Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Surgery

Meet Our Current Residents

PGY 5 Residents

Cori Cason, MD
Medical School: Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science
Graduate School: Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science
Undergraduate School: Berry College
Clinical Interest: General Surgery
Lab Mentor & Research: Karen Ho, MD - Gut microbiome & vascular disease
Home Town: Rome, GA
Hobbies: Photography, hiking, travel & reading
Stephen Chiu, MD
Medical School: University of Arizona College of Medicine
Undergraduate School: University of California, Berkeley
Clinical Interest: Thoracic Surgery & Thoracic Transplantation
Research Interest: Lung Immunology
Lab Mentor & Research: Ankit Bharat, MD - Pathogenesis of primary graft dysfunction after lung transplantation
Home Town: Glendale, AZ
Hobbies: Gym, tennis, cooking & hiking
Kelsey Ensor, MD
Medical School: New York University
Undergraduate School: New York University
Clinical Interest: Trauma
Research Interest: Outcomes research with administrative databases
Lab Mentor & Research: Daniela Ladner, MD - transplant, specifically kidney transplant quality of life outcomes
Home Town: Plymouth, MI
Hobbies: Movies, kickboxing/calisthenics, eating out & dog shopping on Instagram
Anne Hardy-Henry, MD
Medical School: Howard University College of Medicine
Undergraduate School: University of Toronto
Clinical Interest: MIS/Bariatric Surgery
Home Town: Kingston, Jamaica
Hobbies: Photography, traveling, concerts & cooking/eating
Ben Schwab, MD
Medical School: SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Graduate School: Palmer College of Chiropractic - West
Undergraduate School: University of North Dakota
Clinical Interest: Minimally Invasive Surgery
Research Interest: Surgical simulation & medical education
Lab Mentor & Research: Eric Hungness, MD - Surgical simulation, clinical outcomes of LCBDE
Home Town: Tighnabruaich, Scotland
Hobbies: Running, hiking & camping

 

PGY 4 Residents

Kristine Corkum, MD
Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine
Undergraduate School: College of the Holy Cross
Clinical Interest: Pediatric Surgery
Research Interest: Pediatric Oncofertility, ovarian and testicular tissue cryopreservation
Lab Mentor & Research: Erin Rowell, MD & Monica Laronda, PhD - Operative techniques for ovarian tissue cryopreservation
Home Town: Ipswich, MA
Hobbies: Lacrosse & avid Boston sports fan
Ramiro Fernandez, MD
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine
Undergraduate School: Texas A&M University
Clinical Interest: Thoracic Surgery, Lung Transplantation
Research Interest: Immune mechanisms of lung injury
Lab Mentor & Research: Ankit Bharat, MD - Immune-mediated mechanisms of lung ischemia reperfusion injury
Home Town: Houston, TX
Hobbies: Soccer, family time & reading
Steven Schuetz, MD
Medical School: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Undergraduate School: Northwestern University
Clinical Interest: Global Surgical Oncology, Colorectal Surgery
Research Interest: Resource-specific global cancer system strengthening, implementation science
Lab Mentor & Research: Seema Khan, MD, Dave Cella, PhD, Richard Gershon, PhD, Melissa Simon, MD - Implementation of the NIH PROMIS Tool in low-resource cancer centers in Bolivia, Development of country-specific adaptations of NCCN Resource-Stratified Clinical Practice Guidelines in Bolivia
Home Town: Elmhurst, IL
Hobbies: Travel, classical piano, volleyball, collecting Bolivian wines/spirits, founder of NGO in Bolivia
Sam South, MD
Medical School: University of Utah School of Medicine
Undergraduate School: University of Utah
Clinical Interest: Trauma, Critical Care & Global Surgery
Research Interest: Legislative advocacy in the developing world
Lab Mentor & Research: Mamta Swaroop, MD - The Bolivian Trauma Initiative
Hobbies: Climbing
Kelly Williamson, MD
Medical School: Vanderbilt University
Graduate School: Georgetown University
Undergraduate School: University of Florida
Research Interest: Incidental findings
Clinical Interest: Private Practice
Home Town: Fort Myers, FL
Hobbies: Trying new restaurants & reality TV

 

