Our People

Our faculty members are leaders in the discovery, development, and dissemination of new knowledge and innovative clinical teaching models in family medicine. We train physicians for Iowa and beyond to be leaders in patient-centered, team-based care delivery.

Your fellow residents are, just like you, dedicated to rewarding and meaningful careers in the practice of family medicine. They come to Iowa from around the world, drawn here by a comprehensive training program, outstanding work environment, and the prospect of practice opportunities afforded by their experiences here.

Our patients are also part of the training equation. They come to University of Iowa Health Care to receive the very best care from experts who are passionate about delivering it in a personable way. As Iowa’s only academic medical center, we see a comprehensive mix of challenging cases and have the privilege to work with many cultures and languages.

One of the best ways to get familiar with a residency program is to hear what our current residents have to say about their experiences.

Department Contacts

Residency Coordinators

Cinda BlakeCinda Blake

Program Coordinator



I am a born and raised Iowan, a University of Iowa graduate and a Hawkeye fan for life! I have two great kids (who are also Iowa graduates) and for relaxation I enjoy running, crocheting, puzzles, reading, cooking and baking, spending time at the Lake of the Ozarks with family and friends and RAGBRAI.





Lisa Kouba portraitLisa Kouba

Academic Program Management and Services Associate









Elise Barlow portraitElise Barlow

Administrative Services Coordinator, Residency Education



Elise Barlow is the Administrative Services Coordinator, Residency Education for Family Medicine. Her favorite part of her job is all the projects allowing her to support the residents and expand her skills every day. She has worked for The University of Iowa since graduating in 2015 with her degree in Economics and joined the department in 2018. She lives in Iowa City with her family, who all enjoy attending events held year-round in Iowa City and neighboring communities.

Current Residents


Drew Amador, portrait

Drew Amador, MD

Medical School: University of Illinois

Jack Chen, portrait

Jack Chen, MD

Medical School: University of Vermont

Alexander Dresden, portrait

Alexander Dresden, DO

Medical School: Burrell College

Sandra El-Daccache, portrait

Sandra El-Daccache, MBBS

Medical School: St. George’s University of London

Mark Mousa, portrait

Mark Mousa, MD

Medical School: American University

Harika Polisetty, portrait

Harika Polisetty, MBBS

Medical School: Kasturba Medical College


Tanya Aggarwal, portrait

Tanya Aggarwal, MBBS

Medical School: Indira Gandhi College

Ellie Fishbein, portrait

Ellie Fishbein, MD

Medical School: Rush Medical College

Sam Orvis, portrait

Sam Orvis, MD

Medical School: University of Iowa

Hannah Stein, portrait

Hannah Stein, MD

Medical School: University of Illinois - Peoria, College of Medicine

Harris Syed, portrait

Harris Syed, MD

Medical School: University of Vermont

Aaron Weaver, portrait

Aaron Weaver, MD

Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin


Khashayar Farzam, portrait

Khashayar Farzam, DO

Medical School: University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hometown: Ajax, Ontario, Canada

Alice Hwang, portrait

Alice Hwang, MD

Medical School: University of Missouri-Kansas City, School of Medicine
Hometown: Davis, Calif.

Stephanie Pickthorn, portrait

Stephanie Pickthorn, MD

Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School
Hometown: Marshall, Minn.

Chelsea Pham-Wightman, portrait

Chelsea Pham-Wightman, MD

Medical School: Ross University, School of Medicine
Hometown: Anaheim, Calif.

Nicholas Rainey, portrait

Nicholas Rainey, MD

Medical School: University of Illinois - Peoria, College of Medicine
Hometown: Ramsey, Ill.

Logan Wilz, portrait

Logan Wilz, MD

Medical School: University of Wisconsin, School of Medicine and Public Health
Hometown: Neenah, Wis.



