Med-Peds Residents

Fourth Year Residents

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John Bowman, IV, M.D.
Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA
Medical School: University of South Florida
Undergraduate: College of William & Mary
Favorite things about Charleston: great food and history
Career/Research Interests: critical care, cardiology, medical education, international medicine
Why MUSC Med-Peds? It's a great program and a great city, plus I'm much closer to my family here. I've always been undecided as to what I want out of my career, but I knew MUSC would give me excellent training in both medicine and pediatrics and set me up for any career path I choose.

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Umakanthan Kavin, M.D., MA, Meds-Peds Chief Resident
Hometown: Okemos, MI
Medical School: Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University
Graduate: University of Michigan
Undergraduate: University of Michigan
Favorite things about Charleston: Charleston combines rich history, beaches, nightlife, southern hospitality, food, and climate all in one charming city.
Career/Research Interests: Pediatric Cardiology, Adult Congenital Heart Disease, Medical Education
Why MUSC Med-Peds? I love how Med-Peds at MUSC is built on the foundation of two incredibly strong categorical programs. The clinical experiences here are second to none. I also cannot speak enough about the program leadership and the amount of support I feel from my co-residents. You truly are working with your friends here.

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Denise Kimbrough, M.D., PhD
Hometown: Birmingham, Al
Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina
Graduate: Medical University of South Carolina, PhD
Undergraduate: The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Favorite things about Charleston: I love being by the water, even though I can’t swim. There is something very peaceful about it.
Career/Research Interests: I originally was torn between adolescent medicine and cardiology. I learned that I just like transitional care combined with bread-and-butter physiology. Therefore, I have now chosen a career in combined nephrology (adult and pediatric). It is a great patient population, has many avenues for research, and a true need for a med-peds trained physician.
Why MUSC Med-Peds? I believe I chose MUSC more so for the people. I learned in doing research that the education you get anywhere will always be the same, you will learn what you need to. However, how you spend your time obtaining that education and making memories depends on those you take the journey with. I feel like MUSC Med-Peds is a family and who better to spend four stressful, growing years with than family.

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Laurel Wolf, M.D., Meds-Peds Chief Resident

Hometown: Greenville, SC

Undergraduate: Vanderbilt University

Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina

Favorite things about Charleston: Always a new restaurant to try, the dog-friendly beaches & parks, and the pretty views!

Career/Research Interests: Undecided, possibly a combined subspecialty or hospital medicine.

Why MUSC Med-Peds? As a medical student here, I felt at home in both the Internal Medicine and the Pediatrics departments and 'found my people' in Med-Peds. As I started the interview process, I realized how unique MUSC is as the only tertiary care center in a really desirable city. I knew that I could get superb training here with co-residents and faculty that create a fun, positive environment. And, being in Charleston doesn't hurt!


Third Year Residents

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Nancy Hagood, M.D.

Hometown: Charleston, SC

Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina

Undergraduate: Georgetown University

Favorite Things About Charleston: The ocean and the people.

Career/Research Interests: Academic Hospital Medicine, Global Health and Community Development in Haiti

Why MUSC Med-Peds? MUSC Med-Peds is the best of all worlds. It provides a fantastic teaching and learning environment, a diverse patient population and high acuity patients, top-notch Internal Medicine and Pediatrics programs with a close-knit Med-Peds family, and incredible mentors and role models.  And in a place like Charleston, it’s easy to have hobbies outside the hospital to keep you sane.

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Nelson Reed, M.D.

Hometown: Winston-Salem, NC

Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School
Undergraduate: Wofford College

Favorite Things About Charleston: The architecture, history, trees, scenery, food, and beaches

Career/Research Interests: Primary care or possibly a sub-specialty

Why MUSC Med-Peds? To me, MUSC has it all. With friends and family in North and South Carolina, Charleston is a perfect location for me. Both the Internal Medicine and Pediatrics departments have outstanding training environments and outlets to explore during residency. They have a high emphasis on mentorship and education, which is something I really value in a program. Every day, I get to work alongside and learn from excellent faculty and co-residents. I could not imagine training anywhere else!


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Maggie Roth, M.D., MS

Hometown: Manassas, Virginia

Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Graduate School: Georgetown University

Undergraduate: University of Virginia
Favorite Things About Charleston:
 Sunny weather, being around water, outdoor activities, sunsets, friendly people, and the food!

