Current Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery Residents

Class of 2018

Why I chose cardiothoracic surgery as a career: Cardiothoracic surgery is an elegant specialty that demands technical finesse and excellence, physical and mental stamina, in association with deep understanding of complex cardiopulmonary pathophysiology. The heart is a very dynamic organ and it is a privilege to be able to operate on some of the sickest patients, having an immediate impact in their lives.

Why I chose the IU School of Medicine Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Program: The clinical volume and complexity in all three subspecialties (general thoracic, adult cardiac and congenital) is unparalleled. The emphasis on education at IUSM CT Residency Program is tremendous, providing an extraordinary opportunity to train under master surgeons committed to surgical education and academic excellence.  The simulation curriculum is robust and innovative in one of the best simulation centers for surgical education in the country.

Professional/Research Interests: Evidence-based cardiac surgery, complex reconstructive valve surgery, transcatheter mitral valve repair and replacement. I am also interested in surgical education and curriculum development for cardiothoracic surgery training.

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Tennis and swimming. I also enjoy spending time with my family and playing with my dog.

Class of 2020

Why I chose cardiothoracic surgery as a career: The surgeries are absolutely incredible, challenging and rewarding. It is a rare opportunity to positively impact the life of a patient, extend their life expectancy and improve their quality of life.

Why I chose the IU School of Medicine Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Program: The breadth of experience in all facets of cardiothoracic surgery. We have strong thoracic, cardiac, and congenital departments with expertise in all major aspects of cardiothoracic surgery.

Professional/Research Interests: I have special interest in valvular heart disease and aortic surgery.

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, playing piano and singing, and watching movies.

Class of 2021

Why I chose cardiothoracic surgery as a career: I enjoy the complexity and precision of cardiac cases as well as the collaborative, multidisciplinary environment of cardiac surgery, both in and out of the operating room. I am interested in a career in congenital cardiac surgery, a subspecialty that is both particularly challenging and highly rewarding. Cardiac surgery is still a relatively young field and continues to evolve, with new developments in minimally invasive surgery on the forefront of these changes. It is an exciting time to be a trainee in cardiothoracic surgery.

Why I chose the IU School of Medicine Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Program: I completed both my medical training and PhD work at IU School of Medicine. I have been very satisfied with the quality of training that I have received here and was thrilled to be able to stay on for technical training. Our cardiothoracic surgery residency program provides training in all areas of cardiothoracic surgery and we have excellent and heavily engaged faculty within our division, which makes this a strong clinical training program.

Professional/Research Interests: I have a PhD in physiology and plan to be involved in academic research throughout my career. My most recent project was related to studying the activity of mitochondria in a childhood disease that causes heart failure. This work was conducted under the direction of R. Mark Payne, MD, in the IUSM Herman B. Wells Center for Pediatric Research.

Personal Interests/Hobbies: I like to stay active outdoors as much as I can and find that running and cycling are great activities for this Indiana terrain. I spend most of my free time with my husband and our two children, ages 5 and 6, and they keep me busy whenever I’m home.

Class of 2022

Why I chose cardiothoracic surgery as a career: My grandfather had a quadruple bypass 35 years ago and he has celebrated his “birthday” on the date of his surgery ever since. This is what drew me to cardiothoracic surgery as a medical student and lead me to pursue it as a career.

Why I chose the IU School of Medicine Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Program: The cardiothoracic surgery program is strong in all areas of the field, offering excellent clinical training in thoracic, adult cardiac and congenital cardiac surgery.

Professional/Research Interests: Clinical research, congenital cardiac, aortic surgery, healthy policy, bioethics.

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Marathon/Ultramarathon distance running, playing guitar and reading (fiction and nonfiction).

Class of 2023

Why I chose cardiothoracic surgery as a career: Time. We are all guilty of taking it for granted. In my opinion, cardiothoracic surgeons are in the unique position to intervene and rewind the clock; giving the gift of time to people who can experience the birth of a grandson or granddaughter or the graduation of their son from medical school. The specialty has an amazing history, especially its marked development in the 20th century, and being a part of that tradition is both an honor and privilege.  In addition, the technical aspects are both challenging and invigorating.  In my experience, camaraderie amongst colleagues and devotion to patient care have never been more evident than when spending time with my surgeon mentors.  It occurred to me that a life spent learning and mastering this craft is something that I personally most revere, and it brings joy and meaning to my life.

Why I chose the IU School of Medicine Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Program: The program has many attractive components. The faculty are invaluable to the experience. Their expertise is only matched by their number, which puts the program at a distinct advantage in regards to stability.  The program also has a great relationship with General Surgery faculty, who are indeed a large part of the early training for those integrated residents.  In addition, the program also maintains its traditional fellowship, which provides an interesting, diverse mix in experience among the residents owing to a melting pot of ideas and backgrounds.  This only enriches the experience of the trainee.  Indianapolis in and of itself is a great city; affordable, commuter friendly, and the people are reminiscent of a Southern hospitality in which I was raised.

Professional/Research Interests: Geared towards cardiac.  However, I remain a blank canvas as to what in particular I will dive into during my research years and what I pursue in the future.

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Avid runner, hunting, fishing, and hiking.  When not at the hospital, you might find me with a group of friends on Mass Avenue, a popular street in the city with great restaurants and pubs, or at the canal or the Monon Trail.  Religious studies has also been a huge passion of mine; lectures from Jordan Pederson, PhD, University of Toronto, have been some of my best past times.  Also I’m a huge stand-up comedy fan; Joe Rogan, Louis CK, Tom Segura, Ron White, and Bert Kriescher are some of my favorites…to name a few.