Class of 2018
Abdourahman Cham, M.D.
Dr. Abdourahman Cham was born and raised in The Gambia. He completed his undergraduate degree in biology at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida and his master’s degree in biomedical engineering at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. Prior to medical school, he worked as a quality control scientist at Noven Pharmaceuticals in Miami. He then attended medical school at The University of Iowa and completed a medical internship at Howard University Hospital in Washington, DC. His hobbies and interests include basketball, ping-pong, billiards, travel, finance/investing and public policy.
Matthew Cossack, M.D.
Dr. Matthew Cossack grew up in Minnesota before earning degrees in philosophy and biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame. While there, he met his wife with whom he has two young boys. He completed both medical school and a medical internship at Creighton University in Omaha before beginning ophthalmology. His interests include science, philosophy, history and ancestry, and he enjoys spending time with his family, especially on lakes in Minnesota.
Samantha Herretes, M.D. – Chief Resident
Dr. Samantha Herretes was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. She completed medical school and finished an ophthalmology residency in Caracas, before moving to the United States with her family in 2010. She performed research at Wilmer and Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, publishing several papers related to cornea and ocular surface disease. She completed a surgical internship at Saint Louis University before moving to Kansas City for ophthalmology residency. She enjoys spending time with her husband and children, extended family and friends.
Class of 2019
Kevin Chen, M.D.
Dr. Kevin Chen was born in China and moved to the United States at the age of two. He grew up in Greensboro, North Carolina and completed his undergraduate degree at Duke University, where he majored in biology and chemistry. Afterward, he attended medical school at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, where he also completed his preliminary year in internal medicine. He enjoys spending time with his fiancee, watching Duke basketball and exploring new restaurants.
Zachary Lindsey, M.D.
Dr. Zachary Lindsey was born and raised in Clemmons, North Carolina. He completed his undergraduate degree in physics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He then attended medical school at Wake Forest School of Medicine. During his time there, he became involved with corneal disease research and was published as a first author in a popular medical textbook. After graduating medical school, he completed his preliminary medicine internship at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, before moving to Kansas City to begin his ophthalmology residency. He enjoys spending his free time with his wife Ashley and their rescue dog Luna. He also likes traveling, playing video games and board games with family and woodworking. He and his wife are expecting their first child in January 2017.
Cody Ott, M.D.
Dr. Cody Ott was born and raised in South Florida. He completed his undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. He then went on to attend medical school at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Following medical school, he completed an internal medicine internship at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida. He enjoys spending time with his wife and family, weightlifting, cooking and the outdoors.
Class of 2020
Ananth Selliyan, M.D.
Dr. Ananth Selliyan was raised in St. Louis, MO. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry at Truman State University in Kirksville, MO. He then worked as a Clinical Research Assistant in Medical Oncology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, where he focused on research of genetic markers related to lung cancer. In addition, he later served as a Pastoral Resident at The Crossing church in St. Louis. He then completed medical school at University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and an Internal Medicine Preliminary residency at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, IN, prior to returning to UMKC for his Ophthalmology residency training. In his spare time, he enjoys watching professional sports. While a St. Louis Cardinals fan at heart, he has grown fond of cheering for our Kansas City Sports teams.
Christa Soekamto, M.D.
Dr. Christa Soekamto was raised in Grapevine, Texas. She completed her undergraduate degree in biomedical sciences at Southeast Missouri State University where she also competed in collegiate gymnastics. She then attended medical school at Paul L. Foster Texas Tech School of Medicine. She completed her preliminary year in internal medicine at UMKC. She enjoys snorkeling, scuba diving, listening to podcasts, and staying active, but has somehow managed to fall asleep on every form of transportation across multiple countries.
Duy Vu, M.D.
Dr. Duy Vu was born and raised in Houston, TX. He completed his bachelor’s degree in human biology at the University of Texas in Austin. He then went on to complete his MD/MBA at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Before beginning ophthalmology, he moved to Denver to complete his medical internship with the University of Colorado. He enjoys snowboarding/skiing, backpacking, skydiving, painting/drawing, and spending time with his pup. He prefers to be called by his nickname, Dree (like tree but with a ‘D’).