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Justin Budnik, M.D. - PGY5

Justin BudnikChief Resident

Medical School: University of Rochester

Justin Budnik is a lifelong Western New York resident.  He is in his 14th year of affiliation with the University of Rochester.  Justin has accepted a job in community practice in Upstate NY. He enjoys woodworking and the outdoors.

Sara Hardy, M.D. - PGY5

Sara HardyChief Resident

Medical School: Case Western Reserve University

Sara Hardy attended medical school at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University.  She then did a neurology residency at Johns Hopkins prior to coming to Rochester for further training in radiation oncology.  She is particularly interested in radiation for benign and malignant brain tumors as well as neurologic complications of cancer and cancer treatment. She enjoys reading, old movies, and spending time with her family including her infant son, Kepler.

John Kang, M.D., Ph.D. - PGY5

John Kang

Chief Resident

Medical School: University of Pittsburgh

John Kang completed his MD at the University of Pittsburgh and PhD in Computational Biology at Carnegie Mellon University.  He has lived in 5 states and 4 countries. For fun, he enjoys going to the gym and finding interesting YouTube channels.  For research, he enjoys applying machine learning to biomedical problems.  He also plans to teach this to others in medicine as well.

Khush Aujla, M.D. - PGY4

Khush Aujla

Medical School: University of Mississippi

Khush Aujla completed his MD at the University of Mississippi. He and his wife moved to Rochester to get away from the humidity, and to enjoy the countless outdoor activities nearby Rochester. Prior to radiation oncology, his research was focused on long term side effects of chronic inflammation. His clinical interest include head and neck cancers, brachytherapy, and late side effects. He enjoys traveling, trying new recipes from places he has traveled to, and then working out.

Michael Stolten, M.D. - PGY4

Michael Stolten

Medical School: Tulane University

Michael Stolten completed his MD at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, LA. Prior to that he worked as a biomedical engineer for a medical device company in Portland, OR. He immigrated to the United States when he was 10 years old from New Zealand where he was born. His clinical interests are CNS malignancies, cancer survivorship, and brachytherapy procedures. He enjoys working in his garden, home renovations, traveling, and making cocktails. 

Christopher Doucette, M.D. - PGY3

Christopher Doucette

Medical School: University of Rochester

Christopher Doucette earned a B.A. in Molecular Biology & Biophysics from Wesleyan University in 2007 where he conducted basic science research investigating the mechanism of action of DNA mismatch repair proteins. He then worked as a Research Coordinator at a Yale Medical School affiliated methadone clinic for two years before coming to Rochester in 2013 for medical school at the University of Rochester. He first discovered radiation oncology through a prostate cancer research project. He is originally from Boston and enjoys traveling (favorite countries so far include Ethiopia and Thailand), cooking, heading to the Public Market on Saturday mornings, attending festivals, and yoga.

Joseph Clyde, M.D. - PGY2

Joseph Clyde

Medical School: Pennsylvania State

Joseph Clyde completed his MD at Penn State College of Medicine.  He is published in various fields including medical ethics, psychology, otolaryngology, and immunotherapy.  Having grown up in the Rocky Mountains and having lived in Argentina’s Andes mountains, Joseph is thrilled to be training where it snows.  When not at work you will find him mountain biking, camping, or reading Harry Potter to his three kids.

Amit Chowdhry, M.D., Ph.D. - PGY2

Amit ChowdhryMedical School: University of Rochester

Amit Chowdhry completed his MD and PhD in statistics in from the University of Rochester as a part of the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP).  Though his PhD dissertation focused on statistical methods for analyzing meta-analysis data in the setting of missing data, he is broadly interested in studying and applying statistical methods used in clinical trials and observational research.   In addition to clinical medicine and research, he has an interest in teaching biostatistics to medical students and physicians.  In his free time, he likes to spend time with his wife and rest of his family, watch movies, and read nonfiction books.