General Surgery Residents

The Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center General Surgery Residency Program is designed to provide trainees with clinical and academic skills to prepare for future roles as academic surgical leaders.

For a list of our residency graduates, please see our Alumni page.

At UH we are committed to diversity and inclusion. For more information, visit UH Diversity & Inclusion.

5th Year Residents

Ahmed Ali, MD

Ahmed Ali, MD

  • Hometown: St. Louis, MO
  • College: University of Missouri-Kansas City, B.A./M.D. combined program
  • Medical school: University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Why surgery? It was truly and deep down the only thing I could see my self doing for the rest of my life.
  • Surgical and professional interests: Minimally invasive surgery, global health, health disparities, surgical education
  • Hobbies: Water activities, tennis, Netflix
  • Favorite movies: The Rush Hour franchise
  • Any advice for a new resident? The best advice for a surgical resident is to savor and enjoy the little things and any downtime you have.
David Faugno-Fusci, MD

David Faugno-Fusci, MD

  • Hometown: Norwalk, CT
  • College: Boston College, B.S. Biology
  • Medical school: St. George’s University School of Medicine
  • Why surgery? Loved the fast pace and being in the operating room.
  • Surgical and professional interests: Minimally invasive surgery and bariatric surgery
  • Hobbies: Skiing
  • What did you do before surgery? I was a former ski instructor
  • Favorite hangout spot: Terrestrial Brewing Company
Lung "LK" Lau, MD

Lung "LK" Lau, MD

  • Hometown: Hong Kong
  • College: University of Miami
  • Medical school: University of Miami
Joshua Lyons, MD

Joshua Lyons, MD

  • Hometown: Cleveland, OH
  • College: Valparaiso University, B.S. Chemistry
  • Medical school: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
  • Why surgery? I chose surgery because of its unique ability to rapidly and effectively affect change on a patient's condition.
  • Surgical and professional interests: Surgical oncology, minimally invasive surgery
  • Hobbies: Piano, computer technology, target shooting
  • What else should we know about you? When I was a child I injured my eardrum while playing with cotton swabs and to repair it, my entire right ear was temporarily removed.
  • Most scenic space in Cleveland: Tinkers Creek
  • Who inspired you to pursue medicine? While I've always wanted to pursue medicine, reading the biography of Albert Schweitzer and his work starting a leper hospital in Gabon made me realize that being a doctor can affect so much more than just a patient's body.
Isobel Ycasas Santos, MD Chief

Isobel Ycasas Santos, MD Chief

  • Hometown: Philippines
  • College: University of California, Berkeley
  • Medical School: University of Vermont
  • Why surgery: Why not?
  • Surgical interest: Hand surgery
  • Hobbies: writing, model airplanes, culinary arts
Sonia Voiculescu, MD Chief

Sonia Voiculescu, MD Chief

  • Hometown: Brunswick, OH
  • College: Loyola University Chicago, B.S. in Biology and Philosophy
  • Graduate/Medical school: St. George's University School of Medicine, Master of Public Health and MD
  • Why surgery? As surgeons, we have the privilege of removing the tumor, excising the disease, restoring continuity, and caring for the patient as a whole – a rare advantage to any other profession.
  • Surgical and professional interests: Tumor microbiology; Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Hobbies: Food and drink and travel
  • What else should we know about you? English is my second language. I grew up speaking Romanian and still do at home!
  • Who inspired you to pursue medicine? My grandmother. She initially started her training in medical school and when the Communists restructured society she had to become a nurse. When I was little she took me on home calls. She passed on to me the curiosity of medicine and the love of helping others.
Brian Young, MD Chief

Brian Young, MD Chief

  • Hometown: Douglassville, PA
  • College: University of Chicago
  • Medical school: Saint Louis University
  • Why surgery? Surgery provides the opportunity to make an immediate and tangible impact in a patient's life.
  • Surgical and professional interests: Trauma Surgery, Critical Care, Violence Prevention
  • Hobbies: Hiking, Swimming, Peloton, Investing
  • Fun fact about Cleveland? Cleveland was once the 2nd most affluent city in the US. While under construction, Terminal Tower was briefly the world's tallest building.
  • Any important thoughts you'd like to share with new residents? Keep informed of current events and history. Do not forget your community. As a physician, local leaders are desperate for your input. Seek out opportunities when they arise.

