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Class of 2022

Jakob Adkins, DO

Jakob Adkins, DO:

Hometown: Orlando, FL
Undergraduate Institution: Clemson University
Medical School: LECOM - Bradenton

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Jakob Adkins, DOHometown: Orlando, FL

Undergraduate Institution: Clemson University

Medical School: LECOM - Bradenton

Career Interests: Anesthesiologist

Real Interests: weightlifting, cars, dogs, aquariums, wine tastings

Why did you choose UH? Great program in a great city! Also, less traffic!

Eric Brzozowski

Eric Brzozowski, MD:

Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Undergraduate Institution: George Washington University
Medical School: Penn State University College of Medicine

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Eric Brzozowksi, MDHometown: Cleveland, OH

Undergraduate Institution: George Washington University

Medical School: Penn State University College of Medicine

Real Interests: Pre-modern history, travel, hiking, exercise/weightlifting

Why did you choose UH? I did an away rotation and I enjoyed it because of the camaraderie and dedication to  resident education.

Adi Cosic, DO

Adi Cosic, DO:

Hometown: Erie, PA
Undergraduate Institution: Gannon University
Medical School: LECOM

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Hometown: Erie, PA

Undergraduate Institution: Gannon University

Medical School: LECOM

Career Interests: Interventional chronic pain management

Real Interests: Basketball, video games, cars, dogs

Why did you choose UH? Proximity to home, collegial atmosphere, associated chronic pain fellowship.

Anesah ElHaddi

Anesah Elhaddi, MD:

Hometown: Brookfield, Ohio
Undergraduate Institution: Michigan State University
Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University

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Anesah Elhaddi, MDHometown: Brookfield, Ohio

Undergraduate Institution: Michigan State University

Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University

Career Interests: International health, critical care medicine, cardiac physiology, entrepreneurship and teaching medical students

Real Interests: Quality time with family and friends, playing tennis, belly dancing, cooking, playing cards and skiing.

Why did you choose UH? I chose UH because of excellent training I'd receive. Being exposed to the wide variety of advanced pathologies across multiple practice settings, diverse patient population and ample opportunities with research and quality improvement were only a few of the reasons. Additionally, being from Northeast Ohio and staying nearby allowed me to give back to the community that once invested in me.

Victoria Gilbride, MD

Victoria Gilbride, MD:

Hometown: Akron, OH
Undergraduate Institution: University of Toledo
Medical School: University of Toledo

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Victoria Gilbride, MDHometown: Akron, OH

Undergraduate Institution: University of Toledo

Medical School: University of Toledo

Career Interests: unknown, likely fellowship but not sure in what field

Real Interests: outdoor activities (only in the summer), craft beer and wine tasting, crafting, Cleveland sports

Why did you choose UH? Getting to come closer to home and of course, the people!

Daniel Gotlib, DO

Daniel Gotlib, DO:

Hometown: Dallas TX
Undergraduate Institution: University of Texas at Austin
Medical School: University of North Texas, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine

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Hometown: Dallas TX

Undergraduate Institution: University of Texas at Austin

Medical School: University of North Texas, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine

Career Interests: Pain Management

Real Interests: Playing guitar, reading fiction, working out, tending to my koi pond, going on walks with my dog, going to restaurants, bars, and movies with friends and family.

Why did you choose UH? I chose UH for the strong comradery among my fellow residents, and for diverse, knowledgeable and approachable faculty in our department. As a level 1 trauma center, UH provides a state-of-the-art facility with leading medical equipment and vast opportunities to expand my skills and knowledge. I chose to relocate to Cleveland due to low cost of living, while providing me the full amenities and culture of a large city for me and my family.

Brian Hom

Brian Hom, MD:

Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Undergraduate Institution: Akron University
Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University

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Hometown: Cleveland, OH

Undergraduate Institution: Akron University

Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University

Career Interests: I love everything about anesthesia

Real Interests: Basketball, Cleveland Sports, Collecting Sneakers, Fine Dining and Breathing

Why did you choose UH? The best APD in the world works here, Dr. Pesa.

Bradford Jones

Bradford Jones, DO:

Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Undergraduate Institution: Ohio University
Medical School: Ohio University COM

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Hometown: Cleveland, OH

Undergraduate Institution: Ohio University

Medical School: Ohio University COM

Career Interests: Chronic Pain

Real Interests: Family, eating. I need more hobbies.

Why did you choose UH? Great training in my hometown.

