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APEM Residents

PGY 3 - CLASS OF 2024

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Ayodeji 'Ayo' Akadiri, MD

Chief Resident

Saba University School of Medicine

I grew up in: Richmond, Virginia

Undergraduate: MLS at the Medical College of Virginia

Hobbies: Singing/songwriting/piano, working out, traveling, photography

Icebreaker: Buy me a steak and we'll talk


Zachary Blea, MD
University of Colorado School of Medicine

I grew up in: Colorado Springs, Colorado

Undergraduate: University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Hobbies: Mountain biking, snowboarding, rock climbing, home-brewing, spending time with my wife and three kids

Something interesting: I once went solo backpacking around Thailand, and while there, I got cellulitis after scuba diving

Greatest accomplishment: Finding a smart and beautiful woman to say yes, raising three awesome and adventurous children, and pursuing my dream of becoming an emergency medicine physician

Favorite band: Dispatch

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Irisha Clark, MD
University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford

I grew up in: Joliet, Illinois

Undergraduate: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Hobbies: trying new restaurants, brunch, baking, running half marathons

Icebreaker: It is more important to know what sort of person has a disease than to know what sort of disease a person has. -Hippocrates

My favorite author is Toni Morrison

My personal goal is to run a full marathon by the end of residency

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Ali Dakka, MD
Wayne State University School of Medicine

I grew up in: Las Vegas, Nevada

Undergraduate: University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Hobbies: Basketball, working out and vertical jump training, video games, anime

Icebreaker: I can jump higher than the average NBA player

The mantra that I live by is Kobe Bryant’s "Mamba Mentality".

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David Kline, DO
Chief Resident
A.T. Still University of Health Sciences Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine

I grew up in: Minnetonka, Minnesota

Undergraduate: University of Minnesota Duluth

Masters: University of North Texas Health Science Center

Hobbies: That lake life: wakesurfing, wakeboarding, hanging out on the boat, hiking, especially in SW USA; woodworking, any sports, playing or watching!

Icebreaker: Motto: Life's a garden, dig it!

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Rita Mihaltan, DO
Chief Resident
Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

I grew up in: Southeast Michigan 

Undergraduate: Started at Wayne State University transferred to the University of Michigan. I graduated with a degree in Biopsychology Cognition and Neuroscience

Hobbies: My current favorites are yoga, meditation, being outdoors, cooking, and reading! 

Icebreaker: My favorite motto is the one that helps me in the current moment. Right now, it is “the external world you live in is a projection of the internal world you create”

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Joshua 'Tyler' Olinger, MD
Ross University School of Medicine

I grew up in: Southeastern Kentucky, Hazard, Kentucky 

Undergraduate: University of Pikeville 

Masters: University of Kentucky College of Medicine (MMSc -Pharmacology) 

Hobbies: Tennis, hiking with my black lab "Jax," fishing, working out, crossfit, photography 

Icebreaker: Motto I live by: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” -MLK Jr.

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Rahul Puttagunta, MD
University of Michigan School of Medicine

I grew up in: Ann Arbor, Michigan

Undergraduate: Union College 

Hobbies: Driving, pandemic-responsible traveling, soccer, video/board games, family time

Icebreaker: I lived in South Africa for a year before medical school and I enjoy bringing people together for games and A24 movies!

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James Roberson III, MD
Meharry Medical College

I grew up in: Upper Marlboro, Maryland

Undergraduate: Morehouse College

Graduate School: MHS from Meharry Medical College

Hobbies: Anything Star Wars or Marvel, yoga, running (especially after my daughter), video games, and travel

Icebreaker: I am very interested in combating health inequity. I once signed up for a triathlon race the day before and finished! 

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Remberto 'Remy' Rosales, MD
University of Maryland School of Medicine

I grew up in: Maryland 

Undergraduate: University of Maryland College Park 

Hobbies: running, reading, video games, dabbling in art 

Icebreaker: My favorite book genre would probably be fantasy. It’s nice to read about other worlds and take a step back from reality from time to time.

PGY 2 - CLASS OF 2025


DeMario Butts, MD
Howard University College of Medicine

I grew up in: Chattanooga, Tennessee

Undergraduate: Morehouse College

Hobbies: Art, biking, traveling 

Icebreaker: "Equanimity under duress" -LaSalle D. Leffall Jr. MD 


Guiseppe 'Joe' Calandrino, DO
Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

I grew up in: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Undergraduate: Michigan State University

Hobbies: Sports, playing with my puppy Lucy, golfing, working out, cooking

Icebreaker: Fan of all teams from Ohio, especially Ohio State, despite having no connections to the state and going to MSU for Undergrad and Medical School


Garrett Cook, MD
Eastern Virginia Medical School

I grew up in: Greensboro, North Carolina

Undergraduate: UNC-Chapel Hill

Hobbies: Anything outdoors: Running, biking, swimming.  Reading and Cooking

Icebreaker: I spent two months in Ecuador working to improve my Spanish  


Jackson 'Cole' Darling, MD
Wayne State University School of Medicine

I grew up in: Golden, Colorado

Undergraduate: University of Colorado, Boulder

Hobbies: Football, Hockey, Board Games, DnD, Cooking, Plants/Gardening, Accents/Impersonations

Icebreaker: Goofy cat-dad with an equally goofy fiancée. Love to be the heart of the party and always looking to involve everyone in the fun. Definitely a nerd but I love sports and pick up games. A former surgical resident looking for a happy life with happy colleagues.


Brady Hauser, MD
St. Georges University

I grew up in: Rhinelander, Wisconsin

Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire

Hobbies: I am an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hunting, fishing, and hiking. I also enjoy woodworking and home renovations

Icebreaker: I am entering my second residency after completing a pediatric residency at the University of Wisconsin. My life is my family! I have a beautiful wife (Laura) and have 3 beautiful children (Evelyn, Molly, and Luella)!


