PGY-1

Udita Chapagain, MD
AP/CP
Udita was born and raised in the beautiful Kathmandu valley in Nepal. She completed her medical school training from Kathmandu University followed by 3-years of combined anatomic and clinical pathology residency training at the Institute of Medicine, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal. Following her residency, she served a brief stint as an attending Pathologist at a government hospital in her hometown. Her interests in gynecologic onco-pathology led her to pursue a non-accredited fellowship at the Asan Medical Center in Seoul, South Korea. Realizing there was much more to the domains of pathology than what she had seen and learned thus far, drove her to pursue further education and training here in the United States. Prior to starting her residency, she continued to pursue her academic interests by engaging in research to study the phenotype of multidrug-resistant and extremely drug-resistant gram-negative bacteria at the SIU School of Medicine, Springfield, IL. She is delighted to be a part of the pathology family here at the Washington University in St. Louis and excited to learn all that Wash U has to offer. Besides medicine, she loves meditating and singing.


Brenndan Crumley, MD
AP/CP
Brenndan was born in St. Louis and grew up on both the Illinois and Missouri sides of the Mississippi River. He graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville with a BA in Anthropology, and then went to Drexel University in Philadelphia for graduate school – he received an MPH in epidemiology and an MS in medical science – and for medical school. While in college he explored an interest in pathology by shadowing at the St. Louis County Medical Examiner’s Office; in terms of fellowships he’s interested in neuropathology and forensic pathology, and is very passionate about medical education and advocacy.
When he has free time Brenndan likes to spend time with friends and family, play video and board games, read, run, and watch the occasional (really, more than occasional) movie or TV show. He’s also planning on spending some of his vacation time adopting cats.
Favorite “classic St. Louis food”: Toasted ravioli


Emilie (Mimi) Russler-Germain, MD, PhD
AP/NP/PSTP
Emilie was born and raised in New York City. She completed her BS in biology with honors in neuroscience at Stanford University. After college, she moved to St. Louis, MO and spent two years studying axon degeneration in the lab of Aaron DiAntonio at Washington University. She subsequently entered the Washington University Medical Scientist Training Program, where she earned her MD and PhD in immunology studying dendritic cell induction of T cell differentiation to gut commensal organisms in the lab of Chyi-Song Hsieh. Emilie is a first-year AP/NP pathway resident and also a member of the Physician Scientist Training Program. She is interested in nervous system autoimmune processes as well as CNS tumor immunology. She spends most of her spare time with her wonderful family which currently includes a husband and 1.95 children.


Patricia Hernandez, MD
CP
Patricia (Patty) Hernandez was born and raised in Campinas, Brazil. She earned her MD from Pontificia Universidade Catolica de Campinas. During medical school, Patty worked on a study conducted by Pathology and Computer Sciences Departments using texture analysis obtained from digitized microscopic keloid and hypertrophic scar images, which granted her a scholarship. After graduation, she pursued surgical and endoscopy training. In December of 2016, she moved to the United States and worked on several projects at Mayo Clinic as a research trainee. Thereafter, she started a research assistant position at Institute for Systems Biology, Hadlock Lab. She collaborated on multidisciplinary projects with data scientists and software engineers about machine learning approach and interpretability risk models for clinical decisions support focusing on COVID-19 and C. difficile. For this, she utilized clinical and laboratory data gathered from 19 million electronic medical records, in SQL and Python interfaces. Currently, she is a clinical pathology resident with the goal of pursuing an academic career. Outside work, Patty runs on average 20 km at Forest Park on weekends. She attended several races, including half-marathons.


Melissa Limia, MD
AP/CP
Melissa Limia was born and raised in Miami, Florida. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences at the University of South Florida and later earned her medical degree from USF’s Morsani College of Medicine. During medical school, she enjoyed teaching pre-clinical students as part of USF’s Doctoring curriculum and hopes to continue teaching further on her career. Currently, she is an AP/CP resident and most interested in hematopathology and transfusion medicine as future fellowship choices. Outside of work, she enjoys cooking, kayaking, and pretending that doing paint-by-numbers counts as having artistic talent.


