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PGY-1s

Daniel Ballew

AhariED alias/nickname: Hullabaloo
Care to explain its origins? My last name is Ballew and I like to cause a ruckus
How do you like your coffee? Pourover or Aeropress with beans from Fuego Coffee Roasters
Previous lives: I've worked as a florist's assistant, waiter/server/delivery guy at a Chinese Restaurant, as a landscaper and as a tutor, along with some other odd jobs
Favorite spot in Rochester: Trail running or mountain biking the trails at Tyron and Ellison parks
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: I couldn't choose a favorite, but I really enjoy stuff by Hemingway, Kurt Vonnegut, and Graham Greene

Angela (Ang) Barskaya
endrizzi

ED Alias/Nickname: Ivan Drago
Care to explain its origins? Given to me by my co-workers at the overnight retreat
How do you like your coffee: Tall, dark, and bitter
Previous lives: Lab geek
Favorite Spot in Rochester: The Public Market and third wave coffee places
Favorite Book besides Tintinalli: The Great Gatsby

Layne Dylla

EyermannED alias/nickname: Seabiscuit
Care to explain its origins: I have two horses. Plus, I guess, people think that Daniel Saada and I are that much alike...
How do you like your coffee? Dark, strong, and either with lots of cream or in IV form
Previous lives: Horseback riding groom, instructor and trainer; home construction and remodeling; cancer biology researcher
Favorite spot in Rochester: Any trail that's off of the beaten path, but especially the Braddock Bay Wildlife Preserve trails
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: All of the Harry Potter and Kurt Vonnegut works

Maria Finke

FieldsED alias/nickname: Fargo
Care to explain its origins? It's a movie from the 90's believed to exemplify my home state
How do you like your coffee? Black and not too hot
Previous lives: Public health researcher, barista, yoga instructor
Favorite spot in Rochester: So far it's been biking by the lake, but there is lots of exploring still to come
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: 2666 by Robert Bolano, almost anything by Isabel Allende, and good cookbooks

David Gibbs

GartonED alias/nickname: Nubs
Care to explain its origins? Don't get a finger fracture during orientation
How do you like your coffee: Hand delivered
Previous lives: Script reader, Screenwriter, tutor, movie projectionist, art salesman
Favorite spot in Rochester: Dinosaur BBQ or Arnett Cafe
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: The Sun Also Rises

Paolo Grenga

KlickED alias/nickname: The Mountain
Care to explain its origins? I don't play well with Oberyn Martell
How do you like your coffee? Green, carbonated and dispensed from a bottle of Diet Dew
Previous lives: Synthetic organic chemistry research assistant, lifelong student
Favorite spot in Rochester: Corn Hill Landing and Letchworth. I love being near the water.
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: Band of Brothers

Christine Johnstone

RajED alias/nickname: Bean, Moose, Zamboni
Care to explain its origins? The nickname "Bean" I have had my whole life because my parents thought I was a little jumping bean that never stopped moving around. Moose and Zamboni were given to me at the retreat because I am from Canada and I love hockey!
How do you like your coffee? Hot and strong
Previous lives: College tennis player, waitress
Favorite spot in Rochester: Cobbs Hill basketball and tennis courts
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: Pathoma

Jade Malcho

MoonED alias/nickname: Kim Car Wash/Karwashian
Care to explain its origins? Carwashes are part of my family's business--stop by Malcho's Mobil and Laserwashes in Rochester!
How do you like your coffee? Black or with Baileys
Previous lives: Horse pooper scooper, hostess, nanny
Favorite spot in Rochester: Lake Ontario
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: Do magazines count?

