Current Residents

 

PGY-5

Chadwick Barrs, MD – Chief Resident

Chadwick Barrs Hometown: Columbia, SC
Undergraduate: University of South Carolina
Medical School: University of South Carolina School of Medicine
Internship: Medical College of Georgia

Stephen Bowie, MD

Stephen Bowie Hometown: Memphis, Tennessee
Undergraduate School: Auburn University
Medical School: University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Internship: University of Tennessee Health Science Center - Medicine

Why did you choose Baptist?
The people and the place. I interviewed at many places that I believe would have provided good clinical training to prepare me for a career in Radiology. The reason I chose Baptist is because of the excellent staff and other residents. I believe we have a unique staff-resident experience that really provides a great learning experience while in residency here. It's a great feeling knowing that whoever you go to work with on a given day will be someone you respect and will enjoy working with and learning from. Also, Memphis is my hometown, and I felt very fortunate to be able to match at a program that both fits my personality well and is in a city I love.

What is your day like? Any challenges? What's rewarding about your day?
As a first year resident, there is a real challenge in understanding how to "learn radiology" and be a competent physician at the same time. I think it's important to understand my limitation as a first year, who is just now learning many different imaging modalities and procedures, but to also try to challenge myself to always be improving. There is a steep learning curve, but it is very rewarding to be able to see the progress and feel more comfortable as rotations progress. I will say that in all my days of feeling extremely stupid trying to read and dictate things I may not understand, I have never once felt like my attendings or co-residents have viewed or treated me that way. Although we are a very busy residency program, it is the complete opposite of "malignant" program.

What is your favorite thing about Memphis?
The food and the proximity to great hunting and fishing. Since it's my hometown, I feel very fortunate to be going through residency with so many close friends and family in town.

What made you decide on your career? Was there someone or something in your life that helped you choose your path?
I love the diversity of radiology and the way we interact with nearly every medical and surgical specialty. We have a unique opportunity to interact with other physicians in helping treat and diagnose patients.

Why would you recommend Baptist to a prospective applicant?
It's an excellent environment for clinical radiology. We have a diverse, experienced staff who are both enjoyable to work with and eager to teach. There is a tremendous amount of volume in every area of radiology that provides a great educational experience during residency and prepares our residents for practice when training is complete.

Daniel Eastlack, MD

Hometown: Woodbury, NJ
Undergraduate: Rhodes College
Medical School: University of Tennessee School of Medicine
Internship: University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center

Hunter Wasserman, MD

Paul DePriest, MD, MHCM Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Hometown: Clifton, TX
Undergraduate Degree: University of Kansas
Medical School: University of Kansas
Internship: General Surgery, University of Missouri – Kansas City

Dexter Witte IV, MD

Paul DePriest, MD, MHCM Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Hometown: Memphis, TN
Medical Degree: University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Undergraduate Degree: Pepperdine University
Internship: Methodist Hospital, Memphis

Will Woodruff, MD - Chief Resident

Will Woodruff Hometown: Jonesboro, AR
Undergraduate School: Harding University
Medical School: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Internship: General Surgery- University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Why did you choose Baptist?
Personally, I chose to do residency at Baptist after a conversation with the Program Director that single-handedly convinced me to choose Radiology as a career and to come to Memphis. The combination of the staff camaraderie, autonomy, and resident benefits were very enticing. I've been grateful for that decision every day since, and being a resident here has been better than I ever expected any residency could be.

What is your day like? Any challenges? What's rewarding about your day?
My day varies greatly based on my scheduled rotation. Most days are 8-5, but like most medical professionals I may be in the hospital at any hour of the day. Most days consist of a mix of high-volume diagnostic studies, fluoroscopic procedures, educational conferences, and physician-to-physician interaction. I am continually challenged by the wide array of pathologies we diagnose and treat. We provide coverage for about 10 Baptist hospitals in addition to outpatient facilities giving the residency a wealth of educational opportunities. I find personal gratification in making diagnosis in acute and complex disease processes which allow for prompt patient treatment and improved outcomes. I also find fulfillment in combining my training in diagnostic imaging, patient care, and technical procedural skills to perform minimally-invasive interventional procedures.

