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.

Chief Resident

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, home brewing, politics and live music.

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PGY-1 Roster

AndrewArmstrongAndrew Armstrong, M.D.
BS Cell & Molecular Biology, Texas Tech University
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine

Andrew was born and raised in Dallas, Texas where he spent much of his youth playing baseball and going on camping trips. While studying Cell & Molecular Biology at Texas Tech University, he was selected as an undergraduate research scholar and worked in a lab investigating bacterial cell communication in wound infections. It was here he became drawn to patient care and decided to pursue medicine. As a medical student at Texas Tech, he conducted research on inflammatory responses following burn wounds. It was also during his time in college that he first visited Oregon on a camping trip to Crater Lake National Park and knew he would one day live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Andrew also enjoys rock climbing, backpacking, learning to cook and traveling the world with his wife.

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JosephBarberaJoseph Barbera, M.D.
BS Biology, Marshall University
Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine

Joe grew up in Huntington, WV. Growing up he witnessed the epidemic of obesity and drug use in West Virginia, and in high school I realized I wanted to help my community fight these problems in whatever way he could. Joe knew he eventually wanted to go into medicine, and while in college, worked as a personal trainer to try and combat the issues in the best way he knew how at the time. Joe completed his undergraduate training at Marshall University and completed a semester in the Biomedical Science Program at Marshall, before being accepted into the Joan C. Edward School of Medicine. Joe applied to Providence Portland knowing he wanted to diversify his training in an area of the country he loved, while also combating some of the same issues his hometown faced. Joe enjoys Martial Arts, soccer, weight training, and staying as active as medicine will allow.

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BrieannaBrownBrieanna Brown, M.D.
BS Biology, University of Portland
Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine

Brieanna grew up in Hillsboro, OR and earned her undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Portland. During her studies, she conducted research in molecular biology as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute student researcher at Oregon Health & Science University. After graduation, her love of molecular biology and how it impacts human disease lead her to pursue work as a research assistant studying immunology. While in medical school, she continued this research, as well as mentored under-served/under-represented pre-medical students from the Portland area. Outside of medicine, Brie enjoys spending time with her friends and family, cooking and enjoying the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

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GaliaDeitzGalia Deitz, M.D.
BS Biology, Brown University
University of Washington School of Medicine
MPH Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Galia grew up in southeastern Washington and completed her undergraduate degree in Biology at Brown University. Unsure of whether her passion for health would be best served in a career in medicine or public health, Galia completed an MPH after college, focusing her research on pediatric obesity and diabetes. Though she loved her public health coursework, Galia realized that her passions were better suited for a career in medicine and was thrilled when she had the opportunity to come back to the northwest to attend medical school at the University of Washington. While not in the hospital, Galia loves trail running, biking, snowboarding, reading, and spending time with her wonderful dog and boyfriend. After completing internship, Galia will be continuing training in ophthalmology at the University of Colorado.

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GeraldHutflesGerald Hutfles, D.O.
BA Biology, Kansas State University
DO Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences
MA Bioethics Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences

Gerald grew up in a small town in northwest Kansas with his three brothers and one sister. He then attended Kansas State University to complete his undergraduate degree in Biology, with a minor in German language studies. Gerald completed a Masters of Bioethics and began medical school. During medical school, he developed a strong interest in education of both students and patients, which he hopes he can bring to his practice. He also has a penchant for the study of medical ethics and infectious disease. While he is not practicing medicine, he enjoys the outdoors and is glad to relocate to the Pacific Northwest. Gerald also entertains other interests such as rock climbing, brewing, reading, and using video games to stay in touch with family and friends.

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VanessaNwaokochaVanessa Nwaokocha, M.D.
BA Cultural Anthropology & Chemistry, Duke University
St. George’s University School of Medicine

Vanessa was born in Lagos, Nigeria before relocating to Chicago with her family. From a very young age, she was exposed to the medical field due to the overwhelming number of her family members in medicine. She actualized her dream by going off to Duke University where she was a pre-med student who majored in cultural anthropology and minored in chemistry. Studying cultural anthropology gave her the opportunity to study abroad in Italy, which sparked her curiosity to see more of the world. In addition to traveling, Vanessa spends her free time with family and friends, dancing, eating, volunteering at her community women’s shelter, and trying to master techniques in crossfit. She has her heart set on doing research to help with advancements in the field of hematology/oncology.

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EricRyanEric Ryan, M.D.
BA Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology, University of Colorado Boulder
University of Colorado School of Medicine

Eric grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado and graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder with a degree in molecular biology. Throughout college, he took several trips to Kenya and Uganda, where he worked alongside both volunteer and local physicians. He attended the University of Colorado School of Medicine, where he participated in volunteer and research projects aimed at helping underserved populations, decreasing harm from opiates and effectively treating pain in the hospital. In his free time, Eric enjoys skiing, rock climbing, attending concerts, and hanging out with his dog, Beckham.

