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Program Year 3 Residents 2019 - 2020
Julian Botta, M.D.
Medical School: Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Undergrad: Cornell University
Activities/Hobbies: Cooking/food science, hiking and camping, tinkering and diving into new hobbies
Home State: New Jersey
Why Johns Hopkins: I loved the city and the program’s structure, and I was deeply impressed by the breadth of interests and passion of both the residents and faculty at Hopkins.
Julian Botta grew up in New Jersey, near New York City. He attended Cornell University, where he indulged his interests in biology and computer science, but graduated unsure of what he wanted to do afterward. After exploring both bench and clinical research, he fell in love with emergency medical services and decided to pursue a career in medicine. He attended Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, where he became interested in medical education and found that he loves the breadth, complexity and pace of emergency medicine. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking and being outdoors.
Russell D’Anton, M.D.
Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine
Undergrad: Cornell University
Activities/Hobbies: Astronomy, coffee, movies, running
Home State: New Jersey
Why Johns Hopkins: Diverse patient population in a special city, wonderful faculty, outstanding facilities and a proud tradition of community service and excellence in learning
Russell D’Anton grew up at the Jersey Shore. He attended college at Cornell University in New York, where he majored in applied economics and management. After college, he spent time working in an emergency department and went on to attend Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia.
Christopher El Khuri, M.D.
Medical school: American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Undergrad: American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Activities/Hobbies: Blues piano, books, life hacking, boxing, books, road tripping, books, picking up random skills
Home Country: Lebanon
Why Johns Hopkins: In addition to the challenging learning environment, focused, yet personal, fourth year and highly-devoted mentors, Hopkins affords me the unique and humbling opportunity to stand on the shoulders of giants in the field of medicine.
Christopher El Khuri was raised in the heart of the city of Beirut in Lebanon, spending his formative academic years at the American University of Beirut. Pursuing his passion for emergency medicine since early medical school, he spent an extra year after graduation at his university as a dual emergency medicine intern and research fellow. When he isn’t in the emergency department, Chris is a hard-earned bibliophile, piano player and road trip enthusiast.
Peter Fredericks, M.D.
Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine
Undergrad: Azusa Pacific University
Activities/Hobbies: Manually brewing coffee, cocktails, exploring new bars and restaurants, the beach, beach volleyball, modern board games, working out, watching Tottenham Hotspur finish above Woolwich
Home State: California
Why Johns Hopkins: Hopkins fills all the bubbles — an amazing patient population that is underserved, a commitment to medical education, incredible faculty and staff, the FAST curriculum and the opportunity to be involved with cutting-edge research.
Peter Fredericks grew up on the sunny beaches of Encinitas, California, prior to attending Azusa Pacific University to receive degrees in biochemistry and psychology. After two years of behavioral neuroscience research at The Ohio State University, Peter pursued his budding passion for medicine at the University of Illinois in Chicago. His interests in medicine and research revolve around investigating novel applications of point-of-care ultrasound in both the prehospital setting and the emergency department.
Sandra M. Lopez, M.D.
Medical School: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Undergrad: Florida International University
Activities/Hobbies: Outdoor adventures, puzzles, cooking, baking, movies, music and concerts
Home State: Florida
Why Johns Hopkins: I chose Johns Hopkins because of the opportunity to treat complex patients seeking care from Baltimore and across the world. From my time as a medical student, I recognized the faculty and professional staff would serve as unparalleled mentors to help me develop into a skilled and compassionate physician.
Sandra Lopez was born in California and raised in South Florida. She attended Florida International University, where she majored in biological sciences, pursuing her interests in both medicine and the marine sciences. Upon graduation, she joined the Florida International University College of Medicine as a laboratory manager examining the cellular interactions in prostate cancer. She then matriculated at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, obtaining her medical degree while also volunteering within the community. She is excited to complete her training at The Johns Hopkins Hospital to continue serving the people of Baltimore.
Valerie Osula, M.D.
Medical School: Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
Undergrad: The University of Western Ontario
Activities/Hobbies: Avid reader, hot yoga enthusiast, cooking and eating specialist, spending time with friends and family and, of course, playing Mario Party
Home State: Ontario, Canada
Why Johns Hopkins: Everyone talks about a gut feeling during interview season. I went the whole trail not really believing in it until my interview day at Johns Hopkins. I just knew this is where I wanted to be. I knew that this institution, with its diverse patient population, variety of clinical experiences, excellence in leadership and supportive culture would more than prepare me to be a clinically proficient and compassionate emergency medicine physician.
Valerie Osula spent a lot of her life moving from place to place. She has lived in three different continents and six countries. She completed her undergrad at the University of Western Ontario and her medical school at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. During medical school, she developed a passion for the underserved as well as underrepresented minorities in health care. Given her experiences, it is no surprise that she has a passion for global health and international medicine. She hopes to continue to pursue these interests while at Johns Hopkins.
Lukas Ramcharran, M.D., M.B.A.
Medical School: NYU School of Medicine, NYU Stern School of Business
Undergrad: University of Miami (Florida)
Activities/Hobbies: Painting, drawing, graphic design, cooking and working out!
Home State: Florida
Why Johns Hopkins: It was a culmination of so many factors, though at the center of it all was something in my gut that made me feel at home. I was impressed with all Johns Hopkins afforded me: world-class training, a FAST curriculum that promised opportunities to use my M.B.A., and an amazing culture of support that emanated with every interaction I had during interview day. Mix that in with having never seen Baltimore, and instantly falling in love with its charm, and it was an easy decision for me.
