Ambika Anand, M.D.

Ambika Anand*

Hometown: Oldsmar, Florida
Undergraduate: University of Florida
Medical School: University of Central Florida
Emergency Medicine Interests: Administration, medical toxicology, disaster medicine, public health, education
Hobbies: Cats, Netflix, hiking, food, small plants
Fun Fact: Once upon a time, I had a second-degree black belt in Taekwondo. None of those skills remain

Sam Austin, D.O.

Sam Austin*

Hometown: Dix Hills, New York
Undergraduate: University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
Medical School: NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine
Emergency Medicine Interests: Critical care, international medicine
Hobbies: Personal fitness, going to the gym, hiking, traveling, and exploring new places around the country
Fun Fact: Before medical school I was a collegiate fencer and competed in the NCAA championships as well as both National and World Cup competition

Eric Chu, M.D.

Eric Chu*

Hometown: Cerritos, California
Undergraduate: UCLA
Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine
Emergency Medicine Interests: Teaching, ultrasound, sports medicine
Hobbies: Playing and watching all sports, hiking with my dog, snowboarding, trying new foods, cooking with my girlfriend, coaching, tutoring, napping
Fun Fact: After losing all but $10 in Vegas, I was playing the slot machines at the airport, and I won the jackpot! It all went to my medical school tuition

Daniela Granzo, M.D.

Daniela Granzo

Hometown: New York City, New York
Undergraduate: SUNY New Paltz
Medical School: New York Medical College
Emergency Medicine Interests: EMS, wilderness medicine, international medicine, ultrasound
Hobbies: Hiking, cycling, running, cooking, guitar
Fun Fact: I once rescued a trapped hummingbird with a cooking pot

Heather Hechter, M.D.

Heather Hechter

Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Undergraduate: University of California Irvine
Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine
Emergency Medicine Interests: Ultrasound, global health, disaster medicine
Hobbies: Photography, exploring (new places, new cultures, new trails, new foods), snorkeling, oyster shucking, cooking, Netflix
Fun Fact: I love eating eggs, but prefer raw to cooked

Amanda Irish, M.D.

Amanda Irish

Hometown: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Undergraduate: University of Iowa
Medical School: Oregon Health & Science University
Emergency Medicine Interests: Disaster medicine, infectious diseases, international medicine, mentorship, public health/policy
Hobbies: Pilates, yoga, running, biking, and hiking. I also love dinning out, wine tastings, concerts, sports, travel, and local cultural events, as well as movie nights at home
Fun Fact: I’ve played myself on stage

Shari Jarrett, M.D.

Shari Jarrett

Hometown: Miami, Florida
Undergraduate: Florida State University
Medical School: Morehouse School of Medicine
Emergency Medicine Interests: Patient advocacy, international medicine, disaster medicine
Hobbies: Yoga! Giving bear hugs! Volunteering, mentoring, traveling (preferably anywhere with a beach), working out, event planning, spending time with my family and friends
Fun Fact: I was a high school science teacher before I started medical school. I also became a yoga instructor during medical school

Andrew Kropp, M.D.

Andrew Kropp

Hometown: St. Petersburg, Florida
Undergraduate: Florida State University
Medical School: Florida State University College of Medicine
Emergency Medicine Interests: Prehospital EMS, disaster and wilderness medicine
Hobbies: Hiking, mountaineering, sailing, aviation, World War II history, and FSU football
Fun Fact: I gave birth to twins – two bot flies from Belize

Alex Lazar, M.D.

Alex Lazar

Hometown: Westfield, Indiana
Undergraduate: Indiana University
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine
Emergency Medicine Interests: Toxicology, critical care, wilderness medicine
Hobbies: Playing with my dog, Marvel movies, trivia night with friends
Fun Fact: I traveled through Italy with two neurologists and a bee keeper

Cindy Li, M.D.

Cindy Li

Hometown: Queens, New York
Undergraduate: Amherst College
Medical School: Florida International University
Emergency Medicine Interests: Pediatrics, ultrasound, medical education
Hobbies: Running, hiking, sleeping, eating, cooking, being outside
Fun Fact: I run a taco Instagram!

Charlie Lopez, M.D.

Charlie Lopez

Hometown: El Paso, Texas
Undergraduate: University of Texas El Paso
Medical School: Texas Tech University Health Science Center
Emergency Medicine Interests: Ultrasound, EMS
Hobbies: Family time, sports, cooking, movies, exercise, road trips
Fun Fact: I once tried to start a soap company

Hyun Ju “Maria” Nam, M.D.

Hyun Ju “Maria” Nam

Hometown: Huntsville, Alabama
Undergraduate: Bryn Mawr College
Medical School: University of Alabama School of Medicine
Emergency Medicine Interests: Medical education, international medicine, disaster relief
Hobbies: Food (eating, cooking, looking at foodgrams, etc.), traveling, hiking, cats Hermione and Arya, watching the sunset, and stargazing
Fun Fact: During college, I spent 2 weeks in Japan meditating with monks at Buddhist temples

Kevin Reid, M.D.

Kevin Reid

Hometown: Brunswick, Maine
Undergraduate: University of Connecticut
Medical School: UConn School of Medicine
Emergency Medicine Interests: Critical care, medical education, simulation
Hobbies: Cycling, Boston sports teams, listening to stand-up comedy
Fun Fact: Prior to becoming a UConn lifer I lived in 7 different spots throughout the USA

Katie Rong, M.D.

Katie Rong

Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
Undergraduate: Cornell University
Medical School: SUNY Upstate
Emergency Medicine Interests: Medical education, international EM, and more to be determined
Hobbies: Hiking, backpacking… basically anything outdoors, but only from late Fall to early Spring.
Fun Fact: I am a virtuoso based on several self-administered personality tests; which means I have too many 'Interests Outside of Medicine' to put down. But if you really want to know, horseback riding, painting, photography, archery, board games, video games, botany, traveling, handy projects

Rahul Roy, M.D.

Rahul Roy

Hometown: Middletown, NY
Undergraduate: New York University
Medical School: Stony Brook University
Emergency Medicine Interests: Informatics, Simulation, Medical Education
Hobbies: Finding new places to eat, exercising, and video games!
Fun Fact: I have eaten a whole pizza in one sitting... on multiple occasions

Melissa Smith, M.D.

Melissa Smith*

Hometown: Orlando, Florida
Undergraduate: University of Florida
Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
Emergency Medicine Interests: Simulation, disaster medicine, international medicine
Hobbies: Sleeping, cooking culinary masterpieces, dance of all styles, being a natural hair enthusiast, and having a love/hate relationship with the gym
Fun Fact: I worked in juvenile corrections for 6 years

Basil West Jr., M.D.

Basil West Jr.*

Hometown: Plantation, Florida
Undergraduate: University of Central Florida
Medical School: Howard University
Emergency Medicine Interests: Administration, international medicine, ultrasound.
Hobbies: Travel with excursions, kettlebell workouts, exploring and supporting the individual interests of my wife and two boys, becoming proficient in Spanish.
Fun Fact: My hair has been turning gray since I was 12 years old

Adnan Ali Zaidi, M.D.

Adnan Zaidi

Hometown: Mission Viejo, California
Undergraduate: University of Southern California
Medical School: St. George’s University
Emergency Medicine Interests: Critical care, administration, pain management
Hobbies: Football, basketball, hip-hop, wildlife conservation, American/world history
Fun Fact: I apparently have an uncanny ability to impersonate/perform impressions

*2021-2022 Chief Residents