Residents & Alumni

PGY-5

VCU General Surgery Residency Program

William Hope, MD [View Image]

William Hope, MD

PGY-5

William Hope, MD [View Image]

William Hope, MD

PGY-5

General Surgery Residency Program

Medical School: Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
Undergraduate: University of North Carolina
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

I love cooking, home brewing and using my meat smoker. I'm a big fan of hiking and the beach and spend a lot of weekends in the Outer Banks. I'm applying for Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery.

Research Interests: Hernia and Bariatric Surgery

Kristine Kenning, MD [View Image]

Kristine Kenning, MD

PGY-5

Kristine Kenning, MD [View Image]

Kristine Kenning, MD

PGY-5

General Surgery Residency Program

Medical School: University of Connecticut

Kristine is dedicated being an asset to the overall community through her practice in preventative care, research, and advocacy. Kristine plays volleyball and tennis in her spare time in addition to 15 years of experience playing piano.

Saba Kurtom, MD [View Image]

Saba Kurtom, MD

PGY-5

Saba Kurtom, MD [View Image]

Saba Kurtom, MD

PGY-5

General Surgery Residency Program

Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School
Undergraduate: Stony Brook University
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

My favorite activity is spending time with my family. I also enjoy walking/running on the Capital Trail, reading for pleasure, finding new restaurants in Richmond, and binge-watching shows on Netflix. I am an aspiring surgical oncologist.

Research Interests: The gut microbiota and immune system crosstalk in pancreatic and colon cancer.

William "Ben" Rothstein, MD [View Image]

William "Ben" Rothstein, MD

PGY-5

William "Ben" Rothstein, MD [View Image]

William "Ben" Rothstein, MD

PGY-5

General Surgery Residency Program

Medical School: Ohio State University College of Medicine
Undergraduate: Duke University
Hometown: Chicago, IL

I'm an avid scuba diver and certified rescue diver. Closer to Richmond, I appreciate the easy access to water and other outdoor activities.

Interests: Advanced hemodynamic monitoring and perioperative quality improvement/ERAS

Nina Wickramaratne, MD [View Image]

Nina Wickramaratne, MD

PGY-5

Nina Wickramaratne, MD [View Image]

Nina Wickramaratne, MD

PGY-5

General Surgery Residency Program

Medical School: University of Maryland

Nina describes the ability to learn continually and master new techniques as the driving force behind her love for operating. She finds the ability to follow the progression of her patients before, during, and after their operations as one of the most satisfying parts of being a surgeon. Nina enjoys baking, photography, playing guitar, and competing in triathlons.

PGY-4

VCU General Surgery Residency Program

Yahya Alwatari, MBBCh [View Image]

Yahya Alwatari, MBBCh

PGY-4

Yahya Alwatari, MBBCh [View Image]

Yahya Alwatari, MBBCh

PGY-4

General Surgery Residency Program

Medical School: Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland - Medical University of Bahrain
Undergraduate: Gifted Students School
Hometown: Baghdad, Iraq

General surgery resident with aspirations of one day becoming a well-trained high-calibre minimally invasive thoracic surgeon. Has great interest in students training and surgical education. Enjoy swimming and travelling.

Research Interests: Racial disparity in surgical access and operative care. Minimally invasive surgical approach utilizations and outcomes. Metabolic diseases and weight loss surgery

Adam Beyer, DO [View Image]

Adam Beyer, DO

PGY-4

Adam Beyer, DO [View Image]

Adam Beyer, DO

PGY-4

General Surgery Residency Program

Medical School: Lake Eerie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: University at Buffalo
Hometown: Lewiston, New York

I enjoy being in the outdoors hiking, mountain biking, and trail running. During my free time I prioritize spending time with my loved ones.

Research Interests: Surgical Site infections

Diyar Omer, MD, MPH [View Image]

Diyar Omer, MD, MPH

PGY-4

Diyar Omer, MD, MPH [View Image]

Diyar Omer, MD, MPH

PGY-4

General Surgery Residency Program

Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine
Undergraduate: University of Buffalo
Hometown: Bardonia, NY

I'm a bass player, I enjoy charcoal and graphite sketching, and hiking. I chose surgery because it is the perfect blend of medicine and art. My favorite place in Richmond is the riverfront canal walk especially on a cool fall evening as the sun sets. Between the art, history, and culture Richmond has a way of making you feel at home.

