Current Residents in the General Surgery Residency Program

PGY-5s

Allison Beckett, M.D.Allison Beckett, M.D.

Hometown: Augusta, GA
College: Emory University 
Medical School: University of South Alabama School of Medicine
Email: arbeckett@health.southalabama.edu 

Dr. Allison Beckett graduated from Emory University with a Bachelor of Arts with High Honors in Chemistry.  While at Emory University, she worked as a TA in the Organic Chemistry laboratories and with the Emory Institute for Drug Discovery synthesizing novel therapeutic agents.

Dr. Beckett accepted the Earnest Debakey Scholarship and began her studies at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine.  She is honored to remain at South for her general surgery training.

What does Dr. Beckett like most about being a resident at the University of South Alabama?

"The people! All of our residents are happy and have cultivated an amazing work environment. The staff is dedicated to making our dreams come true. We operate, even as interns!"

 

James Roy, M.D.James Roy, M.D.

Hometown: Dothan, AL
College: Auburn University
Medical School: UAB School of Medicine
Email: jdroy@health.southalabama.edu 

Dr. David Roy graduated summa cum laude from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science Degree (Biomedical Sciences). While at the Auburn, he was named to the College of Sciences and Mathematics Dean’s List all four years, was awarded the College of Sciences and Mathematics Outstanding freshman and sophomore awards, and was named an honorary member of the Houston County Medical Society. During his time at UAB School of Medicine, he excelled academically and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. While at UAB, Dr. Roy participated in clinical research with a focus on quality improvement. He graduated cum laude from UAB School of Medicine in 2016. 

In 2016, Dr. Roy matched as a categorical resident into the General Surgery Residency at the University of South Alabama. Outside of medicine, he enjoys fishing, golf, running, road-biking, and triathlons. Dr. Roy is married without children.

What does Dr. Roy most about being a resident at the University of South Alabama?

“I thoroughly believe there is not a residency program in the country where the residents care more for one another or where attending’s genuinely care more about the education and well-being of the residents than USA. From the moment I matched into this program I and my co-interns have truly been treated as family. Additionally, the degree of exposure and autonomy I have received in my first months of residency is outstanding.”

 

Frank Rutigliano, M.D.Frank Rutigliano, M.D.

Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
College: Purdue University’s College of Pharmacy 
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine
Email: frrutigliano@health.southalabama.edu 

Dr. Frank Rutigliano graduated from Purdue University’s College of Pharmacy in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in medicinal chemistry and molecular pharmacology. While at Purdue University, he participated in breast cancer research, performed as a biology teacher assistant and was a student ambassador for the University. He was gifted the College of Pharmacy Student Leadership Award upon graduation. After matriculation into the Indiana University School of Medicine, Dr. Rutigliano extended his leaderships roles to include serving as class officer for 3 years, sitting as a voting member on the School of Medicine Admissions Committee,    and founding IUSM’s “Connections Days,” a yearlong wellness program aimed to prevent burnout and address the high rates of suicide amongst medical students. While in medical school Dr. Rutigliano also participated in surgical outcomes research, especially in “Litigation Following Injury And The Effects On Quality of Life” and was able to present his findings at the Academic Surgical Congress national meeting in 2016. Later that year Dr. Rutigliano matched as a categorical resident into the General Surgery Residency at the University of South Alabama to begin his surgical training.

What does Dr. Rutigliano most about being a resident at the University of South Alabama?

"I believe the University of South Alabama does a fantastic job at providing excellent patient care, creating a benign learning environment, and catering to populations with advanced disease processes. Dr. Rutigliano appreciates the level of autonomy given to resident physicians at the University of South Alabama. And finally, Dr. Rutigliano said it was a joy to work with both his resident colleagues and attending physicians alike, who of which were highly educated, motivated, and treated each other deserved respect.”

 

Yong Tan, M.D.Yong Tan, M.D.

Hometown: Sarasota, Florida
College: University of Florida
Medical School: University of Florida COM
Email: ytan@health.southalabama.edu 

Dr. Yong "Andy" Tan graduated from the University of Florida (UF) in 2010 with two Bachelor of Science (Microbiology – cum laude/Biochemistry – summa cum laude) and Bachelor of Arts (Classical Civilization – cum laude) degrees.  While at UF, he participated in various extracurricular activities including intramural sports and bench research. His accomplishments include the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Provost Scholars Award for a research sabbatical at Beth Israel Deaconess, HHMI intramural Award, and University Scholars. After graduation, he matriculated at the UF College of Medicine (UF COM). He graduated from the UF COM in 2014.

In 2014, Dr. Tan matched as a categorical resident into the General Surgery Residency program at the University of South Alabama. During his internship, his effort in education earned him the “Excellence in Student Teaching” as voted upon by the medical school class. Upon completion of his second year of residency, Dr. Tan will be taking a two-year research sabbatical to become a research fellow in Dr. Gillespie’s lab at the University of South Alabama Center for Lung Biology. His research will be focused on mitochondrial oxidative damage with ischemia-reperfusion in relations to lung transplantation. Dr. Tan’s goal is to become a cardiothoracic surgeon in an academic setting.

What does Dr. Tan like most about being a resident at the University of South Alabama?

When I first came to the University of South Alabama for my residency interview, the program stood out for the comradery that the residents show for each other. In addition, I appreciated and respected the friendly and collaborative relationship the attendings have with the residents. As I imagine who I want to work with every day for the next five years, I could not think of a better group.  Furthermore, I can honestly say the program does everything it can to provide opportunities and support for each resident, regardless of interest or specialty choice.

 

Michael Caposole, D.O.Michael Caposole, D.O.

