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Current Residents in General Surgery

Class of 2018

Why I chose general surgery as a career: General surgery encompasses a broad range of pathology and I appreciate the immediate gratification of watching patients recover quickly after an operation.

Why I chose the IU School of Medicine General Surgery Residency Program: As residents, we go to several different hospitals and therefore treat patients of varying socioeconomic status. IU is the only tertiary referral center in Indiana so we treat complex patients. We also get good exposure to trauma and critical care.

Professional/Research Interests: I will apply for a fellowship in pediatric surgery. I did three years of research in cancer immunotherapy at the National Cancer Institute and hope to do clinical research in the future.

Personal Interests/Hobbies: I enjoy hiking and backpacking, cooking and listening to bluegrass music.

Why I chose general surgery as a career: I found the science and practice of surgery most intriguing and rewarding.

Why I chose the IU School of Medicine General Surgery Residency Program: Robust surgical volume with high complexity; excellent teachers/mentors; camaraderie within program

Professional/Research Interests: Surgical oncology, cancer care delivery research, patient reported outcomes, enhanced recovery

Personal Interests/Hobbies: USA Weightlifting national coach, weightlifting (national competitor)

Why I chose general surgery as a career: My grandfather was a pediatric surgeon in India and he took me into the OR at a very young age, and I fell in love. I never considered anything else except surgery since the age of 10.

Why I chose the IU School of Medicine General Surgery Residency Program: This is one of the finest and largest general surgical residencies in the U.S. The exposure we get in transplant, HPB, pediatric surgery, trauma, and thoracic surgery is some of the best in the nation.

Professional/Research Interests: Cardiothoracic surgery, thoracic oncology, outcomes research, measuring metrics of academic productivity, writing

Personal Interests/Hobbies: I love music – playing and listening; enjoy appreciating fine art, camping and being outdoorsman with my wife, and documentary-style cinema

Class of 2019

Why I chose general surgery as a career: I had a hard time deciding between general and a surgical subspecialty. I ended up choosing general surgery because I did not want to limit my knowledge and skill to a single organ system of the body. I wanted to learn and do it all.

Why I chose the IU School of Medicine General Surgery Residency Program: This program is massive university program, and that is a great strength. We are exposed to all patient populations at a very high level of care.

Professional/Research Interests: Surgical critical care, trauma and emergency general surgery, ECMO

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Playing with my kids and I also enjoy cooking

Why I chose general surgery as a career: I love human anatomy, working with my hands, and the fast pace of balancing OR and floor duties.

Why I chose the IU School of Medicine General Surgery Residency Program: Diversity of surgical experiences associated with rotating through so many different hospitals (VA, university, county, community, pseudo-private).

Professional/Research Interests: Pancreas: specifically pre-cancerous pancreatic lesions, pancreatitis; Minimally invasive surgical technique

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Running, gardening, cooking, singing

Why I chose general surgery as a career: I love operating. I found that surgeons formed incredibly tight relationships with their patients and took a great deal of ownership over their patients compared with other specialties (still find this to be true). I liked practicing in every possible setting (OR, ward, ICU, clinic, ED). I liked actually fixing problems. Surgery is basically the best.

Why I chose the IU School of Medicine General Surgery Residency Program: Too many reasons to count… One of the biggest reasons was that residents from this program went on after graduation to practice in every setting imaginable (general surgery in rural areas or overseas; surgical oncology at the top programs in the country (MD Anderson, Memorial Sloan Kettering, UPMC); pediatric surgery at the top programs in the country (Boston Children’s, Vanderbilt, here); and we have matched someone in the last five years to just about every fellowship imaginable). That told me that no matter what I wanted to do, I would be well prepared to do it (whether that meant practicing in the community right after residency or climbing the academic ladder). It’s awesome practicing in every imaginable setting (we rotate through everything from high powered academic cancer centers to a VA to a county hospital to community hospitals). And, it’s a Midwestern program with friendly residents and faculty who I “clicked” with.

Professional/Research Interests: I did two years of research in between the PGY2 and three years and got a master’s degree in biostatistics. My research interest are predominantly in using large databases to answer clinically meaningful questions. I am planning on becoming a colorectal surgeon.

Personal Interests/Hobbies: I am married and have two kids, so the bulk of my out of hospital time are spent hanging out with them. I can tell you a lot about the park scene, zoo scene, and children’s museum (best in the country). I like doing home DIY projects. I also really enjoy playing volleyball.

