Nisha Basappa, M.D.Nisha Basappa, M.D.
Medical School: University of Maryland School of Medicine

I was born and raised in Maryland and have loved growing up and going to school here! I went to UMBC for college where I majored in Biology with a minor in Psychology. I then decided to make big moves and went 15 minutes north to the University of Maryland for medical school.  I loved the hospital, residents, and attendings so much that I decided to continue the big moves and stay for residency! In my free time, I love cooking, baking, trying out new recipes, running, yoga, and painting. Baltimore has been a great home for the past 8 years and I am so excited for another 3 with some amazing new friends!

Kerri Best, M.D.Kerri Best, M.D.
Medical School: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

I was born in Lynchburg, Virginia, where I lived in my early childhood.  My family then moved to Warrenton, North Carolina for 4 years, before finally moving when I was 10 years old and residing in Prince George’s County, Maryland. I stayed in Maryland and went to Johns Hopkins for undergrad, which led to me wanting to branch out of Maryland for medical school, taking me to Chicago. I am now very happy to be back in my home state for residency and to serve my community as I have a huge passion for working with the underserved. 

I feel like I really connected to the people at University of Maryland when interviewing here and was excited to have matched here.  Now that I am here, I see how awesome all of my co-residents are so I know that I truly made the perfect choice and there couldn’t have been a better fit for me in a pediatric residency program. 

Some of my hobbies include traveling, dancing, trying new foods (especially anything chocolate, as I am a chocolate fanatic!), doing karaoke, and watching tons of game shows like Price is Right and Lets Make a Deal. I also enjoy spending time with my family and friends.

I am very excited and looking forward to seeing what the next 3 years of my pediatric residency will bring.

Kevin Cesa, M.D.Kevin Cesa, M.D.
Medical School: Temple University Lewis Katz School of Medicine

I was born in Beverly, MA, a town outside of Boston. I went to the University of Pittsburgh for undergrad and majored in chemistry. After graduation, I joined the Peace Corps and served in Suriname, a small country in South America. For 2 years, I performed a variety of public health projects while living in a rain forest village.  I also met my future wife, a fellow volunteer. After returning, I joined a research lab focused on the creation of an HIV vaccine.  I went to Medical School at Temple University, and during this time my wife and I had our first child. I am excited to spend the next few years exploring Baltimore and taking advantage of the local grandparents for free babysitting. In my free time, I like to read, play peekaboo with daughter, and work on my horrible golf game.

Eliza Huebner, M.D.Eliza Huebner, M.D.
Medical School: University of Maryland School of Medicine

I was born in Grosse Pointe, MI, but moved to Severna Park, MD when I was only 6 months old.  I grew up there with my parents, older brother and at least one dog at all times.  After high school, I moved to NYC for 5 years to fulfill a dream of living in the big city.  Then, I returned back home to attend University of Maryland College Park for my undergraduate studies where I majored in Physiology and Neurobiology (this is where my husband will want me to say: Go Terps!).  Next up was University of Maryland School of Medicine where I had such a great experience that I decided to stay there for my pediatric residency. I am excited to figure out what exactly I would like to pursue in pediatrics!

I now live with my husband (Tom), daughter (Isla) and dog (Mabel) just 5 minutes away from the house I grew up in.  In my free time, you can find me hanging out with my family, taking my dog for walks (or runs if I’m feeling ambitious), and trying to figure out this whole “parenting” thing!

Daon Juang, M.D.Daon Juang, M.D.
Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine

A Philly sports fan, I grew up just north of the city in Newtown, PA. During my undergrad years at Penn State, I studied chemistry and am thankful to have met my now-wife Amy. To fill time before attending Drexel medical school, I spent six months working at Chick-fil-A...where yes, I even sported the cow suit.

For fun, I like to veg out, watch sports, run, try new foods, and check things off my 30-things-to-do-before-age-30 bucket list.

I'm excited to be part of the UMMC family, and to explore the Baltimore area.

Mosopefoluwa Lanlokun, M.D.Mosopefoluwa Lanlokun, M.D.
Medical School: Rutgers University Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

I was born in Nigeria, but I grew up in Howard County here in MD. I went to the University of Maryland, College Park for undergrad, so of course I consider myself a Terp for life! After college, I decided to venture out of the DMV area for a bit, and I attended Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. While I enjoyed my experience at Rutgers, I am happy to be back home! 

