Our Residents

Our residents come to our program with great diversity. They come from all parts of the country and with a broad range of experiences. What they have in common is a commitment to excellence and a desire to make the health care system better. This commonality is palpable throughout the program and is visible in the work the graduates do once they leave the program.

PGY-1 Roster

barnes_alex_md_2016Alex Barnes-Rickett, M.D.
Southwestern University, BA History, BA Sociology
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine

Alex was born in California and raised in East Texas, where she discovered a love for road biking, distance running, and 1000% humidity. Her childhood dream of being a veterinarian quickly rerouted to human medicine upon the discovery of Mercy Ships, an incredible organization that fits out donated cruise liners as floating hospitals to serve communities in need. Her goal from that moment on was to become an integral part of a long-term global health initiative. During college and medical school, Alex was fortunate to spend time in Nicaragua, Honduras, and Costa Rica, volunteering with medical missions and learning from local healthcare professionals. She enjoys hospital and tropical medicine, pulmonology, and infectious disease. Alex and her husband love to spoil their pets rotten, eat dim sum, be inspired by nature, and travel excessively.

BeardBryceMD2016Bryce Beard, M.D.
Louisiana State University, BA Philosophy, BS Biology
Tulane University School of Medicine

Bryce was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He attended Louisiana State University, where he received degrees in philosophy and biology. After college, he worked as an electrocardiograph technician for two years. His experiences in medical school at Tulane University in New Orleans led him into the field of radiation oncology, and he will begin his radiation oncology residency at Kaiser Permanente-Los Angeles after internship. Outside of the hospital, he enjoys playing guitar, piano, and fiddle as well as exercising and spending time with his wife and children.

burgh_eric_md_2016Eric Burgh, M.D.
University of Oregon, BS Human Physiology, Chemistry
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Eric grew up in the Yamhill-Carlton area, an hour's drive west of Portland. After graduating from the University of Oregon, he began working for a health technology NGO in Kenya and decided to pursue a career in medicine. During the two years between college and applying to medical school, Eric also worked at a bakery and a winery in Oregon, a virology research lab in New York City, and a solar energy start-up in North Carolina. While at UNC for medical school he became interested in preventative care and medical education. When he's not in the hospital Eric enjoys live music and spending time outdoors – especially with friends, family, and his wonderful fiancée, Emily.

CappsDeniseMD2016Denise Capps, M.D.
University of New Orleans, BS Psychology, MS Biology
Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans

Denise was born in Juneau, Alaska but grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana. She earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology with majors in Chemistry and Biology during post-Katrina times from the University of New Orleans. After graduation, she stayed at UNO where she conducted basic science research earning a Master's Degree. She then went on to complete medical school at LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans. Denise's interests include health literacy, end-of-life care, medical education, and delivery of care to underserved populations. She enjoys running, hiking, lifting weights, horseback riding, yoga, culinary arts, traveling, swimming, and most of all hanging out with friends and just enjoying life. After internship, she will begin Ophthalmology residency at University of Kansas in Kansas City.

finley_jessica_md_2016Jessica Finley, M.D.
Stanford University, BS Human Biology
Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine

Jessica Finley was born in Toronto, Canada, but spent most of her childhood in Minnesota. She loved the Midwest, dancing on a competitive dance team in ballet and jazz, spending the winters playing in the snow and the summers swimming in the lake. She went to high school in the Bay Area and college at Stanford University. Her love of physiology and passion for working with people led her to major in Human Biology and pursue premedical studies. She continued to dance and was a member of the Stanford University “Dollies,” which gave her a front-row seat to some of her favorite athletic events. After graduating, she spent a year as an educational consultant and then moved to Eugene, Oregon, to work at the Oregon Research Institute, where she pursued research in obesity and eating disorder prevention. She then moved to Portland to attend medical school at Oregon Health & Science University. Jessica has lived in two countries and five states but now considers herself an Oregonian at heart. In her free time, she loves hiking, dancing, reading outside, watching old movies with her husband, and daydreaming about getting a dog.

