Christopher Trower, DO
Hometown: Chesterfield, VA
Why EVMS? Good mix of academic center and community exposure. Commitment to serving the Hampton Roads area. Close to family.
Hobbies: Weight lifting, mentoring underrepresented minorities, and crabbing
Areas of interest: General Physiatry, TBI, Ultrasound and fluoroscopy guided injections
Future goals: Work in rehab unit, possibly fellowship
Matthew Spinks, MD
Hometown: Fort Worth TX
Why EVMS? For their broad clinical experience
Areas of interests: Chronic pain, MSK medicine, diagnostic ultrasound
Future goals: Pain Management fellowship and Academic Practice
Selcen Senol, MD
Why EVMS? The PM&R department in particular provides various clinical sites, and diverse patient populations to create a comprehensive residency experience. It is definitely a huge bonus to live around Virginia Beach, with plenty of fun activities.
Hobbies: Hiking, baking, spending time with family and friends
Areas of interest: SCI, general rehab
Future goals: Fellowship
Kwasi Ampomah, DO
Hometown: Richmond, Va.
Why EVMS?: This program was the most diverse in regards to both faculty and residents on my interview trail. The residents were the happiest that I came across. It just seemed like a natural fit for me and hence was my number one choice program.
Hobbies: Fixing and modifying cars, soccer, and spending time with friends and family
Areas of Interest: Regenerative medicine, low back pain, physcial medicine and rehabilitation research
Future Goals: Provide rehabilitation services to vulnerable populations here in the US and abroad through multidisciplinary collaborations and networking
Michael Guju, MD
Hometown: Tampa, Fla.
Why EVMS?: EVMS faculty and staff provide incredible patient care which creates a great work environment to learn and train in residency.
Hobbies: College football, resistance training, exploring new restaurants, and playing with my daughter
Areas of interest: Pediatrics, general rehabilitation, sports, interventional spine, and pain management
Future goals: Build a strong foundation in rehabilitation, sports, spine and pain to offer innovative and effective treatments for patient musculoskeletal issues.
Eben Alexander IV, DO
Hometown: Needham, Mass.
Why EVMS: It is close to my family, a fun area to live, and I liked the diversity of training offered here.
Hobbies: Downhill skiing, playing piano, traveling, weight lifting, and hiking/camping.
Areas of interest: Military medicine, osteopathic manipulative medicine, sports medicine, musculoskeletal medicine, research, traumatic brain injury, amputee care, ultrasound, regenerative medicine, and spinal cord injury.
Future goals: I'm open to many different career paths from physical medicine residency.
Alexander Behnaz, MD
Hometown: Reston, Va.
Why EVMS?: Major trauma hospital, unique treatment modalities
Hobbies: Cycling, improv, coding
Areas of Interest: Opioid sparing pain strategies, musculoskeletal medicine, EMG’s
Future Goals: Fellowship vs. practice
Cesar Astudillo, MD
Hometown: Guayaquil, Ecuador
Why EVMS?: The variety of pathology and diversity of locations to rotate makes it a dynamic, interesting and well-rounded academic experience. In addition, Hampton Roads provides an array of great outdoor activities.
Hobbies: Hiking, biking, long walks on the beach, local and international tourism
Areas of Interest: Spinal cord injury medicine, brain injury medicine, pediatric rehabilitation, inpatient rehabilitation
Future Goals: Fellowship, research and innovation, lead international medical missions
Andrew Sandefer, DO
Hometown: New Orleans, La.
Why EVMS?: Smaller program with a diversity of clinical experiences allowing me to make it my own
Hobbies: Running, anything outdoors, parenting
Areas of Interest: Neuromuscular medicine, pediatrics, adaptive sports
Future Goals: Fellowship/academic medicine