Current Residents in the General Surgery Residency Program

PGY-5s

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.

 

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-4s

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.”

 

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.

 

Ran Halleluyan, M.D.Ran Halleluyan, M.D.

Hometown: Tel Aviv, Israel
College: University of California, Santa Barbara
Medical School: Sackler School of Medicine
Email: rhalleluyan@health.southalabama.edu

Dr. Ran Halleluyan was born in Israel and grew up in Los Angeles, CA. He completed his bachelor's degree at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in microbiology with a minor in linguistics. He then went on to complete a master's degree in medical sciences at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA.

He matriculated into the Sackler School of Medicine in Tel Aviv in his home country. During this time, he completed research projects in several fields of study, most notably oncology and medical education. Outside of work, Ran enjoys reading, hiking, making beer and spending time with his weiner dog Walter.

In 2022, Dr. Halleluyan joined the General Surgery Residency program at the University of South Alabama as a PGY-4 categorical resident.

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

The attending staff at USA hospital is truly committed to providing their residents with a world-class education in a supportive and loving environment.  They were genuinely interested in me as a person and to helping me to be the best surgeon I can be.  Additionally, the residents really are a family and welcomed me with open arms.

 

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: Biloxi, 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.

 

PGY-3s

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 Business. 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.

 

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

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.

 

PGY-2s

Shem Blackley, M.D.Shem Blackley, MD

Hometown: Shelby, NC
College: Appalachian State University 
Medical School: Wake Forest School of Medicine
Email: skblackley@health.southalabama.edu

Shem Blackley, M.D., graduated from Appalachian State University with a bachelor’s degree in cell/molecular biology. While at Appalachian State University, he was very involved in research, working in a freshwater ecology lab that focused on the ecological impacts of dam creation and removal on rivers in the Southeastern United States. He also had his own research project regarding the fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis and its impact on amphibian population decline in the Southern Appalachians. While attending Wake Forest School of Medicine, Shem was a co-founding member of a school anatomy tutoring group and involved in colorectal research looking at the effect of patient demographics on surgical treatment outcomes of terminal ileitis in Crohn’s disease. During Shem’s final year of medical school, he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha medical Honor Society. 

In 2021, Dr. Blackley matched as a categorical resident into the general surgery residency at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. 

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

“Everyone was very friendly and genuinely interested in getting to know me as a person during the interview season. There is a ubiquitous sense of respect amongst the residents and faculty members that fosters an ideal learning environment.”

 

Meghan Blythe, M.D.Meghan Blythe, MD

Hometown: White City, KS
College: Kansas State University
Medical School: University of Kansas School of Medicine
Email: mblythe@health.southalabama.edu

Meghan Blythe, M.D., graduated summa cum laude from Kansas State University with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics. She worked for four years in Colorado for a cattle feeding company before making a career change to pursue medicine. While in medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, her extracurricular involvement reflected her interests in rural medicine and medical education. Most notably, she led a team of fellow students in the development of the Clinical Anatomy Mentorship Program, a pilot program incorporating gross anatomy peer teaching within the M3 surgery clerkship. She graduated from University of Kansas School of Medicine with honors for her academic and clinical performance as well as completion of a scholarly project.

In 2021, Dr. Blythe matched as a categorical resident into the general surgery residency at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. Outside of medicine, Meghan enjoys live music and grilling. 

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

“I interviewed at many places that would train me well as a future surgeon, but what made South stand out was the promise that the faculty, residents, and staff would support me both professionally and personally. These are the people whom I want to be surrounded by for the next five years.”

 

Elizabeth Krilich, M.D.

Elizabeth Krilich, M.D. 

Hometown: Dyer, IN
College: Franciscan University of Steubenville
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine
Email: emkrilich@health.southalabama.edu

Elizabeth “Kril” Krilich, M.D., graduated magna cum laude from Franciscan University of Steubenville with a bachelor’s degree in biology and a minor in chemistry. There, she played soccer at the NCAA Division III level for all four years, serving as a captain her senior year and receiving MVP that same year. Her research pursuits during this time were in bioinformatics, where she published her findings on sequence conservations between various enzyme families. In addition, she conducted research at Abbott Laboratories with the FISH program, which concentrates on studying neglected diseases that affect largely developing countries. She was able to publish results on the prevalence of hepatitis delta in Cameroon. In her undergraduate years, she participated in mission outreach to the people that lived in the nearby Appalachia, where she felt called to provide care. 

