Current Residents

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Check out our current residents! They are diverse yet commonly united. Our residents are from all over the world, around the country, various medical schools, and they work together to advance the field of Emergency Medicine, clinically and academically.


Mallory Abney

I’m overjoyed to join the University of Virginia Emergency Medicine crew! I’m a native New Yorker by way of Northern Virginia. I went to the College of William and Mary for undergrad, then continued westward to Virginia Commonwealth University for medical school. I’m a proud member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation and love the outdoors – camping, hiking, and most of all running! Looking forward to exploring the Blue Ridge Mountains with my wife and daughter. My specific interest in emergency medicine lean toward global medicine and critical care. I look forward to continuing my journey here at UVA. Wahoo!


Mary Bacon

I grew up in a small town in northwestern Virginia, called Berryville. Growing up, I enjoyed running around the countryside, riding horses, and playing sports. When I was younger, I had my sights set on becoming a veterinarian, but by the time I got to college, I had switched my interest from becoming a vet to being a doctor. I attended Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, where I was a math major and played club polo. When I interviewed at UVA for med school, I knew this is where I wanted to be. I fell in love with the city and the medical community and have had the best four years in Charlottesville, so I am thrilled to be able to spend the next three years here! I’m looking forward to more hiking, wineries, breweries, and joining the wonderful EM family!


Sarah Bridge

I grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah and went to college in Santa Barbara, California where I studied marine biology, Spanish, and learned to surf. After participating in medical mission trips to Honduras and Mexico, I became interested in medicine and worked as an ER scribe (the best job ever). I made my way back to SLC where I learned to ski and mountain bike and attended med school at the University of Utah. Between my 3rd and 4th year of med school I worked in Uganda as a clinical research fellow, where I met students and researchers from UVa and decided to apply here for residency. Upon interviewing, I immediately fell in love with the program. I am excited to mountain bike, ski, surf, and to learn to whitewater kayak in Virginia! When not playing outdoors, I enjoy art, pretending to play the fiddle, and trying not to kill my houseplants.


Alex Guendel

Hello! I was born in South Korea and grew up in Arizona, Alabama, Alaska, Virginia, and Louisiana with my Air Force family. I fell in love with Charlottesville when I came to UVA for undergrad. While here I had the privileged of working with the Emergency Medicine team as a scribe, and decided to head to Norfolk and Eastern Virginia Medical School to obtain my MD. I’m excited to be back in Charlottesville and work in the ED in the new role of a Resident! My hobbies include powerlifting, scuba diving, snowboarding, anything outdoors, exploring restaurants with my lovely fiancée, and taking care of my cuddly black panther, Bagheera.


Malav Patel

Hi! My name is Malav and I’m from Gainesville, Florida. Growing up, I enjoyed competitive chess, tennis and experiencing the outdoors through Camp Crystal Lake. After high school, I graduated from UCLA. There, I became an EMT and went on a field biology quarter, where I learned Spanish while exploring the tropical forests of Costa Rica. Afterwards, I attended Florida State for medical school and developed a passion for Emergency Medicine and international health. I am excited to start residency and continue being a social foodie, tennis player and outdoor explorer in Charlottesville.


Jon Pozner

I was born and raised in the mountains of Western North Carolina in Asheville. I went to the University of North Carolina for undergrad and medical school and am a big college sports fan (Go Heels!!!). I started working as a volunteer EMT and technical rescue technician with the South Orange Rescue Squad in Chapel Hill while in school and developed a love for emergency medicine. During my free time I enjoy traveling, cooking, hiking, swimming, and doing anything else that lets me enjoy the outdoors. My EM interests include EMS and pediatric EM. I am excited to explore Charlottesville and to join the UVA team!!



Eric Ritchardson

I grew up in Detroit, MI, before moving to warmer weather in South Carolina to attend Bob Jones University for undergrad. Prior to medical school I worked as an emergency department scribe where I developed a love for emergency medicine. I attended medical school at the University of South Carolina (Go Gamecocks!). I’m excited to be living in Charlottesville and to be in such a gorgeous area with great restaurants. My interests within emergency medicine include ultrasound and EMS. Outside of the hospital I enjoy playing/listening to music, hiking, camping, going to the gym, and cycling.


Taylor Robinson

I was born and raised near Miami, Florida and went to undergrad at Duke University and medical school at the University of Florida. For 6 years before starting residency, I visited Charlottesville many times while spending time with my SO Aimee while she was a medical student and surgical resident here and loved Charlottesville for its food, its mountains (as a Floridian, I have very very little experience with mountains), and most importantly its people. It was an easy choice to pursue residency at UVA after meeting the awesome faculty and residents here. Outside of the hospital, I can check off the usual requisite EM resident interests – I’m into road cycling, hiking, playing music, and spending time with Aimee (when she is not giving her life to surgery).