Dylan Norton

ROndashED alias/nickname: Mid-life
Care to explain its origins: Let's say I waited a while before starting my medical training
How do you like your coffee: Stove-top espresso with steamed milk
Previous lives: Too many to count
Favorite spot in Rochester: Erie Canal Trail
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow

Lindsey Picard

ShocketED alias/nickname: Make it So
Care to explain its origins: Jean-Luc Picard
How do you like your coffee? Daily and a flavor shot is mandatory
Previous lives: Soccer coach, cashier, camp counselor, lab rat
Favorite spots in Rochester: Park Ave, the lake, Geneseo
Favorite book besides Tintinalli:  Gone Girl, Mindy Kaling

Andrew Rotando

vernettiED alias/Nickname: Saltlick
Care to explain its origins?: I'm not sure, but I like to believe it's from my easy-going demeanor!
How do you like your coffee? Early and often
Previous Lives: Ski bum, Microsoft Excel Pro
Favorite spot in Rochester: Irondequoit Bay
Favorite Book besides Tintinalli: Shogun by James Clavell

Patrick Sandiford

vernettiED alias/Nickname: Admit
Care to explain its origins?: Internal Medicine trained, now embarking on Residency 2.0. I am very familiar with being on one end of this conversation, excited to try being on the other
How do you like your coffee? Mint Chocolate Latte or double espresso with one cube of sugar
Previous Lives: IM Resident, snowboard bum, public health research, MCAT teacher, lab bench tech, Best Buy TV salesman
Favorite spot in Rochester: Erie Canalway Trail
Favorite Book besides Tintinalli: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Motorcycle Diaries, Good Omens

Lisa Sonnenblick

vernettiED alias/Nickname: Blitzkrieg
Care to explain its origins?: I like to think that it's because I attack my shifts in the ED with speed and surprise
How do you like your coffee? Every morning and hopefully many other times a day with any sort of milk and some fake sugar
Previous Lives: Autism neurogenetics lab researcher, dog walker
Favorite spot in Rochester: Cobbs Hill Park. It has it all--basketball, a hill for running or sledding, trees for my slackline, ultimate frisbee, a festival, and who knows what else
Favorite Book besides Tintinalli: Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods because now I am excited to someday thru-hike the AT

Vasisht Srinivasan

vernettiED alias/Nickname: David Copperfield
Care to explain its origins?: See previous lives
How do you like your coffee? Pronounced "Mountain Dew Kickstarter"
Previous Lives: Tech support (no really), magician, retired international jewel thief, amateur movie reviewer, YouTube commenter
Favorite spot in Rochester: Sodus Bay at 5000' with clear skies and unrestricted visibility
Favorite Book besides Tintinalli: Harry Potter and the ________, Dan Brown's work, and the Jack Ryan series by Tom Clancy

PGY-2s

Hilary Davis

vernettiED alias/Nickname: DT
Care to explain its origins?: If you have to ask, you weren't there (thank you Kvamme)
How do you like your coffee? Cream, sugar and in a reusable mug
Previous Lives: Surgical resident, PhD researcher, national labs rat
Favorite spot in Rochester: Hi-Tor (ice climbing!)
Favorite Book besides Tintinalli: Freedom of the Hills



Victoria DiMarco

AhariED alias/nickname: Thumper
Care to explain its origins? I live with two rabbits
How do you like your coffee? Black, and frequently enough to give me arrhythmias
Previous lives: Lab rat, physician handwriting transcriptionist, tailor
Favorite spot in Rochester: Erie Canal running trails in Pittsford and Brighton. Amazing at all times of the year!
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: The Culture Series of Space Opera by Iain M. Banks

Jillian Geyer

endrizziED Alias/Nickname: Boots
Care to explain its origins? I ride horses and it generally requires the wearing of boots.
How do you like your coffee: In large quantities
Previous lives: Horse-back riding instructor, landscaper, ranch hand, lifeguard
Guilty Pleasures:
Pillows. I have so many pillows on my bed that sometimes I can't even find my mattress
Favorite Spot in Rochester:
Ellison Park with my dog, kayaking or paddle boarding on the Genesee River, or sleeping in my pillow-bed
Favorite Book besides Tintinalli: I am a big fan of all things nerdy (Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones), but I do also love Phoolan, by Irene Frain

