Hometown: Jefferson City, MO Undergraduate: 6 year BA/MD program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Medical School: 6 year BA/MD program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Personal Interests / Hobbies: Cooking, lap swimming, running, and reading. Clinical and Research Interests: Cardiothoracic radiology, particularly vascular pathology and interstitial lung disease. Future Plans: Complete a fellowship in cardiothoracic radiology and join a practice where I can continue learning and sharing the joy of radiology with others. Favorite Radiology Sign: Oreo cookie sign Follow me on #MedTwitter: Julia_asmar
Andrew Erickson, DO
Medical School: Arizona College
Jacob Fleecs, MD
Medical School: University of Nebraska
Krishna Kumar, MD
Hometown: St. Louis, MO Undergraduate: University of Missouri- Kansas City (BA/MD) Medical School: UMKC Personal Interests / Hobbies: Soccer (big Liverpool FC fan), running, cooking Clinical and Research Interests: Abdominal imaging and Neuroradiology Future Plans Abdominal Imaging fellowship at University of Pennsylvania Hospital System Favorite Radiology Sign: Doge Cap sign Follow me on #MedTwitter: @kkrish14
Oliver Letham, MD
Undergraduate: Arizona State University Medical School: The Ohio State University College of Medicine Personal Interests / Hobbies: Spend time with my wife and kids, Wing Chung Martial Arts, play on violin, hiking, camping, reading, playing board games with family. Future Plans: Neuroradiology fellowship at the University of Kansas
Hannah Singhal, MD
Medical School: University of Kansas
Benjamin Yunk, MD
Hometown: Manhattan, KS Undergraduate: Kansas State University Medical School: University of Kansas Personal Interests / Hobbies: Sports in general, playing golf and ultimate frisbee. Music. Video games. Finding excuses to get outside when not in the reading room. Future Plans: MSK fellowship at University of Florida Favorite Radiology Sign: Yo-yo on a string sign – Stener lesion
Hometown: St. Louis, MO Undergraduate: Saint Louis University Medical School: Texas Tech University Personal Interests / Hobbies: Soccer, baseball, hiking, skiing/snowboarding, aviation Clinical and Research Interests: Interventional Radiology Link to Publications: Currently working on: Review of surgical outcomes for MALS patients to evaluate possible combined surgical/endovascular management. Upcoming research projects: Evaluating outcomes of selective vs non selective embolization of retroperitoneal hematomas. Periprocedural pain management in patients undergoing uterine artery/fibroid embolization. Favorite Radiology Sign: Molar tooth sign (bladder)
Alex Cook, DO
Hometown: Ballwin, MO Undergraduate: University of Missouri – Columbia Medical School: Kansas City University Personal Interests / Hobbies: Skiing/Snowboarding, Lacrosse, Coffee, My dog Clinical and Research Interests: MSK and MSK Intervention Favorite Radiology Sign: Double PCL sign Follow me on #MedTwitter: @AlexCookDO
Derik Kenworthy, DO
Hometown: Clearfield, Utah Undergraduate: Weber State University Medical School: AT Still University – Mesa, AZ Campus Personal Interests / Hobbies: eating, fantasy football, dribbling basketballs, sitting on boats, daydreaming about traveling someday, thinking about golden retrievers, pretending to know things, medieval larping, making up hobbies making up lists Favorite Radiology Sign: Pooping duck sign
Hannah Olson, MD
Medical School: University of Kansas
Aman Saini, DO
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ Undergraduate: University of San Diego Medical School: Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine Personal Interests / Hobbies: Travel, Golf, Arizona Cardinals, Enjoying new restaurants and bars, spending time with friends/family. Clinical and Research Interests: Neuroradiology Link to Publications:https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/aman.saini.1/bibliography/public/ Follow me on #MedTwitter: @AmanSainiDO
Hometown: Hays, KS Undergraduate: Fort Hays State University Medical School: University of Kansas School of Medicine Personal Interests / Hobbies: Traveling and spending time with friends and family. I have two nephews, a niece, and two cats that test my patience every day. I like to get outdoors and stay active by playing tennis, basketball, and roller-blading. Clinical and Research Interests: Interventional Radiology. Research interests are broad including both interventional and diagnostic topics. Favorite Radiology Sign: Yin-Yang sign
Alan Godfrey, DO
Hometown: Clarkson, UT Undergraduate: Utah State University Medical School: Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine Personal Interests / Hobbies: Spending time with my wife and children, fly fishing, hiking Clinical Interests: Cardiothoracic radiology. Research interests include chronic pulmonary hypertension and interstitial lung disease. Favorite Radiology Sign: Chinese ring sword sign, crazy paving pattern
Sheila Maillard, DO
Hometown: Novi, MI Undergraduate: Duke University Medical School: Kansas City University Personal Interests / Hobbies: Spending time with my family, traveling, soccer Clinical and Research Interests: Breast health, Breastfeeding medicine Favorite Radiology Sign: Chinese Ring Sword Sign Follow me on #MedTwitter: @Sheila_Maillard
Jonathan Sorkin, MD
Hometown: Littleton, CO Undergraduate: Colorado State University Medical School: New York Program at Tel Aviv University Personal Interests / Hobbies: Gardening, hiking, home improvement Clinical and Research Interests: Medical device development, interventional radiology Favorite Radiology Sign: oreo cookie sign Follow me on #MedTwitter: @SorkinJonathan
Madison Turner, MD
Hometown: Saint Joseph, MO Undergraduate: UMKC 6 yr BA/MD program Medical School: UMKC 6 yr BA/MD program Personal Interests / Hobbies: Tennis, hiking, art/pottery, history, and spending time with family Clinical and Research Interests: Nutrition, preventative medicine, Biochem Favorite Radiology Sign: The Medusa head sign, seen in DVAs Follow me on #MedTwitter: @MadisonLooney4