Jacob Justinger, MD

Jacob Justinger, MD:

Hometown: Sylvania, Ohio
Undergraduate Institution: University of Toledo
Medical School: University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences

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Jacob Justinger, MDHometown: Sylvania, Ohio

Undergraduate Institution: University of Toledo

Medical School: University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences

Real Interests: My hobbies include getting outdoors and staying active: distance running, fishing, kayaking, boating, and skiing. When I'm not spending time outside, you'll find me trying one of Cleveland's many great restaurants, music venues or cultural institutions.

Why did you choose UH? I chose UH for the strong training we get working in a large quaternary academic care center. Additionally, staying in Ohio was an important consideration in my selection of residency program. Cleveland is the quintessential revitalized "rust belt" city; great restaurants, numerous Metroparks and trails, and a thriving cultural scene make Cleveland a great place to live. Finally, the people make UH great. As a resident at UH it was evident early on that the leadership, clinical faculty, senior residents and peers are all invested in the programs success.

Wolfgang Nnchiiffor, MD

Wolfgang Nnchiiffor, MD:

Hometown: Grand Forks, North Dakota
Undergraduate Institution: University of North Dakota
Medical School: Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

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Wolfgang Nnchiiffor, MDHometown: Grand Forks, North Dakota

Undergraduate Institution: University of North Dakota

Medical School: Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

Career Interests: Undecided

Real Interests: Traveling the world, trying new foods, working out, hanging out, watching soccer, going to movies, dancing and listening to music

Why did you choose UH? I fell in love with UH during my interview with Dr. Poynton and Dr. Helou. All my questions were answered and I felt needed at UH. The diversity of patients and employees at UH also attracted me to UH.

Michelle Salloum, MD

Michelle Salloum, MD:

Hometown: Cave Creek, Arizona
Undergraduate Institution: University of Arizona
Medical School: University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson

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Michelle Salloum, MDHometown: Cave Creek, Arizona

Undergraduate Institution: University of Arizona

Medical School: University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson

Career Interests: I currently have interests in critical care and acute/chronic pain, as well as global health

Real Interests: Running, Hiking, Being a Foodie, Arizona Sunsets, Traveling

Why did you choose UH? At UH, Anesthesiologists in all walks of their careers are truly a family and work incredibly as a team. I felt like I belonged here from the moment I interviewed. This Anesthesiology program has a great reputation with strong leaders, and I knew this is where I wanted to grow as a physician. I also wanted to be close to family and have a strong support system during my residency years, which was another reason coming to UH was so important to me.

Gautam Sharma, MD

Gautam Sharma, MBBS:

Hometown: New Delhi, India
Undergraduate Institution: None
Medical School: Padmashree Dr. D.Y. Patil Medical College, Pune, India

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Gautam Sharma, MDHometown: New Delhi, India

Undergraduate Institution: None

Medical School: Padmashree Dr. D.Y. Patil Medical College, Pune, India

Career Interests: Academic Anesthesiology

Real Interests: Cooking and gaming

Why did you choose UH? The Anesthesiology residency at UH offered wide clinical exposure, mentoring support for clinical and academic growth in a warm atmosphere.

Evan Stanger, DO

Evan Stanger, DO:

Hometown: Stow, Ohio
Undergraduate Institution: The Ohio State University
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (Erie, PA)

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Evan Stanger, DOHometown: Stow, Ohio

Undergraduate Institution: The Ohio State University

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (Erie, PA)

Career Interests: I plan to further explore subspecialties such as Pediatrics and Critical Care as potential fellowships to pursue

Real Interests: Cleveland sports, hip-hop music, running/biking/hiking, Sous Vide, craft beers

Why did you choose UH? Being from Northeast Ohio, I always knew that I wanted to end up in Cleveland for residency. From the moment I set foot on campus at UH, I felt an overwhelming sense of comfort, familiarity, and belonging. The environment at UH has all the intangibles of home, and as an added bonus offers me the distinct privilege to give back to the community I grew up in.

Cameron Stuart, MD

Cameron Stuart, MD:

Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Undergraduate Institution: The Ohio State University
Medical School: University of Toledo College of Medicine

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Cameron Stuart, MDHometown: Cleveland, OH

Undergraduate Institution: The Ohio State University

Medical School: University of Toledo College of Medicine

Career Interests: I am interested in teaching and can see myself working with future residents in academic anesthesia.

Real Interests: Anything outdoors! I enjoy golfing, hiking, and biking. I am an avid Cleveland and Ohio State sports fan. I love to travel and experience new places and cultures. I have watched The Office more times than I can count.

