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Rustin Meister, M.D., M.S.
Medical School: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
College: University of Illinois
Hometown: Urbana, Ill.
Rustin is originally from Urbana, Illinois. He received his undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Nutrition at the University of Illinois. Rustin enjoyed doing research on papaya and creating a chocolate education summer camp during his time there. Although the Illini continue to break his heart, he stays a fan (still hanging on to that 2005 NCAA run).
Rustin moved to Nashville for Pediatric Residency training at Vanderbilt, and he has loved his time here. During residency, he got married to his wonderful wife, Kristine, who is a Vanderbilt NICU nurse. Together they rescued a sweet lab named Dani. During residency, Rustin has been involved in developing the Education Academic Community, and he plans to go into Critical Care Medicine when his chief year concludes. In his free time, you can find Rustin playing intramural sports with his co-residents and exploring all that Nashville has to offer. He is excited for his chief year and to build on this program’s outstanding reputation.
Alicia Williams, M.D.
Medical School: University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences
College: University of Toledo
Hometown: Clyde, Oh.
Alicia was born and raised in Northwest Ohio. She attended college in Ohio where she was able to continue her interest in running by competing with the Track & Field team prior to starting medical school. Following 27 years in the great Buckeye State, she moved down South (finally!) to spend residency as a member of Vanderbilt Pediatrics. She has loved her time during residency being involved with recruitment and getting to work with some of the best people around. Alicia is thrilled to have the opportunity to stay another year at Vanderbilt to serve as Chief Resident and continue her interest in resident education and promoting resident wellness. After her chief year, she plans on entering a Pediatric Critical Care fellowship to continue pursuing her clinical interests.
Outside of residency and chief year, you can likely find Alicia enjoying the dog park with her pup Dobby, searching for a great cup of coffee or the next best brunch spot, and (of course) cheering for the Buckeyes!