Meet the Residents and Alumni of Levine Children's Hospital.

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Class of 2018

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Kayla Avery, MD

Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Medical School: University of Central Florida
Academic Interest: General Pediatrics, Hospitalist Medicine, Developmental/Behavioral

Why I chose Levine Children's Hospital: When I interviewed here, I didn't know much about Levine Children's Hospital, and I was impressed with how laidback and friendly the program was while still being academically rigorous. The hospital is a great blend of community and academia. The attendings are invested in our education, and invested in our personal growth, as well. They are very approachable and always willing to teach. We see a large volume of patients and I am constantly challenged by the variety of presentations. The facilities and ancillary staff are wonderful and everything is patient and family-centered. My co-residents are fun, caring, and compassionate, and there is always someone willing to grab some drinks or hang out after work or on the weekends.

What I like about Charlotte: Charlotte is such a fun city, and there is something to do for everyone. I really like our location and proximity to both the mountains and the beach, making either an easy weekend getaway. The city is beautiful with lots of green space and parks. There are several local parks with great playgrounds for kids as well as trails for walking or jogging. The Whitewater Center is nearby and they have all kinds of options as far as climbing, hiking, kayaking, rafting, as well as live music several times a week in the summer. And for me, a city has to have good Mexican/TexMex options and Cantina 1511 and Maverick Rock Taco are both delicious and only 4 minutes down the road from me

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Kayce Brantham, MD

Hometown: Goldsboro, NC
Undergraduate Education: Easat Carolina University
Medical School: Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University
Academic Interest: Hospital Medicine, Childhood Obesity

Why I chose Levine Children's Hospital: Coming from ECU, we already had many residents at Levine that spoke so highly of the program. Being one of my earlier interviews, I remember wondering, “how are the residents so happy and such good friends, isn’t residency hard?” This resonated with me and I found myself comparing other programs to Levine: a medium sized program, with an excellent academic record, supportive faculty and so much more. A bonus was staying in NC, driving distance to my family and boyfriend

What I like about Charlotte: Even though I am a North Carolinian at heart, I never pictured myself living in this large of a city or this far west, but I LOVE it! You can pretty much find anything right out your backdoor to do, eat, or drink. I love living within walking distance to so many restaurants, shops, and most importantly Freedom Park and the greenway that allows me to get outdoors, run, and bike weekly.

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Courtney Brantley, MD

Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Undergraduate Education: Clemson University
Medical School: UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Academic Interest: Neonatology, Hospitalist Medicine, Medical Education

Why I chose Levine Children's Hospital: As a medical student I was able to rotate through Levine Children’s Hospital for my pediatric rotations. I not only fell in love with the hospital, but with the residents and staff as well. The residents have such a wonderful relationship with each other as well as the faculty, creating a supportive work family, which is something I was looking for in a program. The hospital also has every specialty of pediatrics and treats a large amount and wide variety of pediatric patients, offering a well-rounded learning experience.

What I like about Charlotte: I recognize that I am completely biased since I grew up in Charlotte, but I loved it enough to stick around! I think that Charlotte is unique in that it offers something for all types of people and families. It is a big city with a cozy feel and the area around the hospital is absolutely beautiful. I could go on for pages about why I love Charlotte but here are some of my absolute favorite things that give you a taste of how great it is here: BB&T Ballpark, Carowinds, Freedom Park, Park Lanes, professional sporting events, Restaurant Week, River Jam at the National White Water Center, and yearly festivals/event weeks.

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Austin Cox, MD

Hometown: Durham, NC
Medical School: East Carolina University
Academic Interest: General Pediatrics

Why I chose Levine Children's Hospital: I could tell almost immediately that Levine Children’s Hospital was the place where I wanted to continue my training. LCH is a resident-driven program that isn’t too big or too small, and hosts an excellent academic program in a supportive environment where faculty truly care about residents. Most importantly, the residents seemed genuinely happy and enjoyed each other’s company both inside and outside of the hospital.

What I like about Charlotte: Charlotte has all of the amenities of living in a big city without all of the hassle.   Whether it’s going to the National Whitewater Center, Panthers or Hornets games, or just going out to eat at one of the many delicious restaurants, there are always fun things to do on days off. Plus, it’s a beautiful city to live in!

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Katy Doane, MD

Hometown: Kingsport, TN
Medical School: University of South Carolina
Academic Interest: Pediatric Endocrinology and Inpatient Pediatrics

Why I chose Levine Children's Hospital: Having lived in South Carolina for the past 10 years, I love warm weather and friendly people. I knew that I wanted to stay close by but I wanted to explore a larger city and be part of a larger hospital system. This residency program had everything that I was looking for- friendly residents, strong academic reputation, and enthusiastic faculty. I have already learned so much and built strong friendships in just a few months.

What I like about Charlotte: I love that Charlotte is a big city but is very easy to navigate. There is always something fun to do. There are a lot of great restaurants and breweries, and there are always concerts and sporting events to attend.

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Meghan Louque, MD

Hometown: Luling, LA
Medical School: Louisiana State University
Academic Interest: General Pediatrics

Whyi I chose Levine Children's Hospital: The pediatric residency program at LCH is like no other that I visited on the interview trail. It is a community based program with all of the benefits of a large academic center. I was impressed by the volume and variety of patients at LCH. Our faculty are superb physicians and enthusiastic about teaching residents. I was also impressed by how personable the faculty and residents are at LCH. Everyone works hard and plays hard. There are only 12 residents in each year, which makes it easy to build close friendships. Another selling point for me was that some of our curriculum is individualized, and our faculty will work with you to set career goals and obtain them.

 What i like about Charlotte: It's charm! My first visit to Charlotte was for my interview. My husband and I fell in love with the city within a few hours of being here and driving around Queens Rd. Charlotte is a city full of young professionals and also great for young families. There are tons of activities to do within the city daily, and the mountains and beaches are an easy drive for a weekend get-a-way. Did I mention four seasons and fantastic weather? We have already been to Asheville twice for hiking and good grub since moving in June. Charlotte has all of the benefits of a big city, but it feels like a suburb. I recommend visiting, even if it's not for an interview! 

