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Meet Our Diagnostic Radiology Residents

 

Chief Residents

  • Alice Yu

    Hometown: Branchburg, NJ
    College: University of Pennsylvania
    Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

    Alice Yu is from Branchburg, New Jersey. She was a biochemistry major in the Roy and Diana Vagelos Scholars Program in the Molecular Life Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, and she graduated from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She is interested in pediatric radiology and radiology education. Outside of work, she enjoys graphic design, playing tennis, Harry Potter trivia and re-watching Hayao Miyazaki movies, and she is currently learning how to sew.

    What do you love most about Johns Hopkins radiology?
    What I love most about Hopkins radiology are my co-residents. Radiology residency can be an isolating experience, as there are only one or two residents on each rotation, unlike medical and surgical residency teams. However, the Hopkins residency has an open, warm and inclusive culture, and especially on nights, we constantly support and rely on one another. I have found lifelong friends in residency at Hopkins.

    Alice Yu headshot
  • Michael Harowicz

    Hometown: Mountaintop, PA
    College: University of Pittsburgh
    Medical School: Duke University School of Medicine
    @MikeHarowiczMD)

    Mike grew up in a small town in northeastern Pennsylvania called Mountain Top, nearby Scranton for “The Office” fans out there. He attended the University of Pittsburgh for college and Duke for medical school, where he met his wife and couples’ matched at Hopkins. He plans on a career in academic medicine as a cardiothoracic radiologist. Outside of work he loves sports/games including basketball, football, golf, disc golf, and board games. He also loves to travel and plans on exploring as many places in the world as possible.

    What is your favorite neighborhood in Baltimore?

    My favorite neighborhood in Baltimore is Canton, where I’ve lived since moving to Maryland. Canton is a great community and beautiful neighborhood full of rowhomes with rooftop decks with many bars/restaurants, parks, and easy access to grocery and department stores. It’s also very close to the water and only about 10 minutes from the hospital.

    Michael Harowicz
  • Alex Solomon

    Hometown: Alexandria, VA
    College: University of Virginia
    Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine

    Alex is originally from Northern Virginia, and he graduated from the University of Virginia. (Go, Hoos!) He spent a couple of years teaching high school in Miami as a member of Teach for America before heading back up the coast to attend the Georgetown University School of Medicine. He came to Salty Balty for a Halsted general surgery internship at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Alex is on the interventional radiology training pathway, with interests in medical education, patient outcomes and high-value care. When not at the hospital, he enjoys exploring local restaurants, breweries and the outdoors. Before COVID-19, Alex also liked to travel.

    What I love about Johns Hopkins radiology:

    You can tailor your experience to your own personal and professional goals. If you don’t know what your goals are, there are countless fantastic mentors to help guide you throughout and beyond training.

    Alex Solomon
  

Class of 2022

  • Brad Bennett

    Hometown: Souderton, PA
    College: Bucknell University
    Medical School: Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
    @bradbennettjr

    Brad’s hometown is Souderton, a small suburb of Philadelphia. He went to Bucknell University on a Division I swimming scholarship and studied electrical engineering there. After a brief career in finance, Brad finished a post-baccalaureate program at the University of California Los Angeles, then trained at Jefferson Medical College. There he met his wife, and they recently welcomed their first baby, a boy. Brad and his wife matched to Johns Hopkins in 2017. He is pursuing a career in neuroradiology.

    Why did you choose Johns Hopkins radiology?

    I was really pleased with my interview day. On my interview day, there was a sense of excitement and invitation from the people here that I could be joining the Hopkins family. And that welcoming atmosphere has proved to be real. Hopkins truly was exceptional to have that level of comradery, with the breadth of patients to learn from and caliber of attendings, all in one package.

    What do you love most about Johns Hopkins radiology?

    Hopkins is a place where you are encouraged to push yourself. Pick up the hardest studies and struggle with them until you are confident. I feel supported to push my boundaries regularly, with the understanding that the more I see and do, the better radiologist that I become.
    Brad Bennett
  • Mary Elizabeth Buchanan

    Hometown: Fairfield, CT
    College: George Washington University
    Medical School: George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

    Liz grew up in Fairfield, Connecticut and attended The George Washington University for both college and medical school. She spends most of her free time outside hiking, running, biking, climbing, or playing intramural sports.