Abhijit Srungavarapu

I was originally born in India and came over to the US with my family when I was in middle school. We initially moved around but ultimately settled down in the beautiful state of Maine. After high school, I went to Clark University in MA, for undergrad/grad school, then worked briefly in Ecuador, and ultimately attended Tufts University for medical school. In 4th year I did an away rotation at UVA, and absolutely LOVED the program and the city of Charlottesville. I feel incredibly excited to be joining the EM program at UVA and am pumped to be working (and having fun) with the talented crew here. My medical interests include EMS and International EM. For my personal interests, I like to try new things but can always go for more climbing, skydiving, board games, travelling abroad, eating spicy food and playing with my fancy new drone!


Chris Tossing

While I have lived all over the country (from Fairfax, VA to San Francisco, CA), I spent most of childhood in a small town outside of St. Louis, MO. For undergrad, I headed Lake Forest College, just north of Chicago, where I played football and rugby. Between college and medical school, I joined Teach for America and taught chemistry and forensic science just outside of NYC. After my teaching stint, I headed south to Nashville, TN to be closer to family. I then attended medical school at the University of Tennessee, where I was lucky enough to meet my wife, Sarah (who happened to be my anatomy partner and is starting residency in Internal Medicine). When we interviewed at UVA, we instantly knew it was the place for us! Between the camaraderie among the residents and the beautiful setting near the Shenandoah mountains, we knew we had found a home for the next 3+ years.


Mayur Vallabhaneni

I was born in India and came to the United States when I was 4 years old. I lived briefly in Maryland, but most of my childhood to adolescent years were spent in northern Virginia from Annandale to Herndon. My first real step out of the area was when I attended UVA for my undergraduate education. I fell in love with the university, the city, and the people. I finally broke out of the state of Virginia when I attended Case Western Reserve University for medical school (Cleveland is an underrated city and more people should check it out!). When I found out I had matched here, I was ecstatic. I’m excited to be a part of this great community of people, and of course, I’m also excited for the new ED! In my free time, I like to read, watch movies/television, play video games, play board games, and explore the outdoors.


Camerone Williams

Greetings!  I grew up mainly in the metropolitan Detroit area, but I moved to Virginia as a teenager.  I completed high school in Lynchburg, VA and attended UVA for undergrad. Before going to medical school at Wayne State University in Detroit, I worked as a middle school teacher for a few years and then as a high school guidance counselor.  I am excited to return to Charlottesville and join the UVA EM family!  My medical interests include nephrology, academics, and administration.  Outside of medicine, I enjoy reading novels, traveling, and gardening (I would love to become a Master Gardner one day).  Over the next few years, I look forward to rediscovering UVA, Charlottesville, the Blue Ridge Mountains, and central Virginia.





Azhar Ahmed

I was born in Bangladesh and moved to Loudoun when I was 6. UVA was the only school I applied to for college and I loved my first four years here. I’m looking forward to exploring the outdoors, checking out all the new restaurants, and learning to cook in my return to Charlottesville. My ER interests include ultrasound, sports medicine, and global health. Outside of medicine, I love playing and coaching basketball. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions about residency, EM, or medicine in general!



Jonathan Greer

I was born and raised in Grand Rapids, MI before moving to Nashville, TN during high school. I went to Vanderbilt University for my undergraduate education and took a year off serving as a substitute teacher prior to attending medical school at the University of Louisville. I feel truly blessed and excited to join the UVA family! I immediately fell in love with the city and people of Charlottesville, VA during an away rotation and it’s a privilege and honor to serve this community. My medical interests include international medicine and ultrasound.  Outside of the hospital, I enjoy traveling, running, snowboarding, hiking, going to the gym, and playing the piano.


Jamie Hatten

As a Navy brat, I grew up moving all over the world, but went to high school in Hendersonville, NC.  I took a football scholarship to play tight end at Marshall University (Go Herd!) and decided to stay at Marshall for medical school.  I joined the Air Force shortly before medical school and will serve as an Air Force physician after residency.  My hobbies include hiking, disc golf, Bengals football (Who Dey!), and binge-watching Netflix, but I spend most of my free time with my beautiful wife (Jessica), my daughter (Mia), and my twin boys (Thomas and Samuel).  EM interests include international/wilderness medicine and toxicology.   Jessica and I are thrilled to be moving to Charlottesville to join the UVA family.  We can’t wait to start our new life here and make new friends!


Dan Hawkins

I grew up in northeast Ohio near Cleveland, and went to OSU for my undergraduate degree in microbiology. Afterwards, I followed my wife to Wisconsin and attended medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin. I developed an interest in Emergency Medicine at the end of my third year, and outside of classes I have always enjoyed hiking, reading, and running. Within Emergency Medicine I have an interest in informatics and critical care.