She matriculated that fall into medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine with her pre-clinical years in South Bend and her clinical rotations in Indianapolis. She volunteered often with several organizations helping women who suffer from domestic violence, served as president of the South Bend chapter of American Medical Women’s Association, and received the Gold Humanism Honor Award. Her research pursuits included working in the University of Notre Dame’s biomedical engineering department with gold nanoparticles tagging HER2+ cells, and later with the orthopedic department in Indianapolis on hip and knee replacement outcomes. She graduated from Indiana University in 2021, got married, and is now in her categorical intern year at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. 

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

“I love the resident culture that the faculty take care to cultivate and carry on through the years. There is an environment of cooperation without malignant competition. I also enjoy the warm weather and southern hospitality.”

 

Elizabeth Lockett, M.D.Elizabeth Lockett, MD

Hometown: Marietta, GA
College: Berry College
Medical School: Medical College of Georgia
Email: ehlockett@health.southalabama.edu

Elizabeth “Lib” Lockett, M.D., graduated magna cum laude from Berry College with a bachelor’s degree in animal science. While at Berry, she was an honors program student and played both women’s soccer and women’s tennis at the varsity level, becoming captain of the soccer team her senior year. Throughout her college career, she earned all-conference honors in soccer and an All-Conference Sportsmanship Award for tennis, in addition to Berry’s Scholar-Athlete Award all four years of college. In addition to playing soccer and tennis, she worked several jobs at Berry, including research assistant and scholarship fundraiser. Upon graduating in 2013, she moved to northeastern China to teach English, eventually moving home to the U.S. in 2015 to pursue a career in medicine. She began medical school at the Medical College of Georgia in 2017, earning multiple scholarships and awards, including “Student of the Year” at MCG’s Northwest Campus in 2020 as well as the J. Paul Ferguson Award for Leadership in 2020. She was also inducted into the Gold Humanism Honors Society in 2020. Additionally, she participated in and led trips to Peru during medical school. Her research in medical school focused on the use of point-of-care ultrasound in clinical rotations for medical students (Ultrasound Curriculum Implementation into a State-Wide Family Medicine Clerkship, 2019).

In 2021, Dr. Lockett matched as a categorical resident into the general surgery residency at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. Outside of medicine, she enjoys hiking, playing sports, and gardening. 

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

“Without a doubt, it’s the people. When I interviewed at South, I was blown away by how friendly, welcoming, and genuine each resident and attending was, and how each person seemed full of purpose. I felt like I was joining a family of residents working toward a common goal of becoming technically excellent, patient-centered surgeons. This welcoming ‘family feel’ has only increased as I have moved to Mobile and prepared to begin my training. I am thrilled and honored to be a part of this program.”

 

Oreoluwa Oyetan, M.D.

Oreoluwa Oyetan, M.D.

Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria
College: Howard University
Medical School: Howard University College of Medicine
Email: ooyetan@health.southalabama.edu

Ore Oyetan, M.D., was accepted to Howard University Washington, DC on a full tuition scholarship. He graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in biology and minor in chemistry. While at Howard, he received the sophomore Alain Locke Howard for maintaining a 4.0 throughout freshman year. In his senior year, he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest honorary scholastic society in the US, which counts among its members a number of US presidents, Supreme Court Justices and Senators. After matriculation into Howard University College of Medicine in 2017, he served as a Senator on the Executive Board Student Council. 

In 2021, Dr. Oyetan matched as a categorical resident into the general surgery residency at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. Outside of medicine, he enjoys spending his time in the gym & watching basketball. 

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

“While interviewing, I loved the camaraderie among residents and faculty. The rapport was authentic, and the family atmosphere is genuine.”

 

Morgan Roberts, M.D.

Morgan Roberts, M.D.

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

Morgan Roberts, M.D., graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences. While at Auburn, she participated in multiple research projects within the department of biology and was named to the College of Science and Mathematics Dean’s List all four years. Following college, Dr. Roberts was able to return to her hometown to attend medical school at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. During her time in medical school, she was elected to serve on the LCME Accreditation Committee and served as a founding member and president of the Women in Surgery Interest Group.

In 2021, Dr. Roberts matched as a categorical resident into the general surgery residency at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine.

