Meet The Family Medicine Residents

Diverse backgrounds yield diverse life experiences, which serve to enrich the program as a whole.  Take some time to get to know these fascinating individuals.

 

PGY-1  PGY-2   PGY-3 

 

 

 

 

  First Year Residents (PGY-1)
 
 Cullen Black, MD  Cullen Black, MD

PGY - 1 

Loma Linda University

 

I grew up here in Chattanooga. I went to undergraduate at Southern Adventist University. After graduating, I took a detour out to Loma Linda University in California for medical school with my wife, who also started dental school at that same time. While California was was new and fun experience for us, we are so glad to be back home. I enjoy spending time hiking, camping, mountain biking, and exploring what the great outdoors has to offer with my wife and friends. I chose Family Medicine knowing I wanted to learn a little bit of everything and did not want to leave anything behind. This field gives me the unique ability to provide care to an array of patients and support them in all aspects of life. I am proud to be a part of UT Family Medicine and look forward to a lifetime of learning.

 
 Krista Cowan, MD  Krista Cowan, MD

PGY - 1 

University of Tennessee Health Science Center

 

I am originally from Ridgewood, NJ, but I eventually became a Tennessee transplant. I attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, for my undergraduate degree, then moved to Memphis for medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. I am a big fan or Tennessee sports - Go Titans! I am excited to train in Family Medicine. Service has always been a prominent part of my life, and Family Medicine was the best fit for me. I believe this field provides multiple opportunities to postiviely impact patients, and provides challenges for me to continue learning and problem solving every day. It provides a partnership between the doctor and patients, and will give me the training I need to eventually join medical missions around the world. 

 
 Kaitlyn Greer, MD  Kaitlyn Greer, MD

PGY - 1 

University of Louisville

 

I was born and raised in Bowling Green Kentucky, and have been there for most of my life. I completed my undergrad at Western Kentucky University and went on to the University of Louisville School of Medicine. I was drawn to Family Medicine because it is a specialty that values relationships, addresses social determinants of health, and partners with patients to improve quality of life. This program in particular also touches on several different areas of medicine I am passionate about - women's health and obstetrics, procedures, and international medical opportunities. In my spare time, I am a baseball fan and love spending time outside with my husband, and I'm excited to do these things in Chattanooga!

 

 
 Julia Groce, MD Julia Groce, MD

PGY - 1

Meharry Medical College

 I was born in California and moved to Tennessee when I was 3-years-old. I attended the College of William and Mary for my undergraduate studies and Meharry Medical College for medical school. I love the bredth of family medicine, and I am excited to work with patients and families of all ages and backgrounds. My family and I are thrilled to be living in Chattanooga and can't wait to explore all the city has to offer.

   
Brock Mills

Brock Mills, DO

PGY - 1 

Des Moines University

 

Born and raised in the flat terrain of the Midwest, I am happy to be in the mountains of Tennessee.  I attended Iowa State University for my bachelors and Des Moines University for my medical degree.  After growing up in the North, I'm a diehard Cyclones and Packers fan, but excited to experience football in SEC country.  Coming to UT Chattanooga for residency has been a great decision and I look forward to completing my training here.

   
 David Mulkey, MD

David Mulkey, MD

PGY - 1 

University of South Alabama

 

I am from a small town in rural Alabama. I have had a passion for medicine since I was a child, and I have been surrounded by learning opportunities in this field for most of my life. My orignal thoughts for surgery shifted during my third year of medical school when I fell in love with Family Medicine. I found joy in the thought of being a family medicine physician in a way no other field provided. I value developing relationships and taking care of patients with such a broad scope of issues, and this was the perfect fit for me. I look forward being in Chattanooga with a program that can can help prepare me for a future career in rural medicine. Whenever I'm not working, I love exploring all of Chattanooga's hot spots with my beautiful fiance, while I wait for hunting season to start!

   
 Ryan Shibata, MD  Ryan Shibata, MD

PGY - 1 

Ross University

 

I was born and raised in Southern California. I was there through my undergrad years, attending Cal State Fullerton. I went to Ross University for medical school, and then jumped around until landing in Chattanooga for my residency. My interest in medicine was never just one area, and Family Medicine helped me fulfill all the spectrums. I was drawn to Chattanooga for several reasons, the main one being their strong obstetrics training and women's health, which will help prepare me for a fellowship in obstetrics. I enjoy working with hispanic population and feel a strong calling to help the underserved. In my spare time, my wife and three kids keep me busy, and we love our new community in Chattanooga!

 

   
   
  Second Year Residents (PGY-2)
   
   
 Brouner  Jennifer Brouner

PGY - 2

East Tennessee State University

 

I grew up in Chattanooga, and I couldn’t be happier to be back for residency. I earned my undergraduate degree at UT-Knoxville. Before attending medical school at ETSU Quillen College of Medicine, I worked for a year as a science writer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory where I learned how important it is to be able to communicate science accurately and effectively to the public. I am interested in treating patients of all ages and have always enjoyed building relationships over time, so family medicine was a natural fit for me. I chose UT Chattanooga’s residency program because of its genuinely supportive environment and patient first mentality. In my spare time, I like to bike, hike, watch Netflix, and play board games with my husband.

 
 Burden  Jonathan Burden, MD

PGY - 2

Loma Linda University

 

I grew up in northwest Montana and enjoyed exploring the mountains, lakes and abundant snow with my brothers and two sisters. I still love being outside exploring and finding new places I have never been before. After undergrad I moved my wife and small daughter to Loma Linda, California for medical school and had two more children there. More than anything else, who I am is shaped by my family and I enjoy nothing more than having my children be a part of my life. I feel so very fortunate to now be in Chattanooga at a program that values family as much as I do and is teaching me to be excellent in my field.

