Current Medical Residents

Resident News & Kudos

July 2021:

 

June 2021:

  • Congratulations to Dr. Easwaran (PI: Dr. Terezakis) and Dr. Shaaban (PI: Dr. Wilke) for their research studey approval by IRB.
    • STUDY00012960: Clinical outcomes in ependymoma after radiotherapy. PI: Dr. Terezakis, Co-I: Dr. Easwaran. The primary objective of this multi-site retrospective chart review is to characterize the event-free survival and overall survival of pediatric and young adult patients with ependymoma after photon radiotherapy.
    • STUDY 00012899: Clinical Outcomes and Patterns of Failure in ENB. PI: Dr. Wilke, Co-I: Dr. Shaaban. This retrospective single institution review will report the experience with the management of Esthesioneuroblatoma (ENB) focusing on treatment approaches, patterns of failure and clinical outcomes, including disease recurrence, disease free survival and overall survival.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Allen Rossetti-Chung for successfully completing residency! He will be starting his new position at Allegheny Health Network in Erie. PA in 09/2021.

 

May 2021:

  • Congratulations to Dr. Susan Sun for publishing in Clinical Ophthalmology.
    • Teaching Smartphone Funduscopy with 20 Diopter Lens in Undergraduate Medical Education. Kohler J, Tran TM, Sun S, Montezuma SR. Clin Ophthalmol. 2021 May 13; 15:2013-2023. doi: 10.2147/OPTH.S266123.
  • Congratulations to our residents whose abstracts have been accepted for presentation at 2021 ASTRO to be held October 24-27 in Chicago.
    • Susan Sun
      • Poster #2334: Influence of Total Body Irradiation Dose Rate on Idiopathic Pneumonia Syndrome in Pediatric Patients with Acute Leukemia Undergoing Allogeneic Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation
      • Presenter: Susan Sun
      • Author Block: Susan Sun, Todd DeFor, Eric Ehler, Daniel Weisdorf, Margaret Macmillan, Stephanie Terezakis, Kathryn Dusenbery
      • Track: Pediatric Cancer
    • Shunqing Zhang
      • Poster #2336: Renal dysfunction in pediatric acute leukemia patients after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation with total body irradiation-containing conditioning regimen
      • Presenter: Shunqing Zhang
      • Author Block: Shunqing Zhang, Kathryn Dusenbery, Stephanie Terezakis, Todd DeFor, Eric Ehler, Margaret Macmillan
      • Track: Pediatric Cancer
    • Teresa Easwaran
      • Poster #2859: Patterns of failure in immunosuppressed patients with cutaneous squamous cell carcinomas of the head and neck
      • Presenter: Teresa Easwaran
      • Author Block: Teresa Easwaran, Christopher Wilke, Sobia Khaja
      • Track: Head and Neck Cancer
    • Sherif Shaaban
      • Poster # 1023: Clinical Outcomes of Post-transplant lymphoproliferative disease (PTLD): Role of radiation therapy in improvement of disease response
      • Presenter: Sherif Shaaban
      • Author Block: Sherif Shaaban, Najla El Jurdi, Samy Riad, Stephanie Terezakis
      • Scientific Session Title: Hem 2 - The evolving role of radiation in indolent lymphomas
  • Congratulations to Dr. Sherif Shaaban whose research entitled "Impact of Radiation Therapy on Survival of Pediatric Metastatic Neuroblastoma: Analysis of The National Cancer Database" has been selected for POSTER PRESENTATION at the 2021 ARS Annual Meeting being held at the Hyatt Regency Maui in Hawaii, September 29-October 3, 2021.

 

December 2020:

  • Congratulations to Dr. Sherif Shaaban for his two research studies approved by IRB (PI: Dr. Terezakis).
    • Dr. Terezakis (PI) and Sherif Shaaban (Student Investigator), Characterization of clinical outcomes for patients with high-risk neuroblastoma after radiotherapy. A multi-institutional, retrospective, cohort study, which explores patterns of locoregional relapse after radiotherapy in patients with high-risk neuroblastoma, and identifies clinical and treatment characteristics that may predict locoregional relapse.
    • Dr. Terezakis (PI) and Sherif Shaaban (Student Investigator), Patterns of Failure and Clinical Outcomes of Post-Transplant Lymphoproliferative Disease (PTLD). This retrospective review examines clinical outcomes, including local control and survival, as well as patterns of failure among patients with Post-Transplant Lymphoproliferative Disease (PTLD) who were treated and/or followed at University of Minnesota. In addition, the study will assess the impact of radiation therapy on the local control and survival of PTLD patients.

