Current Residents

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

We recognize that our profession of Obstetrics & Gynecology was founded on the abuse of Black bodies and the government sanctioned forced sterilization of Black & Brown women. We recognize the human rights issue of our disproportionately high Black and Indigenous maternal and neonatal death rates. We recognize that we train at a Land Grant institution, on Indigenous land that was forcibly and violently taken. We recognize that the murders of George Floyd and Philando Castile at the hands of the police are not isolated incidents. We are witness to the continued injustice of racism in personal, political, professional, and institutional arenas.

We are committed to using our privilege as physicians to not only speak out as individuals but advocate for systems-level changes that will move towards real justice for the communities in which we have the honor to live and practice medicine. We are focused on creating sustainable change in ourselves, our department, our hospitals, and our communities. Our efforts include participation in protest events, lobbying policy-makers, implicit bias training, didactics on racism in medicine, voter registration campaigns, journal clubs on reproductive injustice, and community outreach efforts. We know that we are just starting a long journey to affect these changes and are prepared to be lifelong physician-advocates for reproductive justice and health equity. Our commitment to health equity is reflected in our efforts to recruit and maintain residents and faculty that better reflect our patient population.

We hope you will consider joining us.

 
 
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PGY 1

OBGYN Resident Ruthie BakerRuthie Baker, MD (She/Her/Hers)

HometownMinneapolis, Minnesota

Current ClinicRegions

Undergraduate EducationBates College

Medical SchoolUniversity of Minnesota Medical School

Plans after Residency: Who knows! Currently considering pursuing fellowship in family planning or GYN oncology vs. generalist practice.

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?I think I would try find work somewhere at the intersection of environmental science and public health. I did undergraduate research in limnology and loved getting to spend time in the field and drawing connections between the data and its health implications.

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?: Mustang District, Nepal

 

OBGYN Resident Katie CookeKatie Cooke, MD (She/Her/Hers)

HometownBellingham, WA

Current ClinicHCMC

Undergraduate EducationYale University

Medical SchoolYale School of Medicine

Plans after Residency: I'm interested in potentially pursuing fellowship in Gyn Onc.

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?I'd love to work at an animal sanctuary!

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?There are so many places I would love to travel--Prague has been on my list for a long time!

 

OBGYN Resident Arianna DelsmanArianna Delsman, MD (She/Her/Hers)

HometownBerkeley, CA

Current ClinicRegions

Undergraduate EducationUniversity of Washington

Medical SchoolWashington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

Plans after Residency: I will likely become a generalist, but may pursue a fellowship. Either way, I will continue to advocate for reproductive justice and equity in medicine and medical education.

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?I would be an investigative journalist or a water polo coach -- maybe both!

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?I love mountains, volcanoes, glaciers, and wildlife, so my dream vacation is to explore Patagonia.

 

OBGYN Resident Reid GambleReid Gamble, DO, MA (He/Him/His)

HometownMinneapolis, Minnesota

Current Clinic: WHS

Undergraduate EducationUniversity of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences

Medical SchoolKansas City University

Plans after Residency: Possibly FPMRS or MIGS, maybe academic OB/GYN. My ultimate goal is to provide excellent comprehensive surgical and clinical care for transgender and gender-queer patients!

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?Highly unlikely to come true, but I would audition and play for the Minnesota Orchestra. More realistically I would volunteer as a concert hall usher to get free tickets;) I’ve played violin since I was 4 years old.

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?Eating Kao Neo Mamuang (mango sticky rice) in Chiang Mai, Thailand. I spent a semester in Thailand while at the University of Minnesota as an undergrad:) Fun fact my Thai name is pronounced “Pai”.

 

OBGYN Resident Polly GwanPolly Gwan, MD, MPH, MS (She/Her/Hers)

HometownRuston, Louisiana

Current ClinicHCMC

Undergraduate EducationLouisiana State University - Baton Rouge

Medical SchoolLouisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans

Plans after Residency: After residency, I plan to pursue a fellowship most likely in MFM. I'm also passionate about health equity and reproductive justice, so I plan to work with nationally-based MCH organizations to develop and spearhead community-led research, initiatives, and policy focused on improving reproductive health outcomes for marginalized women.

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?I would be a professional clarinetist and try to play for a major orchestra in the U.S.

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?I would love to visit Japan, South Korea, or Egypt!

