Our Residents

Class of 2020

Rush Emergency Medicine residents socializing

Name Academic Profile  
Kimbia Arno
Medical School: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NY
Undergrad: Pomona College, CA
Hometown: Lots, but: New York City
Hey! I’m Kimbia. I’ve lived a lot of places, but NYC is home. I’m really into writing, comics, movies and TV. I’m super into Sim and am going to pursue a fellowship after graduation. I read and speak a couple of languages. I love being in a brand new program and I’m very enthusiastic about social justice and the care of marginalized populations.
Favorite Thing About Living in Chicago: Mexican food!
Christine Binkley
Medical School: University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Undergrad: Westmont College, CA
Hometown: Houston, TX
I’m an Army brat, originally from Texas, by way of California. I live with my husband and two cats. I enjoy catching Bulls or Cubs games and our favorite bands in the city. I chose Rush because of its innovative curriculum and the opportunity to help shape our new program. We’re also really close as an ED family, which makes the work so much fun! I’ve completed an MPH and I’m interested in Geriatric EM.
Favorite Thing About Living in Chicago: Summer block parties, city bike rides and endless food options
Christine Binkley
Nicholas Chien
Medical School: University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Undergrad:  University of California, Berkeley
Hometown:  Vancouver, BC
I’m a friendly Canadian who is always trying to have fun on or off shift. Professional interests include ultrasound, critical care, and addiction medicine. When I’m not working, I love staying active and trying new restaurants. I ride my bicycle everywhere. Rush is a supportive environment that continues to challenge me and provide me endless opportunities for growth. 
Favorite Thing About Living in Chicago: Chicago is flat, which means you can easily tour all it’s neighborhoods by bike in the summer.
Nicholas Chien
Corey Goldstein
Medical School:  Drexel University College of Medicine
Undergrad:  Penn State University
Hometown:  Chicago, IL
I live in Lakeview with my wife and two kids, who are the best! I am a workout fanatic, enjoy everything about tennis, and play drums. I love Rush because of my fellow residents, our leadership and faculty, being part of a new program, the diversity of our ED, and the additional sites we rotate at. I am also trained in psychiatry and have interests in the various aspects of mental health in the ED as well as quality and efficiency.
Favorite Thing About Living in Chicago: All the great neighborhoods to explore. There is so much to do and it’s easy to get around.
Corey Goldstein
David Hill
Medical School:  St. George’s University, Grenada, West Indies
Undergrad:  Colgate University, Hamilton, NY
Hometown:  All over.
I’m a dad, computer nerd, handyman and sous chef. I enjoy skiing, biking, tennis, the occasional jog, beach combing and generally anything outside. My EM interests include being an EMRA representative, learning more about community care and teaching. I chose Rush because of the resources, away rotations, Chicago location, residency family and passionate attendings.
Favorite Thing About Living in Chicago: Summer. Rooftop parties and boat tours.
David Hill
Jacob Holton
Medical School:  Rush Medical College, IL
Undergrad:  Hope College, MI
Hometown:  Chelsea, MI
I’m an old man with an amazing wife, three kids, and two dogs. Vices include fast cars, unnecessary Amazon purchases and raising Cain with my coresidents in the City of Big Shoulders…or 100 meters away from the city on someone else’s yacht. I get excited to go to work every day. We have a fun-loving and brilliant crew of residents and core faculty. We practice in the best EM training grounds Chicago has to offer, and we get to take care of amazing patients. My niche is ultrasound.