Matthew Hershman

EyermannED alias/nickname: Hershey Kiss
Care to explain its origins: Has to do with my name, I guess but I don't think it is going to stick
How do you like your coffee? Black
Previous lives: House framer, roofer, instrument insurer, instrument repairer/maker
Favorite spot in Rochester: My backyard, canal trail, Letchworth State Park, Mendon Ponds Park
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: I don't read a lot of books these days, mostly newspapers and magazines. Currently enjoying the Fretboard Journal (guitar journal)

Erik Kvamme

FieldsED alias/nickname: Patches
Care to explain its origins? I get way too intense in dodge ball, or appropriately intense depending on your point of view
How do you like your coffee? Split shot Americano
Previous lives: Mostly I've been walking up the medical ladder (EMT and MA), but my favorite job was short-term work on an island-locked organic farm
Favorite spot in Rochester: So far, Red Barn and the back yard movie at Lux
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: On The Road, Perfume, Enders Game

Mandeep Lehil

GartonED alias/nickname: Tanner, BD, Deep, Manny
Care to explain its origins? Everyone ends up coming up with a different nickname for me
How do you like your coffee: Black, french press, and in large volumes
Previous lives: Hepatitis researcher, wrestling coach
Guilty pleasures: Cookies, Mario Kart, biking, hiking, traveling, though I have no guilt about these things (maybe the cookies)
Favorite spot in Rochester: Tap and Mallet and the Erie Canal trail so far
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: Too many to pick but most recently: Fire and Ice Series, Cloud Atlas, Stormlight Archive, Hitchhikers Guide, Engineer Trilogy, 1Q84

Matthew Merriman

KlickED alias/nickname: Merry Man, Sad Man, Angry Man, Scary Man
Care to explain its origins? I live in a glass cage of emotion
How do you like your coffee? N/A
Previous lives: Barista, Dock insertion and extraction, Biz Kid$ Guru, Reluctant tech guy
Guilty pleasures: Putting bacon on everything, crazy straws, the color salmon
Favorite spot in Rochester: Running the Genesee River Trail or sitting at a table outside with a drink on Park Ave.
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: The Old Man and the Sea

Steven Nelson

RajED alias/nickname: Nelson, Half-Nelson, Full-Nelson, Daddy (but only to my son)
Care to explain its origins? Last name
How do you like your coffee? I don't always drink hot drinks, but when I do I choose Stephen’s Gourmet Cocoa
Previous lives: Student, research minion, real estate agent
Guilty pleasures: Cheesecake, carrot cake, ice cream cake, flan and other cake derivatives
Favorite spot in Rochester: Hole 12 at Ellison Park Disc Golf Course
Favorite book besides Tintinalli:Gone Girl, Les Miserables, Unbroken, Harvey Penick's Little Red Book, Long Walk to Freedom

Jeffrey Reed

MoonED alias/nickname: Tim Wiegand
Care to explain its origins? My resemblance to our famed and omnipresent Director of Toxicology
How do you like your coffee?In 1L boluses through a CORDIS
Previous lives: Poor college student, poor medical student, house painter, cabinet maker, Wegman's, Ortho researcher
Guilty pleasures: Eating veal parmesan
Favorite spot in Rochester: Durand Eastman Park, Charlotte Beach, Pelican's Nest deck, Marge's beach
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: "On Food and Cooking" by Harold McGee, FM 21-76

Daniel Saada

ROndashED alias/nickname: Seabiscuit
Care to explain its origins: Your guess is as good as mine
How do you like your coffee: With caffeine
Previous lives: Genghis Kahn, Abraham Lincoln, a toad, in that order
Guilty Pleasures: Craigslist Free Section
Favorite spot in Rochester
: Yummy Garden
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: A Clockwork Orange

