1st year Residents

Komal Ijaz, MD

Komal Ijaz, MD

Bio

Medical School: Services Institute of Medical Science, Lahore, Pakistan

Hometown: Lahore, Pakistan

Bio: During the third year of my medical school I came across a subject that matches my interest, Pathology it was. After getting to know the beauty of normality, the abnormality struck me harder and I decided to become one of the best Pathologist. After graduating I worked as a medical officer in Pathology in Pakistan. In order to satisfy my hunger for Pathology I later on moved to Saudi Arabia to work in Department of Pathology. In order to maximize my true potential I decided to work as a resident in one of the world’s best residency programs. Now I am working as a resident physician in Pathology residency program of University of Missouri. In her leisure time she enjoys painting, cooking, baking and traveling.

Jason Sinclair, MD

Jason Sinclair, MD

Bio

Medical School: University of California, San Francisco

Hometown: Westminster, California

Bio: Dr. Sinclair is a radiologist turned pathology resident seeking a progressively deeper cellular and molecular understanding of human pathology as well as normal biological function. He enjoys jogging, resistance training, domestic and international cinema (especially sci-fi and martial arts), listening to music, and above all engaging in positive upbeat interactions with his fellow sapiens.

Liangli Wang, MD

Liangli Wang, MD

Bio

Medical School: Tongji Medical University, China

Hometown: Wuhan, Hubei, China

Bio: Dr. Liangli Wang received her M.D. and Ph.D. from Tongji Medical University in China. She spent 3 years in Ulm, Germany via an Exchanging Scholar Program and got another M.D. degree. Upon graduation, she moved to the United States and did her postdoctoral training at National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and Duke University, North Carolina. Her medical and research experiences inspired her to become a pathologist. She was fortunate to attend the pathology residency program in the University of Missouri at Columbia. In her free time, she likes hiking, jogging, and spending time with her family.

2nd year Residents

Juwairiya Arshi, MD

Juwairiya Arshi, MD

Bio

Medical School: Deccan College of Medical Sciences

Hometown: Hyderabad, India

Bio: Juwairiya is from Hyderabad, India. She graduated from Deccan College of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad. She worked in a Pathology lab as a Research assistant prior to starting her residency and her main area of research interest was Nano-carrier mediated drug delivery in Pancreatic cancer. Inspired by some of the best Pathology educators she chose pathology as her career. She is passionate about Pathology and is the USCAP ambassador. She was the ASCP pathology ambassador for University of Missouri- Columbia (2019-2020). She loves meeting with the medical students who would like to know more about practicing Pathology through social media or in person. She also volunteered at Mercy free health clinic, run by a group of physicians. Her areas of interest are GI pathology and Surgical Pathology. She loves going on long drives, cooking, baking, traveling and watching movies.

Amanda Hersh, DO

Amanda Hersh, DO

Bio

Dr. Amanda Jo Hersh was born in California but considers Colorado her home. She completed her undergraduate degree in Biology and Chemistry at the Metropolitan State College of Denver and then received her osteopathic medical degree from Rocky Vista University in Parker, CO. Prior to pursuing her ultimate dream of becoming a pathologist, she completed two years of Internal Medicine training and was a full time faculty member at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.

Dr. Hersh chose University of Missouri for residency training due to the program size, camaraderie, exceptional faculty, diverse patient population, and unique relationship with the medical examiner’s office. In her free time she enjoys working out (MMA training), UFC fights and chicken wings, throwing down on the occasional video game (tremendous fan of Legend of Zelda), and spending as much time with her dog, Echo, at the dog park as possible.

Isma Perveze, MD

Isma Perveze, MD

Bio

Medical school: King Edward Medical University, Lahore

Undergraduate: Kinnaird College, Lahore

Isma was born in Brooklyn but completed most of her education in Pakistan. She graduated from the prestigious King Edward Medical University, the second oldest medical school in the entire subcontinent. After graduation, Isma returned to the U.S. and started her pathology residency at University of Missouri-Columbia. Isma is fluent in multiple languages and her hobbies include travelling, cooking and spending time with family.

3rd year Residents

Kelly Bowers, DO

Kelly Bowers, DO

Bio

Dr. Kelly Bowers is a Pittsburgher by blood and Texan by birth, who was raised in a military family moving across both the U.S. and Europe before settling most recently in Missouri. She completed undergraduate degrees in Biology and Anthropology at University of Missouri. She attended medical school at A.T. Still University in Kirksville, MO, during which time she was drawn back to Columbia for a post-sophomore fellowship in pathology. It was here where she had the serendipitous discovery of her love of pathology and her professional interests of hematopathology, infectious disease, and bioinformatics.

