Alumni

Class of 2022

Jakob Adkins, DO

Jakob Adkins, DO:

Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship
University of Cincinnati

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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:

Private Practice
Lake Health

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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:

Pain Medicine Fellowship
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

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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:

Private Practice
Cleveland, OH

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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:

Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship
The Cleveland Clinic Foundation

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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:

Pain Medicine Fellowship
University of Illinois in Chicago

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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:

Pain Medicine Fellowship
University of Cincinnati

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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:

Pain Medicine Fellowship
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

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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:

Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship
Mayo Clinic/ Nemours Wolfson Children's

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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:

Acute Pain and Regional Anesthesiology Fellowship
UPMC

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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:

Private Practice
Phoenix, Arizona

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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:

Pain Medicine Fellowship
University of Colorado

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Private Practice
Elyria, OH

img class="UH-Inline-Image-Medium" alt="Gautam Sharma, MD" src="/-/media/Images/Medical-Education/Interns-Residents-Fellows/Anesthesiology/Sharma.jpg?la=en" />Hometown: 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:

Private Practice
Elyria, OH

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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:

Private Practice
Akron, OH

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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 2021

Lynden Baesch

Lynden Baesch, DO:

Fellowship in Critical Care Medicine
Cleveland Clinic Foundation

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Lynden Baesch, DO Hometown: Traverse City, MI

Undergraduate Institution: Grand Valley State University

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)

Career Interests: possible regional or critical care fellowship

Real Interests: being outside, sports, travel, cooking

Why did you choose UH? The most welcoming group of residents, the most camaraderie among residents and attendings. Also, felt I would get great well-rounded experience here.

Luna Chaaban

Luna Chaaban, MD:

Fellowship in Critical Care Medicine
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

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Hometown: Lebanon, Beirut

Undergraduate Institution: Saint Joseph University of Beirut

Medical School: Saint Joseph University of Beirut

Career Interests: Critical care medicine

Real Interests: Gym (orange theory fitness addict), music, traveling

Why did you choose UH? The best PD ever, Dr. Helou of course!

Jauhleene Chamu

Jauhleene Y. Chamu, MD:

Fellowship in Regional Anesthesia
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center – UPMC

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Jauhleene Chamu, MDHometown: Philadelphia, PA

Undergraduate Institution: University of Florida

Medical School: Florida Atlantic University, Charles E. Schmidt COM

Career Interests: Critical Care and Regional Anesthesia

Real Interests: Watching football, crushing fantasy football, playing tennis, working out, cooking, listening to podcasts, hosting girls nights!

Why did you choose UH? Patient population served, diversity of cases, camaraderie within the residency and other disciplines, sports town (the Cavs and Indians were good at some point)

Sheng Chang, MD

Sheng-Chieh Chang, MD:

Fellowship in Regional Anesthesia
University of New Mexico

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Hometown: Taipei, Taiwan

Undergraduate Institution: National Taiwan University

Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine

Career Interests: Chronic/Interventional Pain

Real Interests: Movies, Music, Reading, Exercise

Why did you choose UH? Trust your intuition.

Christopher Felchlia

Christopher C. Felchlia, MD:

Fellowship in Cardiac Anesthesiology
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

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Hometown: Springfield, IL

Undergraduate Institution: Southern Illinois University

Medical School: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

Career Interests: Critical Care Medicine

Real Interests: Formal dinners, Victorian architecture, rowing, cycling, Ford Mustang restoration.

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

David Guz

David E. Guz, DO:

Fellowship in Critical Care Medicine
University of Michigan Ann Arbor

Fellowship in Cardiac Anesthesiology
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

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David Guz, DOHometown: Bloomfield Hills, MI

Undergraduate Institution: Michigan State

Medical School: Michigan State

Career Interests: General anesthesia and crit care

Real Interests: Running, movies, tennis

Why did you choose UH? Cleveland is the City + great resident camaraderie!

Sri Kadiyala

Srilakshmi Kadiyala, MD:

Private Practice
Chicago, IL

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Hometown: Novi, MI

Undergraduate Institution: Wayne State University

Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine

Career Interests: POCUS, Acute Pain

Real Interests: Traveling, Wine Tasting, Trying new kinds of food, dream vacation - Italy

Why did you choose UH? I chose UH because of the variety and complexity of the case load we are exposed to and the quality of training in all sub-specialties. In addition, when I interviewed here, I felt that it was a welcoming environment and there was good camaraderie amongst the residents.

Barrett Kumar

Barrett J. Kumar, DO:

Fellowship in Critical Care Medicine
THE Ohio State University

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Barrett Kumar, DOHometown: Columbus OH

Undergraduate Institution: Xavier University

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Career Interests: General Anesthesia

Real Interests: Exercising, guitar, tennis, food

Why did you choose UH? Residents are friendly / helpful with each other and attendings are easily approachable. Excellent variety and acuity of cases. Cleveland weather!

