Current Residents

PGY-1

 

Sean Bourne, M.D.

 

Undergraduate Education: Rochester Institute of Technology

Medical Education: University at Buffalo

Hometown: East Aurora, New York

Personal: I am from the small town of East Aurora, outside of Buffalo, NY. My wife, who is a VCU pediatric neurology resident, and I like to hike, visit historical places and try new restaurants. I am a huge Buffalo Bills and Sabres fan, and enjoy anything sports related.

Professional Interests: Sports Medicine

Favorite Food: Baked Ziti

Favorite Movie: Sherlock Holmes

Favorite Music/Band: Drake

Favorite TV Show: House of Cards

Favorite Book: The Devil in the White City
 

 


 

 

 

Aaron Ferro, M.D.

 

Undergraduate Education: Idaho State University in Pocatello ID

Medical Education: Pacific Northwest College of Osteopathic Medicine in Yakima, WA

Hometown: Pocatello, ID

Personal: I grew up in Pocatello, ID where I was active in many sports as both a player and a coach. I am a passionate sports fan and take pride in cheering on my favorite teams, especially the Boston Red Sox. In my free time, I enjoy golfing, biking, skiing, yoga, and spending time with my wife and dog.

Professional Interests: Sports Medicine and broad spectrum family medicine

Favorite Food: Taco Bell, Pizza, Steak and Potatoes (it’s an Idaho thing)

Favorite Movie: Any of the Bourne series, The Greatest Game Ever Played, 30 for 30 documentaries

Favorite Music/Band/Singer: Anything country

Favorite TV Show: The Dan Patrick Show

Favorite Book: Outliers, It’s not about the Bike

 


 

 

 

 

Jordan Jackson, M.D.

 

Undergraduate Education: University of Virginia

Medical Education: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

Hometown: Richlands, VA

Personal: I enjoy hiking, fishing, running, cycling, and many other outdoor activities.

Professional Interests: Community Medicine and Geriatrics

Favorite Food: Anything Spicy

Favorite Movie: National Lampoon’s Vacation

Favorite Music/Band: The Beatles

Favorite TV Show: Friends

Favorite Book: Blink and most other books by Malcolm Gladwell

Favorite Richmond Activity: Belle Isle, Carry Town, and Maymont Park

 


 

 

 

 

Amanda Monte, M.D.

 

Undergraduate Education: University of Richmond

Medical Education: Tulane University School of Medicine

Hometown: Richmond, VA

 


 

 

 

 

Bradley Rolfe, M.D.

 

Undergraduate Education: Bachelor in Biochemistry from Virginia Tech

Medical Education: Drexel University College of Medicine

Hometown: Roanoke, Virginia

Personal: I love all different kinds of sports and outdoor activities! My parents enrolled me in local rec sporting leagues as soon as I was old enough to play so I grew up playing basketball, soccer and baseball and I try to stay active in sports now. In high school, I got into cross country and have run numerous half marathons and one full marathon.

Professional Interests: The underserved and at risk population, sports medicine and clinic procedures.

Favorite Food: Everything!

Favorite Movie: Shawshank Redemption

Favorite Music/Band/Singer: I love the band ‘Brand New’

Favorite Book: I am Legend

Favorite TV Show: Seinfeld

Favorite Richmond Activity: Running on the river trail
 

 


 

 

 

 

Nathan Zacharias, M.D.

 

Medical Education: Drexel University College of Medicine

Hometown: a farming town near Sacramento, California

Personal: I worked as a wilderness guide in Utah before medical school and still love anything that gets me outdoors–camping, hiking, rock climbing, triathlons, mountain biking, and soccer.

Professional Interests: Adolescence, addiction, social justice, preventative medicine, women’s health, Latino health (hablo Español).

Favorite Food: I love Mexican food so much that my credit card is shaped like a taco.

Favorite Movie: I’m not a TV or movie buff, but I like comedies.

