VCOM - Virginia 2018 Yearbook

Focused on a Mission to Serve


2018 Virginia Yearbook

OUR MISSION The mission of the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) is to prepare globally-minded, community-focused physicians to meet the needs of rural and medically underserved populations and promote research to improve human health.


Appalachian Region

Target States

Our Campuses

Future Campus in Development

International Medical Outreach Sites

Messages from the President and Dean 4

Highlights 6


Alumni Class of 2018 12

Current Students 40

Student Organizations 84

Outreach 160

Faculty and Staff 184


Focused on a Mission to Serve


186 first-year medical students entered the VCOM-Virginia Class of 2021 during Orientation on August 6, 2017

T he Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) has three campuses with one common Mission: to graduate community-focused, globally- minded osteopathic physicians to meet the needs of rural and medically underserved populations. The Mission is the heart and soul of VCOM and is shared by our students and faculty. Within our Mission is a focus on the communities we serve. VCOM is committed to each individual community where we reside as well as to the region we serve. While VCOM is one of the largest medical schools in the country, each VCOM campus maintains the feel of a smaller private college and community. VCOM is producing the type of physician this country needs and is focused on making a difference in the communities and regions we serve.

2,023 physicians from 12 classes have graduated from VCOM-Virginia since 2007

VCOM is ranked # 2

for graduates receiving first choice of residency - 2018 U.S. News and World Report



Embracing the Mission of Service


O u r Mission is to serve. Specifically, to medically serve rural and historically underserved regions and to conduct research and daily actions that enhance the health and healthcare in these areas. Our students recognize that this requires a commitment and focus during their time at VCOM and even more so when they leave VCOM to serve the broader community. Our dedication to service is manifested through the efforts of our entire VCOM family. It is a continuum of action that involves the medical contribution and guidance of our alumni, the daily conduct of our faculty and staff, and outreach into our local community to cultivate and nurture a sustainable generation of clinicians dedicated to providing quality healthcare to those who would otherwise remain, or become, medically underserved. Our first graduates began to establish their practices following residencies in 2010. In the eight years since, more than 100 alumni from the Virginia campus have returned to rural and underserved communities as practicing

physician preceptors for our third-and fourth-year students. Of Virginia campus Alumni Classes of 2007–2012, 55% of graduates have entered primary care practice and 66% first practiced in Appalachian counties or cities. students who are recipients of the Health Professions Scholarship Program. Upon graduation, these students enter residencies with the Department of Defense and commit to train with and treat our nation’s heroes in the Air Force, Army or Navy. Here they fulfill a unique service mission. We have established year- round clinics in the Dominican Republic, Honduras and El Salvador that provide our students with the opportunity to serve those in severe need. These sites provide experience for our students that mirrors the issues of those living in poverty without access to healthcare in any country in the world. Experienced, bilingual, in-country VCOM clinical faculty act as preceptors to our students in these settings providing culturally appropriate expertise. These VCOM clinics Each year we have a significant number of

allow us to make a continuous, sustainable impact in local communities through our partnerships. Since inception, VCOM has performed outreach to local area high school students, which has resulted in several of these same students progressing through college and becoming VCOM students. VCOM has also developed the Summer Enrichment Experience (SEE) program which promotes science and medicine to area high school students, allowing them to experience a week participating in medical school with medical student mentors. We hope not only to encourage these students to pursue careers in science and medicine but also to gain an appreciation of behaviors that are fundamental to healthy lifestyles. Those who have gone before have set the example of service by their leadership. Each day on campus our students have embraced this leadership and made it their own, and each day they strengthen the example for those who will enter VCOM and embrace the mission of service in the future.



Highlights 2017-2018




September brought Spirit Day to the VCOM campus, the Classes of 2020 and 2021 worked hard decorating their classrooms to impress Dean Willcox. While the competition was fierce and the decision tough, the Class of 2020 was the winner.

The 10th year of VCOM’s Summer Enrichment Experience (SEE) kicked off in July. With one week inviting boys from high schools across the region and the next girls, the students were able to get an up-close look at what a career in medicine can look like. Interactive lectures, hands-on labs and fun activities kept campers engaged and excited.

In August, the Class of 2021 became the newest faces at VCOM during their orientation. Students, faculty and staff were excited to welcome them into the VCOM family.





The Class of 2021 reached a major milestone in their medical careers in November at the White Coat Ceremony. VCOM faculty and staff, along with friends and family, gathered in Burruss Hall to watch them proudly receive their white coats.

After a hard-fought day of games, the Class of 2020 was victorious over the first-year students at the VCOM Olympics. They were awarded the 2017 Frank Rocovich Cup. Highlights from the day included the doughnut eating contest and tug-of-war.

In October, third-year students met with representatives from prospective clinical sites to talk about possible post-graduation plans at Hospital Day. Many residency programs brought familiar faces with many VCOM alumni coming to answer student questions.



Highlights 2017-2018



VCOM’s annual Via Research Recognition Day took place in February to showcase students, faculty and researchers throughout the region. Posters and presenters covering diverse topics in biomedical, educational and clinical research where presented and the top presenters awarded. Keynote speakers presented brand-new knowledge in their fields for attendees.

For the second-annual William G. Anderson, DO, Black History Month Series, hosted by the Student National Medical Association, Barbara Ross- Lee, DO, spoke to VCOM students. Her speech touched on many aspects of being a compassionate physician. Dr. Ross-Lee is the first black woman to serve as dean of a medical school in the United States.

Accepted Students Day in March offered brand-new VCOM students the opportunity to meet everyone at VCOM and learn in-depth information about their new school. The event gave them the chance to get to know Blacksburg and begin planning for their first year of medical school.

The Class of 2018 found out where they would be going to residencies on February 5th for those with osteopathic matches and March 19th for allopathic matches. Seeing the lists were an exciting start to a new chapter. Proudly, living out the Mission, many students chose primary care residencies!




In April, VCOM’s Emergency Medicine faculty hosted Disaster Simulation Day for students. Triage practice, a vehicle extrication by local EMS, HAZMAT demonstrations and an emergency helicopter landing let students keep up close to disaster procedures. Throughout the day, students were able to play the parts of victims and doctors, as they learned critical skills for catastrophic situations.