Hometown: Williamstown, New Jersey
College: Drexel University
Medical School: Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine
Email: mcaposole@health.southalabama.edu 

Dr. Michael Caposole is a native of Southern New Jersey. He graduated from Drexel University with a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and a master’s degree in biomedical sciences from Rutgers University. He earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine.  At Rowan-SOM, Dr. Caposole enrolled in the case-based learning curriculum, was awarded multiple academic scholarships and served as class president.

Upon graduating medical school, Dr. Caposole matched into a traditional rotating internship in family medicine at Christiana Care Hospital System and continued his post-graduate training in general surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and the Carle Foundation. During this time, Dr. Caposole completed a research fellowship at the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center where he conducted clinical research in thoracic surgery including epidemiologic studies on disparities in lung cancer screening, treatments, and outcomes. His work is published in multiple journals including Surgical Oncology and Surgical Infections. Dr. Caposole also gained expertise as a wound care physician.

Dr. Caposole is thrilled to be part of the USA general surgery team.  He has interests in many surgical sub-specialties including vascular, cardiothoracic, plastic surgery, critical care and minimally invasive surgery and is looking forward to completing his training and obtaining his board certification.

Dr. Caposole credits much of his success to his late father, Michael J. Caposole, a master plumber and jack of all trades who inspired and instilled in him a sense of compassion, adventure and love for all that life has to offer.

When Dr. Caposole is not at the hospital, he enjoys fixing things, exercising, water sports, traveling and spending time with his fiancé Shanna and his dog Baxter.

What does Dr. Caposole like most about being a resident at the University of South Alabama?

“The comradery and collaboration between the residents and staff at USA is unmatched by any of the other programs I was previously exposed to.  The culture here is very rare to find in any residency program, let alone a general surgery program.  My favorite thing about South is by far, the people I work with on a daily basis.”

 

PGY-4s

Deepa Cherla, M.D. Deepa Cherla, M.D.

Hometown: Basking Ridge, NJ
College: The College of New Jersey
Medical School: New Jersey Medical School (Accelerated 7-Year BS/MD Program)
Email: dcherla@health.southalabama.edu

Deepa Cherla is originally from Basking Ridge, New Jersey. As a high school student, she received a National Merit Scholarship and graduated as one of her class’s valedictorians. Dr. Cherla was accepted to an accelerated 7-year BS/MD program in high school and received a full merit-based academic scholarship to The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) in Ewing. During her 3 undergraduate years, she studied abroad at the University of Cape Town and helped engineer a science curriculum for middle school students in a nearby district. She eventually graduated with a Bachelor in Science in Biology from TCNJ and received Phi Beta Kappa recognition.

At New Jersey Medical School, she led multiple community service organizations, including the Student Health Advocacy for Resources and Education organization, and founded a medical clinic at a nearby homeless shelter. She also served on the Institutional Review Board and was class representative of the American Medical Women’s Association. Dr. Cherla was also a group leader and mentor in the Collaborative Approaches to Learning Medicine Group. She graduated with AOA recognition.

As a resident, she has approximately 40 publications and has received multiple grants and national and international research awards, including the Americas Hernia Society Best Manuscript/Presentation Award, the Surgical Infection Society Resident Poster Award, multiple oral presentation awards from the Abdominal Wall Reconstruction Conference, and the Society of Asian Academic Surgeons Resident/Fellow Development Scholarship. She has also received funding to and presented at a national conference on hospital efforts to “green” the OR. Dr. Cherla has received grants from the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. Outside of professional interests, she enjoys jogging.

In 2020, Dr. Cherla joined the General Surgery Residency program at the University of South Alabama as a PGY-4 categorical resident.

What does Dr. Cherla like most about being a resident at the University of South Alabama?

USA has a very positive and upbeat atmosphere and is committed to helping its residents reach their full potential. The faculty are friendly and genuinely want to teach. The residents are very supportive of each other and a pleasure to work with.  The hospital staff, including the nurses and operating room personnel, are great at what they do and always make themselves available to help.

 

Parker Mullen, M.D.Parker Mullen, M.D.

Hometown: Jasper, AL
College: University of Alabama
Medical school: University of South Alabama College of Medicine
Email: pmullen@health.southalabama.edu 

Dr. Parker Mullen graduated cum laude, with University Honors, from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a concentration in health professions.  While at the University of Alabama, he was involved in humanitarian projects both domestic and internationally in Nicaragua and the Bahamas.  He also assisted with various research projects with the Department of Biology during his junior and senior years.  While in Medical school at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, he worked on a translational research project with the Department of Surgery examining mitochondrial DNA in elective surgery patients. He also co-founded an annual case report symposium for medical students.  He then graduated from USA COM in 2017. 

In 2017, Dr. Mullen matched as a categorical resident into the General Surgery Residency at the University of South Alabama.  He and his wife, Camden, enjoy spending time on the Gulf Coast beaches with their two dogs. 

What does Dr. Mullen like most about being a resident at the University of South Alabama?

“Unquestionably the people here make this program set apart. USA is an incredibly well-rounded surgical program with attendings and staff who genuinely care about the residents and their development as training surgeons.  Along with them, the residents here truly are a family.  I’m honored to continue my training at South.”

 

Kenny Quang, M.D.Kenny Quang, M.D.

Hometown: Tulsa, Oklahoma
College: University of Oklahoma
Medical School: University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
Email: kquang@health.southalabma.edu 

Dr. Kenny Quang graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Literature and a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology. While at university, he studied a year at the Univesidad de Alcala de Henares in Spain. While attending medical school, Dr. Quang helped start the Surgical Interest Group at the Tulsa branch campus and later became the president. During his fourth year, he helped teach the anatomy course for MS1s. He has been a part of several research projects ranging from human trafficking to basic science research throughout his medical education. In 2016, he won a regional competition for poster presentations for medical students. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2017 and matched as a categorical resident into the general surgery residency at the University of South Alabama. 

