Where Our Residents Come From...

*This map shows where our current residents went to medical school. Click on the image to expand the map. 
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First-year residents (PGY-1)

2022 Intern Orientation
Name About  
Nitika Agrawal
Undergraduate: Ohio State University
Medical School: Wright State University
Fun Fact: I went parasailing in Costa Rica, it was fun until we were dropped in open water (I have a fear of sharks). 

Dalia Alkhawaga

Undergraduate: Kent State University
Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University
Fun Fact: I make the best chocolate chip cookies around!

Ellie Belilos

Undergraduate: Cornell University
Medical School: Georgetown University
Fun Fact: I have snorkeled between tectonic plates!

Kesany Boupapanh

Undergraduate: Tulane University
Medical School: Tulane University
Fun Fact: My due date was New Year’s Day, but I was born on Christmas Day.

Janelle Castellino

Graduate: Ohio Northern University, D. Pharm.
Medical School: University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Fun Fact: I grew up in Scranton, PA where the TV show The Office was set.

Evangelina Cedeno

Medical School: Universidad Iberoamericana
Fun Fact: I’m a huge fan of Korean Dramas

Ana Maria Davila Morales

Undergraduate: University of Puerto Rico
Medical School: University of Puerto Rico
Fun Fact: I almost became a professional baker, but I decided medicine was best for me.

Joshua Dein

Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin
Medical School: University of Illinois
Fun Fact: I am a huge Game of Thrones fan and had the opportunity to see many of the filming locations in Dubrovnik, Croatia!

Matthew Golden

Undergraduate: University of Iowa
Medical School: California Northstate University
Fun Fact: I am addicted to chicken parmesan and am making a blog about the best dishes in Chicago.

Isabel Hart

Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin
Medical School: Wayne State University
Fun Fact: I once carved my own wooden canoe paddle.

Lincoln Kavinsky

Undergraduate: Beloit College
Medical School: Tulane University
Fun Fact: I started volunteering at Rush during my sophomore year of high school! Now I get to work here in the capacity as an actual doctor!
 

Mehwish Khan

Undergraduate: University of Illinois
Medical School: CCOM
Fun Fact: I taught myself to play several musical instruments, including piano, ukulele, and rabab (traditional Pakistani instrument).
 

Sushant Koirala

Undergraduate: University of Pennsylvania
Medical School: Saint Louis University
Fun Fact: By the age of 10, I had already lived in three separate continents.

Kajal Madan

Undergraduate: University of Akron
Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University
Fun Fact: I really enjoy cooking and baking and even met the Cake Boss, Buddy Valastro, at the opening of a new grocery store in my hometown.

Shannon Manz

Undergraduate: University of Michigan
Medical School: Central Michigan University
Fun Fact: I was scuba certified at 12 years old! My favorite sea creature to swim alongside is an eagle ray.

David Martinez Marin

Undergraduate: Northeastern Illinois University
Medical School: University of Illinois
Fun Fact: I love to snowboard.

Daniel Moreno, Jr.

Undergraduate: University of Texas at El Paso
Medical School: Texas Tech University
Fun Fact: I have over 200 video games that I’ve been collecting since I was a kid.

Natalie Otto

Undergraduate: University of Oklahoma
Medical School: University of Oklahoma
Fun Fact: I’m learning to make stained glass art.

Laura Owczarzak

Undergraduate: Canisius College
Medical School: Rush Medical College
Fun Fact: My favorites hobbies include reading, walking my corgi, and shopping at Costco.

Ajay Patel

Undergraduate: University of Louisville
Medical School: University of Louisville
Fun Fact: I am so superstitious that I wear the same bengals t-shirt when watching football on Sundays for the last few years.
 

Ankur Patel

Undergraduate: University of Louisville
Medical School: University of Louisville
Fun Fact: I have a twin brother, I bet you will never guess who it is.
 

Alejandro Pinedo

Undergraduate: University of Miami
Medical School: Ponce Health Sciences University
Fun Fact: Every once in a while, when I find time, I like to grab a beer and run a Dungeons and Dragons campaign with my friends.

Kate Pommert

Undergraduate: University of California, San Diego
Medical School: Oregon Health & Science University
Fun Fact: I collect records; mostly soul, funk, disco, and house music.

Sydney Rabin

Undergraduate: Washington University
Medical School: Chicago Medical School
Fun Fact: I danced for a professional company in college but have been described as “embarrassing on the dance floor” by family and friends.

Sonia Rao

Undergraduate: Rice University
Medical School: Texas A&M College of Medicine
Fun Fact: I have lived in 3 countries.

Ryan Rauch

Undergraduate: New Israel Rabbinical College
Medical School: Rush Medical College
Fun Fact: I love woodworking and building furniture.

