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Our academic, research-oriented institution has a long tradition of training leaders in family medicine. Learn more about our diverse and talented group of family medicine residents.

Our Graduates



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Our residency program graduates have achieved prominence and success in community practice and at major academic institutions throughout the United States. We are very proud of what our graduates have accomplished.

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Family Medicine Residents


PGY 3

University Track

Jordan Hilgefort, MD Chief Resident - University Track

Hilgefort Jordan MDMD: Marshall University
Undergraduate: Marshall University
Hometown: Hebron, KY
Hobbies: Soccer, exploring the local food scene and reading
Why I chose The Ohio State University: I chose Ohio State for the quality and reputation of the program. Being a member of a large, prestigious, academic university provides exposure to leaders in each discipline of medicine. Furthermore, the opportunities to supplement and expand my education were both unique and enticing.

Jeffrey Schord, MD Assistant Chief Resident - University Track

Schord Jeffrey MDMD: The Ohio State University
Undergraduate School: University of California – Berkeley
Hometown: Livermore, CA
Hobbies: Running, watching/playing sports (especially my alma mater UC Berkeley)
Why I chose The Ohio State University: The residency is an excellent program where I felt I could get not only great outpatient training, but strong community hospital inpatient training (at OSU East) as well. Additionally, I have an interest in sports medicine and they have a great sports medicine program.

Chelsea Fu, MD University Track

Fu Chelsea MDMD: University of Illinois - Urbana
Undergraduate: University of Illinois - Urbana
Hometown: St. Charles, IL
Hobbies: Sports (watching and playing–particularly, football, basketball and soccer), watching movies, trivia and spending time with friends
Why I chose The Ohio State University: The amazing, inspiring people, the great training environment and curriculum, as well as all the opportunities offered.

Matthew Knapke, MD University Track

Knape Matthew MDMD: Wright State University
Undergraduate: The Ohio State University
Hometown: Dayton, OH
Hobbies: Running, tennis, watching sports, spending time with family and friends
Why I chose The Ohio State University: I chose Ohio State because of the people. Residents and faculty work together as colleagues, and everyone is extremely supportive of one another. I really liked the opportunity to train at a place with a large number of faculty in the Department of Family Medicine, each of which provide different learning opportunities as well as foster any special interests I might have during residency.

Megan Krallman, DO University Track

Krallman Megan DODO: Ohio University
Undergraduate: The Ohio State University
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Hobbies: Reading, hiking and watching movies
Why I chose The Ohio State University: I had a great experience rotating here as a medical student with the family medicine residents, attendings and staff who were all very friendly and helpful. The learning environment is a very supportive one, while at the same time encouraging you to never stop learning and to keep up-to-date on research as it applies to your patients.

Selim Sheikh, DO University Track

Sheikh Selim DODO: William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: Rice University
Hometown: Houston, TX
Hobbies: Spending time with my wife, hiking and reading
Why I chose The Ohio State University: I truly felt at home with the people in this program and could not wait to join this family! In addition, the residency program offers high quality training in all areas of family medicine in the setting of both a major academic medical center and a community hospital. My wife is also getting world-class residency training at Nationwide Children's Hospital.
Urban Track

Samuel Jacobowitz, MD Urban Track

Jacobowitz Samuel MDMD: Northeastern Ohio Medical University
Undergraduate: Youngstown State University
Hometown: Syosset, NY
Hobbies: Trying new restaurants, cooking, playing guitar and traveling
Why I chose The Ohio State University: I was looking for an academically minded program full of motivated residents and faculty. The program is hard, but in a good way that will make you a better doctor–thinking independently and taking ownership for your patients. Additionally, it's a serendipitous coincidence that the residency is based in a wonderful city like Columbus.

Nicole Umanoff, MD Urban Track

Umanoff Nicole MDMD: Albany Medical College
Undergraduate: University of Florida
Hometown: Rockville Centre, NY
Hobbies: Painting, drawing, baking/cake decorating and interior design
Why I chose The Ohio State University: I chose Ohio State because I wanted to train in both a community hospital and a large academic university. The fact that Columbus is an awesome city is a bonus!