 

OBGYN Resident Devin HedlundDevin Hedlund, MD (She/Her/Hers)

Hometown: Iowa City, IA

Current ClinicWHS

Undergraduate EducationLuther College

Medical SchoolUniversity of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

Plans after Residency: I haven't decided if I would like to pursue fellowship or a career as a generalist, but I'm interested in staying in academic medicine.

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?I would be a fiction author and a musician!

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?There are so many places I want to visit, so it's hard to choose. I'd like to go to Australia and New Zealand someday, as well as Japan!

 

OBGYN Resident Meredith HuszaghMeredith Huszagh, MD (She/Her/Hers)

HometownLake Bluff, IL

Current ClinicRegions

Undergraduate EducationVanderbilt University

Medical SchoolVanderbilt University

Plans after Residency: I plan to stay in academic medicine and help with medical education! I hope to practice as a generalist or pursue a Minimally Invasive Gynecology Surgery (MIGS) fellowship after residency.

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?I would be an event planner or run a small bakery!

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?There are many places I have yet to visit, but Ireland, Norway, and Australia are on the list!

 

Marja McLaughlinMarja McLaughlin, MD (She/Her/Hers)

HometownKissimmee, FL

Current ClinicHCMC

Undergraduate EducationUniversity of Florida

Medical SchoolFlorida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

Plans after Residency: Currently planning to be a Generalist, but we'll see where life takes me!

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?Maybe I'd be a chef! I love the creativity of cooking, the togetherness that a shared meal facilitates, and of course, the satisfaction of preparing and enjoying great-tasting food.

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?Finland, but a week in virtually any country would be enticing to me.

 

OBGYN Resident Sarah ShimSarah Shim, MD (She/Her/Hers)

HometownCincinnati, OH

Current ClinicWHS

Undergraduate EducationUniversity of Michigan- Cellular and Molecular Biology, English

Medical SchoolUniversity of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Plans after Residency: I'm still open! I have an interest in REI and Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology fellowships and would like to eventually practice in academic medicine.

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?If I wasn't a physician I would be either an author or journalist. I love to write and would enjoy either writing a book series or pursuing fashion journalism.

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?I've always wanted to travel to Australia!

PGY 2

Oluwabukola Akingbola

Oluwabukola Akingbola, DO, MS (She/Her/Hers)

Preferred name: Bukky

HometownWoodbury, Minnesota

Current ClinicWHS

Undergraduate EducationUniversity of St. Thomas

Medical SchoolLincoln Memorial University

Plans after Residency: I would like to pursue a fellowship, right now thinking maybe MFM. I would like to work in Academic Medicine and hopefully stay in the midwest and continue to promote diversifying the face of medicine in all forms.

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?Interior Design! I enjoy creating beautiful spaces

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?Right now hoping to visit Bali sometime in the next year!

 

Anna Ayers Looby

Anna Ayers Looby, MD, MPH (She/Her/Hers)

Preferred name: Anna Ayers Looby, full last name - Ayers Looby

HometownWaconia, MN

Current Clinic: HCMC

Previous EducationGustavus Adolphus College - Anthropology, Sociology, Peace Studies; School of Public Health - MPH in Epidemiology and Public Health Policy

Medical SchoolUniversity of Minnesota Medical School

Plans after Residency: I hope to be a local and global advocate for women through clinical and policy work

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?Be an artist, ceramic potter, and policy advocate.

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?Backpacking across any beautiful landscape.

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Anne Schmiesing, MD, MPH (She/Her/Hers)

Preferred Name: Annie

HometownMinnetonka, MN

Current Clinic: Regions

Undergraduate EducationSt. Olaf College

Medical SchoolUniversity of Minnesota Medical School

Plans after Residency: I'm still open, but thinking I'll end up practicing as a generalist, hopefully in the Twin Cities.

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?I would open up a small neighborhood coffee shop! I love coffee.

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?There are a lot of places around the world I want to see. If I had to choose one, I'd pick the South of France.

Sarah Davidson

Sarah Davidson, MD (She/Her/Hers)

Hometown: Savage, MN

Current Clinic: WHS

Undergraduate EducationUniversity of Miami

Medical School: Duke University School of Medicine

Plans after Residency: Not sure yet if I want to pursue a fellowship or work as a generalist, but I would love to work in academics!

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?I've always thought I'd really enjoy being an event planner!

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?: There are so many places I would love to visit, but next on the list would be Japan, Argentina, or Iceland.