Ryan Nazemian

Ryan Nazemian, MD:

Fellowship in Transplant Anesthesiology
Lahey Hospital and Medical Center

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Ryan Nazemian, MDHometown: Yazd, Iran

Undergraduate Institution: Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Yazd, Iran

Medical School: Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Yazd, Iran

Career Interests: Hepatic Transplant Anesthesia, Solid Organ Transplantation

Real Interests: Playing soccer anytime I find a group, love watching any kind of sports especially Football, Soccer & Tennis, Going to live concerts and sports events, Big Movie and TV series enthusiast ( Favorites: Friends, GoT, Breaking Bad, DC>Marvel, …), Love hanging out with friends.

Why did you choose UH? Affiliation with CWRU. Young, talented, enthusiastic and open-minded program directors. Excellent variety/acuity of cases. Moonlighting. Camaraderie between residents.

Joshua Pastor, MD

Joshua A. Pastor, MD:

Private Practice
Columbus, OH

Fellowship in Transplant Anesthesiology
Lahey Hospital and Medical Center

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Joshua Pastor, MD

Hometown: Green, OH

Undergraduate Institution: Youngstown State University

Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University

Career Interests: Pediatric Anesthesiology

Real Interests: music, dogs, light beer, napping, exercise, FWD

Why did you choose UH? I primarily chose UH because I am from Northeast Ohio and wanted to remain close to friends and family during my training. As an M4, I rotated here and had an awesome experience with senior residents who took the time to make me feel comfortable and educate me. It was that time that confirmed to me that UH was the place for me to complete my residency.

Mariya Pogrebetskaya

Mariya Pogrebetskaya, MD:

Academic Practice
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

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Hometown: Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Undergraduate Institution: Case Western Reserve University

Medical School: NEOMED

Career Interests: Critical Care Medicine

Real Interests: Family, reading, travel

Why did you choose UH? Location, diverse training experience, complex cases. Great faculty.

Shrey Shah

Shrey Shah, MD:

Private Practice
Cincinnati, OH

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Shrey Shah, MDHometown: Cleveland

Undergraduate Institution: The Ohio State University

Medical School: University of Cincinnati

Career Interests: Generalist, regional anesthesia

Real Interests: Travel, basketball, music festivals, cats

Why did you choose UH? Strong clinical experience I felt would prepare me well for a career in anesthesia, in a city I was familiar with and wanted to live in

Jacqueline Sohn

Jacqueline Sohn, DO:

Combined Fellowship in Critical Care Medicine and Cardiac Anesthesia
Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Heart Institute

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Hometown: Basking Ridge, NJ

Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Irvine

Medical School: Midwestern University - Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine

Career Interests: Cardiac anesthesiology/intensive critical care anesthesiology, research/publication

Real Interests: Hiking with my dog, travel, medical missions, fashion, computer graphics, computer programming

Why did you choose UH? Robust ICU experience, strong clinical experience, enjoyed the interview with the faculty and meeting the residents

Erica Zanath

Erica N. Zanath, MD:

Fellowship in Critical Care Medicine
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

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Hometown: North Royalton, OH

Undergraduate Institution: Purdue University

Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine

Career Interests: Critical care

Real Interests: Baking, Orange Theory

Why did you choose UH? I chose UH because I liked the program and residents, I like Cleveland, and I wanted to be close to family.


Class of 2020

Akshay Chaku, MD

Akshay Chaku, MD

Fellowship in Critical Care Medicine
Emory University

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Akshay Chaku, MD Hometown: Troy, MI

Undergraduate Institution: University of Michigan

Medical School: University of Virginia

Career Interests: Education/teaching. Critical care medicine. Cardiac mechanical circulatory support. Anesthetics that require large bore access.

Real Interests: Travelling. Netflix. Hanging out with my friends (most of which are my colleagues). Trying new restaurants and breweries.

Why did you choose UH? Primarily the people - I really liked the residents and faculty I met. You see a variety of interesting pathology and get a diverse array of experiences. Additionally, this is a "resident run" hospital - that means the residents are in the meat of each case, getting the valuable hands on experiences that make you a great anesthesiologist. It helps that my colleagues both in and out of the Department of Anesthesiology are really great - makes doing both elective and emergent cases a more educational and collegial experience.

Kyle Ferguson, MD

Kyle Ferguson, MD

Fellowship in Critical Care Medicine
The Ohio State University

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Ferguson Hometown: Columbus (C-bus), OH

Undergraduate Institution: Miami University

Medical School: University of Toledo College of Medicine

Career Interests: Critical Care Medicine

Real Interests: Long walks on the beach, golf, working out, and stuff.

