Our Residents

In addition to the superb training you will receive in our program, we believe that our residents are the greatest strength of our program. We are fortunate to attract outstanding residents from around the country. We are large enough to have a distinct identity within each department, yet small enough to form close relationships with one another. This collegial environment makes the University of Michigan an outstanding environment in which to pursue your Med-Peds training.

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Taylor Broome, MD

Undergraduate Degree - BS, 2013, College of William and Mary

Medical School - MD, 2017, Duke University School of Medicine

About Me

I was born in North Carolina and grew up on a cattle farm in southern Virginia. I went to undergrad at William & Mary (Go Tribe!) and medical school at Duke University. I love musical theatre and I wrote/directed "Doc of Ages" in my third year of medical school. I am a huge animal lover and I have two cats named Sterling and Starbuck. My hobbies include napping, gardening, baking, and Netflix.

Why I Chose Michigan?

I chose U of M because it is strong in both pediatrics and medicine, thus having an excellent med-peds program. Additionally the people I met on my interview were smart, kind, and down to earth. U of M really takes care of its residents and that was the kind of place I wanted to be. Also, Ann Arbor is a pretty cool place to live! Now if they could just do something about the winters...

Zoe Raglow, MD

Undergraduate Degree - BA, 2010, University of Kansas

Medical School - MD, 2017, Georgetown University School of Medicine

About Me

I did my undergraduate studies at the University of Kansas, where I majored in French and Biology, and spent a summer abroad in Strasbourg, France. After graduation, I did basic and clinical research in hepatology before starting medical school at the University of Kansas. I fell in love with both medicine and pediatrics during my third year of medical school, so Med-Peds was the perfect fit for me. In my free time I love binging on Netflix, doing crossword puzzles, and watching Jeopardy (just waiting on my AARP card), and I dream of owning an extra-large, fluffy dog. Right now, my future career interest is in hematology/oncology.

Why I Chose Michigan?

I wanted a residency with strong categorical programs, but which also had a unique Med/Peds identity, in a big academic program which could offer a lot to its residents. I knew Michigan fit all those criteria before my interview, but it was the interview day that really convinced me. The residents were warm, engaging, and bright, the program director was inspiring, and the environment was so supportive. Plus getting to live in Ann Arbor is a great bonus!

Arielle Schaffer-White, MD

Undergraduate Degree - BA, 2011, Lewis & Clark College

Medical School - MD, 2017, University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine

About Me

I grew up in Santa Ynez, a small town in central California. I attended college at Lewis & Clark College in Portland Oregon, majoring in Biology with a minor in Gender Studies. I loved the Pacific Northwest so stayed after graduation working as a nanny and a medical scribe. I met my husband in Portland and convinced him to move with my temperamental cat and me to San Francisco to attend medical school at UCSF. Outside of medicine I love to garden, cook, and explore the outdoors.

Why I Chose Michigan?

Initially I was drawn to the program due to the strength of each of the categorical programs and for how well rounded the Med-Peds program felt. When I interviewed it was the culture of the program that impressed me most. The residents were friendly, down to earth, knew one another well, and created a very supportive atmosphere that felt different from other programs I visited. My husband and I also loved the size and accessibility of Ann Arbor with all of the outdoor activities and great restaurants to explore outside of work.

Erica Smith, MD

Undergraduate Degree - BS, 2009, University of Michigan

Medical School - MD, 2017, Wayne State University school of Medicine

About Me

I was born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit and love Michigan so much, I just can't seem to leave! I went to the University of Michigan for undergrad where I majored in Neuroscience and then spent the next four years completing medical school in Detroit at Wayne State University. I fell in love with both medicine and pediatrics during my third year of medical school, so Med-Peds was the perfect fit for me. When I'm not at the hospital, I love to golf, hike, try out all of the yoga studios around town, watch "The Bachelor" with my co-residents, and eat all of the delicious food in Ann Arbor!

Why I Chose Michigan?

Michigan had everything I was looking for in a residency program. Not only are the categorical programs strong on both sides, but there is a strong Med/Peds presence and community. On my interview day, the people I met were warm, fun and down-to-earth, and it was clear that I would get top-notch training in a supportive environment at UM. Plus, Ann Arbor is an amazing city with everything I love- lots of outdoor activities, coffee, beer, food, and a great football team! Go Blue!

Amy Wang Ludwig, MD

Undergraduate Degree - BS, Northwestern University

Medical School - MD, 2017, Rush Medical College

About Me

I grew up all over the place, from rural China to the mountains of Utah to the very flat farms of Wisconsin. Home is Chicago, where my parents live now and where I did undergrad at Northwestern and med school at Rush. I took some time off between to teach high schoolers biology and calculus (or I tried anyway). When I'm not in the hospital, I like to collect cookbooks and bake, do hot yoga, hang out with my dog Parker, or be outside running, hiking, pretending to know how to garden, and patio drinking. One of my new favorite things is Sporcle trivia, and it is near impossible to win in Ann Arbor but I am deadset on doing this once during residency. Other goals include pursuing GI, and I am passionate about global health and community engagement with at risk communities.

