Surgical Residents

 

Chief Residents

butts_2014.jpgCaleb Butts
Hometown: Decatur, AL
College: Mississippi State University
Medical School: University of South Alabama College of Medicine
Email: cbutts@health.southalabama.edu

Dr. Butts matched as a categorical resident into the General Surgery Residency at the University of South Alabama.  As a PGY-1, he was selected by the medical students as a member of the Arnold P. Gold Humanism in Medicine Honor Society.  During his PGY-2 year, he was award the Thomas Robert Johnson award for best junior resident.  During residency, Dr. Butts has also undertaken and published several research projects in the trauma and burn literature, as well numerous presentations at regional, national, and international conferences.  He also has extensive interests in public health, having participated in both federal- and state-level lobbying efforts for the American College of Surgeons, as well as international medical mission trips to Romania, Honduras, and Rwanda.  He has currently matched in the fellowship match for Acute Care Surgery for 2017. Dr. Butts is married with three children.

What does Dr. Butts most like most about being resident at Univeristy of South Alabama?

"The thing I like most about South Alabama is the relationship that the residents have with faculty.  Our faculty are very supportive of both residents individually and the program as a whole.  They give us autonomy, guidance, and correction.  I could not ask for a better group of faculty members than the team that has been assembled here."

 

Lee.JPGYann-Leei (Larry) Lee
Hometown: Auburn, AL
College: Johns Hopkins University
Medical School: University of South Alabama
Email: yllee@health.southalabama.edu

Dr. Yann-Leei Larry Lee was born in Taipei, Taiwan, and moved to Auburn, AL as an infant.  After graduating from Auburn High School, he completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering followed by a Master of Science in Biotechnology at Johns Hopkins University.  He then returned to the state of Alabama for medical school, receiving his Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of South Alabama, then continuing his graduate medical education at the same institution.  After his 2nd year of General Surgery residency, he spent two years in the lab of Drs. Jon Simmons and Mark Gillespie, investigating among other topics the role of mitochondrial DNA signaling in trauma and sepsis.  He has since returned to clinical training  and has currently matched in the fellowship match for Trauma and Surgical Critical Care Surgery for 2017.

What does Dr. Lee most like most about being resident at Univeristy of South Alabama?

"Saving lives"

 

mckee_2014.jpgKelsey McKee
Hometown: Beckley, WV
College: West Virginia University
Medical School: West Virginia University School of Medicine
Email: kelseywilliams@health.southalabama.edu

Dr. McKee matched as a categorical resident into the General Surgery Residency at the University of South Alabama.  She won second place for her poster presentation entitled “Implementing enteral nutrition when gastrostomy tube is contraindicated: another surgical option exists” at the Southern Medical Association Annual Scientific Assembly in 2015. Dr. McKee recently matched into a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery residency position at Indianapolis University for 2017.  She is currently married with two dogs.  She enjoys dancing and traveling with her husband.

What does Dr. McKee most like most about being resident at Univeristy of South Alabama?

"The faculty, staff, and attendings are easily the best part of the surgical residency at USA.  The warm and friendly atmosphere here makes work even more enjoyable!"

 

payne_2014.jpgIsaac Payne
Hometown: Louisville, KY
College: University of Kentucky
Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Email: ipayne@health.southalabama.edu

Dr. Payne matched as a categorical resident into general surgery at the University of South Alabama. He has been active in clinical and basic science research publishing multiple journal articles, book chapters and presenting at several national meetings. On a personal level, Isaac is happily married. He enjoys golf, kayak and offshore fishing in the gulf and scuba diving. He has currently matched in a fellowship match for Colon and Rectal Surgery for 2017.

What does Dr. Payne most like most about being resident at Univeristy of South Alabama?

"USA allows you to be the surgeon you want to become. Our rotations are designed to allow residents who wish to pursue general surgery in private practice to hit the ground running straight out of residency. No fellowship necessary. South does however, has a thriving academic environment that allows opportunity for residents to pursue competitive fellowships. The faculty and staff are resident advocates to the extreme. They support whichever endeavor the resident wishes to pursue. Mrs. Dorothy Dickinson (our resident coordinator) is unbelievably supportive and is our rock here at South Alabama."

 

quatrino_2014.jpgGregory Quatrino
Hometown: Tampa, FL
College: University of Florida
Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
Email: gquatrino@health.southalabama.edu

Dr. Quatrino matched as a categorical resident into the General Surgery Residency at the University of South Alabama. He quickly garnered the respect of his peers by receiving the Thomas Robert Johnson Award signifying “the best resident” as an intern. Dr. Quatrino was later inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society and received the highest ABSITE award by scoring a 99th percentile. During residency, Dr. Quatrino also distinguished himself as an excellent researcher by publishing multiple articles in peer-reviewed journals and writing a book chapter. At the 2015 Alabama Chapter of the American College of Surgeons meeting, Dr. Quatrino won first place in the basic science division of the poster competition for a presentation entitled “Evidence of Oxidative Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) Damage and mtDNA DAMPs in Ventilator Induced Lung Injury”. He has currently matched in a fellowship match for Colon and Rectal Surgery for 2017.  Dr. Quatrino is married with two children.