The Health Professions Scholarship Program graduated four new officers at the Military Promotion Ceremony. On May 4, 2018, the graduates took the oath of office, received their promotion pins, and were honored for their commitment to serve in the United States Military. J. Thomas Hardy, DO, Colonel, US Army, who serves as Chief of Staff at the Dayton VA Medical Center, was the guest speaker.

VCOM-Virginia’s Commencement Ceremony took place on May 5, 2018 in Burruss Hall on Virginia Tech’s campus. One-hundred eighty-two new physicians were welcomed into the VCOM’s alumni family! Stephen Shannon, DO, President and CEO of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine gave the commencement speech.

To round-out the school year, 27 fourth-year students were inducted into VCOM’s inaugural Arnold P. Gold Foundation’s Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS). The society recognizes students who display compassionate patient care and are role models for others. Members are now responsible for carrying out projects to promote humanism in medicine.



of 2018 Class

Commencement Speakers

Top Right John G. Rocovich Jr., JD, LLM Chairman of the Board of Trustees Welcome

Middle Barbara E. Walker, DO

AOA Campus Representative Greetings from the American Osteopathic Association

Bottom Right, L to R Dixie Tooke-Rawlins, DO, FACOFP President and Provost Remarks

Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH President and CEO American Association of Colleges of

Osteopathic Medicine Graduation Address

Jan M. Wilcox, DO Dean Virginia Campus Conferring of the Degrees


Class of 2018 Graduates VCOM–Virginia

O n Saturday, May 5, 2018, the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) – Virginia campus in Blacksburg, Virginia graduated 182 new doctors of osteopathic medicine. The commencement ceremony took place in Burruss Hall on Virginia Tech’s campus. Family, friends, VCOM faculty and distinguished guests were in attendance to celebrate this milestone in the Class of 2018’s medical careers. addressed the graduating class. Dr. Shannon’s speech was about being present with patients and having good communication as a foundation of medicine. “It is not only the evolving and advancing scientific and technological progress in medicine that you need to continually master, it is being in touch with the everyday life of your patients and families, and participating in your communities that will make you better and better at what you do,” said Dr. Shannon. After the ceremony, the new graduates, with their family and friends, returned to the VCOM campus for a congratulatory picnic. Food, music and games were a fun way to end the festivities. Before graduation, a military promotion ceremony was held on Friday, May 4, 2018, in the War Memorial Chapel on Virginia Tech’s campus. Four Military Health Professions Scholarship Program students from the VCOM Class of 2018 took the oath of office, received promotion pins, and were honored for their dedication to serve as physicians in the United States Armed Forces. The guest speaker was retired Colonel Thomas Hardy, DO, Director of the Dayton VA Medical Center in Ohio. Performances by VCOM’s acapella group, the SOAP Notes, and the support from lots of family and friends made for a memorable ceremony. Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, President of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM)






Graduating Heroes

T he Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) honored its graduates that are going on to serve in the Armed Forces during its Military Promotion Ceremony on May 4, 2018. Four graduates from the VCOM Class of 2018 in the Health Professions Scholarship Program, representing various branches of the military, took the oath of office and received their promotion pins. Their commitments to serve as physicians in the United States Armed Forces were celebrated in the ceremony held at Virginia Tech’s War Memorial Chapel. Colonel J. Thomas Hardy, DO, Chief of Staff at the Dayton VA Medical Center in Ohio gave the address. As a proud Army Ranger, Dr. Hardy completed 18 months in Vietnam as an advisor to a Vietnamese infantry unit prior to beginning medical school. He is a graduate of the US Army Flight Surgeon's School, Ft. Rucker, Alabama.


Colonel J. Thomas Hardy, DO




Class of 2018

Michael Murry Adams, Jr. Greenwood, MS University of Mississippi Medical Center Jackson, MS Obstetrics & Gynecology

Jaspreet Singh Ahuja Fairfax, VA

Qaisar Al-shebani Harrisonburg, VA University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX Internal Medicine

Laurel Alexis Ambrose Aynor, SC Virginia Commonwealth University Health System Richmond, VA Psychiatry

David Lee Arnold Boise, ID Riverside Methodist Hospital Columbus, OH Medicine - Preliminary

Carilion Clinic Roanoke, VA Family Medicine

Travis Thompson Arnold Leesburg, VA Riverside Regional Medical Center Newport News, VA Family Medicine

Hala Hesham Ashraf Fairfax, VA University of Illinois - Peoria Peoria, IL Emergency Medicine

Anthony James Baglio Hudson, NH Trident Medical Center/ Medical University of South Carolina

Leo M. Bailey II Newport News, VA Riverside Regional Medical Center Newport News, VA Family Medicine

Spencer Robert Baird Hull, GA Norman Regional Health System Norman, OK Emergency Medicine

Charleston, SC Family Medicine

Julie Rachel Baldinger Fairfax, VA University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA Psychiatry

Laura M. Barbour Frederick, MD University of Maryland

Sarah Anne Bella Mendham, NJ Morristown Memorial Hospital Morristown, NJ Emergency Medicine

Maia Elise Bentz Sartell, MN Metro Health - University of Michigan Health Wyoming, MI Obstetrics & Gynecology

Yasmin Bholat Springfield, VA University of Louisville Louisville, KY Anesthesiology

Medical Center Baltimore, MD Pediatrics

Ryan Joseph Bolt Williamsville, NY Beaumont Hospital Trenton, MI General Surgery

Laurel Anne Bolton New Castle, VA LewisGale Montgomery Hospital

Brittany Laine Bowler Fredericksburg, VA Methodist Health System Dallas, TX Obstetrics & Gynecology

Jacob Aaron Braun Manassas, VA Madigan Army Medical Center Tacoma, WA Emergency Medicine

Hannah Madalyn Brock Fredericksburg, VA Palm Beach Consortium West Palm Beach, FL Psychiatry

