Ob/Gyn Residents' Resources

June 2014


Stanford’s Ob/Gyn program is a small and close-knit group of 20 residents. Below is a short synopsis of each resident’s history and what brought them here to Stanford

Samantha Do, PGY I             Columbia University
I grew up a Yankees fan from Manhattan, then went to Yale and majored in English. After a research year in Paris, I returned to my hometown for another year of research and teaching before starting medical school at Columbia. In medical school, I enjoyed working at a weekly free clinic for the homeless, editing our literary magazine and discovering my love of OB/GYN. Now, I cannot believe how lucky I am to get to train with such talented and caring co-residents and attendings! On weekends, I love exploring the beautiful Bay Area, swimming in our pool, running, hiking and cooking.

Zena Kharsa, PGY I              UC San Diego
I grew up in the Midwest just outside of Chicago, and ventured to California to attend Stanford for undergrad. I majored in biology and minored in anthropology, sang in an a cappella group, and had the awesome opportunity to study abroad down under in Australia! I also had the great fortune of meeting my husband-to-be during my time at Stanford. I then made the move to SoCal where I attended UCSD for medical school. There, I enjoyed managing our Women’s Clinic as a part of our student-run free clinic project and took every opportunity to enjoy the gorgeous beaches and weather. I could not be happier to return to Stanford to continue my training. I am so impressed with how welcoming and supportive the residents and faculty are here! I was even able to get married during the fall of my intern year! During our free time, my husband and I have loved taking advantage of everything the Bay area has to offer, including taking our first trip to Yosemite, exploring San Francisco, and trying a number of fabulous local restaurants.

Gaya Murugappan, PGY I     Harvard
I grew up in Michigan and went to Johns Hopkins for college where I majored in Biomedical Engineering and Spanish.  I then spent four lovely in Boston at Harvard Medical School and am so excited to be at Stanford for residency.  My husband and I got married just after medical school and have loved living in the Bay Area. We head to Napa or Sonoma as often as we can and have spent many lovely evenings in San Francisco on the way back home.  Intern year has been challenging but I have felt constantly supported and loved by all the residents and feel so lucky to be here! Can’t wait to meet you.

Sanaa Suharwardy, PGY I    Washington University
I grew up in Danville, across the Bay, and ventured down to UCLA for undergrad, where I studied economics to avoid upper-division biology courses. I then decided that California was too sunny and beautiful for me so I dragged my to-be-husband to St. Louis so I could attend Wash U for medical school. Between sledding, float trips, and sampling fried chicken/BBQ joints, I managed to graduate from medical school and we finally made our way back to the Bay! I've had a wonderful start to intern year, mostly because of how kind and supportive everyone is, especially to the newbies! On weekends, I hang out with my husband and we indulge in sleeping in, eating out, spending time with our families and friends, and going to the coast or to the mountains (when we're not catching up on TV). Welcome to Stanford, I hope your interview day goes smoothly!

 Lindsay Wheeler, PGY I        George Washington University
I was born in Boston, but grew up in the Bay Area and I'm thrilled to be back. I studied Public Health at George Washington in Washington, D.C., then moved to Rwanda to work on parasitic disease control efforts. During my time abroad, I solidified my interest in women's health, then returned to George Washington for medical school. I could not be happier to have made my way back west for residency. On weekends I enjoy spending time with old friends and family, as well as my wonderful co-residents. I try to get outside as much as possible - running, biking, skiing, and exploring all that San Francisco has to offer.

Lisa Chao, PGY II                Univ. of Illinois
I grew up near Pasadena, CA and went to UCLA for undergrad where I majored in Biochemistry. I took some time off and worked as the clinical research coordinator for the Dorr Arthritis Institute before attending the University of Illinois for medical school. After 4 fabulous years in the Midwest, I am ecstatic to escape the cold winters and be back in sunny CA! I am even more thrilled to have matched at Stanford where I get to work with an awesome group of residents and attendings! I have grown to love the Bay Area and enjoy hanging out and catching up with friends, shopping, and any outdoor activity that involves the sunshine!

