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Chief Residents

Chief Residents provide leadership and support to residents in the combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency program. They serve as mentors and advocates for the residents and set a positive tone for the program.

2017 - 2018 Chief Residents

I was born in St. Louis and went to medical school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. I have two older brothers who both became pediatricians and attracted me to the field of medicine. I was lucky enough to complete an accelerated BA/MD program and greatly enjoyed my time in Kansas City. When searching for a Med-Peds program, I was attracted to Indiana University School of Medicine’s size and diverse patient population. Since I have started here, I have been impressed with the great faculty, their love for teaching, and the mentorship available across all specialties. My co-residents across all specialties have been great to work with. My wife and I have enjoyed Indianapolis, exploring the various restaurants along with great attractions like the Children’s Museum and the Zoo. We live along the canal, which I love for its proximity to all the hospitals and the great scenery. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as one of the Chief Residents, and I am planning on applying for an Allergy-Immunology fellowship in the fall.

I was born in the suburbs of Chicago and have lived there all my life. With both my parents working as doctors, I long knew I wanted to go into medicine. I attended Beloit College in Wisconsin for undergrad and Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee for medical school. I have played tennis all my life and even played in college. I am an avid Chicago sports fan with football being my favorite sport to watch. I enjoy traveling and have been to 24 different countries, and I am also a certified scuba diver. I love spending time with friends and family as well as trying new restaurants around the city. IU School of Medicine has been a wonderful experience, getting to work alongside such outstanding people, and I am excited to serve as one of the chief residents for the Med-Peds program. After my residency, I plan to continue my education as a Pediatric Endocrinology fellow next year.

Class of 2021 – PGY1

Hometown: Springfield, IL
Undergraduate University and Major: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Molecular and Cellular Biology
Medical School: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Career Plans: Combined Med/Peds Hospitalist and Academic Medicine
Dream vacation destination: Cape Town South Africa to swim with Great White sharks!
Last place you visited: Chattanooga, TN
Favorite sports team: St. Louis Blues & Green Bay Packers are tied!
Favorite TV show: Anything by Shonda Rhimes
If you could be a Disney character, you would be… Pocahontas

Hometown: Bloomington, IL
Undergraduate University and Major: Illinois State University; chemistry and biochemistry
Medical School: Southern Illinois University
Career Plans: Outpatient primary care or hospitalist
Favorite Aspect of the IU Med/Peds Program: the size- feels like a family
If you could not be a doctor, you would be: a pharmacist
Last place you visited: Zion National Park!
Favorite food: Pepperoni pizza
First job: meat counter at a grocery store

Hometown: Lawrence, KS
Undergraduate University and Major: University of Kansas- Mechanical Engineering
Medical School: University of Kansas
Career Plans: Gastroenterology
Favorite Aspect of the IU Med/Peds Program: overall culture
If you could not be a doctor, you would be: engineer doing product development
Favorite restaurant in Indianapolis: my wife’s kitchen
Favorite movie: Lion King
Favorite sports team: Liverpool F.C.
Favorite karaoke song: Living on a Prayer
First job: soccer referee

Hometown: Las Vegas
Undergraduate University and Major: University of Michigan; Biopsychology
Masters University: University of Michigan (MPH)
Medical School: University of Nevada School of Medicine
Career Plans: Primary care/Hospitalist
Favorite Aspect of the IU Med/Peds Program: the people/culture
Research Involvement: Mainly QI/process improvement
If you could not be a doctor, you would be: Computer programmer
Favorite place or activity in Indianapolis: Cat Cafe at the Cultural Walk
Last place you visited: Tokyo, Japan
Favorite sports team: Michigan Wolverine Football

Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Undergraduate University and Major: University of Wisconsin-Madison; Medical Microbiology & Immunology
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin
Career Plans: Infectious Disease
Dream vacation destination: Iceland
Favorite book: Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
First job: Secretary at my karate dojo
One thing people should know about me is… I know karate

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Undergraduate University and Major: University of Dayton; Pre-Medicine
Medical School: Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Career Plans: Med-Peds Hospitalist/Primary Care
Favorite Aspect of the IU Med/Peds Program: So many different clinical experiences in an awesome city
If you could not be a doctor, you would be: a chef
Favorite restaurant in Indianapolis: too many amazing ones, but Tinker Street is probably my fav
Favorite place or activity in Indianapolis: Fort Harrison State Park and Eagle Creek are my favorite places to hike in Indy
Most recent book you read: The Likeness, awesome mystery novel that I couldn’t put down
Favorite food: Sushi
First Job: catering

Hometown: Guatemala City, Guatemala/Canton, OH
Undergraduate University and Major: The Ohio State University; Biochemistry
Medical School: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Career Plans: Primary Care, Med-Peds Hospitalist, Global Health
Favorite Aspect of the IU Med/Peds Program: Amazing faculty and residents; Global Health Program- Kenya
Global Health Track involvement: yes
Favorite movie: Star Wars series
Dream vacation destination: Barcelona, Spain
Last place you visited: Costa Rica- Global Health rotation
Favorite sports team: Ohio State Buckeyes; all Cleveland sports teams
Favorite t.v. show: Breaking Bad; Game of Thrones
Favorite food: tacos

