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Chief Residents, 2014-2015

 

Ben Ravaee, MD

Hometown: Danville, IL

Medical School: University of Illinois at Chicago

Career Plans: Cardiology

Favorite Aspect of Residency at MCW: The program leadership is very receptive to resident feedback. I think our program is phenomenal as is, but they are constantly working to make it even better.

Favorite Aspect of Milwaukee: It's very livable. There's a lot to do, but you don't have to worry about the traffic, parking, and cost issues that come with some big cities. The summers here are awesome. There are tons of festivals throughout the summer, and the lakefront is great for running, biking, going to the beach, etc.

One Thing You Must Try While Living in Wisconsin: I just took a weekend trip to Door County and would definitely recommend it.

Interesting Fact About Me: I've played tennis all my life, and although I don't play as often anymore, I've always managed to play at least once every summer.

 

 

Bethany Smeltzer, MD

VA Patienty Saftey Chief

Hometown: Racine, WI

Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin

Career Plans: Primary Care

Favorite Aspect of Residency at MCW: The people! We have a tremendous group of faculty as directors of the program.

Favorite Aspect of Milwaukee: The lakefront and the laid-back Midwestern pace of life.

One Thing You Must Try While Living in Wisconsin: Beer and cheese, of course! Also Kringle if you're near Racine, WI.

Interesting Fact About Me: I considered majoring in music and becoming a violinist instead of going to medical school.


 

Carla Meister, MD

Medicine/Pediatrics Chief

 

Hometown: Wauwatosa, WI

Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin

Career Plans: Primary Care Med-Peds

Favorite Aspect of Residency at MCW: The great people and the wonderful variety of rotations and experiences!

Favorite Aspect of Milwaukee: The four seasons

One Thing You Must Try While Living in Wisconsin: Snowshoeing and apple picking

Interesting Fact About Me: I like to garden and my favorite season is autumn.


 

Rena Shah, MD

Hometown:  Addison, Illinois

Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine - Peoria

Career Plans: Hematology/Oncology

Favorite Aspect of Residency at MCW: The friendly, supportive environment and the friendships you make with your colleagues

Favorite Aspect of Milwaukee: Summerfest, Lake Michigan

One Thing You Must Try While Living in Wisconsin: Being a Bears fan!

Interesting Fact About Me: I love my Chicago Bears! I also had my own 5 min radio segment twice a week on entertainment news with KissFM Chicago while I was in high school.


 

Tadeo Diaz Balderrama, MD

Starts 1/1/2015

 

 

 

Zouyan Lu, MD

Finishes 12/31/2014

Hometown: All over, mainly the NW Suburbs of Chicago

Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine - Rockford

Career Plans: Infectious Disease, dream job of clinician educator working with fellows and residents.

Favorite Aspect of Residency at MCW: My co-residents, the faculty and adminstration are super supportive, and there is a diverse patient population with lots of interesting pathology.

Favorite Aspect of Milwaukee: You can choose to live downtown, in a college neighborhood, in the suburbs, or even in a rural setting but still be within a 15 minute drive from the hospital.

Interesting Fact About Me: Though I am a native Mandarin speaker, I have forgotten nearly all of it :(

 

 

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