Residency - Current Residents

Current Residents

Dr. Buttigieg

Emily Buttigieg, MD

Hometown: Woodhaven, Michigan

Undergraduate: University of Michigan

Medical School: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Best part of living in Madison? I learned how to sail through the Hoofer's Sailing Club and met some great friends in the process.

Favorite place in Madison? Union Terrace

Hobbies, personal interests or fun facts about yourself: On a weekend day off, I enjoy curling up on my patio with a good book and my cat Jackson.


Dr. Carballo

Erica Carballo, MD


Dr. Huang

Dandi Huang, MD

Hometown: I never know how to answer this question - Bellevue, WA, Beijing, China and Fukuoka, Japan

Undergraduate: Whitman College

Medical School: University of Washington

Why did you want to train at UW? I knew I wanted to do gyn onc, so I was looking for a program with a strong gyn onc division, but also a very well-rounded program with strong surgical training. I also wanted to train at a place with different hospital settings so I can experience what practicing at an academic hospital and community hospital is like. Last but not least, I wanted to go to a place with approachable attendings and co-residents!

Favorite memory of residency (so far)? Our annual residency retreats and getting to spend time together with everyone in our residency as well as their significant others.

Best part of living in Madison? There is so much to do - so many restaurants to try, shows at the Overture, water activities, hiking nearby, weekend trip to Chicago, and when there isn't a pandemic, it seems like there is always a festival of some sorts every weekend in the summer.

Favorite place in Madison? Memorial Union Terrace, State Street, all the restaurants/bars around Capitol Square, Saturday farmer's market (when there isn't a pandemic), La Taguara, Natural Juices food truck (best huge fresh spring rolls ever!), Grace Coffee Shop.

Hobbies, personal interests or fun facts about yourself: If I wasn't a doctor, then I'd be a world traveling foodie.


Dr. Larson

Ramsey Larson, MD

Hometown: Spokane, WA

Undergraduate: University of Puget Sound (Tacoma, WA)

Medical School: University of Washington

Why did you want to train at UW? It was all about a feeling. It checked all my boxes (which, let's be honest, I know you have a spreadsheet hidden somewhere), hence why I initially applied. But I left the interview day feeling a connection and community that I didn't feel anywhere else.

Favorite memory of residency (so far)? Dinners with my class at Stephanie Peace's house. She and her husband make a good meal and are always great company.

Best part of living in Madison? Bike-friendly! There are tons of trails connecting all parts of Madison. It is an easy commute to all three hospitals (except in the winter...but talk to Maddy, she's got one of those fat-tire bikes).

Favorite place in Madison? Gibs on Willy Street. It's a cool bar in an old craftsman house that makes killer cocktails and has a cozy vibe.

Hobbies, personal interests or fun facts about yourself: I like to be outside, whether it is sitting in my backyard with a nice glass of Sav Blanc or being up in the mountains somewhere out West. I probably talk about my dog, Remly, way too much. And you may notice that our names are strikingly similar...which truly I did not realize until Dr. Spencer (our program director) kindly pointed it out to me two weeks after I named him. Apart from mountains and dogs, I also like to pretend to cook and bake. During COVID times I tried to make a sourdough starter and failed. Twice.


Dr. McDowell

Laura McDowell, MD

Hometown: Hastings, MN

Undergraduate: University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Medical School: University of Minnesota - Duluth

Why did you want to train at UW? It's the first and only program in the nation with a rural training track in Ob-Gyn which aligns with my future career goals. A super bonus is that everyone was very friendly and welcoming on interview day, which holds up in real life too!

Favorite place in Madison? Union Terrace

Hobbies, personal interests or fun facts about yourself: Personal interests include putting together puzzles, hiking and biking both in Madison and afar. I'm working on exploring more National Parks.


Dr. Meyer

Melissa Meyer, MD











Dr. Peace

Stephanie Peace, MD

Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri

Undergraduate: Harvard University

Medical School: University of Missouri

Why did you want to train at UW? I wanted a program with strong gyn surgery numbers, commitment to abortion training, and excellent generalist training. UW met all of those, combined with really phenomenal co-residents and faculty! I feel lucky to train in such a supportive place!

Favorite memory of residency (so far)? There are so many favorite memories: amazing resident retreats with classes who have now graduated, great times hanging out in and around Madison with my class, our resident book club with great faculty, the feeling of mastering surgical skills (especially now looking back as a PGY-4 at how far I've come).

Best part of living in Madison? The summer!

Favorite place in Madison? Fave casual summer hangout is definitely the Terrace, right on the lake. Best cocktails are at Merchant (especially their Sunday night dealer's choice!). Fave brunch is the savory French toast at Bassett Street Brunch Club. There are so many great restaurants to choose from, but top three are Harvest (for locally sourced), Eno Vino (for the balcony!), and Mariner's (for seafood).

