where she acquired a taste for Old Bay seasoning, as well as a passion for internal medicine and public health. She stayed an extra year to complete an MPH in epidemiology and biostatistics and hopes to intertwine these interests in her career. Nashville and the Vanderbilt community have provided a great place to learn and explore and she is excited for what the future holds.
Tommy was born in Evanston, Illinois, and raised in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. He attended the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) for his undergraduate training in biomedical engineering, and spent a gap year doing research at the National Institutes of Health prior to beginning medical school at the Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit. While at Wayne State, his interests and passions compelled him to apply for a residency position in internal medicine. Currently he is interested in a career in hospital medicine, but will continue to explore the many subspecialty fields in internal medicine. He has thoroughly enjoyed his time at Vanderbilt, and so far has loved getting to know Nashville. He has especially enjoyed getting out of the city and discovering Tennessee’s beautiful state parks with his significant other, Jamie Clark, a CA-1 in Vanderbilt’s anesthesiology program, and Jamie’s dog, Lola. Outside of work, Tommy and Jamie enjoy playing golf, hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, fly-fishing, skiing, and snow-shoeing (although they may have to put the snow sports on hold for a couple of years!). Member of AOA.
Neil was born and raised in Manhattan, Kansas, a rural college town nicknamed "The Little Apple" where his mother still practices medicine and his father was the former mayor. He grew up competing with his older brother in sports, which transitioned to playing soccer and basketball in high school. He decided to shun his parent's alma mater by attending the in-state college rival, the University of Kansas, thereafter making Thanksgiving an annual trash-talking event. While studying genetics and Spanish as an undergraduate, he discovered a passion for teaching, fulfilling various leadership roles, and most importantly, KU basketball. Following in both his mother's and grandfather's footsteps, he continued his education at the University of Kansas School of Medicine where he found interests in cardiology and critical care. Beyond medicine, his interests include trivia nights, exploring new restaurants, experimenting with new recipes, traveling, and playing sports (less so now after tearing 3 ACLs). Member of AOA.
Nick was born and raised as the fourth of five children in Chanhassen, Minnesota, a small city known by some as a suburb of Minneapolis but by many more as the longtime residence of Prince. He grew up spending his summers and free time camping, fishing, canoeing, and waterskiing near and on the many lakes of northern Minnesota. He attended the University of Notre Dame, where he drank the Kool-Aid and became a shameless Fighting Irish fan. He majored in economics and pre-health studies and combined his two fields with health economics research. Following college, he returned to Minneapolis for medical school at the University of Minnesota. Outside of medicine, he enjoys playing basketball and hockey, doing all things outdoors, running, watching movies, and listening to podcasts. While he's not sure he'll ever get used to the heat, his time at Vanderbilt has included seeing some amazing live music and exploring the beautiful state and national parks of Tennessee.
Kelly was raised in Northern Virginia about 40 miles west of Washington D.C. She attended Georgetown University for her undergraduate degree and majored in Biology of Global Health, an interdisciplinary major that examines the socioeconomic determinants of public health issues. During college, she studied abroad in China, where she explored methods of disease control and prevention in both urban and rural provinces. She worked as a scribe in an emergency room for a year prior to attending the University of Virginia School of Medicine, where she was involved in research projects in GU and GI oncology as well as palliative care education. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, competing in trivia or game nights with friends, watching college basketball, visiting coffee shops and farmers’ markets, and traveling. She is so thankful for the clinical training at Vanderbilt provided by the breadth, volume and complexity of pathology within a supportive work environment. Kelly also enjoys living in the wonderful city of Nashville and there are always new events, restaurants and hiking trails to explore on days off.
Joseph was born and raised in Miami, Florida with traditional Cuban roots, surrounded by 3 siblings and 15 first cousins (practically brothers and sisters). Growing up he always appreciated the palpable Miami-Cuban culture, which strongly shaped his upbringing. In high school, he played competitive volleyball, was named Scholar Athlete of the year and received athletic scholarships to play collegiate volleyball. After sustaining a series of knee injuries though, he elected to matriculate at the University of Miami and focus on his pre-medical education. He studied chemistry, led the pre-medical student organization on campus, played volleyball for the club team and obtained advanced open water SCUBA certification. After graduating Summa Cum Laude, he continued his medical education in Miami, where exposure to cardiology, nephrology and rheumatology peaked his interest in internal medicine. During undergraduate and medical school, he worked actively at a local free health clinic serving impoverished Latino immigrants. Just after residency interviews, he married his wife Arianne, as her relentless love and support was paramount in his medical school success. During his free time, Joseph loves to share meals with family and friends, cultivates a collection of orchids and bonsais, plays soccer and enjoys the outdoors. Surrounded by wonderful new friends, Nashville has become their new home. They enjoy taking their dog on long walks (favorite spot is McCabe park), bike rides with friends (Nashville greenway, through Shelby bottoms), exploring new restaurants (Husk is a must) and attending Nashville Predators games. They are looking forward to the years ahead, as they continue sharing experiences and enjoying time with close friends made possible by the Department of Medicine at VUMC.
Shobana was born in the small farm town of Cheraw in South Carolina and later moved to Georgia where she lived until college. She then headed northeast up to Philadelphia where she majored in neuroscience and international relations. After an internship with a medically focused NGO in northern India, she discovered her passion for medicine and global health. She is excited and hopeful to incorporate global health and public health into her residency time here at Vanderbilt. Additionally, she realized her love for singing and songwriting in grade school and acapella in college and hopes to be able to continue these passions in the Nashville open mic scene/karaoke at Santa’s! Some of her favorite spots in Nashville include the outdoor trails and the delicious food scene!
Brooks was raised in Nicholasville, Kentucky where he spent his youth playing baseball, cheering on the UK Wildcats, and watching the horses at Keeneland Racetrack. He is the middle of three boys, all of whom are pursuing a career in medicine. Sticking to his roots, Brooks stayed at the University of Kentucky for undergrad, where he majored in biology, before taking the 75-mile trip to pursue his MD at the University of Louisville. His interests in service and travel have taken him down to Central and South America where he climbed a 19,000 ft volcano, and across the world to Thailand. In his free time he enjoys spending the days biking and exploring outdoors (Percy Warner Park is his favorite). At night, he enjoys trying out the numerous restaurants and breweries that Nashville has to offer. Vanderbilt has become a second home, and he couldn’t be happier to complete his training alongside the diverse set of co-residents!
Evan was born in Richmond, VA and grew up in Owings Mills, MD with his parents and younger brother. An avid college sports fan, he majored in Biology at Duke where he balanced his studies with attending as many football and basketball games as possible. After graduating, he spent two years studying xenotransplantation and mechanisms of transplant rejection at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Returning to Richmond for medical school at VCU, he met his future wife (a nurse practitioner and country music enthusiast) and her thirty pound dachshund, Miles. He enjoys jogging, road/trail-biking, weight-lifting, tennis, and almost anything else outdoors. He considers his intern year the most fulfilling year yet, and has been thrilled to call Vanderbilt and Nashville his home! He eagerly awaits the safe re-opening of Music City and plethora of concerts to follow!