Why I Chose Michigan?

There was an instant connection and gut feeling I had about Michigan from my interview day. I really think it came down to the people I met, and the collaborative and warm culture really stood out to me. I knew I wanted a med-peds program that had strong, rigorous categorical programs but also its own unique med-pedsy vibe. I also wanted an institution with a wide catchment area that would give me exposure to all type of patients from a variety of backgrounds. Michigan definitely met these expectations and then some! On my interview day, it was apparent that the residents at U of M are valued, supported, and also challenged to critically evaluate patients, to be curious and thoughtful clinicians. On top of that, Ann Arbor is a lively, beautiful town with the typical Midwestern charm that makes me feel instantly at home. I am also really happy to be part of an institution with a stellar football team (sorry, Wildcats). Go blue!

Steven Wilson, MD

Undergraduate Degree - BS, 2012, University of Michigan

Medical School - MD, 2017, University of Michigan Medical School

About Me

I grew up in a small township about an hour northeast of Ann Arbor. After matriculating at the University of Michigan, I studied cellular and molecular biology and conducted cancer research through the Department of Urology before enrolling in medical school at the University of Michigan. Throughout both my childhood and college years, I was very involved in sports, particularly football. In my spare time, I enjoy exploring the variety of restaurants downtown, traveling, exercising, coaching, and visiting family & friends.

Why I Chose Michigan?

There are countless reasons why I chose the University of Michigan for internal medicine/pediatrics residency, but the simplest explanation is that Ann Arbor is home. It was also very important to me that I have the opportunity to work at a large academic center with great people, rigorous training, and a culture of collegiality/teamwork. I couldn't be more thrilled to spend my next four years here and while I don't know what the future holds, I'm excited for the opportunities ahead!

Victoria Wytiaz, MD, MA

Undergraduate Degree - BA & BS, 2013, University of Pittsburgh

Medical School - MD, 2017, Temple University Lewis Katz School of Medicine

About Me

I was born and raised in Pittsburgh and I am one of those Pittsburgh people that will mention the city and rave about it at every opportunity. I stayed for my undergraduate education at the University of Pittsburgh where I majored in molecular biology and the history and philosophy of science. I was also a sports reporter for the daily student paper which was great for an avid sports fan like myself (hockey and baseball tied for first, football a close second for me!). I moved across the state for medical school at Temple in Philadelphia where I also earned a master's degree in urban bioethics. My master's thesis focused on the dynamic of physicians-as-patients and how the illness experience impacts further practice. I chose med-peds because of the breadth of opportunities for future careers and because of the people...motivated, fun and amazing clinicians. Outside of medicine, I try to catch as many Pirates, Steelers and Penguins games as I can. I am also on a mission to find the best brunch and ice cream places everywhere I go.

Why I Chose Michigan?

I had never been within the state borders before my interview, but I could sense Michigan was a great fit from that first experience. The health system has an incredible reputation and I was struck by the balance between innovative research and technological advancements and compassionate patient care. There is most definitely a culture here that promotes learning and improvement and I knew I would be challenged every day as a resident, by both faculty and my talented peers. The Michigan med-peds program is also well-respected throughout the institution and coming from a medical school without med-peds, it was important for me to feel this sense of welcome. I am excited to be a part of this exciting community!

Stephani Zakutansky, MD

Medicine-Pediatrics Chief Resident

Undergraduate Degree - BS, 2013, Duke University

Medical School - MD, 2017, University of Washington School of Medicine

About Me

I grew up in a small town in northwest Indiana, and spent as much time as possible swimming and playing out on Lake Michigan. I moved to North Carolina to study global health and marine biology at Duke, before heading west for medical school at the University of Washington in Seattle. Thanks to the WWAMI program, I explored my interest underserved medicine through rotations in rural Montana, Wyoming, and Alaska. At this point, I'm excited about global and rural health, health systems strengthening, transition care, and storytelling in medicine. Not sure where that's all going to lead quite yet! Outside of the hospital, I love biking, cooking, taking care of my tenuous herb garden, live music, climbing at the local rock wall, and finding new adventures with my co-residents!

Why I Chose Michigan?

I chose Michigan Med/Peds for a number of reasons. I felt a connection with the people that I met on my interview day, faculty and residents alike. They were thoughtful, smart, and down-to-earth. I also wanted a program that was strong on both sides, with a Med/Peds community to boot. I knew I'd get great teaching, work at a top-notch hospital, and find a supportive community here. And lastly, I wanted a program with opportunities to get involved in advocacy work, community engagement, and global health.

