Obstetrics & Gynecology

PGY 4


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Meghen Bokemper, M.D.


Medical School:
University of Nebraska College of Medicine
Bio: I was born and raised in Lincoln, NE (Go Big Red!) and attended college at Nebraska Wesleyan University followed by medical school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE. My husband and I married our 4th year of medical school – right in the middle of residency interview season and were very fortunate to match in Kansas City! (He is an orthopedic resident). We actually took our first trip together to KC, and it always has and always will have a special place in our hearts! I love the size of the UMKC program, and the diversity of experiences we see by working at multiple hospitals across KC. Outside of the hospital, I enjoy spending time with my husband and family, exploring new restaurants in KC, fitness, baking, Nebraska football, and hiking. I am a huge coffee addict, and love traveling. My family recently went to Alaska (where we are in the picture) and tried ziplining for the first time!
What is one thing that people should know about Kansas City? It has a ton of amazing restaurants!
What are your plans for after residency? Private Practice

Emily Gray, M.D.


Medical School:
University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
Bio:I am originally from St. Louis, Missouri (Parkway Central) and moved to Kansas City for the UMKC’s six-year BA/MD program where I met my husband. We couples matched at UMKC as we both wanted to stay with our home programs. During my schooling I was able to do research with Dr. Maulik’s basic science laboratory and have continued to do some research with the de-identified database produced from our hospital. What sets our program apart from the others is the experience of academic, private, and community practices throughout residency. It’s also the perfect size with eight residents a year. Outside of work, I spend time with my husband, daughter, and friends. We walk our two dogs Casey and Sophie each night after work around the nearby lake and our neighborhood. I enjoy cooking and baking while trying out new recipes. I also enjoy wine tastings and going to happy hour with my coworkers.
What is one thing that people should know about Kansas City? Cost of living is really fantastic and it’s very easy and quick to travel around the city.
What are your plans for after residency? I plan to join as faculty at University Health Women’s Care and TMC-Lakewood.

Elizabeth Hahn, M.D.


Medical School:
Sanford School of Medicine, The University of South Dakota
Bio: I am a Wisconsin turned South Dakota native and a proud alumna of the University of South Dakota. Being a huge Green Bay Packer fan, I have been known to wear Packer garb with my scrubs if I work during a big game. Outside of residency, I love to hike, run, bake and spend time with loved ones. In Kansas City we are able to enjoy professional sporting events, mouth watering barbecue, and more culture than we’d be able to absorb in a lifetime, just to name a few of my favorite KC pastimes. UMKC has always felt like a family to me, and was one of the main reasons I ranked this program so highly in the Match. Residents support each other, faculty genuinely care and everyone has each other’s back. To this day, my co-residents are some of my closest friends and confidants. We all love to have happy hours and get togethers. We have classmate “Family Dinner” as often as we can. I am truly thankful to be at UMKC, and can’t imagine being anywhere else.
What is one thing that people should know about Kansas City? While the line at Kansas City Joe’s may appear intimidating, the BBQ is worth the wait.
What are your plans for after residency? Private practice in South Dakota

Jonathan Hufford, M.D.


Medical School:
University of South Carolina School of Medicine
Bio: Hello, I’m Jonathan Hufford. I was born in Ohio, but came to residency via South Carolina. I attended Wofford College for undergrad and the University of South Carolina for medical school. I interviewed at UMKC for residency on a whim and I am very glad that the match brought me here. I miss the beach and the sweet tea, but KC has proven to be much more interesting than I thought the Midwest could be. It has been a great move for Jinx (my golden doodle) and I. Over the past almost four years I have gotten to explore the city with my residency family; you can find us at happy hour after didactics, celebrating taco Tuesday, or even just piling into each other’s homes when it has been a rough week for venting and Netflix. I can’t imagine residency without my fellow residents. They even spoil my dog for me when I am on call!
What is one thing that people should know about Kansas City? There is a lot more to Kansas City than BBQ and sports! There is jazz, there are great concerts, there are arts and festivals. Even the suburbs aren’t too bad. There is also BBQ and sports.
What are your plans for after residency? I am currently in the process of applying for fellowship in Family Planning and Contraception.

 

Kelsey Lee, M.D.


Medical School:
University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
Bio: I grew up in small town Iowa and eventually went on to graduate medical school at the University of Iowa. Exciting news for me is that I’m getting married soon! (Even though I’ve been “married” to my work boo fellow chief Jonathan for the past three years 🙂 ) I spend a lot of time out of work with my fluffy Australian Shepherd Nora going on walks and to the dog park. I cheer on the Kansas City Royals as well as my National League Cubbies. I enjoy exploring Kansas City through various restaurants scattered throughout the city.
What is one thing that people should know about Kansas City? It has a great music scene.
What are your plans for after residency? Private practice.

Lyda Pung, D.O.


Medical School:
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
Bio: Hi! I’m Lyda. I grew up in Wichita, KS, went to undergrad at KU (ROCK CHALK!) and then medical school at KCUMB after working a couple of years in Dallas, TX. I have a better half named Brian Pung and we have a daughter (Mila the Mean-mugger) together and another (gender unknown) on the way in September. Some things about me: I share my birthday with my dad and like to think that I’m the gift that keeps on giving, I love Royals games and feel that consuming a hot dog is required, I enjoying trying new KC restaurants and could talk food/wine all day everyday and Brian/Mila are my favorite people. I’ve enjoyed my time at UMKC and believe that I will be a very well rounded physician with lots of tools in my box because of the variety of attendings we have and the different hospitals we rotate through. My favorite part, however, are my fellow residents. They rock.
What is one thing that people should know about Kansas City? It is a big city experience without the big city traffic. What more could you want?!
What are your plans for after residency? Private practice in the KC area.

Aaron Varghese, M.D.


Medical School:
Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine
Bio: I am originally from Dallas, Texas. I completed my undergraduate at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY and then went on to Medical School at Texas A&M in College Station, TX. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with friends, weight lifting and trying out new places to eat. One special thing about me is that I am double-jointed. I was really excited to match at UMKC because of the large program and the plethora of clinical and surgical exposure.
What is one thing that people should know about Kansas City? Great food and plenty of things to do around the metropolitan area.
What are your plans for after residency? Academic/international medicine.