What does Dr. Quang like most about being a resident at the University of South Alabama?

"I enjoy working with the people around me at USA and that it creates a challenging environment that provides unique learning opportunities and experiences."

 

William Ricks, M.D.William Ricks, M.D.

Hometown: Huntsville, Alabama
College: Samford University
Medical School: University of South Alabama College of Medicine
Email: wricks@health.southalabama.edu 

Dr. William Ricks attended Samford University as a Beeson Exceptional Scholar and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry. During his time at Samford University, he served as a Samford Ambassador and was elected into Omicron Delta Kappa.

Dr. Ricks attended University of South Alabama College of Medicine on a Dean’s Scholarship. During medical school he served as the AAMC Organization of Student Representatives Southern Regional Chair and participated in the College of Medicine’s Curriculum Committee. Actively involved in the Christian Medical Ministry of South Alabama (CMMSA), he attended a medical mission trip to Tegucigalpa, Honduras and helped organize several yearly events hosted by CMMSA. As a junior medical student, he was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and received the ProAssurance Outstanding Patient Communication Award in his final year.

In 2017, Dr. Ricks matched as a categorical resident into the General Surgery Residency at the University of South Alabama. He is married and has one daughter. He enjoys spending time with his family, hunting, hiking and woodworking.

What does Dr. Ricks like most about being a resident at the University of South Alabama?

“After my freshman year of medical school, I did research with the Trauma Department at USA. It was during that time I realized the enthusiasm the attendings have for teaching and mentorship. As a surgical resident at University of South Alabama, we have the best leadership, learning environment to enable us to achieve our goals inside and outside the Hospital. I would not want to train anywhere else.”

 

Lindsay Williams, M.D.Lindsay Williams, M.D.

Hometown: Lexington, Kentucky
College: Western Kentucky University
Medical School: University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Email: williamsl@health.southalabama.edu  

Dr. Lindsay Williams attended Western Kentucky University on a combined academic/athletic full ride scholarship from 2008-2012. She graduated magna cum laude from the honors college with a degree in biology. During her time at WKU, she was a center midfielder for the Lady Hilltopper’s soccer team that competed in the Sun Belt Conference. In 2012 she received the award for “Female Scholar Athlete of the Year” from the athletic department. Additionally at WKU, she completed her honors thesis project entitled: “The Prevalence of Essential Hypertension in Kasigau, Kenya”.  

While attending medical school at the University of Kentucky, she worked extensively with the Trauma Acute Care Surgical Department, and presented her research, “The Influence of Pain Regimen on Pain Scores and Length of Stay on Blunt Thoracic Trauma Patients” at the Kentucky chapter meeting of ACS, with the manuscript published in the Society of University Surgeons journal. She also served as a member of a panel discussion at the ACS Clinical Congress in October of 2016 regarding millennials and surgical education entitled, “Mythbusters: Demystifying the Surgical Clerkship”. It was at this national meeting that Lindsay first met program director, Dr. Simmons.   

Dr. Williams volunteered extensively with her hometown church’s medical clinic that provides care to the underserved of Lexington. First opening in 2007, she is extremely proud to have volunteered with Refuge Medical Clinic for 10 years before moving to Mobile, a tenure that started with her as a high school student working the front desk. The time she spent at Refuge and the relationships she formed with many of the doctors, nurses, and patients were very formative in her pursuing a career in medicine.

Outside of the hospital, Dr. Williams enjoys playing soccer, exercising, riding horses, spending time outdoors, drawing, painting, and watching UK basketball.

What does Dr. Williams like most about being a resident at the University of South Alabama?

I love the down to earth people at USA and the warm, welcoming feel I got when I was on campus during the interview process. It has all the opportunities that a large academic center would provide, while maintaining the identity of a smaller, closer-knit community that really cares about everyone, and equips you to succeed. 

 

PGY-3s

Ibrahim Abou Saleh, M.D.Ibrahim Abou Saleh, M.D.

Hometown: Beirut, Lebanon
Medical School: Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland - Bahrain
Email: iabousalaeh@health.southalabama.edu

Dr. Ibrahim Abou Saleh graduated with honors from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland – Bahrain with Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery and Bachelor of the Art of Obstetric. While at the Royal College of Surgeons, Ibrahim served on many community service projects and outreach events involving the homeless and underserved population. Following his graduation from medical school, He completed his post-doctoral research fellowship At Albert Einstein in New York. As the lead study coordinator, his research involved musculoskeletal rehabilitation in osteoarthritic patient and virtual reality analgesia in children. In 2018, Dr. Abou Saleh matched as a preliminary resident into the General Surgery Residency at the University of South Alabama. After completion of his second year at Loma Linda University Hospital, he returned as a categorical resident at the University of South Alabama in 2020.

He is married without children. Outside of residency, he enjoys the beach, exercising, and spending time with his family and friend

What does Dr. Abou Saleh like most about being a resident at the University of South Alabama?

The familial atmosphere of this residency program is a hallmark trait that sets this program apart. Everyone is very welcoming and warm. I am very grateful to be a part of the team here at South.

 

Colin Buckley, M.D.Colin Buckley, M.D.