Blacksburg, VA Family Medicine


Piper Lilien Brock Fredericksburg, VA Larkin Community Hospital

Caitlyn Noel Suttles Buller Harrisonburg, VA LewisGale Montgomery Hospital Blacksburg, VA Internal Medicine

Molly Woods Burger Pasadena, CA University of Mississippi Medical Center Jackson, MS Obstetrics & Gynecology

Jordan Alex Burns Harrisonburg, VA Charleston Area

Mark Bryant Burroughs Tuscaloosa, AL University of Mississippi Medical Center Jackson, MS Emergency Medicine

South Miami, FL Ophthalmology

Medical Center Charleston, WV Urology

Chad Elliott Burton Oak Ridge, NC Carilion Clinic Roanoke, VA Emergency Medicine

Erich Adin Burton Hendersonville, NC Greenville Health System Greenville, SC Emergency Medicine

Craig James Callovini Houtzdale, PA ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital Monroe, MI Emergency Medicine

Edison R. Castro Bethpage, NY Westchester General Hospital Miami, FL Family Medicine

Tejasri Chandrabhatla Herndon, VA INOVA Fairfax Hospital Fairfax, VA Internal Medicine

Nadia Chaudhry- Waterman South Riding, VA INOVA Fairfax Hospital

Ravi Mukesh Choxi Gaithersburg, MD Virginia Commonwealth University Health System Richmond, VA Internal Medicine

Jennifer Xiao Chu Gaithersburg, MD Vidant Medical Center - East Carolina University Greenville, NC Medicine - Pediatrics

Jennifer Lynn Ciuchta Bellefonte, PA Hackensack University

Linsey Wood Clarke Staunton, VA Carilion Clinic Roanoke, VA Family Medicine

Medical Center Hackensack, NJ Pediatrics

Fairfax, VA Pediatrics

Tommy Jonathan Coburn Lexington, VA

Casey Rene Cooper Radford, VA University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga, TN Obstetrics & Gynecology

Whitney Shannon Crain Rock Hill, SC Penn State Hershey Medical Center Hershey, PA Internal Medicine

William Alexander Curry Herndon, VA University of North Dakota School of Medicine Grand Forks, ND Transitional and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Pittsburgh, PA Diagnostic Radiology

Vivianne Ralene Dagher Gaithersburg, MD Wright Center National

Family Medicine Washington, DC Family Medicine


Class of 2018 (continued)

Lily Nedda Tye Dastmalchi Bethesda, MD George Washington University Washington, DC Internal Medicine

Victoria Nicole Davenport Coventry, RI Eastern Maine Medical Center Bangor, ME Family Medicine

Kelli Ann Davis Franklin, TN Palmetto Health Richland Columbia, SC Pediatrics

Juan David De La Ossa Miami, FL Palmetto General Hospital Hialeah, FL Internal Medicine

Derek Lee Dean Germantown, TN

University of Tennessee Health Science Center Memphis, TN Obstetrics & Gynecology

Frank Rudolph DeLorenzo Hastings-on-Hudson, NY University of Connecticut Health Center Farmington, CT Internal Medicine

Carter McCance Denne North East, PA UPMC Hamot Erie, PA Otolaryngology & Facial Plastic Surgery

Pilin Dhoieam Vienna, VA Albert Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, PA Internal Medicine

Kara Marie DiJoseph Turnersville, NJ Penn State Hershey Medical Center Hershey, PA Internal Medicine

Hassan Ali Elzein Suffolk, VA Riverside Regional Medical Center Newport News, VA Transitional and VCU Health System Richmond, VA Diagnostic Radiology

Shawn Bradley Esperti Glenville, NY Grand Strand Regional Medical Center

Samantha Jo Falls Blacksburg, VA Allegheny General Hospital Pittsburgh, PA General Surgery - Preliminary

Amna Masood Farshori College Park, MD Southeastern Health Lumberton, NC Emergency Medicine

Pamela Anne Marie Fazio Cross River, NY Aria-Jefferson Health

Julia Wise Frankel Williamsburg, VA Riverside Regional Medical Center Newport News, VA Family Medicine

Philadelphia, PA Internal Medicine

Myrtle Beach, SC Internal Medicine

Scotty Joseph Fulton Kirtland, OH Saint Vincent Mercy Medical Center Toledo, OH Emergency Medicine

Matthew Harris Grace Plymouth, MA Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center Portland, OR Internal Medicine

Simran Singh Grewal Macungie, PA Penn State Hershey Medical Center Hershey, PA Internal Medicine

James Harrison Grunwald Raleigh, NC Southern Regional AHEC

Asish Kaur Gulati Dulles, VA Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Winston-Salem, NC Neurology

Fayetteville, NC Family Medicine


Bruce Royce Gutierrez Elizabeth, NJ Jacobi/Montefiore Medical Center - Albert Einstein

Lesya Andreyevna Gvozdevskaya Tomlinson Virginia Beach, VA INOVA Fairfax Hospital

My Dung Thi Ha Lanham, MD Lehigh Valley Health Network Allentown, PA Family Medicine

Aja Kalila Hamden Chapel Hill, NC

Justin Emerson Havens Charlottesville, VA Sky Ridge Medical Center Lone Tree, CO General Surgery

Carilion Clinic Roanoke, VA Family Medicine

College of Medicine New York City, NY Emergency Medicine

Fairfax, VA Pediatrics

Amanda Kate Hess Sinking Spring, PA Lehigh Valley Hospital Allentown, PA Obstetrics & Gynecology

Joseph Patrick Hlopak Knoxville, TN University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine Knoxville, TN General Surgery - Preliminary

Erin Marie Hobson Chesterfield, VA Carilion Clinic Roanoke, VA Internal Medicine

Terry Charles Hoffman, Jr. Beaverdam, VA Maricopa Medical Center Phoenix, AZ General Surgery - Preliminary

Meredith Metcalfe Holmes Charlottesville, VA Virginia Commonwealth University Health System Richmond, VA Pediatrics

Christina Louise Hornack Pittsburgh, PA Adena Health System Chillicothe, OH Emergency Medicine

Kamran Iftikhar Annandale, VA Mountain View Regional Medical Center Las Cruces, NM Traditional Rotating Internship

