Current Residents and Alumni in Medicine/Pediatrics

Class of 2023

Alexis Boulter, M.D.

Dr. Alexis Boulter

Who is Alexis
"Alexis grew up in Jacksonville, Florida, which she swears is much cooler than portrayed on The Good Place and where people really do yell “Duval!” on the regular. She went to the University of Florida where she completed the 7-year combined medical program in the quirky college town of Gainesville, FL. Although more landlocked than ever before, Alexis was excited to come to Dallas for great medical training and better Korean Barbeque. On her time off, she enjoys spending time outdoors, acroyoga, exploring all the food suburbs of Dallas, and live music concerts. She loves traveling and is always scoping out flight deals from the Dallas Lovefield Airport!"

Why I chose UTSW… 
"It was definitely the people and the close-knit family feel! I was impressed by the well-balanced Med-Peds program, the opportunity to work at a public hospital with a strong mission of service, and the wonderfully supportive and caring leadership. I also love the diversity of Dallas and was excited to move to a larger urban area."

Kylie Cullinan, M.D.

Dr. Kylie Cullinan

Who is Kylie
Kylie grew up in the quaint Texas town of Houston. She attended Rice University, where she ran Track & Field. Raised by two teachers, she was a big fan of the classroom and education, so she decided to teach 7th grade English at a charter school in Houston where she first began to love the weird and wild world of adolescence. Unable to pull herself from the Texas magic, she then made the long trek up I45 to Dallas for medical school at UTSW (drawn in part by superior NFL team, in part by the magic of Parkland). In her free time, she likes running, cycling, reading, cooking, and Brooklyn99.

Why I chose UTSW… 
"I was lucky enough to have great exposure to the med-peds faculty and residents here as a med student, like Dr. Walsh, Dr. Newman, Dr. Orlino, Dr. Albin, and Melanie. In each of them I saw the kind of doctor I wanted to become- compassionate, personable, and SO knowledgeable! The support here is incredible, as are the learning opportunities at each of our hospitals. I couldn't talk myself into leaving such a great place! Also... I wanted to be in town for the Cowboys next super bowl win, and I have a good feeling about this year :) :)"

Nick Lee, M.D.

Dr. Nick Lee

Who is Nick?
Nick grew up in small-town Winchester, Virginia before attending the University of Virginia for college (go Hoos!) where he got to live on a UNESCO World Heritage site. Afterwards, he moved north to attend Yale School of Medicine where he met his lovely wife, Emily (now a UTSW IM resident). But, perhaps most importantly, they made a furry addition to their family in Connecticut—Allewelt—their rescue pup from Mississippi who is now enjoying the warmer climate in Texas. Besides fawning over their beloved pup, Nick and Emily love to cook, play board games, and travel (and were lucky enough to go to New Zealand on their honeymoon)!

Why I chose UTSW…  
"Children’s Medical Center (a stand-alone children’s hospital), Parkland, and UTSW’s Clements University Hospital exposes you to such a huge array of training opportunities all within a few blocks that no other program could match (in my mind). Plus, the residents were amongst the warmest and most outgoing sets of people I met, and Drs. Walsh and Albin will support you through anything and everything. So excited and happy to be a part of the UTSW family!"

Jet Patterson, M.D.

Dr. Jet Patterson

Who is Jet?
Jet was born and raised in Arkansas, "The Natural State", and carries a deep love of outdoor adventures. She attended college at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, where she met and married her husband, Gareth; they moved to Little Rock for medical school and adopted two Persian cats (Henri & Hopper) before coming to Dallas for residency. She is currently interested in pursuing a Combined Rheumatology Fellowship. When she isn't at the hospital, Jet loves to travel internationally, SCUBA dive, hike, camp, watch the Cubs with Gareth, go to art museums & plays, and catch up with friends over coffee. She enjoys finding great food as much as she enjoys cooking it and will try to feed you at every chance that she gets like the proper Southern woman she is. She is currently interested in pursuing a Combined Rheumatology Fellowship.

Why I chose UTSW...
"I wanted to train in the South, in a program that would offer excellent teaching and abundant resources to further my career. What sealed the deal, though, were the welcoming, enthusiastic residents and supportive program leadership that I met on my interview day. Our small-but-mighty program feels like a family, and I am so glad this is my new residency home!"