David Sadegh, MD
AP/CP
David was born and raised in New Jersey, where he became fascinated with pathology through a high school internship at Hackensack University Medical Center. He graduated from Cornell University with a BS in Human Biology, Health, and Society. After college, he assisted in orthopedic research at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. He then worked as a public health advisor for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, supporting New York City’s health department as a tuberculosis case manager. David went on to study at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Currently, he is an AP/CP resident interested in expanding pathology’s role in public health. Outside of work, David enjoys exploring St. Louis, running, hiking, and archery in Forest Park.


Nicolas Spies, MD
CP
Nick spent his early childhood here in St. Louis before moving to San Antonio, TX. An avid Cardinals and Blues fan, he returned for undergraduate and medical school at Washington University in St. Louis. He joined the Obi and Malachi Griffith labs at the McDonnell Genome Institute where he helped develop analysis pipelines for managing next-generation sequencing data. His primary focus was in cancer genomics, where he became keenly interested in applying machine learning models to predict prognosis and treatment response. He hopes to pursue an academic career in informatics and clinical genomics with a continued focus on machine learning. When he is not at work, you can find him watching sports, playing poker, or working on his trivia game.


Callie Torres, DO
AP/CP
Callie Torres was born and raised in Springfield, Illinois. She completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Missouri. She attended medical school at Kansas City University in Joplin, Missouri. Callie is participating in the Air Force’s Health Professional Scholarship Program (HPSP) and looks forward to working as an active duty pathologist following the completion of residency. In her free time Callie likes to play volleyball, hike, read, cook, and garden.


Francesca Vacca, MD
AP/CP
Francesca was born and raised in Saint Louis, Missouri. She completed her undergraduate degree in biological engineering at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri where she also researched cardiac and skeletal muscle hypertrophy in congenital disease. She completed her medical doctorate at Saint Louis University School of Medicine in Saint Louis, Missouri, where she also completed a post-sophomore fellowship in pathology. Currently, she is an AP/CP resident interested in pediatric pathology. Outside of work she enjoys watercolor painting, fly-fishing, playing guitar, spelunking, and traveling.


Lisa Wallace, DO
AP/CP
Lisa was born and raised in Sharon, Massachusetts. She completed her undergraduate degree in Neurobiology and Physiology at the University of Maryland. Lisa first became interested in pathology while working in specimen processing and training as a phlebotomist. She then pursued an accelerated master’s degree in Cell and Molecular Biology at Tulane University and after graduation worked in the blood bank at Children’s Hospital of New Orleans. Lisa went on to earn her medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is currently an AP/CP resident with an interest in forensics and transfusion medicine. In her free time, Lisa likes to run in the park, buy plants and home decor, and explore local breweries.


PGY-2

Safee Ahmed, MD
AP/CP
Safee Ahmed was born in Karachi, Pakistan and raised in Islamabad. He attended medical school at Isra University in Hyderabad, Pakistan. During medical school, he worked as a clinical research intern in various projects at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pittsburgh. During his time in the Neurosurgery Department at the University of Pittsburg, he became interested in the pathogenesis of trigeminal neuralgia secondary to vertebrobasilar ectasia and served as a co-author on a paper published in the Journal of Neurosurgery. Before embarking on AP/CP training, he worked as a lead trial coordinator for many clinical trials at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas and the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. As an AP/CP resident, he is excited to pursue his interest in breast pathology and cytopathology in a private practice setting. In his free time, he enjoys grilling, camping, and exploring new places with his lovely wife and three kids.


Guilherme Gomide Almeida, MD
AP/CP
Guilherme was born and raised in Juiz de Fora, Brazil, where he earned his medical degree at Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora. During medical school, he worked as a histology tutor, which was the starting point of his journey towards pathology. After his second year in medical training, he was selected for a one-year scholarship program sponsored by the Brazilian federal government called Science Without Borders. During this period, he studied human physiology and did research in castrate-resistant prostate cancer at Newcastle University, United Kingdom. To expand his knowledge and gain experience in pathology, he also went to the University of Kansas for an elective and the University of Minnesota for an observership. Currently, he is an AP/CP resident interested in hematopathology and dermatopathology. Outside of work, he enjoys playing video games, singing, playing the guitar, and spending time with friends, family, his fiancée, and his poodle, Nick.