Mark Tae Myung Inda Landover Hills, MD

Zoya Yameen Iqbaluddin Chicago, IL Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University/Christiana Care Health Services Program Newark, DE Internal Medicine

Ariel Sadé James Suffolk, VA University of Cincinnati

Carilion Clinic Roanoke, VA Family Medicine

Medical Center Cincinnati, OH Psychiatry

Antonia Nicole Jankowiak

Kiran Jeet Johal Fairfax, VA Hahnemann University Hospital Philadelphia, PA Psychiatry

Kritika Joshi Matthews, NC Larkin Hospital Palm Springs Campus Hialeah, FL Traditional Rotating Internship - Dermatology

Talar Ezabel Kachechian Brookeville, MD Palmetto General Hospital Hialeah, FL Family Medicine

Courtney Lynn Kantzler Amelia, VA

Baltimore, MD York Hospital York, PA Emergency Medicine


Class of 2018 (continued)

Ryan Joshua Kasky Virginia Beach, VA Riverside Regional Medical Center Newport News, VA Family Medicine

Timothy Ryan Keegan Centreville, VA Baylor College of Medicine Houston, TX Pediatrics

Mariana Leigh Keener Clifton Forge, VA Riverside Regional Medical Center Newport News, VA Family Medicine

Victoria Elizabeth Kelly Manasses, VA Penn State Hershey Medical Center Hershey, PA Anesthesiology

Katherine Dale Kirby Clarksville, TN Mercy Health Muskegon, MI Obstetrics & Gynecology

David Andrew Klein Richmond, VA Penn State Hershey Medical Center Hershey, PA General Surgery - Preliminary

Kortnee Michelle Koziara Strattanville, PA Geisinger Health System Danville, PA Pediatrics

Melissa Ann Kramer Ooltewah, TN University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Little Rock, AR Pediatrics

David Havnaer Kruchko Centreville, VA Advocate Lutheran General Hospital Park Ridge, IL Internal Medicine

Nicole Kuhar Oceanview, NJ Virtua Family Medicine Sewell, NJ Family Medicine

Deepika S. Kunnath Ashburn, VA Providence Hospital

Clint Anthony LaFrance Newport News, VA Vidant Medical Center - East Carolina University Greenville, NC Medicine - Preliminary and University of Texas Health Houston, TX Anesthesiology

Nitu Kaur Lahar Haymarket, VA Carilion Clinic Roanoke, VA Internal Medicine

Arianna Faye Lalputan Leesburg, VA Lower Bucks Hospital Bristol, PA Internal Medicine

Jeffrey Wayne Lantz, Jr. Elkton, VA Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Winston-Salem, NC Internal Medicine

Washington, DC Family Medicine

Chelsea Lanae Ledgerwood Blythedale, MO Allegheny Health Network Pittsburgh, PA Traditional Rotating Internship - Internal Medicine

Natalie Marie Lipscomb Johnstown, PA Riverside Regional Medical Center Newport News, VA Family Medicine

Lucinda Li Virginia Beach, VA Baystate Medical Center Springfield, MA Medicine - Pediatrics

Brian Patrick Livingston Occoquan, VA Vidant Medical Center - East Carolina University Greenville, NC Pediatrics

Brooke Elizabeth Livingston Raleigh, NC Vidant Medical Center - East Carolina University Greenville, NC Family Medicine


Michael Lopoukhine Boston, MA VCU-Fairfax Family Medicine Fairfax, VA Family Medicine

Janie Katherine Lozovski Newport, VA

Allen Harrison Lutz Tazewell, VA Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Shelby Lorraine Lutz Camp Hill, PA Inspira Health Network Vineland, NJ Internal Medicine

Vincent Patrick Ly Charlottesville, VA University of Central Florida/ HCA GME Consortium Ocala, FL Family Medicine

LewisGale Salem, VA Psychiatry

Bethesda, MD Anesthesiology

Jacob Daniel Mace Mount Jackson, VA Maricopa Medical Center Phoenix, AZ Emergency Medicine

Jack Dempsey Malone III Bristol, TN Norton Community Hospital Norton, VA Internal Medicine

Elliot George Martin York, PA Clarion Hospital Clarion, PA Traditional Rotating Internship

Matthew Michael Mattioli Richmond, VA Kendall Regional Medical Center Miami, FL Emergency Medicine

Robert Anthony McShane Lawrenceville, GA Medical College of Georgia Augusta, GA Pediatrics

Alex Julian Orlando Mercado Tobyhanna, PA Hahnemann University Hospital Philadelphia, PA Emergency Medicine

Tiffany Lynn Miller Millers Creek, NC Geisinger Health System Danville, PA Internal Medicine

Laura Ray Mischell Keystone, SD St. Thomas Hospital Nashville, TN Family Medicine

Joshua Stuart Moran Searcy, AR

Amelia Grace Morgan Chattanooga, TN Geisinger Health System Danville, PA Medicine - Pediatrics

Eastern Virginia Medical School

Norfolk, VA Psychiatry

Constantine Michael Moschopoulos Annandale, VA Carolinas Medical Center Charlotte, NC Internal Medicine

Misty Tiana Moyle Fallon, NV Riverside Regional Medical Center Newport News, VA Family Medicine

Eric Taylor Mulkey Pounding Mill, VA Orange Regional

Sarah Elizabeth Murphy Gretna, VA Vidant Medical Center - East Carolina University Greenville, NC Obstetrics & Gynecology

Megan Elizabeth Newnam Dallastown, PA York Hospital York, PA Emergency Medicine

Medical Center Middletown, NY General Surgery


Class of 2018 (continued)

Khoa Bach Phan Nguyen Fairfax Station, VA West Virginia University Morgantown, WV Anesthesiology

Chase Samuel Nicholson Tracy, CA UC Davis Medical Center Sacramento, CA Emergency Medicine

Catherine Gaturo Njiru- Sewer Crofton, MD Wright Center National

Kathryn Claire O’Brien West Chester, PA Baystate Medical Center Springfield, MA Medicine - Pediatrics