Hana Kallabat, MD
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

I grew up in: West Bloomfield, MI

Undergraduate: Wayne State University 

Medical school: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Hobbies: traveling, cooking, reading, exercising, hiking, trying new restaurants, Netflix 

Icebreaker: Outside of medicine I have a little food blog for fun called hungry Han!


Thomas McCune, MD
Wayne State University School of Medicine

I grew up in: Westland, MI

Undergraduate: Wayne State University

Medical school: Wayne State University 

Hobbies: Golf, snowboarding, skateboarding, traveling, spending time with my amazing kids

Icebreaker: A motto you live by - "you miss 100% of the shots you don't take" -Wayne Gretzky -Micheal Scott


Toni-Kaye 'Toni' McDougall, MD
USF Health Morsani College of Medicine

I grew up in: South Florida

Undergraduate: Nova Southeastern University

Medical school: University of South Florida

Hobbies: Traveling, Fashion, Jogging, Yoga, Exploring Nature, Learning about new cultures, Self-Improvement and Napping

Icebreaker: My mantra is "Treat people the way you  would like to be treated".  You can never go wrong with that!


Christopher Morin, MD
Texas A&M College of Medicine

I grew up in: Dallas, Texas

Undergraduate: Wake Forest University

Graduate: Johns Hopkins University

Hobbies:Hanging out with my dog, Backpack. Playing tennis. Building legos. Working on cars.

Icebreaker: I'm a triplet which I think is pretty great.


Rand Saba, MD
American University of the Caribbean

I grew up in: Dubai, UAE then Riverside County, California

Undergraduate: UCLA

Hobbies: WeightLifting

Icebreaker: From 2017 up till 2021, I had moved 7 times, which sounds hectic but I loved the places and experiences that I lived through

PGY 1 - CLASS OF 2026

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Amer Abu-Kwaik, MD
Wayne State University School of Medicine

I grew up in: Detroit

Undergraduate: Wayne State University

Hobbies: Ping pong, games, hiking, traveling

Icebreaker: Motto I aspire to live by - “Live this life as if you’re a stranger or a traveler. Aka, when the morning comes do not wait till night time and when night time comes do not wait till morning.”

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Oluwademilade 'Demi' Adeniran, MD
University of Lagos College of Medicine

I grew up in: Lagos, Nigeria
Undergraduate : College of Medicine, University of Lagos
Hobbies: Watching the real football (Huge fan of Liverpool FC #YNWA), Watching Track and Field,  detective//thriller novels.
Icebreaker: My favorite book isSidney Sheldon's Master of the Game! Truly a classic.

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Daeryl Amponin, MD
Wayne State University School of Medicine

I grew up in: the Philippines then moved to California

Undergraduate: San Diego State University

Graduate: Columbia University

Hobbies: Competitive powerlifting, flying single engine airplanes, drawing photorealistic portraits, painting, hiking, and baking

Ice breaker: My favorite motto is by Ralph Waldo Emerson — 'In my walks, every man I meet is my superior in some way, and in that I learn from him.'

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Christopher Creighton, MD
Meharry Medical College

I grew up in: New Orleans, LA

Undergraduate:  Xavier University of Louisiana

Hobbies: Playing basketball and cooking

Icebreaker: One of my favorite quotes is "opportunities don't happen, you create them"

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Andrew Karam, MD
Wayne State University School of Medicine

I grew up in: Ottawa, Canada

Undergraduate: University of Ottawa

Medical school: Wayne State University School of Medicine

Hobbies: Travelling, anything outdoors (running, cycling, hiking, golf, skiing), food!

Icebreaker: I love cooking and my family, so I’ll probably open a restaurant and name it after my mom lol!

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Gustavo Mirabal, MD
Ross University School of Medicine

I grew up in: Ponce, Puerto Rico

Undergraduate: Inter-American University of Puerto Rico

Hobbies: Travel, all things construction, and volunteering

Ice breaker: Once backpacking in Bled, Slovenia, I was in a snowstorm. I wanted to visit a small island inside a lake, but it was partially frozen. In despair at the chance of not fulfilling my goal, a goose approached me with uncharacteristic neck movements, like he was inviting me to follow. So I did for about 13 minutes, leading me to a filming crew heading to that island. Then, respectfully, we both nodded our heads and parted ways.


Jaini Shah, MD
Rural Medical College of Pravara Medical Trust

I grew up in: Mumbai, India

Hobbies: Traveling, Reading, Hiking, Cooking, Photography, Any arts!

Icebreaker: Fun fact about me - I speak six languages and am learning more!

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Shikhar Shant, DO
Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

I grew up in: West Bloomfield, MI

Undergraduate: U of M Ann Arbor

Hobbies: Video games, reading, golf

Icebreaker: I was born with 6 fingers on each hand

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Ezekiel Shepard, MD
American University of Caribbean School of Medicine

I grew up in: Gig Harbor, WA

Undergraduate: Washington State University 

Hobbies: kayaking, guitar, gaming, and pretending to cook like Gordon Ramsey

Icebreaker: In Greek, the word "Psyche" (ψυχή) actually means "soul." So, if you have ever taken a psychology course, you can say that you are quite soulful.

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Andrew Solway, MD
Wayne State University School of Medicine

I grew up in: Bloomfield Hills, MI and Palo Alto, CA

Undergraduate: Wayne State University School of Medicine

Hobbies: I am a songwriter and I love to do yoga

Icebreaker: I have a wonderful fiancée and soon to be stepson. We love to play Monopoly roller blade together. 

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