Meet Our Residents

First-year residents (PGY-1)

2020-21 Intern Class

2020 Intern Orientation

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.

Prithvi Bomdica

Undergraduate: University of California, Berkeley
Medical School: Northwestern University

Margaret Brandon

Undergraduate: University of Missouri-Columbia 
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
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

Natalia Filipek

Undergraduate: Loyola University 
Medical School: University of Washington
Fun Fact: My life goal is to visit at least one new country every year.

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.

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
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!

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
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
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.
Andrew Zolot
Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin
 

 

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Second-year residents (PGY-2)

 
Rush Internal Medicine residents

2019 Intern Orientation

Name About  
Naman Agrawal
Undergraduate: Indiana University
Medical School: University of Missouri-Kansas City
Fun Fact: I love to play pick-up basketball.
Elizabeth Behrens
Undergraduate: University of Southern Indiana
Medical School: University of Kentucky 
Fun Fact: I am very good at finding four leaf clovers.
Athina Bouroukas
Undergraduate School: Loyola University
Medical School: Rush Medical College
Fun Fact: I love to sketch/paint in my free time.
Caleb Chiang
Undergraduate: Cedarville University
Medical School: Rush Medical College
Fun Fact: I know how to play 5 musical instruments. 
Nicholas de la Rua
Undergraduate: Loyola University New Orleans
Medical School: Louisiana State University
Fun Fact: I played in a band through medical school called Rad Cow Disease.
Matt Eganhouse
Undergraduate: University of Iowa
Medical School: Creighton University
Fun Fact: I have a twin sister named Ali.
Rebecca Fitzpatrick
Undergraduate: University of Texas at Austin
Medical School: Texas A&M College of Medicine
Fun Fact: My thumbs are different sizes.
Katharine Foster
Undergraduate: Saint Louis University
Medical School: Saint Louis University
Fun Fact: I like to brew kombucha!
Benjamin German
Undergraduate: Cedarville University
Medical School: University of Louisville
Fun Fact: My favorite hiking trip was to Banff National Park.
Joy Hermes
Undergraduate: University of California, Berkeley
Medical School: Creighton University
Fun Fact: I’ve traveled to 19 different countries!
Alexander Hlepas
Medical School: Charité – University Medicine Berlin
Fun Fact: In my family we speak English, German, Greek and Georgian at home.
Clay Hoster
Undergraduate: Vanderbilt University
Medical School: University of Cincinnati
Fun Fact: I play the banjo.
Athavi Jeevananthan
Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin - Madison
Medical School: University of Wisconsin
Fun Fact: I recently became an aunt and am so excited/happy!
Jae Hyung Jung
Undergraduate: Case Western Reserve University
Medical School: University of Illinois