Favorite Music/Band/Singer: I love variety and listen to rock, folk, bluegrass, hip-hop, and indie pop.

Favorite Book: East of Eden by John Steinbeck or Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Favorite Richmond Activity: I love biking or running the trails by the James River, hanging out with my girlfriend in Carytown, and getting weird on the dance floor at Babe’s

 


 

 

 

PGY-2

 

Caroline Blevins, M.D.

 

Undergraduate Education: The College of William & Mary – B.S. in Biology

Medical Education: Tulane University School of Medicine

Hometown: Harrisonburg, VA

Personal: Anything outdoors with my husband and two kids, I love the beach and the heat. I enjoy sailing, gardening, baking gluten free, and exploring new places on foot.

Professional Interests: I’m very interested in health education and empowering folks to take charge of their health such that they can live their lives to the fullest.

Favorite Food: pizza (gluten free), watermelon

Favorite Movie: Get Over It, Step Up 2

Favorite Music/Band/Singer: Goo Goo Dolls circa 1990s, folk music heavy on fiddles and mandolins

Favorite Book: My favorite poets are Emily Dickenson and Charles Simic

Favorite Richmond Activity: Wading in the James River with the kids
 

 


 

 

 

 

Eurica Chang, M.D.

 

Undergraduate Education: Cornell University

Medical Education: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

Hometown: Fairfax, VA

Personal: Cooking/baking, quilting, trying new restaurants

Professional Interests: Geriatrics, Health Education

Favorite Food: How could I choose just one!

Favorite Movie: Apollo 13

Favorite TV Show: Walking Dead

Favorite Book: Stephen King, Anne Tyler, Amy Tan

Favorite Richmond Activity: Restaurant Week

 

 


 

 

 

Maya Green, M.D.

 

Undergraduate Education: University of Maryland

Medical Education: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

Hometown: Gaithersburg, MD

Personal: I grew up in a suburb of D.C., where my family has lived for at least 150 years! I like to spend my free time with my family and friends, trying new foods and traveling.

Professional Interests: Inpatient and outpatient procedures, Labor and Delivery

Favorite Food: It’s too hard to pick just one, but I do love trying new foods.

Favorite Movie: Baby Mama

Favorite Music/Band/Singer: I love anything from Motown or the 90s

Favorite TV Show: Too many to list. I prefer a good half hour comedy!

Favorite Book: Split between Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and The Scarlet Letter

Favorite Richmond Activity:: I love exploring all that Richmond has to offer, but I must say, Richmond has some amazing festivals with at least one every weekend during the Summer. Broad Appetit is one of the best.

 


 

 

 

 

LaChrisa Jennings, M.D.

 

Undergraduate Education: Virginia Commonwealth University

Medical Education: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Virginia Campus

Hometown: Nathalie, Va

Personal: I grew up in a rural community is south central Virginia. I enjoy spending time with my husband (Brian) and dog Jada, although all she mostly does is sleep.

Professional Interests: Rural and under served medicine

Favorite Food: Without question BACON

Favorite Movie: Love & Basketball

Favorite Music/Band/Singer: No particular artist but I listen to R&B, Gospel, and Jazz

Favorite TV Show: Scandal

Favorite Richmond Activity: Trying new restaurants with friends

 


 

 

 

 

Maritza Rosales, M.D.

 

Undergraduate Education: University of Washington (Seattle, WA)

Medical Education: Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH)

Hometown: Miami, FL

Personal: I like hanging out with my son, be it at home or out and about. I also enjoy nature in many forms; walks and jogs, gardening, camping, sand and surf, etc. Very interested in local agriculture and food as well as cooking.

Professional Interests: Women’s Health and Palliative/Hospice Care.

Favorite Food: It’s hard to have a favorite food. We enjoy Picadillo as a comfort food at home. And I’d love to find a good Ethiopian place in town to grab some spicy tibs. But really, I love all types of food!

Favorite TV Show: I do not have favorite movies, music, or TV shows. The enormity of the choices available make it simply impossible for me to choose favorites.