Dauris Rosario Lora

Medical School: Pontificia Universidad
Fun Fact: I’ve climbed, entirely on foot, to the highest peak in the entire Caribbean!

Ryan Shapiro

Undergraduate: University of Kansas
Medical School: University of Kansas
Fun Fact: I was an actor when I was younger.

Antonios Skondras

Undergraduate: University of Illinois
Medical School: Rush Medical College
Fun Fact: I learned Greek before English.

Michael Sunnaa

Undergraduate: California Lutheran University
Medical School: Saint Louis University
Fun Fact: My first job was at Chuck E Cheese, and I was often in the costume!

Manvita Tatavarthy

Undergraduate: University of California, Davis
Graduate: Boston University, MS
Medical School: Rush Medical College
Fun Fact: I was part of a Guinness World Record.

Diego Valenzuela, III

Undergraduate: University of Notre Dame
Medical School: Rush Medical College
Fun Fact: I have been stung by a scorpion not once, but twice.

Robert Vargas

Undergraduate: University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Medical School: University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Fun Fact: I love going to music festivals and have been to EDC 6 times!

Caroline Wang

Undergraduate: University of Toronto 
Graduate: University of Alberta, MS
Medical School: Stony Brook University
Fun Fact: Within the last twenty years, I’ve lived in 3 different countries and moved more than 10 times!

Bart Wilder, Jr.

Undergraduate: Georgia State University
Graduate: Georgia State University, M.Biol.S. 
Medical School: Touro COM - New York
Fun Fact: I love a good burger spot. My favorite team is the Dallas Cowboys. I am a sneaker head.

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Second-year residents (PGY-2)

Internal Medicine residents at the 2021 intern orientation
2021 Intern Orientation
Name About  
Cherry Au
Undergraduate: Boston College
Medical School: Thomas Jefferson University
Fun Fact: I named all my pets after TV show characters!

Manavi Bhagwat

Undergraduate: Georgetown University
Medical School: Virginia Tech
Fun Fact: I have lived on four different continents.

Sameer Bhalla

Undergraduate: Washington University
Medical School: Rush Medical College
Fun Fact: I make music videos.

Jeremy Cohen

Undergraduate: Columbia University
Medical School: Florida Atlantic University
Fun Fact: I used to box throughout high school and college!

Shilpa Daulat

Undergraduate: University of California, Berkeley
Medical School: University of Nevada
Fun Fact: I am an avid spikeball and pickleball player. Can’t stop, won’t stop.

Anandu Dileep

Undergraduate: University of Illinois – Chicago
Medical School: CCOM
Fun Fact: My first ever experience with Rush was getting my ACL repaired through Rush Orthopedics. Now, my ACL is stronger than ever, and I’ll be ready to get to work at the hospital! 

Ashley Dunton

Undergraduate: Villanova University
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin
Fun Fact: As a Wisconsinite, I put ranch on almost everything!

Joseph Eid

Undergraduate: University of Toledo
Medical School: University of Toledo
Fun Fact: I was nominated most likely to make it to the NBA in 8th grade.

Vanessa Fu

Undergraduate: Emory University
Medical School: University of Kentucky
Fun Fact: I am such a bubble tea enthusiast that I used to work as a bubble tea barista.

Sheena Gillani

Undergraduate: Loyola University
Graduate: Northwestern University, MPH
Medical School: Chicago Medical School

AJ Hanna

Undergraduate: Florida State University
Medical School: University of Cincinnati
Fun Fact: I used to play basketball with Shaq and his kids at the YMCA!

Michael Heffernan

Undergraduate: Creighton University
Medical School: University of Iowa
Fun Fact: I used my extra free time during the pandemic to train for and complete my first marathon!

Tommy King

Undergraduate: University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign
Medical School: Rush Medical College
Fun Fact: I hope to visit all 63 (and counting) national parks in the US. During my last year of medical school I was able to visit nine in one road trip!

Andrew Knapp

Undergraduate: University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign
Medical School: Loyola University

Frank Leuzzi

Undergraduate: University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign
Medical School: Loyola University

Hannakate Lichota

Undergraduate: Abilene Christian University
Medical School: Texas A&M Health Science Center
Fun Fact: I love black beans and I brought 16 cans of my favorite brand with me when I moved here from Texas (s/o La Sierra!)

Michika Maeda

Undergraduate: University of Chicago
Medical School: University of Illinois
Fun Fact: I eat 2 bags of grapes a week.

Leonardo Marti-Roy

Medical School: Universidad Iberoamericana
Fun Fact: I’m fluent in 5 different languages: English, Italian, French, Spanish, & Portuguese.