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Julie McCaw, MD

Hometown: Birmingham, AL
Medical School: Tulane University
Academic Interest: PICU, Pediatric Emergency, International Health

Why I chose Levine Children's Hospital: Levine's high standard for resident education is reflected in its faculty, which spans all subspecialties. Attendings are not only accessible but genuinely interested in teaching residents and the board pass rate (100%!) shows that they're doing a pretty great job. There are lots of diverse patients to learn from as well as diverse "extracurriculars" to enrich our training, from support to spend a rotation abroad to training on how to plan and carry out a QI project. Having opportunities to speak Spanish was also important to me and I get the chance at least once a day. I especially appreciate that CMC formalizes the process of certifying Spanish-speakers to interpret, which speaks to the fact that patient care is a top priority. And last, but most important, was the residents--people I could see myself not only working well with but also laughing with while enjoying Charlotte together.

What I like about Charlotte: As one of the biggest cities in the South, Charlotte offers something for everyone. In my first few months here, I've already gotten to enjoy free outdoor concerts at the National Whitewater Center, pro sports, and all kinds of delicious food (pro tip: check out Food Truck Friday if it's not freezing while you're in town). I've also danced at a pirate bar, biked through the Queen City's parks to a Farmer's Market across the street from CMC, soaked up summer nights at 4 or 5 different local breweries, and taken advantage of Charlotte's proximity to the mountains AND the beach. But even though there is tons to do and see, Charlotte doesn't feel like a huge, overwhelming city. Southern hospitality means people are ready to welcome visitors with open arms--and many visitors end up staying to become residents.

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Amanda Murray, MD

Hometown: Chipley, FL
Medical School: Florida State University

Why I chose Levine Children's Hospital: I loved that this program was more of a community based program, but yet offered the exposure to patients and pathology that one would see in a larger university based setting. Being interested in General Pediatrics, I was also looking for a place that had plenty of exposure to outpatient medicine, as many other programs are heavily focused on inpatient. I’m looking forward to getting to work in a traditional residency clinic, as well as work with community preceptors for part of my outpatient general pediatric experience.   I had the pleasure of working under attending physicians, where I trained for medical school, who were recent graduates of this program. Getting to see firsthand how prepared the graduates are to practice medicine was an added bonus in my decision making. I also couldn’t overlook the excellent board pass rates when making my decision!

What I like about Charlotte: Charlotte is a big city with plenty of things to do! There are plenty of great restaurants and lots of shopping opportunities. My husband and I are looking forward to being so close to the mountains, too! We are loving our new city so far and are looking forward to exploring more over the next three years! Charlotte is a big city with plenty of things to do! There are plenty of great restaurants and lots of shopping opportunities. My husband and I are looking forward to being so close to the mountains, too! We are loving our new city so far and are looking forward to exploring more over the next three years!

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Annemarie Neal, MD

Hometown: Laurens, SC
Medical School: University of South Carolina
Academic Interest: General Pediatrics, Pediatric Dermatology

Why I chose Levine Children's Hospital: During my interview, it was evident that the residents and faculty were very accomplished and dedicated, but also approachable and friendly. Our program has a very down to earth and family-oriented atmosphere, along with great access to pediatrics specialists and other resources. Also, the residents genuinely enjoy spending time together.

What I like about Charlotte: I wasn't very familiar with Charlotte prior to residency, even though I grew up only two hours away. Even for the short time I've been here, I have really enjoyed living in Charlotte. It is a beautiful city, with lots of great neighborhoods (many of them close to the hospital). Also, there are numerous career opportunities in and around Charlotte, and it was important to me for my husband to be able to continue his career as well.  

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Emily Ogletree, MD

Hometown: Birmingham, AL
Medical School: University of Alabama
Academic Interest: General Pediatrics, Adoption Medicine, Infectious Disease

Why I chose Levine Children's Hospital: Levine Children's Hospital is a gorgeous, state-of-the-art medical facility. I was drawn to the medium-sized program that offered plenty of exposure to all sub-specialties. I also like the fact that we are a major referral center and inpatient rehab center and don't have to refer cases to other hospitals. The attending/ resident dynamic is supportive and respectful making LCH a great place to learn. 

What I like about Charlotte: I love the skyline! The Duke Energy building is my favorite as it lights up with a variety of colors every night. I love that we have a professional football team (Go Panthers!) and a minor league baseball stadium right Uptown. There's never a shortage of good food or fun things to do in Charlotte. I also love visiting all the parks around town and enjoying the beautiful North Carolina weather.

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Christopher Rogers, MD

Hometown: Dublin, GA
Medical School: Mercer University
Academic Interest: Sports Medicine and Cardiology

Why I chose Levine Children's Hospital: I chose to do my residency in Charlotte because I came up here to do an away rotation as a 4th year and could not see myself at any other place! Charlotte has so much to do and it is a bigger city that has a small town vibe. My wife and I had some family in the area and it made for the perfect fit. The residents were all great and very welcoming and all of the staff seemed very genuine. I could not be happier that I have the opportunity to do my training at a place like Levine Children's and in a town like Charlotte.

What I like about Charlotte: Charlotte has a lot going on! There are a ton of cool neighborhoods in which there are always things going such as live music, and festivals. 

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Jennifer Walker, MD

Hometown: Columbia, SC
Medical School: University of South Carolina
Academic Interest: Sports Medicine

Why I chose Levine Children's Hospital: Levine’s was the only hospital that had everything I was looking for – exposure to all of the subspecialties, ability to care for the vast majority of patients and an incredible atmosphere. I really wanted a program that felt like home; an open environment with awesome people. The people I have gotten to know here are fantastic across all the programs. There is such a passion for learning and teaching and everyone had been very approachable. It is so important to feel supported as you transition from student to physician and I could not be happier with my decision!

What I like about Charlotte: Charlotte is such a beautiful city! It has all the perks of a major city including an international airport, professional sporting teams, super fun breweries and hole-in-the-wall charming restaurants but is clean and has a lot of easy access outdoor spaces to get some fresh air. 

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Class of 2017

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Melinda Beavers, MD

Hometown:
Dublin, GA
Medical School: Medical College of Georgia

Why I chose Levine Children's Hospital: We interact with a wide variety of pediatric subspecialists, and have great exposure to general inpatient pediatric diseases as well as outpatient pediatrics. The program is perfect for residents who are driven to learn; our attendings practice evidence based medicine, encourage academic endeavors, and provide a well rounded cultural perspective on patient care. There is a great culture of health and fitness in the town and in our hospital, and an emphasis on work-life balance. I feel valued as an employee and valued by my peers.