PGY 2

University Track

Tyler Adamson, DO University Track

Adamson Tyler DSC0151 57DO: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: The Ohio State University/Columbus State
Hometown: Tiltonsville, OH
Hobbies: Watching sports, especially the Buckeyes, hiking, cooking and playing video games
Why I chose Ohio State University: I chose OSU because of my experience as a rotating medical student. The welcoming personalities of the residents and faculty made my time enjoyable. The program creates an educational and encouraging atmosphere that was unmatched. In addition to this, OSU's medical center and partnership with one of the nation’s top pediatric hospitals in Nationwide Children's Hospital ensured the best training possible during my residency. It was the best combination of factors when looking into a residency program.

Andrew Davis, MD University Track

Davis Andy DSC0155 57MD: Wright State University
Undergraduate: The Ohio State University
Hometown: Dublin, OH
Hobbies: I enjoy spending time with family, running, working out, exploring the delicious and ever-expanding food scene in Columbus, and grabbing a pint with friends.
Why I chose The Ohio State University: I loved my time at Ohio State during undergrad, and I knew after my interview day that I needed to come back. I really liked how OSU's Department of Family Medicine has the resources, research and innovation of an academic powerhouse while still providing the experience of a community program with our family-medicine-run inpatient service at OSU East. More importantly, the people here are amazing. All of the faculty and residents that I met on my interview day are people that I wanted to work with, learn from and spend time with over the next three years and more. All this while living in the great city of Columbus made for my dream residency program. My high hopes and expectations have been exceeded now that I am half way through my intern year!

Michelle Mullins, MD University Track

Hummel Michelle DSC0103 57MD: University of South Florida Health Morsani College of Medicine
Undergraduate: University of South Florida
Hometown: Pace, Florida
Hobbies: Golf, tennis, following college football, racing, mountain biking and traveling
Why I chose Ohio State University: This program combines the resources and reputation of a large academic program with a community program feel. The longitudinal elective is such a unique asset to the program. And of course, the residents/faculty are awesome!

Hiten Patel, MD University Track

Patel Hiten DSC0145 57MD: University of Toledo
Undergraduate: Ohio State University
Hometown: Toledo, OH
Hobbies: Hiking, fusion cooking, traveling the world, playing tennis and spending time with family
Why I chose Ohio State University: I was drawn to OSU by the positive, family-like atmosphere. OSU also provides vast opportunities and resources to pursue whatever you wish to accomplish. For me in particular, I have the opportunity to pursue academics, engineering projects and global health. I also get the opportunity to work with world renowned specialists across all specialties. Ohio State also has a great balance between academic and community practice. And of course, the city of Columbus is thriving with sports, activities and new restaurants. 

David Ringel, MD University Track

Ringel David DSC0134 57MD: University of Toledo
Undergraduate: Miami University
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Hobbies: Playing basketball and being outdoors, hiking, camping, fishing and traveling
Why I chose Ohio State University: I came here because of the people I met during my interview day and at the dinner the night before. My interest in sports medicine also fit perfectly with what OSU has to offer and being a lifelong Buckeye fan made the decision easy.

Benjamin Swartz, MD University Track

Swartz Ben DSC0135 57MD: University of South Carolina
Undergraduate: The Ohio State University then Clemson
Hometown: Toledo, OH
Hobbies: Buckeye football, hiking, brewery hopping, spending time with my wife and dog
Why I chose Ohio State University:  The Family Medicine Residency Program at The Ohio State University offers very broad training in all areas of family medicine. We are fortunate enough to have access to all the benefits of a large academic medical center, while having an unopposed feel during our inpatient months at University Hospital East. Additionally, the faculty at OSU, both in family medicine and other specialties, have years of experience in education, creating a great learning environment. Above all though, the biggest reason I decided to come to Ohio State was for the people. Our residents, faculty, administration and support staff in the Department of Family Medicine make up a collective unit that is very welcoming and supportive.

