Current Residents

 

Woojoong Lee, M.D., (PGY4)

 

Dr. Woo Lee

  • Favorite Rochester Hangouts: Dog Town, Next Door Bar & Grill. Good Luck, SEA Restaurant, & John's Tex-M ex
  • Most interesting diagnosis seen to date: Locked In Syndrome; academically interesting, but terrible terrible stuff.
  • Medical / Research Interests: I get the most satisfaction when working with my hands. So I am thinking about pain, spine, or prosthetics/orthotics.
  • How did you hear about the residency program? I used to be into film photography, so the natural connection to Kodak.
  • Thoughts about the residency: It's been great! Patient variety is outstanding, attendings are approachable and friendly, staff support is great. This is a program that truly cares about its residents. Some things could be improved, such as exposure to prosthetics and orthotics, but changes are in the works.
  • Why Rochester? If you look, you can usually find most things here. Good restaurants and art scenes are easy to find. For you photographers, there is a public studio where you can still make black and white prints. Cost of living is really affordable. On a resident salary, I can enjoy some of the luxuries in life and that's a nice feeling!

Future Plans

  • General physiatry with an outpatient interest in MSK, spasticity management and specializing in CVA's and trauma.

 

Brett Teran, D.O. (PGY4)

 

Dr. Brett Teran

  • Favorite Rochester Hangout: I enjoy spending time with my family at many different places in and around Rochester including: the Strong Museum of Play. local farms, hiking in the Finger Lakes, the Erie Canal trails, local parks like Mendon Ponds or Bushnell's Basin.

  • Most interesting diagnosis seen to date: Acute liver failure from mushroom ingestion or Disseminated Herpes Zoster
  • Medical / Research Interests:Pain and Musculoskeletal, Electro diagnostics.
  • Personal Interests: Sports: golf, baseball, soccer, football - I also enjoy running and hiking.
  • How did you hear about the residency program? I visited Rochester before and contacted previous residents about the program.
  • Thoughts about the residency: Well rounded program with great faculty who are excellent mentors in PM&R and the subspecialties, exposure to all aspects of the field and time to explore them in considering further training following residency.
  • Why did you choose PM&R? It is a field which incorporates the subjects in medicine which i am drawn to most: Musculoskeletal, Neuroscience and Rehabilitation following injury.
  • Why Rochester? Rochester is family-friendly and I liked the program. Great schools, plenty to do with kids in all seasons, terrific public market and many great farms in the surrounding area, fantastic hiking and sight-seeing in the nearby finger lakes!

Future Plans

  • Pain and Musculoskeletal Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 

Konsatantin Tsymbalov, D.O., M.H.A. (PGY4) Dr. Konstantin Tsymbalov

  • Favorite Rochester Hangout: At home with my family, Highland Park or along the Erie Canal
  • Most interesting diagnosis seen to date: Basketball size fibroid with abdominal pain
  • Medical / Research Interests: Interventional Pain and TBI
  • Personal Interests: I like boating, fishing, shooting, and, of course, to travel. ..
  • How did you hear about the residency program? I had heard of the program during my medical school clinical rotations in Detroit, MI and then did my own research online.
  • Thoughts about the residency: I appreciate the one-on-one experience of working with each of the attendings performing procedures and taking care of patients in inpatient and outpatient settings.
  • Why did you choose PM&R? It is the only specialty truly about function, independence, and promoting physical activity and fitness.

Future plans

  • Interventional Pain Fellowship at Deuk Spine Institute, Melbourne, FL.

 

Maya Modzelewski , M.D. (PGY3) Dr. Maya Modzelewski

  • Favorite Rochester Hangouts: The gym, the pool, SPoT Coffee, my bed, Trata & Good Luck Resturants, Finger Lakes Wineries, Sinbad's, Tap & Mallot, & Tandoor.
  • Medical / Research Interests: Pain Medicine, Palliative Care, Geriatrics, concussions/ blast injuries, & MSK.
  • Personal Interests: Traveling, swimming, outrigger canoe paddling, kayaking, SUP, scuba diving/ snorkeling, photography, tennis, hiking, and cross-country sking.
  • How did you hear about the residency program? Researching PM&R programs preparing for application to residency.
  • Thoughts about the residency: It keeps you very busy; but it is filled with a great group of residents, attendings, and staff, all while still allowing you to enjoy what Rochester has to offer.
  • Why Rochester? Very friendly people, small community feel of a big teaching hospital.

 

Denise Norton, M.D. (PGY3)

  • Favorite Rochester Hangouts: Sinbad's, SPoT CoffeeDr. Denise Norton
  • Medical / Research Interests: Still thinking this through, but I am interested in muscle memory and genetics of injuries.
  • Personal Interests: Health/fitness, any outdoor activity, soccer, cycling, music, family and food!
  • Why did you choose PM&R? I love the functional aspect of medicine.
  • How did you hear about the residency program? Through FRIEDA when I was doing research about programs.
  • Thoughts about the residency: Residency is an eye-opening, opportunity-filled, lifestyle I did not understand until I was here. It makes you realize that upon graduation that all things are possible.
  • Why Rochester? Clearly the weather!

Claudia Ramirez, M.D. (PGY3)Ramirez

  • Favorite Rochester Hangouts: Java's, SPoT Coffee, Tapas, Salena's, India House and Biaggi
  • Medical / Research Interests: Trauma, fractures, spine injuries
  • Personal Interests: Medical missions, education, mentoring and volunteering
  • Why did you choose PM&R? Love the focus on function!
  • How did you hear about the residency program? ERAS
  • Thoughts about the residency: Building of general medical knowledge during intern year, followed by three years of PM&R
  • Why Rochester? Rochester has beautiful summers with great places to go bike riding, hiking, running, and great indoor places to discover the rest of the year.

