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Chattanooga Pediatrics Residents

PL-1 Residents

Class of 2025 on the bridge

Abdelrahman Amro, MD

Abdelrahman Amro, MD
PL-1 Resident
Medical School: Meharry Medical College

Victoria Cox, DO

Victoria Cox, DO
PL-1 Resident
Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hello everyone! I was born and raised in East Tennessee. I'm from a small town outside of Knoxville. I attended ETSU for undergrad and LMU-DCOM  for medical school. Chattanooga is exactly where I wanted to be for residency. The town is truly beautiful and the people in the program are beyond kind and supportive. During my spare time, I enjoy walking my dog, Neyland, golfing with my significant other, and watching movies. 

Lauren Edmond, DO

Lauren Edmond, DO
PL-1 Resident
Medical School: Des Moines University College of Medicine

Kaitlyn Ellington, MD

Kaitlyn Ellington, MD
PL-1 Resident
Medical School: Mercer University School of Medicine

Matthew Holland, DO

Matthew Holland, DO
PL-1 Resident
Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine

Jennifer Justice, DO

Jennifer Justice, DO
PL-1 Resident
Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine

Jennifer Lee, MD

Jennifer Lee, MD
PL-1 Resident
Medical School: University of Tennessee College of Medicine

Jae Maeng, MD

Jae Maeng, MD
PL-1 Resident
Medical School: East Tennessee State University 

Hi! I grew up in Nashville, TN, I went to undergrad at Vanderbilt where I met my wife, Julianna. I attended medical school at Quillen ETSU in Johnson City, TN, where we had our first son. We are excited to welcome our second son later this year. Being a parent helped me to choose pediatrics and I am planning on pursuing general pediatrics as my vocation. Outside of residency, I love hiking, backpacking and fly fishing. We chose to come to Chattanooga because it is a great family-friendly city with beautiful outdoor opportunities within a short drive!

Ali Stedke, DO

Ali Stedke, DO
PL-1 Resident
Medical School: University of North Texas Fort Worth

Hey everyone! I spent my childhood just outside Memphis, TN, but moved to Fort Worth, TX during high school. I attended undergrad at The University of Alabama where I majored in psychology and studied abroad in Italy for a semester! I also met my husband Cory while we were in college, and he attended Auburn University. I went to TCOM in Fort Worth for medical school. In my free time, I love going to the pool, watching college football, hiking and paddle boarding with our dog, having a game night with friends, and exploring new restaurants and breweries. We have loved getting to know the city of Chattanooga; there is always something new to do or something beautiful to explore! I am so grateful to be able to train here among a friendly and authentic group of residents, staff, and attendings.

PL-2 Residents

PGY1 - Class of 204

 

Danielle Allen, MD

Danielle Allen, MD
PL-2 Resident
Medical School:  St. George's University School of Medicine

Cole Atkins, MD.

Cole Atkins, MD
PL-2 Resident
Medical School:  University of Tennessee College of Medicine

I grew up in middle Tennessee, but fell in love with the Chattanooga area when I came here for undergrad. I knew I eventually wanted to make my way back to this area, but the strengths of this program, including brand new outpatient clinic, expanding PICU, high volume ED, and great attendings that love to teach made this my number one choice for residency. Ultimately I felt that this program was the best place for my training and I get the added benefits of living in a city with plenty of outdoor activities to participate in!

Daniel Hughes, MD

Daniel Hughes  MD, PhD
PL-2 Resident
Medical School:  University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia

Hi everyone! I grew up in various parts of Georgia and Virginia before attending college at North Greenville University in South Carolina. I met my lovely wife Erin there, and we have been married since 2013. After finishing undergrad, I obtained both my PhD in cancer biology and my MD from the University of South Carolina (go Gamecocks!). Outside of residency, I enjoy spending time with my wife and our two dogs either gardening at home or going for a hike. A few of my other hobbies include cooking, playing board games, and swimming. I feel very fortunate to live in a city as beautiful and easy to enjoy as Chattanooga! I’m looking forward to learning pediatrics in such a wonderful place alongside a great team of residents, attendings, and staff!