Hometown: Lawrence, KS Undergraduate: Kansas University Medical School: Kansas City University Personal Interests / Hobbies: Fitness, Basketball, Chiefs, hanging out with my dogs, traveling Clinical and Research Interests: Undecided. Favorite Radiology Sign: “Layer-Cake Skull”
Ashiya Hamirani, MD
Undergraduate: University of Southern California Medical School: Penn State College of Medicine
Eddie Husarcik, MD
Medical School: University of Colorado
Madeline Johnson, MD
Undergraduate: University of Missouri – Kansas City Medical School: University of Missouri – Kansas City
Mitchell Lynn, MD
Hometown: Ringgold, Georgia Undergraduate: University of Georgia Medical School: Washington University in St. Louis Personal Interests / Hobbies: Goofing around with my daughter Clinical and Research Interests: TBD Favorite Radiology Sign: Luftsichel sign
Nicole Tamer, MD
Hometown: Lenexa, Kansas Undergraduate: University of Missouri – Kansas City Medical School: University of Missouri – Kansas City Personal Interests / Hobbies: I am a loving dog mom to Mac, a German Shepherd, and Moose, a Miniature Bernedoodle. I enjoy keeping up with the fashion and beauty industries in my leisure time. Favorite Radiology Sign: Spine sign Follow me on #MedTwitter: @nicoleftamerMD
Get to know about our radiology residency program more by hearing our chiefs answer FAQs!
Krishna Kumar, M.D. Senior Chief
Ben Aziz, MD Junior Chief
Alex Cook, DO Junior Chief
Which areas do the residents live in?
Housing is very affordable throughout KC. Residents who are younger and/or single tend to live near the center while residents who are older or have families live more on the outskirts. Here are a couple of specific locations:
The Plaza (shopping district and location of Saint Luke’s Hospital)
Midtown (equidistant to Saint Luke’s Hospital and Truman Medical Center)
Crossroads (Art district with restaurants/bars)
Waldo/Brookside (Homes with walkable restaurants)
Prairie Village/Overland Park/Shawnee, KS
North Kansas City
What is the culture of the program? How is resident wellness?
Team-oriented. The residents all work together and lean on each other. The faculty/staff are all very approachable and eager to teach. We have a dedicated resident-led wellness committee which organizes faculty and resident events multiple times per year. At the end of every rotation, most residents get together for happy hour or lunch.
What does call look like?
No call for the first 3 months of R1 year. After that we have buddy call approximately every 5-6th weekend. As with other programs, most of your call will come during your R2 year where you will do a mixture of independent and dependent call. You will do approximately 4-6 weeks of night float per year from R2-R4.
Are there moonlighting opportunities?
Yes, we have internal moonlighting where the resident will read ER studies after their normal workday with attending back-up (Thursday and Fridays from 5-8pm at St. Luke’s Hospital), until the night resident’s shift begins. External moonlighting is also available which consists of contrast reaction coverage at outlying facilities.
What is the mentorship structure in the program?
Every resident is encouraged to choose a faculty mentor during their R1 year who is the point of contact for residency development, career advice, and networking opportunities. Other mentoring opportunities between residents of different classes occurs organically, with older residents very naturally taking those younger residents under their wings.
Is there time to participate in research?
Scholarly and quality improvement activities are a required part of residency. Nearly every resident is or has been involved in some form of research. There is ample time during early residency (before board studying) to participate in research projects. Many of our staff are actively involved in research, educational exhibits, and/or case reports. They are looking for eager volunteers to take on projects. If there is extreme interest in pursuing an academic/research career, dedicated research rotations are available.
What do you love about Kansas City?
It has everything about a big city, but with a small-town feel. Traffic is minimal even though the city is growing and expanding every day. Everyone is extremely friendly (Midwest hospitality is a real thing). The excitement and love for the city is infectious (you should see it on a Chief’s game day) and the KC BBQ speaks for itself!
Social media can play a crucial role in mentoring and sponsoring young radiologists, Amy Patel, M.D. ’11, recently told the 2018 convention of the Radiological Society of North America.
Patel was one of only five radiologists worldwide chosen to make a 5-minute “Fast 5 Session” presentation at the radiologists’ Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting in Chicago. The convention, billed as the largest meeting of radiologists in the world, this year drew 60,000 people.
Patel is medical director of women’s imaging at Liberty Hospital and a clinical assistant professor at the UMKC School of Medicine. She told the gathering that Twitter and other social media made it possible to connect medical students, residents and fellows to practicing physicians. The hashtags #RADxx (for female radiologists) and #RADxy (for male radiologists) make it easier to connect on Twitter, she said, and as a result she is now mentoring or sponsoring many radiology trainees across the country who have sought her out.
“Social media has the opportunity to become the great equalizer,” Patel said.
The Fast 5 Session presented five radiologists each addressing a non-clinical topic. Competition for the speaking spots was heavy, and Patel said it was an honor to be chosen.
The full 2018 Fast 5 Session can be viewed here. Patel is the last of the five speakers and is introduced at the 22:50 mark. Her presentation begins at 23:45.