Incoming Class of 2016


Drew Blackstock, M.D.

Drew Blackstock, M.D.

Hometown: Jackson, Tennessee
Undergraduate: Freed-Hardeman University, Henderson, Tennessee
Medical School: University of Tennessee, Memphis
Stats: Married
Hobbies: Spending time with my wife and new baby girl
What I did before medical school: Attended Freed-Hardeman
Why I chose UT-Jackson: Jackson is home for both my wife and I, so I was obviously excited to get the opportunity to train in my hometown. I also fell in love with the program itself. The faculty and current residents were absolutely wonderful which made my decision easy.


Loren Carroll, M.D.

Loren Carroll, M.D.

Hometown: Bells, Tennessee
Undergraduate: Freed-Hardeman University, Henderson, Tennessee
Medical School: University of Tennessee, Memphis
Stats: Taken
Hobbies: UT football, hunting, fishing, shooting, golf, carpentry, basket weaving
What I did before medical school: Went to undergraduate school
Why I chose UT-Jackson: I grew up about 20 minutes from Jackson and when I decided that I wanted to go home to practice, it simply made sense that this was the place for me. When I rotated through the program, I was very impressed with the knowledge of the faculty and residents as well as how much they enjoyed their work. And finally, the recruiting coordinator winked at me one day, sorry Grace.


Joey Gooch, M.D.

Joey Gooch, M.D.

Hometown: I grew up in both Jackson and Alamo, Tennessee
Undergraduate: University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Medical School: University of Tennessee, Memphis
Stats: Married 5 years
Hobbies: Dinners and movies with my wife Rachel, hanging out with our families and friends, playing guitar, playing basketball and tennis
What I did before medical school: During my year between college and medical school, I worked at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital on the Lift Team.
Why I chose UT-Jackson: When choosing a residency program, my wife and I really wanted to stay close to home to ensure that our families and friends could be a big part of our lives. Even durning my days on the Lift Team in Jackson, I often dreamed about being one of the UT residents I frequently saw in the hospital. Doing rotations in Jackson during both my 3rd and 4th years of medical school sealed the deal for me. The residents and faculty are wonderful, and we are so happy to finally be a part of this program!


Shawn Hamm, M.D.

Shawn Hamm, M.D.

Hometown: Chattanooga, Tennessee
Undergraduate and Graduate School: University of Tennessee, Knoxville and University of Tennessee, Chattanooga M.B.A.
Medical School: University of Tennessee, Memphis
Stat: Married with a 6 year old daughter, 3 year old son and one on the way
Hobbies: Running and anything mechanical
What I did before medical school: I ran a medical supply business
Why I chose UT-Jackson: This program has an incredible reputation. When I interviewed here and met the faculty and the residents, I realized why everyone was so complimentary of the program. I like that the program is unopposed because I think the responsibilities that I will have will make me a well-rounded and well-prepared physician. The programs' faculty members are enthusiastic teachers, and I am looking forward to the challenging and rewarding experiences that I'll have.


Ross Kurland, D.O.

Ross Kurland, D.O.

Hometown: Atlanta, Georiga
Undergraduate: Clemson University!
Medical School: LECOM-Bradenton
Stats: Happily Married (Sorry Ladies)
Hobbies: Reading, working out, tactical medicine, shooting sports, old movies, Clemson Football
What I did before medical school: Clemson, then EMT school, then married my smoking hot fox of a wife
Why I chose UT-Jackson: With a field as diverse as Family Medicine, it is a common pitfall for many programs to instruct broadly but shallowly, resulting in family practitioners who exceed in nothing. UT Jackson took the other path, driving their residents to instead excel in EVERYTHING. This clear pursuit of excellence, in conjunction with the availability of resources found with a major university such as UT, providing everything I needed for an ideal residency. In addition, the presence of the Emergency Medicine Fellowship on site was a strong selling point. On paper it was perfect, but it wasn't until I came to rotate in Jackson that I experienced the camaraderie and fellowship amongst the residents and the faculty/staff. We are thrilled to be a part of the program at UT Jackson!


Jon McCowan, M.D.

Jon McCowan, M.D.

Hometown: Jackson, Tennessee
Undergraduate: Lambuth University
Medical School: St. George's University, Grenada, West Indies
Stats: Single
Hobbies: In my free time, I enjoy watching and playing various sports and outdoor activities like camping, hiking, fishing and hunting. Mostly though, I love spending time with friends and family whenever possible!
What I did before medical school: Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
Why I chose UT-Jackson: Coming from another residency/specialty, I knew exactly what I wanted when it came to my residency choice, and UT-Jackson is a perfect fit. Not only is it a homecoming, the unopposed program gives me the training opportunities that not many residents get to experience. The teaching faculty, the current residents and the UT staff are all extremely helpful and professional. I have no doubt that UT-Jackson will provide me with knowledge and training to become exactly the type of physician I've always wanted to become!


Grant Studebaker, M.D.

Grant Studebaker, M.D.

Hometown: Silver City, Oklahoma
Undergraduate: Oklahoma State University
Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine, Dominica, West Indies
Stats: Single
Hobbies: OSU football, movies, traveling and working on cars
What I did before medical school: Worked in a hospital laboratory and on an ambulance
Why I chose UT-Jackson: The first thing that attracted me to UT-Jackson was the fact that it was an unopposed program with the opportunity for an Emergency Medicine Fellowship. However, what sold me on the program was how friendly all the residents were and how they made me feel at home on my interview. All the residents seemed genuinely happy and I loved how close they seemed with each other. The faculty and support staff also seemed to be very focused on making the residency experience as rewarding as possible.


Leah Warren, M.D.

Leah Warren, M.D.

Hometown: Lexington, Tennessee
Undergraduate: University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Medical School: University of Tennessee, Memphis
Stats: Single
Hobbies: Horseback riding, singing, novice photographer
What I did before medical school: Worked for a children's hospital doing lead poisoning education and outreach
Why I chose UT-Jackson: Throughout my medical school journey, the UT Jackson program stood out above all the others as a resident's dream. Faculty members have sought to provide not only solid clinical education, but also mentorship. During my fourth year, what felt most important was that everyone here - faculty and staff included - cares not only about the doctor that I'll become, but about the person that I am. On the long, hard days, that means a lot. The clinical experience I'll gain from working in a smaller city and in an unopposed program means that I'll be well-prepared for the career to follow. Simply put, there's nowhere better.