What I like about Charlotte: Charlotte offers fun activities that appeal to my family of 5. My favorite activity is going to the neighborhood pool with my family. It has great access to the beach and the mountains, and is close to home in Georgia.

 

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Meredith Calcina Davitte, MD

Hometown:
West Columbia, SC
Undergraduate Education: Wofford College
Medical School: University of South Carolina
Academic Interest: General Pediatrics, Asthma

Why I chose Levine Children's Hospital: I chose Levine’s because of the amazing residents and faculty I met on my interview day. People truly seemed to enjoy working together but also spending time together outside of work. Despite the crazy hours we work, I still enjoy spending time with my co-residents at social gatherings. Resident teaching seemed to be a strong point on my interview day and that has certainly held true now that I am in my second year. The faculty are approachable and amazing to work with. The hospital has numerous support staff which creates a great environment for patients. The patient population is complex and diverse but you do not miss out on general pediatrics training. I could not be happier with my decision to be a resident in Charlotte!

What I like about Charlotte: Charlotte is an amazing place to live. There is truly something for everyone whether you are foodie, outdoorsman, music enthusiast or sports fanatic. I have loved trying all the restaurants in Charlotte particularly the brunch spots. There is always something to do whether going to a concert at PNC Pavilion, attending a Panthers or Hornets game, going to a brewery with friends or hitting the outlet mall or South Park to shop. It has the benefits of a large city but the surrounding parts of Charlotte all have a smaller town feel.

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Keerti Dantuluri, MD

Hometown:
Palm Harbor, FL
Medical School: Florida State University
Academic Interest: Infectious Disease, International Medicine, General Pediatrics

Why I chose Levine Children's Hospital: I like the medium class size here because it allows you to get to know your fellow residents and attendings well. LCH also has a diverse patient population, and in a short time, I have already seen a wide range of pathology.

What I like about Charlotte: It's true what they say--"Charlotte's got a lot!" There are many running trails near the hospital, and the closest mountain for hiking is only 45 minutes away. During the summer, many bands come through town to provide outdoor concerts at the U.S. Whitewater Center and Uptown. There are also plenty of great restaurants close to the hospital.

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Nathan Fleishman, MD

Hometown:
Eden, NC
Medical School: Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University
Academic Interest: Pediatric Gastroenterology

Why I chose Levine Children's Hospital: When I was going through the residency interview season, it became clear that a few qualities in a program were very important to me. These qualities were: 1) A system that takes care of basically all pathology (we don’t have to send anyone to another facility for a rare condition, etc), 2) a facility that is well taken care of and makes an impression on our patients, and 3) a faculty that is approachable, sympathetic, and second to none in knowledge and clinical experience. Some programs had parts of these but LCH exemplified each of these goals in a way which was unrivaled. After being here for over a year now, I can say each of these qualities has continued to exist and continues to be a priority of our residency program.

What I like about Charlotte: Charlotte offers a variety or qualities to many personality types. I am not a big socialite (or dancer for that matter), so the “downtown” scene is not my thing, but when it comes to trying to restaurants, I am always interested. Charlotte has an endless amount of eclectic food to choose from and I still haven’t made a dent in the list. Being that I have a young child, it was also important for me to find family outings that my wife Larissa, my daughter Sophie and I could enjoy together. Charlotte has tons of free parks, libraries, and family friendly venues to enjoy. No matter what you are interested in, you can find it in Charlotte.

 

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Steven Hannigan, MD

Hometown:
Albany, NY
Medical School: Albany Medical College
Academic Interest: Emergency Medicine, General Pediatrics

Why I chose Levine Children's Hospital: Levine Children’s Hospital is a beautiful facility in the nicest neighborhood of Charlotte. I was in awe of the friendly, clean and child-centered atmosphere, which is something that we create better than any other hospital I have been to. I was impressed by how approachable and resident-oriented the faculty seemed, and in my experience thus far my expectations have only been exceeded. Every faculty member has his or her own style and all emphasize evidence-based patient care and quality improvement in some way. Socially, the residents seemed genuine and were people that I could see myself working with. 

What I like about Charlotte: Charlotte is a beautiful, clean modern city with something for everyone. In comparison to the cities in the Northeast, Charlotte looks like it was built yesterday. We have an NFL team, the nicest stadium in minor league baseball, and we are the home of NASCAR. If you love the outdoors, there’s a running and walking trail that runs right along the creek in front of the hospital, as well as the US National Whitewater training center with rafting, kayaking, mountain biking, and zip-lining . And, it’s only a short drive to the mountains or lake if you need a quick getaway. Don't forget a craft beer from one of Charlotte's many breweries! It’s a fun city to explore in your time off.

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Brendan Kleiboer, MD

Hometown:
Grand Rapids,  MI
Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Academic Interest: Hematology/Oncology, Pediatric Palliative Medicine, General Pediatrics

Why I chose Levine Children's Hospital: I'm humbled on a daily basis not only by the excellent faculty who devote their time to teaching, but also by my high-achieving and sharp fellow residents. We get the benefit of an outstanding foundation in general pediatrics while getting to work side by side with subspecialists. We have an incredibly supportive administration who care both about our academic development and our professional development. And we get to do it all in and around the 11 stories of a beautiful children's hospital!

What I like about Charlotte: What DON'T we have here? The food (in truck and non-truck form), the craft beer scene, the nearby mountains, the beautiful weather most of the year round (something we didn't have growing up in Michigan) - all reasons to love Charlotte. The Whitewater Center is a blast - it's an Olympic training center, but it's also a place for not-quite-olympians to zipline, kayak, mountain bike, rock climb, and catch some summer bluegrass concerts. Cheers!

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Mary Beth Lambert, MD

Hometown:
Colombia, SC
Medical School:
University of North Carolina 
Academic Interest: General Pediatrics

Why I chose Levine Children's Hospital: I had the opportunity to complete my pediatrics rotation and acting internship at Levine Children's Hospital and could not picture going anywhere else for residency. The residents were friendly and welcoming, the attendings were focused on teaching, and the hospital is beautiful. It really makes a difference when you have a free-standing children's hospital that is focused on the patient experience. 

