Anesthesiology Residency : Resident Profiles

Resident Profiles

Karen Ashley Jackson, MD

Ashley Jackson (CA-3)

I am from Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to medical school, I studied biology and played volleyball for the Middle Tennessee State University Blue Raiders. After undergrad, I chose to attend the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia which allowed me to serve the underserved communities of Atlanta while training at the renowned Grady Hospital. After my time at Grady, I was confident that Jackson Memorial was exactly what my career needed. At Jackson Memorial, we often practice medicine through uncommon encounters that come with the diversity of our patients from the U.S., the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. This type of one-of-a-kind experience is invaluable. I am confident that through the unique challenges of medical practice we see at Jackson, I am advanced beyond where I might be in other programs at this point in my career. Beyond what the residency program has to offer, South Florida is great. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband, toddler son, and our two dogs and, soon, we will have a newborn daughter joining us! We enjoy the local restaurant scene near our Fort Lauderdale home and love knowing the beach is always a short drive away. Practicing medicine in South Florida is truly unique!


Michael Kuntz, MD

Michael Kuntz (CA-3) – Chief Resident

Aside from a few years of childhood spent in Brussels, Belgium, I grew up in Virginia. I graduated from Washington and Lee University and went on to Harvard Medical School. After four years of frigid cold, I put away my winter clothes and came to warm and sunny Miami. What has particularly impressed me at the Jackson/University of Miami program is the large variety of clinical settings in which we work. Rotating through a wide range of sites, we are exposed to an incredible variety of patient populations, disease processes, and practice styles; this gives us a great experience around which to develop our own skills. Aside from the busy clinical schedule, there are numerous faculty members well equipped to support research endeavors. I have had the opportunity to work on multiple projects, including some work related to Zika virus. Outside the hospital, I enjoy spending time with my wife and two little girls. We love exploring the beaches or just relaxing by the pool year round. Along the way, I have discovered my own affection for Cuban coffee and guava pastries.


Paul Potnuru, MD

Paul Potnuru (CA-3) – Chief Resident

In my pursuit of a career in academic anesthesiology, I have had exceptional clinical, educational, and research opportunities at our residency program. As residents at the largest public health system in the United States, we encounter the gamut of clinical cases and pathology. The program offers incredible research opportunities to residents including a 6-month funded research block for 4 residents per year. I have been able to pursue and complete several projects in healthcare informatics and data-driven quality improvement initiatives. I also completed a Six Sigma certification through opportunities provided by Jackson Health System. The diverse faculty gives us unparalleled access to experts in a wide range of fields within anesthesiology. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my beautiful wife, keeping our dog out of trouble, playing soccer, and trying new food spots around town.


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David Kam (CA-2)

I was born in Queens, New York to first-generation immigrants, and growing up surrounded by people from dozens of countries positively impacted my development as a person. After graduating from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, I knew that I was looking for a training program in a big city with diverse and eclectic people, food, and culture. The residency program at UM/Jackson feels like one big family. In terms of training, we are exposed to advanced pathology across multiple practice settings, projects in research and quality improvement here, and advocacy roles on a national level. I believe these growth opportunities make for well-rounded anesthesiologists who are poised for leadership in our field. Miami is a very spirited city with a lot to offer. In the past year, I’ve attended a recital at the UM Frost School of Music, cheered for the Heat at a home game, discovered restaurants through Miami Spice, paddled Biscayne Bay on a board, and explored the Old Town of Key West on a random weekend. On my days off, I wake up in paradise—no flight needed!


Riley Garrett, MD

Riley Garrett (CA-2)

I was raised in coastal Ventura, California, attended the University of California, Irvine for my undergraduate degree, and Loma Linda University Medical School. The large Anesthesiology department at UM/Jackson Memorial Hospital has faculty and residents from all over the world, offering diverse perspectives and lots of great educators. The full breadth of subspecialty anesthesia training available at UM/Jackson will help me take the next step in my career in the coming years. On top of that, I knew I wanted to stay near the ocean, and joining the residency program at UM/Jackson has proven a perfect choice. I’ve been able to take advantage of the great year-round weather to play soccer, take part in various water sports, and explore the Florida Keys.


Yanisleidy Paez

Yanisleidy Paez (CA-2)

I was born in Havana, Cuba and moved to Miami with my twin sister and parents when I was eight years old. I studied Biology at Florida International University (FIU) and then completed a Masters in Public Health. Deciding to explore the West coast, I moved to San Diego, California and attended UCSD for medical school. While at UCSD, I did research with the anesthesiology department and helped develop a Glidescope training course for non-anesthesiologists. Although I enjoyed my time in California, being able to return home and train at Jackson Memorial Hospital (JMH) was a blessing.


Maksym Doroshenko

Maksym Doroshenko (CA-1)

After medical school, I researched molecular mechanisms of anesthesia as a Fulbright scholar in New York and through shared interests, I had a chance to meet UM attendings and residents, all confident in their skills. Afterward, matching in Miami became a goal.

Working in one of the largest health systems in the US provides us with a breadth of clinical experience. Program faculty is greatly supportive of our educational and research efforts. Just last year, together with few co-residents, we developed a successful QI project that resulted in a 50% decrease in outpatient opioid prescriptions issued by one of our clinical services and later became a pilot for a larger research. Our program also supports a 6-month research block and a 1-month international rotation in China. Growing up in Ukraine, I always perceived Miami as more of a fantasy – always warm and sunny, with pristine beaches just minutes away.
My family and I truly enjoy the riches of South Florida nature, the multitude of colors and warm weather. Matching to UM/JMH Anesthesiology and moving to Miami was one of the best decisions I ever made.


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Carmen Manresa (CA-1)

After finishing my undergraduate studies at Florida International University, I went on to complete medical school at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. We have the privilege of having an incredibly diverse patient population and index of cases. In addition to our Level 1 Trauma Center designation, we perform every type of organ transplant and are one of few centers in the nation specializing in pediatric multi-organ transplants. The faculty, fellows, and residents that make up our program are equally diverse and surprisingly close-knit despite our large size. When we’re not working, we enjoy living where the rest of the world vacations. My family is Cuban and I love being close to them, growing backyard mangos and avocados, and enjoying everything Miami has to offer.


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Karim Kherbache (CA-1)

My family moved from Algeria to California when I was six years old. I grew up in sunny LA and completed my undergraduate studies in Biology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). I earned a Master’s degree in Physiology at Georgetown University and attended medical school at George Washington University in Washington DC. I was determined to find a residency program that will shape me into a well-rounded Anesthesiologist and help me avoid the frigid northeast winters. Jackson was the perfect fit as it provides a clinical experience with exposure to a variety of hospital systems, an extremely diverse patient population with unique pathology from around the globe, and exposure to all subspecialties along with ample research opportunities in a supportive and collaborative environment. When I’m not in the hospital, I love to play basketball, soccer, do beach activities, attend art festivals and take short weekend getaways. I vividly remember swimming in the calm, crystal-clear water at the beach last December, thinking about how glad I was to be doing my residency in Miami.