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Amit Bhakta, M.D.

Medical School: University of Texas at Houston
Internship: University of Chicago

Why did you choose Anesthesiology?
Specialty allows me to work in an acute setting, allows me to use and practice my critical thinking skills and use my skills for hands-on procedures. It’s a perfect blend of medicine and surgery.

Where do you live in Chicago (area of the city) and if you like that area, why?
South Loop. I Love this area. Very convenient to get to Hyde park and almost any other neighborhood in Chicago.


Ryan Brunner, M.D.

Medical School: Wayne State, Detroit, MI
Internship: University of Chicago

Why did you choose the Univ. of Chicago for your residency training?
Exceptional variety of cases and pathology, strong clinical training, exceptional faculty and teaching

Where do you live in Chicago (area of the city) and if you like that area, why?
University Village, it’s great because I’m close to the West and South Loop, but the neighborhood is much quieter. Because of the University, the police presence is very high so it’s a remarkably safe place to live. My wife and I walk our dog late at night on a regular basis.


Amanda Foley, M.D. - Chief Resident

Medical School: University of Toledo, Toledo, OH
Internship: University of Chicago

Why did you choose the Univ. of Chicago for your residency training?
After I completed the interview day, I just felt like I fit in here. I did not get this feeling anywhere else. I was impressed at the caliber of faculty, the friendliness of the residents, and everyone seemed really happy!

Favorite weekend trips in the area?
Apple orchards in the rural suburbs in the fall. Driving to Evanston to rent a sailboat for a few hours on the weekends in the summer. Michigan and Indiana shores are also a quick road trip!


Mark Goldman, M.D.

Medical School: University of California, Los Angeles, CA
Internship: University of Chicago

Why did you choose the Univ. of Chicago for your residency training?
I liked the acuity of patients, the rapport between residents, and the relationship between the faculty and residents. In addition, we have great ancillary staff which make our lives easier.
Where do you live in Chicago (area of the city) and if you like that area, why?
I live in Andersonville-- it's a bit further north than many other residents live, but I love the neighborhood-y feel, the walkability, and the strong LGBT scene.


David Gordon, M.D.

Medical School: Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN
Internship: St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis, IN

Best thing about the Univ. of Chicago?
The enthusiasm of the faculty to teach and work with residents provides a positive learning environment.

Favorite thing to do in Chicago?
I enjoy taking walks along the lakefront trail with my wife and our dog.


Ashley Gunter, M.D.

Medical School: University of Texas at Houston
Internship: University of Texas at Houston

Why did you choose the Univ. of Chicago for your residency training?
I had a great impression of the program from my interview, liked the residents and faculty and thought it would be fun to live in Chicago.

Favorite thing to do in Chicago?
Run on the Lakefront trail


Aaron Hudson, M.D.

Medical School: University of Cincinnati
Internship: Christ Hospital, Cincinnati

Best thing about the Univ. of Chicago?
Excellent and approachable faculty that truly want to see you succeed.


Hoyon Lee, M.D.

Medical School: University of Illinois
Internship: St. Joseph Hospital

Favorite weekend trips in the area?
The dunes in Michigan have awesome sunsets on Lake Michigan.


Daniel Levin, M.D.

Medical School: University of Chicago
Internship: University of Chicago

Where do you live in Chicago (area of the city) and if you like that area, why?
South Loop.


Thomas Mader, M.D.

Medical School: University of Chicago
Internship: University of Chicago

Why do you choose Anesthesiology?                                                                          I like the idea of mostly being a consultant to other physicians, rather than having patients of my own.  Plus, of course the procedures, the physiology, and the instant gratification.

Where do you live and why did you choose that area?                                             South loop - it's quiet enough to be a pretty chill place to live, but with great access to the rest of the city.   Plus, it's just a quick drive down LSD to get to the hospital.                                                                  


Christina Moore, M.D.

Medical School:  Rush, Chicago
Internship: Resurrection Medical Center, Chicago

Why did you choose the Univ. of Chicago for your residency training?
I chose the University of Chicago for my residency training because, for me, it appeared the most well-rounded. It is clear the residents in the program experience excellent clinical and educational opportunities, long-lasting friendships with coworkers, and the chance to explore interests outside of the operating room.

Favorite thing to do in Chicago?
I love kayaking in Lake Michigan and walking through the city to discover local farmers’ markets and shops.


Mary Ann Onyeali, M.D.

Medical School:  University of Illinois, Chicago
Internship: St. Francis Hospital, Evanston

Why did you choose anesthesiology?   Diverse career path, ability to work anywhere in the world.

Where do you live and why did you choose that area?  Streeterville.   Lived there during med school.  Great location, close to Lakeshore Drive, short commute, and lots to do downtown. 


VIjal Patel, M.D.

Medical School: University of Alabama, Huntsville, AL
Internship: Baptist Health Systems, Birmingham

Why did you choose the Univ. of Chicago for your residency training?
Friendly environment, very collegial feel, excellent reputation and the city of Chicago

Where do you live in Chicago (area of the city) and if you like that area, why?
West Loop.


Blake Perkins, M.D. - Chief Resident

Medical School: University of Illinois
Internship: Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh

Why did you choose the Univ. of Chicago for your residency training?
I loved rotating here as a medical student-great teaching faculty and loved working with a great group of residents.

Favorite thing to do in Chicago?
Golf. There is a large variety of golf courses in the area. Great way to hang out with friends and enjoy the outdoors.


Michael Pugnale, M.D.

Medical School:  University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
Internship: University of Chicago

Why did you choose the Univ. of Chicago for your residency training?
The residents seemed truely happy. Strong reputation of the program.

Favorite weekend trips in the area?
Any golf course.


Uzma Rezvi, M.D.

Medical School: Loyola
Internship: Saint Joseph Hospital, Chicago

Why did you choose the Univ. of Chicago for your residency training?
The program director and current residents seemed friendly and satisfied with their choices, the program had a good reputation for training residents, and I thought it would help me succeed in achieving the job I wanted.

Favorite weekend trips in the area?
Devil’s lake state park, starved rock, Milwaukee, Galena Illinois, Door county, farmers markets, apple picking in the northern or southern suburbs, Michigan dunes.


Shaan Sudhakaran, M.D.

Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
Internship: University of Chicago

Why did you choose the Univ. of Chicago for your residency training?
Variety of caseload and great patient population

Favorite thing to do in Chicago?
Anything in the summer!