Our Residents

Our Residents

Residents and recent graduates from the Vanderbilt University Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery program come from top-tier medical schools throughout North America. Our nationally-recognized Otolaryngology residency program focuses on training future leaders in Otolaryngology. We are committed to providing our residents with clinical experience, hands-on surgical instruction, the opportunity to spearhead a research project, leadership training, and novel didactic education.

Vanderbilt Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery residency graduates utilize their extensive training and the breadth of the Vanderbilt Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery alumni network to pursue a variety of post-residency opportunities. The majority of graduates pursue additional specialty training in fellowship and academic careers.

Current Residents

2020-2021 - PGY-5 (Chief) Residents

  • Shanik Fernando, MD

    Hometown: Portland, OR
    Undergraduate: University of Notre Dame
    Medical School: Vanderbilt University

  • Jordan Malenke, MD

    Hometown: Chester Springs, PA
    Undergraduate: Grove City College
    Medical School: Temple University

  • Will Morrel, MD

    Hometown: Cary, NC
    Undergraduate: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Medical School: University of California at San Francisco

  • Sarah Tittman, MD

    Hometown: Chilton, WI
    Undergraduate: Yale University
    Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin

  • Kristen Yancey, MD

    Hometown: Atlanta, GA
    Undergraduate: Georgetown University
    Medical School: Vanderbilt University

PGY-4 Residents

  • Nikita Chapurin, MD, MHS

    Hometown: Orlando, FL
    Undergraduate: Cornell University
    Medical School: Duke University

  • Seth Davis, MD

    Hometown: Neenah, WI
    Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin - Madison
    Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin

  • Michael Freeman, MD

    Hometown: Poquoson, VA
    Undergraduate: University of Richmond
    Medical School: University of Virginia

  • Kyle Kimura, MD

    Hometown: Overland Park, KS
    Undergraduate: University of Kansas
    Medical School: University of Kansas

  • William Scott, MD

    Hometown: Greensboro, NC
    Undergraduate: University of North Carolina
    Medical School: University of North Carolina

PGY-3 Residents

  • Brandon Esianor, MD

    Hometown: Fort Worth, TX
    Undergraduate: University of Texas at Arlington
    Medical School: University of Texas - Houston

  • Kelly Landeen, MD

    Hometown: Sioux Falls, SD
    Undergraduate: Emory University
    Medical School: University of South Dakota

  • Ankita Patro, MD

    Hometown: Dallas, TX
    Undergraduate: Stanford University
    Medical School: Baylor

  • Miriam Smetak, MD

    Hometown: San Francisco, CA
    Undergraduate: University of Southern California
    Medical School: University of Minnesota

  • Madelyn Stevens, MD

    Hometown: Milan, OH
    Undergraduate: The Ohio State University
    Medical School: Duke University

PGY-2 Residents

  • Ethan "Hunter" Arnaud, MD

    Hometown: Opelousas, LA
    Undergraduate: Louisiana State University - Baton Rouge
    Medical School: Louisiana State University - New Orleans

  • Julia Brennan, MD

    Hometown: Detroit, MI
    Undergraduate: University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
    Medical School: University of Michigan Medical School

  • Benjamin Campbell, MD

    Hometown: Atlanta, GA
    Undergraduate: University of Virginia
    Medical School: Vanderbilt University

  • Jean-Nicolas Gallant, MD

    Hometown: Montréal, Québec, Canada
    Undergraduate: Amherst College
    Medical School: Vanderbilt University

  • Elizabeth Stephenson, MD

    Hometown: Chapel Hill, NC
    Undergraduate: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Medical School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

PGY-1 Residents

  • Rory Lubner, MD

    Hometown: Seattle, WA
    Undergraduate: Duke University
    Medical School: Brown University

  • April Peterson, MD

    Hometown: Chester, VA
    Undergraduate: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
    Medical School: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

  • Natalie Schauwecker, MD

    Hometown: Arlington, TX
    Undergraduate: Southern Methodist University
    Medical School: University of Texas Southwestern

  • Montana Upton, MD

    Hometown: Napa, CA
    Undergraduate: University of California, Los Angeles
    Medical School: University of California, Los Angeles

  • Wenda Ye, MD

    Hometown: Gainesville, FL
    Undergraduate: University of Pennsylvania
    Medical School: Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University

Recent Vanderbilt Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Graduates

2020

  • Christopher Lord, MD
    Private practice, Atlanta, GA
  • Justin Morse, MD
    Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery Fellowship, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Ashley Nassiri, MD, MBA
    Neurotology Fellowship, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
  • Justin Shinn, MD
    Head and Neck Surgery Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • Burton Wood, MD
    Head and Neck Surgery Fellowship, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
  • David Young, MD
    Laryngology Fellowship, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

2019

  • Asitha Jayawardena, MD
    Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (Harvard/ MEEI); Boston, MA
  • Charissa Kahue, MD
    Head and Neck Surgical Oncology Fellowship, University of Kansas Medical Center
  • Priyesh Patel, MD
    Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship at Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, CA
  • Rod Teasley, MD
    General Practice, St. Francis Hospital, Tacoma, WA

2018

  • Christen Lennon Caloway, MD
    Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship, Boston Children's Hospital (Harvard/MEEI), Boston, MA
  • Nicolas-George Katsantonis, MD
    Private Practice, Raleigh, NC
  • Maria Geraldine Zuniga Manrique, MD
    Neurotology Fellowship, Germany
  • Madeleine Samuelson, MD, MPH
    Private Practice, Houston, TX

2017

  • Austin Adams, MD
    Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship, Rousso Facial Plastic Surgery, Birmingham, AL
  • Irving Basanez, MD
    Private Practice, Bend, OR
  • Meaghan Noud, MD
    Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship, University of California-Davis, Sacramento, CA
  • Robert Yawn, MD
    Neurotology Fellowship, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN

2016

  • Britni Caplin, MD
    General Practice (Assistant Professor) Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Veteran's Administration Hospital, Nashville, TN
  • Christopher Jackson, MD
    Private Practice, Cape Cod, MA
  • Daniel Schuster, MD
    General Practice(Assistant Professor), Williamson/Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN
  • Ross Shockley, MD
    General Practice (Assistant Professor), Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center/University of Colorado, Denver, CO