Interested in vascular surgery and providing surgical services in underserved communities.

Yannis Reissis, MBBCh [View Image]

Yannis Reissis, MBBCh

PGY-4

Yannis Reissis, MBBCh [View Image]

Yannis Reissis, MBBCh

PGY-4

General Surgery Residency Program

Medical School: Imperial College School of Medicine
Hometown: London, UK

Greek family, born and raised in the UK, training in the USA. I want a career in breast surgery/global surgery with a special interest in improving cancer screening and health promotion in underserved areas. I love travelling, finding new local food spots, and being near the water. I can't live without my piano.

Research Interests: Public health policy and disparities in access to surgical care. Surgical education and the psychology of performance.

Ashley Rosenberg, MD, MPH [View Image]

Ashley Rosenberg, MD, MPH

PGY-4

Ashley Rosenberg, MD, MPH [View Image]

Ashley Rosenberg, MD, MPH

PGY-4

General Surgery Residency Program

Medical School: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine
Undergraduate: University of Arkansas
Hometown: Denver, CO

Ashley was VCU's first Global Surgery Research Fellow and focused her work on improving the ambulance systems in Rwanda. She loves to travel, and enjoys nearby Virginia Beach and Charlottesville. Outside of the hospital in Richmond, you can find Ashley spending time outside and cooking new recipes.

Wayne Tse, MD [View Image]

Wayne Tse, MD

PGY-4

Wayne Tse, MD [View Image]

Wayne Tse, MD

PGY-4

General Surgery Residency Program

Medical School: Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
Undergraduate: Case Western Reserve University
Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio

I spend most of my free time training for triathlons, playing volleyball, and playing video games. My favorite about Richmond is the 50+ mile Capital Trail. I plan on applying to vascular surgery.

Research Interests: Patient Safety and Quality Improvement; Clinical outcomes in vascular surgery

PGY-3

General Surgery Residency Program

Chonn Cadiz, MD [View Image]

Chonn Cadiz, MD

PGY-3

Chonn Cadiz, MD [View Image]

Chonn Cadiz, MD

PGY-3

General Surgery Residency Program

Medical School: Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University of Chicago
Undergraduate: Brooklyn College
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Renee Cholyway, MD [View Image]

Renee Cholyway, MD

PGY-3

Renee Cholyway, MD [View Image]

Renee Cholyway, MD

PGY-3

General Surgery Residency Program

Medical School: Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
Undergraduate: University of St. Francis
Hometown: Warren, MI

Anatomy and problem-solving led her to surgery and to research cardiac transplantation optimization. She's a connoisseur of cooking and enjoys new breweries, a horticulture dilettante keeping plants from her pet cats, and a fanatic marathon runner training on the wooded trails of Richmond. Her favorite surgical instruments are the stepstool so she can reach the patient and the Gigli saw.

W. Brenton French, MD [View Image]

W. Brenton French, MD

PGY-3

W. Brenton French, MD [View Image]

W. Brenton French, MD

PGY-3

General Surgery Residency Program

Medical School: University of Virginia School of Medicine
Undergraduate: University of Georgia
Hometown: Marietta, GA

I chose surgery because I enjoy the both the procedural nature of our work and the potential we have to improve the well-being of our patients. Outside of work, I enjoy golf, watching college football and NFL, going to UVa Basketball games, visiting friends in D.C., yardwork, renovating my house, and spending time with my wife. I plan to pursue a Trauma / Critical Care fellowship upon completion of residency.

Research Interests: Enhanced Recovery After Surgery, Post-Operative Acute Kidney Injury, Cost Reduction Efforts in General Surgery

Hannah Gassie, MD [View Image]

Hannah Gassie, MD

PGY-3

Hannah Gassie, MD [View Image]

Hannah Gassie, MD

PGY-3

General Surgery Residency Program

Medical School: St. Louis University School of Medicine

Hae Sung Kang, MD [View Image]

Hae Sung Kang, MD

PGY-3

Hae Sung Kang, MD [View Image]

Hae Sung Kang, MD

PGY-3

General Surgery Residency Program

Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Undergraduate: University of California, Berkeley
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

He is a die-hard Lakers fan and he is eagerly awaiting for the revival of the Lakers dynasty. He believes Richmond is awesome because it offers a great selection of food ranging from comfort food to ethnic food and has a lot of nature that is close to the city. On days off, he enjoys playing tennis, attending his church, playing guitar, hanging out with friends and grilling/smoking meat.

