Current Residents

 

PGY-5

Daniel Carson, MD

Daniel Carson, MD Undergraduate Degree: University of Memphis
Internship: University of Tennessee Health Science Center - Medicine
Medical School: University of Mississippi Medical Center
Research: Bosniak renal lesions

Why did you choose Baptist?
There are many things – excellent radiologists and staff, great program reputation, and proximity to my family. Baptist was a win-win.

What is your day like? Any challenges? What's rewarding about your day?
The most rewarding thing about my day is learning something new and different. Radiology is a great field – challenging, yes, but very rewarding.

What is your favorite thing about Memphis?
Growing up in and around this area, Memphis offers such great things at an amazingly affordable price. Sports, amazing dining options, outdoor events, being centrally located so travel to any part of the country is very accessible are only a few of the great things Memphis has to offer.

What made you decide on your career? Was there someone or something in your life that helped you choose your path?
I have been interested in radiology even before medical school. After doing 4 years of research in radiology, seeing the amazing capabilities it offers and the amazing future it has in medicine and understanding the lifestyle radiology offers – it was an easy choice.

Why would you recommend Baptist to a prospective applicant?
The radiologists and staff are the selling point. They are excellent and will teach and help in any way they can, all the while being great people in the process. And the program’s reputation is stellar. Baptist was an easy number one.

Lauren Delgado Hardegree, DO

Lauren Delgado Hardegree, DO Hometown: Miami, Florida
Undergraduate Degree:
Duke University
Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine – Georgia Campus
Internship: General Surgery at Rush University in Chicago, IL

What is your day like? Any challenges? What's rewarding about your day?
My typical day goes from 8am to 5pm. I get to the reading room, and start looking at studies on my own. Then an attending will come by and go over these studies with me and I’ll dictate the reports. Every day at noon there is a conference, which consists of a lecture by one of our attendings or a co-resident (lunch is provided for free in the physicians’ lounge). After lunch all the residents passed by residency coordinator's office to chat a little and fill up on the large offering of candy/snacks and drinks. The second half of the day is like the first half of the day. After work I usually try to read for a little while and get in at least 30 minutes of exercise 3-4 days/week because I am sitting most of the day at work. However, since I've started here we have installed standup desks at all the stations and that helps tremendously. From 2nd to 4th year I do other non-day shifts like week-long Short Floats (5pm to 2am) and month-long Night Floats (10pm to 7am). Short float is the first time your autonomy really goes up because there is no "in-house attending" after 10pm, but they are easily available by phone. Then Night Float you are without an "in-house attending" the entire shift. Learning goes up exponentially during these times.

My biggest challenge has been learning to study on my own and trying to take in the large volume of knowledge we are expected to know. Seeing that my work directly affects patient care decisions every day is very rewarding. I also love that each day I learn AT LEAST one new thing.

Personal interests outside of the residency program (golf, weight lifting, scrap booking, etc.)
I travel A LOT because my husband lives in New Jersey and family lives in Miami. I take advantage of the many free weekends we have to fly to see them as often as feasible - which equates to generally traveling every other weekend (during R1 & R4)! R2 & R3 are busier with workload, studying for boards, and applying to fellowship, so I travelled less those years. I love going to Orange Theory and Club Pilates, both of which are within 10 minutes or less from the hospital.

Married? Any children?
Married. No children yet.

Married? Any children?
Newly married. No children.

Why would you recommend Baptist to a prospective applicant?
Really great at providing graded autonomy and a large volume to read, which eventually prepares you to feel comfortable moonlighting your final year. No fellows mean there is no competition to read cases or scrub into procedures. The night float system and moonlighting are invaluable at building the confidence to make independent decisions, and I believe/hope this will carry over into making the transition from Resident to Attending much easier. Friendly and non-malignant staff that care about the residents, a very responsive program director, and fun co-residents make for an enjoyable learning environment.

Lauren Gotwald, MD

Lauren Gotwald, MD Hometown: Franklin, Tennessee
Undergraduate Degree: Vanderbilt University
Medical School: University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Internship: University of Tennessee Health Science Center – Medicine

Why did you choose Baptist?
The staff and residents were extremely welcoming when I visited as a student. I really like the curriculum and ability to read an abundance of images on a daily basis.

What is your day like? Any challenges? What's rewarding about your day?
It is very rewarding to make a diagnosis after reading the topic in a text.

What is your favorite thing about Memphis?
The food! So many amazing and unique restaurants. Shelby farms is incredible.

Why would you recommend Baptist to a prospective applicant?
Great at preparing you for your future career. Friendly environment with amazing staff and residents.

