Current Residents

The Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery has a long tradition of training leaders in otolaryngology. Our residents have been recipients of multiple national and regional awards over the past five years. Ohio State’s Otolaryngology Residency Program graduates have achieved prominence and success in community practice and at major academic institutions throughout the United States.


Corey Cheresnick, MD PGY5

Cheresnick CoreyHometown: Charlotte, NC
Undergrad: University of Florida, BS in accounting
MD: Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University

Hobbies/interests: Family, golf, CrossFit, fantasy baseball, reading, traveling, cooking

Jigar Sitapara, MD PGY5

Sitapara JigarHometown: Gaithersburg, MD
Undergrad: University of Pennsylvania, BA in biological basis of behavior, health care management
MD: The Ohio State University College of Medicine

Hobbies/interests: Playing guitar and snowboarding

Maria Koenigs, MD PGY5

Koenigs MariaHometown: Springfield, MA
Undergrad: Bowdoin College, BA in biochemistry and Spanish)
MD: Yale University School of Medicine

Hobbies/interests: University of Kansas (Jayhawk) basketball, singing, skiing and baking

Scott Kramer, MD PGY5

Kramer ScottHometown: Midland, MI
Undergrad: Northwestern University, BS in communication sciences and disorders
MD: The Ohio State University College of Medicine

Singing, guitar, piano, soccer, rock climbing, running, basketball, golf and Christian church membership


Alexander Rock, MD PGY4

Rock AlexanderHometown: Salt Lake City, UT
Undergrad: University of Utah
MD: The George Washington University

Hobbies/interests: Cycling, triathlons, skiing, hiking and camping

Jaron Densky, MD PGY4

Densky JaronHometown: Morristown, TN
Undergrad: Bachelor of Science in chemistry, University of Tennessee
MD: University of Tennessee College of Medicine

 Playing pretty much every sport, fishing, kayaking, hiking, being outdoors

Jeffrey Straub, MD PGY4

Straub JeffreyHometown: Prairie Village, KS
Undergrad: BS in biochemistry, Tulane University
MD: University of Kansas School of Medicine

Hobbies/interests: Singing, piano, beatboxing, tennis, soccer, ping-pong, international cuisine, other languages/cultures, chess, card games, trivia

Tom Zhou, MD PGY4

Zhou TomHometown: Minneapolis, MN
Undergrad: BA mathematical methods in the social sciences and economics, Northwestern University
MD: University of Minnesota

Hobbies/interests: Long-distance running, repairing cars, working on home improvement projects, collecting beer bottles and rooting for the Twins, Vikings and Bulls


Chen Lin, MD PGY3

LinHometown: Roanoke, VA
Undergrad: University of Virginia
MD: The Ohio State University College of Medicine

Hobbies/interests: Golf, tennis, biking, movies

Dustin Silverman, MD PGY3

SilvermanHometown: Topeka, KS                                                       
Undergrad School: Indiana University                                        
MD: University of Kansas School of Medicine                                                                       

Hobbies/interests: Writing music, karate, cooking, movies, reading, family

Eric Mason, MD PGY3

MasonHometown: Powder Springs, GA                                          
Undergrad School: The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
MD: Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University

Hobbies/interests: Mountain biking, snowboarding, live music, golf

Kevin Zhan, MD PGY3

ZhanHometown: Fairfax, VA
Undergrad: Virginia Tech: literature and biochemistry
MD: University of Virginia

Hobbies/interests: Reading, coffee cupping, photojournalism, NBA, other cultures/languages, violin, impersonations, research


Akash Naik, MD PGY2

Naik AkashHometown: South Carolina
Undergrad: Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
MD: Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine

Hobbies/personal interests: Soccer, running, surfing, cycling, tennis, reading, listening to podcasts, backpacking and traveling

Lucy Shi, MD PGY2

Shi LucyHometown: New York, New York
Undergrad: University of Pennsylvania
MD: Emory University School of Medicine