Why I chose general surgery as a career: I love the complexity of surgical disease and the ability to work with my hands to have a direct impact on patient’s lives.

Why I chose the IU School of Medicine General Surgery Residency Program: It has been a perfect fit. Throughout the five years we work at an academic hospital, a county hospital, some private hospitals, a pediatric hospital and a VA hospital. With this variety of care we are exposed to an array of complex surgical disease. Throughout all of these experiences I have been able to take care of a variety of patients and gain both valuable knowledge and experience. Additionally, I have had the opportunity to take two years off of clinical duties to pursue research. This has allowed me to obtain a Master’s in Translational Science and gain skills necessary to provide the framework for my future as an academic surgeon-scientist.

Professional/Research Interests: Pediatric surgery, intestinal ischemia, necrotizing enterocolitis, surgical education

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Traveling

Why I chose general surgery as a career: I have always liked using my hands to fix things. With general surgery, I get to do that on a wide variety of different organ systems.

Why I chose the IU School of Medicine General Surgery Residency Program: IU has everything. We have exposure to every subspecialty in every type of clinical setting.

Professional/Research Interests: Surgical oncology/cachexia, wasting and frailty

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Professional sports (Chicago everything fan), golf, hunting, fishing, and lifting. I also like to do my own home improvement projects and travel when possible.

Why I chose general surgery as a career: I chose general surgery because it allows me to be the complete physician. I can do everything an internal medicine physician can do, but I can also operate. I can cure the most cancer, relieve the most suffering, and have the most immediate impact on patients’ lives.

Why I chose the IU School of Medicine General Surgery Residency Program: The IU Surgery program has no weaknesses. From our truly exceptional clinical training to our research, we are one of the strongest surgical programs in the country. We are fortunate to have a very supportive faculty and a chairman who is invested heavily in our education as surgeons and leaders. Our graduates have their choice of fellowships, but are also well-prepared for general surgical practice. Also, the group of residents here are second-to-none; we have developed a family-type work environment and look out for one another.

Professional/Research Interests: Fellowship in pediatric general/thoracic surgery at Riley Hospital for Children. Research interests include tumor immunology/immunotherapy and pediatric oncology.

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Spending time with my family, pickup basketball, electric guitar, Brooklyn Summer Ale, playing billiards at questionable establishments.

Why I chose general surgery as a career: The aspect of surgery I like most is the ability to fix disease processes quickly and definitively.

Why I chose the IU School of Medicine General Surgery Residency Program: IU School of Medicine provides broad exposure, a collegial environment, and is close to home.

Professional/Research Interests: I plan to pursue surgical oncology. My research interests include liver and pancreas cancers and cachexia.

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Music, travel and gastronomy.

Why I chose general surgery as a career: I enjoy the operating room. I find the disease processes that we treat very interesting. I also like the challenge of constantly improving my skill set, technical abilities and medical knowledge.

Why I chose the IU School of Medicine General Surgery Residency Program: This program provides top notch surgical training across a wide variety of clinical settings and specialties. The training we receive here prepares us to excel as general surgeons or pursue any competitive fellowship.

Professional/Research Interests: Career in general surgery with an interest in surgical education

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Family, travel and sports

Why I chose general surgery as a career: I love the breadth of the field. You can function as a physician as well as a technician, and you can physically grapple with disease. It’s an incredible adrenaline rush.

Why I chose the IU School of Medicine General Surgery Residency Program: It’s a large program with a variety of experiences but a tight-knit communal, family feel.

Professional/Research Interests: Undecided

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Sports, travel, Texas, Taco Bell and slushies

Why I chose general surgery as a career: General Surgery is truly complete. A surgeon needs to have a very broad and solid knowledge base, can do what is precluded to non-surgical specialties and leads patient care. I wanted to pursue an intense and rewarding profession.

Why I chose the IU School of Medicine General Surgery Residency Program: Our department and our residency program are both very strong in each and every surgical specialty. Very high clinical volumes and an excellent teaching mindset. Residents are well trained and confident by the time they graduate.

Professional/Research Interests: I wish to become a cardiac surgeon and I will continue my training with a Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI.

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Mathematics, literature, cinema, soccer and outdoor activities.

Why I chose general surgery as a career: I picked the lifestyle of general surgery: Operating, constantly improving my skills, and giving my patients the opportunity for a better life.