4th Year Residents

Katherine Bingmer, MD

Katie Bingmer, MD

  • Hometown: Canal Winchester, OH
  • College: The Ohio State University, B.S. Biomedical Science
  • Medical school: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
  • Why did you choose surgery? Surgery chose me.
  • Surgical and professional interests: Surgical oncology
  • Hobbies: Trail running
  • Best pizza in Cleveland: Primoz Pizza
  • Any other interesting thing about Cleveland? Cleveland Metroparks consistently wins national awards for excellence in parks and recreation.
Shreya Gupta, MD

Shreya Gupta, MD

  • Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
  • College: University of Pittsburgh, B.S. Biology
  • Medical school: Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
  • Why surgery? I wanted to be a surgeon since I was 13.
  • Surgical and professional interests: Surgical oncology and multidisciplinary oncology care, surgical resident education, Behind the Knife (BTK) Podcast
  • Hobbies: Yoga
  • What else should we know about you? Hear my voice on BTK!
  • What advice do you have for new residents? A smile goes a long way!
Xun Luo, MD

Xun Luo, MD

  • Hometown: Guilin, China
  • College: Fudan University
  • Graduate education: Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, Master of Public Health
  • Medical school: Shanghai Medical College, Fudan University
  • Why surgery? Surgery involves physiology, pathology, pharmacology, and anatomy to provide treatment. Every case is unique and can be challenging. Operating is fun and rewarding.
  • Surgical and professional interests: Transplant surgery, clinical outcomes research
  • Hobbies: Skiing
  • What else should we know about you? My first name is simple but hard to pronounce
Vivek Sreeram, MD

Vivek Sreeram, MD

  • Hometown: Houston, TX
  • College: University of Texas at Austin, B.S. Biochemistry
  • Medical school: St. George’s University School of Medicine
  • Why surgery? Being able to physically alter a patient’s life course for the better and seeing change almost instantaneously was the most exhilarating and fulfilling feeling I’ve ever had.
  • Surgical and professional interests: Vascular surgery (both endovascular techniques such as TECAR and open operations), surgical education
  • Hobbies: Singing karaoke, dancing salsa and Bollywood, kayaking, binging reality TV shows, true crime podcasts
  • Greatest accomplishments: Winning the surgical clerkship award for best student teacher
  • Favorite hangout spot: Luna Bakery
  • What is one piece of advice you would have liked to hear as a new intern? Ask a lot of questions and say yes to everything!
James Sun, MD

James Sun, MD

  • Hometown: Princeton, NJ
  • College: Stony Brook University, B.A. Music
  • Medical school: SUNY Downstate College of Medicine
  • Why surgery? Surgeons have the opportunity to intervene on pathology by performing procedures with an immediate effect.
  • Surgical and professional interests: Surgical oncology, clinical and translational research in melanoma and breast cancer
  • Hobbies: Board games, live music
  • Why did you change from music to medicine? There have been surprising overlaps in the time, attention to detail, and physical dexterity required to be a musician and surgeon. Medicine allows me to make a broader impact in the community around me.
Mohammed Usman, MD

Mohammed Usman, MD

  • Hometown: Rawalpindi, Pakistan
  • College: Global College System
  • Medical school: Shifa College of Medicine
  • Why surgery? Human anatomy, level of trust between the physician and the patient, tissue planes, and level of responsibility.
  • Surgical and professional interests: Cardiothoracic surgery
  • Hobbies: Hiking, yardwork, DIY projects
  • Favorite restaurant in Cleveland: Pier W
Sigfredo Villarin-Ayala, MD

Sigfredo Villarin-Ayala, MD

  • Hometown: Puerto Rico
  • College: Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, B.S. Biology
  • Medical school: Ponce Health Sciences University
  • Why surgery? It provides me with the ability to change people’s lives and see the results immediately.
  • Surgical and professional interests: Trauma surgery, critical care
  • Hobbies: Soccer, basketball
  • Favorite hangout spot: Nano Brew
  • What makes a good intern? A good intern and physician is someone who is resilient, respectful to others, responsible, and always attentive to details, someone that reads and works harder every day. A good intern is someone that wants to be better every day.

