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Christian Probst

Christian Probst, MD, MPH was born and raised in Florida, where attended the University of Florida and graduated with a BS in Microbiology & Cell Science and an MS in Management. He then moved to Boston where he matriculated at Tufts University School of Medicine. He spent a year researching autologous chondrocyte implantation, graduating with research honors. He completed two years of general surgery residency at the University of Florida Shands Hospital and then transferred to the University of Rochester, where he completed his general surgery training. As part of the Surgical Health Outcomes and Research Enterprise (SHORE)​, he was involved in surgical outcomes research and completed his MPH at the University of Rochester School of Medicine.  After fellowship, he plans to pursue a career in general thoracic surgery. Outside of the hospital, Christian can be found spending time with his wife, Kelly, and two daughters​. He enjoys traveling, sailing, hiking and sharing delicious food with good friends.


J. Tyler Van Backer, M.D.J. Tyler Van Backer, MD was born and raised in Vermont, where he attended the University of Vermont and graduated with a BS in Neuroscience. Throughout his undergraduate training he was active in EMS, volunteering and working for four ambulance services and conducted research on taste perception in mice. He continued his education at UVM for medical school while continuing to work in EMS. He then matched at Albany Medical Center for General Surgery. When away from the hospital, Tyler enjoys spending time with his wife, Natasha, two daughters, and golden retriever. As a family, they enjoy hiking, swimming in Lake Ontario (especially their dog), and traveling.