Career/Research Interests: Undecided in true Med-Peds fashion, but with strong interests in primary care, global health, and working with under-served population.

Why MUSC Med-Peds? I spent a year in Charleston before medical school and fell in love with the area. I was super excited about the brand new Children’s Hospital and Med-Peds Clinic. It was then my interview day that really sold me. I had so many wonderful conversations and left with the “gut feeling” that this felt like home.

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Jake Seltman, M.D.

Hometown: Roswell, GA

Medical School: Mercer University School of Medicine (Savannah Campus)
Undergraduate: University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!)

Favorite Things About Charleston: Laid-Back Atmosphere, Close to the beach with a lot to do outside, and the Southern Charm and Beauty.

Career/Research Interests: Very open to all routes of medicine and excited to explore all areas. Right now I am interested in Outpatient Medicine

Why MUSC Med-Peds? I love Charleston, and everyone in the Med-Peds program has made me feel so welcome and so at home. I can’t wait to grow even closer as a family.



Second Year Residents


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Thomas Brenzel, M.D.

Hometown: Lexington, KY
Medical School: University of Louisville

Undergraduate: University of Louisville

Favorite Things About Charleston: I love the views of the harbor, live oak trees, and the historic buildings downtown. You’re never far from something fun to do in Charleston!

Career/Research Interests: Cardiology, Global Health, Hospital Medicine, and others

Why MUSC Med-Peds? MUSC is an outstanding program in an amazing location. It has everything I was looking for with strong categorical programs, excellent facilities, a diverse patient population, a dedicated Med/Peds clinic, and exceptional clinical training in a supportive environment.



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Ari Faber, M.D.

Hometown: Albuquerque, NM 
Medical School:  University of New Mexico

Undergraduate: Emory University 

Favorite Things About Charleston: It's a new city to explore

Career/Research Interests: Medical education, critical care, cardiology

Why MUSC Med-Peds? After two years of internal medicine, I am excited to have a new challenge taking care of children. I am also thrilled for more teaching opportunities.



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Andrew Gentuso, M.D.

Hometown: Nashville, TN
Medical School: University of Tennessee (UTHSC)
Undergraduate: Vanderbilt University; Bachelors in Biology
Favorite things about Charleston: All of the beaches, walking around historic downtown, the county parks, the bike friendliness of the peninsula, the huge number of dog-friendly restaurants and patios, the aquarium, and all the interesting wildlife in the area!
Career/Research Interests: Somewhat undifferentiated, but interested in both adult and pediatrics pulmonology, critical care, and adult cardiology
Why MUSC Med-Peds? I chose MUSC for my Med-Peds training for several reasons. The city of Charleston was a considerable draw, and I love that MUSC has made itself an invaluable member of the Charleston community. I also was looking for an academic center that would have good clinical volume and not be competing with other centers within its referral base. Most importantly, on interview day I was struck by the thoughtfulness and respect that the leadership showed towards applicants and seemed to demonstrate to their residents, from having the most succinct and enjoyable online interview day to adjusting trainee scheduling to better acclimate interns to both medicine and pediatrics early on. 



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Megan Kern, M.D.

Hometown: Hilton Head Island, SC

Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina

Undergraduate: University of Notre Dame
Favorite things about Charleston: paddle boarding on Shem Creek, boat rides in the harbor, and brunch at Early Bird Diner

Career/Research Interests: career - adolescent, transitional, and preventative medicine, palliative care; research - impact of racism on pediatric health

Why MUSC Med-Peds: As a first-year medical student, I met Dr. Mennito volunteering at One80 Place Clinic (student run clinic at downtown homeless shelter). I was immediately impressed by the energy and compassion she brought to patient care as well as her attention to student education. From then on, I was consistently inspired by every Med Peds physician I encountered at MUSC. On a surgery rotation, the Med Peds resident on geriatrics validated all my concerns for a liver failure patient in a comprehensive consult note. On an internal medicine rotation, the clerkship director and program director (both med peds trained) exemplified thorough clinical reasoning and comprehensive, patient-focused care. The example set by MUSC Med Peds physicians makes me want to be a better clinician and patient advocate. The camaraderie among the Med Peds residents makes me want to be a more caring friend and source of support for my co-residents.



