Program Year 1 Residents

Odinaka Anyanwu, M.D.

Odinaka Anyanwu, M.D.

Hometown
Philadelphia, PA
Medical School
Ross University School of Medicine
About Me
I was born in Missouri, but I have spent the majority of my life in Philadelphia. My family is from Nigeria and I am the first medical doctor produced from my family! I graduated from The Lincoln University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. Biology and a Spanish minor. In my free time I enjoy traveling, singing, working out, and spending time with my family and loved ones.
Why UTSW Family Medicine
I chose this program because of its commitment to underserved communities and the opportunities to received training from some of the best physicians and facilities in the world! I am also looking forward to the beautiful weather and sharpening my Spanish language skills.


Gurpreet Aujla, M.D.

Gurpreet Aujla, M.D.

Hometown
Ludhiana, Punjab, India
Medical School
Government Medical College Patiala, Punjab, India
About Me
I was born in Punjab, India. I spent most of the early years of my life in Ludhiana. I graduated from GMC, Patiala. After graduating I immigrated to United States and lived for about two years in Longview, Texas. I am a simple person, I enjoy visiting new places and making new friends. In my free time I enjoy watching movies, listening to punjabi and hindi songs, spending time with family.
Why UTSW Family Medicine
I had the best experience at this residency program during the interview season. When I matched here it felt like one of the biggest dreams of my life came true. Everyone including the faculty, staff, and residents are very friendly and supportive. In this program there are lots of opportunities to expand your knowledge as well as your experience and you always have the guidance from the best physicians. It’s a great honor for me to be a part of this institution and I am proud that I am a part of this family now.

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Elizabeth Barta, D.O.

Hometown
Dallas County
Medical School
University of North Texas Health Science Center – Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
About Me
I grew up on the “Silicon Prairie,” and it is here that I hope to spend my life and my medical career. I consider myself a city girl, and Dallas offers all of the excitement a great urban center affords, while simultaneously providing the hometown neighborhood feeling I love. I enjoy attending music concerts/festivals and pro sports events, eating gourmet food (when I can get it), and being part of the thrill of the area’s vibrant nightlife and within blocks of world-class cultural facilities. Also, Go Cowboys!
Why UTSW Family Medicine
Growing up in the DFW Metroplex, I did not need “breaking news” from US News and World Report to know that UTSW was the best medical center in Texas – it, quite simply, is. I knew that UTSW would allow me to train with the finest mentors, with brilliant residents and attendings, amid a broad and diverse patient population which, I believe, has as much to teach its caregivers as we, as providers, have to give them. In addition, the UTSW hospitals are among the most innovative and advanced medical facilities ever built by humankind. I wanted to belong to this place, to be trained to advance the craft and practice of medicine here, to save lives here, and, hopefully, become worthy of passing down the skills I learn here to those who will train at UTSW in years to come. In other words, UTSW represents “home” to me. I will try every day to live up to its goals.

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Candis Bell, M.D.

Hometown
I have lived in a few places but North Texas is home.
Medical School
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
About Me
I enjoy college football, interior design, and am a bit of a foodie.  
Why UTSW Family Medicine
Everyone was welcoming and understands the responsibility of society to advocate and care for undeserved populations.  

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Numan Choudhry, M.D.

Hometown
Rolla, Missouri 
Medical School
University of Missouri-Kansas City
About Me
I grew up in a small rural Missouri town. Growing up in a town without specialists I understood the importance of family medicine and the impact I could make. That's when I decided this was the field for me, since then I haven't been disappointed. Every day is different and full of excitement. That's how I know i chose the right field.  
Why UTSW Family Medicine
Coming from the Midwest, I wanted a strong medical education with a diverse patient population and what better place than Dallas, Texas? Also a reputable school like UTSW. In my short time here I have already seen and learned to manage problems most interns would run from. I have not just enjoyed my time at UTSW but also my time in Dallas.

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David Groves, M.D.

Hometown
Anaheim, California
Medical School
University of California, Davis
About Me
I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, for most of my life. I graduated from UCLA in 2011 as a Physiological Sciences major. Afterwards, I worked as a phlebotomist for a year before attending UC Davis for medical school in 2013. During my time at Davis, I discovered my passion for family medicine by working closely with underserved Filipino patients at our student-run Bayanihan Clinic. Outside of medicine, I enjoy running, reading, scuba diving, astrophotography, and spending time with my fiancée.
Why UTSW Family Medicine
I chose UTSW because it is a large academic campus that promises a diverse medical experience, providing me the knowledge to become a well-rounded family physician. I am particularly thrilled to be part of the first class for the Southwestern Health Resources Track and look forward to shaping the program for future residents to come. As a foodie, I also love the number of food options in Dallas and I look forward to eating as much Tex-Mex and barbecue as I possibly can.

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An Chih Hsieh, M.D.