Why I chose the IU School of Medicine General Surgery Residency Program: IU School of Medicine has the best surgery residency. It provides you with all the tools needed to take care of complicated patients. Residents rotate at multiple hospitals and in both a public and private setting.

Professional/Research Interests: Colorectal surgery

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Photography

Why I chose general surgery as a career: Patient care

Why I chose the IU School of Medicine General Surgery Residency Program: Large and busy program, breadth and depth of cases, large group of attendings allowing me to learn different ways of performing the same procedure. I wanted to see everything and know how to take care of complicated patients by the time I am done with training.

Professional/Research Interests: Cardiothoracic Surgery

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Playing music, reading, swimming, eating, traveling

Class of 2020

Why I chose general surgery as a career: I always wanted to have an impactful career where I can both help others and challenge myself on a daily basis.

Why I chose the IU School of Medicine General Surgery Residency Program: It’s a high volume academic program with broad exposure to surgical subspecialties.

Professional/Research Interests: Interest in CV surgery. During my training, I have been part of a team that travels yearly to the Middle East and performs complex cardiac surgery on refugees. I would like to pursue this interest in global health and contribute to the advancement of medicine in underserved countries.

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Traveling the world, cooking, art, music, basketball, European football.

Why I chose general surgery as a career: What I like about general surgery is that you have the procedural aspect of things, but you still get to spend time with patients on the floor and in clinic. I like the instant gratification of being able to fix someone’s problem.

Why I chose the IU School of Medicine General Surgery Residency Program: I was a medical student at IUSM and spent a great deal of time with the residents. I love the people here. I also had an interest in trauma and we see quite a bit here.

Professional/Research Interests: Surgical nutrition, trauma and critical care, general surgery

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Spending time with my family and my dog, running, rock climbing, hanging out by my pool

Why I chose general surgery as a career: I chose general surgery as a career, because first and foremost I wanted to do something that helps others. I saw general surgery as the complete doctor being able to medically manage almost anything (usually the sickest patients in the hospital), operating on almost all parts of the body, and constantly being challenged.

Why I chose the IU School of Medicine General Surgery Residency Program: I chose IU for general surgery residency for many reasons, two of the biggest being the residents and the opportunities. First, I think the camaraderie between the residents is what makes this program great. Everyone is willing to help out and genuinely cares for each other. Second, IU gave me the opportunity to choose whatever I wanted for my future career whether it be community general surgery or a top fellowship in my specialty of choice.

Professional/Research Interests: I plan on pursing general surgery in the community after residency.

Personal Interests/Hobbies: I have many hobbies including golfing, working out, or just going out with friends.

Why I chose general surgery as a career: I love being able to do something active to fix patients’ problems.

Why I chose the IU School of Medicine General Surgery Residency Program: IU School of Medicine’s program gives you the best of all worlds – university practice, VA, county hospital, and more private practice environments. It really is a great place to learn to be an all-around general surgeon.

Professional/Research Interests: Pediatric surgery, research in pathogenesis and treatment of necrotizing enterocolitis

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Dog-friendly activities around Indy, going out to dinner, hiking and visiting local parks

Why I chose general surgery as a career: General surgery has a vast array of pathology and its training provides a skill set to improve the quality of life of our patients.

Why I chose the IU School of Medicine General Surgery Residency Program: The General Surgery Residency Program at IUSM offers a wide variety of hospitals with different clinical experiences allowing for great preparation for fellowship or general surgery practice.

Professional/Research Interests: Community general surgery

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Cooking and trying off-the-beating-path restaurants; hiking/backpacking

Why I chose general surgery as a career: I wanted to help people by fixing tangible problems.

Why I chose the IU School of Medicine General Surgery Residency Program: There is a great depth of experience here, which I felt would prepare me for any fellowship I was interested in or prepare me for community general surgery positions.

Professional/Research Interests: I’m planning to pursue community general surgery

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Baking, hiking and classical music

Why I chose general surgery as a career: I love to operate!

Why I chose the IU School of Medicine General Surgery Residency Program: Getting the opportunity to rotate at seven different hospitals with a variety of patients and surgical specialties, makes the experience at IU School of Medicine a special one.

Professional/Research Interests: Minimally invasive/bariatric surgery

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Going to concerts, football games and basketball games

Why I chose general surgery as a career: As an MS3, I found general surgery fascinating. I enjoyed being in the OR and while there, time seemed to fly past. The ability to treat a patient within a matter of hours is a unique aspect of being a surgeon and drew me to pursue the field.

