Chief Residents | PGY4 | PGY3 | PGY2 | PGY1
Nathan Carpenter, MD
|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
|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
|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
|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
|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 am from the East coast but was excited for a change of scenery and chance to be in the Midwest. 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’m excited to be a part of the UMKC family and experience all that Kansas City has to offer.