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Current Fellows


fellow imageJeff Owsley, DO

Dr. Owsley grew up in Kansas City, MO but lived in Denver for past 6 years where he did his internal medicine residency and worked as a hospitalist prior to starting fellowship at Tennessee.  Dr. Owsley is married and met his wife during his time in Denver.  He enjoys running, BBQ and watching his favorite sports teams.  He and his wife are excited for their new adventure here in Memphis.

fellow imageNick Thomson, MD

Dr. Thomson is new to Tennessee, coming from the sunny state of Arizona, where he completed medical school and residency at the University of Arizona College Of Medicine (Tucson and Phoenix campuses, respectively).  Nick was born and raised in a suburb of Salt Lake City, UT and completed his undergraduate degree in Biophysics at BYU.  He enjoys spending quality time with his wonderful wife, rough-housing with his kids, watching LeBron James play basketball, and listening to U2.

fellow imageJamie Riney, MD

Dr. Riney is a Memphis native who has a long time connection with the University of Tennessee system. Born in Memphis to a loving missionary family, he spent several years traveling and living abroad as part of his parents work. He eventually returned to Memphis to for his high school education and chose UT Knoxville for his college. From there, he was eager to return to Memphis for completion of medical school and an internal medicine residency at UT Health Science Center. He enjoys living in east Memphis with his wife, two children, and two dogs. His hobbies include cooking and anything BBQ.

fellow imageMatt Stein, MD

Dr. Stein was born and raised in St. Louis, MO. He majored in cell and molecular biology as an undergraduate at Vanderbilt University before moving to Memphis for medical school and residency at UTHSC. He enjoys spending quality time with his lovely wife, Sarah, and young son. Dr. Stein's hobbies include reading, golf and pretending to be a foodie.

fellow imagePoojitha Valasareddy, MD

Dr. Valasareddy is a native Memphian, is a graduate of UT-Knoxville, and has completed her Internal Medicine residency in UT-Memphis. After a brief stint as a hospitalist in Houston, Texas, she is excited to be returning home to start her Fellowship in Hematology/Oncology. She was married recently to a petrophysicist who shares her love for traveling and exploring different cultures. In her free time, Dr. Valasareddy also enjoys dancing, reading all sorts of fiction, and recently discovered her love for cooking Indian food.


fellow imageSaradasri Karri, MD

Dr. Karri is originally from Dodge City, KS but moved to Memphis during high school.  She did her med school and residency at UTHSC.  When she is not reading about oncology, she enjoys biking and is a brown belt in karate.  She is married to an aircraft engineer and the have an adopted dog “Grizz.”  Dr. Karri wishes Grizz could play basketball, but he is an expert at looking for treats.

fellow imageEmily Miller, MD

Dr. Miller grew up in South Carolina, where she completed her undergraduate degree in biochemistry at Clemson University. She went on to obtain a Masters in Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology at Emory University prior to returning to South Carolina for medical school. She completed her medical degree and Internal Medicine residency training at the University of South Carolina. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, reading, yoga, and outdoor activities. She and her husband are excited to explore Memphis during her Hematology/Oncology fellowship training at UTHSC and the West Cancer Center. 

fellow imageKaweeta, MD

Dr. Kaweeta was born in Pakistan, made her way to the United States, and completed her Internal Medicine residency at UTHSC.  During her residency, she was presented the Bruce W. Steinhauer altruism award for her work with patients.  She reflects on what one professor told her every day when he said, “We cannot let them die, just because they cannot afford to live.”  Dr. Kaweeta is excited to continue her training in the Hematology Fellowship. When she is not helping her patients, Dr. Kaweeta enjoys cooking and spending time with her husband and two children.

fellow imageSteve Otieno, MD

Dr. Otieno was born in the East African country of Kenya.  He attended college at Rust College in Holly Springs, MS where he majored in Chemistry.  After college, he matriculated in the University of Tennessee/St Jude Children's Research graduate program and received a doctorate in Molecular Sciences.  After graduate school, he completed a post-doctoral fellowship at St Jude Children's Research Hospital.  It is during his time at St Jude that his interest in Hematology/Oncology was kindled.  He is particularly interested in pancreatic cancer and will be doing research in this field during his fellowship. He attended medical school and completed his residency in internal medicine at UTHSC in Memphis.  Dr. Otieno is a passionate soccer fan as well as a great fan of the Tennessee Volunteers.  When off work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three children. 

fellow imageKruti Patel, DO

Dr. Patel was born in India and moved to Lexington, Kentucky when she was in high school. She went to the University of Kentucky for undergraduate and earned a degree in Chemical engineering.  Dr. Patel volunteered at VA hospital in Lexington during her senior year of college and became passionate about being a physician. She went to LMU-DCOM in Harrogate, TN for medical school where she met her husband. Dr. Patel moved to Memphis for Internal medicine residency and fell in love with the city. She loves trying out different restaurants in Memphis.  Her hobbies include playing with her dog Ace, running, and traveling.

fellow imageVanessa Wookey, MD

Dr. Wookey is originally from rural South Dakota and completed her undergraduate studies at South Dakota State University. She attended medical school in South Dakota and then Internal Medicine residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE before moving south to Memphis. Dr. Wookey enjoys watching football, kayaking, reading, spending time outdoors. She is a "shark" at board games. 


fellow imageAlaa Altahan, MD

Dr. Altahan was born and raised in Syria. After completing his undergraduate degree in computer science and his medical school at American University of Beirut, he joined St. Jude Children's Research Hospital as a post-doctoral research associate. He then completed his residency in internal medicine at University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. Dr. Altahan continues to be interested in translational research. When he is not attending his clinical duties or working on research projects, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters


fellow imageOluchukwu Oluoha, MD

Dr. Oluoha received his MD from the University of Lagos, Nigeria and went on to Internal Medicine residency training at the renowned Cook County Hospital in Chicago, IL. After completing residency, he worked as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Meharry Medical College for 2 years and during this time, he was recognized by residents for superior teaching skills, winning the Outstanding Teaching Award. His interests are in advanced solid tumors and use of immunotherapy in their management. He is also interested in research that aims to improve cancer health disparities and developing ways to promote access to cancer care. Outside of medicine, he enjoys endurance sport and learning about digital technology.


fellow imageJessica Rich, MD

Dr. Rich grew up on a farm in central Illinois, completing undergraduate studies there before moving to South Carolina for medical school. She enjoyed her rural internal medicine residency in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia before moving to Memphis, where she recently finished a fellowship in palliative care and hospice medicine with UTHSC. Dr. Rich is fluent in "small talk", loves to run, travel (especially to Charleston, SC), and spend time with her husband, Robb, and dog, Sydney.


fellow imageJackson Reynolds, MD

Dr. Reynolds grew up in Ozark, AL and attended The University of Alabama where he earned a degree in chemical and biological engineering in between Crimson Tide football games. He completed his medical degree at The University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Reynolds is excited to spend another three years in Memphis after completing his residency at UTHSC as well. In his spare time he enjoys canoeing, backpacking, cooking, and taking his dog, Olivia, to the park.

Last Published: Jul 8, 2019