Research Interests: Utilization of telemedicine in pediatric surgery, low volume resuscitation in critically ill patients

H. Anna Xu, MD [View Image]

H. Anna Xu, MD

PGY-3

H. Anna Xu, MD [View Image]

H. Anna Xu, MD

PGY-3

General Surgery Residency Program

Medical School: Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
Undergraduate: University of Pittsburgh
Hometown: Chicago, IL

Research resident working in Dr. Mangino's laboratory on neurotrauma. Hobbies include board games, travelling, and photography.

PGY-2 Categorical

VCU General Surgery Residency Program

Zachary Kiernan, MD [View Image]

Zachary Kiernan, MD

PGY-2: Categorical

Zachary Kiernan, MD [View Image]

Zachary Kiernan, MD

PGY-2: Categorical

General Surgery Residency Program

Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School
Undergraduate: Virginia Tech
Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA

I enjoy spending time with my wife, reading when I have the time, watching college sports, and exploring all the great things Richmond has to offer.

Julie Kilpatrick, MD [View Image]

Julie Kilpatrick, MD

PGY-2: Categorical

Julie Kilpatrick, MD [View Image]

Julie Kilpatrick, MD

PGY-2: Categorical

General Surgery Residency Program

Medical School: University of Utah School of Medicine
Undergraduate: Westminster College, Boston University
Hometown: Miami, FL

I try to spend most of my free time outdoors, whether running, biking, hiking, fishing, tubing the James River or even mowing the lawn. I also enjoy baking, but mostly because I enjoy eating.

Bhavishya Ramamoorthy, MD [View Image]

Bhavishya Ramamoorthy, MD

PGY-2: Categorical

Bhavishya Ramamoorthy, MD [View Image]

Bhavishya Ramamoorthy, MD

PGY-2: Categorical

General Surgery Residency Program

Medical School: University of Virginia School of Medicine
Undergraduate: University of Virginia
Hometown: Charleston, SC

In my spare time, I enjoy baking, eating, playing piano, and rewatching Disney and Pixar movies with my little sister.

Dan Scheese, MD [View Image]

Dan Scheese, MD

PGY-2: Categorical

Dan Scheese, MD [View Image]

Dan Scheese, MD

PGY-2: Categorical

General Surgery Residency Program

Medical School: Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
Undergraduate: Virginia Tech
Hometown: Reading, PA

Natalie Wall, MD [View Image]

Natalie Wall, MD

PGY-2: Categorical

Natalie Wall, MD [View Image]

Natalie Wall, MD

PGY-2: Categorical

General Surgery Residency Program

Medical School: University of Utah
Undergraduate: Arizona State University
Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ

Matt Wishnoff, MD [View Image]

Matt Wishnoff, MD

PGY-2: Categorical

Matt Wishnoff, MD [View Image]

Matt Wishnoff, MD

PGY-2: Categorical

General Surgery Residency Program

Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University

PGY-2 Preliminary

General Surgery Residency Program

Navid Fallahi, MD [View Image]

Navid Fallahi, MD

PGY-2: Preliminary

Navid Fallahi, MD [View Image]

Navid Fallahi, MD

PGY-2: Preliminary

General Surgery Residency Program

Medical School: St. George's University
Undergraduate: University of Arizona
Hometown: Tucson, AZ

Some of my favorite hobbies include fishing, snowboarding, and making electronic music.

PGY-1 Categorical

VCU General Surgery Residency Program

Vashti Bandy, MD [View Image]

Vashti Bandy, MD

PGY-1: Categorical

Vashti Bandy, MD [View Image]

Vashti Bandy, MD

PGY-1: Categorical

General Surgery Residency Program

Medical School: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Ruby Barq, MD [View Image]

Ruby Barq, MD

PGY-1: Categorical

Ruby Barq, MD [View Image]

Ruby Barq, MD

PGY-1: Categorical

General Surgery Residency Program

Medical School: George Washington University

Graham Gardner, MD [View Image]

Graham Gardner, MD

PGY-1 Categorical

Graham Gardner, MD [View Image]

