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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!

Anesthesiology Resident

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

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.

Anesthesiology Resident

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.

Class of 2026

Michelle Adamczyk, MD

Michelle Adamczyk, MD

Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
Undergraduate Institution: University of Kentucky
Medical School: Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

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Anesthesiology Resident Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio

Undergraduate Institution: University of Kentucky

Medical School: Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

Career Interests: Currently I like Cardiothoracic and Peds, but we’ll see!

Real Interests: Hanging outdoors, rollerblading, biking, hiking, indoor cycling, painting, watching TV!

Why did you choose UH?: UH has a great diversity of cases for strong anesthesia training across the spectrum: trauma, transplants, cardiac, peds, everything I was looking for! Plus, everyone I met on my interview day and the meet and greet was so easy to talk to and had such a family feeling. Of course, as a native Clevelander I was happy to return to my awesome hometown!

Lama Almadhyani

Lama Almadhyani

Hometown: Riyadh
Undergraduate Institution: King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences
Medical School: King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences

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Anesthesiology Resident Hometown: Riyadh

Undergraduate Institution: King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences

Medical School: King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences

Career Interests: undecided 

Real Interests: Traveling, yoga, meditation and spending time with family and friends

Why did you choose UH?: Great faculty and a strong program, felt like training here will prepare me well for the future 

Lidija Barbaric

Lidija Barbaric

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Undergraduate Institution: Chatham University
Medical School: Carle Illinois College of Medicine

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Anesthesiology Resident Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Undergraduate Institution: Chatham University 

Medical School: Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Career Interests: Critical Care, Pediatric Anesthesia, Human Rights Advocacy 

Real Interests: Piano, ballroom dance, figure skating, watercolors, coffee and hanging out with my dog Toby who is currently living rent free with my parents. 

Why did you choose UH?: The leadership and residents really drew me in with their warmth, honesty and enthusiasm for things both in and outside of medicine. 

Mitchell Best

Mitchell Best

Hometown: Cortland, OH
Undergraduate Institution: Youngstown State University
Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University

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Anesthesiology Resident Hometown: Cortland, OH

Undergraduate Institution: Youngstown State University

Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University

Career Interests: Chronic Pain

Real Interests: Hiking, boating, any and all sports (go Steelers), movies, spending time with my dogs and cats, video games

Why did you choose UH?: Great program with diverse patient cases, camaraderie among residents, and faculty enthusiastic to teach. Happy to serve the region that raised me and has invested so much into my education and training. 

Celine Chedid

Celine Chedid

Hometown: Batroun, Lebanon
Undergraduate Institution: University of Balamand
Medical School: University of Balamand

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Anesthesiology Resident Hometown: Batroun, Lebanon

Undergraduate Institution: University of Balamand

Medical School: University of Balamand

Career Interests: Pediatric anesthesia, Regional anesthesia

Real Interests: Swimming, hiking, spending time outdoors, enjoying my time with family and friends.

Why did you choose UH? Friendly atmosphere, supportive program leadership and great residents. After spending a year in Cleveland doing pediatric anesthesia, I consider it home.

Fatema Elmasry, MD

Fatema Elmasry, MD

Hometown: Columbus, OH
Undergraduate Institution: The Ohio State University
Medical School: University of Toledo

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Anesthesiology Resident Hometown: Columbus, OH

Undergraduate Institution: The Ohio State University 

Medical School: University of Toledo 

Career Interests: For now general anesthesia but keeping an open mind 

Real Interests: Deep conversations, cute coffee shops, quality time with the people I love, hosting, going on walks, the beach, bubble tea

Why did you choose UH?: I fell in love after the interview. Everyone was very welcoming and genuine, whether it was the residents or faculty. I knew this is the type of environment that would help me grow on a professional and personal level.