Class of 2024

Alysha Joseph, M.D.

photo of Dr. Alysha Joseph

Who is Alysha?
Alysha is a born and raised Dallasite. She grew up in Rockwall, moved to Denton for 2 years for the TAMS program, and finished up undergrad at UT Dallas. She went to UT Southwestern for medical school and loved her experience so much that she stayed for residency! She is so excited to join the med-peds family at UT Southwestern. She has many career interests but particularly loves cardiology, transition medicine, and medical education. In her free time, you can find her baking, cooking, reading a good book, being outdoors, or spending time with friends and family.

Why I chose UTSW…
“I went here for medical school and was so inspired by the incredible med-peds faculty and residents I worked with. I want to be like them when I grow up. Also, there’s no place like home.”

Hannah Lee, M.D.

photo of Dr. Hanna Lee

Who is Hannah?
Hannah grew up mostly in New Jersey but has also had a few “hometowns” as she’s from a military family. She did her undergraduate at Brown University and then made her way to NYC for two research years at Rockefeller University. She loved her time in medical school at Stony Brook and will certainly miss the NY bagels/beach life. Moving to TX during the pandemic was a surreal experience- she can’t wait for the Dallas adventures to come and has already eagerly converted to “y’all.” Hannah enjoys listening to political and social podcasts, learning to be a new plant mom, hiking, spinning, cooking/baking, musical theater (ie Hamilton!), and game nights with friends. Currently she’s interested in transitional care, hospitalist medicine, and possibly pursuing a fellowship in endo, rheum, or GI.

Why I chose UTSW…
"I had the absolute best interview weekend- it was great weather in Dallas in December. I had a fun interview crew, got to spend the weekend eating BBQ with old college friends, checked out Deep Ellum. Dallas offers a great combo of food diversity, city life, and suburban charm. What also stood out to me was Dr. Walsh/Albin’s emphasis on service locally and the commitment to the underserved patient populations in Dallas. I remember them saying “global is local.” Of course the diverse clinical exposure at both the stand-alone children’s hospital and the two adult hospitals (Parkland and Clements) is immeasurable. We’re only the fifth resident class and have been completely overwhelmed by the love and support of the Med Peds family!"

Ganesh Raman, M.D.

photo of Dr. Ganesh Raman

Who is Ganesh?
Ganesh was born in Mumbai, India but spent most of his formative years in Minnesota, where he learned how to say “ya, you betcha!”. He eventually moved to sunny California to pursue an undergraduate degree in Chemistry at UC Berkeley. During his undergraduate years he developed an interest in global health through rural nonprofit work he did in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. This inspired him to pursue a career in medicine. He then moved to Los Angeles for medical school and went to the Keck School of Medicine of USC (fight on!). Ganesh hopes to pursue a fellowship in hematology/oncology (possibly combined) with an emphasis on benign and malignant hematology. He has allied interests in survivorship, transitions of care, and global health.Ganesh is an avid traveler and a trained south Indian classical vocalist (won 2nd on an Indian reality tv show). In his free time he enjoys trivia, cooking really spicy desi food, and spending time with family, friends, and of course Sofie, his black lab!

Why I chose UTSW…
"I chose UTSW Med-Peds because of the amazing and caring PDs! Dr. Walsh, Dr. Kazi, and Dr. McKinney are the absolute best. In addition to this I was impressed by the extremely strong and balanced programs on both the pediatric and medicine side. However, most importantly, I felt like I found “my people” on interview day. The warmth and family feel of this program permeates everything we do!"

Amanda Zhang, M.D.

photo of Dr. Amanda Zhang

Who is Amanda?
Amanda is a born and bred Midwesterner. She grew up in Libertyville, IL and attended the best school in the Big 10, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Then she moved to the Windy City and attended medical school at the University of Illinois at Chicago (go Flames!). Ever since she was a fetus, Amanda had always wanted to be a pediatrician. That all changed after she fell in love with the veterans during her Internal Medicine rotation at the VA. She was left with no other choice but to apply Med-Peds. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her cat and her fiancé, listening to true crime podcasts, trying to keep her plants alive, and watching the newest hit Netflix original series.

