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Daniel Cramer

Hometown: Lake Tahoe, CA
Undergraduate: Cal Poly SLO
Medical School: Loyola University

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Clinical Interests: Cardiac anesthesia, Regional anesthesia, Ultrasound, Pain physiology

Why did you choose Northwestern? Location and quality of life as a resident. Our residency program provides immense support along with a luxury of resources. We have a balanced clinical experience with high-level cases, a focused educational curriculum, and outstanding educators. 

Hobbies: Backpacking, road trips, skiing, scuba, surf.

Rebecca Cross

Hometown: Midland, Texas
Undergraduate: Texas A&M University
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine

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Clinical Interests: Cardiac anesthesia and global health 

Why did you choose Northwestern? A great city and superb faculty...what’s not to love? 

Hobbies: Travel, all things outdoors, and COVID crafts (cross-stitch, baking, embroidery...whatever shows up on Instagram)

Wilmer Davila

Hometown: Glen Ellyn, IL
Undergraduate: Loyola University
Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria

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Clinical Interests: OB Anesthesia 

Why did you choose Northwestern? I wanted to stay in Chicago 

Hobbies: Soccer and Movies

Ryan Ford

Hometown: Radcliff, Kentucky
Undergraduate: Bellarmine University
Medical School: University of Kentucky

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Clinical Interests: Pediatrics, Regional Anesthesia, Acute Pain, and Medical Education

Why did you choose Northwestern? I was extremely impressed with the volume and diversity of cases that the residents experienced during the course of their training.

Hobbies: Traveling, Hiking, Rock climbing

Cody Foster

Hometown: Eagan, MN
Undergraduate: Tulane University
Medical School: University of Minnesota

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Clinical Interests: Chronic Pain

Why did you choose Northwestern? Excellent clinical training, amazing location, and wonderful people!

Hobbies: Enjoying the outdoors, working out, exploring new restaurants, golfing, board games, reading

Ian Gaston

Hometown: Toledo, OH
Undergraduate: Georgetown University
Medical School: The University of Illinois College of Medicine

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Clinical Interests: POCUS, obstetric anesthesiology (pulmonary hypertension in pregnancy)

Why did you choose Northwestern? Top tier education in a desirable location 

Hobbies: Baking, biking, breweries

Kathryn Hackett

Hometown: Dublin, Ohio
Undergraduate: Miami University (Ohio)
Medical School: The Ohio State University

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Clinical Interests: OB Anesthesia 

Why did you choose Northwestern? Northwestern checked all of my boxes for programs, with a large breadth of clinical experience (there isn’t anything we don’t do) in a collegial environment. It is a great sized program, with enough residents to facilitate a reasonable call schedule, but also small enough to build a strong community within the department. Chicago is also a great place to be a resident, with a great salary to cost of living ratio, endless things to do, unique and diverse neighborhoods, top-notch public transit and access to one of the best international airports in the country. 

Hobbies: Travel and checking out all of the amazing restaurants in Chicago (pre-covid)

Paul Johnson

Hometown: Elk Grove Village, IL
Undergraduate: University of Illinois
Medical School: Loyola University

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Clinical Interests: Regional

Why did you choose Northwestern? Location and seemed to value education

Hobbies: Cycling, rock climbing, brewing

Kenneth Less

Hometown: Arlington Heights, IL
Undergraduate: Michigan State University
Medical School: Rosalind Franklin University

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Clinical Interests: OB, regional, a little bit of everything

Why did you choose Northwestern? Case complexity, excellent didactics, friendly people, great location

Hobbies: Skiing, boating, sports, spending time with friends and family

Sagar Patel

Hometown: Katy, TX
Undergraduate: St. Louis University
Medical School: St. Louis University

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Clinical Interests: Chronic pain, neuromodulation, ultrasound guided blocks, and ambulatory anesthesia 

Why did you choose Northwestern? Wide variety of fellowship opportunities available, our program's dedication to resident education, and most importantly ALL the people! 

Hobbies: Trying every new restaurant and brewery Chicago has to offer, biking on lakefront, Chicago farmer's markets, stand up comedy, improvisational comedy, good TV shows and movies, collecting vinyl records

Pauline Ripchik

Hometown: Libertyville, IL
Undergraduate: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Medical School: Rush University Medical Center

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Clinical Interests: Obstetric Anesthesiology

Why did you choose Northwestern? The amazing people, case diversity, a beautiful hospital in Chicago

Hobbies: Exploring Chicago & its restaurants, water activities, a nice jog

Samantha Rubright

Hometown: Wood Dale, IL
Undergraduate: Illinois Wesleyan University
Medical School: Loyola University

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Clinical Interests: OB Anesthesia 

Why did you choose Northwestern? Great location on the lake, excellent training, beautiful facilities, and close to family

Hobbies: Hiking, running, puzzles, sports, finding the best happy hours, dog sitting

Anirban Sahu

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Undergraduate: Northwestern University
Medical School: University of Michigan

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Clinical Interests: Cardiothoracic anesthesia, translational research

Why did you choose Northwestern? Friendly residents and faculty, amazing location in downtown Chicago, high clinical volume encompassing a wide variety and complexity of cases

Hobbies: Spending time with family, playing golf and tennis, Pittsburgh Steelers and Penguins fan

Alexander Samworth

Hometown: Toronto, Canada
Undergraduate: McGill University
Medical School: NYU School of Medicine

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Clinical Interests: Wellness, compassionate care, regional anesthesia

Why did you choose Northwestern? Location, program culture, diversity of cases

Hobbies: Sports (mostly basketball and ultimate), reading, meditation

Samar Shah

Hometown: Edison, New Jersey
Undergraduate: Rutgers University - New Brunswick
Medical School: Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

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Clinical Interests: Regional anesthesia, Cardiac, ICU, General OR, Clinical research, Wellness

Why did you choose Northwestern? Teaching, Fellowship, Variety and quantity of cases, Location, and Reputation

Hobbies: Technology, restaurants, theater, art, science fiction, fantasy, video/board games, hiking, biking.

Shivani Shah

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Undergraduate: Northwestern University
Medical School: Northwestern University

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Clinical Interests: Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain

Why did you choose Northwestern? Northwestern has a great academic anesthesiology residency program with strengths throughout the subspecialites. After doing several anesthesiology rotations at Northwestern when I was a medical student, I knew that I wanted to be at this program because it would provide a great education with positive challenges all while working with a supportive group of peers and faculty.

Hobbies: Running, biking, and spending time with my adorable toddler

Wassi Shaikh

Hometown: Detroit, MI
Undergraduate: Wayne State University
Medical School: Wayne State University

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Clinical Interests: Interventional pain

Why did you choose Northwestern? The residents were easy to get a long with and Chicago is a cool city to live in

Hobbies: Working out, volleyball, tennis, cooking, exploring Chicago restaurants and bars. 

Jordan Sharlin

Hometown: Buffalo Grove, IL
Undergraduate: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine-Rockford

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Clinical Interests: Cardiothroracic Anesthesia, Global Health

Why did you choose Northwestern? Location, reputation, diversity! 

Hobbies: Golf, Shark Tank, travel, Chicago Bulls, Bears, and Cubs

Nathan Steiner

Hometown: Schnecksville, Pennsylvania
Undergraduate: Randolph-Macon College
Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine

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Clinical Interests: Pediatric anesthesia, obstetric anesthesia, balanced anesthetics to reduce opioid requirements

Why did you choose Northwestern? During the interview day, I felt like I could see myself working with all of the people I encountered. I came into residency largely unsure of which fellowship I wanted to pursue and I liked that Northwestern offers all of the fellowships, because that meant there would be a good case volume/variety. 

Hobbies: My Jack Russel Terrier Cosmo, running, cooking and finding hip new coffee shops 

Rachel Wick

Hometown: Bloomington, MN
Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Medical School: University of Minnesota

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Clinical Interests: Cardiothoracic Anesthesia, TEE, cardiac enhanced recovery

Why did you choose Northwestern? The people, the great clinical training, and the chance to live in Chicago!

Hobbies: Yoga, peloton, cooking, traveling, trying new restaurants, hanging with my two dogs!