Favorite Thing About Living in Chicago: The skyline never gets old
Jacob Holton
Kelly Ryan
Medical School:  University of Illinois at Chicago
Undergrad:  University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Hometown:  Alsip, IL 
I am a Chicago area native so I could not be happier to be doing residency here. While my professional interests include education and resident wellness, my personal interests include traveling, staying active and endlessly searching for the best tacos in Chicago. What I like most about Rush EM is the people! I truly enjoy spending time with my colleagues, both at and outside of work. 
Favorite Thing About Living in Chicago: Summer!
Kelly Ryan
Thomas Seagraves
Medical School:  University of Oklahoma
Undergrad:  Oklahoma State University
Hometown:  Lombard, IL (Lilac Capital of the World)
I grew up in the western suburbs, but I went to undergrad and med school in Oklahoma - had to do the childhood dream of working on the family farm. I still have family here in Chicago, but we did all recently get our Luxembourg citizenship. I’m really glad to be back in Chicago and at Rush. I love helping out with our conference curriculum and doing our conference blog.
Favorite Thing About Living in Chicago: Divvy bikes. Love being able to Divvy all over the city. Also pretty sure these bikes are unbreakable. oh and concerts, never-ending amount of concerts.
Thomas Seagraves
Chase Socha
Medical School:  University of Miami, FL
Undergrad:  Cedarville University, OH
Hometown:  Honolulu, HI (if I get to pick)
I’m a military kid who grew up around the world. I’ve completed an MPH and am passionate about Global Health. I’m a beach bum at heart; love surfing, hiking and being outdoors. I’m always in the gym or playing ball. I joined EM to have fun saving lives and travel the world making an impact where I can. I’m currently working with Rush to expand EM and pre-hospital care in the Dominican Republic.
Favorite Thing About Living in Chicago: Summertime Chi has some awesome street fests and outdoor activities.
Chase Socha
Daniel Spearman
Medical School:  University of Florida
Undergrad:  University of Florida
Hometown:  Chicago, IL
I was born and raised in Chicago before moving to Florida. I like to play baseball, basketball, boxing and jet skiing. My favorite sports teams are the White Sox, Bears and Bulls. My most memorable residency moment was getting posted up by Dr. Heinrich in basketball (the old man can ball).
Favorite Thing About Living in Chicago: The lake
Daniel Spearman
Somy Thottathil
Medical School:  Saba University School of Medicine, Dutch Caribbean
Undergrad:  The University of Chicago, IL; Northwestern University, IL
Hometown:  Chicago, IL
I was an event planner, stylist and hospital administrator before I chose medicine. Now, when I’m not in the ED, I work on program development with the Leadership Team and plan fun events for the department with the Wellness Committee. When I’m off, I enjoy trying new restaurants with old friends, traveling and planning for the next big thing.
Favorite Thing About Living in Chicago: There is always a great new restaurant to try!
Somy Thottathil
Brian Yu
Medical School:  Tulane, LA
Undergrad:  Tulane, LA
Hometown:  Taipei, Taiwan
I spent the last few years in the South and have since enjoyed the seasonal variations and excitement of living in Chicago. I have enjoyed the resident support and learning opportunities at Rush.
Favorite Thing About Living in Chicago: You can fly to anywhere in the world.
Brian Yu