    Why did you chose Hopkins rads program?
    I chose Hopkins because of the high case volumes, case quality, and autonomy on overnight call. As radiology residents at Hopkins, we have the amazing opportunity to be exposed to a wide variety of incredibly complex cases and disease processes. We read hard cases, and we read a lot of them. Overnight call without an in-house attending pushed me to be faster and more confident. I can’t think of a better way to prepare for life after residency.
    Mary Elizabeth Buchanan
  • Michael Harowicz

    Hometown: Mountaintop, PA
    College: University of Pittsburgh
    Medical School: Duke University School of Medicine
    @MikeHarowiczMD)

    Mike grew up in a small town in northeastern Pennsylvania called Mountain Top, nearby Scranton for “The Office” fans out there. He attended the University of Pittsburgh for college and Duke for medical school, where he met his wife and couples’ matched at Hopkins. He plans on a career in academic medicine as a cardiothoracic radiologist. Outside of work he loves sports/games including basketball, football, golf, disc golf, and board games. He also loves to travel and plans on exploring as many places in the world as possible.

    What is your favorite neighborhood in Baltimore?
    My favorite neighborhood in Baltimore is Canton, where I’ve lived since moving to Maryland. Canton is a great community and beautiful neighborhood full of rowhomes with rooftop decks with many bars/restaurants, parks, and easy access to grocery and department stores. It’s also very close to the water and only about 10 minutes from the hospital.
    Michael Harowicz
  • Xueying (Betsy) Hu

    Hometown: Bedminster, NJ
    College: Johns Hopkins University
    Medical School: University of Maryland School of Medicine

    Betsy grew up in New Jersey and moved to Baltimore to go to The Johns Hopkins University for college and the University of Maryland for medical school. While she enjoys all aspects of radiology, her particular interest is in breast imaging. Betsy has been building furniture for several years (most recently, she made an armchair from a car passenger seat), and she recently started to learn leatherworking. She is also passionate about food, especially sous vide cooking and ice cream making. She is particularly proud of her salted graham cracker ice cream recipe.

    What is your favorite pastime or guilty pleasure?

    I have recently discovered a lot of amazing thrift/secondhand/vintage stores, and I visit whenever I get a chance. I particularly love looking for vintage tools and kitchen equipment.
    Xueying (Betsy) Hu
  • Derek Nguyen

    Hometown: Irving, TX
    College: University of Texas at Dallas
    Medical School: University of Texas Southwestern Medical School

    Derek was born in Irving, Texas. He attended the University of Texas at Dallas for undergraduate training and majored in biochemistry. He also attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. His current clinical interests are in breast Imaging. His research interests are patient advocacy and quality improvement in the breast imaging field. Derek’s hobbies include tennis, Lagree Pilates, escape rooms and hiking.

    Why did you choose the Johns Hopkins radiology program?

    Moving away from my family and friends to a new city seemed daunting at first. However, the moment I met my co-residents, this was all alleviated as they immediately took me in and made me feel a part of their family units. Our residency is an extended family that accepts, protects, and supports each other throughout the entire training experience and beyond. It is because of this culture that has allowed me to grow personally and professionally and is the main reason why I will always choose to train at Hopkins again and again for residency.

    Derek Nguyen
  • Alice Yu

    Hometown: Branchburg, NJ
    College: University of Pennsylvania
    Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

    Alice Yu is from Branchburg, New Jersey. She was a biochemistry major in the Roy and Diana Vagelos Scholars Program in the Molecular Life Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, and she graduated from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She is interested in pediatric radiology and radiology education. Outside of work, she enjoys graphic design, playing tennis, Harry Potter trivia and re-watching Hayao Miyazaki movies, and she is currently learning how to sew.

    What do you love most about Johns Hopkins radiology?

    What I love most about Hopkins radiology are my co-residents. Radiology residency can be an isolating experience, as there are only one or two residents on each rotation, unlike medical and surgical residency teams. However, the Hopkins residency has an open, warm and inclusive culture, and especially on nights, we constantly support and rely on one another. I have found lifelong friends in residency at Hopkins.

    Alice Yu
 

Class of 2023

  • Ashley Blanchard

    Hometown: Austin, TX
    College: University of Texas at Austin
    Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine

    Ashley was born in Austin, Texas, and she attended the University of Texas at Austin for an undergraduate degree in chemistry, followed by the Baylor College of Medicine. She is interested in neuroradiology. Ashley loves to travel and to hike around Baltimore with her husband and puppy!

    What is your favorite neighborhood in Baltimore and why?

