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Current Residents

PGY-5

Kristine Corkum, MD
  • Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Undergraduate: College of the Holy Cross
Kristine Corkum, MD
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: Texas A&M University
Ramiro Fernandez, MD
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: Northwestern University
Steven Schuetz, MD
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: University of Utah
Sam South, MD
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: University of Florida
Kelly Williamson, MD
  • Medical School: Vanderbilt University
  • Graduate School: Georgetown University
  • Undergraduate: University of Florida
Research Interest: Incidental findings
Clinical Interest: Private Practice
Home Town: Fort Myers, FL
Hobbies: Trying new restaurants & reality TV

PGY-4

Ryan Campagna, MD
  • Medical School: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
  • Undergraduate: Canisius College
Ryan Campagna, MD
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: The Johns Hopkins University
Edmund Chen, MD
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: University of Kansas
Ryan Ellis, MD, MS
  • Medical School: Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Graduate School: Northwestern University, Health Services & Outcomes Research
  • Undergraduate: 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
Mick Eskender, MD
  • Medical School: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
  • Undergraduate: The Ohio State University
Mick Eskender, MD
Clinical Interest: Thoracic Surgery
Research Interest: Thoracic oncology
Home Town: Cincinnati, OH
Hobbies: Gym & traveling
Frances Lee, MD
  • Medical School: George Washington University School of Medicine
  • Undergraduate: Boston University
Frances Lee, MD
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

PGY-3

Andrew Hu, MD
  • Medical School: University of Sheffield Medical School
Andrew Hu, MD
Clinical Interest: Pediatric Surgery
Research Interest: Clinical Outcomes
Home Town:  Toronto, Ontario
Hobbies: Traveling, Rock Climbing, Running, Reading
Hae Soo (Rachel) Joung, MD
  • Medical School: New York University
  • Undergraduate: University of Western Ontario
Hae Soo (Rachel) Joung, MD
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: Vassar College
Bona Ko, MD, MPH
  • Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
  • Graduate School: Columbia University
  • Undergraduate: 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!!!
Matt Snyder, MD, MS
  • Medical School: Marshall University School of Medicine
  • Graduate School: Marshall University
  • Undergraduate: Vanderbilt University
Matt Snyder, MD, MS
  • Medical School: Marshall University School of Medicine
  • Graduate School: Marshall University
  • Undergraduate: 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
Zach Tyerman, MD, MSc
  • Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School
  • Graduate School: University of Virginia
  • Undergraduate: Stony Brook University
Zach Tyerman, MD, MSc
  • Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School
  • Graduate School: University of Virginia
  • Undergraduate: Stony Brook University
Clinical Interest: Plastic surgery
Research Interest: Surgical quality and outcomes, endocarditis, opioids
Home Town: Seattle, WA
Hobbies: Reading, running, cooking, being outdoors

PGY-2

Emily Cerier, MD
  • Medical School: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
  • Undergraduate: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Emily Cerier, MD
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: The University of Texas at Dallas
Jessie Ho, MD
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: University of Alaska
Charles Logan, MD
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: Harvard University
Sara Mills, MD
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: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Audra Reiter, MD, MPH
  • Medical School: University of North Carolina School of Medicine
  • Graduate School: UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
  • Undergraduate: 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: University of Pittsburgh
Sean Sullivan, MD
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"

PGY-1

Brooke Golisch, MD
  • Medical School: University of Arizona - Tucson
  • Undergraduate: University of Arizona
Brooke Golisch, MD
Clinical Interest: Surgical Oncology, Global Surgery
Research Interest: Medical education, outcomes research, health disparities
Home Town: Buffalo Grove, IL/ Phoenix, AZ
Hobbies: Yoga, travel, hiking, deep dish pizza, Amazon Prime
Lauren Janczewski, MD
  • Medical School: Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
  • Undergraduate: Saint Joseph's University
Lauren Janczewski, MD
Clinical Interest: Surgical oncology, colorectal surgery 
Research Interest: clinical outcomes, surgical ethics
Home Town: Endwell, NY
Hobbies:  Playing with my Corgi puppy named Chuck, on the hunt for the best donut in Chicago, dedicated Sixers fan (Trust the Process), oil painting/ channeling my inner Bob Ross
Steven Papastefan, MD
  • Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine
  • Undergraduate: Vanderbilt University
Steven Papastefan, MD
Clinical Interest: Pediatric Surgery, Trauma/Critical Care, Endocrine Surgery
Research Interest:  Undecided
Home Town: Lake Forest, IL
Hobbies: Exercise, golf, tennis, travel, Chicago sports. Guilty pleasures include Rom-Coms from the late '90s-mid '00s and the Bachelor
Jes Sanders, MD
  • Medical School: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Undergraduate: University of Arkansas
Jes Sanders, MD
Clinical Interest: Surgical Oncology, Pediatric Surgery, Critical Care
Research Interest: Basic science, cancer immunology, ulcerative colitis
Home Town: Rogers, AR
Hobbies: Whipping up a batch of dark chocolate protein pancakes, not skipping leg day, golf, fishing, Netflix, hanging out with friends
Cassie Valukas, MD
  • Medical School: VCU School of Medicine
  • Undergraduate: University of Iowa
Cassie Valukas, MD
Clinical Interest: Vascular surgery, trauma/ acute care surgery, pediatric surgery
Research Interest: Global surgical systems development, public health & surgical outcome disparities, surgical outcome improvement in limited/low resource settings
Home Town: Evanston, IL
Hobbies: Adventuring around the world, cooking, finding the perfect pairing of popcorn and red wine, pad thai eating
Samantha Warwar, MD
  • Medical School: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
  • Undergraduate: The Ohio State University
Samantha Warwar, MD
Clinical Interest: Surgical Oncology, GI/MIS/Bariatric
Research Interest: Global health, health disparities
Home Town: Dayton, OH
Hobbies: Cleveland Browns football, the Real Housewives of New York, the perfect chilled glass of wine, candy connoisseur with a special interest in sour watermelons

Research Residents

Brian Brajcich, MD
  • Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
  • Undergraduate: Gonzaga University
Brian Brajcich, MD
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
Courtney Harris, MD
  • Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Undergraduate: University of Virginia
Courtney Harris, MD
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
Amy Holmstrom, MD
  • Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine
  • Undergraduate: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Amy Holmstrom, MD
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
Kate Ott, MD
  • Medical School: Washington University in Saint Louis
  • Undergraduate: University of Pennsylvania
Kate Ott, MD
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: Princeton University
Vivek Pamulapati, MD
Clinical Interest: General Surgery
Research Interest: Translational & outcomes research
Home Town: Cedar Falls, IA
Hobbies: Playing cello & software development
William Phillips, MD
  • Medical School: Rush Medical College
  • Undergraduate: Wheaton College
William Phillips, MD
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: St. Olaf College
Cary Schlick, MD
  • Medical School: Case Western Reserve University
  • Graduate School: Northwestern University
  • Undergraduate: 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: Boston University
Tarik Yuce, MD
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
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