Neha Agarwal, M.D.
I grew up in warm and sunny California – I spent most of my life in the SF bay area and then I moved to Los Angeles as a neuroscience major at UCLA. It was here that I discovered my love of neurology! I never expected to leave California, but I came to Chicago for medical school and ended up loving the Midwest! Some of my favorite things to do are hiking through the redwoods of Northern CA, baking a batch of chocolate cookies, and playing my classical guitar.
It was a combination of the warm and welcoming people and the charm of Ann Arbor – I immediately felt at home here!
Emma Albert-Stone, M.D.
Katharine Asta, M.D.
I grew up in Virginia and completed my undergraduate degrees at Virginia Tech, where I studied Biochemistry and Nutrition. Following a spark for the intersection of food/sustainable agriculture/health, before medical school I worked on organic farms, served three years in the Peace Corps in Guatemala and Panama, more farms, then worked in clinical research. My husband and I met when we were assigned to the same village as Peace Corps volunteers and intentionally moved to the Ann Arbor area when we returned. We have fallen for Michigan and find new gems to appreciate every year. While I attended medical school here at University of Michigan we lived on a farm, which was challenging and completely rewarding. We love the joy of growing our own food, cooking, and fermenting; I also love baking, knitting, and hiking.
Michigan's program checked all the boxes. Professionally: exposure to clinical volume, supportive atmosphere, faculty that truly care about the wellbeing and success of their learners, and research opportunities (particularly the PPSTP). Personally: Small city with vibrant local businesses and the ability to live on a farm within commuting distance to the hospital.
Josh Baalman, M.D.
My name is Josh and I am so excited to be at the University of Michigan for my pediatrics residency training! I grew up in a rural town in southern Illinois, studied at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign for undergraduate, and then to the University of Illinois for medical school following a gap year working for Epic in Verona, Wisconsin. I'm interested in primary care, adolescent medicine, and community medicine as a future career. I have many hobbies, including: running, working out, reading, being outdoors, catching the latest indie film, trying out the newest place to eat, sipping some coffee, staying up to date on the latest news and hanging out with my golden retriever, Casey!
I chose Michigan because I wanted a place that would give me everything I wanted and more! The great faculty, opportunities for specializing, additional clinic days, location, and direction under a primary care physician were just some of the many qualities I valued highly when choosing Michigan.
Anne Boldt, M.D.
Geraldine Chan, M.D.
I grew up in San Francisco, CA and attended the UC San Diego for my undergraduate degree in Human Biology. Afterwards, I participated in cancer research in a Bay Area followed by a brief stint in biotech. I attended Medical College of Wisconsin for medical school. When not thinking about medicine, I enjoy playing board games, going to escape rooms, and running outdoors. I couples matched and my significant other is an anesthesia resident at Michigan.
I was impressed with the interview day and felt I could fit in well with the residents at Michigan. This program seemed to be a place with excellent training that would help me achieve me goals.
Bradley Disbrow, M.D.
Although I lived in Canada, the UK, and Texas all before the age of 7, my roots are undoubtedly Midwestern. I grew up primarily in Wheaton, IL, a western suburb of Chicago. I join my father, sister, and brother-in-law as a proud Michigan State alumnus, having earned degrees in both international relations and microbiology. I studied medicine at The Ohio State University, my mother’s alma mater. Despite my (and my family’s) previous educational affiliations, I am overjoyed to have matched into the pediatric residency at the University of Michigan! My academic interests lie in legislative advocacy, public health, and global health, and at this point I plan to work in outpatient pediatrics or specialize in pediatric hospital medicine. In my leisure time, I love following collegiate and professional sports (especially football, basketball, and baseball), sitting down with a good book or an overly complicated board game, and playing the piano.
I chose Michigan because it offers a mid-sized residency program with a diverse and complex patient population at one of the premier pediatric institutions in the nation! It’s also supported by all the academic resources a Big Ten university has to offer and situated in a vibrant, beautiful Midwestern town.
Sean Gallagher, M.D.
I am originally from Lincroft, New Jersey and spent most of my life on the east coast. I attended Wake Forest University and then worked for year at the NIH in Baltimore before starting medical school at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. In medical school I found pediatrics to be an incredibly rewarding specialty and working with kids to be an absolute blast. I feel incredibly lucky to be working in such an amazing field at such a wonderful place. After residency I hope to pursue a career in allergy and immunology.
I had never been to Michigan before my interview and was truly impressed with what a great place it was. I really enjoyed the charm of the city of Ann Arbor, as well a fantastic sandwich from Zingerman's Deli. The hospital itself was beautiful and I felt incredibly welcomed by the everyone throughout my entire interview day. I am excited to spend the next three years finding more to love.
Alexandra Gamber, M.D.
I’ve been a Michigander my whole life. I grew up with my two older brothers in Bay City, Michigan, and studied Biomedical Laboratory Science at Michigan State University. During my college summers, I worked at Camp Bold Eagle, a summer camp on the west side of the state for kids with bleeding disorders. Camp Bold Eagle was where I realized I wanted to pursue a career in medicine. I spent a few years working in a clinical genetics laboratory after college, then earned my MD from Central Michigan University College of Medicine. When I'm not in the hospital, my husband Nick and I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I also enjoy running, meal-prepping, and exploring all that the Ann Arbor area and the great state of Michigan have to offer.
When I chose pediatric neurology, I knew I needed to find a residency built on strong foundations in both pediatrics and neurology. I also needed a program known for excellent clinical training, with opportunities in research and community outreach, a devotion to academic development, and wonderful mentors. Michigan offered all of this and more!
Laura Getchell, M.D.
I have been a New Englander all my life: I was born and raised in southern Maine, attended college at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, where I played softball and majored in Neuroscience, and completed medical school through the Tufts University School of Medicine - Maine Track Program. Now, I've decided to spread my wings and fly west to Michigan for my Pediatric Residency because my partner, Jon, and I felt like it would be an amazing place for us both to continue our training, and everyone who has ever lived in Ann Arbor has nothing but the best things to say about it! In my spare time, I enjoy long-distance running, hiking, swimming, biking, baking, crossword puzzles, and spending more time than I care to admit searching for the perfect dog to adopt (hopefully soon)! I also enjoy watching my New England sports teams, and while Jon and I never see eye-to-eye on this because he's a Philly fan, I'm hopeful that being around The Big House will help him discover his unfound love for Tom Brady! Go Pats and Go Blue!!
I chose Michigan because of the people and the pride that everyone has for Michigan! The faculty and residents I met on my interview day were friendly, kind, and seemed genuinely interested in me as a person, and the pride they all displayed for the place they work and the patients they serve was contagious.
Adam Gorman, M.D.
I grew up in the Metro Detroit suburbs of West Bloomfield and Commerce. From there, I attended the University of Michigan for college (Go Blue!), where I earned a degree in computer science with minors in Judaic Studies and Biochemistry. After undergrad, I went to Wayne State’s medical school and had the privilege of learning medicine in the heart of Detroit. During those experiences, I gained passions for technology’s role in healthcare and underserved medicine, which I am looking forward to further developing in residency. I was thrilled to have matched into pediatrics at the University of Michigan and move back to Ann Arbor for residency! Outside of work, I am a die-hard sports fan, Disney aficionado, major foodie, game-night enthusiast, and avid movie watcher. I am currently planning on going into a fellowship after residency. Although I do not know which one for sure yet, I am leaning towards cardiology or clinical informatics.
Michigan offered all of the clinical experiences, mentorship, and opportunities that I could possibly want in a residency program. But beyond that, when I looked back at my interview day, I simply felt at home when I met with the faculty and residents here, and I could not be more excited to work with them!
Lilly Haddad, M.D.
I was born in Livonia, Michigan and grew up in southeast Michigan. I went on to the University of Michigan to explore my interests in infectious diseases and majored in microbiology. Michigan played a major role in my decision to pursue pediatrics since I lived across C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and spent much of my time playing games and learning the stories of the incredible patients who seek care there. It was also during this time I met and married my husband Faris. The day after our honeymoon, I began medical school at Wayne State University
At the end of my fourth year of medical school, we were fortunate enough to welcome our first-born baby girl to the family. I am very excited to return home to Ann Arbor for my pediatrics training. Although I am not certain which fellowship route I will pursue, my interests include infectious disease and gastroenterology. When I’m not working in a clinical capacity, I am usually hosting a board game night, finding a new restaurant to try with friends, going on a run, or learning how to cook a new dish. As a new mother, however, you’ll soon find me at the playgrounds and children’s museums with my baby girl.
During my away rotation at Michigan, I got to experience firsthand the incredible teaching, mentorship, and support among faculty and residents in the pediatrics department. The fellowship exposure and various training opportunities combined with the Midwestern charm of Ann Arbor made me sure Michigan was the best fit for me and my family.
Michael Harper, M.D.
I was born and raised in Texas. As the child of two health professionals, I tried my best to avoid the hectic schedules of the medical world by pursuing something entirely different – music.