Graham Gardner, MD

PGY-1 Categorical

General Surgery Residency Program

Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University

Alyssa Habemann, MD [View Image]

Alyssa Habemann, MD

PGY-1 Categorical

Alyssa Habemann, MD [View Image]

Alyssa Habemann, MD

PGY-1 Categorical

General Surgery Residency Program

Medical School: Duke University

Cody Tragesser, MD [View Image]

Cody Tragesser, MD

PGY-1 Categorical

Cody Tragesser, MD [View Image]

Cody Tragesser, MD

PGY-1 Categorical

General Surgery Residency Program

Medical School: Indiana University

Katherine Yu, MD [View Image]

Katherine Yu, MD

PGY-1 Categorical

Katherine Yu, MD [View Image]

Katherine Yu, MD

PGY-1 Categorical

General Surgery Residency Program

Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University

PGY-1 Preliminary

General Surgery Residency Program

Dawitt Ayalew, MD [View Image]

Dawitt Ayalew, MD

PGY-1: Preliminary

Dawitt Ayalew, MD [View Image]

Dawitt Ayalew, MD

PGY-1: Preliminary

General Surgery Residency Program

Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University

Mohamad Chehab, MD [View Image]

Mohamad Chehab, MD

PGY-1: Preliminary

Mohamad Chehab, MD [View Image]

Mohamad Chehab, MD

PGY-1: Preliminary

General Surgery Residency Program

Medical School: American University in Beirut

Brian Hoffman, MD [View Image]

Brian Hoffman, MD

PGY-1: Preliminary

Brian Hoffman, MD [View Image]

Brian Hoffman, MD

PGY-1: Preliminary

General Surgery Residency Program

Medical School: St. George's University

Reginald Osardu, MD [View Image]

Reginald Osardu, MD

PGY-1 Preliminary

Reginald Osardu, MD [View Image]

Reginald Osardu, MD

PGY-1 Preliminary

General Surgery Residency Program

Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University

Guadalupe Osorio, MD [View Image]

Guadalupe Osorio, MD

PGY-1 Preliminary

Guadalupe Osorio, MD [View Image]

Guadalupe Osorio, MD

PGY-1 Preliminary

General Surgery Residency Program

Medical School: Georgetown University

Rocklin Shumaker, MD [View Image]

Rocklin Shumaker, MD

PGY-1 Preliminary

Rocklin Shumaker, MD [View Image]

Rocklin Shumaker, MD

PGY-1 Preliminary

General Surgery Residency Program

Medical School: East Tennessee University

Dylan Steffey, MD [View Image]

Dylan Steffey, MD

PGY-1 Preliminary

Dylan Steffey, MD [View Image]

Dylan Steffey, MD

PGY-1 Preliminary

General Surgery Residency Program

Medical School: University of Kentucky

RESEARCH

VCU General Surgery Residency Program

Christine Bierema, MD [View Image]

Christine Bierema, MD

Research Resident

Christine Bierema, MD [View Image]

Christine Bierema, MD

Research Resident

General Surgery Residency Program

Medical School: School of Medicine at University of Pennsylvania
Undergraduate: Amherst College
Hometown: Abington, Pennsylvania

I am a Philadelphia native although Richmond is growing on me. Hobbies including running, biking, breweries, and reading for pleasure. I live right across the street from Belle Isle, which I love. I am currently pursuing an MPH as part of my global surgery interest, and I hope to end up operating abroad in the future.

Interests: global surgery

Sally Boyd, MD [View Image]

Sally Boyd, MD

Research Resident

Sally Boyd, MD [View Image]

Sally Boyd, MD

Research Resident

General Surgery Residency Program

Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School
Undergraduate: James Madison University
Hometown: Salem, Virginia

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our dog, Bailey. I also enjoy reading, hiking, and exploring Richmond. 
Chief Resident in Quality and Safety through the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA.

Devon Freudenberger, MD [View Image]

Devon Freudenberger, MD

Research Resident

Devon Freudenberger, MD [View Image]

Devon Freudenberger, MD

Research Resident

General Surgery Residency Program

Medical School: Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, MI
Undergraduate: University of Maryland College Park
Hometown: Elton, MD

Outside the hospital you can find me spending all my time with my husband, playing with my 3 cats and dog, running my dog's Instagram account, crocheting, or at my parents' farm. You can follow her sheltie on Instagram @berkleythesheltie

I'm currently interested in surgical oncology and colorectal surgery.