    I love the Fell’s Point/Harbor East area! There are so many cute restaurants and coffee shops to explore, and the water is beautiful.
    Ashley Blanchard
  • Kevin Fernades

    Hometown: North Attleboro, MA
    College: University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine

    Kevin is a second year radiology resident who grew up in the Rhode Island and Massachusetts area. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he obtained degrees in computational economics and neuroscience. He then earned his medical degree at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Kevin is exploring all of the diagnostic subspecialties. With his financial and technical background, he hopes to integrate his passions for management and technology in his future career. In his spare time, Kevin enjoys working out, exploring Baltimore’s neighborhoods and investing.

    What do you love the most about Johns Hopkins radiology?
    Hopkins radiology is passionate about creating the best radiologists and helping you achieve your individual career goals. Faculty invest a tremendous amount of time and effort to teach residents, not only in the form of daily didactics but also frequent readouts throughout the weekday. The breadth and volume of cases that Hopkins offers is incredible. Almost every day, I see rare pathology that I thought only happens in textbooks. Faculty also give you tremendous autonomy, especially during overnight independent call, to develop your own reading style, make very important decisions that change clinical management and discuss with referring providers. Being a resident at Hopkins is fun and tremendously fulfilling.

    What is your quality of life like as a radiology resident at Johns Hopkins?

    Quality of life as a Hopkins resident is arguable one of the best in the country. On a resident’s budget, Baltimore is extremely affordable, and residents definitely take advantage of this fact. Housing options are robust, ranging from renting nice luxury apartments to home ownership. Baltimore also has a very lively restaurant scene as well as a nice range of outdoor activities. One of my personal favorites is to attend the Ravens games. I attended four my first year! Finally, I have been spoiled with the ease of flying through BWI Airport. Honestly, Baltimore has blown away every expectation I had prior to coming to Hopkins, and if you are serious about coming here then definitely see it for yourself!
    Kevin Fernades
  • Edwarda Golden

    Hometown: Chicago, IL
    College: University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Medical School: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

    Edwarda is originally from Chicago and went to school in Madison, Wisconsin, for both undergraduate studies and medical school. She is exploring the various radiology specialties. In her free time, she enjoys working out, visiting new restaurants in Baltimore and spending time with her family and two dogs, Arnie and Pepper.

    Why did you choose the Johns Hopkins radiology program?

    I knew I wanted a program with a high volume of complex cases and independent call. What sealed the deal for me was how much I loved Baltimore when I visited. It’s an amazing city. The people are great people, especially my co-residents.
    Edwarda Golden
  • Sean Golden

    Hometown: Madison, WI
    College: Yale University
    Medical School: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
    @Golden_IR

    Sean grew up in Madison, Wisconsin. After attending Yale University, he returned home for medical school at the University of Wisconsin with his then future wife and co-resident, Edwarda. Sean planned to become a surgical oncologist before a mentor introduced him to the field of interventional radiology. He completed a surgical internship in Chicago before moving to Baltimore for IR/DR training. He enjoys spending time with his wife and dogs, exploring Baltimore, watching college sports and making craft cocktails.

    Why did you choose the Johns Hopkins radiology program?

    Hopkins offered everything I was looking for in a residency program — world class training in both diagnostic and interventional radiology, true independent call, tremendous research opportunities, great moonlighting and fun co-residents — but what really sold me on Hopkins was Baltimore. I fell in love with the city’s cobblestone streets and harbor views on the walking tour, and I realized that its low cost of living would afford me a high quality of life that other top programs couldn’t match. I knew after interview day that I’d be ranking Hopkins #1, and the program hasn’t disappointed.

    Sean Golden
  • Andrew Kolarich

    Hometown: Orlando, FL
    College: University of Florida
    Medical School: University of Florida College of Medicine
    @AndrewKolarich

    Andrew is originally from Maitland, Florida. He completed the combined bachelor’s-doctorate program at the University of Florida College of Medicine, and he is interested in interventional radiology. He met his wife, Morgan, who is a programmer and policy researcher, in high school and together they enjoy snacking and critiquing premium television shows.

    Why did you choose the Johns Hopkins radiology program?

    I ranked Hopkins #1 for several reasons at first. The combination of diagnostic and interventional radiology training is absolutely top of the line. Second, when I interviewed, the residents and attendings were super cool and had great lives outside work (including great moonlighting for the residents). Finally, my wife works in D.C., and I knew she would probably get her master’s degree during my training, so the location was perfect for us.