 

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Anna Carroll, MD (She/Her/Hers)

Hometown: Los Alamos, NM

Current Clinic: HCMC

Undergraduate Education: Smith College

Medical School: Stanford University School of Medicine

Plans after Residency: Family Planning Fellowship, Academic Generalist Practice

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?I would be a full-time political activist and eventually run for elected office.

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?The Amalfi Coast - for the history, the beautiful scenery, and, of course, the amazing food!

 

Steven Hesse

Steven Hesse, MD, MPH (He/Him/His)

Hometown: North Prairie, WI

Current Clinic: Regions

Undergraduate EducationUniversity of Wisconsin - Madison

Medical SchoolUniversity of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Plans after Residency: I am leaning towards a generalist. Regardless of fellowship training or generalist, I want to have some clinic time at an FQHC.

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?I would find some way to be involved with AmeriCorps again or a similar organization at the domestic or global level.

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?Visiting my aunt and uncle in Lima, Peru! I have visited them twice and cannot wait to go back. They live close to the ocean and my uncle is a chef - perfect combination!

 

Brianna Hickey

Brianna Hickey, MD (She/Her/Hers)

Preferred Name: Bri

HometownSt. Louis, MO

Current Clinic: WHS

Undergraduate EducationUniversity of Chicago

Medical SchoolColumbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons

Plans after Residency: Generalist or MFM

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?I would be an architect or pursue a PhD in computational biology

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?Italy!

 

Kali Olson

Kali Olson, MD, MPH (She/Her/Hers)

Preferred Name: Kali (Kay-lee)

HometownDe Pere, WI

Current Clinic: HCMC

Undergraduate EducationUniversity of Wisconsin - Eau Claire

Medical SchoolUniversity of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Plans after Residency: After residency, I hope to be a generalist in a Midwest town serving a community of women.

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?If I weren't a physician, I would love to own and run a combined coffee shop and dog rescue because I really can't imagine a life without coffee or our rescue pup, Tanker.

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?The list is really too long to come up with just one place. I think our next big adventure will be hopping through various countries of Europe.

 

Laura Miller

Laura Miller, MD (She/Her/Hers)

Hometown: Madison, WI

Current Clinic: HCMC

Undergraduate EducationMacalester College, St. Paul, MN

Medical SchoolUniversity of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Plans after Residency: I hope to be a generalist, working to reduce healthcare disparities and continuing to be an advocate for reproductive justice in an urban setting.

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?Social worker or high school guidance counselor

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?Madagascar!

PGY 3

Joshua Brill

Joshua Brill, MD

Hometown: Clarkston, MI

Current Clinic: Regions

Undergraduate Education: University of Michigan

Medical School: Albany Medical College

Research Project: "Lymphoscintigraphy to predict identification of inguinal sentinel lymph node in vulvar cancer."; Mentor: Colleen Rivard, MD, Associate Professor, Dept of OB/GYN

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?: I think that I would be a chef! I love to cook and to (try to) be creative while cooking. I also would have enjoyed a career in clinical psychology. I enjoy making people feel their best, whether it’s through a tasty plate of food or an open conversation.

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?: I was lucky enough to spend time in Greece for a family wedding in 2017, and I would love to go back. The people and the food were lovely, and I want to spend more time exploring the sights. On my last trip we got to experience two islands and parts of Athens, but I know there is much more to see.

Shruthi Chandra

Shruthi Chandra, MD (She/Her/Hers)

Hometown: Troy, MI

Current Clinic: WHS

Undergraduate Education: University of Michigan

Medical School: Ohio State University College of Medicine

Research Project: "Prevalence of HPV vaccination in solid-organ transplant patients at the University of Minnesota."; Mentor: Britt Erickson, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of OB/GYN

Plans after Residency: I'm considering applying for a fellowship in Gyn Onc after residency as of now. If I decide to continue as a generalist I would like to practice in academic medicine and continue to work with residents!

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?: I'd probably be an engineer! I have an engineering degree and honestly loved all my classes, so I'd probably pursue that further. Or potentially try to pursue a career in Indian Classical Dance professionally.

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?: Greece! I've always been fascinated with Greek mythology so being able to see some of the ruins there would be AMAZING.