Brittney Johnston, DO, PL-1 Resident

Brittney Johnston, MD
PL-2 Resident
Medical School:  Lincoln Memorial University College of Osteopathic Medicine 

Katelyn Sturdivant O'Brien, MD

Katelyn Sturdivant O'Brien, MD
PL-2 Resident
Medical School:  Mercer University School of Medicine

James Keelan Passmore, MD, PL-1 Resident

James Keelan Passmore, MD
PL-2 Resident
Medical School:  Medical College of Georgia

Hey everyone! Before residency, I had spent my entire life in Georgia. I was born and raised in Gainesville, went to college in Demorest, and then attended medical school in Augusta and Rome. Naturally, my first venture outside the state is just right over the border in the beautiful city of Chattanooga. The people, scenery, and vibe are truly unique.  It already feels like home in so many ways, and I have so much left to explore and discover. Outside of the medical world I enjoy basketball, board games, eating food, and listening to my fiancée play the piano.

Daniel Pham, DO, PL-1 Resident

Dan Pham, DO
PL-2 Resident
Medical School:  New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine

I was born in California but grew up in Arkansas where I met my wonderful wife in high school. I attended the University of Arkansas for my undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering and medical school in Jonesboro, AR. My wife and I absolutely love Chattanooga and I feel extremely thankful to be able to train here and be a part of such an awesome program. In my free time I like to spend time with my wife and our dog, watch sports, and play video and board games.

Alexander Pope, MD, PL-1 Resident

Alexander Pope, MD
PL-2 Resident
Medical School:  University of Tennessee College of Medicine

Hey! I was born in a small town in Middle Tennessee called Shelbyville. From there I went on to attend high school in Murfreesboro, college in Knoxville, then medical school in Memphis, and finally I'm here in Chattanooga for residency. That being said, I've lived all over the state, but I'm so happy to finally be living in my favorite city, Chattanooga. In my free time I enjoy playing soccer, reading, and hanging out poolside.

Pahola Rodriguez, MD, PL-1 Resident

Pahola Rodriguez, MD
PL-2 Resident
Medical School:  Morehouse School of Medicine

¡Hola a todos! I was originally born in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, and moved to Lawrenceville, Ga when I was 12 years old. I went to college at Georgia State University where I met my husband and stayed in Atlanta for my medical school education at Morehouse School of Medicine. I fell in love with the city of Chattanooga as soon as I arrived here as it has beautiful outdoors, scenery, and great food scene (Go to Clumpies!). I’m very happy to be in this program as the faculty and residents are very supportive of each other like a family. Everyone is eager to teach and learn from one another! In my spare time, I enjoy watching movies, playing video games, board games and origami. Welcome to our program!

PL-3 Residents Class of 2023

Joshua Bland, MD

Joshua Bland, MD
PL-3
Medical School: Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Elizabeth "Beth" Seagroves Brooke, MD

Elizabeth "Beth" Seagroves Brooke, MD
PL-3
Medical School:  University of Louisville School of Medicine (KY)

Tanner Cabbage, DO, PL-3 Resident

Tanner Cabbage, DO
PL-3
Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hi everyone! I have lived in several places but call Nashville home. I have also lived in Knoxville, Atlanta, San Francisco, and Columbus, OH. I completed undergrad at the University of Tennessee (go Big Orange) and medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine - Georgia near Atlanta. My wife is a NICU nurse and we have two boys. We have enjoyed Chattanooga as a city so far and feel very fortunate to be apart of this program/family. The emphasis place of resident well-being has exceeded my expectations. Outside of work my single favorite thing to do is spend time with my children. I also love to travel, eat good food, and watch sports. We have been fortunate enough to take several international trips throughout medical school and residency including to Havana, Berlin, Prague, Krakow, London, Amsterdam, Paris, Barcelona, Thailand, and South Africa. I plan to do a Neonatal fellowship after residency.