Why I chose UTSW…
"I was drawn here by the promise of not having to scrape my car windows in the winter, endless Tex-Mex, and the familiarity of flat land as far as the eye can see. I also loved the diversity of the urban patient population here in Dallas as well as being a part of two strong categorical programs, while still maintaining a tight-knit family feel within Med-Peds."

Class of 2025

Zach Blair, M.D.

Dr. Zach Blair

Who is Zach?
Zach was born in Frisco Texas. After moving around a little, he eventually ended up back in Texas. He would go on to attend The University of North Texas where he studied biology. Drawn to the intellectual culture and deeply kind people, he would stay local and attend UT Southwestern for medical school. Drawn by the ability to treat all age groups, and particularly young adults born with congenital heart disease, Med/Peds was the only choice. In his spare time, he loves to watch and play hockey (go Pens), exercise, explore local Dallas eats (there are too many to count), and hang out with his wife and their cat Leo.

Why I chose UTSW…
"When I was looking at programs, I found myself constantly comparing every place to what we have here at UT Southwestern only to realize there was no match. The faculty here push you to be the best you possibly can be in a supportive environment. You will get to work alongside world leaders in their respective fields and you would never know because of how humble everyone is. At UT Southwestern you truly can find multiple faculty mentors who are interested in whatever niche of medicine you find most fascinating, no matter how specific. In the end I wanted to train in an environment that values discovery and individual growth while also never forgetting the human side of Medicine. I can truly say I’m honored to be a part of this residency program." 

Upasana Chandra, M.D.

Dr. Upasana Chandra

Who is Upasana?
Upasana grew up in metro Atlanta, Georgia, surrounded by peaches, pecans, and awful rush hour traffic. She attended Duke University for undergrad and went to medical school at the Medical College of Georgia. An avid lover of stories since childhood, she was always drawn to medicine because of the unique role a physician serves in empowering a patient’s story. Her interests are currently all over the place, but she has a soft spot for heme/onc, palliative care, hospital medicine, and health advocacy. Outside of medicine, she loves singing (ask her about the SeroTONEins), baking, exploring nature trails, and searching for the best cup of tea.

Why I chose UTSW…
"Going through an entirely virtual interview season was intimidating, but my UTSW interview felt like I had found the next home in my medical journey. I was looking for a med-peds program with supportive program leadership, strong categorical training on both sides, underserved patient populations, and close-knit residents - UTSW had it all. Plus, Dallas has been such a fun city to explore!" 

Suraj Rama, M.D.

Dr. Suraj Rama

Who is Suraj?
Suraj grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, the home of the the greatest college basketball team in the nation. He attended the University of Kentucky for both undergrad and medical school (Go Cats!). He was excited to explore such a big city and take advantage of all the local restaurants while trying to work on his cooking. In his off time he enjoys traveling across the country, going on hikes, and binging all the TV shows Netflix has to offer. He is interested in being a Med-Peds Hospitalist with a focus in medial education.

Why I chose UTSW…
"I chose UTSW for so many reasons. Everything is bigger in Texas including the size of the 3 hospitals we get to rotate through. It allows for lots of patient exposure with some interesting pathologies. This is a program where the IM and Peds sides are so strong and we have lots of opportunity to make so many friends and connections. We also get the luxury of having our close knit Med-Peds Family who makes this transition so much more fun. I truly felt like I found my people on interview day."

Samarth Shrivastava, M.D.

image of Dr. Samarth Shrivastava

Who is Samarth?
Sam grew up in the suburbs of Philly and has been criss-crossing from PA to Texas since. He went to Rice University for freshman year before transferring to Penn with dreams of being a clinical psychologist. He did some cool research in Positive Psychology but then of course he changed his mind and decided to be a doctor instead! After a brief stint working for Planned Parenthood he came down to DFW for med school and has made it his new home. He likes spending his free time hanging out with his dog, going plant hunting, and playing Japanese RPG video games.

Why I chose UTSW…
"I really wanted a big M, big P program that didn't compromise on either front! UTSW has that with stellar faculty on both sides and the facilities to match. Also, Dr. Albin is who I want to be when I grow up."