Dr. Bowers chose to train at the University of Missouri because it is a well-rounded program that offers solid foundational training with excellent board pass rates and competitive fellowship placements. I was attracted to the size of the program which allows for close mentorship with attendings. Most importantly, the department is extremely supportive of resident interests and the overall environment is positive and collaborative, which makes the program an enjoyable place to live and work for four years. 

Outside of the hospital, Dr. Bowers can be found hiking and camping with her Siberian huskies, canoeing/kayaking one of the many scenic Ozark riverways, collecting household plants at the dismay of her significant other, and enjoying time with family and friends, usually over tacos. 

Chris Cunningham, MD

Chris Cunningham, MD

Bio

Chris grew up in a military family with 5 siblings. As a result of his up-bringing he has lived throughout the world, developed strong family ties, and learned to adapt quickly to new people and places. He started his higher education on an Air Force ROTC scholarship with aspirations of fulfilling a long-held dream of becoming a pilot. After some time he decided to separate from the ROTC and pursue a career in health care, finally deciding to attend to medical school at the start of his junior year of undergraduate course work. He began his medical training at the University of Missouri, School of Medicine where he participated in the school’s signature patient-based learning curriculum. He discovered the joys of Pathology during his second year of medical school and before his third year he completed a Post-sophomore Fellowship in the Department of Pathology at the University of Missouri. During his clinical years of training he never found anything as interesting as Pathology, leading him to begin residency in the same. Having developed strong ties to the area, he was fortunate to stay at the University of Missouri for residency and is working with great friends and faculty with a particular interest in Dermatopathology.

While not working, Chris enjoys spending time with his wife and three boys, supporting his wife's theater endeavors, rebuilding a car with his brother, and getting together with friends for trivia nights.

Tao Zhang, MD

Tao Zhang, MD

Bio

Medical School: Capital Medical University, China Undergraduate: Capital Medical University, China

Hometown: Hunan Province, China

Bio: Dr. Tao Zhang received her Medical degree and Master degree in Neurobiology from Capital Medical University, China. After graduation, she worked as postdoctoral research associate at University of Utah in the field of pathologic cone opsin function on rapid cone degeneration in Leber Congenital Amaurosis (LCA). Dr. Zhang’s research work has been published in high-impact journal: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) in 2011 and 2016. Dr. Zhang started her pathology resident in the University of Missouri at Columbia since 2018 and she enjoys learning and working in this friendly program. When she has time, she likes reading, cooking and enjoys traveling with her family.

4th year Residents

Lei Sun, MD

Lei Sun, MD

Bio

Medical School: China Medical University, China
Undergraduate: China Medical University, China
Hometown: Dalian, China

Bio: Dr. Lei Sun grew up in the coastal city Dalian, China. She received her medical degree from China Medical University and a master degree in Biology from Marquette University. After graduation, she pursued research at Medical College of Wisconsin and Children’s Mercy Hospital, working on tolerance induction for allogenic skin graft by stem cells and myeloid progenitors. She then decided to directly impact patient care by pursuing a career in pathology. In her free time, Lei enjoys jogging, hiking, listening to music, yoga, and spending time with friends.

Maryna Vazmitsel, MD

Maryna Vazmitsel, MD

Bio

Medical School: Belarusian State Medical University, Minsk, Belarus
Undergraduate: Belarusian State Medical College, Minsk, Belarus
Hometown: Minsk, Belarus

Bio: Maryna Vazmitsel grew up in Minsk, the capital of Belarus. Having graduated from Belarusian State Medical University she received her medical degree and completed her residency training in anatomic pathology. She worked at the Department of Pathology Bureau of Minsk for seven years. In 2006, Maryna received a full research scholarship at Belarusian Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education, Minsk, Belarus. She performed her study of neuroendocrine skin carcinoma in the Department of Pathology at Charles University in Plzen, Chech Republic.

Having received her PhD in 2010, Maryna then worked as a pathologist in the Department of Pathology at the National Cancer Center of Belarus. Her interests were head and neck pathology, and skin tumor pathology.

Having recently moved with her family to the United States, Maryna decided to develop a long-term profession in this country by continuing her career in pathology.  She joined our residency program in July of 2017.

In her free time, Maryna loves being with her family, she likes traveling to learn more new places, she likes growing violets, collecting postal stamps, and occasionally jogging.

Guoliang Wang, MD, PhD

Guoliang Wang, MD, PhD

Bio

Medical School: Anhui Medical University, China
Undergraduate: Anhui Medical University, China
Hometown: Huaining, Anqing, Anhui Province, China

Bio: Dr. Guoliang Wang received his medical degree from Anhui Medical University and Ph. D degree from Peking University Health Science Center in China. After graduation, he did postdoctoral fellowships at University of Calgary in Canada and Baylor College of Medicine at Houston.  Guoliang loves to start his new career as a resident in the University of Missouri at Columbia pathology program.  In his free time, Guoliang enjoys jogging, traveling, and spending time with his family and friends.