Hear From Our Residents
Hear from Medicine-Pediatrics Urban Health Residency Program residents about why they chose to come to Baltimore and what they have grown to love about the city.
Hear from Medicine-Pediatrics Urban Health Residency Program residents about their experiences working in our clinics, completing various rotations and interacting with patients and staff.
Hear from Medicine-Pediatrics Urban Health Residency Program residents about their experiences acclimating to the Hopkins community.
Hear from residents about what drew them to the to Johns Hopkins and the Medicine-Pediatrics Urban Health Residency Program.
Edward CortyHometown: St. Petersburg, FL
Medical School: Florida State University
For fun I: Watch/play tennis, listen to medical and nonmedical podcasts (e.g. What a Day, Curb/Cribsiders), read mostly nonfiction, go hiking and running
Favorite things about Baltimore: Baltimore is the perfect mix of southern charm (everyone says hello) and mid-Atlantic energy. I love spending time in Fells Point, Hampden, and Patterson Park and taking my dog, Annie, to B’More Licks for ice cream
Career Interests: Med-Peds primary care, Latinx health, community/population health policy, food insecurity, health and human rights
Talk to me about: Your favorite podcast, health policy, the best Baltimore restaurants by neighborhood, social justice in healthcare
Ross GilbertHometown: Howards Grove, Wisconsin
Medical School: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
For fun I: spend as much time as possible with my wife, daughter, and doggo
Favorite things about Baltimore: My co-interns! Patterson Park, Bmore Licks, Mr. Trash Wheel, friendly neighbors
Career Interests: Urban underserved primary care (like most of us), primary care for foster and adoptive youth, particular interest in supporting young parents
Talk to me about: intern year with a child, moving from the Midwest, cautionary tales about moving across the country, or anything else!
Vianca MasucciHometown: Newark, NJ
Medical School: Penn State College of Medicine
For fun I: Consume art in all forms, lift weights, try new recipes, take day trips, read socialist literature, enjoy long walks with my pooch, play board games
Favorite things about Baltimore: the ethnic and racial diversity, the natural beauty of the inner harbor, the culture of kindness, Patterson Park, my med/peds co-interns who are already like family
Career Interests: Primary care for individuals living with HIV, community medicine, healthcare reform
Talk to me about: Having a dog, being a Black woman in medicine, honoring anti-capitalist values as a resident
Andrea SilvasHometown: El Paso, TX
Medical School: Texas Tech Health Sciences Center El Paso, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine
For fun I: find ways to be upside down (through yoga), dance, run, hang with dogs, adventure with hubby or watch him shred on the guitar.
Favorite things about Baltimore: I can stand-up paddleboard on my days off, it's such a dog friendly city, the summers are short and reasonable, squash started randomly growing in my front yard, it's a drivable big city!
Career Interests: Adolescent medicine, urban primary care, patient education, pediatric complex care (love what Dr. Sara Mixter does!), addiction medicine
Talk to me about: being married through residency, findings a church community outside of the hospital, mental health support at Hopkins, becoming a qualified bilingual staff member, where to find good Mexican tacos in Baltimore.
Junior Residents (PGY-2)
Joniqua CeasarHometown: Houston, Texas
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine
For fun I: love dancing (bachata/salsa/anything really) and live music/concerts, collect plants, enjoy yoga and group fitness, go thrifting and experiment with DIY projects and gifts, read historical fiction
Favorite things about Baltimore: the cool street art, its rich history and unique neighborhoods, the greenspace and access to hiking, its many festivals, the farmers markets, being close to DC, Philly and NYC
Career Interests: primary care for historically marginalized populations, community medicine & engagement, racism & health equity, health policy
Talk to me about: moving to a new state during a pandemic, being a Black woman and Christian in medicine, community-based participatory research, fashion, photography, the Umbrella Academy
Sophie CrinionHometown: San Jose, CA
Medical School: UCSF School of Medicine
For fun I: llike to be outside – hiking, running, biking, strolling in the park! I also enjoy playing Hamilton on repeat, plant shopping with Joniqua, pretending I know how to paint and spending time with my family and friends (virtually or IRL)!
Favorite things about Baltimore: So many beautiful parks both in the city and within a short drive, super friendly people, neighborhoods that all have their own feel to them, the vibrant community
Career Interests: Botany – wait, just kidding. I am interested in primary care for underserved communities as well as medical education, health care for the homeless and addiction medicine.
Talk to me about: Any of the above, moving from the west coast, having a partner who isn’t in medicine, and smuggling proper Cadbury's in from across the pond Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Christle NworaHometown: Murphy, Texas
Medical School: McGovern Medical School, UT Houston
For fun I: I enjoy sharing hot takes about the Bachelor and Love Island with the peds residents. I try to take weekly boxing classes and fit in a workout 4-5x a week.
Favorite things about Baltimore: I'm a sucker for the Inner Harbor. There is always something happening and there are so many walking / running routes.
