Chief Residents

Chief Residents 2016-2017

Harris_Andrew_webName: Andrew Harris

Hometown: Paducah, KY

Medical School: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Professional Interest: Primary Care

The most important thing I learned when I was a resident was knowledge and data are important, but so are your experience and instincts. Nothing replaces your clinical instincts when you examine a patient. If you think someone is sick and needs a higher level of care, trust your instincts. You will be right most of the time.

The most inspirational thing I witnessed when working in the hospital was the courage of patients and families as they face uncertainty and the end of life. I remember a patient in the MICU having care withdrawn, she had at least 100 family and friends visiting during the day. I am glad we were able to give her that chance to say goodbye.

Most talented physician I have worked with is Josh Hauser, a palliative care physician at Northwestern. One of my inspirations to go into medicine, still a mentor today. He combines medical knowledge, humanism, teaching and compassion to provide stellar patient care that is still an influence on me today. At UH/VA, it is Megan McNamara, MD. If I ever have a primary care question, I ask myself, “WWMMD?"

I can't live without: my beautiful wife, love you Jaimee!

On my bucket list: speaking role in a movie or documentary. I would also love to be a guest on Real Time with Bill Maher. Call my agent!

Hidden talent: Dancing – I don’t bust it out much anymore but you may rarely find me at a salsa club if I find a babysitter.

Bad habit: Biting my nails – did that a lot during the NBA finals.

Guilty pleasure: Podcasts – it is a severe addiction. Mostly NBA, sprinkle in some politics, medicine, This American Life, Radiolab, etc.

Glad it's ahead of me: My kids growing up – t-ball, soccer, science projects, etc. But my daughter is not allowed to date until she is 30!

Glad it's behind me: General Surgery, love surgeons and admire their work, but its not for me.

Would pay good money for: an expertly made cake with buttercream icing.

Wouldn’t take even if free: anything with Duke on it. Not even a diploma.

Fear conquered: Performance anxiety – I never imagined I could get up and speak in front of 50-100 people, now I can do it easily.

Fun fact most people don't know about me is: I have had a wide range of jobs. I’m a chemical engineer, had one job making Amiodarone (among other drugs) and another job in a chemical plant making uranium hexafluoride. I also did research in hydrogen fuel cells.

When I'm not on call, you can find me at home playing with my two kids, Wesley and Evalyn.

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Hornick_Jack_web2Name: Jack Hornick

Hometown: Shaker Heights, Ohio

Medical School: University of Maryland School of Medicine

Professional Interest: Cardiology

The most important thing I learned when I was a resident was to trust your senior residents and attendings! You should never feel alone while caring for a sick patient. If you are worried about someone - let your senior resident, the attending, or the DACR/NACR know. The more minds focused on a sick patient the better!

The most inspirational thing I witnessed when working in the hospital was a perfect admission - a patient correctly triaged, admitted, treated, and discharged with appropriate follow-up while also providing teaching points for all members of the medical team. It’s what we strive for with every patient, and is a beautiful thing when it works as planned!

Most talented physician I have worked with is any attending that sets aside time to teach while providing expert care fits the bill for me. There are so many great examples at UH and the VA.

I can't live without: My morning Java Jive Jolt from the Java Jive Coffee Stand.

On my bucket list: Witness a Cleveland sports Championship - hopefully I won’t have to wait another 52 years…

Hidden talent: I used to be able to solve a Rubik’s Cube in less than 2 minutes.

Bad habit: Reeces Pieces.

Guilty pleasure: Listening to 90s music.

Glad it's ahead of me: At least one more Cleveland summer.

Glad it's behind me: The many Cleveland winters (I guess this could be filed under still ahead as well, but not glad!)

Would pay good money for: A perfectly cooked steak.

Wouldn’t take even if free: Anything Michigan/Steelers.

Fear conquered: Petting a full-grown Tiger in Thailand, though I guess I should still be afraid of large wild animals.

Fun fact most people don't know about me is: I went to the same high school and college as Paul Newman. If he went to medical school I likely would have gone there too.

When I'm not on call, you can find me spending time outside or catching up on Game of Thrones.

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Bou-Abboud_CarineName: Carine Bou-Abboud Matta

Hometown: Beckley, WV

Medical School: University of Pittsburgh

Professional Interest: Gastroenterology

The most important thing I learned when I was a resident was trust no one. The truth is in the EMR.

The most inspirational thing I witnessed when working in the hospital was twin brother never leaving his sick brother's side. He stayed 24/7 throughout the entire hospital course.

Most talented physician I have worked with is too many to count. I've learned something from every attending, every fellow, and every resident I have had the fortune of working with.

I can't live without: family, sleep, food!

Hidden talent: I can rap.

Bad habit: Hitting the snooze button for an entire hour before waking up.

On my bucket list: to move to France.

Guilty pleasure: Friends the TV show.

Glad it’s ahead of me: decorating our new home!

