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 Odom, 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- 4 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: University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
PGY- 3 Residents
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 comradery 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 new home!
Undergraduate School - University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas; Medical School - University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, San Antonia, Texas.
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 Tennessee 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 a wonderful place to start a family.
Undergraduate School - Union University, Jackson, Tennessee; Medical School - ETSU Quillen College of Medicine, Johnson City, Tennessee.
PGY- 2 Residents
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.
Sarah Eikenberry, MD
I was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa. I have 4 older siblings and 6 nieces and nephews. We grew up doing chores, playing card games with grandpa, and all learned to drive manual. I am the first in my family to pursue medicine. Excited to leave the Midwest winters behind and be able to enjoy the amazing hiking in the area.
Undergraduate School - University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa; Medical School - University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa.
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.
Elizabeth Mannino, MD
I grew up and attended undergrad outside of Philadelphia. I went to medical school in Norfolk, Virginia and am now excited to call Johnson City my home during residency. I was drawn to the supportive learning environment and high operative volume at ETSU. I really enjoyed my interactions with residents and faculty on interview day. In my free time, I enjoy running, hiking, trying new restaurants, and spending time with my two cats.
Undergraduate School - Gwynedd Mercy University, Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania; Medical School - Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, Virginia.
Joel Oubre, MD
I spent much of my childhood on the mission field in Cameroon and Thailand. These experiences greatly shaped my worldview and my reasons for pursuing a career in medicine. I chose ETSU because of the program's emphasis on service-based medicine. I was also drawn to the program's down-to-earth, non-malignant culture. It's also wonderful to be in a city where traffic is never an issue and my free time can be filled with hiking, kayaking, trout fishing and enjoying some of the most beautiful scenery the Blue Ridge mountains have to offer.
Undergraduate School - Lee University, Cleveland, Tennessee; Medical School, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Catlin Orschel, MD
I was born and raised in Elk Rapids, Michigan, where we spent our summers on the lake and our winters in the tundra. I moved to Louisiana to play soccer in college. I chose ETSU for residency because a combined a beautiful geographic setting with the aspects I was seeking in a program: approachable faculty, global health opportunities, supportive colleagues, and a history of producing strong, well-rounded surgeons. In my free time, I like to hike/explore the area with my dogs Remi and Hudson, cook/bake, travel, and go wine tasting.
Undergraduate - Centenary College of Louisiana; Graduate School - Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland; Medical School Louisiana State University, Shreveport, Louisiana.
Stephen Owen, MD
I am so excited to be a part of ETSU. I grew up in Charlottesville, VA, went to Clemson for my undergraduate and VirginiaTech Carilion School of Medicine for medical school. May parents live in Charlottesville and my two older brothers live in Norfolk and Charlostesville, VA. One of our favorite family activities is playing tennis. My wife Quinn, lives in Roanoke, VA and is a medical student at VirginiaTech Carilion School of Medicine. I'm excited about matching at ETSU for three reasons. 1) The residents: they are very welcoming, smart and impressive in the OR. 2) The Vascular Surgery experience : I am very interested in Vascular Surgery and this program has a strong vascular exposure and great mentorship. 3) The population: East Tennessee is home to a diverse and rural population with interesting pathology, which might not be seen in other parts of the state. In my spare time, I exercise, explore breweries, and hang out with my awesome wife, Quinn.
Undergraduate School - Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina; Medical School Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.