What I like about Charlotte: My husband and I grew up in Columbia, and it's a close drive for our families to come visit. We love our house and and have a big backyard for our dog and to host residents to grill out and have time together away from the hospital. There are always fun things to do in Charlotte--from shopping to concerts to amazing restaurants. We have loved living here!

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Karen Leeds, MD

Hometown:
Cedar Grove, NJ
Medical School:
The Commonwealth Medical College 

Why I chose Levine Children's Hospital: When I came to interview at Levine's I realized it had everything I was looking for in a residency: a free standing children's hospital, with a mid size program where the residents were at the center of patient care. After attending the dinner and meeting all the residents the next day I felt that the residents, faculty, and staff genuinely enjoyed working together and enjoyed coming to work. I have learned so much in the past year that I have been here and both faculty and fellow residents are always willing to teach.

What I like about Charlotte: I love living in Charlotte because it has its big city feel without being overwhelming. After attending college in Virginia, I knew I wanted to head back South for residency. Charlotte has so much to do and every weekend there is some thing to do whether there is a festival, or another activity going on. There are so many different neighborhoods to explore and great restaurants. Plus Charlotte is close to the mountains and the beach which makes it easy to make a quick weekend trip to either destination.

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Laura Netzley, MD

Hometown:
Piqua, OH
Medical School:
University of Louisville 

Why I chose Levine Children's Hospital: I chose Levine Children's Hospital because I wanted to go to a program that not only provided excellent training but also had a family like atmosphere. In my first few months here, this has held true. All of the attendings are wonderful teachers and have a genuine interest in residents. We see such a wide variety of conditions and serve a very diverse population. One of the top reasons I chose Levine Children's Hopsital was the residents. It was very apparent when I interviewed that all of the residents really enjoyed their lives and their coresidents. All of the residents are fun, laid back and hard working. I've only been here a few months but it already feels like a family.

What I like about Charlotte: Charlotte is such a great, young city. Between hiking at Crowders Mountain, watching live music uptown, doing a high ropes course at the White Water Center and trying some of the many awesome restaurants in the city, it has been quite busy since I've been here. Housing is affordable and there are plenty of nice neighborhoods near the hospital to choose from.

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Camille Strachan, MD

Hometown:
Greensboro, NC
Undergraduate Education: North Carolina Central University
Medical School: Meharry Medical College 
Academic Interest:
Not completely sure but I have enjoyed adolescent and sports medicine

Why I chose Levine Children's Hospital: The people, definitely! I love my co-residents and my attendings are nice and love teaching. The hospital provides an enriching learning environment and everyone in the department values resident input about their educational experience. Also the Carolinas Healthcare System as a whole truly values their employees, which makes it feel like one big family.

What I like about Charlotte: Why not?! Charlotte is a great city that is expanding and is full of young professionals. It has everything you could want in a major metropolitan city including parks, concerts and sports team yet it's not overwhelming. Also, the great summers and mild winters are the icing on the cake. I love it here!

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Abigail Werner, MD

Hometown:
Norfolk, VA
Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School 
Academic Interest: Emergency Medicine, General Pediatrics

Why I chose Levine Children's Hospital: Levine Children's Hospital is a beautiful facility. The residents were friendly and outgoing. The program itself is small, with all the benefits of knowing everyone, but has all the benefits of a larger program affiliated with a medical school. The food is pretty good.

What I like about Chlarotte: There is so much to do! There are so many restaurants to try, and I often find myself torn between going back to one of my favorites and trying something new. I love going to see independent films at the small theatre near the hospital. People in the area participate in biking and there is a robust arts and theater scene, with big name shows coming year round

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Hailey Woolen, MD

Hometown:
Augusta, GA
Medical School: University of South Carolina 
Academic Interest: Pediatric Nephrology

Why I chose Levine Children's Hospital: Levine Children's Hospital has everything a children's hospital should have...incredible staff that love their job, fabulous facilities and an impressive community and academic hospital system, all of which are focused on providing superior patient care. The residents all seemed genuinely happy to be at work and were certainly happy spending time together outside of work. Each faculty member I met was approachable and interested in both patient care and resident education. Overall, I felt like Levine Children's Hospital offered everything necessary to make for an excellent education all while doing so in a fun and family-like setting

What I like about Charlotte: Charlotte has all of the perks of a big city - fun downtown, great shopping, our very own NFL team, an international airport and the 2nd largest banking industry in the country - all housed in a charming, southern town. There is never a shortage of fun activities when you're away from the hospital from the National Whitewater center to the many different breweries and the easy drive to the mountains or the beach.

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Class of 2016

Maria “Stefi” Barbian, MD

Maria "Stefi" Barbian, MD

Hometown:
Quito, Ecuador but I have been living in the United States for most of my life
Medical School: Michigan State University

Why I chose Levine Children's Hospital: My husband and I had our son before I graduated from medical school. Since my husband's family lives in South Carolina we began looking for residencies in the south so our son could grow up near our family. While several programs had many qualities I was looking for, Levine Children's Hospital surpassed all of my expectations. What really solidified it as the right place for me was the residents and the faculty.   When I interviewed at CMC, it was clear that the residents all spent time together outside of work and truly cared about each other. Secondly, it was clear to me that the residents at CMC received an incredible education in pediatrics. After three years of being here I can say that our attendings not only care about our education but also care about each resident and truly invest in our lives

Christopher Blunden, MD

Christopher Blunden, MD

Hometown:
Grosse Pointe Shores, MI
Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine
Academic Interest: Endocrinology

Why I chose Levine Children's Hospital: A medium-sized program within a large medical center means more individualized attention and teaching, exposure to a greater variety of pathology and greater camaraderie among the residents. Additionally, you get all the benefits of a university-affiliated program such as medical student teaching and a history of placing residents in highly competitive fellowships. The 100 percent board pass rate over the previous three years was also really impressive.

What I like about Charlotte: Everything. I love my hometown of Detroit, but it isn't nearly as walkable and as young adult friendly as this city. I have multiple great food options within a couple miles of my condo (including some amazing food trucks). I can go to the whitewater center or running in one of the many clean and picturesque parks. Finally, the weather here is amazing!

Candice Castellino, MD

Candice Castellino, MD

Hometown: Alpharetta, GA
Medical School: Medical College of Georgia

Why I chose Levine Children's Hospital: I chose Levine Children's Hospital because I knew it was a place I would get wonderful training. We see a wide variety of patient conditions. The faculty loves to teach, and every day is a new learning opportunity.


