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All Current Residents

1st Year Otolaryngology Residents

Nir Ben-Shlomo, MD

Education
MD, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Medical School for International Health
BA, Peace and Conflict Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Hobbies and Interests
Cooking, Backpacking, Travel, Soccer, Puzzles

Why Iowa for residency?
Strong program with leaders in all sub-specialties of the field, and a great team
atmosphere amongst the residents

 

 

 


Nathan KemperNathan Kemper MD

Hometown
Crestline, OH

Education
Undergraduate: BS in Biomedical Engineering, University of Cincinnati
Medical School: MD, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Hobbies
Road cycling, running, hiking, traveling, cooking, home-brewing

Why I chose Iowa
Incredible faculty and residents to work with. A great hospital with stellar opportunities to learn.
Its an overall strong program.

 

 



Alexandra McMillan, MD, PhD

Education
MD, PhD, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH
BS, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Hobbies and Interests
Running, HIIT, traveling, spending time with my twin sister and husband

Why Iowa for residency?
Great program, excellent research opportunities

 

 


Austin Walker, MD

Hometown
Roca, Nebraska

Education
Undergraduate: Washington and Lee University
Medical School: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Hobbies
Get outside! I love backpacking, camping, fishing, cooking, smoking meats.

Why I chose Iowa?
I couples matched with my wife Karen into ENT/pediatrics. We both loved the programs, the people,
and Iowa in general. We loved that in Iowa City we could experience the outdoors while still having the
amenities of a college town. We bought our first house and are so far loving it.

 


Cori Walker, MD

Hometown
Champaign, IL

Education
Undergraduate: Southern Illinois University
Medical School: The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Hobbies
Spending time with my husband and our twin toddlers, traveling, hiking, playing volleyball

Why I chose Iowa?
Amazing program! The resident group and faculty are great. Perfect place to raise a family.

 

 

2nd Year Residents

Jackson Deere, MD

Hometown
Alpine, Utah

Education
Undergraduate: Brigham Young University
Medical School: UT Southwestern Medical School

Hobbies
Running, biking, hiking, reading, eating great food, spending time with family

Why I chose Iowa?
Top-notch training, supportive and approachable faculty, and wonderful co-residents,
all in a very comfortable, beautiful place to live

 


 


Megan Foggia, MD

Megan Jensen, MD

Education
MD, University of Nevada, School of Medicine, Reno, Nev.
University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada

Hobbies and Interests
Running/Yoga/Golf/Cooking/Reading novels

Why Iowa for residency?
Legacy/Reputation for excellent training/Unlimited research opportunities/Supportive faculty/Cohesive group of residents

 


 

Alexander Michael, MD

 

Education
MD, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
BS, Biochemistry, Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Hobbies
Spending time with my wife, playing soccer and watching Arsenal FC, cooking, yoga, weight lifting,
basketball, reading about politics/social science, trying new restaurants, finding new music, coffee

Why Iowa for residency?
Excellent training and research, approachable faculty, and co-residents that are easy to work with

 

 


Amanda Ngouajio, MDAmanda Ngouajio, MD 
Meet Amanda

Education
MD, Indiana University, School of Medicine, Indianapolis
Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

Hobbies and Interests
Artisan pasta making/Brewing ginger beer/Biking/Photography

Why Iowa for residency?
The people, the program, and my gut instincts

 


 



Vivan Zhu, MD

Education
MD, University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa
BA, Neuroscience, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO

Hobbies and Interests
Running, swimming, reading, cooking, art

Why Iowa for residency?
Excellent surgical as well as clinical training, faculty and residents who care about each other
in and out of the hospital, great quality of life



 

 


3rd Year Residents

Zaid Al-Qurayshi, MD

Hometown
Baghdad, Iraq

Education
Medical School: Baghdad University School of Medicine
Why I chose Iowa: Distinguished faculty and top-notch training.

Why Iowa for Residency?
Distinguished faculty and top-notch training.

 



 


Douglas Bennion, MD, PhDDouglas Bennion, MD, PhD

Education
Undergraduate: Brigham Young University
Medical School: University of Florida College of Medicine

Hobbies and Interests
Spending time with wife and kids, hiking, fishing, disc golf, bicycling, board games, video games, piano,
violin, and nap time. As much nap time as possible.

Why Iowa?
I'm so grateful that at a place like the University of Iowa, having a healthy marriage and family,
doing top-notch surgical training, and diving into truly translational bench to bedside research are not
incompatible life goals. What's more, we love how Iowa City combines much of the best of all the
memorable stops on our journey to this point.
Great place to train, great place to live, great place to grow.


 


Monica Rossi, MDMonica K Rossi Meyer, MD
Meet Monica

Education
Undergraduate: Molecular and Cellular Biology from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria

Hobbies and Interests
Running, weightlifting, cooking, outdoor activities, spending time with my husband, our dog, and our families.

Why Iowa for Residency?
Ease of living, self-motivated and reliable residents, legacy of providing patient-focused care,
as well as, a strong tradition of training leaders in otolaryngology



 


Madia Russillo, MDMadia Chowdhury Russillo, MD

Hometown
East Meadow, N.Y. (I moved from the Middle East before college)

Education
Undergraduate: Stony Brook University
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin

Hobbies and Interests
Interior design and big time DIY'er, gardening (particular love for container gardens), avid foodie and cook,
photography, traveling and finding local gems (we've discovered lots in Iowa!), being outdoors
(hiking, running, camping, kayaking)

Why Iowa for Residency?
My away rotation as a sub-I at Iowa was an amazing experience. The strength of the program with its clinical and research
opportunities speaks for itself. What ultimately drew me here was the incredible quality of people that make this program's family. 


