Meet Our People2018-09-11T10:21:42+00:00

Meet Our Residents and Faculty!

Paul Cooper, MD
Hometown: Needham, MA
Medical School: University of Pittsburgh
Undergrad: Emory University
Nathan Dalrymple, MD 
Hometown: Phillipsburg, NJ
Medical School: Cooper Medical School
Undergrad: Colgate University
Meghan Hudak, MD
Hometown: Washington, D.C.
Medical School: University of South Carolina
Undergrad: University of Notre Dame
​Charles Swanson, MD
Hometown: South Lyon, MI
Medical School: Michigan State University
Undergrad: Michigan State University
jfJohn (Jack) Flores, MD
Hometown: Western Springs, IL
Medical School: University of Texas – San Antonio
Undergrad: University of Notre Dame
zhZoe Haemer, MD, MPH
Hometown: Boulder, CO
Medical School: Tulane University
Undergrad: Washington University in St. Louis
dhDavid Hodge, MD, MPH
Hometown: Belvidere, IL
Medical School: University of Illinois at Chicago
Undergrad: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
azAshley Zilberstein, MD
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Medical School: Sackler School of Medicine
Undergrad: University of California, Los Angeles
mbMelissa Brook, MD, MPH
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Medical School: Ohio State University
Undergrad: Ohio State University
tkTrinh Khong, MD
Hometown: Garden Grove, CA
Medical School: University of California, Los Angeles
Undergrad: University of California, Los Angeles
amAna Mauro, MD, MPH
Hometown: Buenos Aires, Argentina & Miami, FL
Medical School: University of Illinois at Chicago
Undergrad: ​Florida International University
ssShuvani Sanyal, MD
Hometown: Palatine, IL
Medical School: University of Illinois at Chicago
Undergrad: ​University of Chicago
aaAlexandra Arges, MD
Hometown: Crown Point, IN
Medical School: Indiana University
Undergrad: Purdue University
David Leone, MD
Hometown: Randolph, NJ
Medical School: University of Maryland
Undergrad: Penn State University
XLXixi Luo, MD (Chief Resident)
Hometown: Brookline, MA
Medical School: University of Illinois at Chicago
Undergrad: Boston University
SWSarah Willits, MD (Chief Resident)
Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI
Medical School: Oakland University William Beaumont
Undergrad: University of Michigan
psPavan Srivastava, MD is the Program Director for the MedPeds residency program and an Assistant Professor for the Departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. He has been at the University of Illinois at Chicago since the turn of the century: completing his undergraduate studies, medical school education, and residency training at the institution. He has also served as Chief Resident for the MedPeds and the Pediatrics residency programs at UIC. Dr. Srivastava has strong interests in medical education and quality improvement, as well as, primary and preventative health care for underserved adults and children. He supervises residents in clinic and on the medicine and pediatric wards. Dr. Srivastava has received teaching awards from both the Departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. He is also the Peds M4 Clerkship Director, as well as, a subtheme leader for Human Growth and Development for updated medical school curriculum.
Rachel Caskey, MD, MPP is an Associate Program Director for the MedPeds residency program, Chief of the Section of Academic Internal Medicine, an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, and a health services researcher. Dr. Caskey attended Jefferson Medical College for medical school and University of Michigan for residency and served as the MedPeds Chief Resident. Dr. Caskey completed a health services research fellowship at University of Chicago, where she also got a Master of Arts in Public Policy. Dr. Caskey holds an affiliate appointment at UIC’s School of Public Health. She precepts residents in MedPeds clinic and serves as an attending on the both medicine and pediatric wards. Her research interests include improving national vaccination efforts through examining barriers to vaccine adoption by both patients and practitioners.
ljLeslie Jabine, MD has had a long and successful history here at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She attended medical school and completed her MedPeds residency at UIC and has been a beloved MedPeds attending here for over two decades, now practicing primarily outpatient Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. She has received awards for her teaching skills and patient care. Her clinical interest lies in the transition of care for children with chronic illnesses into adulthood. She currently runs the Adults with Childhood Cancer Survivor Clinic. Being a child who lived outside the U.S. has provided her with cross-cultural perspectives on medicine and health, while being a mother of three has given her daily perspective on pediatrics and parenting.
kmKatie Mena, MD is an Associate Program Director and an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics. Dr. Mena is a former graduate and now Director of our MedPeds Global Health Track. She completed medical school at the University of Toledo College of Medicine in Toledo, Ohio where she is originally from and then moved to Chicago to complete her MedPeds residency training at UIC. She has served as Chief Resident for the MedPeds and Pediatrics residency programs at UIC. Dr. Mena has interests in medical education and global health. She supervises residents in the MedPeds, Peds, and Internal Medicine resident clinics as well as on the medicine wards and newborn nursery.
