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Meet Our Diagnostic Radiology Residents

 

Chief Residents

  • Claire Brookmeyer

    Hometown: Baltimore, MD
    College: Carleton College
    Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School

    Claire is a Baltimore native. She went to Carleton College in Minnesota, where she majored in chemistry and dance, and she attended medical school at the University of Minnesota. She will become a body MR fellow next year at Johns Hopkins. Interests outside of radiology include hiking (she has been to 14 national parks), taking care of her dog (a giant schnoodle), and modern and postmodern dance.

    Why did you choose the Johns Hopkins radiology program?
    Hopkins offers an unparalleled diverse clinical experience. We have a wide variety of cases — including complex and rare cases — at our academic tertiary and quaternary care institution, community hospital cases, traumas found only in city settings and a range of cases from our outpatient suburban imaging centers. Hopkins has a huge catchment area and few competitor hospital systems in the region, so we have a large volume of cases. All of these experiences are centered at our main campus, with some time at our associated community hospital less than 15 minutes away. I found this mix to be ideal for my training and unique among residency programs.
    Claire Brookmeyer headshot
  • Peter Kamel

    Hometown: Baltimore, MD
    College: Rice University
    Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine

    Peter is a Maryland native who grew up in Howard County. He completed a combined seven-year program at Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, earning undergraduate degrees in computer science and biochemistry/cell biology, before starting residency at Johns Hopkins. His academic interests are clinical informatics, machine learning and artificial intelligence, and he will complete a fellowship in neuroradiology next year at Johns Hopkins. In his free time, Peter enjoys web development, computer programming, listening to audiobooks and hiking.

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

    For me, it is the fact that as a resident, you work with and learn directly from faculty who are some of the world’s experts in the field of radiology. You have the opportunity to work with faculty who wrote or contributed to many of the books, papers and consensus statements that are foundational of the field of radiology and are used by the radiology community around the world. Nowhere else in the world can you receive that level of expertise in training!
    Peter Kamel headshot
  • Huasong Tang

    DR/IR
    Hometown: Shandong, China
    College: Villanova University
    Medical School: Temple University School of Medicine
    @AdAsteRad

    Huasong was born at the foot of Mount Tai and grew up in Qingdao, China. After spending a few years in Southampton, England, he immigrated farther west with his parents to start high school in the Philadelphia area. He then majored in biochemistry at Villanova University and earned his medical degree at Temple University. He is currently undergoing IR/DR training at Johns Hopkins. In his spare time, Huasong enjoys exploring the outdoors with his wife Mary and his pup Argos, taking photos of celestial objects, and playing volleyball as part of the Johns Hopkins University men’s club team.

    What do you love the most about Johns Hopkins radiology?

    The support that I have received from Hopkins is unparalleled, not just from our world-class faculty but also from our world-class administrative and clinical staff. They help me to “not throw away my shot,” and they offer levity when I hit a rough patch. I also get a daily dose of joy by working alongside some of the kindest and most talented co-residents, who have already accomplished amazing feats prior to their arrival at this residency.
    Huasong Tang headshot
  

Class of 2021

  • Trevor Axelrod

    Hometown: San Jose, CA
    College: Santa Clara University
    Medical School: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

    Trevor is from the West Coast, growing up in California’s Bay Area and later moving to Portland, Oregon. He received a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry from Santa Clara University and his medical degree from Loyola University Chicago. He is focusing his training on nuclear medicine and body imaging, but enjoys reading about a variety of modalities and performing imaging-guided body procedures. Trevor also enjoys the outdoors, playing pickup basketball and lifting weights at the gym, and spending entire weekends binge watching TV series. He looks forward to joining his wife next year in Scottsdale, Arizona, where they just bought a house and she is starting an ophthalmology practice.

    What do you love the most about Johns Hopkins radiology?

    This may sound like blasphemy, but what I love most about our program is our overnight call. I love that on night call, we have the absolute support from our residency and our department to make and convey our own imaging interpretations, even in critically important situations where our read will largely dictate patient care. And I love that clinicians from other specialties trust the information we give them. The idea of call worried me at first, but the confidence, ability and efficiency I have gained from reading studies overnight could not be replaced by any other part of my training. It is also enjoyable to see your work on rotations during the day pay off on your call weeks at night. And you begin to appreciate how valuable a role you play in patient care as a radiologist, watching in real time how your imaging interpretations affect patient care in the emergency department and inpatient services. Best of all, you really feel how much the Hopkins clinicians from other specialties appreciate the work you do and the service you provide them.

