Our Graduates

Our Graduates 2017-11-30T16:16:28+00:00

Our Graduates

Where Have They Gone?

Class of 2017

Ashlea Canady, M.D. – July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2017. Graduate of University of Illinois College of Medicine-Rockford. She obtained her desired position with a private practice group in a more rural area of Illinois.

Chris Cummings, D.O. – July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2017. Graduate of Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. He obtained a much-desired position with a group practice in his hometown of Kansas City, MO.

Jennifer Schmidt, MD – July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2017. Graduate of Southern Illinois University. She decided to be very adventurous and obtained a position with a hospital in Anchorage, AK.

Class of 2016

Juan Gurria, M.D. – July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2016. Graduate of Anahuac University School of Medicine. He obtained a desired fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. He is working toward acceptance into their Pediatric Surgery Fellowship.

David Mateo de Acosta, M.D. – July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2016. Graduate of University La Salle. He obtained a desired fellowship in Plastic Surgery at the University of Alabama.

Imad Qayyum, M.D. – July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2016. Graduate of University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. He obtained a desired fellowship in Colon and Rectal Surgery at Michigan State University/Spectrum Health. He is now in practice in the suburbs of Chicago near his hometown.

Class of 2015

Chad Evans, M.D. – July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2015. Graduate of University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. He obtained desired fellowship in Critical Care at University of Colorado/Denver Health. He recently came back to Peoria and remains on the UICOMP Surgery Teaching Faculty.

Eben True, M.D. – July 2011 – June 30, 2015. Graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine. He obtained desired practice position in Lafayette, Indiana.

Steve Vander Naalt, M.D. – July 2011 – June 30, 2014. Graduate of Loyola. He obtained desired fellowship in Hand Surgery at The University of Connecticut. After fellowship, he joined the OSF Orthopedic Group as a hand surgeon.

Class of 2014

Steven Henriques, M.D. – July 1, 2010 – June 30, 2014. Graduate of University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. He obtained desired fellowship in Bariatric and Minimal Invasive Surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Following his fellowship, he obtained a desired practice position in Miami, Florida.

Sean Hill, M.D. – July 2010 – June 30, 2014. Graduate of University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. He obtained desired residency in Plastic Surgery at University of Texas Southwestern.

James Wade, M.D. – July 2011 – June 30, 2014. Graduate of Washington University School of Medicine. He obtained desired fellowship in Thoracic Surgery at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. Following fellowship, he obtained a position at a large hospital in the Chicago suburbs.

Class of 2013

Robin Alley, M.D. – July 1, 2008 – June 30, 2013. Graduate of Rush University School of Medicine. Robin elected to stay in Peoria to practice general surgery. She remains on the UICOMP Surgery Teaching Faculty.

Yolanda Chang, M.D. – July 1, 2008 – June 30, 2013. Graduate of University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. She obtained desired practice position near Chicago, close to her hometown.

Vickie Pepper, M.D. – July 1, 2008 – June 30, 2013. Graduate of University of Southern California. She obtained her desired fellowship in pediatric minimally invasive surgery at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She recently was accepted into a Pediatric Surgery Fellowship at Loma Linda University.

Class of 2012

Josh Aaron, M.D. – July 1, 2008 – June 30, 2012. Graduate of Loyola Stritch School of Medicine. Obtained desired position with a former graduate in a private practice group in Evansville, Indiana.

Atif Baqai, M.D. – July 1, 2007 – June 30, 2012. Graduate of Loyola Stritch School of Medicine. Obtained desired fellowship in Vascular Surgery at University of Miami. Following fellowship obtained desired practice position in Garland, Texas.

Charalambos “Babis” Rammos, M.D. – July 1, 2007 – June 30, 2012. Graduate of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Medical School. Obtained desired fellowship in Plastic Surgery at Mayo Clinic Rochester, Minnesota. Following this fellowship, he was selected to complete an Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship in Charlotte, North Carolina. He recently returned to Peoria to practice and joined the UICOMP Surgery Teaching Faculty.

Class of 2011

Eric Cox, M.D. – July 1, 2006- June 30, 2011. Graduate of Southern Illinois University. Obtained desired position with a hospital based practice in Galesburg, Illinois.

Paul Pacheco, M.D. – July 1, 2006 – June 30, 2011. Graduate of University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Obtained desired fellowship in Colon & Rectal Surgery at Southern Illinois University. Now practicing with the Springfield Clinic.

Class of 2010

Franziska Huettner, M.D. – July 1, 2005 – June 30, 2010. Graduate of Friedrich-Schiller-University Jera, Germany. Obtained desired fellowship in Plastic Surgery at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Now practicing with Southern Illinois University.

Dharmesh Patel, M.D. – July 1, 2005 – June 30, 2010. Graduate of University of Louisville School of Medicine. Obtained a desired position with a private practice group in Evansville, Indiana close to his hometown.

