Program Year 1 Residents
Farhad John Aminzadeh, M.D.
Hometown: North Vancouver, Canada
School: UBC Vancouver Canada (Undergraduate), SGU (Medical School)
Hobbies: Ballroom/Latin Dancing, Biking, Running, Swimming, Hockey (Canucks), Football (Seahawks fan), Cooking
Fun Facts: Wakeup call at dawn in North Vancouver by a black bear at the front door
If you were a wild animal what would you be: White Swan
Chelsea Elyse Cole, M.D.
Hometown: Dallas, TX
School: Southwestern Adventist University (Undergraduate), UNT HSC (Master’s), St. George's University (Medical School)
Hobbies: Cooking, traveling, playing with my dogs, biking, swimming, skiing, scuba diving, football (Go Cowboys!!!), camping, Netflix, visiting breweries, and spending time with family and friends.
Fun Fact: When I was a kid I busted my eardrum by holding my nose and sneezing ... it's not just a myth.
If you were a wild animal what would you be: Penguin
Fernando Diaz, M.D.
Hometown: Miami, FL
School: American University of the Caribbean
Hobbies: Eating, planning my next meal while eating, cooking, playing music (I play trombone and Latin percussion), going to shows, traveling for all those reasons, hosting dinners/parties
Fun Fact(s): I worked a summer job raising sea slugs and as a deck hand on a research vessel; I've probably read The Hobbit 5+ times (maybe I shouldn't have shared that)
If you were a wild animal what would you be: African Elephant
Toni Griffin, M.D.
Hometown: Seattle, WA
School: University of Washington School of Medicine
Hobbies: Family (I have a husband, a 4-month old son, and a Great Dane named Juno), friends, Italian language and cooking, photography
Fun Fact: I grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, and spent a summer working with the National Parks Service talking about glaciers, puffins, and whales, oh my!
If you were a wild animal what would you be: Humpback Whale
Luke Johnson, M.D.
Hometown: Alto, TX
School: St. George’s University
Hobbies: Golf, gym stuff, movies, food (prepping and eating), not doing laundry, hunting
Fun Facts: I once caught a hummingbird with my bare hands and neither of us were harmed; my uncle had a speaking role (well, a greeting) to Chuck Norris in “Walker, Texas Ranger”
Spirit Animal: Japanese Snow Monkey
Bliss Puthenpurayil, M.D.
Hometown: Houston, TX
School: University of Houston, Ross University School of Medicine
Hobbies: Dancing, music, movies, going for retreats, traveling, spending time with family and friends
Fun Fact: I lived in Kuwait for 17 years
If you were a wild animal what would you be: Dolphin
Marium Siddiqi, M.D.
Hometown: Good ol' Texas (Commerce, Rockwall, Irving, and now McKinney) – we moved a lot growing up.
School: Dow International Medical College in Pakistan
Hobbies: reading, traveling, SLEEPING, baking, going to the movies and dining out.
Fun Fact: I’m obsessed with all the Disney movies
If you were a wild animal what would you be: Horse
Astrud Villareal, M.D.
Hometown: Born in the Philippines, moved to Dallas, TX, at the start of high school
School: Southern Methodist University (Undergraduate), and UT Southwestern (Medical School)
Hobbies: Traveling and travel planning (I love creating travel itineraries!), playing the drums, attending concerts, plays and musicals, trying out new cuisines, reading, Netflix, and hanging out with friends and family
Fun Fact: I'm an adrenaline/adventure junkie! I hiked to the crater of an active volcano, swam with sharks, experienced a 16-story free fall and danced my heart out during Silent Disco at the EU’s tallest building.
If you were a wild animal what would you be: Grey Wolf
Grace Yuan, M.D.
Hometown: Dallas, TX
School: Went to Baylor in Waco and came back to Dallas for med school at UTSW, happy I'm staying here for residency too!
Hobbies: I'm a huge nerd. I like cooking, reading, video games, recently started playing D&D, trying new restaurants, shopping, playing with my cats
Fun Fact: I went to Pax South this year and cosplayed with some of my friends
If you were a wild animal what would you be: A majestic goat