Sam was born and raised in a small town one hour north of Pittsburgh and is the oldest of five children. He received a BA in History at Washington & Jefferson College and captained the men’s soccer team from sophomore year onward. Ultimately deciding to follow in his father’s footsteps and pursue a medical degree, he attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He enjoys staying fit through running, lifting, and playing soccer but largely to balance out his passions for beer, whiskey, and food. He has quickly acclimated to the weather and culture of the South and has been enjoying the extra sunshine and people saying "y'all". He could not imagine a program or city more suited for him at this moment and is looking forward to continuing to explore Nashville over the next few years. Yeehaw! Wait, do people actually say that in the South? Member of AOA.
Kevin was raised in the Chicagoland area in the suburb of Plainfield, Illinois. After high school, he moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida and attended Nova Southeastern University where he majored in biology. In college, he was involved in the South Asian community and established his interests in research and medicine. Realizing he was not yet ready to leave the yearlong sunshine, Kevin took his talents to Tampa to attend The University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine. During medical school, Kevin spent time mentoring pre-med students at the university and gained an introduction to academic medicine as a preceptor for underclassmen medical students in their clinical skills coursework. Kevin’s professional interests include gastroenterology, healthcare policy, and academic medicine. Outside the hospital, he enjoys playing tennis, hiking, traveling, cooking, and spending time with friends and family. He has loved his time in Nashville thus far, along with being part of the Vanderbilt IM family, and is excited for the year ahead. Member of AOA.
Andy was born and raised in Owensboro, Kentucky where he had a fun childhood growing up as the oldest of 5 children. He completed his undergraduate studies at University of Kentucky, where he was first exposed to the joy and meaning of a career in medicine. He also played club baseball, which allowed for his proudest moment in his sports career, stealing home plate. For medical school Andy traded Kentucky blue for Louisville red. There he gained experience in basic science research on kidney cell transport, was involved in executive class leadership, and made some lifelong friends. In his free time Andy enjoys road cycling, running, reading fiction, snow skiing, and cooking. In Nashville his favorite activities have been taking his dog to Percy Warner park and eating tacos. He is excited for the challenges and opportunities being an upper-level will bring.
Mark was born in Denver, Colorado and raised in Redmond, Washington. He went on to study chemical engineering at the University of Notre Dame. After college, Mark spent two years living in Washington, D.C. where he worked as an energy trader. He then moved south to Dallas where he attended medical school at UT Southwestern. Since moving to Nashville with his partner Jenine, an Ob/Gyn resident, they've enjoyed strolling through Edgehill, floating down the Harpeth with co-residents, and getting crushed at board games by Nick Pietrini. Member of AOA.
Elliot grew up in Clearwater, Florida with his parents and younger sister. Escaping the heat, he traveled north to study molecular and cellular biology at Harvard College. He also studied abroad in Jerusalem, Israel, where he also became an emergency medical technician, which solidified his interest in clinical medicine. During a year between college and medical school, Elliot bicycled across the USA while fundraising for young adults affected by cancer, with a stop in Nashville. Little did he know it would become his future home! He received an MD and a Master of Science in Translational Research from the University of Pennsylvania, where he worked on medical device development and entrepreneurship. In his free time, he loves to cycle, cook, read a good book, and travel with friends.
Trevor was born in Denver, Colorado (Go Denver Broncos!), and he moved to Spanish Fort, Alabama when he was three, trading in his winter coat for shorts and t-shirts. Trevor grew up playing all sports, but fell in love with cross country, track and field, and basketball (Alabama has basketball? Who knew!). In college, he studied biomedical sciences and Spanish at the University of South Alabama and completed a study abroad in Cuenca, Spain. He also participated in research involving the Pseudomonas aeruginosa Exoenzyme Y, and he became passionate about reading a variety of books. His favorites include When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown, and The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis. He stayed at the University of South Alabama for medical school where he continued his research and worked with the Medical Spanish Interest Group and Hispanic immigrants in Mobile, Alabama. Trevor loves running the trails at Percy Warner park, watching Vanderbilt basketball, and cheering on the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena! Member of AOA.
Matt was born in Columbia, Maryland and, after moving at a young age, spent most of his childhood in Springboro, Ohio. He attended the University of Michigan, where he received a B.S. in Microbiology. He subsequently matriculated into the MSTP at Vanderbilt University. He completed his doctoral studies with Dr. Stokes Peebles, focusing on innate lymphoid cell contributions to reactive airway disease. He is continuing his training at Vanderbilt in Internal Medicine as part of the Physician-Scientist Training Program with the goal of pursuing a career as an investigator and clinician in academia. Outside of his professional interests, Matt enjoys spending time with his fiancé Rachel and their many pets, intensely playing board games, and partaking in any and all activities involving lakes, creeks, or oceans.
Katie was born in Nashville, however, she spent most of her childhood in Knoxville with her younger brother and sister. She knew she had to come back at some point and returned to Vanderbilt for undergrad and majored in Molecular Biology and Classics. As much as she loved her time in the Southeast she wanted to try living up North and moved to NYC to do translational oncology research following graduation. She enjoyed the hustle and bustle of city life so much that she then went to Boston for medical school at Boston University. While in medical school she had the opportunity to do leukemia research here at Vanderbilt in between her third and fourth year, and realized it was time to come home! She has enjoyed living in Nashville during residency and despite the busy resident schedule has still been able to whip up quite a few batches of cookies, go to some barre classes and hang out with her amazing co-residents.
Kayla was raised in Denton, Texas, but was born in Manhattan and considers New York her second home. She attended NYU, where she graduated with honors in neuroscience and a concentration in psychology. While in New York, Kayla made regular trips to Lincoln Center where she immersed herself in ballet, opera, and symphony. She went to medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch, where she completed the Translational Research Track by exploring the pathophysiology and potential treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. During her clinical rotations, she developed a passion for internal medicine, oncology, and palliative care. She also met her fiancé, John, and together they started a family with their rescue dog, Olive! Her favorite part of Vanderbilt is her cohort of residents, who are definitely some of the kindest and most intelligent people she has met. Kayla’s favorite things to do in Nashville include hiking in one of the many gorgeous parks around town, hosting dinners for her friends, and de-stressing with a hot yoga class. Member of AOA.
Ayoda was born and raised in Ethiopia. She fell in love with Medicine while volunteering at an AIDs clinic as a teenager, which fueled her interest in ID. Since coming to the States, she has spent most of her time in California, but she is no stranger to the South as she completed her undergraduate education in Texas. Ayoda is passionate about global health and addressing health disparities, both locally and internationally. In her spare time, she enjoys photography and traveling. Her goal is to visit all 50 States (30 down so far) and visit every country in Africa. She couldn’t be more excited to be joining the Vanderbilt family and experience Nashville.