3rd Year Residents

Avanti Badrinathan, MD

Avanti Badrinathan, MD

  • Hometown: Oak Park, IL
  • College: Northwestern University, B.S. Biomedical Engineering
  • Graduate education: University of Michigan, M.S. Biomedical Engineering
  • Medical school: University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine
  • Why surgery? I worked a lot with medical devices as an engineering student and surgery was a natural extension of my past work with biomedical engineering.
  • Surgical and professional interests: Trauma surgery, critical care, burns
  • Hobbies: Playing with my cat, classical piano, video games, cooking/baking, painting
  • Favorite surgical instrument: #10 blade
  • What else should we know about you? I placed world level ranking in a video game called Super Mario Rainbow Road
Lauren Drapalik, MD

Lauren Drapalik, MD

  • Hometown: Naperville, IL
  • College: University of Notre Dame, B.S. Biological Sciences
  • Medical school: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
  • Why surgery? The OR is my happy place.
  • Surgical and professional interests: Breast surgery, surgical education
  • Hobbies: Baking, hanging with my cat, boating
  • Favorite restaurant in Cleveland: Ginko
  • What is one piece of advice for new interns? When you’re having a rough day, don’t hesitate to reach out to those above you. Everyone has been there and everyone wants to help.
David Ebertz, MD

David Ebertz, MD

  • Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
  • College: University of Arizona, B.S. Molecular and Cellular Biology, B.H.S. Physiology
  • Medical school: Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
  • Why surgery? I did surgery first in 3rd year, to get it out of the way, and my very first day I walked into a pediatric surgery OR and the attending handed me a pair of bone cutters and said, "hey, come here and cut this cartilage. Careful - that beating underneath is the heart." It was a pectus excavatum case and I was hooked from that second on.
  • Surgical and professional interests: Surgical education, quality improvement, environmental justice and climate change
  • Hobbies: Board Games, D&D, gardening, everything Disney, crochet, camping and hiking, caring for my chickens and cats, very mild woodworking, DIY projects, signing, guitar/piano, singing in the OR, Nintendo Switch
  • What else should we know about you? I helped found and am still Chair of the Board of a 501c3 nonprofit called Care About Climate alongside my wife Natalie (who is the CEO, main founder, and overall amazing person that impacts worldwide sustainability efforts)
Alexander Kreger, MD

Alexander Kreger, MD

  • Hometown: Chagrin Falls, OH
  • College: Duke University, B.S. Neuroscience
  • Medical school: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Why surgery? I like doing things with my hands, and I enjoyed the fast-paced nature of the rotation in medical school.
  • Surgical and professional interests: Pediatric surgery, minimally invasive surgery
  • Hobbies: Soccer, tennis
  • What else should we know about you? My parents are both accountants and I was born on Tax Day.
  • Best pizza in Cleveland: Il Rione
Kimberly Rebello, MD

Kimberly Rebello, MD

  • Hometown: Farmington, CT
  • College: University of Connecticut, B.S. Chemistry, Minor in Mathematics
  • Graduate education: University of Connecticut, M.S. Synthetic Bioorganic Chemistry
  • Medical school: University of Connecticut
  • Why surgery? Surgery is a unique field that combines pathophysiology, engineering, and technical skills to create a work of art that allows you to become a part of a person's life.
  • Surgical and professional interests: Cardiothoracic surgery
  • Hobbies: Drawing, playing saxophone, baking
  • What else should we know about you? I'm a diehard Mortal Kombat fan
  • Fun fact about Cleveland? The term "rock and roll" was coined in Cleveland
  • What's the best piece of advice you've received? Be able to laugh at yourself, be able to forgive yourself, avoid making the same mistake again, and no matter what, push forward.
Rashi Singh, MD

Rashi Singh, MD

  • Hometown: Santa Barbara, CA
  • College: University of California, Los Angeles, B.S. Psychobiology, Minor in Biomedical Research
  • Medical school: University of California, Irvine School of Medicine
  • Why surgery? So many reasons! I feel like I am making a meaningful impact on a patient's life while pushing the bounds of what I know with research. It's an art just as much as it's a sport requiring dedication, practice, and teamwork.
  • Surgical and professional interests: Breast surgery, clinical research
  • Hobbies: Tennis, yoga, exploring new restaurants, hiking, reading
  • What else should we know about you? I'm a food-blogger on Instagram
  • Best pizza in Cleveland: Vero, Harlow's
  • Favorite restaurants in Cleveland: Momocho, Xinji, L'Albatross
LaVerne Thompson, MD