Rupesh Patel, MD

Rupesh Patel, MD Hometown: Wiggins, Mississippi
Undergraduate Degree: University of Southern Mississippi
Medical School: University of Mississippi Medical Center
Internship: University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Research: Microbiology

Why did you choose Baptist?
Besides location, one of the things I evaluated about post-graduate training programs was to see if their current residents were happy with the program and/or what changes they would want made to the program. The residents at Baptist seemed pleased with and were very enthusiastic about the program when I interviewed here.

What made you decide in your career? Was there someone or something in your life that helped you choose your path?
The instant gratification and assisting other physicians in the treatment of patients was appealing to me.

John Scott, DO

John Scott, DO Hometown: Montgomery, AL
Undergraduate Degree: Auburn University
Medical School: William Carey University College of Osteopathetic Medicine
Internship: University of Alabama Birmingham Montgomery Campus

Rich Shepler, MD

Rich Shepler, MD Hometown: McLean, Virginia
Undergraduate Degree: George Mason University
Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School
Internship: Norfolk General Hospital

Why did you choose Baptist?
Dr. Tonkin, the care shown for the residents, the quality of the practical experience.

What is your day like? Any challenges? What's rewarding about your day?
It keeps me intellectually challenged all day. I know I will learn new things all day long. Given the diagnostic importance of imaging in modern medicine, I know I am making a decisive contribution to patient care with every study that I read.

What is your favorite thing about Memphis?
I love the food and southern hospitality.

What made you decide on your career? Was there someone or something in your life that helped you choose your path?
My medical mentor Dr. Comunale

Why would you recommend Baptist to a prospective applicant?
The residents are treated extraordinarily well here. I would enthusiastically recommend it for the work culture and the quality of the training.

PGY-4

Chadwick Barrs, MD – Chief Resident

Chadwick Barrs Hometown: Columbia, SC
Undergraduate: University of South Carolina
Medical School: University of South Carolina School of Medicine
Internship: Medical College of Georgia

Daniel Eastlack, MD

Daniel Eastlack Hometown: Woodbury, NJ
Undergraduate: Rhodes College
Medical School: University of Tennessee School of Medicine
Internship: University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center

Hunter Wasserman, MD

Paul DePriest, MD, MHCM Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Hometown: Clifton, TX
Undergraduate Degree: University of Kansas
Medical School: University of Kansas
Internship: General Surgery, University of Missouri – Kansas City

Dexter Witte IV, MD

Paul DePriest, MD, MHCM Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Hometown: Memphis, TN
Medical Degree: University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Undergraduate Degree: Pepperdine University
Internship: Methodist Hospital, Memphis

Will Woodruff, MD - Chief Resident

Will Woodruff Hometown: Jonesboro, AR
Undergraduate School: Harding University
Medical School: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Internship: General Surgery- University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Why did you choose Baptist?
Personally, I chose to do residency at Baptist after a conversation with the Program Director that single-handedly convinced me to choose Radiology as a career and to come to Memphis. The combination of the staff camaraderie, autonomy, and resident benefits were very enticing. I've been grateful for that decision every day since, and being a resident here has been better than I ever expected any residency could be.

What is your day like? Any challenges? What's rewarding about your day?
My day varies greatly based on my scheduled rotation. Most days are 8-5, but like most medical professionals I may be in the hospital at any hour of the day. Most days consist of a mix of high-volume diagnostic studies, fluoroscopic procedures, educational conferences, and physician-to-physician interaction. I am continually challenged by the wide array of pathologies we diagnose and treat. We provide coverage for about 10 Baptist hospitals in addition to outpatient facilities giving the residency a wealth of educational opportunities. I find personal gratification in making diagnosis in acute and complex disease processes which allow for prompt patient treatment and improved outcomes. I also find fulfillment in combining my training in diagnostic imaging, patient care, and technical procedural skills to perform minimally-invasive interventional procedures.

What is your favorite thing about Memphis?
Memphis has a ton to offer in great food, music, sports, and outdoor activities. I really appreciate how convenient life here is. As a resident, I can easily live in close proximity to the hospital, visit family, and go from the reading room to running trails at Shelby Farms Park in a matter of minutes.

Why would you recommend Baptist to a prospective applicant?
I believe if you come to Baptist you will leave more ready to jump out into practice than from anywhere else. You will acquire confidence from the gradual autonomy and high caseload coupled with a solid educational foundation. You will have the opportunity to form outstanding mentorship relationships with the staff and be treated with respect. Residents are routinely successful in transitioning into the subspecialty fields of their choice. I highly recommend coming to Memphis to check out the program!

