Chief Residents

Colleen Brown, MD

Hometown: Overland Park, Kansas
Medical school: University of Kansas
Ultimate plan: Outpatient Internal Medicine

Colleen Brown, MDI was born right here at KU Med in Kansas City and grew up in Overland Park, Kansas. I attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and earned a degree in piano performance with career plans to perform and teach. Somewhere in the midst of college, I began taking pre-medical classes and realized that my true calling was to become a physician. While attending medical school at KU, the internal medicine department impressed me with their dedication to patients and commitment to lifelong education. During my three years of residency I worked hard, learned a lot, and managed to have a lot of fun with my co-residents, many of whom are now my closest friends. I plan to work as an outpatient internist after the completion of my chief resident year. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and one year old daughter.

Michelle Homan, DO

Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri
Medical school: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
Ultimate plan: Pulmonary & Critical Care

Michelle Homan, DOI come from the great state of Missouri but am a Jayhawk through and through. I was born in Kansas City but moved to Houston at a young age. I was fortunate to be able to return to Kansas City during high school and have been here since. After completing my undergraduate education at the University of Kansas in Lawrence I attended medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. I decided my fourth year in medical school that I wanted to pursue a career in Pulmonary and Critical Care. I had the opportunity to rotate through the medical ICU at KU and fell in love. I truly enjoyed that the staff in our program were willing to take time to teach despite running a busy service. One of the things that I appreciate the most about our program is how well everyone works together. It is wonderful to be a part of a residency program where you can count on your colleagues. I have made many close friends through residency that I will have for a lifetime.

Matthew Jones, DO

Hometown: Mendenhall, Mississippi
Medical school: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
Ultimate plan: Hospitalist

Matthew Jones, DOBorn and raised in rural Mississippi, it was an eye-opening experience when I came to Kansas City for medical school. You could say that it was also quite the change for my wife, who was raised in New York, but KC has proven to be the perfect "in between" setting for the both of us. My path to KU started at William Carey College (now William Carey University) in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where I graduated with a BS degree in Psychology. I was then accepted into Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, where I received an excellent medical education and ultimately an appreciation of the Kansas City area, its people, its sports, and its medical community. My wife and I quickly developed roots with a friend base that is unparalleled to any other. I then started my post-graduate education at the University of Kansas Medical Center Internal Medicine program where I am honored to be serving as chief resident today.

I chose internal medicine at KU because of its excellent and approachable program leadership, the quality of medical education, and the exposure to a population of patients with a high level of complexity. This program provides exemplary patient care with a multi-disciplinary approach. Residents work with faculty members that are experts in their respective fields and on the forefront of research.

Tamim Mahayni, DO

Hometown: Ames, Iowa
Medical school: Des Moines University
Ultimate plan: Pulmonary & Critical Care

Tamim Mahayni, MDGrowing up in Ames, Iowa, it wasn't a tough decision to attend Iowa State University for my undergraduate degree. After ISU, I decided to venture a distant thirty miles south to attend Des Moines University for my medical education. Continuing my trek south, I have landed in Kansas City at the University of Kansas. I chose KU because of the comraderie I noticed during my interview day. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the residents at dinner, and had a great lunch the next day getting to know more of the internal medicine team. The program is versatile, flexible, and allows one to focus on their goals while broadening their perspective to become a well-rounded internist. Not to mention, Kansas City has a great big city feel with plenty of entertainment, but without the cost and traffic!

The best advice I can offer a potential applicant is to listen to yourself. Trust your instincts, and allow yourself to relax. Don't be scared to ask the residents the hard questions that are important to you. We will be there as a resource for you to get the best feel for the program that you can. The process should be fun, and is a culmination of all your hard work during medical school, so enjoy the great meals!

Danielle Pellow, MD

Hometown: Ishpeming, Michigan
Medical school: Wayne State University School of Medicine
Ultimate plan: General Internal Medicine

Danielle Pellow, MDI was born and raised in a small town in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, which to locals is known as the U.P and its occupants "Yoopers."  Here are some fun facts: Ishpeming gets an average of 11 feet of snow every year and there are over 136 days per year that have at least one inch of snow on the ground. So although I stayed in the area and attended Northern Michigan University for my undergraduate training, I was anxious to leave the cold and the snow. My first stop wasn't too far away, in Detroit, MI where I attended Wayne State University for medical school. Another fun fact: Detroit really isn't as bad as people seem to think. As much as I loved that area I was ready for a change, which is what lead me to interview at the University of Kansas for residency.

From my interview dinner to the actual interview day itself, it was very obvious that the residents here were not only colleagues, but friends. Since I was considering moving to a place where I did not know anyone, this was a very important selling point. Over the course of my residency, I have had the chance to work with great staff physicians who manage to incorporate some fun into their teaching. I've also met some amazing people along the way, many who are now among my closest friends. I'm excited to have the opportunity to work with an administrative staff that is very supportive of their residents and work constantly to improve the education of our program. After my chief residency year, I plan to pursue a career in General Internal Medicine.

Last modified: Sep 18, 2013