Aku Bedu, M.D.
Undergraduate: University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign
Medical School: Stritch School of Medicine - Loyola Chicago
Why MacNeal? I wanted to stay in the Chicago area. I found MacNeal to have a supportive learning environment. During my interactions with the residents, they seemed to have a good work-life balance and genuine friendship. I was also reassured that I would be exposed the full scope of family medicine and have the flexibility to do international rotations.
My interests in medicine include: global health, women's health, underserved medicine
Outside of medicine my interests include:: traveling, faith, food, dancing, game shows, tennis, and house plants
Alexander Dao, D.O.
Hometown: Yorba Linda, California
Undergraduate: University of California, Berkeley
Medical School: A.T. Still University - School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona
Why MacNeal? MacNeal has a strong sense of community. From my first exposure to the program on interview day, it was clear that the family medicine residency program emphasizes cultivating a social infrastructure that encourages a positive work environment. The attention to these less tangible aspects of professional development drew me to MacNeal.
My interests in medicine include: sports medicine, preventative health, integrative medicine, osteopathic medicine
Outside of medicine my interests include:: movies, basketball, concerts, planning weekend hikes then sleeping in instead
Regina DePietro, M.D.
Hometown: Eastchester, NY
Undergraduate: University of Chicago
Medical School: SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine
Why MacNeal? When I was looking for a residency program, I had a few priorities in mind. First, I needed a program in the Chicago area, as my husband is an MD/PhD at UChicago. Second, I wanted a place that set me up well for my goals to go into academic family medicine. Dr. Yang gave a really inspiring talk during my interview day on how the program's first and foremost mission to provide a great education for residents. He also seemed genuinely interested in my research and academic interests outside of Medical School: namely, writing, communication, and linguistic theory. Third, I wanted to go somewhere where people seemed to genuinely like each other and hang out outside of work. While I already have a strong network of friends here from undergrad, being able to socialize with co-residents is great because they understand your hours and what you go through daily. I am so happy to be here and I find it the perfect mix of being a very strong outpatient clinic combined with an excellent inpatient education.
My interests in medicine include: academic family medicine, faculty development, women's health
Outside of medicine my interests include:: cooking (sometimes I'm paleo, sometimes I'm vegetarian), being an amateur food critic with my husband, fiction and poetry writing, CrossFit, yoga, spin class, sitting on my back porch in Hyde Park, renovating and decorating our prewar fixer-upper
Alison Flanagan, D.O.
Hometown: Holly Springs, NC
Undergraduate: Meredith College
Medical School: VCOM-CC
Why MacNeal? When looking at relocating to the Chicago area, I became interested in MacNeal because of its longstanding reputation of training excellent family physicians. On my interview day, MacNeal’s commitment to family medicine was further reinforced, and it became obvious that I would leave the program as a well-rounded and well-trained family physician. There is such a supportive and positive environment here at MacNeal which makes it a great learning environment. From day one, all of the residents and faculty have been incredibly welcoming and friendly and have made me feel right at home.
My interests in medicine include: women’s health, geriatrics, in-office procedures
Outside of medicine my interests include:: exploring Chicago and going to local festivals, going to concerts, playing tennis, and going to the movies
Faith Kayes M.D., Pharm.D.
Hometown: Woodstock, IL
Undergraduate: Colgate University
Medical School: Univ of Missouri - Columbia
Why MacNeal? I wanted to stay within a day's drive of rural northern Illinois where I live and plan to practice, at a program where the atmosphere is supportive and cooperative. MacNeal was the first place I interviewed and became the standard by which to judge all others. No other program seemed as fun, busy, or well-organized. Clinic was a bustling place where residents and faculty thoroughly enjoyed themselves taking care of a wide variety of patients. Interns had their own long-term continuity patients right from the start: patients love the atmosphere and remain loyal for many years. In the hospital, family medicine residents were in charge of following through all phases of inpatient and outpatient care. Residents were happy, faculty were engaged, and seniors were completely prepared to walk out of residency into their own practice. Then I matched at MacNeal - and what I saw that interview day is true!
My interests in medicine include: geriatrics, pharmacy, research, formulary development
Outside of medicine my interests include:: living on 15 acres with fruit trees, vineyard, berries, bees, and fishing. Carpentry, plumbing, electrical, anything involving a hardware store. Guitar, art, hiking, and learning Spanish.
Kathryn LePage, D.O.
Hometown: North Canton, OH
Undergraduate: Wheaton College
Medical School: CCOM
Why MacNeal? I had heard throughout medical school what a great reputation MacNeal has for training family medicine residents. During the interview process I was so impressed with the commitment the faculty have to training residents and the culture they have of encouraging each other to be the best they can be. I am so thankful to be at MacNeal and be training with faculty and co-residents who love what they do and are so supportive of each other.
My interests in medicine include: pediatrics, women’s health, wound care
Outside of medicine my interests include:: spending time with my family and friends, trying out new restaurants, working out, baking
Kevin Martinez, M.D.
