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Nicholas Palladino and Lauren Jepson

Nicholas Palladino and Lauren Jepson are both bound for Yale-New Haven Medical Center.

Match Day 2016

Published March 18, 2016

Medical students in the University at Buffalo’s Class of 2016 celebrated the next steps in their medical careers during a Match Day event March 18.

The Statler City Golden Ballroom in downtown Buffalo was filled with nervous, but excited, fourth-year medical students and their families waiting to learn where the students will pursue their medical residency training.

Each class member received a sealed letter from the National Resident Matching Program, and when David A. Milling, MD, senior associate dean for student and academic affairs, led a countdown from 10, the ballroom’s atmosphere resembled that of a New Year’s Eve Gala.

Students excitedly opened their envelopes at the same time, revealing their fates. What followed next was a steady stream of tears of joy, family hugs and excited cellphone calls and texts.

Number Staying at UB for Residency Continues to Climb

Forty-five students, or 31 percent of the class of 143, matched into UB Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences residencies.

That compares to 30 in 2015 and 28 in 2014 — growing evidence that more and more students are seeking to continue their training at UB.

Soaking in the Moment: an Emotional Experience

William Stendardi — who matched in internal medicine at the University of California, San Diego — felt like many of his classmates in the moments just after the envelopes were opened: stunned, but in a good way.

“It is great to see all my classmates here together as we start the next chapter in our lives,” he said. “It is really hard to put into words how I feel right now. I am very emotional.”

Substantial Contingent Headed to Yale

Sarah Riley was ecstatic to have matched into a psychiatry residency at Yale-New Haven Medical Center in Connecticut.

Her happiness grew after she made her way over to the next table to learn that her best friend, Lauren Jepson, had also matched into Yale in a pediatrics residency. Upon sharing the news, the two friends shrieked and fell into a tearful embrace.

Jepson had matched as a couple with Nicholas Palladino, who matched into Yale in an emergency medicine residency. Overall, six students matched into Yale-New Haven Medical Center.

“I’m very excited. It is a big move to make,” Riley said. “We actually have quite a group going to Yale, so that will be nice.”

‘Dream Program’ Match a Success for Couple

Aneela Cox and Joshua Cox also matched as a couple and could not have been any happier about the results.

Aneela matched into a family medicine residency at the University of Arizona, Tucson, and Joshua matched into an internal medicine residency at the same university.

The couple said it was nerve-wracking to try and match as a couple, but they said it could not have had a more positive outcome.

“It is my dream program, so it worked out really well,” Aneela said.

All 143 fourth-year medical students are listed below with their future medical specialties and the locations of their residency matches.  

