Our Residents

Our residents have diverse interests and perspectives, but all share a passion for delivering excellent care. And that makes them a perfect fit for our rich training environment.

PGY-4

Chien-Yeu Steven Chun.

Chien-Yeu Steven Chun

Hometown: Cowlitz, Wash.
Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine
Undergrad School: Washington and Lee University​
What I love most about our program: Generalist-focused.
OB/GYN interest: General OB/GYN.

Charlotte Cipparone.

Charlotte Cipparone

Hometown: Old Lyme, Conn.
Medical School: Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo
Undergrad School: Dartmouth College
Fun facts/hobbies: Backpacking, horseback riding, running, listening to NPR podcasts, eating breakfast sandwiches.
Favorite things to do in Buffalo: Kayaking on the Buffalo River, Bills games, Shakespeare in the Park, tons of breweries!
What I love most about our program: I love that we have a collegial environment within the program. We work with both academic faculty and private practice attendings, which gives us a chance to experience a wide range of practice models before we enter the "real world." 
OB/GYN interest: Undecided, considering FPMRS or MIGS.

Borel Djouedjong Fonhoue.

Borel Djouedjong Fonhoue

Hometown: Cameroon
Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine
Undergrad School: Brigham Young University
Fun facts/hobbies: I love spending time with my family and my very chatty and beautiful twins. I enjoy listening to audio books, watching movies, and eating French desserts and traditional Cameroonian dishes.
What I love most about our program: Diverse population, co-residents, and faculty.
OB/GYN interest: International women’s health.

Clara Gomez Quinonez.

Clara Gomez Quinonez

Hometown: Pamplona, Colombia
Medical School: Universidad Central del Caribe Escuela de Medicine
Undergrad School: University of Maryland 
Fun fact/hobbies: I love traveling, salsa dancing, and the gym.
Favorite things to do in Buffalo: Kayaking, running by Canalside.
What I love most about our program: Diversity and friendliness between residents. 
OB/GYN interest: General OB/GYN.

Mary Carleton Johnston.

Mary Carleton Johnston

Hometown: Mobile, Ala.
Medical School: University of Alabama School of Medicine
Undergrad School: Duke University 
Fun facts/hobbies: I love sports, traveling, and my golden retriever, Maggie. I was a Track and Field athlete at Duke. I've traveled to over 15 countries by myself. 
Favorite things to do in Buffalo: Watch the Bills and Sabres, hang out by the water front, eat at all the restaurants, weekend trips to nature parks. 
What I love most about the program: My co-residents! 
OB/GYN interest: Gynecologic oncology.

Linda Kim.

Linda Kim

Hometown: Houston, Texas
Medical School: University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Undergrad School: University of Texas at Austin
Fun facts/hobbies: Eating, hiking, thrifting.
Favorite things to do in Buffalo: Paddle boarding, exploring all the different trails, checking out different breweries.
What I love most about the program: The diversity of our residents.
OB/GYN interest: General OB/GYN.

Hannah Moery.

Hannah Moery

Hometown: Edmond, Okla. 
Medical School: University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
Undergrad School: Oklahoma State University
Fun facts/hobbies: I love spending time with my husband and dog, traveling, exercising, spending time with friends. 
Favorite things to do in Buffalo: Hiking, Restaurants/Breweries, Canalside.
What I love most about the program: I genuinely love the friendliness of our program and how all the residents work well together and support each other. Additionally, the attendings are very supportive and interested in our success.
OB/GYN interest: General OB/GYN.

Rebeccah Stevens.

Rebeccah Stevens

Hometown: Suffern, N.Y.
Medical School: Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo
Undergrad School: Boston College
Fun facts/hobbies: Big fan of conversation, both petty and profound. After hours house-flipper. I play music and seek out competitive games. Also, I love free things.
Favorite things to do in Buffalo: Eat good food, run down Unity Island, Shakespeare in the Park.
What I love most about our program: Diversity
OB/GYN Interest: General OB/GYN.

PGY-3

Sonia Amin.