Danny Yang

Medical School: University of Michigan

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Jasmine Capellan

Hometown: Chicago, IL
Undergraduate: Dartmouth College
Medical School: Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

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Clinical Interests: Chronic pain management, acute pain and regional anesthesia

Why did you choose Northwestern? I wanted the benefit of a very well-rounded program in terms of caseload diversity, strong didactic teaching, faculty mentorship, and overall culture/camaraderie. Chicago is also my home and has so much to offer!

Hobbies: Cycling, barre, interior design, creative journaling, spending time with family and my dogs

Tessa Churchhill

Hometown: Portland, Maine
Undergraduate: Brown University
Medical School: Northwestern University

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Clinical Interests: OB, Regional, and Pain

Why did you choose Northwestern? I really connected with the anesthesia faculty and residents I met here. I felt I would get the support and teaching that I was looking for in residency and it has turned out to be true. I also love living in Chicago, it's the best city in the world!

Hobbies: Volleyball, traveling, hosting dinner parties

Andrew Davis-Sandfoss

Hometown: Wilmington, OH
Undergraduate: University of Cincinnati
Medical School: University of Cincinnati

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Clinical Interests: Pediatric Anesthesiology, Education in Anesthesia

Why did you choose Northwestern? The city of Chicago combined with the genuinely nice people I met during the interview. I found it rare to encounter a program that provided such great respect for my learning, time, and well-being. The program takes care of the residents while ensuring we have top-notch clinical exposure. I would choose Northwestern over and over again! 

Hobbies: Cooking, tennis, feeding my caffeine addiction with new coffees from around the city

Betty Erfe

Hometown: Queens, NY
Undergraduate: Stanford University
Medical School: Harvard Medical School

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Clinical Interests: Critical Care

Why did you choose Northwestern? Northwestern provides solid clinical training while maintaining a good work-life balance for residents. 

Hobbies: Scuba diving, biking, traveling

 

Sarah Fleming

Hometown: Wayzata, MN
Undergraduate: St. Olaf College
Medical School: University of Minnesota

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Clinical Interests: Cardiothoracic Anesthesia

Why did you choose Northwestern? I loved how nice, down to earth and fun the residents were- they were people I wanted to hang out with outside of work! The department was dedicated to training well rounded, competent, independent anesthesiologists. It was clear that resident education was their top priority and that was reflected in protected lecture time, SIM curriculum, and the encouragement for residents to engage and present at conferences within their clinical specialties of interest. The location was also hard to beat! 

Hobbies: Biking/running the Lakeshore trail, eating and drinking my way around Chicago, enjoying time with friends and family, traveling, quarantine sourdough baking. 

Ethan Garrigan

Hometown: Des Moines, IA
Undergraduate: Drake University
Medical School: University of Kansas

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Clinical Interests: Cardiac and Critical Care, non-invasive cardiac output monitors

Why did you choose Northwestern? The breadth of training in a world-class facility coupled with the resident camaraderie.

Hobbies: Weightlifting/fitness, football (real and fantasy), Pre-Covid- enjoying one of Chicago's renowned rooftop patios.

 

John Hartnett

Hometown: Sioux City, IA
Undergraduate: University of Iowa
Medical School: Univeristy of Iowa

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Clinical Interests: Cardiothoracic anesthesia

Why did you choose Northwestern? Residents emphasized their comfort with complex and varied cases, strong work-life balance, good quality of life.

Hobbies: Making homemade salsa, horology, dry, absurdist humor

Amanda Johnson

Hometown: Sioux Falls, SD
Undergraduate: Augustana University
Medical School: South Dakota School of Medicine

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Clinical Interests: Pediatrics

Why did you choose Northwestern? I was a big fan of the opportunities at Northwestern and the attention they had for resident education and health/wellness. I also loved the activity around Chicago and the downtown Chicago area. 

Hobbies: I like any outdoor activity: swimming, running, biking, hiking, etc. In the summer, I'm up for any game of volleyball. I also enjoy getting into a good TV series. 