Amanda Osta, MD is the pediatric residency Program Director. She is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine and Pediatrics. Dr. Osta attended medical school at Loyola Stritch School of Medicine, and did her MedPeds residency at the University of Michigan Health Center in Ann Arbor. She was MedPeds Chief Resident during her fourth year of residency, and then went on to serve as an Internal Medicine Chief Resident at the University of Michigan. Her clinical interests include the care of urban underserved populations and adolescent health. Dr. Osta often precepts residents in the peds clinic and is a supervising attending on both the medicine and pediatric wards. She is extremely committed to teaching residents and medical students. She has won awards of excellence in clinical teaching from the Departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. In addition, Dr. Osta is one of the authors of a national curriculum sponsored by the AAP entitled Resilience in the Face of Grief and Loss.
Michelle Barnes, MD is the Associate Program Director for the pediatrics residency program and an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine and Pediatrics at UIC. Dr Barnes attended medical school at Loyola University, Stritch School of Medicine, followed by MedPeds residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She then did a Chief Resident year in the Department of Pediatrics at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital. Dr. Barnes works as a supervising attending on both the pediatric and medicine wards, the Peds clinic, and the newborn nursery.  Her interests lie in community outreach and medical education. She is the Director for the Community Health and Advocacy Track. Dr. Barnes has received honors for clinical teaching from the Department of Pediatrics.
Sara Smith, MD attended the University of Notre Dame as an undergraduate, where she studied anthropology and Spanish. She returned to Chicago to attend the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. She then matched into and completed a combined MedPeds residency at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. After finishing residency, she remained on the faculty at the University of Michigan, then returned to Chicago and joined the faculty at the University of Illinois. At UIC she currently serves as a hospitalist, caring for inpatients in both the departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. She has also been recently selected to serve on the physician advisor team for the hospital, helping to optimize hospital throughput and appropriate utilization management. Her interests include medical education, patient safety, and quality improvement, as well as, caring for underserved populations.
Benjamin Van Voorhees, MD, MPH is the Interim Department Head of Pediatrics and an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics. He received his BA in History from Dartmouth College, his Doctor of Medicine from Vanderbilt University, and his Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins. He completed a Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency at Vanderbilt University Hospital and a General Internal Medicine Fellowship at Johns Hopkins. During fellowship, Dr. Van Voorhees completed four studies examining the managed care, practice level, and patient determinants of treatment outcomes for depression. He has received a NARSAD (National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression) Young Investigator Award, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Depression in Primary Care Value Grant, and a NIMH (K-08) Career Development Award to fund a phase 2 clinical trial of a primary care/Internet-based depression prevention intervention (CATCH-IT). The RWJ Foundation Finding Answers and NIMH RO-1 has now funded follow-up phase 3 clinical trials for the CATCH-IT intervention to begin in 2011. Dr. Van Voorhees has made more than 50 presentations at national and international scientific meetings.
jsJalene Shoener, MD is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics. She completed medical school and MedPeds residency training at UIC. She served as Chief Resident for the MedPeds and Pediatrics residency programs. Dr. Shoener has interests in legislative advocacy, transitional care, and medical education, particularly simulation. She supervises residents in the MedPeds and Peds resident clinics and off-site at a Federal Job Corp Training Center caring for adolescents and young adults. She is also a supervising hospitalist in the Clinical Decision Unit, a new observation area for patients who need care beyond the emergency room.  Finally, Dr. Shoener has now assumed a role in clinic administration for the Child and Youth Center (pediatrics clinic).
Michael Charles, MD is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics. As an undergraduate, he studied Human Nutrition and Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He went on to complete both medical school and MedPeds residency training at UIC. As a graduate of the MedPeds Global Health Track, he continues to pursue in his interest in health systems strengthening and capacity building through various projects in Senegal. He speaks English, French, Haitian Creole, and Spanish. Dr. Charles precepts residents in the Internal Medicine clinics as well as on the medicine wards.
Kelsie Avants, DO is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics.  She completed her residency training at UIC and then served as Chief Resident for the Pediatrics residency program.  She supervises residents in the pediatrics and internal medicine clinics, general pediatrics wards, internal medicine wards, and newborn nursery. Dr. Avants has interests in preventative health and chronic disease management for underserved populations, community public health and advocacy, medical education, and global health.