Determined to become a cellist in a symphony orchestra, I headed to Vanderbilt University to study cello performance. After completing my bachelor’s degree at Vanderbilt, I continued my studies at the University of Michigan (where I got my first taste of the wonders of Ann Arbor!). While earning graduate degrees in cello performance and chamber music, I was captivated by the science of hearing and music cognition, a spark that ultimately launched a major shift in my career goals and helped forge my own unique path into medicine.
After capping off my music career at Michigan, I moved to Baltimore to complete the Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program at Johns Hopkins University, where I ultimately stayed for medical school. I enjoyed my time on the East Coast, but I’m thrilled to finally be back in Michigan!
Outside of the hospital, I'm fortunate enough to have the cutest dog in the world – an adorable golden retriever named Chloe. We spend our time hiking, people watching, and eating ice cream in the park.
Of all the places I’ve called home, Ann Arbor has by far been my favorite – a city with great food and plenty to do, but small and spacious enough to breathe and enjoy the seasons outdoors. Combine that with a great residency program at a wonderful academic institution, and I knew I couldn’t go wrong!
Kylie Jungles, M.D.
I grew up as the oldest sibling in a family of three girls in a small suburb of Chicago. I later moved to South Bend, Indiana for college. There, I attended Saint Mary’s College of Notre Dame, with a major in Biology. During my junior year of college, I came to the University of Michigan to take part in a summer research program. Despite being a die-hard Fighting Irish fan, I instantly fell in love with the University of Michigan and Ann Arbor. Following undergrad, I moved back to Chicago to attend medical school at Rush Medical College. I always wanted to return to the University of Michigan, and that dream came true when I matched here for residency. My sister was also accepted to the University of Michigan for graduate school, so we were excited to make the move to Michigan together! I love reading, traveling, and I am always on the search for a great cup of coffee. Following residency, I plan on pursuing a career in Allergy-Immunology.
Michigan was the perfect fit for my personal and professional life. The commitment to residency education and research were major strengths of the program, as well as the supportive residents and faculty. I also really loved the bustling city of Ann Arbor, with lots of options for food, entertainment, and Big-10 athletics.
Megan Kechner, M.D.
I grew up in Michigan and have lived here my whole life! I studied neuroscience and psychology at Michigan State University, where I met my fiancé Joe (now a family medicine resident). I attended medical school at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, where my interests in pediatrics and neurology led me to pursue Child Neurology residency. Outside of medicine, Joe and I enjoy being outdoors, especially in northern Michigan (Sleeping Bear Dunes are an absolute favorite). We have a rescue dog named Calvin, who keeps us on our toes and is constantly learning new tricks! I also love golfing, skiing, attending college sporting events, and spending time with family & friends. After residency, I am looking forward to a career in pediatric neurology.
The people, interview day experience, and training opportunities here were all outstanding and immediately felt like a great fit for me. I love all four seasons in Michigan, and Ann Arbor always has something fun going on. I also get to stay close to home and my family!
Stacy Lang, M.D.
Joseph Lim, M.D.
Nicholas Litchin, M.D.
I'm originally from Fort Wayne, IN, and I completed my undergraduate education at Indiana University - Bloomington (Go Hoosiers!!) where I studied Biology and Latin and where I met my wife, Carrie. Following undergrad, I stayed with IU for medical school, and during this time we welcomed the third member of our family, my daughter Marie. As far as hobbies are concerned, I love to cook, bake, and play board games. My wife and I also love to hike and explore nature, making Michigan the perfect place for our family.
Why I Chose Michigan
My wife and I love the Midwest, and we were excited to explore more of it than just Indiana. Michigan's program has the patient volume and sub-specialty exposure that I was looking for, and I really felt at home with the people there during my interview.
Emily Masterson, M.D.
I am so excited and humbled to join the University of Michigan pediatrics team. I spent the first 22 years of my life in sunny Arizona, but have always consider Michigan home! I attended the University of Arizona (Bear Down!) for my undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering before moving to North Carolina to attend Wake Forest for medical school. Growing up, I spent summers visiting my grandparents in the small but mighty town of Arcadia, Michigan where I fished, swam, tubed, and kayaked in Lake Michigan. My "snowbird" parents now live there too. Outside of medicine, I enjoy hiking, running, reading, volleyball, and trying to make healthy-ish desserts. I am interested in a career in cardiology or PICU, but can't wait to learn and explore all that Michigan Pediatrics has to offer.
University of Michigan feels like home! "Midwestern hospitality"- incredibly kind and welcoming residents, attendings, and staff. Opportunity to serve patients from diverse backgrounds while learning from top-notch faculty in beautiful facilities. Great research opportunities and ability for multidisciplinary collaboration. Proximity to family. Dark chocolate cherries/ National Cherry Festival.
