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Resident Class of 2021 (PGY-5)

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Alexander Loeb

Medical school: University of Virginia
Undergrad: University of Virginia
Hometown: Tallahassee, FL
Why I chose Johns Hopkins: “I am privileged to come to work for this program every day for a number of reasons. The breadth and complexity of the clinical experience here makes for incredible training. The leadership within the program is dedicated to and advocates for resident education at the highest level. The residents are tight knit, not just within each class, but across classes. And most significantly, because each one of the departments here at Johns Hopkins is preeminent, the environment develops you into a better physician, not just a better orthopaedic surgeon.”
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James Mackenzie

Medical school: University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix
Undergrad: University of Arizona
Hometown: Tucson, Arizona
Why I chose Johns Hopkins: "I chose Hopkins for several reasons, not the least of which was the dedication of faculty to the education and wellbeing of the residents. Their commitment to making us the best in the next generation of orthopedic surgeons is evident. Here, you get to work alongside not only the best in orthopedics, but the best in every field of medicine. I also feel a strong camaraderie among the residents both in my class and beyond it. These are people I will have the privilege of calling my friends and colleagues for the rest of my career. As a bonus, global health involvement as it relates to orthopedics is highly encouraged and supported, something which I am very interested in."
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Varun Puvanesarajah

Medical school: Johns Hopkins University
Undergrad: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Hometown: Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Why I chose Johns Hopkins: "I decided on Hopkins orthopaedics because of the leadership, residents and opportunities."
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Alexandra (Allie) Miller Dunham

Medical school: Johns Hopkins University
Undergrad: Johns Hopkins University
Hometown: Norrisville, Maryland
Why I chose Johns Hopkins: "As a native Marylander, both Baltimore and Hopkins have held special places in my heart. The environment at Hopkins has been welcoming and collaborative. Having mentors (at both the faculty and resident level) who push you to become the best of the best, who want to see you succeed, and who will truly advocate for you is a luxury that me and my colleagues have been afforded within the Hopkins Residency program. It's incredibly humbling to have the opportunity to learn, grow and work beside innovators in the field of orthopaedic surgery as well as other specialties. It is a continued honor to serve the incredibly diverse community, who come from near and far for treatment, here in Baltimore."
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Sandesh Rao

Medical school: Johns Hopkins University
Undergrad: University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Hometown: Gaithersburg, MD
Why I chose Johns Hopkins: "Johns Hopkins' tripartite approach to medicine includes research, education and clinical expertise. Here you can participate in all three and delve in depth into whatever your passion is. The faculty and residents are collegial and approachable, allowing for great collaboration."
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Suresh Kevin Nayar

Medical school: Johns Hopkins University
Undergrad: Grinnell College
Hometown: El Paso, Texas
Why I chose Johns Hopkins: "It is a rare opportunity to find so many people in one place who are dedicated to their patients, research and who strive to be leaders in their fields, yet still deeply care about the professional and personal development of both their colleagues and trainees."
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