Presence Health

PGY 1 Residents 2018 - 2019


Jie Deng, MD, PhD

Medical school:  Dartmouth Medical School

About me: I grew up in Florida and graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Chemistry and a minor in Communication Studies. I was very inspired by my undergraduate experiences in basic and clinical research so I decided to pursue MD/PhD training. I graduated from Dartmouth Medical School with a PhD in cancer immunology. After my Transitional Year internship, I will be pursuing residency training in Radiation Oncology at UCLA. In my spare time, I enjoy exploring my new city, traveling, and spending time outdoors and by the water.

Why Presence Resurrection: The Transitional Year at PRMC is extremely well balanced and conducive to getting wide exposure to multiple different disciplines that will be directly beneficial in my future career as an oncologist. Everyone I met during my interview day was so happy and proud to be part of the program! Further, the program has fantastic leadership and is well supported by an attentive and helpful GME department.



Margaret Dennin, MD

Medical School: University of Chicago Pritzker SOM

About Me: I grew up in Lake Placid, NY and went to Cornell University for undergrad where I majored in Human Biology, Health and Society. I moved out to Chicago for medical school at the University of Chicago and will be going back to University of Chicago for dermatology residency. My favorite thing about Chicago is the summertime, including enjoying the beaches and pools, movies and concerts in the parks, the 606, and restaurant patios.

Why Presence Resurrection: I chose Resurrection because on my interview day it was clear that it would be a wonderful environment to work. Dr. Farhenbach and Karen were genuinely so friendly and welcoming and all TYs seemed close-knit and happy to be at work! I knew I would get great training rotating through many different specialties and working with a diverse patient population.


Robert Funk, MD

Medical School: University of Kansas School of Medicine

About me: I was born and raised in the suburbs of Wichita, Kansas. I attended the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS as an undergraduate where I studied biochemistry. Then I continued on at the University of Kansas for medical school in Kansas City. The Midwest is my home, and I enjoy the people and everything it has to offer. I am now proud to call Chicago my home. I enjoy fitness, running, cooking, and trying new restaurants.

Why Presence Resurrection: I had never been to Chicago before interviewing at Presence Resurrection. During my interview day, the faculty were so pleasant and greeted us with smiles. I could tell they were interested in getting to know me as a person and not only as a doctor. Furthermore, the appeal of Chicago drew me, and I could not have chosen a better place to live.


Arielle Gray, MD

Medical School: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

About Me: I grew up in the North suburbs of Chicago (Deerfield) and received a degree in Neuroscience from the University of Michigan. Go blue! After college, I spent a year in Sydney, Australia doing research at the University of New South Wales before beginning medical school at Loyola SSOM. Next year, I am headed to Oregon Health and Science University for Dermatology and couldn't be more excited! My hobbies include hiking/camping, rock climbing, travel, SCUBA diving, yoga, and decorating cookies. 

Why Resurrection: I chose Resurrection because of the family atmosphere and positive environment. Resurrection is the type of place where people say "Good Morning" to each other in the hallways even if they are complete strangers. Everyone is very dedicated to providing exceptional patient care but equally kind and fun to work with! Additional bonus is the ability to do electives and gain more exposure to fields I did not get to rotate through as a medical student.


Mathew Joseph, MD

About Me: I am from a smaller town on the south side of metro Atlanta (go braves). I went to the University of Georgia (go dawgs) and then went to med school at Medical College of Georgia. I'll be at Loyola (go ramblers) for dermatology after this year. I like games with fam/friends, nature, cultural excursions, different foods, and all that jazz.

Why Resurrection: I had a lot of rotations at community hospitals in med school. I liked the similar, down-to-earth feel at Presence and how it's a smaller community where you can get to know everybody. The choices in electives, ample free parking while still being in Chicago, and that Dr Fahrenbach is a bass guitarist in The Beat Tweakers sealed the deal for me! 


Ajay Kailas, MD

About me: I graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Development Sociology in 2013. After graduating, I worked as a basic science researcher for one year at the National Institutes of Health studying Nanotechnology and Analytical Chemistry. My passion and future career is focused on improving common skin issues in people of color. During medical school I did a lot of research which focused heavily on lasers, hyperpigmentation, melasma, and melanoma. In my free time I enjoy making films and videos for my YouTube channel and flying my drone (DJI Mavic Pro!).

Why Resurrection: I knew I wanted to go to PRMC for my TY year before I interviewed. I had heard from others that this was a hidden gem of a program that was super amazing, full of chill residents, and had awesome benefits. When I interviewed, I had a great interview and really connected with the APD. We talked casually about my work with Native Americans and found out he was also a Cornell grad! Go Big Red! I was blown away by the program, let them know that, and fortunately here I am!



Sheena Khanna, MD

About Me: I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and went out to USC for undergrad (Fight On!) before returning to the amazing city of Chicago for medical school. A die hard Chicago fan, I love watching sports, hanging out with friends, and enjoying the summers while they last! I'll be staying near the city to do my ophthalmology training at Loyola University Medical Center next year, but for now I am cherishing my time with the wonderful community of residents and attendings at Resurrection.

