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Meet Our Residents

The Johns Hopkins Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery hosts a robust residency program which seeks to provide residents with meaningful training and immersion in cutting edge research and innovative patient care in all areas of otolaryngology head and neck surgery. In addition to a clinical residency, our program also offers a research track that provides the most comprehensive experience possible. Meet our former residents.

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Melissa Liu

Michael Z. Cheng, M.D.

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Undergraduate Education: University of California, Los Angeles
Medical School: Weill Cornell Medicine

“When I’m not in the hospital, I enjoy cooking, baking, weightlifting, playing and listening to music.”

John Ryan

Christopher A. Maroun, M.D.

Hometown: Lowell, MA
Undergraduate Education: University of Massachusetts Lowell
Medical School: American University of Beirut

"When I'm not in the hospital, I enjoy eating at new (and old) places, playing guitar, game nights with friends, and DIY projects with my wife."

Anirudh Saraswathula

Alia J. Mowery, M.D., M.C.R.

Hometown: Eugene, OR
Undergraduate Education: University of Oregon
Medical School: Oregon Health & Science University

“When I’m not in the hospital, I enjoy road trips to national parks (Yosemite is my favorite!), running, and crosswords.”

Danielle R. Trakimas

Zahra N. Sayyid, M.D., Ph.D.

Hometown: Fairfax, VA
Undergraduate Education: Stanford University
Medical School: Stanford University

"When I'm not in the hospital, I enjoy running around Patterson Park, eating at local restaurants (Smaltimore, Verde, and Bmore Licks!), scuba diving, and watching Netflix stand up specials."

Danielle R. Trakimas

Sarek A. Shen, M.D., M.S.

Hometown: Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Undergraduate Education: Duke University
Medical School: University of California

"When I'm not in the hospital, I enjoy solving crosswords, watching basketball and movies, and exploring breweries."


Melissa Liu

Melissa M. Liu, M.D., Ph.D.

Hometown: Hinsdale, IL
Undergraduate Education: Stanford University
Medical School: Johns Hopkins (2019)

"When I'm not in the hospital, I enjoy spending time with my family, hiking/running/biking outdoors, and labor intensive cooking projects."

John Ryan

John F. Ryan, M.D.

Hometown: Leawood, KS
Undergraduate Education: Stanford University
Medical School: Johns Hopkins (2019)

"When I’m not in the hospital I enjoy running, cooking, hiking, skiing, backpacking, and playing tennis."

Anirudh Saraswathula

Anirudh Saraswathula, M.D., M.S.

Hometown: Fairfax, VA
Undergraduate Education: Duke University
Medical School: Stanford University (2019)

"When I'm not in the hopsital, I enjoy finding new spots for camping and backpacking, cooking, and reading (particularly Cold War spy novels and Kurt Vonnegut books)."

Danielle R. Trakimas

Danielle R. Trakimas, M.D., M.S.E.

Hometown: Winchester, MA
Undergraduate Education: University of Michigan
Medical School: University of Massachusetts (2019)

"When I'm not in the hospital, I enjoy dancing, watching Harry Potter, eating Ekiben, and running along the Harbor.”


Kaitlyn F. Strickland

Zechariah G. Franks, M.D., M.P.H.

Hometown: Lake Havasu City, AZ
Undergraduate Education: Vanguard University
Medical School: University of Arizona (2018)

"When I'm not in the hospital, I enjoy reading, running, and going on hikes with my wife and two boys."

Kaitlyn F. Strickland

Jonas R. Miller, M.D.

Hometown: Dallas, TX
Undergraduate Education: William and Mary
Medical School: Louisiana State University (2018)

"When I'm not in the hospital, I enjoy golfing, fly fishing, jogging at a moderate pace, spending time with my family, and eating/cooking BBQ brisket."

Kaitlyn F. Strickland

Deborah X. Xie, M.D.

Hometown: Naperville, IL
Undergraduate Education: Duke University
Medical School: Vanderbilt University (2018)

"When I'm not in the hospital, I enjoy yoga, following college basketball (Go Duke!), listening to/playing music, traveling (pre-pandemic) and exploring local restaurants."


Elaine Bigelow

Elaine O. Bigelow M.D.

Hometown: Vienna, VA
Undergraduate Education: Princeton University (2010)
Medical School: University of Maryland School of Medicine (2016)

"When I'm not in the hospital, I enjoy running, hanging with my co-residents, backpacking, and watching terrible TV shows."

Ruth J. Davis

Ruth J. Davis, M.D.

Hometown: Madison, WI
Undergraduate Education: University of Rochester (2012)
Medical School: Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine (2017)

"When I'm not in the hopsital, I enjoy hiking, running, cooking, and eating."