PGY-3

Stephen Juel, MD

Paul DePriest, MD, MHCM Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Hometown: Memphis, TN
Undergraduate Degree: Rhodes College
Medical School: University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Internship: Methodist Hospital, University of Tennessee

Why did you choose Baptist?
Baptist is a perfect balance of direct education and hands on experience. I fully expect to have the skills necessary to practice upon completion of the program. Beginning with my M3 rotations, Baptist's commitment to both the education and care of physicians is clear.

What is your day like? Any challenges? What's rewarding about your day?
Day to day life of a resident varies dependent on the rotation. Each day is a learning experience with educational opportunities from other residents and attendings.

What is your favorite thing about Memphis?
Memphis is a perfect sized city for the lifestyle I desire. While there are restaurants and many options for things to do, it is still small enough where traffic is light, cost of living is low and professional connections are easy to make and maintain.

What made you decide on your career? Was there someone or something in your life that helped you choose your path?
As a biochem major I was extremely interested in the fine details and structural elements. Going through medical school, I always enjoyed anatomy and in my 4th year had the opportunity to spend some time in the reading room and loved it. It combines a lot of my inherent interests and requires attention to detail–something I enjoy.

Why would you recommend Baptist to a prospective applicant?
Baptist offers a wide variety of radiological experiences within a single network system. Rather than adjusting to potentially different EMR systems or cultures, you can focus on being a better radiologist.

Isaac Keel, DO

Isaac Keel Hometown: Gulfport, MS
Undergraduate Degree: University of Mississippi
Medical School: William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Internship: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Alex Mayeux, MD

Alex Mayeux, MD Internship: Opelousas, LA
Undergraduate Degree: Lousiana State University
Medical Degree: Lousiana State University
Internship: Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center

Tanner Nichols, DO

Radiology Residency Photo Hometown: Jonesboro, AR
Medical Degree: Harding University
Internship: Oklahoma State University
Residency: St. Anthony Hospital

Why did you choose Baptist?
Very friendly atmosphere, great training and they seem to take great care of the residents. Great location.

What is your day like? Any challenges? What's rewarding about your day?
There isn’t a typical day as a resident. I just try to do my work as efficiently and accurately as possible and give myself time to rest towards the end of the day. My job as a resident is to make my attending's job as easy as possible and to learn as much as I can. It is rewarding to make an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment plan. It is challenging and frustrating at times when you can’t remember something that you should be able to in order to be more efficient.

What is your favorite thing about Memphis?
Very cultured. Lots of fun things to do and good restaurants. I'm sure I will be able to add more to this once I've lived there.

What made you decide on your career? Was there someone or something in your life that helped you choose your path?
I liked how radiology related to every aspect of medicine and allowed us to help all kinds of patients/specialists. Several family friend physicians stated that they would do radiology if they could go back. Not one specific person, just every physician I asked said to do radiology and that they wish they had done radiology also.

Why would you recommend Baptist to a prospective applicant?
Radiology is a very friendly place and has great training. There are plenty of imaging studies for every resident to have more than adequate training.

Thomas Powierza, MD

Radiology Residency Photo Hometown: Thunder Bay, Ontario
Medical Degree: UNC-Chapel Hill
Internship: Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University
Residency: Medical University of South Carolina

Why did you choose Baptist?
I had a really good interview experience here. I felt the program aligned well with my values and would be a good place for training with the ultimate goal of working in private practice.

What made you decide on your career? Was there someone or something in your life that helped you choose your path?
I always knew I wanted to become a doctor. Once in medical school I had felt early on radiology would be a good fit for my personality and interests. After finishing rotations and getting the chance to complete a few radiology electives I knew it was the right choice for me. The aspects of radiology which appeal to me include the scope of practice and wide breadth of medical knowledge required, the technology and importance of imaging in modern medicine, and finally I really enjoyed all the radiologists I worked with and found them to be highly knowledgeable and compassionate.

Jonathan Rindner, DO

Radiology Residency Photo Hometown: Sarasota, FL
Undergraduate Degree: University of North Carolina - Wilmington
Medical Degree: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Internship: University of Florida

PGY-2

Logan Benoist, MD

Logan Benoist, MD< Hometown: Forth Worth, TX
Medical Degree: Rhodes College
Internship: UT Houston Medical School
Residency: Memorial Health Savannah

Why did you choose Baptist?
I enjoyed Memphis as a college student and had heard good things about the hospital.

What is your day like? Any challenges? What's rewarding about your day?
Get to work around 7 or 8, and start looking at cases. Leave between 4-5.

What is your favorite thing about Memphis?
The food.

What made you decide on your career? Was there someone or something in your life that helped you choose your path?
I picked radiology because it is a broad field and I get to learn about the entire human body.