Katrina, a native of Chesapeake, Virginia is of one of four siblings. From an early age, issues of health, social justice and impacting her community have been the guiding factors in her educational pursuits. After attending the University of Virginia, she pursued a M.P.H in Behavioral Science/Health Education at Emory University: Rollins School of Public Health. Following graduation, she returned to Virginia to work as a health educator/case manager for a group of federally qualified health centers. Working with the medically under-served, Katrina solidified her love for primary care and clinical medicine. After a post-baccalaureate program in Illinois, she matriculated to Michigan State University: College of Human Medicine. Excited to become a part of the Vanderbilt Medicine community, Katrina’s career goals include serving indigent and under-served populations as a general internist. Furthermore, she is interested in the role of primary care physicians in addressing health disparities and social determinants of health. To relax, Katrina enjoys the outdoors, trying new restaurants, wine tasting, shopping and travel. During her training in Nashville, she has enjoyed the live music venues, diverse restaurants and nature trails.
Will Woodhouse was born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he was instilled with a deep appreciation for basketball, vinegar-based barbecue, and sprawling pine tree landscapes. He went to Duke University for undergrad where he studied at the Sanford School of Public Policy. He then earned his MD at UNC School of Medicine in Chapel Hill. He spent an extra year during this time to study public health and earn an MPH from UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. He has special research interests and experiences in both antimicrobial stewardship initiatives and issues of health equity and policy. He and his wife, Hope, met in high school and together enjoy exploring new coffeeshops and farmer’s markets. Will also enjoys tending his patio citrus plants and exploring the city on his bicycle.
Katie was born and raised just north of Columbus, Ohio. She grew up enjoying playing outside and annoying her older brother, Alfred. She attended The Ohio State University where she majored in biomedical science and never missed a home football game. While an undergraduate, Katie dabbled in molecular genetics and public health research before discovering her passion for medicine. She left the great state of Ohio to further her education at Harvard Medical School. In her free time, she loves to spend time outside, cooking with friends, and cheering on the Ohio State Buckeyes with her husband, Nate. Katie is looking forward to joining the Vanderbilt family and exploring all that Nashville has to offer!
Toaa was born in New York, but mostly grew up in Tampa, Florida, where her parents moved to escape the cold. She stayed in Tampa for both undergrad and medical school where she developed a passion for healthcare disparities, global health, and both internal medicine and pediatrics! In her free time she enjoys traveling around the world and trying new foods, hiking, yoga, and photography. She is looking forward to moving to Nashville and joining the Vanderbilt community!
Originally hailing from Lebanon, Ahmad grew up in Greenville, South Carolina surrounded by the Appalachian mountains. He went to Furman University for his undergraduate degree getting a B.S. in Chemistry and Philosophy (he loves getting into philosophical debates, like does free will even exist?). Taking some time off from school, Ahmad went back home to Lebanon where he worked at the Cerebral Palsy Center before moving back to the States where he became an ABA certified therapist for children with Autism and an EMT. His experiences as an EMT, therapist, and aid at the cerebral palsy center led to his love for medicine. Ahmad’s main interests are in global medicine, particularly disaster response and refugee medicine. Outside of healthcare Ahmad enjoys most outdoor sports (particularly hiking and mountain biking), playing drums, traveling, eating shawarma, and bothering his sister and brother. He’s excited to begin his residency at Vanderbilt and discover Nashville!
Ned grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina. He realized his future would entail significant schooling when he was encouraged to enroll in kindergarten…for a second time. After mastering his developmental milestones, he went on to receive a B.A. in Spanish with a minor in Chemistry from UNC Chapel Hill. He returned to UNC for medical school and to see the Tar Heels march to a sixth national championship. While in medical school, he put his Spanish major to use and traveled twice to Honduras with UNC’s Honduran Health Alliance where he developed an affinity for both international medicine and gastrointestinal pathogens. In his free time, Ned enjoys running, skiing, attempting to cook, and flying his (now 2 year old) drone. He has really enjoyed exploring Nashville thus far, especially the Warner Parks, various breweries, and strong WiFi areas amenable to Zoom meetings. In true Med-Peds fashion, Ned is still undecided on the specifics of his future career. He is interested in transitional care for children and families affected by chronic illness, global health, and medical education.
Sam is a native of Columbus, Ohio. He completed his undergraduate degree in chemistry and history at Vanderbilt. He then returned home to THE Ohio State University for medical school, where he was voted by his peers as the “Biggest Buckeye Fan” in his graduating class. At OSU he discovered his love of outpatient Med-Peds and preventative care. In his free time, Sam enjoys sports, traveling, playing chess, cooking, and running. Since returning to Nashville, he has enjoyed connecting with new and old friends. He has also frequented Radnor Lake and many of the other amazing parks in Middle Tennessee.
Joseph grew up in Charlotte, NC, but spent much of his life in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area for high school, college, and medical school. During his undergraduate years at NC State University, he majored in chemical engineering, and worked in pharmaceutical and industrial manufacturing plants where his fear of heights was really tested when he looked down at 40 foot reactors through metal grating. He also volunteered as an after-school mentor for middle and high school students. While in medical school at UNC, Joseph managed to maintain his original ACC basketball loyalty to NC State, while applying some of his engineering background to quality improvement projects. As part of the medical school’s Charlotte campus, he also volunteered with a pipeline program which introduced high school students in Charlotte to health professions careers. He enjoys traveling, eating his way around places he visits, running, and learning guitar, and is excited to explore all that Nashville and Middle Tennessee have to offer!
Laura spent most of her childhood in South Carolina where she enjoyed summers swimming at the lake or hiking in the NC mountains with her family. With a love of the outdoors, she went off to Arkansas for college where she was a member of the women’s swim team and studied Biochemistry/Molecular Biology and Religion. During college, she also spent two summers doing Alzheimer’s research at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, where she realized her interest in medicine and decided to stay in the Sunshine State for medical school at the University of Florida. She focused on sustainability, health equity, global health, and also fell in love with SEC sports. Outside the hospital, you can find her buying more plants, heading out for a run, biking or paddling with her awesome fiancé Dillon, or hanging out with her Vandy Family. Nashville feels like home now and she can't wait to keep checking off all of the awesome waterfall hikes on her Tennessee bucket list. Member of AOA.
Temini Ajayi spent most of his formative years in Nigeria. He moved to the US to begin college at Texas A&M where he completed an undergraduate degree in Molecular and Cell Biology and a Master’s in Public Health. He briefly worked as a program manager for the NIEHS Translational Institute at Texas A&M before matriculating to medical school at Duke. During medical school, he spent a year at NIEHS/NIH in Durham, NC doing translational research focused on inflammation and Crohn’s disease. He has thoroughly enjoyed his time at Vanderbilt, and in Nashville, and plans to pursue a career in gastroenterology. Specifically, he has enjoyed the combination of excellent clinical training and amazing co-residents at Vanderbilt. He enjoys playing soccer, engaging in DIY activities with his wife, exploring the variety of food options Nashville has to offer and the occasional trip to Broadway!
Aseel was born and raised in Amman, Jordan with her younger brother, sister and parents. She received her medical education at the University of Jordan Faculty of Medicine, during which she visited Vanderbilt for the first time for an away rotation. She fell in love with the beautiful city of Nashville and came back right after graduating from Jordan to join the lab of Dr. Alp Ikizler. She spent the last two years working on research projects focused on tissue sodium, insulin resistance and prevention of hypertension. In her spare time, she enjoys driving around and discovering new hiking spots in Tennessee. She also likes playing basketball and swimming. Aseel is excited to be staying in Vanderbilt’s community!