Class of 2021

Rush Emergency Medicine residents group photo

Name Academic Profile  
Shayna Adams
Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine, MA
Undergrad: San Diego State University, CA
Hometown:  Singapore
I was born in Singapore and raised in San Diego. I outgrew the year-round sunshine and moved to Boston to get my MD/MBA and then Chicago for the EM life. I enjoy rock climbing, hiking, playing tennis, casual but competitive planking, exploring the city on bike, playing videogames, watching Netflix with my kitties Chewbacca and Oberyn, and planning my next dozen adventures.
Favorite Thing About Living in Chicago: The bitter freezing cold, of course.
Shayna Adams
Catherine Buckley
Medical School: Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, IL
Undergrad: University of Notre Dame, IN
Hometown: Manhattan, KS
I’m loving how reactive this EM program is; growing with us and our feedback! In my free time I climb, paint and lay around with my squishy-fluffy, Bombadil (a cat). Chicago is totally bike-able all year round; if you like adrenaline and numb fingers. There are great climbing gyms and our golden weekends are just long enough for a trip to some bomber crags.
Favorite Thing About Living in Chicago: Corner Bars!
Catherine Buckley
Vishal Jani
Medical School: Nova Southeastern University Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine, FL
Undergrad: The College of New Jersey
Hometown: Marlboro, NJ
I enjoy board games, soccer, cooking, garba, and bhangra! I’m interested in critical care, and my favorite aspects of Rush are my co-residents.
Favorite Thing About Living in Chicago: The Christkindlmarket!
Vishal Jani
Trevor Landas
Medical School: Rush Medical College, IL
Undergrad: University of California - Davis
Hometown: San Francisco Bay Area, CA
The Rush EM faculty are awesome and I am learning a lot and getting great experience while also maintaining a balanced life. I especially like Rush’s emphasis on wellness. I enjoy all things outdoors, but have picked up indoor rock climbing while in Chicago. My co-resident Shayna and I are currently competing in a team bouldering competition.
Favorite Thing About Living in Chicago: Summer, biking along the lakefront and breweries
Trevor Landas
Bill McDowell
Medical School: University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
Undergrad: University of Minnesota
Hometown: Des Moines, IA
I’m a big sports fan, especially the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals. I enjoy playing video games and am into gadgets. I’ve been keeping the same peace lily alive since 2010 through many cold weather moves. My interests in emergency medicine are education, critical care and EBM.
Favorite Thing About Living in Chicago: There’s always something to do - sports, concerts, festivals
Bill McDowell
Keya Patel
Medical School: St. George’s University, Grenada, West Indies
Undergrad: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Hometown: Skokie, IL
I love to try new restaurants, but could live off of pizza and french-fries; Pepsi is better than Coke. I’m an avid adventure seeker; scuba certified and have gone shark cage diving. Rush EM is awesome because of the wonderful people, supportive administration, and variety of clinical opportunities. Professional interests include global and disaster health.
Favorite Thing About Living in Chicago: Pizza, architecture, local brews, everything!
Keya Patel
Calloway Pichette
Medical School: Rush Medical College, IL
Undergrad: New York University, NY
Hometown: Grand Junction, CO
I grew up in Colorado and moved to Chicago for medical school. I live here with my Husband, Connor, and our dog and cat, Cider and Isis. I was an EMT in New York during undergrad, and my EMS interest has continued into Residency. When I’m not working I enjoy all sorts of fiber arts, including knitting and sewing, and I love to read.
Favorite Thing About Living in Chicago: All of the museums
Calloway May
Nupur Shah
Medical School: Nova Southeastern University Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine, FL
Undergrad: University of Texas - Austin
Hometown: Houston, TX
I’ve lived in a bunch of neat cities but Chicago is by far my favorite. Prior to medical school, I taught middle school science for Teach For America. I’m also pretty great at throwing darts. I love Rush because there’s never a time when I’m not looking forward to being in the ED with these people. They say EM is a team sport, and I definitely feel part of the team here. My professional interests include process/quality improvement and social disparities in healthcare.
Favorite Thing About Living in Chicago:  Summer festivals
Nupur Shah
William Slagle
Medical School: University of Nevada School of Medicine
Undergrad: University of Washington
Hometown:  Henderson, NV
I earned an undergraduate degree in neurobiology, and I seem to be the only person excited about the Chicago winter after a lifetime of sunburns growing up as a redhead in Las Vegas. I don’t have a pet, but I’ve managed to keep my house plants alive for 8 months. My favorite thing about Rush are the attendings/coresidents/nurses I get to work alongside that will teach me something and make me laugh every shift.
Favorite Thing About Living in Chicago: Being able to bike or take the train to work!
William Slagle
Richard Trevino
Medical School: The University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio
Undergrad: The University of Texas at Austin
Hometown: San Antonio, TX
I’m a Texan through and through! I found myself as a Chicago transplant by way of the EM residency match, and have been on an extraordinary adventure ever since. My dad, brother, and I are all die-hard Longhorns fans. I also love the Spurs, Cowboys, and Rangers, but will root for the Cubbies on occasion. I’m interested in global heal and international emergency medicine.
Favorite Thing About Living in Chicago: Definitely one of the best food and drink scenes of anywhere I’ve ever been!
Richard Trevino
Lauran Wirfs
Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, IL
Undergrad: University of Illinois
Hometown: Rockford, IL
I’m a marathon junkie - both running and netflix - and I’m aiming for another Boston, an outdoors enthusiast, a cat lover with the best cat Lily Potter, (dogs are cool too), and a travel addict trying to fill up my passport.
Favorite Thing About Living in Chicago: THE SUMMERS!
Lauran Wirfs
Collin Wulff
Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences NW, OR
Undergrad: University of Puget Sound, WA
Hometown: Albany, OR
I was born and raised in Oregon before spending my college years in Washington. I decided to venture out for a few years to the friendly Midwest. I love snowboarding, golf, hiking, camping, cooking, and all things craft beer. I am obsessed with my Australian shepherd Matilda that my fiancée and I adopted a few months before moving to Chicago.
Favorite Thing About Living in Chicago: The people you meet!
Collin Wulff