Why did you choose UH? The diversity and volume of surgical cases. Unlike most training environments, Cleveland Medical Center has all subspecialties within one hospital. The faculty and residents within the anesthesia department are eager to teach and quick to help in times of need.


Class of 2023

Noah Alcodray

Noah I. Alcodray, MD:

Hometown: Dearborn, MI
Undergraduate Institution: The University of Toledo
Medical School: The University of Toledo

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Noah AlcodrayHometown: Dearborn, MI

Undergraduate Institution: The University of Toledo

Medical School: The University of Toledo

Career Interests: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Management

Real Interests: backcountry camping, coffee roasting, video games with the squad, graphic novels/science fiction/satire

Why did you choose UH?: Energetic faculty dedicated to a positive learning environment and exposure to the many fields of Anesthesiology in the Clinical Base Year (can pursuit fellowship interests as early as possible).

Keith Andrews

Keith A. Andrews, DO:

Hometown: Hillsboro, OR
Undergraduate Institution: Seattle University
Medical School: Kansas City University

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Keith Andrews

Hometown: Hillsboro, OR

Undergraduate Institution: Seattle University

Medical School: Kansas City University

Career Interests: TEE, decompression theory, hyperbaric medicine

Real Interests: Cave/wreck diving, bread baking, camping, skiing, tinkering with my bike

Why did you choose UH? I was very impressed with my interview day with the collegial atmosphere and the camaraderie amongst the residents. From an academic standpoint, this program emphasized exploring whatever I found personally interesting, has a very robust ICU experience, and supports taking the TEE Basic with ample cases to be eligible for that certification.

David Bennett

David P. Bennett, MD:

Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah
Undergraduate Institution: Brigham Young University
Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine

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David Bennett, MDHometown: Salt Lake City, Utah

Undergraduate Institution: Brigham Young University

Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Career Interests: Ever more anesthesiology!

Real Interests: Printmaking, skiing, hiking, dutch oven cooking

Why did you choose UH? The residents were genuinely happy and uniquely invested in the program. I was, and still am, impressed by the camaraderie the residents have with the attending staff.

Jeffrey Cannon

Jeffrey W. Cannon, MD:

Hometown: Beckley, WV
Undergraduate Institution: Pensacola Christian College, Pensacola FL
Medical School: West Virginia University School of Medicine

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Jeffrey Cannon, MDHometown: Beckley, WV

Undergraduate Institution: Pensacola Christian College, Pensacola FL

Medical School: West Virginia University School of Medicine

Career Interests: Global health, medical education, mentorship, POCUS

Real Interests: Traveling, singing barbershop, baking, skiing Why did you choose UH?: I like Cleveland, and the program residents and leadership are incredibly supportive. I feel like I "fit" here!

Al-Awwab Dabaliz, MD

Al-Awwab M. Dabaliz, MBBS:

Hometown: Levant
Medical School: Alfaisal University, College of Medicine

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Al-Awwab Dabaliz, MDHometown: Levant

Medical School: Alfaisal University, College of Medicine

Career Interests: Critical care, Medical education

Real Interests: Family, friends, and sports

Why did you choose UH? Historically strong residency program with lots of young and enthusiastic mentors, educators and leaders. World-class academic affiliation. Diverse residents and department. Cleveland.

Tarek Elshazly, MD

Tarek B. D. Elshazly, MD:

Hometown: Egypt
Undergraduate Institution: Cornell
Medical School: Cornell

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Hometown: Egypt

Undergraduate Institution: Cornell

Medical School: Cornell

Career Interests: Critical Care

Real Interests: Travel, Reading, Swimming, Cooking, Interior Design.

Why did you choose UH? Frankly, the critical care interest was the most gravitating factor, not to mention the seamless camaraderie and the very palpable welcoming energy during interview season.

Harrison Ghouche

Harrison H. Ghouche, DO:

Hometown: Lagos, NGA
Undergraduate Institution: University of Michigan
Medical School: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

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Hometown: Lagos, NGA

Undergraduate Institution: University of Michigan

Medical School: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

Career Interests: Critical Care

Real Interests: Charcoal art, billiards, road trips, classic cars

Why did you choose UH? The best APD in the world works here, Dr. Pesa.

Brendan McCafferty

Brendan J. McCafferty, DO:

Hometown: Parma, OH
Undergraduate Institution: Ohio University
Medical School: University of Pikeville - Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine

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Hometown: Parma, OH

Undergraduate Institution: Ohio University

Medical School: University of Pikeville - Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine

Career Interests: Critical Care

Real Interests: Cleveland sports, golf, running. Arm wrestling my older brother Ryan.