Amal Feiroze Farouk

Amal Feiroze Farouk

Hometown: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia/ Colombo, Sri Lanka
Undergraduate: Alfaisal University
Medical School: Alfaisal University

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Anesthesiology Resident Hometown: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia/ Colombo, Sri Lanka

Undergraduate: Alfaisal University

Medical School: Alfaisal University

Career Interests: Dedicated Patient Care, Quality improvement, Critical Care, Medical Education, Leadership, Research.

Real Interests: Blossoming and charging the soul, mind, and body. 

Why did you choose UH?: I chose UH because I saw a bright future for myself at this distinguished program and instantly felt like I belonged at every instance from the PD to faculty to residents etc. I found home. 

Morgan Keegan

Morgan Keegan

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Undergraduate Institution: Penn State
Medical School: Perelman SOM at the University of Pennsylvania

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Anesthesiology Resident Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Undergraduate Institution: Penn State

Medical School: Perelman SOM at the University of Pennsylvania

Career Interests: Critical Care or Pain

Real Interests: cooking, baking, hiking, coffee, going to farmers markets, pelotoning, happy hours

Why did you choose UH?: It's cliche, but really loved everyone I met on my interview. I got a very strong sense that the APDs, PD, and Chair were all extremely supportive and that the residents were truly happy here.  

Joseph Kirollos, MD

Joseph Kirollos, MD

Hometown: Kinston, NC
Undergraduate Institution: Stanford University
Medical School: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

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Anesthesiology Resident Hometown: Kinston, NC

Undergraduate Institution: Stanford University

Medical School: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Career Interests: Undecided. Possibly cardiac or regional anesthesia/acute pain.

Real Interests: Soccer, hiking, swimming, watching movies, reading, board games, video games, chilling with family and friends

Why did you choose UH?: Incredible culture of residents and faculty, great program leadership, good variety and volume of cases, some family and friends nearby.

Abhi Kudaravalli

Abhi Kudaravalli

Hometown: Huntington, NY
Undergraduate Institution: York College of Pennsylvania
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

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Anesthesiology Resident Hometown: Huntington, NY

Undergraduate Institution: York College of Pennsylvania

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Career Interests: Chronic pain

Real Interests: Exploring the food scene in Cleveland, trying out new recipes in the kitchen, traveling (always in search of my next trip!)

Why did you choose UH?: My Sub-I showed me that UH has everything I was looking for in a residency: Friendly residents, energetic faculty, and an incredibly supportive program leadership! 

Nicholas Olson

Nicholas Olson

Hometown: Buffalo, Minnesota
Undergraduate Institution: Concordia College
Medical School: Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine

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Anesthesiology Resident Hometown: Buffalo, Minnesota

Undergraduate Institution: Concordia College

Medical School: Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine 

Career Interests: Still deciding – Cardiac, Peds Cardiac, and Chronic Pain are all areas that I would like to explore. 

Real Interests: Traveling, backpacking, camping, cooking, scuba diving, water skiing, downhill skiing, and exploring the local parks 

Why did you choose UH?: I did a few away rotations my fourth year of medical school and I can honestly say that UH/Case Western had some of the best clinically trained residents. UH does all of the transplants, trauma, and it isn’t saturated with fellows. Not only did residents actually seem happy, they were close with each other and the faculty. The pay is great, the city has a friendly Midwest culture, Cleveland gets lots of snow (which I enjoy), and it is centrally located to friends and family.

Nicholas Prescurea, MD

Nicholas Prescurea, MD

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

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Anesthesiology Resident Hometown: Cleveland OH

Undergraduate Institution: University of Akron

Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University

Career Interests: Interventional Pain Management & Healthcare Management/Leadership 

Real Interests: Fishing, Fitness, Hiking, Cooking 

Why did you choose UH?: I had two goals when searching for a residency program: stay in Cleveland and be at the best program. From my first day I immediately felt welcomed and valued by everyone associated with UH Anesthesia. I truly believe this is the place to be for anyone looking to become an outstanding anesthesiologist but also a well-rounded individual in all aspects of life.