What is your favorite thing about Memphis?
Memphis has a ton to offer in great food, music, sports, and outdoor activities. I really appreciate how convenient life here is. As a resident, I can easily live in close proximity to the hospital, visit family, and go from the reading room to running trails at Shelby Farms Park in a matter of minutes.

Why would you recommend Baptist to a prospective applicant?
I believe if you come to Baptist you will leave more ready to jump out into practice than from anywhere else. You will acquire confidence from the gradual autonomy and high caseload coupled with a solid educational foundation. You will have the opportunity to form outstanding mentorship relationships with the staff and be treated with respect. Residents are routinely successful in transitioning into the subspecialty fields of their choice. I highly recommend coming to Memphis to check out the program!

PGY-4

Stephen Juel, MD

Paul DePriest, MD, MHCM Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Hometown: Memphis, TN
Undergraduate Degree: Rhodes College
Medical School: University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Internship: Methodist Hospital, University of Tennessee

Why did you choose Baptist?
Baptist is a perfect balance of direct education and hands on experience. I fully expect to have the skills necessary to practice upon completion of the program. Beginning with my M3 rotations, Baptist's commitment to both the education and care of physicians is clear.

What is your day like? Any challenges? What's rewarding about your day?
Day to day life of a resident varies dependent on the rotation. Each day is a learning experience with educational opportunities from other residents and attendings.

What is your favorite thing about Memphis?
Memphis is a perfect sized city for the lifestyle I desire. While there are restaurants and many options for things to do, it is still small enough where traffic is light, cost of living is low and professional connections are easy to make and maintain.

What made you decide on your career? Was there someone or something in your life that helped you choose your path?
As a biochem major I was extremely interested in the fine details and structural elements. Going through medical school, I always enjoyed anatomy and in my 4th year had the opportunity to spend some time in the reading room and loved it. It combines a lot of my inherent interests and requires attention to detail–something I enjoy.

Why would you recommend Baptist to a prospective applicant?
Baptist offers a wide variety of radiological experiences within a single network system. Rather than adjusting to potentially different EMR systems or cultures, you can focus on being a better radiologist.

Isaac Keel, DO

Isaac Keel Hometown: Gulfport, MS
Undergraduate Degree: University of Mississippi
Medical School: William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Internship: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Alex Mayeux, MD

Alex Mayeux, MD Internship: Opelousas, LA
Undergraduate Degree: Lousiana State University
Medical Degree: Lousiana State University
Internship: Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center

Tanner Nichols, DO

Hometown: Jonesboro, AR
Medical Degree: Harding University
Internship: Oklahoma State University
Residency: St. Anthony Hospital

Why did you choose Baptist?
Very friendly atmosphere, great training and they seem to take great care of the residents. Great location.

What is your day like? Any challenges? What's rewarding about your day?
There isn’t a typical day as a resident. I just try to do my work as efficiently and accurately as possible and give myself time to rest towards the end of the day. My job as a resident is to make my attending's job as easy as possible and to learn as much as I can. It is rewarding to make an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment plan. It is challenging and frustrating at times when you can’t remember something that you should be able to in order to be more efficient.

What is your favorite thing about Memphis?
Very cultured. Lots of fun things to do and good restaurants. I'm sure I will be able to add more to this once I've lived there.

What made you decide on your career? Was there someone or something in your life that helped you choose your path?
I liked how radiology related to every aspect of medicine and allowed us to help all kinds of patients/specialists. Several family friend physicians stated that they would do radiology if they could go back. Not one specific person, just every physician I asked said to do radiology and that they wish they had done radiology also.

