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Class of 2018
Aaron Butler, MD
Hometown: Palmdale, CA
Medical School: University of Rochester
PM&R Interests: Sports medicine/MSK, Spine, Electrodiagnostics, Ultrasound, Adaptive sports, Concussion, Research.
Personal Interests: Volleyball, camping, hiking, backpacking, canoeing/kayaking, fishing, disc golf, playing with my kids, traveling around the world (Seattle is a great place to do this).
Why UW? UW excels in every aspect of PM&R. I want to learn from the leaders of our field, and UW provides the opportunity to work side-by-side with a lot of these leaders. The people I work with are also very friendly and the residents have a lot of fun. I also get to live in Seattle which provides many great adventures.
Eric Chen, MD
Hometown: Los Gatos, CA
Medical School: Albany Medical College
PM&R Interests: MSK, Spine, Neurorehabilitation
Personal Interests: Golf, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo, Chess
Why UW? I chose UW for its well rounded training program and its reputation as a national leader in each aspect of the PM&R specialty.
Rini Desai, MD
Hometown: Overland Park, KS
Medical School: University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
PM&R Interests: General rehab, Peds, neurorehabilitation
Personal Interests: Spending time with family and friends, traveling, eating, writing, music and concerts, being outside, going on adventures, things related to Kansas City and exploring my new home of Seattle!
Why UW? I was absolutely blown away by the program! It is extremely well rounded and you can delve into all the aspects of rehab, which is exactly what I wanted in a program. Not to mention, the residents and faculty are a fantastic group of people. I knew in my gut it would be my number one choice.
Alex Donaghy, MD
Hometown: Grand Rapids(ish), Michigan
Medical School: University of Michigan
PM&R Interests: Cancer rehab, ultrasound, MSK & sports, TBI, palliative care
Personal Interests: Distance running, hiking/camping, brewery-hopping, and space travel (someday...)
Why UW? Mount Rainier was shining gloriously on my interview day. I really enjoyed by the residents during my interview and the program itself is strong in all aspects of PM&R. Additionally, all hospitals are located within a bike-friendly radius in a city surrounded by mountains and water. Why not UW?
Alicia Fuhrman, MD
Hometown: Victoria, Texas
Medical School: University of Texas-Houston
PM&R Interests: Neurorehab, SCI
Personal Interests: baking, tennis, craft beer, traveling, Netflix, reading
Why UW? From the moment I arrived on interview day, I had a gut feeling that this was the place I needed and wanted to be--it had everything a great program should, training-wise, in a fantastic location with amazing people. I've enjoyed my first year in Seattle and look forward to many more!
Trevor Gessel, MD
Hometown: Albuquerque, NM
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin
PM&R Interests: Sports medicine, prosthetics, adaptive sports, pain management
Personal Interests: Cycling, soccer, hiking, woodworking, movies, spending time doing anything with family.
Why UW? I choose UW because it is an extremely strong program, with a great reputation and academic track-record, that is well-rounded to prepare me for whatever I eventually decide to do in PMR. Also, it is in the Pacific Northwest which is breathtakingly gorgeous!
David Impastato, MD
Hometown: Chalmette, LA
Medical School: LSU-New Orleans
PM&R Interests: Sports Medicine, EMG, Concussion, and Ultrasound
Personal Interests: Running, biking, swimming, hiking, playing sports.
Why UW? I loved the well-rounded training I would receive as well as the camaraderie among the residents.
Darren Lee, MD
Hometown: Vancouver, BC
Medical School: University of Washington
PM&R Interests: Acquired brain injury, applications of music therapy, sports medicine
Personal Interests: Music performance (violin, trombone, guitar), soccer, skiing, cycling, travel, and coffee.
Why UW? I wanted to be part of a larger program with incredible diversity both in its patient population and its faculty/residents. I also love living in the Pacific Northwest!
Shawn Patel, MD
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Medical School: University of Chicago
PM&R Interests: Sports Medicine, MSK, Ultrasound
Personal Interests: Soccer, basketball, tennis, golf, fantasy football.
Why UW? What a kind and welcoming group of people. I’m not sure whether it’s the people that make the culture here, or the culture that makes the people, but I love my co-residents!
Kali Webb, DO
Hometown: Salinas, CA
Medical School: Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
PM&R Interests: Inpatient care, SCI, neurorehab
Personal Interests: Outdoor adventures! Exploring new neighborhoods, coffee shops, and lunch spots. Yoga, jogging, hiking, kickboxing, trying breweries and wineries, and being by the water.
Why UW? UW offered a fantastic combination of hilarious and fun residents, supportive and encouraging faculty, and one of the best cities in America. What's not to love?
Class of 2019
Anna Coles, MD
Hometown: Kalamazoo, MI
Medical School: Michigan State University
PM&R Interests: Sports medicine, MSK ultrasound, spinal cord injury and physiology, adaptive sports
Personal Interests: Distance running, hiking, road and mountain biking, farmers markets, reading.
Why UW? An interactive and renowned program with great faculty and didactics, the wide diversity of patients and injuries, happy residents, and an amazing city!
Stephanie Hendrick, MD
Hometown: Flushing, MI
Medical School: Michigan State University CHM
PM&R Interests: Spinal Cord Injury, Spasticity Management, Chronic Pain
Personal Interests: Traveling, checking out new restaurants with my significant other, spending time with my beagle shihtzu Reilly, running after my niece and nephews, and of course anything related to coffee or donuts!
Why UW? This program offers unparalleled training with some of the top physiatrists in the field as well as a broad clinical exposure. What really drew me in though was the amazing people here at UW.
Max Hurwitz, DO
Hometown: Dayton, Ohio
Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
PM&R Interests: Inpatient rehab including brain and spinal cord injury, Drug and Alcohol addiction in TBI, manual therapy, rehabilitation research
Personal Interests: Live music, theater, dance, circus, record collecting, bicycles, unicycles, bike commuting, clowns, amateur wrestling, stand up comedy, ceramic art, juggling, houseplants, Scrabble, annoying my daughter and Halloween (the holiday not the movie).
Why UW? I was drawn to the unique curriculum, the close proximity to other rehab graduate programs in orthotics/prosthetics/PT/OT, the many research opportunities, the outstanding faculty and of course living in Seattle and experiencing all of the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. It is exciting to be part of a program that has such a strong history as a leader in PM&R resident education!
Chris Ideen, MD
Hometown: Wayzata, MN and Casper, WY
Medical School: University of Washington
PM&R Interests: Neuro rehab, spinal cord injury, pain management, rural rehab and telemedicine, applications of complementary and alternative medicine
Personal Interests: Spending time with my wife and two daughters, camping, hiking, fly-fishing, biking, and home improvement projects.
Why UW? Learning from and working with faculty who are leaders in the field, the strong didactic curriculum, and the opportunity for tertiary (even quaternary) referral center experience in combination with community based practice experience. Additionally, Seattle is a great place to live with a booming local economy and industries, fun urban atmosphere, and quick access to mountains and the ocean.
Mychael Lagbas, MD
Hometown: Lahaina, HI
Medical School: University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine
PM&R Interests: Sports medicine/MSK, Ultrasound, Adaptive sports, Amputee
Personal Interests: Spending time with my wife and daughter, hiking, biking, cooking, going to any Seattle sports games, movies, TV shows.
Why UW? When I did a Sub-I here I was blown away by everything: great attendings, interesting didactics, residents who were nothing but happy with the program. Plus, you can't beat living in Seattle.
Daniel Sisk, MD
Hometown: Overland Park, KS
Medical School: University of Kansas
PM&R Interests: Sports Medicine, Peds, Spine, MSK, adaptive sports
Personal Interests: Hiking, reading, rug making, tennis, Jayhawks, craft beer, volleyball.
Why UW? Its resources were unmatched and happens to be in an amazing city. Everyone I met was so happy and welcoming that it was a no brainer.
Class of 2020
Gavin Kolodge, DO
Hometown: Morgan Hill, California
Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA
PM&R Interests: Sports, Pain Management, Traumatic Brain Injury
Personal Interests: Soccer, Surfing, Snowboarding, Camping/Backpacking, Fishing, Cooking, Cheese and Traveling.
Why UW? University of Washington is a great fit for my personality and my personal goals as a physiatrist. The programs offers diverse training opportunities, excellent faculty with expertise in areas across the spectrum of PM&R, and a strong community of residents. I am also very excited to explore Seattle with all the food, beverage, and outdoor opportunities the area provides.
Lina Mezei, MD
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Medical School: University of Maryland
PM&R Interests: Brain injury, Pain Management, Interventional spine, Sports, Cancer rehab
Personal Interests: Yoga, Hiking, Snorkeling, Traveling, Wine tasting, Cooking, Museums, Aquariums, Trivia, and of course anything to do with coffee and chocolate!
Why UW? What's not to love about this program?! I wanted a well-rounded and robust training, which I knew I would get at UW. It has a world class reputation and I was highly impressed when I did my away rotation as a 4th year medical student. I noticed how genuinely happy the residents were. I had the opportunity to participate in didactic sessions, which were fantastic. The faculty and support staff are very supportive and wonderful. Not to mention, Seattle definitely satisfies the outdoor enthusiast in me!
Kendl Sankary, MD
Hometown: Orinda, California
Medical School: University of Arkansas for Medical Science
PM&R Interests: Neurorehabilitation, Pediatric Rehabilitation, SCI
Personal Interests: Exploring Seattle with my husband and dog, cooking/trying new foods, craft beer, swimming and racquetball.
Why UW? By the end of my away rotation here I knew it would be my top choice. I enjoyed the diversity of patients and medical issues I saw, along with the comfortable yet rigorous learning environment. And the residents were so welcoming and really worked well together to form a cohesive team.
Mark Sederberg, DO
Hometown: Orem, UT
Medical School: Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
PM&R Interests: Still fairly broad: MSK, SCI, Diagnostic Ultrasound, Sports, Spasticity Management, EMGs, Concussions
Personal Interests: Tennis, Hiking, Exploring the outdoors (especially with my two kids), Skiing, Home improvement jobs, Thai food
Why UW? It keeps every door open for me; most well-rounded program I came across, large alumni network with many of the field's leaders, great reputation, and solid didactics and training. I got sucked in when I interviewed because all the beautiful pictures and scenery of the PNW, and the upbeat residents. My wife and I also really needed some mountains and nature in our lives again.
Sarah Simmons, MD
Hometown: Mercer Island, WA
Medical School: University of Washington
PM&R Interests: I've loved all my rehab rotations so far, but I'm particularly excited to focus on neurorehab, and rehab for patients with multiple sclerosis in particular.
Personal Interests: I love the outdoors and try to be outside as much as possible, whether that's playing soccer, getting up to the mountains, or hanging in my backyard with friends and family! But my favorite activity these days is hanging out with my two-year-old daughter and showing her all the fun things about Seattle, including the zoo, Seattle Center, and all the great parks.
Why UW? I love the Seattle area- the mountains and the water are so beautiful. But even more importantly, the people at UW Rehab are what made me choose UW. The amazing faculty and research on multiple sclerosis make it a top academic institution, and the kind, down-to-earth faculty, staff, and residents are what convinced me that this is the place I want to be for the next four years!
James Ying, MD
Hometown: Oxford, Mississippi
Medical School: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
PM&R Interests: General rehab, spine, pain management, ultrasound, prosthetics, complementary and alternative medicine
Personal Interests: Traveling, spending time with family, tennis, soccer, table tennis, hiking
Why UW? The combination of a great program and a great city made the decision quite easy. UW is well-rounded in all aspects of PM&R with great faculty and residents, many research opportunities, and strong clinical training. Seattle is a very diverse city with so many things to do!
Heather Barnett, MD
Hometown: Austin, TX
Medical School: University of Washington
PM&R Interests: neurorehabilitation, spinal cord injury, pediatric rehabilitation
Personal Interests: cycling and hiking in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, camping, traveling, reading, spending time with my son and husband.
Why UW? Throughout my rehab rotation in the UW system, it was clear that the faculty and residents were not only leaders in their field by also passionate, dedicated to patient care, and most importantly, great to work with! The strength of the clinical training and broad exposure to the field of PM&R made the UW program stand out. My family loves living in Seattle, and we couldn't imagine a better place to spend residency!
Amy Fuhs, MD
Hometown: Munster, IN
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine
PM&R Interests: stroke, trauma, global health and implementation science
Personal Interests: running, cycling, swimming, rollerblading, reading, listening to podcasts, traveling, foreign languages and cultures
Why UW? I was looking for a larger program with strong, well-rounded training as well as research and global health opportunities. I enjoyed my interactions with residents and faculty during my interview day and love the natural beauty and outdoor opportunities that the Pacific Northwest offers.
Brian Mugleston, MD
Hometown: University Place, WA
Medical School: Long School of Medicine, UT Health San Antonio
PM&R Interests: General Inpatient Rehab, Pediatric Rehab, SCI, adaptive sports, Pain Medicine
Personal Interests: hiking, kayaking, skiing, traveling with my wife, spending time with family, woodworking, gardening, reading
Why UW? I felt UW would help me pursue any career path I desired in PM&R. People here are warm and caring, and I love the beauty and the culture of the Pacific Northwest.
Anticipated Class of 2021
Heather Barnett, MD - University of Washington, School of Medicine
Ben Carpenter, MD - Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine
Ashley Eaves, MD - Tulane University School of Medicine
Amy Fuhs, MD - Indiana University School of Medicine
Kayli Gimarc, MD - Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Charlie Kenyon, DO - Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
Brian Mugleston, MD - Long School of Medicine, UT Health San Antonio
Nora Li, MD - University of Colorado School of Medicine
Amanda Nguyen, DO - Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
David Niumatalolo, MD - University of Hawaii
Thai Vu, MD - A.T. Still University - School of Osteopathic Medicine