Hometown: Tulsa, Oklahoma
College: University of La Verne, California
Medical School: University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
Email: cbuckley@health.southalabama.edu  

Dr. Colin Buckley grew up in Tulsa, OK, where he enlisted for the Army during high school to enter training and selection to serve as an Army Airborne Ranger in the 1st Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment – one of the country’s most prestigious special operations units. He participated in combat deployments to Iraq in 2007 and 2010, and Afghanistan in 2008, reaching the rank of Staff Sergeant while leading a squad-sized infantry unit.  His injuries received in Afghanistan awarded him the Purple Heart, and instilled in him a profound appreciation and interest in trauma care.

After separating from the Army in 2011, Dr. Buckley excelled in undergraduate studies, graduating summa cum laude in 3 years from the University of La Verne with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology/Concentration in Pre-med/Health Sciences.  He returned to his home state to attend the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.  During medical school, he assisted as an anatomy TA and was involved in several IRB proposals. He enjoyed being active with the campus Veteran’s and Military Alliance, the Leadership Health Science Center, and volunteering on weekends at a local free clinic.  Dr. Buckley matched as a categorical resident into the General Surgery Residency program at the University of South Alabama in 2018.  His career interests include trauma, critical care surgery, and emergency general surgery. He is happily married to his wife, Aly, and has two dogs, Kuma and Sid. In his free time, Dr. Buckley is an avid snowboarder, enjoys hiking, visits to the beach, shooting sports, and international travel with his wife.

What does Dr Buckley like most about being a resident at the University of South Alabama?

“The residents are a close group, and I appreciated how much they took interest in supporting not just myself, but my wife and her transition to Alabama, as well.  From the moment I attended the residency interview dinner, I have been welcomed as family.”

 

Alissa Doll, M.D.Alissa Doll, M.D.

Hometown: Louisville, KY
College: University of Kentucky
Medical School: University of Louisville
Email: adoll@health.southalabama.edu

Dr. Alissa Doll is a native of Louisville, Kentucky. She graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Arts in Music with an emphasis is flute in May 2013. While a student of the school of music, she served as the Drum Major (student leader of bands) throughout her senior year. During her time at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, she earned a Distinction of Medical Education, notable for research and teaching within the School of Medicine. She presented her educational research at local and regional conferences through the form of poster and podium presentations in 2016 and 2017. At the 2016 Research!Louisville conference, she earned first place for the Greenberg award in Education Research.  In March of 2018, she accepted a position at the University of South Alabama as a Categorical General Surgery Resident.

 

William Hardy, M.D.William Hardy, M.D.

Hometown: Auburn, Alabama
College: Auburn University
Medical School: University of South Alabama College of Medicine
Email: whardy@health.southalabama.edu 

Dr. Johnson Hardy attended Auburn University as a National Scholars Presidential Scholar and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree (Biomedical Sciences). During his time at Auburn, Dr. Hardy received honorary scholarships from both the College of Science and Mathematics and the University Honors College, was consistently named to the College of Science and Mathematics Dean’s List, and was recognized as Phi Kappa Phi’s Outstanding Freshman Student before being elected to that society in his junior year. He also completed an Honors Thesis in anti-viral drug design, and in his final semester was honored with the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence, having maintained an unbroken 4.0 GPA. As a medical student at the University of South Alabama, Dr. Hardy was an active member of the Wilderness Medicine Interest Group and the Christian Medical Ministry of South Alabama, serving in leadership roles with both organizations, becoming certified in Advanced Wilderness Life Support, and participating in medical missions trips to Peru and Rwanda.

In 2018, Dr. Hardy matched categorically into the General Surgery Residency Program at the University of South Alabama. When not in the hospital, he enjoys hunting and fishing, exploring the Mobile-Tensaw Delta, playing bluegrass guitar, reading old books, and driving rural backroads in his beloved southern Alabama.

What does Dr. Hardy like most about being a resident at the University of South Alabama?

“I believe the leadership in this program is unmatched at any other residency in the country. The unique culture at South, evident with even a casual association, is the direct product of their deliberate and purposeful efforts. While the training is truly exceptional, and almost tailor made for my interests, the unequaled commitment of the program to the success and development of its residents – both personally and professionally – was the deciding factor in my decision to rank South first. I wanted to help propagate the excellent training environment I saw, and I could not be more grateful for having been given the opportunity to train here.”

 

Wilson Huett, M.D.Wilson Huett, M.D.

Hometown: Springdale, Arkansas
College: University of Arkansas
Medical School: University of Arkansas COM
Email: whuett@health.southalabama.edu 

Dr. Wilson Huett graduated with honors from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. During medical school at UAMS, he returned to his high school alma mater to create and lead a medical professions interest group. He also worked with the Trauma and Emergency General Surgery Department and presented his research, “Gastrografin challenge protocol decreases length of hospital stay in patients with adhesive small bowel obstruction” at the 2018 Academic Surgical Conference.

In 2018, Dr. Huett matched as a categorical resident into the General Surgery Residency at the University of South Alabama. He is married to his high school sweetheart, and they are the proud parents of two French bulldogs. Outside of residency, he enjoys binge watching TV shows, eating good food, and watching college football (especially his beloved Arkansas Razorbacks).

 

Chelsea Olson, M.D.Chelsea Olson, M.D.