Why would you recommend Baptist to a prospective applicant?
Radiology is a very friendly place and has great training. There are plenty of imaging studies for every resident to have more than adequate training.

Thomas Powierza, MD

Radiology Residency Photo Hometown: Thunder Bay, Ontario
Medical Degree: UNC-Chapel Hill
Internship: Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University
Residency: Medical University of South Carolina

Why did you choose Baptist?
I had a really good interview experience here. I felt the program aligned well with my values and would be a good place for training with the ultimate goal of working in private practice.

What made you decide on your career? Was there someone or something in your life that helped you choose your path?
I always knew I wanted to become a doctor. Once in medical school I had felt early on radiology would be a good fit for my personality and interests. After finishing rotations and getting the chance to complete a few radiology electives I knew it was the right choice for me. The aspects of radiology which appeal to me include the scope of practice and wide breadth of medical knowledge required, the technology and importance of imaging in modern medicine, and finally I really enjoyed all the radiologists I worked with and found them to be highly knowledgeable and compassionate.

Jonathan Rindner, DO

Radiology Residency Photo Hometown: Sarasota, FL
Undergraduate Degree: University of North Carolina - Wilmington
Medical Degree: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Internship: University of Florida

PGY-3

Logan Benoist, MD

Logan Benoist, MD< Hometown: Forth Worth, TX
Medical Degree: Rhodes College
Internship: UT Houston Medical School
Residency: Memorial Health Savannah

Why did you choose Baptist?
I enjoyed Memphis as a college student and had heard good things about the hospital.

What is your day like? Any challenges? What's rewarding about your day?
Get to work around 7 or 8, and start looking at cases. Leave between 4-5.

What is your favorite thing about Memphis?
The food.

What made you decide on your career? Was there someone or something in your life that helped you choose your path?
I picked radiology because it is a broad field and I get to learn about the entire human body.

Why would you recommend Baptist to a prospective applicant?
Huge hospital network across multiple states which adds to the learning environment. Baptist treats the residents well.

Rob Brenteson, MD

Rob Brenteson, MD Hometown: Shelby, MT
Undergraduate Degree: Carroll College
Medical Degree: University of Washington
Internship: VA Medical Center, Boise, ID

Abteen Moshref, MD

Abteen Moshref, MD Hometown: Memphis, TN
Undergraduate Degree: University of Memphis
Medical Degree: University of Tennessee College of Medicine
Internship: University of Tennessee - Memphis, Internal Medicine

Why did you choose Baptist?
Baptist is a great community environment, the volume of imaging to learn from is amazing, and the people are overall kind and generous. It was a great choice for me.

What is your day like? Any challenges? What's rewarding about your day?
Every day is different, and that's the best part about it. Every patient provides a new challenge in understanding anatomy, pathophysiology, and various imaging techniques to assist clinicians in treating patients.

What is your favorite thing about Memphis?
The food, the generosity, the lack of traffic that comes with large cities

What made you decide on your career? Was there someone or something in your life that helped you choose your path?
Radiology is the most encompassing speciality in all of medicine, with over 90% of patients in a hospital setting receiving some form of imaging. It allows us the opportunity to assist patients and other physicians and better overall care.

Why would you recommend Baptist to a prospective applicant?
It is a great family environment that allows your own autonomy in Radiology. You are provided a great education, but also provided enough space to learn independently at your pace.

Matthew Robinson, MD

Matthew Robinson, MD Hometown: Griffin, GA
Undergraduate Degree: Columbus State University
Medical Degree: Mercer University School of Medicine
Internship: Medical Center at Navicent Health

Why did you choose Baptist?
Memphis is great and affordable. The radiology faculty are fantastic. The residency is high volume and varied.

What is your day like? Any challenges? What's rewarding about your day?
Barbeque and Shelby Farms.