 

November 2020:

  • Congratulations to Dr. Teresa Easwaran for publishing in Neuromolecular Medicine.
    • Molecular Classification of Gliomas is Associated with Seizure Control: A Retrospective Analysis. Easwaran, TP, Lancki N, Henriquez M, Vortmeyer AO, Barbaro NM, Scholtens DM, Ahmed AU, Dey M. Neuromolecular Med. 2020 Nov 18. doi: 10.1007/s12017-020-08624-0.

 

August 2020:

  • Congratulations to Dr. Susan Sun for her work published in J Neural Eng.
    • Improved mobility performance with an artificial vision therapy system using a thermal sensor. He Y, Sun SY, Roy A, Caspi A, Montezuma SR. J Neural Eng. 2020 Aug 4;17(4):04501110.1088/1741-2552/aba4fb

Colton Gits, MD

Colton Gits

2021-2022: PGY5 (Chief Resident)

Hometown: Edina, MN

Undergraduate: Northwestern University

Major: Integrated Science Program, Chemistry

Medical School: Washington University in St. Louis

Internship: Internal Medicine, University of Utah

Academic interest: Dr. Gits’ research interests include the application of radiomics to predict clinical response to lung SBRT, and he is devoted to improving resident learning and well-being through the Resident Leadership Academy. He intends to pursue a clinical career after residency.

Hobbies: Growing up in Minnesota, Dr. Gits has a strong connection to the outdoors, including road and mountain biking, hiking, and climbing. He has also really started to enjoy gardening.

Email: gitsx006@umn.edu

Sherif Shaaban, MB ChB

Sherif Shaaban

2021-2022: PGY5 (Chief Resident)

Hometown: Mansoura, Egypt

Medical School: Mansoura University School of Medicine, Egypt

Internship: Internal Medicine, Mansoura University Medical Center, Egypt

Academic Interest: Dr. Shaaban moved to the United States and joined MD Anderson as a research fellow where his research focused on the combination of immunotherapy and radiation therapy in lung cancer. He has an interest in pediatric tumors and proton therapy.

Hobbies: Dr. Shaaban enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as watching WWE and soccer games.

Email: shaab002@umn.edu

Shunqing Zhang, MD

Shunqing Zhang

2021-2022: PGY4

Hometown: Shanghai, China

Undergraduate: Cornell University

Major: Biology

Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical University College of Medicine

Internship: Internal Medicine, University of Illinois, Chicago

Academic interest: Since beginning residency, Dr. Zhang has begun to develop a research interest in the management of head and neck malignancies.

Hobbies: Outside of work, Dr. Zhang enjoys cooking, dining out in new restaurants, traveling, watching movies and participating in sports.

Email: zhan7258@umn.edu

Teresa Easwaran, MD

Teresa Easwaran

2021-2022: PGY3

Hometown: Kalamazoo, MI

Undergraduate: Indiana University Jacobs School of Music

Major: Cello Performance

Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine

Internship: General Surgery, Indiana University

Academic interest: CNS, Pediatrics, Head & Neck

Hobbies: Outside of work, Dr. Easwaran enjoys running and coaching/volunteering with the Special Olympics.

Email: easwa004@umn.edu

Susan Sun, MD

Susan Sun

2021-2022: PGY3

Hometown: Rochester, MN

Undergraduate: Northwestern University

Major: Biological Sciences

Medical School: University of Minnesota

Internship: Internal Medicine, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Academic interest: Dr. Sun's research interests in residency include examining outcomes after ocular brachytherapy. She is also interested in medical education and technology in healthcare.

Hobbies: Outside of work, Dr. Sun enjoys hiking and traveling.

Email: sunxx100@umn.edu

Erin McCammack, MD

Erin McCammack

2021-2022: PGY2

Hometown: Carmel, Indiana

Undergraduate: Wake Forest University

Major: Biology

Medical School: Indiana University

Internship: Internal Medicine, Ascension St. Vincent, Indianapolis

Academic Interest: Dr. McCammack is board certified in internal medicine and is pursuing a second speciality in radiation oncology. She has always had an interest in oncology and performed research testing drugs that have potential to act as radio-sensitizers in the treatment of pancreatic cancer. After she completes her residency, she would like to join a practice where she focuses on the treatment of breast cancer and gynecological cancer. She also has a strong interest in brachytherapy.

Hobbies: She enjoys oil painting, going on walks with her dog Bruno, snow skiing, and traveling.

Email: mccam059@umn.edu

Incoming Residents

Alex GrosingerAlex Grosinger, MD

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

Undergraduate: Tufts University

Major: History

Medical School: Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine

Internship: Ascension St. Joseph Transitional Year, Milwaukee, WI

Hobbies/Interests: Skiing, guitar, hiking