Joshua Smith

ShocketED alias/nickname: Spud, White Lightening, White Chocolate, White Whale
Care to explain its origins: Spud because I'm from Idaho. T he others ones likely because of my formidable paleness
How do you like your coffee? With lots of creamer and occasionally some whipped cream...in a manly mug
Previous lives: EMT, government-access videographer, water park supervisor
Guilty Pleasures: Chocolate...so much chocolate
Favorite spots in Rochester: Home with my wife or Tap and Mallet with friends...also just about any food truck I can find
Favorite book besides Tintinalli:  The Screwtape Letters, Atlas Shrugged

Jason Zeller

vernettiED alias/Nickname: JZ, DF, Helen
Care to explain its origins?: Next time
How do you like your coffee? Whatever it takes to keep me AAO x 2-3, occasionally substituted with Monster Rehab - maybe I should try a mix?
Previous Lives: EMT, Driving range golf ball picker upper (aka target); camp counselor
Favorite spot in Rochester: Singing whatever comes on in the car, shower or bar, outdoor concerts, long bike-rides
Favorite Book besides Tintinalli: Into the Wild; Touch the top of the world

PGY-3s

Shahram Ahari

AhariED alias/nickname: "Shazam!!!", "Pappa Bear" or, alternatively, "PC" Care to explain its origins? PC = Persian Clooney; apparently some of my patients think i look like George Clooney.  Who am I to argue?
How do you like your coffee? IV
Previous lives: Drug rep turned public health advocate
Favorite spot in Rochester: Pont de Rennes at sunset/sunrise
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: Recently had time to reread Silverstein's "The Giving Tree"; melancholy-sweet sentiment but a little wordy...

Sydney Chamberlin

BergsmaED alias/nickname: "Down Under"
Care to explain its origins? You know, like the city...
How do you like your coffee? Cream, no sugar, strong, multiple, and daily!
Previous lives: Wegman's baker and sub-maker, ballerina
Favorite spot in Rochester: Geneseo
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: Wheater's Functional Histology

Julie Endrizzi

endrizziED Alias/Nickname: Fanny BooBoo
Care to explain its origins? I suspect it's related to my fanny pack
How do you like your coffee: Black and as a constant infusion from my favorite thermos
Previous lives: Farm intern, whitewater paddler, tele skier
Guilty Pleasures:
Butter, but I never feel guilty about it!
Favorite Spot in Rochester:
Farmer's Market
Favorite Book besides Tintinalli: Hard to decide. I'm a big ol' Lord of the Rings dweeb, plus anything Harry Potter,  "At Home" by Bill Bryson, "What is the What", "Born to Run", "The Glass Castle", "the Tipping Point", "Omnivore's Dilemma" and any horrible fantasy novel that you throw at me. This list will change tomorrow.

Peter Eyermann

EyermannED alias/nickname: The Heat, Colorblind, Benjamin Button
Care to explain its origins: I'm not colorblind and I still don’t know why people keep bringing it up
How do you like your coffee? Never touch the stuff Previous lives: DNA splicer, yeast grower par excellence
Favorite spot in Rochester: Dinosaur BBQ, try the Carolina style pulled pork and tell me I’m wrong
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: The Martian Chronicles... I fell in love with scifi because of this book

Aaron Fields

FieldsED alias/nickname: Cookie Monster
Care to explain its origins? My mother makes delicious cookies...apparently.
How do you like your coffee? Over the lips and past the gums, look out stomach, here it comes!
Previous lives: Amateur Ornithologist, Food service scut monkey, Georgetown socialite
Favorite spot in Rochester: Tap & Mallet, RIT Bird Observatory
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: "Good Without God" by Greg Epstein; Aesop's Fables

Nathan Garton

GartonED alias/nickname:Switchblade
Care to explain its origins?What happens at the retreat, stays at the retreat.
Previous lives:
Writer, waiter, construction, valet, snow board shop, lots of odd jobs throughout the years
Guilty pleasures: Bourbon, Breaking Bad, and Amazon Prime
Favorite spot in Rochester: Public Market or Highland Park
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: Lots, most recently "Inside Jokes", and "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again"