Hobbies, personal interests or fun facts about yourself: I love traveling, hanging out with my husband, and scrapbooking!

Dr. Lowry

Alexa Lowry, MD

Hometown: Cumberland, WI

Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

Medical School: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Why did you want to train at UW? During the interview process, the sense of support and camaraderie within the UW OB-GYN department was immediately clear. Our team is flexible with willingness to make changes to better the program and lives of the women in our community. Not only does our department put time and energy into global health and advocacy, but they recognized the growing lack of healthcare for women in rural areas, leading to the creation of the country's first rural OB-GYN residency. I am proud to be part of such an inspirational, hard-working, and forward-thinking department!

Hobbies, personal interests or fun facts about yourself: On a golden weekend, you can find me spending time outside with my partner and our dog, Cooper. We love trying new restaurants, exploring the bike paths, and finding live music.


Dr. Patel

Ushma Patel, MD

Hometown: Crystal Lake, IL

Undergraduate: Marquette University

Medical School: Loyola University 

Favorite memory of residency (so far)? The Unofficial Graduation Roast is my favorite residency event!

Favorite place in Madison? Favorite place to be is on a boat in the lake. Favorite place to eat is Greenbush Bar. Favorite venue is Lucille.

Hobbies, personal interests or fun facts about yourself: Interests: global and urban health, social justice, poetry, dance, pontoon boating


Dr. Pellicer

Daniel Pellicer, MD

Hometown: Miami, FL

Undergraduate: University of Chicago

Medical School: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Favorite memory of residency (so far)? John's wedding weekend! The rest of the program covered our call shifts so our entire class would have a call-free weekend, and we had A BLAST.

Favorite place in Madison? The two Venezuelan food trucks at the Capitol Farmers Market - one has empanadas and one has arepas so you can never make the wrong choice. Otherwise, late afternoons at the Union Terrace.

Hobbies, personal interests, or fun facts about yourself: If I wasn't a doctor, I would be the host of a true crime podcast.


Dr. Poehlmann

John Poehlmann, MD

Hometown: Columbus, Ohio

Undergraduate: Case Western Reserve University

Medical School: Saint Louis University School of Medicine

Why did you want to train at UW? It's not unique to say that the people make the program, but I would argue that the collection of individuals in this department is not just unique but exceptional. I felt it in my interactions at my interview, and every day since then has further confirmed it. I knew that the training I would receive here is excellent and that it would prepare me to be not only a great OB-GYN, but a better educator and lifelong learner.

Favorite memory of residency (so far)? At work: Doing my first vaginal hysterectomy on a resident clinic patient that I had seen for ED follow-up, completed her work-up, and gone through all the steps of getting her prepped for surgery. Outside of work: Telling my classmates I got engaged through an easter egg in a Snapchat photo 

Best part of living in Madison? Lakes, local coffee shops, and bike paths galore!

Favorite place in Madison? Favorite restaurant: Manna Cafe (rest in peace - now closed) -> now Short Stack. Favorite physical place: Olin Park right where the bike path joins up with John Nolen Drive and you can see the whole downtown over Lake Monona. 

Hobbies, personal interests or fun facts about yourself: On a weekend off you can find me holed up in a coffee shop enjoying the atmosphere or devouring some brunch. Fun facts about me: I cannot whistle, I used to drive an ambulance, the only competition I've ever won was my 8th grade geography bee. Hobbies/Interests: Creating and solving puzzles, running, writing, board/card games.


Dr. Tran

Vienna Tran, MD

Hometown: Palo Alto, CA

Undergraduate: Swarthmore College

Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry 

Why did you want to train at UW? UW trains residents who are confident and competent generalists or fellowship applicants in a department that values patient care, academic exploration at every level, social justice and advocacy. The thoughtful approach to training, including development of residents as teachers and leaders, made it clear that I could grow and be supported at every stage. It was also obvious that the residents were genuinely happy and loved working with each other and the attendings. I feel so lucky to be part of this community!

Favorite memory of residency (so far)? Definitely cabin weekend - either summer with Dr. Lick or winter with Dr. Bills! Both are opportunities to get away from Madison and explore the beauty of northern Wisconsin with my co-residents.

Best part of living in Madison? The best part of residency is being with my incredible co-residents, but another awesome aspect is being able to live in Madison! It's so easy to engage in new adventures: I've loved learning to paddleboard and kayak, exploring the food scene, and commuting everywhere via bike. The proximity to the lakes for recreation, the restaurants and bars for socialization, and the Capitol for advocacy makes this a fantastic place to be as a resident.

Hobbies, personal interests or fun facts about yourself: I can fall asleep anywhere. On an afternoon off, I’ll be reading on my balcony. I can’t stop taking landscape photos out of airplane windows. During downtime, I can be found having a dance party in the L&D workroom.


