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Program Year 4 Residents 2019 - 2020
Daniel Brenner, M.D., Ph.D.
Medical School: Washington University in St. Louis
Undergrad: University of Michigan
Activities/Hobbies: Cooking, baking, rock climbing, running, Ultimate Frisbee, international travel
Home State: Michigan
Why Johns Hopkins: Johns Hopkins had everything that I was looking for — underserved population, intense but supportive training environment, world-class research, plus some really good food.
Daniel Brenner grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and attended the University of Michigan, where he grew to love neuroscience while not being interested in the brain. He pursued this interest during his M.D./Ph.D. at Washington University in St. Louis, where his Ph.D. focused on the molecular mechanisms of pain and also offered him the chance to play with lasers. Along the way, he has discovered that he loves cooking, baking and international travel. Additionally, he is also a long-term devotee of Ultimate Frisbee, but several knee injuries have persuaded him that rock climbing is a safer alternative.
Portia Chipendo, M.D., M.P.P.
Medical School: Harvard Medical School
Undergrad: Wesleyan University
Activities/Hobbies: Live comedy, salsa, traveling, kayaking, table tennis
Home Country: Zimbabwe
Why Johns Hopkins: I had what people call the “gut feeling.” I was swept off my feet by my interviewers, and the additional interactions I had with the residents and program leadership confirmed my choice. Johns Hopkins has all the resources that I will need to explore and develop my interests, and the FAST curriculum and mentorship available in the fourth year is exactly what I hoped for in a residency program.
Portia Chipendo grew up in Harare, Zimbabwe. She came to the U.S. to attend Wesleyan University for college, where she majored in chemistry. After graduating from college, she worked as a research assistant at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston before enrolling at Harvard Medical School. While in medical school, she developed an interest in health care systems and public policy, and spent a year at Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she earned a master’s degree in public policy. She hopes to use her training in emergency medicine and public policy to contribute toward building robust medical systems in her home country and beyond.
Stewart Dandorf, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.
Medical school: University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson
Graduate: Yale School of Public Health
Undergrad: University of Arizona
Activities/Hobbies: Woodworking, drumming, running, cooking, drinking coffee
Home State: Arizona
Why Johns Hopkins: I chose Johns Hopkins for the unparalleled clinical and research opportunities, outstanding leadership, and a chance to experience the vibrant culture of Baltimore.
Stewart Dandorf grew up outside Phoenix, Arizona, and attended the University of Arizona in Tucson for his bachelors and master’s of science degrees in physiology. He then received his M.P.H. from Yale School of Public Health, with a focus on epidemiology of microbial diseases and global health. For his M.P.H. thesis, Stewart conducted a project in rural Ecuador focused on HIV testing and prevention. Stewart returned to Tucson and attended the University of Arizona for medical school. Stewart’s research efforts have included extensive data analyses based at Johns Hopkins focused on inflammatory markers in older HIV patients from the AIDS Linked to the Intravenous Experience cohort and cadaver-based simulation/medical education research at the University of Arizona.
Eric Garfinkel, D.O.
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergrad: Pennsylvania State University
Activities/Hobbies: Photography, cooking followed by eating, Penn State and Philadelphia Eagles football, exercising
Home State: Pennsylvania
Why Johns Hopkins: Johns Hopkins is a world-class hospital with all the resources and opportunities imaginable. During my interview, I was impressed by the FAST program and the flexibility it allowed me to pursue my academic interests, as well as the familial atmosphere between the residents and staff.
Eric Garfinkel grew up outside Philadelphia in the suburb of Exton, Pennsylvania. In high school, he volunteered for his local ambulance service, and then during college, he served as a paramedic at Penn State EMS. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in energy, business and finance, he attended medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. He hopes to continue pursuing his interest in EMS during residency at Johns Hopkins.
Paul Herman, M.D., M.S.
Medical School: Brown University
Graduate: Université Claude Bernard, Lyon, France
Activities/Hobbies: Beer brewing, bicycle design and construction, international travel, camping/backpacking and discovering new foodie spots in Charm City
Home State: California
Why Johns Hopkins: So many reasons! The opportunity to work with a community in need, the faculty dedication to teaching and because Baltimore is a totally awesome city.
Paul Herman was born in Paris, France, and spent the first years of his life living in Cassis, a small fishing village on the Mediterranean. He did most of his growing up in Los Angeles before attending UCLA, where he double majored in psychobiology and French. He lived in Lyon, France, for two years, where he completed a master’s degree in neuroscience, studying sleep and memory consolidation. Before deciding to pursue medicine, Paul worked for many years in both bench and clinical research at the National Institutes of Health and a community HIV/AIDS clinic in Washington, D.C. Paul enjoys brewing beer, spending time outdoors and discovering new foodie spots.
Geoffrey Kelly, M.D.
Medical School: Emory University
Undergrad: University of Pennsylvania
Activities/Hobbies: Lifting, gaming, music and live shows
Home State: Georgia
Why Johns Hopkins: Great academic institution in the middle of a big city — it was an easy decision. I completed my pediatrics residency at Johns Hopkins as well.
Stephanie Kemp, M.D.
