Our Residents

Class of 2021

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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

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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
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
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!)

Class of 2023

Name Academic Profile  
Dainis Berzins
Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergrad: Loyola University Chicago
Hometown:  Brinklow, MD
Originally from Maryland, I came out to Chicago for my undergrad and medical degrees. Growing up on the East Coast I love everything outdoors, especially hiking and fishing. Playing NCAA Division I volleyball was my initial pull for coming out to Chicago and I have made this city my home for the past 10 years. When I have some free time, a few of my hobbies include cooking, gardening and working on my saltwater aquarium.
Favorite Thing About Living in Chicago: Checking out the Summer street festivals, playing in the Chicago sport leagues and exploring the restaurants and bars throughout the city with friends!

Michelle Brito

Medical School: Texas Tech University School of Medicine - Amarillo
Undergrad: Washington University in St. Louis
Hometown: Houston, TX
I grew up in Houston, Texas and spent my summers visiting family in Ecuador. I am a soft blend of pep, subtle sass, with a running undercurrent of sarcasm. I mainly run off of avocados and eggs, but occasionally expand my culinary horizons with international foods. On a day off, you could probably find me biking, hiking, yoga-ing, sharpening my dance moves and/or planning adventurous travel excursions. When I grow up, I plan on applying my future talents to global health and disaster medicine.
Favorite Thing About Living in Chicago: joining the Chicago bike culture and Chicago’s salsa scene

Mollie Chesis

Medical School: University of Kansas School of Medicine
Undergrad: Brown University
Hometown: Stilwell, KS
I grew up thinking that playing in corn fields is a definitely totally normal thing to do and thinking I was going to be a writer. I did study creative writing in college, but I guess I decided to be a doctor. RIP WIP. I still love to read and to write, but I spend all my spare hours being a circus artist! I’m going on ten years of working on contortion, hand balancing, and any circus apparatus I can get my hands on! Chicago has an amazing circus scene, and I genuinely pumped about starting lessons and classes in the city. (That all being said, if you are ever wanting to have long discussions about esoteric writing concepts—hit me up).
Favorite Thing About Living in Chicago: Public transit! I know it seems silly, but I cannot explain how wide-eyed I get on a train that literally goes into an airport. It feels like MAGIC.

Paul Kamsi Yonna Edemobi

Medical School: St. George’s University School of Medicine
Undergrad:  University of Mary Washington
Hometown: Woodbridge, VA
Hi, I’m Paul! I was born and raised in Nigeria for 15 years before my family made the move to Virginia. I love staying active. I enjoy playing rugby, soccer and salsa dancing. I am also a big comic and manga fan. Also whenever I have the time, I like to do a little button smashing on the play station. I am excited to be part of the Rush family and glad I have the opportunity to explore more of Chicago!
Favorite Thing About Living in Chicago: Two words: Summer Activities

Jeanette Lorme

Medical School: Rush Medical College
Undergrad: Northwestern University
Hometown: Santa Clarita, CA
I grew up in California, played college soccer at Northwestern, and worked in healthcare consulting in New England prior to making a career change to medicine. Working as an EMT sparked my interest in Emergency Medicine and Rush Medical College called me back to the great city of Chicago. I love the sense of community, teamwork, and dedication to serving patients at Rush and I’m thrilled to be part of the Emergency Medicine team here with super smart and welcoming faculty and residents! I love biking, canoeing, and being outside as much as possible with my crew - my husband Tyler and our large dog (aka small horse) Moose.
Favorite Thing About Living in Chicago: Friendly people, finding new ways to experience awesome skyline views (by bike, boat, and rooftop!) and an endless number of great restaurants and breweries to explore in unique neighborhoods.

