Residents

Our residency prides itself in not only finding academically and technically talented individuals, but in finding those with qualities to become gifted surgical leaders. Our residents embrace a team atmosphere and togetherness both in and outside the hospital.

The general surgery residency program is composed of a diverse group of students hailing from all around the world. With trainees from places such as Greece, Russia, Egypt, the Philipines, and more, UB Surgery embraces surgical leaders from any and all backgrounds.

Please look below to learn more about the residents in each class including their backgrounds and educations and what they like to do when they’re not busy with a demanding surgical education. Also see our students’ successes and resident publications.


PGY-1 Residents
Heather Logghe : PGY-1

Heather Logghe

PGY-1

Undergrad: University of Wisconsin, Madison
Med School: University of California, San Francisco
Hometown: Glenwood City, Wisconsin

Other interests: Road bike, hike, camp, quilt, travel, and thrift shop with husband and children

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Joseph Pollichemi : PGY-1

Joseph Pollichemi

PGY-1

Undergrad: Villanova University
Med School: University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Hometown: Syracuse, New York

Other interests: Guitar, piano, cooking, and college basketball

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Irene Yu : PGY-1

Irene Yu

PGY-1

Undergrad: New York University
Med School: University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Hometown: New York, New York

Other interests: Video games, digital and traditional illustration, piano, and dance

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Maria Fernanda Nunez De la Vega : PGY-1

Maria Fernanda Nunez De la Vega

PGY-1

Undergrad: N/A
Med School: University Central del Ecuador
Hometown: Quito, Ecuador

Other interests: Painting, DYI / art projects, dance, and travel

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Sarah Budik : PGY-1

Sarah Budik

PGY-1

Undergrad: Cornell University
Med School: University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Other interests: Long distance running (Buffalo Marathon), hiking, camping, goal to visit all National Parks, fishing on Lake Erie with family, gardening and food preservation, cooking with homegrown and locally purchased ingredients

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Gabrielle Yee : PGY-1

Gabrielle Yee

PGY-1

Undergrad: Oxford University, University of Southern California
Med School: University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Hometown: Bay Area, CA

Other interests: Group fitness, TRX suspension training, cycling, yoga, short-recipe cooking, video games, dogs, kayaking

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Frances Uwechue : PGY-1

Frances Uwechue

PGY-1

Undergrad: University at Albany
Med School: University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria

Other interests: Drawing, playing the drums, reading

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Jasmine Bhinder : PGY-1

Jasmine Bhinder

PGY-1

Undergrad: University of Waterloo
Med School: St. George's University
Hometown: Mississauga, Ontario

Other interests: Volleyball, snowboarding, karaoke, trying new restaurants

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Chelsea Hoenes : PGY-1

Chelsea Hoenes

PGY-1

Undergrad: Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
Med School: St. George's University, Grenada, West Indies
Hometown: Buffalo, NY

Other interests: Very passionate about developing global surgery initiatives and studying sociopolitical dynamics. Other hobbies include wildlife rehabilitation, teaching yoga, hiking, kayaking, camping, and outdoors exploring.

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James Linden : PGY-1

James Linden

PGY-1

Undergrad: B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Med School: John A. Burns School of Medicine
Hometown: Hilo, Hawaii

Other interests: Surfing, swimming, hiking, traveling, taking things apart, putting things back together and, of course, dancing to a good beat

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Kateryna Zelenova : PGY-1

Kateryna Zelenova

PGY-1

Undergrad: SUNY Buffalo
Med School: Medical University of Silesia

Other interests: Traveling, chasing around my two boys, cooking

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PGY-2 Residents
Ethan Craig : PGY-2