Sonia Amin

Hometown: Blacksburg, Va. 
Medical School: Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic
Undergrad School: Virginia Tech
Fun facts/hobbies:  I love traveling and exploring new places. I also really enjoy hiking and spending time outside. 
Favorite things to do in Buffalo: Exploring the city and finding new places to eat! 
What I love most about our program: I really love how supportive and welcoming all the residents have been through this transition into residency! 
OB/GYN interest: General OB/GYN and family planning.

Sarah Andres.

Sarah Andres

Hometown: Foxboro, Mass.
Medical School: Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergrad School: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Fun facts/hobbies:  I climbed Mt Kilimanjaro in my 4th year of med school! Running, hiking, rock climbing. 
Favorite things to do in Buffalo: Visiting funky coffee shops and breweries.
What I love most about the program: The people! The residents at this program are stellar and are a big portion of what drew me to this program. We have an incredible diversity of ideas and backgrounds. Residents are compassionate, flexible and giving. 
OB/GYN Interest: Gynecologic oncology, global health.

Arianna Caruso.

Arianna Caruso

Hometown: Wantagh, N.Y.
Medical School: Creighton University School of Medicine
Undergrad School: Lehigh University
Fun facts/hobbies: I like to bake!
Favorite things to do in Buffalo: Trying new restaurants and going to Canalside!
What I love most about the program: My co-residents!
OB/GYN Interest: General OB/GYN.

Margaret Caulkins.

Margaret Caulkins

Hometown: Florence, S.C.
Medical School: University of South Carolina School of Medicine
Undergrad School: Furman University
Fun facts/hobbies: Traveling, live music, yoga, books.
Favorite things to do in Buffalo: Breweries, exploring all the cute neighborhoods.
What I love most about the program: The people! I genuinely enjoy and feel supported by the people around me, and it makes all the difference.
OB/GYN Interest: Gynecologic oncology.

Mary Kate Frauenheim.

Mary Kate Frauenheim

Hometown: Buffalo, N.Y.
Medical School: Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo
Undergrad School: Columbia University
Fun facts/hobbies: Baking, snuggling with my dog.
Favorite things to do in Buffalo: Explore all the new restaurants and breweries, hang out near the lake.
What you love most about the program: My co-residents. 
OB/GYN Interest: General OB/GYN.

Tamara Kurek.

Tamara Kurek

Hometown: Buffalo, N.Y.
Medical School: Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo
Undergrad School: State University of New York at Geneseo
Fun facts/hobbies:  I love to bake, spin, run, and do yoga.
Favorite things to do in Buffalo: Go out for drinks, go to art festivals, apple picking.
What I love most about our program: The people, hands down.
OB/GYN interest: Not sure yet, but I'm considering a fellowship in palliative medicine.

Meghan Lardy.

Meghan Lardy

Hometown: Edina, Minn.
Medical School: University of Miami School of Medicine
Undergrad School:  Boston College 
Fun fact/hobbies: I’ve run a marathon in every city I’ve lived in!  I speak Spanish fluently and love bachata and reggaeton.
Favorite things to do in Buffalo: Wegmans and amazing outdoor parks and scenery.
What you love most about our program: camaraderie amongst our group of residents. 
OB/GYN interest: All things surgery! Benign Gynecology, Gynecologic Oncology

Erin Mandato.

Erin Mandato

Hometown: Oceanside, N.Y.
Medical School: Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo
Undergrad School: University at Buffalo 
Fun facts/hobbies: I love being outside! Buffalo is great because you can find outdoor activities in summer and winter.
Favorite things to do in Buffalo: going to "The World's Largest Disco" , food and drinks, outdoor activities.
What you love most about our program: The people!
OB/GYN Interest: General OB/GYN.

Daniel Nassar.

Daniel Nassar

Hometown: Houston, Texas
Medical School: A.T. Still University of Health Sciences
Undergrad School: Baylor University
Fun fact/hobbies: I love to cook and bake. I could spend hours nerding out about coffee and/or video games.
Favorite things to do in Buffalo: Go for a run around Delaware park, shop at Lexington Co-op, or eat at Root & Bloom.
What I love most about our program: I really appreciate the diverse patient, faculty, and facility we get to experience. All the residents here look out for one another to help ensure we all succeed.
OB/GYN Interest: Minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, public health, opioid addiction​.