My interview day at the University of Maryland and the pre-interview dinner made it clear that this is a supportive and enriching environment for residents. I am excited to train here and work with a wonderful group of individuals! I’m also grateful for this opportunity to fulfill my childhood dream of making a difference in the lives of children and their families. 

In my free time, I love spending time with my family and friends. I can also be found watching Lifetime movies, trying new food, and exploring DC!

Amanda Louis, M.D.Amanda Louis, M.D.
Medical School: Albany Medical College

I was born in Miami, Florida but only lived there for two years before I moved to a suburb outside of New York City where I grew up for most of my life. I knew in high school that I wanted to pursue medicine and I was accepted into an 8-year combined MD/MBA degree program with Union College and Albany Medical College in upstate New York. Now, I’m excited to be a pediatrician in Baltimore at the University of Maryland! In my free time, I love to play soccer, run, and work out… basically anything active! On the other hand, I also don’t mind eating lots of food and watching lots of TV.

John Odom, M.D.John (JD) Odom, M.D.
Medical School: University of South Florida Health Morsani College of Medicine

I was born and raised in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Growing up, my older sister, younger brother and I were consistently surrounded by animals. From horses to parrots to snakes my family has at one point or another kept them all as pets. Not surprisingly, both of my siblings would grow up and become veterinarians (well my brother is currently in vet school, in England). Both of my parents work for the arts department at a high-school back in Florida. My father builds sets for the theater department and my mother makes costumes and props for them.

Unlike the majority of my friends in undergrad, I did not go in as pre-med. My original plan involved getting a Phd and pursuing a career in the basic sciences. Around my third year of college, after an internship at a research lab, I realized that career path was not for me. Fortunately, one of my roommates at the time was pre-med and convinced me to study for the MCAT. I went on to study medicine at the University of South Florida (go Bulls).

At some point in med school I started going to the gym and that quickly became one of my main hobbies. At this point, I know more about professional bodybuilding and powerlifting than I do about basketball. That being said, sport’s medicine never really appealed to me. Instead, I will be pursuing a fellowship in genetics as I feel that the field offers great room for innovation and perhaps more importantly, it interests me. 

Jacquelyn Piccolo, M.D.Jacquelyn Piccolo, M.D.
Medical School: The Commonwealth Medical College

I am originally from Northern Virginia and I am excited to be back closer to home!  I went to the University of Virginia for undergraduate and majored in chemical engineering.  Afterwards, I moved to my parents' hometown of Scranton, PA to attend The Commonwealth Medical College for medical school.  I am excited to continue my medical training at the University of Maryland!  In my free time, I enjoying sampling all types of ice cream, reading books, and travelling.  At the moment, I am thinking about entering primary care after residency but I am keeping an open mind.

Vandana Racherla, M.D.Vandana Racherla, M.D.
Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine

I was born in Philadelphia, PA and grew up in the suburbs of Philly. I love the city of brotherly love and decided to stay for college at the University of Pennsylvania and attended Drexel University College of Medicine. 

It seemed as though I was never going to leave Philadelphia but when I visited the University of Maryland I knew I had found a program and city that I could call home. The residents and faculty at Maryland are passionate about providing quality care to their patients and were all extremely supportive of one another. On top of that, the city of Baltimore is a wonderful city that I am very excited to call home! 

Outside of the hospital, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I love to dance, try new restaurants,cook with my husband and watch TV!

Jeanine Reyes, M.D.Jeanine Reyes, M.D.
Medical School: University of Maryland School of Medicine

In my life I have lived many places… in Maryland. I was born in Baltimore, and spent the first five years of my life in Laurel. My family trekked north to Clarksville, where I spent most of my childhood and attended various schools in Howard County. For college, I went back south to attend the University of Maryland, College Park, where I met my now fiancé Giancarlo. After a gap year, I came back to my birthplace of Baltimore to attend the University of Maryland for medical school! I loved being a student here and am excited to stay for another three years for residency. I hope I have officially earned the title of a “Maryland Lifer!”

