UA at University Campus Residency - Class of 2024

Daniel DeMers, DO
Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine

Where are you from?

Norfolk, Virginia

What are your personal interests/hobbies?

Rock climbing, running, skateboarding, backpacking, canyoneering, and basically anything else that involves being outside!

What are your professional interests?

Critical Care, Difficult Airway, Toxicology, Medical Education

Why did you choose UA EM?

I wanted an academic Emergency Medicine program with strong ties to its surrounding community, a diverse patient population, and plenty of opportunities for growth. UA checks all of these boxes and many more. My interactions with the faculty and residents let me know that I would be supported and feel right at home here. On top of all that, Tucson seemed like a great place to live.

Favorite activity in Tucson, or what attracted you to Tucson besides the residency program?

The mountains, the weather, and the food!

What are your non-medical goals during residency?

Get into mountain biking, sharpen my home improvement skills, work on my Spanish, and spend as much time as possible with my wife.

Benjamin Doty, MD
University of Kentucky College of Medicine

Where are you from?

Sugar Hill, GA

What are your personal interests/hobbies?

Emergency triad: hiking, biking, running. Eating breakfast burritos. Brewery-ing. Chicago sports. Spending time with my wife, Haedan, and our doggo.

What are your professional interests?

Critical care, toxicology

Why did you choose UA EM?

Combination of rich training history of the highest quality EM docs as well as vibe established by the happiest, most adventurous residents. Excellent clinical training, incredible patient population, and a city that’s an outdoor enthusiasts dream.

Favorite activity in Tucson, or what attracted you to Tucson besides the residency program?

Proximity to hiking/climbing. Diverse food scene. Hanging out at the many microbreweries with the EM fam. All favorites.

What are your non-medical goals during residency?

Improve Spanish speaking abilities. Learn to climb. Have more dollars than followers. Become a 4 star athlete. Win an eating competition. 

Haedan Doty, DO
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

Where are you from?

Atlanta, Georgia

What are your personal interests/hobbies?

Weightlifting, cooking (eating), hiking, quilting

What are your professional interests?

Global health, palliative care, rural medicine

Why did you choose UA EM?

I have always lived on the east coast and was looking for a more adventurous place to live, and then I fell in love with the residents over a zoom social!

Favorite activity in Tucson, or what attracted you to Tucson besides the residency program?

The food scene and all of the different things to do outside!

What are your non-medical goals during residency?

Learn Spanish, host lots of dinner parties, become a stronger weightlifter, maintain a healthy mind, body, and soul, take amazing vacations

Stephanie Duque, MD
New York Medical College

Where are you from?

South Florida / New York (medical school)

What are your personal interests/hobbies?

Cooking, traveling (12 countries and counting!), dancing, puzzling, swimming, and watching horror/thriller movies and shows. I also enjoy spending time with my little family which includes my sassy turtle and old-man dog. 

What are your professional interests?

Global health and helping under-served populations.

Why did you choose UA EM?

The area, the people and the support of this amazing team. Everyone says you will find the right "fit" and even with virtual interviews it felt like this was the place that would support all my goals and that the people here really cared about me. Plus getting out of the snow :) 

Favorite activity in Tucson, or what attracted you to Tucson besides the residency program?

Being a Foodie (UNESCO city of Gastronomy) and the views! 

What are your non-medical goals during residency?

Try all the recommended local eats (175 places and counting!), visit all the west coast states, and travel to a few neighboring pacific coast countries.

Danial Gebreili, MD
University of Oklahoma College of Medicine

Where are you from?

Oklahoma City, OK

What are your personal interests/hobbies?

I would consider myself a foodie and I love to travel and try different cuisines. I can also hold my own at table tennis and soccer.

What are your professional interests?

Academic medicine and healthcare administration.

Why did you choose UA EM?

Diverse patient population, a great mix of academic and community experiences, and excellent mentorship opportunities.

Favorite activity in Tucson, or what attracted you to Tucson besides the residency program?

Endless authentic local cuisines, vibrant culture, and beautiful mountains.

What are your non-medical goals during residency?

Try as many of the local restaurants as I can, visit the national parks in Arizona, and learn to mountain bike.

Jacquelyn Hoffman, MD
UArizona College of Medicine - Tucson

Where are you from?

Los Angeles, California

What are your personal interests/hobbies?

Vinyasa yoga, gardening/plants, cooking, reading , writing, coffee

What are your professional interests?

Medical education, women's health, access to care

Why did you choose UA EM?

Great mix of academic and community EM with a distinct patient population! As a medical student, I felt welcome and supported by the residents/faculty. I wanted to continue to be part of this energetic, down-to-earth family during residency!

Favorite activity in Tucson, or what attracted you to Tucson besides the residency program?

Everything! The food, the friendly culture, the weather-need I say more?

What are your non-medical goals during residency?

Bettering my Spanish language skills, exploring more of Arizona

Samir Ibrahim, MD
St. George's University School of Medicine

Where are you from?

Phoenix, Arizona

What are your personal interests/hobbies?

