Resident Bios

PGY-3

Jason Breig, MD


Education Background:

  • Undergrad - University of Notre Dame Class of 2011
  • Medical School - Rutgers Medical School (Robert Wood Johnson) Class of 2015

Medical Areas of Interest:

  • Underserved Medicine
  • Medical Teaching
  • Urban Medicine

Non Medical Areas of Interest:

  • College Football
  • Music and Sound Engineering
  • Self-Acclaimed Foodie

Why did you choose VCU-Fairfax Family Medicine?

I chose Fairfax Family Practice because it was the only residency that provided such a well-rounded education with experiences in both opposed and unopposed hospitals as well as giving a truly unique level of education into practice management including health policy, the business of medicine, and economics of healthcare.

Kellen Burgwin, MD


Education Background:

  • Undergrad: 2008 Elon University, BS in Biology
  • Medical School: 2012, University of Maryland
  • Internship: 2012-2013 Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, Family Medicine
  • Military Service: 2013-2016, United States Navy, General Medical Officer with United States Marine Corps, Camp Lejeune, NC (not sure what or if you want to put anything there, just in case you put years and want to explain the huge gap between medical school and residency - if it fits better, I can briefly explain that in the "why I chose VCU" section).

Medical Areas of Interest:

  • Preventative medicine, Sports Medicine, Continuity of care and developing relationships with patients.

Non-medical areas of interest:

  • Too many to list! Spending time with my wife, son, and two dogs. Woodworking, home improvement projects, teaching myself to play guitar - just loud enough to convince my wife I can sing, traveling (5 more states to go!), college football/basketball, hiking, hunting, fishing, skiing.

Why I chose VCU FFPC?

After completing my internship, I took a 3 year hiatus from residency with the military. My wife completed her residency here and I was able to understand first hand how unique this program is - especially having been at another residency program. Returning to finish at VCU FFPC was an easy decision. With a longitudinal clinic based curriculum in the 2nd and 3rd years, residents graduate well prepared for real world practice. I anticipate leaving residency with the ability to work efficiently and independently either in a high volume clinic seeing patients of all ages, or in the hospital managing a census of complicated patients. The amount of responsibility and autonomy given to residents starting early in the second year undeniably prepares us to easily transition from resident to attending physician.

Stephanie Carter, DO


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YoungKey Chung, MD


Education Background:

  • Undergrad: Wayne State University Biology, Economics 2010
  • Graduate: Wayne State University - Masters in Economics, 2011
  • Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine, 2015

Medical areas of Interest

  • Men's Health
  • Weight loss and healthy eating
  • LGBT Health

Non-Medical Areas of Interest

  • Playing with my dog, Olive
  • Weightlifting, Running, Yoga, Crossfit
  • Traveling around the world

Why did you choose VCU-Fairfax Family Medicine?

I chose VCU Fairfax Family because I found role models who I can learn from and community leaders who are committed to and advocate for their patients. There are so many welcoming and passionate faculty members who are experts in their fields both clinically and in research. They made it clear to me that if any of the residents were interested in their work, they would be able to foster and mentor them. The opportunity to learn from these leaders was not something I was going to pass up. Fairfax Family stood out to me because it is part of a private clinic, which gives its residents an extra emphasis on the business side of medicine as well

Grace Lim, MD


Education Background:

  • Under grad and medical school: George Washington University

Medical areas of interest:

  • Full Scope Family Medicine, cognitive behavioral therapy (mental health) and acupuncture (complementary medicine)

Non- medical areas of interest:

  • painting, piano, and playing freeze tag with my kids

Why did you choose VCU-Fairfax Family Medicine?

I chose VCU- Fairfax Family Medicine because of their program design to really prepare us to be full scope family medicine providers and flexibility with electives that allow us to pursue personal areas of interest

Minh-Hai Ngo, MD


Education Background:

  • Undergrad: George Washington University
  • Medical School: George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Medical Area of Interest:

  • preventive medicine, lifestyle modifications, exercise, stress management

Non-medical areas of interest:

  • classical studies, psychology, happiness

Why did you choose VCU-Fairfax Family Medicine?

I chose VCU-Fairfax Family Medicine because of the atmosphere of the office and the people. Everyone is friendly, and there is a sense of camaraderie every day. The first year is intense hospital medicine, and this allows you to have a firm groundwork on sicker patients and what to look for when you evaluate a patient with a complicated medical problem. The second and third year is focused on outpatient medicine, and this is what most people are doing after residency, so the strong emphasis on primary care in those two years allows you to consolidate your knowledge and be a strong family medicine physician.