Bashar Kazanji

Hometown: Bloomfield Hills, MI
Undergraduate: University of Michigan
Medical School: Oakland University William Beaumont SOM

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Clinical Interests: Regional Anesthesia, Sleep medicine

Why did you choose Northwestern? I love Chicago! I had a really good interview day, everyone was exceptional and caring. 

Hobbies: I love to swim and bike, I’m a big fan of the outdoors whether it’s hiking, exploring new things or just taking a walk outside.

Carmen Lopez

Hometown: Dallas, TX
Undergraduate: Notre Dame
Medical School: University of Texas Medical School at Houston

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Clinical Interests: OB

Why did you choose Northwestern? I came for the scenic lakeside views from Prentice. I stayed for a program that puts resident well-being first and has attendings that genuinely want to teach.

Hobbies: Cooking, running, golf, watching Notre Dame football, guitar, travel

Kenneth Miller

Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA
Undergraduate: Boston College
Medical School: Creighton University

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Clinical Interests: Regional anesthesia

Why did you choose Northwestern? The people- everyone is so nice, the residents genuinely like each other, and the resident-attending dynamic is great and really geared toward learning. The number of advanced-level cases is great for training - tons of cardiac and transplants. I don’t feel like there is much I will encounter after residency that I haven’t seen during training. 

Hobbies: Golf, beach volleyball, swimming in Lake Michigan, biking 

Lakshmi Nemani

Hometown: West Lafayette, IN
Undergraduate: Northwestern University
Medical School: Indiana University

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Clinical Interests: Cardiac Anesthesiology and Critical Care

Why did you choose Northwestern? Loved everyone I met on my interview day, strong clinical experience in general anesthesia and all subspecialties, the Global Health Clinical Scholars program, amazing location in downtown Chicago.

Hobbies: Running on the lakefront, cooking/baking/making cocktails, hiking, reading (fiction), travel, and hanging out with my incredible co-residents! 

Shamik Patel

Hometown: Fruitland Park, Fl
Undergraduate: University of Florida
Medical School: Florida Atlantic University Medical School

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Clinical Interests: Critical Care

Why did you choose Northwestern? Amazing location, state of the art facility, and great people. 

Hobbies: Exploring different neighborhoods in Chicago, Reading, Travel

Prachi Patel

Hometown: Austin, TX
Undergraduate: University of Texas at Austin
Medical School: UT Southwestern

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Clinical Interests: Pain Medicine

Why did you choose Northwestern? The people and great clinical experience. Living in Chicago is an added bonus!

Hobbies: Trying new restaurants, running along Lakeshore, pick-up volleyball

Matthew Pilecki

Hometown: Glenview, IL
Undergraduate: Northwestern University
Medical School: Northwestern University

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Clinical Interests: Quality improvement and medical innovation

Why did you choose Northwestern? I love the city of Chicago and I bleed purple

Hobbies: Cooking, travel, investing and personal finance

Max Soghikian

Hometown: Piedmont, California
Undergraduate: Macalester College
Medical School: Northwestern University

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Clinical Interests: Regional Anesthesia, Critical Care

Why did you choose Northwestern? I was at Northwestern for medical school so I suppose I was a little biased. I think the number one reason I chose to stay was that I knew everyone I would work with was not only committed to providing great patient care, but also a lot of fun to work alongside. We spend a lot of time at work, I think it’s paramount to like the people you work with! It also helps that Northwestern was the nicest hospital I saw on my whole interview trail!

Hobbies: Exploring new restaurants, going out with my wife and puppies, video games, building computers

Oscar Veloz

Hometown: El Paso, TX
Undergraduate: University of Texas at El Paso
Medical School: University of Texas Medical Branch

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Clinical Interests: Chronic and acute pain management

Why did you choose Northwestern? I loved the city and loved the location of the hospital. Enjoyed my interview day at Northwestern. I left my interviews feeling very welcomed. All the residents that I interacted with seemed happy with their decision. The program offered complex cases and a high volume for most subspecialties. The program also had all the fellowships I had an interest in. It also offered moonlighting which was a plus. 

Hobbies: The beach, hanging out by the lakefront, hiking, music festivals/concerts, working out, spending quality time with friends. 