GhebremichaelRahwaMD2016Rahwa Ghebremichael, M.D.
Stanford University, BS Biological Sciences, BA Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity
Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine

Rahwa was born in Manhattan, NY and raised in Los Angeles, CA with her 3 younger siblings. She completed her undergraduate studies at Stanford University, did research for 3 years and obtained an MPH from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. She then worked for several years as a hospital infection prevention specialist/clinical epidemiologist in Oregon before finally (FINALLY!) pursuing her dream of becoming a physician. Her personal interests are many but, these days, her hobbies are few. She takes great pleasure from spending quality time with her husband and children, meditating and exploring the beauty of Oregon. Her professional interests include primary care, HIV medicine, clinical research and working with underserved/refugee populations.

heims_cydney_md_2016Cydney Heims, M.D.
University of Chicago, BA Anthropology and Latin American Studies
Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine

Cydney was born and raised in northwest Portland. She attended the University of Chicago where she double majored in Anthropology and Latin American Studies, after taking a year off to travel in South America. Following college she moved to Hood River, where she supervised a children's ski program and worked at a winery. She returned to Portland in 2009 to work with veterans with schizophrenia at the VA Medical Center and to complete a post-baccalaureate at PSU. She continued her focus on underserved populations during medical school: precepting for a year at Outside In, volunteering at the Southwest Community Health Center and working in a free clinic for Spanish speaking patients. In her free time, she enjoys listening to live music, discovering new hiking trails and skiing big mountains.

HendricksonKatieMD2016Kathryn Hendrickson, M.D.
St. Cloud University, BS Biomedical Science
Medical College of Wisconsin

Katie grew up in Madison, Wisconsin with her two sisters. She attended St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN to play softball and study biomedical science. She then worked at Boston Scientific in Minneapolis before returning to WI to begin medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin where she was able to explore her interests in global health, physical exam, and teaching. In her free time Katie likes spending time outside biking, hiking, and camping with her boyfriend, Matt. She is a sports fan with baseball and tennis being her favorites, and enjoys reading, music, food, and wine.

hutchinson_elizabeth_md_2016Elizabeth Hutchinson, M.D.
Arizona State University, BA Anthropology
Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine

Elizabeth grew up in Chicago, IL. Her interest in medicine first developed through studying about infectious diseases while earning a degree in anthropology at Arizona State University. Prior to medical school she worked in business and retail management. While completing pre-medical coursework, she volunteered at free clinics and worked as a scribe. During medical school she contributed to curriculum development projects and research in women's health and hematology & oncology. She enjoys running, yoga, cycling, and horseback riding.

JohnsonMonicaMD2016Monica Johnson, M.D.
Reed College, BA Studio Art
University of Kansas School of Medicine

Monica was born in Boston but spent her formative years in Morgantown, West Virginia and Kansas City, Kansas. She studied painting at Reed College in Portland and then returned to Kansas for medical and graduate school. Monica loves the culture of Portland and the natural beauty of Oregon, so she happily embarked to Providence Portland for her internship year. During her free time, Monica enjoys contemporary art, NPR, 90's hip hop, debating, and hiking. After her internship year, Monica is headed to Massachusetts General Hospital for residency in diagnostic radiology.

kim_isaac_md_2016Isaac Kim, M.D.
Andrews University, BS Biology
Loma Linda University School of Medicine

Isaac Kim was born in Eugene, OR and spent his middle and high school years in Columbus, OH. He graduated from Andrews University in Michigan, then attended medical school at Loma Linda University in southern California where he was active in a student organization that provided tutoring and music lessons for underprivileged children in the local area. In his free time, he enjoys listening to music, playing his guitar, cooking, staying current with politics, and watching his favorite sports teams, including the Blazers, Timbers, and Ducks.

tsai_chaowei_md_2016Chao-Wei Tsai, M.D.
University of Washington, BS Biochemistry, Microbiology
University of Illinois College of Medicine-Peoria

Chao was born in Taipei, Taiwan and grew up in Seattle, Washington. He graduated from the University of Washington in Biochemistry and Microbiology. After graduation he spent some time working in research, medical interpreting, and medical laboratory while serving on the executive board at a local community health center before he attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He loves to travel and learn about food, cultures, architecture, and languages.