Cory was born on an Air Force base on the island of Terceira in the Azores archipelago, a Portuguese territory, and shortly after moved to Ames, Iowa. He attended St. Olaf College where he studied biology with concentrations in neuroscience and biochemistry. While in college, he worked as an EMT and a medical scribe, cementing his interest in medicine. After college, he attended the University of Iowa for medical school where he spent a great deal of time organizing fundraisers. At Iowa, he developed a passion for teaching and the study of healthcare delivery. Since coming to Nashville, he enjoys spending time outdoors with his fianceé and dog, Blue, exploring Tennessee’s waterfalls and hiking trails. He is now a Nashville Predators, Tennessee Titans, and Nashville SC fan. It has been a pleasure to be a part of the Vanderbilt team and after enjoying every rotation, he has decided to pursue a career in hospital medicine back home in central Iowa at UnityPoint Health. Member of AOA.
Ian is the oldest of four children and was born in Port Huron, Michigan. He moved to Cincinnati when he was nine and has lived there ever since. He did his undergrad at Xavier University, where he studied biology, chemistry and theology and discovered his love of basketball. Then to the chagrin of all his friends, he moved across town to Xavier’s biggest rival for medical school. At the University of Cincinnati, he met his better half, Erin Bouquet, and they moved to Nashville four years later. Ian loves the weather and brewery scene in Nashville. There is nothing better than sitting poolside in October with a Homestyle IPA. He is planning to apply to Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship this fall and enjoys the resident autonomy in the ICU at Vanderbilt.
Erin was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio. She attended the University of Notre Dame where she majored in biology and learned the value of blind optimism during football season - Go Irish! While there, Erin sang in the Notre Dame Folk Choir, whose yearly tours took her to LA, NYC, Ireland, and Scotland. After college, Erin lived in Philadelphia and worked at a hospice agency. She returned to Ohio for medical school at the University of Cincinnati where she met her fiancé, Ian. They couples matched into the program and have loved their time as part of the Vandy IM family! As a Midwesterner, she has taken full advantage of the additional months of patio weather in Nashville. She loves hiking in the many beautiful TN state parks, Nashville breweries, walking to her neighborhood farmers' market, reading, and wine nights with friends. Member of AOA
Henry grew up in Kensington, MD, right outside of Washington, DC. After high school, he was the fourth of all five kids in his family to head out to Notre Dame where he studied physics, and he remains a die-hard Fighting Irish fan to this day. He went back to the east coast for medical school at the University of Pennsylvania. While there, he additionally obtained a Masters of Bioethics and did research in health policy ethics. Ultimately, much to the chagrin of his father and brother -- both urologists -- he saw the light and decided on internal medicine. Outside of medicine, Henry loves playing soccer, watching hockey, trying out the local breweries, hiking, and kayaking with his wife and four dogs, who almost never cause him to capsize.
Kevin was raised in Geneva (Switzerland) and grew up speaking English with his American father and French with his Mauritian mother. He completed a bilingual high school education in Geneva before moving to London. He attended the Imperial College London School of Medicine for his undergraduate science degree and postgraduate medical training. After completing his visiting student elective at the Mayo Clinic and his mandatory internship year in London, he applied for residency in the U.S and is thrilled to have matched to Vanderbilt. His clinical and research interest lies at the intersection between critical care and infectious diseases. Outside medicine, he enjoys spending time with friends at local breweries, playing tennis, traveling on weekends and competing in a weekly soccer league with his co-residents.
Patricia lived in Southeast Michigan all her life. She was raised immersed in Polish culture, from making pierogi and paczki with her family to participating in Polish folk dances as a child. She knew she wanted to pursue medicine in high school after working with a local rheumatologist at her medical office. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a major in neuroscience and then moved back closer to home for medical school at Oakland University William Beaumont, where she fell in love with the field of internal medicine. Patricia is pursuing pulmonary/ critical care medicine following residency. She enjoys spending summers on the lake with her family and winters out West snowboarding. She is an avid Detroit and Michigan sports fan (Go Blue!), but has been seen cheering on the Titans and Predators since her move to Nashville. She loves exploring new hiking trails across Tennessee, trying new restaurants and breweries around town, and spending her free time with her fiance, David, and dog, Lana.
Sam grew up in Connecticut, where she spent her time playing the violin and competing in tae kwon do tournaments. She attended Middlebury College and double majored in Spanish and molecular biology. As an undergraduate she often volunteered with Mexican migrant workers, teaching them English and interpreting during their doctor’s appointments at a local free clinic. Inspired by her first glimpse of healthcare for the underserved, she returned home to start medical school at the University of Connecticut. She enjoyed all of her clinical rotations and subsequently completed a family medicine residency at the Ventura County Medical Center in southern California. However, she ultimately discovered that her true passion lies in infectious disease and addiction medicine. She joined the Vanderbilt community and hopes to pursue fellowships in addiction medicine and infectious disease after finishing her internal medicine residency. Since moving to Nashville, Sam has enjoyed exploring the multitude of restaurants, breweries, and live music venues nearby. Her favorite things outside of medicine include running, hiking, chocolate, river otters, wine tours, baking, and playing the violin and guitar.
Kelly was born and raised in Boca Raton, Florida. She attended Emory University where she majored in biology. While at Emory, she played varsity soccer (with co-resident Kaele Leonard!) and was named captain her junior and senior seasons. Kelly went to medical school at the University of Florida, where she fell in love with SEC football and the Gator Nation. While in medical school, she traded her soccer cleats for running shoes and raced her way to the Boston Marathon, a most humbling and inspiring experience. Besides playing soccer and running, Kelly enjoys attending sporting events of all kinds, hiking, camping, cycling, and spending time with her husband, Ryan. Her favorite thing about living in Nashville is the access to so many outdoors activities and beautiful state parks. Vanderbilt has provided a supportive family of colleagues and great friends who are fun to work with and who are equally excited to take advantage of the many Nashville activities outside the hospital.
Greta was born in Des Moines, Iowa and spent her childhood swimming, learning how to bake from her grandmother, and cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes. She is a blue ribbon winner for her baked goods at the Iowa State Fair. She moved to Missouri for undergrad at Washington University in St. Louis. At WashU, she was the manager of the women’s basketball team for 4 years and she cultivated a love for science and medicine. She also studied abroad in Madrid, Spain, which sparked her love for international travel. Her favorite destinations to date have been Machu Picchu in Peru and Banff National Park in Canada. She graduated with degrees in biology and Spanish. After undergrad, she returned to Iowa for medical school. Outside of the hospital, she enjoys cooking, music, and being active. She has absolutely loved becoming a member of the Vandy IM family and exploring all of the food, music, and hiking Nashville and central Tennessee have to offer. Member of AOA.