Michael Weinfeld

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Undergraduate: University of California - Berkeley
Medical School: Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University

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Clinical Interests: Obstetric, Regional

Why did you choose Northwestern? Beautiful hospital in a great city with intelligent and personable staff.

Hobbies: Cooking, traveling, scuba diving, fishing 

Shatira Wilson

Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Undergraduate: Tennessee State University
Medical School: Howard University

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Clinical Interests: Undecided 

Why did you choose Northwestern? I chose Northwestern because I knew I would get the caseload exposure I needed to become a great anesthesiologist. It seemed like one of the programs that strive to offer good work/life balance to its residents. I also had a “gut” feeling that it was the program for me during the interview and followed my instinct. 

Hobbies: Cooking

Diane Yoon

Hometown: Korea
Undergraduate: Rice University
Medical School: Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University

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Clinical Interests: Cardiac Anesthesia

Why did you choose Northwestern? Northwestern has a large number of cases for each and every subspecialty within anesthesiology, and I was confident that I would graduate from this residency as a well-rounded anesthesiologist. I also personally preferred that all the hospitals be within walking distance from where I live. I love my short commute (10-minute door to door walking) and the vibrant neighborhood (Streeterville) where a lot of my co-residents also live.

Hobbies: Traveling, exploring the city, photography, low-cost interior design 

Yujing Zhao

Hometown: Changchun, China
Undergraduate: College of Wooster
Medical School: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

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Clinical Interests: Adult general anesthesia

Why did you choose Northwestern? I had a great experience on the interview day. I liked my interactions with the current residents and faculty members. Work-life balance is well maintained for the residents. Dr. Nathan and others have built a solid structured educational program. 

Hobbies: Yoga, biking, cooking, painting

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Chad Cogan

Hometown: Buffalo Grove, IL
Undergraduate: Indiana University
Medical School: Chicago Medical School: Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

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Clinical Interests: Pediatric Anesthesia & Pain Medicine

Why did you choose Northwestern? Great Training, Warm People, Best City

Hobbies: Physical Fitness, Live Music, Coffee

 

John Csiha

Hometown: Libertyville, IL
Undergraduate: Loyola University Chicago
Medical School: University of Illinios-Rockford

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Clinical Interests: Critical Care & Regional Anesthesia 

Why did you choose Northwestern? I wanted to experience the challenges and educational opportunities a larger facility would offer me. I enjoyed my 4th-year medical school away rotation at NMH very much, furthering my desire to choose it. 

Hobbies: Motorcycle riding and repair. Running/weight lifting. Playing guitar. 

 

Mia Garino

Hometown: Chicago, IL
Undergraduate: University of Virginia
Medical School: Georgetown University

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Clinical Interests: Regional anesthesia

Why did you choose Northwestern? The camaraderie between all members of the anesthesia team and the unbeatable location- Chicago is the best city to live and train in! 

Hobbies: Cooking with my husband, long walks around the city, reading, traveling

Alexander Hjelmaas

Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa
Undergraduate: University of Iowa
Medical School: University of Michigan

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Clinical Interests: Cardiac and Critical Care

Why did you choose Northwestern? Outstanding, dedicated faculty with a strong commitment to resident education. Chicago is a fantastic city to live and work in. Excellent reputation and fellowship opportunities. Supportive departments, including the various departments that we rotate through as interns and interact with as senior residents (including medicine, emergency, surgery).

Hobbies: Bicycling, movies, exploring Chicago’s restaurant scene, college football, live music

Aidan Hoie

Hometown: Omaha, NE
Undergraduate: Northwestern University
Medical School: University of Nebraska

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Clinical Interests: Regional, pediatrics

Why did you choose Northwestern? I met so many great people on my interview day and really felt at home. The clinical and academic training is strong, but there are also so many varied opportunities outside of the OR to become a better physician and person. Plus the city of Chicago is great!

Hobbies: Reading, eating at as many restaurants in the city as possible, spending time with my co-residents!

Eleanor Kenny

Hometown: Naperville, IL
Undergraduate: University of Miami
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin

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Clinical Interests: Regional anesthesia, OB

Why did you choose Northwestern? Chicago is the best!