Eileen Frances O’Connor Springfield, VA Good Samaritan Hospital Cincinnati, OH Obstetrics & Gynecology

Family Medicine Washington, DC Family Medicine

David Marshall Olson Finksburg, MD Grand Strand Regional Medical Center Myrtle Beach, SC Emergency Medicine

Rachel Lynn Palting Chesapeake, VA University of Hawaii Honolulu, HI Pediatrics

Maria Park Fairfax, VA Walter Reed National Military

Anjali Piyush Patel Roanoke, VA Cleveland Clinic Akron General Akron, OH Obstetrics & Gynecology

Ankur Anil Patel Laurel, MD St. Agnes Hospital Baltimore, MD Medicine - Preliminary and New York-Presbyterian Hospital Columbia & Cornell New York, NY PM&R

Medical Center Bethesda, MD Pediatrics

Chirag Yogendra Patel Alexandria, VA Jackson Memorial Hospital - University of Miami Miami, FL Anesthesiology

Hiral Rashmikant Patel Richmond, VA Virginia Commonwealth University Health System Richmond, VA Pediatrics

Natalie Ashton Peck Salem, VA Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center Corvallis, OR Family Medicine

Luke Daniel Perry Mt. Holly Springs, PA Inspira Health Network Vineland, NJ General Surgery

Kaitlin Marie Plager Swannanoa, NC Adena Health System Chillicothe, OH Emergency Medicine

Christopher Boyd Puckett Bluefield, VA Gwinnett Health Systems Lawrenceville, GA Family Medicine

Priyanka Ramsinghani Radford, VA Bon Secours Health System Richmond, VA Family Medicine

Jonathan Taylor Rawley Annapolis, MD University of Washington Medical Center Seattle, WA Anesthesiology

Taskeen Kazmi Raza Vienna, VA

Reza Mohammed Razvi Marlboro, NJ Children’s Hospital of Michigan

Carilion Clinic Roanoke, VA Internal Medicine

Detroit, MI Pediatrics


Preethi Devuni Reddy Ellicott City, MD

Dalton Mark Renick Glen Allen, VA Palmetto Health Richland Columbia, SC Pediatrics

Elaine Crone Renick Cumberland, VA Palmetto Health Richland Columbia, SC Family Medicine

Maya E. Reuven West Orange, NJ Brookdale Hospital Medical Center Brooklyn, NY General Surgery - Preliminary

Joseph Ryan Richardson Richlands, VA

Inspira Health Vineland, NJ Family Medicine

East Tennessee State University Bristol, TN Family Medicine

Michael Edward Rinker Edinburg, VA Sovah Health Danville, VA Family Medicine

Daniel F. Rivera Winter Springs, FL Genesys Regional Medical Center Grand Blanc, MI General Surgery

Anika Campbell Ross Jenkintown, PA Hahnemann University Hospital

Abigail Lee Russell Chattanooga, TN LewisGale Montgomery Hospital Blacksburg, VA Dermatology

Patrick James Ryan Hampton, VA St. Petersburg General Hospital St. Petersburg, FL Traditional Rotating Internship - Anesthesiology

Philadelphia, PA Internal Medicine

Leslie Michael Sachon Virginia Beach, VA Doctors Hospital Columbus, OH Emergency Medicine

Nicole Marie Sakla Potomac, MD Jersey Shore University Medical Center Neptune City, NJ Medicine - Preliminary and Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Newark, NJ Diagnostic Radiology

Hannah Candy Salapeh East Petersburg, PA

Joshua Michael Salyers Jackson, KY Allegheny General Hospital Pittsburgh, PA Emergency Medicine

John David Sanderson Cary, NC Florida Hospital Orlando, FL Family Medicine

Christiana Care Health System Wilmington, DE Family Medicine

Rolando Santisteban Sosa Hialeah, FL Wellington Regional

Rayan S. Sarfaraz New Hyde Park, NY CarePoint Health-Bayonne Medical Center Bayonne, NJ Internal Medicine

Tameem Yahya Sbaiti Fairfax, VA Naval Hospital Camp LeJeune, NC Family Medicine

Danny Hicham Shaban Richmond, VA Virginia Commonwealth University Health System Richmond, VA Psychiatry

Jordan Jai Shirley Gordo, AL Cone Health Greensboro, NC Family Medicine

Medical Center Wellington, FL Internal Medicine


Class of 2018 (continued)

Mohamed Husam Shitia Prospect, CT MetroHealth Medical Center Cleveland, OH Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Collin Christopher Smith Roanoke, VA

Cory Allan Smith San Antonio, TX University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston, TX Anesthesiology

Mallory Lynne Stewart Collinsville, VA Lynchburg Family Medicine Lynchburg, VA Family Medicine

Juliana Baptista Sullivan Marion, VA Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Winston-Salem, NC Pediatrics

Charleston Area Medical Center Charleston, WV Emergency Medicine

Karanpreet Kaur Takhar Woodbridge, VA Case Western-University Hospitals, Cleveland

Catherine Michelle Teskin Herndon, VA Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University/Christiana Care Health Services Program Newark, DE Internal Medicine

Nikki Thaker Arnold, MD Wright State University Dayton, OH Family Medicine

Allison Renee Thornton Ferrum, VA

Daniel Bishop Tiller II Forest, VA Riverside Regional Medical Center Newport News, VA Family Medicine

Carilion Clinic Roanoke, VA Family Medicine

Medical Center Cleveland, OH Family Medicine

Sher Singh Tucker Stone Mountain, GA Virginia Commonwealth University Health System Richmond, VA Psychiatry

Billy Lee Turner Christiansburg, VA LewisGale Montgomery Hospital Blacksburg, VA Traditional Rotating Internship

Diamond Valene Tyrell- Smith Hartford, CT Manchester Memorial Hospital

Melissa Erin Vogt Buford, GA Cape Fear Valley Memorial Center Fayetteville, NC Obstetrics & Gynecology

Kyle Robert Walding Punta Gorda, FL Loyola University Medical Center Chicago, IL Medicine - Pediatrics

