PGY- 5 Residents
Ryan Cronin, DO
I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and lived there 18 years. My family moved to South Carolina when I turned 18 and my two older brothers and younger sister still live there. I went to the University of South Carolina for undergraduate school where I met my wife, Ali. My wife and I went to medical school together and returned to her hometown of Kingsport, Tennessee for our residency training. She is in the OB/GYN program at the ETSU Quillen College of Medicine.
Undergraduate School - University of South Carolina; Medical School - Virginia College
of Osteopathic Medicine
Edward Gray, MD
In choosing ETSU Quillen College of Medicine, I have found both a strong residency program and a beautiful region of our country. I found that the general surgery program provides broad experience in general surgery. While I will likely pursue a fellowship and have an interest in Trauma / Critical Care, having a wide foundation is important in any surgical specialty. In my free time I enjoy mountain biking, working out, hiking, and when I am not outdoors I enjoy cooking a good meal.
Undergraduate School - University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Medical School - Ross
University School of Medicine
Adrienne Griffin, MD
I spend my free time playing the ukelele and watching too much television. I came to ETSU Quillen College of Medicine because I was impressed by the residents I met during my interviews. Most of my family lives in New Mexico.
Undergraduate School - New Mexico State University; Medical School - University of
Jeffrey Johnston, MD
My wife and I were raised in Greenville, South Carolina. We found a lot of similarities in Johnson City. We are excited about coming back to ETSU as newlyweds because this is place where my wife, Sara, got her Masters in Speech Language Pathology. ETSU Quillen College of Medicine provides a great place to gain an excellent surgical experience in a variety of settings. In our free time we enjoy traveling, cooking, going to the lake, and spending time outdoors. For all these reasons ETSU Quillen College of Medicine is a great fit for us.
Undergraduate School - Clemson; Medical School - MUSC
Nandita Rao, MD
I grew up and went to college in eastern North Carolina, where my dad currently practices
broad-based general surgery. I guess the apple does not fall far from the tree, but
I was really drawn to surgery when I witnessed the great potential for making a positive
impact on people's lives. ETSU Quillen College of Medicine's surgery residency program
was an easy choice because of the approachable faculty, supportive colleagues, and
history of graduating excellent surgeons. When I am not working, I love to travel
overseas with my family. I plan to cross a few more countries off my list before I
Undergraduate School - East Carolina University; Medical School - Brody School of Medicine
Dexter Rich, MD
I wanted to stay at ETSU Quillen College of Medicine for residency after medical school because of the early operative experience and the breadth of exposure. In my free time, my wife and I enjoy playing with our two beagles and going back home to West Tennessee to visit our seven nieces and nephews.
Undergraduate School - Union University; Medical School - ETSU Quillen College of
PGY- 4 Residents
Jack Johnston, MD
I was raised in Greeneville, South Carolina, where my three brothers and I were always playing soccer or being active outside. I have always enjoyed the mountains and the outdoors. I attended Clemson University where I met my wife, Kate. I spent my first year of general surgery as an intern in Charleston, South Carolina. I felt that early autonomy, broad-based operative experience, and a program that serves a large population was vital to my development as a surgeon, which is what I found at ETSU. Also, what I found was the heightened value for family at ETSU. My wife and I enjoy attending Clemson games, hiking, traveling, and hanging out with our dog, Ruby.
Undergraduate - Clemson University; Medical School - Medical University of South Carolina
Katharine Lasher, MD
I was excited to come to ETSU for my surgery residency because I was looking for a
broad-based training experience with opportunities for training in a rural setting.
I enjoyed all my interactions with the residents and staff on interview day, and I
loved the mountain setting of the Tri-Cities area. My husband, Justin and I moved
with our dog, Brody, into an old farmhouse outside of Jonesborough. Currently, my
free time is dominated by working on the house, but I also love cooking, reading,
Undergraduate - University of Southern Indiana; Medical School - Indiana University School of Medicine
Mohamed Mohamed Kelli, DO
I am Kurdish and was born in Aleppo, Syria. My family moved to Germany when I was
6 years old. Then, my family immigrated to the United States about 12 years ago to
pursue the "American Dream". My goal is to become an excellent well-rounded general
surgeon. ETSU Quillen College of Medicine has all the necessary resources, including
the case load, mentors who are eager to teach, and supportive residents to help me
become a great surgeon. I was a Biology major and played D1 soccer at Wofford College.
In my free time, I enjoy outdoor activities, running, and of course playing/watching
soccer. While my older brother is following his dream as a Cardiology fellow at Emory
University, I am continuing my journey and pursuing my passion as a surgical resident.
