Our People

It takes a special person to dedicate his or her life to the care and healing of patients.

At Iowa, you will be exposed to some of the best clinicians, researchers and teachers in our profession. Through formal mentoring programs as well as an open-door philosophy, we provide high-powered opportunities for you to learn career-long lessons from these dedicated professionals.

Our Resident Directory

Current Residents

R-1 class

Jackie Devries, MD

Jackie Devries, MD  (Research Track)

Hometown: San Clemente, Calif.
Medical School: University of California San Diego
Hobbies: In my downtime, I enjoy walking and hiking with my husband and our dog.I also like calligraphy, cross-stitch, embroidery, doodling, and writing prose. Some of these items have been published in my medical school's annual art and literature magazine as well as online.I enjoy horseback riding and rodeo. I trained horses, worked with cattle, and competed semi-professionally in team penning and ranch sorting prior to starting medical school and was ranked 10th in the world at one time.
Why I chose Iowa: Excellent surgical  and clinical training, abundant research opportunities, and a friendly, team-based atmosphere. Quality people and quality training all around.

Paul Escher, MD

Paul Escher, MD

Hometown: La Crosse, Wis.
Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School
Hobbies: Hanging out with my wife and son, running, watching Formula 1 racing
Why I chose Iowa: Excellent training, amazing co-residents, great program and city for families.

Nick George, MD

Nick George-Jones, MD  (Reaserch Track)

Hometown: Bryan, Texas
Medical School: University of Texas
Hobbies: For exercise I like to run and swim. I also enjoy hiking, camping, and visiting national parks. I enjoy playing piano and guitar. I enjoy learning about technology and coding, including one project where I created a website that sent out automated alerts when campgrounds that were full at Yosemite and Big Bend had new vacancies.

Heba Isaac, MD

Heba Isaac, MD

Hometown: Dubuque, Iowa (current), and Aleppo, Syria (hometown)
Medical School: University of Iowa
Hobbies: Baking/cooking, running, biking and playing the piano.
Why I chose Iowa: Great mentors and people invested in your success. Excellent support system and comprehensive training.

Zack Tanenbaum, MD

Zack Tanenbaum, MD

Hometown: Leawood, Kan.
Education: MD, Georgetown University School of Medicine, MS, Georgetown University Special Master’s Program in Physiology, BS, Brown University
Hobbies and Interests: Wrestling, coaching, camping, hiking, meditation, piano, vocabulary, fitness, sports
Why I Chose Iowa: Iowa is a world-renowned program with brilliant faculty, friendly co-residents, and it’s even close to home. The University of Iowa has a strong reputation for developing competent and caring surgeons.

R-2 Class

Tatiana Correa, portrait

Tatiana Correa, MD, MPH

Hometown: Medellín, Colombia
Medical school: MD, University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, MPH, University of Iowa, College of Public Health, Iowa City, Iowa
Hobbies: Running/Snowboarding/Reading/Backyard astronomy
Why I chose Iowa: Great mentors/Innovative culture/Excellent research resources/Comprehensive training.

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Nathan Kemper, MD

Hometown: Crestline, Ohio
Undergraduate: BS in Biomedical Engineering, University of Cincinnati
Medical School: MD, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Hobbies: Road cycling, running, hiking, traveling, cooking, home-brewing
Why I chose Iowa: Incredible faculty and residents to work with. A great hospital with stellar opportunities to learn. Its an overall strong program.

Ryan Thorpe, MD

Ryan Thorpe, MD

Hometown: Horseheads, N.Y.
Undergraduate: SUNY Buffalo
Medical School: Temple University
Hobbies: Skiing, guitar, running, hiking
Why I chose Iowa: For the world class research facilities and the great impression the residents and faculty left on my interview day.

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Austin Walker, MD

Hometown: Roca, Neb.
Undergraduate: Washington and Lee University
Medical School: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Hobbies: Get outside! I love backpacking, camping, fishing, cooking, smoking meats.
Why I chose Iowa: I couples matched with my wife Karen into ENT/pediatrics. We both loved the programs, the people, and Iowa in general. We loved that in Iowa City we could experience the outdoors while still having the amenities of a college town. We bought our first house and are so far loving it.