What I like about Charlotte:
Charlotte is a wonderful city with a ton of things to do, places to see and great food to eat! I I have enjoyed living here and working with the wonderful group of residents here.

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Elizabeth Diaz, MD

Hometown: Hemet, CA
Undergraduate Education: University of California San Diego
Medical School: Medical College of Virginia
Academic Interests: Critical care, child maltreatment

Why I chose Levine Children's Hospital: Levine's offers the perks of a stand alone children's hospital such as a strong child life presence and an abundance of pediatric subspecialties while still allowing us the perks of being attached to a larger adult hospital - mainly the opportunity to interact with residents from other programs like family and emergency medicine. Without fellows around residents build personal relationships with attendings and have great hands on experience. But the real reason I chose Levine Children's Hospital was for the residents. When I interviewed here the residents all seemed to love their lives and truly enjoy each other's company. And did I mention the hospital is bright and beautiful?!

What I like about living in Charlotte: I love living in Charlotte because I can afford to live in my house in the suburbs with my dog, but only drive 20 minutes for a night out in the city. Not to mention the fact that there is something to satisfy each of my wide range of interests including dance and yoga classes, whitewater rafting, kayaking, hiking, concerts, musicals, food and sports! And of course it's only a short drive to the beach which appeals to my San Diegan side.

Jessica Daniels, MD

Jessica Daniels, MD

Hometown: Chantilly, VA
Undergraduate Education: Virginia Tech
Medical School: Medical College of Virginia
Academic Interest: Critical care

Why I chose Levine Children's Hospital: My friend, classmate and fellow resident interviewed here before me and warned me that I would love it here--and she was right! I was excited to see the residents were genuinely happy and excited about the program and the faculty was very approachable. The program had a wide variety of exposure that allowed residents the opportunity to manage patients from every subspecialty. It was a perfect fit for me, and I have loved every minute of my time here!

What I like about Charlotte: Before my interview, I had no idea Charlotte was the biggest city in the Carolinas and I am still learning just how much there is to do here! It is the perfect location for me; it's close to family, my alma mater, and the beach. It has all the urban benefits I want without the claustrophobic chaos of bigger cities and plenty of outdoor activities for me and my dog, Potter. 

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Daniel S. Donner MD, MPH

Hometown: Edmond, OK
Medical School: University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
Academic Interests: Public health, medical education, infectious disease and endocrinology

Why I chose Levine Children's Hospital: It has everything I wanted in a residency program: solid academics, a mid-sized number of residents, a stand-alone hospital, a focus on public health principles and quality improvement, a beautiful city, and (best of all) amazing coworkers. It was clear from the start of my interview that each and every person I encountered cared deeply about my education and making me feel welcome.

What I like about Charlotte: Charlotte is a gorgeous city with a lot to offer! I'm a big fan of trees and outdoor activities, as well as the arts, great restaurants, and friendly people. I was amazed at the variety of things available in Charlotte and look forward to every free weekend I have for the chance to explore something new! Favorites so far: National Whitewater Center, Pio Pio Chicken, the Greenways, concerts, the Music Factory and Food Truck Fridays.

Sarah Drennan, MD

Sarah Drennan, MD

Hometown: Keller, TX
Medical School: Texas Tech University
Academic Interest: Neonatology

Why I chose Levine Children's Hospital: When choosing a place for residency, I wanted a medium-sized program that had a good reputation, where I knew I'd get solid training in general and subspecialty pediatrics (can't argue with a 100 percent board pass rate!) When I visited Levine's Children's Hospital, I loved all the people that I interacted with. They were friendly and enthusiastic about their jobs and the residents raved about the program.

What I like about Charlotte: When choosing a residency, it was important for me to be in a big city where my husband could find a job, yet still maintain that smaller town feel. I had never been to Charlotte prior to interviewing, but I instantly fell in the love with the city and the gorgeous trees (which you just don't get in West Texas)! Since moving here, I've really enjoyed all the unique neighborhoods that make up Charlotte and the fantastic eateries. It's also great living so close to the hospital and uptown, where we can get just about anywhere in 20 minutes. We couldn't be happier with the program or city.

David Milbourn, MD

David Milbourn, MD

Hometown: Rocky Mount, NC and Phoenix, AZ
Undergraduate Education: University of North Carolina
Medical School: East Carolina University

Why I chose Levine Children's Hospital: I was instantly sold after my visit despite visiting many great programs! First, the people are awesome. The camaraderie between residents and faculty is genuine. Not to mention, the ancillary staff are phenomenal and very willing to assist and educate lost interns! The program also places a large focus on education in residency and assists us with attending medical conferences. Lastly, the hospital is the perfect blend of a private setting with a large academic center--best of both!

What I like about Charlotte: As a larger city, Charlotte is probably the nicest and cleanest in which I have lived or visited. You can't beat its location as we are just a couple hours from the beach and the mountains and only minutes from multiple lakes. It is a young and active city with tons of restaurants and bars. And between the professional sports teams, concert scene and parks/walking trails there's plenty to do. My wife and I love it here!

Tiji Philip, MD

Tiji Philip, MD

Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Medical School: Mercer University School of Medicine
Academic Interest: General pediatrics

Why I chose Levine Children's Hospital: Personally, LCH was a perfect fit for me in terms of program/hospital size, exposure to a variety of subspecialty pediatric care, and distance to home (Atlanta, GA, which is where my parents still live). I was also pleasantly surprised by just how amazing the residents and faculty were who I ran into on my interview day! I found out quickly how close all the residents are with one another and how much the faculty genuinely care about the residents and our education - both aspects that were very important to me and my future choice of a residency program. No matter what your future plans in pediatrics (whether general outpatient practice or fellowship/subspecialty/hospitalist care), the fantastic training and education we get here at LCH will set you up for success!
 
What I like about Charlotte: I like to think of Charlotte as probably what Atlanta, GA was like maybe a few decades ago. It's a blossoming metropolis with many of the benefits of a major city (like pro sports, great concerts, amazing food/restaurants, festivals, etc) without all of the downsides of a big city (like Atlanta's traffic - yuck).   North Carolina as a whole is also one absolutely beautiful state with access to the mountains or the beach in a matter of hours. Amazing cities like Asheville, Chapel Hill, Charleston, and Atlanta are also close by for weekend getaways!