Erin Keller

I grew up outside of Burlington, Vermont and am excited to trade the Green Mountains of Vermont for the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia!  I completed both my undergrad and medical school at the University of Vermont, studying biochemistry and Spanish.  I spent a few weeks during summers in high school and continuing through college in a small village outside of Antigua, Guatemala with my family.  We held medical clinics and created a close relationship with the village.  These experiences were influential in my decision to purse medicine as a career.  I am interested in international medicine and pediatric emergency medicine.  I am always up for an adventure, and love to enjoy the mountains through rock climbing and hiking.  I also enjoy cooking new recipes, trying new foods, and traveling.


Austin Lee

I am from Indianapolis, Indiana and attended Wheaton College in Illinois. I spent two semesters living in rural Guatemala during college and developed a strong interest in community health. I decided that instead of applying to medical school right away, I should first go to public health school. That journey took me to Washington, DC where I completed my MPH with a focus in global health, and also spent several years working at the Sabin Vaccine Institute. After a lot of reflection, I realized that becoming a doctor was still a professional goal of mine, so my wife and I moved back to Indiana for medical school . Through a number of experiences, I came to see that emergency medicine was the best fit for me personally and professionally and my career goals now are aimed at becoming a leader in international emergency medicine.  My wife and I have a dog, Leland the Wheaten Terrier, and we are all glad to be in Charlottesville for our next adventures!


Brendan Reiser

I grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia, and I am excited to be back in a place that has always felt like home. After graduating from James Madison University, I moved to the Dominican Republic to teach English, and it was there that my interest in medicine was truly solidified.  After working as a scribe in the UVA Emergency Department, I moved down to New Orleans, Louisiana to attend Tulane University where I received an MS in Human Genetics.  I then went on to attend VCOM in Blacksburg, Virginia for medical school. My interests in Emergency Medicine include rural and underserved care and wilderness medicine. When not working, I love being outdoors, either in the mountains or on the water, and exploring new places by way of their food and culture.


Daniel Stanley

I grew up in the small town of Eclectic, Alabama. I began my college career at Troy University where I was a member of the Trojan football team. After college, I completed a Masters degree in Rural Health from the University of Alabama. Roll Tide! I then went on to complete medical school at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. After interviewing at UVA for residency, I instantly felt like it was a perfect fit for me. Aside from Emergency Medicine, my interests include: playing music, running, exploring new foods and libations, golfing, and traveling. I most recently spent a month backpacking through Europe. I’m excited to explore Charlottesville with my awesome fiancé, Brooklyn, and the EM team!



Steven Stefancic

Hi there! My name is Steven. I grew up in Princeton, West Virginia and completed my undergraduate and medical studies at West Virginia University! It’s an honor to be a part of the UVA Medical Team and work with an outstanding group of physicians! My passion as an emergency physician is to provide superior care to help others in their greatest time of need. I absolutely love spending time with my wife and getting to see what the world has to offer. A lot of my interests revolve around local community connections. One of my pleasures is helping people through 911 EMS Response, in addition to church missions, and family. My wife Sarah, and I are thrilled to be in Charlottesville and look forward to many new adventures here!


Heng Wang

I grew up in Toronto, Canada (go Leafs and Jays!) and attended the University of Toronto and later Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY. After medical school I stayed in the Bronx and completed a surgery internship before finally finding a home at UVA Emergency Medicine. A huge reason I chose UVA is the collegiality of the people here. I enjoy pretty much everything that has to do with food (from cooking to growing my own tomatoes), bicycling, traveling, and discovering my interests in Emergency Medicine at UVA.





Michael Bero, MD

I grew up in Eastern North Carolina in a small town called BeroGoldsboro.  I attended UNC Chapel Hill for undergrad (Go Heels!!) and then Wake Forest for medical school.  After spending basically my whole life in North Carolina I am very excited to branch out a bit here in Charlottesville.  I met a lot of amazing people and made some great friends in medical school and I plan to do the same here at UVA. Medical Interests:  becoming the best EM physician I can be Outside Interests:  spending time with my awesome wife (Mary Catherine) and dog (Sallie), hanging out with friends, doing athletics things like running/hiking/soccer/golf, and other stuff like reading, chess, and poker.  I’m also a big whisky enthusiast; ask me about whisky and I’ll probably get really excited.


Aaron Blackshaw, MD

I was born and raiBlackshaw Picsed in Charlotte, NC before moving to the Lowcountry for college. It was an easy choice to stay in Charleston, SC for medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina. Emergency Medicine was always my specialty of choice, and I am extremely excited to be moving to UVA/Charlottesville (I guess I have a soft spot for places starting in “Charl”). Outside of work I am a huge sports fan and love both playing and watching them all – go Panthers/Pirates! You can also find me catching movies with my wonderful fiancée, Lauren, reading, or finding some live music or trivia on my days off. EM interests include medical education and sepsis care. I feel so fortunate to be continuing my medical training at UVA!