Favorite Book: I like to read. Growing up I really enjoyed the Little House on the Prairie series and Anne of Green Gables, also The Secret Garden and The Little Princess. Now I read a lot of current events, news publications, and medically related texts.

Favorite Richmond Activity: Don’t know – we’re new to town and open to suggestions!

 


 

 

 

 

Akhila-Sulemani, M.D.

 

Undergraduate Education: Vagdevi Junior College, India

Medical Education: Sri Venkateswara Medical College, India (N.T.R University of Health Sciences)

Hometown: India moved to Richmond, VA in 2010

Personal: I grew up in a town with country side to it with beautiful nature. I am always ready for exploring new destinations even though we covered quite a bit, its fun to bug my husband to plan more trips. I enjoy cooking meat with veggies and baking. I am the favorite aunt of four nephews and three nieces who keep me busy during weekends over Skype.

Professional Interests: Urgent Care and Preventive Medicine

Favorite Food: Noodles and fried rice. I am crazy dessert eater. Whenever possible we try restaurants around Richmond (Fish and Shrimp)

Favorite Movie: Twilight Saga and some Bollywood movies…We hit Regal movies quite often which is just behind our neighborhood

Favorite Music/Band/Singer: Bollywood dance numbers, Maroon5, Beyoncé and Rihanna

Favorite TV Show: The Big Bang Theory, AMFV, Disney channel

Favorite Book: I used to be fan of Sydney Sheldon thrillers and now I read online recipes for cooking

Favorite Richmond Activity: Hanging out with my husband in Cary street, Belle Isle, Maymont park and jog along side of James river Rapids, Robious landing park

 


 

 

 

 

Charlie Wilkinson, M.D.

 

Undergraduate Education: Sewanee

Medical Education: Ross University School of Medicine

Hometown: Lexington, Kentucky

Personal: I was born and raised in Kentucky and grew up playing basketball, tennis and golf and continue to love these sports. I also enjoy hiking, fishing, travel and spending time with my family.

Professional Interests: Preventative and Mission Medicine

Favorite Food: Mexican, Cuban and Caribbean

Favorite Movie: The Shawshank Redemption, Ghostbusters and Jurassic Park

Favorite Music/Band/Singer: Widespread Panic, Willie Nelson and Van Morrison

Favorite TV Show: Seinfeld and Breaking Bad

Favorite Book: All of Pat Conroy’s novels

Favorite Richmond Activity: Exploring the James River and Maymont where I proposed to my wife.

 


 

 

 

 

Myra Zeb, M.D.

 

Undergraduate Education: The University of Texas at Dallas

Medical Education: VCOM Carolinas Campus

Hometown: Rockwall, TX

Personal: I was born and raised near Dallas, Texas (go Mavs!). I was in the marching band in high school and still play my flute for fun. I like to try new cuisines, attend cultural arts shows, and travel the world.

Professional Interest: Primary Care, Global Health

Favorite Food: Thai, Pakistani, sushi, anything sweet

Favorite Movie: The Lion King

Favorite Music/Band/Singer: Indie Rock

Favorite TV Show: International House Hunters

Favorite Book: The Giver

Favorite Richmond Activity:Looking forward to exploring the James River and the museums!

 


 

 

 

 

PGY-3

 

Jessica Akunna, M.D.

 

Undergraduate Education: Rutgers University

Medical Education: Meharry Medical College

Hometown: New Brunswick, NJ

Personal: I am of Igbo ancestry, and grew up in the NJ/NY area. I enjoy cooking and the arts.

Professional Interests: Preventative Medicine, Global Health

Favorite Food: Anything my mother cooks.

Favorite Movie: Sarafina

Favorite Music/Band/Singer: I enjoy all types of music including soul & jazz

Favorite TV Show: Netflix and its superb documentaries.

Favorite Richmond Activity: All the festivals Richmond has to offer. I’m still exploring.