Jessie Chen

Jessie Chen, MD (She/Her/Hers)

Hometown: Columbus, IN

Current Clinic: Regions

Undergraduate Education: Indiana University

Medical School:  Indiana University School of Medicine

Research Project: "The Effect of A Virtual Values Clarification Workshop On Medical Trainees’ Attitudes Toward Abortion."; Mentor: Jessika Ralph, MD, MSCI, Assistant Professor, Dept. of OB/GYN

Plans after Residency: I want to be an academic generalist with an additional focus on LGBTQ+ health.

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?I would probably combine my other passions and become a travel food blogger.

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?I would love to go to Japan - good food, amazing culture, and so many cute things!

Jamie Gamache (Piepenburg)

Jamie Gamache, MD (She/Her/Hers)

Hometown: Alexandria, MN

Current Clinic: WHS

Undergraduate Education: University of Minnesota

Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School

Research Project: "Appropriate pre-operative antibiotic selection prior to cesarean section in patients with penicillin allergies."; Mentor: Paul Bigliardi, MD, Professor, Dept. of Dermatology

Plans after Residency: likely going to practice as a generalist and hope to stay in Minnesota.

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?: I would be a gardener and wedding florist, I would grow the flowers for the wedding bouquets.

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?: There are so many places I would love to visit, but next on my list are Greece, Iceland, and Australia.

Rachael Grundman

Rachael Grundman, MD (She/Her/Hers)

Hometown: Osakis, MN

Current Clinic: HCMC

Undergraduate Education: University of Minnesota

Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School

Research Project: "Identifying concerns and experiences around COVID-19 vaccinations in the context of women's health."; Mentor: Karin Larsen, PhD, Assistant Professor, Dept. of OB/GYN

Plans after Residency: generalist, somewhere probably in MN

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?: Backcountry trail guide.

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?: Trek to Ciudad Perdida in Columbia with my sisters.

Andrea Johnson

Andrea Johnson, MD (She/Her/Hers)

Hometown: Alborn, MN

Current Clinic: WHS

Undergraduate Education: University of Minnesota

Medical School: University of South Florida

Research Project: "Disparities in Clinical Trial Environment in Gynecologic Oncology."; Mentor: Deanna Teoh, MD, Assistant Professor, Dept. of OB/GYN 

Plans after Residency: I am possibly considering onc fellowship, but only time can tell.

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?: Food critic

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?: Croatia

Rebecca Josephson

Rebecca Josephson, MD (She/Her/Hers)

Hometown: Sacramento, CA

Current Clinic: WHS

Undergraduate Education: Willamette University

Medical School: Oregon Health & Science University

Research Project: "Prevalence and clinical features of PCOS/hyperandrogenism in adolescent patients presenting with primary amenorrhea."; Mentor: Kylie Fowler, MD, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Dept. of OB/GYN; Children's Minnesota Pediatric Adolescent Gynecology

Plans after Residency: likely generalist but considering PAGS fellowship

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?: I would love to work in adaptive sports and help make sure all people are able to participate in outdoor activities.

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?: Backpacking in South America!

Natasha Kapur

Natasha Kapur, MD (She/Her/Hers)

Hometown: Lakeville, MN

Current Clinic: HCMC

Undergraduate Education: University of Minnesota

Medical School: Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

Research Project: "Trauma-Informed History Taking for Medical Students: A Didactic Course."; Mentor: Sarah Hutto, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Dept. of OB/GYN

Plans after Residency: Generalist

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?: I would be a chef!

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?: Traveling along the coastal countries of the Mediterranean Sea.

Emily Norkett

Emily Norkett, MD

Hometown: Syracuse, NY

Current Clinic: HCMC

Undergraduate Education: Williams College

Medical School: University of a Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Research Project: "Inequities in Urine Drug Screening During Pregnancy."; Mentor: Cresta Jones, MD, Associate Professor, Dept. of OB/GYN

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?: Be a traveling photographer and live in a van :)

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?: Backpacking in Nepal or New Zealand

PGY 4

 Stephanie Allen

Stephanie Allen, MD, MSc (She/Her/Hers)

Hometown: Lake Jackson, TX

Current Clinic: WHS

Undergraduate and Graduate Education: Baylor University (BA), Master of Science from London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine

Research Project: "Contribution of fetal abdominal circumference (AC) over estimated fetal weight (EFW) alone in predicting small for gestational age (SGA) infants"; Mentor: Stephen Contag, MD, Associate Professor, Dept. of OB/GYN

Plans after Residency: Either academic generalist OBGYN or MFM fellowship

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?: Be an epidemiologist, fiction author, and pub trivia host!

