Chief Residents

Sonia Castillo, MD

Sonia Castillo, MD

Hometown:  Managua, Nicaragua
Medical School:  Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Nicaragua
Ultimate plan:  Pulmonary and Critical Care

I moved to Kansas City in 2009, when my husband started his residency in OB/GYN. We both come from Nicaragua (a small and beautiful country in Central America), where we attended medical school. In my country, we do 6 years of medical school and then we work as a general practitioner for 1 year in an underserved area, in order to get our medical degree. In my case, I worked for a year with HIV patients (considered an underserved population in Nicaragua), before getting my diploma. We fell in love with Kansas City since we moved. When the Internal Medicine program at KU accepted me as part of their housestaff, they gave me the opportunity to be trained in excellent academic conditions. The teamwork and the sense of camaraderie in our program was the perfect complement for my training. I feel very proud and grateful to be part of this family.


Kristin Grdinovac, MD

Kristin Grdinovac, MD

Hometown:  Kansas City, KS
Medical School:  University of Kansas
Ultimate Plan:  To be determined.

I was born and raised in Kansas City, KS.  Although my family is from Croatia, we have embraced the Kansas City culture, and my parents have a Bar-B-Que restaurant in Wyandotte County.   I left town to attend college at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, but I decided to ultimately come back to my home town for my medical training.  I have attended KUMC from medical school to residency and now to chief year, and I am so grateful for the excellent education I have received here.   The teaching experiences at KUMC are unparalleled, and the camaraderie between residents and staff makes this a great place to come to work every day.  I am proud to be a part of the KUMC family.  Outside of the hospital, I love traveling and searching Pinterest for new recipes.


Adam Merando, MD

Adam Merando, MD

Hometown:  Frontenac, KS
Medical School:  University of Kansas
Ultimate Plan:  Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine

I grew up in southeast Kansas and am proud to be a Jayhawk!  KU has been such a perfect fit for me personally and academically.  I feel that my training has prepared me for the practice of medicine and our reputation will enable me to pursue fellowship training.  I think the best part about KU Med is the collegial spirit amongst our peers.  Working as hard as we do, it makes it much better when you call your colleagues your friends.  When I'm not in the hospital, I am involved in the Millennial League, an affiliate of the AIDS Service Foundation of Greater Kansas City with outreach and philanthropy to support education and care in the Kansas City area.  When I get the extra time, I enjoy spending time with my 4 nieces and 2 nephews!  I also have a cat named Albus.


Michael Rouse, DO

Michael Rouse, DO

Hometown:   Columbia, MO
Medical School:  Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
Ultimate Plan:  Hospitalist

I was born in Kansas City, MO but moved to Columbia, MO in Junior High, staying through high school and eventual undergraduate education at The University of Missouri. I returned to Kansas City for medical school at KCUMB but left again to travel through Michigan and Chicago for clerkships. I was happy to return to Kansas City for residency at KU Medical Center to be around family and friends. I have enjoyed my time at KU, having surrounded myself with outstanding peers and mentors. The KUMC system has provided access to great teaching, technology, and understanding of patient and hospital complexity. Despite being an MU graduate, I have been proud to call KU a home.


Jessi Zibert, MD

Jessi Zibert, MD

Hometown:  50 Camp, KS
Medical School:  University of Kansas
Ultimate Plan:  Allergy/Immunology

Raised in a small, sleepy community, I grew up appreciating congenial neighbors and folks who thought the word "stranger" meant "friend-in-waiting". When I left home to attend KU from undergrad through residency, I thought I would have to leave that behind, but I never found that to be true. Midwestern friendliness seems to have no regard for the size of the city, and I've found KUMC to be a great place to train. For me, residency has been a great mix of challenges, education, research, and fellowship among colleagues. When not at KUMC, my favorite KC experiences have been: First Fridays art fairs, Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, seeing the Plaza lights during the holidays, catching a Royals game, Shakespeare in the Park, and trips to the Overland Park Arboretum and the KC Zoo.

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