Name Medical Specialty Program Location
Ashley Alex Neurology University at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.
Shervin Badkhshan Surgery-Preliminary
Urology
University at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.
University at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.
Colin Begy Internal Medicine Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu
Sarah Belliotti Obstetrics-Gynecology University at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.
Kristen Bennett Pediatrics University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh
Brandon Michael Bilka Anesthesiology NCC-Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Md.
Michael Robert Bisogno Orthopaedic Surgery Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, N.Y.
Prince Bonsu Anesthesiology University at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.
Sean David Bourne Family Medicine Chippenham and Johnston-Willis Hospitals, Richmond, Va.
Charles T. Camp Psychiatry University at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.
Lindsay Carlson Emergency Medicine University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.
Arthur Chang Pediatrics University at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.
Alan Wei-ming Chen Psychiatry University of Southern California/LAC+USC Medical Center, Los Angeles
Jason Chow Medicine-Preliminary
Ophthalmology
Rhode Island Hospital/Brown University, Providence, R.I.
Rhode Island Hospital/Brown University, Providence, R.I.
Allen Yicheng Chung Medicine-Preliminary
Radiation-Oncology
University at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Chelsey Catherine Ciambella General Surgery Rhode Island Hospital/Brown University, Providence, R.I.
Kristopher Philip Clark Internal Medicine Boston Medical Center, Boston
Joss Chanin Cohen Medicine-Preliminary
Neurology
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles
Ross F. Cole Orthopaedic Surgery University at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.
Aneela Cox Family Medicine University of Arizona, Tucson, Ariz.
Joshua Cox Internal Medicine University of Arizona, Tucson, Ariz.
Alonso Diaz Internal Medicine University at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.
Michael DiBianco Psychiatry Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital, Hartford, Conn.
Thomas Duane Dieringer Internal Medicine University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.
Mark A. DiIulio Medicine-Preliminary
Radiology-Diagnostic
Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, Great Neck, N.Y.
University of Southern California Medical Center, Los Angeles
Alex Dinh Internal Medicine University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Patrick Adrian Donohue Internal Medicine University of Rochester, Rochester, N.Y.
William Du Internal Medicine University at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.
Janelle Duah Medicine-Primary Yale-New Haven Medical Center, New Haven, Conn.
Richard Dubois General Surgery New York Presbyterian Hospital (Columbia Campus), New York City
Jason Edwards Internal Medicine NSLIJ/Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City
Shane Eikenberry Internal Medicine Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, N.H.
Alexandra Dowling Einhorn Internal Medicine Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, Richmond, Va.
Jason Eng Internal Medicine University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago
Jeanette Lynn Epstein Pediatrics University at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.
Sina Erfani Anesthesiology George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
Soroush Farnoosh Otolaryngology SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, N.Y.
Benjamin Harry Farr Surgery-Preliminary University at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.
James Patrick Farrell Orthopaedic Surgery University at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.
Robert Zachary Ferdman Internal Medicine University at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.
Madison Galasso Emergency Medicine Allegheny General Hospital-Western Pennsylvania Hospital, Pittsburgh
Steven James Gangloff Neurology University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh
Victor Louis Garcia Internal Medicine Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, N.Y.
Megan E. Gaugler Family Medicine Ellis Hospital of Schenectady, Schenectady, N.Y.
Nicole Brewer Gaulin Obstetrics-Gynecology Allegheny General Hospital-Western Pennsylvania Hospital, Pittsburgh
Helena M. Gvili Emergency Medicine Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark, N.J.
Faizi Mohaimen Hai Pediatrics University at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.
Stephen Duncan Haight Emergency Medicine UCSF Fresno, Fresno, Calif.
Jennifer Harb Otolaryngology Tufts Medical Center, Boston
Brett Allen Harmon Anesthesiology University of Rochester, Strong Memorial, Rochester, N.Y.
Ryan Hartman Emergency Medicine Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, Manhasset, N.Y.
Thomas Harvey Transitional
Radiology-Diagnostic
Bassett Medical Center, Cooperstown, N.Y.
Winthrop-University Hospital, Mineola, N.Y.
Michael J. Hong Jr. Surgery-Preliminary
Radiology-Diagnostic
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston
University of Colorado, Aurora, Colo.
Kimberly Ann Huerth Medicine-Preliminary University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago
Neriy Izkhakov Research  
Max Jacobson Transitional
Radiology-Diagnostic
St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, Syracuse, N.Y.
University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.
Gilad Maurice Jaffe Internal Medicine Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.
Lauren Jepson Pediatrics Yale-New Haven Medical Center, New Haven, Conn.
Jeremy Johns Internal Medicine Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, N.J.
Eric Edward Kaczor Emergency Medicine University of Massachusetts, Worcester, Mass.
Samantha W. Kamp Psychiatry University of Rochester, Rochester, N.Y.
Michael Joseph Kantor Pediatrics University of Rochester, Rochester, N.Y.
Janice Hyungju Kim Emergency Medicine University at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.
Upasana Kochhar Family Medicine University at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.
Katie Lynn Konesky General Surgery University at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.
Adam Korus Internal Medicine Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, N.Y.
Thomas Krier Emergency Medicine New York Methodist Hospital, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Stephanie Krowka General Surgery University at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.
Brandon Kuehlewind General Surgery University at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.
Vincent Reed LaSala Family Medicine Lancaster General Hospital, Lancaster, Pa.
Richard Howard Law Otolaryngology Research Fellowship Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, S.C.
Nathanael Juseop Lee Medicine-Preliminary
Neurology
Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia
Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia
William SeungHyun Lee Medicine-Preliminary
Anesthesiology