LaVerne Thompson, MD

  • Hometown: Rochester, NY
  • College: Allegheny College, B.S. Neuroscience
  • Medical school: University at Buffalo, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
  • Why surgery? I was drawn to the unique ownership that surgeons have over patient care and outcomes.
  • Surgical and professional interests: Vascular surgery, health care disparities, surgical education, diversity in medicine
  • Hobbies: Slam poetry, painting
  • What else should we know about you? I love elephants and I have a small collection of elephant decor
Aaron Tipton, MD

Aaron Tipton, MD

  • Hometown: Akron, OH
  • College: Ashland University, B.S. Biochemistry
  • Medical school: University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences
  • Why surgery? I chose surgery to serve others every day and the opportunity to master my clinical and technical abilities.
  • Surgical and professional interests: Cardiothoracic surgery
  • Hobbies: Running, Traveling, Basketball
  • Favorite movie: Gladiator
Nikolay Vakarev, MD

Nikolay Vakarev, MD

  • Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
  • College: Binghamton University, B.S. Chemistry
  • Medical school: St. George's University School of Medicine
  • Why surgery? Operating, curative medicine, not sitting behind a computer all day
  • Surgical and professional interests: Minimally invasive surgery
  • Hobbies: Sports. video games
  • Favorite hangout spot: Saucy Brewery. Terrestrial Brewing Company
  • Most scenic space in Cleveland: Edgewater Park

2nd Year Residents

Gi-Ann Acosta, MD

Gi-Ann Acosta, MD

  • Hometown: Fort Washington, MD
  • College: University of Maryland, College Park, B.S. Physiology and Neurobiology
  • Medical school: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
  • Why surgery? I chose surgery because I value teamwork, I love the operating room, and I want to have all the skills needed to care for my patients.
  • Surgical and professional interests: Vascular surgery, outreach, technology development
  • Hobbies: Tennis, guitar, cooking
  • What else should we know about you? I'm into mixology
Aria Bassiri, MD

Aria Bassiri, MD

  • Hometown: Tehran, Iran
  • College: University of Toronto, B.Sc. Cell and Molecular Biology, B.Sc. Human Biology: Health and Disease
  • Graduate education: Boston University, M.S. Medical Sciences
  • Medical school: Wayne State University School of Medicine
  • Why surgery? Because its the best field in medicine! See the problem, find the answer, and fix it.
  • Surgical and professional interests: Thoracic surgery, trauma surgery, medical education
  • Hobbies: Soccer, working out, watches, video games
  • What else should we know about you? I own 53 watches and counting
  • Favorite restaurant in Cleveland: Mabel's BBQ
  • Any other interesting thing about Cleveland? The river once caught fire...
Jamie Benson, MD

Jamie Benson, MD

  • Hometown: Trenton, NJ
  • College: Temple University, B.S. Biology
  • Medical school: Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
  • Why surgery? I enjoy working with my hands and find surgery to be very energizing.
  • Surgical and professional interests: Cardiac surgery, transplant surgery
  • Hobbies: Chess, reading, exercise
  • Favorite hangout spot: Brewnuts
  • Most scenic space in Cleveland: Chagrin Falls
  • What is one piece of advice you would have liked to hear as a new intern? Don't be afraid to make mistakes. You are here to learn and you often learn the most from your mistakes.  
Kelly Hoerger, MD

Kelly Hoerger, MD

  • Hometown: Boise, ID
  • College: Montana State University, B.A. Political Science
  • Medical school: University of Utah School of Medicine
  • Why surgery? For the real time satisfaction of helping a person that you get by operating on them.
  • Surgical and professional interests: Trauma surgery, global surgery, health disparities, health and surgical education
  • Hobbies: Running, skiing, hiking, camping, snuggling with my cats
  • What else should we know about you? I used to work for Red Bull
Saher Zahra-Khan, MD

Saher Zahra-Khan, MD

  • Hometown: Wayne, PA
  • College: Villanova University, B.S. Chemical Engineering
  • Medical school: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
  • Why surgery? I love being in the OR and managing inpatients.
  • Surgical and professional interests: Surgical education, robotics, surgical oncology, breast surgery
  • Hobbies: Bouldering, playing Scrabble, working out, happy hour, anything social
  • Most scenic spaces in Cleveland: Hilton Downtown Rooftop Bar, Edgewater Beach
  • What is one piece of advice you would like to share? The best advice I've heard so far is that you are never alone. There are always people around you here that are both able and happy to help! So never be afraid to reach out.  
Alexander Loftus, MD