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Kristin Andres, MD

Undergraduate Degree - BS, 2014,University of Kentucky

Medical School - MD, 2018, University of Kentucky College of Medicine

About Me

I grew up in Lexington, KY and received my undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky where I majored in Biology with a minor in Psychology. After college I stayed at the University of Kentucky for medical school. Despite this, I decided to break the mold and venture north to Ann Arbor for residency! When I'm outside the hospital I enjoy baking (especially cupcakes and homemade ice cream), board games, a good book/film and trivia nights. I plan to focus on transitional care of patients with congenital heart disease in the future either through Pediatric cardiology or dual fellowship in Peds and Adult Congenital cardiology.

Why I Chose Michigan?

I was searching for a program that combined high caliber Internal Medicine and Pediatrics training programs, a high volume of patients with congenital heart disease, and strong research mentors. U of M checked all my boxes! However, it was truly the friendly residents and approachable faculty that brought me to Ann Arbor.

Katharine Epler, MD

Undergraduate Degree - BS, 2013, University of New Mexico

Medical School - MD, 2018, University of New Mexico School of Medicine

About Me

I was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I attended the University of New Mexico where I majored in chemical engineering. I enjoyed research, and worked on a project involving the development of a targeted drug delivery platform prior to starting medical school at UNM. I enjoy inpatient medicine, and likely plan to complete a fellowship (to be determined) after residency. Some of my hobbies include hiking with my dog, cooking, baking, and yoga. I love travel, and want to ultimately visit all seven continents!

Why I Chose Michigan?

It's difficult to articulate exactly why I chose Michigan, but it had a lot to do with how I felt after my interview day. I enjoyed meeting the residents and faculty; I didn't meet anyone that was not upbeat and friendly. The predominant attitude seemed to value competency and scholarship, with some humility also, which contrasted to some of the other programs I visited. So far, I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to train here- it has surpassed all of my expectations!

Jessica Hoffman, MD

Undergraduate Degree - BS, 2012, Duke University

Medical School - MD, 2018, Duke University School of Medicine

About Me

I grew up in the beautiful horse country of Lexington, Kentucky. The sport of diving made me a bit of a traitor to my hometown by bringing me down south to Duke University for my undergraduate education where I competed for the Blue Devils and majored in Psychology. I continue to cheer for both my beloved Kentucky Wildcats and my Duke Blue Devils, both of which are conveniently the same blue and rarely play each other. I stayed at Duke for medical school and was part of the Primary Care Leadership Track. My loves in medicine include primary care, prevention, caring for underserved populations, and obesity research and treatment. Outside of medicine, I like to run, bake, and eat my husband's yummy cooking because I'm a terrible cook. I love spending time outside (and also being lazy) with my husband and our very sweet and spoiled puppy princess named Sammie.

Why I Chose Michigan?

I fell in love with Michigan on my interview day. The residents were incredibly friendly, down to earth, and seemed to love spending time together. The program director and faculty all seemed very supportive, kind, and committed to service, and U of M seemed to genuinely care about every resident's wellbeing, as demonstrated by the long-standing support for a house officer union. In addition, U of M has an outstanding academic reputation with very strong categorical programs along with an exceptional and well-defined Med-Peds presence that feels like a family. Ann Arbor also happens to be a wonderful place to live with so much pride in the University and hospital system. I feel so very fortunate to be here, and I can't wait to explore the beautiful state of Michigan!

Blair Lenhan, MD

Undergraduate Degree - BA, 2013, Austin College

Medical School - MD, 2018, University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio

About Me

I was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. I went to Austin College, a small college in Texas, where I studied biochemistry and spent a semester abroad in London, UK. After college I worked at a community hospital and did an internship with Girls Inc doing public health outreach and teaching. When I am not working, you can find me outside either napping in a hammock, gardening, running, walking my dog, or enjoying a drink and some trivia at one of Ann Arbor's many wonderful restaurants and breweries.

Why I Chose Michigan?

Coming from the south where internal medicine-pediatrics is not well known, it was important for me to go somewhere where MedPeds is established and recognized. At UM, it is near impossible to go through a rotation without encountering at least one attending or fellow who is MedPeds trained. On top of this, the general friendliness and hospitality of everyone I encountered at UM was remarkable and made a huge impression on me. Hospital work and residency aside, Ann Arbor is a wonderful place with tons of outdoor activities, an astounding number of bars and restaurants, and so much to do.

