Chief Residents

Zachary Ferguson, MD

Zachary Ferguson, MD

Chief Resident

Bio

Medical School: University of Oklahoma, Tulsa

Undergraduate: Johns Hopkins University

Bio: I grew up all over the place since my Dad was in the Army. My family mostly lives in Canada, the Northwest, and Colorado. I went to undergrad in Baltimore, met my husband in Wisconsin while working, and graduated medical school from the University of Oklahoma in Tulsa. During the start of Covid and a couple days after foot surgery, I finally visited Maine to complete seeing all 50 states!

Columbia is a nice little spot along the way. I am not a fan of living in large metro areas, but I still need the basic necessities close by. Mizzou represents the perfect intersection between the big city and nowhere.

I was most excited to come to Columbia for residency because I experienced that elusive ‘fit feeling’ during the interview day. My fellow residents are super chill and the faculty are experts at providing the right amount of support so I can start developing into a fully independent EM doc.

Brian Openlander, DO

Brian Openlander, DO

Chief Resident

Bio

Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Auburn

Undergraduate: University of Missouri – Columbia

Bio: Born and raised in St. Louis, MO, I attended the University of Missouri-Columbia for undergrad, graduating in 2010. After working multiple jobs in Missouri and Colorado as a firefighter/paramedic and critical care RN (both in- and pre-hospital), I returned to school at VCOM in Auburn, Alabama. I was fortunate that when it came time to choose a specialty, I was already certain that Emergency Medicine was exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. And after spending time here as a visiting 4th year med student, I was just as certain that Mizzou was exactly where I wanted to train. From the faculty who are just as fun to work with as they are clinically competent, to the diversity of patient pathology that comes through the doors, it was clear that the University of Missouri was the right fit.

In addition, Columbia is a great spot that has both a college town feel, as well as many of the resources and amenities of a larger city. Between the plethora of running, hiking and mountain bike trails and its close proximity to St. Louis and Kansas City, it’s truly a great place to live. 

Paige Woods, MD

Paige Woods, MD

Chief Resident

Bio

Medical School: University of Washington

Undergraduate: Carroll College

Bio: I grew up in Helena, Montana and attended college at Carroll College in Helena for my undergraduate education. After that, I attended medical school through the WWAMI program at the University of Washington. One reason I chose MU is the people! I love how supportive all of my co-residents, faculty, and supporting staff are. Everyone is always willing to offer a helping hand when you need it or to just simply hang out! In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband, taking hikes in Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, and trying out new places to eat here in CoMo.

Third-Year Residents

Frank Chan, MD

Frank Chan, MD

Bio

Medical School: University of Missouri- Columbia

Undergraduate: San Diego State University

Bio: I was born in Kansas City, Missouri. I went to medical school here at MU so I am well-versed about Columbia and all the fun stuff the town has to offer. I chose MU and Emergency Medicine to be able to spend time with my family as well as work in a fantastic program and hospital. Besides being an Emergency Medicine resident, I am also the proud dad of a 5-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl. Also, my girlfriend is an ER nurse at WCH and we just welcomed a new baby girl to our family!

Alanna Diamond, MD

Alanna Diamond, MD

Bio

Medical School: University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio

Undergraduate: Emory University

Bio: I was born and raised in the Dallas area and returned to the Lone Star state for medical school at the University of Texas SOM at San Antonio. For my undergraduate education, I went to Emory University in Atlanta and to University of Michigan for graduate school in Health Management & Policy. I then worked in hospital administration in Chicago for five years before pursuing medical school. I entered the healthcare field with the intention of establishing a career in hospital administration but quickly learned that I was meant for hands-on medicine! During residency, I look forward to exploring the complexities of EM administration and integrating my background into process improvement and QI projects.