Glad it’s behind me: wisdom teeth surgery.

Would pay good money for: musicals

Wouldn’t take even if free: opportunity to go skydiving

Fear conquered: I get on multiple planes every year despite being scared to death of flying. It doesn't help one bit though.

Fun fact most people don't know about me is I can't wink.

When I'm not on call, you can find me outside in the sun.

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Sadik_JacobName: Jacob Sadik

Hometown: Fox River Grove, IL

Medical School: Chicago Medical School, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

Professional Interest: Gastroenterology

The most important thing I learned when I was a resident was that there is always something new to learn every day. Taking that extra time to research an unfamiliar topic in the context of patient care is critical to making the most of your residency experience. Residency has also reminded me that I can make confident decisions and be strong for my patients and their families in tenuous situations.

The most inspirational thing I witnessed when working in the hospital was the MICU staff helping safely transport a patient to attend his daughter's wedding so he could walk her down the aisle.

The best advice I have been given was excerpt from a newspaper article that I read while I was in high school: “The world does not owe you a living. You owe the world something. You owe it your time, energy and talent so that no one will be in war, in sickness and lonely again. Get out of your dream world and develop a backbone, not a wishbone. You are important and you are needed. It is too late to sit around waiting for somebody to do something someday. Someday is now and that somebody is you!”

I can't live without: My family...and Chicago mix (caramel-cheddar) popcorn

Hidden talent: I play the guitar!

Bad habit: Pen-clicking. Yes, sadly, I'm one of those people.

On my bucket list: Cruise on the Mediterranean.

Guilty pleasure: Game of Thrones (GoT)

Glad it’s ahead of me: Hearing my daughters' first words!

Glad it’s behind me: 30-hour calls!

Would pay good money for: Fine dining

Wouldn’t take even if free: Tickets to an etymology petting zoo. Mo insect legs, mo problems.

Fear conquered: Obviously, I still haven't conquered my fear of spiders.

When I'm not on call, you can find me spending time with my partner, our twin girls and my dog, Wrigley

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Thakker_Prashanth_web4Name: Prashanth Thakker

Hometown: Centerville, Ohio

Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University

Professional Interest: Cardiology

The most important thing I learned when I was a resident was that you may get lost at times, think about why you are doing this and you will find your way in no time!

The most inspirational thing I witnessed when working in the hospital is everyday I’m inspired by the work that my colleagues put in….

Most talented physician I have worked with is Dr. Armitage, amazing how he juggles so many things! A lot to learn from him!

I can't live without: family

On my bucket list: touring the world with my fiancé!

Hidden talent: Bollywood Dancing

Bad habit: Getting complacent (I’m glad I have my co-chiefs and my fiancé to keep me in check this year!)

Guilty pleasure: Going to the Casino

Glad it's ahead of me: 1. Chief Year – I’m really excited about growing both professionally and personally! Shout out to the best co-chiefs I could have asked for (and of course KBA)! 2. Wedding!!

Glad it's behind me: Nothing, whatever is behind me has defined who I am regardless of how painful those experiences may have been!

Would pay good money for: Taking my family on a vacation around the world!

Wouldn’t take even if free: olives on my pizza

Fear conquered: Roller Coasters

Fun fact most people don't know about me is I have a collection of more than 7000 songs; I am an avid fan of karaoke, and if I had any musical sense I would have devoted my life to music!

When I'm not on call, you can find me at home, spending time with family!!

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Med-Peds Chief Resident

Shaniuk_PaulName: Paul Shaniuk

Hometown: Strongsville, OH

Medical School: The Ohio State University College of Medicine

Professional Interests: Academic hospitalist, cost-conscious medicine, quality improvement

The most important thing I learned when I was a resident was the power of teamwork among residents and the importance of diligence in patient care.

The most inspirational thing I witnessed when working in the hospital was residents coming together, giving their fullest energy, effort and empathy to take phenomenal care of patients. So many examples of this, it’s impossible to pick just one.

Most talented physician I have worked with is Dr. Arthur Halle. An amazing clinical cardiologist, extremely empathetic, a phenomenal resident teacher.

I can't live without: My wife, Melanie, and children, Dominic & Rosemary.

On my bucket list: Traveling to Europe!

Hidden talent: Former concert pianist, Rubik’s Cube solver.

Bad habit: Obsessively checking e-mails on my iPhone.

Guilty pleasure: Sports Talk Radio.

Glad it's ahead of me: Looking forward to the home-buying experience and settling down roots.

Glad it's behind me: Step 1 of the USMLE. Ugh!

Would pay good money for: A private Michael Symon dinner followed by either a concert at the Severance Hall or a show at Playhouse Square.

Wouldn’t take even if free: Decaffeinated coffee.

Fear conquered: Rock-climbing.

Fun fact most people don't know about me is I played the keyboard for a rock band during medical school.

When I'm not on call, you can find me spending time at home, hiking the Cleveland Metroparks with my family or taking in a local sporting event!

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