Hometown: Chicago, IL
Undergraduate University and Major: University of Missouri-Kansas City; liberal arts
Medical School: University of Missouri-Kansas City
Career Plans: Primary Care
Favorite Aspect of the IU Med/Peds Program: class size! Love big families!
If you could not be a doctor, you would be: English Teacher
Favorite movie: The Proposal
Dream vacation destination: Banff Canada
Last place you visited: Pakistan
Favorite book: Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
Most recent book you read: Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
Favorite sports team: Kansas City Chiefs
Favorite TV show: Friends
If you could star in a TV show, it would be… Friends of course
Favorite food: Chocolate chip pancakes
First job: …IU Resident

Hometown: Memphis, TN
Undergraduate University and Major: University of Chicago; Biological Sciences
Medical School: University of TN Health Sciences Center, College of Medicine in Memphis, TN
Career Plans: interested in hospital medicine, transitional care, serving underserved communities
Last place you visited: India (visit of Kerala, Gujarat, and Punjab)
Most recent book you read: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Favorite food: Thai peanut noodles

Hometown: Chicago, IL
Undergraduate University and Major: Northwestern; biology
Medical School: Rush
Career Plans: Med/Peds Primary Care
Favorite Aspect of the IU Med/Peds Program: people
Favorite movie: Remember the Titans
Last place you visited: Israel
Favorite sports team: Chicago Cubs
Favorite food: Chocolate
First job: Dairy Queen

Hometown: Queens, NY
Undergraduate University and Major: Queens College (CUNY); Film Studies
Medical School: Florida International University
Career Plans: Primary Care
If you could not be a doctor, you would be: a writer
Special interest or talent: literature, film, American History
Favorite restaurant in Indianapolis: Watami all you can eat sushi
Last movie you saw: Star Trek Beyond
Last place you visited: Milan, Italy
Favorite book: Mrs. Dalloway

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
Undergraduate University and Major: Notre Dame; Anthropology
Medical School: Indiana University
Career Plans: Primary Care and Global Health
If you could not be a doctor, you would be: an astronaut
Last place you visited: Washington, DC
Most recent book you read: Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Favorite t.v. show: Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Hometown: Wildwood, Missouri
Undergraduate University and Major: University of Missouri; Biology and Viola Performance
Medical School: University of Missouri- Columbia
Career Plans: Heme/Onc (adult vs peds vs both)
Favorite Aspect of the IU Med/Peds Program: Large, diverse patient population and specialties in everything
Research Involvement: Yes
If you could not be a doctor, you would be: Basketball or football coach
Special interest or talent: Viola
Favorite place or activity in Indianapolis: Eagle Creek Park
Dream vacation destination: Paris
Last place you visited: Smoky Mountain National Park (Tennessee)
Favorite book: Anything by Michael Crichton
Most recent book you read: Congo
Favorite sports team: St. Louis Cardinals or Mizzou Sports
Favorite t.v. show: 60 Minutes
If you could star in a t.v. show, it would be… Ross from Friends
If you could be a Disney character, you would be… Simba
If a movie of your life was made, you would be played by… Michael Fassbender
Favorite karaoke song: I’m a Believer
Favorite food: Thai
Favorite hospital to rotate through and why: Riley Hospital for Children… because of the incredible children and families.

Hometown: Nashville, TN
Undergraduate University and Major: Middle Tennessee State University; chemistry
Medical School: University of Tennessee
Career Plans: Med/Peds Hospitalist
Favorite Aspect of the IU Med/Peds Program: the people and the career opportunities
If you could not be a doctor, you would be: a teacher
Last movie you saw: Hacksaw Ridge
Last place you visited: Madrid, Spain
Favorite book: 1984
Most recent book you read: When Breath Becomes Air
Favorite food: seafood of all kinds
First job: lifeguard

Class of 2020 – PGY2

Hometown: Mandeville, LA
Undergraduate University and Major: University of Alabama; Chemistry & Psychology
Masters University, if obtained: LSU New Orleans, Masters in Public Health
Medical School: LSU New Orleans
Career Plans: PICU, maybe PICU / MICU or PICU / peds cards
Favorite Aspect of the IU Med/Peds Program: Outstanding colleagues who always look out for one another’s interest
If you could not be a doctor, you would be a: Clinical psychologist or high school teacher
Last place you visited: Yosemite
Favorite sports team: Alabama Crimson Tide
If a movie of your life was made, you would be played by: …..Michael Cera
First job: Security System Installation Technician
Most recent book you read: Kingslayer Chronicles
Favorite hospital to rotate through and why: Eskenazi. High acuity, variety of pathology, significant autonomy