It’s been a dream come true to finally be a pediatrician and follow in the footsteps of my parents, both pediatricians. I am honored for this opportunity to give back to the children and families of Baltimore City. I am also thrilled to be working with my resident class, which is filled with thoughtful, funny, and bright individuals. When I’m not in the hospital, I enjoy traveling, spending time with friends and family (especially facetiming with my grandmother), watching almost all ABC TV shows, crafting various DIY Pinterest projects, hiking, and running.

Garrett Sevigny, M.D.Garrett Sevigny, M.D.
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine

I was born in San Diego, CA, but moved to Indiana when I was 2 years old. I grew up in Terre Haute, an hour southwest of Indianapolis. Growing up in Indiana, I am obsessed with basketball, playing and watching it whenever I have the chance. I also love to watch and play soccer, and am a football and baseball fan as well. In my spare time here in Baltimore, I hope to catch as many Orioles & Ravens games as possible.

For college I went to Olivet Nazarene University, which is an hour south of Chicago. I was a pre-med who majored in biology.

I am excited to venture out of the Midwest for residency. I really liked how the University of Maryland Medical Center was right in the heart of downtown Baltimore, within walking distance of the Inner Harbor. Baltimore seemed to me like a city with so much culture. In terms of the residency program, I was very impressed during my interview with the program's leadership and how invested they seemed in their residents. 

So far, it has been great bonding with my new co-residents, as they're all fantastic people. And the staff has also been so welcoming and friendly. I am beyond excited for the next three years of training!

Adam Shore, M.D.Adam Shore, M.D.
Medical School: New York University School of Medicine

I grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia with my parents, older sister, and twin brother.  My family is very important to me, and although they are back in Pennsylvania I plan to make them proud of my achievements here in Baltimore.  I originally attended college at the University of Pennsylvania where I studied physics and performed research in medical imaging.  After taking a year off to focus on research, I enrolled in medical school at the New York University School of Medicine.  During those four challenging years in New York City, I discovered my love for pediatric medicine. Through the best of luck I matched for residency here at the University of Maryland where I hope to expand upon my interests and make my mark as a young and determined pediatrician.

Daniel Tummillo, M.D.Daniel Tummillo, M.D.
Medical School: St. Louis University School of Medicine

I was born in Misawa, Japan; after living there for two years I moved along with my parents and older sister to Maryland. From there I was able to spend 19 wonderful years in Maryland, going to Ocean City, watching Cal Ripkin and Ray Lewis play, and of course eating plenty of CRABS. I attended the University of Maryland Baltimore County (caught Retriever Fever). While in undergrad I spent three years working at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute performing benchtop research on HIV. After so many years in Maryland I decided it was time to leave the nest and headed west to St. Louis for medical school. While I had a marvelous time in St. Louis my heart was always in Maryland so I was ecstatic to match at University of Maryland for my pediatrics residency. 

In my spare time I like to travel (48/50 states), bake, read, play board games, watch the O’s and Ravens, and most of all hang out with friends.

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Christina Morris-Berry, M.D.Christina Morris-Berry, M.D. (Peds/Neuro Prelim)
Medical School: University of Maryland School of Medicine

I'm a life-long Marylander: I was born in Annapolis, MD and grew up on the Eastern Shore.  I majored in Biology and Biochemistry at McDaniel College (formerly Western Maryland College) in Westminster, MD about an hour outside of Baltimore.  I knew I wanted to work with children with neurological disorders, and did research in Child Neurology at Johns Hopkins University for several years before going back to medical school.  During that time, I met and married my husband and we adopted our puppy, Kona.  I also earned a Master's from Johns Hopkins in Biotechnology.  I decided to go to medical school and was so happy to attend and thoroughly enjoyed my time at UMSOM, where I realized how much I enjoy working with children and their families.  After a completing my training at Maryland, I'll train at Johns Hopkins in Child Neurology.  After all that, I am the first medical doctor in my family.  

Outside of work and research, I love being active!  I've played lacrosse for 20+ years, and so has my husband!  I also play football and love to go hiking and explore local wineries and restaurants.  I love traveling, and someday, my husband and I hope to explore Italy, Australia, and Hawaii.  Yet, some of the best times are simply spending time with dear friends and family, including the furry ones!