Why did you choose UH? The best APD in the world works here, Dr. Pesa.

Ian Paterson

Ian M. Paterson, MBBS:

Hometown: Blairstown, NJ
Undergraduate Institution: Davidson College
Medical School: Brighton Sussex Medical School (UK)

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Ian Paterson, MDHometown: Blairstown, NJ

Undergraduate Institution: Davidson College

Medical School: Brighton Sussex Medical School (UK)

Career Interests: Critical Care

Real Interests: Live music, playing sax, running, snowboarding, cooking, foreign travel

Why did you choose UH? Friendly faculty, happy residents, good hospital resources, Cleveland is a great place to live!

Sucheta Ravindran

Sucheta Ravindran, MD:

Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Undergraduate Institution: Boston University
Medical School: Rush

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Hometown: Baltimore, MD

Undergraduate Institution: Boston University

Medical School: Rush

Career Interests: Critical Care

Real Interests: Cooking, eating, cooking shows, Gordon Ramsey. The older I get, the more I understand why Gordon is angry all of the time.

Why did you choose UH? Best interview experience. Dr. Helou being a young, energetic PD inspired me.

Mohammad Saad Siddiqui

Saad M. Siddiqui, MD:

Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Undergraduate Institution: Northeast Ohio University
Medical School: Northeast Ohio School of Medicine

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Hometown: Cleveland, OH

Undergraduate Institution: Northeast Ohio University

Medical School: Northeast Ohio School of Medicine

Career Interests: Spinal cord stimulators, dorsal root ganglion stimulation and peripheral nerve procedures. I am also fascinated by OR cases requiring massive transfusions such as transplants. Complicated airway situations are also fascinating; helping with a percutaneous tracheostomy on a patient with high BMI was particularly memorable

Real Interests: I like staying active with kickboxing, basketball, tennis, soccer and hiking. Video games and watching sports when it's time to relax. I would love to take a trip to Istanbul!

Why did you choose UH? The best APD in the world works here, Dr. Pesa.

Brian Ta

Brian T. Ta, MD:

Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah
Undergraduate Institution: University of Utah
Medical School: University of Utah

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Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah

Undergraduate Institution: University of Utah

Medical School: University of Utah

Career Interests: Acute pain, TEE

Real Interests: lifting weights, boxing, video games, cooking, camping, fishing, Utah Utes football, Utah Jazz

Why did you choose UH? Good training program with great residents and leadership.

Parnell White

Parnell M. White, II, MD:

Hometown: Saginaw, MI
Undergraduate Institution: Grand Valley State University
Medical School: Wayne State University SOM

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Hometown: Saginaw, MI

Undergraduate Institution: Grand Valley State University

Medical School: Wayne State University SOM

Career Interests: Critical Care

Real Interests: Weightlifting, football, riding motorcycles, car audio, bowling

Why did you choose UH? The best APD in the world works here, Dr. Pesa.


Class of 2024

Kristin N. Alspach, DO

Kristin N. Alspach, DO

Hometown: North Star, OH
Undergraduate Institution: Miami University
Medical School: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

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Kristin DeMange, MDHometown: North Star, OH

Undergraduate Institution: Miami University

Medical School: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

Career Interests: General anesthesia, exploring all fellowship possibilities

Real Interests: Finding new restaurants to eat at, hiking, spending time with my family, friends and my two cats

Why did you choose UH?: I was impressed by the inviting atmosphere during my interview, as well as the camaraderie among the residents and throughout the department.

Laurent Del Angel Diaz, MD

Laurent Del Angel Diaz, MD

Hometown: Cd. Madero, Mexico
Undergraduate Institution: Instituto Cultural Tampico
Medical School: Universidad Autonoma de Tamaulipas, Fac de Medicina “Dr. Alberto Romo Caballero”

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Laurent Del Angel Diaz, MDHometown: Cd. Madero, Mexico

Undergraduate Institution: Instituto Cultural Tampico

Medical School: Universidad Autonoma de Tamaulipas, Fac de Medicina “Dr. Alberto Romo Caballero”

Career interests: Critical care medicine, Post-transplantation intensive care, Acute pain.

Real interests: Taco lover, CrossFit, Music, Playing guitar, Travel, Horror movies, Dogs

Why did you choose UH?: It was a combination of things, the faculty at UH is outstanding with a real passion for teaching. They are interested in the well-being of their residents and in their growth as future anesthesiologists. Also, UH is an academic institution run by residents, you will have plenty of opportunities to develop skills that will prepare you to tackle any situation that you can encounter. Finally, the people at UH, from the nurses, residents, staff and everyone involve in the care of patients, are very happy with what they do, and that has a profound impact on how we treat all of our patients.