Hometown: North Vernon, Indiana
Undergraduate University and Major: DePauw University – Biochemistry
Medical School: IUSM
Career Plans: Currently leaning towards dual hospitalist, but open to primary care or specialty
Favorite Aspect of the IU Med/Peds Program: Ability to work in so many different environments with so many different people and specialties.
If you could not be a doctor, you would be: An English teacher who coached high school football.
Special interest or talent: I have recently gotten into carpentry using reclaimed wood to make special gifts for family and friends. I made my wife a flower box this past Mother’s Day.
Favorite place or activity in Indianapolis: I love hitching up my daughter’s buggy to the back of my bicycle and taking her for a ride up and down the Monon Trail near our house in Broad Ripple.
Favorite movie: Good Will Hunting
Dream vacation destination: Northern Michigan, the great lakes
Last place you visited: Mackinaw City, Michigan
Favorite book: “Mere Christianity” By C.S. Lewis
Favorite sports team: Cincinnati Reds
If you could star in a TV show, it would be… Scrubs
If we opened your refrigerator right now, we would find: leftovers, leftovers, leftovers.
If a movie of your life was made, you would be played by… A bearded Chris Hemsworth
Favorite karaoke song: “You Belong with Me” by Taylor Swift or “Mean” by Taylor Swift
Favorite food: My momma’s lasagna.
First job: I worked as a cashier/drive-thru operator at KFC.
One thing people should know about me is: My faith and family come first in my life.
Childhood nickname: My aunt would call me “Dynamite” after the catchphrase of Jimmie Walker in the 70s TV show “Good Times.”

Hometown: Howe, IN
Undergraduate University and Major: Loyola University-Chicago. Biology with a Minor in Bioethics
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine
Career Plans: I plan to use both sides of my training whether that be inpatient or outpatient. I do have an interest in Pulmonary/Critical Care and a Cystic Fibrosis transition clinic, but I am open to anything from general practice to specialty care.
Favorite Aspect of the IU Med/Peds Program: I love that our program has so many hospitals with very unique patient groups and that we have such a large program. We truly have our own identity and I see several of my Med-Peds colleagues on a daily basis. Also, there is always someone free to hang out on days off, which is a huge benefit!
If you could not be a doctor, you would be: probably be a pilot so that I could travel the world.
Special interest or talent: I love putting together jigsaw puzzles. The harder the better!
Favorite restaurant in Indianapolis: Bru Burger Bar. This restaurant has unbelievably delicious burgers.
Favorite place or activity in Indianapolis: I enjoy walking around the canal downtown or hiking in Eagle Creek State Park on my days off.
Favorite movie: The Da Vinci Code
Dream vacation destination: New Zealand, but I enjoy traveling anywhere even if only for a few days!
Last place you visited: I spent a few weeks this past summer in Nantucket Island, Massachusetts with my girlfriend.
Most recent book you read: The House of God
Favorite sports team: Chicago Bulls, Chicago Blackhawks, Indianapolis Colts
If you could star in a t.v. show, it would be… Friends
If you could be a Disney character, you would be…Goofy
Favorite karaoke song: Journey- Don’t Stop Believin’
Favorite food: Cabbage Rolls (Golabki in Polish)/Pierogi
First job: I worked with my parents at their hotel business my whole life and did many things including: housekeeping, laundry, front desk, and my parents even let me run the show occasionally.
One thing people should know about me is… My first language was Polish!

Hometown: Goshen, IN
Undergraduate University and Major: Goshen College / Biochem
Medical School: Indiana University
Career Plans: Med/Peds Primary Care vs Dual Hospitalist
Favorite Aspect of the IU Med-Peds Program: My co-residents!
If you could not be a doctor, you would be: Gainfully employed in the craft beverage Industry (coffee or beer, can’t decide which!)
Favorite restaurant in Indianapolis: Milktooth or Public Greens for brunch, La Margarita or Twenty Tap for casual dinner/drinks, Bluebeard or Union 50 if price isn’t a factor
Last place you visited: International: Ecuador / Stateside: Denver
Favorite karaoke song: anything David Bowie (Honorable Mention: “Africa” by Toto)
Favorite hospital to rotate through and why: Eskenazi. You see an incredible spectrum of disease pathology, and it really feels like you’re making a difference in patients’ lives. (The cafeteria fare and views from the team workrooms don’t hurt, either!)
First job: ice cream dipper

Hometown: O’Fallon, Missouri (suburb of St. Louis)
Undergraduate University and Major: BS in Biology
Masters University: Georgetown University, MS in Microbiology and Immunology
Medical School: Creighton University for medical school
Career Plans: Med-Peds Hospitalist
Favorite Aspect of the IU Med/Peds Program: Large, well-established program and friendly people
Favorite book: Harry Potter series (Prisoner of Azkaban is favorite)
Favorite sports team: St. Louis Cardinals
Favorite TV show: Psych

Hometown: Morton, IL
Undergraduate University and Major: University of Illinois, Biology
Medical school: Loyola University
Career plans: Still figuring it out!
Favorite aspect of the IU Med/Peds Program: My co-residents
If you could not be a doctor, you would: work in a bakery.
Last movie: Moana
Favorite tv show: Parks and Rec