Jay Mohan

Undergraduate: Washington University
Medical School: University of Illinois
Fun Fact: I can beatbox!

Joshua Moran

Undergraduate: Lawrence University
Medical School: Chicago Medical School
Fun Fact: In my free time, I enjoy cooking, photography, and hiking with my dog!

Sagar Patel

Undergraduate: University of Michigan
Medical School: Saint Louis University
Fun Fact: A long term goal of mine is to hike a mountain range on each continent someday! 

Yash Patel

Undergraduate: Rowan University
Medical School: Cooper Medical School
Fun Fact: I can eat chocolate ice cream for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Alexander Penrice

Undergraduate: Marquette University
Medical School: University of Nebraska
Fun Fact: I am currently training for my first triathlon.

Akhil Pulumati

Undergraduate: University of Missouri-Kansas City
Medical School: University of Missouri-Kansas City
Fun Fact: My favorite travel experience was going jet skiing in Dubai.

Madhuwani Rojulpote

Undergraduate: Drexel University
Medical School: Drexel University
Fun Fact: When I was little, I met Buzz Aldrin after winning a jump rope competition.

Manali Shah

Undergraduate: Saint Louis University
Medical School: Saint Louis University
Fun Fact: I was named after a city in northern India and it’s on my bucket list to visit in the future.

Dennis Shi

Undergraduate: Washington University
Medical School: Oregon Health & Science University
Fun Fact: My friends and I formed a band in medical school! We were called Tight Junction.

Shveta Thakkar

Undergraduate: University of Missouri-Kansas City
Medical School: University of Missouri-Kansas City
Fun Fact: I have a twin sister and we’re not sure if we are identical or fraternal.

Changtai Tian

Undergraduate: University of Chicago
Medical School: University of Illinois
Fun Fact: I try to read at least one Tang Dynasty poem every night.

Mateusz Tkacz

Undergraduate: University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign
Medical School: Chicago Medical School
Fun Fact: A picture of my college roommate and I from an Illinois Basketball game was once on the front page of ESPN.com.

Lyon Wang

Undergraduate: Northwestern University
Medical School: Ohio State University
Fun Fact: I adopted a puppy during quarantine. Best decision ever!

Sven Wang

Undergraduate: Northwestern University
Medical School: University of Cincinnati
Fun Fact: I can peel and eat a hardboiled egg in under 15 seconds.

Katherine White

Undergraduate: University of Michigan
Medical School: Georgetown University
Fun Fact: I recently purchased an ice cream maker, and it does not disappoint! Oreo peanut butter is my favorite flavor so far.

Haley Zimmerman

Undergraduate: University of St. Thomas
Medical School: University of Wisconsin
Fun Fact: I have an uncanny ability to roll multiple Yahtzees in a single game.

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Third-year residents (PGY-3)

3rd year residents at their 2021 PGY-2 Retreat

Name

About  

Asha Asthana 

Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Medical School: Chicago Medical School
Fun Fact: Everyone in my immediate family was born in a different country; I am the US born!

Rocio Bautista Sanchez

Undergraduate: Universidad Iberamericana 
Medical School: Universidad Iberamericana, Santo Domingo
Fun Fact: I am a choir singer and karaoke lover.

Margaret Brandon

Undergraduate: University of Missouri-Columbia 
Graduate: Johns Hopkins University, MS
Medical School: Saint Louis University
Fun Fact: I’m currently training for my first 5k run. This is a huge deal for a lifelong sprinter. 

Tavia Buysse

Undergraduate: Hamline University
Medical School: New York Medical College
Fun Fact: I hiked up a volcano while on vacation in Costa Rica. 

Jian Chu

Undergraduate: University of Washington
Graduate: Johns Hopkins University, MPH
Medical School: University of Iowa
Fun Fact: I memorized 50 digits of pi in one sitting during middle school and for some reason, it has stuck. This hasn’t come in handy yet.

Kelsey Danley

Undergraduate: University of Michigan
Medical School: Rush Medical College
Fun Fact: I lived in the Amazon Rainforest for a month.

Ritika Dhawan

Undergraduate: Illinois Institute of Technology 
Medical School: Rush Medical College

Shan Guleria 

Undergraduate: Georgetown University 
Medical School: University of Virginia
Fun Fact: In medical school I watched the entirety of Bob Ross’ the Joy of Painting on YouTube in about 2 months and taught myself how to paint landscapes, which I sell and give as gifts to family and friends. I am working on teaching my fiancée (this originally read “wife” but alas…COVID) to paint as well!