Steven Tsoraides, M.D. – July 1, 2005 – June 30, 2010. Graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. Obtained desired fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine at Springfield, IL. Upon completion of his fellowship, Steve returned to Peoria to practice and remains on the UICOMP Surgery Teaching Faculty. He is now the General Surgery Program Director.

Class of 2009

Paul Loethen, M.D. – July 1, 2004 – June 30, 2009. Graduate of University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. Obtained desired position in private practice in Alton, Illinois.

Arthur Rawlings, M.D. – July 1, 2004 – June 30, 2009. Graduate of University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. Obtained desired fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine. Upon completion of his fellowship, Arthur accepted a position at the University of Missouri-Columbia where he has an academic appointment and is the General Surgery Program Director.

Jay Woodland, M.D. – July 1, 2004 – June 30, 2009. Graduate of University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. Obtained desired position in a more rural area in Illinois with another of our former graduates. Jay has since left the rural practice and joined another of our former graduate at a private practice in Evansville, Indiana.

Class of 2008

Jennifer Ash, M.D. – July 1, 2003 – June 30, 2008. Graduate of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Obtained desired fellowship in Vascular/Endovascular Surgery at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, Illinois. She currently is practicing with the Christie Clinic in Champaign, IL.

Amy Cha, M.D. – July 1, 2003 – June 30, 2008. Graduate of University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. Obtained desired fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. She has obtained a practice position in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

L. Matthew Deppe, M.D. – July 1, 2003 – June 30, 2008. Graduate of University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. Obtained desired position in rural medicine private practice in Canton, Illinois. Matt recently left his Canton position to join another rural practice in Iowa. He just recently left Iowa and joined the Mayo Clinic Health System practicing in Red Wing, MN.

Class of 2007

Paul Cooney – July 1, 2005 – June 30, 2007. Graduate of Texas Tech University in El Paso, Texas. Obtained a desired position in private practice in Las Cruces, New Mexico close to family in El Paso.

M. Mario Raso – July 1, 2002 – June 30, 2007. Graduate of University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. Mario changed his discipline in his 4th year and modified the remainder of his time here to allow him to take a position as an emergency room physician in a rural area of Illinois.

Class of 2006

Prakash Gatta – July 1, 2002 – June 30, 2006. Graduate of Seth G.S. Medical College, India. Obtained desired fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery in Portland, Oregon. Upon completion of that fellowship, he obtained a position with the University of Cincinnati and has an academic appointment. Prakash has since left his position in Cincinnati to return to Washington State to be close to family.

Shishin Yamada – July 1, 2001 – June 30, 2006. Graduate of University of Illinois Chicago. Obtained desired position in private practice in Joliet, Illinois.

Sherwin Parungao – July 1, 2001 – June 30, 2006. Graduate of University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. Obtained desired position in private practice in the rural community of Galesburg, Illinois.

Class of 2005

Nicole Reid – July 1, 2000 – July 31, 2005. Graduate of University of Louisville. Obtained desired position in private practice in North Carolina. She has since decided to relocate to Missouri to be closer to family and joined a private practice group there.

Donovan Teel – July 1, 2000 – June 30, 2005. Graduate of Loma Linda University School of Medicine. Obtained desired position in private practice in Dayton, Ohio practicing bariatric surgery.

Lisa Whitty – July 1, 2000 – June 30, 2005. Graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine. Obtained desired fellowships in Hand Surgery at the University of Connecticut and Plastic Surgery at Mayo Clinic School of Medicine. After getting married and starting a family, she has returned to Chicago to be closer to family.

Class of 2004

Syed Hussain – July 1, 1999 – June 30, 2004. Graduate of Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine. Obtained desired fellowship in Vascular Surgery at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. He currently is practicing with Christie Clinic in Champaign, IL.

Majid Katranji – July 1, 1999 – June 30, 2004. Graduate of Michigan State University. Obtained desired fellowship in Hand Surgery at the University of Connecticut and then a position in private practice near his hometown in Michigan.

Trent Proehl – July 1, 1999 – June 30, 2004. Graduate of University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. Obtained desired position in private practice in a more rural area of Illinois. He remains on the faculty at UICOMP.

Class of 2003

Andrew Johnson– July 1, 1998 – June 30, 2003. Graduate of University of Missouri, Columbia. Obtained desired position, practicing in Jefferson City, Missouri. Drew has since relocated to a more rural practice in Mt. Vernon, Illinois.

Rodney McCalla – July 1, 1998 – June 30, 2003. Graduate of University of Kansas, Wichita. Obtained desired practice position here in Peoria and remained on the faculty at UICOMP. He has since relocated closer to his family in rural Kansas.

Anil Srivastava, M.D. – October 15, 2001 – October 14, 2003. Graduate of Patna Medical College in India. He obtained a desired fellowship in Critical Care Medicine at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Following that, he obtained a position at a private institution with an academic appointment at St. Louis University.

