Current Residents in the General Surgery Residency Program

PGY-5s

Justin Hunter, M.D.Justin Hunter, M.D.

Hometown: Memphis, TN
College: Austin Peay State University 
Medical School: University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine
Email: jlhunter@health.southalabama.edu 

In 2015, Dr. Hunter matched as a categorical resident into the General Surgery Residency at the University of South Alabama.  While attending Austin Peay State University not only allowed him to showcase his academic prowess as a reserve power forward on a highly touted Austin Peay Men’s Basketball team, but also put to use his natural athletic ability, and unmistakable six foot, seven inch frame. Just as he was able to stave off the notion that a medical career was improbable, he once again demonstrated his resilience by becoming a non-recruited, walk- on NCAA Division I athlete.  Dr. Hunter excelled in his studies to attain his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology.  He moved to Jackson, Mississippi, to attend Mississippi College where he graduated with his Master’s Degree in Biology. It was his time at The University of Tennessee where Dr. Hunter flourished tremendously, being very active as a medical student suture technician at The Elvis Presley Memorial Trauma Center, participating in the NIH summer research program, and serving as a basic life support instructor to other medical students. In 2015, he completed his program at The University of Tennessee, graduating as Doctor of Medicine.

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

"The great operative experience and the camaraderie among the residents makes us one big unique family!"

 

Timothy Mansour, M.D.Timothy Mansour, M.D.

Hometown: Oklahoma City, OK
College: Baylor University
Medical School: University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
Email: tmansour@health.southalabama.edu 

In 2015, Dr. Mansour matched as a categorical resident into the General Surgery Program at USA.  Dr. Timothy Mansour grew up in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Arts in Medical Humanities and a minor in chemistry. While in medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Dr. Mansour served in numerous service and medical missions based organizations. As a resident, he takes special interest in General Surgery as well as Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery. Outside of his professional interests, Dr. Mansour enjoys rec league basketball, kayaking, running, and raising his Black Labs with his wife Erin.

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

"I enjoy working with a tight knit group of residents who work to make each other better people and better surgeons and faculty that are committed to education."

 

Elizabeth Newman, M.D.Elizabeth Newman, M.D.

Hometown: Rowlett, TX
College: Thomas Edison State
Medical School: University of Alabama at Birmingham
Email: ealong.newman@health.southalabama.edu 

In 2015, Dr. Long matched as a categorical resident into the General Surgery Residency at the University of South Alabama. She quickly garnered the respect of her peers by receiving the award for best intern. She has ambition to be a general surgeon like her great grandfather and uncles practicing in small town communities. She is in a long term committed relationship with Chris Newman CPA from Huntsville, Alabama. 

“While medicine as a discipline is intriguing, I find surgery absolutely fascinating. When I was nine years old I watched my uncle, a small town general surgeon, perform my grandmother's plantar wart excision in his office. While I eagerly peered over the surgical field eating a hamburger, he said, "You have a mighty strong stomach.  That will come in handy if you want to be a surgeon."  My fascination continued to build as I shadowed other surgeons. In my view, the patient was fixed. I liked the resolution.”

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

“I was pleasantly surprised at the warmth of the residents while attending the applicant dinner at Dr. Simmons house the day before I interviewed. I knew this was exactly the community I was looking for in a residency. I had never seen a group of residents who were genuinely excited to be together outside of work. I came back for a second look to ensure the accuracy of my first impressions. I was excited to match here at South Alabama and I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to be a part of this family.”

 

Michael Simmons, M.D.Michael Simmons, M.D.

Hometown: Savannah,GA
College: University of Georgia
Graduate School: South University
Medical School: Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine
Email: mtsimmons@health.southalabama.edu 

Dr. Michael “Mike” Simmons graduated Cum Laude from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Education (Exercise and Sport Science). He was the recipient of the Hope Scholarship, 8 consecutive semesters and was elected into both the Golden Key International Honor Society and the Alpha Epsilon Delta Premedical Honor Society. While at UGA, Mike expanded his interest in Exercise science and became a certified Health and Fitness Instructor through the American College of Sports Medicine. Following undergraduate training, he completed a Master of Science degree (Physician Assistant Studies) as a High Honor Graduate at South University. Working in full-time clinical practice he continued to develop a deeper interest in procedural-based competencies; Surgery was a natural progression.

