Current Residents

We invite you to get to know our residency cohort, and explore the places they train, live and relax!

 

 

PGY 1 Residents

Catherine Chen, MD

Medical School: Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine
Track: AP/CP
Bio / Interests:

Crafting: I enjoy making wire-wrapped jewelry and paper crafts.
Pen-paling: I like to surprise friends with handwritten letters and small personalized gifts.

Thrift shopping: I enjoy walking from store to store hunting for vintage clothing. I often draw design inspiration from items that I find.

Lucy Evans, MD, PhD

Medical School: University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine (MD, PhD)
Track: AP/NP
Bio/Interests:

I am an extreme puzzler. My most recent was an entirely white 1000 piece puzzle. I have a 20 year tradition of stress baking during deadlines. My staple is a sugar cookie that is loved for taste, but also the extensive decoration. Most favored are the lobster, mermaid, dinosaur, giraffe, & sheriff. I am an oddity & bone collector with a collection of vintage medical supplies, text books, art, & specimens, such as coyote teeth, insect wings, medical illustrations, & knitted rendition of a mouse necropsy

Alex “Aleks” Penev, MD, PhD

Medical School: New York University Grossman School of Medicine (MD, PhD)
Track: AP-Only
Bio/Interests:

In my spare time I enjoy running, cooking, playing with my dog and snowboarding.

Suhhyun “Sarah” Kim, DO, PhD

Medical School: University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth - Texas COM (DO, PhD)
Track: AP/CP
Bio/Interests:

Having spent my younger years in Vancouver, I am so happy to be back in the PNW! I spend the majority of my free time with my rescue dog, Maya. We love going on extra-long walks and sitting in the park to watch the sunset. I also enjoy cooking a variety of Korean cuisine and making yogurt during the weekends.

Tara Krishnan, MD

Medical School: University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
Track: AP/CP
Bio/Interests:

I was born and raised in Illinois and ended up in Kansas City for medical school. Moving to Seattle and meeting the people here have been so much fun. I dabble in a variety of hobbies including, but not limited to: Exploring: coffeeshops, public transport, dynamic food, sunny breweries, exquisite culture, live music, art festivals, hiking, biking, long walks around Green Lake, and anything else I can squeeze out of the Pacific Northwest as a Midwest transplant. Cooking: preserved lemons, rhubarb jam, candied tomatoes, fresh yogurt, windowsill-grown basil, baked cookies/cake/pie/muffins/bread, wintery soups in the summer & herby salads in the winter... the list is endless!

Maria “Paz” Gray, MD

Medical School: Universidad del Azuay Facultad de Medicina, Ecuador
Track: AP/CP
Bio/Interests:

I like playing any type of sport, even the ones I’m not good at! I like singing with my brother in open mics - specially Shakira’s music. I enjoy watching crime documentaries and How I Met You Mother. I love my mom’s chumales, bread, chocolate, melon, watermelon, and Chick-fil-A ! Family always comes first. SPREAD LOVE! Proud cuencana!

Carol Rizkalla, M.B.B.Ch.B

Medical School: Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland School of Medicine, Ireland
Track: AP/CP
Bio/Interests:

Hello! I was born in Egypt and immigrated to Calgary, Canada when I was 7 years old- after high school, I decided to pursue medicine in Dublin, Ireland- 6 years later, here I am in Seattle! I am super excited to be starting my pathology residency; I truly think we are medicine's best-kept secret! Everyone here in Seattle thrives off the outdoors (hiking, biking, and climbing are all really big here); on top of those, I love exploring the different neighborhoods within the city; they each have a unique style and flare- the food scene is also endless.

PGY 2 Residents

Michael Brown, DO

Medical School: A.T. Still University of Health Sciences Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
Track: AP/CP
Bio / Interests:

I enjoy solo domestic and international travel. When traveling, I like eating breakfast at the counter of local diners and like joining hiking groups to connect with locals. Because I enjoy reading fantasy and sci-fi novels, I predominately play role-playing videogames since their immersive stories feel like books come-to-life.I have played both intramural indoor and sand volleyball for 10+ years. 

Kenneth Chen, DO, PhD

Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Track: AP/CP
Bio / Interests:

Reading, meditation/spirituality, nature, basketball

Jamie Garrett, MD

Medical School:  University of Washington School of Medicine
Track: AP/CP
Bio / Interests:

I enjoy crafting, such as painting and quilting. I used to swim competitively and continue to swim recreationally. I love to watch movies and spend time at home. Recently I have gotten into horticulture and indoor plants.

Ariana Pape, MD

Medical School:  Eastern Virginia Medical School
Track: AP/CP
Bio / Interests:

Reading fantasy novels, mythology, knitting/quilting, taekwondo, video games/board games

Aanand Patel, MD, PhD

Medical School:  University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine (MD, PhD)
Track:  AP-Only
Bio / Interests:

Baking, board games, computer games, reading

Giannoula Tansarli, MD, PhD

Medical School: Demokritos University of Thrace Department of Medicine, Greece
Track: CP-Only
Bio / Interests:

Originally from Greece, I moved to the United States with my husband a few years ago and our first stop was Rhode Island. We moved to Seattle for my medical residency, and we love this city for its amazing nature scenery -lots of green, lakes, and mountain views- but also the beautiful urban areas with good restaurants. My area of interest in Clinical Pathology is medical & public health microbiology where I have completed a fellowship and received the ABMM certification. My goal is to pursue a career in academic medicine, and I believe that the UW program with its outstanding CP faculty and the numerous research opportunities is the ideal place to get my residency training.

Leonid Yermakov, MD, PhD

Medical School:  Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine (MD, PhD)
Track: AP/CP
Bio / Interests:

Board games (Catan, Ticket to Ride), reading (fantasy and classic Russian novels), hiking and exploring national parks, scuba diving.