Fun Fact: I used to work as a translator and created English subtitles for Korean TV shows.
Calvin Luu
Undergraduate: College of the Holy Cross
Medical School: CCOM
Fun Fact: I’ve eaten a donut in 10 different countries so far and hoping for more! 
Tai Tri Nguyen
Undergraduate: University of Illinois
Medical School: Chicago Medical School
Fun Fact: I nap best after brunch.
Matas Orentas
Undergraduate: Loyola University
Medical School: CCOM
Fun Fact: I am fluent in Lithuanian.
Oliver Orr
Undergraduate: University of Washington
Medical School: University of Washington
Fun Fact: I had a 5th wisdom tooth.
Nilam Patel
Undergraduate: Loyola University
Medical School: Rush Medical College
Fun Fact: Though I could barely run one mile when I entered medical school, I am now training for my first half marathon. 
Priya Patel
Undergraduate: University of Miami
Medical School: Loyola University
Fun Fact: I hiked Machu Picchu and saw my favorite animals (llamas) in the wild.
Maria Isabel Camara Planek
Undergraduate: University of Notre Dame
Medical School: Chicago Medical School
Fun Fact: All of my internal organs are reversed - I have situs inversus totalis.
Zoë  Post
Medical School: University of Groningen
Fun Fact: Like a true Dutch person, I ride my bike (almost) everywhere I go… even in downtown Chicago!
Ami Purohit
Undergraduate: University of Missouri-Kansas City
Medical School: University of Missouri-Kansas City
Fun Fact: I shook President Obama’s hand in the White House.
Nithin Pusapati
Undergraduate: Duke University
Medical School: University of Arizona
Fun Fact: Three days after a New Orleans fortune-teller told me exciting things were on the horizon, I watched two full seasons of Game of Thrones in a day.
Annas Rahman
Undergraduate: Northwestern University
Medical School: Rush Medical College
Fun Fact: I love all things comedy, especially going to improv shows. I’ve trained in performance at Second City and writing with the Onion.
Seena Tehrani
Undergraduate: University of Michigan
Medical School: University of Toledo
Fun Fact: When I was younger, I was a top 50 player in the US for NCAA Football 2006.
William Thinnes
Undergraduate: Saint Louis University
Medical School: Saint Louis University
Fun Fact: I am an avid golfer.
Joshua Thomas
Undergraduate: University of Oklahoma
Medical School: University of Oklahoma
Fun Fact: I used to have a 42 inch (3.5 feet) vertical jump.
Katherine Tian
Undergraduate: Bowdoin College
Medical School: University of Connecticut
Fun Fact: I had pet pigeons when I was young.
Surbhi Warrior
Undergraduate: University of Southern California
Medical School: Rush Medical College
Fun Fact: I love to oil pant and took art classes throughout medical school!
Nicole Yun
Undergraduate: Saint Louis University
Medical School: Saint Louis University
Fun Fact: I am a proud mom of a German Shepherd who loves to sing.
Anna Zemke
Undergraduate: University of Washington
Medical School: Ohio State University
Fun Fact: I trained as a professional dancer before medical school.
Sunny Zhou
Undergraduate: University of Pennsylvania
Medical School: University of Tennessee
Fun Fact: My favorite ice cream is Ben and Jerry’s coconut seven layer bar.