Hobbies: Hiking, peloton, yoga, college football 

Charles Kersten

Medical School: University of California - SF

Andrew Klein

Hometown: Peoria, Illinois
Undergraduate: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Medical School: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

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Clinical Interests: Critical Care

Why did you choose Northwestern? I wanted to be close to family in the Chicago area

Hobbies: Cooking and hiking

Nolan Machado

Hometown: Rockville, MD
Undergraduate: Cornell University
Medical School: Univeristy of Chicago

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Clinical Interests: Cardiac, Critical Care, Medical Education

Why did you choose Northwestern? Beautiful city, great resident culture, ample academic support/resources for resident learning

Hobbies: Hiking, exercise/gym, cooking, gardening, Chicago's food scene

Kyle Mele

Hometown: Queens, New York
Undergraduate: William & Mary
Medical School: George Washington University

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Clinical Interests: Chronic Pain

Why did you choose Northwestern? I felt that the attendings I interviewed with were whole heartedly invested in the residency program as well as the success of the residents. The residents got along well with each other and seemed to foster a sense of community within the program. 

Hobbies: Grilling

Paulina Mirovski

Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA
Undergraduate: University of Virginia
Medical School: University of Virginia School of Medicine

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Clinical Interests: Unknown, possibly OB or generalist 

Why did you choose Northwestern? Large breath of cases, camaraderie between co-residents, collegial learning environment with attendings who love to teach, amazing location in downtown Chicago.

Hobbies: Watching reality tv, playing tennis, skiing and snowboarding, going out to eat at all the amazing Chicago restaurants 

Phillip Nulman

Hometown: Northbrook, IL
Undergraduate: Vanderbilt University
Medical School: Rush Medical College of Rush University

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Clinical Interests: Anesthesia critical care, Trauma anesthesia, Cardiac anesthesia, Regional anesthesia

Why did you choose Northwestern? Prior to my interview, I knew that Northwestern would provide a diverse and expansive caseload that would allow me to reach my potential as an eventual attending.

By the end of my interview, Northwestern was my clear number one choice for many other reasons as well. I was greatly impressed by the didactics and teaching available. Even more importantly, I was sold by the positive culture that has been fostered here. During my interview day, everyone was transparent, honest, and genuinely cared about the residents. And all the residents seemed happy and eager to convey those same sentiments.

Hobbies: Studying languages (French, German), traveling, cooking, reading & listening to podcasts (especially history), watching movies

Aashka Patel

Hometown: Little Rock, AR
Undergraduate: Northwestern University
Medical School: University of Oklahoma

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Clinical Interests: Regional, OB, cardiac—too early to say

Why did you choose Northwestern? Sense of camaraderie between residents, excellent didactics, leadership that cares about your wellbeing, complex and high clinical volume, and of course, Chicago!

Hobbies: Trying new restaurants, traveling (in pre-covid times), hiking, cooking

Andrew Qian

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Undergraduate: Drexel University
Medical School: Drexel University

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Clinical Interests: Regional anesthesia

Why did you choose Northwestern? High-quality didactics, downtown location

Hobbies: Volleyball, basketball, board games

Brianna Rea

Hometown: Auburn, Ohio
Undergraduate: Ohio University
Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University

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Clinical Interests: Regional, Cardiothoracic

Why did you choose Northwestern? Our programs strive to provide amazing academic opportunities and educational experiences, but also truly value the residents and don't overlook work/life balance. The people are friendly and working in the heart of Chicago can't be beat!

Hobbies: Cooking, traveling, reading, trying new restaurants, true crime podcasts, spending time by the lake

Joseph Rivera-Zotigh

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Undergraduate: University of Arizona
Medical School: University of Arizona

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Clinical Interests: Regional anesthesia

Why did you choose Northwestern? Great training, happy residents, and an awesome downtown lifestyle. 

Hobbies: Exploring new restaurants with friends, fitness, spending time in nature, meditation, and hanging out with family. 