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ShahrzadSharafiShahrzad Sharafi, M.D.
BS General Science & Chemistry, Portland State University
Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine

Shaz grew up in Portland, Oregon. She attended Portland State University and graduated with a general science major and chemistry minor. She completed medical school at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). Prior to medical school she worked in business and retail management. She also volunteered in free clinics, charitable organizations, and worked as a research assistant at the OHSU Emergency department. After completing her internship, Shaz will be returning to OHSU to complete her residency in Diagnostic Radiology. In her free time she enjoys traveling, running, hiking, weight training, and enjoying Portland’s delicious food and wine with her husband, Bader. Shaz also enjoys drawing, painting, makeup artistry, and spending time with family and friends.

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RachaelStarcherRachael Starcher, M.D.
BA Religion, The George Washington University
Marshall University Joan C Edwards School of Medicine
MA Religion Vanderbilt University

Rachael grew up in Rush, Kentucky, in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains before moving to Washington, DC, for college. In undergraduate and graduate school, she studied religion and had multiple opportunities to travel to the Middle East. Upon returning to Appalachia for medical school, Rachael shifted her focus to addressing health disparities, particularly in rural communities. This continues to be her major focus, with particular emphasis on intercultural barriers to health care and help seeking. In her free time, she likes running, cycling, playing with her mini goldendoodle Barley, collecting badges and check-ins on Untappd, enjoying gourmet food and fine wine, and spending time with her very supportive and close-knit family.

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BrandonTemteBrandon Temte, D.O.
BS Human Physiology, University of Iowa
Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
MA Biomedical Sciences Midwestern University

Brandon was born in Iowa City, IA and then later moved to La Crosse, WI where he grew up playing golf and creating music as a singer/songwriter. Brandon returned to Iowa City to complete an undergraduate degree in Human Physiology at the University of Iowa. He then completed a yearlong masters at Midwestern University in Downers Grove, IL before attending medical school at Des Moines University in Iowa. Brandon most enjoys about medicine is patient-centered care and treating each patient as a whole. He is interested in pulmonary/critical care following residency. In his free time, Brandon enjoys biking, playing music, basketball, snowboarding, cooking, being outdoors, and hanging out with friends and family.

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DanielTinkerDaniel Tinker, M.D.
BS Biology, University of Central Oklahoma
University of Oklahoma College of Medicine

Grew up on Okie (“Boomer Sooner”) but Daniel is very excited to get the opportunity to join the PPMC family in the beautiful Northwest. Brandon’s hobbies are meeting new people, traveling, working out, trying new foods and spending time with close friends and family. After spending a year with Providence, Daniel will pursue dermatology training.

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HongXuHong Xu, M.B.B.S.
MS Genetics, Oregon State University
BMed Bengbu Medical College

Hong was born and grew up in Shanghai, China. She was inspired to be a doctor when she was a child after shadowing a neighbor doctor at work for a day. Upon finishing medical school, she decided to follow her father's footstep to pursue a career in medical research. She obtained a master’s degree studying genetics and molecular biology at Oregon State University. Subsequently, she conducted research on glaucoma and HIV vaccine for a number of years at OHSU. An opportunity to serve as a medical interpreter reignited her passion for patient care which led her back to medicine. During her free time, Hong enjoys yoga, meditation, hiking, reading, watching sitcoms, and spending time with family and friends.

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PGY-2 Roster

BrieChunMDBrie Chun, M.D.
BS Biology, BA Dance, University of Washington
University of Virginia School of Medicine

Brie grew up in Silverdale, Washington with her brother and sister. A lifelong dancer, she graduated from the University of Washington with degrees in Dance and Biology, and spent an interim year before medical school as a freelance modern dancer in Seattle. She attended the University of Virginia School of Medicine where she continued to develop her interest in medical humanities as a Hook Scholar. She was also active in an insulin telemedicine program through the local free clinic and in an arts-based interprofessional end-of-life care educational initiative. Among other hobbies, Brie enjoys rock climbing and skiing with her soon-to-be husband, yoga, cooking and the performing arts.

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AlexanderDreisinAlexander Dreisin, M.B.B.S.
BS Finance, Washington University in St. Louis
University of Queensland School of Medicine/Ochsner Clinical School

Alex was born and raised in Portland, Oregon before moving to St. Louis to complete his undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis. Alex then returned to Portland where he spent several years volunteering with the Children’s Cancer Association and where he was able to mentor children undergoing chemotherapy. Alex also worked as a scribe in the Legacy Emanuel ED before leaving for Australia to attend medical school at the University of Queensland. Alex spent his pre-clinical years studying in Brisbane, and completed his clinical clerkship at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. It has always been his dream to practice in Portland and he is very happy to be a part of the Providence family. In his free time, Alex enjoys playing tennis and is trying to hone his golf game. 

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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.