Class of 2021

alumni 2021

Back row (L-R): Ramy Salib, Justis Stolz, Claire McKinley, Kyle Cassidy-Wescott, Tiernan Murphy
Front row (L-R): Jingna Zhao, Mary Gallagher, Annie Robinson, Nymisha Rao, Courtney Moore

Class of 2020

Class of 2020 photo

Pictured (L-R): Michael Jorgensen, Victoria (Torie) Tann, Kelsey True, Kelly Krei, Dalie Youssef, James Jackson

Class of 2019

Class of 2019 photo

Back row (L-R): Emily Welder, Puja Pape, Jessica Alston, Timothy Park, Benjamin Stacy
Front row (L-R): Whitney Kaefring, Jessica Rockafellow

Class of 2018

Class of 2018 photo

Back row (L-R): Raymond Yu, Holly Thro, Kathleen Schroeder, Robert Wood, Erin Hayward
Front row (L-R): L. Wern Ong, Ana Santacruz, Rachel Immen

Class of 2017

Class of 2017 photo

Back row (L-R): Matthew Jepson, Diana Flint, Garrett Wilxoc, Alka Walter, Shailen Mhapsekar, Victoria Linares
Front row: Ashley Stillwell

Class of 2016

Class of 2016 photo

Back row (L-R): Joseph Aziz, Scott Larson, Darbie Little-Cooper, Mintesinot Fitamo
Front row (L-R): Mary Haas, Monika Jindal, Ishwaree Chogle

Class of 2015

Class of 2015 photo

Back row (L-R): Sarah Jacobitz-Kizzier, Sarah Osborne, Paige Deets
Front row (L-R): Nicole Gastala, Sandeep Basanti, Jennifer Donovan

The Department of Family Medicine was established in 1970 with residents entering the Family Medicine Residency Program in 1972.

Over 300 physicians have graduated from our Family Medicine or Family Medicine-Psychiatry residency programs.

57% of our graduates are currently working in private family practice following residency, with others selecting academic medicine, hospitalist medicine, administrative roles, urgent care, emergency medicine, public health, research, student health, and various other activities!

Our graduates currently reside and practice in 37 states and 2 foreign countries.

For further information about University of Iowa medical school and/or residency colleagues, visit the University of Iowa Health Care "Medicine Alumni Society" website.

Family Medicine residency graduate US map of 2020

Our Leadership

Jeffrey Quinlan, portrait

I am glad that you are considering advanced training in family medicine to become the best family physician possible. Our department is one where education, clinical care, and research are each a valued service, delivered in the context of teams that strive for greatness. Come explore the fields of opportunity that we call Iowa.

Family Medicine has a great tradition of excellence and a bright future in Iowa. Perhaps you know of us by our Family Medicine Handbook–a vital text for family medicine residents. We have award winning students and student programs. Or perhaps you have read some of the important research produced by our faculty and students.

University of Iowa is home to the acclaimed Writer's Workshop where future writers hone their craft. Iowa City is a beautiful town embracing the banks of the Iowa River. Iowa is the home of a great "State Fair," River City, and a "Field of Dreams." Most importantly, we are the home of a people who value education, humanity, and improving the world.

The Department of Family Medicine is a leader within the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. Our faculty sit on and head important committees, partner with other departments in research, and actively teach medical students at all years of training. We deliver outstanding clinical care along with award-winning teaching. Education is central to all that we do.

Our residency programs are highly focused on training knowledgeable, competent, caring, and compassionate family physicians who will become leaders for the discipline and society. We practice in the Family Care Center, a patient-centered facility with superb staff that offers efficient and compassionate care through integrated teams. Our curricula are experience based and allow learners the vital opportunities to achieve success with patients, their families, and with the organizations in society that can help individuals and groups effect change.

Likewise, our fellowship programs build leaders. Clinical leadership requires the ability to manage interdisciplinary teams and our geriatrics program focuses not only on geriatrics, but on lifelong skills that facilitate improved organization in the delivery of care to the elderly. We offer an academic fellowship program that focuses on developing skills to support research, scholarship and medical education. We also offer a primary care sports medicine fellowship in collaboration with the University of Iowa Sports Medicine Clinic.

Research is an important part of our department, and we take seriously our responsibility to create new knowledge that helps our patients and the discipline. The goal of our research is to improve clinical care, medical education, and the delivery of health services to a rural state.