   

PGY 3 Residents

Meagan Chambers, MD, MS

Medical School: Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Track: AP/NP
Bio / Interests
Meagan graduated from Dartmouth Medical School, bringing her husband and son with her to Seattle. She is interested in everything autopsy (forensic and medical autopsies) and enjoys foraging for mushrooms and bird watching.

Daniel Child, MD, PhD

Medical School: Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Track: AP/NP
Bio / Interests: 
Hiking, kayaking, cycling, playing music (viola, guitar, bass guitar), traveling, creative writing (particularly poetry), baking bread, attending concerts, listening to music on vinyl, Nordic skiing, and doing all these activities as much as possible with family (spouse, two children).

Matthew Hogan, MD

Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Track: AP/CP 
Bio / Interests: 

  • Outdoor wilderness activities (hiking, kayaking, camping, rock climbing, bird watching, tidepooling)
  • Music (piano, guitar, drums, kalimba, Native American flute)
  • Salsa/swing dancing
  • Learning foreign languages
  • Experimenting with recipes from world cuisines

Andrew Laitman, MD, PhD

Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine
Track: CP-Only
Bio / Interests: 
  • Crossfit, softball, mindfulness meditation, watching baseball

Jason Siu, MD, PhD

Medical School: Ohio State University College of Medicine
Track: AP/CP
Bio / Interests: 
  • Food appreciation: in quest of best bites in town
  • Arts and culture: museum, symphony, musicals, opera
  • World exploration: nature, hiking, globetrotting (seeking travel advice)
  • Volunteering: in academia and the community
  • Teaching/mentoring: students of all ages
  • Wellness: pets, podcasts, exercise, family

Rebecca Treger, MD, PhD

Medical School: Yale School of Medicine
Track: CP-Only
Bio / Interests: 

I am a native Oregonian who has happily returned to the Pacific Northwest after 12 years in New England. I am interested in immunology, immunogenetics, and test method development, and I chose UW for: its brilliant, kind, and dedicated faculty; its excellence in clinical pathology; and the diversity of research and fellowship opportunities. I love exploring Seattle by tandem bicycle, wine tasting in Eastern Washington's wine country, and hiking.

Ritika Walia, MD, MBBS

Medical School: Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and Safdarjung Hospital
Track: AP/CP
Bio / Interests: 
Outside of work I enjoy singing and dancing. I love cooking quick and healthy meals. I chose UW as the top program because of its diverse and excellent faculty. The program offers plenty of research and fellowship opportunities. I love the lake parks and Rainier views in Seattle the most.

Bitania Wondimu, MD

Medical School: Northwestern University The Feinberg School of Medicine
Track: AP/CP
Bio / Interests: 
In my free time, I am an avid reader and enjoy high fantasy novels as well as contemporary fiction and nonfiction written by influential women. I also enjoy the theater and performing arts, and try to go to Broadway shows whenever possible. I also dance, play tennis, and enjoy hiking.

PGY 4 Residents

Lindsey Durowoju, MD

Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Track: AP/CP
Bio / Interests: 
In my free time, I enjoy hiking, kayaking on south lake union, visiting the vibrant Seattle farmers markets, drinking coffee and cooking up interesting meals. Seattle is the ideal residency destination because it has both city life and tons of outdoor activities, not to mention loads of mountains to hike just a short distance away. Our UW pathology training is fantastic, as a direct result of the incredible variety of specimens we see due to patients seeking expert care at UW from the WWAMI region (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana & Idaho). I am interested in pursuing a gastrointestinal and hepatic pathology fellowship.

Karen Fang, MD

Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Track: AP/CP 
Bio / Interests: 

My interests and Bio / Interests include dancing, baking, playing the piano, math, videogames, hiking, cooing over photos of other peoples' children/furchildren, missing jokes and memos, being unironically dorky, and consuming science fiction in all its forms. My favorite place in Seattle so far is Greenlake Park. I chose UW for the people. My academic interests include all things at the junction of engineering and pathology, and my goal is to someday incorporate both research and extensive amounts of teaching into my career. I passed the friendly test! Come say hi sometime!

Austin Green, MD

Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine
Track: AP/CP
Bio / Interests: 
  • Tennis, visiting national and state parks, hiking, camping, backpacking, biking, Notre Dame football, basketball, lacrosse

Heather Kirkham, DO, MA

Medical School: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern
Track: AP/CP
Bio / Interests: 

Originally from a small town in Minnesota, my partner moved us to Phoenix, AZ for his work and now I've moved us to Seattle for residency. We came for the strong AP/CP curriculum and wide range of consult cases, but we're staying for the PNW Wilderness. On a typical weekend morning I hangout with my greyhound, Linus, and sip coffee while watching cooking videos on Youtube. Weekend afternoons are spent shredding gnarly trails on mountain bikes and then cooking for family and friends. If it's someday safe to be around people again, eating out at restaurants and seeing live music will be the things I never take for granted.

Timothy (Isaac) Miller, MD, MA

Medical School: University of Washington
Track: AP/CP
Bio / Interests:  My hobbies: Good restaurants, hiking (like any good PNWer), my cats, fitness
Why I choose UW: Strong AP and CP programs; big variety in cases; strong subspecialties across the board and many fellowship opportunities
My favorite places in Washington: Capitol Hill scene, Whidbey Island, Olympic Peninsula
My Career Goals: I probably want to stay in academics  - partially because I like the collaboration with the clinicians and also because I like to teach.   

Bicong (Crane) Wu, MD

Medical School: University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine Canada
Track: AP/CP
Bio / Interests: 
  • Spending time with loved ones, staying active through bouldering and running, and relaxing while watching movies and TV