PGY-2 Roster

BlairJacob2015Jacob Blair, M.D., M.S.
B.A. University of Missouri
Major: Biological Sciences
M.S. School: Wayne State University; Major: Basic Medical Sciences
Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine

Jacob was born in Detroit, MI and grew up in Kansas City, MO, where he aspired to be a doctor even as a young child. After attending the University of Missouri and receiving a degree in biological sciences, he worked in an immunology lab as a researcher and flow cytometrist. Deciding to return to Detroit, he earned a masters degree in medical science, focusing his research on the immunology of the eye. Jacob then made the decision to remain in Detroit for medical school due to his passion for working with the underserved. While growing up, his love for music led him to learn the piano, eventually competing in various competitions. In addition to still enjoying the piano, Jacob loves to travel, eat sushi, and explore outdoor fairs or farmer’s markets – while being with family and friends as much as possible.

BrekkeKyle2015Kyle Brekke, D.O.
B.S. School: University of Montana
Major: Cellular & Molecular Biology
Medical School: Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine

Kyle was born and raised with his two younger brothers in Billings, Montana, where he played multiple sports while growing up, including soccer and basketball. He was also regularly crowned the neighborhood ping-pong champion! He received an undergraduate biology degree from the University of Montana and worked as a phlebotomist when not in school. Kyle researched the Rift Valley Fever Virus and presented his research at the National Conference in Undergraduate Research. As a college tutor of chemistry and biology, he developed a passion for teaching. Kyle has interest in primary care and preventative medicine. In his free time, Kyle enjoys watching and playing sports and spending time with friends and family, including his new wife, Ally.

CaseyJacob2015Jacob Casey, M.D.
B.A. School: University of Washington
Major: Comparative Literature & History
Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine

Jacob grew up in Vancouver, WA and initially had no interest in medicine after graduating from the University of Washington in the humanities. He spent the following years as a special education teacher as well as a Peace Corps volunteer in Jordan. It was there, while serving abroad, that he decided to pursue medicine as a career and received training at the University of Washington School of Medicine. In his free time he likes running, listening to classical music and keeping up on international events.

ChancellorLeia2015Leia Chancellor, M.D.
B.A./B.S. School: University of Nevada Reno
Major: BA English, BS Neuroscience, AS Computer Science
Medical School: University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

Leia hails from Northern California. Starting at age 15, she attended Mendocino Community college where she received an A.S. in computer and Information Sciences and furthered her education earning dual bachelor degrees in English and Neuroscience at the University of Nevada, Reno. She attended medical school at the University of Nevada, where she volunteered at a student run clinic and spent time working in an infectious disease laboratory. Her professional interests include hospitalist medicine, hematology & oncology, and infectious disease. During her free time she enjoys writing, playing strategy-based games, having brunch with friends, and exploring the great outdoors.

IngValerie2015Valerie Ing, D.O.
B.S. School: Oregon State University
Major: Chemistry
Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

Valerie grew up in Gresham, Oregon. She completed her undergraduate degree in Chemistry at Oregon State University. At a young age she knew that she was destined to serve as a physician. Prior to attending medical school, Valerie worked as a manager in the hospitality industry. In her free time she enjoys hiking, berry picking, baking and spending time with family.