 

 


 

 

 

Elizabeth “Whitney” Brawner, M.D.

 

Undergraduate Education: East Carolina University

Graduate Education: North Carolina State University

Medical Education: University of Queensland – Ochsner Clinical School

Hometown: Various

Personal: I enjoy outdoor recreation and playing or watching sports.

Professional Interests: Full Spectrum Rural Family Medicine, Sports Medicine, Global Health

Favorite Food: Steak (rare)

Favorite Movie: The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Big Lebowski

Favorite Music/Band/Singer: Sinatra, et al.

Favorite TV Show: Doctor Who

Favorite Book: Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates

Favorite Richmond Activity: Spending time with family
 

 


 

 

 

 

Steven Lam, M.D.

 

Undergraduate Education: University of California, Irvine – Biomedical Engineering B.S.

Medical Education: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Personal: I was born here in the United States but spent my childhood in Taiwan. I returned to California for high school and undergraduate, before moving here to Virginia for medical school and residency. When I have free time, I like to write fiction novels, with three works currently in progress. I also enjoy singing, having been part of various choirs throughout my life.

Professional Interests: Primary Care, Preventative Medicine

Favorite Food: I like all kinds of food, but I especially like seafood, including fish, shrimp, and scallops

Favorite Movie: Pixar’s Up (SQUIRREL!)

Favorite Music/Band/Singer: I enjoy classical and slower musical pieces. My favorite instruments are piano, flute, and violin.

Favorite TV Show: NCIS

Favorite Book: I read almost everything

Favorite Richmond Activity: I enjoy spending time with my friends doing all kinds of activities

 

 


 

 

 

Robert Makishi, M.D.

 

Undergraduate Education: The Ohio State University

Medical Education: The Ohio State University College of Medicine

Hometown: Copley, Ohio

Personal: I’m from a small suburb about 30 minutes south of Cleveland, Ohio. I love watching pretty much any sports, but with a heavy emphasis on the Buckeyes, Browns, and Cavs. I also play video games in my spare time. I really love exploring the city and finding amazing restaurants and food!

Professional Interests: Preventative Medicine, Primary care

Favorite Food: I always love a good steak, but I like eating great food in general

Favorite Movie: Inglourious Basterds

Favorite Music/Band/Singer: I listen to pretty much everything from Top 40 to Broadway musicals to classic rock

Favorite TV Show: Chopped

Favorite Book: I read a lot of science fiction and fantasy. My favorite series are Dune, Foundation, and A Song of Ice and Fire (more commonly referred to as A Game of Thrones)

Favorite Richmond Activity:I’m new to the area, but I’ve really enjoyed the restaurants and museums so far. I look forward to exploring the city further in the coming years

 


 

 

 

 

Vincent Nardone, M.D.

 

Undergraduate Education: Davidson College

Medical Education: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

Hometown: South Windsor, CT

Personal: I was born and raised in Connecticut but have spent my last 10 years in the South for college and residency. I love playing and watching sports, outdoor activities and trying new restaurants. I enjoy playing golf and am still pursuing my lofty dream of becoming a scratch golfer. I also like playing pickup basketball games, swimming and water polo. When watching sports, I love cheering for UCONN basketball, the Philadelphia Eagles and Phil Mickelson/Angel Cabrera. Finally, I consider myself to be an expert Scrabble player.

Professional Interests: Emergency Medicine, Urgent Care

Favorite Food: Souvlaki Hirino from Bahari in Queens, NY. Any type of Chicken Parm or
Bacon double cheeseburger is a close second

Favorite Movie: The Godfather Trilogy, Happy Gilmore, Major League, The Mist

Favorite Music/Band/Singer: Journey, Everclear, Whitney Houston, Heart

Favorite TV Show: The X-files, Monk, The Walking Dead, Burn Notice, Fringe, Bates Motel, Malcolm in the Middle, Elementary

Favorite Book: Really any biography on an interesting person

Favorite Richmond Activity: Going to Belle Isle/Texas Beach, Playing golf at Royal New Kent, Trying different local restaurants

 


 

 

 

 

Van Nguyen, M.D.