Hometown: Denver, Colorado
College: Virginia Commonwealth University
Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Email: colson@health.southalabama.edu  

Dr. Chelsea Olson graduated summa cum laude from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Arts degree (Foreign Language: Spanish), University Honors, and completion of the Guaranteed Admission Program: Medicine (a competitive Honors College program guaranteeing high school seniors admission to VCU School of Medicine after completion of a four-year undergraduate degree). While attending Virginia Commonwealth University, she was named to the Dean’s List and received the Dean’s Scholarship four consecutive years, received the Honors College Weinberg Scholarship three consecutive years, and was inducted into the Phi Eta Sigma Honors Society, Golden Key, and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She conducted undergraduate research examining the synthesis, morphology, and application of zinc oxide nanoparticles, presented her research at symposiums and conferences, and was a coauthor on several publications including the book chapter, “Microwave Synthesis of Metal Oxide Nanoparticles,” in Metal Oxide Nanomaterials for Chemical Sensors. Dr. Olson continued to pursue her interest in volunteerism and international travel by serving a month long volunteer term at Nar-Sarah Clinic in Kabala, Sierra Leone, and studying abroad in Salamanca, Spain. After matriculation into VCU’s School of Medicine, she served as a student leader in the Christian Medical And Dental Association and received a Dean’s Commendation Letter during her third year. During her fourth year, Dr. Olson pursued her interest in surgery and missions by completing an international medical mission elective at Karanda Mission Hospital in Mashonaland Central, Zimbabwe.

In 2018, Dr. Olson matched as a categorical resident into the General Surgery Residency at the University of South Alabama. Outside of medicine, she enjoys playing soccer and volleyball, hiking, biking, playing piano, gardening, and quilting.

 

Richard Rieske, M.D.Richard Rieske, M.D.

Hometown: Greenwood, Arkansas
College: University of Arkansas
Medical School: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Email: rrieske@health.southalabama.edu  

Dr. Richard Rieske graduated with honors from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish. After completing freshman year, Richard served as a full-time missionary from 2006-2008 for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Days Saints in the Chile Santiago East Mission, becoming fluent in Spanish. After returning home his interests grew to include healthcare disparities in the Latino population and those with limited English proficiency. He completed an honors thesis in biochemistry in protein structure and function studies on the fibroblast growth factor receptor family (FGFR). During medical school at UAMS, he enjoyed volunteering in the community at free health clinics as an interpreter for Spanish speaking patients.

In 2017, Dr. Rieske matched as a categorical resident into the General Surgery Residency at the University of South Alabama. He is married without children. Outside of residency, he enjoys spending time at the beach, cooking out with his smoker, and fly-fishing.

What does Dr. Rieske like most about being a resident at the University of South Alabama?

“South set itself apart for me by its unity of purpose in striving for personal excellence by focusing of caring for others. From early on, I have seen that the program develops strong, competent surgeons without compromising the humanity of the individual behind the knife. The sense of camaraderie here is top down and genuine.  From interview day on, my wife and I have been met with the enthusiasm and support we need to be successful and to help continue a great tradition of hard work with good people.”

 

PGY-2s

Jonathan Bernard, M.D.Jonathan Bernard, M.D.

Hometown: Hutchinson, Kansas
College: Kansas State University
Medical School: University of Kansas School of Medicine
Email: jbernard@health.southalabama.edu 

Dr. Jonathan Bernard graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and a Minor in Leadership Studies. While at Kansas State University, he was a member of The Edgerley-Franklin Urban Leadership Committee that did service projects in Memphis, Chicago, Boston and Kansas City’s underserved areas. He also, worked on research projects ranging from Colorectal cancer to studies of astronaut health in space with NASA. He was awarded The Johnson Center of Cancer research award in his last year and graduated cum laude in 2015. While in medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, he excelled academically and clinically. He was selected as a Cadaver Dissection Team leader, Lecture Review Tutor, Jager Society Council member and inducted into The Gold Humanism Honor Society. He received high marks during his clinical clerkships as a 3rd medical student and scored well on the USMLE exams. He graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 2019.

In 2019, Dr. Bernard matched as a categorical resident into the General Surgery Residency at the University of South Alabama. Dr. Bernard is married with no children.

What does Dr. Bernard like most about being a resident at the University of South Alabama?

South’s strongest attribute is its community style of training, atmosphere and comradery. Mixed with its bold academic research, innovation and teaching style. It simply has the best of both worlds in a training program and was exactly what I was looking for. Not to mention the international experience in Rwanda, excellent board scores, fellowship/private practice placements and the overwhelming feeling of “Home”.

 

Charles Cox, M.D.Charles Cox, M.D.

Hometown: Birmingham, Alabama
College: Washington and Lee University
Medical School: University of South Alabama College of Medicine
Email: cccox@health.southalabama.edu 

Dr. Crawford Cox graduated from Washington and Lee University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. While at Washington and Lee University, he was a member of their inter-collegiate lacrosse team where he lettered as a freshman while also becoming an honor roll student. While in medical school at the University Of South Alabama College of medicine, he excelled academically and clinically. His research on “The Significant Impact of a Dedicated Team-Based Learning Curriculum on a Surgery Clerkship and Standardized National Examinations” was presented at the 38th Annual Meeting of the Association for Surgical Education in 2018.

What does Dr. Cox like most about being a resident at the University of South Alabama?

The best part about being a resident in the General surgery program at the University of South Alabama is the culture of the residents. It provides a learning environment that is unparalleled with the autonomy to make decisions but always knowing that you have help when you need it.

 

John Murfee, M.D.John Murfee, M.D.

Hometown: Nashville, TN
College: University of Virginia
Medical School: Quillen College of Medicine
Email: jmurfee@health.southalabama.edu 

Dr. John “Jack” Murfee graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. While at the University of Virginia, he was a member of the Division 1 Swim Team in which he swam backstroke events and medley relays. His accomplishments include multiple podium finishes in the 100 Backstroke at the ACC Championships, along with setting school records in the 100 Backstroke and 200 Medley Relay. He competed at the 2012 Olympic Trials and qualified for multiple NCAA Championship appearances. He earned “Lifter of the Year” and the Team Academic Award in 2013, and went on to serve as Team Captain his senior year. While at the Quillen College of Medicine, Jack served on many community service projects and outreach events involving the homeless and underserved populations of Johnson City. He was involved with the Tennessee Medical Association and was recognized with awards of membership recruiting and earned a LEAD Certificate for distinguished involvement with the TMA organization.