Alison Edge, MD

Alison Vurnakes, MD

Hometown: Wilson, NC
Undergraduate Education: University of North Carolina
Medical School: UNC

Why I chose Levine Children's Hospital: I was able to do an acting internship in Charlotte during my fourth year of medical school and loved all of the people! The attendings and residents were all really nice and always willing to teach. I knew I could learn everything I needed to at LCH while really enjoying the people I worked with. My husband and I wanted to stay in North Carolina and Charlotte seemed like the perfect place for us. 

What I like about Charlotte: Charlotte is the perfect sized city! It's big enough to have tons of great restaurant and entertainment while still being small enough to not have huge traffic problems. You get to experience all four seasons and can easily get to the beach or mountains for a quick vacation. There's always something fun to do!

Corinne Watson, MD

Corinne Watson, MD

Hometown: Cape Carteret, NC
Medical School: East Carolina University
Academic Interest: Almost everything!

Why I chose Levine Children's Hospital: I do not have enough space to write all of the reasons Levine Children's Hospital stood out to me. It offers an exciting environment to learn and practice medicine. I can get exposure to basically any medical problem or specialty my heart may desire. This was very important to me when I started, because I had no idea where I wanted to take my career. Now that I know I am going into general pediatrics, it provides very well-balanced training.

What I like about Charlotte: Having always lived in smaller towns or cities, I have always wanted to experience urban life, but I found some of the large cities to be overwhelming. Charlotte has all the benefits of a big city without the complications. Being from the coast, my only complaint was the distance to the ocean, but then I realized the South Carolina coast is only three hours away. Also, the plus to being further from the coast is proximity to the mountains. Charlotte offers the best of all worlds. A vibrant, livable city that is easily accessible to a variety of excursions.

Kathryn Winn, MD

Kathryn Winn, MD

Hometown: St Petersburg, FL
Undergraduate Education: University of Florida
Medical School: Florida State University
Academic Interest: Neonatology, critical care and hospitalist medicine

Why I chose Levine Children's Hospital: The day I arrived in Charlotte, I was taken by surprise by how much I absolutely loved the city. During my interview, I felt incredibly comfortable with the residents and the attendings. Everyone I met had a healthy balance of work and play in their daily lives, and the residents were all good friends. The hospital was very impressive and the variety of cases they saw was intriguing. The program has a wonderful reputation, great board scores and phenomenal faculty. It was clear that everyone there had chosen to be involved with CMC and LCH because they love to teach and be taught.

What I like about Charlotte: I am obsessed with Charlotte! There is such a great combination of delicious restaurants, gorgeous neighborhoods, and young, friendly people. As a Florida girl, I was worried that I wouldn't survive the winters here, but even those are beautiful in Charlotte! You're able to make the most of the mountains, the beach, the whitewater center, and city life, so there are always new and exciting things to do on your days off!

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Class of 2015 

Ashley Adamkin, MD Ashley Adamkin, MD

Hometown: Defiance, OH
Undergraduate Education: Miami University
Medical School: Louisville School of Medicine
Academic Interest: Infectious disease, neonatology and hospital medicine

Why I chose Levine Children's Hospital: I wanted a program that valued education and could make me into a well-rounded pediatrician. I wasn't sure if I wanted to go to fellowship or be a generalist so I wanted a program that could send their residents into great fellowship programs but also into great jobs as both outpatient and inpatient. Charlotte had everything I wanted: a program small enough that my voice would be heard but a free-standing hospital with excellent pathology. The residents all seem like family and the attendings teach on everything.

What I like about Charlotte: The restaurant selection is exponential and there is always something to do on the weekends and in my spare time! There are excellent park systems for running and biking, trails just 15 minutes away at the Whitewater Center for hiking, festivals all the time and theater tickets at a discounted price! There is always something to do!
Katherine Battisti, MD Katherine Battisti, MD

Hometown: Gainesville VA
Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School
Academic Interest: Emergency Medicine

Why I chose Levine Children's Hospital: It jumped out at me as a friendly place where people had a great time working together. It was clear that everyone from the interns to the senior faculty were dedicated to continued learning and improvement which was a big plus. Not to mention, the work life balance that I saw demonstrated on my interview day was enough to convince me that this was the place to be.

What I like about Charlotte: Charlotte is a city with small southern city charm and big city access to entertainment options, professional sports, art and great food. You're also a short drive away from to the mountains, the beach and great outdoor activities. There is something for everyone in this city.
Rachael Fournet, MD Rachael Fournet, MD

Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Medical School: LSU New Orleans
Academic Interest: Obesity prevention

Why did I chose Levine Children's Hospital: I happened to find the residency at Levine Children's Hospital through the drop down menu on ERAS. Coming into the interview I had no expectations, but was blown away by the people, the program and the city. The people here are nice, like above normal southern hospitality nice. The residents were also extremely down to earth and easy going. I was able to be myself and joke around (pretty rare on the interview trail). The program itself is a gem and is a huge, bustling, freestanding children's hospital that has every subspecialty known to medicine. After my interview here I felt confident that I would be trained to be a well-rounded physician. I am currently planning on going into general pediatrics but it is nice to know that I have the option of doing a fellowship if I choose to do so.

What I like about Charlotte: The city of Charlotte is amazing. The weather could not be more perfect (coming from someone who was raised on the surface of the sun aka Louisiana), there are festivals and activities galore, and the great outdoors are at your fingertips (parks, greenways and mountains, oh my!). It took about four days of being here for my husband and I to decide that we wanted to call Charlotte our home.
Stephanie Kwon, MD Stephanie Kwon, MD

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Aaron Levy, DO Aaron Levy, DO

Hometown: Nashville, TN
Undergraduate Education: Emory University
Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University – DCOM
Academic Interests: general pediatrics, hospital medicine, international medicine and integrative medicine

Why I chose Levine Children's Hospital: On interview day, I was immediately drawn to the hospitality of the residents and faculty. Levine Children's Hospital is a great place to work, from the beautiful facility to the great nursing and ancillary staff. We see such a diverse patient population and there is never a shortage of pathology.