Thomas O'Callaghan, MD

Undergraduate Degree - BS, 2014, University of Notre Dame

Medical School - MD, 2018, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

About Me

I grew up as the oldest of four in Homer Glen, IL, a southwest suburb of Chicago. Throughout high school, I taught Tae Kwon Do and tutored kids in math and reading. I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Notre Dame (Go Irish) where I decided to pursue medicine after volunteering at a free clinic and researching medical communication. I returned home for medical school at Loyola University Chicago. I enjoy traveling, going to live performances (theater and improv comedy are my favorites), and getting lost in a story.

Why I Chose Michigan?

On my interview day, I immediately had "the feeling" that Michigan Med-Peds was the best program for me. I felt welcomed by the friendly and enthusiastic residents and gained a good sense of the strong community they share. The Med-Peds program maintains a unique identity and is supported by two fantastic categorical programs. Finally, Ann Arbor is a great place where I could enjoy many amenities of a bigger city while still having many options to enjoy the outdoors. All of this made my decision very easy and I am thrilled to have matched at the University of Michigan!

Lily Rodgers, MD

Undergraduate Degree - BS, 2014, University of Notre Dame

Medical School - MD, 2018, University of Kentucky College of Medicine

About Me

I was born and raised in Edgewood, KY which is a suburb of Cincinnati, OH. I went to University of Notre Dame (Go Irish!!) for undergrad where I studied Biology and International Peace Studies and then came back to KY for medical school at University of Kentucky. I enjoyed running track and cross country in high school and briefly at Notre Dame, and am hoping to keep training and racing during residency. Ann Arbor has the most beautiful trails and river to run along! In my free time I enjoy making crafts, hanging out on porches with friends, trying new restaurants, eating ice cream, and seeing live theatre. I'm still feeling out where my interests lie in med/peds, but I know I enjoy the inpatient world and working with underserved populations.

Why I Chose Michigan?

At the interview day, I was impressed by how the program leadership spoke about challenging residents to be leaders in the local and global communities as well as being excellent and compassionate clinicians. It was clear that people here truly care about their patients and their colleagues. The residents seemed genuinely happy to be together at the dinner and it felt like a big family!

Elizabeth Scruggs, MD

Undergraduate Degree - BA, 2005, University of Arizona

Medical School - MD, 2018, University of Michigan Medical School

About Me

I was born in Tucson, Arizona and survived a childhood in the Sonoran Desert where I only fell into a prickly pear patch once. I attended the University of Arizona for my undergraduate degree and majored in Women's Studies. I then spent several years working in the Center for Creative Photography in their exhibition department and helped to preserve the Ansel Adams archive housed there. I went on to join the Peace Corps and spent three years in Peru as a Youth Development Volunteer, focusing on sexual health education in a small town on the northern coast. I returned to Tucson to complete my post-baccalaureate coursework and attended medical school at the University of Michigan. In my free time I enjoy bicycling, walking, reading, going to the movies, spending time with friends, and traveling back to Peru as often as possible.

Why I Chose Michigan?

I chose to go to Michigan for medical school because I was drawn to the supportive, collaborative environment and commitment to social justice in medicine. I stayed because that environment both nurtured me and helped me choose Medicine-Pediatrics. When I met the residents in Med Peds at UM I felt at home, and saw in them the kind of determination, flexibility, and clinical intelligence with compassion that I wanted to develop in residency. Ann Arbor has also been a wonderful place to live; I have made some of my closest friendships here!

Scarlet Woodrick, MD

Undergraduate Degree - BA, 2011, Oberlin College

Medical School - MD, 2018, University of Michigan Medical School

About Me

I was born and raised in Michigan. As an undergraduate I studied Neuroscience at Oberlin College then took a few years off before deciding to apply to medical school. During my time off I lived in New York City and worked in a genetics lab at Columbia University where I worked on a lot of cool projects but pretty quickly decided that basic science wasn't for me. I came back to Michigan for medical school because I loved my interview here, wanted to be close to family, and loved the in-state tuition! I'm not sure yet what I'll do with my Med-Peds training, but I'm excited to be staying here at Michigan while I figure that out. In my free time I like to hang out with my family and friends, read, craft, and watch The Bachelor.

Why I Chose Michigan?

Having spent time in medical school getting to know the Med-Peds program at Michigan, I suspected early on that Michigan would be one of my favorites, and interview season only solidified that for me. I knew residency would be challenging and that what mattered most to me was the people I would be working with, and I feel pretty strongly that the people here are Michigan's biggest strength. The residents, the program leadership, and all of the faculty and staff on both sides make the environment feel supportive and welcoming. By the end of interviews it was clear that for me Michigan offered the best balance between the quality of clinical training I'd receive and the quality of people I'd be training with.