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

“As a medical student at South Alabama, I was given the opportunity to truly ‘see’ the department of surgery firsthand. I was impressed by how capable the residents were both in and out of the operating room and the opportunities provided by the program. But even more so, I was drawn to the people. The comradery amongst the residents and the enthusiasm of the attendings made it hard to imagine choosing anywhere else to complete my residency!”

 

PGY-1s

Ciara Jenkins, M.D.Ciara Jenkins, M.D.

Hometown: Ivor, Virginia
College: Old Dominion University
Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School
Email: ciarajenkins@health.southalabama.edu

Dr. Ciara Jenkins graduated from Old Dominion University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. While at ODU, she competed as a member of the Equestrian team and served as a peer tutor for various biology and chemistry courses. While in medical school at Eastern Virginia Medical School, she excelled academically and held many leadership positions including roles on the Student Government Association and as the Chair of the Student Committee during the LCME Reaccreditation process. She continued her peer tutoring activities, was selected as a Clerkship Chief for the 3rd year General Surgery clerkship and was chosen to receive several departmental and institutional awards for academic excellence, service to others, and leadership. Dr. Jenkins was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society during her fourth year of medical school.

In 2022, Dr. Jenkins matched as a categorical resident into the General Surgery Residency at the University of South Alabama. 

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

During my interview with South, I could immediately tell that everyone was genuinely happy to be part of the program and really enjoyed spending time with their co-residents. It was plain to see how supportive the department is and how much they value their residents both as trainees and individuals with lives outside of the hospital.

 

Alexander McNally, M.D.Alexander McNally, M.D.

Hometown: Chesapeake, Virginia
College: University of Florida
Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School
Email: amcally@health.southalabama.edu 

Alexander McNally, M.D. graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science. Following college, Dr. McNally was able to return home and attend Eastern Virginia Medical School as a Navy Health Professions Scholarship recipient. During his time in medical school, he participated in multiple Trauma and Acute Care Surgery research studies and was highly involved with community outreach, leading ‘Medical Adventures’, an organization focused on introducing underprivileged high school students to medicine and the many healthcare career opportunities.

Upon medical school graduation, Dr. McNally commissioned into Active Duty Naval Service as a Lieutenant and completed a General Surgery Internship at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Virginia. Outside of his professional interests, Dr. McNally enjoys hiking, fishing, and cheering for the Florida Gators. 

In 2022, Dr. McNally matched as a categorical resident into the General Surgery Residency at the University of South Alabama.   

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

It was clear during my interviews that USA is committed to training excellent Surgeons and does so in a challenging, but completely supportive and collegial environment. I look forward to the experience that lies ahead.

 

Priscilla Roberts, M.D.Priscilla Roberts, M.D.

Hometown: Tampa, Florida
College: University of South Alabama
Medical School: University of South Alabama College of Medicine
Email: pperez@health.southalabama.edu

Dr. Priscilla Roberts graduated magna cum laude from the University of South Alabama with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biomedical Sciences and a Minor in Chemistry. A native of Tampa, Florida, she transferred to South Alabama as a Junior in college after changing career paths from political to medical science. As a member of the American Chemical Society and the Alpha Epsilon Delta Honor Society, she worked through community efforts to extend educational opportunities to women and children through programs such as Girls Exploring Math and Science and the Boy Scouts of America. Her undergraduate research involved studying fluorescent material, lysosomal dysfunction, and aging. Later research projects included comparing the efficacy and efficiency of ultrasound vs. laparoscopic TAP-blocks. She began medical school in 2018 and served as Secretary of her class and Vice President of the college. She helped establish the Neurosurgery Interest Group and worked for the Surgery Interest Group. In medical school, she served her community through free clinics, COVID-19 vaccination events, housing renovations for the underprivileged, and education workshops.

In 2022, Dr. Roberts matched as a categorical resident into the General Surgery Residency at the University of South Alabama.   

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

The program has demonstrated its ability to train confident and more than capable surgeons while fostering a home for its residents and families. I was drawn to the craft through this program and its people. This program and department set themselves apart, graciously. It is a privilege to join them in serving the area, continue to learn from them and work alongside them.

 

Kyle Sheppard, M.D. (Prelim)Kyle Sheppard, M.D.