PGY-2

Kelly Coughlin.

Kelly Coughlin

Hometown: Maine, N.Y.
Medical School: Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo
Undergrad School: University at Buffalo
Fun fact/hobbies: Writing, painting, cooking, finding ways to be outside in the sun!
Favorite things to do in Buffalo: Go to festivals, hike the Niagara gorge, sit in coffee shops.
OB/GYN Interest: General OB/GYN, public health.

Alexandra DeRosa.

Alexandra DeRosa

Hometown: Buffalo, N.Y.
Medical School: Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo
Undergrad School: University of Rochester
Fun fact/hobbies: Spending time with family, hiking, spinning, trying new recipes.
Favorite things to do in Buffalo: Explore new restaurants and breweries, Bills games, all summer festivals, and hiking.
OB/GYN Interest: FPMRS and public health.

Kaitlyn Edbauer.

Kaitlyn Edbauer

Hometown: Buffalo, N.Y.
Medical School: Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo
Undergrad School: John Carroll University
Fun fact/hobbies: I'm a big Buffalo sports fan and love going to the games! I like to run, play tennis and kickball.
Favorite things to do in Buffalo: Try out restaurants and breweries, go to summer festivals and outdoor concerts.
OB/GYN Interest: General OB/GYN.

Mary Gallo.

Mary Gallo

Hometown: Ransomville, N.Y.
Medical School: Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo
Undergrad School: Niagara University
Fun fact/hobbies: Running, cycling, snowboarding, cooking, baking, knitting.
Favorite things to do in Buffalo: Watch the Bills & Sabres, enjoy the diverse restaurants, embrace all four seasons fully!
OB/GYN Interest: Reproductive endocrinology and infertility

Sarah Nims.

Sarah Nims

Hometown: Augusta, Maine
Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine
Undergrad School: University of Pennsylvania
Fun fact/hobbies: I love to run, hike, and be outside. I also enjoy cooking and trying new recipes.
OB/GYN Interest: General OB/GYN.

Ivrie Oruwari.

Ivrie Oruwari

Hometown: Kansas City, Mo.
Medical School: University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
Undergrad School: University of Missouri-Kansas City
Fun fact/hobbies: Indoor cycling, barre classes, cooking, podcasts, makeup/fashion.
OB/GYN Interest: Gynecologic oncology, REI,  minimally invasive surgery

Patryk Piekos.

Patryk Piekos

Hometown: Chicago, Ill.
Medical School: Jagiellonian University Medical College
Fun fact/hobbies: Lacrosse, basketball, skiing/snowboarding, traveling.
OB/GYN Interest: Infertility, gynecologic oncology.

Grace Trompeter.

Grace Trompeter

Hometown: Averill Park N.Y.
Medical School: Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo
Undergrad School: State University of New York at Geneseo
Fun fact/hobbies: Baking, cooking through cookbooks, skiing, traveling.
Favorite things to do in Buffalo: EAT! Saturday mornings at the Elmwood Village Farmer's Market.
OB/GYN Interest: Global women's health.

PGY-1

Alexandra Alfiero.

Alexandra Alfiero

Hometown: Buffalo, N.Y.
Medical School: Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo
Undergrad School: Providence College 
Fun facts/hobbies: Tennis, running, reading, snacking.
Favorite things to do in Buffalo: Eat! We have the best food and we are so passionate about it! From coffee shops to pizza to tacos! We really have it all!
What you love most about our program: The people! Everyone is so supportive of each other and we genuinely enjoy spending time with one another.
 OB/GYN Interest: I am not sure yet, but I know I would like to be involved in academic medicine. I particularly enjoy MFM and palliative medicine.

Marissa Baron.