What does Dr. Murfee like most about being a resident at the University of South Alabama?

What immediately attracted me to the University of South Alabama was its hallmark familial atmosphere. The best impression I received of any program while on the interview trail was the resident and faculty dinner at Dr. Grimm’s house. Everyone was very welcoming and it was obvious that the camaraderie amongst the residents and faculty was authentic and genuine. I am beyond grateful to be a part of the team here at South, and I cannot wait to help this program maintain its excellent reputation!

 

Emily Smith, M.D.Emily Smith, M.D.

Hometown: Mobile, AL
College: University of Mississippi
Medical School: University of South Alabama College of Medicine
Email: emilysmith@health.southalabama.edu 

Dr. Emily Smith was born and raised in Mobile, AL before moving to Oxford, MS to attend the University of Mississippi on a full academic scholarship. While at Ole Miss, Emily was a member of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College and Kappa Delta sorority. She graduated summa cum laude in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Physics. She balanced her coursework with research in her final two years of college and successfully defended her Honors College senior thesis, which resulted in a publication in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres in 2018. As an undergraduate student, she was honored as a Taylor Medalist, the highest academic award presented by the University of Mississippi, recognizing no more than one percent of the student body each year.  She matriculated into medical school at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine in 2015, where she continued to excel academically. She was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society as a senior medical student. At graduation, she was presented with the Merk Award, which was awarded to 2 senior students who have demonstrated superior academic achievement. She also received a Glasgow-Rubin Achievement Citation, presented to those women students who graduate in the top ten percent of their class. During medical school, Emily volunteered and worked as an instructor in the Anatomy Outreach and DREAM programs, teaching and mentoring students that were interested in exploring medicine as a career choice. In 2019, Emily matched as a categorical resident into the General Surgery Residency at the University of South Alabama.

What does Dr. Smith like most about being a resident at the University of South Alabama?

The people here are definitely what drew me to stay at South Alabama for my surgical training. I knew that no matter what, the residents and attendings here would have my back and help me to achieve whatever goals I set for myself!

 

Mark Ward, M.D.Mark Ward, M.D.

Hometown: Jackson, MS
College: Millsaps College, Jackson, MS
Medical School: University of Mississippi Medical Center
Email: maward@health.southalabama.edu 

Dr. Mark Ward graduated from Millsaps College with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology, earning Excellence on his senior Comprehensive Exams. While attending Millsaps, he was selected as a Lilly Fellow of the Millsaps College Faith and Work Initiative, and was a member of the back-to-back conference championship football team. After graduation, he attended Mississippi College where he earned his Masters of Biomedical Sciences.  Dr. Ward then worked as a research assistant for Dr. Seshadri Raju, a vascular surgeon in Jackson, Mississippi. During this time he published multiple peer reviewed papers in the Journal of Vascular Surgery: Venous and Lymphatic Disorders, and the Annals of Vascular Surgery, and co-authored multiple presentations at the American Venous Forum. Dr. Ward then began medical school at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, where he assisted with multiple research projects and worked as a gross anatomy tutor. Outside of the hospital, Dr. Ward enjoys cooking, New Orleans Saints football, and spending time with his wife, Andie, and their dog Cohen. 

What does Dr. Ward like most about being a resident at South Alabama? 

The relationships with the other residents and attendings. We are able to receive great surgical training in a very supportive and family-like environment.

 

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Hayden Alford, M.D.Hayden Alford, M.D.

Hometown: Dyersburg, TN
College: Virginia Military Institute
Medical School: ETSU Quillen College of Medicine
Email: htalford@health.southalabama.edu 

Dr. Hayden Alford graduated from the Virginia Military Institute with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry. While at VMI, he was a full-scholarship member of the Division I FCS football team serving as both quarterback and punter for four years. Upon graduating from the Virginia Military Institute, he was awarded the Dave Hart Post-Graduate Scholarship from the Southern Conference. While at ETSU Quillen College of Medicine, Hayden served as the Public Relations Officer for the class of 2020 and as the Tennessee Medical Association Student Chapter President.

In 2020, Dr. Alford matched as a categorical resident into the General Surgery Residency at the University of South Alabama.

What does Dr. Alford like most about being a resident at South Alabama?

What most attracted me to South Alabama were the genuine relationships among the residents and faculty. This program stood out from all others I interviewed because of its well-balanced academic and clinical training combined with the true family-like atmosphere within the surgery department.

 

Victoria Bouillon, M.D.Victoria Bouillon, M.D.

Hometown: Pembroke Pines, Florida
College: Case Western Reserve University
Medical School: University of Florida College of Medicine
Email: vbouillon@health.southalabama.edu

Dr. Victoria Bouillon graduated from Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biochemistry, and minors in French and Buisness. While at CWRU, she was a member of Delta Gamma Fraternity and acted as the creative director and choreographer for the Annual Variety show. She was also channeled her love of dance as a member of the Spartan Dance Crew. While in medical school at University of Florida College of Medicine, she excelled academically and clinically. Given her passion for global health, she led several medical outreach trips to Fonds-Parisien, Haiti and was able to provide essential medical care to thousands of patients. Her research also delved into local health disparities and she played a large part in creating a self-sustaining farm at a local homeless shelter after conducting a nutritional needs assessment demonstrating the stark differences in health of the homeless that were closely linked to subpar nutrition.

In 2020, Dr. Bouillon matched as a categorical resident into the General Surgery Residency at the University of South Alabama.