Ethan Craig

PGY-2

Undergrad: University of Utah
Med School: University of Pittsburgh

Other interests: Cooking, College football, downhill skiing

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Joel Durinka : PGY-2

Joel Durinka

PGY-2

Undergrad: Canisius College
Med School: St. George's University

Other interests: Running, golf, tennis

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Aaron Epstein : PGY-2

Aaron Epstein

PGY-2

Undergrad: Rice University
Med School: Georgetown University
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Saloni Mehrotra : PGY-2

Saloni Mehrotra

PGY-2

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Kenny Oh : PGY-2

Kenny Oh

PGY-2

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Carrie Ryan : PGY-2

Carrie Ryan

PGY-2

Undergrad: University of Richmond
Med School: University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine

Other interests: Swimming, skiing, hiking, reading

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Goda Savulionyte : PGY-2

Goda Savulionyte

PGY-2

Undergrad: Temple University
Med School: Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple

Other interests: Hiking, drawing, yoga, cuddling with my cats

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Dylan Tanzer : PGY-2

Dylan Tanzer

PGY-2

Undergrad: McGill University
Med School: Sackler School of Medicine

Other interests: I enjoy a variety of sports, including hockey, baseball/softball, volleyball, tennis, soccer, and snowboarding. Also, I enjoy reading books on Greek mythology and astronomy. And if none of those are available to me, video games aren't a bad alternative.

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Hannah Worthington : PGY-2

Hannah Worthington

PGY-2

Undergrad: University at Buffalo
Med School: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Other interests: Cooking and Baking, Exercising, Watching baseball and hockey, trying new restaurants, spending time with family and friends

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Agnes Choi : PGY-2

Agnes Choi

PGY-2

Undergrad: Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Med School: University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, OK

I was born in Daegu, South Korea, and spent most of life overseas as an Army brat.
Other interests: hiking, traveling, being a foodie, photography

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Ashley Lee : PGY-2

Ashley Lee

PGY-2

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Sara Photiadis : PGY-2

Sara Photiadis

PGY-2

Undergrad: B.S. Biochemistry, Stony Brook University
Med School: MD, University of Virginia

Other interests: Ice skating, cooking, spending time with family

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Brian Quaranto : PGY-2

Brian Quaranto

PGY-2

Undergrad: Boston College
Med School: UB Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Other interests: Bicycling, Racquetball, Soccer, Guitar, 3D printing

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PGY-3 Residents
Natasha Ahuja : PGY-3

Natasha Ahuja

PGY-3

Undergrad: Santa Clara University
Med School: University of Toledo

Other interests: Fitness - working out, Zumba, running half marathons, strength training; Playing Volleyball; Watching football, basketball and basically all sports 🙂

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Nicholas Georgalas : PGY-3

Nicholas Georgalas

PGY-3

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Bethany Wood Harvey : PGY-3

Bethany Wood Harvey

PGY-3

Undergrad: Denison University
Med School: Tufts University School of Medicine

Other interests: Spending time with friends and family, checking out new restaurants, and the Buffalo Bills

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J. Reinier Narvaez : PGY-3

J. Reinier Narvaez

PGY-3

Undergrad: California State University, Long Beach
Med School: University of California, San Francisco
Hometown: Manila, Philippines and Los Angeles, CA

Interests/Hobbies: Spending time with family, basketball, guitar, urban exploration and food
Other Information: UB Surgery Plus alumnus, interested in Transplant Surgery and Surgical Critical Care

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Boris Borges Ondarsi : PGY-3

Boris Borges Ondarsi

PGY-3

Med School: Faculty of Medicine ‘Juan Guitars Gener’, Matanzas, Cuba
Other interests: Spending time with my family, listening to music, travel

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Amy Schulze : PGY-3

Amy Schulze

PGY-3

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Michael Wach : PGY-3

Michael Wach

PGY-3

Undergrad: University at Buffalo
Med School: University at Buffalo

Other interests: Running, football, hockey, music, time with family and friends

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Nikolas Zaphiros : PGY-3

Nikolas Zaphiros

PGY-3

Undergrad: Rutgers University
Med School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Other interests: Cooking, Travel, Tennis, Soccer, Martial Arts, Working Out, Hiking, Dancing