Bryan Grubbs, DO

Bryan Grubbs, DO

Hometown: Tampa, Florida
Undergraduate Institution: University of Florida
Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University – DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine

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Anesthesiology Resident Hometown: Tampa, Florida 

Undergraduate Institution: University of Florida 

Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University – DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine 

Career Interests: I am not sure if I will be pursuing a fellowship, but I will be serving in the United States Air Force after residency 

Real Interests: Traveling, hiking, outdoor sports, watching soccer and spending time with my wife and kids 

Why did you choose UH?: For great training, camaraderie and the family atmosphere. 

Robert Webber, MD

Robert Webber, MD

Hometown: Lanesboro, MN
Undergraduate Institution: University of Maryland-University College
Medical School: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS)

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Anesthesiology Resident Hometown: Lanesboro, MN

Undergraduate Institution: University of Maryland-University College

Medical School: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS)

Career Interests: I am excited about everything at the moment. I will be practicing medicine in the United States Air Force after my time at UH and joining a Critical Care Air Transport (CCAT) Team or Humanitarian Relief Team sounds exciting!

Real Interests: Traveling the world with my family, relaxing and watching movies/tv shows (even Cocomelon), golf (whenever I get the chance), and working on my home and car (I am a BMW fanatic, especially M cars). 

Why did you choose UH?: Camaraderie. Whether it’s junior residents, senior residents, fellows, or attendings, everyone is so friendly, helpful, and willing to go the extra mile to make you and your family feel welcome. It’s an amazing atmosphere and I feel thankful every day I am at UH!!!

Spencer P. Willette, DO

Spencer P. Willette, DO

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

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Anesthesiology Resident Hometown: Dublin, OH

Undergraduate Institution: Miami University

Medical School: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

Career Interests: Regional Anesthesia, Global Health

Real Interests: Sports, exercise, guitar, 90’s R&B, camping

Why did you choose UH?: So many reasons! But in brief, the people and the mission of UH resonated strongly with my values and ambitions. During my rotation, I was particularly impressed with the faculty’s devotion to teaching and the seamless camaraderie among the residents. It truly felt like home and a place where I could thrive and build meaningful connections with my patients and colleagues.

Victoria Zysik

Victoria Zysik

Hometown: Perrysburg, OH
Undergraduate Institution: Wittenberg University
Medical School: Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine

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Anesthesiology Resident Hometown: Perrysburg, OH

Undergraduate Institution: Wittenberg University

Medical School: Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Career Interests: I’m interested in pediatric anesthesia, cardiac anesthesia, and medical education! I can see myself teaching future residents when I am an attending one day.

Real Interests: True crime podcasts, playing lacrosse, yoga, painting/drawing/ceramics and anything where I get to be creative, reading murder mystery novels, watching movies and hanging out with my family and friends!

Why did you choose UH?: UH made an amazing impression on me during interview season. Our program director, Dr. Helou was so warm and welcoming and made me want to be a part of her program. The residents were so friendly, seemed like they got great training, and match into competitive fellowships every year. I wanted to join a program where I felt like a part of a team and I couldn’t be happier to have matched here!

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Varun Adhvaryu, MD

Varun Adhvaryu, MD

Hometown: Boise, Idaho
Undergraduate Institution: University of Utah
Medical School: Case Western Reserve University

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Anesthesiology ResidentHometown: Boise, Idaho

Undergraduate Institution: University of Utah

Medical School: Case Western Reserve University

Career Interests: Peripheral nerve blocks, ultrasound, simulation in education, and technologic advancements in anesthesiology.

Real Interests: Music production on Ableton, skiing (especially in the Wasatch mountains in Utah), playing soccer and watching Premier League, cricket, tennis, running and being outdoors in general. Also love spending time with family/friends and occasionally with my video games too.

Why did you choose UH?: Great culture and camaraderie with between residents. Cleveland is also a fun city with a lot to do and I have family nearby!

