Meet our Med-Peds Residents

Med-Peds Resident Life

Meet our 17 Internal Medicine-Pediatric residents! A wonderful mix of locals and out-of-towners, calling The Windy City home. Scroll down to learn a little bit of our resident’s past, present and future. Be sure to click on the their favorite spots to explore some of what Chicago has to offer!
 

Forth-year residents (PGY-4)

2019 Med-Peds Interns

(Left to right) Top row: Esha Kapania, Gianna Bosco Bottom row: Sarah Schuessler, Kevin Ratnasamy and Haley Herman

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Gianna Bosco, MD

She/Her

Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine
Undergrad: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Grew up in: Park Ridge, IL
Professional interests:  Cardiology, Adult Congenital Cardiology, Hospital medicine  
Why Med-Peds: My med-peds training has helped me become a versatile and well rounded physician! You would be surprised at how much your knowledge from internal medicine helps on the pediatrics side and visa versa. Plus the med-peds residents and faculty are the best :) 
Fave Chicago spots Wrigley Field (Go Cubs!), Portillos, The Chicago Riverwalk, &North Avenue beach!
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Haley Herman, MD

She/Her

Medical School: Ohio State University College of Medicine
Undergrad: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Grew up in: Sylvania, OH
Professional interests: In true med-peds fashion I like a little bit of everything so I am interested in being a hospitalist! 
Why Med-Peds: I was so impressed by all the med-peds physicians I met during my training that I knew I wanted to be just like them when I grew up! My colleagues are my family and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. In addition, I love the versatility that lets me work with newborns one day and 90-year-olds the next.
Fave Chicago spots: Tons of concert venues, boating on Lake Michigan and looking at the city skyline view, West Town favorite food spots - Tempesta Market and Yuzu Sushi

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Esha Kapania, MD

She/Her

Medical School: Loyola Stritch School of Medicine
Undergrad: University of Virginia
Grew up in: Blacksburg, VA
Professional interests: My career interests include Pulmonologist, Critical Care or Hospitalist 
Why Med-Peds: I decided to go into Med-Peds because I love both patient populations and I think both sides make me a better doctor on the other side. Plus you get 3 retreats and holiday parties! Best of both worlds!
Fave Chicago spots“The Lake”, any brewery, rooftop bars!

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Kevin Ratnasamy, MD

He/Him

Medical School: University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine
Undergrad:University of South Florida
Grew up in: Melbourne, FL 
Professional interests: Pediatric Gastroenterology 
Why Med-Peds: Short answer isIt’s a vibe! The long answer is - I wanted the flexibility offered by this unique training amongst like-minded peers and faculty. I liked all of my rotations during medical school, but truly felt most at home in the Med-Peds clinic. I am also incredibly indecisive. 
Fave Chicago spots: Favorite eats - Piece Pizza, Irazu, Galit, Monteverde Favorite places to go - Garfield Park, biking around the city or on the Lakefront Trail
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Sarah Scheussler, MD

She/Her

Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine
Undergrad: The College of William & Mary
Grew up in: Hinsdale, IL
Professional interests: Combined Palliative Care Fellowship
Why Med-Peds: I love caring for people in their times of greatest need, no matter their age.
Fave Chicago spots: The Lakefront TrailChicago Symphony Orchestra, and Gene & Jude’s for the hands-down best Chicago style hot dogs
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Third-year residents (PGY-3)

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(Left to right) Hannah Duehren, Ashanta Brady, Emily Nehl, and Scott Miller.
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Ashanta P. Brady, MD, PharmD

She/Her

Medical School: Meharry Medical College
Graduate/Professional School: Howard University College of Pharmacy
Undergrad: University of Maryland, College Park
Grew up in: Chicago, IL
Professional interests: I hope to futher explore a career in health disparties research, pharmacoeconomics and combined adult and pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Why Med-Peds: I chose Med-Peds because I love transition of care for all specialties! I am very excited to have the exposure of advanced training in general pediatrics and adult medicine.
Fave Chicago spots: Running on the Lakefront Trail to Promontory Point, Crown Fountain in Millennium Park, and Water Tower Place on the Magnificent Mile
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Hannah M. Duehren, MD