    Trevor Axelrod
  • Louis Bonacorsi

    Hometown: St. Louis, MO
    College: Duke University
    Medical School: St. Louis University School of Medicine

    Louis is from St. Louis and was an undergrad at Duke University, where he majored in developmental psychology and minored in chemistry. After graduation, he moved back home to St. Louis, where he spent a year with AmeriCorps teaching reading in kindergarten before attending medical school at St. Louis University (with his current co-resident, Dr. Ong). He will stay at Johns Hopkins for a neuroradiology fellowship. In his free time he loves to travel, play golf and spend time with friends and family.

    What is your favorite neighborhood in Baltimore and why?

    Fell’s Point! The harbor is one of the best parts of living in Baltimore, and Fell’s has a ton of great restaurants on the water.

    What is your favorite pastime or guilty pleasure?

    Burrito bowl week in the cafeteria.

    Louis Bonacorsi
  • Mark Cleary

    Hometown: Mansfield, MA
    College: Northeastern University
    Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine

    Mark grew up in Southern Massachusetts and then spent 10 years in Boston, where he attended Northeastern University and Tufts University School of Medicine. After residency, he will complete a fellowship in musculoskeletal radiology.

    What is your favorite neighborhood in Baltimore and why?

    My favorite neighborhood in Baltimore is Harbor East, because of the convenience of surrounding stores and restaurants, as well as its central location, which is within walking distance to downtown, the Inner Harbor and the all the bars in historic Fell’s Point.

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

    The schedule at Hopkins is set up in a way that providences excellent work-life balance for residents, with most nights and weekends free. This allows us ample time to spend with friends, family and co-residents outside of the hospital.
    Mark Cleary
  • Mitchell Fehlberg

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

    Mitchell grew up in Orlando, Florida, and went to the University of Florida for undergraduate degrees in history and microbiology. He then spent two years in Houston with Teach for America, where he taught high school math at a historically underperforming school. He then attended medical school at the University of Florida, and plans to have a neuroradiology fellowship at Johns Hopkins next year. He is married and has a 1-year-old daughter. His personal interests include outdoor activities such as hiking, going to the beach and fishing.

    Why did you choose the Johns Hopkins radiology program?

    I chose the Hopkins radiology program for many reasons, but one of the most important aspects of this residency is the friendly culture. The residents, faculty and program director all contribute to a great atmosphere for learning and working.
    Mitchell Fehlberg
  • John Freiling

    Hometown: Temecula, CA
    College: University of California San Diego
    Medical School: Temple University School of Medicine

    John grew up in Temecula, California, and graduated from the University of California San Diego with a degree in human biology. He attended medical school in Philadelphia at Temple University, and completed clinical rotations at Geisinger Medical Center in Central Pennsylvania, where he met his fiancée, Kelsey. Both Kelsey and John matched at Johns Hopkins for residency, she in pediatrics. He has matched for a neuroradiology fellowship at the Houston, Texas Medical Center, where Kelsey is currently doing a pediatric intensive care unit fellowship. John loves audiobook-clubbing, CrossFitting and playing Frisbee in Patterson Park.

    Why did you choose the Johns Hopkins radiology program?

    I chose Johns Hopkins radiology for residency because in addition to the incredible learning opportunities, I felt the residents and faculty members were extremely down-to-earth and personable. My favorite thing about living in Fell’s Point is walking along the promenade waterfront at sunset or sunrise.
    John Freiling
  • Eric Huh

    Hometown: Atlanta, GA
    College: Columbia University
    Medical School: Medical College of Georgia

    Eric was born and raised in Georgia. He was an undergraduate at Columbia University, after which he attended the Medical College of Georgia. He will pursue a fellowship in neuroradiology. In his free time, he dabbles in woodworking and tries his best to keep his 2-year-old daughter out of terrible mischief.

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

    I feel very fortunate to not only receive extraordinary training as a resident in this program, but I also feel that my life outside of the program is valued. My first child was born during my R2 year, and the support I received from my colleagues and the program made every part of the experience incredible.
    Eric Huh
  • Danielle Livingston

    Hometown: Weihai, China
    College: University of Arizona
    Medical School: University of Arizona School of Medicine

    Danielle earned her medical degree as a member of AOA at the University of Arizona, and she completed a preliminary year at the University of Washington. She will begin her Johns Hopkins neuroradiology fellowship in 2021.

    Why did you choose the Johns Hopkins radiology program?

    Hopkins has the best radiology residency in the nation. Baltimore has the best blue crabs in the nation.
    Danielle Livingston
  • Andrew Ong

    Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
    College: University of California San Diego
    Medical School: St. Louis University School of Medicine
    @AndrewKolarich

    Andrew grew up in Los Angeles and attended the University of California San Diego, where he majored in biochemistry. He then went to medical school at St. Louis University. He will pursue a neuroradiology fellowship at the University of California Los Angeles next year. In his free time, Andrew likes to play tennis and rock climb in addition to hanging out with friends and playing video games.