Benjamin Rosenfeld

Hometown: Detriot, MI
Undergraduate: University of Michigan
Medical School: Ohio State University

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Clinical Interests: Pediatric cardiac anesthesia 

Why did you choose Northwestern? Great program in a great city

Hobbies: Cycling, reading, cooking, exploring Chicago

James Sabra

Hometown: Westport, MA
Undergraduate: Johns Hopkins University
Medical School: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

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Clinical Interests: Undecided at the moment - possibly Regional

Why did you choose Northwestern? The people. I did two months of anesthesiology rotations at Northwestern as a medical student, and a month and the anesthesia-staffed ICUs. Everyone, from the residents to fellows and attendings, was enthusiastic about their roles and great at teaching. The combination of the people with the case diversity at NMH and location in Chicago made it hard for me to leave.

Hobbies: Playing piano, lifting, cooking

Meghan Woody-Fowler

Hometown: Overland Park, KS
Undergraduate: Boston College
Medical School: University of Kansas

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Clinical Interests: Regional anesthesia and perioperative pain

Why did you choose Northwestern? Great culture and great location 

Hobbies: Cooking, eating, trivia, traveling

Amy Yan

Hometown: Madison, WI
Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin
Medical School: University of Wisconsin

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Clinical Interests:  Regional anesthesia

Why did you choose Northwestern? The positive and supportive residency atmosphere as well as the quality of training at Northwestern are unparalleled. Chicago is also an amazing city with plenty of new and fun experiences!

Hobbies: Kayaking, paddleboarding, exploring Chicago’s food scene 

Nicolas Zavala

Hometown: Naperville, IL
Undergraduate: Santa Clara University
Medical School: The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

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Clinical Interests: No idea! But considering Generalist vs OB vs Regional 

Why did you choose Northwestern? I chose Northwestern for the people, the location, and rigor of training. But honestly, the people are fantastic and a good enough reason on its own!

Hobbies: Playing outside with my dog, cooking, and visiting one of the many fine cocktail or dinner establishments in Chicago.

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Samir Dacosta

Hometown: Novi, MI
Undergraduate: University of Michigan
Medical School: Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science

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Clinical Interests: Cardiac, ICU

Why did you choose Northwestern? I chose Northwestern for the world-class clinical experience in and out of the OR. This, coupled with the camaraderie between residents I noticed during my interview dinner and interview, made choosing Northwestern a no brainer. 

Hobbies: Hiking with my wife and dog around the many trails in Chicago, Watching Michigan (and unfortunately Detroit Lions) Football, Trying new Restaurants, Travel  

Lindsay Holland

Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI
Undergraduate: University of Michigan
Medical School: University of Michigan Medical School

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Clinical Interests: Quality improvement

Why did you choose Northwestern? The people and Chicago

Hobbies: Traveling, cooking, watching Michigan football, spending time with family and friends (and my cat)

Anastasia Koptelova

Hometown: Snezhinsk, Russia
Undergraduate: Oakland City University
Medical School: University of Kansas School of Medicine

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Clinical Interests: I’m looking forward to exploring what each field of anesthesiology has to offer. I’ve always found Neuroanesthesia particularly interesting.

Why did you choose Northwestern? Northwestern Anesthesiology offers the best opportunity to advance my professional potential, including the Global Health Clinical Scholars Program. It was also highly important for me that the program protects education time and prioritizes resident wellness. This was made clear from the very beginning, including an excellent talk by Dr. Nathan. In addition, after flying all across the country and interviewing in so many cities on both coasts, Chicago was the one that stood out and felt like home.

Hobbies: Riding my bike along lakeshore bike path, paddle boarding, keeping up with the news (yes, I enjoy reading the world news even after 2020).

 

Jonathan Laussen

Hometown: Newton, MA
Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Medical School: Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science

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Clinical Interests: Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology, Regional Anesthesiology

Why did you choose Northwestern? The co-residents, the breadth of case experiences, strong emphasis on resident education and wellness. 

Hobbies: Fitness, helping my wife cook, watching sports, being outside. 

