Meet Our Residents

Name & Year


Julie Bittar
Julie Bittar, MD
Chief Resident, Dermatology PGY-4

Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine

Hometown: Terre Haute, IN

Undergraduate Institution: University of Pennsylvania

Intern Year: Presence St. Vincent Ascension Health, Indianapolis, IN

Hobbies: Paddle boarding, traveling, chess

Morgan Ellis
Morgan Decker, MD 
Chief Resident, Dermatology PGY-4

Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine

Hometown: Grosse Pointe Shores, MI

Undergraduate Institution: University of Notre Dame

Intern Year: Kettering Medical Center, Kettering, OH

Hobbies: Outdoor runs and walks, tennis, gardening, interior design, boating and Notre Dame football

Elise Brunsgaard, MD
Elise Brunsgaard, MD
Dermatology PGY-3

Medical School: RUSH Medical College

Hometown: Boulder, CO

Undergraduate Institution: University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

Intern Year: University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Hobbies: Running, climbing, hiking, skiing, trying new restaurants or breweries and spending quality time with friends and family

Rachel Lefferdink, MD
Rachel Lefferdink, MD
Dermatology PGY-3

Medical School: University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Hometown: Midland, MI

Undergraduate Institution: University of Michigan

Intern Year: University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital

Hobbies: Cooking and entertaining, reading, playing cardio tennis, cheering for University of Michigan sports and spending time with my husband and two children

Emily Medhus, MD
Emily Medhus, DO
Dermatology PGY-3

Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN

Undergraduate Institution: College of Charleston, SC

Intern Year: Tufts Medical Center

Hobbies: Walking my Aussiedoodle Teddy, traveling, interior design, pottery

Alexandra Eckburg
Alexandra Eckburg, MD
Dermatology PGY-2

Medical School: University of Iowa RJ&L Carver College of Medicine

Hometown: Rockford, IL

Undergraduate Institution: Northwestern University

Intern Year: Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliate Hospitals

Hobbies: Cooking, Baking, Traveling, Dog Sitting

Maria Mihailescu, MD
Maria Mihailescu, MD
Dermatology PGY-2

Medical School: University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Hometown: Naperville, IL

Undergraduate Institution: University of Illinois

Intern Year: University of Chicago, Northshore

Hobbies: Tennis, Golf, Traveling, Long Walks, Cuddles with my Shiba-Corgi, Donald

Alex Rokni, MD
Alex Rokni, MD
Dermatology PGY-2

Medical School: George Washington University School of Medicine

Hometown: Northbrook, IL

Undergraduate Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison

Intern Year: University of Illinois-Chicago

Hobbies: Travel, Interior Design, Hiking, Food

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