Dr. Wagar

Matthew Wagar, MD

Hometown: Edina, MN

Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin - Madison

Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School

Best part of living in Madison? The lakes and the people.

Favorite place in Madison? Michael's Frozen Custard, Olbrich Biergarten, Shamrock Bar, Pizza Brutta 

Hobbies, personal interests or fun facts about yourself: Reading/writing, listening to music, '90s anime, horror movies


Dr. Ward

Jordan Ward, MD

Hometown: Choctaw, OK

Undergraduate: William Jewell College

Medical School: University of Oklahoma College of Medicine

Why did you want to train at UW? I could sense that there is a sincere culture of collegiality and teamwork here which was something very important to me in my future program. I also knew that my training here would prepare me for any future career I wanted within Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Favorite memory of residency (so far)? Anything that involves spending quality time with my class. They have become my family! 

Best part of living in Madison? There are always so many things to do for all different types of interests: Saturday farmer's market on the Square, kayaking on the lakes, dog parks, restaurants, college sports, concerts, Broadway shows at the Overture Center, the list goes on. The best part about the variety is that, with Madison's size, everything is easily accessible.

Favorite place in Madison? Union Terrace at sunset 

Hobbies, personal interests or fun facts about yourself: Personal interests include cooking (but not cleaning), gardening, doing anything in the sunshine, trying new restaurants, snuggling with my pug, watching too much television, and quality time with my husband. If I weren't a doctor, then I would be a florist or a chef.

Dr. Dryer

Kathryn Dryer, MD

Hometown: Maple Grove, MN

Undergraduate: Williams College

Medical School: University of Chicago

Why did you want to train at UW? There are so many great programs, but UW is where I felt most at home. It was one of my first interviews, and I was blown away. I never expected to be in Wisconsin for residency until that day. The program is academically rigorous, without the intimidation that often accompanies that. The faculty and residents are both incredible physicians and really cool individuals I feel so lucky to call my colleagues. For me, UW is the perfect combination of exceptional training and exceptional people.

Favorite memory of residency (so far)? Pontooning on the lake with my class! 

Best part of living in Madison? The lakes, the beer, the people. And commuting is a breeze.

Favorite place in Madison? Picnic Point 

Hobbies, personal interests or fun facts about yourself: I love getting outside and staying active. I also love making charcuterie boards (who doesn’t!?) and having wine nights with my coresidents (on the roof when Madison weather allows). When I can, I travel to see friends and family around the country!


Dr. Gross

Maya Gross, MD

Hometown: Stevens Point, WI 

Undergraduate: Cornell University

Medical School: Tulane University School of Medicine 

Favorite place in Madison? During quarantine, my favorite places have become all of the beautiful running and biking trails (and lakes!) that Madison has to offer.


Dr. Mojdehbakhsh

Rachel Mojdehbakhsh, MD

Hometown: New Brighton, MN and Sparta, NJ

Undergraduate: New York University

Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine

Best part of living in Madison? Having a bike path outside my door 

Hobbies, personal interests or fun facts about yourself: I cook and bake every chance I get and will travel to space someday


Dr. Spivak

Talya Spivak, MD

Hometown: Kalamazoo, MI

Undergraduate: University of Michigan

Medical School: University of Toledo College of Medicine

Favorite place in Madison? I love how close you always are to a lake in Madison! On my days off I will go to Lakeside Street Coffee House and drink a leisurely cup of coffee by the water. Also, I highly recommend Short Stack Eatery in downtown Madison if you are looking for a great breakfast spot. They make the best French toast :)


Dr. Walker

Jessica Walker, MD

Hometown: Carmel, IN

Undergraduate: Stanford University

Medical School: University of Wisconsin

Why did you want to train at UW? The PEOPLE! I was a med student here, and I saw how happy the residents were and they just seemed like 'my people'. Now that I'm here, I know my instincts were right: this is an incredible program that offers great training in a supportive and friendly environment. Our PD and Dept Chair are amazing and continue to work to make our educational experience better and better each year. I love my co-residents and I can't imagine being happier anywhere else!

Favorite memory of residency (so far)? My first month of L&D nights as an intern was such a whirlwind, but I had so much fun. Our team was great, from the two other residents to the med students we had on service. We always had snacks and did team workouts in the work room. I learned so much and had a blast, even during a grueling rotation. Shout out to Vienna and Stephanie for making it such a fun month!

Best part of living in Madison? There's always something to do, no matter the season. The people here are also so friendly and welcoming.

Favorite place in Madison? Did I already mention Wisconsin Brewing Company?

Hobbies, personal interests or fun facts about yourself: During my time off, you'll find me spending time with my family - my daughter, Charlotte, will be 2 in January 2021. We enjoy anything outdoors, from sledding in the winter to bike rides on the amazing bike paths in the warmer months. We also love to take our dog to the dog park and hang out at Wisconsin Brewing company, an awesome local brewery that is dog friendly!