Hometown: Temple City, CA
Undergraduate Major: Integrative Biology
Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School
Career Plans: Med-Peds Hospitalist
Favorite Aspect of the IU Med/Peds Program: The camaraderie
Favorite movie: Good Will Hunting
Favorite karaoke song: “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra
Childhood nickname: Hugs

Hometown: Columbus, OH
Undergraduate University and Major: The Ohio State University; Molecular Genetics
Medical School: University of Cincinnati
Career Plans: Hospitalist vs Endocrinology
Favorite Aspect of the IU Med/Peds Program: The variety of exposures each of the different hospitals provide, in addition to the awesome vibe I got during my interview while hanging out with the residents. The energy was awesome!
If you could not be a doctor, you would be: A sports analyst/commentator!
Special interest or talent: My family and I are all obsessed with watching Jeopardy and will text each other the final clue if one of us isn’t able to watch that night’s episode.
Favorite restaurant in Indianapolis: Kuma’s Corner (because the burgers are amazing, and it’s literally around the corner from where I live).
Favorite place or activity in Indianapolis: Eagle Creek Park
Favorite movie: Forrest Gump
Last movie you saw: Ghostbusters
Dream vacation destination: Spain or Italy
Last place you visited: Washington, DC
Favorite sports team: All things Ohio State (Go Bucks!!)
Favorite TV show: Jeopardy 🙂
Favorite karaoke song: “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” by Whitney Houston
Childhood nickname: Special K

Hometown: Ojai, CA
Undergraduate University and Major: UPenn, Economics
Medical School: Vanderbilt
Career Plans: Primary care
Favorite Aspect of the IU Med/Peds Program: There are so many of us!!
If you could not be a doctor, you would be: Martha Stewart
Favorite restaurant in Indianapolis: Milktooth
Favorite place or activity in Indianapolis: Riding my bike on the cultural trail. It’s so flat here!
Last place you visited: Nyakach Plateau, Kenya
Favorite karaoke song: Spice Girls, Wannabe
Favorite food: Avocado

Hometown: Wilkesboro, NC
Undergraduate University and Major: UNC Chapel Hill; Biology + Ancient/Medieval History
Medical School: UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Career Plans/Aspirations: Undecided – I like everything – Nephrology, Hospitalist, Primary Care
Favorite Aspect of the IU Med-Peds Program: Despite being one of the biggest and best programs in the country, the residents and leadership are all so tight-knit with one another.
Global Health Track Involvement: I really want to go to Kenya at Moi University!
Research Involvement: Not yet! Really interested in QI + Nephrology Research here at IU
If you could not be a doctor, you would be: Professional Dota 2 player
Special interest or talent: Medical History
Favorite restaurant in Indianapolis: Rick’s Cafe Boatyard
Favorite place or activity in Indianapolis: The trails at Eagle Creek Park
Favorite movie: Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
Last movie you saw: The Jungle Book
Dream vacation destination: Seward, Alaska
Last place you visited: Florence/Venice/Rome Italy
Favorite book: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Most recent book you read: The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass, by Stephen King
Favorite sports team: THE TARHEELS
Favorite TV show: Parks and Rec
If you could star in a TV show, it would be…Star Wars: Rebels
If we opened your refrigerator right now, we would find…Soul Ride American Style IPA beer
If you could be a Disney character, you would be…Obi-Wan Kenobi (That’s right he’s Disney now)
If a movie of your life was made, you would be played by…Justin Timberlake
Favorite karaoke song: Come Sail Away (Fast forward through the 90 bar break please)
Favorite food: Lasagna
First job: Lifeguard
One thing people should know about me is…Life description: massive nerd LARPing as a doctor
Childhood nickname: Zoolander

Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana (born in Heidelberg, Germany, moved to the US at age 5)
Undergraduate University and Major: Purdue University (Multidisciplinary Engineering focused on Biomaterials)
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine
Career Plans: Hospitalist / Public Health
Research Involvement: I did some research on opiate dependence and cessation programs including needle exchange and rescue kits in medical school and would like to continue to be involved in this type of research throughout residency.
Favorite Aspect of the IU Med/Peds Program: I loved the size of the program, but that it still felt like you knew everybody. Regardless where you are it’s likely one person on the team is MedPeds. It’s nice knowing there are lots of residents in the same boat as you. And I also never found a place quite like Riley, it’s really an incredible hospital.
Favorite movie: Star Wars!
Last place you visited: Post-graduation trip to Germany and Ireland. We stayed in Ireland, had to drive on the left on tiny roads to get there (they only gave us the GPS coordinates)
If you could not be a doctor, you would be: on the German national soccer team.
Favorite sports team: Purdue Basketball
First job: Server at Steak n Shake
Favorite Restaurant in Indianapolis: so many great restaurants to choose from and more opening all the time! Fancy: Bluebeard; Not Fancy: Fat Dan’s Deli; Brunch: Biscuits
Dream Vacation Destination: cooking tour of Italy
Favorite Hospital: Eskenazi Hospital; I love to hear the peoples’ stories, many of which are really inspiring and tell you who they really are.