Why I chose the IU School of Medicine General Surgery Residency Program: The IU School of Medicine General Surgery program offered a wide range of surgical practice. As one of the largest tertiary hospitals in the state, the program offered varying levels of complex cases.

Professional/Research Interests: General surgery with an emphasis in MIS

Personal Interests/Hobbies: I enjoy spending time with my wife and children

Class of 2021

Why I chose general surgery as a career: I think general surgery allows you the broadest skillset as a doctor. I wanted the skills to be able to take care of a diverse range of patients and conditions. I wanted to be able to feel comfortable taking care of the most severely acute ill or injured patients.

Why I chose the IU School of Medicine General Surgery Residency Program: We have a robust global surgery program as well as the ability to train in diverse public, private, pediatric, and VA hospital settings. You will get a solid clinical and surgical foundation that will prepare you for practice and/or fellowship.

Professional/Research Interests: Global health, pediatric surgery

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Cooking, biking, college football, live music

Why I chose general surgery as a career: Taking care of people is an extremely rewarding experience. Being involved with their care in the clinic, in OR, and post-operatively on the ward is an experience unique to surgery.

Why I chose the IU School of Medicine General Surgery Residency Program: Aside from the excellent training opportunity, the residents all get along very well with each other and are great personalities and excellent doctors. Our program has a cordial professional relationship between residents and staff and the surgeons are incredible at teaching.

Professional/Research Interests: Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgery, Severe Acute, Pancreatitis/Necrotizing Pancreatitis, Pancreatic Cancer

Personal Interests/Hobbies: All Michigan State Spartan sports, Detroit sports, beer and breweries

Why I chose general surgery as a career: The real question is, why wouldn’t I choose general surgery as a career? There is something so unique about surgery that it is almost indescribable. As a surgeon you improve and even save the lives of patient’s every single day. There is no other job in the world that impacts people like surgery does.

Why I chose the IU School of Medicine General Surgery Residency Program: The volume and variety of surgical cases at Indiana University allows one to become a well-rounded surgeon and ultimately prepares residents for their first general surgery job or fellowship as well as any training program in the country.

Professional/Research Interests: My research interest is focused on the role of inflammation in postoperative atrial fibrillation after cardiac surgery.

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Flying airplanes

Why I chose general surgery as a career: I like surgery, and I don’t mind the hours.

Why I chose the IU School of Medicine General Surgery Residency Program: The scope of IU’s large program was a draw for me. Residents experience the near total breadth of surgical pathology; residents learn to function in a mix of public and private, urban and rural, and economically diverse hospital systems; and residents are afforded opportunities and institutional resources to pursue many service, research, or career interests. Since matching here, I have also come to appreciate and personally benefit from IU’s presence locally, nationally, and globally.

Professional/Research Interests: I am the current Surgical Education Research fellow at IU, and I am completing a Master’s in Health Professions Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Within surgical education at IU, there are ongoing research opportunities in simulation, curriculum development, feedback and assessment, and mental skills training. In addition to serving on curriculum and evaluation committees, I have had the privilege to represent my co-residents as Resident Councilor to the Indiana Chapter of the American College of Surgeons. Through ACS, IU residents have opportunities to advocate for our patients and for real health policy reforms at the state and federal levels.

Personal Interests/Hobbies: I am married. My wife and I have three doggos and no kiddos. We are renovating our 100 year old house. I used to fly-fish a lot more often. I have visited every US state except North Dakota. I can rip a disc 70+ yards. I enjoy owning staff in the annual resident-faculty softball game. True to my southern roots, I can play the guitar and a little banjo… though not near as much since residency started. I speak Spanish and am currently trying to learn some passable Mandarin.

Why I chose general surgery as a career: Comprehensive skill set that makes the general surgeon the most skilled and capable doctor in the hospital.

Why I chose the IU School of Medicine General Surgery Residency Program: Excellent surgeons, a variety of clinical venues and exposure to all aspects of general surgical practice.

Professional/Research Interests: Community general surgery

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Biking, working on the house, barbecues, camping, hiking and sports

Why I chose general surgery as a career: In addition to the technical aspects, I enjoy the well-roundedness of general surgery which allows us to take care of patients in every setting – from the clinic to the ICU to the OR.

Why I chose the IU School of Medicine General Surgery Residency Program: The program offers a diverse experience with time at various hospitals in the Indianapolis area while also being located in an easy to live in city.