I am overjoyed to be part of the Mizzou EM team! Having spent much of my life in Texas and the Midwest, Missouri has a wonderful combination of both and has given me a sense of feeling right at home. Our program offers that perfect intersection between education and experience to solidify and expand my EM knowledge base and practice. Columbia is also a wonderful place to live. My husband, Tyler, and I, enjoy being first-time homeowners and have felt very welcomed by our neighbors and the overall community. When I’m not at the hospital, I enjoy carpentry, fixing up my house and going on outdoor adventures with our dog, Nina.

Christopher Favier, MD

Christopher Favier, MD

Bio

Medical School: University of Missouri- Kansas City

Undergraduate: University of Missouri- Kansas City

Bio: I was born and raised in St. Louis, MO and moved to Kansas City in 2013 to attend the UMKC School of Medicine 6-year BA/MD program. After experiencing a lot of the fun things to do in STL and Kansas City (sports, BBQ, and great parks), I chose Columbia for residency because family is an important priority for me and Columbia is close to both cities. I knew I wanted to be close to home, have a program that offered great training with excellent leadership, and that had the right feel. I am happy to have found that here at MU. Some other great perks include the low cost of living, the small town feel with lots of things to do, and proximity to the Lake of the Ozarks! In my spare time, I enjoy playing water polo, patio bars, snow skiing, traveling, and going to the Lake of the Ozarks.

Amber Oros, DO

Amber Oros, DO

Bio

Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Undergraduate: Western Michigan University

Bio: I am originally from Michigan and then moved to California where I started out in Neurosurgery. Fortunately, I then made the change to EM for improved job satisfaction and quality of life for my family. Mizzou was a natural fit as it is a large academic institution in a nice Midwestern suburban area with great schools and plenty of things to do for my 2 small kids.

You can’t find a nicer group of residents and attendings to work with than the group at MU. The residents have a good mix of backgrounds. Some took the accelerated route of integrated undergrad/med school, others took the traditional path, and many of us had a more circuitous route with previous careers outside of EM or medicine altogether.

The senior residents and attendings are all very enthusiastic about teaching and are up to date on the latest literature. In fact, Dr. Sampson, our program director earned the 2018 ACEP National EM Faculty Teaching Award. This is a very hands-on program with a constant flow of procedure experience. The EM department also gets along very well with consulting teams, who are happy to teach EM residents when opportunities arise.

Samuel Robinson, MD

Samuel Robinson, MD

Bio

Medical School: University of Missouri- Columbia

Undergraduate: University of Missouri – Columbia

Bio: Born in Southern Illinois and then having moved several times growing up (Massachusetts, Georgia, Illinois, and Michigan), I have now lived in and enjoyed Columbia more than I could have imagined. Having received both my undergraduate degree and medical school degree from the University of Missouri, along with meeting my wife, Anna, at Mizzou we have been thrilled to call Columbia home for the the past eight years. There is plenty to do outdoors from the numerous biking and hiking trails along with all events, sports, and downtown scene that come with being an SEC college town.

Senior residents and faculty are all enthusiastic to teach and are effective in doing so in a manner that cultivates growth in an environment that pushes you to your full potential while still giving you the backup you need as you progress through residency.

Harpreet Singh, MD

Harpreet Singh, MD

Bio

Medical School: University of Kansas School of Medicine, Wichita

Undergraduate: Grinnell College

Bio: I grew up in Stockton, CA and headed to the Midwest where I played college football and ran track at Grinnell College. I genuinely fell in love with the Midwest and stuck around. Headed to Kansas where I got my MPH and eventually matriculated in medical school at the University of Kansas. I also happened to pick up rugby during my time in Kansas and played for the Wichita Barbarians. I chose MU because it enabled me to have a good work/life balance (relatively speaking, because residency is tough regardless). In doing do, I've been able to keep up with extracurricular activities, mingle with great new friends and co-residents, and pick up new hobbies.

