Get to know the UConn 2020-2021 chiefs!
St. Francis Chief – Juan was born and raised in Cuenca, Ecuador. He has been practicing martial arts (Tae Kwon Do) since the age of 5 and he is a black belt. He represented his country with the Ecuadorian Tae Kwon Do National Team in multiple tournaments. He attended medical school in Cuenca, Ecuador (Catholic University of Cuenca). Before starting residency, Juan created a website called Ecuadoctors.com where he shared his experience in the pursuit of a medical residency in the U.S. He got married before starting residency and his wife is also starting residency in Internal Medicine. His interests are hematology and oncology, medical education, academic medicine, among others. He loves teaching and mentorship. As a chief medical resident, his objective is to help residents and students accomplish their goals and provide a supportive learning environment. As the Research Chief Medical Resident, he is interested in increasing the participation of residents in scholarly activities. He is applying for hematology and oncology fellowship this cycle. He loves hiking, listening to music, karaoke, sports in general but particularly soccer (La Liga), gaming (loves FIFA and Minecraft).
Hartford Hospital Chief – Lucie is from a small town outside of Scranton, Pennsylvania where she grew up riding horses and working on her family’s farm. She was inspired to go into medicine to fill the void she saw in her rural community. She went to The University of Scranton to study biology and biochemistry and then matriculated to Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She has a personal interest in global and refugee medicine and has been to Haiti numerous times in the wake of the 2010 earthquake. Lucie is currently applying for cardiology and hopes to return to Pennsylvania where she sees herself involved in resident and medical education.
VA Chief – Courtenay was born in London, England and grew up in a shared house with seven bedrooms and seven families. She journeyed to Cardiff University in Wales, UK to attend medical school where she met her husband and developed a fierce loyalty to the Welsh rugby team. After medical school she undertook postgraduate training in Liverpool before her husband moved to the US for his job as a mechanical engineer. Happily, she got accepted into the internal medicine residency program here at UConn. She loves UConn internal medicine program for its amalgamation of community spirit mixed with ability to offer countless opportunities to its residents due to its large size and university affiliation, and she has been lucky enough to participate in both the clinician educator track completing the certificate in health professions education and has also been able to start undertaking the first year of an MPH degree. Outside of work she enjoys all things food, with special mentions to Milkcraft’s blue cookie butter ice cream, the best Thai food from Blue Elephant, great happy hour at Shish Kebab House of Afghanistan and who can forget Donut Crazy (I declare no financial interest: unfortunately!). As well as her husband, she also lives with her standard poodle Bismarck, in a house in West Hartford and is always ready for a BBQ in the back yard or a hike in one of Connecticut’s many state parks.
John Dempsey Chief – Khalid was born in Benha, Egypt. He attended medical school at Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt. He has been passionate about blood and bone marrow donation since his medical school days. He loved his time as a resident at UConn and is glad to be staying for an extra year as chief. He enjoys teaching and working with medical students and residents. Outside of work, Khalid loves spending time with his wife exploring Connecticut trails, cooking, watching and playing soccer. If you see him, you can stop him to talk about Dostoevsky’s work, the Hamilton musical, or Manchester United’s season! He is applying this cycle for Hematology / Oncology fellowship. He aspires to focus on malignant Hematology. He hopes this year brings a lot of joy, growth, and happiness to his UConn family.
John Dempsey Chief – Meghana was born in Hyderabad, India and grew up in a house of doctors. She went on to complete her medical school in Osmania medical college, where she met her husband. She was very happy to have matched with her husband to UConn Internal medicine program. Outside of work, she enjoys exploring new restaurants with her husband, hike the many state parks, and she also enjoys paint night with wine at local paintbar. She is very excited for her chief year and aims to nurture the supportive environment for all the residents and help them accomplish their goals. She is applying for hematology oncology fellowship this year.
St. Francis Chief – Meghan is from Munster, Indiana. She attended Indiana University and obtained a bachelors in Elementary education. From there she taught 5th grade for a few years until she shifted gears and attended Ross University School of Medicine. She did majority of her clinical rotations in Chicago and the Detroit area. After medical school she married her high school sweetheart and they moved to Connecticut so she could complete her residency training in Internal Medicine. She has two beautiful boys and loves spending any spare time with them. She enjoys hiking/walking with her dog, Lola. She is applying for Pulmonary /Critical Care Fellowship this year. She is very excited to be Chief medical resident and is looking forward to learning and growing with the residents!
Hartford Hospital Chief – Bryan Stringer grew up in the small town of Orillia, Ontario. In a toss-up between culinary school and university, Bryan ultimately chose to pursue an undergraduate degree in medical sciences at the University of Western Ontario. He then went on to complete medical school at the American University of Caribbean in St. Maarten. Bryan’s career interests include cardiology and electrophysiology with an emphasis on resident and fellow education. Outside of work you can find Bryan playing golf, cooking, beer brewing (and tasting) and playing hard rock and metal on the electric guitar. During residency, he married his wife Megen and they are expecting their first born in September! During chief year, Bryan’s focus is to foster a supportive, fun and educational environment. As the team captain for the program’s medical Jeopardy team, he hopes to lead the team to state and national victories.