Stephan M. Friedman, MD

Stephan M. Friedman, MD

Hometown: Dana Point, CA
Undergraduate Institution: UCLA
Medical School: UC Irvine

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Mike Friedman Hometown: Dana Point, CA

Undergraduate Institution: UCLA

Medical School: UC Irvine

Career Interests: Regional, OB, and POCUS

Real Interests: Traveling, cooking, video games, board games, and spending time with my family.

Why did you choose UH?: I wanted to be closer to my family in Ohio, while finding a close-knit program that is supportive of its residents. Also…the cost of living is cheap and the pay is nice!

Alain C. Harb, MD

Alain C. Harb, MD

Hometown: Lebanon
Undergraduate Institution: Holy Spirit University of Kaslik
Medical School: Lebanese University, Faculty of Medical Sciences

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Alain Harb, MD Hometown: Lebanon

Undergraduate Institution: Holy Spirit University of Kaslik

Medical School: Lebanese University, Faculty of Medical Sciences

Career Interests: Pediatric anesthesia

Real Interests: Skiing, Snowboarding, Cycling, Tennis

Why did you choose UH?: After being here for a year, doing Pediatric anesthesia, I call it home! Collegial atmosphere. Incredibly supportive program leadership.

Zachary C. Headman, DO

Zachary C. Headman, DO

Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT
Undergraduate Institution: University of Utah
Medical School: ATSU-KCOM

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Zachary Headman, MD Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah

Undergraduate Institution: University of Utah

Medical School: ATSU-KCOM

Career Interests: Cardiac and Chronic Pain. Education/teaching.

Real Interests: Traveling, trying new things/foods, spending time outside, anything with a engine, and quality time with my family and friends.

Why did you choose UH?: I had the awesome opportunity to do an AI at UH. All of the residents and faculty were fantastic and took the time to teach and make me feel like member of the team. The feeling of camaraderie throughout the classes and specialties was very evident. The cases were diverse and I got to see pathologies that I thought I’d only see in textbooks. UH has plenty of fellowship opportunities as well, so it would be great to stay and further my education here without having to move my family. Cleveland itself it a great place as well; it always has something going on or new things to try and the cost of living is great on a resident's salary.

Richard K. Jordan, MD

Richard K. Jordan, MD

Hometown: Jackson Township, OH
Undergraduate Institution: Miami University
Medical School: The University of Toledo College of Medicine

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Rich Jordan, MD Hometown: Jackson Township, Ohio

Undergraduate Institution: Miami University

Medical School: The University of Toledo College of Medicine

Career Interests: Academic, Fellowship TBD

Real Interests: Playing golf poorly, Anything outdoors, The Office, Cleveland sports and John Grisham novels

Why did you choose UH?: I had a great experience during my interview, I felt like I really connected with the residents and the attendings. The early exposure to anesthesia during our intern year and the early exposure to subspecialties during the CA-1 year. Proximity to family.

Adam M. Lepkowsky, MD

Adam M. Lepkowsky, MD

Hometown: Hauppauge, NY
Undergraduate Institution: Binghamton University
Medical School: The Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

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Adam Lepkowsky Hometown: Hauppauge, NY

Undergraduate Institution: Binghamton University

Medical School: The Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

Career Interests: Chronic and Acute Pain

Real Interests: Anything sports, snowboarding, painting

Why did you choose UH?: Best Interview Experience. Faculty that are leaders in the field, who are enthusiastic about teaching and getting residents involved. You get exposure to the many fields of Anesthesiology in the Clinical Base Year, so you can pursue fellowship interests as early.

Wana Mathieu, MD

Wana Mathieu, MD

Hometown: Phoenix, AZ & Gonaives, Haiti
Undergraduate Institution: University of Arizona
Medical School: The Ohio State University COM

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Wana Mathieu, MD Hometown: Phoenix, AZ & Gonaives, Haiti

Undergraduate Institution: University of Arizona

Medical School: The Ohio State University COM

Career Interests: Chronic Pain

Real Interests: adventures, new experiences, my nieces and nephews, eating delicious food

Why did you choose UH?: After my interview, I felt that I would be supported by faculty and residents in my training and my personal development. I knew that I would be expose to diverse experiences and be comfortable after graduation managing patients on my own. UH was a great fit for me.

