Current Residents

Group photo of residents.

Our residents embrace a team atmosphere and togetherness both in and outside the hospital.

We take pride in not only finding academically and technically talented individuals, but in finding those with qualities to become gifted surgical leaders. Our residents embrace a team atmosphere and togetherness both in and outside the hospital.

The general surgery residency program is composed of a diverse group of students hailing from all around the world. With trainees from places such as Greece, Russia, Egypt, the Philipines and more, the Department of Surgery embraces surgical leaders from any and all backgrounds.

Please look below to learn more about the residents in each class including their backgrounds and educations and what they like to do when they’re not busy with a demanding surgical education. 

PGY-1 Residents

Jasmine Bhinder.

Jasmine Bhinder

Undergrad: University of Waterloo
Med School:
St. George's University
Hometown:
Mississauga, Ontario
Other interests: Volleyball, snowboarding, karaoke, trying new restaurants.

Sarah Budik.

Sarah Budik

Undergrad: Cornell University
Med School:
University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Other interests: Long distance running (Buffalo Marathon), hiking, camping, goal to visit all National Parks, fishing on Lake Erie with family, gardening and food preservation, cooking with homegrown and locally purchased ingredients.

Maria Fernanda Nunez De la Vega.

Maria Fernanda Nunuz De la Vega

Undergrad: N/A
Med School:
University Central del Ecuador
Hometown:
Quito, Ecuador
Other interests:
Painting, DIY/art projects, dance, and travel.

Chelsea Hoenes.

Chelsea Hoenes

Undergrad: Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
Med School:
St. George's School of Medicine
Hometown:
 Buffalo, NY
Other interests:
 Very passionate about developing global surgery initiatives and studying sociopolitical dynamics. Other hobbies include wildlife rehabilitation, teaching yoga, hiking, kayaking, camping, and outdoors exploring.

James Linden.

James Linden

Undergrad: B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Med School:
John A. Burns School of Medicine
Hometown:
 Hilo, Hawaii
Other interests:
Surfing, swimming, hiking, traveling, taking things apart, putting things back together and, of course, dancing to a good beat.

Heather Logghe.

Heather Logghe

Undergrad: University of Wisconsin, Madison
Med School:
University of California, San Francisco
Hometown:
Glenwood City, Wisconsin
Other interests: Road bike, hike, camp, quilt, travel, and thrift shop with husband and children.

Joseph Pollichemi.

Joseph Pollichemi

Undergrad: Villanova University
Med School:
University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Hometown:
Syracuse, New York
Other interests: Guitar, piano, cooking, and college basketball.

Frances Uwechue.

Frances Uwechue

Undergrad: University at Albany
Med School:
University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Hometown:
Lagos, Nigeria
Other interests: Drawing, playing drums, reading.

Gabrielle Yee.

Gabrielle Yee

Undergrad: Oxford University, University of Southern California
Med School:
University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Hometown:
Bay Area, CA
Other interests:
 Group fitness, TRX suspension training, cycling, yoga, short-recipe cooking, video games, dogs, kayaking.

Irene Yu.

Irene Yu

Undergrad: New York University
Med School:
University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Hometown:
New York, New York
Other interests: Video games, digital and traditional illustration, piano, and dance.

Kateryna Zelenova.

Kateryna Zelenova

Undergrad: University at Buffalo
Med School:
Medical University of Silesia
Other interests:
Traveling, chasing around my two boys, cooking.

PGY-2 Residents

Anges Choi.

Anges Choi

Undergrad: Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Med School:
University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, OK
Other Interests: I was born in Daegu, South Korea, and spent most of life overseas as an Army brat.

Ethan Craig.

Ethan Craig

Undergrad: University of Utah
Med School:
University of Pittsburgh
Other interests: Cooking, College football, downhill skiing.

Joel Durinka.

Joel Durinka

Undergrad: Canisius College
Med School:
St. George's University
Other interests: Running, golf, tennis.

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Aaron Epsetin

Undergrad: Rice University BA 2004, Georgetown University MA 2012
Med School:
Georgetown University
Other interests: Generally anything that makes me tachycardia and is not indoors.

Ashley Lee.

Ashley Lee

Surgery Plus Program: Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) '21

Saloni Mehrotra.

Saloni Mehrotra

Kenny Oh.

Kenny Oh

Sara Photiadis.

Sara Photiadis

Undergrad: Biochemistry, Stony Brook University
Med School:
University of Virginia
Other interests: Ice skating, cooking, spending time with family.

Brian Quaranto.

Brian Quaranto

Undergrad: Boston College
Med School:
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Surgery Plus Program:
Master’s in Engineering '21
Other interests:
Bicycling, Racquetball, Soccer, Guitar, 3D printing.

Carrie Ryan.

Carrie Ryan

Undergrad: University of Richmond
Med School:
University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine
Other interests: Swimming, skiing, hiking, reading.

Goda Savulionyte.

Goda Savulionyte

Undergrad: Temple University
Med School:
Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple
Other interests: Hiking, drawing, yoga, cuddling with my cats.

Dylan Tanzer.

Dylan Tanzer

Undergrad: McGill University
Med School:
Sackler School of Medicine
Other interests: I enjoy a variety of sports, including hockey, baseball/softball, volleyball, tennis, soccer, and snowboarding. Also, I enjoy reading books on Greek mythology and astronomy. And if none of those are available to me, video games aren't a bad alternative.