What is your favorite thing about Memphis?
The food, the generosity, the lack of traffic that comes with large cities

What made you decide on your career? Was there someone or something in your life that helped you choose your path?
Radiology is the most encompassing speciality in all of medicine, with over 90% of patients in a hospital setting receiving some form of imaging. It allows us the opportunity to assist patients and other physicians and better overall care.

Why would you recommend Baptist to a prospective applicant?
This is a very high volume program with a higher level of autonomy than most programs, especially in the later years.

Parker Suit, DO

Parker Suit, DO Hometown: Macon, GA
Undergraduate Degree: UAB
Medical Degree: LMU-DCOM
Internship: Michigan State

Why did you choose Baptist?
After rotating through Baptist in Medical school, it was clear to me that Baptist would be my first choice. The culture and the program suited my personality and my professional goals. The collegial teaching and learning atmosphere makes it more enjoyable and easier to learn. After seeing the large number of studies read by radiology residents, accompanied by quality teaching and mentoring, I was certain I would be well trained after four years in the program.

What is your day like? Any challenges? What's rewarding about your day?
Depending on the specific rotation, my day starts at 7 or 8 am. I start dictating studies, answering phone calls, reviewing studies with the attendings. At lunchtime, the residents attend a noon conference while enjoying food from the our esteemed Baptist physician lounge. After noon conference, it's back to dictating studies. Certainly, there are many challenges. Chief among the challenges is finding the time, focus and energy to tackle the steep learning curve in the early stages of the residency. Although challenging, it is quite rewarding to know my training will allow me to be a member of a profession that values being the best I can be, so that I might help others.

What is your favorite thing about Memphis?
Memphis is big enough to have diversity in many things, such as food, entertainment, education and people. I suppose my favorite right now is food.

What made you decide on your career? Was there someone or something in your life that helped you choose your path?
Radiology is appealing to me because I find it engaging to see a vast array of interesting pathology while reading different modalities of imaging. Radiology also plays to my strengths, and is a good fit for my personality and interests. There are many people that helped set me on this path. These included my parents, teachers, coaches, and associates. Some helped me see what I could do. Others inadvertently helped by showing me what I shouldn’t do. Both have been instrumental in setting me on this path.

Why would you recommend Baptist to a prospective applicant?
The combination of a vast study volume, quality teaching and a collegial atmosphere assures one will be pleased with the program and prepared for a successful professional career. This is evident in the excellent fellowships offered to Baptist radiology residents.

PGY-2

Jacob Ford, MD

Hometown: Greenville, MS
Undergraduate Degree: BS in Kinesiology @ University of Louisiana at Monroe
Medical School: LSU Health Sciences Center – Shreveport
Internship: LSU Health Sciences Center at Baton Rouge

Shane Hagen, MD

Hometown: Lenexa, KS
Undergraduate Degree: Civil Engineering at UT-Knoxville
Medical School: UT-Memphis Health Sciences Center
Internship: UT Internal Medicine – Memphis

William Kinney, DO

Hometown: Norfolk, NE
Undergraduate Degree: Regis University – Denver, CO
Medical School: Touro University Nevada
Internship: Sky Ridge Medical Center – Sponsored by Rocky Vista University

Christopher Kovalsky, MD

Hometown: Shreveport, LA
Undergraduate Degree: BS in Kinesiology @ LSU Baton Rouge
Medical School: LSU – Shreveport Health Science Center
Internship: Ochsner – LSU Shreveport Health Science Center

Garrett Lim, MD

Hometown: Memphis, TN
Undergraduate Degree: BS in Chemical Engineering at University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
Medical School: University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center College of Medicine
Internship: University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center

Clayton McCuiston, DO

Hometown: Rowlett, TX
Undergraduate Degree: Louisiana State University
Medical School: Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
Internship: LSU Health Baton Rouge Internal Medicine Residency

Brent Moravec, MD

Hometown: Norfolk, NE
Undergraduate Degree: University of Nebraska – Lincoln
Medical School: University of Nebraska Medical Center
Internship: Surgery Internship @ Creighton University in Omaha