Hometown: Charleston, West Virginia
Undergraduate University and Major: University of Pittsburgh, Bioengineering
Medical School: West Virginia University
Career Plans: Cardiology in Med, Peds, or Adult Congenital
Favorite Aspect of the IU Med/Peds Program: Variety of both experiences, hospitals, and colleagues
Global Health Track involvement: yes
If you could not be a doctor, you would be: Cartographer
Favorite place or activity in Indianapolis: Running on the Canal and biking on the Tow Path and Monon
Last place you visited: Nalerigu, Ghana

Hometown: Orange County, CA
Undergraduate University and Major: Caltech, Biology
Medical School: UCSD
Career Plans/Aspirations: combined hospitalist, or GI
Favorite Aspect of the IU Med-Peds Program: My Med-Peds fam, so many friendly faces whichever rotation I’m on, and we hang out all the time! Also I love the distinct patient populations and staff at all the different hospitals and clinics.
Global Health Track Involvement: Yes! I’m thinking about either the Honduras rotation to practice my Spanish or Kenya rotation!
Research Involvement: Yes, a small GI project for now
Last movie you saw: in theaters, Wonder Woman
Dream vacation destination: too many! Italy- a north to south tour
Last place you visited- Hawaii, Boston, NY
Favorite TV show: Friends, Scrubs, Parks and Rec
If we opened your refrigerator right now, we would find… Fruits, wine and beer
Favorite food: Home-cooked Chinese food, shrimp/lobster, brunch, tropical fruits, favorite dessert = cake!

Hometown: Bethesda, Maryland
Undergraduate University and Major: Oberlin College, Biology
Medical School: University of Maryland
Career Plans: Still working on that!
Favorite Aspect of the IU Med-/eds Program: Supportive co-residents, wonderful leadership team, great clinical teachers
Favorite movie: The Princess Bride
Dream vacation destination: South Africa
Last place you visited: Machu Picchu
Favorite TV show: Game of Thrones
If you could star in a TV show, it would be… Not Game of Thrones
If we opened your refrigerator right now, we would find… My homemade pickles
If a movie of your life was made, you would be played by… Amy Adams
Favorite karaoke song: Eye of the Tiger
Childhood nickname: Dangerjess, Captain Jessjess, or Jajie

Class of 2019 – PGY3

Hometown: Floyds Knobs, IN
Undergraduate University and Major: Indiana University Southeast- Biology
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine
Career plans: Traditional Primary Care
Favorite Aspect of the IU Med/Peds Program: The numerous centers allow you to experience many different patient populations. Each hospital has something a little different to offer. Also, Indianapolis is big enough to attract numerous, tertiary care quality cases and endless exposure to diverse pathology. At the same time, the city isn’t so big that traffic/parking/etc are ridiculous. (Not to mention it is close to family. I went to med school here, and knew several of the awesome upper level residents as well)
If you could not be a doctor, you would be… rancher
Special interests: Riding horses and spending time with family- I have 2 kids under 2
Favorite movie: Forest Gump
Last place you visited: Charleston, SC
Favorite sports team: Hoosiers!
If a movie of your life was made, you would be played by… Tom Hanks
One thing people should know about me… I’m a twin

Hometown: La Grange, IL
Undergraduate University and Major: Georgetown University, Religious Studies
Medical School: Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Career Plans: Primary Care vs Endocrine
Favorite Aspect of the IU Med/Peds Program: variety of clinical experience
Global Health Track involvement: Yes!
Last place you visited: Costa Rica
Most recent book I’ve read: Circling the Sun
Last movie you saw: Lion

Hometown: Rice Lake, Wisconsin
Undergraduate University and Major: University of Wisconsin-Madison; Major: Biology
Medical School: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Career Plans: Primary Care- hopefully both inpatient and outpatient
Favorite Aspect of the IU Med/Peds Program: I love the people! The vibe I got when interviewing was a fun group of intelligent and hardworking people and I have not been disappointed! I also really like the multiple hospitals. While it can be challenging, I think it is useful to see how different health systems work and serving different populations of patients.
Global Health Track involvement: Not in the track officially but hope to go to Kenya
Favorite restaurant in Indianapolis: Cafe Patachou is great for brunch and I do love Bazbeaux Pizza.
Last place you visited: I went to Belize for a month rotation at the end of medical school… and caught Dengue while I was there! At the end of intern year, I traveled with two other residents to Jamaica for a week vacation.
Favorite sports team: I’m a huge BADGER fan!!