Undergraduate - Wofford College; Medical School - PCOM - GA Campus
Tim Sahawneh, MD
I was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, where I went to medical school at the University
of Alabama. Some of the reasons I was drawn to ETSU Quillen College of Medicine was
the comradery and strong connection between residents, the high volumes of cases,
and international opportunities the program offers. Whenever I have free time, I
enjoy hiking, kayaking, and playing soccer.
Undergraduate - University of South Alabama; Medical School - University of South Alabama
PGY- 3 Residents
Lauren Gammel, MD
I was born and raised on the Mississippi gulf coast. I've also lived in Texas, Arkansas,
Colorado, New York, and now East Tennessee! ETSU offered everything I was looking
for in a General Surgery Residency. I was most excited by the global surgery opportunities,
early operative experience, the friendly residents and strong rapport within the program.
Also, Johnson City is perfectly located for outdoor enthusiasts and adventurers.
In my free time I enjoy hanging out with my dog Bruce, exploring the local lakes on
my S.U.P. board, hiking, hiking, and snowboarding.
Undergraduate School - Central Baptist College; Medical School - University of Mississippi School of Medicine
Mateo Guarderas Ribadeneira, MD
I was born and raised in Quito - Ecuador, and moved to Johnson City with my wife,
Maria Clara shortly after we were married. I chose ETSU because it offers a broad-based
general surgery exposure to residents in a friendly educational environment. I love
the natural surroundings of East Tennessee and all the outdoor activities the area
has to offer. In my spare time, I enjoy playing sports, listening to music, and spending
time in the outdoors.
Medical School - Universidad San Francisco de Quito
Megan Massey, MD
I grew up in Chattanooga, Tn. I was a Bio major and music performance minor in college and still playing viola. I moved to Birmingham, Alabama and joined the Navy in med school. During med school, I started running as a hobby, completing my first half-marathon. I am excited to be at ETSU for the family atmosphere of the program and the broad-based general surgery experience.
Undergraduate School: University of Tennessee - Chattanooga, Medical School: University of Alabama Medical School
Rebecca Proctor, MD
I decided to stay at ETSU because I love the Quillen family! I wanted to be in a program where I know the residents take care of each other. I also chose to stay in East Tennessee because of all the opportunities. I love to hike, bike, camp, kayak, snowboard, run, etc. So it's great to be in a place so close to all the activities. I've also watched Johnson City grow and can't wait to see how it will keep growing the next 5 years!
Undergraduate School - University of Alabama; Graduate School-Master in Public Health
- ETSU, Medical School - ETSU COM
Sara Shields Tarwater, MD
I chose ETSU because of the diversity of practice settings, the emphasis on rural and global surgery, and the camradery between residents. I moved to Johnson City from Mobile, AL where I met my husband, Alex. In my free time I enjoy hiking with my two dogs, running, and trying out all the great restaurants in town.
Undergraduate School - Salem College; Medical School - University of South Alabama
Joel Whipple, MD
I chose ETSU because of it's emphasis on general surgery. I hope to practice in a rural underserved area/medical missions, and I believe that ETSU will give me the training that I need to succeed in that. I love the outdoor opportunities in the area, and like to hike and fish in my spare time.
Undergraduate School - University at Arkansas at Monticello; Medical School - University
of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
PGY- 2 Residents
Lindsay Devereux, MD
I grew up all over the United States as my dad was in the Air Force, so I don't really have a home. I chose ETSU because of its focus on broad-based general surgery and the amazing residents. I hope to practice in a rural setting wither here in the U.S. or overseas. In my free time. I enjoy spending time with my husband, Lawrence, cooking, watching football, and running.
Undergraduate School: Bryan College; Medical School: UTHSC COM
Amanda Grigoli, MD
I chose ETSU because of its emphasize on rural, broad-based surgery while also providing opportunities to pursue a fellowship if I decide to specialize. Additionally, I knew I would enjoy living in East Tennessee because of all the outdoor activities available.
Undergraduate School: University of Delaware; Medical School Thomas Jefferson Medical
Justin Hughes, MD
I chose ETSU because of the great general surgery training offered while still being able to avoid the negatives that come with living in a large city. All the residents that I met during the interviewing process were welcoming and described a program that I wanted to become a part of. ETSU is known to train competent general surgeons who graduate ready to practice. In my free time I enjoy outdoor activities such as fishing, kayaking, and hiking. Johnson City is a great area for all these activities.
Undergraduate School: The University of Alabama; Medical School University of South Alabama
Jessica Wright, MD
ETSU stood out to me as a place where the residents truly are a family, and everyone works together so we can all succeed. I knew that was the environment that I needed to become the surgeon I want to be. Being able to hike to Roan Mountain didn't hurt after my interview either! I love hiking and playing piano in my free time, and I am excited to explore the rest of Johnson City.
