Our Residents Outside Strong Memorial
Dr. Katherine Wood found her true calling in medicine after a clinical research career in cardiac devices. She received her medical degree from the University of Toledo College of Medicine. During medical school she traveled to the Ivory Coast, West Africa, to launch the first Women's Health initiative in the region. She received the Outstanding Resident Teacher Award as an intern at the University of Toledo and continues to share her passion for surgery with others. Along with cardiac surgery, her interests include skiing, hiking, and discovering new foods.
Dr. Clauden Louis is a graduate in the field of medicine from Howard University. Clauden is a first generation student born in Miami Florida and descendent from the island Haiti. Clauden Louis attended William H. Turner Technical Arts High School in Miami Florida where he received both his diploma and medical laboratory assistant certificate. Clauden Louis then attended Florida State University where he pursued Exercise Science with Pharmacy and Nova Southeastern University where he pursued Biology completing his Bachelor of Science.
Dr. Bart Simon - Dr. Simon was born and raised in Buffalo, NY where he attended Canisius College before coming to Rochester for medical school. A strong interest in cardiovascular physiology and fascination with surgical technique led him to his calling in cardiothoracic surgery. His career interests include education in surgery and surgical techniques as they relate to clinical outcomes. Outside the hospital he cherishes time spent with his wife Kylie and their new son Braeden. He also enjoys running, working out, and playing the guitar especially in instrumental rock, metal, and neoclassical styles.
Dr. Daniel Ryan Ziazadeh received a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from James Madison College at Michigan State University. He went on to obtain a Master of Science degree in Pharmacology from the University of Michigan Medical School. He then completed his medical training at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Throughout medical school, he published several peer-reviewed articles in advanced cancer research and served as a reviewer, technical support specialist, and senior editor for the Medical Student Research Journal. Daniel is an avid traveler and has participated in medical rotations in India, Brazil, Guyana, and Israel.
Dr. Kyle C. Purrman grew up in Asheville, NC and attended East Carolina University for both college and medical school. During undergrad and medical school, Kyle was involved in many research projects spanning basic science topics, translational studies, and case studies in cardiothoracic surgery. He was also passionate about community outreach projects through student-run free clinics for underserved populations. Kyle is a semi-professional eater and a connoisseur of The Office, Parks and Recreation, and Scrubs. An avid outdoorsman and traveler, Kyle enjoys hiking, kayaking, fishing, and adventures with his girlfriend and their new black lab puppy, Acadia.
Dr. Nick Searcy hails from the great state of Idaho. He is married to Chandee, his wife of eleven years, and has four children: Jack (8), Cooper (6), Felix (3) and Evie (1). He graduated with a bachelor degree in Emergency Services from Brigham Young University-Idaho, received his Master of Business Administration from Simon Business School, and completed his medical education at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He has academic interests in cardiac surgery and surgical outcomes research. He loves camping, hiking, and exploring the outdoors with his family. While his culinary prowess needs some serious work, his baking has steadily improved over the years and he enjoys making sweet treats.