Department of Surgery

PGY1 Residents

Chief Residents | PGY4 | PGY3 | PGY2 | PGY1


Hannah Aherrera, MD
Dr. Hannah AherraHometown: Jackson, TN
Undergraduate School: Saint Louis University
Medical School: Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Surgery Interest: Breast surgical oncology, minimally invasive surgery, general surgery
Hobbies: Hanging out with my family and English bulldog Moose, watching dramas, cooking food, eating food, exercising, listening to music & podcasts, and spending time with my wonderful co-residents!
Why I came to UMKC: It seems like I am making my way west across the State of Missouri! Over the nine years leading up to residency, I completed my undergraduate and medical school education in St. Louis, completed a year as a preliminary general surgery resident at Mizzou in Columbia, and am now Kansas City to finish my general surgery training! I was immediately drawn to the broad-based training that UMKC offers. It was obvious how well the program prepares its residents for the future, no matter what specialty they choose. And when I met the residents, I could tell that they truly enjoyed working with each other. My goals for surgical training were to become a well-rounded surgeon and to be surrounded by hardworking co-residents who encourage me to do my best, so UMKC was the perfect fit for me.

Samantha Alexander, DO
Dr. Samantha AlexanderHometown: Springfield, Missouriri
Undergraduate School: Missouri State University
Medical School: N YITCOM
Surgery Interest: Cardiothoracic
Hobbies: Baking, writing (1 have a blog about PTSD recovery), and hanging out with my littles!
Reason I came to UMKC: The proximity to my hometown is what first grabbed my attention. After I saw how happy the residents are, I felt like this is the place for me.
Russell Brown, MD
Dr. Russell BrownHometown: Fayetteville, Arkansas
Undergraduate School: UMKC
Graduate School: UMKC
Medical School: UMKC
Medicine Surgery Interest: Plastic Surgery
Hobbies: Running with my dog Graham, experiencing live music, and exploring national parks.
Reason you came to UMKC: I chose UMKC because of the supportive and friendly culture amongst the residents, balanced experience at different types of hospitals, and the opportunity to care for patients from a variety of backgrounds. The faculty are also very approachable and passionate about teaching. I am so grateful to continue my training at the institution that initially inspired my love for surgery.
Cody Dorton, MD
Dr. Cody DortonHometown: Joshua, TX
Undergraduate School: Texas Wesleyan University
Medical School: University of North Texas- Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
Medicine Surgery Interest: Undecided
Hobbies: Golf, sports, trying new foods and beers
Reason you came to UMKC: I came to UMKC because the environment was one that would allow me to learn and develop into the best surgeon I can be, surrounded by others who hope to help me achieve just that.
Celeste Ferguson, MD
Dr. Celeste FergusonHometown: Winnipeg, Canada
Undergraduate School: University of Western Ontario
Medical School: Saba University School of Medicine
Surgery Interest: Surgical oncology, MIS, ACS
Hobbies: cycling, skiing, tennis, traveling, hiking, TV & movies
Reason I came to UMKC: I rotated here as a medical student and I saw firsthand how strong the program is. I knew I would get an excellent education at UMKC. Plus Kansas City is a great city with lots to do!
Dakota Guerrero, MD
Dr. Dakota GuerreroHometown: Arlington, Texas
Undergraduate School: UMKC
Medical School:UMKC
Surgery Interest: not decidedHobbies: baking, taking my dog on walks or going to the park, trying new restaurants.
Reason I came to UMKC: UMKC had everything I wanted – great people, great curriculum, great Patient populations, and location in a great city. I am so happy to ‘be here and cannot wait to see what the next few years hold.
Sebastian Shu-Yip MD
Dr. Sabastian Shu-YipHometown: Lima, Peru.
Medical School: Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia
Surgery Interest: Colorectal, Trauma/SC. Global Surgery.
Hobbies: Cooking (Chinese-Peruvian food), swimming, soccer.
Reason I came to UMKC: I heard great things about the program, the people, and the vision of UMKC in graduating well-rounded general surgeons. Being able to rotate in 5 different hospitals with different patient populations is a unique experience. Kansas City is also a great place to live, it has a lot of green areas, trials, and amazing culture for sports. Fun fact: KC will be one of the cities hosting the World Cup 2026.
Brittnay Sipp, DO
Dr. Brittany SippHometown: Topeka, Kansas
Undergraduate School: South Dakota State University
Medical School: Kansas City University
Surgery Interest: Undecided, but maybe breast or surgical oncology ,
Hobbies: Frequenting new places to get coffee, happy hours with friends, frequenting dog parks with my great Dane;, Remi, and trying to keep my plants alive! :
Reason I came to UMKC: It was a perfect combination of wonderful people, a great surgery education with; attending’s who ·value teaching, and getting to experience serving a diverse patient population. It was a bonus to stay close to my family and friends!
Kabir Torres, MD
Dr. Kabir TorresHometown: Wildomar, California
Undergraduate School: University of Missouri – Kansas City
Graduate School: University of Kansas School of Medicine
Medical School: University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine
Surgery Interest: Currently exploring.
Hobbies: Language learning, mixology, following Chiefs/Royals/Sporting KC/FC Barcelona/PSG
Reason I came to UMKC: I came to UMKC because I was fortunate enough to train here for medical school I and realize the strengths of UMKC’s surgical residency programs. First and foremost, the surgery residents at UMKC are the epitome of a work family. Everyone is always looking out for one another and wanting the best for each other. Secondly, you will learn to operate here. As a prelim; I knew I wanted to be ready for whatever future categorical position could throw at me and I knew I’d be able to receive that training at UMKC. Lastly, I
find great satisfaction in the work done at Truman Medical Center Chow University Health), as we are able to _ treat some of the sickest and most disadvantaged patients in the city) I look forward to what this next year has has offer!