These are exciting times for the discipline of family medicine and the Department of Family Medicine. Read on and let us tell you more about us.

Jeffrey D. Quinlan, MD, FAAFP | Chair & DEO
Donald J. and Anna M. Ottilie Chair in the Department of Family Medicine
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics

About the Chair and Department Executive Officer

Dr. Jeffrey D. Quinlan is the Chair and Department Executive Officer for the Department of Family Medicine.

He earned a BS in Biochemistry and a BS in Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh in 1988 and went on to earn his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine in 1992. Dr. Quinlan completed Family Medicine training at Naval Hospital Charleston, S.C. and at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, Calif., and subsequently, completed a Maternity Care Fellowship at Florida Hospital, Orlando, Fla.

He has a solid foundation and interest in Graduate Medical Education having served as faculty (8 years) and Program Director (4 years) of the Naval Hospital Jacksonville Family Medicine Residency Program. Additionally, he served as adjust faculty at the National Capital Consortium's Family Medicine Residency Program, the Department of Defense's only tri-service residency program. Dr. Quinlan completed his military career at the Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD., where he has served as the Vice Chair in the Department of Family Medicine, Interim Chair of the Department of Medical and Clinical Psychology, and Professor and Chair, Department of Family.

Dr. Quinlan's professional memberships include the Iowa Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, and Alpha Omega Alpha. He has served as a member of the AAFP's Commission on Health of the Public and Science, an Associate Editor of the Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics program, and a Deputy Editor for the Family Physician Inquiries Network.

Residency Directors

The Department of Family Medicine offers two residency programs: a categorical family medicine residency and a family medicine-psychiatry combined program. Our diverse faculty is composed of committed educators who are seasoned clinicians and successful researchers.

Since the inception of our program in 1972, we have trained hundreds of family physicians for Iowa and the nation. Our research division, with its core of tenured faculty, is advancing the frontiers of our discipline. We offer fellowship training in Geriatrics, Faculty Development, and Sports Medicine. Our curriculum focuses on chronic care and prevention in both the office and hospital settings.

But perhaps the most important thing we offer you is something that is harder to put into words than a list of our program's many strengths–we care about each other as people. We respect and value the effort that it takes all of us to succeed every day. Excellence in medicine, like anything worth striving for, isn't achieved without effort and hard work. We can, and do, promise to honor your sincerity and commitment and support you when the going gets tough.

We will provide you with a world class education–easy to say, hard to live up to.

Because of our faculty our staff and our excellent residents, our residency program is prepared to take you where you need to go. Our graduates practice in locations from small towns in Iowa to urban centers, from solo practice to large multispecialty groups. From staffing emergency rooms, to academic medicine, to the rewarding life of the practitioner, we will prepare you to be just the kind of family doctor you have always imagined being.

Brigit Ray, portrait

Brigit Ray, MD, MME

Program Director

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Meghan Connett, MD

Assistant Program Director

Scott Larson

Scott Larson, MD

Associate Program Director

Chief Residents

Each year, two residents are elected by their peer residents to serve as Chief Resident during their PGY-3 year.

These residents function as liaisons between administration, faculty and residents; supervise coverage of call responsibilities; and work closely with the Residency Director, Associate Directors, and Coordinator to identify opportunities in the residency and seek prompt, effective, and workable solutions. In preparation for their responsibilities, they attend the UIHC GME Rising Chief Resident Seminar and also participate in the AAFP Chief Resident Leadership Program. The chief residents also have a major role in the recruitment process and will represent the program at statewide and national recruitment events.

Stephanie Pickthorn, portrait

Stephanie Pickthorn, MD

Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School

Logan Wilz, portrait

Logan Wilz, MD

Medical school: University of Wisconsin, School of Medicine and Public Health

Our Faculty


The faculty of the Department of Family Medicine is a large and diverse group of people. Our faculty received training at a variety of medical schools and postgraduate programs, bringing a nice diversity to our department. All the physicians are board certified and the faculty includes individuals who have extensive experience, both as practitioners and as educators.

Find our current listing of faculty members below:

The Department of Family Medicine Faculty