Vahid Azimi, MD
CP
Vahid Azimi grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, and completed his undergraduate degree in neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University, followed by an MS in cellular and molecular medicine at the University of Arizona. Prior to completing his MD at Oregon Health and Science University, he worked for Intel developing digital image analysis tools. During his first year in residency, he worked on a project analyzing geospatial patterns of drug abuse screening results in the St. Louis region, an experience that cemented his interest in population health. Currently, Vahid is a second-year CP resident and plans to pursue further training in population health and informatics after residency. Outside of work, he enjoys running in Forest Park, learning how to play the guitar (poorly), having his heart broken by Arizona sports teams, and spending time with friends and family.


Nick Borcherding, MD, PhD
CP/PSTP
Nick Borcherding was born and raised in Davenport, Iowa. He enlisted in the Marine Corps after high school and was honorably discharged as a sergeant. After his service, he earned his bachelor’s degree at Iowa State University, followed by a MS and MD/PhD from the University of Iowa. For his PhD research, Nick worked with Weizhou Zhang using computational approaches to examine the innate and adaptive immune components of the tumor microenvironment. Nick is a second-year Clinical Pathology resident with interests in machine learning and next-generation sequencing. As part of the PSTP, he is co-mentored by Jon Brestoff and David DeNardo. In his free time, Nick enjoys spending time with his wife, reading (military history, science fiction, and social sciences), Olympic weightlifting, carrying sandbags through Forest Park, and writing software.


Pooja Khonde, MD
AP/CP
Pooja Khonde was born and raised in India. She attended medical school at Grant Medical College, Mumbai. She then chose to pursue a residency in pathology and earned an MD degree, graduating top of her class, from Topiwala National Medical College, Mumbai. Her dissertation was based on the study of megakaryocytes. She has been awarded as the diplomat of the National Board of India. An opportunity to learn from the best paved her way to Washington University, where she is now an AP/CP resident. Pooja loves singing, listening to music, and cooking for her friends and family.


Kasey Kreutz, MD
AP
Kasey Kreutz was born in St. Louis, Missouri and raised in Texas. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Texas at Arlington, she served as a linguist in the United States Navy. As a medical student at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, she worked in an infectious disease laboratory and later conducted a quality improvement project on microbiology specimens at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences. She is an AP resident interested in Forensic Pathology. In her spare time, she can be found hiking, camping, and kayaking in Mark Twain National Forest.


Patrick Morse, MD
AP/CP
Patrick Morse was born in Kansas City, Missouri and was raised between Harrisonville, Missouri, and Starkville, Mississippi.  He attended the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he earned his B.S. in Biochemistry and his M.D.  His first exposure to pathology was working as a lab technician at Boone Hospital, and his interest continued to develop during medical training by conducting research on infantile abusive head trauma through the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Boone County. He would later receive the W.B. “Pete” Stewart Pathology Memorial Award.  He is grateful to remain in Missouri and contribute to its health and patient care by pursuing a residency in AP/CP.  When he is not exploring his diverse interests in pathology, he is making poor choices on TV shows and books, enjoying the outdoors, spending time with family and friends, and teaching his cat boundaries.


Kaleigh Roberts, MD, PhD
AP/NP/PSTP
Kaleigh Roberts was born and raised in St. Louis, MO. She attended the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy for high school and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for college where she majored in Bioengineering. Before medical school, she became interested in Alzheimer’s disease and spent a year doing research with Dr. Randy Bateman at Washington University School of Medicine. She completed her medical training at Northwestern University in Chicago as part of their MSTP. For her PhD research, she studied the inhibition of amyloid aggregation by Cobalt(III) Schiff base complexes with Dr. Thomas Meade.  Currently, Kaleigh is a first-year resident in the combined Anatomic Pathology/Neuropathology track and is part of the Physician Scientist Training Program. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband Steve, taking care of their numerous pets (dogs, cat, snakes, lizards), being outdoors (camping, swimming, canoeing, hiking), playing board games, and being a Harry Potter superfan. 


