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.
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.
Michigan Difference: I chose Michigan because of the “feel” of the program! I left my interview day feeling confident that 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 have joined the team!
Katharine Asta, M.D., MS
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.
Aidan Berry, M.D.
I grew up in Boone, a small town in the western mountains of North Carolina. I attended the University of North Carolina for undergrad where I majored in Biology and Psychology and cheered on the Tar Heel men’s basketball team to several victories against Duke. After graduation, I spent a summer working at a camp for kids with special health needs, where I met my boyfriend, Dustin. I then returned to my hometown where I worked as a medical assistant for two years before heading back to Chapel Hill for medical school. While in medical school I was part of a longitudinal medical Spanish program and traveled to Iquitos, Peru to conduct infectious disease research and improve my Spanish. Other highlights of my time in med school include rushing Franklin Street after UNC won the 2017 National Championship (GO HEELS!), volunteering regularly at the student-run free clinic, discovering my interest in Quality Improvement, and delving into medical education research. At this point, I’m considering a career as a general Med-Peds hospitalist with an emphasis on underserved patient populations and QI research. In my spare time, I enjoy running, hiking, hanging out with my co-residents, traveling, podcasts, cooking, trying out new restaurants, and lounging with my two cats, Quincy and Celia.
Michigan Difference: I was initially attracted to Michigan for the stellar reputation of the institution and the Med-Peds program. I couples matched with Dustin (Pediatrics), so it was important to find a program that was balanced and couples-friendly. At my interview, the kind and dedicated program directors and the driven, passionate (and somewhat goofy!) residents won me over. Michigan Medicine provides excellent opportunities to learn and grow in a supportive environment while having a little bit of fun throughout the process. I also love working with the diverse patient populations both in the hospital and at my continuity clinic in Ypsilanti. Ann Arbor has also been a wonderful place to live – plenty to do and with a familiar college town vibe. I am so excited to spend the next four years here with my amazing co-residents (even Melissa, and the many other Duke alumni that I’ll be cheering against during basketball season!)
Anne Boldt, M.D.
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!
Michigan Difference: 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!
Geraldine Chan, M.D., MS
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.
Megan Friedli, 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 husband 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!
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. While I love New England and hope to eventually make my way back there someday, I decided to spread my wings and fly west to Michigan for my Pediatric Residency to experience a new part of the country and because everyone who has ever lived in Ann Arbor has nothing but great things to say about it. In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with friends, running, hiking, swimming, biking, baking, crossword puzzles, and spending time with all the residency dogs, including my perfect little monster puppy, Frankie!
Michigan Difference 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.
Joseph Ladines-Lim, M.D., Sc.D.
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).
Michigan Difference: 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, M.D.
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.
Michigan Difference: 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!
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 spent the first 22 years of my life in sunny Arizona, but my heart has always had a special place for Michigan. I attended the University of Arizona (Bear Down!) for my undergraduate degrees in biomedical engineering and mathematics before moving to North Carolina 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. Outside of medicine, I enjoy staying active (hiking, running, volleyball, cycling on my knock-off Peloton) and experimenting with different granola recipes. I am interested in a career in cardiology and hope to combine my background in medical device design with clinical care.
I am continually impressed by the intelligence and kindness of my co-residents. As a part of the University of Michigan community, Michigan Medicine has incredible access to multidisciplinary collaboration, research, and community engagement. The easy access to nature (the U of M Arboretum is walking distance from Mott!) and excellent local food (shout out to Detroit Street Filling Station!) make Ann Arbor a great place to live and work.
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!
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 and the golf course. After confirming my desire to pursue Pediatrics during medical school at Oakland University William Beaumont, I was excited to come back to Ann Arbor for residency. When not working, I spend time walking in the arboretum and the many other wonderful community parks, exploring the food scene including an ice cream cone or two from Blank Slate, and enjoying the atmosphere around UofM athletics. Go Blue!
One thing that was evident on my interview day and has become more clear as time has gone on is the genuine buy-in from the residency program as well as the hospital at large for a culture of compassion, support, hard work, and inclusivity. While Mott is certainly an outstanding academic children’s hospital, this culture is what my mentors have cited as the reason they have either stayed or returned when they completed their training.
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!
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!
Melissa Ross, M.D.
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 on the Women's Swimming & Diving team, 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 dual 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.
Michigan Difference: 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 ten 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).
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.
Averey Strong, M.D.
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.
Michigan Difference: 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, M.D.
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 medical school at the University Chicago, and I 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.
Michigan Difference: 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!
Elizabeth VanWieren, M.D., MBA
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.