Loai Alghifees, MD

Loai Alghifees, MD

Hometown: Makkah
Undergraduate Institution: N/A
Medical School: Umm Al-Qura University

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Anesthesiology ResidentHometown: Makkah

Undergraduate Institution: N/A

Medical School: Umm Al-Qura University

Career Interests: Regional Anesthesia and pain management

Real Interests: Hiking,diving, soccer, traveling and spending time with my family

Why did you choose UH?: Excellent faculty, supportive environment and great residents

Sneha Bidaye, MD

Sneha Bidaye, MD

Hometown: Mumbai, India
Medical School: University Of Mumbai, India

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Anesthesiology ResidentHometown: Mumbai, India

Medical School: University Of Mumbai, India

Career Interests: Pediatric Anesthesia, Regional Anesthesia

Real Interests: Reading, Relaxing with friends and family, Drama marathons on Netflix!

Why did you choose UH?: The faculty, residents and staff were very warm and welcoming during all the interactions. UH and Cleveland gave me an opportunity to be with family, at home as well as at work.

Yazeed Binmahfoz, MD

Yazeed Binmahfoz, MD

Hometown: Mumbai, India
Medical School: University Of Mumbai, India

Youstina Bolok, MD

Youstina Bolok, MD

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

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Anesthesiology ResidentHometown: Cleveland, OH

Undergraduate Institution: John Carroll University

Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University

Career Interests: Currently interested in pediatric anesthesia, cardiac anesthesia, chronic pain and global health!

Real Interests: Service work, traveling, long car rides, spending time with family/friends, cooking shows, Shark Tank

Why did you choose UH?: Staying in Cleveland was a priority for me when looking for a residency program, and I was able to greatly appreciate the UH anesthesia program during my sub-I. From the supportive atmosphere between the residents and faculty, to the remarkable clinical exposure, I am confident UH is the place I need to be to receive the best training!

Madeline Gerwig, MD

Madeline Gerwig, MD

Hometown: Charleston, WV
Undergraduate Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Medical School: West Virginia University

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Anesthesiology ResidentHometown: Charleston, WV

Undergraduate Institution: University of Pittsburgh

Medical School: West Virginia University

Career Interests: Crit Care, Chronic Pain

Real Interests: Hiking/Camping, Ice Cream, Yoga, College Softball World Series, Reality TV

Why did you choose UH: UH was my first and favorite interview! The residents and faculty seemed to genuinely care for one another, and the environment felt so supportive. I know that I will finish residency prepared for whatever’s thrown at me.

Matthew Hernandez, MD

Matthew Hernandez, MD

Hometown: Walnut Creek, CA
Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Berkeley
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin

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Anesthesiology ResidentHometown: Walnut Creek, CA

Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Berkeley

Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin

Career Interests: Critical Care

Real Interests: San Francisco sports (49ers, Giants & Warriors), Magic: the Gathering, cooking, and exploring

Why did you choose UH?: UH was my favorite interview. Everyone was incredibly welcoming and their anesthesiology program had everything that I was looking for, including the 5-year Critical Care Track that I am a part of. Coming from California, the Midwest was always a mystery to me, but between Milwaukee and Cleveland it has become my home.

Jeremy Housekeeper, MD

Jeremy Housekeeper, MD

Hometown: Kirkland, WA
Undergraduate Institution: University of Washington - Seattle
Medical School: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

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Hometown: Kirkland, WA

Undergraduate Institution: University of Washington - Seattle

Medical School: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Career Interests: Pain management, artificial intelligence in anesthesiology

Real Interests: Cooking, software development, home improvement/DIY

Why did you choose UH?: The people!