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Tessa Adzemovic, MD, MS

Undergraduate Degree - BA, 2009, University of Michigan

Graduate Degree - MS, 2018, University of Michigan

Medical School - MD, 2019, University of Michigan Medical School

About Me

I was born in Toronto, Canada, and grew up next to the Art Gallery of Ontario, which I’m convinced inspired my love for the fine arts. My parents, brother and I later moved to Ann Arbor, where I became a ‘River Rat’. I received a BA in French and Francophone studies from the University of Michigan, and for my thesis I studied a little known French painter who developed the theory of caractérisme. After college, I moved to Bosnia and Herzegovina, where I founded a dance program for inter-ethnic youth in the little town of Mostar. I returned to Ann Arbor to attend University of Michigan’s Medical School, where I was active in our Asylum Collaborative and started the Medical Home Visit Program in partnership with the VA Home Based Primary Care program. I received a masters of science in clinical research with a focus on trauma care delivery in New Delhi, India.

I love reading, dancing ballet, and have a new found obsession with Spike Ball. Over the last three months, I have been (accidentally) watering a small artificial cactus, which has been a lesson in futility.

Why I Chose Michigan?

If Zingerman’s wasn’t enough of a reason, then the residents and faculty were. I am unbelievably lucky to be at an institution that cultivates strong mentorship for its trainees. I feel strongly about serving the community I grew up in and look forward to taking care of patients from all over Michigan, and the Midwest.

Genevieve Allen, MD

Undergraduate Degree - BS, 2012, University of Texas

Medical School - MD, 2019, University of Michigan Medical School

About Me

I was born and raised in Washington, DC and am a huge Washington Capitals and Nationals fan. After high school, I moved to Texas to attend the University of Texas at Austin where I majored in Biology. Go Longhorns! After graduation, I served as a health volunteer with the Peace Corps in Zambia. Medical school was not initially on the horizon, but mid-way through my Peace Corps service, I decided to attend medical school. Thankfully, the MCAT is offered in Cape Town, South Africa and after completing my Peace Corps Service followed by a six-month stint working for Peace Corps in DC, I matriculated at the University of Michigan Medical School. Outside of the hospital you can find me rowing on Argo Pond, hiking, or cooking.

Why I Chose Michigan?

I initially chose Michigan four years ago for medical school because of its supportive environment combined with strong clinical training. I figured I could tough out winter for four years then move south. When it came time to apply for residency, I looked all over the country but realized the reasons I chose Michigan four years ago still held true (and were especially true of the Med/Peds Program). I had also learned that if you get a good winter coat, winter is not too bad. I also liked Ann Arbor’s size. While working long hours, I would still be able to row, hike, cook, and see friends outside of the hospital without thinking twice about traffic.

Allison Bloom, MD

Undergraduate Degree - BA, 2014, Brown University

Medical School - MD, 2019, Duke University School of Medicine

About Me

I was born and raised in Potomac, Maryland and attended Brown University for undergrad where I majored in biology. After graduating, I spent a year as an AmeriCorps member with CityYear DC. Following my year in DC, I moved to Durham, North Carolina where I completed medical school at Duke University. I have always been interested in primary care and enjoy hospital medicine as well. Apart from medicine, I love being active, baking bread, and refurbishing furniture!

Why I Chose Michigan?

From my very earliest interactions with Michigan residents, faculty and staff, I have always loved everything Michigan Med-Peds related. Not only does Michigan have an amazing hospital system that will provide me with infinite potential to grow as a resident, it also provides an incredibly welcoming, supportive and motivating environment. I am so excited to be part of the Michigan Med-Peds family!

Melanie Donahue, MD

Undergraduate Degree - BS, 2011, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Medical School - MD, 2019, University of Massachusetts Medical School

About Me

I was born in San Diego but raised in the Northeast on Cape Cod, an “island” of lost R’s and wicked big sharks. My undergraduate education at Worcester Polytechnic Institute was geared toward engineering and mathematics - as well as swimming with even bigger sharks while studying abroad in South Africa. I then spent three years working in Cambridge at the interdisciplinary Broad Institute, which refocused my attention on human cellular machinery and ultimately caring for the whole human. I completed medical school at the University of Massachusetts, where I discovered my interest in transitional care for patients and families with chronic conditions, continued to explore the genetic drivers of common diseases through an ASH research fellowship, and sparked a passion for education and improving access to STEM experience for the next generation. Outside the hospital, you’ll find me dreaming about horseback riding while jogging or at yoga, trying out a new recipe at home or a new brew at pub trivia, and continuing to explore Michigan.

Why I Chose Michigan?