Shetal Patel, MD


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Nader Silver, MD


Education Background:

  • undergrad at George Mason University, med school at Virginia Commonwealth University

Medical interests:

  • preventive medicine, nutrition/lifestyle medicine, inpatient medicine

Non-medical interests:

  • exploring Washington DC, theater, reading, and parks

Why did you choose VCU-Fairfax Family Medicine?

Faculty experience at FFPCS, friendly staff, great experience rotating as a medication student, strong residents at the program

Christopher Thomas, MD


Education background

  • undergrad and med school: The Ohio State University College of Arts and Sciences, The Ohio State University College of Medicine

Medical areas of interest:

  • Full Spectrum Primary Care, Business in Medicine

Non-medical areas of interest:

  • Playing with my Dogs, Spending time with family and friends, Hiking

Why did you choose VCU-Fairfax Family Medicine?

I chose VCU-Fairfax Family Medicine for its supportive atmosphere and excellent training.

PGY-2

Maureen Filak, MD


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Evan Fitzgerald, MD


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Melissa Mauntel, MD


Education background

  • Undergrad: Ohio State University
  • Med school: Ohio State University College of Medicine

Medical areas of interest:

  • inpatient and outpatient broad spectrum care, global/community health, public/population health and policy, nutrition

Non-medical areas of interest:

  • baking and cooking, hiking, running, volleyball, board games, traveling, exploring restaurants/wineries/breweries, finding any local events and festivals I can get to!

Why did you choose VCU-Fairfax Family Medicine?

I chose VCU-Fairfax because it offers broad spectrum care, working in both unopposed and opposed hospitals where we are treated as equals among other residents, opportunities for global health and health policy, faculty with broad spectrum of interests, being near a city where theres limitless things to do. And of course a fantastic group of people :)

Jay Orr, DO


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Andaleeb Rahman, MD


Education background:

  • UVA for undergrad.
  • VCU for med school.

Medical areas of interest:

  • Preventive medicine, integrative medicine

Non-medical areas of interest:

  • Playing basketball and tennis, watching soccer and football, trying new cuisines, spending time with family

Why did you choose VCU-Fairfax Family Medicine?

I felt that this program gave me the best of both worlds in terms of an academic institution that prides itself on promoting evidence-based medicine while allowing me to develop intimate relationships with patients, attendings, and specialists in the community setting.

Diana Tacelosky, MD


Education background:

  • Undergrad and med school): Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia, PA- B.S. in Chemical Biology and English; The Pennsylvania State University Milton S. Hershey College of Medicine, Hershey, PA-M.D., Ph.D. in Pharmacology

Medical areas of interest:

  • Preventive medicine research, addiction and neuropharmacology research, and medical humanities, especially patient narratives through writing and film

Non-medical areas of interest:

  • Listening to jazz, blues, rock and roll, concerts at local venues, DC metro area theatre, TED talks and NPR podcasts

Why did you choose VCU-Fairfax Family Medicine?

Impressive faculty in teaching, research, and service as well as residents who were confident in knowledge base and skills due to the unique longitudinal curriculum. Faculty are incredibly supportive and help you to explore your areas of interest throughout residency. I am thrilled that I matched to such an excellent and collaborative training environment with a diverse patient population and high level of medical complexity.

Thuy Vo, MD


Education background:

  • Undergrad and med school): Undergrad at University of Virginia. Medical school at Virginia Commonwealth University SOM.

Medical areas of interest:

  • interested in promoting healthy lifestyles, weight loss, and sport medicine

Non-medical areas of interest:

  • hiking, volleyball

Why did you choose VCU-Fairfax Family Medicine?

I chose VCU Fairfax Family practice because of many reasons, but some highlights include: - It has both the opposed and un-opposed aspects, so I get to work with residents from other programs in a big hospital (Inova Fairfax) and also have the opportunity to work at a smaller community hospital (Inova Fair Oaks) . It is a heavy inpatient family medicine program, and I like that because then I would feel prepared to do both inpatient and outpatient medicine after I graduate. The attendings are great at teaching, and the office staff are cordial. Lastly, location played a big role in my decision. I like Northern Virginia - close to D.C and therefore many fun events and cool exhibits, not too far from the Shenandoah for hiking adventures, plenty of food options, and my family is in the area.

PGY-1

John Andrea, DO


Education background:

  • I went to UMass-Amherst for my undergraduate degree and University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine for med school.

Medical areas of interest:

  • procedures, primary care sports medicine, preventive care, clinical research.

non-medical areas of interest:

  • outdoor activities such as kayaking, playing sports. Exploring D.C. Traveling the country to explore historical sites.

Why did you choose VCU-Fairfax Family Medicine?