PGY 3 Residents

Brian Brajcich, MD
Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Undergraduate School: Gonzaga University
Clinical Interest: General Surgery
Research Interest: Clinical outcomes & health services, implementation science
Lab Mentor & Research: Karl Bilimoria, MD - Surgical outcomes & quality improvement
Home Town: Seattle, WA
Hobbies: Cooking, trying interesting restaurants, watching sports & biking
Mick Eskender, MD
Medical School: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Undergraduate School: The Ohio State University
Clinical Interest: Thoracic Surgery
Research Interest: Thoracic oncology
Home Town: Cincinnati, OH
Hobbies: Gym & traveling
Amy Holmstrom, MD
Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine
Undergraduate School: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Clinical Interest: Minimally Invasive Surgery
Research Interest: Surgical Education
Lab Mentor & Research: Eric Hungness, MD - Esophageal motility, foregut surgery; Ezra Teitelbaum, MD - Surgical education
Home Town: St. Charles, IL
Hobbies: Jigsaw puzzles, swimming & traveling
Simon Moradian, MD
Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
Undergraduate School: Simon Fraser University
Clinical Interest: Reconstructive Plastic Surgery
Research Interest: Innovations research, device development & medical education
Lab Mentor & Research: Levi Hargrove, PhD - Osseointegration of Bioprosthetics
Home Town: Vancouver, Canada
Hobbies: Cooking, swimming, gym, camping, any kind of board sport, music festivals/concerts
Kate Ott, MD
Medical School: Washington University in Saint Louis
Undergraduate School: University of Pennsylvania
Clinical Interest: Pediatric Surgery
Research Interest: Neural tube defects
Lab Mentor & Research: Aimen Shaaban, MD - Immunology, NK cells
Home Town: Buhler, KS
Hobbies: Going rogue, gold, 1734-36, puppies
Vivek Pamulapati, MD
Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Undergraduate School: Princeton University
Clinical Interest: General Surgery
Research Interest: Translational & outcomes research
Home Town: Cedar Falls, IA
Hobbies: Playing cello & software development

 

PGY 2 Residents

Weston Bertot, MD
Medical School: University of Florida College of Medicine
Undergraduate School: University of Florida
Research Interest: Critical care, simulation based education
Home Town: Titusville, FL
Hobbies: Skiing, lobstering, rollerblading & traveling
Allison Blake, MD
Medical School: Creighton University School of Medicine
Undergraduate School: Gonzaga University
Clinical Interest: Thoracic Surgery & Vascular Surgery
Research Interest: Education
Home Town: Portland, OR
Hobbies: Backpacking, arts and crafts, poetry, water sports & concerts
Hae Soo (Rachel) Joung, MD
Medical School: New York University
Undergraduate School: University of Western Ontario
Clinical Interest: Surgical Oncology
Research Interest: Outcomes in complex surgical oncology
Home Town: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Hobbies: Traveling, biking, hiking & musicals
Bona Ko, MD, MPH
Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Graduate School: Columbia University
Undergraduate School: Vassar College
Clinical Interest: Vascular Surgery
Research Interest: Surgical ethics, chronic critical care illness, & end of life decision making
Home Town: New York, NY
Hobbies: Cooking holiday feasts and hanging out with my awesome Northwestern Surgery co-residents!!!
Bill Readdy, MD
Medical School: Rutgers - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Undergraduate School: Michigan State University
Clinical Interest: General Surgery
Research Interest: Interfaces of clinical medicine and healthcare administration as it relates to improving quality in conjunction with reducing costs for all parties
Home Town: New York, NY
Hobbies: Golf, tennis & traveling
Matt Snyder, MD, MS
Medical School: Marshall University School of Medicine
Graduate School: Marshall University
Undergraduate School: Vanderbilt University
Clinical Interest: Thoracic, Advanced Laparoscopic GI & Trauma Surgery
Research Interest: Cholangioscopic lithotripsy in the management of choledocolithiasis
Home Town: Granville, OH
Hobbies: Spending time outdoors with my wife, son & pup, avid golfer & lifelong cubs fan

 

PGY 1 Residents

Emily Cerier, MD
Medical School: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Undergraduate School: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Clinical Interest: Cardiothoracic Surgery, Surgical Oncology & Trauma Surgery
Research Interest: Surgical outcomes, device innovation, mechanical circulatory support, bioengineering
Home Town: Schaumburg, IL
Hobbies: Running, figure skating, traveling & brunching
Jessie Ho, MD
Medical School: Texas A&M College of Medicine
Undergraduate School: The University of Texas at Dallas
Clinical Interest: Surgical Oncology & Colorectal Surgery
Research Interest: Quality improvement in surgical oncology & mechanism in carcinogenesis
Home Town: Plano, TX
Hobbies: Rock climbing, fantasy football, cooking & outdoor activities
Charles Logan, MD
Medical School: University of Washington
Undergraduate School: University of Alaska
Clinical Interest: Trauma & Critical Care Surgery, Thoracic Surgery & Minimally Invasive Surgery
Research Interest: Outcomes & education 
Home Town: Seward, AK
Hobbies: Traveling & hiking with llamas
Sara Mills, MD
Medical School: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Undergraduate School: Harvard University
Clinical Interest: Thoracic Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery & Surgical Oncology
Research Interest: Lung immunology, esophageal motility disorders, clinical outcomes in pancreatic surgery
Home Town: Potomac, MD
Hobbies: Making vegan treats, playing tennis, Halloween (all year round) & global gallivanting
Audra Reiter, MD, MPH
Medical School: University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Graduate School: UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
Undergraduate School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Clinical Interest: Pediatric Surgery, Global Surgery
Research Interest: Global health, outcomes/health services research
Home Town: Cary, NC
Hobbies: Running, yoga, working out, baking, trying new restaurants, exploring this awesome city
Sean Sullivan, MD
Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine
Undergraduate School: University of Pittsburgh
Clinical Interest: General Surgery
Research Interest: Pediatric surgery, surgical oncology, clinical outcomes & quality
Home Town: Pittsburgh, PA
Hobbies: Hockey, running & the TV show "Shark Tank"