While in medical school at the Medical College of Georgia, he excelled both academically and clinically. He was the February 2012 student of the month in recognition of his contribution and co-authorship to the internationally published textbook Child and Adolescent Health. Mike was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) medical honor society as well as the Gold Humanism Honor Society. In 2015, he matched as a categorical resident into the General Surgery Residency at the University of South Alabama. Dr. Simmons is married with two children.

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

"This is a very hands-on residency with constant learning at the bedside and the operating room. I really enjoy the amount of operative experience we get here and know it will help us all build a solid foundation as future surgeons."

 

Ashley Williams, M.D.Ashley Williams, M.D.

Hometown: Augusta, GA
College: University of Georgia
Medical School: University of South Carolina School of Medicine
Email: awilliams@health.southalabama.edu 

Dr. Williams spent most of her childhood in Augusta, GA before attending college in Athens, GA. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology and a minor in Spanish. While at the University of Georgia, she was a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and participated in many intramural sports including basketball and softball. While in medical school at the University of South Carolina, she excelled academically and clinically. She was the recipient of the Palmetto Health Richland Medical Student Scholarship for Academic Excellence, elected the Best Surgery Resident of her class and sat on the Admissions Committee for incoming medical students.  

In 2011, Dr. Williams matched as a categorical resident into the General Surgery Residency at the University of South Alabama. As a second year resident, she has already begun making her mark in the hospital as well as the community. She is the creator of Project INSPIRE, a hospital initiative to combat injury in at risk teens living in the Mobile County area. Her research interests include injury awareness and prevention. She aspires to become a surgeon dedicated to the underserved population locally and abroad.

What does Dr. Williams 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!"

 

PGY-4s

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-3s

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.”

 

James Walls, M.D.James Walls, M.D.

Hometown: Elkhart, Kansas
College: Texas Tech University 
Medical School: University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
Email: jowalls@health.southalabama.edu 

Dr. James Walls graduated from Texas Tech University with a Major in Biology and Minor in Chemistry earning summa cum laude honorary recognition.  While at Texas Tech University, James was actively involved in President’s Select—an organization responsible for assisting with athletic recruiting, guiding campus tours, working presidential and chancellor student recruitment events, and performing campus-wide community service.  James was awarded the “Outstanding Member” award during his 4th year of service.  In his time spent with the Biology department, James was a teaching assistant in the laboratory and served on the Biology Advisory Committee.  While working with Texas Tech’s The Institute of Environmental and Human Health, James assisted with research focusing on mosquito transmission of West Nile, St. Louis encephalitis, and Influenza viruses.  While in medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, James’s love for education was evident while assisting as a Structural Anatomy Teaching Assistant and Clinical Medicine Teaching Assistant.  He was a member of the General Surgery interest group all 4 years of medical school.  He was a student ambassador for the college of medicine and guided students around the campus while on interviews.  James actively participated in the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine chapter of The Christian Medical and Dental Society and led a medical mission trip to Pucallpa, Peru in his 4th year.  He also volunteered his time assisting in many of the free medical clinics in the Oklahoma City metro area. 

In 2016, Dr. Walls matched as a categorical resident into the General Surgery Residency at the University of South Alabama.  While he is just beginning in his career here at The University of South Alabama, we have high expectations for James and what he will accomplish in his 5 years with this program.  

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

”My favorite part about being a resident at USA is the team I get to work with.  USA fosters a surgical learning environment that is unlike any other I have ever.”

 

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-2s

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-1s

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 the it’s 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.

 

Deepthi Ganta, M.D. (Prelim)Deepthi Ganta, M.D. (Prelim)

Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas
College: Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Medical School: St. George University of Medicine
Email: dganta@health.southalabama.edu 

Dr. Deepthi Ganta went to Rutgers University at New Brunswick, New Jersey.  She majored in Biological Sciences and minored in Psychology. She received Bachelors of Science degree and graduated magna cum lauda. While at Rutgers University, she was involved she was Anatomy teaching assistant for one year. She was also involved in several extracurricular activities including being executive board member for Rutgers University Programming Association and Relay for Life Committee. While in medical school at St. George’s University School of Medicine, he excelled academically and clinically.  After graduating from medical school, she was a research fellow at Hackensack UMC Mountainside and Burke Rehabilitation Center. In 2019, Dr. Ganta matched as a prelim resident into the General Surgery Residency at the University of South Alabama.  She will be going to New York for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in July 2020.

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

I chose University of South Alabama for my preliminary year because it is very strong in both academic and clinical training. It has excellent simulation labs and several research opportunities for residents. More importantly, it was pretty evident during my interview that the faculty led by example by creating a nurturing and healthy work place environment for the residents. All the residents really work well together and I truly believe that this residency program will give me the best foundation for my PMR residency program.

 

Peter Oakes, M.D. (Prelim)Peter Oakes, M.D. (Prelim)

Hometown: Birmingham, Alabama
College: Vanderbilt University
Medical School: University of South Alabama College of Medicine
Email: poakes@health.southalabama.edu 

Dr. Peter Oakes graduated from Vanderbilt University with a dual Bachelor of the Arts degree in French and History. While at Vanderbilt, Peter served as the vice president of his fraternity, Lambda Chi Alpha, and was active in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee. In 2015, Dr. Oakes matched as a preliminary intern into the General Surgery Residency at the University of South Alabama. During medical school, Peter participated in numerous research projects with Dr. Shane Tubbs at the Seattle Science Foundation, and spent the summer of 2012 in Seattle doing clinical research at the institution.

What does Dr. Oakes like most about being an intern at the University of South Alabama?

Throughout my academic career, I have never felt as certain that an institution was invested in my success, or as convinced that my mentors cared about me as I have here at the University of South Alabama's College of Medicine. After rotating with the surgical department, I found additional mentors who have continued to cultivate my interest in general surgery, and to support me through all of my endeavors.

 

Jasal Patel, M.D. (Prelim)Jasal Patel, M.D. (Prelim)

Hometown: Port St. Lucie, Florida   
College: University of Miami
Medical School: American University of Antigua
Email: jasalpatel@health.southalabama.edu  

Dr. Jasal Patel was born in London, England and moved to United States when he was 8 years old. He grew up in South Florida, and remained in Florida for his undergraduate studies. Dr. Patel received his medical degree from the American University of Antigua School of Medicine. It was here where he developed his passion for rehabilitation medicine and research.  After medical school, he then moved to New York City where he joined Albert Einstein’s Department of Rehabilitation Medicine as a research fellow. Dr. Patel will go on to pursue his rehabilitation residency at Albert Einstein in New York after completing his preliminary year in surgery. Outside of the hospital, he likes to play tennis, run, hike, and enjoys spending time with friends and family.  

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

The warm southern hospitality, its vast cultural influences, and the great dynamic that exists between all the residents and faculty. 

 

Aubrey White, M.D. (Prelim)Aubrey White, M.D. (Prelim)

Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas
College: Abilene Christian University
Medical School: UT Health Science Center at Houston
Email: aubreywhite@health.southalabama.edu  

Dr. Aubrey White was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. She graduated from Abilene Christian University with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. While at ACU, she played trombone in the marching band and wind ensemble. She then attending the University of Texas at Houston Medical School. During medical school, she was involved in wilderness medicine club, and became involved in legislative advocacy. In 2019, Dr. White began her Preliminary internship in General Surgery at the University of South Alabama.

In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her dog, running, and rock climbing.