Matthew Wilson, MD

Matthew Wilson, MD

Bio

Medical School: University of Louisville

Undergraduate: University of Louisville

Bio: I grew up originally in rural Iowa but moved to Louisville, KY where I spent the next 20 years. I graduated from the University of Louisville for both undergrad and medical school. I spend most of my time outside of the hospital with my wife and kids. We have found Columbia to be a great place to live and raise our kids. I was drawn to the EM program here primarily because of the experience I had on my interview day. I was uniquely impressed with the culture of the department, staff and residents that I interacted with that day. From the leadership to my co-residents I have found this to be a supportive environment and an overall great place to train.

Second-Year Residents

Chelsea Broomhead, MD

Chelsea Broomhead, MD

Bio

I was born and raised in Sammamish, WA and stayed in Washington for both undergrad and med school. As a northwest native, I continue to look for opportunities in Missouri to be outside and have been impressed with the many hiking, biking, and running options Columbia has to offer. In my free time, I also like to garden, sew, and do art. I chose Mizzou after completing an away rotation here because of the collegiality between the residents as well as the extremely supportive and down-to-earth culture of the program. So far, I love the balance of small town vibes and college-town progressiveness in Columbia and feel embraced and welcomed by the community we work with.

Travis Bulloch, MD

Travis Bulloch, MD

Bio

I grew up on a farm in Utah. I attended Southern Utah University, and then completed medical school at UT Southwestern in Dallas, TX. My hobbies include all things outdoors and binge-listening to (purely fiction) audio books. I love Mizzou because our hospital system is large enough that we get to see a huge diversity of pathology in the ED, but it's still located in a relatively small city.

Elijah Dahlstrom, MD

Elijah Dahlstrom, MD

Bio

I am from Mount Vernon, Iowa and have lived in Iowa for most of my life. When I came down to Colombia for the residency interview, I was immediately impressed by the variety of different activities that the town has to offer. There are tons of outdoor trails and parks, a really nice variety of local restaurants, and a beautiful college campus. The residency program is very tight-knit and supportive, and I feel that we are all pushing toward a common goal of becoming excellent emergency physicians. In my free time, I enjoy exploring new parts of Colombia, getting my co-residents together for games of DnD, and rooting on the one true black-and-gold, the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Elizabeth Empey. MD

Elizabeth Empey. MD

Bio

I was born and raised in a small town in Colorado about an hour south of Denver. I attended the University of Colorado for both undergrad and medical school. Having lived in Colorado my whole life, I was ready to explore, and Columbia felt like a natural choice. I enjoy the small town feel combined with the fun collegiate atmosphere that the Mizzou campus attracts. The faculty, staff and residents have been outstanding from day one, welcoming everyone with open arms and constantly working to push our education while making us feel supported. When I’m not in the hospital, I like to take advantage of the extensive nature trails to walk my dog, as well as the surrounding lakes for a good day of kayaking. The local breweries and the vineyard are also some of my favorite hangout spots for delicious food and cold beverages. You might even catch me sliding down a ski hill in the winter season.

Zachary Fleming, MD

Zachary Fleming, MD

Bio

I grew up in Columbia, IL, a small town just outside St. Louis, MO and I attended MU for undergrad, medical school, and now for residency, meaning that I have always lived in a Columbia. I love ice hockey and continue to play in a recreational league in Jefferson City while cheering on the Blues and Cardinals. I also serve at my church, enjoy Columbia’s expansive trails and parks, and take part in Columbia’s local festivities.

I wanted to continue my education here at MU because the residency program offered the best fit for what I was seeking during my training. Columbia, MO has plenty to do yet it still has a smaller town vibe and the cost of living is very affordable. The new ED is gorgeous, the faculty love to teach, the staff are awesome, and the leadership consistently works to improve the already solid and comprehensive training. The program dynamic makes me feel like I am a part of a huge, crazy family that truly cares about one another and works to build each other up. Finally, the patient population offers plenty of medical complexities, they come from a diverse socioeconomic demographic, and they are rewarding to serve.