    What is your favorite neighborhood in Baltimore and why?

    We live in Canton, which we love. We like going to the waterfront, eating seafood (now at the socially distanced outdoor restaurants) and spending time in Patterson Park.

    Andrew Kolarich
  • Shinjini Kundu

    Hometown: Amherst, MA
    College: Stanford University (M.S.) & Carnegie-Mellon University Ph.D.)
    Medical School: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

    Shinjini attended Stanford University, where she graduated with a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in electrical engineering. She then enrolled in the medical scientist training program conducted by Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. Shinjini is a researcher in the field of artificial intelligence. In her spare time, she enjoys Indian classical dance.
    Shinjini Kundu
  • Natalie Yanzi Ring

    Hometown: Munich, Germany
    College: Brown University
    Medical School: Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

    Natalie is originally from Munich, Germany. She moved to the U.S. to attend college at Brown University and went to medical school at Dartmouth College. Natalie is interested in interventional radiology. Outside of work, she enjoys reading fiction, traveling and painting.

    Why did you choose the Johns Hopkins radiology program?

    The programs I sought were ones that fostered growth and autonomy, while providing an exceptional resident experience. As someone interested in interventional radiology, I also was looking to train in a place that would provide an equally strong education in both diagnostic and interventional radiology. Hopkins radiology fit these criteria perfectly. The spectrum of pathology we see is incredible, faculty are very invested in teaching and our overnight call provides ample opportunity to practice functioning as an independent radiologist early on.

    Perhaps most importantly, the co-residents, attendings and staff in our department foster a friendly and down-to-earth environment unlike any other.

    What is your favorite neighborhood in Baltimore and why?

    Mount Vernon is the main cultural and historic neighborhood in Baltimore. It’s close to the bustling night life in Fell’s Point but has a less urban feel than living in the center of the city. It’s a place where I can walk to the farmers market in the morning, go to my favorite cafe to work in the afternoon, and then grab a drink and dinner at some of the most underrated bars, restaurants and cafes in the area.
    Natalie Yanzi Ring
  • Roy Ruttiman

    Hometown: Laredo, TX
    College: Brown University
    Medical School: Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University

    Roy grew up in Laredo, Texas. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in neuroscience, a Master of Science in biomedical engineering and his medical doctorate at Brown University in Rhode Island. He completed a surgical internship at Columbia University in New York City. Roy is interested in interventional radiology with a focus on women’s health and pain management. Outside of medicine, he enjoys Italian cuisine, shonen anime, working out and supporting Chelsea FC.

    Why did you choose the Johns Hopkins radiology program?

    Johns Hopkins radiology is one of a select few radiology programs that feature both top tier diagnostic and interventional experiences. Additionally, Hopkins offers seemingly endless opportunities in global health, medical education and clinical research.
    Roy Ruttiman
  • Sahar Soleimani

    Hometown: Esfahan, Iran
    College: Sharif University of Technology
    Medical School: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

    Sahar graduated from the Sharif University of Technology, the top engineering school in Iran. She moved to Baltimore for the Ph.D. program in electrical and computer engineering at The Johns Hopkins University, where she developed MRA techniques to study endothelial function in early coronary artery disease. She subsequently completed the M.D. program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Following an internship in internal medicine at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, she returned to Johns Hopkins for her residency training.

    As an undergraduate student, Sahar interned at the BMW research and development center in Munich, and she worked at Third Rock Ventures in Boston during her last year of medical school. Sahar is a Siebel Scholar, P.D. Soros Fellow and recipient of the American Heart Association doctoral fellowship.

    Sahar lives in Canton with her husband and 4-year-old son.

    Why did you choose the Johns Hopkins radiology program?

    The Hopkins rad program is a truly well-rounded program with world class clinical training, but what makes Hopkins unique is that it welcomes trainees of all backgrounds with any aspiration or long term goal, and aims to make them leaders in their future practice, whether in academic medicine, private practice or health care administration.
    Sahar Soleimani
  • Christopher Toote II

    Hometown: Nassau, Bahamas
    College: Messiah College
    Medical School: Duke University School of Medicine

    Chris is originally from the Bahamas, where he spent most of his early days, and he went to the U.S. for an undergraduate degree in biochemistry at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. He then worked for several years as a medical technologist at Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia. Later, Chris got married, had children and attended Duke University for medical school. Now he has his eyes set on interventional radiology. When he’s not staring at radiology images, he’s playing volleyball, working out, reading or listening to a book or podcast, watching something on a screen, or hanging out with his personal or church family.

