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James Butler, DO
Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine

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Joshua Hood, DO
VCOM-Carolinas

Dr. Hood's Bio
Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Undergrad: North Carolina State University
Medical School: Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
What do I enjoy doing in my free time: Astrophotography, board games, reading, cooking, trivia nights
Interesting tidbits: My second love besides medicine is history. I can name every English monarch since 1066. I was once top 10 in the world on the QuizUp app in European geography category.
What do I like about our residency: The full spectrum Family Medicine curriculum that prepares you very well for any career path that you might want to do post residency. The supportive environment that is present here is such a great resource during a very busy time of our lives.
Career aspirations: Eventually I plan to do a combination of underserved urban care here in the US and also help to build healthcare infrastructure in places internationally that have extreme need for healthcare providers.

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Ashlee Johnson, MD
UTHSC

Dr. Johnson's Bio
Hometown: Memphis, TN
Undergrad: Middle Tennessee State University
Medical School: UTHSC
What do I enjoy doing in my free time: In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I enjoy making memories with them and reflecting on the memories later. I also enjoy finding a good Netflix movie or series and relaxing in my bed with my warm cup of tea or hot cocoa.

Interesting tidbits: I am the oldest of 6. The sixth child, my second little brother, is due in June. I will be 26 years older than him. I am 17 years older than my youngest sister. Needless to say, I am spaced out extremely far from all my siblings and oftentimes must clarify my role as sibling instead of parent when we are in public.
What do I like about our residency: I loved my junior internship experience during my 4th year of medical school. I felt like the faculty really enjoyed teaching and the residents were always helpful to one another. The biggest thing that stood out to me was the fact that they did not always focus on the constructive criticism. If you were doing good in a particular area, they made sure to point out your positives as well. I think that is extremely important to keep a positive morale during such a challenging time like residency.
Career aspirations: I plan to practice outpatient medicine in Memphis. Being from Memphis, my biggest aspiration is to give back to my community and inspire younger generations to follow their dreams. I went to Kirby High School, a school that is not always recognized for its wonderful attributes. I would love to go back and speak to the students there, as well as other schools like it, and tell them that all career aspirations are achievable. I also would like to make a difference in changing some of the healthcare disparities. Black women have a higher rate of maternal mortality. Black, Hispanic, and Native American populations are more likely to die of COVID-19 and are at a higher risk for underlying health conditions such as diabetes and hypertension. I would like to decrease these statistics, especially in a city such as Memphis where the minority is the majority. I just want to make a lasting impact on my community that will extend beyond my time as a physician.

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Wittmann Murphy, DO
LMU-DCOM

Dr. Murphy's Bio
Hometown: Nashville, TN
Undergrad: UT-Chattanooga
Medical School: LMU-DCOM
What do I enjoy doing in my free time: I enjoy learning new songs on the piano and cello, nature photography, reading, and listening to podcasts and all genres of music. I also spend my
free time volunteering, playing tennis, biking, and spending time with my family and pets.
Interesting tidbits: I am a huge animal lover, and my family currently has 9 dogs and 7 cats.
What do I like about our residency: I knew that I wanted a residency program that was close to home, would provide me a robust curriculum with excellent pediatrics and obstetrical training, was unopposed, and had a team of motivated and encouraging residents and faculty members (all of which Saint Francis offered). When it came to my
interview day, I felt a true connection with the faculty and residents, and I knew I belonged
here.
Career aspirations: I would like to eventually practice as a true full-scope family physician
in a rural setting. Ideally, I would like to settle in an area where I can practice in-patient,
out-patient, and obstetric medicine.


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Dina Noureldine, MD
St. George’s University

Dr. Noureldine's Bio
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Undergrad: University of Memphis
Medical School: St. George’s University
What do I enjoy doing in my free time: I enjoy spending time with friends and family, trying out different restaurants, playing board games, watching TV and traveling. 

Interesting tidbits: I can read lips, I love cooking and baking and trying out different recipes.
What do I like about our residency: The program is unopposed with plenty of learning opportunities and has a strong commitment to underserved patients and a focus on Women’s Health.
Career aspirations: Women’s Health and Preventative Medicine, working and educating the underserved population.


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Edel Sah, MD
UTHSC

Dr. Sah's Bio
Hometown: Memphis, TN
Undergrad: University of Notre Dame
Medical School: UTHSC
What do I enjoy doing in my free time: Watching sports, good TV shows

Interesting tidbits: I minored in studio arts when I was in college
What do I like about our residency: I had great experiences during both my 3rd-year clerkship and my 4th-year JI at St. Francis. It was a supportive environment, and I felt that the program had strong training in all areas
Career aspirations: Outpatient clinic


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Christian Williams, DO
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Auburn (VCOM-Auburn)

Dr. Williams's Bio
Hometown: Birmingham, AL
Undergrad: Fisk University
Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Auburn (VCOM-Auburn)
What do I enjoy doing in my free time: During my free time I enjoy trying new restaurants (especially brunch places with friends), reading, trying new recipes, attending painting classes, doing group workout classes (Zumba, Pilates, etc). I also enjoy going to music and food festivals.  

Interesting tidbits: During Covid, I learned that I have an interest in gardening and growing house plants. If I weren’t a physician, I’d probably be a chef or baker. Even though I don’t currently have a pet, I love animals! I enjoy planning events and trips, decorating and interior design.
What do I like about our residency: I thoroughly enjoyed how kind and genuine everybody was on interview day. I also really like how this program promotes community healthcare service, focuses on serving the underserved, and incorporates a strong focus on women’s health into the curriculum. 
Career aspirations: To work in an underserved urban area where I can truly practice community medicine. I also have an interest in women’s health/obstetrics and preventative medicine


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Johnny Yang, MD
Saba University SOM

Dr. Yang's Bio
Hometown: Memphis, TN
Undergrad: University of Memphis
Medical School: Saba University SOM
What do I enjoy doing in my free time: Spending time with Family/Friends, Exercising, Playing sports, Video games, Eating and sleeping (at the same time, occasionally), Long walks on the beach, Traveling.

Interesting tidbits: I am the first generation in my family to be born and raised in the USA. English is my second language. I worked as a volunteer at St. Francis Hospital in the past. I love sushi. Ketchup is my spirit animal.
What do I like about our residency: I LOVE Memphis 😁 and the help the residency program provides to the city! I am so grateful to train/work with UTHSC to deliver high quality health care to the community I was born and raised in.
Career aspirations: Inpatient/Outpatient medicine, Geriatrics, Sports Medicine, Underserved Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Preventative Medicine, Urgent Care.

May 26, 2022