Naketa Thomas, MD University Track

Thomas Naketa DSC0153 57MD: Escuela Latinoamerica de Medicina
Undergraduate: Lincoln University
Hobbies: Mixed martial arts, watching the Cuban Olympics, exercising, listening to music, playing the piano
Urban Track

Christen Johnson, MD Urban Track

Johnson Christen DSC0154 57MD: Wright State University
Undergraduate: Wright State University
Hometown: Columbus/Pickerington, Ohio
Hobbies: Painting, cooking, photography, running, skiing, playing softball and spending time with family and my dog, Imani
Why I chose Ohio State University: I chose OSU because it is truly a family. In my other interviews, I found places that I could have made myself fit into but after meeting the faculty and residents here, I knew this was a program that I could call my home. The educational opportunities are second to none and the people that I have the pleasure of working with everyday are amazing. Here, I've found ways to incorporate my interests in research, public health, leadership, education and adolescent medicine into my residency curriculum without having to search for assistance. I couldn't have found a better fit. Go Bucks!

Barbara Barash, MD Urban Track

Barash Barbara DSC0146 57MD: American University of Integrative Sciences
Undergraduate: The Ohio State University
Hometown: Gahanna, Ohio
Hobbies: Latin and ballroom dancing, reading autobiographies and mysteries, cooking, keeping up with five languages
Why I chose Ohio State University: I chose Ohio State because it has a strong sense of family and support which is how I view family medicine in general and how I think patients want to be treated as they navigate their health. The program also gives you many opportunities to experience both community-type and large academic hospital settings which has helped me to decide what type of setting I want to be in.

PGY 1

University Track

Brad Christoph, DO University Track

ChristophDO: Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Graduate: Tufts University School of Medicine (MS Pain Research, Education, and Policy)
Undergraduate: Furman University
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
Hobbies: Playing lacrosse, riding and working on my Harley Davidson, gardening, baking, watching sporting events of The Ohio State University.
Why you chose OSU: I chose The Ohio State University for the opportunity to obtain an advanced degree during residency, for the congenial feel of the program, it's faculty and residents, and for the opportunity to learn in and serve the people of my home state.

Pat Dyer, MD University Track

DyerMD: University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences
Undergraduate: University of Dayton
Hometown: Toledo, OH
Hobbies: Exercising, watching and playing sports, cooking, listening to music, watching movies, and traveling
Why you chose OSU: The atmosphere! The program has a family feel with wonderful, supportive, and knowledgeable residents and faculty. It has an incredible amount of resources to help guide my training. Despite being a large academic center, the program provides great community training as well, which will help prepare me for anything I want to do in the future.

Amythest Gauthier, MD University Track

GauthierMD: Northeast Ohio Medical University
Undergraduate: Youngstown State University
Hometown: Mason, OH
Hobbies: Playing sports, reading, watching bad syfy movies, and scuba diving.
Why I chose OSU: I chose OSU because of all of the amazing residents, faculty, and staff. There was a great energy and everyone is full of enthusiasm. OSU Family Medicine has created an environment that encourages and supports learning and I really felt at home when I visited. There are so many opportunities here and I really love being apart of the OSU family.

Katie Kessler, MD University Track

KesslerMD: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Undergraduate: Wofford College
Hometown: Springboro, OH
Hobbies: Running, watching sports, reading, and sand volleyball
Why I chose OSU: I had a great experience on my sub-internship as a medical student and loved the people here. I appreciated that residents enjoy spending time with each other outside of work. Some highlights for me include our strong history of residents pursuing sports medicine fellowships, the longitudinal elective, and the inpatient service at OSU East.

Dan Krajcik, DO University Track

KrajcikDO: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: John Carroll University
Hometown: Avon Lake, OH
Hobbies: Running, volleyball, Crossfit, hiking, exploring Columbus restaurants
Why I chose Ohio State University: I chose OSU because the current residents immediately felt like family. They were genuinely welcoming and funny from the first day I met them. I also know that OSU can provide me with the opportunities to achieve my future goals for patient care and healthcare leadership. Lastly, the residents and attendings are also very open and interested to the diverse training I received as a DO, which is important to me.

Shreya Reddy, MD University Track

ReddyMD: Northeast Ohio Medical University
Undergraduate: Kent State Universiy
Hometown: Mason, OH
Hobbies: Hiking, climbing, intramural sports, traveling, yoga, coffee shops, exploring new bars/restaurants
Why I chose Ohio State University: From the pre-interview dinner to the entire interview day, I felt welcome. The residents were happy, outgoing, intelligent, and seemed to really love the program. I also was looking for a good balance between an academic and community program. OSU Family Med has the best blend of experiences at a large academic center, a top pediatric hospital, and our home base community hospital. There are so many opportunities to pursue including sports med, women's health, global health, policy work, and more. Besides all that, Columbus is THE place to be!