Cori Walker, portrait

Cori Walker, MD

Hometown: Champaign, Ill.
Undergraduate: Southern Illinois University
Medical School: The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Hobbies: Spending time with my husband and our twin toddlers, traveling, hiking, playing volleyball
Why I chose Iowa: Amazing program! The resident group and faculty are great. Perfect place to raise a family.

R-3 class

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Jackson Deere, MD

Hometown: Alpine, Utah
Undergraduate: Brigham Young University
Medical School: UT Southwestern Medical School
Hobbies: Running, biking, hiking, reading, eating great food, spending time with family
Why I chose Iowa: Top-notch training, supportive and approachable faculty, and wonderful co-residents, all in a very comfortable, beautiful place to live.

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Megan Jensen, MD

Hometown: Las Vegas
Undergraduate: University of Nevada
Medical School: University of Nevada School of Medicine
Hobbies: Running, yoga, golf, Golden Knights hockey, Hawkeye football, reading fiction/historical fiction.
Why I chose Iowa: Reputation for excellent training, unlimited research opportunities, supportive faculty, cohesive group of residents.

Alexander Michael, portrait

Alexander Michael, MD

Hometown: Phoenix
Undergraduate: Biochemistry, Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University
Medical School: Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
Hobbies: Soccer, trying and failing to make latte art, running and biking, making sourdough, hanging out with my wife, all things food.
Why I chose Iowa: Staff were easy to get along with and approachable, research opportunities are plentiful, and this program has a history of excellence in the field.

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Amanda Ngouajio, MD

Hometown: Okemos, Mich.
Undergraduate: Michigan State University
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine
Hobbies: In my spare time, I enjoy exploring the different hiking trails in Iowa by foot or bike, cooking, vinyl record collecting, traveling, and seeking out new experiences.
Why I chose Iowa: Track record of excellent training and camaraderie.

Vivian Zhu, portrait

Vivian Zhu, MD

Hometown: Iowa City, Iowa
Undergraduate: Washington University in St. Louis
Medical School: University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
Hobbies: running and lifting, cooking, reading, drawing/crafts, eating desserts
Why I chose Iowa: Excellent surgical as well as clinical training, faculty and residents who care about each other in and out of the hospital, great quality of life.

R-4 class

Zaid Al-Qurayshi, portrait

Zaid Al-Qurayshi, MBChB, MPH

Hometown: Baghdad, Iraq
Medical School: Baghdad University School of Medicine
Why I chose Iowa: Distinguished faculty and top-notch training.

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Douglas Martin Bennion, MD, PhD

Hometown: Jacksonville, Fla.
Undergraduate: Brigham Young University
Medical School: University of Florida College of Medicine
Hobbies: Spending time with wife and kids, hiking, fishing, disc golf, bicycling, board games, video games, piano, violin, and nap time. As much nap time as possible.
Why I chose Iowa: I'm so grateful that at a place like the University of Iowa, having a healthy marriage and family, doing top-notch surgical training, and diving into truly translational bench to bedside research are not incompatible life goals. What's more, we love how Iowa City combines much of the best of all the memorable stops on our journey to this point. Great place to train, great place to live, great place to grow.

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Monica Rossi Meyer, MD

Hometown: Morton, Ill.
Undergraduate: Molecular and Cellular Biology from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria
Hobbies: Running, weightlifting, cooking, outdoor activities, spending time with my husband, our dog, and our families.
Why I chose Iowa: Ease of living, self-motivated and reliable residents, legacy of providing patient-focused care, as well as, a strong tradition of training leaders in otolaryngology.

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Madia Chowdhury Russillo, MD

Hometown: East Meadow, N.Y. (I moved from the Middle East before college)
Undergraduate: Stony Brook University
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin
Hobbies: Interior design and big time DIY'er, gardening (particular love for container gardens), avid foodie and cook, photography, traveling and finding local gems (we've discovered lots in Iowa!), being outdoors (hiking, running, camping, kayaking)
Why I chose Iowa: My away rotation as a sub-I at Iowa was an amazing experience. The strength of the program with its clinical and research opportunities speaks for itself. What ultimately drew me here was the incredible quality of people that make this program's family. 

R-5 class

Elyse Hanly, portrait

Elyse Hanly, MD, PhD

Hometown: Westborough, Mass.
Undergraduate: Washington University in St Louis
Medical School: New York Medical College
Hobbies: Team sports, fishing, mountain biking, anything outdoors, and hanging out with family and friends
Why I chose Iowa: Amazing people, excellent training, and love of the Midwest.