Professional/Research Interests: Biostatistics Outcomes research in vascular and trauma surgery

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Baking

Why I chose general surgery as a career: As a medical student on my surgery rotation, I was excited driving to the hospital in the morning to see how “my” patients were doing after I had scrubbed into their surgery. It is difficult as a student to feel like part of the team, or like you are actually participating in the care of a patient; but on my surgery rotation, for the first time I felt in some way personally responsible. As a surgeon, you get to deal with complicated medical problems in the ICU and wards, while constantly striving to perfect your technical skills in the OR. You have the opportunity to physically impact someone’s life in way that relatively few can offer, and to provide some hope when individuals are incredibly vulnerable. General surgery is hands-down the best job (at least for me.)

Why I chose the IU School of Medicine General Surgery Residency Program: Everyone talks about culture in the workplace, and I think ours is a major strength of the program. General surgery residency can be hard: you are mentally and physically challenged on a regular basis. But there’s an unspoken general sense of “we’re in this together” among the residents that gets us all through. In the end, our chief residents graduate as confident, skilled, successful surgeons. Our attending surgeons are at the top of their field. They provide a unique mix of personalities, skill sets, and teaching styles that is unmatched. From one you may get minute-by-minute feedback and critique, and others near complete autonomy. I think you need both to grow into an independent surgeon, and you will get the whole spectrum in this program.

Professional/Research Interests: My professional interests include colorectal surgery, HPB surgery, vascular surgery and general surgery. I’m currently doing research with Dr. Schmidt with a focus on IPMN and early detection of aggressive lesions, and also collaborating with the HPB section on several clinical outcomes projects.

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Running, home-improvement projects, trying new restaurants around the city, visiting family, exploring national parks/beautiful places on vacation (most recently went to Zion National Park and hiked Angels Landing)

Why I chose general surgery as a career: General Surgery provides a union of clinical intensity and patient advocacy, in the midst of honing and mastering a beautiful craft.

Why I chose the IU School of Medicine General Surgery Residency Program: When I came to IU, I saw passionate surgeons who were devoted to teaching. Having a dedicated PhD faculty member who is focused on surgical clinical education, a chairman who is committed to developing and advancing the field of surgical education, and multiple faculty members who have been recruited from across the country to help make the residents at IU better surgeons really is unmatched at any other program I visited. As a resident at IU, I feel that the program is dedicated to cultivating a legacy of excellence. To feel supported and valued, even this early in my training, is a privilege I do not take lightly.

Professional/Research Interests: In the past I obtained my MS degree in an HIV immunology lab. In medical school, I focused on research in ethics and global health. Currently, I am studying immunology and pancreatic cancer immune pathways as well as clinical/pathologic variables of GI malignancies. I plan to pursue surgical oncology professionally.

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Prior to medical school I danced contemporary ballet professionally. Since residency, I have transitioned to other aspects of my physical wellness, including Crossfit and learning how to cook.

Class of 2022

Why I chose general surgery as a career: In general surgery, we learn to operate head-to-toe and treat a spectrum of diseases. I enjoy the team dynamic and artistic principles while operating.

Why I chose the IU School of Medicine General Surgery Residency Program: IU is a busy academic program with high volumes. We rotate through multiple hospitals with different patient populations and work environments, which leads to versatile, well-trained surgeons when we finish.

Professional/Research Interests: Transplant translational research, global surgery, narrative medicine

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Hiking, travel, finding new hole-in-the-wall places to eat

Why I chose general surgery as a career: I tried to talk myself out of general surgery. However, when it came time to pick sub-internships, three surgery sub-I’s were more appealing than any single sub-I in a different specialty.

Why I chose the IU School of Medicine General Surgery Residency Program: Variety of hospital experiences, convenience and size of Indianapolis, and the gut feeling when interacting with the people in the program during the dinner and interview process.

Professional/Research Interests: Previous research has primarily included use of solid state NMR and direct positron imaging to investigate soybean metabolism (gap year before medical school) and Sarcopenia as a risk factor in surgical patients (medical school). Future research to include pediatric intestinal disorders including nectrotizing enterocolitis, radiation enteritis, and inflammatory bowel disease (two research years planned). My professional goals are malleable, though I’m trying to keep general surgery my main focus.

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Cooking when I’m not on a particularly busy rotation; jogging (yes, a half marathon IS possible intern year); sci-fi and historical fiction (Dr. Who is my recent addiction). Goals over the next five years: pick back up saxophone and tennis.