What does Dr. Quatrino like most about being a resident at the University of South Alabama?

"The camaraderie among the residents and staff is unmatched anywhere."

 

sobrino_2014.jpgJustin Sobrino
Hometown: Wichita, KS
College: University of Tulsa
Medical School: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Email: jsobrino@health.southalabama.edu

What does Dr. Sobrino like most about being a resident at the University of South Alabama?

“I came to residency at the University of South Alabama for the quality and breadth of surgical training that can only be obtained at an institution without multiple fellowships. Here, we are able to maintain the academic environment of a large institution without sacrificing our experience.”

 

PGY-IV

freno_2014.jpgDaniel Freno
Hometown: Oklahoma City, OK
College: University of Oklahoma
Medical School: University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
Email: dfreno@health.southalabama.edu

Dr. Freno matched as a categorical general surgery resident with the University of South Alabama.  During his residency he has been involved in multiple research activities resulting in publications and podium presentations at state, regional, national and international meetings.  In 2015 he won first place in the basic science division of the Alabama ACS Committee on Trauma resident paper competition.  He also won first place in the basic science division of the Region 4 ACS Committee on Trauma resident paper competition and was selected to present his paper at the National ACS Committee on Trauma resident paper competition.  In 2016 he was recognized for his research endeavors with the Mark N. Gillespie, Ph.D., Clinical Translational Research Award.  He was also recognized by his peers with the 2016 Thomas Robert Johnson M.D. Award given to the “best junior resident”.  This year, he will be participating in the cardiothoracic surgery fellowship match.  Dr. Freno is married with two children.

What does Dr. Freno like most about being a resident at the University of South Alabama?

"The people, hands down the best group of people I have worked for and with.  This was the only program that explicitly invited my wife to come along and meet the people in the program and city.  That played a huge role in my decision to choose south and my experiences while at USA have only confirmed the gut feeling I got when I interviewed, this place is full of great people who see you for who you are and not just a number in a group of trainees."

 

jones_2014.jpgBrian Jones
Hometown: Battle Creek, MI
College: Michigan State University
Medical School: West Virginia University School of Medicine
Email: brainjones@health.southalabama.edu

Dr. Jones matched as a categorical resident in General Surgery at the University of South Alabama Medical Center. Since starting residency, he has twice been awarded the “Best Teaching Resident” by the University of South Alabama College of Medicine graduating medical students and has been inducted into the Arnold P. Gold Humanism in Medicine Honor Society. Dr. Jones has interests in peripheral vascular surgery—both open and endovascular techniques—surgical imaging, and medical education. He enjoys playing golf and baseball, the performing arts and opera, and spending time with his two dogs, Hamilton and Dunmore. 

What does Dr. Jones like most about being a resident at the University of South Alabama?

I was drawn to USAMC after my first interactions with Drs. William Richards and Jon Simmons. Dr. Richards, the chairman of the Department of General Surgery, expressed the vision he had for the department and for the residents. He discussed explicit goals and plans he had for achieving them. It was refreshing to see such a drive to improve and spoke to the leadership of the department. Dr. Simmons, the program director, is in my opinion one of the best program directors in the country. He showed from my first interview his passion for education and has been an unparalleled resident advocate. The one-two combination of Drs. Richards and Simmons is one of the best reasons that our program is as strong and dynamic as it is today.

I was also attracted to “South” because of its unique blend of research, medical education, and community-based general surgery. One former resident mentioned that he felt that USAMC allowed for a university-type education without feeling like you were insignificant, and I believe that truly depicts our program. We have access to some of the most renowned (some even world-renowned) surgeons in their fields. The residents at South have access to any number of original and groundbreaking research opportunities. But still, there is not a single person at USAMC who does not know us on a first-name basis. Further, access for a significant amount of “bread-and-butter” general surgery is available and utilized but many residents. The ability to achieve this type of educational environment is rare, but USAMC definitely has it.

 

sims_2014.jpgKaci Sims
Hometown: Birmingham, AL
College: Samford University
Medical School: University of South Alabama College of Medicine
Email: ksims@health.southalabama.edu

Dr. Sims matched as a categorical resident into the General Surgery Residency at the University of South Alabama.  She has made a commitment to involving herself in various research projects yearly and has participated in several national podium presentations.  In 2016 faculty members awarded her the “Arnold Luterman Practice of Medicine Award.”  She plans to enroll in the fellowship match for Colon and Rectal surgery in the upcoming year.  Outside of the hospital she is an avid equestrian and enjoys spending time with her family.

What does Dr. Sims like most about being a resident at the University of South Alabama?

"South Alabama is such a unique program.  We have incredibly gifted faculty who are truly mentors inside and outside the operating room.  My fellow residents are more than co-workers, they are family in every sense of the word."