Arian Jahansouz, MD

Arian Jahansouz, MD

Bio

I was born in Tehran, Iran and grew up in San Diego, California before spending some time in Carl Junction, Missouri and finishing up high school in Lee's Summit, Missouri. After I came to Columbia for college I fell in love with the city and haven't left since. This is the longest I have been in one place and I just love it here! Columbia offers so much to do from all the college activities, the downtown life, and the outdoors. There are plenty of shows and concerts to see, so many festivals and events, and you can escape in to the woods if you need a break. Our program offers so much, and the incredible faculty is extremely supportive. It truly feels like they always have your back, which makes it a wonderful environment to train in!

Haseeb Khatri, MD

Haseeb Khatri, MD

Bio

I am from Houston, born and raised, and am living outside Texas for the first time in my life. That being said, the family atmosphere is what drew me to the MIZZOU EM program. I also appreciate all of the simulation opportunities we have access to, such as VR cases and mass casualty simulations. On shift, the attendings allow us the space to challenge ourselves by taking on more difficult patients while providing plenty of guidance. I am having a great time exploring COMO with its small town charm and all of the outdoor trails and parks we have access to. When I’m not on shift, I like to spend my time doing yoga, trying new foods, and doing life with my co-residents.

Jessica Scofield, MD

Jessica Scofield, MD

Bio

I grew up in Springfield, MO, went to Truman State University for undergrad, then came to University of Missouri for medical school. I’m a big Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings fan and can kill it at trivia nights. While I was a student here, I loved the learning environment that the faculty and staff created, as well as the sense of community in the program. There is always a social event coming up and the attendings, residents, and PA fellows can frequently be found grabbing a beer together after work. Columbia is a wonderful town that has a way of making you feel at home whether you are from a small or a big town.

Nick Wasinger, DO

Nick Wasinger, DO

Bio

My name is Nicholas Wasinger, I was born and raised in Wichita, KS. I’ve lived in the Midwest my whole life and have gone to several of the academic institutions in this part of the country #playangry, #boomersooner, #gotigers. I fell in love with MU when I was here for an away rotation. The patient population is quite representative of the typical midwestern town or city, which is the setting I am planning to practice in. Mid Missouri offers nearly everything nature: hiking, camping, and beautiful running and biking trails, which I found aligned with my interests and helped me choose this program. Favorite things to do around town include: trying out the mix of restaurants with flair from both Kansas City and St Louis, running and biking on the vast MKT trail, and socializing with my fellow residents. My wife and I are planning to have kids in the near future and found Columbia to be one of the best places for starting a family. Hobbies include: weight training and running, video games, binge watching Netflix series, and cooking.

First-Year Residents

Lydia Bennett, MD

Lydia Bennett, MD

Bio

Medical School: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine  

Undergraduate: University of Alabama  

Bio: I grew up in multiple small towns in Ohio and Kentucky, but after high school I sought out a change by going South to the University of Alabama for undergrad. Though I returned to Ohio for medical school, I knew I wanted to branch out again. I applied to residency programs across the country. University of Missouri really made an impression on interview day. Even via Zoom, the vibe at Mizzou stood out as the one I wanted for my residency. The meeting was full of joking, laughter, and friendly banter, not just among the residents, but between the faculty as well. 

Moving to Columbia, I didn’t know quite what to expect since I’d never been here. I had heard there would be good parks and trails, which I’ve found to be true. For the feel of the city, I’ve found it to embody SEC college town with a Midwest environment with a surprising artsy streak. I like to explore all these aspects in my free time, so I spend it hiking, checking out the coffee shops and boutiques downtown, and trying new restaurants. 

Beth Kreutzer, MD

Beth Kreutzer, MD

Bio

Medical School: University of Wisconsin

Undergraduate: Carthage College

Born and raised in Wisconsin, I would definitely call myself a jack of all trades even before I went to medical school. I majored in microbiology and Chinese language in college, but also spent a significant amount of time playing violin and double bass in orchestra and musicals. EM seemed like a logical career choice for me because I just loved every rotation and the thought of narrowing my scope to one field of medicine was daunting.