Hobbies/personal interests: Synchronized swimming, indoor gardening, photography, layout and graphic design, running, playing piano and traveling

Nora Ibrahim, MD PGY2

Ibrahim NoraHometown: Chicago, Illinois
Undergrad: University of Illinois
MD: Saint Louis University School of Medicine

Hobbies/personal interests: Journalism, writing, running, charity work, learning languages, baking, international medical mission work

Rohan Khandalavala, MD PGY2

Khandalavala RohanHometown: Omaha, Nebraska
Undergrad: Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska
MD: University of Nebraska College of Medicine

Hobbies/personal interests: Playing guitar, classical piano and violin, running, sports and music documentaries, college and professional basketball


Ashley Heilingoetter, MD PGY1

Heilingoetter_Ashley_13593296_PhotoHometown: Chicago, IL
Undergrad: Illinois Wesleyan University – BA in Biology
Masters: University of Michigan – MPH with focus in Human Nutrition
MD: Rush University

Hobbies/interests: Running, Rush Medical College soccer, baking, traveling, dogs, the Chicago Blackhawks

Masanari Kato, MD PGY1

Kato_Masanari_13290900_PhotoHometown: Irvington, NY
Undergrad: Carnegie Mellon University, Carnegie Institute of Technology – BS in Chemical Engineering
MD: Stony Brook University School of Medicine
Clinical Research Fellowship: Medical University of South Carolina, Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Hobbies/ interests: Ultimate frisbee, martial arts-karate

Michael Li, MD PGY1

Li_Michael_13444599_PhotoHometown: Davis, CA 
Undergrad: The University of California at Berkeley – BA in Integrative Biology
MD: The Ohio State University College of Medicine

Hobbies/ interests: Cooking, running, backpacking, playing soccer, snowboarding, reading, listening to podcasts, making coffee

Rishabh Sethia, MD PGY1

Sethia_Rishabh_13401180_PhotoHometown: Chicago, IL
Undergrad: Indiana University – BS in Biology (summa cum laude)
MD: The Ohio State University College of Medicine

Hobbies/interests: Playing basketball, tennis, acoustic guitar, running, travel, movies, cooking, college basketball, college football
Past Residents

Past Residents


Christian Francom, MD
Nolan Seim, MD
Scott Smith, MD
Yin Yiu, MD

2015 - 2017

Benjamin Bush, MD
Azeem Kaka, MD
Kyle McMullen, MD
Daniel Strigenz, MD

Candace Hrelec, MD
Stephen Nogan, MD
Hafiz Patwa, MD
Sanjeet Rangarajan, MD, M.Eng
Troy Howard, MD
Winslo Idicula, MD
Leslie Kim, MD
Benjamin Tweel, MD

2012 - 2014

Brian Boyce, MD
Lauren Cunningham, MD
Anna Marcinow, MD

Sarah Bowe, MD
Michael Cipolla, MD
Stanley McClurg, MD
Patrick Walz, MD

Tendy Chiang, MD
Matthew Garrett, MD
Michael Hubbell, MD
David Melon, MD

2009 - 2011

Agnes Hurtuk, MD
Laura Matrka, MD
Lawrence Robinson, Jr., MD
Andrew Tompkins, MD

Jonathan Grischkan, MD
Ryan Hendricker, MD
Cherie Ryoo, MD

Eugene Chio, MD
Alfred Fleming, Jr., MD
Kris Jatana, MD

2006 - 2008

Sumit Bapna, MD
Brad W. deSilva, MD
Jeff Rastatter, MD

Brad Otto, MD
Omar Husein, MD
Nancy Butler, MD

Minka L. Schofield, MD
Stephen P. Smith, Jr., MD
R. Mark Wiet, MD

2003 - 2005

Charles A. Elmaraghy, MD
Thomas H. Hammond, MD
Scott G. Shipley, MD

J. Christopher Davis, MD
Chad McCormick, MD
Leopold Yin, MD

Dawn Griesen, MD
Todd Hobgood, MD
Shounan Yao, MD