 

quang_2014.jpgCelia Quang
Hometown: Tulsa, OK
College: University of Oklahoma
Medical School: University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
Email: cquang@health.southalabama.edu

Dr. Celia Quang graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science with Distinction degree and a Bachelor of Arts with Distinction degree (Microbiology and French).  While at the University of Oklahoma, she spent a year studying abroad at the Université Blaise Pascal in Clermont-Ferrand, France where she studied French literature.  She was also elected a member of the Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society.  While in medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, she served as the Class Vice President and a member of the Student Executive Council.  She was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and received the Frank A. Clingan Surgery Award.  She graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in 2013.  Dr. Quang matched as a categorical resident into the General Surgery Residency at the University of South Alabama.  Dr. Quang is married.

What does Dr. Quang like most about being a resident at the University of South Alabama?

“The friendships made within the surgical residency program has been the best part.  We are like a big family at work and outside of work.  This certainly makes the life of a general surgery resident much easier to handle and much more enjoyable.”

 

PGY-III

abraham_2014.jpgGifty Abraham
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL
College: Florida State University
Medical School: Ross University
Email: giftysabraham@health.southalabama.edu

Dr. Gifty Abraham graduated from Florida State University with two Bachelor of Science degrees, Biological Sciences and Exercise Sciences.  While attending college, she developed a passion for medicine and research, obtaining her EMT license, as well as participating in various directed independent studies in physiology and cognitive psychology.  During her senior year at FSU, she was a teaching assistant in physiological psychology investigating the neural mechanisms of behavior using the anatomy of sheep brains.  Dr. Abraham participated in various organizations in college including alpha Kappa Delta Phi, National Sorority Inc. which allowed for philanthropies related to breast cancer research and Children’s Miracle Network.

Dr. Abraham continued her education at Ross University School of Medicine where she obtained her medical doctorate degree.  In medical school, she continued to work as an EMT, tutor basic sciences and was selected as an anatomy teaching assistant.  Dr. Abraham excelled in medical school and graduated summa cum laude.  While awaiting residency, she joined the Cleveland Clinic of Florida, Department of Colon and Rectal Surgery as a research fellow performed data entry research.  Dr. Abraham matched as a categorical resident into general surgery at the University of South Alabama.  Following her PGY-3 year, she decided to perform a year of translational research to better prepare for future fellowship interests.   

Personal Interests: Chasing after her 1 year old son, singing/music, traveling, exercising.

What does Dr. Abraham like most about being a resident at the University of South Alabama?

"The residents. If there is ever a problem, you can always count on your comrades."

 

Bierman_T1.jpgTodd Bierman
Hometown: Newton, IL
College: Saint Louis University
Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine
Email: tbierman@health.southalabama.edu

Dr. Bierman matched into a categorical position and quickly acclimated to the south and was named ‘intern of the year.’  Unsure whether or not he wants to do a fellowship he has kept his options open by continuing to enhance his CV with presentations which he will present at the ACS and SESC.  Todd has continued to stay active since moving to mobile.  By day he is in and out of the OR and at night he spends his time playing wiffle-ball, kickball, or sand volleyball around town.  In his spare time you can find him visiting his sister and going to the beach or renovating his home.

What does Dr. Bierman like most about being a resident at the University of South Alabama?

"We work as a team.  The entire residency program looks out for each other and helps each other out."

 

Cason_B1.jpgBenton Cason
Hometown: Montgomery, AL
College: Auburn University
Medical School: University of South Alabama College of Medicine
Email: bcason@health.southalabama.edu

Dr. Cason matched as a categorical resident into the General Surgery Residency at the University of South Alabama. During his intern year, he received the highest ABSITE award for his score above the 90th percentile. Along with academic success, he has also been published multiple times in peer-reviewed literature. He has presented from platform at the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma for the study entitled “The Validity of Abdominal Examination in Blunt Trauma Patients with Distracting Injuries.” He has presented posters at the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma and the Southeastern Surgical Congress for his work on the projects “The Validity of Clinical Exam of the Thoracolumbar Spine in the Presence of Distracting Injuries” and “Pediatric Laparoscopic Splenectomy Using Only an Ultrasonic Energy Device,” respectively. He has also published a video to the Surgical Council on Resident Education website entitled “Laparoscopic Left Lateral Sectionectomy.” Dr. Cason is married and has one child. In his spare time, he and his wife, Emily, enjoy spending time with their son, Isaac as well as hunting, fishing, and any activity that gets them outdoors. He also enjoys cooking and playing guitar.

What does Dr. Cason like most about being a resident at the University of South Alabama?

“As a medical student, the residents in this program convinced me that I wanted to be a surgeon. After being a part of it for more than 2 years now, I couldn’t be happier that I made the decision to remain at my alma mater for training. I feel well-prepared for every challenge that presents itself, and I continue to be exposed to great opportunities for learning both in the operating room and on the wards. The camaraderie among the residents has to be the best anywhere, which makes the time spent here that much more enjoyable.”