   
 Cobb  Nicholas Cobb, MD

PGY - 2

University of Alabama, School of Medicine

 

I grew up in Bridgeport, Alabama, so Chattanooga is like a home away from home for me. I received my bachelor's degree from the University of Alabama, and attended medical school at the University of Alabama of Medicine in Birmingham. I have always wanted to practice family medicine from the time that I began medical school, and I am excited to be completing my training here in Chattanooga. I chose Chattanooga because this program is full of caring and supportive faculty and residents, and I look forward to working and learning alongside them.

   
 Pannell  Katie Pannell, MD

PGY - 2 

East Tennessee State University

 

I grew up in Greenfield, a small town in northwest Tennessee. While majoring in Biology at UT Martin, I competed on the Skyhawk Tennis Team. I have always been drawn to the mountains and was excited to move east for medical school at ETSU Quillen College of Medicine and now Chattanooga for Family Medicine residency. I chose Family Medicine because I enjoy working with patients of all ages. I chose Chattanooga because of the open and supportive atmosphere that the residents and faculty created during my 4th year Junior Internship. My husband Matt and I enjoy playing tennis, disc golf, hiking, and riding bikes on the Riverwalk. We love the natural beauty of Chattanooga and are looking forward to the next three years.

   
 Robinson Harris

Dominique Robinson Harris, MD

PGY - 2 

Meharry Medical College

 

 I spent most of my childhood in rural Mississippi - the Delta, to be exact. I completed my undergrad a the Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, and went to medical school at Meharry. I worked as a scribe in between medical school and residency, and that experience helped cement my interest in primary care. I chose Chattanooga because of the beautiful natural settings, especially the Tennessee River and trails. During my spare time, my husband and I enjoy all the fine foods in this area, and we have three dogs that we love.

 

   
 Shelton  Will Shelton, MD

PGY - 2

University of Tennessee Health Science Center

 

I was born and raised on a farm in Murfreesboro, TN. I completed undergraduate studies at Middle Tennessee State University and medical school at the University of Tennessee in Memphis. I chose Family Medicine because of its holistic approach to healthcare and the culture of Family Medicine as a whole. My family and I are thrilled to be in Chattanooga because of the phenomenal faculty and welcoming residents, not to mention the excellent location of the city. When I'm not in the hospital, I enjoy spending time with my wife and daughter, hiking and playing ultimate frisbee.

   
  Third Year Residents (PGY-3)
   
Sara Conway, MD

Sara Conway, MD (Chief Resident)

PGY- 3

East Tennessee State University

 

 I was born and raised in Chattanooga and am so thankful to be back home for residency. Family medicine was an obvious choice for me because I love its holistic approach and that it gives me the amazing opportunity to get to know my patients and their families. I chose Chattanooga because of the supportive, knowledgeable faculty and the numerous outdoor activities the city offers. In my spare time, I like to be with my family, boyfriend and pup enjoying the outdoors - backpacking, hiking, rock climbing and listening to bluegrass!

   
Ashley Fedusenko, MD

 Ashley Fedusenko, MD (Chief Resident)

PGY-3

Loma Linda University

 

I was born in Memphis, TN, but spent most of my life in Chattanooga. I graduated from Southern Adventist University with a BS in nursing, then after a few years, I went on to medical school at Loma Linda University. I initially began an Anesthesiology residency but transitioned to Family Medicine due to my love of interacting with patients of all ages and their families, and I have a strong passion for patient advocacy. I chose UT Family Medicine in Chattanooga for residency not only because of the location but because of how friendly, welcoming and supportive the faculty and residents are. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my husband (James), my family, our golden doodles (Nora and Newton), and being outdoors! 

   
Cynthia Groves, MD

Cynthia Groves, MD

PGY- 3

University of Tennessee College of Medicine 

 

 I grew up in Chattanooga, TN and went to medical school in Memphis. After doing my JI in family medicine in Chattanooga, I knew it was the field for me. I enjoy building relationships with patients of every age. In my free time, I enjoy watching football, trail running, oil painting and spending time with my boyfriend and dog Rosie.

   
Andrew Keyes, MD

Andrew Keyes, MD

PGY- 3

Loma Linda University

 

I consider Phoenix, AZ home, although the Chattanooga metro is a close second. In my free time, I travel the world with my wife, golf and watch TedTalks. I'm familiar and comfortable in Chattanooga because I completed my undergraduate program at Southern Adventist University and I have family close by. I chose this residency program because I knew the tight-knit feel of UTCOM Chattanooga Family Medicine was just what I was looking for.

   
 Grayson McConnell

Grayson McConnell, MD

PGY- 3

East Tennessee State University

 

I hail from Cleveland, TN and finished up medical school in Johnson City at ETSU Quillen College of Medicine. I enjoy bouldering, hiking, eating bacon and spending time outside with my family. I chose UT Chattanooga Family Medicine for the shared passion for service, for the people - faculty and fellow residents, and because it's an amazing place to explore and enjoy the outdoors.

   
 Laura Sherwood, MD  Laura Sherwood, MD

PGY- 3

University of Tennessee College of Medicine 

 

I grew up in Chattanooga and attended Lee University, where I completed a BS in Biochemistry Pre-Med Emphasis and a BA in Theater. Last year, I was a medical fellow in the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics. When I'm not at the hospital or the clinic, you're most likely to find me on my bike, at the theater, or in the kitchen baking delicious treats! I chose UT Family Medicine in Chattanooga because I felt it was the program that would equip me most thoroughly for a medical career in overseas work.

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