Class of 2022

Rush Emergency Medicine residents group photo

Name Academic Profile  
Alex Jay
Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCU)
Undergrad: University of Northern Iowa
Hometown:  Delhi, IA
I grew up in a small, quaint town in Iowa and just recently moved to Chicago for residency. In my spare time you’ll find me at the nearest coffee shop by morning and local brewery by night. Also an avid runner (who in EM isn’t, amiright?), and enjoy a good book, Netflix binge, and any type of cheese I can get my hands on. 
Favorite Thing About Living in Chicago: It’s the greatest food city in the world, and that’s a fact.

Michael Kalina

Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine
Undergrad: Northwestern University
Hometown: Munster, IN
Hi everyone!  I’m excited to join the Rush EM family.  In the past, I played professional minor league baseball and most recently graduated from Internal Medicine residency.  I have passed wine sommelier exams and greatly enjoy cooking. I love to learn about cultures from around the world and have found that celebrating the art of the meal is a great lens through which to do this.  My favorite part about this program is having the opportunity to work with passionate and knowledgeable faculty, staff, and residents, to help patients in their most challenging times.
Favorite Thing About Living in Chicago: Big city that feels like a small town, with a lake that feels like an ocean!

Shivon Manchanda

Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine in Urbana
Undergrad: Northwestern University
Hometown: Orland Park, IL
I grew up in the Chicagoland area and am so happy to be doing residency in my favorite city. My professional interests include medical education and physician wellness. I like novelty – I’m usually reading and learning about new topics, trying to tweak or building things, or traveling and exploring new places. However, I am no stranger to the good ol’ nap. Also, pizza is life.
Favorite Thing About Living in Chicago: There’s always something to do!

Dennis McKinney

Medical School: Rush Medical College, IL
Undergrad: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Hometown: Skokie, IL
Hello! I grew up in Skokie, IL and attended UofI in Champaign for undergrad where I studied finance. After a couple of years I decided to leave the thrilling lifestyle of an internal financial auditor behind and pursue medicine, where I attended Rush Medical College. I am thrilled to stay in the Rush family for residency and be part of a new program. Within EM, I am particularly interested in administration and global medicine. Outside of EM, I love playing basketball and checking out new restaurants. I am also fiercely devoted to my weekly pub trivia team - The Lorel Park Legends.
Favorite Thing About Living in Chicago: The food!

Benjamin Mogni

Medical School: University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Undergrad: Northwestern University
Hometown: Glen Ellyn, IL
My wife, puppy and I live in the south loop. My wife and I met at Northwestern in a Spanish class and we love Chicago. The variety of foods and the amazing amount of activities to do keeps us busy! The thing I like most about residency is that I have finally completed medical school! I am excited to start soon. My wife and I Iove to do yoga. I especially enjoy performing arm balances. For EM, I hope to explore disaster medicine more in residency.
Favorite Thing About Living in Chicago: The variety of food and the White Sox!