 

Dan Amos, M.D. (PGY2)

 

Amos

  • Favorite Rochester Hangouts: Rose's Cantina, World Gym, and Wegmans
  • Medical/ Research Interests: TBI's in Veterans.
  • Personal Interests: Bullfighting, Shark diving, Mountain climbing, traveling, Muay Thai, Tough Muddering, trying to get on Survivor, and bacon, of course.
  • How did you hear about the residency program? It was recommended from a former classmate already in the program.
  • Thoughts about the residency: I enjoy the teaching and 1:1 time with the attendings.
  • Why Rochester? There is an abundance of opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities, and the affordable cost of living.

David Essaff, D.O. (PGY2) Essaff

  • Favorite Hangouts: Good Luck Restaurant and Tap & Mallet.
  • Medical/ Research Interests: Pain, MSK, & pediatrics.
  • Personal Interests: Cooking and entertaining.
  • How did you hear about the residency program? AOCPMR Medical Students Conference.
  • Thoughts about the residency: Internal medicine program at URMC is top notch - It provides a solid foundation for inpatient rehab services.
  • Why did you choose PM&R? Great mix of general medicine and MSK/ Neurology. Many subspecialty options. Good quality of life.

 

Kasia Iwan, M.D. (PGY2)

Iwan

 

  • Favorite Hangouts: Java's, Good Luck Restaurant, RPO, BBQ's with friends on a sunny day, concerts and festivals.
  • Most Interesting Diagnosis seen to date: Late onset CVID in a patient with Mycoplasma synovitis.
  • Medical Research Interests: MSK & pain; mainly because I like the hands-on approach to patient care.
  • Personal Interests: Photography, basketball (I'm a crazy Lakers fan), attempting to cook food from around the world. surfing, swimming, & sunbathing.
  • Why did you choose PM&R? It focuses on improving the quality of life of patients and is truly needed in the aging population. Also, it allows one to correlate function with a specific injury.
  • Thoughts about the residency: I always feel supported by the rehab team. I never imagined learning so much in such a short amount of time by working with attendings to care for patients, performing procedures, and participating in lectures & conferences.
  • Why Rochester? Beautiful summers and friendly people who come from different backgrounds. As a resident, you experience a diverse patient population because of the high level of care at Strong Memorial Hospital.

 

Nicholas Love, M.D. (PGY1)

 

Love

  • Favorite Hangouts: Greece Canal Park and Tap & Mallot.
  • Most Interesting Diagnosis seen to date: Ethanol ablation of the left ventricular septum to remove the outflow tract obstruction caused be Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy.
  • Medical/ Research Interests: Sports medicine, Exercising and Aging.
  • Personal Interests: Campling, hiking, biking, and kayaking.
  • How did you hear about the residency program? Online search about PM&R residency programs.
  • Thoughts about the residency: I feel like I am part of a group and not just an individual in a residency program. The attendings and director are very approachable and want to help with any problems.
  • Why PM&R? I was very interested in neurology and MSK, but I did not find neurology or ortho to be the right fit for me. I love the focus on restoring on restoring function and working with patients to improve quality of life. I feel we make a partnership with our patients to achieve goals. We don't just treat a condition; we look at a persons' whole life and help create a plan that is best suited for them.

Nicole Strong, D.O. (PGY1)

 

Strong

  • Favorite Rochester Hangouts: I haven't been in the Rochester area too long, but I enjoyed camping at Hamlin Beach State Park. I am still exploring!
  • Most Interesting Diagnosis seen to date: ADEM - Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis.
  • Medical/ Research Interests: Stroke rehabilitation and MSK.
  • Personal Interests: Sking, photography, dancing, writing, reading, traveling, family time, and working on our home.
  • How did you hear about the residency program? Through the general application process.
  • Thoughts about the residency: I am an intern this year, but I find the balance between autonomy and supervision at URMC a healthy one. It is a very comfortable learning environment for new residents.
  • Why did you choose PM&R? I have a background in kinesiology and have been interested in rehab since undergrad. When I found the specialty of PM&R, it fit what I was looking for in a career. I like the focus on quality of life and long-term patient relationships.

Kristen Brusky, D.O. (PGY1)

Brusky

  • Favorite Rochester Hangouts: Rochester Public Market, Cure, Highland Park, Owl House, Park Ave Area, Old Toad
  • Medical / Research Interests:  I have significant exposure to MSK but I am intrigued by stroke, TBI, pediatrics, pain and palliative care. I would like to continue research with inter-professional education.
  • Personal Interests:  Live Music, Hiking, Dining, Playing and Watching Sports,
  • How did you hear about the residency program? I visited during one of my road trips from Maine to Wisconsin and shadowed PM&R residents as a medical student.
  • Thoughts about the residency: This is a very supportive environment to develop a solid medicine foundation within a large, welcoming academic institution with a great mission statement.
  • Why did you choose PM&R? My strong interest in anatomy, the concept of form & function, inter-professional approach to patient care, and the patient population led me to this diverse field with limitless opportunities after residency.
  • Why Rochester? There is an abundance of activities inside the city. The cost of living is affordable for purchasing a home.  It is really easy to get outside Rochester to enjoy nature and I have family friends located in Webster.