Most of my hobbies align perfectly with living in the desert: hiking, trail running, basketball, and hanging out around the pool with friends.

What are your professional interests?

Within emergency medicine I have particular interest in critical care, point of care ultrasound, and medical education.

Why did you choose UA EM?

UA EM provided the perfect blend of rich history, strong academics with emphasis on many of my professional interests, and most importantly great people. Although I grew up in Phoenix, I was actually born in Banner University Medical Center in Tucson. It was always a dream of mine to become a Wildcat and train in the hospital I was born.

Favorite activity in Tucson, or what attracted you to Tucson besides the residency program?

The opportunity to move to Tucson allowed me to be close to family while living in the same climate I grew up in. I am excited to explore the great food and culture in this city.

What are your non-medical goals during residency?

I hope to build relationships that will last a lifetime as I embark on this new journey.

Samuel Kaplan, MD
Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University

Where are you from?

Salt Lake City, UT

What are your personal interests/hobbies?

First and foremost, watching the Utah Jazz try to not break my heart every year. Other than that, love golfing, hiking, climbing and cooking.

What are your professional interests?

Sports Medicine, Medical Education and Wilderness Medicine

Why did you choose UA EM?

UA had everything I wanted in residency from the unique learning opportunities at the different rotation sites to the sim, research and teaching opportunities. All in an area where I can enjoy the activities I love to do outside medicine.

Favorite activity in Tucson, or what attracted you to Tucson besides the residency program?

Proximity to do ALL the outdoor activities I love and the food of course.

What are your non-medical goals during residency?

Would love to explore all Tucson has to offer. I’ve never climbed in the SW, so excited to get better at that. Gonna hone my cooking skills, of course. And most importantly, try and avoid any and all things poisonous.

Danielle Ogren, MD
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Where are you from?

Golden, Colorado

What are your personal interests/hobbies?

I love to go running with my trusty steed, Django, no matter how slow we may be. I also love home design and renovation (could spend all day watching HGTV if I let myself), staring at beautiful homes on Zillow that I can't afford, DIY/craft projects, exploring flea markets with my significant other, Alec, and buying too many records. Cooking, baking and trying new recipes (and eating). Watching movies!

What are your professional interests?

Medical education, Leadership

Why did you choose UA EM?

The people during the resident social and on interview day were all amazing. Both academic and community sites to learn at, including a VA hospital. 3-year program. Ability to work with our colleagues from the South Campus program (the more friends, the merrier).

Favorite activity in Tucson, or what attracted you to Tucson besides the residency program?

Alexa, play "Wide Open Spaces" by the Dixie Chicks. After living in Los Angeles for medical school, I found myself craving a smaller-size city with less traffic and lots of space to explore (and cheaper housing)! The clear air, mountains and kind people are amazing here!

What are your non-medical goals during residency?

I want to challenge myself to get the most out of my free time while we are here in Tucson. I would like to get back into weight lifting and get ripped. Entering a pie eating contest would be cool too.

Joshua Paree, MD
UArizona College of Medicine - Tucson

Where are you from?

Mesa, AZ

What are your personal interests/hobbies?

Coffee/Espresso, Snowboarding, Longboarding, Piano, Video Games

What are your professional interests?

Medical Education, Pediatrics, Social Emergency Medicine, Wilderness Medicine

Why did you choose UA EM?

I chose UA EM for he same reason many people choose UAEM: the people. I feel that the individuals I will be trained by and training with are second to none. Not only are they immensely brilliant and compassionate people, but all of them are fun to be around and I know will make life easier when stressed out during Residency. Additionally, the Tucson population is one that has many opportunities wot impact the under-served and truly enact change within the community. Beyond that, the volume and types of disease processes as well as trauma seen at this program provide ample opportunity in combination with excellent training to become the Emergency Physician I want to be. I am so incredibly excited to be a part of this program, as well as stick around such a cool city for another 3 years!

Favorite activity in Tucson, or what attracted you to Tucson besides the residency program?

Tucson is such a unique city. In many ways, it feels more like a town, and things move more slowly here than in places like Phoenix. I feel the people are kind here and it very much feels like home. I love the opportunities to do outdoor activities, and Arizona as a whole is such a fun state to live in for adrenaline junkies like those that go in to EM. I love this city and the people in it!

What are your non-medical goals during residency?

I am planning to get back in to rock climbing, start learning to mountain bike and get my SCUBA certification!

Dylan Pigeon, MD
Saint Louis University School of Medicine

Where are you from?

San Diego, CA

What are your personal interests/hobbies?

Really any activity that gets me outside and sweating, which is not hard to do in Tucson. Highlights include rock climbing, mountain biking, surfing, road cycling, and hiking. My "indoor" hobbies include cooking, painting, and playing board games.

What are your professional interests?

Wilderness Medicine, EMS, and Ultrasound.

Why did you choose UA EM?

The people. During the virtual interview season, I was impressed by the faculty, the current residents, and the culture of family they have cultivated at U of A.

Favorite activity in Tucson, or what attracted you to Tucson besides the residency program?