Medical School: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Undergrad: University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Activities/Hobbies: Wakeboarding, snowboarding, archery, Seahawks football, reading, running
Home State: Washington
Why Johns Hopkins: I chose Johns Hopkins because of the patient population, the opportunities available within the Johns Hopkins system, the leadership and mentorship of the residency program, and the flexibility of the FAST program to pursue my interests within emergency medicine.
Stephanie Kemp was born and raised in a small town in Washington state. She is married to a master sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. She attended the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where she majored in biology, with minors in both anthropology and chemistry. She attended the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
Breann Kroll, M.D.
Medical School: University of Minnesota
Undergrad: University of Wisconsin–Madison
Activities/Hobbies: Being physically active, watching hockey and other sports, traveling, watching movies and eating at new restaurants
Home State: Minnesota
Why Johns Hopkins: I chose Johns Hopkins because I was impressed with the faculty, residents, curriculum and facilities. I likewise was drawn to the diverse patient population and the Baltimore community.
Breann Kroll grew up in a suburb of Minneapolis. She majored in biology and Spanish at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and spent a semester abroad in Seville, Spain. She participated in a medical mission trip to Nicaragua that strengthened her desire to help the underserved. She then attended medical school at the University of Minnesota, where she discovered her love of emergency medicine.
Bianca Mondesir, M.D.
Medical School: Morehouse School of Medicine
Undergrad: Kennesaw State University
Activities/Hobbies: Playing tennis, painting, swimming, biking and binge watching Netflix
Home State: New York
Why Johns Hopkins: I chose Johns Hopkins for its unique emergency medicine curriculum — one that truly catered to what I wanted to learn and experience during my residency training. I also wanted to work in a hospital that would allow me to continue caring for an underserved population of people in a major city. Lastly, I loved the feeling of comfort I felt during my pre-interview dinner and throughout the interview day.
Bianca Mondesir was born and raised in Long Island, New York. She attended college at Kennesaw State University in Georgia, where she majored in biology, graduating summa cum laude. After graduation, she stayed in Georgia to continue her medical education at Morehouse School of Medicine, where she developed a passion for serving the underserved.
Joshua Trebach, M.D.
Medical School: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Undergrad: Virginia Tech
Activities/Hobbies: Running, exploring Charm City, board games, playing with my cat (Mako) and my dog (Dexter), movies, spending time with my family
Home State: Virginia
Why Johns Hopkins: Although I can list numerous reasons why I chose Johns Hopkins — wonderful clinical training, unique FAST program, city of Baltimore, proximity to my loved ones — the most important factor to me was the people here. The faculty and staff at Johns Hopkins, especially in the emergency medicine department, have been a huge inspiration to me and have taught me so much about both life and medicine. I am excited to be working with everyone as a resident!
Joshua Trebach grew up in Alexandria, Virginia, with his three brothers, four dogs and two loving parents. During undergraduate at Virginia Tech, Josh spent his time volunteering at a crisis intervention and suicide hotline. Josh attended the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he was able to perform research (in emergency medicine and infectious disease) and serve the Baltimore community through volunteering. Josh looks forward to his residency in emergency medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Ruben Troncoso Jr., M.D., M.P.H.
Medical School: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Graduate School: Florida International University Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work
Undergrad: University of Florida
Activities/Hobbies: Expanding the definition of fun
Home State: Florida
Why Johns Hopkins: I chose Johns Hopkins for a chance to work with and learn from a group of people dedicated to pushing the boundaries of medicine. The people at The Johns Hopkins University provide the support and foresight that inspires meaningful medical interventions. Beyond the science, Baltimore is an environment that demands integrating the relationship between socioeconomic factors and human health into emergency care. The opportunities are endless at Johns Hopkins and the city of Baltimore.
Ruben Troncoso was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, and raised in Miami, Florida. He attended the University of Florida, where he majored in health science, and then attended Florida International University to earn his M.P.H. He’s collaborated with the Miami-Dade County Health Department, and his medical school research focused on disaster preparedness and response. He hopes to expand his knowledge base in pre-hospital and critical care, and aims to incorporate socioeconomic based interventions in the Emergency Department.
Agnes Annetie’ Usoro, M.D.
Medical School: University of Texas Medical Branch
Undergrad: Georgetown University
Activities/Hobbies: Traveling, spending time with family and friends, binge watching TV, yoga, community service and politics
Home State: Texas
Why Johns Hopkins: Johns Hopkins is the birthplace of residency training and Oslerian ideals of academic excellence, and I admire the role Johns Hopkins has played in the history of medicine. I love the city and the ability to work with various underserved populations. I appreciate the resources available at Johns Hopkins, the ability to engage in global health education and the opportunities for finding one’s niche in emergency medicine through the unique FAST track program. During my interview, I was impressed by the program’s commitment to the development of its residents, both personally and professionally. Ultimately, this is where I had a gut feeling that I belonged.
Agnes Annetie’ Usoro was born in Akwa-Ibom State, Nigeria, but raised in Sugar Land, Texas. She attended college at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and pursued an undergraduate degree in nursing. After graduation, she moved back to Texas and worked as an ICU nurse in Texas Medical Center. Realizing her love for medicine, she furthered her career by attending medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. While there, she developed a strong passion for global health and ultrasound, and completed a scholarly track in global health. She hopes to pursue these interests during her residency training at The Johns Hopkins University.