Class of 2026

Brittany Hopkins, M.D.

Dr. Brittany Hopkins

Who is Brittany?
Brittany was born in Greensboro, NC but raised on the sunny beaches of Tampa, FL. After attending Florida State University for her undergraduate degree (go Noles!). Following graduation, she taught high school for two years. It was at this point her passion for adolescent populations began. She moved to Nashville to attend Meharry Medical College for medical school. Here she learned all about the wonderful world of med-peds. In her spare time, she loves to travel, try out different restaurants, root for her Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and hang-out with her dog. She hopes to pursue a career in transitions of care for complex adolescent pediatric patients

Why I chose UTSW…
"During the pre-interview social it was clear to me that the residents at the program genuinely liked each other and were clearly friends outside of working at the hospital. This was followed by my interview the next day where I fell in love with the mission of Parkland and was simultaneously impressed by the passion that Dr. Walsh and Dr. Albin had for their program and supporting their residents. All this led me to be assured that I would be going to a program that would be supportive and allow me to become the best med-peds doctor possible."

Precious Ndukwe, M.D.

Dr. Precious Ndukwe

Who is Precious?
Precious was initially born in Ikeja, Nigeria, and moved to the United States with her parents as a baby. Since then she's been living in Maryland which is famously a part of "the DMV." She pursued her undergraduate degree at Howard University. She then decided to pursue a year of service working as a patient care coordinator in Detroit, MI before returning to Howard University for her medical degree. It was during the last few months of her final year at Howard that she stumbled across Med-Peds. She soon came to realize just how perfect the field was for her. When she's not at the hospital, you can find her exploring the amazing food scene of Dallas, reading, cooking, or talking to friends and family.

Why I chose UTSW…
"I chose UTSW first and foremost because of my desire to work with the underserved. My alma mater instilled the importance of pouring back into the community. I loved that UTSW was actually making an impact in the community and providing much-needed resources to the DFW area. Secondly, the leadership here is like no other. Even before my interview day, Dr. Walsh was on it, answering every question I had about the UTSW Med-Peds Program. Talking to her and Dr. Albin on my interview day further confirmed how dedicated the leadership is to the residents and to meaningful healthcare. Lastly, I believed I would thrive here. Both categorical programs are absolute trailblazers. I knew at UTSW that I would receive the training I need to be an excellent doctor. I feel like I belong here."

Dale Oommen, M.D.

Dr. Dale Oomen

Who is Dale?
Dale was born in a small town in New Jersey called Long Valley (looks a bit like the back of a Hidden Valley Ranch bottle). He stayed in New Jersey for both college (The College of New Jersey) and medical school (Robert Wood Johnson Medical School). While New Jersey was cool and will always be home, he was intent on leaving the garden state to do some exploring for residency. He was hyped to travel South for a new adventure. In his free time, Dale likes exploring the food scene, outdoorsy stuff, cooking, listening to music and playing video games.

Why I chose UTSW…
“What immediately drew me in was really the program leadership (S/O Dr. Walsh and Albin). There was an authentic kindness and passion in how they carried themselves that really resonated with me. Taking a closer look at the program it was clear that it had incredibly strong categorical programs and an incredible range of training opportunities you could use to become whatever kind of physician you wanted to be. I have been blown away by the support I have gotten since being here and am loving living in Dallas!”

Tyler Wall, M.D.

Dr. Tyler Wall

Who is Tyler?
Tyler was born and raised in the small town of Sault Ste. Marie in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. He completed his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry at Lake Superior State University during which time he would develop an interest in the human body and medicine. He furthered these passions in medical school at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine (Go Green!). During his time in medical school he stumbled across the field of med/peds and realized this was the career for him. His current interests lie in pulmonary/critical care medicine, cardiology, and medical education.

Why I chose UTSW…
“So many things stood out to me with UTSW that made this opportunity incredibly hard to pass up. The strong clinical training on both the medicine and pediatrics sides combined with the supportive program leadership and close-knit residents couldn’t be beat. Also, after 28 years of Michigan winters, the opportunity to experience sunshine year-round while exploring the city of Dallas didn’t hurt either.”