What does Dr. Bouillon like most about being a resident at the University of South Alabama?

I remember returning home from my interview at South, and people asked me about it I would reply “it was like a giant hug”. The family atmosphere was palpable throughout my interview and I appreciated that the residents made it a priority to really get to know applicants. Although I knew that I was one of countless applicants, I felt like a priority during my one on one time, and felt like I got an accurate and complete representation of what South was all about during my short stay, and it was enough to make me want to stay for good.

 

Tyler Kaelin, M.D.Tyler Kaelin, M.D.

Hometown: Milton, Florida
College: Berry College
Medical School: University of South Alabama
Email: tkaelin@health.southalabama.edu

Dr. Tyler Kaelin grew up in the Florida panhandle before attending Berry College in Rome, GA. He graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and minor in Mathematics. He also graduated with honors following the completion of his honors thesis on the “Synthesis of a Fluorescent Universal DNA Nucleoside”. In 2016, he was awarded a Navy Health Professions Scholarship for medical school at the University of South Alabama. During his time in medical school, Dr. Kaelin helped pioneer the College of Medicine’s Wellness Program, serving for two years as the student-led initiative’s first president. As a third-year medical student, he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and Gold Humanism Honor Society. Dr. Kaelin was selected to serve on the LCME Accreditation Committee, as well as the Committee for Admissions as a student interviewer. He served as a student leader with the Christian Medical Ministry of South Alabama, participating in bible studies and medical mission trips to Costa Rica and Rwanda. At graduation, he was awarded -by vote of his classmates- the Medical Alumni Leadership Award “in recognition of outstanding leadership of [his] graduating class.” In his free time, he enjoys playing spike ball and volleyball, annual backpacking trips with his twin sister, making pottery, and kayaking the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta.

In 2020, Dr. Kaelin matched as a categorical resident into the General Surgery Residency at the University of South Alabama.

What does Dr. Kaelin like most about being a resident at the University of South Alabama?

The program is as committed to training excellent surgeons as it is cultivating an environment that fosters respect and builds community. Having completed medical school at South Alabama, I witnessed firsthand how the residents and faculty have empathy and compassion not only for their patients, but for their peers and department as well. It’s an honor to find myself among such hard-working and down to earth surgeons and surgeons-in-training.

 

Megan McCaul, M.D.Megan McCaul, M.D.

Hometown: Rolla, Missouri
College: Westminster College
Medical School: University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
Email: mmccaul@health.southalabama.edu 

Dr. Megan McCaul graduated from Westminster College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biochemistry. While at Westminster College she was a member of the women’s basketball team. Her team received the honor of highest GPA amongst NCAA division 3 women’s basketball teams for the 2013-2014 season. She was also involved in other campus organizations throughout her undergraduate career. While in medical school at the University of Missouri, she was selected as a chair of the Student Ambassadors, who represent the medical school to the public and welcome incoming students. She graduated from the University of Missouri in May of 2020.

In 2020, Dr. McCaul matched as a categorical resident into the General Surgery Residency at University of South Alabama.

What does Dr. McCaul like most about being a resident at the University of South Alabama?

During the interview process it seemed that everyone was genuinely interested in the people they were recruiting to this program. My conversations with the people here were real conversations, which made me feel very welcome.

 

Loree Thornton, M.D.Loree Thornton, M.D.

Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO
College: Colorado State University
Medical School: University of Colorado School of Medicine
Email: lthornton@health.southalabama.edu

Dr. Loree Thornton originally graduated from Colorado State University with a B.A. in English and a license to teach secondary education. While at CSU, Loree competed on the Women’s Track and Field team receiving not only many academic honors, but multiple school and Mountain West Conference athletic records, and an NCAA DI championship title and collegiate record in the women’s hammer throw. Loree went on to compete professionally, winning many national and international competitions and represented the United States in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China as well as served several years on the United State Track and Field Associated as women’s throw chair representative. Inspired, after retiring from the Olympics, Loree decided to pursue another long term dream of becoming a physician. Loree attended the University of Colorado Colorado Springs for her science prerequisites and matriculated into the University of Colorado School of Medicine in the Fall of 2016. While at CUSOM, Loree served in many leadership positions as well as involved in curriculum reform. She was nominated by her peers into Gold Humanism Honor Society for outstanding and compassionate patient care.

In 2020, Dr. Thornton reached her ultimate goal, which she refers to as her second once in a lifetime dream, and matched as a categorical resident into General Surgery Residency at the University of South Alabama.

What does Dr. Thornton like most about being a resident at the University of South Alabama?

When deciding on a program to train as a surgeon, I knew I wanted to train somewhere where I would receive exceptional training, have the ability to match into my desired fellowship, and have quality OR experiences. I wanted to make sure I was in a program that valued its residents and was invested in residents both inside and outside the hospital. I wanted a program where I could see myself working with the people every day for 5 to 7 years. I can safely say, at the interview dinner, I knew I this was my program. On the drive home from the actual interview, I already texted my husband I had found the one.

 

Matthew Kassels, M.D. (Prelim)Matthew Kassels, M.D. (Prelim)

Hometown: Florence, Alabama
College: Auburn University
Medical School: University of South Alabama College of Medicine
Email: mkassels@health.southalabama.edu

Dr. Matthew Kassels graduated from Auburn University with of Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences in 2016. He was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society during 2016. While at Auburn, he was a co-founder for the Auburn University Club Swim Team. he also served as a site leader for Alternative Student Breaks, where he led Habitat for Humanity service trips during spring break.