Why would you recommend Baptist to a prospective applicant?
Huge hospital network across multiple states which adds to the learning environment. Baptist treats the residents well.

Rob Brenteson, MD

Rob Brenteson, MD Hometown: Shelby, MT
Undergraduate Degree: Carroll College
Medical Degree: University of Washington
Internship: VA Medical Center, Boise, ID

Henderson Jones, MD

Henderson Jones, MD Hometown: Jackson, MS
Undergraduate Degree: Duke University
Medical Degree: UT Health San Antonio - Long School of Medicine
Internship: General Surgery Internship at Dell Seton Medical Center, Austin, Texas

Abteen Moshref, MD

Abteen Moshref, MD Hometown: Memphis, TN
Undergraduate Degree: University of Memphis
Medical Degree: University of Tennessee College of Medicine
Internship: University of Tennessee - Memphis, Internal Medicine

Why did you choose Baptist?
Baptist is a great community environment, the volume of imaging to learn from is amazing, and the people are overall kind and generous. It was a great choice for me.

What is your day like? Any challenges? What's rewarding about your day?
Every day is different, and that's the best part about it. Every patient provides a new challenge in understanding anatomy, pathophysiology, and various imaging techniques to assist clinicians in treating patients.

What is your favorite thing about Memphis?
The food, the generosity, the lack of traffic that comes with large cities

What made you decide on your career? Was there someone or something in your life that helped you choose your path?
Radiology is the most encompassing speciality in all of medicine, with over 90% of patients in a hospital setting receiving some form of imaging. It allows us the opportunity to assist patients and other physicians and better overall care.

Why would you recommend Baptist to a prospective applicant?
It is a great family environment that allows your own autonomy in Radiology. You are provided a great education, but also provided enough space to learn independently at your pace.

Matthew Robinson, MD

Matthew Robinson, MD Hometown: Griffin, GA
Undergraduate Degree: Columbus State University
Medical Degree: Mercer University School of Medicine
Internship: Medical Center at Navicent Health

Why did you choose Baptist?
Memphis is great and affordable. The radiology faculty are fantastic. The residency is high volume and varied.

What is your day like? Any challenges? What's rewarding about your day?
Barbeque and Shelby Farms.

What is your favorite thing about Memphis?
The food, the generosity, the lack of traffic that comes with large cities

What made you decide on your career? Was there someone or something in your life that helped you choose your path?
Radiology is the most encompassing speciality in all of medicine, with over 90% of patients in a hospital setting receiving some form of imaging. It allows us the opportunity to assist patients and other physicians and better overall care.

Why would you recommend Baptist to a prospective applicant?
This is a very high volume program with a higher level of autonomy than most programs, especially in the later years.

Parker Suit, DO

Parker Suit, DO Hometown: Macon, GA
Undergraduate Degree: UAB
Medical Degree: LMU-DCOM
Internship: Michigan State

Why did you choose Baptist?
After rotating through Baptist in Medical school, it was clear to me that Baptist would be my first choice. The culture and the program suited my personality and my professional goals. The collegial teaching and learning atmosphere makes it more enjoyable and easier to learn. After seeing the large number of studies read by radiology residents, accompanied by quality teaching and mentoring, I was certain I would be well trained after four years in the program.

What is your day like? Any challenges? What's rewarding about your day?
Depending on the specific rotation, my day starts at 7 or 8 am. I start dictating studies, answering phone calls, reviewing studies with the attendings. At lunchtime, the residents attend a noon conference while enjoying food from the our esteemed Baptist physician lounge. After noon conference, it's back to dictating studies. Certainly, there are many challenges. Chief among the challenges is finding the time, focus and energy to tackle the steep learning curve in the early stages of the residency. Although challenging, it is quite rewarding to know my training will allow me to be a member of a profession that values being the best I can be, so that I might help others.

What is your favorite thing about Memphis?
Memphis is big enough to have diversity in many things, such as food, entertainment, education and people. I suppose my favorite right now is food.

What made you decide on your career? Was there someone or something in your life that helped you choose your path?
Radiology is appealing to me because I find it engaging to see a vast array of interesting pathology while reading different modalities of imaging. Radiology also plays to my strengths, and is a good fit for my personality and interests. There are many people that helped set me on this path. These included my parents, teachers, coaches, and associates. Some helped me see what I could do. Others inadvertently helped by showing me what I shouldn’t do. Both have been instrumental in setting me on this path.

Why would you recommend Baptist to a prospective applicant?
The combination of a vast study volume, quality teaching and a collegial atmosphere assures one will be pleased with the program and prepared for a successful professional career. This is evident in the excellent fellowships offered to Baptist radiology residents.