Current Residents

PGY-42016-17 PGY-4's

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

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.

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.

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.


PGY-32016-17 PGY-3's

Saqib Ahmed, M.D.

Hometown: Princeton, West Virginia

  • Undergraduate: University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida
  • Graduate: Georgetown, Washington, D.C.
  • Medical School: Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine
  • Internship: University of California, Surgery San Francisco, California

Laura Christensen, M. D.

Hometown: Waterloo, Nebraska

  • Undergraduate: Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Medical School: University of Nebraska College of Medicine, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Internship: University of Nebraska College of Medicine, Internal Medicine Omaha, Nebraska

Rachel Pflederer, M.D.

Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Undergraduate: Cederville University, Cederville, Ohio 
  • Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Internship: University of Colorado, Surgery Aurora, Colorado

Taylor Tennill, M.D.

Hometown: Springfield, Illinois

  • Undergraduate:University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois 
  • Medical School: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, Illinois
  • Internship: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Internal Medicine Springfield, Illinois 

PGY-2PGY-2's

Ted Ryser, M.D.

Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah

Undergraduate: Bringham Young University, Provo Utah
Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, New York
Internship: The Sacred Heart, Internal Medicine, Spokane, Washington

Rachael Free, M.D.

Hometown: Bossier City, Louisiana

  • Undergraduate: Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
  • Medical School: Louisiana State University School of Medicine In Shreveport
  • Internship: Presbyterian Saint Lukes Hospital, Internal Medicine, Denver, Colorado

Jacob Whitsitt, M.D. 

Hometown: Aurora, Colorado

  • Undergraduate: Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado 
  • Medical School: University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, Colorado
  • Internship: Presbyterian Saint Lukes Hospital, Internal Medicine, Denver, Colorado

Cody Hanson, D. O.

Hometown: Tarzana, California

  • Undergraduate: Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan
  • Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Internship: University of Kansas Hospital, Internal Medicine, Kansas City, Kansas

Zachary Bryan, M.D.

Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri

  • Undergraduate: Saint Louis University, St. Louis Missouri 
  • Medical School: Saint Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis Missouri
  • Internship: St. Vincent Hospital, Internal Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana

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