The access to amazing outdoor recreation year round and the amazing culinary scene.

What are your non-medical goals during residency?

Stay close to family and friends, make new lifelong friends, improve my Spanish skills, and not get bit/stung by a scorpion/tarantula hawk/rattlesnake.

Joshua Pryor, MD
University of Florida College of Medicine

Where are you from?

Beaverton, OR

What are your personal interests/hobbies?

Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, I have come to love hiking, mountain biking, exploring new foods, and travel destinations. I am a huge podcast consumer often at double speed. I also enjoy taking my dog, a Beagle Labrador named Harper to the dog park and for runs. I also enjoy spending time with my amazing wife.

What are your professional interests?

Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, cognitive biases, pediatrics, and wilderness medicine.

Why did you choose UA EM?

I chose UAEM for its location, and for the diversity of training that I would experience. I was excited to work with different populations and disease processes, as well as attendings who might have different perspectives. Additionally I liked the quality improvement processes that were going on here in Tucson.

Favorite activity in Tucson, or what attracted you to Tucson besides the residency program?

Hiking, mountain biking, running, new location, rock and gem show, and excellent food.

What are your non-medical goals during residency?

I would like to become better at rock climbing, as well as continue to run. I would like to explore new restaurants and hiking spots. I also want to pick up some new hobbies. I also plan to hang out with my wife and my Beagledor (Beagle Labrador dog), Harper.

Kelsey Richardson, MD
University of Washington School of Medicine

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in Boise, ID, headed off to Virginia for college and then returned West to Seattle, WA for medical school. My “home base” throughout medical school was North Carolina where my other half was living, and now is Colorado where he has moved and where we own a home.

What are your personal interests/hobbies?

Mostly eating, drinking beer and sleeping. I also probably love my cat and my partner an uncomfortable amount. Don’t worry I like doing all of the other normal EM doc things too.

What are your professional interests?

This is embarrassing, but I kind of want to have a second job contracting as an EM doc with a government agency like the CIA or FBI on the side. I also want to become a boss with an ultrasound, not be afraid of sick children and to explore the field of critical care.

Why did you choose UA EM?

UA trained my most adored mentor and role model and had everything I was looking for in my training and more (volume, acuity, great pediatrics exposure, mixed clinical environment, diverse patient population, etc.). It was also the program that just felt like my “fit” even though it was my last (zoom) interview. I got off of all of the happy hours telling my guy “I just really want to be around these people.”

Favorite activity in Tucson, or what attracted you to Tucson besides the residency program?

I love sun, heat and desert scenery and from what I hear I think I am going to love the food, drink and nearby adventures that Tucson has to offer even more. The opportunity to relearn Spanish is also something I am very excited about.

What are your non-medical goals during residency?

My #1 goal is and always has been to maintain my health and relationships while giving my all to this career. I’d also love to become fluent in Spanish again, get better at shooting, take a bartending class and maybe inspire my partner to finally marry me. I should also probably buy sunscreen for the first time.

Darren Stapleton, MD
Chicago Medical School, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science

Where are you from?

Ogden, Utah

What are your personal interests/hobbies?

Football, spending time with my family, enjoying free samples (pre-covid), outdoor activities including but not limited to: hiking, camping, rock climbing, snowboarding, and those other typical EM things.

What are your professional interests?

Sports medicine and wilderness medicine

Why did you choose UA EM?

The people without a doubt. Everyone I met affiliated with the program has made me feel like a part of the family since day one. Having experts in all areas of EM allow for many opportunities to explore one's interests. Also after 4 winters in Chicago the 350+ days of sunshine sounded like a nice change of pace.

Favorite activity in Tucson, or what attracted you to Tucson besides the residency program?

I'm currently trying to eat my way through all the amazing restaurants in the city and that's a pretty attractive activity if you ask me.

What are your non-medical goals during residency?

Improve my outdoor climbing, better my Spanish, tell people not from here "it's a dry heat" when discussing the weather.

Adam Whiteley, MD
University of Washington School of Medicine

Where are you from?

Most recently from Bozeman, MT. Originally from Santa Barbara, CA.

What are your personal interests/hobbies?

My family. Playing golf and watching Dodgers baseball. Anything outdoors. Reading, watching (and quoting) movies, live music and listening to National Public Radio. I love doing projects around the house and have a 1966 Ford Mustang waiting for residency to be over to get the full restoration it deserves.

What are your professional interests?

EMS, austere medicine and ultrasound. Healthcare policy particularly with regards to climate change and LGBTQIA+ medicine.

Why did you choose UA EM?

Exceptional training, world renowned faculty, diversity of sites, and quality of life (culture, access to the outdoors, climate).

Favorite activity in Tucson, or what attracted you to Tucson besides the residency program?

NOT having to shovel snow! (But really, probably the diversity and quality of food!)

What are your non-medical goals during residency?

Be present and engaged with my two daughters. Take my wife out for date nights. Immerse ourselves in the Tucson community and enjoy all that it, and the rest of Arizona, have to offer!