Rachael Lu

Hometown: Houston, TX
Undergraduate: Rice University
Medical School: The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School

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Clinical Interests: Obstetric anesthesia, cardiac anesthesia

Why did you choose Northwestern? On my interview day, the residents were so friendly and positive, and the faculty were really supportive. I was impressed by all of the learning opportunities and resources that Northwestern is able to offer. Chicago is also such a beautiful city. I have been loving it here so far!

Hobbies: Running, kickboxing, swimming, watching reality TV, listening to music

Brianna Maroukis

Hometown: Kalamazoo, MI
Undergraduate: University of MIchigan
Medical School: University of Michigan Medical School

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Clinical Interests: Regional, ultrasound, but keeping my options open!

Why did you choose Northwestern? flexible schedule, great didactics, amazing people

Hobbies: cycling, hiking, keeping my plants alive

Jacob Nieb

Hometown: Boulder, CO
Undergraduate: American University
Medical School: Northwestern University The Feinberg School of Medicine

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Clinical Interests: OB and Regional

Why did you choose Northwestern? I loved my rotations in general anesthesia, ICU, and OB anesthesia, the residents are so kind and friendly, Chicago is a great city, great OB anesthesia program

Hobbies: Reading, spending time with my dog, playing piano, spending time outside/on the beach, board games, puzzles, comedy shows

Taylor Pruis

Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI
Undergraduate: Calvin College
Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine

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Clinical Interests: Critical Care and Cardiac

Why did you choose Northwestern? I felt the most at home during the interview day and pre-interview dinner. Obviously the clinical and research opportunities are amazing and the location is ideal, but what sealed it for me was meeting the residents. I also wanted to be in a big city and not too far from home. 

Hobbies: Soccer, baseball, golf, reading, travel, exploring Chicago 

Tristan Pulliam

Hometown: San Jose, CA
Undergraduate: San Jose State University
Medical School: Saint Louis University School of Medicine

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Clinical Interests: Acute, Chronic, and regional pain medicine

Why did you choose Northwestern? I was looking for programs that provided excellent clinical training while still providing a close and supportive community and felt that Northwestern embodied just that. 

Hobbies: Hiking, museums, travel, and related to animals!

Aaron Smith

Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona
Undergraduate: Cornell University
Medical School: University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences The Pritzker School of Medicine

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Clinical Interests: Obstetric Anesthesia, ultrasound, regional anesthesia, medical education

Why did you choose Northwestern? Amazing location in downtown Chicago, strong didactic program, strong surgical programs, and hard-working laid back co-residents

Hobbies: Homebrewing, live music, cooking, singing, being obsessed with my Peloton bike

Nicholas Smith

Hometown: Bolingbrook, IL
Undergraduate: Eastern Illinois University
Medical School: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

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Clinical Interests: Cardiothoracic and Critical Care Anesthesiology

Why did you choose Northwestern? When I interviewed at Northwestern, I was most impressed with the culture of the program and hospital in general. It was clear to me that this is such a special place to train and several months into intern year, I couldn't be happier that I made the right decision. The residents, faculty and staff I met on interview day were awesome and I was really impressed by the facilities as well. I knew I wanted to come back home to Chicago for my training, and I felt training at a large, prestigious academic center would help me become the best version of myself as a future leader in the field of anesthesiology.

Hobbies: I played Division I soccer in college so I love to play soccer in my free time, in addition to most other sports. My wife and I love going on runs along the Lakefront Trail when it's nice out. We also have a mini Goldendoodle puppy who keeps us busy!

Lydia Su

Hometown: Rochester Hills, MI
Undergraduate: University of Michigan
Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine

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Clinical Interests: Critical Care

Why did you choose Northwestern? I loved the people, breadth and depth of clinical experiences, and couldn’t miss out on the opportunity of being in the heart of Chicago!

Hobbies: Trying out new restaurants, dessert places, cafes...I’m very motivated by food. I also love to travel (pre-COVID), and enjoy knitting/crochet.

Kelsey Pandrangi

Hometown: Naperville, IL
Undergraduate: Cleveland State
Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University

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Clinical Interests: CT, Critical Care

Why did you choose Northwestern? Great exposure to CT, critical care, transplant, and level 1 trauma all in the city I love!

Hobbies: Netflix

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