I was looking for a program where I could explore my passions and feel like I belong. At all the virtual interviews I attended, the PDs and residents said something along the lines of “we’re a big family here”. At my Mizzou interview day, I felt that it didn’t need to be said (but it was haha) that everyone is close to one another, happy to be with one another, and genuinely concerned for each other’s success and well-being. That sense of joy and camaraderie really sticks out in my mind about that interview day, and I look back and realize I am now a part of that joy and camaraderie.

Andres Madrid, MD

Andres Madrid, MD

Bio

Undergraduate: University of Nevada – Las Vegas

Medical School: University of Nevada – Reno

I was born in Southern California but grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada. I went to undergrad at UNLV and attended medical school at UNR in Reno, Nevada. While living in Reno I was able to appreciate the outdoors more. Being so close to so many trails, lakes, rivers, and mountains, I wanted to find a place that offered the same type of accessibility to the outdoors. Whenever I have free time, I enjoy being active and playing sports, snowboarding, lifting weights, traveling/exploring, and occasionally binge-watching shows. One of the main factors that attracted me to Columbia was the small-town feel combined with the fun college atmosphere and sense of community this city offers. The program itself provides a family-like atmosphere with everyone from your colleagues, attendings, and faculty being so supportive. Combined with the diverse pathology and autonomy we experience in the hospital; it truly makes Mizzou a wonderful place to train at!

Maryam (Maz) Molahassani, MD

Maryam (Maz) Molahassani, MD

Bio

Medical School: University of Manchester School of Medicine

I was born in Iran but have spent the last 20 years of my life in Manchester, UK, where I went to medical school. I was looking for a home-away-from-home and found that at this program in Columbia, with the family feel between residents and the number of outdoor adventures that this city has to offer.  Since moving here, everyone has been very welcoming and supportive, making the transition so much smoother. Outside of work, I love playing and watching sports, especially football or as Americans call it, "soccer". I am also a huge Harry Potter fan and a sneakerhead...but so far, I have only managed to bring half of my collection with me from the UK.

Peter Nathan, MD

Peter Nathan, MD

Bio

Medical School: University of Birmingham College of Medical and Dental Sciences

I grew up in Manchester, UK, attending the University of Birmingham for medical school before moving back home to start my Foundation Training in 2016. After 2 years of rotations in various specialities, I decided that the ER was where I wanted to continue my career. In search of a new challenge, I decided to move across the Atlantic to learn emergency medicine in a new environment and from a new perspective. I immediately felt welcomed by the faculty here and that was a huge part of why I chose Columbia. Now I’m here, I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else. The program is both challenging and well supported, with the faculty and fellow residents forming a tight knit group offering quintessentially Midwestern hospitality. Columbia itself is a welcoming city with plenty to do and places to go. It’s certainly a nice change from the daily rush hour commute back home.

Ebony Page-Phillips, MD

Ebony Page-Phillips, MD

Bio

Medical School: University of Missouri-Columbia

Undergraduate: Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)

I was born and raised in St. Louis MO, only leaving to attend NU before returning home. I enjoyed my time so much as a medical student that I decided to double-down and stay at Mizzou for residency. With family being just a short drive away, and the department feeling like an extended family it was a seamless transition. The faculty are very knowledgeable, approachable, and down to Earth. Beyond having solid colleagues, Columbia is a great place for my husband Joe and I to raise our 9-month-old son, Baby Joey better known as “3.” When I’m not working, I enjoy hanging out with my family, cookouts, streaming movies and lifting weights.

