Class of 2017
Scott Butikofer, M.D.
Dr. Scott Butikofer was raised in Southeast Idaho near Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Tetons. He completed his bachelors degree in biology at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He then completed medical school at the University of Washington in Seattle, having many opportunities to train in the Northwest region, including his native Idaho. He now lives in Missouri with his wife, Christine, and their two children, Zoey and Aaron, pursuing further training in ophthalmology. He enjoys spending time with his family, finding outdoor attractions to explore and reading fiction novels.
Sarah Dehaybi, M.D. – Chief Resident
Dr. Sarah Dehaybi was born and raised in Northern Arizona and completed her undergraduate degrees in physiology and Near Eastern studies at the University of Arizona in Tucson. She went on to complete a dual MD–MPH program at the University of Arizona, spending nine months completing an internship in Geneva, Switzerland at the World Health Organization. She completed her preliminary year in medicine at UMKC prior to beginning ophthalmology. In addition to spending time with her husband and daughter, she enjoys traveling, photography and singing.
Fahad Khan, M.D.
Dr. Fahad Khan was born in Bangladesh and was raised in Los Angeles, California. He earned his undergraduate degree in bioengineering at the University of California-SanDiego. He then completed medical school training at Creighton University. Afterward, he completed his internship in internal medicine at San Francisco’s St. Mary’s Medical Center. He married six months before the start of his residency at UMKC. Other than ophthalmology, he enjoys watching movies, playing basketball, eating delicious foods and participating in outdoor activities.
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.
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.