Lucas Keller-Biehl, MD [View Image]

Lucas Keller-Biehl, MD

Research Resident

Lucas Keller-Biehl, MD [View Image]

Lucas Keller-Biehl, MD

Research Resident

General Surgery Residency Program

Medical School: Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
Undergraduate: The Ohio State University
Hometown: Loveland, OH

Research resident working at the VA with Dr. Amendola. I enjoying spending time with my wife and son, my fellow residents, playing sports, exercising, visiting the various breweries and restaurants around Richmond, and reading.

Clinical Interest: I want to go into bariatrics

McKenzie Lee, MD [View Image]

McKenzie Lee, MD

PGY-2: Categorical

McKenzie Lee, MD [View Image]

McKenzie Lee, MD

PGY-2: Categorical

General Surgery Residency Program

Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Undergraduate: University of Oklahoma
Hometown: Newark, CA

I play water polo. I mix music. I study foreign languages.

Goal is to do trauma/global surgery

Diana Otoya, MD [View Image]

Diana Otoya, MD

Research Resident

Diana Otoya, MD [View Image]

Diana Otoya, MD

Research Resident

General Surgery Residency Program

Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Undergraduate: College of William and Mary
Hometown: Winchester, Virginia

I'm a crazy plant lady, crazy cat lady, and recent proud dog mom. I love making memes, cooking, hiking, and floating the james river. Obsessed with food which is one of the best parts about Richmond! There are so many great restaurants and breweries to visit

Research Interests: vascular surgery, gender bias in surgery, and providing surgical services in underserved communities

Alexander Simmonds, MD [View Image]

Alexander Simmonds, MD

Research Resident

Alexander Simmonds, MD [View Image]

Alexander Simmonds, MD

Research Resident

General Surgery Residency Program

Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Undergraduate: Greenville University, IL
Hometown: Greenville, IL

My favorite activities include playing the guitar, riding my motorcycle, and cooking.

Research Interest: I'm currently interested in trauma and acute care general surgery

Travis Sullivan, MD [View Image]

Travis Sullivan, MD

Research Resident

Travis Sullivan, MD [View Image]

Travis Sullivan, MD

Research Resident

General Surgery Residency Program

Medical School: University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine
Undergraduate: University of Tennessee
Hometown: Knoxville, TN

I grew up and lived in Tennesssee prior to moving to Richmond, VA. Outside of work, I enjoy watching the Tennessee Volunteers, hiking, cooking, continuously improving my house/yard and will soon be a father! I have wanted to be a surgeon since my high school years and general surgery encompasses a variety of pathology that allows me to be hands on while caring for our patients. I am planning to pursue fellowship training upon completion of residency.

Research Interests: Pediatric Critical Care, Neuroinflammation

Vignesh Vudatha, MD [View Image]

Vignesh Vudatha, MD

Research Resident

Vignesh Vudatha, MD [View Image]

Vignesh Vudatha, MD

Research Resident

General Surgery Residency Program

Medical School: University of Central Florida College of Medicine
Undergraduate: Duke University
Hometown: Jacksonville, FL

Vignesh describes surgery as a field that is constantly evolving which provides the desired opportunity to interpret and explore new information. He states that problem-solving and participating in the OR offers the greatest satisfaction. In his spare time, Vignesh likes hiking, piano.

Where Our Residents Have Matched to Fellowship Positions 2008–2021

map_fellowship_matches [View Image]

Contact Us

Rahul J. Anand, MD, FACS
Program Director
rahul.anand@vcuhealth.org

Patricia Lange, MD, FACS
Associate Program Director 
patricia.lange@vcuhealth.org

Levi Procter, MD, FACS
Associate Program Director
levi.procter@vcuhealth.org

Nicole Wieghard, MD, FACS, FASCRS
Associate Program Director
nicole.wieghard@vcuhealth.org

Evan Ward
Residency Program Coordinator
evan.ward@vcuhealth.org
(804) 628-9789


Location

Office location
West Hospital
16th Floor, East Wing

Mailing address
Box 980135
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0135
Phone: (804) 628-9789
Fax: (804) 828-5595

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