 

Hashmi_O1.jpgOsman Hashmi
Hometown: Mobile, AL
College: University of South Alabama
Medical School: University of South Alabama College of Medicine
Email: oihashmi@health.southalabama.edu

Dr. Osman Hashmi graduated from the University of South Alabama with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and minor in Chemistry. While in Undergrad he was part of the University Honor’s Program and Early Acceptance Program into the USA COM. Education and community service have always been important in his life, as evidenced by how extremely involvement in Community service. He served as a tutor and mentor to abandoned children and orphans at a local home as well as help organize and run Science Olympiads for Middle School students. While in medical school, at South Alabama COM he stayed active in extracurricular activities in the form of intramural sports and service. In 2014, Dr. Hashmi matched as a categorical resident into the General Surgery Program at USA. He desires to pursue a career in cardiothoracic surgery. Dr. Hashmi is married and enjoys travelling, as well as playing and watching sports including basketball, golf and football.

What does Dr. Hashmi like most about being a resident at the University of South Alabama?

"Going to school here and rotating through I saw firsthand, the camaraderie and family atmosphere that I wanted to be a part of. Along with the excellent training and opportunities that South provides the decision to match here was an easy one. The surgery program continues to grow and improve with exciting new additions and I look forward to the next 2.5 years of my training."

 

Nadra.jpgOmar Nadra
Hometown: Syria
Medical School: Russian National Research Medical University named after N.I. Pirogov
Email: onadra@health.southalabama.edu

Dr. Nadra received his graduate degree in Moscow at the Russian State Medical University (current Pirogov RNRMU) and completed 1 year of surgical internship in a city hospital in Moscow. Omar decided to continue his residency in the United States to receive more formalized and well-rounded -training. He completed observerships in Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Chicago to familiarize himself with the US system of training.  After that he applied to surgical residency and matched at JHH in Baltimore for a 2-year preliminary position. He completed his training at JHH having the chance to work with inspiring surgeons like Dr. John Cameron, Dr. Frederick Eckhauser, Dr. Christopher Wolfgang and many more. He interviewed for many positions to complete his surgical training and chose the surgical residency at University of South Alabama due to excellent surgical training, inspiring and wonderful people, and perfect balance between autonomy and supervision by faculty. He moved to University of South Alabama as PGY-3 level resident.

Omar is married with 2 children and lives in west Mobile. He enjoys reading, soccer and chess in his free time. He interested in vascular surgery and is looking forward to apply for vascular fellowships.

What does Dr. Nadra like most about being a resident at the University of South Alabama?

"The perfect balance between autonomy and support that allows graduates of the program to be comfortable in the OR as independent surgeons."

 

Seay.jpgRachel Seay
Hometown: Mineral Wells, Texas
College: Tarleton State University
Medical School: Texas A&M College of Medicine
Graduate School: University of North Texas HSC Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Email: rlseay@health.southalabama.edu

Dr. Rachel Seay graduated summa cum laude from Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas with a Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical sciences.  She then went on to get her masters in medical sciences at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, Texas.  After graduating in the top of her class with honors she pursued her medical education at the Texas A&M College of Medicine.  In 2014, Dr. Seay matched as a categorical resident into the General Surgery Residency at Houston Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas.  While there, she completed two years of training and then transferred to the University of South Alabama to complete the remainder of her general surgery residency.

Throughout her years of education and residency Dr. Seay has been involved in research activities, including translational research using biochemical techniques to evaluate the role of Fbw7, a Bc ubiquitin ligase in IL-5 receptor function in the inflammatory cascade which has implications in many inflammatory processes and diseases.  She also conducted retrospective research evaluating  the evolutionary trend regarding the types of articles published in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal since its inception and how that has played a role in altering the public perception of the plastic surgery field.  Her retrospective research was presented at both the state and national level, at the Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX, and the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting in Montreal, Canada, respectively.

Dr. Seay is also accomplished outside of the medical field.  While in high school she was National Champion of her weight division in powerlifting, and also won a team State Championship title  during her junior and senior years.  She has carried on her enthusiasm for health and fitness by participating in various fun runs and half marathons.  When not at work she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hunting, fishing and traveling.  She is recently engaged and has a dog named Remi.

What does Dr. Seay like most about being a resident at the University of South Alabama?

“I really enjoy the camaraderie among the residents and faculty.  Everyone here is valued and works together as a team.“

 

PGY-II

Hunter_J1.jpgJustin Hunter
Hometown: Memphis, TN
College: Austin Peay State University 
Medical School: University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine
Email: jlhunter@health.southalabama.edu

In 2015, Dr. Hunter matched as a categorical resident into the General Surgery Residency at the University of South Alabama.  While attending Austin Peay State University not only allowed him to showcase his academic prowess as a reserve power forward on a highly touted Austin Peay Men’s Basketball team, but also put to use his natural athletic ability, and unmistakable six foot, seven inch frame. Just as he was able to stave off the notion that a medical career was improbable, he once again demonstrated his resilience by becoming a non-recruited, walk- on NCAA Division I athlete.  Dr. Hunter excelled in his studies to attain his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology.  He moved to Jackson, Mississippi, to attend Mississippi College where he graduated with his Master’s Degree in Biology. It was his time at The University of Tennessee where Dr. Hunter flourished tremendously, being very active as a medical student suture technician at The Elvis Presley Memorial Trauma Center, participating in the NIH summer research program, and serving as a basic life support instructor to other medical students. In 2015, he completed his program at The University of Tennessee, graduating as Doctor of Medicine.

