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Grand Forks, ND

Current Residents

Wen-Yu Vicky Haines , MD
PG ~ V

Birthplace: Taipei, Taiwan
Undergraduate School: University of Cape Town, South Africa (BSc-Mathematics); University of Minnesota Duluth (Master of Arts: Major: Counseling Psychology; Minor: Applied & Computational Mathematics)
Medical School: University of Minnesota (MD) ~ Minneapolis, Minnesota
Medical School Awards/Honors: Honors (Outstanding Academic Performance - Top 20%: Year 1 and 2); Case Medical Scholarship; Carl M. Oberg Scholarship; Eunice L. Dwan Scholarship; Niigata University Scholarship for clinical clerkship - Niigata University in Japan; Access Abroad Scholarship for clinical clerkship - Makerere University in Uganda

Christopher Maki , MD
PG ~ V

Birthplace: Bremerton, Washington
Undergraduate School: Montana State University (BS-BioMedical Science) ~ Missoula, Montana
Medical School: Ben Gurion University of The Negev (MD) ~ Israel

Matthew Nielsen, MD
PG ~ V

Birthplace: Bemidji, Minnesota
Undergraduate School: Northern Michigan University (BS-Biochemistry and MS-Chemistry) ~ Marquette, Michigan
Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine (MD) ~ East Lansing, Michigan
Medical School Honors/Awards: Marquette General Hospital Department of Surgery Scholarship; Honors in Pharmacology, 2007

Priscilla Thomas , MD
PG ~ V

Birthplace: Riffa, Bahrain
Undergraduate School: University of Missouri (Bachelor of Liberal Arts) - Kansas City, Missouri
Medical School: University of Missouri - Kansas City, Missouri
General Surgery Residency: University of Missouri - Kansas City, Missouri
Surgery Research Fellow: Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics ` Kansas City, Missouri Medical School Awards and Honors: Heartland Lions Eye Bank Award of Excellence in Tissue Retrieval (2005); Sarah Morrison Research Grant (2007); Professionalism in Medicine Award (2007); Gold Humanism Honor Society Award (2012); Emergency Department Consultant of the Year Award (2012)

Eric P. Anderson , MD
PG ~ IV

Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Undergraduate School: Bucknell University (BS-Biology) ~ Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
Medical School: University of Minnesota (MD) ~ Minneapolis, Minnesota
General Surgery Residency:  University of Minnesota General Surgery Residency Program, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Medical School Awards and Honors: Mayo Clinic Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) 2007; National Institute of Health S.I.P. Program (CRTA Award) 2006; National Institute of Health S.I.P. Program (CRTA Award) 2005; Mayo Clinic Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) 2004

Zachary Ernst , MD
PG ~ IV

Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Undergraduate School: St. Mary's College of Maryland (BA-Biochemistry, Biology) ~ St. Mary's City, Maryland
Medical School: University of North Dakota SMHS (MD) ~ Grand Forks, North Dakota
Medical School Awards and Honors: Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges; Dr. Harley E. French Medical Scholarship

BreAnn E. Neiger , MD
PG ~ IV

Birthplace: Ames, Iowa
Undergraduate School: South Dakota State University (BS-Microbiology) ~ Brooksings, South Dakota
Medical School: Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota (MD) ~ Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Medical School Awards and Honors: George Rinker Award (Excellence in Anatomy) 2008; Avera Health Scholarship 2008-2010; Dr. Walter Hard Anatomy Scholarship 2008

Kai L. Sharbono , MD
PG ~ IV

Birthplace: Bismarck, North Dakota
Undergraduate School: University of Montana (BA-Biological Sciences) ~ Missoula, Montana
Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine (MD) ~ Seattle, Washington
Medical School Awards and Honors: Medical Alumni Endowed Scholarship Recipient

Mark R. Hightower, MD
PG ~ III

Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska
Undergraduate School: University of Nebraska-Lincoln (BS- Nutrition Science) ~ Lincoln, Nebraska
Medical School: University of Nebraska College of Medicine (MD) ~ Omaha, Nebraska

Shawn P. Olson, MD
PG ~ III

Birthplace: Thief River Falls, Minnesota
Undergraduate School: Northwest Community College and Technical College (AA-General Education PSEO) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota; University of Minnesota Morris (BA - Biology) - Morris, Minnesota
Medical School: University of Minnesota (MD) ~ Minneapolis, Minnesota
Medical School Awards and Honors: Elected as FMIG rep, RPAP Liaison and Social Liaison