Alexander Wein, MD, PhD
AP/PSTP
Alex was born and raised in Dalton, Georgia at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Emory University in Atlanta before spending two years at the NIH in a post-baccalaureate research fellowship. He returned to Emory to earn his MD and PhD, researching the immune response to respiratory viral infection. He plans to continue to study the immunology of the lung as an AP/PSTP resident at WashU in the lab of Ali Ellebedy and to specialize in cardiothoracic pathology. When not staring at slides, he enjoys cooking, hiking, brewing, and laying on the sofa with his two giant lap dogs (and his lovely wife, of course).


Amanda Wong, MD, PhD
AP/PSTP
Amanda Wong grew up in Minnesota in a suburb of the Twin Cities. She completed her undergraduate studies in Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. After college, she worked at the National Institutes of Health in the lab of Dr. Paul Plotz studying the contribution of autophagy to the rare lysosomal storage disorder Pompe disease. She returned to the Midwest to pursue MD/PhD training at the University of Michigan. Her thesis work, completed under the mentorship of Drs. Joel Swanson and Michele Swanson, applied quantitative live-cell imaging approaches to investigate how activated macrophages respond to lysosome-damaging insults. Amanda is a first-year Anatomic Pathology resident and member of the Physician Scientist Training Program. In her free time, she enjoys reading, visiting the farmer’s market, and enjoying her finds of fresh produce in meals with friends and family, an activity she hopes can resume in post-pandemic life.


PGY-3

Eleanor Castro, MD
AP/CP
Eleanor Castro was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology and her medical degree from the University of Louisville. She is an AP/CP resident and plans to pursue and fellowship in an AP sub-specialty following graduation. She is looking forward to further exploring opportunities in research and teaching during her training at Washington University. Currently, she is particularly interested in Liver-GI and pediatric pathology. Eleanor enjoys baking for friends and family, exploring St. Louis’ restaurants and breweries, knitting, and spending time outdoors.


Hassam Cheema, MBBS
AP/CP
Hassam Cheema was born and raised in Pakistan. He attended medical school at Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan. After medical school he worked as a post-doctorate research fellow at the University of Minnesota and the University of Miami, studying parthenogenesis of pancreatic injury and the effects of opioids use in recovery and regeneration in acute and chronic pancreatitis. He is an AP/CP resident with an interest in Liver/GI pathology. Outside of work Hassam enjoys reading, trying new cuisines, watching sports and spending time with his family.


Lisandro Fortuny, MD
CP
Lisandro Fortuny was born and raised in Argentina. He earned his medical degree at Universidad Nacional del Nordeste, Argentina. He trained in Pediatrics and after that in Transfusion Medicine and Cell Therapies at Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires. He worked for three years as an Associate Medical Director in Transfusion Medicine, with main focus on Apheresis in Pediatric population, working on patient care and technology innovation for LDL apheresis and Lymphocyte depletion for Haploidentical bone marrow transplant. He is now a Clinical Pathology resident physician. After completing his residency he would like to join the Transfusion Medicine program at Washington University to continue with his studies on the cellular therapies field.


Drew Hughes, MD, PhD
CP
Drew Hughes was born in Kansas City, Missouri and grew up in New Hampshire and Virginia. He completed an undergraduate degree in Mathematics at the College of William and Mary followed by an MD/PhD in Molecular Genetics and Genomics at Washington University School of Medicine. As a resident, Drew has worked to apply his training in genomics to develop and implement new diagnostic tools for oncology, infectious diseases, and histocompatibility testing. In addition, he has explored the use of machine learning to improve the throughput, standardization, and accuracy of high-volume tests in the clinical immunolgogy laboratory. Outside of work, Drew enjoys spending time with his wife (as well as their dog and their cat) and finding great restaurants in St. Louis.


Shiva Jabbari, MD
AP/CP
Shiva Jabbari was born and raised in Tabriz, Iran. She received her MD from Urmia University of Medical Sciences. After graduation, she worked as a general practitioner for two and a half years. In 2017 she moved to the United States and started working as a research fellow in a basic science lab in Indiana University. She is perusing AP/CP residency at Washington University in St. Louis and plans to join the Head and Neck Pathology Fellowship Program here at Wash U. She enjoys her life in beautiful St. Louis and likes hanging out with friends and family, cooking, and dancing.


