June 19, 2021

Celebrating the Residency Class of 2021

The Department of Anesthesiology celebrated the 29 members of the 2021 residency class during a virtual event on Saturday, June 19.

2021 U-M Anesthesiology Residency Graduates

Congratulations to the 29 members of the 2021 University of Michigan Medical School Anesthesiology Residency Class!

The department hosted a virtual celebration for graduates and their families on Saturday, June 19. George A. Mashour, M.D., Ph.D., chair and the Robert B. Sweet Professor of Anesthesiology, welcomed guests to the event and expressed his appreciation for the Class of 2021.

"What these residents have done, especially over the past 15-16 months, has been truly remarkable. I’ve said it before, but our anesthesiology residents have trained in unprecedented times, and they have served in unprecedented ways — truly frontline, truly heroic, and just exceptional service to the many sick and vulnerable patients that have been affected during this COVID-19 pandemic," Mashour said. "We owe you a major debt of gratitude, and I just want to express my sincere appreciation for all of your efforts."

Norah Naughton, M.D., MBA, the Georgine M. Steude Professor of Anesthesiology Education, added her thanks and reminded graduates that they will always have a home at Michigan.

"I would like to express my heartfelt congratulations and sincere gratitude to all of our 2021 graduates. I share with everyone that’s here today at our ceremony the immense pride that we have for all of you and for all that you have accomplished," she said. "And while you may be leaving the residency program soon, you are absolutely staying in our hearts forever and you have become, of course, part of the Michigan family." 

The ceremony included recorded messages from department faculty and staff — as well as a special appearance from the Ether Bunny — and the announcement of three individual awards:

  • Academic Resident of the Year: Daniel Meister, M.D.
  • Kevin K. Tremper Resident of the Year: John Bryant, M.D.
  • Faculty of the Year: Kimberly Burcar, M.D.

 Congratulations to our graduates, and remember: Wherever you go — Go Blue!

Michigan Anesthesiology Residency Class of 2021

Mark Austin, MD

Mark Austin, M.D.

Pain Medicine Fellowship
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
John Bryant, MD

John Bryant, M.D.

Critical Care Medicine Fellowship
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Matt Byrne, MD

Matthew Byrne, M.D. (Chief Resident)

United States Air Force
William Chang, MD

William Chang, M.D.

Transplant Anesthesiology Fellowship
University of Michigan
Leah Cipri, MD

Leah Cipri, M.D.

Critical Care Medicine Fellowship
University of Arizona
Christopher Court, MD

Christopher Court, M.D.

Transplant Anesthesiology Fellowship
University of Michigan
Sam Dettling, MD

Samuel Dettling, M.D.

Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship
University of Michigan
Kirsten Groody, MD

Kirsten Groody, M.D. (Chief Resident)

Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Chelsea Halsted, DO

Chelsea Halsted, DO (Chief Resident)

Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship
University of Michigan
Steven Halter, MD

Steven Halter, M.D.

Regional Ambulatory Anesthesiology Fellowship
University of Michigan
Michael Hur, MD

Michael Hur, M.D.

Pain Anesthesiology Fellowship
University of Pittsburgh
Olivia Juntila, MD

Olivia Juntila, M.D.

Private Practice
Traverse Anesthesia Associates P.C., Traverse City
Bryan Kunkler, MD

Bryan Kunkler, M.D.

Critical Care Medicine Fellowship
University of Michigan
Daniel Meister, MD

Daniel Meister, M.D.

Critical Care Medicine Fellowship
University of Michigan
Joseph Perrault, MD

Joseph Perrault, M.D.

Private Practice
Midwest Physician Anesthesia Services, Inc., Cincinnati
Andrew Plaska, MD

Andrew Plaska, M.D.

Private Practice
Anesthesia Practice Consultants, Grand Rapids
Mark Ramirez, MD

Mark Ramirez, M.D.

Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship
University of Michigan
Christophe Robitaille, MD

Christophe Robitaille, M.D.

Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship
University of Michigan
Aric Runzheimer, MD

Aric Runzheimer, M.D.

Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship
University of Michigan
Mansi Sheth, MD

Mansi Sheth, M.D.

Transplant Anesthesiology Fellowship
UCLA
Brittany Shilling, MD

Brittany Shilling, M.D.

Obstetric Anesthesiology Fellowship
University of Michigan
Christopher Siemer

Christopher Siemer, DO

Critical Care Medicine Fellowship
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Lauren Siemer, MD

Lauren Siemer, M.D.

Anesthesiology Faculty
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Connor Snarskis, MD

Connor Snarskis, M.D. (Chief Resident)

Critical Care Medicine Fellowship
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Kevin Spellman, MD

Kevin Spellman, M.D.

Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship
University of Michigan
Johnny Tran, MD

Johnny Tran, M.D.

Pain Medicine Fellowship
Weill Cornell Medical College
Stella Vu, MD

Stella Vu, M.D.

Private Practice
United Anesthesia Services, Philadelphia
James Weinberg, MD

James Weinberg, M.D.

Pain Medicine Fellowship
University of Michigan
Valerie Zeer, MD

Valerie Zeer, M.D.

Critical Care Medicine Fellowship
University of Michigan