Hannah Worthington.

Hannah Worthington

Undergrad: University at Buffalo
Med School:
SUNY Upstate Medical University
Other interests:
Cooking and Baking, Exercising, Watching baseball and hockey, trying new restaurants, spending time with family and friends.

PGY-3 Residents

Natasha Ahuja.

Natasha Ahuja

Undergrad: Santa Clara University
Med School:
University of Toledo
Other interests:
Fitness - working out, Zumba, running half marathons, strength training; Playing Volleyball; Watching football, basketball and basically all sports.

Boris Borges Ondarse.

Boris Borges Ondarse

Med School: Faculty of Medicine ‘Juan Guitars Gener’, Matanzas, Cuba
Other interests:
Spending time with my family, listening to music, travel.

Joshua Burk.

Joshua Burk

Med School: Kansas City School of Medicine
Surgery Plus Program:
Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) '20

Stephen Chiang.

Stephen Chiang

Med School: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Surgery Plus Program:
Master’s in Engineering '20

Nicholas Georgalas.

Nicholas Georgalas

Bethany Harvey Wood.

Bethany Harvey Wood

Undergrad: Denison University
Med School:
Tufts University School of Medicine
Other interests:
Spending time with friends and family, checking out new restaurants, and the Buffalo Bills.

Jinwei Hu.

Jinwei Hu

Undergrad: Ohio State University
Med School:
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Hometown:
 Buffalo, NY
Surgery Plus Program:
Fellowship in Medical Bioinformatics '20

John Reinier Narvaez.

John Reinier Narvaez

Undergrad: California State University, Long Beach, CA
Med School
: University of California, San Francisco
Hometown:
Manila, Philippines and Los Angeles, CA
Surgery Plus Program:
Master’s in Public Health '19
Other interests:
Basketball, working out, spending time with family.

Amy Schulze.

Amy Schulze

Michael Wach.

Michael Wach

Undergrad: University at Buffalo
Med School:
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Other interests:
Running, football, hockey, music, time with family and friends.

Nikolas Zaphiros.

Nikolas Zaphiros

Undergrad: Rutgers University
Med School:
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Other interests:
Cooking, Travel, Tennis, Soccer, Martial Arts, Working Out, Hiking, Dancing.

PGY-4 Residents

Uma Bagga.

U. Anushka Bagga

Med School: University of Sri Jayewardenepura Faculty of Medical Sciences

Mandy Flor.

Mandy Flor

Med School: Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Katie Konesky.

Katie Konesky

Med School: Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Brandon Kuehlewind.

Brandon Kuehlewind

Med School: Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Arvind Manisundaram.

Arvind Manisundaram

Undergrad: Rice University
Med School:
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
Hometown:
Ridgeland, Mississippi
Other interests:
 Pastic surgery, working out, video games, traveling, and comics.

Stephanie Martinez.

Stephanie Martinez

Undergrad: University of Pittsburgh
Med School:
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Hometown:
 East Aurora, NY
Other interests:
 Running, yoga, cooking, being a dog mom.

Helen Potter.

Helen Potter

Med School: Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Kelly Wagner.

Kelly Wagner

Med School: American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine

Jane Zhao.

Jane Zhao

Undergrad: Vanderbilt University, College of Arts and Science
Med School:
McGovern Medical School, The University of Texas at Houston
Surgery Plus Program:
Fellowship in Medical Bioinformatics '18

PGY-5 Residents

Alexandra Blanche.

Alexandra Blanche

Med School: Louisiana State University School of Medicine  

Tatiana Boyko.

Tatiana Boyko

Originally from Russia, Dr. Boyko completed a research fellowship at Stanford in wound healing and skeletal stem cell research and is pursuing surgical innovation. She is starting the hand fellowship at UB following completion of her general surgery residency.

Undergrad: UCLA
Med School:
Ross University
Other interests:
 Exploring countries, languages and cuisines, skiing, literature, art, and spending time with friends and family.

Richard Johnson.

Richard Johnson

Undergrad: Loyola University of Chicago
Med School:
Des Moines University
Other interests:
Fishing, soccer, golf, cycling, hiking, spending time with friends and family.

Thomas Langan.

Thomas Langan

Undergrad: Brown University
Med School: Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Surgery Plus Program:
Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) '19
Other interests: Skiing/snowboarding, running, hiking, music.

Andrew Nordin.

Andrew Nordin

Undergrad: Baylor University
Med School:
Baylor University
Hometown:
 Austin, TX
Other interests:
Playing music, running, cooking.

Rafael Perez.

Rafael Perez

Undergrad: University of Alabama
Med School:
University of North Texas HSC - Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
Surgery Plus Program:
Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) '18
Other interests:
Hanging out with family/friends, tennis, soccer, video games.

Tracie Terrana.

Tracie Terrana

Med School: Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

George Ventro.

George Ventro

Undergrad: Wayne State, Grosse IIe, MI
Med School:
Wayne State, Grosse IIe, MI
Other interests:
Fishing, camping, cooking, shrubberies.

Gene Yang.

Gene Yang

Undergrad: The Pennsylvania State University
Med School:
Jefferson Medical College
Surgery Plus Program:
Master’s in Engineering '18
Other interests:
Video games, tennis, golf.

Peng Yu.

Peng Yu

Med School: Dalian Medical University, China
Other interests:
Movies, traveling, dining out, computers.