Hometown: Dayton, OH
Undergraduate University and Major: Northwestern University; Linguistics and Cognitive Science
Medical School: Tulane
Career Plans: Medical Device development
Favorite Aspect of the IU Med/Peds Program: Incredible variety of patient demographics, undifferentiated patients through ED
Research involvement: Medical Device Development
If you could not be a doctor, you would be… a chef!
Favorite sports team: Geaux Saints
If you could star in a t.v. show, it would be… Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown

Hometown: Anderson, IN
Undergraduate University and Major: Anderson University; Biochemistry
Masters Degrees: MBA from Anderson University
Medical School: IU School of Medicine
Career Plans: Med/Peds primary care and/or hospital medicine
Favorite Aspect of the IU Med/Peds Program: Multi-system program with broad presence within central Indiana and beyond.
Favorite restaurant in Indianapolis: Milktooth for brunch, Vida for dinner
Dream vacation destination: Augusta National Golf Club
One thing people should know about me is: I’m married to my beautiful wife Janelle and have a soon-to-be 3 year old daughter, Grace.

Hometown: Loogootee, IN
Undergraduate University and Major: Indiana University; Neuroscience and Chemistry
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine
Career Plans: I want to do congenital cardiology. I plan to apply for pediatric cardiology in the upcoming year and then do an adult congenital heart disease fellowship after that.
Favorite Aspect of the IU Med/Peds Program: I love that the opportunities available here seem endless. I also love rotating through the different hospitals. While intimidating at first, it is certainly making me a flexible doctor and at the end of residency, I’m confident that no matter where I land, I will be prepared.
Global Health Track involvement: No, but I still get to participate in the Kenya program later this year!
Research involvement: I recently presented a poster at an international conference in San Diego and I will be presenting another in Cincinnati this year. I am also involved in a pediatric cardiology project that is both interesting and very well supported. I have had the opportunity to submit my own IRB, submit a manuscript, and present these posters. These opportunities have been a mix of the pediatric and adult sides. My favorite aspect of participating in research is the networking that comes with it.
If you could not be a doctor, you would be… a chef! But let’s just say it’s a good thing I’m a doctor.
Last place you visited: My last big adventure was going out west to Vegas, Zion, Bryce, and Salt Lake City. Life doesn’t end with residency, I went to Europe twice during intern year. Next up: Smoky Mountains and then Kenya!
First job: detasseling corn. I grew up on a farm and spent every childhood summer working in corn fields. I also showed cattle and pigs in the 4-H fair. I’m a classic Hoosier 🙂

Hometown: Ogden Dunes, Indiana
Undergraduate Major: Microbiology, Biochemistry
Medical School: Indiana University
Career Plans: Infectious Diseases
Favorite Aspect of the IU Med/Peds Program: Complete, seamless integration into Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, diversity of hospitals, excellent staff and co-residents
Global health track involvement: I sure am. I plan on making global health a part of my future practice. I also would like to be excellent at managing acute malaria and tuberculosis effectively, which Kenya and the global health track definitely help with. The recent addition of the global health half days twice a year have made it an excellent experience.
Research involvement: Yes, I am working on an observational study of the microbiome changes occurring in pediatric urology patients who are exposed to multiple courses of antibiotics.
If you could not be a doctor, you would be: Auto-mechanic or lifeguard
Dream vacation destination: The Andes
Last place you visited: Grand Canyon
Favorite sports team: Da Bears!
If we opened your refrigerator right now, we would find: beer, watermelon, frozen burritos, left over brats
Favorite hospital to rotate through and why: Eskenazi, it is a truly academic environment, the hospital genuinely needs interns, residents, and fellows, and the patient variety can’t be beat.
First job: Lake Michigan Lifeguard-The best job I’ll ever have, getting payed to be on the Lake, spending half of my time running in the dunes and playing Euchre, spending the rest of my time shooting the breeze and scanning the water … wait a minute, that sounds a lot better than residency! Maybe I should go back?

Hometown: Oak Park, IL
Undergraduate University and Major: University of Chicago; Biology and History of Medicine
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine
Career Plans: Adult Rheumatology fellowship
Favorite Aspect of the IU Med/Peds Program: co-residents
If you could not be a doctor, you would be: an elementary school art teacher
Last place you visited: whirlwind trip to Greece, Turkey, and Italy before starting residency
Childhood nickname: Nachi (long story involving how my name was supposed to be Nancy…)

Hometown: Scottsville, KY
Undergraduate University and Major: Western Kentucky University, Biology
Medical School: University of Louisville
Career Plans: Primary Care
Favorite Aspect of the IU Med/Peds Program: All the different hospitals give you a very diverse patient population and medical issues to deal with
Special interest or talent: I can play the flute and have been playing for 15 years.
Last place you visited: Savannah, GA
Favorite sports team: University of Louisville Cardinals

Hometown: Anywhere, USA
Undergraduate University and Major: Hood College, Frederick, MD, B.A. Biology
Masters University: Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA, M.S Biomedical Science
Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA
Career Plans: Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship, Adult Congenital Cardiology
Favorite Aspect of the IU Med/Peds Program: The incredible support within the program and the recognition and support from categorical programs.
Global Health Track Involvement: No, but I am still excited to be going to Kenya in the Spring!
Research Involvement: I recently completed a project with an OB resident looking at antenatal steroids and risk of sepsis in newborns, and I am working on a project looking at staged repair of Tetralogy of Fallot patients with hypoplastic Pulmonary arteries. Additionally, after completing the Ethics elective with Dr. Salih, I am working on developing an Ethics curriculum program for residents and studying the effect on moral distress.
If you could not be a doctor, you would be… a chef, I make an amazing Pasta Carbonara
Favorite place or activity in Indianapolis: riding my bike on the cultural trail, especially when I get to stop at The Best Chocolate in Town!
Last place you visited: ICELAND!