She/Her

Medical School: University of Massachusetts
Undergrad: University of Notre Dame
Grew up in: Needham, MA
Professional interests: I am particularly passionate about helping children and young adults with chronic illnesses and am interested in health equity and working in resource limited settings. I love inpatient medicine especially critical care, so am also considering a career as an intensivist but overall a little undecided still.
Why Med-Peds: I want to learn everything and be prepared to take care of anyone! I wanted a residency program that would give me the knowledge and skills to provide care in resource limited settings for all ages. I love Rush because everyone is humble, fun, compassionate about patient care and enthusiastic about learning.
Fave Chicago spots: Biking the Lakefront Trail, restaurants in the West Loop!, Playing spike ball and hanging in all the nice parks!

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Scott M. Miller, MD

He/Him

Medical School: Rush Medical College
Undergrad: University of Minnesota
Grew up in: Rosemount, MN
Professional interests: I plan to be a hospitalist with a dash of global health as well. I am currently in the global health track. 
Why Med-Peds: I wanted to see patients of all ages, and med-peds people were my people!
Fave Chicago spots: Running along the Lakefront Trail, Seeing an opera at the Lyric or seeing a show at a theater in the Loop, Eating all the delicious food.

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Emily R. Nehl, MD

She/Her

Medical School: University at Buffalo
Undergrad: Duquesne University
Grew up in: Buffalo, NY
Professional interests: Primary Care in a Med Peds clinic, Hospital Medicine and Medical Education
Why Med-Peds: Med-Peds training will prepare me to take care of anyone and gives me a broad range of career opportunities. I chose Rush because of the good vibes, down to earth people and friendly, teaching focused atmosphere.
Fave Chicago spots: A show at Second City, Walking my roommate’s dog, Colby, along the lakefront, Taking care of the herb garden on my deck

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Second-year residents (PGY-2)

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(Left to right) Jennifer Marsidi, Benjamin Traisman, Brinda K Ryali and Elizabeth Hayes.
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Elizabeth Hayes, MD

She/Her

Medical School: Howard University
Undergrad: Howard University
Grew up in: Charlotte, NC
Professional interests: Undecided, but considering dual fellowships! 
Why Med-Peds: Being able to treat people of all ages and being trained by/working with great people!
Fave Chicago spots: Enjoying the Riverwalk with my dog and using the Divvy bikes to explore the city!
Elizabeth Hayes, MD

Jennifer Marsidi, DO

She/Her

Medical School: University of New England
Graduate, Nursing: Seattle University
Graduate, Education: Tufts University
Undergrad: Tufts University
Grew up in: Everett, WA
Professional interests: Adult pulm/critical care, adult or pediatric cardiology.
Why Med-Peds: I always felt that learning both adult and pediatric medicine would make me a better doctor for whichever side I end up specializing in—or allow me to do a combined fellowship. Also, med peds folks are my kind of wacky!
Fave Chicago spots: I have enjoyed taking family bike rides on the North Branch Trail up to the Botanic Gardens and rides on the Des Plaines River Trail to Hartigan’s Ice Cream Shoppe in Evanston!
Jennifer Marsidi, DO

Brinda Ryali, MD  

She/Her

Medical School: Western Michigan University
Undergrad: University of California, San Diego
Grew up in: Fremont, CA
Professional interests: I’m interested in global and public health, medical education, and women’s health. I’m planning to join the health equity or advocacy track next year and hope to pursue a career addressing health care disparities within the primary care setting.
Why Med-Peds: My favorite thing about Med-Peds is that as a group, everyone is very advocacy oriented and they are some of the fiercest patient advocates I’ve met throughout the hospital!
Fave Chicago spots: TBD!