New York University School of Medicine, New York City
New York University School of Medicine, New York City
Lauren Melissa Little Obstetrics-Gynecology Memorial Health-University Medical Center, Mercer University School of Medicine, Savannah, Ga.
David Lloyd Internal Medicine University at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.
Christian Damon Lobo Family Medicine University of Colorado, HealthONE Swedish Medical Center, Aurora, Colo.
Daniel Luu Medicine-Preliminary
Radiology-Diagnostic
University at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.
Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, Staten Island, N.Y.
Erin Kathryn Ly Internal Medicine Winthrop-University Hospital, Mineola, N.Y.
Mandy Hei-Man Ma General Surgery University at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.
Brian A. MacDonald Jr. Internal Medicine University at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.
Nethra Kumar Madurai Pediatrics Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore
Pooja Makhija Pediatrics University at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.
Paul F. McBride Neurological Surgery University of South Florida, Morsani, Tampa, Fla.
Adriana Lynn Meholick General Surgery Baystate Medical Center, Tufts University School of Medicine, Springfield, Mass.
Constance Mei Surgery-Preliminary University at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.
Maryann E. Mikucki Medicine-Preliminary
Radiation-Oncology
University at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.
University at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.
Trevor Miller Medicine-Preliminary
Anesthesiology
University at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.
New York University School of Medicine, New York City
Ebrahim Mirakhor Internal Medicine Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles
Emad Mogadam Internal Medicine Huntington Memorial Hospital, Pasadena, Calif.
Alison Moritz Psychiatry University of Arizona, Tucson, Ariz.
Amanda Morrison Family Medicine University of Rochester, Highland Hospital of Rochester, Rochester, N.Y.
Vincent Paul Moscato Medicine-Preliminary
Ophthalmology
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Beth Israel, New York City
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark, N.J.
Jimmy Mullally Internal Medicine University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh
Theresa Neiderer Pediatrics-Preliminary
Child Neurology
Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, Richmond, Va.
Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, Richmond, Va.
Michael Travis O’Leary Orthopaedic Surgery University of Rochester, Rochester, N.Y.
Emilie Powers O’Neill Medicine-Primary Yale-New Haven Medical Center, New Haven, Conn.
Chinelo Ogbudinkpa General Surgery University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago
Nathan Paul Olszewski Orthopaedic Surgery Boston Medical Center, Boston
Jamie A. Ott Emergency Medicine SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, N.Y.
Okari Owate Internal Medicine State University of New York Health Science Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Nicholas Palladino Emergency Medicine Yale-New Haven Medical Center, New Haven, Conn.
Mannan Parrikh Medicine-Preliminary
Radiology-Diagnostic
Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, Staten Island, N.Y.
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, N.J.
John Michael Pinski Orthopaedic Surgery Tufts Medical Center, Boston
Andrei Popescu Emergency Medicine University at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.
Helen Alexandra Potter General Surgery University at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.
Kara Powalski Pediatrics University at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.
Nora Allen Proops Psychiatry Yale-New Haven Medical Center, New Haven, Conn.
Kate Raiti-Palazzolo Internal Medicine Boston Medical Center, Boston
Brendon Reilly Vascular Surgery University at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.
Sarah Riley Psychiatry Yale-New Haven Medical Center, New Haven, Conn.
Ethan Samuel Rosenfeld General Surgery George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
Kenneth Charles Schmidt Pediatrics University at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.
Christopher Schwarz Emergency Medicine University at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.
James Shea Pediatrics McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, Chicago
Abdul-Haseeb Sheikh Anesthesiology University at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.
Guneet Singh Emergency Medicine Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, Manhasset, N.Y.
Everett J. Sinibaldi Internal Medicine University at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.
Daniel Sirica Jr. Neurology University at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.
Jamie P. Sklar Pediatrics Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, New Hyde Park, N.Y.
Michele Smith Pediatrics New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center, New York City
Jason Benjamin Smoak Orthopaedic Surgery University at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.
Howard Soh Internal Medicine Montefiore Medical Center/Einstein, Bronx, N.Y.
Taryn Spencer Internal Medicine University at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.
Raymond Mark St. Marie Combined Adult/Child Psychiatry University at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.
William Stendardi Internal Medicine UC San Diego, San Diego, Calif.
Rachel Stewart Pediatrics Emory University, Atlanta, Ga.
Hannah Lee Stillings Family Medicine Mountain Area Health Education Center, Asheville, N.C.
Alexander Strait Pathology Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, N.H.
Jenna Studer Obstetrics-Gynecology University at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.
Ashlee Elizabeth Stutsrim General Surgery Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, N.C.
Jeffrey Y. Tsai Surgery-Preliminary University at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.
Michelle Renee Tsukamoto Internal Medicine UC Irvine, Orange, Calif.
Olga Varechtchouk Pediatrics University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
Anna Rich Waller Emergency Medicine San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium, Fort Sam Houston, Texas
Shana Allyce Wierchowski Internal Medicine University at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.
Michael Williams Surgery-Preliminary University at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.
Winston Wong Internal Medicine Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, Great Neck, N.Y.
Kathleen Wood Medicine-Pediatrics Duke University Hospital, Durham, N.C.
Kaitlyn Yarussi Anesthesiology Montefiore Medical Center/Einstein, Bronx, N.Y.
Allison Yu Anesthesiology Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis
Dian Yu Medicine-Preliminary
Ophthalmology
Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, Staten Island, N.Y.
Georgetown University Hospital, Washington Hospital Center, Washington, D.C.
Andrew Zhao Family Medicine Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare, La Crosse, Wis.
Becky Zhao Pediatrics Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio