PGY1 Residents

Chief Residents | PGY4 | PGY3 | PGY2 | PGY1



Nathan Carpenter, MD
Photograph of Nathan Carpenter, M.D.Hometown: Green Bay, WI
Undergrad: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin
Surgery Interest: Undecided
Hobbies: Cooking, exploring cities, eating, video games, biking, hiking
Favorite things to do on days off: Wake up fairly early, drink a cup of coffee on my balcony, and read
Reason I came to UMKC: I wanted to experience a new training style and fall in love with a new city. I am also excited that my wife and I were able to match to the same institution!
Laura Esry, DO
Photograph of Laura Esry, D.O.Hometown:  Lenexa, KS
Undergrad:  University of Kansas
Medical School:  Kansas City University
Surgery Interest:  Trauma/Critical Care
Hobbies:  Walks with my dog, ballet, sporting events (go chiefs and Jayhawks!), cross-stitch, puzzles, board games
Favorite things to do on days off: Traveling, spending time with my family and friends, sleep
Reason I came to UMKC: Everyone that I met was incredibly welcoming. I rotated here as a student and greatly enjoyed interacting with the attending’s, residents, and hospital staff!
Garima Thakkar, MD
Photograph of Garima Thakkar, M.D.Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Undergrad: University of Missouri-Kansas City
Med school: University of Missouri-Kansas City
Surgery interest: Trauma, Surgical Oncology, MIS
Hobbies: Reading, traveling, yoga
Favorite things: Eating, exploring new places around KC, being outdoors
Reason I came to UMKC: As a medical student here, I was fortunate enough to experience the diverse training, friendly residents, and supportive faculty mentors first-hand and knew it was right for me. KC feels like home and is a great city with countless things to do!
Madelynn Watkins, MD
Photograph of Madelynn Watkins, M.D.Hometown: Bossier City, LA
Undergrad: Washington University in St. Louis
Medical School: Louisiana State University Shreveport Medical School
Surgery Interest: Breast or General
Hobbies: Playing and Watching Most Sports, Walking, Puzzles, Hanging with Friends
Favorite things to do on days off: Hanging out with my daughter, husband, and dog!
Reason I came to UMKC: During the reception the night before interviews, I immediately felt that this was a place I want to be. The residents were so welcoming and seemed to be very close with each other. During interviews, there was a family atmosphere where everyone has each other’s backs and everyone is willing to work hard for each other to achieve a common goal.
Patrick Weldon, DO
Photograph of Patrick Weldon, D.O.Hometown: Wilmington, NC
Undergrad: Virginia Tech
Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) – Carolinas Campus
Surgery Interest: Vascular and endocrine surgery
Hobbies: Running, hiking, snowboarding, college football, fantasy football, traveling, taking my dog Wilson on walks, anything involving a large body of water, craft breweries, grilling/cooking, playing Jeopardy/trivia
Favorite things to do on days off: Find a trail to running on, go to a local coffee shop, take my dog to a dog park (excited to check out Bar-K), visit a local brewery, watching Netflix/Hulu or any type of sporting event
Reason I came to UMKC: I couple’s matched at UMKC with my significant other, Christine, who is in the OB/GYN program. We both are from North Carolina but were excited to explore a new city together. I had a great time at my pre-interview dinner and on interview day I felt a true sense of comradery among the residents. I can’t wait to start at UMKC and experience all that Kansas City has to offer.
Antonio Martinez Castillo, DO
Photograph of Antonio Martinez Castillo, D.O.Hometown: Lagrange, IN
Undergrad: Huntington University
Medical School: Des Moines University
Surgery Interest: Rural General Surgery
Hobbies: Running, playing soccer, hiking, listening to podcasts, listening to music, reading fiction, and watching movies.
Favorite things to do on days off: Spend time with friends catching up, watching movies, and going out to eat.
Reason I came to UMKC: I thought the program had a comprehensive curriculum that would be valuable for a future in general surgery. I wanted to be near family and Kansas City is also an awesome place live in.
Brady Mosher, MD
Photograph of Brady Mosher, M.D.Hometown: Memphis, TN
Undergrad: Ole Miss
Medical School: LSU Health Science Center Shreveport
Surgery Interest: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Hobbies: Aviation, Rock climbing
Favorite things to do on days off: Explore the town with my wife
Reason I came to UMKC: to hopefully continue my training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Caleb Hall, DO
Photograph of Caleb Hall, D.O.Hometown: Springfield, MO
Undergrad: Missouri State University
Medical School: A.T. Still University – Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
Surgery Interest: General Surgery
Hobbies: Any Recreational Sport, Hunting, Fishing, Board Games, Card Games, Video Games, Spending time with family and friends.
Favorite things to do on days off: Spend time with my son
Reason I came to UMKC: It is close to home, and I have always enjoyed everything Kansas City has to offer from restaurants to sporting events etc.
Travis Ogogor, DO
Photograph of Travis Ogogor, D.O.Hometown: Abuja, Nigeria
Undergrad: Rockhurst University
Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
Surgery Interest: General Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery, and Global Surgery
Hobbies: Running, futbol, snowmobiling, farming, traveling, and cooking.
Favorite things to do on days off: I like to cook and post the process onto social media platforms. I also like to run and hang out with my best friends Reza, Frank, and Basky while exploring Kansas City.
Reason I came to UMKC: Having lived in Kansas City for the past 16 years, it was always my firm desire to stay and serve the Kansas City community that has given me so much in regards to academic opportunities. Also, the reputation of the program at UMKC with regards to the variety of cases, supportive residents and staff were all a major draw.