Virginia E. Drake

Virginia E. Drake, M.D.

Hometown: Seattle, WA
Undergraduate Education: Johns Hopkins University (2013)
Medical School: University of Maryland (2017)
Research areas of interest: Subglottic stenosis, cellular mechanisms of inflammation in chronic rhinosinusitis, noise induced hearing loss

"When I'm not in the hospital you can find me competing in triathlons, running along the water, yoga, and skiing."

Jordan Garcia

Jordan A. Garcia, M.D.

Hometown: Fort Wayne, IN
Undergraduate Education: Stanford University (2010)
Medical School: Harvard Medical School (2016)
Research Areas of Interest: Applications of immunology to head and neck cancer and reconstructive surgery

"When I'm not at the hospital I enjoy swimming, weight lifting, backpacking, landscape photography, and exploring the national parks."


Robin Bigelow

Robin T. Bigelow, M.D.

Hometown: Saratoga Springs, NY
Undergraduate Education: Cornell University (2011)
Medical School: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2016)
Research areas of interests: Age related vestibular decline, impact of vestibular loss on cognitive function. Hearing loss and cognitive function. 

"When I'm not at the hospital I enjoy spending time with my wife and puppy, cooking, traveling and scuba diving."

Michelle Hwang

Michelle S. Hwang, M.D.

Hometown: Naperville, IL
Undergraduate Education: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2011)
Medical School: University of Illinois at Chicago (2016)
Research areas of interest: Reconstructive surgery

"When I'm not at the hospital I enjoy eating significant amounts of food, running non-significant number of miles, spending time with my co-residents."

Anisha Kumar

Anisha R. Kumar, M.D.

Hometown: Scarsdale, NY
Undergraduate Education: Harvard University (2012)
Medical School: Stanford University (2016)

"When I'm not in the hospital, I enjoy classical dance, cooking with spice, and mystery novels.”

Christopher Razavi

Christopher R. Razavi, M.D.

Hometown: Rochester, NY
Undergraduate Education: Johns Hopkins University (2011)
Medical School: Stony Brook University School of Medicine (2015)
Research areas of interest: Novel robotic surgery platforms developed for OHNS, transoral Thyroid/Parathyroid Surgery 

"When I'm not at the hospital I enjoy DJing, working out, hiking, being outdoors and OHNS resident soccer team. Go Bills!"

Melina Benson

Melina J. Windon, M.D.

Hometown: Willington, CT
Undergraduate Education: Messiah College (2015)
Medical School: University of Connecticut (2010)
Research areas of interest: Head and neck cancer, patient preference research, patient communication, epidemiology of head and neck cancers.

"When I'm not at the hospital I enjoy cycling, backpacking, and cooking for friends."

Rebecca Kamil

Rebecca J. Kamil, M.D.

Hometown: Commerce Township, MI
Undergraduate Education: University of Michigan (2009)
Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine (2015)
Research Areas of Interest: Aging, hearing loss, vestibular function, otology

"When I'm not at the hospital I enjoy yoga, hiking, long walks around Baltimore with my dog."

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Vandra Harris

Vandra C. Harris, M.D.

Hometown: Fort Worth, TX
Undergraduate Education: Baylor University (2010)
Medical School: University of Louisville School of Medicine (2014)

Desi Schoo

Desi P. Schoo, M.D. 

Hometown: Waterloo, IA
Undergraduate Education: Wartburg College (2007)
Medical School: The University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine (2014)
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Ioan A. Lina

Ioan A. "John" Lina, M.D.

Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Undergraduate Education: Johns Hopkins University (2012)
Medical School: University of Maryland (2017)
Research areas of interests: mouse models of hearing,  biotechnology and innovation, translational models of disease

"When I'm not in the hospital, I enjoy hiking and driving across the country, going to the movies, flea marketing, running, watching Netflix."

Kaitlyn F. Strickland

Kaitlyn M. Frazier, M.D. 

Hometown: Augusta, GA
Undergraduate Education: Georgia Institute of Technology (2010)
Medical School: Emory University (2017)

Kaitlyn F. Strickland

Nicholas S. Andresen, M.D.

Hometown: Apple Valley, MN
Undergraduate Education: Luther College
Medical School: University of Iowa (2018)

"When I’m not in the hospital I enjoy running, biking, and hanging out with my wife and dog, Bella.”

Kaitlyn F. Strickland

Nicholas Scott-Wittenborn, M.D.

Hometown: Bernardsville, NJ
Undergraduate Education: Carleton College
Medical School: Washington University in St. Louis (2018)

"When I'm not in the hospital, I enjoy reading (mid-20th century fiction), soccer, and trying new restaurants."

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