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Joshua Burk : PGY-3

Joshua Burk

PGY-3

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Stephen Chiang : PGY-3

Stephen Chiang

PGY-3

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Jinwei Hu : PGY-3

Jinwei Hu

PGY-3

Undergrad: Ohio State University
Med School: Ohio State University
Hometown: Buffalo, NY

Interests/Hobbies: laying on the couch, watching TV, playing video games

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PGY-4 Residents
U. Anushka Bagga : PGY-4

U. Anushka Bagga

PGY-4

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Katie Konesky : PGY-4

Katie Konesky

PGY-4

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Stephanie Martinez : PGY-4

Stephanie Martinez

PGY-4

Undergrad: University of Pittsburgh
Med School: University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Hometown: East Aurora, NY

Interests/Hobbies: Running, yoga, cooking, being a dog mom

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Brandon Kuehlewind : PGY-4

Brandon Kuehlewind

PGY-4

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Mandy Flor : PGY-4

Mandy Flor

PGY-4

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Arvind Manisundaram : PGY-4

Arvind Manisundaram

PGY-4

Undergrad: Rice University
Med School: UT Southwestern
Hometown: Ridgeland, Mississippi

Interests/Hobbies: Plastic surgery, working out, video games, traveling, and comics

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Helen Potter : PGY-4

Helen Potter

PGY-4

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Kelly Wagner : PGY-4

Kelly Wagner

PGY-4

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Jane Zhao : PGY-4

Jane Zhao

PGY-4

Undergrad: Vanderbilt University
Med School: McGovern Medical School
Hometown: Sugar Land, TX

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PGY-5 Residents
Alexandra Blanche : PGY-5

Alexandra Blanche

PGY-5

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Tatiana Boyko : PGY-5

Tatiana Boyko

PGY-5

Undergrad: University of California, Los Angeles
Med School: Ross University School of Medicine
Hometown: Saratoga, CA

Interests/Hobbies: Exploring countries, languages and cuisines, skiing, literature, art, and spending time with friends and family
Other Information: Originally from Russia, Dr. Boyko has completed a research fellowship at Stanford in wound healing and skeletal stem cell research and is currently pursuing surgical innovation. She is going to be starting the Hand Fellowship at UB following completion of her General Surgery residency.

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Richard Johnson : PGY-5

Richard Johnson

PGY-5

Undergrad: Loyola University of Chicago
Med School: Des Moines University

Other interests: Fishing, soccer, golf, cycling, hiking, spending time with friends and family

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Tom Langan : PGY-5

Tom Langan

PGY-5

Undergrad: Brown University
Med School: SUNY Buffalo

Other interests: Skiing/snowboarding, running, hiking, music

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Andrew Nordin : PGY-5

Andrew Nordin

PGY-5

Undergrad: Baylor University
Med School: Baylor College of Medicine
Hometown: Austin, TX

Interests/Hobbies: Running, playing music, cooking

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Rafael Perez : PGY-5

Rafael Perez

PGY-5

Undergrad: University of Alabama
Med School: University of North Texas HSC - Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine

Other interests: Hanging out with family/friends, tennis, soccer, video games

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Tracie Terrana : PGY-5

Tracie Terrana

PGY-5

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George Ventro : PGY-5

George Ventro

PGY-5

Undergrad: Wayne State, Grosse IIe, MI
Med School: Wayne State, Grosse IIe, MI

Other interests: Fishing, camping, cooking, shrubberies

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Gene Yang : PGY-5

Gene Yang

PGY-5

Undergrad: The Pennsylvania State University
Med School: Jefferson Medical College

Other interests: Video games, tennis, golf

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Peng Yu : PGY-5

Peng Yu

PGY-5

Med School: Dalian Medical University, China

Other interests: Movies, traveling, dining out, computers

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