Events Calendar

Resident Research

Current Resident Research Projects

Resident Q/I Project Scholarly Research Project
Almenoff carotid protocol Case report- radial ulnar bypass, tdc study
Beckman postop carotid orderset 2. chest tube management for nursing
Boone DVT/PE in post op period E-learning for the Emergency Medicine Clerkship: Can it improve NBME scores and learner satisfaction?
Bors book chapter: acute abd in preg
Brunner Resident lecture series blood transfusions at tmc, education
Corn Post-op order sets for Vascular, needle stick barriers to reporting Portrait Trial
Fesmire Portable vitals monitors on floor at TMC; ICU readmission for respiratory failure Isolated traumatic ICH; Heart Hugger trial; education
Hardouin ERAS protocol after colo/rectal surgery 1. Portrait Trial
2. Modified Hero Graft
3. Eagle Syndrome
Harrison C. Diff, portal vein aneryrsm  Modified Hero Graft
Jones Eval of supplies on diff nursing floors trauma pancreatectomy, SBO from lipoma, genital arousal syndrome
Kulow  ERAS protocol after colo/rectal surgery Isolated Traumatic ICH
Le  CAUTI SLH  Case report-herpetic hepatitis
Lorenzo  NG/NJ tube dislodgement and bridles Pediatric ovarian sparing for mucinous ovarian tumors
Marr  CLABSI  Use of TXA in massive transfusion
Mendez  Needle Stick prevention and barriers to reporting  The cost of necrotizing fascitis
Nagele  Surgical Time out  Use of TXA in massive transfusion
Nguyen  CAUTI SLH  Hemostatic agents
Shanberg  Reducing CAUTI at SLH  blood transfusions at tmc, education
Shiozaki central line placement, unexpected events after low acuity surgery  book chapter: acute abd in preg
Sparks CAUTI SLH  SCORE questions, book chapter with Dr. Augustin


Important Links

Rotation Sites

The UMKC Surgery residency is fortunate to have a number of hospitals for training, providing a very broad scope of training throughout residency, and is one of the greatest strengths of the program. Five Hospitals are involved in training .

TMC Hospital Hill
TMC Hospital Hill

Truman Medical Center Hospital Hill
TMC is immediately attached to UMKC Medical School in downtown Kansas City. The following are usual clinical rotations per year. Clinical rotations at TMC include: Trauma Surgery Service A and General Surgery Service B, ICU, Vascular Surgery Service C and Plastic Surgery. TMC has high level of acuity patients and a very busy trauma service.

Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City
Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City

Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City (SL)
Saint Luke’s Hospital is an Episcopal owned hospital, and has a long history of resident and student education. It is located just north of the Country Club Plaza in midtown Kansas City. Rotations at SL include Service 1 – general, breast, and surgical oncology, Service 2 – MIS/ Bariatric Surgery, Service 3 – Trauma, Critical Care, and Transplant. Sophisticated cases with the use of robotics are frequent at SL.

Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC)
The KCVA Medical Center is located in the eastern portion of Kansas City. Featured rotations at the VAMC include both General Surgery, as well as Vascular/ Thoracic rotations. Very sophisticated hepatobiliary and pancreatic cases are frequently performed there


TMC Lakewood
TMC Lakewood

Truman Medical Center Lakewood
TML is an affiliate Hospital of TMC located in Lee’s Summit, MO, in the Southeast quarter of the Kansas City metro area. Featured services are general surgery and endoscopy in a community hospital setting


Children’s Mercy Kansas City

Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics (CMH)
CMH is a nationally renowned children’s hospital immediately adjacent to TMC/ UMKC, and connected by a sky bridge. A Pediatric Surgery rotation as a PGY-2 occurs.


Kansas City

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Kansas City offers many of the big-city amenities and experiences but still manages to keep a small-town feel. It’s not uncommon for our residents to own a home with a yard but still benefit from training at a busy trauma center at an inner city hospital. Our primary training site, Truman Medical Center, is located in the heart of the city, surrounded by multiple popular entertainment districts. We are home to three professional sports teams and some really great barbeque. Every summer, Kansas City hosts the largest one-day music festival in North America and every fall, we host the largest barbeque contest and celebration in the world. For those desiring a more low-key Midwest lifestyle, just a 20-minute drive in nearly any direction will get you there. The KC metro area is home to some of the best school districts in the nation. No matter your interest – shopping, dining, music, art, sports, boating, camping, or even the rodeo – our city has much to offer. But don’t just take our word for it, the Huffington Post ranked Kansas City America’s Top City in 2014. In 2012, ranked our city the 15th best city to live in. Many of our graduates find that they like KC so much they stay and work here. Already planning to move here? Click here for things you must know before you move the KC or here to plan a visit. For a list of annual events in KC, click here.

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Other Events/Activities

Department Chairs

Talboy-psm-portrait Glenn Talboy, MD (2008-2011, 2016- Present)
Dr Talboy completed medical school at Creighton University in 1993 and joined the TMC UMKC Surgery residency as a categorical resident, completing residency in 1998. He has been involved in surgical education since graduation. He has served as the clerkship director , Associate Program Director, and Program Director between 2003 to 2012. From 2008-2012 he served as the Interim Chairman of Surgery.
Friedell Mark Friedell, MD (2012-2016)
Dr. Friedell came to the UMKC School of Medicine in 2012, where he had served as professor and chair of the Department of Surgery.He earned his bachelor’s degree from Beloit College and his medical degree from the University of Bologna in Italy, followed by a residency at University of Massachusetts Medical Center and fellowship at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. Prior to joining UMKC, he was a clinical associate professor of surgery at the University of Central Florida, academic chair of surgical education for Orlando Regional Healthcare/Orlando Health and program director of general surgery for Orlando Health.
VanWay-portrait  Charles W. VanWay III (2000-2008)
Dr. Van Way grew up in Washington, DC, and attended Sidwell Friends School.  He studied history at Yale University, medicine at Johns Hopkins, and surgery at Vanderbilt.   He is Past President of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, the Missouri State Medical Association, and the Metropolitan Medical Association of Greater Kansas City.
mcnabney-kendall W. Kendall McNabney (1999-2000)
Dr. McNabney is the founder of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Truman Medical Center (TMC) and the UMKC School of Medicine. McNabney was the first and longest serving chair of emergency medicine at the school and was the head of Trauma Services for many years. His connection dates to 1970, when he was a returning surgeon from Vietnam and was hired to develop a trauma care program at Kansas City General Hospital, the forerunner to Truman Medical Center.
Pemberton-WP  L. Beaty Pemberton (1995-1999)
During his 25-year tenure at UMKC School of Medicine, Dr. Pemberton served as a docent, assistant dean of curriculum, Chief of Surgery and surgical program director. He graduated cum laude with a B.A. in General Studies from Harvard University, received an M.D. from Northwestern University and an M.S. in Surgery from the University of Illinois. He completed his surgical residency at Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Hospital in Chicago.
 W. Roy Snider (1975-1985)
 Ralph R. Coffey (1950-1964)