Malvika Sharma, MD University Track

SharmaMD: Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
Undergraduate: University of Cincinnati
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Hobbies: Yoga, group fitness classes, baking, travelling, exploring new restaurants, spending time with friends and family,  watching movies and Netlfix shows
Why you chose OSU: I chose OSU because this program combines the right balance with the resources of a large academic medical center along with the feel of a community program. I felt very welcomed by the positive atmosphere at OSU as well as the numerous opportunities to pursue electives of my interest and the opportunity to work with and learn from renowned specialists in the area.
Urban Track

Mickey Nguyen, MD Urban Track

NguyenMD: Ross University School of Medicine
Undergraduate: University of California, Riverside
Hometown: Orange County, CA
Hobbies: Running, hiking, watching Buckeyes football, potluck with friends, and spending time with my wife and son.
Why I chose Ohio State University: I'm passionate about immigrant and refugee health. I'm confident that The Ohio State program will train me to better understand the health care barriers intrinsic within these communities. I look forward to my third year when I can do an international rotation to care for the underserved communities in Vietnam. In addition, I had the privilege to work with the wonderful staff in the family medicine department prior to starting residency. I know they will continue to support and mentor me throughout this journey. Go Buckeyes!

Sara Scott, MD Urban Track

ScottMD: University of Michigan Medical School
Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Hobbies: Backpacking, Ultimate Frisbee, crossword puzzles, gardening
Why you chose OSU: I chose OSU because I valued the supportive environment and strong commitment to teaching, both in family medicine and also across specialties. I value the resources and opportunities that OSU provides, and know that I have the opportunity to work with leaders in many fields. I especially like that by participating in the Urban track, I will get significant exposure to providing culturally competent care in multicultural and lower socioeconomic communities. I also really like Columbus, which is something I'm not allowed to say when I go back and visit Ann Arbor.
Past Residents

Past Residents

2018-2019

2018

Brian Rue, MD: Sports Medicine Fellowship, University of Cincinnati – Cincinnati, OH
Aloiya Earl, MD: Sports Medicine Fellowship, University of Alabama – Tuscaloosa, AL
Natalie Baer, MD: IHA - Detroit, MI
Dan Fosselman, DO: Sports Medicine Fellowship, University of Cincinnati – Cincinnati, OH
Jocelyn Morin, MD: Cazenovia Family Health Center – Cazenovia, NY
J. Eric Questel, MD: The Ohio State University Family Practice – Gahanna, OH
Jamie Robinson, MD: The Ohio State University Family Practice – Worthington, OH
Sophia Tolliver, MD: The Ohio State University Family Practice – Columbus, OH
Linda Williams, MD: Ohio Health – Columbus, OH

2018-2019 Resident Graduation

 

2016-2017

2017

Whitney Christian, MD: CarePoint East, Ohio State Family Medicine
Timothy Light, MD: OhioHealth Primary Care, Marion, OH
Lauren Michelli, MD: Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids, MI
Camille Moreno, DO: Women’s Health Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic
Anthony Nguyen, DO: Providence Medical Group, Mobile, AL
Sandra Palmer, DO: Outpatient Care Upper Arlington, Ohio State Family Medicine
Alexandra Pelaez, MD: Plain City Family Medicine, Plain City, OH
Amy Simpson, DO: Parkview Health, Fort Wayne, IN

2016

Juliet French-Vallabh, MD: The Ohio State University Family Medicine Practice – Upper Arlington, OH
Nicole Kornder, MD: Sports Medicine Fellowship, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center –Columbus, OH
Avery Nolen, MD: Methodist Family Health Center – Dallas, TX
Bhavesh Patel, MD: The Ohio State University Family Medicine Practice –Columbus, OH
Christopher Smallwood, MD: Marion Area Physicians – Marion, OH
David Tessier, MD: PrimaryOne Health – Columbus, OH
Jonathan Yun, MD: Research Fellowship, UNC – Chapel Hill, NC