Thomas Haferkamp

Undergraduate: University of Missouri-Kansas City
Medical School: University of Missouri-Kansas City
Fun Fact: I learned how to Water Ski when I was 3 years old.
Chalonda Handy
Undergraduate: Tougaloo College
Graduate: Ohio State University, PhD
Medical School: Loyola University
Fun Fact: I’m also an Air Force Captain.

Steven Heidt

Undergraduate: University of Michigan
Medical School: Rush Medical College
Fun Fact: I hope to eventually attend a game at each MLB stadium and backpack in every National Park.  

Anika Huq

Undergraduate: University of Michigan
Medical School: Michigan State University-Southeast Michigan
Fun Fact: During my fourth year of medical school, I ran to Canada and back.

Vinesh Jeevanandam

Undergraduate: University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign
Medical School: Thomas Jefferson University
Fun Fact: I enjoy terrible reality TV shows.

Matthew Johnson

Undergraduate: University of Georgia
Medical School: Quinnipiac University
Fun Fact: In medical school I taught myself how to knit.

Mina Kerolos

Undergraduate: Moraine Valley Community College
Graduate: University of Illinois-Chicago, D.Pharm.
Medical School: Chicago Medical School
Fun Fact: I lived in Zambia for 6 months.

Matthew Kroll

Undergraduate: Washington University in St. Louis
Medical School: Loyola University
Fun Fact: Oak Park Pub Trivia Champion - 2016

Rebekah Landsman

Undergraduate: University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign
Medical School: Loyola University

Fun Fact: I am a huge fan of the board game Scrabble.

David (Shengyuan) Luo

Undergraduate: Zhongshan School of Medicine, Sun Yat-Sen University
Graduate: Johns Hopkins University, MS
Medical School: Zhongshan School of Medicine, Sun Yat-Sen University
Fun Fact: I’m an amateur jazz pianist. 

Megan Middleton 

Undergraduate: Ohio State University
Medical School: Chicago Medical School
Fun Fact: My paternal grandfather was born in 1879.

Nikitaa Nath

Undergraduate: Ohio State University
Medical School: Ohio State University
Fun Fact: I came to the US in a cardboard box. My family immigrated to the US when I was a baby, and on our flight they ran out of baby booster seats, so I was given a box instead!
Kelsey Pandrangi
Undergraduate: Cleveland State University
Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University

Malina Patel 

Undergraduate: Austin College
Medical School: Texas A&M Health Science Center
Fun Fact: I once went snorkeling with baby sharks.

Carl Pett

Undergraduate: Northwestern University
Medical School: Loyola University
Fun Fact: I worked for an after-school soccer and creative writing program in Boston before going to medical school.

Gautham Prakash

Undergraduate: Dartmouth College
Medical School: University of Kansas-Wichita

Perry Rabin

Undergraduate: Butler University
Medical School: Indiana University
Fun Fact: I worked in backstage catering at a concert venue for a summer and got to meet Steve Martin, Sarah McLoughlin, Train, and many other artists.

Amita Raj

Undergraduate: Vanderbilt University
Graduate: Tulane University, MS
Medical School: Texas A&M Health Science Center
Fun Fact: I have a golden retriever mix named Zuko and we love hiking!

Eric Roessler

Undergraduate: Tulane University
Medical School: Louisiana State University
Fun Fact: I once biked 85 miles with my friend to rescue his dead car.

Anchal Sabharwal

Undergraduate: Duke University
Medical School: Albany Medical College
Fun Fact: My favorite activity is going to Trader Joe’s.

Benjamin Schwartz

Undergraduate: Duke University
Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University
Fun Fact: I bake a lot of sourdough bread.

Jessica Strzepka

Undergraduate: University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign
Medical School: University of Illinois
Fun Fact: I love to bake!

Amy Trang

Undergraduate: UCLA
Medical School: Oakland University
Fun Fact: I love running! I run about 20 miles each week.
Marc Trubin
Undergraduate: University of Michigan
Medical School: Rush Medical College
Fun Fact: For the first 24 years of my life, I went by my middle name (Edouard shortened to Ed). Now I go by my first name!
Lillian Tung
Undergraduate: Northwestern University
Medical School: USF Health Morsani
Fun Fact: I am mixed-handed—left hand or right hand dominant, depending on the task!
John Wagner
Undergraduate: Amherst College
Medical School: Loyola University
Fun Fact: I played college baseball for the oldest program in the country, which fielded its first team in 1859.
Patricia Ziegler
Undergraduate: Loyola University
Graduate: Rosalind Franklin University, MS
Medical School: Chicago Medical School
Fun Fact: I was born and raised most of my life in Venezuela. My dad will Facetime Wilson Contreras at parties.

 

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