What does Dr. Hunter like most about being a resident at the University of South Alabama?

"The great operative experience and the camaraderie among the residents makes us one big unique family!"

 

Long_E1.jpgElizabeth Long
Hometown: Rowlett, TX
College: Thomas Edison State
Medical School: University of Alabama at Birmingham
Email: elong@health.southalabama.edu

In 2015, Dr. Long matched as a categorical resident into the General Surgery Residency at the University of South Alabama. She quickly garnered the respect of her peers by receiving the award for best intern. She has ambition to be a general surgeon like her great grandfather and uncles practicing in small town communities. She is in a long term committed relationship with Chris Newman CPA from Huntsville, Alabama. 

“While medicine as a discipline is intriguing, I find surgery absolutely fascinating. When I was nine years old I watched my uncle, a small town general surgeon, perform my grandmother's plantar wart excision in his office. While I eagerly peered over the surgical field eating a hamburger, he said, "You have a mighty strong stomach.  That will come in handy if you want to be a surgeon."  My fascination continued to build as I shadowed other surgeons. In my view, the patient was fixed. I liked the resolution.”

What does Dr. Long like most about being a resident at the University of South Alabama?

“I was pleasantly surprised at the warmth of the residents while attending the applicant dinner at Dr. Simmons house the day before I interviewed. I knew this was exactly the community I was looking for in a residency. I had never seen a group of residents who were genuinely excited to be together outside of work. I came back for a second look to ensure the accuracy of my first impressions. I was excited to match here at South Alabama and I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to be a part of this family.”

 

Mansour_T1.jpgTimothy Mansour
Hometown: Oklahoma City, OK
College: Baylor University
Medical School: University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
Email: tmansour@health.southalabama.edu

In 2015, Dr. Mansour matched as a categorical resident into the General Surgery Program at USA.  Dr. Timothy Mansour grew up in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Arts in Medical Humanities and a minor in chemistry. While in medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Dr. Mansour served in numerous service and medical missions based organizations. As a resident, he takes special interest in General Surgery as well as Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery. Outside of his professional interests, Dr. Mansour enjoys rec league basketball, kayaking, running, and raising his Black Labs with his wife Erin.

What does Dr. Mansour like most about being a resident at the University of South Alabama?

" I enjoy working with a tight knit group of residents who work to make each other better people and better surgeons and faculty that are committed to education."

 

Simmons_M1.jpgMichael Simmons
Hometown: Savannah,GA
College: University of Georgia
Graduate School: South University
Medical School: Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine
Email: mtsimmons@health.southalabama.edu

Dr. Michael “Mike” Simmons graduated Cum Laude from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Education (Exercise and Sport Science). He was the recipient of the Hope Scholarship, 8 consecutive semesters and was elected into both the Golden Key International Honor Society and the Alpha Epsilon Delta Premedical Honor Society. While at UGA, Mike expanded his interest in Exercise science and became a certified Health and Fitness Instructor through the American College of Sports Medicine. Following undergraduate training, he completed a Master of Science degree (Physician Assistant Studies) as a High Honor Graduate at South University. Working in fulltime clinical practice he continued to develop a deeper interest in procedural-based competencies; Surgery was a natural progression.

While in medical school at the Medical College of Georgia, he excelled both academically and clinically. He was the February 2012 student of the month in recognition of his contribution and co-authorship to the internationally published textbook Child and Adolescent Health. Mike was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) medical honor society as well as the Gold Humanism Honor Society. In 2015, he matched as a categorical resident into the General Surgery Residency at the University of South Alabama. Dr. Simmons is married with two children.

What does Dr. Simmons like most about being a resident at the University of South Alabama?

"This is a very hands-on residency with constant learning at the bedside and the operating room. I really enjoy the amount of operative experience we get here and know it will help us all build a solid foundation as future surgeons."

 

Williams_A1.jpgAshley Williams
Hometown: Augusta, GA
College: University of Georgia
Medical School: University of South Carolina School of Medicine
Email: awilliams@health.southalabama.edu

Dr. Williams spent most of her childhood in Augusta, GA before attending college in Athens, GA. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology and a minor in Spanish. While at the University of Georgia, she was a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and participated in many intramural sports including basketball and softball. While in medical school at the University of South Carolina, she excelled academically and clinically. She was the recipient of the Palmetto Health Richland Medical Student Scholarship for Academic Excellence, elected the Best Surgery Resident of her class and sat on the Admissions Committee for incoming medical students.  