    What is your favorite neighborhood in Baltimore and why?

    My favorite neighborhood, and where I currently reside, is actually outside of Baltimore City in a suburb of Baltimore County called Perry Hall. My wife and I like the flexible options that suburban living provides, particularly with three young kids. There are quite a few great suburbs to choose from if city life isn’t your cup of tea. Of course, the city is a brief commute away for work, or to shuttle the kids down for a fun day at the aquarium, science center or whatever is going on in Baltimore at the time!

    What is your quality of life like as a radiology resident at Johns Hopkins?

    Quality of life was high on the list for my family and me when choosing a program. With a wife and kids, I had to find a program that was understanding of the fact that my family is a top priority, and that demonstrated empathy and support in regards to the extra responsibilities that tag along for the ride. I would say that Hopkins has actually exceeded my expectations in that regard. This was probably most clearly seen with the flexibility they showed with the arrival of our third child while transitioning from first to second year. The standard large amounts of free time available to maintain my health, wellness and quite frankly whatever else I want during normal clinical rotations really are just icing on the cake!

    Christopher Toote II
 

Class of 2024

  • Aggie Boron

    Hometown: Clearwater, FL
    College: University of Florida
    Medical School: University of Central Florida
    @aggieboron

    Agnieszka was born in New York City, and she grew up in Clearwater, Florida. She attended the University of Florida, where she received a Bachelor of Science in chemistry. She then obtained her doctorate in medicine at the University of Central Florida. Agnieszka is interested in leadership, medical education, neuroradiology and mammography. In her free time, she enjoys trying new recipes and taking her golden retriever, Comet, to Patterson Park.

    Why did you choose Johns Hopkins radiology?

    I chose Hopkins radiology because of its exceptional track record in cultivating the next generation of leaders in radiology, the diversity of cases that come with being at Hopkins and its location on the East Coast. My favorite neighborhood in Baltimore is Canton because of its proximity to Patterson Park, the harbor, and the endless amount of restaurants and activities in the area.
    Aggie Boron headshot
  • Ben Wilson

    Hometown: Columbus, GA
    College: Furman University
    Medical School: Medical College of Georgia

    Ben was born and raised Columbus, Georgia. He attended Furman University in South Carolina before returning to Georgia to attend the Medical College of Georgia. He is interested in the impact of organized medicine at county, state and national levels. His hobbies include vegetable gardening and traditional Asian cookery.

    Why did you choose the Johns Hopkins radiology program?

    I chose Hopkins radiology due to its perfect blend of being an unparalleled residency program that is filled with driven, down to earth and supportive residents, faculty and staff. The transition from intern year to R1 year is certainly daunting, but I have experienced nothing but sincere encouragement and support from everyone in the department. I know without a doubt that I made the right choice with Hopkins.
    Ben Wilson headshot
  • Christopher  Lawrence

    Hometown: Short Hills, NJ
    College: Cornell University
    Medical School: George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

    Chris is from Millburn/Short Hills, New Jersey, and he went to Cornell University to study biology. He then attended the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, where he developed interests in medical imaging and medical education. A saxophonist, he plays rock and jazz in the Washington/Maryland/Virginia area in his spare time.
    How did you decide to pursue radiology?

    I came to medical school interested in emergency medicine, naturally, as I was a volunteer EMT in New Jersey and New York during college. As I spent time learning under some great emergency physicians during medical school, I quickly realized I thoroughly enjoyed point-of-care ultrasound in the emergency setting, and I was fascinated with how important diagnostic imaging was, consistently, for many patients coming to the hospital in need of assistance.

    After spending some time doing research on radiology in medical education and spending dedicated time learning from the diagnostic and interventional radiologists in medical school, I realized that radiology was the field for me.
    Christopher  Lawrence headshot
  • Daniel Nguyen

    Hometown: Syracuse, NY
    College: Syracuse University
    Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical University

    Born, raised and educated in Syracuse, New York, Dan was an undergraduate at Syracuse University, and he attended medical school and had an internship at the State University of New York Upstate. His interests are body imaging and medical education, and during his personal time he likes to cook and play video games — with intense battles in Super Smash Bros. or relaxing decorating in Animal Crossing.

    Why did you choose the Johns Hopkins radiology program?