 

4th Year Residents

ElyseHanly, MD, PhDElyse Hanly, MD, PhD
Meet Elyse

Hometown
Westborough, MA

Education
Undergraduate: Washington University in St Louis
Medical School: New York Medical College

Hobbies
Team sports, fishing, mountain biking, anything outdoors, and hanging out with family and friends

Why I chose Iowa
Amazing people, excellent training, and love of the Midwest.


 


Andrew Liu, MDAndrew Liu, MD, PhD

Hometown
Dallas, Tx

Education
Undergraduate: Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD (BS Electrical Engineering)
Medical School: Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania (MD, PhD Bioengineering)

Hobbies and Interests
Cooking, cycling, gardening, woodworking, spending time with family

Why Iowa for residency?
Collegial faculty and residents, culture of surgeon-scientist excellence, multidisciplinary research
environment and diverse clinical training. Family friendly program, affordable living with very
accessible neighborhood parks and excellent schools.
 


Adam Schwalje, MDAdam Schwalje, MD

Hometown
Santa Fe, NM

Education
Undergraduate: University of Colorado at Boulder (BM, BA, MM);
University of Cincinnati College – Conservatory of Music (DMA)
Medical School: University of California San Francisco

Hobbies
Bassoon!

Why I chose Iowa
Great people, great research and training, great place to raise a family. Fit with co-residents and faculty
in a supportive environment were most important to me.

Articles by Dr. Schwalje


Kristen Seligman, MDKristen Seligman, MD

Hometown
Medina, MN

Education
Undergraduate: University of Notre Dame
Medical school: University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine

Hobbies
Running, reading, fighting Irish football, Hawkeye football, spending time with friends and family

Why I chose Iowa?
I knew I wanted to stay at Iowa for residency because of the many fantastic mentors I worked with in medical school,
among both residents and staff physicians.

 


Ryan Smith, MDRyan Smith, MD

Hometown
Lowell, Wisc.

Education
Undergraduate: Bob Jones University
Medical School: University of South Carolina - Greenville

Hobbies
Grilling, football (watching more than playing), running

Why I chose Iowa?
I rotated here as a med student and loved the world class training atmosphere combined with approachable faculty and friendly co-residents.


 


5th Year Residents

Andrew Davis, MDAndrew Davis, MD (Chief Resident)

Hometown
Duluth, Minn.

Education
Undergraduate: DePaul University
Medical School: New York Medical College

Hobbies
Spending time with my wife and son, distance running, Minnesota sports

Why I chose Iowa?
Top notch Midwest program that truly gave me a sense of family during my interview day.
Residents and faculty are incredibly supportive and have made friends for life being here.
Iowa City is a great place to live and raise a family.

 


Daniel Lee, MDDaniel Lee, MD (Chief Resident)

Hometown
Mason City, Iowa 

Education
Undergraduate: St. Olaf College
Medical School: University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

Hobbies
Golfing, biking, reading, watching Iowa Hawkeyes athletics

Why I chose Iowa?
World class clinical and surgical training in a renowned department, with
great mentors and co-residents. Great quality of life in Iowa City.

 


Joseph Peterson, MD

Joseph Peterson, MD

Hometown
Oradell, N.J.

Education
Undergraduate: Brigham Young University
Medical School: University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Medicine

Hobbies
Reading, hiking, numismatics, video games with my kids, illustration, painting

Why I chose Iowa?
Fantastic collegiate learning environment, family supportive program, staff with caring
mentorship and thoughtful teaching, history of excellence


C. Blake Sullivan, MD

C. Blake Sullivan,  MD

Hometown
Nashville, Tennessee

Education
Undergraduate: Lipscomb University
Medical School: Oregon Health and Science University

Hobbies
Cooking, running, hiking, traveling

Why I chose Iowa?
To develop strong clinical and surgical skills from renowned faculty, along with
a diverse opportunity of research mentors in order to start an academic career.
 


Huan Zhang, MDHuan Zhang, MD

Hometown
Los Angeles, California

Education
Undergraduate: University of California Berkeley
Medical School: Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University

Hobbies
Swimming, photography, violin, listening to podcasts (Joe Rogan, Jordan Peterson, anything psychology or artificial intelligence), watches classical music concerts and Netflix is a Joke

Why I chose Iowa?
The quality of education and research here is world-class, enabling residents to become very capable academicians as well as independent practitioners. Faculty are very supportive, as are co-residents.

 


Research Residents

Tatiana Correa, MD ,MPHTatiana Correa, MD, MPH

Hometown
Medellín, Colombia​

Education
MD, University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa
MPH, University of Iowa, College of Public Health, Iowa City, Iowa

Hobbies and Interests
Running/Snowboarding/Reading/Backyard astronomy

Why Iowa for residency?
Great mentors/Innovative culture/Excellent research resources/Comprehensive training


 


Miles Klimara, MD

Hometown
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Education
Undergraduate: University of Notre Dame
Medical school: Medical College of Wisconsin

Hobbies
Cooking, craft cocktails, guitar

Why I chose Iowa?
I chose Iowa for our top notch clinical and research training, in a fun, collegial Midwestern environment.



 


Osama Tarabichi, MD

Hometown
Dubai, UAE

Education
Undergraduate: Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland-Bahrain
Medical School: Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland-Bahrain

Hobbies
Basketball, judo, reading, hiking, video games

Why I chose Iowa?
Great group of residents/faculty. Excellent surgical training. Lots of research opportunities.


 


Ryan Thorpe, MDRyan Thorpe, MD

Hometown
Horseheads, N.Y.

Education
Undergraduate: SUNY Buffalo
Medical School: Temple University

Hobbies
Skiing, guitar, running, hiking

Why I chose Iowa?
For the world class research facilities and the great impression the residents and faculty left on my interview day