2014-2015

2015

Steven Albrechta, MD: Sports Medicine Fellowship, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center –Columbus, OH
Melissa Davis, MD: Clinical faculty, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center – Columbus, OH
Lisa Johns, MD: Southeast Mental Health – Columbus, OH
Tri Le, MD: Geriatrics fellowship, Oregon Health and Science University – Portland, OR
Charlene Lohner, MD: Primary care – Minneapolis, MN
Jason Pedrick, MD: Sports medicine – Columbus, OH
Saida Omarova, MD: Urgent care – Atlanta, GA
Marie Schaefer, MD: Sports medicine fellowship, Nationwide Children's Hospital – Columbus, OH

2014

Benish Aqil, MD: Bryn Mawr Hospital – Philadelphia, PA
Jason Foster, MD: Fellowship in primary care sports medicine, ProMedical Health System – Toledo, OH
Kerri Gibson, MD: Xenia Family Practice – Xenia, OH
Tahir Maya, MD: John Peter Smith Hospital – Ft. Worth, TX
Rajeshwari Nagaraja, MBBS: Caro Health – Plaza Caro, MI
Jacqueline Nguyen, MD: Multicare Health Systems – Covington, WA
Michael Salama, MD: San Miguel Medical Clinic – South Gate, CA
Magdalena Teodorescu, MD: Central Ohio Primary Care – Columbus, OH
Abha Tewari, MD: Urgent care – Mason, OH

2012-2013

2013

Margaret Apostol, MD: Family practice with Lake Health – Cleveland, OH
Anette Bodoky, MD: Colonial Park Family Practice – Harrisburg, PA
Zak Boyd, MD: Family practice – Millersburg, OH
Belmund Catague, MD: North Country Health Care – Bullhead City, AZ
Michael Donaworth, MD: Sports medicine fellowship, University of Cincinnati Athletic Department –Cincinnati, OH
Meana Gerges, MD: Cleveland Clinic – Cleveland, OH
Stacey Guan, MD: Urgent care – Columbus, OH
Mark Kahle, DO: St. Rita's Medical Center – Lima, OH
Tina Lee, MD: Family practice – Hilliard, OH
Arthur Palmer, MD: The Ohio State University Family Medicine Practice – Worthington, OH

2012

Maysa El Sayyid, MD: Hospitalist fellowship – Columbus, OH
Katrina Gordon, MD: Faculty development fellowship – Chicago, IL
Ryan-Niko Hickman, MD: Sports medicine fellowship – Charlotte, NC
Lindsey Konor, MD: Residency faculty – Savannah, GA
Shivonne Suttles, MD: Physician at National Health Service Corps – Indianapolis, IN
Simarpreet Vidwan, MD: Urgent care – Atlanta, GA
Lena Ann Winkler, MD: Hospice physician – Columbus, OH

2010-2011

2011

Roy Chan, MD: Private practice – Dinuba, CA
Tate de Leon, MD: Patient care/concierge medicine – Rancho Mirage, CA
Rebecca Grant, MD: Residency faculty in adolescent medicine, The Ohio State University Department of Family Medicine – Columbus, OH
Amina Joyner, DO: Private practice – Columbus, OH
Inah Kim, MD: Private practice – Michigan
Nanette Lacuesta, MD: Residency faculty, Riverside Family Medicine – Columbus, OH
Sirisha Talari, MD: Faculty, University of Kentucky – Louisville, KY
Jessica Wertz, DO: Sports Medicine Fellowship, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center – Columbus, OH
Randy Villarreal, MD: Urgent care/primary care – Chesapeake, VA

2010

Andre de Leon, MD: Family medicine private practice – Blue Jay, CA
Levi Harper, MD: Urgent care – Dayton, OH
Clint Hartz, MD: Sports medicine fellowship, Wildwood Medical Center – Toledo, OH
Melissa Jefferis, MD: Residency faculty, Riverside Methodist Hospital – Columbus, OH
Ramana Kankanala, MD: Family medicine private practice – Philadelphia, PA
Ron Ngayan, MD: Family medicine private practice – Santa Ana, CA
Luis Salazar, MD: Sports Medicine Fellowship, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center –Columbus, OH
Kimmy Goyal, MD: Family medicine private practice – Canada
Laura Sorg, MD: Residency faculty, The Ohio State University Rural Program – West Liberty, OH

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