2018
Michael Charles –> Academic MedPeds, UIC
Nishi Dedania –> Academic MedPeds, Brown University
Jorge Ramallo –> MedPeds Primary Care, 16th St Community Health Center, Milwaukee, WI
Lily Rotman –> MedPeds Hospitalist, Massachusetts General Hospital and Cape Cod Hospital, MA

2017
Kelsie Avants –> Pediatric Chief Resident, UIC; Academic MedPeds, UIC
Justin Choi –> Medicine Hospitalist, Torrance, CA
Adriana Herrera –> MedPeds Hospitalist/Global Health Fellow, University of Florida and Innovating Health International
Nili Seleski –> Pediatric Hospitalist, Silver Cross Hospital; Medicine Hospitalist, UIC

2016
​Isabel Angulo​ –> MedPeds Primary Care, UIC Miles Square Health Center
​Nancy Choi​ –> Medicine Chief Resident, UIC; Academic MedPeds, UCSF
​Hannah Nam​ –> Adult Infectious Disease Fellowship, Northwestern University
​Pamela Stamegna​ –> MedPeds Primary Care, NH

2015
Sae-Rom Chae –> Epidemic Intelligence Service, CDC
Lauren Greene​​ –> ​MedPeds Hospitalist, Geisinger Medical Center, PA
​Jalene Shoener​ –> Pediatric Chief Resident, UIC; Academic MedPeds, UIC
​Jennifer Vu​ –> Pediatric Chief Resident, UIC; MedPeds Community Practice, NC

2014
Olabunmi Agboola –> Allergy-Immunology Fellowship, Duke Unversity
Katie Mena –> Pediatric Chief Resident, UIC; Academic MedPeds, UIC
Caroline Skolnik –> MedPeds Hospitalist, Chicago, IL
Clemence Sullivan –> MedPeds Primary Care, Minneapolis, MN

2013
Amber Brown –> Pediatric Chief Resident, UIC; MedPeds Community Practice, Nebraska
Denise Dewald –> Adult Infectious Disease Fellowship, UIC
Gina Mathew  –> MedPeds Primary Care, Elk Grove, IL
Joseph Poterucha –> Pediatric Cardiology/Congenital Heart Disease Fellowship, Mayo Clinic
Lauren Williams –> MedPeds Primary Care, Washington, DC

2012
Nathan Bolden –> MedPeds Hospitalist, DuPage Medical Group, IL
Daina Roberson –> Primary Care, MacNeal Hospital, Berwyn, IL
Linda Steeb –> MedPeds Primary Care, Chinatown Practice, Chicago, IL

2011
Shanna Butts –> Medical Genetics Fellowship, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, NY, NY
Sarah Joseph –> MedPeds Primary Care, Peoria, IL
Pavan Srivastava –> Pediatric Chief Resident, UIC; Academic MedPeds, UIC
Aziz Valika –> Adult Nephrology Fellowship, Yale University

2010
Alyssa Cook –> Pediatric Chief Resident, UIC; Medical Education Fellowship,
University of Chicago; MedPeds Faculty, Johns Hopkins University
Amy Huang –> Pediatric Chief Resident, UIC; Academic MedPeds, UCSD
Yazen Joudeh –> Primary Care and Weight Management Clinic, Suburban Chicago
Orhan Sancaktar –> Adult Cardiology Fellowship, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

2009
Kelly Riggs –> MedPeds Primary Care, Anderson, IL
Yasser Said –> MedPeds Hospitalist, DuPage Medical Group
Tasin Shuaipaj –> MedPeds Hospitalist, Hinsdale, IL
Garret Yam –> MedPeds Primary Care, Redmond, WA

2008
Jessica Diethelm –> General Internal Medicine, Rush Medical Center, Chicago, IL
Ashish Goyal –> MedPeds Primary Care, Honolulu, HI; Founder of Pediatrics Board Review
Julien Pham –> Adult Nephrology Fellowship, Harvard/Mass General Hospital, Boston, MA

2007
Thomas Chweh –> MedPeds Hospitalist, Melrose Park, IL
Alicia Fernandez –> MedPeds Primary Care, Ripon, WI
Anjum Hussaini –> MedPeds Primary Care, Mt. Vernon, IL
Anna Mathew –> Adult and Pediatric Nephrology, University of California San Diego

2006
Naina Bhalla –> International Emergency Medicine and Global Health Fellowship, UIC;
Doctors’ Without Borders
Sejal Dave –> Adult Heme-Onc, Arlington Heights, IL
Richard Fernandez –> Combined Pediatric Critical Care and Cardiology Fellowship,
Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL