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Department of Medicine Chief Residents 2020-2021

Nicole Held, DO

Hometown: Elk River, MN
Medical School: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergrad: Marquette University
Career Plans: Hematology Oncology
Favorite Aspect of Residency at MCW: Getting to work with awesome co-residents!
Favorite Aspect of Milwaukee: The restaurant scene – so many great options with a wide variety of cuisines!
One Thing You Must Try While Living in Wisconsin: A Lakefront Brewery tour. If you go on a Friday, they have an excellent fish-fry.
Interesting Fact About Me: I auditioned for American Idol when I was in high school (I unfortunately did not get to meet Simon). While I still enjoy singing, it’s safe to say medicine is much better suited to my talents for a day job.
Nicole Held, DO

Marium Khan, MD, MPH

Hometown: Oak Park, IL
Medical School: St. George’s University
Undergrad and Graduate: University of Illinois
Career Plans: Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine
Favorite Aspect of Residency at MCW: Experiencing my group of residency colleagues turn into a family.
Favorite Aspect of Milwaukee: Being able to experience downtown life with the Lake and great restaurants while still being minutes away from scenic trails and outdoor adventures.
One Thing You Must Try While Living in Wisconsin: Kayaking down the Milwaukee River.
Interesting Fact About Me: I have jumped off seven waterfalls.
Marium Khan, MD, MPH

Benjamin Lipanot, MD

Hometown: Clintonville, WI – Home of the Clintonville Truckers
Medical School: University of Wisconsin–School of Medicine and Public Health
Undergrad: University of Wisconsin; La Crosse
Career Plans: Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine
Favorite Aspect of Residency at MCW: My co-residents and the great clinical exposures and experiences.
Favorite Aspect of Milwaukee: Huge network of bike and running trails, bustling music scene.
One Thing You Must Try While Living in Wisconsin: Camping during a less busy weekend in Door County or Devil’s Lake State Park and finding a local fish fry in rural Wisconsin.
Interesting Fact About Me: I tried my best but still lost a match against a member of the Nepalese table tennis team.
Benjamin Lipanot, MD

Kathleen Monahan, DO

Hometown: Longmont, CO
Medical School: Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergrad: University of Wisconsin; Madison
Career Plans: Hematology Oncology
Favorite Aspect of Residency at MCW: The community! My co-residents were very supportive and a lot of fun to be with, both in and out of the hospital.
Favorite Aspect of Milwaukee: Easy access to state parks and outdoor activities. I am particularly fond of winter sports and have found great places to go cross country skiing not too far from the city. There is also a great climbing gym downtown.
One Thing You Must Try While Living in Wisconsin: Have a picnic at South Shore Park. The view of the city in combination with the lake is beautiful, and there is a beer garden during the summer!
Interesting Fact About Me: I have played the piano for over 20 years. I am now trying to teach myself how to play guitar, but it is not going well...
Kathleen Monahan, DO

Mike Pierro, MD

Hometown: Don't have one! I've lived in Ohio, Maryland, St. Louis, Philly, London, and now Milwaukee.
Medical School: Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Undergrad: Truman State University
Career Plans: Academic Hematology Oncology
Favorite Aspect of Residency at MCW: The collegiality between residents and faculty, and the balance of autonomy and supervision allows you to really take ownership of your patients and learn how to lead and manage a team.
Favorite Aspect of Milwaukee: The summers! It's the ideal temperature to be outside and enjoy all of the wonderful biking trails, city parks, beer gardens, and festivals.
One Thing You Must Try While Living in Wisconsin: The obvious answer is cheese curds and beer, but I'll say wading in a cranberry bog! Not many places in the world you can try that.
Interesting Fact About Me: I represented England in a Little League World Series Regional Tournament against countries from the rest of Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.
Mike Pierro, MD