Residents on Research Sabbatical

Janet Ashley, MD

Name: Janet Ashley, MD
Medical School: UTHealth McGovern Medical School

Michael Eisenberg, MD

Name: Michael Eisenberg, MD
Medical School: UTHealth McGovern Medical School

Mokunfayo “Mo” Fajemisin, MD

Name: Mokunfayo “Mo” Fajemisin, MD
Medical School: University of Illinois Chicago
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Fun Fact: I played college basketball at UC Irvine
Favorite Rotation: LBJ Silver
Clinical Interest: Colorectal Surgery
Research: Health Equity in Trauma
Research Mentor: Dr. Lillian Kao
Research Funding: T32
ORCID ID: 0000-0001-9883-5564
Reason for Doing Research: Did research to understand how better to appraise clinical studies, and not limit fellowship opportunities

Kylie Holden, MD, MS

Name: Kylie Holden, MD, MS
Medical School: University of Tennessee
Hometown: Okemos, MI
Fun Fact: I am an All-American collegiate swimmer
Favorite Rotation: Pediatric Surgery! Their service offers early operative experience, the faculty and fellows are excellent teachers, and the kids always brighten your day.
Clinical Interest: Pediatric Surgery
Research: Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernias
Research Mentor: Dr. Matthew Harting
ORCID ID: 0009-0001-7847-8018
Reason for Doing Research: I have always enjoyed clinical and basic science research. After developing a strong interest in Pediatric Surgery, I choose to pursue two devoted years research so I could combine two of my passions and further pursue my career dreams

Neha Malik, MD

Name: Neha Malik, MD
Medical School: University of Florida – Gainesville
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Fun Fact: I rescued a dog from the LBJ parking lot during my intern year
Favorite Rotation: Rotations at LBJ
Clinical Interest: Surgical Oncology
Research: MD Anderson Cancer Center
Research Mentor:  Dr. Christina Roland MD and Dr. Mary Austin MD, MPH
Research Funding: MD Anderson T32
ORCID ID: 0000-0002-8339-7546
Reason for Doing Research: I wanted to ensure that I was competitive for fellowship and also have some free time to spend with family and friends.

Stephanie Martinez Ugarte, MD

Name: Stephanie Martinez Ugarte, MD
Medical School: UTHealth McGovern Medical School

Alex Mills, DO

Name: Alex Mills, DO
Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Auburn 
Hometown: Gadsden, Alabama 
Fun Fact: I am married and have two little boys – Beckham (4) and Theo (1) 
Favorite Rotation: Heart and Vascular Institute (HVI) 
Clinical Interest: Cardiothoracic Surgery 
Research: UTHealth Houston – Cardiothoracic Surgery 
Research Mentor:  Dr. Anthony Estrera (adult CT) and Dr. Damien LaPar (congenital CT)
Research Funding: Military (Army) 
ORCID ID: 0000-0001-6265-7073
Reason for Doing Research: Time off with family, obtaining a master’s degree, enhancing my fellowship application

Chioma Obinero, MD

Name: Chioma “Chi” Obinero, MD
Medical School: Cooper Medical School of Rowan University 
Hometown: Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria 
Fun Fact: I am a yogi and take at least 2-3 yoga classes a week, even during residency 
Favorite Rotation: LBJ rotation because we interact most with our other co-residents during this rotation 
Clinical Interest: Plastic Surgery 
Research: UTHealth Houston Division of Plastic Surgery 
Research Mentor:  Dr. Matthew Greives
Research Funding: UTHealth Houston Division of Plastic Surgery 
ORCID ID: 0000-0001-7295-9200
Reason for Doing Research: To make myself more competitive for fellowship, gain tools to become an academic surgeon, and have a little more time to do things that are not always possible during residency (ie. Travel).

Kelly Sanders, DO

Name: Kelly Sanders, DO
Medical School: Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hometown: San Antonio, TX
Fun Fact: I’m an avid skier and amateur ice climber. As a nearly lifelong Texan, I crave seasons and travel to the mountains often. I’m passionate about foreign language and effective communication. I maintain a collection of rare hoyas.
Favorite Rotation: Trauma
Clinical Interest: Acute Care Surgery
Research: McGovern Medical School
Research Mentor: Jessica Cardenas, PhD
Research Funding: NIH T32 Grant
Reason for Doing Research: I sought a research fellowship to become proficient in experimental design, biostatistics, and scientific writing. My research focuses on vascular endothelial pathophysiology and thrombosis in particular.

Robert Seniors, III, MD

Name: Robert Seniors, III, MD
Medical School: Moorehouse School of Medicine

Sherene Lattimore, MD

Name: Sherene Lattimore, MD
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine
Hometown: Roosevelt, NY
Fun Fact: I love attending Broadway plays and I use to play the cello and violin
Favorite Rotation: Our LBJ rotation because we have a lot of autonomy on those services.
Clinical Interest: Transplantation and Hepatobiliary Surgery
Research: University of Florida
Research Mentor: Ali Zarrinpar, MD,PhD, Sergio Duarte, PhD
Research Funding: ASTS Resident Grant, NIH Diversity Supplement
I did research to not limit myself with fellowship opportunities as well as spend time as a normal person.
ORCID ID: 0000-0002-1049-2681