Hometown: Waco, TX
College: University of Arkansas
Medical School: McGovern Medical School
Email: ksheppard@health.southalabama.edu

Kyle Sheppard, M.D., graduated magna cum laude from the University of Arkansas in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in biology. While at the University of Arkansas, he was accepted into the honors college and defended his senior thesis on the “Studies of Curcumin and Brartemicin Analogues in Breast Cancer Metastasis.” He also served as president of the Student Health Advisory Committee on campus for two years and participated in global health trips to Thailand, Cambodia, and Honduras. 

During his time at McGovern Medical School, he excelled academically in his preclinical and clinical coursework. He was awarded a Graham Award in Quality Improvement & Patient Safety for his research in pediatric handoffs from the OR to ICU with the department of pediatric surgery. He presented his findings at the Academic Surgical Congress national meeting in 2019. His leadership roles included Global Surgical Student Alliance Chapter president, McGovern Society peer mentor, and student ambassador tasked with interviewing and recruiting pre-medical students. Outside of his professional interests, Dr. Sheppard enjoys playing soccer, fishing, hiking, and cooking.

In 2022, Dr. Sheppard matched as a categorical resident into the general surgery residency at the University of South Alabama.

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

“Everyone in the program have made me feel welcomed and cared for since the day I matched. I really enjoy the close-knit, family feel of the program. The senior residents and faculty are very supportive and love to teach.”

 

David Warnky, M.D.David Warnky, M.D.

Hometown: Wichita, KS
College: Kansas State University
Medical School: University of Kansas School of Medicine
Email: dwarnky@health.southalabama.edu

David Warnky, M.D., graduated magna cum laude from Kansas State University with a bachelor’s degree in Public Health. In addition to his undergraduate courses, he conducted several public health projects with the Healthy Communities Laboratory. While at K-State, David also enjoyed playing intramural soccer, helping international students accommodate to life in the US, and teaching PE at the Boys and Girls Club. In his senior year, he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, and upon graduation, he matriculated into the University of Kansas School of Medicine.

While at the University of Kansas, David continued to expand his interests in public health; he was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to India where he conducted an independent research project on the incorporation of Social Determinants of Health work into primary care systems. He also had the privilege of marrying his wife, Grace, in the spring of 2019. 

In 2022, David matched as a categorical resident into the general surgery residency at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. Outside of medicine, David enjoys backpacking and reading old books. 

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

I felt confident that South could offer me everything I was looking for in a training program. Not only would I be prepared to handle the most-difficult cases, but I would also have the privilege of learning from many surgeons who had skillfully navigated the difficulties of balancing a healthy family life with the rigorous demands of surgical training. 

 

Melody Zeidan, M.D.Melody Zeidan, M.D.

Hometown: Camden, Alabama
College: The University of Alabama; Vanderbilt University Law School
Medical School: University of South Alabama
Email: mzeidan@health.southalabama.edu

Dr. Melody Zeidan graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2004, having double majored in Spanish and in Legal Theory & Practice.  During her undergraduate years, she participated in the University Honors Program as well as the International Honors Program.  She was a founding member of Alpha Delta Sigma Sorority, as well as being active in the Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity, the UA chapter of Model UN, and multiple university choral groups.  She then attended law school at Vanderbilt University, where she was a Chancellor’s Scholar.  During law school, she was a member of the Headnotes a capella choir and participated in the Intramural Appellate Advocacy Competition.  After earning her J.D. in 2007, Dr. Zeidan returned to Alabama, where she practiced labor and employment law for nine years before pursuing a new career in medicine.  

She attended the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, where she was active in the Student Run Free Clinic, as well as serving two years on the operating committee of the Society of Student Run Free Clinics.  She also served in leadership roles within her chapters of the American Medical Women’s Association and the Student National Medical Association, as well as the Medical Spanish Interest Group.  During medical school, she was selected for membership in both the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and the Gold Humanism Honor Society.  

In 2022, she matched as a categorical resident into the General Surgery residency at the University of South Alabama. Dr. Zeidan is married with three children. 

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

I can’t say enough about the emphasis that the program places on physicians helping each other succeed.  There is an all-encompassing atmosphere of encouragement and support, with both residents and attendings lifting each other up and pushing each other to achieve.  That kind of collegiality and focus on professional as well as personal success is really rare.

