Current Residents


Dermatology residents PGY-3

Emily Himes, M.D.

Hometown: Charlottesville, Virginia

  • Undergraduate: Virginia Tech
  • Medical school: Eastern Virginia Medical School
  • Internship: University of Kansas Medical Center

Hobbies/interests: My husband, Tyler, the Caribbean, working out, Virginia, Kate Spade

Rachel Laarman, M.D.

Hometown: Lansing, Michigan

  • Undergraduate: Hope College Holland, MI
  • Medical school: Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI
  • Internship and residency: University of Utah Pediatrics, completed 2012

Hobbies/interests: Reading, running, knitting, cooking, camping

Ting Wang, M.D., Ph.D.

Hometown: Beijing, China

  • Undergrad: Peking University Health Science Center, Beijing, China
  • Medical School: Peking University Health Science Center, Beijing, China
  • Graduate School: University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas
  • Internship: University of Kansas Medical Center, Internal Medicine

Hobbies/interests: Spending time with family, vacationing in Beijing, food


Dermatology residents PGY-3

Elizabeth Chase, M.D.

Hometown: Jackson, Mississippi

  • Undergraduate: University of Mississippi
  • Medical school: University of Mississippi Medical School
  • Internship: Transitional Year, University of Tennessee- Memphis

Hobbies/interests: Drawing, design, creating and refurbishing furniture, French language, learning to sew, tandem biking, church, enjoying time with friends, my husband, Dan, and my forever puppy, Ruby.

Ryan Fischer, M.D.

Hometown: Hebron, Kentucky

  • Undergraduate: University of Kentucky
  • Medical school: University of Kentucky
  • Internship: Transitional Year, University of Tennessee - Knoxville

Hobbies/interests: Playing and watching sports (basketball, baseball, golf, tennis, football), UK basketball and football, Cincinnati Bengals and Reds, spending time with my wife, Ashley, family, and friends, traveling abroad, trying to keep up with the Spanish language, and trying out new restaurants and food.

Why I chose KU: I immediately noticed that the residents were easy-going and fun to be around. There is great clinic variety and exposure in our program with pediatric dermatology, VA, lots of surgical experience, Mohs, KU clinic, and interesting consults.  Also, Kansas City is a great city with lots going on, not to mention great BBQ, so there are plenty of fun options with your free time.

Tony Nguyen, M.D.

Hometown: Ada, Oklahoma

  • Undergraduate: University of Oklahoma
  • Medical school: University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
  • Internship and residency: University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine-Tulsa

Hobbies/interests: Spending time with friends and family (especially my wife, Loan, and my dog, Stitch), trying new foods, cooking/baking, watching TV, OKC Thunder basketball, OU football.

Why I chose KU: The faculty are friendly and easy to work with, and there's a great variety of different clinical exposures you get as a resident.

Brea Prindaville, M.D.

Hometown: Concordia, Kansas

  • Undergraduate: Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
  • Medical school: NYU School of Medicine, New York, NY
  • Internship and residency: Yale University Pediatrics, completed 2012
  • Pediatric dermatology fellowship: Children’s Mercy Hospital, completed 2013

Hobbies/interests: Spending time with friends and family, running outside, watching TV, exploring Kansas City

Why I chose KU: KU dermatology residency is affiliated with Children’s Mercy Hospital and we get to spend at least six months working with the four excellent pediatric dermatologists there.  We have more time with a greater variety of pediatric dermatology attendings than is available at most programs.  In addition, all of the residents and faculty at KU are extremely supportive and helpful.  The residents hang out together most weeks and Kansas City offers many different kinds of restaurants and activities.

Chi Tran, M.D.

Hometown: Anaheim, California

  • Undergraduate: University of California, Los Angeles
  • Medical school: St. Louis University School of Medicine
  • Internship: Albert Einstein School of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center

Hobbies/interests: travelling, cooking and eating, exploring Kansas City, camping and hiking, spending time with friends and family

Why I chose KU: the staff and residents here were all so warm, welcoming, and friendly that I immediately felt at home here.  What I loved about the program also is that we get to work at many different places (KUMC, the VA, Children’s Mercy Hospital) so therefore get to see all different types of patients, diseases, and treatment strategies.  Kansas City also seemed like a great place to get to know with fun events, lots of food options (BBQ!), and a thriving music scene!


Dermatology residents PGY-2

Aly Barland, M.D.

Hometown: Lawrence, Kansas

  • Undergraduate: University of Kansas
  • Medical school: University of Kansas
  • Internship: Internal Medicine, University of Kansas

Interests/hobbies: Running, yoga, soccer, cooking

Why I chose KU: The dermatology residency program provides an excellent, well-rounded experience with rotations at Children's Mercy, the VA and KU in addition to Mohs surgery experience. The residents and faculty are great to work with and Kansas City provides many activities outside of work/studying such as Sporting KC soccer games, Royals games, Chiefs games, local breweries, the Nelson Art Museum and art events like First Fridays.

Tiffany Herd, M.D.

Hometown: Houston, Texas

  • Undergraduate: University of North Texas
  • Medical school: University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
  • Internship/residency: Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children's Hospital
  • Fellowship: Pediatric dermatology, Children's Mercy Hospital

Hobbies/interests: Running, my dog, Libby

Why I chose KU: Everyone seemed supportive and friendly and I have enjoyed living in Kansas City.

Caitlyn Foote, M.D.

Hometown: Oneonta, New York

  • Undergraduate: Fordham University, BA, Natural Sciences- Manhattan, N.Y.
  • Medical school: Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, N.Y.
  • Internship: Bassett Medical Center, Transitional Year, Cooperstown, N.Y.

Hobbies: Spending time with my husband, Tim, daughter, Azalea, and our two dogs, Twixie and Coconut. Exploring new places, dancing and volleyball.

Why I chose KU: I chose KU because all of the faculty and residents were very approachable and fun to work with. KU also has a very well-rounded curriculum with great exposure to all areas of the specialty. Kansas City is a wonderful city to live in with so much to offer, and I knew that it would be the perfect fit for me and my family.

Prescilia Isedeh, M.D.

Hometown: Union, New Jersey

  • Undergraduate: Rutgers University, Newark, N.J.
  • Medical school: Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN
  • Internship: Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
  • Clinical Research Fellowship: Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI

Hobbies/interests: Spending quality time with family and friends, Bible study, bowling, watching the NBA

Why I chose KU: I knew I would get a variety of clinical experience at KU

Vikas Patel, M.D.

Hometown: Danville, Illinois

  • Undergraduate: University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Medical school: University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Internship: University of Illinois Urbana, Champaign

Hobbies/interests: Watching the Chicago Bears, Chicago Bulls, Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Cubs (never the White Sox), Chicago Fire

Why I chose KU: I chose KU because I knew it would be the perfect place for me to foster my career as an academic dermatologist. As a growing department, KU Dermatology has multiple opportunities for residents to explore academic and clinical dermatology. The faculty at KU, CMH, and the VA are very friendly and supportive. Moreover, Kansas City is a great place to live and raise a family. It has all of the benefits and attractions of a big city with a comfortable, small-town feel.

Last modified: Sep 16, 2014