Hometown: Carmel, Indiana
Undergraduate University and Major: Indiana University, Biology
Medical School: Indiana University
Career Plans: undecided, probably a fellowship, not sure in what yet
Favorite Aspect of the IU Med/Peds Program: multiple hospitals, great people
Favorite food: sushi
Last place I visited: Los Angeles
Favorite TV show: How I Met Your Mother

Hometown: Duluth, Georgia
Undergraduate University and Major: University of Georgia; Microbiology. Finished undergrad early to work in a cancer diagnostics lab for a bit instead of obtaining a Master’s degree.
Medical School: Medical College of Georgia
Career Plans: Allergy-Immunology combined fellowship
Favorite Aspect of the IU Med/Peds Program: Largest Med-Peds program in the country (since I come from a state without a Med-Peds program). Variety of clinical experience available (ex. have never seen services dedicated to just liver or transplant patients)
Global Health Track involvement: Not officially involved in the track, but would like to do a few international months later in residency
Research involvement: Primary immunodeficiency research with Dr. Nelson
If you could not be a doctor, you would be… a veterinarian like my dad
Favorite restaurant in Indianapolis: Santorini Greek Kitchen
Dream vacation destination: Mediterranean cruise (or all of Europe if I ever had the chance).
First job: Plant nursery

Hometown: Hampton, MN (home of the world famous Greg’s Meats!)
Undergraduate University and Major: UW-Madison; Psychology B.A.
Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School
Career Plans: Hospitalist Medicine and Pediatrics. Otherwise undecided… maybe teaching.
Favorite Aspect of the Med/Peds Program: My fellow residents
Research involvement: Bedside Ultrasound in CHF with the EM dept.
Favorite restaurant in Indianapolis: HopCat. In addition to having 100 beers on tap, they serve great pub fare (CrackFries) AND they are family friendly (i.e. My partner and I can still have a nice date night with our newborn)
Dream vacation destination: Tied- Scandinavian Nordic Ski trip with my partner, or a trip to Machu Pichu with my college buds
Favorite book: His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman
If you could star in a t.v. show, it would be: Fargo

Hometown: Iowa City
Undergraduate University and Major: Washington University / Biomedical Engineering and Economics
Medical School: UCLA DGSOM/Drew Medical Education Program
Career Plans: Hospitalist
Favorite Aspect of the IU Med/Peds Program: Lots of Med-Peds residents! Also, academic center, strong pediatrics program.
Research involvement: Bioinformatics and health services research.
If you could not be a doctor, you would be…devastated. Then probably a Chef.
Favorite place or activity in Indianapolis: The cultural trail and exploring everything along it
Favorite TV Show: Firefly

Class of 2018 – PGY4

Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Undergraduate University and Major:  University of Missouri – Kansas City / Bachelor of Liberal Arts
Medical School: University of Missouri – Kansas City
Career Plans: Allergy/Immunology Fellowship
Favorite Aspect of the IU Med/Peds Program:  Large size of the program, with mentors available in every specialty.
If you could not be a doctor, you would be: Teacher
Favorite restaurant in Indianapolis: Delhi Palace
Favorite sports team: St. Louis Cardinals
If you could star in a TV show, it would be: Game of Thrones

Hometown: Peru, IN
Undergraduate University and Major: Indiana State University, Chemistry
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine – Terre Haute
Career Plans: Outpatient primary care mixed with inpatient hospital medicine
Favorite Aspect of the Program:  Large program, close to home.
If you could not be a doctor, you would be… an airplane pilot or truck driver, because I like to travel.
Special interest: MOVIES; I love to watch them and collect them.
Favorite movie: Lucky Number Slevin vs. The Count of Monte Cristo
First job: Newspaper delivery boy

Hometown: Santa Rosa, California
Undergraduate University and Major: Mechanical Engineering
Medical School: Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
Career Plans: Fellowship in Medical Informatics
Favorite Aspect of the IU Med/Peds Program: Big M big P — two great residencies in one and IU’s excellent global health program
Research Involvement:  Not research per se, but I am involved with building an Open Source electronic medical record system
Special interest or talent: flying airplanes
Last place you visited: Lake Tahoe
Favorite book: Mountains Beyond Mountains
Favorite karaoke song: Rapper’s Delight