Dr. Wang

Connor Wang, MD

Hometown: Richmond, VA

Undergraduate: University of Virginia

Medical School: University of Virginia

Why did you want to train at UW? Friendliest vibes out of any place on the interview trail. Supportive faculty. Strong fellowship support. Great research structure.

Favorite memory of residency (so far)? My birthday was on the weekend of resident retreat!!

Favorite place in Madison? Brittingham Boats -- paddleboarding, kayaking, etc. on the lake! Lao Laan Xang for favorite restaurant. Umami for favorite ramen.

Hobbies, personal interests or fun facts about yourself: If I weren't a doctor, then I'd be a professional Shiba Inu dog walker.


Dr. Wetterhahn

Madeline Wetterhahn, MD

Hometown: Adams, NY

Undergraduate: St. Lawrence University

Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine

Why did you want to train at UW? I came to UW for the first Rural Track for Ob-Gyn in the country. It’s been a great experience so far, and I’m so grateful to have to opportunity to train here.

Favorite place in Madison? Brittingham Boats on Lake Monona; we get free kayak/canoe/paddleboard rentals 

Hobbies, personal interests or fun facts about yourself: I’ve taken up paddleboarding and cycling since moving to Madison!

Dr. Anderson-Carter

India Anderson-Carter, MD

Hometown: Madison, Wisconsin

Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin-Madison

Medical School: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health 

Why did you want to train at UW? UW truly had the most fun and authentic residents I had the pleasure of meeting. Additionally, I knew this was a great place to train after seeing the emphasis put not only on clinical training, but on advocacy, education, teaching and research as well. I knew coming here would make me the most well-rounded physician possible.

Hobbies, personal interests or fun facts about yourself: If I was not a doctor, I’d be in culinary school. I love to cook. Besides cooking, I enjoy doing makeup.


Dr. Andes

Alexandra Andes, MD

Hometown: Waukesha, WI

Undergraduate: UW-Milwaukee

Medical School: University of South Florida 

Favorite memory of residency (so far)? Being primary surgeon on a C-section my first week!

Hobbies, personal interests or fun facts about yourself: On a weekend off you can find me eating pizza, watching a Packer game, and hanging out with my cat.


Dr. Avery

Gabrielle Avery, MD

Hometown: La Paz, Honduras

Undergraduate: Taylor University

Medical School: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health

Why did you want to train at UW? I was drawn to the camaraderie and friendliness of the residents as well as the excellent training I'll get at UW.

Favorite place in Madison? The Memorial Union Terrace! Food, drinks, music, friends, and a great view of Lake Mendota, what more could I ask for?

Hobbies, personal interests or fun facts about yourself: On a weekend off, you can find me eating cheesy bread at the Dane County Farmer's Market (pre-COVID), biking to a nearby ice cream shop or brewery, or gardening in my backyard.


Dr. Gyorfi

Kaley Gyorfi, MD

Hometown: Eau Claire, WI

Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Medical School: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Best part of living in Madison? Friendly people, lots of outdoor activities, many ways to enjoy city life while being close to nature.

Favorite place in Madison? Naples 15 and Mirch Masala

Hobbies, personal interests or fun facts about yourself: If I wasn't a doctor I would be a chef.


Dr. Harrison

Margaret Harrison, MD

Hometown: Pine, Colorado

Undergraduate: University of Colorado Boulder

Medical School: University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Best part of living in Madison? I love how many bike trails there are all throughout the city. In particular, the trails around the lakes have amazing views and pretty fantastic ice cream shops. 

Hobbies, personal interests or fun facts about yourself: In my spare time, I love being outdoors - hiking, skiing, biking. I also enjoy trying new restaurants and breweries, seeing live music, reading, and traveling.


Dr. Janik

Jennifer Janik, MD

Hometown: Kingsville, Ontario, Canada 

Undergraduate: University of Windsor

Medical School: Western Michigan University

Favorite memory of residency (so far)? Hanging out with my co-interns!

Hobbies, personal interests or fun facts about yourself: If I wasn't a doctor, then I'd be a vet! On a weekend off, you can find me cuddling my dog and attempting home improvement projects.


Dr. Sanneh

Awa Sanneh, MD

Hometown: Banjul, The Gambia

Undergraduate: University of South Florida

Medical School: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Best part of living in Madison? Having access to so many outdoor activities!

Hobbies, personal interests or fun facts about yourself: I love to bake and experiment with new recipes in the kitchen. Since moving to Madison I have greatly enjoyed bike rides by the lakes, and listening to eBooks/podcasts in my free time.

Residency Program Manager

Jody Silva, M.Ed.
UnityPoint/Meriter
202 S. Park Street, 5-East
Madison, WI 53715

Tel: 608-417-7463
jlsilva@wisc.edu

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