Hometown
Irvine, California
Medical School
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
About Me
I was born in Taiwan, moved to Irvine, California, for a while, moved to Richmond, Virginia, for med school, and now here for residency. I enjoy traveling to see the natural wonders our planet has to offer. I love learning about the mysteries of our universe. And I like to watch the drama unfold in NBA, NFL, eSports, and ... politics.
Why UTSW Family Medicine
I found out during my time in Virginia that weather was the most important factor since I'm very cold intolerant! Among the temperate programs, I wanted to come to UTSW because it is a teaching focused program with a broad pathology spectrum to prepare me for different career options. I also value the chance to work with diverse faculties and senior residents and learn from their unique perspectives.


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Sharika Kumar, M.D.

Hometown
Dallas, Texas
Medical School
American University of the Caribbean
About Me
I was born and raised in Dallas. I graduated from Austin College with a B.A. in Business Administration and a minor in Biology. Outside of medicine I enjoy traveling, spin class, brunches, and spending time with family and friends.
Why UTSW Family Medicine
I chose UTSW because of its academic excellence and outstanding reputation. My goal has been to join this prestigious hospital and I have the added bonus of returning home to Dallas. 

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James Mayberry, M.D.

Hometown
San Antonio, Texas
Medical School
UT McGovern Medical School
About Me
I started my medical career later in my life than most residents. My road in life took me down many different paths before I chose to pursue medicine. Along the way I served in the United States Navy, and afterwards was employed in various positions involving sales, marketing, and business management. I feel like each experience in my life has helped to shape me into who I am today. I have a passion for martial arts, Integrative Medicine, and lifelong learning. I also have a passion for Aerospace Medicine and was fortunate enough to have the chance to do a research clerkship with NASA during medical school. After residency I hope to pursue continued training in Aerospace Medicine in hopes of working for NASA.
Why UTSW Family Medicine
I chose UTSW because I felt like the program had all the components I was looking for in a residency program. I wanted a program that was well balanced in terms of rotations and had opportunities to learn about Integrative Medicine. I also liked that UTSW has a great reputation in the medical community for excellence in training and research.  
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Stephen Ryan Ogletree, M.D.

Hometown
Tyler, Texas
Medical School
Texas Tech El Paso Paul Foster School of Medicine
About Me
I love music, video games, spending time with my wife and baby boy, and the thought of being in shape. One day I may turn that thought into a reality.
Why UTSW Family Medicine
So this is really two questions! I like the continuity of Family Medicine and would rather prevent disease than fix something that was preventable in the first place. I wanted UTSW because it's Dallas and there's plenty to do, for proximity to family, and for the reputation that UTSW carries.

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Sarah Rizvi, M.D.

Hometown
Houston, Texas
Medical School
Texas Tech Medical School
About Me
I grew up in and out of Houston and the East Coast, graduating with a degree in Political Science from the University of Houston. I enjoy spending time with my husband and family above all else. I love to travel and have been fortunate enough to visit Turkey and Japan in the past year, hopefully with Germany next! I also enjoy cooking, painting, off-roading, exercising, and yes, lazy TV/Netflix watching.
Why UTSW Family Medicine
There were a handful of reasons for me, including the great reputation of UTSW for its training, opportunities, and teachers. I saw it firsthand by spending a few weeks rotating with the residents and attending physicians. The whole team created a learning environment which was warm and encouraging. They were down to earth, fun, and cared deeply for patients.

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Amanda Santa Maria, M.D.

Hometown
Yorba Linda, California
Medical School
St. George's School of Medicine
About Me
 I am a travel addict, yoga teacher, foodie, adrenaline junkie, and power lifter. 
Why UTSW Family Medicine
I choose UTSW Family Medicine for the chance to move to a new city and be trained in an excellent program with many opportunities.

 

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Rosemary Song, M.D.

Hometown
Augusta, Georgia
Medical School
Emory University School of Medicine
About Me
I did an undergrad degree in biomedical engineering at Georgia Tech then stayed in Atlanta for medical school. I'm always up for trying new things, but you'll be most likely to find me on a day off at home on the couch watching Food Network or HGTV. Ask me about my dog Duke, aerial silks, Harry Potter trivia, Pokemon, bonsai trees, building a PC, having my dessert set on fire at my interview dinner, or anything else (but I would rather hear about other people's stories than talk about myself)!
Why UTSW Family Medicine
After meeting the faculty, residents, and staff during my interview day, I felt right at home with how welcoming and supportive everyone was. The program is a great balance of academic and community medicine, with many opportunities for research and specialty tracks for further training in areas of interest. I chose to be a part of the first class in the Southwestern Health Resources Track for the chance to tailor my residency experience, have access to UTSW but work at a more community-centered hospital, and gain more practice communicating directly with attending hospitalists and specialists. 
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Richelle Trube, M.D.

Hometown
San Antonio, Texas
Medical School
UT Southwestern Medical School
About Me
I came to medicine from the perspective of a patient, so I care a lot about the context of health, or the person behind the diagnosis. 
Why UTSW Family Medicine
Coolest faculty and staff ever!