Why I chose general surgery as a career: I like to fix problems to help people. General surgery gives you the opportunity to do this by using technical skills and critical thinking.

Why I chose the IU School of Medicine General Surgery Residency Program: This program seemed invested in resident education and the residents are truly a family. It was important for me to pick a program that I felt I would have support from both faculty and co-residents.

Professional/Research Interests: I plan to go into a research lab focused on surgical oncology. I am still undecided what fellowship I would like to pursue, but believe I will choose to specialize after general surgery residency.

Personal Interests/Hobbies: My dogs Stella and Ozzie, working out and doing anything active, cooking and spending time with family

Why I chose general surgery as a career: General surgery offered a mix of clinic, procedures, and taking care of critically ill patients.

Why I chose the IU School of Medicine General Surgery Residency Program: The people – at the pre-interview dinner, I got a sense of how close and hard working the residents were. It really seemed like a family. IU also offered a balance of the complexity of care in a university program, with the breadth of cases and volume of a community hospital.

Professional/Research Interests: Pediatric surgery

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Hanging out with my seven-month-old retriever, Enzo.

Why I chose general surgery as a career: I did not plan to become a surgeon at the start of medical school, however, I’m very glad I kept an open mind about it as I found my surgical rotation to be the most exciting part of my medical school experience. I was fascinated with how complex anatomy factored into a surgeon’s clinical decision making. I found a lot of satisfaction in directly impacting patient care from an operative standpoint, and I loved the team atmosphere of the OR. Ultimately, I chose general surgery after witnessing the strength of the surgeon-patient relationship and seeing the unique privilege surgeons are given in the form of trust from their patients.

Why I chose the IU School of Medicine General Surgery Residency Program: I chose IU School of Medicine because I knew that I would receive outstanding surgical training and it was the place that made me feel the most at home. I am lucky to have wonderful colleagues that I look forward to working with each day. Additionally, the strength of the surgical education department means that there is a significant focus on resident education. The variety of practice environments and exposure to different hospitals and systems provides a great framework for developing future professional goals.

Professional/Research Interests: I am planning on spending time in the lab conducting research with the Surgical Education research team as well as pursing a Master’s in Health Professions Education. I am still trying to narrow my clinical interests at this time, but plan on incorporating clinical projects into my research time as well.

Personal Interests/Hobbies: I love to travel, especially to Europe, and have lived in both Scotland and Austria. I also love to sing; I’ve sung in various choral groups as well as performed in several musicals, and I always enjoy going to a good play or concert. My favorite thing to do in Indy is explore new restaurants with friends. Coming from Wisconsin, I’m a proud Cheesehead and Badger.

Why I chose general surgery as a career: I love to work with my hands, I love fixing things. Specifically, I was drawn by the allure of trauma surgery and the opportunity to intervene on someone’s behalf when they have been critically injured.

Why I chose the IU School of Medicine General Surgery Residency Program: I have a number of long-time mentors here and knew it would not be easy to find that kind of support elsewhere.

Professional/Research Interests: Early trauma intervention – novel management techniques to prevent the typical long-term sequelae of certain injuries

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Biking, building, remodeling, other stuff…

Why I chose general surgery as a career: I like to operate, and to figure things out by dissecting and seeing with my hands.

Why I chose the IU School of Medicine General Surgery Residency Program: Having done transplantation surgery at IU and getting to know the residents, the faculty and program, it was a natural choice

Professional/Research Interests: Organ transplantation

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Basketball, music, crosswords and hiking

Why I chose general surgery as a career: Practicing general surgery feels closest to what I always imagined being a doctor ought to feel like.

Why I chose the IU School of Medicine General Surgery Residency Program: I’m fond of the people and impressed with their work.

Professional/Research Interests: Liver and pancreas surgery, abdominal transplantation

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Books and music

Why I chose general surgery as a career: When my career in comedy did not turn out how I originally planned, I realized I needed an easier and less stressful career path. General surgery seemed the logical choice.

Why I chose the IU School of Medicine General Surgery Residency Program: I don’t know if I can say why you should choose IU, but I can tell you why I chose IU. Quite simply, I trust in their training. As a child and young adult I was a patient here and the surgeons saved my life. When I decided to make the move to a career in medicine, there was not another program I wanted to train at more.

