Emergency Medicine

Residency: PGY3 Class of 2020

PGY3 | PGY2  | PGY1


Joshua Abernathy, M.D.

Undergraduate: University of Missouri
Medical School: Saint Louis University

I was born and raised in the Kansas City area. Following high school, I moved 2 hours east to attend the University of Missouri, where I first came to enjoy medicine through working with veterans at the VA hospital. After four years as a tiger, I decided to go to medical school and was fortunate enough to attend Saint Louis University. I wanted to complete my residency at Truman because of its long tradition of training emergency physicians and the medical care this program provides to a diverse, underserved patient population. In my free time, I generally love all sorts of outdoor activities, but some of my favorites include going hiking and playing sand volleyball, ultimate Frisbee, Pickleball, and spike ball. I also really enjoy most professional sports and love to support my Chiefs, Royals, and St. Louis Blues.
Jesal Amin, M.D.

Undergraduate & Medical School: University of Missouri – Kansas City

Amin, JesalI was born in Los Angeles but have spent the majority of my life in the great Kansas City. I completed undergrad and medical school at UMKC’s combined program and decided the city and emergency medicine residency were a great fit for me! The faculty and residents are very welcoming and Truman’s reputation of having one of the oldest programs in the Midwest drew me to it further. During my free time, I enjoy watching movies, working out, spending time with my family and friends and am a bit of a sports addict, especially for the KU Jayhawks. I also enjoy spending time outdoors and love all animals. It is hard for anyone to feel like they don’t belong here and am glad to be a part of this great program!
Bradley Beran, D.O.

Undergraduate: Southeast Missouri State
Medical School: Des Moines University

Originally, I am from the other side of Missouri. I grew up about an hour south of St. Louis in the town of DeSoto. I elected to pursue a degree in biomedical science at Southeast Missouri State. After graduating college, my now wife Tia and I got married and moved to Des Moines, IA to start our new adventure. We lived in Des Moines for four years while I completed medical school at Des Moines University. We were excited to learn that we matched in Kansas City at UMKC and were ready to get back to Missouri. Kansas City has been a blast so far; there is something for all interests. I chose UMKC-Truman Medical Center because of its history and well respected emergency medicine training program. The program provides excellent EM experience with strong off-service rotations. The program leadership and faculty truly care about the residents. In my free time I enjoy riding my motorcycle and meeting others that share the same passion. When I’m not on my bike you can find my wife and I somewhere camping, trying out a micro-brewery or enjoying time with friends and family.
Ashley Borden, D.O.

Undergraduate: Texas A&M University
Medical School: Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine – Fort Worth, TX

Although I was technically born in Tennessee, I did all of my growing up in Texas, and consider myself an honorary native. I attended elementary, middle, and high school in San Antonio, and then went to Texas A&M University, where I majored in English with a minor in Theater Arts. After graduation, I worked as a high school English teacher for five years before realizing that my true calling in life was to be a doctor. I made a colossal life change, and attended medical school at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth, TX. I have since matched to the fabulous UMKC Emergency Medicine residency. I met my wife, Monica, while I was teacher, and she and I have spent the past decade making memories and having fun! Deep down, I’m a liberal arts fanatic, and I love theater, art, music, and literature. In my free time, I can be found enjoying anything artsy, a classic horror flick, or fun tailgate. If it involves fun people and good times, I’ll be there!
German Candanedo, M.D.

Undergraduate: University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley
Medical School: San Antonio, Texas

Hi everybody! I was raised in Mexico and lived most of my adult life in a small town in South Texas called McAllen. I majored in Biology at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley before going to medical school at San Antonio, Texas. I did one of my away rotations at Truman and fell in love with the city and hospital. Every day I felt welcomed by all the attendings, residents, and nursing staff so I was extremely happy when I found out I would be coming back as a resident.

On my free time, I enjoy being outdoors playing sports or going fishing. My wife and I love the multiple dining options Kansas City offers as well as the local breweries.

Benjamin Cross, M.D.

Undergraduate: Vanguard University
Medical School: University of Nebraska Medical Center