Great people and a supportive environment most importantly. Choosing VCU-Fairfax was also important to me because the program emphasizes establishing a strong base in medical knowledge while also allowing you to figure out your own interests within family medicine.

Kun-Young Rachel Choi, MD


Education background:

  • St. Bonaventure University
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology, 2013
  • George Washington School of Medicine
  • Doctor of Medicine, 2017

Medical areas of interest:

  • Women's preventive medicine
  • short-term global medical missions

Non-medical areas of interest:

  • cooking new dishes at home
  • trying new restaurants
  • watching documentaries and TV shows on Netflix

Why I chose VCU-Fairfax FM:

After working closely with the residents and faculty during my acting internship rotation in medical school, I knew this was the program for me. The residents were the role models I had been searching for. The entire team was not only down-to-earth, but so kind and caring to all our patients. Having met my fiance in NOVA was just the cherry on top that solidified my decision.

Frances Ding, DO


Education background:

  • I went to Tufts University for undergrad and Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school.

Medical areas of interest:

  • I am interested in Rural Medicine, and I eventually want to practice in a rural setting. I fell in love with the pace of life while I was living in Maine, and would love to practice in rural New England eventually.

Non-medical areas of interest:

  • I really enjoy hiking and being outdoors.

Why I chose VCU-Fairfax FM?

I chose VCU-Fairfax Family Medicine because I wanted to train in a premier institution that delivers high quality care. I seek to gain strong inpatient experience, that will help me build foundational skills when I transition to a rural setting which may be limited in access to care. I also wanted to live in Northern Virginia because my husband is training in the area.

Kendall Hancock, MD


Education background:

  • Undergrad - University of Virginia, BSc Biochemistry, 2011
  • Med school - Virginia Tech Carilion, Doctor of Medicine, 2017

Medical areas of interest:

  • Women's health/Obstetrics
  • Academic medicine

Non-medical areas of interest:

  • spending time outside, mostly running and hiking with my dog
  • exploring DC area and trying new restaurants
  • cooking & baking
  • reading for fun (when I have extra free time!)
  • spending time with friends & family

Why VCU-Fairfax?

I loved this program when I interviewed here! Everyone was so kind and friendly during my interview day, and I felt like I could visualize myself working well this group of people. I also really liked the way the program's curriculum was organized. Our intern year is tough with a lot of inpatient rotations, but it allows us to spend more time with outpatient medicine in our second and third years. This program has been a great fit for me so far, and I feel that it will allow me to continue to grow into an excellent family medicine doctor.

Zain Sultan, MD


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William Towne, MD


Education background

  • Undergrad and med school): University of Virginia for undergrad, Virginia Commonwealth University for med school

Medical areas of interest:

  • general, academic, hospital, research (or a little of everything)

Non-medical areas of interest:

  • road biking, fly-fishing, tennis, delicious food

Why did you choose VCU-Fairfax Family Medicine?

Great location, great education for all my interests, and great people-both for friends and mentors.

Evangelia Tsapos, DO


Education background

  • George Mason University and Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Medical areas of interest:

  • Preventive Medicine, Integrative Medicine, Women's Health

Non-medical areas of interest:

  • hiking, running, biking (anything outdoors!), hanging out with my husband and my sweet dog Maddie, spending time with my family and friends, and traveling whenever

Why VCU FFX Family Med?

I was initially interested in this program because of the proximity to my family and my husband's work however what sold me was my wonderful experience during my interview day. Everyone was warm and welcoming and made me feel at home. A big draw for me was the structure of the program in which we spend our first year in inpatient rotations at Inova Fairfax Hospital and transition to a smaller Inova hospital for our second and third year, thereby providing us with a broad educational experience. I also appreciated that the program emphasis on resident well being and the fact that the residents feel deeply supported by the faculty and staff is a true testament to this. I'm glad I chose to make FFP my home for residency and I believe the combination of the curriculum and the strong support network will provide me with the tools to reach my full potential as a Family Physician.

Richard Uribe, MD


Education background

  • Undergrad: University of Florida
  • Medical School: University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Medical areas of interest:

  • Education
  • Emergency/Urgent Care
  • Sports Medicine
  • International/Wilderness Medicine
  • Public Health

Non-medical areas of interest:

  • Soccer
  • Snowboarding
  • Frozen Yogurt
  • Window shopping
  • Hiking

Why did you choose VCU-Fairfax Family Medicine?

  • Positive learning environment
  • One of the few family medicine programs set in a metropolitan area that is also highly ranked nationally
  • Strong emphasis on education (Med school, residency, etc)
  • Outstanding medical facilities
  • Cultural Diversity