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LynnKemperLynn Kemper, M.D.
BA History, UC Berkeley
Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine

Lynn was raised in a small town in northern California. She attended the University of California at Berkeley, majoring in history. Prior to medical school, she travelled the world working in international and online banking. The desire to be closer to her family brought Lynn to Portland more than ten years ago. Volunteering has long been a part of her life, from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to the pediatric ED and the Southwest Community Health Center. Lynn enjoys spending her free time with family and her dog Abby.

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HiromichiParkHiromichi Park, D.O.
BS Human Physiology, Boston University
Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hiro is a proud native of the Silver State, where he grew up and attended high school in Las Vegas, Nevada. He completed his undergraduate education at Boston University with a concentration in Human Physiology. Hiro then returned to Las Vegas where he worked as a research technician in a Microbiology lab that studied Shigella flexneri. He traveled to Central America and served on a medical mission trip where he found his interest in communicable diseases and aspires to pursue a career in Infectious Diseases in the future. Outside of practicing the art of medicine, Hiro enjoys playing his electric guitar and training in the Martial arts of Kendo and Capoeira.

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StevenPhanSteven Phan, M.D.
BS Biology, Oregon State University
Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine

Steven grew up in Portland, Oregon, graduated from Cleveland High School and earned his undergraduate degree in Biology from Oregon State University. Prior to medical school, he worked as a medical assistant and an EMT. He has a special interest in health literacy and hopes to continue promoting health literacy at the clinical level. In his free time he enjoys traveling and enjoying different types of cuisines with his wife, golfing, fishing and long walks on the beach.

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schneider_markMark Schneider, M.D.
MD Loma Linda University School of Medicine
MBA Loma Linda University
BS Bioengineering, Walla Walla University

Mark and his family are thrilled to be back in Oregon as he joins the Internal Medicine Residency team as a second year resident. He was born in Portland and raised amongst the splendor of the Willamette Valley. He fostered his love of science and mathematics at Walla Walla University with a degree in bioengineering. He completed medical school at Loma Linda University School of Medicine in Southern California, where he also attained an MBA. He completed his intern year of Internal Medicine at Loma Linda University, before beginning active duty service in the United States Air Force as a Flight Surgeon. Over the past six years he has had many exciting and unique experiences taking care of (and flying with) pilots and other service members all around the world, but they pale in comparison to being home, together as a family, in Oregon.

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VeronicaSchimsVeronica Schims, D.O.
BS Biology, University of Washington
Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific Northwest

Veronica grew up in Bellingham, Washington and attended the University of Washington. Between her studies, she spent time playing soccer, music and working construction in Washington’s San Juan Islands. Curious about life outside the PNW, she ventured to Mississippi to complete her Master’s degree and worked for several years as a nurse assistant. Finding that she loved patient care and meeting others within the medical field, she decided to attend medical school. In her spare time, Veronica likes to stay active, hike through state and national parks, listen to podcasts and live music and spend time with family and friends.

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EmmaWhiteEmma White, M.D.
BS, Biological Chemistry & Russian, Bates College
Cooper Medical School of Rowan University

Emma was born in New Jersey but grew up on an island in Washington State. She did undergrad at Bates College where she studied biological chemistry and Russian, with a minor in rowing. Four years of collegiate crew wasn’t enough so, she coached rowing for two years while working in an ER and preparing for medical school. She then returned to her New Jersey roots for medical school. At school in Camden, Emma was passionate about providing high value care to uninsured city residents at the student-run free clinic. Emma’s professional interests include coordination of care, geriatrics, health policy/economics, critical care medicine and palliative care. When she’s not in the hospital she loves to run, row, hike and be outside. On a perfect day you will find her on the trail or in a boat with friends.

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CameronWilsonCameron Wilson, M.D.
BS Biochemistry, MS Polymers & Coatings Science, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, California
University of Miami School of Medicine

Cameron was born and raised in Half Moon Bay, California and attended Cal Poly for BS and MS degrees. Cameron focused on biotech research and worked in medical devices for a few years. He decided to go to medical school to balance his research with patient care. Cameron enjoys biking, rock climbing and hiking. His professional interests are in palliative/hospice medicine and hospitalist medicine.

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PGY-3 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Lisa OlsonLisa May Olson, M.D., M.P.H.
BA Human Biology, Stanford University
Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine, M.D., M.P.H

Lisa grew up in Coos Bay, Oregon. As a child, she was a competitive gymnast and explored all the Oregon coast has to offer with family camping, fishing and boating adventures. Lisa lived in Eugene, Oregon for high school, then later moved to California for college. After graduating from Stanford University with an undergraduate degree in Human Biology, she spent several years working in San Francisco in the health and biotechnology field. Lisa later returned to her Oregon roots and followed her passion for medicine at Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine, where she earned a medical degree and a Master’s in Public Health. Lisa completed her internship year at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, and then took a few years to work in public health, as well as live in London, England with her husband and two boys. Outside of medicine, Lisa spends time with her family and enjoys swimming, cycling, hikes with her dog, Ruby Jewel ice cream and travel.

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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.

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