Nicolas Kostelecky, MBBCh
AP
Nicolas completed his BA in Biology at Boston University and his MBBCHBaO (MD equivalent) at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He is currently completing an AP-only residency and serving as a chief resident, before starting his Neuropathology Fellowship at Northwestern University from 2022-2024. He intends to continue his education with a fellowship in Forensic Pathology. He is an avid athlete and can often be found running or cycling in Forest Park.


Jason Sina, MD
AP/CP
Jason Sina was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. He earned his MD degree from Tehran University of Medical Sciences. During medical school and after graduation along with clinical practice, he was involved in a variety of research, mainly investigating novel pharmacologic interventions to increase survival of organs under ischemic conditions. His deep interests in regenerative medicine and stem-cell therapy research were the incentive for him to move to the United States. He conducted several research projects at the University of Miami, the University of Maryland in Baltimore, and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida with focus on introducing novel biotherapeutic products to treat vascular occlusive conditions such as atherosclerosis or post-angioplasty arterial restenosis. Today, Jason is a combined AP/CP resident at Washington University in St. Louis. He is interested in GI/liver and transplant pathology. Along with learning general pathology practice, he is involved in several research projects. Jason enjoys spending time with his family and friends, indoor soccer, and beach volleyball.


Krithika Shenoy, MBBS
AP/CP
Krithika Shenoy was born and raised in India and graduated top of her class with an MBBS degree from Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore in 2017. She has worked on several translational research projects during medical school and has been a recipient of the Indian Council of Medical Research, Short Term Studentship award for medical students for the study of vestibulocochlear nerve impairment in patients with diabetes mellitus. After graduation, Krithika worked as a pathology teaching assistant for medical students at her alma mater before starting her AP/CP residency at Washington University in St. Louis. Currently a third-year AP/CP resident, she is applying for fellowships in Gastrointestinal/liver pathology and Cytopathology. Outside of work, she loves cooking, painting and spending time with friends and family.


G. Michael Upchurch, MD, PhD
AP/CP
G. Michael Upchurch attended Tulane University where he earned a BS in Cell & Molecular Biology and an MS in Human Genetics. He completed his medical education at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where he pursued a PhD in Cancer Biology in the laboratory of Dr. Rene Opavsky as part of the UNMC MD/PhD program. His work focused on epigenetic alterations in hematologic malignancies; specifically, how DNA hypomethylation contributes to the development and maintenance of hematologic neoplasms. This work demonstrated that DNMT3A is a haploinsufficient tumor suppressor in murine models of peripheral T-cell lymphoma. After finishing residency, he will stay at Washington University in St. Louis to pursue a hematopathology fellowship. In his spare time, he likes to rock out to 80’s hair metal, sample craft beer, tell endless “Dad Jokes”, and bro-down to a football game.


Ariel Wu, MD
AP/CP
Ariel Wu was born in Providence, Rhode Island and raised in Princeton, New Jersey. She spent 7 years in Philadelphia completing an accelerated BS/MD program, earning her bachelor’s degree in biology from Villanova University and her medical degree from Drexel University College of Medicine. Along the way, she participated in research projects at the University of Pennsylvania and the MD Anderson Cancer Center. A lifelong east-coaster, she has grown to love St. Louis during her AP/CP residency and is very excited to be staying at WashU as one of the Gynecologic and Breast Pathology fellows. Her greatest loves in life are food and family. She also enjoys a good book, live music, being outdoors, playing board games, and traveling as much as she can.


PGY-4

Ashna Aggarwal, MD
AP/CP
Ashna Aggarwal was born and raised in New Delhi, India. She completed medical school and a pathology residency at Maulana Azad Medical College in India. Her dissertation was on p63 expression in fine-needle aspiration cytology of breast lesions. She worked for a year as a Senior Resident in the Cytology and Hematology divisions before moving to the US. Currently, she is completing her final year of AP/CP training. She is excited to continue her training in GI/Liver Pathology at the University of Colorado. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, reading books (especially comics), painting, and spending time with family.