Xuan was born in Wuhan, China and grew up in Houston, TX before attending Duke University for college. At Duke, he discovered a passion for Duke basketball and ultrasound imaging. After earning a degree biomedical engineering with minors in chemistry and biology, he enrolled in the MSTP program at the University of Pittsburgh. His PhD research was focused on developing new ultrasound imaging technologies to identify vulnerable carotid plaques. He remains a loyal Blue Devil basketball fan at heart and has also been working on his repertoire of recipes while in residency. He’s been extremely grateful to have been surrounding by incredibly intelligent and caring co-residents at Vanderbilt and has loved coming back to the warm weather and welcoming arms in the South.
Robert was born in Atlanta, GA but quickly moved to Chattanooga where his love for the outdoors was born. Staying in Chattanooga for his undergraduate education, he earned a degree in chemistry and met his wife, Meagan. Staying in the great state of Tennessee, he attended medical school at the University of Tennessee where he developed his interest in academic medicine and enjoyed the best BBQ in the USA. Outside the hospital, he enjoys, hiking, camping, weightlifting, cheering for the Nashville Predators, smoking meats, and trying as many hot wings as he can get his hands on. First and foremost, Nashville is a great place to eat hot chicken, but it is also a great place to train and live. I am grateful for the faculty support which is unparalleled here at Vanderbilt. In addition, even with the large program size, the camaraderie felt amongst all my co-residents it strong and makes for a productive and fun work environment.
Tyler grew up in Nashville, Tennessee attending St. Henry’s School and Father Ryan High School before studying nursing at Saint Louis University. He returned to Nashville after college and worked as a critical care nurse at St. Thomas Midtown Hospital for five years. During medical school, he Anchored Down and married his beautiful wife, who is a Vanderbilt alumna. He is a father to a charming son, Jeremy with another boy on the way. Tyler enjoys lifting heavy weights, playing golf, and teaching his son to be the next Tiger Woods. He enjoys exploring Nashville's golf courses and taking his son to the Nashville Zoo. Member of AOA.
Eric grew up in Ocala, FL, and learned to love yearlong summers. He attended college at Stetson University in Florida, where he majored in physics and minored in French. He then moved northward to attend Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and was involved with Careers in Medicine and the ultrasound interest group as a medical student. He also spent a year doing basic science research on hypertrophic cardiomyopathy while in medical school. Outside of medicine, he enjoys playing pick-up basketball, cheering on the Chicago Cubs, reading, and spending time with friends and family. He has enjoyed staying at Vanderbilt for residency and participating in the EXCITE medical education program.
Nowrin grew up in St. Louis, MO and attended Washington University in St. Louis where she earned a B.A. in biochemistry and economics. Despite her best efforts to leave her hometown, she fell in love with the Washington University School of Medicine and decided another four years in the same city couldn't be so bad, to the relief of her parents. There she developed a passion for the heart and was involved in cardiovascular research focused on the treatment of atrial fibrillation. In addition, she was the head of the American Medical Women's Association and helped organize the Red Dress Affair, raising over $13,000 for the American Heart Association. In her spare time, Nowrin loves to travel, read, find new restaurants and sites with her friends, and binge-watch Netflix shows from her couch. Since coming to Vanderbilt, Nowrin has confirmed her love for cardiology and is most likely to be found in the CCU. Outside the hospital, she and her friends can be found all around town at Nashville’s best restaurants, rooftop bars, and speakeasies, having more fun than you would expect from a group of residents.
Alexandra (Lexi) Haugh grew up in Montville, New Jersey. The first time she crossed the Mason-Dixon line was to attend Vanderbilt as an undergraduate, where she double majored in Chemistry and English Literature. After graduating from college, she spent an amazing year working at the Asian University for Women in Chittagong, Bangladesh and survived some crazy travel experiences. She is a fan of the underappreciated hot/humid combo so moved from South Asia to New Orleans to attend medical school at Tulane, where she also earned an MPH in Epidemiology. She took a year off to work in a dermatopathology lab at Northwestern and learned that genomics and oncology are mind-blowingly cool and that it’s possible to be brought to tears by how cold you are. Her time at Vanderbilt has only strengthened her passion for oncology and she will probably try and tell you about it even if you ask an unrelated question about a different medical specialty. As detailed by Nowrin, she has fun friends and spends most of her free time being fun with them but is otherwise doing yoga, reading or plotting out ambitious international vacations despite her resident salary/schedule.
Ruey is a Canadian from Toronto. He received an A.B. in molecular biology and computer science at Princeton University, an M.P.H. in epidemiology and biostatistics at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and an M.D. at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Ruey enjoys taekwondo, composing music, and code. Being passionate about Asian-American health, Ruey served as the national president of the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA). He is a member of the Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society. Ruey enjoys teaching medical students.
Vik grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana before moving to Boston and Philadelphia for further education. In college he majored in human evolutionary biology with a minor in Economics. While in medical school, he discovered new interests in cooking, medical education, and sketch comedy. He wrote for and acted in the school’s annual comedy show, Spoof. After many years in the frozen north, he moved to Nashville for IM residency in summer 2018. In the residency program, Vik is involved in Medical Education and Quality Improvement. After contemplating multiple specialties, Vik decided he liked them all and is planning to be a General Internist. He plans to continue working with medical students and residents as an academic internist and hopes to find a role blending outpatient and inpatient work. After residency, he plans to move back to Philadelphia to rejoin his partner Mary who remains at Penn for her residency. Ask me about: medical education, QI, board games, cooking, video games, NFL (go Saints!)
Cory was born in Upstate New York in a small town called Scotia. He is the middle child of five siblings; his oldest brother is a scuba diving instructor in Key West and his youngest brother just started elementary school. He developed an interest in medicine in high school and pursued a degree in biology with a minor in chemistry at SUNY Fredonia. Here, he completed an internship in pharmacy and developed his original interest in anesthesiology. He then completed his medical degree at the University of Florida, matching into an anesthesia residency position at Yale. Cory discovered his passion for medicine during his intern year and plans to apply for a cardiology fellowship after training in internal medicine. In 2016, he married his high school sweetheart, Grace. His other interests include playing guitar, going to the movies, and caring for his cats. He is excited for the opportunity to continue his training at Vanderbilt!
Greg was born and raised in Bountiful, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City. Living close to the mountains, much of his time was spent hiking, camping, boating, and snow skiing. He had dreams of becoming a professional guitarist, taught lessons during high school and college, and even tried his hand at song composition. When Nashville never came calling, he attended BYU where he studied biology, taught chemistry, and spent two years living abroad in Spain where he became fluent in Spanish- and fluent in all things tapas. He and his wife, Becca, moved to North Carolina for medical school where they quickly fell in love with the southern culture and climate. They spend as much time as possible outdoors and enjoy running, hiking, kayaking and playing tennis with their two sons Owen and Brooks. Greg has loved being in Nashville and appreciates working with and learning from the outstanding residents and attendings at VUMC. Member of AOA.