The year was 1988. It was a cold, blustery winter’s day, and then it happened – I was birthed! I subsequently spent the next 18 years being raised in Arvada, CO. I loved the mountains, but for college I wanted to see if I equally loved the beach, so I headed to southern California to attend Vanguard University. Turns out the beach was pretty decent (or “lit,” as the youths say…), so I managed to stretch things out for an extra fifth year of school. I majored in biology, then spent the next couple years working – two different cancer research labs and being a barista. (Fun fact: baristas make more money than scientists. Like, significantly more.) I ultimately ended up at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and spent my last four years in Omaha. Being just three hours north of KC, I made it down here enough to know that KC is a truly awesome city. When I interviewed at UMKC, I felt like so many different things drew me here – the residents were genuinely fun and welcoming, the program being established in its longstanding tradition, yet feeling dynamic and young, and being in a busy urban trauma center. Oh, and also my girlfriend lived here, and I like her, so that helped! With my free time I like to find good food, drink tasty beers, talk about tasty beers, ski, hike, camp, binge watch Netflix, go to concerts, and watch the Broncos beat the Chiefs!
Sean Mark, M.D.
Undergraduate & Medical School: University of Missouri – Kansas City
I was born and raised in the Kansas City area and had the privilege of attending the UMKC accelerated 6-year B.A./M.D. program. I married my high school sweetheart (Kirsten) just before starting medical school and we have had 4 children together over the last 6 years. From oldest to youngest their names are Judah (5 y/o), Isaiah (4), Caleb (2), and our little princess Grace (4 months in this picture). I have always known I wanted to be a doctor trained to help people in crisis so Emergency Medicine has been a great fit. I had the opportunity to get involved in the ED at Truman early on during my medical school training and I have been hooked ever since. All of the faculty are wonderful, highly skilled, and really care about residents as people and not just trainees. I have a strong interest in international medical missions, public health, and serving the forgotten people of the world. One of the biggest reasons I am thankful to be at TMC for residency is that I have the opportunity to serve the safety net population of Kansas City every day and live out my passion to serve those who are in need. My wife and I hope to take our family on regular Christian medical mission trips in the future and be engaged in community development work in the United States and overseas.
James O’Brien, M.D.

Undergraduate: Washington University – St. Louis, MO
Medical School: Loyola – Chicago, IL

I grew up in a western suburb of Chicago called Wheaton.  From there, I went to Wash U. in St. Louis where I played football and majored in anthropology, researching orangutans and gorillas.  Post-college, I taught at a middle school in Boston for a year, then stuck around and did hospital quality research for another year.  I returned to the Chicago area for medical school at Loyola, and decided on emergency medicine after enjoying pieces of all clinical rotations.  I sought an academic program with a county feel for residency and was welcomed by a warm group at Truman.  I enjoy Chicago sports, motorcycles, trying new food, cooking and staying active.
Ashley Olson, D.O.

Undergraduate: College of St. Scholastica – Duluth, MN 
Medical School:
KCUMB – Kansas City, MO

Olsen, AshleyI was born and raised in the NW suburbs of the Twin Cities in Minnesota. I attended The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN for undergrad majoring in Biology/Pre-med with a minor in American Sign Language. After graduating college I married my high school sweetheart, Riley, and we began our life together in Blaine, MN. I worked as a scribe for a company called Emergency Physicians Professional Association for 3 years prior to being accepted into medical school at KCUMB here in Kansas City. I have always enjoyed teaching and working with students, which prompted me to apply for KCUMB’s anatomy fellowship between my second and third years of medical school. In the fellowship, I conducted research and taught first and second year medical students in anatomical lectures and gross dissections in the cadaver lab. During this time, my husband and I were fortunate enough to expand our family of our four-legged, furry Olde English Bulldogge child Sarge, to our first human baby Hunter Gordon! We have now been recently blessed with our second child, Aurora Rose, born July 1st! Balancing residency with two children as well as a rambunctious bulldog has been challenging but the program here at Truman is truly a family-oriented one. My husband and I are so thankful we were able to stay here in Kansas City; it is a beautiful place with an endless supply of amazing restaurants and bars as well as fun activities for adults and kids alike. In addition to sampling the local cuisine and adult beverages, I try to keep up with my love for singing and acting, staying active with sand volleyball and running, maintaining my pop culture references with trivia nights, and practicing patience by hanging out with my boisterous toddler and newborn!
James Tiehen, M.D.

Undergraduate: University of Nebraska
Medical School: University of Nebraska College of Medicine

I’m an Omaha native and attended both undergrad and medical school there. I was a firefighter/EMT for several years which made me fond of emergency medicine and EMS in general. I am currently a member of the National Guard in a medical unit that supports aeromedical evacuation, combat medic education and medical readiness. I am happy to be at a program that embraces EMS education the way UMKC does so I can transfer the experience I get here to both my military and civilian interests. The staff and senior residents here are very supportive and helpful getting us up to speed. My fellow interns are a fun group that meshes well and I can’t wait to continue this journey with them. I have a wife, Charinne, who is a nurse. She is originally from Hawaii so we make trips to visit the in-laws regularly and eat all the amazing food on the island. Speaking of food, we used to make frequent trips to KC for BBQ, shopping and night life so we are glad to cut a few hours off the commute. We have a one year old son, Michael and two cat-sized dogs. I like to spend my free time working on the house, cooking, smoking meat and playing with our son.
Amanda Wavrin, D.O.

Undergraduate: Loyola Marymount University
Medical School: Phoenix, AZ

Hello! I was born and raised in Bloomington, Minnesota– home of the Mall of America and the best hockey in the nation. I received my BS in Biology from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA. After that I decided I liked the warmth and attended medical school in Phoenix, Arizona. I coupled matched here in Kansas City with my boyfriend, Alex, an internal medicine resident at KU. So far we are loving the city and everything it has to offer. I could not be happier with my decision to train at Truman Medical Center. Since the day I interviewed here, I have felt welcomed and supported. When I’m not training at Truman you can find me napping, running, trying out new restaurants, finding the best coffee in the city, or spending time with our dog, Emmerson. He is a rescue pittie mix who is the love of our lives.