Cedric Bailey, DO
AP/CP
Cedric Bailey was born in Virginia but spent most of his life growing up in California. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of California at Davis in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior. He worked as an anatomic pathology technician grossing specimens, assisting during frozen sections, and serving as a diener at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California, where he fell in love with the wonderful world of pathology. He went on to study medicine at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California, serving in a variety of student leadership positions focused on physician advocacy, medical education, and pathology. Cedric completed an out-of-sequence fellowship in Cytopathology and won Anatomic Pathology Fellow of the Year during the 2020-2021 academic year. Currently, he is completing his combined anatomic and clinical pathology residency. He is keenly focused on mirroring the skills of famed Washington University pathologists and becoming an excellent physician. Outside of work, Cedric enjoys exploring St. Louis, commute cycling, finding new craft breweries, yoga, swimming, and planning his next surfing trip.


Jane Lee, MD
AP/CP
Jane Lee was born and raised in Wisconsin. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with degrees in Biology and Music. She earned her medical degree at the Medical College of Wisconsin. During medical school, she participated in research studying type 1 diabetes development in mice. Jane enjoys hiking, baking, and traveling. Jane is pursuing AP/CP training.


Liang Lu, MD, PhD
AP/CP
Liang Lu was born and raised in Harbin, known as the “Ice City,” in China’s northern Manchuria. He completed his undergraduate studies in biomedical engineering at Georgia Tech and subsequently pursued a PhD in regenerative medicine in Dresden, Germany. His thesis focused on the design, validation, and optimization of a bioreactor system to mimic the physical environment of the heart. His passion for cardiac tissue engineering continued with postdoctoral research at MIT, where he devised biodegradable, vascularized polymer scaffolds for engineered heart tissue. He then returned to Georgia and earned his MD from the Medical College of Georgia.
Liang is serving as one of the AP/CP co-chief residents in academic year 2021-2022. His current research interests include biomedical devices, cardiac electrophysiology, tissue engineering, and machine learning. In his free time, he enjoys badminton, cooking, wood carving, Chinese calligraphy, playing instruments (accordion, piano, and ocarina) and making Federweisser (a tasty German beverage). On weekends, Liang usually goes cycling, hiking, and camping in the state parks near St. Louis. Liang will pursue a cardiovascular and pulmonary pathology fellowship at the University of Washington in Seattle starting July 2022.


Lily Mahapatra, MD, PhD
AP/CP
Lily Mahapatra was born in Trenton, New Jersey and raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and Port Tobacco, Maryland. She graduated from Cornell University with a BA in Sociology and Microbiology. After college, she studied immunoparasitology in the Laboratory of Parasitic Disease at the National Institutes of Health through the IRTA program. She then joined the Medical Scholars Program (combined MD/PhD program) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she studied the oncofetal RNA binding protein, IMP-1 and earned a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Fellowship Award (NRSA F30). Currently, she is in her final year of AP/CP residency and serving as one of the chief residents. Her research interests include Merkel cell carcinoma and high-risk HPV oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma. Next year, she will continue her training at Wash U as a Dermatopathology fellow. In her free time, Lily loves spending time with her family, doing watercolors, and crafting.
Favorite St. Louis activities: Train rides at the STL Zoo and touring the Missouri Botanical Gardens.


Ryan Sappenfield, MD
AP/CP
Ryan Sappenfield was born and raised in Southaven, Mississippi. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Mississippi in Exercise Science/Kinesiology, where he was first introduced to the world of pathology in the form of a histology course taught by one of his mentors. He went on to study medicine at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, where he was elected junior AOA and served in a variety of student leadership positions. Currently, he is a combined AP/CP resident and serving as a chief resident with research interests in well-differentiated neuroendocrine tumors of the gastrointestinal tract, neoplasms arising from heterotopic pancreas, and medical liver. After residency, Ryan will complete a Gastrointestinal/Liver fellowship at Johns Hopkins University. Outside of work, Ryan enjoys golf, traveling, hiking, video games, trying new breweries, and playing with his pup Arya.