Eric hails from Tulsa, Oklahoma where he was born and raised. As he grew up, he enjoyed hanging out with his brothers and friends, eating spicy BBQ, camping, competing at tennis, and playing tons of music. As such, it was already written in the stars that he would someday land in Nashville. He ventured to St. Olaf College, a Christian liberal arts college in Northfield, Minnesota. Drawn to its culture of kind, curious people, he became consumed in music, science, and Malt-O-Meal cereal. While he taught CPR classes and worked as an EMT in college, he also studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina for five months. There, he polished his Spanish, worked in a public hospital, and taught sex education to impoverished youth. To escape the cold, he attended to the University of Arizona for medical school in Tucson. He conducted cancer research and created a service program that trains health professions students to enroll individuals in health plans. Most importantly, he met his incredibly supportive and loving fiancé, Kelly. Together, they raise their perpetually 7-pound son, Dezmond. Being a Yorkie-Cairn Terrier village dog, he is sure to charm. Eric is so excited to live in Music City with his two best friends and work alongside the most amazing group of residents and faculty that ever lived! Member of AOA.
Luke was born and raised in Columbus, OH and grew up with the dreams of becoming a physician and playing football for THE Ohio State University. Although he has only achieved one of those goals so far, he would like the Vanderbilt athletic department to know he has four years of eligibility remaining. Luke studied biochemistry at THE Ohio State University during undergrad where he met his lovely wife, Jenn, who will be a resident across the street in the pediatrics hospital. Luke attended medical school at Northwestern University, and after experiencing four winters “north of the wall,” he is excited to move to Nashville for the warmer weather. His interests outside of medicine include playing sports, the outdoors, and brewing and drinking craft beer. Luke is excited to join the Vanderbilt family and is currently strategizing ways to eat as much Hot Chicken as possible without gaining too much weight.
Kaele was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, spending most of her free time playing sports. After high school, she moved to Atlanta to attend Emory University, majoring in neuroscience and behavioral biology with a minor in global health, studying abroad in Madagascar on a Traditional Medicine and Healthcare Systems program. She continued her love of sports as a goalkeeper on the Emory soccer team (with co-resident Kelly Costopoulos!) and a sprinter on the Emory track and field team. She returned back to Chicago to attend Rush Medical College, where she spent time volunteering in Chicago's underserved communities and participated on a global health trip to the Dominican Republic. Kaele and her partner Dwayne, a Vanderbilt Emergency Medicine resident, love hiking with their dog Gouda and exploring all the food and live music Nashville has to offer. In her free time, she enjoys soccer, triathlons, and spending time with her Vandy fam, the best co-residents around. Member of AOA
David grew up in Dublin, Ohio, where he spent his childhood reading and building a lifelong group of friends. He attended college at Johns Hopkins University, where he majored in neuroscience and molecular and cellular biology with minors in classics and mathematics. While in Baltimore, David spent his free-time Lion Dancing and urban exploring. He moved down south to Nashville for medical school at Vanderbilt, where the loops of Henle wound their way into David's heart, and he fell in love with Nephrology. In his free time, David enjoys hiking with his partner Bryce, reading Brandon Sanderson novels, exploring the fantastic food scene, and playing board games with his friends.
Christine was born and raised in Frederick, Maryland. She left the mountain views for the coast of North Carolina to attend college at The University of North Carolina Wilmington. After four years of studying, volunteering at the local free health clinic, dancing on her college dance team, and lounging on Wrightsville Beach, she graduated with a B.S. in biology and minors in chemistry and psychology. She then attended medical school at the University of North Carolina where she discovered her two passions: internal medicine and Tar Heel basketball. Her favorite bodily fluid is ascites, and she hopes to pursue a career in Gastroenterology/Hepatology following residency. In Christine's free time she enjoys all Nashville has to offer, including hiking with her dog, Jeni's ice cream, and listening to live music. Member of AOA.
Steven is from a small suburb of Chicago, Illinois where he worked in local theater and was a member of his high school drumline. He went to the University of Illinois for undergrad where he majored in molecular and cellular biology and minored in English. After that, he took a year off and worked at Abbvie in North Chicago. Deciding he was done with the cold for a while, he moved to Miami, where he attended the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, studying medicine, medical genomics, and how best to avoid getting sunburned. While there, he enjoyed trips to the beach, Florida Keys, days and nights out with friends, and exploring the south Florida culture. After finishing up school, he decided to head back to the cold (sort of) and moved to Nashville for residency at Vanderbilt. In his free time, he enjoys running, reading, heading to the beach to relax or kayak, cooking/baking, and listening to music. Member of AOA.
Tanya was born in Highlands Ranch, Colorado to a very large, loud, and tight-knit family. She grew up fishing, hiking, and exploring the outdoors. Expecting a growth spurt that never came, her dad taught her how to play volleyball at a young age. She played for the women’s varsity volleyball team at Washington University in St. Louis, where she majored in chemistry and minored in Persian. Tanya attended medical school at Vanderbilt University where she first fell in love with the city of Nashville and the collaborative environment at Vanderbilt. She is grateful to continue working with and learning from her kind, intelligent, and thoughtful co-residents and faculty. She enjoys playing volleyball, hiking, live music, game nights, and spending quality time with friends and family! Member of AOA
Matt was born just outside of San Francisco, California in the small town of Mill Valley. Acknowledging the slight disappointment of no longer being a cool California kid, he moved to Atlanta, Georgia at the age of five. It was there that he began to take on every sport known to man from basketball to soccer to football to baseball. With the slow realization that the only chance he had to actually succeed in any of these athletic endeavors was his ability to outrun the other guy, he had found a new passion: running. For college, Matt attended UNC Chapel Hill, where basketball obsession is nothing short of extreme. He happily adopted this fervent attitude (Go Heels!). At UNC, he majored in nutrition at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. He also worked as a CNA in an emergency department affiliated with that university that shall not be named just down the road (Hint: it starts with a D). He loved his experience in Chapel Hill so much that he stayed for four more years of medical school. He feels fortunate to have completed his third year in Asheville, North Carolina where he fell in love with internal medicine and the mountains. He continued his journey through the mountains fourth year by completing an ICU rotation in New Zealand. In his free time, you can find him running, exploring new coffee shops/restaurants/breweries, reading, hiking, debating when to adopt a dog, and watching Carolina basketball. A lesser-known skill is his ability to shamelessly sing karaoke, which he still hopes will propel him to stardom in Music City. He loves Nashville and all that it has to offer. More importantly, he loves the VUMC family and greatly appreciates the immense support he has received and all the learning along the way. He looks forward to his last year of residency and to the future as a hopeful soon-to-be GI fellow. Member of AOA.
Jennifer was born and raised in the Greater Boston area where she attended Phillips Academy Andover. She studied English literature and music (piano) at Vanderbilt and was admitted to Vanderbilt School of Medicine as part of the Early Acceptance Program at the end of her sophomore year. During medical school, she pursued research in novel biomarkers in patients with acute kidney injury, amyloidosis, and heart failure. In her free time, she enjoys practicing works by her favorite composers (Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Beethoven), skiing/figure skating, playing with her 7lb Maltese named Watson, and revisiting Jane Austen and Chaucer on rainy days. She is excited to stay at Vanderbilt!
