Lutfullah Baskoy, MD
Hometown: Ordu, Turkey
Medical School: Istanbul University Cerraphasa Medical Faculty English Program
What drew me to General Surgery: Surgery is the field of time-sensitive, robust and to the point solutions for patients in need. This is the arena of blood, bugs, tools and discipline, it is also the fertile tree of the medicine making a direct impact to the lives of patients. I loved science, adventure, and hands on work. Surgery combines them all as the surgeon acts like a virtuoso of medical sciences. I got into it too early during my education, and it is still my passion.
What do I like to do in my free time: Spending time with my family, listening to different kinds of music, and reading about history and economics.
Enoch Yeung, MD
Hometown: Hong Kong
Undergrad School: The University of Hong Kong
Medical School: The University of Hong Kong
What drew me to General Surgery: Being a surgeon has been my dream since childhood. To heal the disease with dedication of the knowledge and skills makes my dream come true.
What do I like to do in my free time: All kind of sports, hiking, reading, film, spending time with family.
Shane Lince, MD
Hometown: Fort Myers, FL
Undergrad School: Florida Gulf Coast University
Medical School: Virginia Tech - Carilion School of Medicine
What drew me to General Surgery: The unique immediacy, ultimacy and intimacy of the surgical endeavor and physician-patient relationship motivates my best efforts.
What do I like to do in my free time: Exercising, reading, working with like-minded friends on worthwhile projects - hopefully to improve the lives of those around us!
David Levine, MD
Hometown: Berkeley, CA
Undergrad School: Brown University
Medical School: University of Queensland-Ochsner Clinical School
What drew me to General Surgery: I loved studying anatomy in my pre-clinical years and I knew that I wanted to be in a procedural field. I also wanted to be able to provide definitive solutions to medical problems. Surgery fit all the criteria I had and, after my first day on my surgical rotation, I was hooked. I knew that surgery would be exciting for me and provide me the opportunity to continue learning and develop new skills.
What do I like to do in my free time: Riding my bike, running, cooking, listening to music, and being outdoors.
Rachel Hart, MD
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
Undergrad School: Queen's University
Medical School: University College Cork
What drew me to General Surgery: I was drawn to General Surgery for its hands-on nature and the emphasis on teamwork within the specialty. I really enjoy the OR environment and I love the variety within General Surgery.
What do I like to do in my free time: Spending time with family and friends, going to the gym and watching hockey.
Robert Jameson, MD
Hometown: Austin, TX
Undergrad School: Texas A&M University
Medical School: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
What drew me to General Surgery: While I have always been interested in math and science, I prefer working with my hands and helping others. Surgery consists of technical procedures in the OR, ER, inpatient and outpatient settings that allow me the ability to help those in need in a concrete and immediate way. Within the field, there is a great variety of acuity, pathophysiology and medicine!
What do I like to do in my free time: Spending time with my wife, friends and family when I can! I'll go running or biking and play ultimate frisbee for exercise. Otherwise, I enjoy reading all kinds of extra-curricular books, playing piano, and watching TV and movies.
Mahmoud Shehada, MD
Hometown: Hamilton, Ontario
Undergrad School: University of Calgary
Medical School: Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland - Bahrain
What drew me to General Surgery: When I went through the process of eliminating specialties during medical school, there was no doubt that Surgery was the only specialty that I could see myself fitting in. The instant and intense gratification of immediate positive impact on patients in the surgical field is undeniable. The perfect mixture of critical thinking and hands on skills required, along with an exposure to a broad number of conditions made this an easy choice for me.
What do I like to do in my free time: Hiking, fishing, horse riding, traveling.
Amir Bashiri, MD
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
Undergrad School: University of Toronto
Medical School: Central Michigan University
What drew me to General Surgery: As a medical student I was always passionate about the human anatomy and spent most of my days dissecting in the anatomy lab. I later became interested in the intricacies of surgical care from patient encounter during clinic hours, to surgeries and post-surgical management. To me, surgery is a true art performed on the human body and I am honored to be training in this field.
What do I like to do in my free time: In my free time, I play tennis, snowboard, play the piano, watch basketball/football/tennis, and play video games. If there is any time left, I try to read some books.
Jennifer Brown, MD
Hometown: Bethalto, IL
Undergrad School: Washington University in St. Louis
Medical School: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
What drew me to General Surgery: The people. My surgery rotations were always my most enjoyable because the attendings and residents had such an incredible passion for their patients and their work.
What do I like to do in my free time: Cycling, painting, going out with friends, home improvement projects, and hanging out with my dogs.
Luke Dombert, MD
Hometown: Endicott, NY
Undergrad School: Wilkes University
Medical School: SUNY, Upstate Medical University
What drew me to General Surgery: I was drawn to General Surgery because I think medicine as a whole is fascinating and I enjoy being a part of active interventions.
