CA 2

David Arnolds, M.D.

Medical School: University of Chicago
Internship: MacNeal Hospital, Berwyn

Why did you choose Anesthesiology?
I really enjoy the physiology that you see play out minute to minute during cases, the interventions that you can make and (see the results of) in real time, and the procedures.

Where do you live in Chicago (area of the city) and if you like that area, why?
Hyde Park- I like the neighborhood feel, being close to the lake and parks, and being able to walk to work.


A. Steven Bradley, M.D.

Medical School: Howard University
Internship: University of Chicago

Why did you choose Anesthesiology?
I enjoy the quick pace, and the variety seen day-to-day.

Where do you live in Chicago (area of the city) and if you like that area, why?
I live in Bronzeville. It’s safe and quiet and near the U of C.


Paul Cheng, M.D.

Medical School: University of California, Los Angeles
Internship: Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, San Jose

Why did you choose Anesthesiology?
I started shadowing as a first year medical student and I found it so interesting that anesthesiologists could know so much about human physiology and manipulate it so precisely in the OR. From my first year I was hooked and kept shadowing and doing anesthesia rotations throughout my 4 years at UCLA.

Favorite thing to do in Chicago?
Explore different restaurants in town, admiring all the nice architecture in downtown near the Chicago river


Alexandra Golden, M.D.

Medical School: Rush
Internship: MacNeal Hospital, Berwyn

Why did you choose the Univ. of Chicago for your residency training?
I felt like I would grow as a clinician the most at this program (based on how competent the graduates are and how much effort goes into building the curriculum). Plus, everyone seemed really happy here!

Favorite weekend trips in the area?
Brown County State Park. It’s in Indiana and kind of a hike but it’s gorgeous.


Patrick Harkins, M.D.

Medical School: Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA
Internship: University of Chicago

Best thing about the Univ. of Chicago?
I would say the best thing about the University of Chicago are the didactics that are provided by our wonderful faculty.

Favorite thing to do in Chicago?
My favorite thing to do in Chicago is attending Cubs, Bulls, Bears, and Blackhawks games. Hands down best sports city in the nation.


John Henry Harrison, M.D.

Medical School: University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Internship: University of Chicago

Why did you choose the Univ. of Chicago for your residency training?        When choosing where to go for residency I placed a high priority on personality.  The residents here seemed like a fun group of people and enjoy life, which can be rare in residency.  This has definitely been the case the last few years. 

Favorite weekend trips in the area?  I'm from Wisconsin so I go back to Madison occasionally.  There's no better college town, especially during football season!  Also, Devils Lake in WI is about 3 hours from Chicago.  Lots of rock climbing, beautiful scenery and a big lake (though it's no Lake Michigan).


Ahmad Khattab, D.O.

Medical School: Oklahoma State University, Tulsa, OK
Internship: Northshore University, Evanston, IL

Why did you choose Anesthesiology?
Anesthesiology is a fascinating field in which you have the opportunity to care for patients in a real time setting. It offers a nice balance between critical thinking and procedures. Also, it offers the opportunity to care for a wide variety of patients: adults, children, elderly patients, pregnant patients, patients in the ICU, and patients with both acute and chronic pain.

Where do you live in Chicago (area of the city) and if you like that area, why?
I live around the Wicker Park area and I love it. There are all sorts of things to do in the area and it is always lively. Also the commute to work in the morning is easy and quick.


Brandon Merling, M.D.

Medical School:  Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Internship: University of Chicago

Why did you choose the Univ. of Chicago for your residency training?
My wife is from Chicago, so location dictated a lot of our choice. Within the city, I found that U of C had a great balance of educational opportunities and lifestyle. You see some very sick patients on a daily basis and learn from them. There’s great teaching. But you don’t get worked to the grindstone. I was happy to find that my expectations have been met so far.

Where do you live in Chicago (area of the city) and if you like that area, why?
River North. Great location —> centrally located in the city. Close to restaurants and bars, as well as beaches. But also very easy to jump on Lake Shore Trail / Drive to get to work.


Devang Patel, M.D.