PGY4 Residents

Chief Residents | PGY4 | PGY3 | PGY2 | PGY1


Yazen Assaf, M.D.
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Undergrad: Loyola University Chicago
Medical School: Chicago Medical School
Surgery Interest: CT, Trauma/Critical Care
Hobbies: Hiking, rock climbing, snowboarding
Reason I came to UMKC: I wanted a program with a strong operative experience and a wide variety of subspecialties to rotate through. I also love KC the few times I visited and really saw spending the next five years here.
Brandon Bacon, M.D.
Hometown: Kaysville, Utah
Undergrad: University of Utah
Medical School: University of Utah – School of Medicine
Surgery Interest: Cardiothoracic
Hobbies: Soccer, snowboarding, cycling, reading
Favorite things to do on days off: Spend time with my wife and daughter, exercising, and exploring Kansas City.
Reason I came to UMKC: Kansas City struck me as a great Midwest city with lots to do and really nice people. I like that the program rotates through five different hospitals, providing diverse surgical training. While I will miss the mountains of the West, the rolling hills and greenery have been fantastic!
Kendra Black, M.D.
Dr. Kendra BlackHometown: Tempe, AZ
Undergrad: Arizona State University
Graduate: Boston University
Medical School: St. George’s University School of Medicine
Surgery Interest: Trauma/Critical Care
Hobbies: Running, Netflix, naps
Favorite things to do on days off: Sleeping in, exploring the city, going to Chiefs games
Reason I came to UMKC: The residents are welcoming, the city is great and I felt like I would get a good education here.
Jamal Malik, D.O.
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Undergrad: Texas A&M University
Medical School: UNTHSC
Surgery Interest: Trauma
Hobbies: Basketball, football, tennis, and food.
Favorite things to do on days off: Exploring different food options in town and hanging out with friends and family.
Reason I came to UMKC: Kansas City seems like an awesome city with a good balance of things to do. Also, growing up in the South, I was amazed by how nice everyone is. Plus an added bonus – you don’t have to worry about hurricanes here!


PGY3 Residents

Chief Residents | PGY4 | PGY3 | PGY2 | PGY1


Jamie Clementi, M.D.
Dr. Jamie ClementiHometown: Chicago, Illinois
Undergrad: Loyola University Chicago
Medical School: Loyola University Chicago
Surgery Interest: Plastic Surgery or Vascular
Hobbies: Volleyball, knitting, backpacking/back-country camping
Favorite things to do on days off: Watch movies, listen to true crime podcasts, go to breweries/check out new brunch spots. If I’m feeling particularly ambitious, I’ll try some baking and my goal is to make the perfect macaroon.
Reason I came to UMKC: I liked having different training sites, and I felt that the residents and faculty were very welcoming and friendly. Plus, being a life-long Chicagoan I wanted city-living that still has that Midwestern charm.
Brent Forrest, M.D.
Dr. Brent ForrestHometown: Johnson City, Tennessee
Undergrad: Southern Adventist University
Medical School: Loma Linda University
Surgery Interest: Trauma/Critical Care or Vascular
Hobbies: General aviation, golf, fitness
Favorite things to do on days off: Fly, work out, golf
Reason I came to UMKC: Heard great things from alumni and residents of the program. Great impression on interview day. KC is a great place to live
Kelly Kapp, M.D.
Dr. Kelly KappHometown: Cape Girardeau, MO
Undergrad: University of Missouri – Kansas City
Medical School: University of Missouri – Kansas City
Surgery Interest:  Minimally Invasive
Hobbies: Running, Dancing, Playing Tennis or Pickle Ball, Learning a new song on the piano, Trying new coffee houses, Scuba Diving, Skiing, and Traveling whenever I get the chance!
Favorite things to do on days off: Grab a cup of coffee and catch up with friends, enjoy the outdoors with a run or activity outside and try a new restaurant or happy hour in Kansas City (I’ve lived here for 6 years and there are still new reasons to love the city I’m discovering every day!)
Reason I came to UMKC: As a student at UMKC I knew the program well. After experiencing a multitude of programs I felt that this was the perfect fit for me. It provides a comprehensive and diverse experience throughout several different locations including private and public hospitals as well as a VA. Additionally the residents at this program are not only respectful colleagues but close friends. This place is perfect for me because I know I will receive excellent training while being well-supported by the close knit community of kind, friendly residents and faculty.
Miguel Perea, M.D.
Dr. Miguel PereaHometown: El Paso, Texas/Chihuahua, Mexico
Undergrad: University of Texas in El Paso
Medical School: University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio
Surgery Interest: Vascular Surgery
Hobbies: Going to new restaurants, aquariums, kayaking and paddleboarding
Favorite things to do on days off: Spend time with my wife and take our dogs for walks.
Reason I came to UMKC: The people are amazing and the city is beautiful.
Jacob Rash, M.D.
Dr. Jacob NashHometown: Peculiar, Missouri
Undergrad: University of Missouri-Kansas City
Medical School: University of Missouri-Kansas City
Surgery Interest: Rural Surgery
Hobbies: Fishing, hunting, other outdoor activities, scuba
Favorite things to do on days off: Spend time outdoors
Reason I came to UMKC: Loved the people and program. I wanted to stay at home too!