LogendranVerni2015Verni Logendran, D.O.
B.S. School: University of Oregon
Major: Biology
Medical School: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University

Verni grew up in Corvallis, Ore., and graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in biology. During her undergraduate studies, she conducted two years of research in molecular biology and neuroscience. She spent a summer volunteering in the Indian Himalayan foothills. After graduation, she worked as a caregiver in an assisted living facility. While in medical school, she volunteered at free clinics, served as President of the Midwestern University Internal Medicine Club, and conducted diabetes research with funding by the National Institutes of Health. She also served as Co-Chair of the American College of Physicians (ACP) Medical Students’ Committee-Arizona Chapter, and received the Medical Student of the Year Award for the ACP-AZ Chapter in 2013. Outside of medicine, Verni enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, hiking, meditation, and playing the violin and piano.

PedrojaBenjamin2015Benjamin Pedroja, M.D.
B.S. School: Reed College
Major: Biology
Medical School: State University of New York Upstate Medical University

Ben grew up in Los Angeles, California and earned his undergraduate degree in biology from Reed College. After graduation, he moved to Brooklyn, New York and spent several years conducting basic science research before completing medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Ben’s interests include hospital medicine, critical care and medical education. He enjoys biking, homebrewing, politics and live music.

SanchezKatherine2015Katherine Sanchez, M.D.
B.S. School: University of New Mexico
Major: Biology and Chemistry
Medical School: University of New Mexico School of Medicine

Katherine was raised in New Mexico with her twin sister, Cassie. She attended University of New Mexico and studied Biology and Chemistry. She also minored in Asian studies and taught English in China for a semester. She has worked in restaurants since high school, managed while getting her undergrad, and co-owned a restaurant while attending medical school. She loves cooking and entertaining, running, and playing with her puppy, Duke.

SouthworthCole2015Cole Andrew Southworth, D.O.
B.S. School: University of Oregon
Major: Biology
Medical School: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Cole was raised in Eugene, OR along with his twin brother. While attending the University of Oregon, Cole enrolled in a medical internship in the townships of Cape Town, South Africa. It was here that he developed his love for medicine. Before attending medical school he worked several years in a conservation program leading at-risk youth in the Northwest. During his free time Cole loves any opportunity that can take him and his wife back into the outdoors including fly-fishing, hiking, camping, and rafting.

PGY-3 Roster

AnagorChudeChude Anagor, MBBS
Medical school: College of Medicine, University of Nigeria
PGY-1: University of Maryland Medical Center, Midtown

Chude grew up in southeastern Nigeria, where he learned goodness, altruism and fortitude. After medical school, he moved to Ireland where he completed a psychiatry residency and subsequently did further training in addiction medicine and substance misuse. During these periods of time he explored many facets of the interface between mental health and physical health which ultimately led him to transition to internal medicine training before coming to the USA for further residency in internal medicine. He has interest in autoimmune diseases and hospital medicine. He enjoys playing soccer, tennis, cycling and spending time with family.

Carrie Austin, M.D.
Bachelor of Arts, University of Denver
Major: Biology and French
Medical school: Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine

Carrie Austin grew up in Denver, Co. She completed her undergraduate degrees at the University of Denver and studied abroad for a semester in Avignon, France. After college, she moved with her family to the great Northwest. She worked as a study coordinator and conducted research in the genetics of inflammatory eye diseases. She then attended medical school at the Oregon Health & Science University, where she volunteered at free clinics, mentored high school students and conducted quality improvement projects. She enjoys exploring the outdoors, skiing, sailing, surfing, learning to fly and play the drums, and spending time with family and friends.

Sarah Carter, M.D.
Bachelor of Arts, Harvard University
Major: Biology, Minor: Psychology
Medical school: University of Colorado School of Medicine

Sarah grew up outside Seattle, where as a child she aspired to become a marine biologist. She started playing the cello at a young age and after graduating from Harvard University, moved to New York City to pursue a career as a professional musician. Though initially exciting, she eventually realized that the life of a performing artist was not ultimately for her and decided to attend medical school. Her interests in medicine include infectious disease and global health. In her free time, Sarah enjoys trail running (preferably with her rescue dog, Milo), mountaineering, bread-baking, international travel, and photography.