Marissa Mahan

Hometown: Pittsburgh, Penn.
Medical School: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Undergrad School: University of Wisconsin - Madison 
Fun facts/hobbies: Backpacking, hiking, eating great food.
Favorite things to do in Buffalo: Exploring the neighborhoods with my dog. The Elmwood farmers' market.
What you love most about our program: So far, my intern class is my favorite part of the program! We quickly clicked as a group and are very supportive of each other!
 OB/GYN Interest: Rural OB/GYN care and providing care for underserved populations.

Maria Brzozowski.

Maria Brzozowski

Hometown: Erie, Penn.
Medical School: Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo
Undergrad School: Georgetown University
Fun facts/hobbies: Walking my dog Scout, running,hiking, competing in CrossFit and spending time with friends and family.
Favorite things to do in Buffalo: All of the fun outdoor activities throughout the winter and summer.
What you love most about our program: My co-residents!
 OB/GYN Interest: General OB/GYN.

Casey Cabrinha.

Casey Cabrinha

Hometown: Syracuse, N.Y.
Medical School: Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo
Undergrad School: St. Lawrence University
Fun facts/hobbies: Music, yoga, thrift shopping, sewing, and hanging out with my two cats, Mushroom and Olive.
Favorite things to do in Buffalo: Concerts at Babeville and Artpark, going to estate sales, trying new restaurants.
What you love most about our program: Everyone is so supportive and teamwork is highly valued. Residents are exposed to a wide range of cases, specialties, and clinical sites.
 OB/GYN Interest: General OB/GYN, academic medicine.

Paola Caldas Font.

Paola Nicole Caldas Font

Hometown: Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
Medical School: Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine
Undergrad School: University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus
Fun facts/hobbies: If you ask me about a TV show, I have probably watched it!
Favorite things to do in Buffalo: Finding new restaurants, concerts and outside activities.
What you love most about our program: Great work-learning balance and the support of my co-residents.
 OB/GYN Interest: Maternal-fetal medicine.

Brenna Funfar.

Brenna Funfar

Hometown: Maple Grove, Minn.
Medical School: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Undergrad School: Cornell University
Fun facts/hobbies: Hiking, cross country skiing, and spending time with family and friends.
Favorite things to do in Buffalo: Running around Delaware Park and exploring new restaurants and breweries.
What you love most about our program: Diversity of the patients and faculty, and camaraderie of the residents.
 OB/GYN Interest: General OB/GYN, maternal-fetal medicine, family planning, and public health.

Amelia Johnston.

Amelia Johnston

Hometown: Chesterfield, Va.
Medical School: Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergrad School: Bridgewater College
Fun facts/hobbies: Weightlifting, horseback riding, hiking, paddleboarding/kayaking. I also love listening to music and am starting a vinyl collection.
Favorite things to do in Buffalo: Taking my dog for walks, strolling through the farmers market and co-op on Saturdays, getting beer at craft breweries, and going out to eat since the food scene here is amazing!
What you love most about our program: The people! Everyone has been very welcoming and my fellow co-interns are amazing people.
 OB/GYN Interest: Global health, community outreach, gynecologic oncology, contraception counseling.

Cynthia Phan.

Cynthia Phan

Hometown: Oak Park, Calif.
Medical School: ATSU-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergrad School: University of California, Irvine
Fun facts/hobbies: Embroidering, reading YA romance novels, catching Pokemon, binging Netflix, hiking, anything that involves the beach.
Favorite things to do in Buffalo: Eating cacio e pepe from Inizio, buying bagels from Breadhive at the Elmwood farmers' market, continuing to explore all the area has to offer.
What you love most about our program: My awesome co-residents, my senior residents who are incredibly supportive, and our attendings who are kind, patient and invested in our learning.
 OB/GYN Interest: General OB/GYN.

Virginia Zu.

Virginia Zu

Hometown: Buffalo, N.Y.
Medical School: Albany Medical College
Undergrad School: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Fun facts/hobbies: I"m a huge foodie, so I love to bake and cook! I also enjoy hiking and spending time outdoors.
Favorite things to do in Buffalo: Snowboarding in the winter, walking around Elmwood, and exploring new restaurants.
What you love most about our program: My amazing and inspiring co-residents! It's incredible how well we all get along.
 OB/GYN Interest: Family planning and medical education.