Meet our Residents

Graduation Group Photo

PGY - 5 Residents

Kendra Luebke, MD

Kendra Luebke, MD
University of Nebraska
Hometown: Hardy, NE

David Linn, MD

David Linn, MD
Medical College of Wisconsin
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI

Kevin Casey, MD

Kevin Casey, MD
Loyola University Chicago
Hometown: Westchester, IL

PGY - 4 Residents

Derek Vanhille, MD

Derek Vanhille, MD
Virginia Commonwealth University
Hometown: Centerville, Utah

Ryan Little, MD

Ryan Little, MD
University of North Carolina
Hometown: Asheville, NC

Karl Doerfer, MD

Karl Doerfer, MD
Northwestern University
Hometown: Shell Mera, Ecuador

PGY-3 Residents

Miranda Colletta, MD

Miranda Colletta, MD
Washington University in St. Louis
Hometown: Dallas, TX

Rachel Fee, MD

Rachel Fee, MD
Virginia Commonwealth University
Hometown: Stuarts Draft, VA

Matthew Partain, MD
Matthew Partain, MD
Loyola University Chicago
Hometown: Libertyville, IL
 

PGY-2 Residents

David Campbell, MD
David Campbell, MD
Medical College of Wisconsin
Hometown: Brookfield, WI

David Campbell, MD
Mana Espahbodi, MD
Vanderbilt University
Hometown: Wellesley, MA

Hillary Newsome, MD
Hillary Newsome, MD
University of Pittsburgh
Hometown: Maryland Heights, MO

PGY-1 Residents

Axel Shun, MD
Axel Shum, MD
University of Kansas
Hometown: Kansas City, MO

Lauren North, MD
Lauren North, MD
Medical College of Wisconsin
Hometown: Richfield, WI

Ryan Puccia, MD
Ryan Puccia, MD
Indiana University School of Medicine
Hometown: Terre Haute, IN

See what our residents are saying...

Kevin Casey, MD and familyKevin Casey, MD - PGY-5

Favorite aspect of residency at MCW:

Residency isn't easy. So when I looked at programs, I wanted to find one that I felt I would provide a supportive environment where I felt comfortable with my peers, senior residents and faculty and where I would be able to navigate the next 5 challenging years with not only an excellent educational and operating experience, but genuinely good people as well. MCW has been exactly that. Not to mention, with at least two fellowship-trained faculty in each subspecialty (NINE in pediatric ENT alone!), this is one of the most well-rounded departments I had the privilege of interviewing with. Whether I decide to pursue a fellowship down the road or become a general otolaryngologist, I know without a doubt that I will be well-prepared and comfortable with procedures within every subspecialty at the end of my 5 years in this program.

Advice, for PGY1 residents:
When you're an intern on off-service rotations, really take the time to get to know and spend time with your peers in other specialties. A big academic hospital can be an intimidating place at first, but it becomes home pretty quickly when you start seeing friends you've made from other rotations, not to mention it helps when you have to call them up for a favor from their service in the future! Also, if you have a hobby, keep up with it during your first year! This year is some of the most flexible time you will have and developing the habit of keeping up with your extracurricular interests is important. If you don't have a hobby, find one!

One thing you must try while living in Wisconsin:
I've yet to do it, and it personally makes me cringe as a Bears fan, but I have to get to Lambeau Field at some point. I have heard it is an amazing place to watch a football game and, all rivalries aside, as an NFL fan, there's no denying the impressive history of the stadium and organization.

Interesting fact about yourself:
I'm addicted to travel. My most memorable trip was in 2007 when my wife and I spent 6 months in Florence, Italy studying Italian language, Renaissance Art and traveling around Europe.

Partain FamilyMatthew Partain, MD
PGY-3

Favorite aspect of residency at MCW:
Honestly, the best thing about this program are the role models here. The faculty really understand that this early in my residency, I need a little more guidance and patience so that I can learn the proper techniques in the OR.  They’ve been so patient and helpful in making me feel comfortable here. I feel like this is a place  where I can really thrive. My co-residents are also incredible here. They’re inspiring and easy to work with. They continue to help guide me to become a better and more efficient resident.   Our friendships also go beyond the residency program here at MCW. We hang out on the weekends,  and a few of us are in some co-ed sports leagues together.

Advice for PGY1 residents:
Every day is an opportunity to get better.

One thing you must try while living in Wisconsin:
I can't just pick one thing unfortunately!

My wife is from Ft. Lauderdale, and I’m from the suburbs of Chicago. Neither of us are all that “outdoorsy.” Over the next five years, we will have plenty of opportunities to explore all of the beauty that Wisconsin can offer. We’re planning on making trips up north to Door County in the summertime. There are some amazing hiking trails through the Kettle Moraine State Forest, which our puppy Maggie loves. I hope to figure out a way to get 18 holes of golf at Whistling Straights up in Kohler. We were able to go strawberry picking in the summer, apple picking in the fall, and we found a few different pumpkin patches all within about 45 minutes of where we live in Milwaukee. We also Airbnb’d a log cabin up north for the weekend and went snowshoeing around. There is a lot to do!

Interesting fact about yourself:
After taking a few Thai cooking classes while on my honeymoon in Thailand, I can say I make some pretty rocking’ curry and mango sticky rice.

Luebke FamilyKendra Luebke, MD
PGY-5

Favorite aspect of residency at MCW:
My favorite aspect of residency at MCW is the great people we have in the department.  Everyone is so friendly, supportive and fun to work alongside making it an excellent learning and work environment.

Advice for PGY1 residents:
Always make time for your family.  It's easy to get wrapped up in work and studying, but it's important to spend quality time with your loved ones.

One thing you must try while living in Wisconsin:
Cheese curds.  I love food, especially fried food and cheese, so we've made it a point to order cheese curds at any new restaurant we go to in pursuit of the best in Wisconsin.  They are all pretty tasty, but the best so far have been from Water Street Brewery and surprisingly, Cousins Subs.

Interesting fact about yourself:
While studying abroad, I had an emergency appendectomy and spent two weeks on IV antibiotics in a hospital in Costa Rica.

Hoekzema FamilyCraig Hoekzema, MD
2016 Graduate


Favorite aspect of residency at MCW:
I really enjoy the great people in our department.  From top to bottom, everyone is friendly, helpful and fun to work alongside.

Advice, for PGY1 residents:
Develop the habit of taking time to do things you enjoy. Life as a resident is more fun and productive if you make an effort to get to the gym, spend time with your friends, etc.

One thing you must try while living in Wisconsin:
Lake Geneva is a great place for a day-trip in the summer.

Interesting fact about yourself:
I rolled a 300 game at Koz’s Mini Bowl in Milwaukee.

Having Fun!

PGY-3 residents at the graduation dinner

From left: Derek Vanhille, MD, Karl Doerfer, MD, Ryan Little, MD

department holiday event

Jessica Southwood, MD
Jessica Southwood, MD water skiing

Where our Residents have gone...

Class of 2017

  • Jad Jabbour, MD - pediatric otolaryngology fellowship, Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jessica Southwood, MD - rhinology fellowship, California Sinus Centers, Atherton, California
  • Justin Yan, MD - private practice, Arvada, Colorado

Class of 2016

  • Craig Hoekzema, MD - private practice, Norton Shores, Michigan
  • Mallory O'Niel, MD - pediatric otolaryngology fellowship, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota - academic practice, Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit, Michigan
  • Ruchin Patel, MD - facial plastics fellowship, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri - private practice, Indianapolis, Indianna

Class of 2015

  • Brent Nichols, MD - private practice, Fargo, North Dakota
  • Corbin Sullivan, MD - private practice, Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Timothy Stoddard, MD - private practice, Honolulu, Hawaii

Class of 2014

  • Daniel Cannon, MD - private practice, The Dalles, Oregon
  • Elizabeth Kelly, MD - neurotology fellowship, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Luke Jakubowski, MD - pediatric otolaryngology fellowship, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah - academic practice, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Class of 2013

  • Ope Daramola, MD - rhinology fellowship, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine - private practice, Plainsboro, New Jersey
  • Kelli Rudman, MD - private practice, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Matthew Sitton, MD – pediatric otolaryngology fellowship, Texas Children’s Hospital - Baylor College of Medicine, Houston,Texas - academic practice, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas

Class of 2012

  • Susan Fulmer, MD – private practice, Canandaigua, New York
  • Sung-Won Kim, MD – private practice, Olympia, Washington
  • Sachin Pawar, MD – facial plastic and reconstructive surgery fellowship, Oregon Health & Science University, - academic practice, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Class of 2011

  • Kenny Carter, Jr., MD – private practice, Dallas, Texas
  • Nidhi Gupta, MD –head and neck fellowship, University of Cincinnati – academic practice, Albert Einstein School of Medicine, New York, New York
  • John Nash, MD – private practice, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin

Class of 2010

  • David Hartemink, MD – private practice, Denver, Colorado
  • Brian McMullin, MD – private practice, Houston, Texas
  • Ericka King, MD – pediatric otolaryngology fellowship, University of Michigan – academic practice, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon

Class of 2009

  • Arun Badi, MD – private practice, Dallas, Texas
  • Christopher Cederberg, MD – private practice, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Nima Shemirani, MD – facial plastic and reconstructive surgery fellowship, Glasgold Group, Highland Park, New Jersey – private practice, Beverly Hills, California
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