Lukas Ramcharran is originally from Miami, Florida. He attended college at the University of Miami in sunny South Florida, where he majored in biomedical engineering. After taking a year to work as a professional graphic designer, Lukas moved to New York City to pursue a joint M.D./M.B.A. degree from the NYU School of Medicine and NYU Stern School of Business. Interested in the operations management side of emergency medicine, Lukas plans to pursue his passions in both medicine and business during his residency years at Johns Hopkins. When not in the hospital, you can usually find Lukas in the gym, testing out new recipes on his slow-cooker or traveling the globe with his wife, Natasha.
Rabbia Saeed, M.D.
Medical School: Morehouse School of Medicine
Undergrad: Georgia Institute of Technology
Activities/Hobbies: Horror movies, foreign films, painting, photography and kayaking
Home State: Georgia
Why Johns Hopkins: Where to begin? On my interview trail, the residents stood out as some of the most collegial, cohesive and fun-loving residents I had ever met. Also, not only is the faculty supportive of our professional aspirations, but they are also greatly invested in our personal development and wellness. Additionally, Johns Hopkins offers the privilege of caring for the vulnerable and underserved populations of Baltimore.
Rabbia Saeed grew up in a suburb just east of Atlanta, Georgia. She attended college at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she majored in biomedical engineering with a focus on stem cell engineering and regenerative medicine. After taking a course on re-engineering emergency departments at Grady Memorial Hospital, she discovered her passion for clinical medicine and health care inequity. She attended medical school at the Morehouse School of Medicine, where she continued to learn how to mitigate health disparities at Grady. Rabbia is excited to begin her training in emergency medicine at Johns Hopkins, and she looks forward to serving the Baltimore community.
Kerry Shannon, M.D., M.P.H., Dr.P.H.
Medical School: Johns Hopkins University
Undergrad: Kenyon College
Activities/Hobbies: Anything outdoors, orienteering, music, opera, good food, traveling
Home State: New York/New Jersey, now pretty much Maryland
Why Johns Hopkins: I chose Johns Hopkins because of the fantastic faculty, focus on underserved communities and the opportunity to continue work in public health.
Kerry Shannon grew up in upstate New York and central New Jersey. She attended Kenyon College, majoring in chemistry and international studies, then traveled to Thailand on a Fulbright to research community involvement in water resource management. Kerry worked as a residential counselor in a behavioral health facility and went on to study health and human rights/humanitarian relief in the M.P.H. program at Johns Hopkins before going back to Thailand and working with people from Burma seeking health care. She then returned to Johns Hopkins to the MSTP program, completing her M.D./Dr.P.H. with her dissertation relating to malaria in Bangladesh.
Bridget Sullivan, M.D.
Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine
Undergrad: University of Michigan
Activities/Hobbies: snowboarding, wakeboarding, yoga, spending time with my husband, baby girl and our two dogs, brunch, craft beer, paddleboarding, coffee
Home State: Michigan
Why Johns Hopkins: I chose Johns Hopkins for the amazing patient population, the dedication of the faculty and staff to resident education, the flexibility of the fourth year curriculum and the opportunity to work in an underserved community. When I came up to interview I was amazed at how the residents and attendings were so much like a family and truly support each other. I was able to laugh with everyone and felt like I truly fit in.
Bridget Sullivan grew up in the suburbs of Detroit before moving to Ann Arbor to obtain her bachelor’s degree in brain, behavior and cognitive science from the University of Michigan. It was there that she met her future husband, Tim. She received her M.D. from Wayne State University School of Medicine in 2014. After graduating, she married Tim and moved to Nashville, Tennessee, for an anesthesiology residency at Vanderbilt University. During this time, she realized how much she missed diagnosing, treating and interacting with patients, and decided to pursue a career in emergency medicine. Bridget and Tim had their first child, Lily, in March 2018. They are excited to make the move to Baltimore!
Jake Valentine, M.D.
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine
Undergrad: Tufts University
Activities/Hobbies: Running, hiking, rowing, home improvement, NFL and fantasy football
Home State: New York
Why Johns Hopkins: I heard the name in enough TV shows that eventually it stuck. Residents seemed like my people, and after becoming a complete Texas convert, I decided it was now-or-never to leave the Lone Star state.
Jake Valentine grew up in Albany, New York. After majoring in philosophy and biology at Tufts University, he landed in Space City (Houston, Texas), earning his M.D. at Baylor College of Medicine. Along the way, he won several national awards as part of a simulation education team. He developed an interest in health professions education and decided that Johns Hopkins — the birthplace of resident training — would be a good fit.
Korie Zink, M.D., M.S.
Medical School: University of Michigan Medical School
Undergrad: University of Michigan B.A., Hunter College M.S.
Activities/Hobbies: Singing, dancing, traveling, reading and Michigan football!
Home State: Michigan
Why Johns Hopkins: I chose Johns Hopkins because I really connected with the people and the city on my interview day. I laughed more with the residents and faculty at Johns Hopkins than anywhere else on the trail, and I could tell that the environment was inclusive, caring and full of brilliant people who are proudly serving their city in the Emergency Department.
Korie Zink grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, but headed east after studying psychology at University of Michigan. She spent two years as a Teach For America corps member in New York City, then completed a post-baccalaureate program in Boston, while she worked as a clinical researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital. She headed back to Ann Arbor for medical school, where she developed an interest in medical education and emergency medicine. She is very excited to return to the east coast for residency!