Though I had never lived more than an hour from the ocean before, my visit to Michigan quickly convinced me to give these ocean-size lakes a try. I was won over during my interview experience by the beaming Wolverine pride throughout Ann Arbor, institutional support for both clinical goals and life outside the hospital, and genuine family feel of the Med-Peds residents within two strong categorical programs. Plus it certainly didn’t hurt that it’s still (mostly) acceptable to be a Brady-era Patriots fan here, and I’d finally feel like I belonged in the UMich alum March Madness group I’ve been a part of for years!

Michael Ho, MD

Undergraduate Degree - BS, 2014, University of Michigan

Medical School - MD, 2019, University of Michigan Medical School

About Me

I grew up in Saline, Michigan. As an undergrad at University of Michigan I majored in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. Through my program, I studied ecology in New Zealand and did field work in rural Northern Michigan. I also minored in Spanish. After graduating from college, I lived in San Francisco and worked at a mobile clinic for homeless patients where I assisted in providing medical care and case management services. After a year in the Bay, I returned to University of Michigan for medical school. My passions in medicine are somewhat varied, but include cardiology/congenital heart disease, care of the underserved, critical care, and alternative models of healthcare delivery. Outside of the hospital, I enjoy playing tennis, riding my bike, working on my Spanish and Portuguese, caring for my houseplants, and spending time with my friends and family.

Why I Chose Michigan?

For me, the best part of this program is the people. Co-residents, faculty, staff, or students -- I find that Michigan attracts brilliant and hard-working people who are also genuinely kind, supportive, and unpretentious. The fact that this culture exists in a place that has an outstanding academic medical center (on both IM and Peds) is really just an added bonus!

Natalia Jovanovic Painter, MD

Undergraduate Degree - BA, 2014, The University of Chicago

Medical School - MD, 2019, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria

About Me

I am from Gurnee, Illinois - a suburb one hour north of Chicago. I grew up with an older sister, older brother, and parents with strong Serbian and Slovenian roots. It is from them that I got my work ethic and giving spirit - and somehow a strange Serbian? accent too...nobody is quite sure about that one! I attended The University of Chicago for undergrad, studied Biology and specialized in Endocrinology, while also playing collegiate soccer. Afterwards, I ventured to Boston for an internship at a Dermatology private practice, but missing the Midwest too much, soon returned for medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. Peoria was an awesome spot for me to find my Med/Peds identity (the place is booming with friendly Med/Pedsians!) and discover my passion for Hospital Medicine, ID, and Med Ed. I also love baking, playing/watching soccer, watching NBA with my husband, searching for new ice cream shops, board games, running, hiking/camping - all of which I am excited to do in Michigan!

Why I Chose Michigan?

Michigan Med/Peds had been on my radar long before the residency application process started. I had heard so many good things about the program from my Med/Peds mentors - and good things about UMich in general from other family and friends. When I had the opportunity to visit for myself on interview day, I could see why! I met so many welcoming residents and faculty and felt like Michigan had the right balance of Medicine and Pediatric training rigor, mentorship, opportunities in teaching / Med Ed, and that strong Med/Peds identity and community that I was looking for - not to mention a beautiful town and outstanding academic center to do it all in! So pumped to join the team - GO BLUE!!!

Catherine McDermott, MD, MS

Undergraduate Degree - BA, 2014, Augustana College

Graduate Degree - MS, 2019, Penn State Harrisburg

Medical School - MD, 2019, Pennsylvania State University

About Me

I was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago and went to college at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. It was here that I shifted my focus from veterinary medicine to human medicine though my love of animals persists. Following college, I spent a year teaching everything from fitness classes to piano. I then went to medical school at Penn State in the chocolate capital of Hershey (and yes, the air really does smell like chocolate). Here, I became interested in medical education and earned my Master of Education. In my spare time you can usually find me outside doing something adventurous beyond my skill level, cooking, or doing something crafty.

Why I Chose Michigan?

I was looking for a program where I would not only receive excellent training on both sides, but also feel supported and develop a close network of friends and mentors. Coming to Michigan, I found both of these in a rich academic environment where my interests in education and quality improvement will be supported. I’m excited to be back in the Midwest again and have a new city to explore.

Marianne Scheitel, MD

Undergraduate Degree - BA, 2014, University of Minnesota

Medical School - MD, 2019, University of Minnesota Medical School

About Me

I was born and raised in Rochester, Minnesota. I attended undergrad at the University of Minnesota where I studied biomedical engineering. Prior to medical school, I spent a year working on clinical informatics projects at the Mayo Clinic. I went to medical school at the University of Minnesota as well. My clinical interests include rheumatology and biomedical informatics. In my spare time, I enjoy many outdoor activities including running, hiking, roller blading, and skiing. When the weather is less than ideal, I enjoy puzzles and board games.

Why I Chose Michigan?