Kim Edwards, PGY II            Vanderbilt Univ.
I grew up in the Bay Area and love the environment and culture here. I went to UC San Diego for college, then returned to this area for two years between college and med school to work at a local high school and do clinical research at Stanford. I traveled south to Vanderbilt University for medical school and loved my time in Tennessee, but am so grateful to be back in Northern California. I love working with a great group of residents and faculty at Stanford. Outside of residency, I enjoy spending time with my husband, family and friends, visiting the beach and mountains, and hiking with my dog Lily.

Emily English, PGY II           Univ. of Tennessee
I might be from the south, but I’ve always been a California girl at heart! I grew up in Memphis and ventured north to get my BS in Psychology at McGill University in Montreal. After 4 fabulous years there, I decided to defrost for med school back home at The University of Tennessee. I feel very lucky to have ended up in such a beautiful part of the country with a great group of residents for the next chapter! I couples-matched with my boyfriend who is a resident in orthopedics at St. Mary’s Hospital in San Francisco. We love living on the peninsula with perpetual sunshine. When our free time coincides, we enjoy drives along the coast, weekends in wine country, local farmers’ markets, and making a dent in our endless list of restaurants to try.

Michelle Solone, PGY II       UC Irvine
I was born at Stanford Hospital and grew up in Folsom, Ca.  I went to UC Davis for undergrad where I was the captain of the cross country and track and field teams.  I took two years off to work as a personal trainer and substitute teacher, travel and run marathons before I started medical school at UC Irvine. I loved my time in Orange County, but was thrilled to match at Stanford and return to deliver babies at the hospital where I was born. In my precious time off I enjoy exploring the many running and biking trails in the area with my husband, catching up with old friends, and going to dinner with new friends in our residency program. I am very impressed by how supportive and down to earth the residents and faculty are here at Stanford!

Eleonore Werner, PGY II      Univ. of Vermont
Hi! My name is Eleonore and I am originally an East coast girl.  I was born and grew up in Vermont, then left for college and a couple years of work before returning to the beautiful Green Mountain state for Medical School.  This is also where I met a great guy, Mike, and we ended up doing the couples match.  Neither of us had spent time on the West coast except for vacation but we thought that this would be the perfect opportunity to explore a different part of the country and we ended up couples matching at Stanford (Mike is a Pediatrics intern here).  This has been a great experience so far and we have just started exploring the area!  There is always plenty to do and we spend some of our free time (yes you do have some) mountain biking in the nearby hills, exploring the great culinary scene, and we will hopefully be hitting the slopes in Tahoe this winter for some great skiing.  Welcome to Stanford, this is a great place to be, and I really hope you enjoy your interview day with us!

Vita Berger, PGY III,             Univ. of Washington
I am originally from Lithuania but have spent most of my life here in the Bay Area.  I grew up in the East Bay and went to UC Davis for undergrad.  I worked at Planned Parenthood for two years and then ventured to the northwest for medical school at the University of Washington.  I am so excited to be back in sunny California after four years of rain.  I love Stanford and think that we have a great group of residents here! I enjoy spending time with my husband, our two year old daughter and our dog! We love the weather here and can’t get enough of this area!

Mica Ohno, PGY III              UC San Francisco
While I grew up in Philadelphia, I have now spent more years in California than on the East Coast so I consider it my second home. After studying Environmental Engineering at Cornell I escaped the cold for a Masters at Stanford and then stayed to work software development. Eventually I made the plunge to switch careers to medicine. After finishing medical school at UCSF I completed my intern year at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center before transferring to Stanford. I feel incredibly lucky to be with an amazing group of dedicated residents and attendings! My free time gets monopolized by my two children, but I do like to find time for yoga, running, and spinning.

Jonathan Kort, PGY III         Georgetown Univ.
I came to Stanford after spending the last 10 years at Georgetown in Washington DC where I went to college, med, and business school, and then did a year of Internal Medicine Residency before coming to my senses and reapplying for OB/GYN.  My wife, our dog Phil, and I have loved our new home on the west coast.  The program provides a great environment to learn and work hard, but there is still some time outside of work to train for triathlons, enjoy the outdoors, take great road trips to SF, the beach, or wine country, and sample new restaurants around the area. I am hoping to pursue a career in Reproductive Endocrinology.  I feel lucky to have the opportunity to train under amazing residents and faculty in all areas of OB/GYN and especially caring for the diverse patient population we see at Stanford.