Cami Hilsendager, M.D.
Bachelor of Arts, CUNY-Brooklyn College
Major: Political science
Medical school: George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences

Cami grew up in Colorado and received her undergraduate degree from Brooklyn College. She went on to work as an advocate for the advancement and protection of women's sexual and reproductive health in developing countries. During medical school, she gained international clinical experience in Kenya, Haiti and India. Cami's professional interests include infectious disease, particularly HIV, and care for vulnerable populations. She enjoys photography, film, music and running.

Robert Hudon, M.D.
Bachelor of Science, Santa Clara University
Major: Biology, Minor: Philosophy
Medical school: University of Colorado School of Medicine

Robert grew up in Colorado and attended college in California where he studied biology and philosophy. Soon after college, he moved to southern Venezuela to build a school, farm, and ecological center for an educational foundation. Over the course of seven years, he taught math and chemistry while serving as director, a role that led to increasing work in global health and community development. From Venezuela, he then worked in the Shan Hill tribes of Burma as assistant to the medical director for an international nonprofit. During interim periods, he worked for several consultancies in sustainable development focusing on Latin America. Afterwards he returned to the Bay Area to complete additional requirements for medical school and studied Traditional Chinese Medicine while teaching and tutoring science to high school and college students. Besides travelling, Robert enjoys most things outside, quiet things inside, and good sleep. He and his wife are anticipating their first child in June.

Lindsey McKinley, D.O.
Bachelor of Arts, Wartburg College
Major: Biology
Medical school: Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Lindsey was born and raised in Waterloo, Iowa. She attended Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa and graduated with a degree in biology. During her undergraduate years, she spent several months studying abroad in Tanzania and Guyana. It was through these travels that Lindsey began to cultivate her interest in global health and underserved populations. After graduation, major flooding occurred in Iowa and Lindsey spent time working with flood recovery efforts in Waverly. She then attended Des Moines University for medical school. Outside of medicine her interests include running, biking, snowboarding, rock-climbing, hiking, cooking and traveling.

Lisa Sanders, M.D.
Bachelor of Arts, Seattle Pacific University
Major: Biology and chemistry
Medical school: University of Washington School of Medicine

Lisa was born in California but was raised in Nepal due to her parents' mission work in animal health and water systems training programs. She moved to Seattle as a high school junior and later attended Seattle Pacific University, where she discovered a love for teaching while tutoring biology and chemistry. Determined to be a physician from a young age, Lisa became interested in geriatrics through volunteer work at an adult day center. After graduation, she worked as a caregiver in an assisted living facility. Lisa spent her medical school clinical years in Boise and helped start a student-run free clinic. During her free time, she enjoys crafts, running, drinking tea, and spending time with her husband and their dog.

Kristin Seymour, M.D.
Bachelor of Science, Whitman College
Major: Biochemistry
Medical school: University of Washington School of Medicine

Kristin grew up in Seattle, Wash. She attended Whitman College and received a degree in biochemistry. After college, she worked in rheumatology research for four years and trained as a yoga teacher. Her experiences in clinical research led her to attend the University of Washington Medical School. She hopes to pursue primary care with an interest in women's health and preventative medicine. Kristin's interests include cooking and gardening as well as being active through yoga, dance, hiking and biking.

Benjamin Ware, M.D.
Bachelor of Science, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Major: Computer science
Medical school: University of Vermont College of Medicine

Benjamin Ware grew up in Westford, Vt. and graduated with a degree in computer science from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. While working as a computer programmer and IT specialist, he decided to go back to school and complete the post-baccalaureate pre-med program to finish prerequisites for medical school. The deep bond his grandfather – a former WWII German P.O.W. – formed with his physician while going through leukemia treatment led him to medical school. Ben is planning to pursue a palliative care fellowship after completing his residency. A member of the Air National Guard and a dedicated triathlete, Ware completed his first Ironman race – which includes a full marathon, 112-mile bike race, and 2.4 mile swim – in Madison, Wis. as a second-year medical student.