In 2011, Dr. Williams matched as a categorical resident into the General Surgery Residency at the University of South Alabama. As a second year resident, she has already begun making her mark in the hospital as well as the community. She is the creator of Project INSPIRE, a hospital initiative to combat injury in at risk teens living in the Mobile County area. Her research interests include injury awareness and prevention. She aspires to become a surgeon dedicated to the underserved population locally and abroad.

What does Dr. Williams like most about being a resident at the University of South Alabama?

"The people! All of our residents are happy and have cultivated an amazing work environment. The staff is dedicated to making our dreams come true. We operate, even as interns!"

 

PGY-I

Bardia.jpgNikky Bardia
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Medical School: Rural Medical College, LONI (PIMS) India
Email: nbardia@health.southalabama.edu

Dr. Nikky Bardia graduated with M.B.BS degree from Rural Medical College, Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences in India. While at the University, she was a member of their inter-collegiate Cricket team in which she played and represented her University. While in medical school at her University she excelled academically and clinically. Dr. Bardia also holds Diploma in Heart Failure, Research fellowship Program from Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California.

In 2016, Dr Bardia matched as a preliminary resident into the General Surgery Residency at the University of South Alabama. During residency, Dr. Bardia also distinguished herself as an excellent researcher by publishing multiple articles in peer-reviewed journals.  Dr. Bardia is married with no children.

What does Dr. Bardia like most about being a resident at the University of South Alabama?

“I was pleasantly surprised at the warmth of the residents when I started working here. I knew this was exactly the community I was looking for in a residency. I had never seen a group of residents who were genuinely excited to be together outside of work. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to be a part of this family.”

 

beckett.jpgAllison Beckett
Hometown: Augusta, GA
College: Emory University 
Medical School: University of South Alabama School of Medicine
Email: arbeckett@health.southalabama.edu

Dr. Allison Beckett graduated from Emory University with a Bachelor of Arts with High Honors in Chemistry.  While at Emory University, she worked as a TA in the Organic Chemistry laboratories and with the Emory Institute for Drug Discovery synthesizing novel therapeutic agents.

Dr. Beckett accepted the Earnest Debakey Scholarship and began her studies at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine.  She is honored to remain at South for her general surgery training.

What does Dr. Beckett like most about being a resident at the University of South Alabama?

"The people! All of our residents are happy and have cultivated an amazing work environment. The staff is dedicated to making our dreams come true. We operate, even as interns!"

 

Harrison.jpgSarah Harrison
Hometown: Mobile, AL
College: University of Southa Alabama
Medical School: University of South Carolina School of Medicine
Email: sharrison@health.southalabama.edu

Dr. Sarah Harrison graduated Cum Laude from the University of South Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences and university honors. While at the University of South Alabama, she was part of the university honors program and completed her capstone thesis as a student researcher for the Mitchell Cancer Institute. She was also actively engaged with new student orientation, intramural sports, and Alpha Epsilon Delta (pre-health honors society). She volunteered at the local low income health clinic, as well as several other community organizations. Dr. Harrison was a student tech for Therapy Services at USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital, as well as an auxiliary police officer for the USA Police Department where she spent most of her tenure as their event photographer. Upon graduation, Dr. Harrison commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force, and completed officer training in Montgomery, Alabama. She performed well during her undergraduate medical education, and was able to participate in the annual medical mission trip to Rwanda, Africa as an M-4. She then graduated from USA COM in Spring of 2016.

In March of 2016, Dr. Harrison matched as a preliminary PGY-1 resident into the General Surgery Residency at the University of South Alabama. Once she completes her residency training, she will enter into active duty service as a Captain in the Air Force Medical Corps. She is married with two beautify pet huskies. Dr. Harrison and her husband, Cameron enjoy spending time on the beautiful Gulf Coast beaches and traveling when they can.

What does Dr. Harrison like most about being a resident at the University of South Alabama?

“The sense of comradery here is incredibly strong. The residents look out for one another and want each other to excel. Not every place is like that. Everyone here is willing to help you be your best, from administration down. I’ve never felt as though I was on my own here, and that means a lot in this field. I have to admit that I love all of the residents’ nicknames too. Each one has its own story that is usually pretty funny.”

 

Lassang1.jpgNathalie Lassang
Hometown: Ngaoundere Cameroon
College: Concordia College
Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
Email: nflassang@health.southalabama.edu

Dr. Nathalie Fida Lassang was born and raised in a missionary community in northern Cameroon. She was sponsored by missionaries who paid for her undergraduate studies at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. She graduated with Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Biology and Chemistry. While at Concordia College, she tutored students in the subjects of General Chemistry and Survey of Organic and Biochemistry. She participated in research projects including gene expression analysis in Lupus, and enrichment for promotion of re-myelination in Multiple Sclerosis. She presented at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research. She received a full scholarship from a Lutheran organization to attend Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica. Nathalie wishes to return to her home community in Cameroon after completing her training to practice as a General Surgeon.

What does Dr. Lassang like most about being a resident at the University of South Alabama?