What do I like to do in my free time: Enjoying the outdoors by playing soccer, fishing, hunting, canoeing, and skiing.
Xujun June Liu, MD
Hometown: Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
Undergrad School: Bard College
Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical University
What drew me to General Surgery: The challenges and rewards brought by a career in surgery, as well as the ability and responsibility to help those in need.
What do I like to do in my free time: Reading novels; listening to music; traveling.
Swadha Das Guru, MD
Hometown: Ranchi, India
Medical School: Kasturba Medical College, India
What drew me to General Surgery: Surgery is a combination of clinical knowledge and technical skills. I love to take on the challenges that we get to experience on a daily basis and draw immense satisfaction from my work. It has a lot of scope for innovation and allows one to develop a style of their own.
What do I like to do in my free time: Listening to music, reading a book, hiking/biking, catching up with friends and family.
Adeolu Adeboye, MD
Hometown: Hillside, NJ
Undergrad School: Cornell University
Medical School: Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University
What drew me to General Surgery: I was drawn to General Surgery because of the impacts I saw surgeons make in my community as a teenager.
What do I like to do in my free time: Spending time with family, watching soccer, and playing ping-pong.
Matthew Miller, MD
Hometown: Centerville, OH
Undergrad School: University of Cincinnati
Medical School: University of Pittsburgh
What drew me to General Surgery: I really enjoy working with my hands and having a discrete task to complete. Surgery provides the opportunity to solve acute patient problems in a meaningful and concrete way.
What do I like to do in my free time: Watching movies, reading, hiking, going to local restaurants and breweries with friends.
Vishal Kumar, MD
Hometown: Jacobabad, Pakistan
Undergrad School: Bahria Foundation College
Medical School: Dow Medical College
What drew me to General Surgery: I always think if I am questioned at some point in my life what I did for the world, my response should be I helped people. I believe the best way to do that is by being a doctor. While the goal to be a surgeon came from the observation by seeing it as a great combination of hands and mind with purpose of saving lives via medications as well as technical skills.
What do I like to do in my free time: I love to travel to different countries. Places where I have been so far include Switzerland, Scotland, England and Germany to name a few. I also play the online computer game, Dota in my free time. Moreover I love to listen to music, watch movies and dance. I am also an aspiring photographer.
Mohammad Sultany, MD
Hometown: Kabul, Afghanistan
Undergrad School: Ariana Afghan High School
Medical School: Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty Istanbul University
What drew me to General Surgery: I feel a special joy and satisfaction by learning surgery and practicing surgery. The use of clinical knowledge and technical skill on daily basis with different patients make surgery fun.
What do I like to do in my free time: I like to spend time with family, play badminton, watch movies, and drive to nearby cities for fun.
Lauren Colom, MD
Hometown: Tampa, FL
Undergrad School: Oklahoma State University
Medical School: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
What drew me to General Surgery: Surgery is an art-form, not only in the technical aspect, but also in the care provided for patient's afterward. It both humbles and empowers you in its immediacy of changing a life. My grandfather was a surgeon and I was always inspired by his stories and his dedication to continue learning - it was a lifestyle. In medical school, I was most excited and passionate when I was in the OR, and surgery seemed the natural path to take...seriously, surgery is just so darn cool! Though it is a long, arduous road, I can't imagine doing anything else.
What do I like to do in my free time: Free time...? I enjoy visiting my family in Florida, traveling, kayaking, camping, biking, cooking, visiting Finger Lake wineries/ breweries with friends, going for spa day/ massages!
Cara Hannigan, MD
Hometown: Albany, NY
Undergrad School: Siena College
Medical School: Albany Medical College
What drew me to General Surgery: General Surgery is both intellectually and physically challenging. Everyday you have the opportunity to work with a variety of patients and pathologies utilizing both clinical knowledge and technical skills. You develop a deeper appreciation and respect of the human body and its capacity to heal and respond to disease.
What do I like to do in my free time: In my free time I enjoy traveling, cooking, and reading.
Amber Hussain, DO
Undergrad School: Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie, PA
Yuan Stevenson, MD
Hometown: Bethlehem, PA
Undergrad School: Gordon College
Medical School: Temple University School of Medicine
What drew me to General Surgery: I liked the ability to utilize both clinical knowledge and hands-on skills.
What do I like to do in my free time: I enjoy camping, hiking, and kayaking.
Buu Anh Thi To, MD
Hometown: Iowa City
Undergrad School: University of Iowa
Medical School: University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine
What drew me to General Surgery: Anatomy, wide pathology, working with my hands, immediate impact on patients' lives.
What do I like to do in my free time: Reading, drawing, painting, knitting, playing with my cats, taking long walks, hanging out with family and friends, and gardening.