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Internal Medicine education leadership team

Meet the Team

Leigh Eck, M.D.

Internal Medicine Residency Program Director
Professor of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine
Vice Chair of Graduate Medical Education, Department of Internal Medicine
The University of Kansas Health System

Thank you for your interest in our program, and congratulations on nearing the completion of your undergraduate medical education. This is a great time to choose a career in internal medicine, and it is a great time to choose The University of Kansas Health System as your Internal Medicine residency training site.

I have had the opportunity to be involved in medical education since 2005 - initially as a chief resident and then subsequently joining the Internal Medicine residency leadership team in 2008 as an Associate Program Director. I became our Program Director in 2014; a role that I cherish given the work that I am able to do to support our resident physicians. As our program director, I have the opportunity to guide an outstanding group of physicians. We have a strong leadership team made up of talented Associate Program Directors, motivated and inspired chief residents, creative and enthusiastic Core Faculty, and dependable and involved Site Directors. Our leadership team works day in and day out to optimize the training experience for our resident physicians.

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Jane Broxterman, MD portraitJane Broxterman, M.D.

Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
The University of Kansas Hospital, Primary Care/Ambulatory Subspecialty Training, Chair - Clinical Competency Committee 

I am passionate about primary care and the longitudinal care of complex older adults in addition to preventive medicine. I greatly enjoy teaching residents both the science and the art of medicine, and I am thrilled to be an associate program director for our residents. Being part of our residency leadership team has brought me great joy in my academic career. Our program offers a variety of continuity clinic experiences at several locations that can be tailored to your professional goals and clinical interests. Our main site for continuity clinic is at our academic center, The University of Kansas Health System, general medicine clinic, which was awarded the highest level of certification of Patient Centered Medical Home designation. Our other highly educational sites for continuity include the Kansas City VA, and one private practice clinic site, both of which are PCMH certified as well. One of my main roles within the program is coordinating each resident's "+1" week, which encompasses continuity clinics, ambulatory subspecialty clinic experiences, didactics, self-study time, and wellness days. The subspecialty experiences can easily be tailored to meet your professional goals throughout training, allowing you a comprehensive, longitudinal curriculum. Given that 75% of ABIM content reflects care in the outpatient setting, we have a very robust ambulatory educational curriculum that is streamlined with our 3+1 rotational curriculum. I am confident that you will have an experience that will give you a solid fund of outpatient knowledge and management skills to complement your goal career path.

Marie Brubacher, MDMarie Brubacher, M.D.

Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
The University of Kansas Hospital, Quality Improvement/Patient Safety, Global Health

I graduated from Yale School of Medicine working two years in Haiti at a preventive health clinic.  After completing medical school, I trained at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Harvard teaching hospital, in internal medicine and completed a chief year at the Boston VA.  

My primary professional interests are engaging medical students and residents in the joys and challenges of practicing clinical medicine, tackling tough questions, and finding happiness in their professional and personal lives.  I joined KU in 2016 as a primary care physician.  I spend much of my time in the simulation community at KUMC, working with the Ziel Simulation Center designing the nation's first interprofessional longitudinal simulation curriculum for medical students and working on a simulation-based curriculum for internal medicine residents and hospital staff in Code Blue.  I additionally enjoy time developing our Population Health Pathway for internal medicine residents interested in global and community health.

My husband and I live in Prairie Village and are raising our three children here. We are proud to be a part of the University of Kansas Medical Center community that we believe provides excellence in clinical training that is routed in a collaborative and productive spirit!  We love our city, which is home to a friendly community, affordable living, an array of sports teams, cultural attractions and good eating!

Sahil Pandya, MDSahil M. Pandya, M.D.

Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program

I graduated from Northeast Ohio Medical University after completing the 6 year accelerated BS/MD program. I completed my Internal Medicine Residency at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. This was followed with subspecialty training at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Pulmonary and Critical Care. Professionally my interests lie in Interstitial Lung Disease and Sarcoidosis which comprises the majority of my outpatient practice. I have a special interest in procedural coaching which translates heavily into the bedside and simulation environments.

The most life-giving part of my job is finding ways to be creative in trainee education. I believe that everyone brings a different gift and skill set to the table and deserves to be empowered to build on the talent they possess. The University of Kansas strives consistently to build a culture that centers around the growth of a learner – and this is the reason each day brings a different type of excitement and fulfillment.

Our residents bring such passion to our clinical and learning environments and it is a privilege to work alongside them. The best part of our residency program is that it has a strong foundation and is simultaneously dynamic. Our program is always a reflection of our amazing resident physicians.

Laura Thomas, M.D. portraitLaura Thomas, M.D.

Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
The University of Kansas Hospital, Curriculum and Simulation

I graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 2009. After completing my Internal Medicine residency and tenure as a chief resident, I also completed Pulmonary and Critical Care fellowship training at the University of Kansas Medical Center and joined the faculty here in 2016. My professional interests include general outpatient pulmonary medicine, critical care medicine, and medical education.

I have great interest in providing residents with more educational experiences outside the daily practice in the wards and clinic, which will help them to achieve a mastery of practicing Internal Medicine. We have been working to develop a simulation-based curriculum for the residents that includes procedural training, assessment of decompensating patients and interdisciplinary emergency team training. Our program has also been making changes to shift didactic conferences to more interactive sessions through the development of workshops during +1 weeks and more faculty involvement in case conferences.