Zil Patel, DO

Zil Patel, DO

Hometown: Bradenton, FL
Undergraduate Institution: University of Miami
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine – Bradenton

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Zil Patel, MD Hometown: Bradenton, FL

Undergraduate Institution: University of Miami

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine – Bradenton

Career Interests: Critical care

Real Interests: tennis, basketball, working out, baking, reading, and sleeping

Why did you choose UH?: Ever since my interview day, I knew this program was my “perfect fit.” I was blown away by the strong camaraderie between the residents, the faculty's enthusiasm to teach, and the overall positive and welcoming atmosphere. This is a dynamic program that truly values and listens to its residents, and that was evident from the beginning. Cleveland is also a great city! It has everything you find in other major cities (sports, food, art, theater, culture, etc.), but it's also super affordable to live here…win-win situation!

Kareem B. Rasul, MD

Kareem B. Rasul, MD

Hometown: Hilliard, OH
Undergraduate Institution: The Ohio State University
Medical School: University of Cincinnati

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Kareem Rasul, MD Hometown: Hilliard, OH

Undergraduate Institution: The Ohio State University

Medical School: University of Cincinnati

Career Interests: Education/teaching. Various aspects of anesthesia including interventional pain, cardiothoracic, and regional anesthesia.

Real Interests: Traveling, weightlifting, hanging out with friends, trying new restaurants.

Why did you choose UH?: Strong program with great intensive care and pain medicine experiences. Strong desire to stay in Ohio and to get lots of hands-on experience at a hospital focused on resident learning. Great program director in Mada Helou with high emphasis on improving the program year-to-year.

Elizabeth N. Scheiderer, MD

Elizabeth N. Scheiderer, MD

Hometown: Sheffield Village, OH
Undergraduate Institution:The Ohio State University
Medical School: Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

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Liz Scheiderer Hometown: Sheffield Village, OH

Undergraduate Institution: The Ohio State University

Medical School: Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

Career Interests: Cardiothoracic anesthesia, POCUS

Real Interests: Baking, especially chocolate desserts. Hiking, running, biking, ballet. Hanging out with my sweet husband.

Why did you choose UH?: University Hospitals is close to my parents and siblings, so I'll get more quality time with them! The residents were nice and welcoming on interview day, they appeared to enjoy the program.

Danielle Schepperley, MD

Danielle Schepperley, MD

Hometown: Michigan
Undergraduate: Michigan State University
Medical School: Michigan State University

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Danielle Schepperley, MD Hometown: Michigan

Undergraduate Institution: Michigan State University

Medical School: Michigan State University

Career Interests: I hope to do an ICU fellowship and split my time between the OR and the ICU in the future!

Real Interests: I love to spend my time traveling and going on hikes with my dog!

Why did you choose UH?: The people are what really drew me to UH. It was very important to me to be in a program with supportive residents and faculty, which was very clearly the environment at UH.

Sameam Shahrestani, DO

Sameam Shahrestani, DO

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Undergraduate Institution: University of Cincinnati
Medical School: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

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Sameam Shahrestani, MD Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

Undergraduate Institution: University of Cincinnati

Medical School: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

Career Interests: Pain management, critical care, medical education

Real Interests: Traveling, tennis, volleyball, soccer, spending time with family/friends

Why did you choose UH?: Excellent faculty, close to home, strong training opportunities

Sharon H. Tran, DO

Sharon H. Tran, DO

Hometown: Alhambra, CA
Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Los Angeles
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Bradenton

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Sharon Tran Hometown: Alhambra, CA

Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Los Angeles

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Bradenton

Career Interests: Pediatric Anesthesia. Academic mentorship and outreach to aspiring healthcare professional. Feel free to ask me questions!

Real Interests: Olympic weightlifting. Also, pets! If you have a fur baby, I will 100% ask for pictures and cuddles.

Why did you choose UH?: UH was by far my favorite interview. I love how well all the residents and attendings get along. Everybody is incredibly talented, friendly, patient, and willing to help no matter how “dumb” the question or ridiculous the request. Same goes for our colleagues in other departments. We have a huge variety of cases: OB, pain, transplants, peds, critical care, plastics – you name it. I am fully confident I will finish this program as a well-rounded anesthesiologist prepared for the craziest cases.