 

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Third-year residents (PGY-3)

 
2018 Incoming House Staff

2018 Intern Orientation

Name About  
Aamir Ahmed
Undergraduate: University of Michigan
Medical School: Central Michigan University
Fun Fact: I have over 25 first cousins.

 

Elizabeth Bell
Undergraduate: Purdue University
Medical School: Creighton University
Fun Fact: I love live music and try to go to a concert every 1-2 months.
Joshua Bernstein
Undergraduate: Kenyon College
Medical School: University of Cincinnati
Fun Fact: I love backpacking and did a month of wilderness medicine during the winter in the Blue Ridge Mountains. It was cold.
Sean Bernstein
Undergraduate: University of Minnesota
Medical School: University of Nebraska
Fun Fact: I was the 97.8% of Divvy ridership for 2017,  Divvy Gold for 2018.
Jeffrey Bulger, Jr.
Undergraduate: University of Rochester
Medical School: SUNY Buffalo
Fun Fact: I have canoed on the Amazon River.
John Byun
Undergraduate: George Washington University
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin
Fun Fact: I caught a foul ball at a Dodgers game with a bucket full of popcorn.
Ami Dave
Undergraduate: Rice University
Medical School: University of Oklahoma
Fun Fact: Last year, my friends and I visited 8 countries in Europe.
Paola Fernandez Soto
Undergraduate: Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
Medical School: Indiana University
Fun Fact: I love going to concerts! 
Samuel Fox
Undergraduate: Georgetown University
Medical School: Georgetown University
Fun Fact: I went to the same high school as Mr. Rogers and Arnold Palmer. 
Kanika Garg
Undergraduate: University of Oklahoma
Medical School: University of Oklahoma
Fun Fact: I’m a dual Australian/American citizen! 
Joseph Gatuz
Undergraduate: University of Illinois
Medical School: University of Illinois
Fun Fact: I can breakdance and was part of a “hype-up” group for a Nelly concert last year.
Michelle Godbee
Undergraduate: Vanderbilt University
Medical School: University of Miami
Fun Fact: I am a professional violinist with a masters in music.
Mitchell Harrison
Undergraduate: University of Kansas
Medical School: University of Kansas
Fun Fact: I consider myself to be a good luck charm for the KU basketball team because they have never lost a game when I was in attendance. 
Michael Herring
Undergraduate: St. Michael’s College
Medical School: Rush Medical College
Fun Fact: I played college hockey.
Kevin Keuper
Undergraduate: The Ohio State University
Medical School: University of Toledo
Fun Fact: I have been training a new dog for a two years and hope to enter him into dog sports competitions.
Gregory Lalonde
Undergraduate: University of Louisiana
Medical School: Louisiana State University
Fun Fact: I played trumpet and sang background vocals for my med school’s band, The Epstein Band Virus.
Agnes Maniak
Undergraduate: University of Illinois
Medical School: Wayne State University
Fun Fact: I am a Big Champions League fan!
Lisa Patel
Undergraduate: University of Illinois
Medical School: Rush Medical College
Fun Fact: I was named after a character in the TV show Saved by the Bell.
Anna Powers
Undergraduate: University of Notre Dame
Medical School: University of Kansas
Fun Fact: I created my own lifestyle app!
Natasha Rana
Undergraduate: McMaster University
Medical School: Wayne State University
Fun Fact: I was a semi-finalist on So You Think You Can Dance Canada.
Eileen Robinson
Undergraduate: Vanderbilt University
Medical School: Thomas Jefferson University
Fun Fact: I was an extra in the TV show Nashville.
Alexandra Sarau
Undergraduate: University of Miami
Medical School: University of Central Florida
Fun Fact: I’m a big foodie, and I love watching shows and documentaries about different cuisines, baking, and cooking.
Kalli Sarigiannis
Undergraduate: Michigan State University
Medical School: Oakland University
Fun Fact: I can do fun tricks with a hula hoop!
Alexander Scales
Undergraduate: University of Michigan
Medical School: Michigan State University
Fun Fact: I hope to eventually visit all of our national parks.
Aimee Schad
Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin - Madison 
Medical School: University of Illinois
Fun Fact: I’m a big fan of soccer!
Kelly Schlotman
Undergraduate: Purdue University
Medical School: Indiana University
Fun Fact: I have enjoyed playing soccer since I was 3 years old (even in medical school)!
Michael Schwartz
Undergraduate: University of Miami
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin
Fun Fact: I once sang karaoke on the Late Show with Jimmy Fallon.
Camille Spears
Undergraduate: University of Texas at Austin
Medical School: University of Texas at San Antonio
Fun Fact: I play piano!

 

Victoriano Valdez, III
Undergraduate: Baylor University
Medical School: University of Texas at Houston
Fun Fact: The nacho was invented right across the border from my hometown of Eagle Pass in what is Piedras Negras, Mexico.
Jeremy Van
Undergraduate: University of Illinois
Medical School: CCOM
Fun Fact: I’ve attended games at 27 of the 30 Major League Baseball Stadiums.
Xuexiang Wang
Medical School: Wuhan University of Science and Technology
Fun Fact: My wife is a fashion illustrator, but I am not a stylish guy.
Matthew Weiss
Undergraduate: University of Illinois
Medical School: University of Illinois
Fun Fact: I once had the pleasure to be Bill Murray’s Lifeguard for an afternoon.
Jennifer Zakko
Undergraduate: University of Illinois
Medical School: Chicago Medical School
Fun Fact: I was the captain of my high school sailing team.
Allison Zimmerman
Undergraduate: University of Michigan
Medical School: University of Toledo
Fun Fact: I can solve a Rubik’s cube.