Georgina Pappas - PGY4
After graduating from the George Washington University with a BS in chemistry, Georgina Pappas spent two years as a research and surgical assistant with the NeuroTrauma Department at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research/Naval Medical Research Center researching pre-hospital management of traumatic brain injury and hemorrhagic shock. As a member of the inaugural class of the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, Quinnipiac University, Georgina was president of the school’s Surgery Interest Group ACS chapter, student representative on the curriculum committee, and volunteered around the community as a science fair judge and health careers mentor to high school students. She grew-up in a large Greek family in Westport, CT, for whom she likes to bake desserts and visit often. She also enjoys hiking, yoga, and writing in her spare time.
Joshua Eli Robins - PGY4
Eli Robins attended Wake Forest University where he received his BS in Biology in 2011. As an undergraduate, he was a four-year varsity letterman on the baseball team. Prior to medical school, he completed his MS in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at East Carolina University, examining the "Spatial expression of matrix and matrix receptor proteins in the developing synovial joint". He stayed at East Carolina for medical school earning his MD in 2017. While pursuing his degree, he was president of his class and presented and published on both pediatric and vascular surgery issues. He is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society, Golden Humanism honor society, and has been recognized with multiple teaching awards. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, gardening, golfing, cooking, hunting, and fishing.
Mark Balceniuk - PGY3
Mark Balceniuk earned his bachelor’s degree at Duquesne University and attended Jefferson Medical College for medical school. Mark couples-matched with his now wife, Lindsay, into the general surgery residency at the University of Rochester. After spending 2 years doing clinical outcomes research in vascular surgery and earning his MPH, Mark transferred from the general surgery program in to the integrated vascular surgery program. Mark enjoys spending his free time with his wife and kids and exploring all that Rochester has to offer.
Andrew Schroeder - PGY3
Andrew Schroeder attended the University of Notre Dame, where he majored in Biology and captained the club Ultimate Frisbee team. Before medical school at Des Moines University, he worked in a Virology lab at Washington University in St. Louis, using gene sequencing technology to identify emerging infections as well as changes to the virome in primates infected with the HIV-model, SIV. He is a St. Louis native and enjoys cheering on his favorite sports teams, the St. Louis Cardinals and Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Andrew spends his free time playing golf, running, reading, and being outdoors with his family.
Kash Desai - PGY2
Kash Desai attended Washington University in St. Louis where he majored in Biochemistry & Anthropology. He continued his medical education at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis where he conducted and published research in risk prediction modeling, serum & plaque biomarkers, hindlimb ischemic recovery, and cerebrovascular disease progression through the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Student Research Fellowship. He also served as the course liaison for the Surgical Clerkship & Practice of Medicine courses and is interested in medical education and student support. He earned his M.D. and Masters in Population Health Science in 2019 before starting his residency in vascular surgery at the University of Rochester. In his spare time, Kash enjoys training for ultramarathons, cycling, and backpacking in national parks.
Leanne Grafmuller (PGY1)
Leanne Grafmuller was born and raised on Long Island, NY. She attended the University of Pennsylvania where she studied bioengineering and Hispanic studies. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 2009, she began her career as a chemist in the pharmaceutical industry, supporting the development of novel, small molecule drug therapies. After six years of life science research and industry experience, she matriculated at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse to pursue her true passion, medicine. In her free time, Leanne enjoys gardening, cooking, practicing Ashtanga yoga, traveling abroad, and Broadway musicals.
Vinny Locham (PGY1)
Vinny Locham grew up in Canada and earned his Honors BS in Physiology from University of Toronto. He then moved to Bahrain where he completed his medical training from Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland - Bahrain in 2015. After graduation, he worked as a research fellow in vascular surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, largely focusing on clinical outcomes involving AAA, TAAA, hemodialysis access, and carotid revascularization. Prior to starting his clinical training in vascular surgery at UR, Vinny also completed one-year surgical internship at University of California San Diego. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his friends and family, and prefers outdoor activities including hiking.
Rachad Wehbe (Department Fellow)
Mohammad Rachad Wehbe was born and raised in the city of Saida, Lebanon. He attended American University of Beirut (Lebanon) where he earned his BS in Biology in 2007. He completed his MD at the University of Balamand in 2013, followed by a general surgery residency at the American University of Beirut Medical Center in 2017 (ACGME-I accredited program). He continued his surgical training with a two-year vascular fellowship at American University of Beirut Medical Center. In his spare time, Rachad enjoys exploring the scenic nature trails and beautiful lakes in Western New York along with his wife Samia and their dog.