Anesthesiology Residency : Resident Profiles

Resident Profiles

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Shane Cherry CA-3

I’m originally from central Pennsylvania and I did my undergrad at the University of Pittsburgh before moving on to the University of Maryland for medical school. I came to Miami because of the personality of the program and it was a decision that has allowed me to flourish. The program has supported me in all of my endeavors, including advocacy at both the state and national level, global humanitarian outreach via the Lifebox campaign, and most importantly, fostering leadership within the ASA. I have had the pleasure of serving on the ASA’s Resident Component Governing Council for the past year, an experience which has allowed me to grow both personally and professionally, and to shape my own future as well as the future of our specialty.


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Meredith Degnan CA-3

My name is Meredith. I was born and raised in South Florida. I studied Economics at the University of Florida and came home to the University of Miami for medical school and residency. During my CA-1 and CA-2 years, I served as one of our program’s ASA-PAC representatives, helping to spread the word about advocacy activities overseen by the American Society of Anesthesiologists’ Political Action Committee. I also represented the state of Florida as an ASA Delegate at the Annual 2016 ASA meeting. I recently spent 6 months on a research elective, which allowed me the opportunity to present and publish several research projects. As part of the research rotation, I also had the unique opportunity to spend one month at a cancer hospital in China, where I was able to teach the local anesthesiologists some of the regional anesthetic techniques commonly utilized here in the United States. When I’m not working or traveling abroad, I love spending time with husband and my newborn daughter. I also love exploring Miami Beach and all the city has to offer including the amazing food and a plethora of relaxing spas. Go Canes!


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James Ashford CA-3

I was born and raised in Northeast Georgia, and I completed college at the University of Georgia and medical school at the Medical College of Georgia. Matching at the University of Miami’s Anesthesiology program was such an exciting time for me, and this program has lived up to everything it promised and more. The program has encouraged me to excel both clinically and academically, and it has been incredibly supportive of all my clinical research endeavors. One of the highlights during residency was participating in both the 2015 and 2016 Florida Society of Anesthesiologists’ Resident Jeopardy Competition where our team won first place both times! I also had the opportunity to present challenging case studies at both the American Society of Anesthesiologists Conference and the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology. Currently, one of my most exciting research projects involves the development and use of an episodic memory test to screen for postoperative cognitive dysfunction in high-risk patients. During my time away from the hospital, I enjoy exploring all the amazing sites and venues that Miami has to offer. I also love playing tennis, working out, soaking up the sun, and enjoying the waters of beautiful Miami Beach.


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Chad Parvus CA2

I found my way to medicine, and our residency program, along a non-traditional path. Originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, my family immigrated to Hershey, PA where I graduated high school, later studying journalism at Penn State University. I went on to enjoy a rewarding career in television production. While at a crossroads, I discovered a desire to pursue medicine, and 10 years ago enrolled in a post-baccalaureate program. I studied medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and while on my anesthesiology rotation realized I had found the perfect fit for my training at our residency program. The combination of diverse pathology, unique practice settings, and camaraderie amongst the residents is unparalleled, and this program has afforded me endless opportunities to thrive. I have had the chance to serve as the representative to the ASA’s Lifebox initiative which provides life-saving pulse oximetry to resource-poor settings across the globe. Additionally, our program has supported my sub-specialty interests at the national level, funding the presentation of my pain research at the American Society of Regional Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine (ASRA) conferences and encouraging me to play an active role in ASRA, where I now serve as the chair-elect of the Resident Section Committee. Thanks to our program, I am making lifelong friendships, building relationships with inspiring mentors, and receiving unrivaled clinical training that will prepare me for a bright and successful future.


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Kristine Watford CA-2

I was born and raised in Seattle, Washington and earned my undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Washington. While growing up in the Pacific Northwest was a great experience that I am very fond of, being able to train at Jackson Memorial Hospital and live in Miami has been the greatest blessing, and one of the best decisions I have ever made. The program has been very supportive of all of my academic and research goals. For example, with a research mentor I had the opportunity to study the QuellTM device in treating chronic joint pain, and I was able to travel to San Francisco to present my findings at the annual meeting for the International Anesthesia Research Society. Living in Miami has been a unique and incredible experience. I have made lifelong friends, I have discovered the delicious café con leche, I can fully display my love for the ocean by being able to take part in various water activities. Nothing can beat this beautiful weather!


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Efosa Ogiamien CA-2

I was raised in the tranquil state of Mississippi. I continued my undergraduate education at the University of Southern Mississippi, and then matriculated to the Ole Miss for medical school. Residency in Miami has been a very rewarding experience in a multitude of ways. Clinically, we are exposed to a wide variety of illness and pathology – and we see patients not only from the United States, but many from central and South American countries as well. Thus far, my greatest experience has been the resident run Trauma Anesthesiology Rotations. On this rotation, we are extremely hands on and are asked to manage multiple types of surgeries, difficult airways, and massive blood transfusion. The faculty and residents foster a very collegial environment, which allowed for an easy transition from a small town in Mississippi to one of the largest residency programs in the nation. In my spare time, I enjoy Miami’s wonderful music scene, I play soccer, and I hang out at the beach.