    I chose Hopkins radiology because it is such a warm and welcoming department! Everyone is supportive and wants you to succeed, and it’s the type of place where you can come to work and we’re all just friends having fun. Quality of life is excellent! Having truly protected time for morning conference and lunch is a plus!
    Daniel Nguyen headshot
  • John Knopf

    Hometown: Savannah, GA
    College: University of Georgia
    Medical School: Medical College of Georgia- Athens Campus

    John was born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, where he spent much of his time outdoors on the water and soccer field. He went to college at the University of Georgia in Athens before earning a Master of Public Health and working at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He eventually returned to Athens (go, Dawgs!) and later Savannah to attend the Medical College of Georgia. His academic interests include health disparities, cancer imaging and interventional oncology. John enjoys hunting for shark teeth and wild berries, loosely planned road trips and off-the-grid travel, kayaking and trail running, playing guitar and going to live concerts (e.g., Khruangbin), and he re-kindled his love for video games during the pandemic with the Nintendo Switch.

    Why did you choose the Johns Hopkins radiology program?

    I initially gravitated to Hopkins radiology because it was one of the few programs that offered both world-class DR and IR training, but after spending some time with the residents, I was ultimately sold on the down-to-earth culture. I also appreciated that Hopkins radiology didn’t just use “resident wellness” as a catchphrase, and that it gave free time for lunch in addition to the best array of benefits, vacation and academic stipends. Baltimore has been my first experience living outside Georgia, and it has been fantastic — relatively affordable cost of living, easy access to mountains/beaches/other metropolitan areas, and the city itself has been so fun to explore. Nothing better than coming home after a run around Patapsco, Patterson Park or the harbor, and lounging on my deck in the hammock to watch the sunset. Life is good!
    John Knopf headshot
  • Michael Rodman

    Hometown: Buffalo, NY
    College: Canisius College
    Medical School: University at Buffalo School of Medicine

    Michael grew up in Buffalo, New York, and earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Canisius College. He also graduated from the University at Buffalo’s medical school. Michael is interested in Musculoskeletal and interventional radiology. His hobbies include aviation, tennis and playing piano.

    What is your favorite neighborhood in Baltimore and why?

    My favorite neighborhood in Baltimore is Fell’s Point, which is located about 1 mile south of the main Johns Hopkins campus. There are plenty of bars, restaurants and outdoor activities year round. It is a very walkable area and a perfect location to soak in the scenery and eat delicious food. Quality of life as a radiology resident is excellent. We have dedicated lecture time in the morning, followed by a few hours of dictation in the reading rooms. After lunch, we have a few more ours of dictation with careful readout by an attending radiologist. On average, our scheduled work day concludes by 5 p.m.!
    Michael Rodman headshot
  • Paniz Charkhchi

    Hometown: Tehran, Iran
    College: Guilan University
    Medical School: Guilan University
    @PanizCharkhchi

    Paniz was born and raised in the Middle East, and she attended medical school there. She moved to the United States for a completely different journey, starting with health service research. She completed an internship in Washington, D.C., and started her radiology path. She is a huge fan of discovering cool spots in Baltimore.

    What is your favorite neighborhood in Baltimore and why?

    I’m living in Harbor Point and I love it! I have an outstanding view of the east harbor, and I’m surrounded by tons of restaurants and bars.

    What is your quality of life as a radiology resident at Johns Hopkins?

    I can say quality of life as a radiology resident at Hopkins is absolutely amazing!

    Paniz Charkhchi headshot
  • Ryan Ortez

    Hometown: New Braunfels, TX
    College: The University of Texas at Austin
    Medical School: UT Health San Antonio

    Ryan grew up in New Braunfels, Texas — a suburb between San Antonio and Austin — where he spent most of his days swimming in the town’s rivers and lakes. He earned his Bachelor of Science in biochemistry at the University of Texas (UT) at Austin (hook ’em!), and then took two years off and worked as a valet, emergency room scribe and research assistant before heading to the Long School of Medicine in San Antonio. He matched for a transitional year back at UT Austin, and when he later moved to Baltimore, it was his first time living away from Central Texas! So far, Ryan is undecided about what specialty he will pursue, but he plans to eventually settle back down in Texas along with his wife (also a native Texan) and their German shepherd, Bear.

    What is your favorite neighborhood in Baltimore and why?

    My wife and I haven’t been in Baltimore long but we love living in Upper Fell’s. It’s a quiet and residential area with lots of young families and dog owners, and it’s within walking distance of popular areas like Fell’s Point, Canton and the harbor, and several great restaurants (hoping to eat inside them one day). Our big ol’ dog loves getting to run/drag us around Patterson Park, which is just a block away from our front door. Plus, it’s a seven minute drive or a 20 minute walk from the hospital!

