Integrated Program
Sagar Deshpande, MD

Sagar Deshpande, MD

Hometown: Kalamazoo, Michigan
Undergrad: University of Michigan
Awards: United States Public Health Service Excellence in Public Health Award, John F. Kennedy Fellowship, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgery Young Investigator Award
Medical Interests: Craniomaxillofacial Surgery, Post-Oncologic Reconstruction
Hobbies/Interests: Bikejoring, Smoking Meats, Cooking Sous-Vide
Why I chose Minnesota: I wanted to train at an academic program, and I enjoy winter and large quantities of snow.

Michelle Frees

Michelle Frees, MD

Hometown: Bemidji, Minnesota
Undergrad: University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Medical Interests: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Hobbies/Interests: Painting, hiking, and traveling
Why I chose Minnesota: I love Minnesota! I chose to stay at the University of Minnesota because I know I will get excellent training in a fun and supportive environment. 

Heidi Johng

Heidi Johng, MD

Hometown: Rochester, Minnesota
Undergrad: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Awards: Gold Humanism Honors Society
Medical Interests: Global/public health, gender surgery
Hobbies/Interests: There isn't a lot I'm not interested in - traveling, anything outdoors, eating, cooking, reading, music, sports, etc.
Why I chose Minnesota: I could go into how this program graduates excellently trained and well-rounded surgeons who are also fellowship competitive, but the main reason I chose to come to Minnesota for my plastic surgery residency is for the people. The surgery residents here are extremely supportive of each other and are a lot of fun to work with. I've also found the majority of the attendings to be very approachable and eager to teach. The Cities themselves have a lot to offer when it comes to culture, food, activities, and beer. And lastly (but most importantly), MSP is a surprisingly easily accessible international airport that has direct flight options to most places around the world.

Lamvy Le

Lamvy Le, MD

Hometown: Great Falls, VA
Undergrad: University of Virginia
Awards: Alpha Omega Alpha, Gold Humanism Honor Society
Medical Interests: Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery, Global Health
Hobbies/Interests: Yoga, hiking, painting, photography, foodie and plant enthusiast
Why I chose Minnesota: I chose the plastic surgery program at Minnesota for the people. The residents and staff are friendly and supportive, and I know that I’ll receive excellent training and mentorship in whatever I pursue. The Twin Cities also offers a wealth of culture, food, and outdoor activities that fit my interests.

Marsh Henry

Henry Marsh, MD

Anooj Patel

Anooj Patel, MD


Lauren Powell, MD

Matthew Rich

Matthew Rich, MD

Hometown: Stafford, Virginia
Undergrad: Virginia Tech
Awards: Best Matt Rich award 30 years running
Medical Interests: Hand surgery, burn surgery 
Hobbies/Interests: Mountain biking, fishing, running
Why I chose Minnesota: Great city with a diverse patient population.

Nolan Schwarz, MD

Nolan Schwarz, MD

Victor Vakayil

Victor Vakayil, MD

Pedram Zargari

Pedram Zargari, MD

Independent Program
Nicholas Garcia

Nicholas Garcia, MD