Department of Surgery

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.