    Ryan Ortez headshot
 

Class of 2025

  • Belinda Asare

    Hometown: Toronto
    College: McMaster University
    Medical School: Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

    What do you like to do for fun?

    Play volleyball, dance Afrobeats and hip-hop, learn new dance styles, watch movies, hike, weightlift.
    Why did you choose the Johns Hopkins radiology program?

    I chose it because it had the best of everything I was looking for in a program: outstanding training (i.e., trainees come out trustworthy, confident and highly desirable), commitment to diversifying radiology, emphasis on mentorship at various levels, happy trainees and location on the East Coast.

    What is your favorite pastime or guilty pleasure?

    Eating ice cream, especially vanilla

    What do you love most about Baltimore?

    Coastal location with so many beautiful mountain options to hike in the surrounding area

    What is your quality of life as a radiology resident?

    Amazing! After completing an internship in surgery, I can only be thankful for the normal sleep hours and work schedule. I can have peace about after work activities without having to choose between eating, working out, quality time with others or sleeping. I can do all of this, and study, without feeling overwhelmed. I no longer fall asleep at the wheel when I drive. And I can see my hubby in NYC basically every weekend without any hullaballoo. I love it here!

    Belinda Asare headshot
  • Susan Dhamala

    Hometown: Oakton, Virginia
    College: University of Virginia
    Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine

    What do you like to do for fun?

    Hiking, gardening, exploring Baltimore, watching horror movies

    Why did you choose the Johns Hopkins radiology program?

    I chose Johns Hopkins radiology because there was no question that I would get exceptional training here. But perhaps more importantly, the friendliness of the residents and faculty members I met on my interview day really stood out to me. I especially appreciate how the strong academic culture at Hopkins is balanced by a very supportive and collegial atmosphere. I look forward to the next few years of training!

    What is your favorite neighborhood in Baltimore and why?

    There are so many great neighborhoods in Baltimore, each with a distinct personality and experience. I’ve really enjoyed living in Hampden. I can walk to lots of restaurants, cafes, ice cream shops and quirky boutiques. I also love the proximity to trails in Wyman Park and Druid Hill Park. Hampden also hosts some interesting festivals — look up HonFest, toilet bowl racing and Miracle on 34th Street.

    Susan Dhamala
  • Evan Fox

    Hometown: Burlington, New Jersey
    College: Rutgers University
    Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine

    What do you like to do for fun?

    Jazz saxophone, running and watching classic movies

    Why did you choose the Johns Hopkins radiology program?

    On my interview day, I was struck by how down to earth and welcoming the residents were at such a prestigious institution. Hopkins offers an unparalleled diversity of pathology that is essential for radiology training, yet it was the people that left the greatest impression on me. The residents and faculty truly value one another, and it’s those relationships that make me happy to come to “work” every day.

    What is your favorite pastime or guilty pleasure?

    I love playing chess and table tennis. The more inconsequential the game, the more committed I am to victory.

    Evan Fox
  • Naveen Ghuman

    Hometown: Severn, Maryland
    College: Howard University
    Medical School: Howard University College of Medicine
    What do you like to do for fun?

    Baking, hiking, running

    Why did you choose the Johns Hopkins radiology program?

    I chose Hopkins radiology because of its exceptional reputation in training world class radiologists. There is an abundance of opportunities here, and the faculty members are so supportive. Everyone is warm, welcoming and encouraging, and I feel as though the residents are genuinely cared about.

    What is your quality of life as a radiology resident?

    My quality of life as a radiology resident at Hopkins is excellent. We work regular hours and have most nights and weekends off. There is plenty of time to spend with family and friends, and the work-life balance is great.

    Naveen Ghuman
  • Caleb Heiberger

    Hometown: Hartford, South Dakota — Heiberger Farm
    College: Dakota Wesleyan University
    Medical School: University of South Dakota
    What do you like to do for fun?

    Mountain biking, running, traveling, reading

    How did you decide to pursue radiology?

    As Ned Leeds said in Spider-man, I wanna be the “guy in the chair.”

    What do you love the most about Johns Hopkins radiology?

    Everyone you meet is one of the brightest people you’ll have ever met, and yet they remain down to earth and friendly.

    What is your quality of life as a radiology resident?