Professional/Research Interests: Colorectal and general surgery

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Running, cooking, weekends off, climbing, biking, sleeping, traveling, reading, hanging out with friends and family…all the normal stuff. Something a little more specific to me is if I pass a used book store, I will always go in to look for any Kurt Vonnegut novel I do not already own.

Class of 2023

Why I chose general surgery as a career: I just couldn’t see myself being happy doing anything else on a daily basis.

Why I chose the IU School of Medicine General Surgery Residency Program: IU’s General Surgery Program has everything you could want in a residency program. The exposure to different types of hospital practice settings (county hospital, VA, Academic Medical Center, Children’s Hospital) definitely set it apart, but there are so many other opportunities at this program that I didn’t see in other programs. Specifically, incorporating a Master’s Degree program into the two years of dedicated research time (if you choose to take this time), as well as the opportunity to do an elective rotation abroad, through the partnership with the hospital in Kenya, during your clinical years, make this program unique.  Though there are many other reasons I wanted to train at IU, these are the specific ones that stand out in my mind based on my interests and what I was looking for in a program.

Professional/Research Interests: Professional interest is in thoracic surgery and surgical oncology. My research interest is in the role of palliative care in surgical oncology patients

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Photography, craft beer, basketball, boxing, running, yoga, traveling to new cities with friends and family

Why I chose general surgery as a career: Probably the usual reasons, if there is a problem I like to go in and fix it myself.

Why I chose the IU School of Medicine General Surgery Residency Program: Primarily the people. I just get along with everyone easily.

Professional/Research Interests: Probably trauma, peds, plastics, vascular or thoracic. I really have it narrowed down.

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Basketball mostly, playing or watching.

Why I chose general surgery as a career: Being in the OR and operating is the most intense, gratifying, and beautiful experiences I have ever had. It is without a doubt the only thing I could have imagining myself doing.

Why I chose the IU School of Medicine General Surgery Residency Program: IU School of Medicine has a versatile program that I felt would provide me excellent surgical training and opportunities for fellowship. There is also a dedication to surgical education and investment in their residents that I did not experience from other programs. Now, as a resident, I can say without reservation that I made the right choice. The faculty and other residents have made me feel as part of the family. We succeed, fail, and learn together on a path toward excellence and academic achievement.

Professional/Research Interests: Pediatric surgery

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Salsa dancing and cooking

Why I chose general surgery as a career: I chose general surgery because I think it’s a career that allows you to have a huge and meaningful impact on patients’ lives. I chose it over other surgical subspecialties because I really like the heavy medicine focus and dealing with sick patients. I think it allows you to have a much more meaningful encounter with a patient than some of the more elective surgical subspecialties.

Why I chose the IU School of Medicine General Surgery Residency Program: I chose Indiana for two major reasons. First, I want to go into pediatric surgery and IU has a great match rate at top programs, something I never knew before my interview day. That was something non-negotiable for me when looking at programs. The second was location. I’m from the Midwest and most of my family is still in the Midwest. The road to peds is long with a required seven year residency to match and I felt I would be happiest going through a tough program with family around for support.

Professional/Research Interests: Pediatric Surgery. I’m interested in health services research, mostly based on my strong interest in caring for underserved populations and finding better ways to deliver high quality care.

Personal Interests/Hobbies: I absolutely LOVE Latin dancing. I used to participate in performance teams and did some choreography in undergrad and med school. Haven’t found a dance studio in Indy yet, but hopefully soon!

Why I chose general surgery as a career: I spent the first few years of my life living in rural Africa, where health care providers were local herbalists and self-trained “surgeons.” Growing up, I began to appreciate the impact these men and women have on the community; however, it was during the several weeks of informational overload and long hours in the OR in medical school that I finally realized my dreams. I wanted to use my physical skills to operate and my mental capacities to make quick decisions that could ultimately save lives. I loved the operating room. I found the general surgery cases riveting, and I couldn’t see myself in any other specialty. More than the operations themselves, I was impressed with the breadth of understanding and commitment required of surgeons.

Why I chose the IU School of Medicine General Surgery Residency Program: I wanted to train in a surgical program that preeminently provides a comprehensive clinical and a rich academic experience for its residents. Indiana University School of Medicine’s nationally ranked surgery program has a high-quality faculty with impressive resumes and many research funded programs that are available for residents during the academic development years. One of the main reasons why I chose this program is the Global Health opportunity program through its partnership with Moi University in Kenya. I was excited by the opportunity to participate in this global surgery experience in my residency training.