The residency program here at KU was an amazing place for me to train, as I made lifelong friends and learned from excellent physicians. I saw a large variety of patients and disease processes, which helped prepare me for my career.

My husband and I have three children. Kansas City is a wonderful home for our family: affordable, welcoming, and with plenty of things to do for fun.

Sonia Castillo-Vega portraitSonia Castillo-Vega, M.D.

Kansas City VA Medical Center, Site Director; Pulmonary and Critical Care 

I was born and raised in Nicaragua, a small but beautiful country in Central America. After completing medical school in my home country, I moved to Kansas City in 2009 when my husband started his residency in OB/GYN. We fell in love with Kansas City.

When I was accepted to the KU Internal Medicine program, I had the opportunity to train in excellent academic conditions with a great sense of teamwork and camaraderie. I have been fortunate to be a part of the KU family ever since. I became a Chief Resident after completing residency and then completed a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care.

In July of 2019, I began my first year as an attending at the Kansas City VA Hospital. Ever since I was a resident, I have felt privileged and grateful to serve our veterans, which is one of the things I enjoyed the most about my job.

I also love working with residents and fellows. I enjoy teaching them and learning new things from them. I am passionate about pulmonary procedures (particularly endobronchial ultrasound and indwelling pleural catheters) and point-of-care ultrasound. My areas of interest are Interstitial Lung Diseases and Sarcoidosis.

I am also a fortunate mom of beautiful twin daughters who are the light of my life and a proud wife of a great OB/GYN physician.

Alexander Hallock, M.D.

Leavenworth VA Medical Center, Site Director

Abebe Abebe, M.D.
The University of Kansas Hospital
Senior Program Adviser

Shauna Gibbons, M.D.
The University of Kansas Hospital

Amanda Jobe, M.D.
The University of Kansas Hospital

Jessica Kalender-Rich, M.D.
The University of Kansas Hospital
Geriatrics Rotation Director

Jessica Newman, D.O.
The University of Kansas Hospital
Senior Program Adviser

Sahil Pandya, M.D. 
The University of Kansas Hospital

Benjamin Quick M.D.
The University of Kansas Hospital

Matthew Sharpe, M.D.
The University of Kansas Hospital
Senior Program Adviser

Stephanie Slimmer, M.D.
The University of Kansas Hospital

Allergy, Clinical Immunology & Rheumatology
Selina Gierer, D.O.

Rhea Pimentel, M.D.

Critical Care
Matt Sharpe, M.D.

Kristen Grdinovac, M.D.

Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Motility
John Bonino, M.D.

Jessica Kalender-Rich, M.D.

Heather Male, M.D.

Infectious Diseases
Jessica Newman, D.O.

Medical Oncology
Anup Kasi, M.D., MPH

Kerri McGreal, M.D.

Palliative Medicine
Lindy Landzaat, D.O.
Lori Olson, M.D.

Sahil Pandya, M.D.

Quality Improvement
Marie Brubacher, M.D.
Jane Broxterman, M.D.
Kristin Gillenwater, D.O.

Residents as Teachers
Jennifer McRae, M.D.
Sidra Raza, M.B.B.S.
Marie Brubacher, M.D.

Megan Krause, M.D.

Laura Thomas, M.D.
Emily Diederich, M.D.

Name and Contact Information


Suzy Williams
Program Administrator

  • Resident Reimbursement Requests/Tracking
  • FMLA requests
  • Process required paperwork for off-site/international electives and observer ships
  • Coordination of semiannual reviews (Management of Residents' portfolios), Creation of packets for distribution to Faculty and PD's
  • Event Planning & Coordination (Graduation activities & various parties/activities).
  • KS ACP Poster Printing, etc.- Broxterman and Newman are faculty members that help with this, a Chief Resident will coordinate - We pay for printing, registration and travel fees are deducted from ED Funds
  • Scholarly Activity Tracking (Bonino)
  • Graduation
  • Med-Ed Day

bobbie fink
Senior Coordinator

  • Conference Management - Grand Rounds, Patient Safety Conferences, Journal Club, Morning Report, Noon Conference, Medical Education Day coordination, accreditation, & eeds attendance tracking (live events & podcasts) and reports, and Weekly Conference Schedule preparation/posting
  • Resolve Evaluation Issues
  • Monitor weekly Duty hour entry
  • Orders pagers and completes paperwork for broken or lost pagers
  • Maintains online directory information for Medical Education and Residents
  • Order office supplies, letterhead, business cards, etc.
  • Resident Clinic Tracking/Schedule Make-up Sessions

Abby Hyde
Program Manager

  • Serve as the central hub for residents
  • Recruitment
  • On-boarding new residents and Orientation
  • Promoting Residents
  • Fellowship Application Letters of Recommendation and Interview Travel
  • ITE Exams
  • Step 3 Exams
  • Compliance Tracking - ACLS/BLS/DEA
  • Website Updates

Anna Sweeney
Program Coordinator

  • +1 Week Scheduling
  • Verifications
  • QuEST Longitudinal QI Lead
  • Simulation Scheduling
  • Resident/Faculty Evaluations

  • Checkout-Graduating Residents

  • Managing Resident Modules

  • Procedure Track Lead

  • JayDoc Lead

"Our program works extremely hard to support its residents from the chair's office on down."
KU School of Medicine

University of Kansas Medical Center
Internal Medicine
Mailstop 1022
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66160
Phone: 913-588-6000
Fax: 913-588-3995