Alexander Loftus, MD

  • Hometown: Buffalo, NY
  • College: Cornell University, B.S. Biological Sciences
  • Medical school: University at Buffalo, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
  • Why surgery? I want to become a surgeon for the opportunity to deliver compassionate, cutting edge, and safe care to my patients. I believe that as I surgeon I will be able to use both interventional and medical treatment to help patients.
  • Surgical and professional interests: Surgical critical care, vascular surgery, and rural surgery
  • Hobbies: Snowboarding, water activities, finding the best beer
  • What else should we know about you? I enjoy cooking
  • Favorite restaurant in Cleveland: Lindy's Lake House
  • What do you reflect on at the end of a day of residency? Reflection is important. I like to first think about a positive patient experience. Then I try to think about how I could improve for the next day. Lastly, I make sure to think about any feedback I received and how I plan to use that information going forward.
Daniel Mowoh, MD

Daniel Mowoh, MD

Hometown: Cameroon
College: University of Maryland
Medical school: Howard University

Rami Mustafa, MD

Rami Mustafa, MD

  • Hometown: Menoufia, Egypt
  • College: Menoufia University
  • Graduate education: Menoufia University Faculty of Medicine, M.S., Ph.D.
  • Medical school: Menoufia University Faculty of Medicine
  • Why surgery? From a young, age, I have been fascinated with stories of how surgeons affect people’s lives. This fascination started when my family and I were personally affected by a lifesaving operation. During the Gulf War in Kuwait, we had family friends who suffered very serious injuries. Luckily, they were rushed to a nearby hospital where a surgeon was able to perform a lifesaving operation. Also, I really enjoy the operating room and love to learn hand skills, I find the cases interesting, and I couldn’t see myself doing anything else. Even more than all the usual reasons, I feel like there’s something so unique about general surgery that is almost indescribable.
  • Surgical and professional interests: Surgical oncology, minimally invasive surgery, large database clinical analyses
  • Hobbies: Basketball, barbeque, cooking
  • Favorite restaurant: Faris Shawerma
  • Any other interesting thing about Cleveland? The Egyptian section in the Cleveland Museum of Art is fascinating
Jarred Napier, MD

Jarred Napier, MD

  • Hometown: Mansfield, OH
  • College: Case Western Reserve University, B.S. Biomedical Engineering
  • Medical school: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
  • Why surgery? Surgery is different from other forms of medicine because it allows you to physically treat a patient's disease by taking them to the OR and performing an operation. Surgeons are capable of combining their knowledge of medicine and anatomy with their technical skills to treat their patients. We can manipulate the anatomy of patients with this knowledge to cure them of their disease and prolong their life.
  • Surgical and professional interests: Resident and student education
  • Hobbies: Baking, running
  • What else should we know about you? I can speak Indonesian
  • Favorite hangout spot: Headlands Beach
  • Any other interesting thing about Cleveland? Some of the large fight scenes in the first Avengers movies were filmed here
Ifeanyichukwu Ogobuiro, MD

Ifeanyichukwu Ogobuiro, MD

  • Hometown: Dallas, TX
  • College: University of Texas at Dallas, B.S. Neuroscience
  • Graduate education: Meharry Medical College, M.S. Health Sciences
  • Medical school: Central Michigan University College of Medicine
  • Why surgery? In most cases, surgical management has a relatively quick response/result.
  • Surgical and professional interests: Cardiothoracic surgery, medical device innovation
  • Hobbies: Hiking, playing soccer, ping-pong
  • What else should we know about you? I was a farmer back in Nigeria.
  • Most scenic space in Cleveland: Brandywine Falls
Yeji Park, MD

Yeji Park, MD

  • Hometown: Ypsilanti, MI
  • College: Eastern Michigan University, B.S. Biochemistry
  • Medical school: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
  • Why surgery? Quick results, hard work, and rewarding. I like working with my hands.
  • Surgical and professional interests: Radiology
  • Hobbies: Pokemon, Overwatch
  • Best pizza in Cleveland: Vero
Ryan Prusko, MD

Ryan Prusko, MD

  • Hometown: Chicago, IL and Grand Rapids, MI
  • College: Grand Valley State University, B.S. Biology
  • Medical school: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
  • Why surgery? Surgery requires dexterity and refined technical skill, superior work ethic, and the knowledge to take on patients most people run away from. Who wouldn’t want to do that?
  • Surgical and professional interests: Colorectal surgery, trauma surgery, critical care, public health
  • Hobbies: Concerts, playing guitar, working out, hiking, reading
  • What else should we know about you? I started to learn classical guitar at the age of 6.
  • Most scenic space in Cleveland: Cleveland Public Library Reading Garden
  • What are the most important nuggets you wished you knew before going into residency? No matter how much you prepare you will never feel ready. There’s always something to learn from everyone.
Praveena Tondapu, MD

Praveena Tondapu, MD

  • Hometown: Strongsville, OH
  • College: Youngstown State University, B.S. Biology
  • Medical school: Northeast Ohio Medical University
  • Why surgery? Because I am able to provide immediate intervention to help patients. I love the hands-on aspect, patient-physician relationships, and the intensity of the field.
  • Surgical and professional interests: General surgery in underserved communities, global health
  • Hobbies: Knitting
  • Most scenic space in Cleveland: Hope Memorial Bridge
  • What was your favorite experience in your medical career? Participating in a medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic and working with local surgeons.
Mikdat Ulas, MD

Mikdat Ulas, MD

  • Hometown: Istanbul, Turkey
  • College: Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, B.S. Biochemistry
  • Medical school: Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
  • Why surgery? It was the only specialty that made me happy in medical school. The OR was my favorite place to be. I always liked doing things with my hands (working on cars, wood working, etc.)
  • Surgical and professional interests: Education, global surgery, social justice in medicine
  • Hobbies: Traveling, working on cars, cooking, woodworking
  • What else should we know about you? I used to have a radio show.
Omar Zaki, MD

Omar Zaki, MD

  • Hometown: Chicago, IL
  • College: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S. Molecular and Cellular Biology and B.S. Psychology
  • Medical school: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
  • Why surgery? Having a technical skill I could practice every day and monitor my improvement on was very appealing. Plus, we manage a lot of medical issues in surgery anyway, so I get the best of both worlds.
  • Surgical and professional interests: Surgical Oncology
  • Hobbies: BBQ, sailing, cycling
  • Greatest accomplishment: Winning a BBQ competition
  • What is your favorite thing about UH Surgery? UH maintains a culture of camaraderie and education, and actively makes changes based on feedback about how to further develop that culture. I have not come across a single person who did not want to teach and actively get residents involved in the service.
Heming "Hannah" Zhao, MD

Heming "Hannah" Zhao, MD

  • Hometown: Blacksburg, Virginia
  • College: Cornell University: B.S. Biological Engineering
  • Medical school: Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
  • Why surgery? I love to operate, being in the OR, and managing surgical patients.
  • Surgical and professional interests: Undecided for now
  • Hobbies: Hiking, Spartan race, hanging out with friends
  • Greatest accomplishment: Completing a Spartan race
He Zhou, MD

He Zhou, MD

  • Hometown: Ningbo, Zhejiang, China
  • College: Georgia Institute of Technology, B.S. Biomedical Engineering
  • Medical school: Georgetown University School of Medicine
  • Why surgery? Surgery has a lot in common with engineering - you need to use your brain and hands together. Most times, there is an immediate impact on a patient's health and quality of life.
  • Surgical and professional interests: advancing cancer treatment, surgical technology
  • Hobbies: Cooking, baking, Taekwondo, flute, painting, traveling
  • What else should we know about you? I used to post recipes online and had more than 20,000 followers.

1st Year Residents

Christina Boutros, DO

Christina Boutros, DO

Hometown: Oyster Bay, NY
College: New York Institute of Technology
Medical School: New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
Why Surgery: The fast pace, ability to master a skill, and the ability to make an immediate and tangible impact on a patient's life
Surgical and Professional Interests: Surgical Oncology, Endocrine Surgery, or thoracic surgery specializing in lung and esophageal cancer
Hobbies: spending time with friends and family, playing guitar, playing with my dog, travel
Any important thoughts to share with new residents: Always be happy to help and keep a smile on your face! :)