Professional/Research Interests: My professional interests are varied and lie primarily in two domains. First, I have always been interested in translational research in cancer biology and molecular pathology and I look forward to developing this throughout the course of my surgical career. My other passion lies in Global Health. One of the main reasons I chose a career in surgery is to have the ability to directly alleviate the suffering of people who would otherwise not be served. I envision myself specializing in endocrine surgery, dividing my time between practice in the US and leading surgical mission trips abroad to provide effective healthcare and patient education to those less fortunate.

Personal Interests/Hobbies: On my weekend off, I like to have friends over to watch European soccer leagues. I like to try out different restaurants in downtown; I enjoy playing soccer, attending church service, working out, cooking, and taking road trips, especially to Chicago. I enjoy live jazz music and comedy shows. And I finally decided to take swimming lessons!

Why I chose general surgery as a career: General surgery gives the surgeon the opportunity to practice across an incredibly wide range of demographics and pathologies, from the very sick to the relatively healthy. Moreover, new techniques and technologies are constantly being developed that will only add to the number of patients who can be successfully treated with surgical intervention, which makes the general surgery a compelling career now and well into the foreseeable future.

Why I chose the IU School of Medicine General Surgery Residency Program: Firstly, the people; from the administration to the faculty to my now-co-residents, the atmosphere is always collegial, motivating, and fun. Additionally, the acuity of patients and the breadth of experiences make for a great training experience.

Professional/Research Interests: Pediatric surgery, particularly in the area of pediatric transplant and neonatal pathologies.

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Cupcake baking, football watching, and triathlon training.

Why I chose general surgery as a career: Surgery was one of the few specialties where the doctor truly owns every aspect of his patient’s care. We manage their medical problems or the floor and in clinic, and we operate when necessary.

Why I chose the IU School of Medicine General Surgery Residency Program: The residents here are an amazing group. There is a sense of “we’re in this together” that I didn’t find at any other program.

Professional/Research Interests: Colon and rectal

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Basketball, golf, movies, restaurants and breweries

Why I chose general surgery as a career: Beyond the initial appeal of balancing science with artistic work on the human body – from the satisfaction of resecting a tumor to the emotional connection one can have with an incurable cancer patient and their family – general surgery has helped me to grow as a physician and as a human being. Surgical patients inspire me every day and I could never think of a better way to dedicate my life helping them.

Why I chose the IU School of Medicine General Surgery Residency Program: IUSM’s General Surgery program brings everything a resident is looking for. All the various surgical sub-specialties are well represented. I have a particular interest for hepatopancreatobiliary surgery. Indiana University has one of the largest volume HPB programs in the country. They also have one of the top gastroenterologists and endoscopists in the world, which allows for optimal multidisciplinary management of patients. Indiana University Surgery Residency Program involves residents in research, whether it is clinical trials, outcomes research or basic science projects. I have been fortunate to spend several years doing research at IU which helped me have a more critical approach to my surgical readings. For residents, it also helps supporting clinical practice with evidence-based decision making and solid scientific foundation.

Professional/Research Interests: Hepatopancreatobiliary surgery. My research interests include pancreatic cancer, pancreatic cysts and pancreatitis

Personal Interests/Hobbies: I have a passion for sports. I am closely following basketball and football. I enjoy playing softball in the summer and paddle boarding on lakes or in the ocean. I enjoy baking, especially during the holiday season; sugar cookies, pumpkin pies. I love hiking and enjoying the outdoors with my friends and my dog.

Why I chose general surgery as a career: I enjoy the fast paced nature and quick satisfaction of surgical interventions. Not only are general surgeons capable of managing patients surgically but we are required to manage the whole patient. It’s the complete package.

Why I chose the IU School of Medicine General Surgery Residency Program: IU School of Medicine has it all. All within a couple miles we have a private hospital, VA, children’s hospital, and a county and university hospital. Additionally, it is the only major academic center in the state so you care for the sickest of patients. It presents the best opportunity to learn as a resident.

Professional/Research Interests: HPB patient outcomes, minimally invasive surgery

Personal Interests/Hobbies: I love to watch and play soccer. On weekends when I am not working, you can find me with a pint and in front of my TV watching the EPL or at the pub in my Manchester United jersey. Most of my free time is spent managing my fantasy soccer, basketball and football teams. I love to exercise, especially with my German shepherd/black lab puppy. I also have a huge fluffy cat which I am convinced is part dog.