Chief Residents and PGY3 Residents

Kristina Gifft

Kristina Gifft

Bio

  • Hometown: Ithaca, NY Medical school: A.T. Still University – Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Bio: I am excited to be taking on the role as Chief resident this year. I have 2 dogs at home (a white husky and a miniature Australian shepherd) and a long-haired orange cat.  I was a college track runner and enjoy competing in local triathlons now.  My other hobbies include watching documentaries on Netflix and pour painting. I plan on entering cardiology fellowship next year with a focus in Interventional Cardiology or Advanced Heart Failure. 
Jacob Zembles

Jacob Zembles

Bio

  • Hometown: Blue Springs, MO
  • Medical School: University of Missouri School of Medicine
  • Bio: I’ve been living in Columbia ever since coming here for medical school in 2013 and have loved every moment. So much so, I stayed for residency and now I’m thrilled to serve as chief! My plans are to apply to Rheumatology fellowship and my goal is to practice in the Midwest for my career. I have professional interests in nutrition, fitness, weight loss, smoking cessation, mental health, vasculitis, arthritis, and other autoimmune disorders.
    For my free time I enjoy a combination of weightlifting, running, biking, cooking, gardening, PC gaming, and spending time with my wonderful wife, Sally. Whenever I get a little more time I love getting to catch up with friends and family doing things like paint balling, board games, soccer, football, traveling to fun places, or just relaxing!

PGY3 Residents

Suha Abu Khalaf

Suha Abu Khalaf

  • Hometown: Amman, Jordan
  • Medical school: University of Jordan Faculty of Medicine
  • Hobbies: Watching tennis, writing short stories and cooking 

Trent Bailey

Trent Bailey

  • Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
  • Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School 
  • Hobbies: Ice hockey, running, outdoors and yardwork

Deepa Baswaraj

Deepa Baswaraj

  • Hometown: Hyderabad, India
  • Medical school: MediCiti Institute of Medical Sciences
  • Hobbies: Hiking, biking, traveling, yoga and Zumba
     

John Carr

John Carr

  • Hometown: Joplin, MO 
  • Medical school: University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
  • Hobbies: fly fishing and photography
     

Harry Dang

Harry Dang

  • Hometown: Saigon, Vietnam
  • Medical school: Meharry Medical College
  • Hobbies: Food, video games, salt water aquarium and gardening
     

Nicholas Epstein

Nicholas Epstein

  • Hometown: Owensville, MO
  • Medical school: University of Missouri School of Medicine-Columbia
  • Hobbies: Hiking, skiing, fishing, traveling, cooking and photography

Meenakshi Giri

Meenakshi Giri

  • Hometown: Kansas City, KS
  • Medical school: M.S. Ramaiah Medical College
  • Hobbies: I love food and trying new restaurants, movies and tv shows, and travel…Does Netflix count as a hobby?
     

Tamar Gubeladze

Tamar Gubeladze

  • Hometown: Tbilisi, Georgia
  • Medical school: David Tvildiani Medical University
  • Hobbies: Experimenting with cooking, eating Georgian food, hiking, and staring at cloud formations.

Kayci Huslig

Kayci Huslig

  • Hometown: Great Bend, KS
  • Medical school: University of Kansas School of Medicine
  • Hobbies: Soccer, photography and traveling

Faddy Khamis

Faddy Khamis

  • Hometown: Manhattan, KS
  • Medical School: University of Kansas School of Medicine
  • Hobbies: International travel, freestyle cooking, cycling, buying more coffee devices than one person needs

David Lee

David Lee

  • Hometown: Chesterfield, MO
  • Medical school: University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
  • Hobbies: Food, sports, piano, violin, news/current events and travel

Adam Letvin

Adam Letvin

  • Hometown: Newton, MS
  • Medical school: Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
  • Hobbies: Cello and Boston sports
     

Ian Lynch

Ian Lynch

  • Hometown: Evansville, IN
  • Medical school: Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Hobbies: Gardening, playing piano, writing music and video games 
     

Alexander Markov

Alexander Markov

  • Hometown: Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Medical school: Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
  • Hobbies: Video games, board games and  fantasy novels
     

Tyler Maxey

Tyler Maxey

  • Hometown: Greeley, CO
  • Medical school: Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Hobbies: Sports, ping pong, running, disc golf, shooting, hiking, camping, board games and reading
     

Syed Bilala Pasha

Syed Bilal Pasha

  • Hometown: Karachi, Pakistan
  • Medical school: DOW Medical college, Pakistan
  • Hobbies: Cricket, history, classical music, soccer and  hiking
     

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Hao Thanh Phung

  • Hometown: Fort Smith, AR
  • Medical school: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine
  • Hobbies: Board games, golf and competitive Mario Kart

Richard Swaney

Richard Swaney

  • Hometown: Lee’s Summit, MO
  • Medical school: Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Hobbies: Fishing, cooking and music
     

Ali Syed

Ali Syed

  • Hometown: Barrington, IL
  • Medical school: University of Illinois Chicago College of Medicine
  • Hobbies: Cooking, gym, traveling and bingeing moves on Netflix
     

Aleksander Tartakovsky

Aleksander Tartakovsky

  • Hometown: Vernon Hills, IL
  • Medical school: A.T. Still University – Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Hobbies: Playing sports, watching movies and fishing

Marcus Thiemann

Marcus Thiemann

  • Hometown: Pocatello, ID
  • Medical school: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Hobbies: Spending time with my wife and three kids, music, sports and being outdoors
     

Lawrence Zhang

Lawrence Zhang

  • Hometown: Columbia, MO
  • Medical school: University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
  • Hobbies: Self-taught novice artist in multiple mediums and longtime motorsports enthusiast 
     

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Ahmad Ziadeh

  • Hometown: Amman, Jordan
  • Medical School: Mu’tah University Faculty of Medicine
  • Hobbies: Tech savvy, home DIY projects, spending time with my kids.