Chief Residents

Jennifer A. McRae, M.D.

Jennifer A. McRae, M.D.

Hometown: Canon City, CO
Medical School: University of Kansas School of Medicine
Ultimate Plan: Hospital medicine

I grew up in a smaller city in the Colorado foothills and then experienced a bit of culture shock when I relocated to the Boston area to attend MIT for my undergraduate degree. From there I moved to Washington, DC, to work for the federal government and earn my masters degree from the Johns Hopkins University. While in DC I met my husband Chris, who is originally from the Kansas City area. We both missed the easy, friendly lifestyle of the Midwest and happily relocated to Kansas City when he completed law school. I attended the University of Kansas for medical school and was thrilled to stay for my internal medicine residency. Our program has many strengths, but for me the supportive environment and camaraderie amongst residents was a major factor in keeping me here. I currently live in Prairie Village with my husband and our daughter, and in my free time I enjoy reading fiction and volunteering at the medical school's free clinic.

JoHanna S. Peterson, M.D.

JoHanna S. Peterson, M.D.Hometown:  Emporia, KS
Medical School:  University of Kansas School of Medicine
Ultimate Plan:  Hospital Medicine

I am a native Kansan, raised in Emporia--better known as the Front Porch to the Flint Hills and have slowly moved up the turnpike since graduating high school. My husband and I met in chemistry class my freshman year of college (go Washburn Ichabods!) and both were accepted to medical school together. He went to the darkside, but I am thankful as he has been my radiology phone-a-friend throughout residency. We both love Kansas City, and spend much of our free time exploring Crossroads, River Market, and riding the new streetcar. KU Med has most certainly become my home away from home over the past 8 years, it almost feels like a small town of its own within Kansas City as everyone is so friendly. Training is full of challenges, both anticipated and unexpected. I am grateful to be part of a program that understands this-- by celebrating successes and providing support during life's difficult times. I could not be more proud to have graduated from the KU Internal Medicine Residency program and am honored to serve as a Chief Resident.  



Eyad Reda, M.D.

Eyad Reda, M.D.Hometown: Damascus, Syria
Medical school: Damascus University School of Medicine
Ultimate plan: Hospitalist

I grew up in a biblical city that goes back thousands of years and civilizations to ultimately spend my fourth year now, in Kansas City. A city that I am totally honest that I had not heard of before I chose KUMC program on the ERAS application list. Starting a new life in a new city and not knowing anyone was definitely intimidating. Nevertheless, four years into that and counting, I am extremely happy with matching at KUMC. The unique family like environment that the program leadership strives to strengthen, the great camaraderie between residents/faculty, and the excellent educational curriculum along with exposure to a diverse group of diseases are all reasons that made my three years of residency the most enjoyable years of my life. I am joined by a great group of chief residents that are all working to make sure to continue the same culture that we all enjoyed in residency. We welcome you in joining us during your residency interview trail so we can share the unique qualities that KUMC offers.



E. Leonard Riley, M.D.

E. Leonard Riley, M.D.

Hometown: Longview, Texas
Medical School: Ross University
Ultimate Plan: Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship

I am a fifth generation Texan who grew up in the beautiful Piney Woods of East Texas. My wife and I moved to Houston, TX where we attended the University of Houston for undergraduate studies. We then relocated to the Caribbean island of Dominica to attend Ross University School of Medicine. During my two years of clinical studies we hopped around Miami, Atlanta, Augusta, Baltimore, Brooklyn, and Detroit. We ultimately planted roots in Kansas City for internal medicine residency training at the University of Kansas Medical Center. What I valued most about training at the University of Kansas Medical Center was the multitude of pathology from a large tertiary center accompanied by the community sized Veterans Affairs hospital which provides a well rounded training experience. When I'm not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, birdwatching, and practicing calligraphy.

Amanda D. Schnell, M.D.

Amanda D. Schnell, M.D.

Hometown: York, Nebraska
Medical School: University of Nebraska College of Medicine
Ultimate Plan: Rheumatology Fellowship

I grew up in a small town in eastern Nebraska and attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for my undergraduate degree, majoring in Nutrition, Exercise, and Health Science. Go Huskers! I then went to the University of Nebraska College of Medicine in Omaha, NE, for my medical degree before coming to KU in Kansas City for residency. I feel like KU has been a great place to train to be a general internist as well as further my career goals in a subspecialty field. There is a wide variety of pathology as well as access to cutting edge treatments and technologies. Most importantly, I have met new friends and mentors and created relationships that will last a lifetime. In my free time, I enjoy exercising, cooking, shopping, and traveling. 

Last modified: Nov 08, 2016