What I like about Charlotte: Being originally from Nashville, attending college in Atlanta, and then going to medical school in rural Tennessee, Charlotte was the perfect combination of all the perks of a big city without all the stress. The city has a great greenway system for running after work and the mountains and beach are only a short drive away.
Allen Ligon, MD Allen Ligon, MD

Hometown: Martinez, Georgia
Undergraduate Education: University of Georgia
Medical School: Mercer University School of Medicine
Academic Interest: Pediatric Cardiology

Why I chose Levine Children's Hospital: I cannot speak enough about Levine Children's Hospital and the quality of care that all of the staff provides here. Everyone works together as a team, and best of all, we can have fun while we do it. Having an interest in pediatric cardiology, it is an incredible spot to train because of our large cardiac surgery volume and no fellows, so you get to work closely with the attendings and surgeons.

What I like about Charlotte: I finally made the jump out of Georgia and here to North Carolina...and could not be happier. Charlotte is a great town that has much to offer. Although it is the biggest city I have ever lived in, it has the feel of a small town as well. I can have my dog, be near the whitewater center for kayaking, near trails for mountain biking and find fellow Georgia Bulldog football fans (my four favorite things) which makes this a program you should not pass up without visiting. Once you do, I feel you just may find yourself wanting to stay.
Lauren McCrossan, DO Lauren Michael, DO

Hometown: Brick, NJ
Undergraduate Education: Penn State University
Medical School: Pennsylvania College of Medicine

Why I chose Levine Children's Hospital: I was convinced that I would be staying in the Philadelphia area for residency. It was where I went to medical school and where the majority of my friends & family were located. I had spent two years rotating throughout Philadelphia hospitals where I made connections with faculty. It seemed like a natural transition. When I came to Charlotte for my interview, my plans completely changed! Meeting the residents and visiting finalized my decision. Levine Children's Hospital offers all the subspecialty exposure necessary to obtain a well-rounded training experience. The attending physicians are very approachable and excited to teach. What stood out most in my mind was how close and supportive the pediatric residents were of one another. My residency class became great friends from the start. We love to spend time together outside of work when time allows, and we lean on each other during stressful rotations. I couldn't be happier with my decision, and I truly believe that I am in the right place.

What I like about Charlotte: I fell in love with the city! Charlotte is beautiful with so many great entertainment venues, restaurants and parks.
Reema Patel, MD Reema Patel, MD

Hometown: Teays Valley, WV
Undergraduate Education: Marshall University
Medical School: Marshall University
Academic Interest: Pediatric cardiology

Why I chose Levine Children's Hospital: I chose this residency program for its size, location, and current residents and faculty.

What I like about Charlotte: I moved here from a small town, so I like the city atmosphere. The weather is nice, and the winters are mild. There are lots of good places to eat.
Jeremy Pickell, MD Jeremy Pickell, MD

Hometown: Knoxville, TN
Medical School: East Tennessee State University
Academic Interest: General pediatrics, infectious disease or allergy/immunology

Why I chose Levine Children's Hospital: I felt like I fit in best with the people here. I liked the smaller size of the program and felt that I would still see a ton of patients and pathology.

What I like about Charlotte: Charlotte is a great city. There is plenty to do and keep me entertained when I am not at work. Also, the city isn't too large or overpopulated. I am still able to drive around without traffic being too much of an issue.
Brittany Thomas, MD Brittany Thomas, MD

Hometown: Farmington Hills, MI
Medical School: Wayne State University
Academic Interest: Adolescent medicine

Why I chose Levine Children's Hospital: To be honest, I hadn't heard of Levine Children's Hospital before, but in my quest to leave arctic winters I thought I'd give Charlotte a try. On my interview day, everyone was so incredibly nice. It seemed like all of the residents got along and the program wasn't so large that I felt overwhelmed.

What I like about Charlotte: Besides the fact that it is not 20 below zero in the winter, Charlotte just so happens to be a pretty cool place. There is always something to do. You're never too far from a mountain, a beach or a huge shopping mall.
Angela Vandegrift, MD Angela Vandegrift, MD

Hometown: Greensboro, NC
Undergraduate Education: University of North Carolina
Medical School: University of North Carolina

Why I chose Levine Children's Hospital: I did a fourth year acting internship here and really liked that all the residents were such great friends and spent so much time together inside and outside of the hospital.

What I like about Charlotte: There's so much to do! From professional sporting events (even if we aren't very good) to musicals/plays to Restaurant Week to festivals uptown to boating trips on Lake Norman, there's so much fun to be had in the Queen City when we have time off.
Marie Warwick, DO Marie Warwick, DO

Hometown: Lynchburg, Va
Undergraduate Education: University of North Carolina
Medical School: Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
Academic Interest: Neonatology

Why I chose Levine Children's Hospital: When I came for my interview, I was amazed at how personable and down-to-earth the residents and faculty members were. After having been here for a full year, my fellow residents are not only colleagues, but good friends. In addition, the facilities at Levine Children's Hospital are absolutely phenomenal.

What I like about Charlotte: There's always something to do on my time off! It's full of young professionals, awesome restaurants, nice shopping, lots of live music, and a variety of sporting events. It's a safe, clean city and surprisingly a relatively affordable place to live.

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Class of 2014 

Jon Buice, MD (House Staff President) Jon Buice, MD (House Staff President)

Hometown: Jasper, GA
Undergraduate Education: Emory University
Medical School: Medical College of Georgia
Academic Interests: Pediatric emergency medicine, international medicine, and general medical education and administration

Why I Chose Levine Children's Hospital: On the interview trail, I said I was focusing on the "Three P's": program, people and place. Our program offers everything I was looking for: every sort of pathology, a huge patient population, every imaginable resource and every subspecialty. I may be a bit biased, but the people here are the absolute best. I'm on a first-name basis with most of the attendings, we have department-wide social events, and we're more fun, more personable, and more down-to-earth than any other program I've seen.

What I like about Charlotte: Where do I even start? The hospital is in a beautiful, safe, clean part of town (my seven minute walk to work can't be beat). I never have to leave a five-mile radius from my house to enjoy great food, pro sports, shopping (if I need it), and all the other benefits of a big city. Plus, we're just a couple hours from Asheville and the mountains and three hours away from all sorts of beaches. There's a big reason lots and lots of us move to Charlotte and never leave.
Stephanie Cheetham, MD Stephanie Cheetham, MD

Hometown: Mercer Island, WA
Undergraduate Education: Wake Forest University
Medical School: Wake Forest University
Academic Interest: general pediatrics, childhood obesity, increasing physical activity

Why I chose Levine Children's Hospital: It's a wonderful program, state-of-the-art hospital, perfect size, no fellows, availability of attendings, variety of patients, great city!

