General Surgery Residents
Richard Choe, MD
Hometown: Great Neck, NY
Undergrad School: Wesleyan University
Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine
What drew me to General Surgery: Surgery is an exciting, fulfilling field that is rapidly developing. I treasure the opportunity to work on a team with multiple different kinds of healthcare providers who share the common goal of patient care and optimizing patient outcomes.
What do I like to do in my free time: Writing and playing music, playing golf, and cooking.
Ocean (Yang) Hai, MD
Hometown: Beijing, China
Undergrad School: West China School of Medicine of Sichuan University, Chengdu, China
Medical School: Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
What drew me to General Surgery: I've always had a keen eye for artistic composition and aesthetics. Playing the clarinet for 20 years in various orchestras and dabbling in the saxophone and piano have honed my dexterity. To me, surgery is the art of clean lines and methodical elegance. Although I am committed to a career in radiology, I deeply value the dynamics of teamwork and leadership of surgery, and I believe that preliminary year in surgery will make me well-equipped for my future career.
What do I like to do in my free time: I love spending time with my 8 month old daughter, playing the clarinet in an orchestra or with friends in our Irish music band, and of course, binge watching Netflix!
Brandon O'Brien, DO
Hometown: Binghamton, NY
Undergrad School: St. Bonaventure University
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) - Erie
What drew me to General Surgery: During medical school I was able to experience the passion that each attending physician had for their respective specialty. I found that kind of passion in myself during my Surgery rotations. Surgeons have the incredible opportunity to give back to their patients a quality of life that they lost or never had, while also providing the kind of compassionate care that will leave everlasting impressions on both our patients and ourselves.
What do I like to do in my free time: Spending time with my family, enjoying the outdoors, exercising on the Peloton, playing disc golf, and spending time on the water.
Sri Harsha Vardhan Senapathi, MD
Undergrad School: Columbus University College of Medicine and Health Sciences
Medical School: Columbus University College of Medicine and Health Sciences
What drew me to General Surgery: Growing up, I always wondered how surgeries were performed, so instead of continuing my wondering I became determined to find my way into the operating room (professionally, not as a patient...). One aspect of surgery that that particularly attracts me to the specialty is how surgeries are performed in an orderly fashion following a protocol but also require on the spot decisions from operating staff when things do not go accordingly.
What do I like to do in my free time: I like to travel, try new cuisines, watch sunsets, learn about wildlife, and relax on the sand by the beach.
Nikoleta Tellios, MD
Undergrad School: Western University
Medical School: University College Cork - Ireland
What drew me to General Surgery: I enjoy the complexity and technical skill involved in surgery. I am also drawn to the unique ability of the specialty to provide immediate interventions and offer patients definitive treatments.
What do I like to do in my free time: Reading a good book, going for a hike, and getting together with friends for board games.
Michael Wilson, DO
Hometown: Lewisberry, Pennsylvania
Undergrad School: University of Delaware
Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Virginia
What drew me to General Surgery: What drew me most to general surgery was the broad spectrum of opportunities it could provide to me as a resident and physician. It allows me to learn to be a healer with my hands in the OR while simultaneously teaching me to provide the best holistic and well-rounded care to my patients. To have the opportunity to learn to integrate many areas of medicine into one specialty, as a general surgery resident, I know will best serve my current patients and America's servicemen and women who I will eventually serve as a physician in the Air Force Medical Corps.
What do I like to do in my free time: Playing ice hockey;|Reading historical non-fiction books;|Fishing; |Running and lifting weights;|Participating in freelance railroad photography |
Lindsey Bodenhorn, MD
Hometown: Highlands Ranch, Colorado
Undergrad School: University of Colorado at Denver
Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School
What drew me to General Surgery: What motivates me in medicine and surgery is impact. Surgery grants the opportunity to serve patients in one of their most vulnerable moments, to enhance their life in a meaningful way – a way that blends the principles of basic biomedical sciences into interpersonal interactions and transformative procedures. I value the high expectations surgeons have held me to over the years to bring out my best and deliver excellent patient care outcomes consistently when the stakes are high. I believe these expectations of surgeons are signs of the field’s deep investment in the personal and professional growth of the next generation – a legacy of impact I am honored to contribute to.
What do I like to do in my free time: Hiking, biking, camping, and playing tennis
Sierra Smith, DO
Hometown: Richmond, Virginia
Undergrad School: Virginia Commonwealth University
Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Virginia Campus
What drew me to General Surgery: Surgery allows me to do a little bit of everything! I really enjoy the challenging and fast paced nature of the surgical field.
What do I like to do in my free time: Hiking with my boyfriend and dog, hanging out with friends, and watching Netflix.
Ceyda Bertram, MD
Hometown: Rockford, IL
Undergrad School: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Medical School: Albany Medical College
What drew me to General Surgery: Most people look up at the sky and ponder how there are billions of stars encircled by planets that make solar systems, that make up galaxies that are all within a vast universe. They are looking too far. I look at the human body. Trillions of cells of various types are woven together in different patterns of tissue that look very different from each other yet live in harmony without falling apart. In surgery, I can see the masterpiece at work from the inside and the outside, experience the macroscopic, and still treat the microscopic.
What do I like to do in my free time: Rock climbing, playing my keyboard, gathering friends for a night of board games, and trying various cuisines.
Austin Carmack, MD
Hometown: Clatskanie, OR
Undergrad School: Eckerd College
Medical School: University of Central Florida College of Medicine
What drew me to General Surgery: Surgery was my first clinical rotation of medical school, and it was love at first sight. I enjoyed the camaraderie in the operating room and the importance of the surgical team. I have profound respect and appreciate the immediate effect surgery can have on the lives of our patients and their families. I have personally experienced the benefits of a successful surgical outcome but seeing the gratitude of others really stood out to me.
What do I like to do in my free time: Growing up in rural Oregon, I loved the outdoors and running. I traded the pacific northwest for the beaches of sunny Florida when I went away for college. Recently, I have attempted to watch all the SpaceX and NASA rocket launches from Cape Canaveral. I also enjoy new technology and have built my computer to play formula 1 racing simulations and Oculus virtual reality. However, most of my free time at home is spent with family. I love spending time with my wife and newborn son. We are looking forward to exploring the outdoors and the snow while at Guthrie.
Bryant Morocho, MD
Undergrad School: Wilkes University
Medical School: Indiana University
What drew me to General Surgery: I love the complexity of surgical disease and to work with my hands to help a patient's problems.
What do I like to do in my free time: I like to bake, spend my time outside and spend time with friends with my free time.
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.
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.
Rachel Hart, MD
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
Undergrad School: Queens 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Hilary Keller, MD
Hometown: Ellicott City, MD
Undergrad School: University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)
Medical School: University of Queensland, School of Medicine, Ochsner Clinical School
What drew me to General Surgery: The opportunity for positive clinical outcomes in surgical patients, the technical demands, peri- and intra-operative decision-making, and the opportunity to participate in multi-disciplinary boards for the clinical management of patients drew me to choose General Surgery.
What do I like to do in my free time: Traveling to visit friends and family, going to the beach, swimming, running or boxing, reading, listening to music, streaming TV.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 a daily basis with different patients makes 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.