Medical School: Texas A&M University, Round Rock, TX
Internship:  Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles, CA

Why did you choose the Univ. of Chicago for your residency training?
Reputation, diversity of patient population, excellent faculty in all fields.
Favorite thing to do in Chicago?
Bike down Lakeshore drive, explore the beautiful city, go out on Lake Michigan.


Alan Schurle, M.D.

Medical School: University of Chicago
Internship: University of Chicago

Why did you choose the Univ. of Chicago for your residency training?
Though there are many reasons from incredible institutional support to delicious cornbread in the basement cafeteria, the single most compelling factor for me was how genuinely happy both faculty and residents seemed to be. So far it’s proven true!

Favorite thing to do in Chicago?
My favorite things to do in Chicago are basically anything in a park—from jogging on a deserted lake shore path in the dead of winter to free summer concerts, I enjoy getting out into the vast green spaces of the city.


Chirag Shah, M.D.

Medical School: Case Western Reserve, Cleveland, OH
Internship: University of Chicago

Why did you choose Anesthesiology?
Great work life balance. Interesting fellowship opportunities afterwards. Management aspects of the OR have always been an interest of mine.

Favorite thing to do in Chicago?
Giordano’s stuffed spinach pizza.


Bradley Silva, M.D.

Medical School: Chicago Medical School
Internship: University of Chicago

Why did you choose the Univ. of Chicago for your residency training?
Diverse patient population and a department dedicated to training residents to become expert anesthesiologists.

Favorite weekend trips in the area?
Lake Geneva in the summer.


Aisha Sozzer, M.D.

Medical School: Rush, Chicago
Internship: MacNeal Hospital, Berwyn, IL

Best thing about the Univ. of Chicago?
The collaborative environment that the department encompasses. From my very first day as a CA-1, I have felt that the attendings, fellow residents, and administrative staff of our department are all interested in not only my career but also my personal development. Everyone is truly invested in each other and provides the support needed to excel.

Favorite thing to do in Chicago:
Eat! Chicago is an ideal city for a foodie like me – I love having the option to go to high-end, Michelin-starred restaurant for a special night out or walking down my street to the corner food truck for a $5 meal. Chicago also has restaurant week every year which is a fun time to explore new places at cheaper prices.


Jennifer Thai, M.D.

Medical School:  University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
Internship: University of Chicago

Why did you choose the Univ. of Chicago for your residency training?
Great faculty. Positive work environment. Resident satisfaction.

Where do you live in Chicago (area of the city) and if you like that area, why?
Loop. I love that it is within walking distance of Michigan avenue, good restaurants, and it shuts down at night for perfect early sleeping conditions.


Zachary Wright, M.D.

Medical School:  Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN
Internship:  MacNeal Hospital, Berwyn, IL

Why did you choose the Univ. of Chicago for your residency training?
The biggest reason was the culture of faculty willing to advocate for their residents. In an increasingly competitive fellowship match and job market, I think this is something that can make the difference for your career.

Where do you live in Chicago (area of the city) and if you like that area, why?
Ukrainian Village. It’s a quiet area that’s up and coming with lots of new condo quality apartments and reasonable rent. Close to Wicker Park and West Loop for food/drinks. Great neighborhood and I still haven’t finished exploring it.


Andrew Wuenstel, M.D.

Medical School:  Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
Internship:   St. Josephs, Milwaukee, WI

Why did you choose the Univ. of Chicago for your residency training?
I chose to go to the UoC because the training here is amazing. You care for sick patients with amazing faculty, many of whom are leaders in their fields nationally; you are prepared for anything when you leave.

Where do you live in Chicago (area of the city) and if you like that area, why?
I live in Streeterville (just north of downtown) because it provides quick access to Michigan Avenue, navy pier, the lake shore, and Millenium Park. I love where I live, I can walk anywhere.


Brian Zider, M.D.

Medical School: University of Illinois
Internship: University of Chicago

Best thing about the Univ. of Chicago?
The best thing about University of Chicago is the people. The attendings are sincerely dedicated to our learning and success. Our residency class is also an amazing group of people and I have met some of my best friends here.

Favorite weekend trips in the area?
My favorite place to visit for the weekend is New Buffalo., Indiana. It has great beaches and many fun areas to explore.