Chief Residents

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Kara Cockrum, D.O.
Medical School:Medical University of South Carolina
Undergraduate: West Virginia University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Fun Fact: Disney World is my favorite place in all the world! I love Great British Baking Show and Stranger Things TV shows. My husband and I have a Mini American Shepherd named Apollo. I really like to eat.
Why I chose MUSC: MUSC offered me a family atmosphere with the added benefit of exposure to all sorts of crazy pediatric disease processes. I had the best of both worlds at MUSC, and our hospital is a fantastic place to train. MUSC provided me a great experience and has prepared me so well to practice pediatric medicine. I will begin my career as a pediatric hospitalist next year.

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S. Zaki Yazdi, M.D.
Medical School: University of Alabama School of Medicine
Undergraduate: Birmingham - Southern College
Fun Fact: Although all of my spare time is now occupied by my adorable baby, Elliott, I have a history of questionably useless talents, including: playing the saxophone, participating in competitive table tennis as a child, baking (macarons and donuts are my specialties), and ice cream making.
Why I chose MUSC: I chose MUSC for my pediatric residency training to join a tight-knit program that was small enough that everybody knows one another, but also provided the benefits of training at the referral center for the state. I entered residency without a definite career interest, and MUSC was unique in the opportunities offered for exploration- from private practice outpatient experiences to ICU electives. With the help of incredible faculty mentors throughout my residency, I have made the decision to pursue a NICU fellowship after serving as Chief Resident.