Our Alumni: Where are they now?

Alumni Class of 2022

Medicine Pediatrics Residency Class of 2022, Rebeca Duron, Averi Wilson, Anjali Vora, and Bilal Ashraf
Bilal Ashraf, M.D.
Bilal was born in Columbus, Ohio, but spent most of his childhood in Salem, New Hampshire (not the witch trial town, but 30 minutes away from it). He attended the College of William & Mary in Virginia for undergrad, before a brief yearlong sojourn in Boston working in public health. Finally, he returned to the Mid-Atlantic for medical school at Duke. Dr. Ashraf is currently a Hospitalist at Parkland Hospital and applying into Adult Hematology/Oncology fellowship this year.
Rebecca Duron, M.D.
Originally from Tucson, Arizona, Becca caught the travel bug early growing up in a military family and has lived all over. We are lucky to get to have Dr. Duron here in Dallas! She is currently an Allergy/Immunology fellow at University of Texas Southwestern and continuing to see patients across the age spectrum.
Anjali Vora, M.D.
Anjali grew up about 20 miles outside of NYC, but this isn't her first time venturing outside of the northeast. She went to Duke for college where her interest in global and public health first started. After working for a few years and living in Kentucky and Kansas City, she made her way to Brooklyn for medical school and her MPH Dr. Vora has returned to her native New York to complete a Pediatric Academic Medicine Fellowship with a focus on underserved medicine. She plans to pursue med-peds primary care and public health after fellowship.
Averi Wilson, M.D.
Averi was born in a small town in Iowa and spent most of her life surrounded by corn fields in western Illinois. She attended college at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA (go bees!) and lived in Chicago for medical school at the University of Illinois. Averi is planning to pursue a Med-Peds hospitalist career and is currently a Peds Hospitalist fellow here at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas. She also has an academic focus on clinical informatics.

Alumni Class of 2021

Medicine Pediatrics Residency Class of 2021, Mridula Nadamuni, Ali Rueschhoff, Melanie Holtrop, and Chris Chang
Christopher Chang, M.D.
After growing up in Belize, Dr. Chang attended Indiana University for both college and medical school. He has an interest in young adults with inflammatory bowel disease, and after residency began an adult Gastroenterology fellowship at University of California at Irvine.
Melanie Holtrop, M.D.
A native Michigander, Dr. Holtrop attended the University of Michigan for both college and medical school. She remained at UT Southwestern after residency as a Pulmonary & Critical Care fellow, and has an interest in caring for patients with cystic fibrosis across the lifespan.
Mridula Nadamuni, M.D.
Dr. Nadamuni joined us from the University of Southern California, and was selected to be a Chief Resident for the categorical Internal Medicine residency program following her training.
Ali Rueschhoff, M.D.
Dr. Rueschhoff served as one of the Med-Peds chief residents during her training, and after graduation, returned to her alma mater, the University of Kansas, to complete a Pulmonary & Critical Care fellowship. She also has an interest in caring for patients with cystic fibrosis across the lifespan.

Alumni Class of 2020

Medicine Pediatrics Residency Class of 2020, Shanup Dalal, Patrick Nolan, Vishnu Prathap and Sam Hankins
Shanup Dalal, M.D.
Dr. Dalal attended the University of Texas at Austin for undergraduate and UT Southwestern for medical school. After serving as one of our Med-Peds chief residents during his training, he joined the UT Southwestern faculty, and is now a Med-Peds hospitalist at both Parkland Hospital and Children's Health.
Sam Hankins, M.D.
Dr. Hankins is from North Carolina, where he completed his undergraduate work at UNC Chapel Hill, and medical school at East Carolina / Brody School of Medicine. He joined a Med-Peds primary care practice in Dallas after training.
Patrick Nolan, M.D.
A native of Detroit, Dr. Nolan joined us from Wayne State University medical school after college at Louisiana State University. After residency, he moved to Phoenix, Arizona where he practices hospital medicine.
Vishnu Prathap, M.D.
Dr. Prathap attended the University of San Diego for both undergraduate and medical school. After residency, he completed a palliative care fellowship at UT Southwestern, and then returned to his native California where he practices palliative care medicine in the Bay area.