Career Interests: Primary Care, Academic Medicine, Health Policy
Talk to me about:House staff Diversity Council, Things to do along Inner Harbor, Mental Health Support
Urveel ShahHometown: Morton Grove, IL
Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine
For fun I: Watch baseball (Go White Sox!), make pizza, try new vegetarian/vegan recipes, watch and discuss movies, explore Baltimore through walking, go down YouTube rabbit holes
Favorite things about Baltimore: amazing green spaces, walking along the harbor, finding new restaurants, the temperate climate
Career Interests: primary care for underserved patients, medical education, low cost primary care interventions, motivational interviewing and goal setting
Talk to me about: moving away from home for the first time
Senior Residents (PGY-3)
Joan ParkHometown: Chicago, IL
Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
For fun I: thrift both clothes and furniture, listen to podcasts (This American Life or true crime or anything NPR), go on long road trips and long walks, make crafty cards and presents
Favorite things about Baltimore: the many quirky neighborhoods, learning about the strange things that Baltimoreans are proud of
Career Interests: primary care to overcome health disparities, immigrant communities, reconciliation
Talk to me about:Living far from family/friends (and finding new community/family here), faith/church, best thrift stores in the area, Tupac, skin care
Michael RoseHometown: Lynchburg, North Dakota
Medical School: University of Minnesota
For fun I: Canoe, fish, hunt, hike, run, write, read, play cards, watch the West Wing, listen to Hamilton, and interact on #medtwitter
Favorite things about Baltimore: affordable living, walks/runs along the harbor, crab stuffed soft pretzels, and Bmore Licks ice cream
Career Interests: Health Policy, Global Health, Primary Care, Clinical Problem Solving, and MedIcal Education
Talk to me about: Medical Podcasting / Twitter; Global Health Opportunities; Moonlighting Options; Writing; Outdoor activities near Baltimore
Amitte RosenfeldHometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Medical School: Yale School of Medicine
For fun I: experiment with new vegetarian recipes, go for runs by the water, play scrabble and other board games, go hiking and camping
Favorite things about Baltimore: Wandering around all the different neighborhoods, quirky museums and festivals, how walkable and bikeable it is, fantastic local restaurants and even better ice cream
Career Interests: Primary care for families in under-resourced communities, advocacy and organizing to reduce health disparities, partnership building to enable healthier communities, medical education
Talk to me about: Outdoor activities around Baltimore, moving to Baltimore single, the best ice cream in Baltimore (and the many options)
Lindsay SheetsHometown: Mobile, AL
Medical School: University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine
For fun I: To illustrate what I like to do for fun, I'll paint a picture of my perfect day. I'd begin with an early morning HIIT group workout class at the gym, followed by a trip to the farmers market with friends. Next, I'd head to a state park or woodsy area for a hike and some sunshine and then swing by an art museum or two for some quiet afternoon hours by myself. After a full day of activities, I'd come home and make a charcuterie board and some adult beverages to enjoy with friends over any of the excellent tv shows included within ABC's The Bachelor franchise. After two hours of drama, laughter, and love, we'd head out as a group to dance to music from the years 2004-2012 until the wee hours of the morning (but not that wee, because 2AM is my absolute limit).
Favorite things about Baltimore: Finally living on the water again! B'More Licks, American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore Museum of Art, the crazy amount of festivals and local activities going on each weekend, the pristine white steps of the row homes, and (MOST OF ALL) the new friends I've made in Med-Peds! Shout out to Mike, Amitte, and Joan for quickly becoming my family away from home here in Baltimore!
Career Interests: My two greatest clinical interest are complex care and healthcare for patients experiencing homelessness. I also aim to incorporate routine participation in healthcare advocacy and policy-making, both on a local and national level, into my career.
Talk to me about: homeless healthcare, making strong communities of friends within the categorical programs, embracing differences between medicine and peds cultures, ways to maximize your time at Patterson Park, day/weekend trips to awesome cities in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast, Baltimore and DC museums
Super Senior Residents (PGY-4)
Martha BrucatoHometown: Sterling, VA
Medical School: Johns Hopkins
For fun I: powerlift, hike and collect stamps for my National Parks Passport, work on my house, cook, walk my dog, eat delicious foods with friends
Favorite things about Baltimore: my neighbors, Patterson Park, the Waterfront Promenade, Ekiben, Dooby's, Bmore Licks, Ceremony Coffee, the JFX Farmer's Market, the rowhouses
Career Interests: Sickle Cell Disease, critical care, addiction medicine, transitions from pediatric to adult care, medical education, physician wellness
Talk to me about: owning a home, having a partner with a career outside of medicine, medical education and podcasts, deadlifting, getting your X waiver and joining the Buprenorphine Bridge Team
Julie GonzalezHometown: Rancho Mirage, CA (Southern California)
Medical School: Harvard Medical School
For fun I: I enjoy being outdoors (sitting in the park, lying by a pool, hiking, hanging on my rooftop deck), hanging out with friends, exploring new restaurants, boxing, painting, taking naps.
Favorite things about Baltimore: Walks around the inner harbor, amazing (and affordable!) restaurants/bars, the diversity of people, incredible street art, being a short walk away from most of my friends’ houses/apartments, and all the rooftop decks.
Career Interests: Primary care for children/adults (and their families) with disabilities and/or complex health care needs, health disparities and social determinants of health, family-centered primary care, health systems, health policy and advocacy, medical education.
Talk to me about: Buying a home in Baltimore, fun weekend trips to take near Baltimore, making friends within the categorical programs, coffee scene in Baltimore
Katie HesseltonHometown: Baltimore
Medical School: Loyola University Chicago
For fun I: I enjoy baking, reading, gardening, photography, exploring new places
Favorite things about Baltimore: Being right on the water, the neighborhoods and various festivals, great food, interesting people
Career Interests:?Caring for mothers affected by substance use disorders and their babies
Talk to me about: Buying a home in Baltimore, things to do in the surrounding areas, pets in residency, making bread/pasta!
Paul LoeserHometown: Winston-Salem, NC
Medical School: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
For fun I: spend time with my wife, run, play soccer, roast coffee, drink coffee, follow the Premier League, travel
Favorite things about Baltimore: parks, the harbor, neighborhoods, food scene, diversity, sports, unique linguistics
Career interests: primary care for patients with sickle cell, pediatric to adult transition for patients with chronic diseases, urban health, public health, primary care for patients living with HIV
Talk to me about: having children during residency, HIV primary care, Christian fellowship during residency, Ekiben