Brinda Ryali, MD 

Benjamin Traisman, DO

He/Him

Medical School: Touro College, New York
Undergrad: Emory University, Atlanta
Grew up in: Chicago and Evanston, IL
Professional interests: Following residency I plan to pursue a fellowship in cardiology or critical care. Rush allows for so many opportunities to experience both these realms of practice in residency both as a clinician and researcher.
Why Med-Peds: MedPeds is incredibly fun and fulfilling. I have managed a vast array of pathophysiology already just in the first months of my intern year. It is clinically rewarding seeing a 53 year old for chest pain and a 5 year old for a school physical all within the same afternoon on the outpatient side and managing an adult with multiple comorbidities from childhood on the inpatient side. There’s truly never a dull moment.
Fave Chicago spots: Any one of the excellent beaches, our beaches are underrated! The architecture tour on the river, Chicago has some of the most beautiful architecture in the world. If it happens to be winter, going to a Bulls/Blackhawks game at the UC is a ton of fun. It truly is the “Madhouse on Madison.”
Benjamin Traisman, DO

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First-year residents (PGY-1)

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(Left to right) Jayla Bostic, Rong Hu, Crystal Juarez, Colin Flannelly

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Jayla Bostic, DO, MS

She/Her

Medical School: Touro College, New York
Undergrad: University of Florida
Grew up in: Wellington, FL
Professional interests: My career interests include primary care, urban medicine, and medical education.
Why Med-Peds: I chose Med-Peds because I wanted the opportunity to work with patients from birth and onwards throughout their adulthood. I also liked that the targeted training of this specialty will enable me to not only work with healthy patients, but also provide me with the skills necessary to manage the long-term care of complex congenital and childhood diseases that can persist into adulthood for many. Additionally, I love that Med-Peds offers a multitude of opportunities post-residency, including going into primary care, pursuing fellowship, or serving as a hospitalist.
Fave Chicago spots: Football games at Soldier Field and shopping on Michigan Avenue
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Colin Flannelly, MD, MSc. 

He/Him

Medical School: University of Massachusetts
Undergrad: The College of New Jersey 
Grew up in: Phillipsburg, NJ
Professional interests: Health Policy, Economics, Equity, MedEd, EBM
Why Med-Peds: Endless reasons! It’s the most pluripotent field with the ability to mix and match your future career and sidestep burnout. Plus, as always, THE PEOPLE! 
Fave Chicago spots: New to the area, but so far love Adams & Sons & Daughters for plants, Moneygun for cocktails, Humboldt park for runs, and Lottie’s for trivia nights. 

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Rong Hu, MD

She/Her

Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine
Undergrad: Washington University in St. Louis
Grew up in: Chicago and Wilmette, IL
Professional interests: I’m currently debating between primary care, rheumatology, and cardiology!
Why Med-Peds: I love interacting with patients of all ages and being able to learn about diseases throughout the entire lifespan. Plus, everyone I’ve met within MedPeds has been incredibly kind, bright, and supportive.
Fave Chicago spots: Anywhere along Lake Michigan. I also love exploring Chicago suburbs for small town vibes and forest preserves. My favorite restaurants include La Chaparrita in Pilsen, Conte di Savoia in Little Italy, and Happy Lamb in Chinatown!
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Crystal Juarez, MD

She/Her

Medical School: Michigan State University
Undergrad: Grand Valley State University and Grand Rapids Community College
Grew up in: Grand Rapids, MI
Professional interests: My interests include combined hospitalist or working in a med-peds outpatient clinic. It would be awesome if I can do both! 
Why Med-Peds: I chose med-peds because I love that I can work with populations of all ages whether it’s a newborn to the elderly. I also love the variety and diversity of medical conditions that I get to work with from outpatient visits in clinic to working in the ICU. I plan on doing global health in the future so I need to gain the skills to work populations of all ages and under whatever circumstances and I feel like med-peds is the perfect specialty to prepare me for that. 
Fave Chicago spots: I haven’t explored too much yet but so far I love all the different outdoor seating areas with all the beautiful plants and flowers. There are plenty of spots like that down here. Also I love walking by the lakeshore and navy pier. There are so many beautiful spots here and I can’t wait to explore them!
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