Hello! We are your UConn 2022-2023 chiefs! 

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 Leanne Brown, MD

John Dempsey Chief –  Leanne was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica before emigrating to Ontario, Canada as a teen. She has been passionate about music and dance her whole life and considers her self fortunate to have represented both countries on a national stage. It was a toss up between the performing arts and university, but ultimately she chose a career in medicine in the footsteps of her father. She returned to the Caribbean for medical school then moved to Connecticut to complete her residency. She plans to pursue a career in nephrology with a focus on academic medicine. She also has a personal interest in health equity and health disparities. Outside of work she continues to enjoy music, recreational dance and spending quality time with family. 

 David Bowers, MD

Hartford Hospital Chief – Born in a small rural town in Western NY called Westmoreland, David grew up with his younger brother and sister enjoying the outdoors and spending weekends at his camp in the Adirondacks.   He did not venture too far from home to continue his schooling after high school, attending Siena College for undergrad and Albany Medical College to complete his education.   He looks forward to enacting meaningful change in the program during his chief year, while showing that residency training does not always have to be “all work and no play”.  Outside of work, David enjoys playing golf, traveling to new destinations, and anything that has to do with sports. He plans to pursue a career as an academic hospitalist at the conclusion of residency.

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 Teresa Da Cunha, MD

Saint Francis Chief – Teresa is originally from Lisbon, Portugal. After high school she studied architecture for two years but her passion for medicine and for traveling made her leave her country. At the age of 19 she moved to Prague in the Czech Republic where she graduated medical school at the 2nd Faculty of Medicine, Charles University. She was able to complete several rotations around the world including Portugal, United Kingdom, Greece and the US. The US was her favorite place and she moved here for residency.  Coming from a coastal town, she grew up sailing and has participated in several international championships. She has been able to continue sailing while in Connecticut with her husband and now two children (under two!). She loves GI and is applying for a fellowship this year. As the curriculum chief, she will make sure everyone is having fun while learning!

Sean Harford, MD

John Dempsey Chief –  Sean was born and raised in Grenada, a small island in the Caribbean. He is an avid soccer (although he calls it football) fan and supports Liverpool FC in the English Premier League. In his youth, he was a competitive swimmer and swam for the Grenada national team in multiple meets. He attended medical school in Grenada at St. George’s University. He was inspired to become a doctor due to the void in medical technology and care available in his home nation and jumped at the opportunity to be able to study in his home nation. He was able to get into an accelerated BSc/MD program which allowed him to do 2 years of clinical rotations in the US while gaining experience that prepared him to start residency here at UCONN. His interests are medical education, infectious disease in addition to everything in internal medicine. He enjoys teaching and mentorship. He is applying for an infectious disease fellowship this cycle. As chief medical resident, his goal is to foster an engaging and comfortable learning environment for residents in the program. Outside of medicine, he enjoys hiking, listening to music, playing video games and of course watching football.

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Marissa Hobocan, DO

Saint Francis Chief – 

 Suong Nguyen, MD

Hartford Hospital Chief Born in Kansas and raised in a small town in Arkansas. Suong grew up with four siblings whom she has a very close relationship with flying frequently to meet in different locations with Universal Orlando being a favorite spot. She went to medical school on the beautiful island of Nevis where she met Danison who shares the same love for Harry Potter as she does. Suong also has a masters in business administration with hopes to someday work along with the administrative side of medicine while also working clinically. Suong is applying for pulmonary critical care medicine for this years cycle. Outside of medicine, she rock climbs and loves to try new restaurants and could probably eat for days. She also LOVES cats and has 2 fur babies, Sophie and Pons. She is an avid social media user and is our social chief. Keep a lookout for the monthly social flyer!

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 Alla Turshudzhyan, DO

VA Chief – Alla was born and raised in Moscow, Russia and moved to US at the age 17 to attend Boston University and considers Boston her second hometown. She moved to Maine for medical school (UNECOM), where she also served as a pre-doctoral teaching fellow for a year. Her professional interests are gastroenterology, clinical research, medical education. As a research chief medical resident and residency podcast leader, she hopes to increase participation of residents in scholarly activities. She considers herself an amateur pastry chef and enjoys oil painting and playing piano in her spare time. Lastly, she is known for dry sense of humor and lots of sarcasm.

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