Patrick Moran, M.D.
I've lived in Wisconsin my entire life and am excited to move across the pond. Soccer is arguably my favorite pastime, whether that be watching or playing (go Real Madrid). I have a greyhound named Kiki (yes, she loves me), and a lovely girlfriend, Allie, who is a pediatric nurse! I can't wait to begin my career in pediatrics at Michigan and meet all my wonderful co-residents.
The people and facilities at Michigan absolutely blew my expectations out of the water, and I could tell faculty and residents were all super supportive of each other. I feel Michigan will allow me to pursue my career goals in pediatrics while providing me with outstanding learning opportunities.
Dustin Nguyen, M.D.
I grew up in northern Virginia, in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., and attended college at the University of Virginia where I studied mathematics and music. In Charlottesville, I worked at a summer camp for children with chronic medical conditions. At camp I discovered my love for working with children and fell for my former co-counselor and now girlfriend, Aidan. I stayed in Virginia for medical school at EVMS and then couples matched with Aidan. In my free time, I enjoy singing and playing piano and guitar. I also love coffee way too much, and even learned how to roast coffee beans and make latte art while in medical school. My other hobbies include running, biking, cooking, listening to true crime podcasts, cheering on UVA (go Wahoos!) and DC sports, and attempting to walk our cat, Quincy. After residency, I plan to pursue a career in primary care pediatrics.
I couples matched with Aidan (Med-Peds) and we found Michigan to have great programs for both of us. The people we met here were wonderful and it was clear that Michigan is especially accommodating for couples. We also loved Ann Arbor’s college town feel, which we became familiar with living in Charlottesville and Chapel Hill!
Karthik Padmanabhan, M.D.
Apart from a few years in Singapore, I was born and raised in Metro Detroit. I attended Michigan State University to complete my bachelor’s in physics. After graduating, I spent my time working in an AmeriCorps program teaching math to middle school students in Detroit. I grew passionate about pursuing a career to help kids, but also wanted to blend it with my budding interest in medicine. Soon after, I attended Central Michigan University for medical school. In my free time, I enjoy an eclectic bunch of hobbies including hiking, traveling, model making, playing the violin, and participating in autocross events.
It was an easy choice. As a visiting student, I had a wonderful experience and my interview day only uplifted that impression! The residents were warm and friendly, the faculty were inspiring clinicians and teachers, and the patient population was incredibly diverse. Additionally being a Michigan native, Ann Arbor just felt like a great location to live.
Rebecca Patterson, M.D.
I’m a Chicagoan who went to Hamilton College in upstate New York for undergrad where I majored in Physics and minored in Chemistry and Art. In addition to housing all the great courses I took, the Hamilton science center is also where I met my fiancé, Bryon. After college, I moved back to Chicago where I worked for a year as a scribe in an emergency department before going to Rush Medical College. I really enjoyed living in Chicago for the past 5 years, where I’ve been able to cheer on my Bears every Sunday, but am ready for a new adventure and can’t wait to move to Ann Arbor! When I’m not watching football, I enjoy making and trying new foods, practicing my drawing skills, and hanging out with my #1 fan—Skittles the cat.
I chose the University of Michigan for my Pediatrics Residency because I truly loved Ann Arbor when I visited and got such a great vibe from all the people that I met on my interview day. Looking forward to being part of the Michigan family—Go Blue!
Nic Parnell, M.D.
I grew up in Spring Lake, MI and am a Michigander through and through. I attended the University of Michigan for undergrad majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Community Action and Social Change. In the wintertime I love skiing and skating, and when things warm up I spend as much time as I can on the great lakes. After completing my medical degree at Oakland University William Beaumont, I am excited to be coming back to Ann Arbor for residency. When not working, I am looking forward to long walks in the arboretum, the food scene including an ice cream cone or two from Blank Slate, and the atmosphere around UofM athletics. Go Blue!
Michigan Medicine stood out because I saw it was a place that would truly support my growth and exploration toward becoming the best pediatrician I can be.
Melissa Ross, M.D.
Sarah Pollick, M.D.
I was born and raised in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. I attended Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont where I received a B.A. in psychology. After graduation, I worked for a year as a medical scribe in the emergency department at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor and four affiliated facilities. I completed medical school at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in East Lansing. I have always loved working with children and felt a future career as a pediatrician would combine all of my interests that are best described within the biopsychosocial model. I enjoy sailing (even competed on my college’s club team!), tennis, and reading mystery novels.
