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BoydJonathan Boyd, M.D.

Medical School: East Tennessee State University, James H. Quillen College of Medicine
College: Union University
Hometown: Jackson, Tennessee

Jonathan was born in Memphis, Tennessee, but grew up about an hour away in Jackson. He stayed in his hometown to attend Union University, completing a major in chemistry and a minor in mathematics. After graduating, Jonathan moved across the state to the beautiful mountains of Appalachia and attended East Tennessee State University for medical school. Outside of medicine, he enjoys reading, running, soccer, great barbecue, and the company of dear friends. He is eager to explore a new part of his home state and excited about the opportunity to train at Vanderbilt.


D'AoustLaura D’Aoust, M.D., Ph.D.

Medical School: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
College: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Hometown: Rochester, New York

Laura was born and raised in Rochester, New York. She attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts where she earned Bachelor of Science in Chemical-Biological Engineering and Biology. She then worked as a teaching assistant and research assistant in a lab on campus for a year. Laura then moved to Nashville to enroll in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at Vanderbilt University. Laura earned a Ph.D. in Human Genetics while studying Alzheimer’s Disease genetics in the Amish. In her free time, Laura enjoys spending time with her crazy lab mix, Max, and taking advantage of everything Nashville has to offer from festivals and concerts to great food and even Broadway, and she can’t wait to keep exploring.


DeatonEmily Deaton, M.D.

Medical School: University of Mississippi School of Medicine
College: Belhaven University
Hometown: Philadelphia, Mississippi

Emily was raised in Philadelphia, Mississippi with two younger brothers. She grew up loving horses and showing horses throughout middle and high school. She majored in Biology and Psychology at Belhaven University and earned her masters at Mississippi College in Medical Sciences. In her free time, Emily loves to travel, read fiction, and cook for friends and family. She is excited about exploring Nashville and training at Vanderbilt.


DoveMatthew Dove, M.D.

Medical School: University of Mississippi School of Medicine
College: University of Mississippi
Hometown: Brandon, Mississippi

Matthew grew up in Brandon, Mississippi with two younger sisters. He attended his father's alma mater, Ole Miss, where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry and was a member of the club ultimate Frisbee team. At Ole Miss, he met his wife Marielle, a native Chicagoan, and helped her fall in love with the culture, weather, and food in the Southeast. He attended the University of  Mississippi School of Medicine where he found his passion for Pediatrics. Matthew and Marielle have always enjoyed visiting Nashville for its hospitality, food, music, and beautiful scenery. They are thrilled to now call Nashville home. In his spare time, Matthew enjoys playing intramural sports, spending time outdoors, throwing the Frisbee with his dog Samson, cheering on Ole Miss and exploring all the fun things Nashville has to offer.


DuffyCaitlyn Duffy, M.D.

Medical School: Medical College of Georgia
College: University of Georgia
Hometown: Peachtree City, Georgia

Caitlyn was born in Goldsboro, North Carolina and raised in Peachtree City, Georgia. She attended the University of Georgia where she earned a major in Biology and Psychology. It was at UGA that she became a lifelong Georgia Bulldog fan. Following graduation, Caitlyn attended the Medical College of Georgia. To satisfy her love of travel, she spent a month in her fourth year of medical school studying at a hospital in Ireland and exploring the Irish countryside. Her first time visiting Nashville was during her residency interview, and she fell in love with the beautiful city, great food, and exciting music scene. Caitlyn is enjoying the sights and sounds of Nashville along with her  boyfriend, Kyle Jones, an intern in the Anesthesiology Department at Vanderbilt. When there is free time in her schedule, Caitlyn enjoys taking dogs“Guinness” and “Samantha” to the park as well as listening to live music and visiting local eateries.


FrazierBarron Frazier, M.D.

Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School
College: Hampden-Sydney College
Hometown: Norfolk, Virginia

Barron was born in Scottsdale, Arizona, but was raised in Norfolk, Virginia. He attended Hampden-Sydney College where he earned a Bachelor of Science in biology.  Following college, Barron returned home to attend medical school at Eastern Virginia Medical School. While learning about medicine, Barron met his now fiancé, Laura Binari, who taught him that cats can be just as cool as dogs. Laura is now an intern in the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Vanderbilt. Barron enjoys tennis, college football, traveling, the outdoors, great food, and good company. He is thrilled to train at Vanderbilt and to continue to explore a thriving Nashville.


GlattKevin Glatt, M.D.

Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin
College: Middlebury College
Hometown: Knoxville, Tennessee

Kevin was born in Chicago and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee. After undergrad at Middlebury College in Vermont, he went to the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, where he met his amazing wife, Chelsea. Kevin likes hanging out with family and friends, working out, going to restaurants, cooking and grilling, going for walks, any and all board games, and writing.


HannaSamantha Hanna, M.D.

Medical School: West Virginia University School of Medicine
College: West Virginia University
Hometown: Charleston, West Virginia

Samantha was born and raised in wild and wonderful Charleston, West Virginia.  She attended West Virginia University where she majored in Biology and minored in Dance, and she was a member of the West Virginia University Dance Company.  After graduation, Samantha moved to Rhode Island where she earned a Master of Public Health from Brown University.  Continuing her career as a professional student, Samantha moved back home to attend West Virginia University for medical school.  She enjoys live music, good food, and college football (Let's go, Mountaineers!).  She is excited to now live in Nashville and to do her pediatric residency training at Vanderbilt.  


HarrisKelly Harris, M.D.

Medical School: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
College: University of Chicago
Hometown: Richmond, Virginia

Kelly was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia with her younger sister. She moved to the Midwest for college at the University of Chicago, where she rowed on the crew team and double majored in Religious Studies and Biology. She returned to the South for medical school at Vanderbilt University, where she met and married her husband, Nick Harris, who was in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at Vanderbilt. Together, they enjoy running and playing with their two adopted dogs, Brandy and Maxwell.  Kelly also loves reading, traveling, movie and TV-show watching, and experiencing new restaurants. She is thrilled to stay in Nashville for her pediatric residency training.


JacowskiCaitlin Jacowski, M.D.

Medical School: Creighton University School of Medicine
College: University of Notre Dame
Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colorado

Caitlin grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado and then attended the University of Notre Dame for undergrad where she majored in Biology.  She moved around to places including Portland, Oregon, Denver, Colorado, and Boston, Massachusetts to continue her education, earning as masters in medical sciences along the way.  Caitlin finally settled in Omaha, Nebraska to become a Creighton University Jay for medical school. She is excited to have moved south (leaving most of the snow behind) for training at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Caitlyn is excited to pursue her career in pediatrics, and she is interested in neonatology.  Outside of the hospital, Caitlin enjoys playing softball and volleyball, and watching HGTV.  She is a die-hard Fighting Irish fan (especially during football season), and she’s a loyal Colorado Rockies fan and enjoys going to games with her family. In her spare time, Caitlin loves line-dancing, two-stepping, and going to concerts so Nashville is the perfect place for her to explore, and she’s excited to be part of the team at Vanderbilt.


KeinerElizabeth Keiner, M.D.

Medical School: Florida State University College of Medicine
College: University of Florida
Hometown: Longwood, Florida

Elizabeth was born and raised just outside of Orlando in Longwood, Florida. She attended University of Florida for undergraduate studies, earning a degree in Microbiology with a minor in Nutritional Sciences. While maintaining loyalty to her alma mater, she then crossed rivalry lines and attended medical school at Florida State University, returning to Orlando for her clinical training. In addition to pediatrics, Elizabeth enjoys hiking, traveling, visiting her family out West, snow skiing, volunteering at summer camps, eating Hattie B's, and snuggling with her cat, Frank. Elizabeth is honored and thrilled to be part of the Vanderbilt Pediatrics family, to return to the SEC, and to call Nashville home.


LiconaGenesis Licona, M.D.

Medical School: University of Texas at Houston
College: Texas A&M University
Hometown: Downey, California

Genesis was born in Hollywood, California and raised in the outskirts of Los Angeles as the oldest of six children. Her family moved to the big state of Texas when Genesis was a sophomore in high school. She attended Texas A&M University (Gig’ em!), where she earned a major in Biology and a minor in History. Genesis earned her medical degree at the University of Texas medical school in Houston. During her four years of medical school, Genesis completed a Global Health Concentration, developing projects that target malnutrition in the children of Honduras. Genesis loves to travel and has been to Africa, Europe, Thailand, and most of Central America. She enjoys running, cooking, college football, and salsa dancing with friends. Genesis is excited to be part of the Vanderbilt Pediatric family, and indulging in all of the amazing food and music that Nashville has to offer.