Sharon Pao, PGY III             Virginia Commonwealth Univ.
I grew up in Northern Virginia, then, spent four wonderful years at Rice University in Houston, Texas where I met some of my best friends for life! I decided to go back home for medical school to be near family, but definitely wanted a big life change after I was done! My fiancé and I were thrilled when I matched at Stanford! We absolutely love the Bay Area (especially the beautiful weather!)  and in our free time take our Coton puppy, Alfie, to off-leash beaches, indulge with our foodie friends, and drink lots of good wine!

Amanda Yeaton-Massey, PGY III     UC San Francisco
I grew up in Berkeley and Oakland before heading south to UCLA where I majored in history and minored in anthropology. After college I discovered my love of medicine while working for two years as a study coordinator in the Hematology/Oncology Department at Children’s Hospital Oakland.  I completed my premed requirements at Mills College and then moved across the bridge to San Francisco to start med school at UCSF.  During my time at UCSF I spent an extra year doing a Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship before matching at Stanford for residency. I feel extremely fortunate to be part of such an intelligent, caring and dedicated community here. In my free time I enjoy running, hiking, practicing yoga and spending time with my partner and our crazy dog.

Bhumy Davé, PGY IV            Univ. of Pittsburgh
I am originally from Chicago (yes, I love deep dish pizza and the Cubs). I majored in Biology and minored in Business at Washington University in St. Louis. Afterward, I went to the University of Pittsburgh for medical school.  I am very excited to be in the Bay Area. I love good theatre, interesting food, biking, and hiking. In my time off, I laugh with my fellow residents, go running by the palm trees, bargain hunt at the farmer's market, or just relax in my cottage. 

Amy Judy, PGY IV                 Boston Univ.
I grew up on in the Bay Area, and after a rather long hiatus on the East Coast for college and medical school, I am delighted to have found my way back to California, where the weather is wonderful, the wine is tasty, and the family is within driving distance.  I went to Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut for undergrad and then journeyed a bit farther north, to Boston, to work for a few years before starting medical school at Boston University.  While I was at BU, I also got my MPH; my public health interests are broad, but include underserved populations, infectious disease, and substance abuse in pregnancy. In my free time, I enjoy catching up with friends, running, and baking.

Clair McClung, PGY IV        Mount Sinai
I grew up in rural Sonoma County surrounded by apple trees and grape vines, and after spending the last 4 years in New York City, I was delighted to return to the natural beauty of the Bay Area for residency. I went to college at Brown University where I studied human biology and public/international health, and where I met my husband through a campus literary society. While at Mount Sinai, I followed my interest in public health to the student run free clinic serving the community of East Harlem. I will be moving on to a fellowship in gynecologic oncology after I complete my residency at Stanford. In my spare time I enjoy independent films, art museums, dancing the argentine tango, and of course, visiting my favorite wineries and farmers markets!

Leah McNally, PGY IV          Yale University
I grew up in South Florida, before moving up the East coast to study Evolutionary Biology and English at Duke for college. I then ventured a bit further north to Yale for medical school. I couples-matched here for residency, and it was my first time living on the West Coast. I feel extremely privileged not only to be able to enjoy the wonderful weather and endless activities offered by California, but also to have the chance to work with such a great group of residents and faculty. I matched in Gynecologic Oncology this year at the Stanford/UCSF program and am very excited to continue my training here.

Nicole Topp, PGY IV             Med. College of Wisconsin   
I grew up in Wisconsin and stayed there for college (UW-Madison) and medical school (The Medical College of Wisconsin), but have been fortunate enough to travel outside of the state to over 20 different countries.  I spent the year between medical school graduation and intern year getting my MPH at Johns Hopkins. I plan to focus my career after residency in international women's health.  I’m loving the weather here in the Bay Area, along with the great people that live here (including my fellow residents!)  I couples-matched with my husband, who is a medicine resident here at Stanford, so we are proof that the whole couples-match process really does work out in the end.  In my free time I love to go running outside, take my dogs Penelope and Bacon on walks, and go out to delicious dinners in the area. 



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