Adam Bullock, MD

Adam Bullock, MD

  • Hometown: Gainesville, FL
  • College: University of Florida, BSc Chemistry
  • Medical School: Florida State University College of Medicine
  • Why Surgery? I've always found it to be the most engaging field in medicine.
  • Surgical and Professional Interest: General surgery, breast oncology, rural medicine.
  • Hobbies: Woodworking, weightlifting, hiking, painting
  • Any important thoughts you'd like to share with new residents: Use any and all resources available to you but above all else, trust yourself.
Megan Chiu, MD

Megan Chiu, MD

  • Hometown: West Lafayette, IN
  • College: Purdue University, BS Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical school: Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Why surgery? Where do I start? I love being able to be support patients during what may be for many a scary and intimidating process. I enjoy how patient-centered the specialty is. As part of a surgical team, everyone is focused and dedicated to finding solutions and providing the best care for patients through dedication, innovation, and collaboration.
  • Surgical and professional interests: Rural/Global Surgery, Advocacy and Outreach, Health Disparities
  • Hobbies: Hiking, travel, dancing, cooking/baking, just food in general
Susan Doh, MD

Susan Doh, MD

  • Hometown: Glenview, Illinois
  • College: University of Chicago, B.A. Biology
  • Medical school: University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago
  • Why surgery? I love operating and the teamwork involved, the breadth of the field, the technological applications of surgical care, and the capability to directly improve patients' health and lives
  • Surgical and professional interests: Surgical oncology, disparities in surgical outcomes, surgical education, systems improvement, sustainability research within the field of surgery
  • Hobbies: Cooking, Biking, Hiking, rock climbing, travel, playing music, crocheting
  • Fun fact about Cleveland? Bill Watterson, the artist and author of the comic strip “Calvin and Hobbes,” grew up in Cleveland
  • Any important thoughts you'd like to share with new residents? Never stop learning, ask for help, build in time for people and things you care about, find the humor and joy in small things
Mackenzie Simerlink, MD

Mackenzie Simerlink, MD

  • Hometown: Solon, Ohio
  • College: Miami University
  • Medical School: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
  • Why surgery? Surgery was the perfect combination of medicine and hands on problem solving which fit with my background in bioengineering.
  • Surgical and professional interests: Native American health, ultrasound, surgical innovation and technology
  • Hobbies: true crime podcasts, reading, rowing
  • Fun fact about Cleveland? Cleveland is the birthplace of Chef Boyardee
Tyler Stumm, MD

Tyler Stumm, MD

  • Hometown: Washington Township, NJ
  • College: Pennsylvania State University
  • Medical school: Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
  • Why surgery? It’s very rewarding to operate on someone, manipulate their anatomy, and then watch them improve over time
  • Surgical and professional interests: MIS/foregut, thoracic, and reconstructive plastic surgery
  • Hobbies: Skiing, travel, running
  • Fun fact about Cleveland? The Metroparks and breweries, and having so many of both to choose from!
  • Any important thoughts you'd like to share with new residents? Don’t be afraid to ask for help, your senior residents are an amazing resource
Patrick Wieland, MD

Patrick Wieland, MD

  • Hometown: Bloomington, IL
  • College: University of Notre Dame, B.A. History
  • Medical School: Southern Illinois University
  • Why surgery? Surgery was the clerkship that I loved the most, from being in the OR to the people I was working with. I like the ability to work with my hands and affect immediate change.
  • Surgical and professional interests: Minimally invasive surgery, colorectal surgery
  • Hobbies: Cooking, watching sports
  • Favorite Movie: Princess Bride
  • What else should we know about you? I boxed on the club team in college
Louisa Chen, MD Preliminary

Louisa Chen, MD Preliminary

  • Hometown: Canberra, Australia
  • College: University of California Irvine
  • Medical School: Dartmouth
  • Why surgery? The ability to intervene directly in disease processes and the opportunity to collaborate in the OR
  • Surgical and professional interests: surgical oncology, trauma, vascular
  • Hobbies: Cross-stitching, photography, cooking
Jessica Hungate, MD Preliminary

Jessica Hungate, MD Preliminary

  • Hometown: Sugar Land, TX
  • College: University of Texas at Austin, B.S. Psychology
  • Medical school: Texas Tech University - El Paso
  • Why surgery? Surgery is the perfect combination of hands-on intervention and immediate results. Also, surgery allows me to support patients during some of the most difficult times of their lives.
  • Surgical and professional interests: Trauma/critical care, vascular surgery
  • Hobbies: Travel, yoga, exploring Cleveland
Nicole Keller, MD Preliminary