Hometown: Saint Charles, IL
Undergraduate: University of Illinois at Chicago
Medical School: University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine
Why MacNeal? I was first interested in the reputation of strong training at MacNeal and the type of physicians that they create. The residents during my interview were down to earth, honest, and extremely welcoming. The energy and warmness throughout the entire hospital created a workplace that I knew I’d be ecstatic be a part of. You can tell the residents easily bond at a one-on-one and at a group level, and that can have such a positive impact on the residency experience. The hospital seems to also be very involved in the community and patients really show appreciation for the care they receive at MacNeal. I’m so glad to be a part of that community.
My interests in medicine include: urgent care, emergency medicine, outpatient care, sports medicine
My interests outside of medicine: soccer, golf, exercise, video games, trying restaurants and bars around Chicago, hiking, camping, kayaking
Troy Menson, D.O.
Hometown: Manchester, IA
Undergraduate: University of Northern Iowa
Medical School: Des Moines University
Why MacNeal? MacNeal offers a welcoming environment where everyone is eager to aid and learn from each other. The camaraderie between co-residents and attendings is unique - allowing for as much freedom in practice as needed/appropriate. Working with people you laugh with and enjoy being around at all times creates a residency experience I didn't know existed. I searched for a program close to Chicago with a reputation of producing outstanding family medicine docs. I found it!
My interests in medicine include: preventive medicine, underserved medicine, global health
Outside of medicine my interests include:: human rights, traveling the world, Iowa Hawkeyes, running, Chipotle, and binge watching everything
Tiffany Sham, D.O.
Hometown: Danville, CA
Undergraduate: UC Berkeley
Medical School: AT Still University SOM in Arizona
Why MacNeal? What drew me to MacNeal on interview day was its emphasis on learning and growing in a very supportive environment. I loved the focus on community involvement but also the opportunity to go on international rotations. I’ve felt at home since day 1 of rotations and everyone from faculty to staff are very dedicated to teaching residents.
My interests in medicine include: international health, underserved communities and inpatient medicine
Outside of medicine, my interests include: I love watching NBA games, especially the Golden State Warriors! In my limited free time, I enjoy traveling to new places, exploring cultures, and trying new cuisines.
Leila Sheikholeslam, D.O.
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Undergraduate: UC Davis
Medical School: Western University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Why MacNeal? I immediately got a sense of the solid team and supportive culture at MacNeal. On interview day, the residents were enthusiastic, authentic, and well rounded, with spirit and a great sense of humor. The faculty appeared passionate and dedicated to shaping the residents into the type of physicians they aspire to be. Because I grew up in LA, the idea of moving to a new city with a fresh perspective was appealing to me during my residency training. I was looking for a change and the opportunity to live in Chicago felt like the right move and fit for me.
My interests in medicine include: preventive medicine, outpatient, urgent care
Outside of medicine my interests include:: traveling, Pilates, skiing, tennis, food and nutrition, exploring restaurants, ballet, movies, celebrity gossip, family and friends
Jason Wertheimer, D.O.
Hometown: Irvine, California by way of Detroit, Michigan
Undergraduate: University of California, Davis
Medical School: Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine
Why MacNeal? MacNeal’s family medicine residency stood out to me amongst other programs for two important reasons. The first being incredibly balanced training encompassing all domains of family practice. At MacNeal we’re provided the opportunity to hone our abilities to care for pediatric patients in and outside of the hospital, and to manage care of OB patients every step of the course from conception through birth. Both aspects are essential for my goal to practice full scope of osteopathic family medical care. A second great draw MacNeal had for me is a tangible almost unbelievable sense of passion and co-support amongst staff, residents and faculty alike across every corner of the campus. Simply put: our residents are HAPPY. I couldn't imagine a better environment or residency family with whom to share this rewarding period of challenge and growth.
My interests in medicine include: pediatrics, women’s health, nutrition, lifestyle and wellbeing counseling, osteopathic manipulation
Outside of medicine my interests include:: biking, running, camping, slacklining, snowboarding, beach-ing, generally everything outdoors. I take any excuse to be on or along Lake Michigan. I enjoy spending my weekends exploring endless food and entertainment options in the city with awesome co-residents. Travel, both domestic and abroad
Meghan Zomorodi, D.O.
Hometown: San Jose, CA
Undergraduate: Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, CA
Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA
Why MacNeal? The people. From the moment I stepped on the elevator the morning of my interview day, the residents, faculty, and staff at MacNeal stood out. I love living in the heart of Chicago and working with a supportive and well-rounded team of people in a diverse community. The program is organized and resident-centered with genuinely open communication. The high-quality, full-spectrum clinical training prepares MacNeal graduates to obtain job positions in a variety of settings. The program has an excellent reputation not only locally, but also coast-to-coast. As an attendee at the AMSSM Annual Conference, I met fellowship program directors from academic institutions across the country well acquainted with MacNeal alumni and faculty. Although a native Californian, I truly feel at home at MacNeal.
My interests in medicine include: sports/msk medicine, procedures, community health
Outside of medicine my interests include:: all things basketball, being outside, dogs, advocacy, policy, comedy sketches, languages, pho and tacos