“We are a team. I enjoy caring for patients in an environment that is highly conducive to learning, and where residents’ well-being is a high priority.”

 

Majel.jpgMajel (Victoria) Purvis
Hometown: Jackson, MS
College: Millsaps College
Medical School: University of Mississippi School of Medicine
Email: mvpurvis@health.southalabama.edu

Dr. Majel “Victoria” Purvis graduated from Millsaps College with Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Phi Beta Kappa. She completed an honors thesis in biology entitled “Taxonomic Re-Evaluation of Aphonopelma Tarantulas in Southern Texas.” While attending Millsaps, she also completed a two- year EMT-Paramedic certification program that included over 1200 hours of clinical training. Through the rest of her collegiate career and during her first two years of medical school, she worked full time as a paramedic with various EMS agencies in rural Mississippi. She served on the advisory board and taught bi-monthly courses for the Holmes Community College Emergency Medical Sciences program. She was an active member of the Mississippi Med-1 State Medical Assistance Team, sponsored by FEMA, that responds to a wide variety of disasters throughout the state of Mississippi.  She is a certified ACLS and BLS instructor and previously taught classes for the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Dr. Purvis received a merit-based, full-tuition scholarship to attend the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. During her second year, she received the Daryl Douglas Memorial Award for the “student who most consistently demonstrates readiness to serve and assist their classmates.” As a fourth year, she was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society and served as an M4 mentor to M2 students.  Throughout her tenure at UMMC, Dr. Purvis taught an annual ECG review course for M1 students and was an active member of the Surgical Interest Group. She completed three years of research with the Department of Abdominal Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgery under the direction of Dr. T. Mark Earl and Dr. Chris Anderson. Subsequently, she was invited to speak at the annual surgical Hardy Society Meeting in Jackson, MS. In 2015, her research also won first place in the Health Sciences Division at the MS Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting.

Prior to moving to Mobile, Dr. Purvis volunteered with The Mustard Seed in Brandon, MS for eight years.  The Mustard Seed is a center for mentally challenged adults that promote self-sufficiency, and participants fund their care through pottery that is painted and sold to the public. She coordinated bi-annual Easter Egg Hunt and Trick-or-Treating events for the 35 “seedsters” to visit the students of Millsaps College and the University of Mississippi Medical Center.  She cites her time with The Mustard Seed as being the most positive, humbling, and transformative experience of her life.

In 2016, Dr. Purvis matched as a categorical resident into the General Surgery Residency at the University of South Alabama.

What does Dr. Purvis like most about being a resident at the University of South Alabama?

“USA has provided me with the opportunity to train at an institution with attending physicians and co-resident I admire. The operative experience I have already received has been invaluable. I am excited about research opportunities that are available for me to pursue as well.”

 

Roy.jpgJames (David) Roy
Hometown: Dothan, AL
College: Auburn University
Medical School: UAB School of Medicine
Email: jdroy@health.southalabama.edu

Dr. David Roy graduated summa cum laude from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science Degree (Biomedical Sciences). While at the Auburn, he was named to the College of Sciences and Mathematics Dean’s List all four years, was awarded the College of Sciences and Mathematics Outstanding freshman and sophomore awards, and was named an honorary member of the Houston County Medical Society. During his time at UAB School of Medicine, he excelled academically and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. While at UAB, Dr. Roy participated in clinical research with a focus on quality improvement. He graduated cum laude from UAB School of Medicine in 2016. 

In 2016, Dr. Roy matched as a categorical resident into the General Surgery Residency at the University of South Alabama. Outside of medicine, he enjoys fishing, golf, running, road-biking, and triathlons. Dr. Roy is married without children.

What does Dr. Roy most about being a resident at the University of South Alabama?

“I thoroughly believe there is not a residency program in the country where the residents care more for one another or where attending’s genuinely care more about the education and well-being of the residents than USA. From the moment I matched into this program I and my co-interns have truly been treated as family. Additionally, the degree of exposure and autonomy I have received in my first months of residency is outstanding.”

 

Bradford1.jpgBradford Richardson
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
College: Drexel University
Medical School: Tulane University School of Medicine

Dr. Bradford Richardson graduated first in his class from Drexel University with Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics. He then attended the University of Pennsylvania and conducted surgical research on sheep and baboons investigating heart failure and cardiac reperfusion injury. Bradford was also the captain of his rugby teams at Drexel and Penn. Several days after the events of September 11th, Bradford enlisted in the US Army. He was selected by the Special Operations and served the next 8 years in the 3rd Ranger Battalion, followed by the 7th Special Forces Group, Green Berets. Bradford was a recipient of the Bronze Star with Valor for events on his third deployment into combat. Bradford also had the opportunity to compete professionally as an MMA fighter. Dr. Richardson then proceeded to Tulane University to attend medical school. While in medical school, he completed a Master’s of Public Health degree in International Health and Development, making humanitarian trips to Haiti, Guatemala, Kenya, Uganda and Romania. Bradford was selected into Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. 