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

Christopher Hunt, DO

Christopher Hunt, DO

Private Practice
Lake Health System

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Hometown: Portland, OR

Undergraduate Institution: BYU

Medical School: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine

Career Interests: Acute Pain, OR Anesthesia

Real Interests: Basketball, cycling, paddleboarding, trying new restaurants

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

John Hunter, MD

John Hunter, MD

Fellowship in Pain Management
Cleveland Clinic Foundation

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John Hunter, MDHometown: Beckley, WV

Undergraduate Institution: West Virginia University

Medical School: West Virginia University

Career Interests: chronic pain medicine, neuromodulation, palliative and cancer pain, opioid addiction

Real Interests: college + pro sports, motorcycles, poker, mindfulness

Why did you choose UH? cheap place to live, beautiful weather without any snow

Austine Lin, MD

Austine Lin, MD

Fellowship in Regional Anesthesia
University of New Mexico

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Hometown: East Setauket, NY

Undergraduate Institution: Rice University

Medical School: University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston

Career Interests: Acute Pain and regional anesthesia

Real Interests: Ultimate Frisbee, hiking, backpacking… the great outdoors.

Why did you choose UH? The camaraderie amongst the residents, strong critical care.

Max Mastroianni, DO

Max Mastroianni, DO

Private Practice
Houston, Texas

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Hometown: Cleveland, OH

Undergraduate Institution: St. Louis University

Medical School: Ohio University COM

Career Interests: Private Practice

Real Interests: boating, skiing, fishing, music, stuff

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

Thomas McClain, DO

Thomas McClain, DO

Private Practice
St. John West Shore Westlake, OH

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Thomas McClain, DOHometown: Cleveland, OH

Undergraduate Institution: Miami University

Medical School: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

Career Interests: General Anesthesia

Real Interests: Playing/watching sports, hockey, travelling. I play the saxophone really well.

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

Hillary Rockey, MD

Hillary Rockey, MD

Private Practice
Lake Health System

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Hillary Rockey, MDHometown: Cleveland, OH

Undergraduate Institution: Colby College (in Maine)

Graduate Institution: Dartmouth (Master of Public Health)

Medical School: The University of Toledo College of Medicine

Career Interests: Graduating Residency! Probably Trauma Anesthesia.

Real Interests: Family, playing with my puppy, skiing (water and snow), swimming and tennis.

Why did you choose UH? I really liked all the residents I met at UH.

Michael Roegner, MD

Michael Roegner, MD

Fellowship in Pain Management
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

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Hometown: Milwaukee, WI

Undergraduate Institution: Creighton University

Medical School: Saint Louis University SOM

Career Interests: Chronic Pain

Real Interests: Lifting heavy things. Music, brewing beer, fishing. I used to the play the cello.

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

David Sharrah, MD

David Sharrah, MD

Fellowship in Pain Management
University of Virginia

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David Sharrah, MDHometown: Bartlesville, Oklahoma

Undergraduate Institution: Brigham Young University

Medical School: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Career Interests: I'll be doing a chronic pain fellowship at University of Virginia. I'm interested in being able to offer patients the most up-to-date therapies to help in the treatment of pain.

Real Interests: Spending time with my wife and kids, basketball, innovation, traveling, video games, guitar.

Why did you choose UH? UH has a great variety of complex cases, plenty of cardiac and ICU experience and has much to offer in chronic pain experience and resources. All these factors were important to me in choosing UH.

Elizabeth Sigler, DO

Elizabeth Sigler, DO

Academic Practice
University of Arizona

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Elizabeth Sigler, DOHometown: Wisconsin Rapids, WI

Undergraduate Institution: Rockhurst University

Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences

Career Interests: Global Health

Real Interests: Living a nomadic van-dwelling fulfilling existence. Green Bay Packers. Travelling, backpacking, being outside, playing soccer on rec leagues around Cleveland. I once made ESPN top ten plays….

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

Nicole Snyder, MD

Nicole Snyder, MD

Fellowship in Regional Anesthesia
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

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Nicole Snyder, MDHometown: Massillon, OH

Undergraduate Institution: Toledo

Medical School: Toledo SOM

Career Interests: Acute Pain, regional anesthesia

Real Interests: Volleyball and Cleveland sports. Soon I would like to go to Thailand!

Why did you choose UH? I love the people here. I felt at home as soon as I visited.

Vidya Sundaram, MD

Vidya Sundaram, MD

Fellowship in Pain Management
University of Michigan

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Vidya Sundaram, MDHometown: Youngstown, OH

Undergraduate Institution: Kent State University

Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University

Career Interests: Chronic Pain

Real Interests: Classical piano, Indian dancing, opera singing, and running

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