Hometown: St. Petersburg, FL
Undergraduate University and Major: University of South Florida, Biology
Masters University: University of South Florida
Medical School: Ross University
Career Plans: Adult Pulmonary and Critical Care
Favorite Aspect of the IU Med/Peds Program: Training at five very different and unique hospitals.
Research Involvement: yes
If you could not be a doctor, you would be…a dog walker
Favorite place in Indianapolis: the canal
Last place you visited: Lake Tahoe
Most recent book you read: “When breath becomes air” by Paul Kalanithi
If a movie of your life was made, you would be played by… Minnie Mouse

Hometown: Louisville, KY
Undergraduate University and Major: Murray State University, Biology/Chemistry/Business Administration
Medical School: University of Kentucky
Career Plans: Med/Peds Hospitalist
Favorite Aspect of the IU Med/Peds Program: Strength of both categorical programs, with strong Med-Peds presence
Favorite restaurant in Indianapolis: Blue Beard
Favorite sports team: University of Kentucky Basketball
Favorite food: BBQ

Hometown: Carmel, IN
Undergraduate University and Major: Franciscan University of Steubenville; Biology
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine
Career Plans: Med-Peds Hospitalist or Pediatric Cardiology
Favorite Aspect of the IU Med/Peds Program: The diversity of the hospitals
If you could not be a doctor, you would be… a teacher or a vocalist
If you could be a Disney character, you would be…Rapunzel!
First job: Camp Counselor
Childhood nickname: Melvin

Hometown: Napoleon, OH
Undergraduate University and Major: Denison University, Spanish
Medical School: University of Toledo College of Medicine
Career Plans: Primary Care
Favorite Aspect of the IU Med/Peds Program: Eskenazi Continuity Clinic with Dr. Reed
Dream vacation destination: New Zealand
Last place you visited: Kenya through the AMPATH program followed by a roadtrip through Uganda
First job: Baking Grandma Bernicke’s Sugar Cookies in my grandpa’s grocery store
Favorite place or activity in Indianapolis: Hiking with my dog at Fort Benjamin Harrison State Park

Hometown: Goldbug, KY
Undergraduate University and Major: University of Kentucky, Agricultural Biotechnology
Masters University: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Medical School:  University of Louisville
Career Plans: Infectious Disease
Favorite Aspect of the IU Med/Peds Program: collegiality and competent humility in leadership
Special interest or talent:  Playing the fiddle
Favorite restaurant in Indianapolis:  Bluebeard
Last movie you saw:  12 years a slave
Last place you visited:  New Zealand

Hometown: Harrison, OH
Undergraduate University and Major: Miami University, Microbiology
Medical School: University of Cincinnati
Career Plans: Combined hospitalist
Favorite Aspect of the IU Med-Peds Program: The people, size, and diversity of patient populations encountered!
Favorite restaurant in Indianapolis: Milktooth for brunch and for dinner I recommend Festiva (get the ribs) or Tinker Street (always local and always fresh) or Livery (get the flank steak and a carriage margarita!)
Favorite place or activity in Indianapolis: eating, see above
Dream vacation destination: So many, the South Pacific, Greece, explore more of Africa, South America, New Zealand (currently in the works!)
Most recent book you read: Emperor of Maladies, long but totally worth the read
Favorite sports team: Bengals, this is our year (lol)

Hometown: Portland, IN
Undergraduate University and Major: Hanover College, Chemistry
Medical School: Indiana University
Career Plans: Primary care
Favorite Aspect of the IU Med/Peds Program: I like that a large size offers numerous potential friendships. Also, the city of Indianapolis continues to grow and was a major part of my decision to stay put.
Favorite restaurant in Indianapolis: Delicia
Favorite place or activity in Indianapolis: attending sporting events and concerts.  I am a huge Colts fan, so many Sundays are spent at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Last place you visited: I just got back from a 2 week trip to Montana/Wyoming. My sister got married in Bozeman and we then took some time to travel around out west.
Favorite sports team: Indianapolis Colts

Hometown: Chippewa Falls, WI
Undergraduate University and Major: University of Wisconsin-Madison. Medical Microbiology & Immunology, Biology
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
Career Plans: Hospitalist then Heme/Onc
Favorite Aspect of the IU Med/Peds Program: All the other residents!
If you could not be a doctor, you would be… A sports writer (preferably for Sports Illustrated)
Dream vacation destination: Australia/New Zealand
Favorite sports teams: Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin Badgers football and basketball, Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Blues, USA soccer
First job: Soccer referee

Hometown:  Burr Ridge, IL (Chicago suburbs)
Undergraduate University and Major:  Beloit College, Biology major
Medical School:  Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
Career Plans: Pediatric Endocrinology
Favorite Aspect of the IU Med/Peds Program:  The people (fellow residents and faculty), the quality of the hospitals, and the strength of the other residents who work in the hospital (ER, surgery, etc)
Special interest or talent: Certified scuba diver
Dream vacation destination: Sydney, Australia
Favorite sports team: Chicago Bears
Favorite t.v. show: Friends
Favorite food: Steak
First job: Working at a baseball concession stand