    What is your favorite neighborhood in Baltimore and why?

    Favorite neighborhood is Harbor East (where I live). It’s the luxury district of Baltimore and is affordable. I could never afford my apartment in another city. Also, you are right on the water, and everything you need is in a walkable distance.

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

    Quality of life at Hopkins is amazing. We work hard when we are on service, and expectations are high. However, we have more than enough time for hobbies and spending time with family/friends.

    Andrew Ong

 

   

Class of 2022

  • Anirudh Arun

    Hometown: Medfield, MA
    College: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Medical School: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

    While Ani calls Massachusetts his home, he spent his earlier childhood in India, England, Jamaica, Kansas and Connecticut. He attended Medfield High School before going to college down the road at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he majored in biological engineering with a minor in music (piano). He also spent two summers of study abroad in Tel Aviv and Haifa in Israel. He has been at Johns Hopkins for medical school and residency in Interventional/Diagnostic Radiology (IR/DR) and has been working on research in artificial intelligence/machine learning, math modeling and his medical device startup company. Outside of work, he enjoys flying planes from Martin State Airport over the Eastern Shore, teaching his puppy new tricks, and SIM racing!

    What is your favorite neighborhood in Baltimore and why?

    Canton is a great place to live in Baltimore. It’s a short commute to both the downtown campus and Bayview, and there are plenty of places nearby to get groceries, shop and eat! It’s a great neighborhood for dog owners, with several parks and great places to walk, especially along the harbor. Lots of friendly neighbors, some of whom may be your hospital colleagues and co-residents!
    Anirudh Arun
  • 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
  • Ryan England

    Hometown: New Bedford, MA
    College: United States Naval Academy
    Medical School: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
    @RyanWEngland

    Ryan grew up in New Bedford, Massachusetts. He received an undergraduate degree in aerospace engineering from the United States Naval Academy, where he was commissioned as an officer and went on to train as a Navy pilot. Ryan found an interest in health care through aviation medicine, and studied at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. His interests include interventional radiology research focused on vascular anomalies, outcomes studies and simulation, as well as global health radiology. He is the manager of the RAD-AID medical airship program and president of the Johns Hopkins RAD-AID chapter. Outside of work, Ryan enjoys spending time with his wife and son, being outdoors (running, sailing, playing tennis) and exploring Baltimore with neighbors and co-residents.

    Why did you choose the Johns Hopkins radiology program?

    The Hopkins radiology program was a perfect fit for me. Going into a combined IR and DR residency, I wanted a radiology department that was strong in both diagnostic and interventional training. The Johns Hopkins radiology department fit the bill. Additionally, I wanted to be at a top hospital, where I would be working with some of the best departments in the country, seeing and learning from the most complex patients. The Johns Hopkins Hospital fit that bill, too. Finally, I wanted to be surrounded by some of the brightest minds in the world, and both my attendings and my co-residents cease to amaze me day in and day out.

    What is your favorite neighborhood in Baltimore and why?

    My favorite neighborhood in Baltimore is definitely Canton. Having come from bustling New York City, it’s exactly what my wife and I wanted (knowing we’d be starting a family soon): a home with some space while still being close to all the action. Canton is full of row homes, with fantastic restaurants and bars scattered everywhere you go. Best of all, we’re surrounded by outdoor spaces. Just a couple blocks north and we’re in Patterson Park, where we can take a walk or run around the 2-mile loop, play tennis on the outdoor courts or take a swim in the pool. Just a couple blocks south and we’re walking along the waterfront promenade, taking in the beautiful views along the way. Just west of Canton, we’ll find ourselves in Fell’s Point walking along cobblestoned streets where restaurants, taverns with live music and shops line the harbor. And that’s just the Canton area. There’s so much more to see and do in Baltimore!

    Ryan England
  • Nima Hafezi Nejad

    Hometown: Tehran, IR
    College: Tehran, University
    Medical School: Tehran University of Medical Sciences
    @NimaHNejad

    Nima was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. After graduating from the combined MD/MPH program at University of Tehran, he joined Johns Hopkins radiology for a research fellowship, followed by residency. His clinical and research interests include interventional radiology, population health and data science. Nima’s hobbies include trivia, computer programming, traveling and trying new foods. His wife Sara is also featured on the Molecular Imaging page!

    What is your favorite neighborhood in Baltimore and why?

    Guilford. It’s one of the greenest neighborhoods — feels like a getaway in the city.

    What do you love the most about Johns Hopkins radiology?

    The people, people, people.
    Nima Hafezi Nejad
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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!
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  • 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!
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  • 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.!
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  • 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!

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  • 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!

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