When looking for a medicine-pediatrics program, I wanted a program that had strong clinical training on each categorical side and had ample opportunities to get involved in academic pursuits. I felt multiple programs I visited would have been able to give me those initial goals. Ultimately, I chose Michigan because of the strong community feel among the residents and faculty members in combination with Ann Arbor feeling like home.

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Emma Albert-Stone, MD

Undergraduate Degree – BS, 2015, The College of William & Mary

Medical School – MD, 2020, University of Massachusetts Medical School

About Me

I grew up in the suburbs of Boston before venturing south to William & Mary for college where I majored in Neuroscience. After graduating, I worked as a medical scribe in Washington, DC. I moved back to Massachusetts for medical school where I found my love for Med-Peds and discovered my interest in caring for complex patients throughout their life. In my free time I can be found playing ultimate frisbee, tubing down the river in Ann Arbor, making breakfast burritos, and frantically trying to keep all of my plants alive.

Why I Chose Michigan

The main reason I chose Michigan was because of the “feel” of the program! I left my interview day feeling confident that I would I would be happy and supported here at Michigan. The Med-Peds community is like a big family within two incredibly strong categorical programs, so it is truly the best of both worlds. I’m so excited to join the team!

Aidan Berry, MD

Anne Boldt, MD

Undergraduate Degree – BA, 2016, Grinnell College

Medical School – MD, 2020, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

About Me

I was born and raised in Stillwater, MN (SKOL VIKES!) and eventually went to college in the middle-of-nowhere, Grinnell, Iowa where I played basketball and studied biochemistry. I also took a few months to study global health and tropical medicine in Costa Rica. Right after college, I decided to keep the Midwest travels alive and ended up at OUWB in Michigan for medical school. I'm passionate about adolescent and young adult oncology, specifically transitional and survivorship care, which I hope to pursue after residency. Outside of medicine, I love a competitive board or card game, playing sports, and going on adventures with my husband and new puppy!

Why I Chose Michigan?

I chose the University of Michigan primarily because of how comfortable I felt during the entirety of the interview day. I felt like I fit in right away with both the current residents and also with many of my fellow interviewees (multiple of whom ended up as my co-residents!). The many opportunities to pursue almost any subspecialty in Med-Peds was also something I was really drawn to at this program. Ann Arbor is such a fun city with so much nature right outside our door!

Joseph Ladines-Lim, MD, PhD

Undergraduate Degree – BS, 2010, University of Maryland

Graduate School – PhD, 2015, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Medical School – MD, 2020, Yale University School of Medicine

About Me

I was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. I majored in chemical engineering and biochemistry at the University of Maryland before going on to a PhD program in chemical engineering at MIT, writing my thesis on enzyme engineering and its applications to the study of reactive oxygen species. Through a series of serendipitous events, I discovered global health during my PhD and followed this new passion into medicine. Before medical school, I spent a year in South Africa, working at the University of Cape Town on case studies in health innovation across locations in Africa, Asia, and South America. I went on to medical school at Yale and took on research projects on Zika in Brazil and HIV/TB and South Africa. Most recently, I rotated in Uganda and came back home just in time before COVID19 shut the world down. In my free time, I like to run, bike, listen to podcasts, cook and eat new recipes, read magazines, watch period films, play games of all kinds, play and watch sports, and travel (when permitted to).

Why I Chose Michigan

I was drawn to Michigan because of its stellar reputation, not only in medicine and pediatrics but also as an institution and university. The people here also made a strong impression on me; everyone seemed both brilliant and humble. I was also intrigued by Michigan’s opportunities in global health. And as a lifetime east coaster, I was excited to travel west. Since arriving, I've been delighted to find that not only are all of these things true, Ann Arbor is a lovely place to live (and so affordable!).

Stacy Lang, MD

Undergraduate Degree – BS, 2015, Central Michigan University

Medical School – MD, 2020, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

About Me

I grew up in Kawkawlin, Michigan, and attended Central Michigan University for college where I majored in Neuroscience and had the opportunity to study abroad in Oaxaca and Denmark. After graduating, I spent a year of service in AmeriCorps helping students from low SES backgrounds apply to college and gain access to scholarships and financial aid. Soon after, I headed down to southeast Michigan for medical school. If my address history hasn't made it clear enough, let it be known I love the Mitten State! In my free time I enjoy low-impact cardio, binge watching Hulu, exploring new restaurants, practicing (and attempting to teach) yoga, and spending time with friends and family.

Why I Chose Michigan?

I was inspired by the culture, community, and mentorship I experienced during my away rotation at Michigan Medicine. The morning reports and noon conferences were dynamic and engaging, rounds were collaborative and intellectually stimulating, and the faculty and residents I worked with were passionate, approachable, and kind. On my interview day, I was moved by Dr. Lukela's speech about creating a community of "builders" and I could sense the program leadership was deeply committed to our success. I knew this was the program where I hoped to continue my training and was so grateful to match here. Go Blue!