Yannan Huang, MD

Yannan Huang, MD

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Undergraduate Institution: Vanderbilt University
Medical School: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

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Anesthesiology ResidentHometown: Cincinnati, OH

Undergraduate Institution: Vanderbilt University

Medical School: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Career Interests: Unsure but interested in regional/cardiac/peds; medical education

Real Interests: Cooking, hiking/camping, finding new favorite restaurants/coffee shops, trying to keep my plants alive

Why did you choose UH?: The energy from everyone I met during the pre-interview social and interview day itself was incredibly positive, warm, and welcoming. The residents had a great sense of camaraderie and the faculty seemed truly invested in resident education and well-being. I’m also excited to explore a diverse new city while still being within driving distance of my family.

Monnique Johnson, MD

Monnique Johnson, MD

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Undergraduate Institution: Macaulay Honors College at The College of Staten Island
Medical School: Uniformed Services University

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Anesthesiology ResidentHometown: Brooklyn, NY

Undergraduate Institution: Macaulay Honors College at The College of Staten Island

Medical School: Uniformed Services University

Career Interests: Academic medicine and research

Real Interests: Traveling, brunch, binge watching an unhealthy amount of Hulu and Netflix, imaginary house hunting on Zillow

Why did you choose UH?: I felt so welcomed during my interview and the watching the way the other residents got along with each other helped me see this is the community I wanted to be part of.

Ziad Khalifa, MD

Ziad Khalifa, MD

Hometown: Dearborn, Michigan
Undergraduate Institution: Wayne State University
Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine

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Anesthesiology ResidentHometown: Dearborn, Michigan

Undergraduate Institution: Wayne State University

Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine

Career Interests: Medical education, curriculum development, mentorship. Cardiothoracic and Regional pain anesthesiology.

Real Interests: Tabletop/Board games, video games, cooking, longboarding. Beatboxing and learning music composition. Love watching football and soccer!

Why did you choose UH?: UH is close to home while still giving me a chance to explore a new city and environment! Interview day and the resident meet and greet was very friendly and I could immediately feel the camaraderie between residents and staff.

Kaveet Pandya, MD

Kaveet Pandya, MD

Hometown: Greenwood, IN
Undergraduate Institution: Indiana University
Medical School: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

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Anesthesiology ResidentHometown: Greenwood, IN

Undergraduate Institution: Indiana University

Medical School: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Career Interests: Medical education, possibly Regional Anesthesia, POCUS

Real Interests: Traveling, music (guitar), table tennis, national parks, hiking

Why did you choose UH?: The camaraderie between residents across all years was very evident during interview season! The faculty and leadership are also incredibly supportive of resident education. I think UH provides residents with a great environment to learn from complex cases.

Abigail Panneton, MD

Abigail Panneton, MD

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Undergraduate Institution: University of Miami (FL)
Medical School: Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

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Anesthesiology ResidentHometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Undergraduate Institution: University of Miami (FL)

Medical School: Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

Career Interests: I love general anesthesia at its core, but I’m keeping an open mind for fellowships as I go into residency! I could see myself falling in love with peds or regional.

Real Interests: scouring the planet to find the best dog park for Jackie, exploring new coffee shops or making pour over coffee at home, trying new restaurants, the New York Times daily crossword, and spending time with my fiance, friends, and family.

Why did you choose UH?: I felt so energized after my interview at UH - everyone I spoke to was very warm and welcoming. I could tell the residents were happy, the faculty were enthusiastic and engaged, and I had the overwhelming feeling that I would thrive in this environment! I knew I would get a well-rounded education and leave residency feeling confident and prepared. Bonus points for being close to my family in Pittsburgh!

Bradley Steinman, MD

Bradley Steinman, MD

Hometown: Findlay, OH
Undergraduate Institution: Miami University
Medical School: The Ohio State University College of Medicine

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Anesthesiology ResidentHometown: Findlay, OH

Undergraduate Institution: Miami University

Medical School: The Ohio State University College of Medicine

Career Interests: Education

Real Interests: Hiking, Skiing, Board Games and Making Cocktails

Why did you choose UH?:  During my interview, the residents that I spoke with gave off really good vibes that they were chill but professional people that would be easy to get along with, and the faculty seemed to have true interest in the well-being of the residents.