    In a state of shock at getting off at 5 regularly.
    Caleb Heiberger
  • Mick McColl

    Hometown: Tampa, Florida
    College: Emory University
    Medical School: The Johns Hopkins University
    What do you like to do for fun?

    Ice hockey, options trading, music.

    Why did you choose the Johns Hopkins radiology program?

    After an interview season of seeing many different programs, I realized how special of a place Hopkins really is. There are ample opportunities to pursue virtually anything I am interested in here within radiology, medicine as a whole and beyond. However, this is balanced with the freedom to discover what I am most passionate about on my own time without pressure to dive in. Although opportunity abounds, there is no associated expectation. Add a strong community vibe from the residents and an emphasis on wellness, and Hopkins really proves to be a special place.

    What is your favorite neighborhood in Baltimore and why?

    Locust Point is my new favorite part of Baltimore. When I was here for medical school, I didn’t explore much of the city outside of Federal Hill, Fell’s Point and Canton. When I was coming back for residency, I was looking for a new place to try out. Spending the vast majority of my life in the suburbs, I was hoping for something similar. Locust Point is a great community that is a bit quieter than the rest of the city. It provides a more suburban vibe while still definitely being in Baltimore City, and only 20 minutes from the hospital. I still get the benefits of living in the city like having lots of restaurants, coffee shops and a brewery within walking distance, but I also have some parks — including a national monumnent and park, Fort McHenry — and open space. It’s a great middle ground and perfect if you’re bringing a dog!

    Mick McColl
  • Andrew Simmerman

    Hometown: Lafayette, Indiana
    College: Indiana University
    Medical School: Washington University in St. Louis
    What do you like to do for fun?

    Almost any sport — if it has a ball and a score, I’m your huckleberry. Music. Craft coffee and beer.

    Why did you choose the Johns Hopkins radiology program?

    Of the top radiology programs, it was the most family friendly, considering cost of living, schedule flexibility, call schedule, etc.

    How did you decide to pursue radiology?

    I fell in love during my surgical rotation when an amazing abdominal radiologist at Wash. U. led the hepatobiliary oncology multidisciplinary case conference and completely re-shaped the way other specialties were approaching a number of challenging cancer patients.

    What is your favorite neighborhood in Baltimore and why?

    For day to day living with my family, Rodgers Forge —– it’s social but still quiet and separate from the hustle and bustle of the city. There’s no traffic, you’re in a college town — walking distance from Towson University for football and basketball tailgating, if that’s your thing — and there are parks and playgrounds everywhere.

    For eating, in and around Hampden is loaded with interesting restaurants. Afghan, Central American and Southeast Asian places do a great job.

    For a fun day out, downtown is so accessible that it almost functions as one neighborhood! Canton, Harbor East, Fell’s and Fed Hill all have easy access to food, drinks and activities like open air markets, the aquarium, and assorted museums and exhibits. Plus, they’re all connected by the waterfront promenade, which is lovely.

    What is one thing about being at Johns Hopkins that you don’t think you would have been able to do anywhere else?

    Wearing scrubs to work!!

    What do you love the most about Johns Hopkins radiology?

    Autonomy. If you want someone to hold your hand, Hopkins may not be your best fit. But if you want to see tons of cases and take the initiative to ask questions when you have them, you’ll love it here!

    Andrew Simmerman
  • Matthew Wilson

    Hometown: Newbery, New Hampshire
    College: Colby College
    Medical School: Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
    What do you like to do for fun?

    In his free time, Matt enjoys jogging, tennis, playing piano, cooking and tending to his fussy houseplants.

    Why did you choose the Johns Hopkins radiology program?

    Matt chose the Johns Hopkins radiology residency program because of his fantastic interview experience, the positive testimonials he received from program graduates and the overall culture of Johns Hopkins radiology. The program’s residents, faculty members and administrators are kind and down to earth despite being world renowned for excellence. Also, Baltimore’s low cost of living, and its proximity to major East Coast cities where most of Matt’s family members and friends live, were enticing factors in his decision.

    How did you decide to pursue radiology?

    Matt had a hard time choosing his medical specialty, mainly because he loved aspects of all of his medical school rotations. Radiology was an exciting way to keep relevant much of what he learned throughout medical school — encompassing anatomy, pathology and physiology — and to rediscover medicine from an exciting new context, all while allowing him ample opportunity to interact with clinical experts from all subfields of medicine.

    Matthew Wilson
 
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