 

Research Residents

Ryan Campagna, MD
Medical School: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Undergraduate School: Canisius College
Clinical Interest: Minimally Invasive Foregut Surgery
Research Interest: Achalasia & surgical education
Lab Mentor & Research: Eric Hungness, MD & Ezra Teitelbaum, MD - Translational achalasia research, laparoscopic common bile duct simulation
Home Town: Buffalo, NY
Hobbies: Cycling, scuba diving, rock climbing
Edmund Chen, MD
Medical School: Weill Cornell Medical College
Undergraduate School: The Johns Hopkins University
Clinical Interest: GI/MIS/Bariatric
Research Interest: The interplay between the gut microbiome and disease
Lab Mentor & Research: Karen Ho, MD - High-fat diet modulation of the gut microbiome and its effect on neointimal hyperplasia
Home Town: Bridgewater, NJ
Hobbies: Hanging out with our dog, scuba diving, skiing, road biking, cooking, photography, fantasy football
Ryan Ellis, MD, MS
Medical School: Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Graduate School: Northwestern University, Health Services & Outcomes Research
Undergraduate School: University of Kansas
Clinical Interest: Surgical Oncology & HPB Surgery
Research Interest: Health services research, surgical education & surgical outcomes
Lab Mentor & Research: Karl Bilimoria, MD - Quality and Outcomes in Cancer Care Delivery; Improving the Surgical Training Environment
Home Town: Manhattan, KS
Hobbies: Traveling, hiking & cheering for various Kansas sports teams
Courtney Harris, MD
Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine
Undergraduate School: University of Virginia
Clinical Interest: Pediatric Surgery
Research Interest: Fertility Preservation, mastery learning
Lab Mentor & Research: Erin Rowell, MD & Monica Laronda, PhD - Fertility and Hormone Preservation and Restoration for Pediatric Patients
Home Town: Fairfax Station, VA
Hobbies: Running, biking, chasing my toddler, playing with my dog
Frances Lee, MD
Medical School: George Washington University School of Medicine
Undergraduate School: Boston University
Clinical Interest: Endocrine Surgery & General Surgery
Research Interest: Islet cell transplantation
Lab Mentor & Research: Xunrong Luo, MD, PhD - Islet cell transplantation
Home Town: Miami, FL
Hobbies: Traveling, baking & scrapbooking
William Phillips, MD
Medical School: Rush Medical College
Undergraduate School: Wheaton College
Clinical Interest: Thoracic Surgery
Research Interest: Lung cancer
Lab Mentor & Research: Yolonda Colson, MD & David Odell, MD - Clinical outcomes and disparities in lung cancer care, sentinel lymph node mapping in lung cancer, and delivery of localized chemotherapy in lung cancer
Home Town: Wheaton, IL
Hobbies: Spending time with my wife & two kids, pick-up basketball, tennis, Colorado skiing, hiking, Michigan and New England leaf peeping, collecting driftwood, finding the country's best pecan roll
Cary Schlick, MD
Medical School: Case Western Reserve University
Graduate School: Northwestern University
Undergraduate School: St. Olaf College
Clinical Interest: Surgical Oncology
Research Interest: Health services research, clinical outcomes, & healthcare quality
Lab Mentor & Research: David Bentrem, MD & Karl Bilimoria, MD - Heath services outcomes
Home Town: St. Martin, MN
Hobbies: Fine dining, terrible medical television & playing with our puppy
Tarik Yuce, MD
Medical School: Temple University
Undergraduate School: Boston University
Clinical Interest: Minimally Invasive Surgery
Research Interest: Clinical outcomes & quality improvement
Lab Mentor & Research: Karl Bilimoria, MD - Clinical outcomes & quality improvement
Home Town: Dartmouth, MA
Hobbies: Cooking & running