Andrew Liu, portrait

Andrew Liu, MD, PhD

Hometown: Dallas
Undergraduate: Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD (BS Electrical Engineering)
Medical School: Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania (MD, PhD Bioengineering)
Hobbies: Cooking, cycling, gardening, woodworking, spending time with family
Why I chose Iowa: Collegial faculty and residents, culture of surgeon-scientist excellence, multidisciplinary research environment and diverse clinical training. Family friendly program, affordable living with very accessible neighborhood parks and excellent schools.

Adam Schwalje, portrait

Adam Schwalje, MD

Hometown: Santa Fe, N.M.
Undergraduate: University of Colorado at Boulder (BM, BA, MM); University of Cincinnati College – Conservatory of Music (DMA)
Medical School: University of California San Francisco
Hobbies: Bassoon!
Why I chose Iowa: Great people, great research and training, great place to raise a family. Fit with co-residents and faculty in a supportive environment were most important to me.

Kristen Seligman, portrait

Kristen Seligman, MD

Hometown: Medina, Minn.
Undergraduate: University of Notre Dame
Medical school: University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
Hobbies: Running, reading, fighting Irish football, Hawkeye football, spending time with friends and family
Why I chose Iowa: I knew I wanted to stay at Iowa for residency because of the many fantastic mentors I worked with in medical school, among both residents and staff physicians.

Ryan Smith, portrait

Ryan Smith, MD

Hometown: Lowell, Wis.
Undergraduate: Bob Jones University
Medical School: University of South Carolina - Greenville
Hobbies: Grilling, football (watching more than playing), running
Why I chose Iowa: I rotated here as a med student and loved the world class training atmosphere combined with approachable faculty and friendly co-residents.

Research residents

Nir Ben-Schlomo, portrait

Nir Ben-Shlomo, MD

Hometown: Burlingame, Calif. 
Undergraduate: BA, Peace and Conflict Studies, University of California, Berkeley
Medical School: MD, Medical School for International Health, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
Hobbies: Cooking, Backpacking, travel, soccer, puzzles
Why I chose Iowa: Strong program with leaders in all sub-specialties of the field, and a great team atmosphere among the residents.

Miles Klimara, portrait

Miles Klimara, MD

Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisc.
Undergraduate: University of Notre Dame
Medical school: Medical College of Wisconsin
Hobbies: Cooking, craft cocktails, guitar
Why I chose Iowa: I chose Iowa for our top notch clinical and research training, in a fun, collegial Midwestern environment.

Alexandra McMillan, portrait

Alexandra McMillan, MD, PhD

Hometown: Baltimore, Md.
Undergraduate: BS, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Johns Hopkins University
Medical School: MD, PhD, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Hobbies: Running, HIIT, traveling, spending time with my twin sister and husband
Why I chose Iowa: Great program, excellent research opportunities.

Osama Tarabichi, portrait

Osama Tarabichi, MD

Hometown: Dubai, UAE
Undergraduate: Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland-Bahrain
Medical School: Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland-Bahrain
Hobbies: Basketball, judo, reading, hiking, video games
Why I chose Iowa: Great group of residents/faculty. Excellent surgical training. Lots of research opportunities.


Fellow and Resident Directory

Past Fellows and Residents


  • Jonathan Fowlkes, Chief Resident
    • Head and Neck Surgical Oncology Fellowship, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Danielle Liudahl, Chief Resident
    • Private practice, Des Moines, Iowa
  • Nathan Schularick
    • Private practice, Minneapolis
  • Josh Tokita
    • Alaska Native Medical Center, Anchorage, Alaska
  • Abraham Sheffield
    • Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship, University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa


  • Iram Ahmad
    • Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship, University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Stephanie Hulstein
    • Private practice, Wagner ENT, Sioux City, Iowa
  • Robert Eppsteiner
    • Private practice, Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeons of Western New England, Northhampton, Mass.
  • Scott Owen
    • Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship,Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.
  • Jarrett Walsh
    • Rhinology & Skull Base Surgery Fellowship, University of Miami, Miami
  • Joseph Roche, Neurotology Fellow
    • Faculty, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, Wis.
  • Oluwafunmilola Okuyemi, Head and Neck Fellow
    • Faculty, University of Nevada Medical Center, Las Vegas
  • Ala Sharif, Rhinology Fellow
    • Faculty, Ministry of Health Hospitals, Amman, Jordan
  • Brian Liming, Pediatric Fellow
    • Faculty, University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa


  • Sami Bayan
    • Laryngology Fellowship, Massachusetts General, Boston
  • Joseph Clarke
    • Group practice, Medford, Ore.
  • Gabe de la Garza (Julie)
    • Private practice, Wichita, Kan.
  • Siva Elangovan (Shanti)
    • Private Practice, Moline, Ill.
  • Sobia Khaja
    • Head and Neck Fellowship, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, S.C.
  • Elton Lambert, Pediatric Fellow
    • Faculty, Baylor University, College of Medicine, Houston
  • Brian Hughley, Head and Neck Fellow
    • Faculty, University of Alabama, Birmingham, Ala.
  • Alokby Ghassan, Rhinology Fellow
    • Rhinology and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery Fellowship, University of Miami, Miami


  • David Gallegos
    • Private practice, Greater Knoxville Ear, Nose & Throat, Knoxville, Tenn.
  • Chuka Ifeanyi
    • Private practice, Highland Clinic, Shreveport, La.
  • Kristen Hurst, Pediatric Fellow
    • Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Jonathan Kopelovich
    • Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship, Children’s Hospital of Colorado, Denver
  • Rick Nelson, Neurotology Fellow
    • Indiana University of Medicine, Indianapolis
  • Nicholas Potter, Rhinology Fellow
    • Head and Neck Fellowship, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, Australia
  • Michael Reed, Chief Resident
    • Private practice, ENT Medical Services, Iowa City, Iowa
  • J. Robert Schleiffarth, Chief Resident
    • Private practice, Rapid City Med Center, Rapid City, S.D.


  • Christopher Barrano, Fellow
    • Academic medicine, University of Oklahoma Medical Center, Oklahoma City
  • Henry Diggelmann, Chief Resident
    • Mason City Clinic, Mason City, Iowa
  • Aaron Fletcher
    • Rhinology and Skull-Base Fellowship, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Jose Gurrola
    • Rhinology Fellowship, Georgia Regents University, Augusta, Ga.
  • Andrew Heaford, Fellow
    • Private practice, Grand Rapids, Mich.
  • Kristen Hurst
    • Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship, University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Rick Nelson, Fellow
    • Neurotology Fellowship, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Grace Nimmons, Fellow
    • Private practice, Park Nicollet Health Partners, St. Louis Park, Minn.
  • Paul Walker, Chief Resident
    • Head and Neck Fellowship, University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine, Toronto


  • Andrew Heaford
    • Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship, University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Rick Nelson
    • Neurotology Fellowship, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Stephen Newton
    • Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston
  • Grace Nimmons
    • Head and Neck Oncology Fellowship, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Andrea Potash
    • Private practice, Kaiser Permanente, Lafayette, Colo.


  • Matt Provenzano
    • Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati
  • George Harris
    • Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, S.C.
  • John Clinger
    • Rhinology Fellowship, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Ore.
  • Andrew Rampey
    • Private practice, South Carolina
  • Geir Tryggvason
    • Academic practice, Norway


  • Hina Gupta
    • Private practice, Dubuque, Iowa
  • Robert Hong
    • Otology Fellowship, Michigan Ear Institute, Detroit
  • Richard Gurgel
    • Otology Fellowship, Stanford University, Stanford Medical School, Stanford, Calif.
  • Ryan Dempewolf
    • Private practice, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Paul Lenkowski
    • Private practice, Virginia


  • Eugene Chang
    • Academic practice, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Maithilee Menezes
    • Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship, University of California, San Diego
  • John Renton
    • Private/academic practice, Oregon
  • Bethany Jones
    • Facial Plastics Fellowship, Washington, District of Columbia
  • Michael Telisak
    • Private practice, Wisconsin


  • Erika Woodson
    • Otology Fellowship, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Chad Spanos
    • Private/academic practice, South Dakota
  • Justin Hill
    • Head and Neck Fellowship, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Mace Brindley
    • Private practice, Texas
  • Jonathon Bock
    • Laryngology Fellowship, Tennessee

Otolaryngology Faculty

At Iowa, you will be exposed to some of the best clinicians, researchers and teachers in our profession. Through formal mentoring programs as well as an open-door philosophy, we provide high-powered opportunities for you to learn career-long lessons from these dedicated professionals.