Vanessa Petrak

Medical School: St. George’s University, Grenada, West Indies
Undergrad: California State University San Bernardino
Hometown: Needles, CA
I love going to sports games with my family and friends, country concerts are my absolute favorite, and I am obsessed with running. I started running cross country in high school and college and haven’t stopped. I could live off pasta, pizza, and Dr. Pepper. I am also a huge Netflix fan, always looking for new shows to binge watch. I love being in the Emergency Department and my passion is in Education. I plan to pursue a Medical Education Fellowship after residency and eventually become a Clerkship Director. I would love to help educate medical students as they are the future of medicine. 
Favorite Thing About Living in Chicago: I love how beautiful and clean Chicago is. The city is full of amazing restaurants to enjoy and there are always events going on from sports games, concerts, and festivals. It is a perfect city!
Harrison Pidgeon
Medical School: Rush Medical College, IL
Undergrad: Fordham University
Hometown: Boston, MA
Hi! I’m from Boston and completed my undergrad at Fordham University in the Bronx, New York. I was an EMT during college which is what introduced me to Emergency Medicine. I came to Rush for medical school and I am stoked to be staying here for residency. Outside of the hospital I love to have a good time, eat my way through this awesome city, and hang out with my partner Sarah and my dog Tesla. Inside the hospital I still like to have a good time; my EM interests are center around population/community health and social Emergency Medicine. I can say the ABC’s backwards faster than anyone I know.
Favorite Thing About Living in Chicago: There are 2-3 street festivals every weekend during the summer!

Michael Rentz

Medical School: University of Cincinnati
Undergrad: University of Cincinnati
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
I was born and raised in Ohio, and I decided to stick around for my MPH and a BS in biomedical engineering prior to medical school. I’m excited to transition to Chicago for a great EM experience and a fun city! I enjoy restaurants, running, podcasts/music, board games, and spending good times with friends. My professional interests are in education and public health.
Favorite Thing About Living in Chicago:  Toss-up between the food scene and living near the lake!

Joshua Ruff

Medical School: Rush Medical College
Undergrad: Emory University
Hometown: Beverly, MA
I grew up in Massachusetts, studied at Emory in Atlanta, then settled in Chicago. I enjoy playing club soccer and traveling with my wife.  I am always working on new projects (currently building a rooftop garden and training our new puppy). I love the variety and complexity of emergency medicine.  My EM interests are critical care, EMS, and social medicine.
Favorite Thing About Living in Chicago:  I love Chicago’s unique neighborhood within a city feel.
Drew Sexton
Medical School: Rush Medical College
Undergrad: Washington University in St. Louis
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Originally from St. Louis but I’ve been in Chicago for the last four years. During graduate school I worked in retail and clinical drug development. In my free time I enjoy cooking, watching the food network, working out, reading, and catching up with friends. I am excited to continue my training at Rush and am interested in Emergency Department operations. 
Favorite Thing About Living in Chicago: The River Walk 

Jeny Tan

Medical School: Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergrad: Governors State University
Hometown: Zamboanga, Philippines (Asia’s Latin City)
I’m a small fireball with endless energy. I grew up in Zamboanga, Philippines before moving to the South Suburbs of Chicago when I was 10 years old. I was a licensed massage therapist before going into medical school. When I’m free, I like to spend my time going on nature walks, gardening, playing with my pets, kicking back and relaxing. If I can afford it, I love traveling and exploring new places. I love the rain as much as I love soaking up sunshine. I love all forms of art from singing to dancing to painting. I’m free-spirited and always up for an adventure. I love Rush because I truly feel at home. Everyone is so welcoming. The moment I say I’ll be an Emergency Resident, I’m always greeted with “Welcome to the Family!”
Favorite Thing About Living in Chicago: I love Chicago because there’s always something new for me to explore. 

Emily Tisma

Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine
Undergrad: Indiana University - Bloomington
Hometown: Northwest Indiana
I love staying active! My favorite hobbies include backcountry camping, hiking, indoor rock climbing, snowboarding, and running with my pup, Lou. I’m always interested in going out to see live music, comedy, and sporting events. When I’m taking it easy, I enjoy playing trivia, watching NBA games, and confusing myself with feminist theory texts. I chose Rush EM for the opportunity to contribute my own creativity and enthusiasm to the creation of a new program. I am dedicated to social justice initiatives and am also interested in critical care.
Favorite Thing About Living in Chicago: I’m excited to explore the many unique neighborhoods on foot (and by mouth!)