 

Hannah Moreland, M.D.Hannah Moreland, M.D. (Prelim)

Hometown: Central, SC
College: Clemson University
Medical School: University of South Carolina SOM Columbia
Email: hmoreland@health.southalabama.edu

Dr. Hannah Moreland graduated from Clemson University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Bioengineering. She became involved in cardiovascular and chronic kidney disease research, as well as developed an interest in medical device development. While at Clemson, she published a paper on the reversal of medial arterial calcification using chelation agents bound to nanoparticles. She also developed a prototype for a novel pelvic organ prolapse mesh to reduce mesh-related complications. These activities stimulated her interest in medicine, and she ultimately decided to forgo industry for medical school. Hannah attended the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia, SC, graduating in 2022.

After deciding on urology as her future specialty, she completed a urologic research and quality improvement fellowship with Prisma Health after her third year of medical school. Through this, she became involved in various research projects, including clinical, QI, and history research. In 2020, she won the American Urological Association Earl Nation Retrospectroscope for her abstract presentation and paper on the not-so ancient practice of collecting genitals as trophies of war. She has since authored and presented multiple abstracts at the AUA annual meeting, World Congress of Endourology, and the ACS Quality and Safety conference.

In 2022, Dr. Moreland matched as a preliminary resident into the General Surgery Residency at the University of South Alabama. 

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

I chose the University of South Alabama because everyone is friendly and supportive. As a preliminary resident, you need people in your corner who will advocate for you as an applicant, and I can definitely say that I have that kind of support here!

 

Laurel Sharp, M.D.Laurel Sharp, M.D. (Prelim)

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

Dr. Laurel Sharp graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. While at Rhodes, she was a member of cross country and track teams. Her team accomplishments included 4 time SAA Track and Field Champions, as well as an individual SAA title in the 400 hurdles in 2016. She was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society and graduated cum laude in 2018. She graduated from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine in 2022. While in medical school, Laurel was involved in various research projects, and spent time volunteering with Dwell, a refugee assistance program in Mobile.  In free time, Laurel enjoys playing with her puppy Thunder, hiking/camping and going to the beach. 

In 2022, Dr. Sharp matched as a preliminary resident into the General Surgery Residency at the University of South Alabama. 

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

South develops excellent surgeons while maintaining a friendly and welcoming environment.  

 

Daniel Warren, M.D.Daniel Warren, M.D. (Prelim)

Hometown: Glencoe, Alabama
College: Troy University
Medical School: University of South Alabama
Email: dlwarren@health.southalabama.edu

Dr. Daniel Warren graduated summa cum laude from Troy University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Economics. While at Troy, he was a member of the varsity football team and on the academic honor roll all four years. He graduated from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine in 2022. He published several peer-reviewed articles during his time in school. Outside of medicine, Dr. Warren enjoys cooking, gardening, weightlifting, and spending time with his wife, Lexie and his son, Jackson.

In 2022, Dr. Warren matched as a preliminary resident into the general surgery residency at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine.

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

The friendly culture of the program is genuine and the camaraderie among everyone in the program makes this a great place to be.

 

Anna Woodham, M.D.Anna Woodham, M.D. (Prelim)

Hometown: Albertville, Alabama
College: The University of Alabama
Medical School: University of South Alabama College of Medicine
Email: awoodham@health.southalabama.edu                                                                 

Dr. Anna Woodham grew up in Albertville, a small town in North Alabama. She attended The University of Alabama where she graduated summa cum laude from the honors college with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and minors in business and biology. She went on to attend medical school at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. During her first year of medical school, she was awarded the DeBakey Scholarship for her passion for rural medicine. She also became very involved in student groups, holding a variety of positions including president of the Family Medicine Interest Group and co-president of the OB/GYN Interest Group. She volunteered with a variety of organizations, notably Dr. Fun’s Dance Videos and as a Rape Crisis Advocate with Lifelines Counseling Services. 

She hopes to pursue a career in OB/GYN, with the goal of serving rural women medically and surgically. During her “free” time, Dr. Woodham enjoys reading, traveling, dancing, and spending time with her family/friends/pets. 

In 2022, Dr. Woodham matched as a prelim resident into the General Surgery Residency at the University of South Alabama.

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

I was happy to continue my training at USA Health because I know the caliber of expertise and technical training I will receive here. The faculty, staff, and fellow residents are consistently friendly and invested in your education. When they say we’re all a family, they mean it.