 

Undergraduate Education: Old Dominion University

Medical Education: American University of the Caribbean

Hometown: Chesapeake, Virginia

Personal: I grew up in Chesapeake Virginia, and I have been surrounded by the southern hospitality for most of my life. I’m a homebody who enjoys relaxing and hanging out with loved ones. Even though I am Vietnamese, I grew up cooking and eating Chinese food because my parents owned a Chinese restaurant. When I’m not surrounded by family and friends, I like to read, draw/pencil sketch, and fish!

Professional Interests: Women’s health and Inpatient Medicine

Favorite Food: Stir-fried Beef and Broccoli, mother’s home-cooked Pho, steak…..anything with beef actually

Favorite Movie: Too many to choose from, but my favorite genres are Sci-Fi, thriller/horror, and action

Favorite Music/Band/Singer: I enjoy all types of music

Favorite TV Show: ER, Cowboy Bebop, Korean dramas

Favorite Book: The Hot Zone, Coming of Age in Mississippi, and Memoirs of a Geisha

Favorite Richmond Activity: Still exploring, but so far I am enjoying the beautiful scenery of the James River

 


 

 

 

 

Monica Quach, M.D.

 

Undergraduate Education: University of Virginia, Biology B.S.

Medical Education: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

Hometown: Harrisonburg, VA

Personal: I have lived in Virginia all my life, and have been lucky to live in and experience the different communities that Virginia has to offer from small town to big city. I love to cook, bake, and eat. My specialties are cupcakes, especially ones that I can invent based off cocktail drinks or candy bars. To somewhat counter this, I enjoy playing volleyball and have been playing since middle school on JV/Varsity and intramural teams. I also enjoy doing handcrafts, such as cross-stitching, knitting, and crocheting. Although I am completely tone-deaf, I love to sing loudly in the car and while I’m cooking/baking.

Professional Interests: Women’s Health and Geriatrics

Favorite Food: My mom’s home-cooked Viet/Chinese fusion, but Mexican/Tex-Mex when going out. I love to eat and am willing to try almost everything!

Favorite Movie: Any Disney movie

Favorite TV Show: Game of Thrones, Once Upon a Time, Grimm, Big Bang Theory, Family Guy, Castle, Master Chef

Favorite Book: Sword of Truth series, Harry Potter, Ender’s Game/Ender’s Shadow Series

Favorite Richmond Activity: Walking around Carytown, seeing movies at Byrd Theater, South of the James Farmer’s market (for the donuts!)

 


 

 

 

 

Jonathan Schaaf, M.D.

 

Undergraduate Education: Hampden-Sydney College

Medical Education: The George Washington University School of Medicine

Hometown: Richmond, VA

Personal: I was born and raised in Richmond and enjoy outdoor activities in my free time. I play a lot of tennis and when I’m not doing that I’m probably out kayaking, fishing, hiking or at the gym. During the winter I also like to go skiing. I love flying and aspire to get a private pilot license in the next couple of years.

Professional Interest: Sports Medicine, Hospital Medicine, Aerospace Medicine, Practice Management

Favorite Food: Carolina style barbecue and lots of iced tea

Favorite Movie: Top Gun, Black Hawk Down

Favorite Music/Band/Singer: I like most genres, pretty much anything from classic rock to a little bit of dubstep; my playlist is filled with everything in between. If I had to choose, though, I would say my favorite bands are Franz Ferdinand and Kasabian

Favorite TV Show: Pawn Stars

Favorite Book: The Elegant Universe, Dante’s Inferno

Favorite Richmond Activity:Everything that gets me outdoors. I enjoy playing on my tennis league and activities on the James River including kayaking, fishing and hanging out at Belle Isle. During the warmer months Richmond also has a lot of great festivals