PGY2 Residents

Chief Residents | PGY4 | PGY3 | PGY2 | PGY1


Hannah Hurst, D.O.
Dr. Hannah HurstHometown: Custer, Wisconsin
Undergrad: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Medical School: Des Moines University – College of Osteopathic Medicine
Surgery Interest: Plastic Surgery, wound care
Hobbies: Dancing, running, yoga
Favorite things to do on days off: Catch up with friends and family, try new restaurants, explore the city
Reason I came to UMKC: Big city opportunities with Midwest charm, relatively close to home, very friendly people.
Jasti Bhavana, M.D.
Dr. Jasti BhavanaHometown:  Peoria, IL
Undergrad:  UMKC
Medical School:  UMKC
Surgery Interest:  General Surgery
Hobbies:  ceramics, travel
Favorite things to do on days off:  city market, cooking
Reason I came to UMKC: Supportive staff, resident independence, and variety of training facilities.
Kimberly Jones, M.D.
Dr. Kimberly JonesHometown: Kansas City
Undergrad: Washington University in Saint Louis
Med school: Saba University
Surgery interest: Colorectal
Hobbies: baking, painting
Favorite things: sleep in, playing with my dog
Reason I came to UMKC: I rotated here during medical school and fell in love with the welcoming nature of both the staff and residents. I could easily see myself being part of this community. There were also a wide variety of cases and exposure to different patient populations.
Amber Leila Sarvestani, M.D.
Dr. Amber Leila SarvestaniHometown: Fayetteville, AR
Undergrad: University of Missouri- Kansas City
Medical School: University of Missouri-Kansas City
Surgery Interest: As I am answering this at the beginning of my surgical training, my interests are limited to my surgical exposure. From what I have experienced so far I have a passion for surgical oncology, minimally invasive surgery, and foregut. It will be interesting to look back on this in 5 years when I have made a decision on what is my surgical passion.
Hobbies: To name a few: cooking, all things sports, travel, and hiking.
Favorite things to do on days off: Sleep, eat, and catch up with my loved ones.
Reason I came to UMKC: During medical school, I was able to see first-hand the culture of this residency program and through my observations I knew this program was something I wanted to be a part of. In addition, what is not to love about the city of Kansas City? It is certainly a hidden gem!
Calli Schardein, D.O.
Calli Schardein HeadshotHometown: Blanchard, OK
Undergrad: Oklahoma State University
Medical School: Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences
Surgery Interest: Trauma/Critical Care
Hobbies: Camping, cooking
Favorite things to do on days off: Spend time with my husband and our cats
Reason I came to UMKC: The program welcomed me with open arms and made me feel like family.
Eduardo Vaca, M.D.
Dr. Eduardo VacaHometown: Chicago, IL
Undergrad: Davidson College
Medical School: Rush Medical College
Surgery Interest: General Surgery
Hobbies: Traveling, enjoying good food, playing sports, watching movies
Favorite things to do on days off: Explore KC and all the great things the city has to offer
Reason I came to UMKC: Diversity of training, amazing people, and KC is a great city!