I had the opportunity to work with Dr. Felt and the Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Department at Mott as part of a student-designed elective in medical school. I was impressed by the caliber of the residents, fellows and faculty and was excited by the prospect to work alongside them. Ann Arbor is also a fantastic city!
Martin Randall, M.D.
I am a lifelong Michigander, having spent most of my time in Rochester Hills. I then attended the University of Michigan for my undergraduate studies where I majored in Cellular and Molecular Biology. Before medical school, I spent a year running diabetes clinical research trials, which is where I developed an interest in endocrinology. I stayed close to home for medical school and attended Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. I married my wife, Jyl, in 2018 after dating since Freshman year of high school! We have a pitbull mix named Gypsy who we adopted about a year ago, and who has yet to meet a toy that can survive her chewing! Outside of medicine I enjoy running and trying new restaurants.
One of my career goals has always been to give back to the people in this state, and Mott has forever been a leader in providing great care to the children of Michigan. I also fell in love with the friendliness of the entire hospital staff!
Ashlee Smith, M.D.
I was born in Phoenix, Arizona but did not stay long! Throughout my childhood, my father’s government occupation frequently relocated our family, and by the time I graduated high school I had attended a total of thirteen different schools around the United States! After living everywhere from Colorado to Iowa to Tennessee, I sought out some sunshine and salt water and matriculated to the University of Central Florida in Orlando, majoring in Biomedical Sciences. I enjoyed the friends and mentors I made in the Sunshine State so much I decided to stay for medical school.
While attending the UCF College of Medicine, I fell in love with pediatrics and also with my study buddy/significant other. In 2020, my boyfriend and I couple’s matched into pediatrics and internal medicine at the University of Michigan! When I am not at the hospital, I enjoy spending time outdoors—watching movies in the park, beachgoing, and snorkeling. After residency, I am currently interested in pursuing a career in neonatology.
Why I Chose Michigan: I decided to trade in my sandals for snow gear after my significant other and I enjoyed our interview days at Michigan so much! I was seeking clinical and research training that would allow me to grow into a national leader in pediatrics after graduation, all while providing a supportive home-away-from-home work environment.
Erika Steensma, M.D.
I grew up in Rochester, New York, where I learned to embrace snowy winters and to cheer for the Buffalo Bills regardless of the season outcome. I moved to Michigan for college, and haven’t left since. I attended Calvin College, a small liberal arts school in Grand Rapids, where I studied biology with a neuroscience concentration and then moved to Ann Arbor to start medical school at the University of Michigan. Although I began medical school planning on specializing in geriatrics, I fell in love with working with children during my pediatric rotations. I was thrilled to match into pediatric neurology residency at the University of Michigan, and look forward to spending the next five years in Ann Arbor! When I am not in the hospital or studying, I love spending time running along the Huron River and exploring all of the trails around the city. I also enjoy spending my free time baking, reading, and playing trivia with my friends.
I attended medical school at the University of Michigan and wanted to stay because of the supportive and collaborative environment I experienced while here. Also, most of my family lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and I appreciate being able to be near my family during residency.
Avery Strong, M.D.
Xanthia Tucker, M.D.
Elizabeth VanWieren, M.D.
I am a Michigan native and grew up in Okemos, near the state capitol. I moved to Ann Arbor to attend the University of Michigan in 2010, received my undergraduate degree in Chemistry, and stayed here for medical school. One of my passions in medicine is cost-conscious care, and because of this I also completed my MBA here at the Ross School of Business.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time exploring the Ann Arbor farmer’s market, watching the seasons change in the Arb, and, of course, Michigan football. I also love puzzles and spending time with my family in Northern Michigan.
I was thrilled to match here and to be to be able to stay in the town that has become my home. I love working at Mott, and feel it is a truly special community of caregivers. I am looking forward to continuing to learn and grow as a member of this community.
Tatum Zurawski, M.D.
I grew up on the east side of Michigan in Macomb, completed my undergraduate years at a small private university in Detroit where I played Division 1 Soccer, and was very excited to complete my medical school training here at the University of Michigan. I couples matched here with my boyfriend, a new plastic surgery intern at Michigan, and we’re hoping to adopt a puppy sometime soon. I don’t know what type of pediatrician I want to be yet, but I’m passionate about medical education and mentorship. In my free time I either like to run and stay active (I love having workout buddies!) or stay on my couch and watch movies/stream shows. The little things in life that make me most happy are coffee, ice cream, wine, and donuts.
Michigan is a GREAT place to couples match, and for us we wanted to stay close to family. During medical school I witnessed this incredible culture for teaching and learning, and I’m excited to join this team and pursue medical education.