Manchester, CT Family Medicine

Samuel Gray Walker Blacksburg, VA University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine Knoxville, TN Internal Medicine

Whitney Fentress Webber Virginia Beach, VA Charleston Area Medical Center Charleston, WV Obstetrics & Gynecology

Erika Leigh Weidman Alexandria, VA Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Winston-Salem, NC Emergency Medicine

Derrick Chawnicey Whiting Prince George, VA Reid Health Richmond, IN Family Medicine

Colin Ryan Whitmore Stafford, VA INOVA Fairfax Hospital Fairfax, VA General Surgery


Kiwan Lamar Wright Philadelphia, PA Columbia St. Mary’s Milwaukee, WI Family Medicine

Joseph William Yarbrough, Jr. South Daytona, FL Louisiana State University Health Shreveport, LA Emergency Medicine


Class of 2018 Awards and Honors


BIOMEDICAL STUDENT SCHOLAR AWARDS Biomedical Distinguished Scholars

Underserved Care Tameen Sbaiti

Mariana Keener John Sanderson

Family Medicine My Dung Ha Chelsea Ledgerwood Colin Whitmore

DISTINGUISHED LEADERSHIP NATIONAL Student Organization & Committee Presidents Ankur Anil Patel – American Osteopathic College Of Physical Medicine And Rehabilitation Christina Louise Hornack – American College Of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians - Resident/Student Organization Katherine Dale Kirby – Student Osteopathic Medical Association Kiwan Lamar Wright – Student Association Of American College Of Osteopathic Family Practitioners Kortnee Michelle Koziara – American Osteopathic Association Standards Review Coalition

Laura Barbour Sarah Murphy Jonathan Taylor Rawley

Geriatrics Pamela Fazio Eileen O’Connor Josh Moran

Research Scholars Bruce Gutierrez and Kyle Walding – Student Doctors Gutierrez and Walding worked with Dr. Johnson on a point of care diagnostic kit for pneumonia, nosocomial bacterial vaccine development and a UV-induced skin cancer project. Jonathan Taylor Rawley – Student Doctor Rawley did a dissection of the vertebral artery in the neck and cranial cavity. The specimen has been used as a teaching tool for the last three years. Ryan Kasky – Student Doctor Kasky worked with Dr. Kim Wilson, from our Eastern Virginia site, on a project designed to determine disparities in healthcare delivery in an urban population. Project will continue with Dr. Wilson during student doctor Kasky’s residency. He also worked with Dr. Meacham and Dr. Sutphin on health education projects at our international mission sites. Hiral Patel and Reza Razvi – Student Doctors Patel and Razvi worked with Dr. Hrubec to evaluate oral and ambient exposure to quaternary ammonium disinfectants on neural tube defect formation.

Internal Medicine Lily “Nedda” Dastmalchi Scotty Fulton Zoya Iqballudin

Obstetrics & Gynecology Hala Ashraf Casey Cooper

Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Linsey Clark Mark Inda Victoria Lomas

Pediatrics Leo Bailey Juliana Sullivan Frank DeLorenzo

HONOR CODE COUNCIL Matthew Grace (Past Chair) Brian Livingston (Past Vice Chair) Ryan Kasky Arianna Lalputan

Psychiatry Alex Ambrose Jen Ciuchta Asish Gulati

Alex Ambrose Jeffrey Lantz Amelia Morgan

Surgery Timothy Keegan Chase Nicholson Colin Whitmore


SIGMA SIGMA PHI HONOR SOCIETY Jaspreet Singh Ahuja David Lee Arnold

Daniel Frank Rivera Anika Campbell Ross Abigail Lee Russell Nicole Marie Sakla Hannah Candy Salapeh Joshua Michael Salyers Cory Allan Smith Kyle Robert Walding Samuel Gray Walker Erika Leigh Weidman

Megan Newnam Anjali Patel Hiral Patel Luke Perry

Hala Hesham Ashraf Julie Rachel Baldinger Laura M. Barbour Hannah Madalyn Brock Piper Lilien Brock Caitlyn Noel Suttles Buller Molly Woods Burger Jordan Alex Burns Mark Bryant Burroughs Tejasri Chandrabhatla Ravi Mukesh Choxi

DONNA JONES MORITSUGU MEMORIAL AWARD The Student Advocates Association (SAA) provide overall support to the VCOM family and the community. The Donna Jones Moritsugu Award is a national award provided by the American Osteopathic Foundation to the one spouse or family member who has been identified by the school as having demonstrated “Immeasurable support of Family and of the Osteopathic Profession.” David Hornack SPORTS MEDICINE FELLOWS Brandon Eck, DO David Leslie, DO Lauren Leslie, DO


AIR FORCE Maria Park

Whitney Shannon Crain William Alexander Curry Victoria Nicole Davenport Derek Lee Dean Kara Marie DiJoseph Julia Wise Frankel Matthew Harris Grace Asish Kaur Gulati Bruce Royce Gutierrez Lesya Andreyevna Gvozdevskaya Tomlinson My Dung Thi Ha Amanda Kate Hess Joseph Patrick Hlopak Erin Marie Hobson

ARMY Jacob Aaron Braun Allen Harrison Lutz

NAVY Tameem Yahya Sbaiti


OMM-NMM RESIDENTS David Woodson, DO Mako Yoshino, DO

Terry Charles Hoffman, Jr. Antonia Nicole Jankowiak Timothy Ryan Keegan Victoria Elizabeth Kelly David Andrew Klein Kortnee Michelle Koziara Melissa Ann Kramer Nicole Kuhar Nitu Kaur Lahar Jeffrey Wayne Lantz, Jr. Chelsea Lanae Ledgerwood Brian Patrick Livingston Jacob Daniel Mace Amelia Grace Morgan Sarah Elizabeth Murphy Kathryn Claire O'Brien Eileen Frances O'Connor David Marshall Olson Maria Park Anjali Piyush Patel Hiral Rashmikant Patel Natalie Ashton Peck Luke Daniel Perry Jonathan Taylor Rawley Maya Eve Reuven Misty Tiana Moyle Eric Taylor Mulkey



Sarah Bella Maia Bentz Caitlyn Suttles Buller Nadia Chaudhry-Waterman

Linsey Clarke Whitney Crain Derek Dean Kara DiJoseph Pamela Fazio Justin Havens Victoria Kelly Katherine Kirby Amelia Morgan


Alumni Association

W ith more than 2,600 graduates, the VCOM Alumni Association exists to strengthen and support the College by providing meaningful ways to connect alumni, residents, fellows, faculty and current students. The Alumni Association does this by cultivating relationships with our alumni and students, hosting events and providing programs and services that keep alumni, faculty and students connected. Whether it’s an educational event, a mentorship opportunity, or a reunion celebration, there are many ways VCOM strives to keep students, graduates, faculty, staff and friends engaged with the College. Below are just a few examples of activities offered this past year for alumni and friends.


Virginia Tech Football Suite


Auburn Tailgate



A Letter from the Director of Alumni Relations and Development

Dear Alumni,

■ ■ building mentorship

VCOM is excited to welcome the Class of 2018 as the newest members of the VCOM Alumni Association. It has been our pleasure to watch you all grow on your journey to become physicians. We have seen you all help those who need it in so many ways and watched you flourish in the beginning of your new careers. We welcome you into this new stage of your life, and we are so happy to have you! As members of the VCOM Alumni Association, you have benefits that we hope you will enjoy such as: ■ ■ hotel discounts from Hotel Storm ■ ■ discounts on school-based CME events ■ ■ receiving copies of VCOM publications such as our annual report Our goals for the Alumni Association are centered on you and your experiences and how we can make those better. We strive for goals including: ■ ■ developing lifelong learning opportunities and career connections for you as an alumni ■ ■ providing opportunities for current students to get to know alumni ■ ■ maintaining ways for alumni to participate in continuous improvements in their practices and lives

be excited to have you. Our mentors and preceptors are truly necessary in driving VCOM toward its mission. “ It has been fantastic to see our alumni step up as mentors to current and future students ” Please continue to stay involved and feel free to contact the Alumni Association for any reason. We always look forward to hearing from you!

opportunities for VCOM students and prospective students

Look for our VCOM exhibits at the AAO Convocation and many state and regional conferences, too. We love hearing from alumni in all stages of life at these osteopathic conferences. Hosting social events at conferences for the VCOM family to catch-up are some of our favorite times to gather together. We also like to take this time to listen to how we can better serve you. As students, you made us proud and now that you all are physicians, we cannot wait to see what kind of impact you will have on the world. We cannot do our job well without your help. When you move or change job positions, let us know by completing the form on the VCOM alumni web page and submitting updated contact information. It has been fantastic to see our alumni step up as mentors to current and future students. Our student doctors and soon-to-be student doctors appreciate guidance from

Sincerely, Diane Sutphin Director of Alumni Relations and Development

seasoned alumni, as I’m sure you already know. We also have more and more of our incredible

alumni serving as student preceptors every year and many even join us on our international medical missions. When you are ready to serve in one of these roles, we will


A Letter from the President of VCOM Alumni Association Board The Alumni Board continues to fulfill the mission of the Alumni

the weekend of September 21-23. Fourteen CME 1-A hours will be offered. On Saturday evening alumni and families will be transported to VCOM for a special reception and dinner will celebrate VCOM’s many achievements. ■ ■ The Board has also been busy implementing initiatives to benefit students. These initiatives include building the alumni student scholarship fund, precepting students on Appalachian and international outreaches, reviewing students’ residency intent letters, being guest speakers for student organizations and mentoring student, to name a few. ■ ■ VCOM alumni have been involved with many events this past year to strengthen their bonds with others in the profession and to continue to learn and enhance their skills. Events were hosted for alumni and students at OMED, VOMA, SCOMS, ACOFP, AAO, as well as regional events. This year, I ask that you consider how you can become more involved in your Alumni Association. I encourage you to keep in contact with the Alumni Relations Office and let them know if you are interested in any of the opportunities I mentioned above. If you have

questions or ideas on how we can improve your experience as a VCOM alumni, please let us know. VCOM alumni are all part of the same family and the Alumni Association Board wants to make sure we are providing you with the best experiences possible. I look forward to seeing you at our next event!

Association by engaging alumni and students in the life of the College. Through communicating, connecting alumni to the College and one another, we are enriching the lives of alumni as well as providing invaluable services to the current students who will soon join us as alumni. A special thank you for the work of the dedicated board members whose terms ended this past year. And continued commitment and enthusiasm of board members the many accomplishments and initiatives would not have been possible. ■ ■ VCOM Homecoming – This past September saw a successful Homecoming which brought several alumni and their families back to Blacksburg to participate in continuing education while having fun catching up at the a cook- out on Friday evening and trip to Firefly Winery for dinner and entertainment on Saturday evening. Plans are in process for Homecoming 2018 to be held at Hotel Roanoke and back to the VCOM campus thanks to those of whom are serving another term on the board. Without the

Sincerely, Bhaba Misra, DO President, Alumni Board Class of 2007, VCOM–Virginia


VCOM Alumni Advisory Board 2017-2018

Bhaba Misra, DO President Class of 2007

William Thomas, DO Vice President Class of 2007

Ronna Compton New, DO Past President Class of 2007

Class Representatives

Niyati Sheth Sandhu, DO Class of 2007

Sherry Penland-Ismatov, DO Class of 2009

Ariana Martin, DO Class of 2011

Cara Tillotson, DO Class of 2013

Roslyn Alexander Class of 2019

Kristen Geers-Childers, DO Class of 2007

Todd Fridley, DO Class of 2010

Isaac Spence, DO Class of 2011

Veera Motashaw, DO Class of 2013

Chris Trower Class of 2020

Troy Akers, DO Class of 2008

Mark Haygood, DO Class of 2010

Ben Bring, DO Class of 2012

Larry Carpio, DO Class of 2015

Hilary Gale Lois, DO Class of 2009

Molly Ashby, DO Class of 2011

Michelle Keating, DO Class of 2013

Kali Alvarado, DO Class of 2017


Class Motto

We cherish our diverse roots, growing as a unified family of leaders, educators, and advocates for our patients. We fearlessly pursue excellence through progressive thinking and embracing change. Touching hearts with hands that heal,

we humbly provide holistic care to all cultures around the world.


Class of 2019

Class Officers President: Philip Kyle

Vice President: Daman Bowman Secretary/Treasurer: Zach Lahr Class Size 182 Gender 48% of the class is female 52% is male Age Average age upon matriculation is 24 Minority 14% are underrepresented minority 32% are from multicultural backgrounds Residence 101 students are from Virginia 165 students are from an Appalachian state



Class of 2019

MJ Ahmad Herndon, VA BS - Biology James Madison University

Talal Al-Mohamad Sterling, VA BS - Biology George Mason University

Eben Alexander Needham, MA BS - Neuroscience University of Delaware PB - Biomedical Sciences VCOM

Roslyn Alexander Chesapeake, VA BS - Biomedical Sciences Lynchburg College

Chris Allen Reston, VA BS - Biology Christopher Newport University

Michael Armstrong Richmond, VA BS - Biology Christopher Newport University

Jessica Allen Bristol, VA BS - Biology University of Virginia PB - Biomedical Sciences VCOM

Lauren Alley Richmond, VA BA - Biology University of Virginia MS - Biomedical Sciences Drexel University

Michele Anderson McLean, VA BS - Biomedical Engineering Virginia Tech

Elisabeth Andrews Abingdon, VA BS - Biology and Chemistry Emory and Henry College

Shikshya Baral Fairfax, VA BS - Biology and Chemistry George Mason University

Winta Assefaw Fort Lauderdale, FL BS - Biology University of Tampa

Abiola Babawale Suffolk, VA BS - Nursing Villanova University

Danyel Baker South Bend, IN BS - Biology Fayetteville State University MS - Physiology and Biophysics Georgetown University

Grace Ball Newport News, VA BA - Classics University of Virginia

MS - Biomedical Sciences University of South Florida College of Medicine

Taylor Bedsworth Richmond, VA BS - Biology Longwood University

Michael Bourgeois Gainesville, VA BS - Biology George Mason University

Adam Barragan Crownsville, MD BS - Biology Salve Regina University PB - Biomedical Sciences VCOM

Vaibhav Batheja Clifton, VA BS - Engineering Industrial Systems Virginia Tech

Kyle Baumann Westbrook, MN

BS - Biology: Pre-Professional South Dakota State University

BA - English Virginia Tech


Daman Bowman Salisbury, NC BS - Biology and Chemistry North Carolina State University PB - Biomedical Sciences VCOM

John Bradley Salem, VA

Ben Canipe Hickory, NC BS - Biology The Citadel

Marissa Burd Derry, PA BS - Biology Penn State University

Daniel Campbell Brooklyn, NY BS - Premedical Life Sciences New York Institute of Technology

BS - Biology Virginia Tech

Nikita Chadha McLean, VA BS - Biology Virginia Tech

Quincy Cheesman Chesapeake, VA BS - Biology Old Dominion University

Chris Chhoun Leesburg, VA BS - Biology University of Virginia

Joel Chittazhattu Garland, TX BS - Nutrition Texas Tech University PB - Biomedical Sciences VCOM

Amber Cheeseman Knoxville, TN BS - Biology Old Dominion University

Cameron Cook Salem, VA BA - Interdisciplinary Studies in Spanish and Biology Utah State University

Marc Cook Stafford, VA BS - Biology Bridgewater College

Lisha Choubey Delafield, WI

Mark Collie Winchester, VA BS - Chemistry Virginia Military Institute

Dayle Colpitts Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

BS - Biomedical Sciences University of Wisconsin- La Crosse MS - Neuroscience University of Louisiana at Lafayette

BS - Biology Virginia Tech

Shantrese Davis New Orleans, LA BS - Biology Xavier University MS - Biomedical Sciences Hampton University

Greg Coots Daleville, VA BS - Biology Christopher Newport University PB - Biomedical Sciences VCOM

Emily Craft Roanoke, VA BS - Human Nutrition, Foods

Marcie Costello Knoxville, TN BS - Biology and Spanish Xavier University

Sarah Cottrell- Cumber Stafford, VA BA - Neuroscience University of Virginia

and Exercise Virginia Tech



Class of 2019 (continued)

Charne Delport Rocky Mount, VA BS - Biology and Business Virginia Tech

Blerand Demaku Roanoke, VA BS - Biochemistry Virginia Tech

Theresanne DeMartino Youngstown, OH BS - Biology University of Toledo

Samantha DeStefano Staten Island, NY BA - Psychology Binghamton University MS - Biology Youngstown State University

Alexandra Dezii Dacula, GA BS - Psychology Appalachian State University

Riley Diehl Inyokern, CA BS - Biology University of California

Rosanna Drake Ellicott City, MD BA - Psychology Wheeling Jesuit University

John Doran Manassas, VA BS - Biology and Philosophy Virginia Tech

Nicolette Eden Butler, PA

Zach Drennen Johnstown, PA BA - Biochemistry Washington and Jefferson College

BA - Biology and Philosophy Washington and Jefferson College PB - Biomedical Sciences VCOM

Dakotah Forell Syracuse, NY BS - Biochemistry SUNY at Buffalo PB - Biomedical Sciences VCOM

Anmol Ghuman Manassas, VA BS - Biology George Mason University

Katherine Farrell Norfolk, VA BS - Kinesiology University of South Carolina

Erin Gee Danville, VA BA - Biology and Psychology University of Virginia

Nicholas Gentry Bel Air, MD BS - Biology Salisbury University PB - Biomedical Sciences VCOM

Alexis Goss Virginia Beach, VA BS - Biology University of North Carolina- Wilmington

Sam Gray Whitsett, NC BS - Biology North Carolina State University

Will Guthrie Spotsylvania, VA

Eden Haile Alexandria, VA BS - Science Virginia Commonwealth University MS - Biochemistry Georgetown University

Jourdan Hall Dilliner, PA BS - Biology Carlow College

BS - Biology Virginia Tech


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