Matthew Schuver, MD

Matthew Schuver, MD

Bio

Undergraduate: University of Missouri – Columbia

Medical School: University of Missouri – Columbia

I was born in St. Louis, Missouri. I started my career at MU as an undergrad and continued at MU for medical school. I had the fantastic opportunity to work as an ER scribe prior to starting medical school which sparked my passion to pursue a career in Emergency Medicine. After all this time, Columbia feels like my second home. I chose MU because of my fantastic experiences with emergency department faculty and residents during my time as a medical student. During free time, my wife and I love to go to new restaurants, as well as enjoy the local breweries in town. We also enjoy hiking in nearby state parks on nice days.

AJ Shamloo, DO

AJ Shamloo, DO

Bio

Medical School: Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences - Yakima, WA

Undergraduate: Oregon State University – Corvallis, OR

I was born and raised in Portland, OR. After earning my bachelor’s degree in microbiology at Oregon State, I decided to head back to Portland to put my education to use as a clinical microbiologist. I worked in the lab for four years before starting medical school at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences.  I am thrilled to be a part of the Mizzou EM team. From the very moment I moved to Columbia, the attendings, residents and staff all made me feel right at home. The EM program here is a very tight knit group, which is the part I find the most appealing. Besides MU’s fantastic academic environment, Columbia has so much to offer in terms of food, breweries, and outdoor activities. Plus, I cannot wait to experience a Tigers football game at Faurot field! In my free time I enjoy playing basketball, spending time with friends and family, weightlifting, cooking, blackjack and listening to all kinds of music.

Nicholas Sheridan, MD

Nicholas Sheridan, MD

Bio

Medical school: Creighton University School of Medicine

Undergraduate: University of St. Thomas

I’m originally from Minnesota and lived there most of my life. The University of Missouri has a similar Midwest culture that checked all the boxes during my residency search. Everyone I met, from the faculty to the residents, was outgoing and excited about Emergency Medicine. I also wanted to go to an academic program, one where I could receive excellent teaching and have the opportunity to teach medical students. I am happy to have found all of this at MU! In my free time, I enjoy playing basketball, spending time with friends and family, and I am working toward learning to fly!

Natalie Walter, MD

Natalie Walter, MD

Bio

Undergraduate: Augustana University

Medical School: University of South Dakota

I grew up in Pine Island, MN, about one hour south of Minneapolis, and from there attended Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD. I stayed in South Dakota to attend medical school at the University of South Dakota. As I prepared for residency, top factors in my consideration of programs were a culture of teamwork and people who enjoy being together, longitudinal pediatric and adolescent experiences, and opportunities to be involved in medical education. Mizzou rose to the top, especially after meeting the people. Zoom added an interesting twist last year, but when I logged on to the meet and greet with the residents at Mizzou and talked with the faculty during the interview day it clicked. Everyone was warm, supportive, and genuinely interested in not only my education but my entire self - which is difficult to demonstrate on Zoom day after day! I appreciate that the program is constantly seeking to improve and adapt to the ever-changing world of EM. I had never been to Columbia and have loved exploring this fun college town. In my free time in Columbia, I enjoy exploring trails, trying new restaurants, getting together with my fellow residents, and working out.

Chris Yang, MD

Chris Yang, MD

Bio

Undergraduate: Washington University in St. Louis

Medical School: University of Missouri

I’m originally from the Boston suburbs but moved around a lot during middle school and high school. I eventually settled in St. Louis for my undergrad and fell in love with the Midwest. After undergrad I worked as a scribe in an ED outside of St. Louis and began my journey towards a career in emergency medicine. I stayed in Missouri and attended medical school here the University of Missouri. During my fourth-year rotation I really enjoyed getting to meet and work with many of the faculty, residents, pharmacists, nurses, and research staff here, which ultimately influenced my desire to stay for residency. I’m looking forward to spending another three years here in Columbia and exploring more of what the city and surrounding parks have to offer! In my free time, I enjoy fencing, sports (I’m a big Patriots, Red Sox, and Bruins fan), video games, board games, and traveling (trying to see all 62 national parks and 423 national parks and historical sites).