Lindsay Carlson, MD

I grew up in a Chautauqua County, a rural area in western New York state. In CarlsonChautauqua, I worked as a hospital phlebotomist before attending medical school. As a phlebotomist, I worked in several different areas of the hospital, but I developed an unparalleled desire to be in the Emergency Department. I attended medical school at the University of Buffalo. While I love the city of Buffalo, and the rust-belt cities in general, my husband and I are looking forward to the warm weather in Virginia.  I enjoy skiing, craft beer tasting, watching live music with my husband, traveling, phone calls to my friends scattered all over the country, the Buffalo Bills, texting my grandma, and of course, like a true UVA EM resident, spending as much time as possible outdoors.



Matthew Eisenstat, MD

EisenstatI grew up in Aiken, SC, and then went on to get my degree in Microbiology at Clemson University. While there I was a band nerd and slacker extraordinaire. I moved right up the road to USC School of Medicine Greenville where I developed a love of Emergency Medicine. Outside of the hospital I love running (hoping for my first marathon this year!), cooking, college sports (Go Tigers!), hiking, and playing with other people’s dogs.  My fiancé and I can’t wait to join the UVA EM family and see all that Charlottesville has to offer. My medical interests include critical care, toxicology, and medical education.




GinsburgJoshua Ginsburg, MD

I grew up in The City that Pitbull Built, Miami. When I went on my college visits, I was blown away by UVA and Charlottesville, and choosing to spend 4 years there was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I moved to New Orleans for med school, which was an incredible experience. In those 4 years in the weirdest city in the world, I developed a love for live music and great food, so in my free time you’ll find me cooking, exploring restaurants and bars, and searching for the best live music. I also love to travel the world (just got back from a month of backpacking in Southeast Asia), watch stand-up comedy, and reminisce about the 90s. I’m beyond excited to get back to Charlottesville and explore everything my lack of a car prevented me from experiencing during college.


Bethanie Hulburt, MD

I’Hulburtm excited to begin training with the UVA Emergency Medicine team in beautiful Charlottesville, VA! Born and raised in western Pennsylvania, I headed south after high school for the warmth and welcome of South Carolina.  I received a degree in Business Administration from the College of Charleston before attending medical school at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine.  In my free time I enjoy being outdoors and spending time with friends and family.


Kayvon Izadpanah, MD

Hi everyone! I couldn’t be more excited to join the UVA EM family! As a Izadpanah_Kayvonproud native Virginian, I’m looking forward to spending the next three years in Charlottesville. After growing up in Sterling, VA, I headed to rival territory for undergrad at Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!) and then attended Georgetown University for medical school. My wife and I recently welcomed our first child so when I’m not in the hospital I find myself juggling whatever new adventures my infant-going-on-toddler son likes to surprise us with. I also enjoy playing pick-up games of basketball and football, hiking, photography, and eating Persian food. My interests in EM revolve around Medical Education and Ultrasound. Lastly, any current applicants please feel free to email me any questions you might have about EM at UVA!


Courtney Johnson, MD

courtneyHey everyone! My name is Courtney. I was born in Nashua, New Hampshire before bouncing around the country as an ARMY child. I’ve lived in Hawaii, Texas, Georgia, and Virginia to name a few. I have lived in Virginia for the past 15 years and am happy to have stayed for residency and to join the UVA family! I love reading, hanging out with friends/family, and pretty much anything outdoors.




David Saenz, MD

I grew up on Michigan and have spent my entire life there, completing Saenzundergraduate at University of Michigan and medical school at Michigan State University.  During my clinical experiences I developed a passion for emergency medicine.  My wife and I decided it was time to see new places and experience a different state.  UVA was the perfect opportunity for us.  In my free time I enjoy spending time with loved ones, hiking with my wife and dog, enjoying the outdoors and cooking.


Robert Solberg, MD, MS

SolbergI grew up near the top of the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland but went to Virginia Tech for undergrad and graduate degrees, and have been in Virginia ever since. I moved to Charlottesville in 2010 to work in research at UVA Medical Center and was lucky enough to stay in this great town for medical school.  I also joined the Seminole Trail Fire Department (just north of Charlottesville) before school and have stayed involved as a firefighter/EMT for the last six years.  The UVAMed experience has been awesome and I can’t wait to join the EM family here!  I was blessed to have some great mentors and teachers here as a student and feel very fortunate to be working with the same people as a resident. Other than being in the ER, my favorite thing to do is get outside – hiking, kayaking, playing soccer, or fishing if I get a chance to sneak away. I’m happy to answer any questions about UVA, Charlottesville, EM, or anything else!