Surgical Residents

 

Chief Residents

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.

 

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.”

 

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."

 

 

PGY-IV

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-III

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-II

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!"

 

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 a BS 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. She was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society.  During medical school, she completed three years of research with the Department of Abdominal Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgery under the direction of Dr. Mark Earl and Dr. Chris Anderson. Recently, Dr. Purvis presented her four-factor PCC research at the Southeastern Surgical Congress.  Additionally, her research regarding the prehospital use of hydroxocobalamin was accepted for publication. She also placed first at USA’s GME research exposition as a PGY-1 with co-resident Dr. Andy Tan. Dr. Purvis plans to enter the lab in July 2018 and, long term, to pursue an academic career in trauma and surgical critical care.

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
Email: 
barichardson@health.southalabama.edu

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.”

  

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.”

 

 

PGY-I

Engwall_A Crop.jpgAbigail Engwall
Hometown: Minnesota, MN
College: University of Minnesota
Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
Email: aengwall@health.southalabama.edu

Dr. Abigail Engwall graduated from the University of Minnesota with two Bachelors of Arts degrees in English and French with a minor in Chemistry. She completed a magnum cum lauda thesis. During her undergraduate years, she cultivated her love for medicine and underserved populations by working as an cardiac nursing assistant, volunteering with inter-city youth programs, and lived as a volunteer in a Hospital in Haiti. Dr. Engwall continued her medical education attending Ross University School of Medicine. During this time, she joined multiple medical volunteer organizations and seized leadership opportunities becoming clinic coordinators and even a director of Salybia Mission Project, a nationally recognized nonprofit providing medical care to the Kalinago People of Dominica. She continued to volunteer in Haiti on multiple medical mission trips. Through medical school, she developed a passion for research and conducted a retrospective analysis of mandibular fracture treatment in urban, low socioeconomic populations, which she was able to present at American College of Surgeons Congress. She excelled in her studies, graduating with summa cum laude.

Dr. Engwall matched as a prelimenary resident and is thrilled to be a part of the innovative and welcoming environment of University of Southern Alabama. She desires to become an excellent surgeon who is applicable in an innovative, cutting edge environment as well as limited resource global surgery relief efforts.

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

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

 

Mullen_P.jpgParker Mullen
Hometown: Jasper, AL
College: University of South Alabama
Medical School: University of South Alabama College of Medicine
Email: pmullen@health.southalabama.edu

Dr. Parker Mullen graduated cum laude, with University Honors, from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a concentration in health professions.  While at the University of Alabama, he was involved in humanitarian projects both domestic and internationally in Nicaragua and the Bahamas.  He also assisted with various research projects with the Department of Biology during his junior and senior years.  While in Medical school at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, he worked on a translational research project with the Department of Surgery examining mitochondrial DNA in elective surgery patients. He also co-founded an annual case report symposium for medical students.  He then graduated from USA COM in 2017. 

In 2017, Dr. Mullen matched as a categorical resident into the General Surgery Residency at the University of South Alabama.  He and his wife, Camden, enjoy spending time on the Gulf Coast beaches with their two dogs.

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

“Unquestionably the people here make this program set apart. USA is an incredibly well-rounded surgical program with attendings and staff who genuinely care about the residents and their development as training surgeons.  Along with them, the residents here truly are a family.  I’m honored to continue my training at South.”

 

Jayaram_P.jpgPreeth Jayaram
Hometown: Houston, TX
College: University of Oklahoma
Medical School: American University of Antigua College of Medicine
Email: pjayaram@health.southalabama.edu

Dr. Preeth Jayaram graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelors of Science degree Microbiology. He completed medical school at American University of Antigua College of Medicine. Prior to starting his residency, Preeth was involved with extensive research at USC Keck School of Medicine, under the guidance of the Department of Gastroenterology. He has published numerous articles in top tier journals and posters in Digestive Disease Week conference in 2017.

In 2017, Dr. Jayaram matched into a preliminary surgical residency position at the University of South Alabama. Outside of medicine, he enjoys playing basketball, running, and hiking.

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

"The camaraderie here is awesome and a great learning atmosphere."

 

Quang_K.jpgKenny Quang
Hometown: Tulsa, OK
College: University of Oklahoma
Medical School: University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
Email: kquang@health.southalabama.edu

Dr. Kenny Quang graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Literature and a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology. While at university, he studied a year at the Univesidad de Alcala de Henares in Spain. While attending medical school, Dr. Quang helped start the Surgical Interest Group at the Tulsa branch campus and later became the president. During his fourth year, he helped teach the anatomy course for MS1s. He has been a part of several research projects ranging from human trafficking to basic science research throughout his medical education. In 2016, he won a regional competition for poster presentations for medical students.

In 2017, Dr. Quang matched as a categorical resident into the general surgery residency at the University of South Alabama.   

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

"I enjoy working with the people around me at USA and that it creates a challenging environment that provides unique learning opportunities and experiences."

 

Ricks_W.jpgWilliam Ricks
Hometown: Huntsville, AL
College: Samford University
Medical School: University of South Alabama College of Medicine
Email: wricks@health.southalabama.edu

Dr. William Ricks attended Samford University as a Beeson Exceptional Scholar and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry. During his time at Samford University, he served as a Samford Ambassador and was elected into Omicron Delta Kappa.  Dr. Ricks attended University of South Alabama College of Medicine on a Dean’s Scholarship. During medical school he served as the AAMC Organization of Student Representatives Southern Regional Chair and participated in the College of Medicine’s Curriculum Committee. Actively involved in the Christian Medical Ministry of South Alabama (CMMSA), he attended a medical mission trip to Tegucigalpa, Honduras and helped organize several yearly events hosted by CMMSA. As a junior medical student, he was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and received the ProAssurance Outstanding Patient Communication Award in his final year.