Jenna Dedeker, MD

Jenna Dedeker, MD
PL-3
Medical School: Loma Linda University

Hello! I was born and raised here in Chattanooga. I attended a small college just outside of Chattanooga, where I met my husband. We both went out to Southern California for graduate school, but the south was always calling me back. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to train here where I am close to family and in a program I love. During my spare time I like to hike with my husband and dogs, camp, watch football and spend time with my family.

Katie DeMars, MD

Katie DeMars, MD
PL-3
Medical School: East Tennessee State University

Hey guys! I was born and raised in Chattanooga. I went to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga for undergrad, after spending a year at UT-Knoxville. Following a gap year, I went up to the mountains of Johnson City, TN for med school at East Tennessee State University. I love my hometown and knew I wanted to explore our program. I did an inpatient away rotation here and I loved it! Our attendings and residents are very close knit. I felt like a part of the family early on, and knew I wanted to call Erlanger home. Chattanooga is an awesome city and has something for everyone. In my free time, I enjoy trying new restaurants, spending time with my family and significant other, and grabbing a craft beer with friends.

Merla Hubler, MD, PhD

Merla Hubler, MD, PhD
PL-3
Medical School: Vanderbilt University Medical Center

I was born in Germany and grew up in central Illinois. I did my undergrad at the University of Illinois, then moved down to Tennessee for grad school. I completed the medical scientist training program at Vanderbilt University. I am now so happy to be a part of the UT Chattanooga Pediatrics Program! Since starting in the program, it has felt like home. Not only do all the residents support each other, but we have uniquely close relationships with the attendings. I have also fallen in love with Chattanooga for many reasons - the outdoor activities, cool breweries and restaurants, and the comfortable size of the city. Chattanooga and this program are hidden gems. I wouldn't rather be anywhere else!

Daniel Mathis, MD

Daniel Mathis, MD
PL-3
Medical School: East Tennessee State University

I was born and raised in Mt. Juliet, TN. I went to Union University in west Tennessee to complete my undergraduate degree in biochemistry, where I also put a ring on my high school sweetheart's finger. We then traveled up I-40 to the other side of the state for medical school at East Tennessee State University. Chattanooga was a fun place I would visit growing up, but I really fell in love with the city and the people when I did a rotation here as a medical student. Within the program, I sensed a sincere desire to invest in me as an individual and as part of a close-knit family. I feel very blessed to be here for my training! When outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my wife, son, and Siberian Husky, taking in the outdoors, checking out new food and coffee scenes, being involved in a local church community, and following my favorite sports teams (Go Vols!).

Nikita Patil, DO, PL-3

Nikita Patil, DO
PL-3
Medical School: William Carey College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hi everyone! My name is Nikita Patil. I'm originally from Los Angeles, CA, and I've been in Houston, TX for the last couple years. I went to Marist College in upstate New York to get my bachelors in Biomedical Sciences. I then moved down to Hattiesburg, MS for medical school. I've been all over! During my 4th year of medical school, I did an away rotation in the Children's Emergency Department here and I immediately knew that this was the program and town for me. I couldn't have asked for a more supportive and friendly group of people. I enjoy hiking and being outdoors, and thankfully there's a ton to do around here. I also enjoy baking, reading, and can't wait to try all the restaurants Chattanooga has to offer! I'm so excited to train here, alongside all the amazing faculty and residents.  

David Sheron, MD

David Sheron, II, MD
PL-3
Medical School: American University of the Caribbean

Chief Resident/Faculty

 
Sarah Rodriguez-Sawao, DO

Sarah Rodriguez-Sawao, DO
Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: UTCOM Chattanooga Pediatrics, Class of 2022

I was born and raised in Nashville, TN before packing my boots and heading to University of Mississippi for undergrad. After completely my degree in Forensic Chemistry, I headed to LMU-DCOM for medical school. I completed a transitional year with Harnett Health in North Carolina before landing in Chattanooga. I'm thankful to be in Chattanooga where I got engaged and married to my favorite person. I value the family that I have with my other residents and the sincere investment of the attendings here to help me become the best doctor I can be. When I'm not at work, I'm hanging out with my husband and my pup, playing board games and bar trivia.

Jul 29, 2022