Since medical school, Dr. Richardson conducted surgical research at Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, where he was thrice published and wrote several IRB protocols. Dr. Richardson was then offered a position as a General Surgery preliminary resident at the University of South Alabama, where he is now a PGY-2. Bradford’s goals are to transition into a neurosurgery residency. To accomplish this goal, Bradford has written 3 articles for publication in the field of neurosurgery and has written an IRB protocol in the management of severe traumatic brain injuries.

 

Rutigliano.jpgFrank Rutigliano
Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
College: Purdue University’s College of Pharmacy
Medical school: Indiana University School of Medicine
Email: frrutigliano@health.southalabama.edu

Dr. Frank Rutigliano graduated from Purdue University’s College of Pharmacy in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in medicinal chemistry and molecular pharmacology. While at Purdue University, he participated in breast cancer research, performed as a biology teacher assistant and was a student ambassador for the University. He was gifted the College of Pharmacy Student Leadership Award upon graduation. After matriculation into the Indiana University School of Medicine, Dr. Rutigliano extended his leaderships roles to include serving as class officer for 3 years, sitting as a voting member on the School of Medicine Admissions Committee,    and founding IUSM’s “Connections Days,” a yearlong wellness program aimed to prevent burnout and address the high rates of suicide amongst medical students. While in medical school Dr. Rutigliano also participated in surgical outcomes research, especially in “Litigation Following Injury And The Effects On Quality of Life” and was able to present his findings at the Academic Surgical Congress national meeting in 2016. Later that year Dr. Rutigliano matched as a categorical resident into the General Surgery Residency at the University of South Alabama to begin his surgical training.

What does Dr. Rutigliano most about being a resident at the University of South Alabama?

"I believe the University of South Alabama does a fantastic job at providing excellent patient care, creating a benign learning environment, and catering to populations with advanced disease processes. Dr. Rutigliano appreciates the level of autonomy given to resident physicians at the University of South Alabama. And finally, Dr. Rutigliano said it was a joy to work with both his resident colleagues and attending physicians alike, who of which were highly educated, motivated, and treated each other deserved respect.”

 

Sahawneh.jpgJames Sahawneh
Hometown: Mobile, Alabama
College: University of South Alabama.
Medical School: University of South Alabama School of Medicine
Email: jmsahawneh@health.southalabama.edu

Dr. James Sahawneh graduated from the University of South Alabama with a Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences. While at the University of South Alabama, he played the bass clarinet in the university symphony. He later graduated from Tulane University with a Master of Science degree in cell and molecular biology. James returned to the University of South Alabama for medical school, graduating in 2016. He has traveled on three medical mission trips during his medical school years to the Dominican Republic, Peru, and Rwanda. Since 2012, he has been an active member of the Christian Medical Ministry of South Alabama. He is currently a preliminary resident in his intern year. He enjoys college football, woodworking, and the gulf coast beaches

What does Dr. Sahawneh most about being a resident at the University of South Alabama?

"The attending staff wants residents to learn as much as possible. They demonstrate this by allowing considerable autonomy and abundant operating time. Also, the residents are friendly and there is great camaraderie in the program. Of note, the senior residents are exceptionally proficient in general surgery, and continuously desire to contribute advice."

 

Walls.jpgJames Walls
Hometown: Elkhart, Kansas
College: Texas Tech University 
Medical School: University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
Email: jowalls@health.southalabama.edu

Dr. James Walls graduated from Texas Tech University with a Major in Biology and Minor in Chemistry earning summa cum laude honorary recognition.  While at Texas Tech University, James was actively involved in President’s Select—an organization responsible for assisting with athletic recruiting, guiding campus tours, working presidential and chancellor student recruitment events, and performing campus-wide community service.  James was awarded the “Outstanding Member” award during his 4th year of service.  In his time spent with the Biology department, James was a teaching assistant in the laboratory and served on the Biology Advisory Committee.  While working with Texas Tech’s The Institute of Environmental and Human Health, James assisted with research focusing on mosquito transmission of West Nile, St. Louis encephalitis, and Influenza viruses.  While in medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, James’s love for education was evident while assisting as a Structural Anatomy Teaching Assistant and Clinical Medicine Teaching Assistant.  He was a member of the General Surgery interest group all 4 years of medical school.  He was a student ambassador for the college of medicine and guided students around the campus while on interviews.  James actively participated in the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine chapter of The Christian Medical and Dental Society and led a medical mission trip to Pucallpa, Peru in his 4th year.  He also volunteered his time assisting in many of the free medical clinics in the Oklahoma City metro area. 

In 2016, Dr. Walls matched as a categorical resident into the General Surgery Residency at the University of South Alabama.  While he is just beginning in his career here at The University of South Alabama, we have high expectations for James and what he will accomplish in his 5 years with this program.  

What does Dr. Walls like most about being a resident at the University of South Alabama?

”My favorite part about being a resident at USA is the team I get to work with.  USA fosters a surgical learning environment that is unlike any other I have ever.”

 

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