Bio: Dr. FNU Kiran grew up in Karachi, Pakistan and completed her undergraduate schooling from Iqra Public School, Gambat, Sindh, Pakistan, and attended medical school at the Peoples University of Medical & Health Sciences for Women, Nawabshah, Sindh, Pakistan
During her medical school she became fascinated by the “pink & purple colored world of fragile tissues”, which gave the answers to many questions about disease. This inspired her interest in a career in Pathology. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, painting, cooking, and watching movies.
Keela Scott, MD
Bio: Dr. Keela Scott was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. She started her journey into the academic world as a collegiate softball player and decided to pursue a career in medicine. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a degree in Chemistry and then attended the University of Missouri School of Medicine. In her free time, she can either be found somewhere hiking with her yellow Labrador Retriever, Luna, or doing some CrossFit training.
Meghan White, MD
Bio: Dr. Meghan White was born in St. Louis and raised in northeast Arkansas. She received her undergraduate degree from Harding University in Arkansas and also went to medical school in her home state. While in medical school, she initially became interested in obstetrics and gynecology and even did two years of an OB residency in Los Angeles before changing course to pathology. She sees pathology as a unique and exciting way to impact patient care and hopes to continue her passion for Women’s Health through the field of pathology. When not at the hospital she loves to travel, read, bake, crochet, and embroider. Areas of interest/expertise include Taylor Swift, Disney movies, and Harry Potter.
2nd year Residents
Komal Ijaz, MD
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
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
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.
3rd year Residents
Bio: Dr. Zach Chelsky grew up on the West Coast and is a third-generation physician. He earned his BS in Biology from the University of Portland and his MS in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. During graduate school he worked in a drug discovery laboratory which focused on the development of STAT3 inhibitors. He attended medical school in Oregon at Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. His interests include molecular pathology, laboratory management, and drug discovery. In his free time, he enjoys traveling with his wife, drinking coffee, exploring new restaurants, and spending time outdoors.
Amanda Hersh, DO
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
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.
4th year Residents
Kelly Bowers, DO
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 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.
Bio: Dr. Alicia Dessain is thrilled to be joining the University of Missouri for her 4th year of residency to reunite with her husband, who set up camp in Columbia for his residency one year prior. She comes from Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA where she completed her first 3 years of pathology training. She was born in Boston, went to undergraduate school at Bates College in Maine, where she studied psychology and Japanese, and completed her medical education in Brussels, Belgium. Her love of pathology comes from being able to physically see and understand the pathophysiology of disease down to the cellular and molecular level. Alicia enjoys traveling to the far corners of the world, including study abroad/work experiences in Japan, South Africa, and Cameroon. She also loves spending time with her family and being outdoors. Her (somewhat unrealistic) life goals include one day running a marathon and being a contestant on Survivor.
Tao Zhang, MD
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.