Class of 2025

Anesthesiology Resident

Sanam Babbar

Hometown: Flower Mound, Texas
Undergraduate Institution: University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Medical School: University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

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Anesthesiology Resident Hometown: Flower Mound, Texas

Undergraduate Institution: University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Medical School: University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Career Interests: Currently have interests in acute pain, chronic pain, OB anesthesia

Real Interests: Cooking, baking, dancing, singing, Zumba, traveling, puppies, food

Why did you choose UH?: Wonderful faculty with a vested interest in making their residents competent and excellent anesthesiologists. And I wanted to experience living in the north! Cleveland is a fun, vibrant city to train in.

Anesthesiology Resident

Huda Ahmad Saimaldahar, MBBS

Hometown: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Undergraduate Institution: N\A
Medical school: King Abdulaziz University 

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Anesthesiology Resident Hometown: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Undergraduate Institution: N\A

Medical school: King Abdulaziz University 

Career Interests: Pain management, Pediatric anesthesia, and Medical education/simulation.

Real Interests: Baking, singing, and spending time with my family and friends. 

Why did you choose UH?:  A strong program with great faculty and wide exposure to various subspecialties and cases.

Anesthesiology Resident

Jaime Freiburger, DO

Hometown: Chicago, IL
Undergraduate Institution: Iowa State University
Medical school: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

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Anesthesiology Resident Hometown: Chicago, IL

Undergraduate Institution: Iowa State University

Medical school: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

Career Interests: So far I like cardiothoracic intensive care, but things can change in 4 years! We’ll see!

Real Interests: Cooking, traveling the world, hiking/anything outdoors, horseback riding, Marvel movies, napping, and hosting with my husband, Kyle.

Why did you choose UH?: The people. I jived with everyone I met and loved how confident everyone was in their training here. I also loved the variety of medicine I saw in the Cleveland patient population, and I LOVE Cleveland! It’s a hidden gem for sure.

Anesthesiology Resident

Samuel Gardner, MD

Hometown: Chagrin Falls, OH
Undergraduate Institution: The College of Wooster
Medical school: Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

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Anesthesiology Resident Hometown: Chagrin Falls, OH

Undergraduate Institution: The College of Wooster

Medical school: Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

Career Interests: Critical Care Medicine is the best!

Real Interests: my dog, skiing in the winter, camping, splitting wood, fishing, woodworking, books, and animal tracking

Why did you choose UH?: Doctor Pesa is the greatest APD in the world!

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Kavita Kandaswamy

Hometown: San Francisco, California
Undergraduate Institution: University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC Canada
Medical School: American University of Antigua College of Medicine

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Anesthesiology Resident Hometown: San Francisco, California

Undergraduate Institution: University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC Canada

Medical School: American University of Antigua College of Medicine

Career Interests: Pediatrics J

Real Interests: Houseplants, cats, kayaking and comedy shows.

Why did you choose UH?: This program has some of everything!. There’s an attached Rainbow Babies&Children’s hospital, Level 1 Trauma, Anesthesiology-led ICU, great caseload and variety ICU plus Cleveland is relaxing city to live in!

Anesthesiology Resident

Boris Ladyzhensky, MD

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Undergraduate Institution: Vaughn College of Aeronautics
Medical school: University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany)

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Anesthesiology Resident Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Undergraduate Institution: Vaughn College of Aeronautics

Medical school: University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany)

Career Interests: Probably cardiac anesthesia and critical care. Taking care of the sickest patients and being a mentor for the next generation of anesthesiologists.

Real Interests: Playing with my kids, riding motorcycles, anything to do with planes, discovering new EDM tracks to shuffle to.

Why did you choose UH?: Having done an AI here, I saw firsthand the warm relationship the residents had with each other as well as the program leadership. You get great training in a supportive environment with a low cost of living. What more do you want?!

Anesthesiology Resident

Kelsey R. Lawrence, DO, MBS

Hometown: Fort Collins, Colorado
Undergraduate Institution: Colorado State University
Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

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Anesthesiology Resident Hometown: Fort Collins, Colorado

Undergraduate Institution: Colorado State University

Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Career Interests: Chronic Pain, Medical Education, Quality Improvement

Real Interests: Drawing, Beekeeping, Horseback riding, Running, Traveling, and spending time with my Husband and Dog!

Why did you choose UH?: I wasn’t able to visit in person during COVID-19, but my first impression of UH was that they were a well-rounded program with lots of types of cases that would help me become a strong anesthesiologist, and it also seemed like the people there really enjoyed being there! Also, I had a great interview experience with the program director and faculty who were all very energetic and passionate about the field of anesthesiology.