Garren was born and raised in Newport News, VA. He traveled a few hours away to Charlottesville to attend college at the University of Virginia where he majored in chemistry, volunteered as an EMT, and took advantage of all the outdoor activities that Charlottesville had to offer. He stayed at UVA for medical school, where he developed an interest in internal medicine and medical education. In his free time, he enjoys running, hiking, playing guitar, and spending time with family and friends. After spending his entire life in Virginia, he is excited to move to Nashville and join the Vanderbilt community. Member of AOA.
Colin was born and raised in Carbondale, Illinois. He studied biochemistry and philosophy at DePauw University where he also enjoyed working in the music department at the campus radio station. He attended the University of Pittsburgh for medical school where he developed an interest in cardiology and spent time researching mechanical circulatory support. He has found the Vanderbilt community to be incredibly supportive and has learned more than he could have imagined from his co-residents and mentors. He enjoys spending his free time in Nashville biking along Natchez Trace or the Shelby Bottoms Greenway. Member of AOA.
Alex grew up in Downers Grove, Illinois, a southwest suburb of Chicago. She spent her kid years playing peewee sports, eating mint chip ice cream, and roaming the neighborhood with her older brother and sister. Alex went to college at Northwestern University where she majored in French language and international studies. She spent her junior year in Paris, France where she soaked up the art, architecture and literature, and also gained a new appreciation for public health while working at an infectious disease clinic. She later began medical school at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she cultivated her passion for preventive medicine and, when time allowed, practiced her post game on the basketball court. Since moving to Nashville, Alex has enjoyed the local music and volleyball scenes, as well as the beautiful greenery and many state parks that Tennessee has to offer. She is excited to pursue a career in geriatrics and primary care.
John is from originally from Alexandria, Virginia but spent most of his upbringing overseas, living in Jordan and the Philippines before graduating high school in Cairo, Egypt. He attended Johns Hopkins University where he majored in neuroscience. Between college and medical school, John lived in rural Haiti where he worked for a global health nonprofit and managed community health programs. He then moved to Washington, DC where he worked on HIV/AIDS health policy. John went to medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York where he engaged with quality improvement and population health research in cardiovascular diseases. In his spare time, John enjoys hiking, traveling, live music, personal fitness, and nonfiction literature. He is excited to join the Vanderbilt community and is looking forward to experiencing all that Nashville has to offer!
Elise was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. In high school she played multiple sports as well as playing in the orchestra. She attended Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA where she studied biology and philosophy while developing a love of Gonzaga basketball. Go Zags! For medical school she attended the University of Washington where she fell in love with internal medicine. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, travel, and quirky ice cream shops. Elise is looking forward to a new adventure in Nashville!
Gabe was raised in Garland, Texas outside of Dallas (but he is not a Cowboy’s fan). He started playing competitive tennis at the age of 10 and played until he went to college at The University of Texas at Austin. While at the REAL UT he majored in marketing, minored in public health, and taught tennis on the side so that he could afford eating things other than top ramen every now and then. While at UT he met his wife, Kenzie. After he graduated from UT he attended the McGovern Medical School at UTHealth in Houston. He has always been passionate about community service and addressing healthcare disparities, especially those faced by minorities. He and Kenzie welcomed their first daughter, Lily, during his 2nd year of residency. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter and sitting on his couch binge-watching shows on Netflix. He and his wife had never lived outside of Texas before, but have loved living in Nashville because of the great hiking, wonderful people, and multiple Texas restaurants that have opened here. His house has a strict hierarchy with his wife at the top, his daughter Lily second, Dublin the cat third, and him at the bottom. He is interested in Gastroenterology and plans on doing GI fellowship after he is the chief resident at the VA next year. Member of AOA.
Kyle was raised in Shreveport, Louisiana. In his childhood years, you could always find him on a field playing pick-up sports. He attended Louisiana State University where he never missed a home football or basketball game. There he majored in biological sciences and decided to pursue a career in medicine. He returned home to Shreveport for medical school where he discovered a passion for physiology and internal medicine. Since arriving at Vanderbilt, he has continued to develop his interest in pulmonary and critical care medicine and will be applying for fellowship. He has also become involved with research in pulmonary hypertension. He and his wife, Kathryn, enjoy hanging out with friends in the residency program, trying new restaurants in Nashville, attending Vanderbilt sporting events, going to Predators games, and spending time with their Maltese, Molly. Member of AOA.
Casey was born in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, but grew up as the oldest of 2 daughters in Worthington Ohio (a suburb of Columbus-GO BUCKS). She attended Ohio Wesleyan University for college and majored in both microbiology and Spanish with a minor in chemistry. She moved to Dayton, OH after college to begin medical school at Wright State University. Casey is interested in pursuing a career in infectious disease, with focuses on medical education and global health. She has already travelled to Spain, Honduras, Costa Rica, and Peru. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her dog Motley, hiking, running, traveling, playing volleyball, baking, and trying new restaurants and breweries throughout Nashville. She loves Nashville’s parks, barbeque, and small-town feel in a big city! Member of AOA.
Warren was born in Fort Walton Beach, FL, where he spent most of his early childhood before moving with his family to Dayton, OH during his middle school years. After a few years in Dayton, he moved again to Lexington, MA to finish high school. Despite moving several times in his formative years, Warren was happy to find regularity in his dedication to his hobbies; he continued to swim competitively, played the trumpet in the school band, and kept up with his studies in piano. For college, Warren moved to Providence, RI to attend Brown University, where he majored in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in science, Warren continued his academic pursuit at Brown to complete a Master’s degree in Biology. While at Brown, Warren often performed in arch-sings as part of an acappella group and also worked in a biomedical engineering lab. He then attended medical school at the University at Buffalo, where he found his passion for Internal Medicine and developed a strong interest in the field of cardiology. A dedicated year of cardiovascular research between MS2 and MS3 emboldened his desire to pursue a career in academic cardiology. Outside of medicine, Warren enjoys spending time with friends and family, hiking and exploring new places, running, and listening to a variety of podcasts. Warren is also an avid pro-football fan. Really speaking to his tenacity and optimism, he never gets discouraged by his poor decisions when it comes to managing his Fantasy teams. He is very excited to join the Vanderbilt family and form life-long friendships over the next 3 years. Member of AOA.
Claudio was born in Valencia, Venezuela and moved to Memphis at the age of eight. His 4 years-younger sister is a computer animator. He grew up a big Juventus/Italy soccer fan and continues to play with his co-residents! He’s a UT Knoxville college grad and continues to be a big Volunteer fan despite all the losing, Go Vols! Claudio traveled back to Memphis for medical school at UTHSC where he got to work with his dad and learned what it means to be a physician. He’s getting married this May to a Nashville girl. He plans to base his career around palliative care in end stage liver disease. He loves soccer, the beach, NE IPAs, and every type of food. He feels very lucky to have spent the last two years at VUMC with all these wonderful people and his Memphis Central BBQ came to Nashville this past year! Member of AOA.