Daniel C. Persinger , MD
PG ~ III

Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio
Undergraduate School: Indiana Wesleyan University (BS - Biology) ~ Marion, Indiana
Medical School: Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine (MD) ~ Dayton, Ohio

Katherine A. Senter, MD
PG ~ III

Birthplace: Anchorage, Alaska
Undergraduate School: University of Montana (BS-Cell Biology and Neuroscience) ~ Bozeman, Montana
Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine (MD) ~ Seattle, Washington
Medical School Awards and Honors: Nominated Junior Alpha Omega Alpha,spring 2011; Arthur Schaible Anatomy Award for excellence in anatomy, 2009

Travis D. Swartz , DO
PG ~ III

Birthplace: Greenville, Michigan
Undergraduate School: University of Michigan (BS- Molecular and Cellular Developmental Biology) ~ Ann Arbor, Michigan
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) ~ Erie, Pennsylvania

Jonathan J. Germscheid , MD
PG ~ II

Birthplace: Arlington, Minnesota
Undergraduate School: University of Minnesota-Duluth (BS-Biochemistry, Chemistry, Psychology) ~ Duluth, Minnesota
Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School (MD) ~ Minneapolis, Minnesota

Patrick J. Kane , MD
PG ~ II

Birthplace: Butte, Montana
Undergraduate School: Montana Tech of the University of Montana (BS-Software Engineering and Chemistry) ~ Butte, Montana
Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine (MD) ~ Seattle, Washington

Angela G. Kaza , MD
PG ~ II

Birthplace: Oxnard, California
Undergraduate School: University of Michigan (BS-Brain Behavior and Cognitive Science) ~ Ann Arbor, Michigan
Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine (MD) ~ East Lansing, Michigan

Cody J. Pratt, MD
PG ~ II

Birthplace: Northwood, North Dakota
Undergraduate School: North Dakota State University (BS-Microbiology) ~ Fargo, North Dakota
Medical School: University of North Dakota SMHS (MD) ~ Grand Forks, North Dakota

Brian L. Johnson , MD
PG ~ I

Birthplace: Grand Forks, North Dakota
Undergraduate School: University of North Dakota (BS-Biochemistry) ~ Grand Forks, North Dakota; Northwest Technical College (AAS-Respiratory Therapy) ~ East Grand Forks, Minnesota
Medical School: University of North Dakota SMHS (MD) ~ Grand Forks, North Dakota

Patrick W. Lamb , MD
PG ~ I

Birthplace: Fargo, North Dakota
Undergraduate School: University of North Dakota (BS-Chemistry-Biochemistry Emphasis. Biology Minor) ~ Grand Forks, North Dakota
Medical School: University of North Dakota SMHS (MD) ~ Grand Forks, North Dakota

Karen W. Luk , MD
PG ~ I

Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas
Undergraduate School: Mount Holyoke College (BA-Biochemistry) ~ South Hadley, Massachusetts
Medical School: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine (MD) ~ Lubbock, Texas
Medical School Awards and Honors: Dean's Scholarship, 2010; Phonathon/Thankathon Scholarship, 2011, 2012; Hemphill Endowment in Medicine Scholarship, 2012; Marshall Verne Ross HSC Permian Basin Scholarship, 2012; HSC Permian Basin Scholarship, 2013

Elleson A. Schurtz , MD
PG ~ I

Birthplace: Mason City, Iowa
Undergraduate School: Whitman College (BA-Biology) ~ Walla Walla, Washington
Medical School: University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine (MD) ~ Iowa City, Iowa

Katherine H. Cameron , MD
Preliminary PG ~ I

Birthplace: Denver, Colorado
Undergraduate School: Creighton University (BCh-Chemistry) ~ Omaha, Nebraska
Medical School: Creighton University School of Medicine (MD) ~ Omaha, Nebraska

Raelene D. Zospah , MD
Preliminary PG ~ I

Birthplace: Shiprock, New Mexico
Undergraduate School: Montana State University-Bozeman (BS-Biochemistry) ~ Bozeman, Montana
Medical School: University of New Mexico School or Medicine (MD) ~ Albuquerque, New Mexico
Medical School Awards and Honors: Hutton Memorial University of New Mexico School of Medicine scholarship recipient, 2010-2012; Molina Healthcare-Center for Native American Health scholarship recipient, 2010-2012

Trent G. Waage, MD
Preliminary PG ~ I

Birthplace: Aberdeen, South Dakota
Undergraduate School: Black Hills State University (BS-Biology) ~ Spearfish, South Dakota
Medical School: Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota (MD) ~ Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Medical School Awards and Honors: ID Eirinberg Scholarship, Lloyd Scholarship

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