Anesthesiology Resident

Efrain Montero Nieves, MD

Hometown: Ponce, PR
Undergraduate Institution: Mount Vernon Nazarene University
Medical school: Ponce Health Sciences University

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Anesthesiology Resident Hometown: Ponce, PR

Undergraduate Institution: Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Medical school: Ponce Health Sciences University

Career Interests: Regional Anesthesia

Real Interests: travel, beach, sports, craft beer

Why did you choose UH?: Diversity in patient population as well as within the institution. Amazing faculty and co-residents!

Anesthesiology Resident

Bradley Nowosielski

Hometown: Erie, PA
Undergraduate Institution: Gannon University
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (Erie, PA)

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Anesthesiology Resident Hometown: Erie, PA

Undergraduate Institution: Gannon University

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (Erie, PA)

Career Interests: Undecided

Real Interests: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Exercise, and anything outdoors!

Why did you choose UH?: I chose UH because of the warm, welcoming leadership and camaraderie among the residents. I was confident that UH would offer a positive learning environment and provide me with the exposure necessary to become an excellent physician.

Anesthesiology Resident

Ricki Pad, DO

Hometown: West Bloomfield, MI
Undergraduate Institution: University of Michigan
Medical school: Michigan State College of Osteopathic Medicine

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Anesthesiology Resident Hometown: West Bloomfield, MI

Undergraduate Institution: University of Michigan

Medical school: Michigan State College of Osteopathic Medicine

Career Interests: Acute pain, POCUS, and exploring the various subspecialties of anesthesiology!

Real Interests: dogs, trying new restaurants, hiking, biking, baking desserts, and spending time with family and friends

Why did you choose UH?: I loved my interview with UH. I knew that coming to UH would provide me with excellent experiences and I would have a strong support system. There is a great sense of community between the residents and faculty. Everyone is enthusiastic and willing to teach!

Anesthesiology Resident

Kenneth Phi, MD

Hometown: Findlay, OH
Undergraduate Institution: THE Ohio State University
Medical school: THE Ohio State University College of Medicine

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Anesthesiology Resident Hometown: Findlay, OH

Undergraduate Institution: THE Ohio State University

Medical school: THE Ohio State University College of Medicine

Career Interests: Cardiac Anesthesia, Regional Anesthesia

Real Interests: Eating, video games (COD, fortnite etc.), sports, guitar

Why did you choose UH?: In the virtual interview season, I had the best vibe and feeling from UH. The people made me feel like I belonged here and I knew that I was gonna be able to get phenomenal training and preparation for fellowship or independent practice.

Anesthesiology Resident

Natasha Samanich

Hometown: Rocky River, Ohio
Undergraduate Institution: University of Southern California
Medical School: The University of Toledo

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Anesthesiology Resident Hometown: Rocky River, Ohio

Undergraduate Institution: University of Southern California

Medical School: The University of Toledo

Career Interests: Current interests include global health, regional anesthesia, chronic pain, and cardiac anesthesia

Real Interests: Hiking, traveling, sailing & all summer Lake Erie activities, cooking, wine, & walks with my pup

Why did you choose UH?:  The people! Even via zoom interviews, I could tell that this was a well-rounded program that truly cares about its residents and their education. That became even more apparent throughout my intern year. And as an added bonus, coming home to Cleveland meant being close to family and friends.

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Maddi Tenbarge

Hometown: Fishers, IN
Undergraduate Institution: Indiana University Bloomington
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine

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Anesthesiology Resident Hometown: Fishers, IN

Undergraduate Institution: Indiana University Bloomington

Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine

Career Interests: Critical Care

Real Interests: Cooking ridiculously extravagant meals (especially for my co-residents), backcountry hiking/camping, playing piano, 70s-80s music record collecting, biking, watercolor painting, and re-watching Schitt’s Creek on loop.

Why did you choose UH?: Despite a season of virtual interviews, I could tell immediately that UH was the fit for me, so much so that I told my family and friends immediately after my interview that this was the program for me. Personality fit was a big component and everyone was so incredibly friendly and helpful. I knew I wanted to do a critical care medicine fellowship as well, so I was especially excited to match into a program that had combined anesthesia and critical care track.

Anesthesiology Resident

Kaylie Young

Hometown: Glasgow, KY
Undergraduate Institution: University of Louisville
Medical School: University of Louisville

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Anesthesiology Resident Hometown: Glasgow, KY

Undergraduate Institution: University of Louisville

Medical School: University of Louisville

Career Interests: General Anesthesia

Real Interests: Spending time with my dog, art, sleeping

Why did you choose UH?: The city is fantastic, the weather is fantastic, and the people are the best I’ve ever met. Shout-out to my co-residents for being my new family and always making me laugh.