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?: Cape Town, South Africa

Interests and Hobbies: Riding my bike, being outside, yoga, cooking, reading

 

Alexandra Bader

Alexandra Bader, MD, MSGH (She/Her/Hers)

Hometown: Saint Paul, MN

Current Clinic: Regions

Undergraduate Education: Providence College

Medical School: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine

Research Project: "Pregnancy outcomes in very young mothers and their neonates"; Mentor: Cresta Jones, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, Department of OB/GYN

Plans after Residency: Be a generalist, and work in advocacy and global health

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?: Be a gardener and open a state fair booth

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?: Skiing in Jackson Hole with my brother!

Interests and Hobbies: Yoga, travel, reading, spanish

 

Nickey Jafari

Nickey Jafari, MD, MPH (She/Her/Hers)

Current Clinic: WHS

Medical School: University of Kansas School of Medicine

Research Project: "Comparison of Time to Delivery Using Mifepristone-Misoprostol versus Misoprostol for Second Trimester Abortion Induction of Labor"; Mentor: Sarah Hutto, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Dept. of OB/GYN

Interests and Hobbies: Rock climbing

Plans after Residency: General Ob/Gyn

 

Navin Maredia

Navin Maredia, MD

Current Clinic: WHS

Medical School: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas

Research Project: "Human Epidermal Growth Factor 2 (HER2) in Uterine Carcinosarcoma: A Multi-Institutional Cohort Study"; Mentor: Britt Erickson, MD, Assistant Professor, Dept. of OB/GYN

Interests and Hobbies: Hiking/outdoorsy activities, reading, puzzling, running, yoga

 

Casandra Olson

Casandra Olson, MD

Current Clinic: HCMC

Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School

Research Project: "Postpartum Tubal Ligation: A retrospective review of unfulfilled postpartum tubal requests following vaginal delivery"; Mentor: Jessika Ralph, MD, MSCI, Assistant Professor, Dept. of OB/GYN

Interests and Hobbies: Hiking/camping, biking, cross country skiing, hanging out with my boyfriend and our dog and working on fixing up my new old house.  

 

Nick Quam

Nick Quam, MD (He/Him/His)

Hometown: Minnetrista, MN

Current Clinic:  WHS

Undergraduate Education: Bethel University

Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School

Research Project: "Perceptions of telehealth among gynecologic cancer survivors"; Mentor: Rachel Vogel, PhD, Assistant Professor, Dept. of OB/GYN

Plans after Residency: Undecided

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?: I think I would enjoy being an architect or home remodeler. 

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?: New Zealand

Interests and Hobbies:  LGBT community/healthcare/advocacy, biking, Twin Cities restaurants, hiking, dogs

 

Ruby Russell

Ruby Russell, MD

Current Clinic: HCMC

Medical School: University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine

Research Project: "Normalized UASDR and Pulsatility Index for Risk Stratification of FGR"; Mentor: Stephen Contag, MD, Associate Professor, Dept. of OB/GYN

Interests and Hobbies: Being active outside, playing music, watching live music, cooking, gardening 

 

Kelsey Stewart

Kelsey Stewart, MD (She/Her/Hers)

Hometown: Grapevine, TX

Current Clinic: WHS

Undergraduate Education: University of Texas at Austin

Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine

Research Project: "Impact of long term indomethacin therapy on early preterm birth"; Mentor: Stephen Contag, MD, Associate Professor, Dept of OB/GYN

Plans after Residency: I am interested in a career in academic medicine and global/rural surgery - I am still deciding which fellowship/career path will take me there!

If you weren't a physician, what would you do?: I would be an outdoors(wo)man; travel, hike, climb, kayak, and enjoy nature!

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?: In the Himalayas

Interests and Hobbies: Camping/hiking, running, kayaking, cooking

 

Andy Thornton

Andy Thornton, MD, MPH

Current Clinic: Regions

Medical School: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Research Project: "Severe Range Blood Pressure in the Postpartum Period: Does Addition of a Diuretic Improve Blood Pressure Control?"; Mentor: Stephen Contag, MD, Associate Professor, Dept. of OB/GYN

Interests and Hobbies: Biking, hiking, softball, spending time with family, reading, breweries, soccer,  lakes, road trips, traveling

Contact

To contact a specific resident, email obgynres@umn.edu