MallloyKelsey Malloy, M.D.

Medical School: University of Louisville School of Medicine
College: Western Kentucky University
Hometown: Hopkinsville, Kentucky

Kelsey grew up in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, a small town an hour away from Nashville, and is the older sister to her twin siblings.  She attended Western Kentucky University, where she received a B.S. in biology, was a cheerleader for the Hilltoppers, and was able to spend a semester abroad in England. Kelsey stayed in Kentucky to complete medical school at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. She is thrilled to call Nashville home along with her husband Mike, a Vanderbilt alumnus, and their quirky Weimaraner, Cody. In her free time, Kelsey enjoys traveling, running, barre, live music, spending time outdoors, and trying new recipes and restaurants. She is very excited to begin her career in pediatrics at Vanderbilt.


NegronJenesis “Jenny” Negron, M.D.

Medical School: Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
College: Florida International University
Hometown: Miami, Florida

Jenny’s family emigrated from Cuba to the U.S. in 1980 during the mass exodus, “El Mariel”. She was born and raised in Miami, Florida, and describes her family as the modern version of ¿Qué Pasa, USA?  Jenny attended Florida International University where she majored in Biology and minored in Nutrition. Upon graduation, Jenny worked for two years at the FIU Pre-Health Advising Center as a Graduate Assistant and then attended the FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, becoming part of the fourth graduating class this year. She enjoys jogging outdoors, cooking healthy meals, volunteering, and traveling. Jenny grew up alongside her 15-year-old Pomeranian “Mickey” who will continue to reside in South Florida, but she looks forward to getting a future pup for her new Tennessee life. Jenny is very excited to train in pediatrics at Vanderbilt, and she cannot wait to buy a pair of cowboy boots and spend her off time enjoying good food and mountain views. 


OjukwuElizabeth Ojukwu, M.D.

Medical School: University of Massachusetts Medical School
College
: University of Connecticut
Hometown
: Stow, Massachusetts

Elizabeth was born in Austin, Texas, but she spent the first half of her childhood in New Jersey. She then returned to Texas and lived in the ‘burbs of Dallas and then moved back to Austin. During that time, she found her love for sunny days, playing tennis, swimming, and Texas barbeque. She later moved to the Stow, Massachusetts and went to college majoring in biology at the University of Connecticut (Go Huskies)!  Elizabeth earned her medical degree from the University of Massachusetts and cultivated her interests in primary care and health disparities. She is excited to return down south to Tennessee after enduring several seasons of frigid winters. During her free time, Elizabeth enjoys laughing with friends, playing tennis, and trying out new restaurants. She is thrilled to be training at Vanderbilt and, in her spare time, excited to explore “Music City.”


RolsmaStephanie Rolsma, M.D., Ph.D.

Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin
College
: Michigan State University
Hometown
: East Lansing, Michigan

Stephanie was born in Michigan, but she grew up in Champaign, Illinois and Auburn, Alabama before returning to Michigan to finish high school and attend college. At Michigan State University, Stephanie majored in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. Upon graduation, she decided to pursue a career as a physician scientist and entered the Medical Scientist Training Program at the Medical College of Wisconsin. For her Ph.D. work, she developed an infection model and worked to develop a vaccine for Pseudomonas infections. Stephanie is an avid traveler and has visited three continents so far, including Antarctica. As a dedicated Michigan State fan, she enjoys traveling to watch her team play. Stephanie also enjoys cooking, baking, and playing with her two adorable cats. She is very excited about living in Nashville and being at Vanderbilt for her pediatric residency training.


ScibienskiTaryn Scibienski, M.D.

Medical School:  Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
College
: University of Michigan
Hometown
: Grand Blanc, Michigan

Taryn was born in New Jersey, but grew up in Grand Blanc, Michigan, a suburb of Flint, with her four sisters and one brother. She attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where she earned a degree in Organizational Studies and played club lacrosse.  Following graduation, Taryn worked in the Emergency Department of Bellevue Hospital in New York City before beginning medical school at Michigan State University’s campus in Grand Rapids. Although she loved her time at Michigan State, she will always root for the Wolverines (Go Blue!). In her free time, Taryn loves spending time with her adorable niece and nephews, listening to live music, drinking craft beer, and playing recreational coed sports.  She is thrilled to be in Nashville for her pediatric residency training at Vanderbilt, and she does not think she will miss the Michigan winters. Taryn is also excited to be close to her parents again, who recently moved to Knoxville, Tennessee.


MannEmily Shekarabi, M.D.

Medical School: Medical College of Georgia
College
: University of Georgia
Hometown
: Kennesaw, Georgia

Emily was born in Los Angeles, California. She grew up in California, Texas, and finally Georgia, where she stayed until residency. She majored in Chemistry and French at the University of Georgia, where she fell in love with all things bulldawgs, especially football (GO DAWGS)! She also met the love of her life, Eric, while a senior at UGA. They were married in November 2015, and are excited to have made their first move together—to Nashville—for Emily’s pediatric residency training at Vanderbilt. Emily loves watching and playing sports. She enjoys going on walks, crafting, and binge watching girly television shows. Though Georgia has her heart, Emily is excited for a new adventure in Nashville.


StidhamJoseph Stidham, M.D.

Medical School: University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine
College
: University of Florida
Hometown
: Bartow, Florida

Joe was born and raised in Bartow, Florida.  He attended the University of Florida where he obtained a double major in Biology and Anthropology.  Upon graduation, he attended the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine.  During medical school, he spent two years in Allentown, Pennsylvania as part of USF’s SELECT program.  In his free time, Joe loves movies, karaoke, and Gator Football.  He is excited to explore all of the live music in Nashville, as well as the famous hot chicken!


SunthankarSudeep Sunthankar, M.D.

Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina
College
: North Carolina State University
Hometown
: Columbia, South Carolina

Sudeep was born in Phoenix, Arizona, but was raised in Columbia, South Carolina. He went on to spend four years watching Wolfpack basketball and football at North Carolina State University, where he earned a degree in biomedical engineering. Sudeep returned to South Carolina for medical school at MUSC in Charleston. Sudeep is an avid sports fan and loves to play basketball, tennis, and spikeball amongst other sports. He enjoys working on his culinary repertoire and is excited to see all of the great restaurants Nashville has to offer. Sudeep is also excited to explore the live music scene and cheer on the Preds and Titans during his three years of pediatric residency training. While leaving the beaches of Charleston will be hard, Sudeep is thrilled to train at Vanderbilt.


XuCarla Upperman-Xu, M.D.

Medical School: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
College
: Harvard University
Hometown
: Dallas, Texas

Carla was born in Columbus, Ohio, but she grew up in the suburbs of Dallas, Texas as the youngest of three children. She attended Harvard where she studied Neurobiology and Spanish. After graduating from college, Carla returned to Dallas for medical school at UT Southwestern, and that is where she met her husband David Xu who is now here at Vanderbilt for his Emergency Medicine residency training. In their spare time, they enjoy cooking (and eating!) new foods, doing crossword puzzles, and taking dancing lessons. They are very excited to explore Nashville and train here at Vanderbilt.


VaterMcKenzie Vater, M.D.

Medical School: University of Louisville School of Medicine
College
: Northern Kentucky University
Hometown
: Alexandria, Kentucky

McKenzie was born and raised as the youngest of three in the small town of Alexandria in Northern Kentucky. There she spent her childhood in the great, sanitary Ohio River learning one of her favorite pastimes: water sports. She stayed in the area for college where she was a member of the Northern Kentucky Dance Team (put your Norse up!), and graduated with a major in Biology and minors in Chemistry and Spanish. McKenzie’s background in the language and her first medical mission to Honduras sparked her interest in global health. She ventured a bit down the river to complete her medical education at the University of Louisville, but remained a loyal Wildcat fan. Despite her best efforts, McKenzie fell for fellow classmate, Lee, who stole her heart on a dance floor in Ecuador.  Lee, a Med-Peds resident, is also excited to be in Nashville and at Vanderbilt for training.

Running, biking, chocolate, and traveling are a few more of McKenzie’s favorite hobbies. She is pumped to live and explore her new home of “Music City” and train in pediatrics at Vanderbilt. Although McKenzie still doesn’t know what she wants to do with her life, she is interested in academic medicine, global health, child neurology, and hospital medicine.



 
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