First Year Residents


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Brooke Hisrich, M.D.

Hometown: Canton, Ohio 

Medical School: University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville 

Undergraduate: Clemson University 

Favorite things about Charleston: The weather, the beaches, the rich history and architecture, the food scene... the list goes on and on! 

Career/Research Interests: Hematology/Oncology and Critical Care 

Why MUSC Med-Peds: I was immediately interested in MUSC Med-Peds after watching the NMPRA spotlight session and getting to see Dr. Mennito's enthusiasm both for Med-Peds as a specialty and the program at MUSC. I knew I was looking for a program with two robust categorical programs at a well-established academic center but I also wanted to find a program with a strong sense of community that promoted getting to know each and every resident. Many of the residents at the social hour the night before the interview were hanging out (outdoors in the middle of December) and during the happy hour they really demonstrated how well they knew each other and how much they enjoyed each other's company. I'm also really excited about the new Med-Peds continuity clinic in North Charleston fully staffed with Med-Peds faculty (this is just another example of the strong Med-Peds presence at MUSC) and the brand new pediatric hospital. Lastly, I was blown away by the residents' passion for serving underserved patient populations and knew the program's values and interests closely aligned with mine. 



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Austin Lewis, M.D.

Hometown: Columbia, SC

Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina

Undergraduate: University of South Carolina

Favorite things about Charleston: Best of all worlds! A city feel when you want it with great shopping, restaurants, breweries, and tourists/tourism with deep history. Or also a quaint beach town with great creek taverns, barrier island beaches, and outdoor adventures. Truly love this city and low country atmosphere, and the hospitality of the local community exceeds all expectations of what you read in travel magazines.

Career/Research Interests: Medical Education, Academic Hospital Medicine, Hospital/Clinic Quality Improvement, Adult Congenital Cardiology

Why MUSC Med-Peds: Short answer: Dr. Mennito. Longer answer: Just like my thoughts on Charleston, MUSC MedPeds has it all going on. MUSC is an incredible academic institution with a large catchment area that does practically everything/has every specialty in house and has endless research opportunities for residents. The medical school is thriving and has great opportunities to get involved with as a resident. Finally, the reason MUSC was top choice, the MedPeds program and everyone who makes that up are so welcoming, supportive, and incredibly successful on their own paths. They were a people that I wanted to be mentored by, learn from, and hopefully be like in future practice! 



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Linnea Mitchem, M.D., MPA

Hometown: Orland Park, IL

Medical School: Ross University 

Graduate School: University of Georgia 

Undergraduate: Fisk University 

Favorite things about Charleston: I had never been to Charleston prior to interview season but surprisingly it’s one of my mother’s favorite cities. With proximity to my family who is scattered throughout the Southeastern US it couldn’t be a better location for me. I have since visited and I would say the food, the culture/history and the people make Charleston great! 

Career/Research Interests: Health Disparities, Considering Pulm/Critical Care Fellowship, Global Health

Why MUSC Med-Peds: The level of support provided to the residents, the leadership that is fostered, and the diversity of the patient population and pathologies were a few of my top reasons for choosing MUSC. Ultimately, it was the residents and faculty that I met throughout the interview process that made me feel like MUSC was the perfect place for me. 



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Danielle Rangel Paradela, M.D.

Hometown: Cienfuegos, Cuba

Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit Michigan

Undergraduate: York University, Ontario Canada

Favorite things about Charleston: I had never been to Charleston prior to moving for residency, but I am in awe with this city. From incredibly delicious and diverse restaurants, beautiful beaches, and the sunny weather, it has everything I like. Also, the people have to be one of the friendliest that I have ever interacted with! 

Career/Research Interests: I am thinking GI, interested in continuity of care for those with IBD

Why MUSC Med-Peds: Seriously, when I finished my interview at MUSC, I remember thinking that this was it. From the faculty sharing all the amazing aspects of the program, the Med-Peds Clinic, the residents having a blast showing us the beautiful ocean views from their workstation; it all felt right for me. MUSC checked off all of the important aspects I was looking for in a residency program. From great fellowship matches, to working with a diverse population, I was immediately excited at the prospect of working here.