Ob/Gyn Residents' Resources

July 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

Michelle Apple, PGY 1
I was born and raised in a small town about two hours west of Chicago. I have spent my whole life up until now in Illinois going to University of Illinois at Chicago for undergrad, majoring in biology, and then University of Illinois at Rockford for medical school. Although I love the Midwest, my boyfriend and I were ready for a change and decided to interview in California. He matched into a military residency in the area, and I was able to follow him with my match here at Stanford. We couldn’t be happier with how everything worked out! In my free time, I can be found enjoying the beautiful weather, exploring the area, playing basketball, catching up with friends and family, or enjoying drinks with my co-interns. All of the attendings, fellows and residents have been so welcoming, supportive, and amazing to work with, and I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to train here!

Carolyn Haunschild, PGY 1
Hi! I am a native Californian and am fortunate to have lived here all of my life. I received my undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley (Go Bears!) and my medical degree from UC San Diego. I loved my time in San Diego so much I extended my stay by one year to get a Master's degree in Clinical Research. I feel incredibly lucky to have matched at Stanford. In my short time here I have been blown away by how kind, helpful, intelligent and fun all of my co-residents and attendings have been. Residency is hard work but I couldn't imagine being anywhere else. In my spare time I enjoy catching up with my friends and family, swimming, keeping up on Bay Area sports teams and indulging in the two most important meals of the day-- happy hour and brunch.  I hope you have a wonderful interview day!

Jocelyn Ray, PGY 1
I grew up in Toronto, so I say things like washroom and ‘a-boot’. I went to Queen’s University in Kingston Ontario for undergrad and then returned to Toronto for my PhD in Reproductive Physiology at The University of Toronto. I have many friends and family still in Canada so I travel up there frequently. I finally came to my senses and moved down south to sunny Orlando Florida where I went to a new medical school at the University of Central Florida. Now at Stanford I couldn’t be happier. I moved here with my fiancé who is in the computer world, and we just got married this September. We love the area. Now with wedding planning behind us we have time to enjoy many of the things we love about the area: the running and biking trails, the restaurants, the vineyards and the City! Stanford is fantastic. The residents and attendings are incredible teachers, easy to talk to and so much fun! Also, having 5 residents per year is a really nice number. We all have a lot in common, and are super close already.

Justin Thompson, PGY 1
I grew up in Pennsylvania, just outside Philadelphia. I majored in business as an undergrad and worked in pharmaceutical sales upon graduating. I quickly developed a fascination with medicine and dreamt of caring for patients one day. I went to Drexel in Philadelphia for med school. After living on the east coast my entire life I couldn't be happier to have landed at Stanford. I am thrilled to work with such a fun and intelligent group of residents, fellows, and attendings. When I'm not at the hospital you can find me on my road bike or wine tasting in search of my new favorite California Cabernet.

Chrislyn White, PGY 1
I am originally from the Bay Area, but I headed east for both college and medical school. I attended Cornell University and majored in Animal Science. After college, I worked in clinical research while I decided what I wanted to do with the next chapter of my life. Then I moved to Boston to attend Harvard Medical School. While in medical school, I married my high school sweetheart. As much as my husband and I enjoyed Boston, it was time to return home to the beautiful Bay Area. As for our days off, my husband and I enjoy hanging out with family, hiking, and enjoying the sunshine!

Samantha Do, PGY II            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 II             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 II   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 years 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 II   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 husband-to-be 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 II      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 III,               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 four 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 III           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. My husband and I welcomed our first child, Wesley, into the world this year. We enjoy spending time together with family and friends, visiting the beach and mountains, and hiking with our dog Lily.14

Emily English, PGY III         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 four 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 III      UC Irvine 
I was born at Stanford Hospital and grew up in Folsom, Ca.  I went to UC Davis for undergrad where I studied Exercise Physiology and 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. I love our Labor and Delivery team so much that last year I delivered my own son here at LPCH! In my precious time off I enjoy playing with my baby Zachary, hiking/ running 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! 14


Eleonore Werner, PGY III    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 resident here).  This has been a great experience and we love 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!14

Vita Berger, PGY IV,             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 IV               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 in 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 IV         Georgetown Univ.
I came to Stanford after spending the last 10 years at Georgetown in Washington DC where I went to college, medical, 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 IV  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 IV     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 family. I hope to continue my training as a Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellow.14



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