Dr. Kassels attended the University of South Alabama for medical school. As an M2 through M4, he acted as President for the South Alabama College of Medicine Habitat for Humanity group. He also participated as a coach for Buddy Ball, a baseball organization for children with special needs. He participated in multiple research projects, like Socioeconomic Factors Associated with Child Abuse which was submitted to the Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeons of North America annual meeting. He also helped with other projects like analyzing growth arrest lines in pediatric x-rays, which was presented at the Medical Association of the State of Alabama Annual Meeting. As a an M3, Dr. Kassels won the John W. Donald Memorial Award in Surgery for demonstrating clinical and academic excellence in the General Surgery clerkship.

In 2020, Dr. Kassels reached and matched as a prelim resident into General Surgery Residency at the University of South Alabama.

Awards:

1. John W. Donald Memorial Award in Surgery- 2020
Awarded to the Senior Student who best demonstrated clinical and academic excellence in their Surgery Clerkship.

2. Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society- 2016

What does Dr. Kassels like most about being a resident at the University of South Alabama?

“I love the camaraderie between the residents and faculty at the University of South Alabama. Mobile and the University of South Alabama has always felt like home. I grew up going to the beach in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach so I am very familiar with the Mobile area. It is an incredible opportunity to continue my education at my home program.”

 

Earl Tedder, M.D. (Prelim)Earl Tedder, M.D. (Prelim)

Hometown: Jasper, AL
College: University of Alabama at Birmingham
Medical School: University of South Alabama
Email: etedder@health.southalabama.edu 

Dr. Chandler Tedder grew up in rural Jasper, Alabama. He moved to Birmingham to attend the University of Alabama at Birmingham, receiving a Bachelor of Science in molecular biology with a minor in chemistry. While attending the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Dr. Tedder served as an officer of Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Health Honor Society. In addition, he was one of the inaugural members of the Global Medical Brigade chapter at UAB, which conducted annual medical mission trips to Honduras. After earning a Master of Science in Biotechnology from UAB, Dr. Tedder went on to complete his Doctor of Medicine at the University of South Alabama. Outside of his professional interests, Dr. Tedder enjoys golfing, boating, CrossFit, snow skiing, and raising his Cavalier King Charles with his fiancé Rebecca.

In 2020, Dr. Tedder matched as a preliminary surgery resident into the General Surgery Residency at the University of South Alabama.

What does Dr. Tedder like most about being a resident at the University of South Alabama?

The best quality about the University of South Alabama is that everyone wants to see you succeed.

 

Lexus Trosclair, M.D. (Prelim)Lexus Trosclair, M.D. (Prelim)

Hometown: Pecan Island, Louisiana
College: Louisiana State University
Medical School: LSUHSC - Shreveport
Email: ltrosclair@health.southalabama.edu

Dr. Lexus Trosclair graduated from Louisiana State University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and a minor in Psychology. After her four years there she was accepted into medical school at Louisiana State University Health Science Center in Shreveport where she began working towards her goal of becoming a general surgeon. During her time at LSUHSC she excelled academically and clinically and met her husband. Dr. Troxclair’s medical school class graduated early to help deal with the COVID-19 outbreak in her community where she went to test for COVID at nursing homes in Shreveport, LA and surrounding areas. She is looking forward to her training in general surgery and the beginning of her career as a surgeon. She also began her second passion, gardening.

In 2020, Dr. Trosclair was offered a preliminary position into the General Surgery Residency at the University of South Alabama.

What does Dr. Trosclair like most about being a resident at the University of South Alabama?

What drew me the most to this program was how the residents and faculty seemed to be so close. You could tell they genuinely enjoyed working together and really seemed like a family with each other.

 

Katie Vines, M.D. (Prelim)Katie Vines, M.D. (Prelim)

Hometown: Hamilton, AL
College: Auburn University
Medical School: UAB School of Medicine
Email: kvines@health.southalabama.edu 

Dr. Katie Vines graduated from Auburn University with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biomedical Sciences in 2013. While at Auburn University, she conducted research in the Department of Nutrition studying the molecular proteins and signaling pathways involved in the diabetic rat brain. This research interest led her to pursue a Master of Science in Nutrition Science after completing her undergraduate studies. She graduated summa cum laude for her graduate degree in 2016 and was later published for her research thesis titled “TrkA and Insulin Receptor in Streptozotin-Induced Diabetes Rat Brain”.

While in medical school at UAB, she shined during her clinical rotations, research, and in student leadership. She received excellent evaluations during her clinical rotations and was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society through peer nomination and faculty voting. While conducting research with the Hepatobiliary Transplant Division in the Department of Surgery assessing tumor characteristics as prognostic indicators, she presented her findings at the Academic Surgical Congress in 2017. Her leadership roles included serving as an Orientation Leader, Clinical Skills Examination Evaluator, Introduction to Clinical Medicine Representative, Anatomy Teaching Assistant, and as President of the Surgery Interest Group. She graduated from UAB School of Medicine in 2020.

In 2020, Dr. Vines matched as a preliminary surgery resident into the General Surgery Residency Program at the University of South Alabama. She is interested in all aspects of surgery and is maintaining an open mind to all career paths made available by training in General Surgery.

What does Dr. Vines like most about being a resident at the University of South Alabama?

The people, definitely! Everyone is extremely welcoming, and the faculty are very invested in the education of all of the residents. Residents treat their co-residents as family and are very supportive of each other. All of the staff within the program go above and beyond to aid in the education of residents and make it an ideal environment for training. I have lived in Alabama all my life and knew I wanted to train in the Southeast for residency. The pre-interview dinner showcased the family-feel of the program and the investment of the faculty to residents. The close proximity to my family, excellent training and operative exposure, and (most importantly) collaborative support by faculty and residents were the factors that made South stand out.