I've met role models who embody patient-centered care, a love for resident teaching, and work-life balance -- all things I hope to carry forward during my career!


Elizabeth Kream, MD

About Me: I am a future dermatologist from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in biology. I stayed down south for medical school at Tulane, where I served as class secretary and social chair. As a food and cocktail enthusiast, I loved living in New Orleans and is thrilled to start eating her way around Chicago. I have siblings in Chicago including a twin who is also a resident at Presence Resurrection. I like to be outdoors, run marathons, and play with her corgi Pancake. During a long weekend off, I plan to head to the lake in northern Wisconsin for water skiing and Spotted Cow. I will be staying in Chicago for dermatology residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Why Presence Resurrection: I chose Presence Resurrection because they value resident wellbeing and education equally to that of their amazing patients. 


Lucy Liu, MD

Medical School: Yale University School of Medicine

About Me: Raised in the West Coast, I left California for college, graduating from Wellesley College in 2013 with a degree in Chemistry and minor in Music (performance). I went straight to medical school, where I took a year off to conduct clinical research, specifically studying novel therapies for alopecia areata and vitiligo, both autoimmune diseases. I love traveling, baking, cooking, and eating, and Chicago is perfect for a foodie like myself. I will be heading back to California for my Dermatology Residency at Stanford University.

Why Presence Resurrection: I knew that I wanted to find a tight-knit program that would provide opportunities to learn as well as teach. It was important to me to be in a supportive and kind community. Additionally, I sought a diverse clinical experience that would provide a broad foundation for my career in dermatology. Presence Resurrection was the perfect fit on all fronts.



Madison McMenemy, MD

Medical School: McGovern Medical School, University of Texas at Houston 

About Me: Born and raised in a big family in Sugar Land, Texas, I had my first taste of Midwestern culture when I went to University of Notre Dame for undergrad. While there, I learned every ND football cheer, decided to major in studio art and Pre-professional studies, and took frequent trips to Chicago. I come from a very doctor-heavy family so medical school was always my dream! Next up on my list: visit every museum and brewery in Chicago! There are quite a few!

Why Presence Resurrection: I remember being so excited to receive my invitation to interview! Word on the street was that "Club Res" is the place to be. But the interview day far surpassed my expectations. Every resident I spoke with was so happy, kind, and full of enthusiasm for the program. When Dr. Fahrenbach asked if I had any questions, I replied, "I'm afraid to ask because this program seems too good to be true!" So far, it's been superb, and I am so happy to be sharing this transitional year with my co-residents. 


Thomas Meirick, MD

Medical School: Carver College of Medicine - University of Iowa

About me: I was born and raised in Protivin, Iowa, a small town of about 250 people in Northeast Iowa. In high school I was involved in football, wrestling, and baseball, as well as choir and student government. I earned my B.A. from The University of Iowa where I majored in Economics and Biochemistry. I stayed at Iowa for medical school, where I developed a strong interest in ophthalmology. Following my year at Resurrection, I will be heading to Seattle for ophthalmology at the University of Washington.

Why Resurrection: While interviewing for ophthalmology programs, I strongly valued a sense of family within a residency program. I didn't expect to find that in one-year programs, but was really impressed when speaking with Dr. Fahrenbach and the previous transitional year residents. A common theme among all of them was how supportive the program staff, attendings, and co-residents were. In addition, I loved the idea of spending a year in Chicago after 26 in Iowa!


Lillian Tran, MD

Medical School: Paul L Foster SOM, Texas Tech HSC El Paso

About Me: I was born and raised in Texas where I did both my undergrad (University of Texas at Austin) and medical school. I left the Lone Star State for my internship/residency here in Chicago, and I couldn't be more excited to embark on this personal/professional journey. After my year at Res, I'll be continuing my ophthalmology residency at Cook County. In my free time, I like to rock climb, go to music shows, eat unhealthy amounts of unhealthy food, and practice yoga from time to time. I also have 2 dogs - a beagle that eats as much as a human and a terrier who can't stop sneezing when he's excited. 

Why Presence Resurrection: During my interview day, each and every person I met was friendly and made me feel right at home. The residents I spoke to were excited to share their experiences. Dr. Fahrenbach was genuine and incredibly easy to talk to. The curriculum is well-rounded and gives a lot of autonomy for interns to choose great elective rotations. I feel like this program has it all!


Natacha Villegas, MD

About Me: I am a future ophthalmologist from Margarita Island, Venezuela.  I moved to the United States after graduating from high school and then completed a degree in Nutritional Sciences at Texas A&M University. I graduated from medical school at the University of Texas at Houston. I enjoy exploring new places and meeting new people, she hopes to visit as many countries as possible in her lifetime. 


Stephen Winter, MD

Medical School: University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

About me: I grew up in southwest Michigan and majored in chemistry at University of Michigan. I did some basic science research and worked as a software developer before finishing medical school. I will be doing radiology residency at University of Utah. I am excited to live in mountains as I like to bike, hike, climb, and camp. I am also interested in medical education software projects.

Why Presence Resurrection: I chose Resurrection because of the strong mission of service, the kind and supportive people, the great diversity of elective rotations, and the happiness of the residents.