Melissa Ross, MD

Undergraduate Degree – BS, 2016, University of Richmond

Medical School – MD, 2020, Duke University School of Medicine

About Me

I was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, where I spent my summers admiring my neighbors alpacas and getting sunburned at our neighborhood pool. I attended college at the University of Richmond, where I studied Biology, swam many 200 Butterflys as a member of the Women's Swimming & Diving team (Go Spiders!), and fell in love with my first city built on a river. After college, I moved a few hours down the road to attend medical school at Duke. During my time in Durham, I developed a passion for North Carolina barbecue, camped out in KVille to watch Zion Williamson dunk in Cameron, and met incredible MedPeds mentors who helped me realize my passion for caring for adolescents and young adults. While the differential for my ultimate career plans remains broad, I hope to create a career that combines my duel interests in high acuity medicine and providing longitudinal care for people of all ages living with chronic childhood conditions. Outside of work you can find me relaxing in the nearest body of water, finding a new state park to camp in, catching up with family and friends, or getting just a little bit too invested in whatever Duke Basketball game is on.

Why I Chose Michigan?

What really set Michigan apart to me was the people I met during my interview; I left Ann Arbor feeling like I had just met 10 of my future closest friends. When I combined that feeling with exceptional clinical training on both sides, the academic opportunities of a large research institution, committed and experienced program leadership, and Ann Arbor's charm (and river!), it became clear that UM was the program for me. My first few months here have only confirmed that feeling, and I am so excited for the next four years with my MedPeds family (even my co-intern Aidan, who was wearing a UNC mask when we first met).

Averey Strong, MD

Undergraduate Degree – BS, 2016, The College of Idaho

Medical School – MD, 2020, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine

About Me

I grew up in southern Idaho where I enjoyed the outdoors, camping, and skiing. I moved just a few hours away from home to attend the College of Idaho where I received a degree in Biology with minors in Spanish and Psychology. During college, I really enjoyed studying abroad in Ecuador and comparing the health care system there to our own. I grew up dreaming of becoming a doctor because I loved both people and science. I was fortunate enough to attend Washington University in St Louis for medical school. While there, I was deeply involved in student government and medical education. I wish to continue administration and education in my future role as a physician. In my free time, I like to stay active with my partner and friends, enjoy cooking or eating a meal at a new restaurant, and am always on the hunt for the best made Manhattan.

Why I Chose Michigan?

To be honest, Michigan was a last minute addition to my application. I had been to Ann Arbor just one time for a football game, but otherwise didn't know much about the area. After interviewing here, I was blown away by the caliber of both the Internal Medicine and Pediatric training. Above all though, the Med-Peds program's commitment to values and constant improvement for the betterment of their trainees and patients is what really sealed the deal. An educationally rigorous yet fully supportive program in the midst of a vibrant, friendly, and lively town - what more could I ask for?

Xanthia Tucker, MD

Undergraduate Degree – BA, 2013, Harvard College

Medical School – MD, 2020, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

About Me

I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, the daughter of two French and American seismologists. In pursuit of my dream to become William Carlos Williams, I studied comparative literature at Harvard, where I also acted, sang, wrote poetry, and led outdoor backpacking trips for incoming students. After graduating, I worked as a freelance writer and brief baker before enrolling in a pre-med post-bac program at Bryn Mawr College (plot twist!). I grew my first Midwestern roots in Chicago for medical school, and am so happy to now be in Ann Arbor with my previously long-distance boyfriend, an EM intern, and our two cats. Outside of work, I try to maximize my time outdoors, running or biking on the beautiful “B2B” trail, floating down the Huron, napping with the aforementioned trio, reading, painting, and inhaling ice cream at least once a week at Blank Slate. I am not sure exactly what my future career holds, but I hope to combine my love of general medicine, education, women’s health, adolescent medicine, and care of underserved patients in the pursuit of a more equitable future.

Why I Chose Michigan?

I chose Michigan for its equally strong Medicine and Pediatrics programs, and for its pervasive culture of kindness, humility, and excellence. I was looking for a place where I would be challenged and supported to become the best doctor I could be, while also having the structure and resources available to nurture a life outside of medicine. The University of Michigan offers me the things I need to bring my best self to the challenging and rewarding job of being a very new doctor: a tight-knit, vibrant, and diverse community in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, ready access to nature, delicious food, inspiring friends and colleagues, complex patients from near and far, and top-notch medical educators who are invested in my development. It is also a HUGE deal to be part of a house officers association (the HOA). Please ask me everything you want to know about this program – especially if you are new to the Midwest, are couples matching, or are interested in any of the things I mentioned above!