In 2017, Dr. Ricks matched as a categorical resident into the General Surgery Residency at the University of South Alabama. He is married and has one daughter. He enjoys spending time with his family, hunting, hiking and woodworking.

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

“After my freshman year of medical school, I did research with the Trauma Department at USA. It was during that time I realized the enthusiasm the attendings have for teaching and mentorship. As a surgical resident at University of South Alabama, we have the best leadership, learning environment to enable us to achieve our goals inside and outside the Hospital. I would not want to train anywhere else.”

 

Rieske_R.jpgRichard Rieske
Hometown: Greenwood, AR
College: University of Arkansas
Medical School: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Email: rrieske@health.southalabama.edu

Dr. Richard Rieske graduated with honors from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish. After completing freshman year, Richard served as a full-time missionary from 2006-2008 for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Days Saints in the Chile Santiago East Mission, becoming fluent in Spanish. After returning home his interests grew to include health care disparities in the Latino population and those with limited English proficiency. He completed an honors thesis in biochemistry in protein structure and function studies on the fibroblast growth factor receptor family (FGFR). During medical school at UAMS, he enjoyed volunteering in the community at free health clinics as an interpreter for Spanish speaking patients.

In 2017, Dr. Rieske matched as a categorical resident into the General Surgery Residency at the University of South Alabama. He is married without children. Outside of residency, he enjoys spending time at the beach, cooking out with his smoker, and fly-fishing.

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

“South set itself apart for me by its unity of purpose in striving for personal excellence by focusing of caring for others. From early on, I have seen that the program develops strong, competent surgeons without compromising the humanity of the individual behind the knife. The sense of camaraderie here is top down and genuine. From interview day on, my wife and I have been met with the enthusiasm and support we need to be successful and to help continue a great tradition of hard work with good people.”

Veeramachaneni_R.jpgRatnar Veeramachaneni
Hometown: Bangalore, India

College: Sri Devraj Urs Medical College
Medical School: Sri Devraj Urs Medical College
Email: rveeramachaneni@health.southalabama.edu

Dr. Ratnakar Veeramachaneni graduated from Sri Devraj Urs Medical College with M.B.BS degree. During his time as a medical student Dr. Ratnakar was an active participant in the rural health programs and community health research. Post-graduation, he worked for a two years as a duty doctor in India and came to the US as master student and graduated with an MS in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport. Dr. Ratnakar worked as a clinical research fellow for 2 years in Physical Medical and Rehabilitation during which time actively participated in conferences presenting multiple posters and oral presentations. His research in Rehabilitation Medicine is on the way to being published in peer reviewed journals.

In 2017 Dr. Ratnakar matched into a preliminary position at USA Medical center and an advanced residency position in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Montefiore Medical center, Albert Einstein college of Medicine, New York.

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

“Everyone here is very welcoming and eager to help you to become a part of the team. I was very happy with how easy it was to communicate anyone on the surgical team. I am sure USA is going to be an awesome experience and, it will give me a great opportunity to prepare myself for my journey forward.”

Williams_L.jpgLindsay Williams
Hometown: Lexington, KY

College: Western Kentucky University
Medical School: University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Email: williamsl@health.southalabama.edu

Dr. Lindsay Williams attended Western Kentucky University on a combined academic/athletic full ride scholarship from 2008-2012. She graduated magna cum laude from the honors college with a degree in biology. During her time at WKU, she was a center midfielder for the Lady Hilltopper’s soccer team that competed in the Sun Belt Conference. In 2012, she received the award for “Female Scholar Athlete of the Year” from the athletic department. Additionally at WKU, she completed her honors thesis project entitled: “The Prevalence of Essential Hypertension in Kasigau, Kenya". While attending medical school at the University of Kentucky, she worked extensively with the Trauma Acute Care Surgical Department, and presented her research, “The Influence of Pain Regimen on Pain Scores and Length of Stay on Blunt Thoracic Trauma Patients” at the Kentucky chapter meeting of ACS, with the manuscript published in the Society of University Surgeons journal. She also served as a member of a panel discussion at the ACS Clinical Congress in October of 2016 regarding millennials and surgical education entitled, “Mythbusters: Demystifying the Surgical Clerkship”. It was at this national meeting that Lindsay first met program director, Dr. Simmons.  Dr. Williams volunteered extensively with her hometown church’s medical clinic that provides care to the underserved of Lexington. First opening in 2007, she is extremely proud to have volunteered with Refuge Medical Clinic for 10 years before moving to Mobile, a tenure that started with her as a high school student working the front desk. The time she spent at Refuge and the relationships she formed with many of the doctors, nurses, and patients were very formative in her pursuing a career in medicine.

In 2017, Dr. Williams matched as a categorical resident into the General Surgery Residency at the University of South Alabama. Outside of the hospital, Dr. Williams enjoys playing soccer, exercising, riding horses, spending time outdoors, drawing, painting, and watching UK basketball. 

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

“I love the down to earth people at USA and the warm, welcoming feel I got when I was on campus during the interview process. It has all the opportunities that a large academic center would provide, while maintaining the identity of a smaller, closer-knit community that really cares about everyone, and equips you to succeed.”

 

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