Current Residents


Dermatology resident PGY-2

Joseph Blackmon, M.D.

Hometown: Bardstown, KY

  • Undergraduate education: University of Louisville
  • Medical school: University of Kentucky
  • Internship: Transitional Year, Indiana University Ball Memorial Hospital

Hobbies/interests: Staying fit/working out, enjoying quality time with my wife, Mandy, my daughter and two dogs

Anand Rajpara, M.D.

Hometown: Baltimore, MD
  • Undergraduate education: Emory University
  • Medical school: University of Maryland
  • Internship: Internal Medicine, University of Maryland Medicine

Hobbies/interests: Playing any sort of competitive sport, watching sports, Baltimore Ravens, Baltimore Orioles, Maryland Terrapins, trying new restaurants, watching movies

Kimberly Tefft, M.D.

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

  • Undergrad: University of Pittsburgh
  • Medical school: Jefferson Medical College
  • Internship: Transitional Year, Resurrection Medical Center, Chicago
Hobbies/interests: Spinning, coffee, watching movies, photography

Gina Weir, M.D.

Hometown: Lincoln, NE
  • Undergraduate: Nebraska Wesleyan University
  • Medical school: University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Internship: Pediatrics, Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, Mo.

Hobbies/interests: Spending time with family and friends, running, cooking/baking, shopping, watching movies, and playing with my cat, Chandler


Dermatology residents PGY-3

Emily Himes, M.D.

Hometown: Charlottesville, VA

  • 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, MI

  • 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 resident PGY-2

Elizabeth Chase, M.D.

Hometown: Jackson, MS

  • 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, KY

  • 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.

Hanna Peterson, M.D.

Hometown: Lansing, MI

  • Undergraduate: Washburn University, Topeka KS
  • Medical school: University of Kansas
  • Internship and residency: Prelim Medicine, University of Kansas

Hobbies/interests: Reading, running, cooking, Chief’s football and KU basketball, spending time with my husband, family and our dog Randy.
Why I chose KU: I had the opportunity to spend time with the dermatology program as a med student. I really enjoyed interacting with the staff and residents. It’s a very friendly environment with a lot of great teaching.

Brea Prindaville, M.D.

Hometown: Concordia, KS

  • Undergrad: 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, CA

  • Undergrad: 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!

Last modified: Oct 22, 2013