Class of 2002

Michael Green – July 1, 1997 – June 30, 2002. Graduate of Indiana University. Obtained fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery at Providence Hospital in Washington D.C., and then entered private practice in Fort Worth, Texas.

Michelle Tansey – July 1, 1998 – June 30, 2002. Graduate of Loyola. She entered private practice in Elmhurst, IL, near family. She has since relocated to Mt. Pleasant, Iowa and is in private practice with a desired slower pace than her Chicago area practice.

Bill Tisol – July 1, 1998 – June 30, 2002. Graduate of Michigan State University. Obtained fellowship in Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin and stayed on in an academic position at MCW.

Class of 2001

Karen Diefenbach – July 1, 1996 to June 30, 2001. UICOMP medical school graduate. She is now in a research position at Yale University and then obtained a desired position in their pediatric surgery fellowship. Upon completion of her fellowship, she was invited to stay on as teaching faculty at Yale with an academic appointment. After several years at Yale, she has taken a position with Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio.

J.B. Joo – July 1, 1996 to June 30, 2001. Graduate of Loyola. Obtained fellowship in colon-rectal surgery at Cook County in Chicago. He entered private practice in Naperville, IL near family.

Brad Pierce – July 1, 1996 – June 30, 2001. Graduate of University of Minnesota. Obtained a desired position with private practice group near his hometown in Minnesota.

Class of 2000

David Epstein – July 1, 1995 – June 30, 2000. Graduate of Ohio State University. Obtained vascular surgery fellowship at University of Iowa. Went on to desired position in private practice in Virginia. He has an academic appointment and teaches residents and students.

David Reitter – July 1, 1995 – June 30, 2000. Graduate of University of South Dakota. Took position with private practice group in Plymouth, Indiana. Went on to a practice in Minnesota to be closer to family.

Gavish Patel – July 1, 1995 – June 30, 2000. Graduate of UICOMP. Took position with practice group in Peoria. He has an academic appointment with UICOMP.

Class of 1999

Albert Gilman – July 1, 1995 – June 30, 1999. Graduate of Bowman Gray Medical School. Came into program as 2nd year when program expanded to three per year. Obtained desired position with practice group near hometown in North Carolina. He has since relocated to a practice in Decatur, Illinois.

Adonis Lysandrou – July 1, 1994 – June 30, 1999. Graduate of Indiana University. Obtained position with private practice group near hometown in Indiana. Adonis has since relocated to his native Greece. Adonis recently pursued a fellowship position in Vascular Surgery in the US and after completion took a practice position in Florida.

Class of 1998

Richard Anderson – July 1, 1993 – June 30, 1998. Graduate of Loyola University. Obtained desired fellowship in thoracic surgery at Washington University in St. Louis. Took position with practice group here in Peoria. He has an academic appointment with UICOMP and is the Surgery Clerkship Director.

Chris Ertl – July 1, 1995 – June 30, 1998. Graduate of Creighton University. He joined our program at the 3rd year level when we expanded the program. He opened his own practice near his wife’s hometown in Connecticut. After Chris relocated to Michigan, he became a member of the faculty at Michigan State University, Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Ken Smith – July 1, 1993 – June 30, 1998. Graduate of Southern Illinois University in Springfield. Has a position with a private practice group near him hometown in southern Illinois.

Class of 1997

Gregory Grant – July 1, 1993 – June 30, 1997. Come to our program at the 2nd year level after a resident left to switch his discipline to anesthesiology. Graduate of UICOMP. Has position with a group practice in northern Illinois, near his hometown.

Mike Mastrangelo – July 1, 1992 – June 30, 1997 – Graduate of Indiana University. Did a one-year fellowship in laparoscopy and endoscopic surgery at the University of Maryland. Has academic appointment at the University of Kentucky.

Class of 1996

Annette Shores – July 1, 1991 – June 30, 1996 – Graduate of UICOMP. Obtained desired private practice position near hometown in southern Illinois.

Ashwin Kansagra – July 1, 1993 – June 30, 1996. Graduate of University of Glasgow. Came to the program in the 3rd year after a resident decided to change his discipline to Family Practice. Ash obtained a fellowship in surgical oncology with Dr. Tapas DasGupta at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is now in private practice on the East Coast.

Class of 1995

Brian Boe – July 1, 1990 – June 30, 1995 – Graduate of UICOMP. Took position with the Indian Health Services for 4 years to fulfill a scholarship obligation. Then took position with private practice group near hometown in northern Illinois.

Toshi Nagamoto – July 1, 1990 – June 30, 1995 – Graduate of Creighton University. Obtained a private practice position in Oregon to be near family. In private practice, affiliated with Samaritan Health Services and Western University College of Osteopathic Medicine where he serves as the General Surgery Residency Program Director.

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