Nicole Keller, MD Preliminary

  • Hometown: Detroit, MI
  • College: University of Notre Dame, B.S. Biology
  • Medical school: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
  • Why surgery? Because I love being in the operating room and the problem solving aspect of surgery for our patients!
  • Surgical and professional interests: Colorectal surgery, Breast Surgery, Women’s Health
  • Hobbies: Running, painting, knitting and social activities
  • Fun fact about Cleveland? We have a national park that is less than a 30 minute drive from the city
  • Any important thoughts you'd like to share with new residents? As an intern, you are often the person on the team with the most time to interact with the patients on the floor, which is a really rewarding and eye-opening experience.
Daphine Kwesiga, MD Preliminary

Daphine Kwesiga, MD Preliminary

  • Hometown: Kampala, Uganda
  • College: Washington and Lee University, B.Sc. Biochemistry, B.A. Economics
  • Medical school: University of Maryland, School of Medicine
  • Why surgery? Its a one stop shop, a gift that keeps on giving
  • Surgical and professional interests: Colorectal surgery, Global surgery
  • Hobbies: Tennis, Biking, Food tasting
  • Fun fact about Cleveland? Most famous Olympian from Cleveland - Jesse Owens
  • Any important thoughts you'd like to share with new residents? Learning begins with a positive attitude, carry this with you every day
Bryan Pacheco, MD Preliminary

Bryan Pacheco, MD Preliminary

  • Hometown: Long Island, New York
  • College: University of South Florida
  • Medical school: Florida State University College of Medicine
  • Why surgery? The ability to impact the human body and relationships made with patients.
  • Surgical and professional interests: Minimally Invasive surgery
  • Hobbies: Hiking, Calligraphy, weightlifting
  • Fun fact about Cleveland? Cleveland is the birthplace of Superman!
  • Any important thoughts you'd like to share with new residents? Residency brings with it amazing opportunities for extraordinary growth and the development of deep relationships takes full advantage.
Humzah Quereshy, MD Preliminary

Humzah Quereshy, MD Preliminary

  • Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
  • College: Case Western Reserve University, B.A. Classics
  • Medical school: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
  • Why surgery? Because I love anatomy and solving problems!
  • Surgical and professional interests: Oncologic Surgery, Health Services Research
  • Hobbies: Golf, Travel, Eating, Cleveland Sports!
  • Fun fact about Cleveland? Cleveland might have the best traffic within a metropolitan city in the country - you can get anywhere in less than 30 minutes!
  • Any important thoughts you'd like to share with new residents? There is nothing more gratifying than a genuine conversation and relationship with your patients. Take the extra moment and cherish it. That's why we became doctors.
Johnathan Shanklin, MD Preliminary

Johnathan Shanklin, MD Preliminary

  • Hometown: Hopkinsville, KY
  • College: University of Louisville, BA Chemistry
  • Medical school: THE Ohio State University
  • Why surgery? Because I love anatomy and being in the OR
  • Surgical and professional interests: Trauma and thoracic surgery, mentoring
  • Hobbies: Sports, Photography, Trying new food
  • Any important thoughts you'd like to share with new residents? Knowledge and skills will come with time, enjoy the journey
Amir Zakhary, MD Preliminary

Amir Zakhary, MD Preliminary

  • Hometown: St. Louis, MO
  • College: Saint Louis University, Biology & French
  • Medical school: Loyola Chicago
  • Why surgery? You get to see amazing pathology and be really connected to your patients
  • Surgical and professional interests: pediatric heart surgery
  • Hobbies: traveling to Egypt with my family
  • Fun fact about Cleveland? Cleveland is the largest metro city in Ohio!
  • Any important thoughts you'd like to share with new residents? love every minute, only 0.1% of people get to do what you do.
Mario Dervishi, MD

Mario Dervishi, MD

Aghoho “AJ” Evuarherhe, MD

Aghoho “AJ” Evuarherhe, MD

  • Hometown: Dallas, Tx
  • College: UNT
  • Medical School: UT
  • Why Surgery: The use of clinical knowledge and technical skills combined with the experience of interacting with people on daily basis.
  • Surgical and Professional interests: Sports medicine
  • Hobbies: Sports
  • Fun Fact about Cleveland: Food
  • Any important thoughts you’d like to share with new residents? Work hard and establish relationships with co-residents and staff.

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