Undergrated School: University of Alabama at Birmingham; Medical School: UTHSC
PGY- 1 Residents
Victoria Clancy, MD
Victoria Clancy, MD I was born and raised in Buffalo, New York and I have 2 younger brothers. I chose ETSU because of the beautiful area and the program's dedication to its community. In my free time, I love to cook, travel, and spend time with my friends and family.
Undergraduate School - Binghamton University, New York; Medical School - University of Buffalo, Buffalo, New York
Natalie Dixon, MD
I was born and raised in a small town in Georgia, where I spent weekends going to
the lake and being outdoors with my family. I chose ETSU because I loved the camaraderie
between the residents and how they supported each other. The program has a long history
of training great general surgeons, and I want to confidently enter practice after
residency and be ready to work independently. I spend my free time training at the
gym, hiking, skiing, and hanging out with my dog, Buck.
Undergraduate School - University of Georgia, Athens, GA; Medical School - Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA
Allison Foster, MD
I was born and raised in Greenville, SC where I returned for medical school after graduating from Clemson University. ETSU initially caught my eye because of the welcoming residents and attending's that were invested in seeing residents succeed. After learning more about the high volume and quality of surgical training that consistently matched residents into fellowships, it was an easy decision this was the place for me. My free time is spent with my husband, son, two dogs hiking trails, camping, and spending time out on the water.
Undergraduate School - Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina; Medical School - University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville, Greenville, South Carolina.
Cameron Gill, MD
I chose ETSU in large part due to the emphasis they place on broad-based, general training. I was born and raised in a small town, and I would like to return there one day to practice. I had no doubt that ETSU would provide the case volume and exposure to general surgery that I would be able to comfortably and confidently practice on my own upon matriculation. The genuine, conversational interviews with Dr. Browder and other faculty were something I had yet to experience on the interview trail. My passions outside of the hospital include duck hunting, fishing, training my Labrador retriever (Briar), and playing guitar. I love being outdoors, and in the few weeks before starting residency, I have been fishing for trout on the Watauga River, small-mouthed fished every lake within 30 minutes, kayaked and hiked several trails within a couple of miles from my house. I have no doubt that ETSU is the right choice! I am excited about the area opportunities that a career with ETSU surgery has to offer!
Undergraduate School - Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina; Medical School - The Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina.
Katherine Kazen, MD
I chose ETSU because of the program's emphasis on broad-based general surgery as well
as the congenial environment I experienced on the interview day and the opportunity
to pursue global health during residency. Most of my family is far away in Boerne,
Texas, but my cat Kawhi Leonard, Jr. and I are very excited to call Johnson City our
Undergraduate School - University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas; Medical School - University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, San Antonia, Texas.
Ricardo Lopez-Hanson, MD
I was born in Puerto Rico, but grew up in Georgia. My wife and I love the outdoors, so we couldn't be in a better place than Johnson City. We love that ETSU has an excellent history of training competent, well-rounded general surgeons. I love anything outdoors, but my favorite two activities are rock climbing and fishing.
Undergraduate School - Berry College, Mt. Berry, Georgia; Medical School - Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, Georgia.
Alissa Schuh, MD
I was raised in Wisconsin with my two brothers but moved to Alabama for medical school
and have loved living in the south. I enjoy traveling and playing sports in my free
time. I also enjoy outdoor activities and am excited to explore all that the Tri-Cities
area has to offer. I knew that ETSU was the right fit for my surgery residency because
of the friendly atmosphere, focus on broad-based general surgery, and the opportunities
to serve patients at home and abroad.
Undergraduate School - University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh, Madison, Wisconsin; Medical School - University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham, Alabama.
William Tucker, MD
I grew up in Middle Tennessee, went to Union University in West Tenneseee for my undergraduate
education, and moved to East Tennessee for my medical education. Choosing to attend
ETSU as a medical student was one of my best decisions I could have made. My experience
with the surgery residents during medical school sparked my interest in surgery.
Having seen first hand the general surgeons produced here during my time in medical
school, I am confident that I will continue to receive an excellent surgical education
and gain the necessary skills to become a competent, safe, and effective surgeon when
I finish training. General surgery training at ETSU offers residents early operative
experience and a high volume of operations. This combination makes for an ideal training
experience in what is truly general surgery. In addition to the practical aspects
of surgical training at ETSU, this region of the country and state is awonderful place
to start a family.
Undergraduate School - Union University, Jackson, Tennessee; Medical School - ETSU Quillen College of Medicine, Johnson City, Tennessee.
Christina Wamsley, MD
I grew up in Orange County, California, but life has led me to live in Colorado, Boston,
and Ohio. I chose ETSU because it felt like a cooperative and supportive environment
with a strong general surgery training background. I am excited to explore East Tennessee
in my free time, hiking to waterfalls, biking, kayaking, and snowboarding.
Undergraduate - Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts; Medical School - Wright State of University Boonshoft School of Medicine.