Allison was born and raised outside Birmingham in Mountain Brook, AL but spent much of her summers with family in Nashville. She grew up playing as many sports as possible and decidedly avoiding any football allegiance. She then left the warm weather to attend the University of Chicago where she majored in Biology and helped her team to several solid 3rd place finishes in the yearly Scavenger Hunt. After college, she stayed in the Midwest to attend Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, OH where she developed a love of teaching and internal medicine. In her free time, she enjoys reading novels, cooking, hiking, wine tasting, and chilling with her one-eyed cat, Chairman Meow. She is extremely excited to be heading back south and starting her internal medicine career at Vanderbilt!
Alex was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, home of the original Mardi Gras. Alex spent his childhood playing baseball and football and spending summers on the beaches of Gulf Shores. Alex attended the University of South Alabama in Mobile, earning a degree in psychology and working as a student ambassador where he met his wife, Lindsey. He stuck around for medical school, discovering a passion for general internal medicine. Since moving to Nashville, Alex has enjoyed the Nashville sports scene, frequenting Titans, Preds, and Sounds home games. During residency, he’s become co-host of the Vanderbilt Internal Medicine Residency Podcast, a public podcast dedicated to medical education with content created by our own residents. Alex is looking forward to PGY-3 and continuing to learn from his co-residents, fellows, and attendings at Vanderbilt! Member of AOA
Jon was born and raised in Virginia Beach, VA, as the son of an immigrant from the Netherlands. His family has always had an international flair, with his Dutch father, Kenyan stepmother, and Lebanese wife. Jon spent his childhood planning to become president of the United States but decided that politics was not for him after working as an aide in the state capitol during early high school. Thankfully, he switched to medicine and has never looked back. Before pursuing an undergraduate degree, he volunteered for a non-profit organization doing community development in South East Asia. Later, he earned his Bachelors of Science in chemistry at Wheaton College, where he also met his wife, Olivia. Following his undergraduate education, he attended medical school at University of Illinois and discovered Med-Peds. Jon and Olivia are both passionate about global health and correcting health disparities in developing countries. Specifically, Jon would like to build residency programs in developing countries. When Jon is not learning medicine you might find him reading the Economist or a book on space exploration, cooking ethnic Lebanese food with his wife, or enjoying a glass of Californian cabernet sauvignon or Italian barbera. Since arriving in Nashville, Jon and Olivia have added Lola (a 4 year old Great Pyrenees) and Cosette (their newborn daughter) to the family.
Stacy Blank was born in Dover, Delaware but quickly moved back to her parents’ hometown of Hebron, IN (in The Region) by the age of 1 to ensure Chicago sports fandom. She played a large variety of sports in high school, but was a science nerd at heart; so she packed her running shoes and softball cleats away when she headed for Indiana University where she studied chemistry and Spanish. Continuing as a Hoosier, Stacy attended IU medical school in Indianapolis where she developed her interest in academic medicine and a future career in Med-Peds. Outside of medicine Stacy enjoys reading, running, hiking, watching IU basketball, and trying new restaurants. She is very excited to explore Nashville and join the Vanderbilt community! Member of AOA.
Emily was born in Chattanooga, TN and moved to Louisville, KY when she was 10 years old. She moved north to New York University for college, where she studied French and sociology and spent a year studying and eating croissants in Paris. During her time at NYU, she developed interests in community health and social determinants of health. After graduation, she went west to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she worked as a case manager at an HIV clinic and found her love for both medicine and hatch green chili. She moved back to Louisville, where she attended medical school and became passionate about primary care and healthcare for the underserved. In her free time, Emily loves to run, bike, and spend time with her rescue mutt and husband. She is thrilled to begin her Med-Peds training at Vanderbilt and can’t wait to get back to her Tennessee roots. Member of AOA.
Michael was born in Cocoa Beach, Florida, and grew up watching space shuttle launches and oddly avoiding the beach. For college, he attended the University of Central Florida, majoring in molecular and microbiology with a minor in piano. Throughout his time there he developed a passion for teaching while instructing undergraduate labs in immunology, microbiology, and anatomy…and temporarily lost his passion for music while playing piano for weddings. He remained at UCF for medical school, where he enjoyed tutoring, leading UCF’s own a cappella group “Residual Volume,” and volunteering to bring healthcare to underserved areas. He enjoys hiking, craft beer, strong coffee, and cooking various permutations of food served on tortillas. Member of AOA.
Catherine was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky and stayed close to home for college, attending Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. While at Centre she majored in biochemistry & molecular biology. Catherine returned to Lexington to attend medical school at the University of Kentucky. While at UK she developed an interest in medical education and is passionate about wellness for physicians and physicians-in-training. Outside of medicine, Catherine enjoys hiking (and most other outdoor activities), spending time with friends and family, and hanging out with her pup, Cooper. She is looking forward to exploring both the Tennessee parks and all that Nashville has to offer. Member of AOA.
JJ grew up in a town north of Chicago, where you’d be hard pressed to find him inside; you’d have better luck if you checked the neighborhood field, court, park or ravine. He played football and basketball in high school and then headed to Lewisburg, Pennsylvania to attend Bucknell University. While at Bucknell JJ’s biggest accomplishment was winning over his amazing wife, Morgan. JJ took a gap year in Managua, Nicaragua, where he learned how to sweat and speak Spanish. During his year in Central America “Hota Hota” affirmed a strong passion for global health and during medical school he continued to work in Nicaragua, conducting a study on barriers to contraceptive use among adolescents. During third year of residency, JJ and Morgan had a son named Jack. He is a ball of joy and has been life’s best experience. JJ feels very fortunate and supported as he builds his young family in Nashville. Member of AOA.
Alicia grew up in River Forest, IL, a western suburb of Chicago. She is the youngest child of three and the only girl, and has thoroughly enjoyed this distinction. For her undergraduate studies, Alicia attended Washington University in St. Louis, where she majored in women and gender studies and minored in French. Prior to medical school, Alicia worked as the electronic medical records transition manager for her father’s primary care practice in Chicago, and served as the health education and screening coordinator for a small public health organization in the area part time. Interested in a career of public health research and policy, Alicia attended the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine for medical school, during which she was awarded the American Society of Hematology Physician Scientist Career Development Award to support her thesis research on health services administration in the pediatric sickle cell population. Alicia is passionate about healthcare outcomes and cost-effectiveness research, intra-professional collaboration, and breaking the cycle of disease and poverty through high quality patient care.
Shannon was born and raised in Orlando, FL, where she enjoyed playing basketball and going outside as much as possible. During high school, she developed an interest in oncology after ending her mediocre basketball career in favor of working on a head and neck cancer research project. After attending the University of Florida for college and medical school as part of the combined BS/MD medical honors program, she came to Vanderbilt for residency and loves living in a state with seasons. She joined the Harrison Society as a resident and will be staying here for hematology/oncology fellowship doing malignant hematology research, focusing on the phenotypes and genetic landscapes of patients with clonal hematopoiesis of indeterminate potential (CHIP) and MDS. She also serves on the High Value Care Committee. Outside of medicine, Shannon enjoys gong to yoga at Shakti Power Yoga, lifting weights, collecting wine, watching basketball, writing, and playing with her pet bunny, Muffin. These days, her hobbies have mostly been replaced by planning her wedding to fellow Vanderbilt IM resident Joe Nowatzke. Shannon and Joe love the program and living in Nashville!