What you like about Charlotte: It's a very active and young city, great food, low cost of living, close to the beach and mountains.
Joel Gallagher, MD Joel Gallagher, MD

Hometown: Ruston, LA
Medical School: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Academic Interests: Allergy and immunology

Why I chose Levine Children's Hospital: It was a perfect match for me. I appreciated the faculty that appeared very interested in teaching. I also was attracted by the lack of fellows, meaning that we as residents have direct communication with the attendings and are able to do more procedures ourselves. The residents seemed very laid back and happy during my interview as well, which was reassuring.

What I like about Charlotte: There are several perks to living in Charlotte, including the excellent restaurants, friendly neighborhoods, and proximity to Broadway shows and musical venues. Another perk is the relatively inexpensive cost of living, making our paychecks go a long way. My wife and I love the walkability of our neighborhood, and are looking forward to raising our new son here in Charlotte.
Mark Henin, MD Mark Henin, MD

Hometown: Richmond, VA
Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University

Why I chose Levine Children's Hospital: As I was sitting down making my rank list the thing that stuck out the most to me about Levine Children's Hospital was the people. It was clear through my interactions with the residents at the pre-interview dinner that everyone not only got along professionally, but were friends who enjoyed hanging out outside of work. This friendly atmosphere continued through the interview day. The attendings knew the residents by name and enjoyed answering questions and sharing their wealth of clinical knowledge. I left with the feeling that everyone in the program was genuinely happy and truly enjoyed what they were doing.

What I like about Charlotte: Charlotte has all the benefits of a major city, without any of the hassle. There are many delicious, diverse restaurants serving a large variety of different cuisines. There is a vibrant nightlife, as well as a plethora of music venues attracting anything from local acts to huge pop stars to Broadway musicals. In addition, if you want to get away from the city, Charlotte is a short drive from the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains with hundreds of hiking trails and three hours from the sunny beaches of North and South Carolina.
Sumreen Hussain, MD Sumreen Hussain, MD

Hometown: Cary, NC
Medical School: University of North Carolina

Why I chose Levine Children's Hospital: I chose Levine Children's Hospital for residency because of the people and the opportunities available here. All of the residents and faculty seemed very approachable and eager to teach and help out, and I felt like it would give me a great opportunity to care for a wide range of patients and diagnoses.

What I like about Charlotte: I love Charlotte because there is always something to do, whether it is live music, outdoor festivals, or enjoying all of the great food – there is never a dull moment
Benjamin Jarrett, MD Benjamin Jarrett, MD

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Meaghan Keller, MD Meaghan Keller, MD

Hometown: Marion, IN
Undergraduate Education: University of Notre Dame
Medical School: Indiana University

Why I chose Levine Children's Hospital: I chose it because I was unsure of my future career goals and I wanted a program with a good balance of primary care and specialty care. I came to find that the people here are amazing---everyone is very approachable and friendly. We have opportunities for tailoring your own education by modifying electives, creating electives and research and going abroad.

What I like about Charlotte: I love the great friends, great food, parks, and young atmosphere. There is always something going on--from concerts to festivals to food trucks, there is always something to do.
Steve Mercer, MD Steve Mercer, MD

Hometown: Wheeling, WV
Undergraduate Education: West Virginia University
Medical School: West Virginia University
Academic Interests: Outpatient medicine, continuity clinic, childhood obesity

Why I chose Levine Children's Hospital: This was the furthest south I interviewed, and I knew I loved the program just from the resident dinner the night before the interview. The selling point for me was how genuinely happy the residents were here, compared to many of the other programs. For me, the most important thing about where I work is my work environment. At Levine Children's Hospital, the hospital is beautiful and the residents are happy.

What I like about Charlotte: I absolutely love Charlotte, and I don't plan on leaving if I have a say in the matter. The weather is great. There's easy access to adult league sports (for me it's hockey and tennis, but there's also flag football, soccer, softball, etc.) The lake is right up the road, and the ocean and the mountains are easily drivable for a day vacation.
Sara Ryder, MD Sara Ryder, MD

Hometown: Hughesville, PA
Medical School: Penn State College of Medicine
Academic Interest: General pediatrics

Why I chose Levine Children's Hospital: When I came for my interview, I fell in love with the people. The residents and attendings were so welcoming. It really felt like home. Then I walked into the lobby and knew I had to work here, and I've never regretted it!

What I like about Charlotte: The other great thing about this program is Charlotte itself. My favorite thing to do is eat my way through the city! There are a plethora of restaurants that make me drool just thinking about them. Plus with all the different neighborhoods, nooks, and crannies of Charlotte, you're never bored.
Anita Shah, DO Anita Shah, DO

Hometown: Darien, IL
Undergraduate Education: Washington University in St. Louis
Medical School: Western University
Academic Interest: Health policy/advocacy

Why I chose Levine Children's Hospital: Levine Children's Hospital was definitely a program that allowed me to build my schedule around my interests along with getting a great foundation in pediatrics. I have been able to work with the federal affairs department within the American Academy of Pediatrics and spend a month in DC as well as a rotation with ABC in NYC upcoming this year to learn about the role of media in healthcare. I'm also planning an international rotation.

What you like about Charlotte: There's a lot to love about Charlotte - if you like the outdoors there are a ton of trails, bike paths, and you can also go up to the Lake Norman. I love Food Truck Fridays which has all the local food trucks convened into one spot for a great night. I also live fairly close to the hospital, so I love that I can walk to work!
Kristine Uyesugi, MD Kristine Uyesugi, MD

Hometown: Duluth, GA
Undergraduate Education: Georgia Tech
Medical School: Wake Forest University

Why I chose Levine Children's Hospital: I enjoyed meeting the residents and faculty. The hospital itself is a beautiful place to work and offers residents exposure to a wide variety of cases as well as teaching from in-house subspecialists.

What I like about Charlotte: There are plenty of restaurants and activities to do. It is very close to mountains for hiking and camping and not too far from the beach.
Career Plans: I plan to go into general pediatrics with emphasis on managing a medical home for patients with complicated medical conditions.

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