Tucker Matthews

Medical School: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Undergrad: University of Wisconsin - Madison
Hometown: Sudbury, MA
I went to college in Madison, and have since lived in Nicaragua, Boston, and NYC. I’m pretty obsessed with my dog, so can often be found giving her belly-rubs or talking to her like she’s a human. Also a film nerd, rock climber, soccer player, board gamer, R&B enthusiast, and Boston sports fan. I rotated at Rush as a medical student and absolutely loved the atmosphere and the people, and I’m thrilled to be joining the community. My EM interests revolve around ED management and EMS. 
Favorite Thing About Living in Chicago: It’s a big city but also feels super tight-knit, and as an east-coaster, the people are extremely nice!
Hans Michael Murcia
Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine
Undergrad:  Loyola University Chicago
Hometown: Chicago, IL
I was born and raised in Colombia, moved to the US when I was very young. I am a former combat medic in the US ARMY. I was a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, deployed to Iraq and did all that good stuff for 4+ years. Later, I went back to school and got my BS in mathematics, then medical school and now here I am. Chicago is home. I like to spend my time going on walks, playing video games, visiting museums and traveling. I love to constantly challenge myself and keep my brain active. Emergency medicine provides the complexity, variety and challenge that I am looking for like nothing else. My professional interest include toxicology and EMS. I look forward to advocate for immigrants, minorities, veterans, LGBT and social justice in general.
Favorite Thing About Living in Chicago: Lots of restaurants, lots of things to do, PIZZA!!

Eric Polich

Medical School: Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergrad: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Hometown: Madison, WI
I grew up in Madison, WI and completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before medical school I worked as an EMT and volleyball coach. I still love to play volleyball to this day! I also enjoy being outdoors and hiking at state and national parks with my significant other, Alexa, and our two dogs, Koda and Sully. I am thrilled to be starting my residency at Rush and be part of the family. My particular EM interests include medical education and critical care.
Favorite Thing About Living in Chicago:   There is always something new to explore with so many different neighborhoods, restaurants, bars, and events.

Willeed Rabah

Medical School: University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Undergrad: Central Connecticut State University
Hometown: Middletown, CT
I was born and raised in Connecticut but spent some of my childhood in the Middle East. All my schooling at this point in my life has been in Connecticut so I am excited to leave the Northeast to complete my training. In my free time, I love playing and watching soccer and spending quality time with family and friends.
Favorite Thing About Living in Chicago: Easy access to everything, great diversity, and I am sure there will always be something to do.
Nicolas Ramsay
Medical School: Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
Undergrad:  Columbia University
Hometown: Miami, FL
You can call me Nico. I was a missionary kid in Vina del Mar, Chile growing up, then moved to Miami, FL. I played soccer at the University of Central Florida, then began a career in youth ministry with Young Life before switching to medicine. I enjoy live music and concerts, board games, playing sports (soccer, volleyball, marathons, triathlons, frisbee, you name it), and exploring the outdoors and national parks. So far, my favorite is Zion National Park which has Angels Landing, one of the best hikes ever if you’re ok with heights. 
Favorite Thing About Living in Chicago: I like that it’s a big city on the water with all kinds of events, sports, and restaurants. I love the diversity of people, food, languages, and weather, and I’m excited to trade my beach towel for winter gear. 

Evelyn (Evie) Schraft

Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine
Undergrad: Washington University in St. Louis
Hometown: Springfield, MO
I have fallen in love with Chicago since moving up from Missouri. My husband and I met while working together at a bike shop. Now we have two little girls to pull in the trailer behind our bicycles! I love podcasts, yoga, cooking, and cross-stitch. At Rush, I am excited to explore ultrasound, social EM, and medical education.
Favorite Thing About Living in Chicago:  The Brookfield Zoo, Costco, and our local ice cream shop

Earl Williams, Jr.

Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine
Undergrad: Dartmouth College
Hometown: Chicago, IL
I was told life is a marathon, not a sprint. Since then I’ve attempted to fill the unforgiving minute with 60 seconds of distance run… so far so good.
Favorite Thing About Living in Chicago: I’ve become the hero I’ve always dreamed. What’s more, I get to be a hero in the city that raised me and for the people that need me most.

 

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