Howard Lin

KlickED alias/nickname: Happy Resident Doc (HRD for short)
Care to explain its origins?Apparently I'm always grinning
How do you like your coffee? I’ll take it however but being cheap and lazy usually results in me drinking it black.
Previous lives: Phlebotomist and bellhop for Princess Hotel. I used to have a name tag that said “Princess Howard”
Guilty pleasures: I’m a bit of a cinephile, just like Michael Bolton!
Favorite spot in Rochester: Any coffee shop when it’s cold, dark, and rainy outside.  It reminds me of Seattle!
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: I like books with pictures!

Sathyaraj "Raj" Murugappan

RajED alias/nickname: The King
Care to explain its origins? Intern retreat..probably taken from the fact my name actually means king...
How do you like your coffee? Coffee, psshaw, it's all about the tea!
Previous lives: Chicagoan, Tech support
Guilty pleasures: Sleeping, nothing like spending all day in bed.
Favorite spot in Rochester: Finger Lakes and Rochester Public Library
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: Science-Fiction: Orwell, Clarke, Philip K. Dick, etc.

Joseph Pereira

MoonED alias/nickname: Friskies?
Care to explain its origins? I don't get it, but we'll see what happens
How do you like your coffee? Black if hot, but you need to have milk if you ice it
Previous lives: Farmhand, Enterprise Rent-A-Car Cleaner/Driver
Guilty pleasures: Freezie pops and sunflower seeds
Favorite spot in Rochester: Blue Cross Arena, Dinosaur BBQ, Penfield Hots, Abbott's, Aladdin's, Simply Crepes, Rib Fest at Highland Park, Belhurst Castle, Seneca Lake Wine Trail
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: "The Most Dangerous Game"

Giancarlo Rondash

ROndashED alias/nickname: The Mayor
Care to explain its origins: I grew up in Rochester, and worked as a sushi chef and bartender for a while, so I usually know somebody at whichever bar or restaurant we meet out at.
How do you like your coffee: Hot and black. Unless I'm driving to work and spilling it on my pants, then I hate coffee.
Previous lives: Sushi chef, rock climbing instructor, bartender, and pole vaulting coach
Guilty Pleasures: George Thorogood and the Destroyers and eating Garbage Plates.
Favorite spot in Rochester
: The Public Market
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: "Infinite Jest"

Daniel Shocket

ShocketED alias/nickname: Milk Shocolate
Care to explain its origins: Shocket is my last name and I guess people felt my demeanor was as smooth and sweet as chocolate... Ha!! My plan is coming together perfectly... ;)
How do you like your coffee? Plentiful for those that need it to function so they're not crabby.  Caffeine and me don't get along... Jitters!! I'll prefer a shot of adrenaline to keep me sharp.
Previous lives: ER tech, International Medical Volunteer, seller of fancy clothes, wanderlust, beach bum, professional mountain man, adrenaline junkie, genuine certified goofball,
Guilty Pleasures: Watching entire tv show seasons in one sitting, camping in the middle of nowhere, traveling with no itinerary, eating anything and everything then exercising it off, craft beer, trail running, climbing things, and jumping off or out of things,
Favorite spots in Rochester: South Wedge, Tap and Mallet, Public Market, RedBarn rock gym.
Favorite book besides Tintinalli:   Fantasy books are my go-to for fun: LOTR, Ender's Game, Shannara series, Inheritance series

Constance Vernetti

vernettiED alias/Nickname: Big Vernetti
Care to explain its origins?: I'm not very tall, my last name is Vernetti, and the other interns are mean!
How do you like your coffee? Tasting as much like water or tea as possible
Previous Lives: EMT for Rural/Metro Ambulance in Rochester
Favorite spot in Rochester: Corn Hill
Favorite Book besides Tintinalli: Anything by John Irving (and the Harry Potter series, obviously).






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