Brendan Reed Calhoun, MD
CHIEF RESIDENT, PGY 5
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Undergraduate: Washington University in St. Louis
Medical School: University of Texas Medical Branch (Galveston)
Interests / Hobbies: Hiking, kayaking, gardening, cooking, playing guitar
Favorite place in Maine: Acadia National Park, specifically Precipice Trail/Champlain Mtn.
Medical interests: Body Imaging, especially liver and prostate
Favorite weekend destination: Burlington, VT
Favorite Maine activity: Probably hiking, but kayaking is up there too
What did you do before medical school: Straight through college and business school - BS in chemical engineering, and MBA
Personal goals: Become a radiology residency program director
Craziest / Best / Worst Job: Worked construction between freshman and sophomore years of college.
Why Maine Medical Center: The atmosphere - there is something intangible about this place that is friendly and welcoming. At the same time, there is definitely a culture of excellence.
Celebrity I most resemble: No one, really. Jason Statham, maybe?
If I wasn’t a doctor, I would be a… paleontologist
Favorite restaurant in Portland: Empire
Daniel G. Hechavarria, MD
Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts
Undergraduate: Tufts University
Medical School: Tufts University
Interests / Hobbies: Projects/tinkering and all the outside things: camping, hiking, paddling, cycling, fishing
Favorite place in Maine: The Allagash (The river, not the Brewery. But the brewery is also pretty neat)
Medical interests: Interventional Radiology
Favorite weekend destination: White Mountains
Favorite Maine activity: Yard Sales. Definitely yard sales.
What did you do before medical school: I sold meat. I ran a small meat company which supplied Boston-area restaurants with high end meats
Why Maine Medical Center: MMC has the perfect mix of being a large and advanced hospital with broad catchment while maintaining a nurturing community-hospital feel.
Favorite restaurant in Portland: Ruskis
Erich Russell, DO
Hometown: Duanesburg, New York
Undergraduate: University of Vermont
Medical School: LECOM - Erie
Interests / Hobbies: I have way too many interests and hobbies that have only increased since I moved to Maine. In the winter I love to ski. It’s also the best time of year to explore the local restaurants/breweries etc when there are fewer tourists in town. In the summer there is an endless supply of outdoor activities and I love to golf, kayak, bike, explore the mountains with my wife and dog, and motorcycle up the beautiful coast.
Favorite place in Maine: Toss-up between Acadia and Rangeley Lake’s region for outdoor stuff. Otherwise, it’s finding somewhere new to explore in Portland.
Medical interests: I am most interested in Interventional Radiology and will be pursuing a fellowship in the specialty after residency. I am interested in innovative minimally invasive therapies for disease, including PAD and interventional oncology.
Favorite Maine activity: Being outside in the summer with a pot of lobsters, great friends, and delicious beer.
What did you do before medical school: I dabbled as a bicycle mechanic for a year or two.
Why Maine Medical Center: After interviewing all over during medical school I couldn’t find a place with happier people, better exposure to pathology, and a better track-record of training excellent physicians. As a current IR fellow applicant, I also recognize that the IR training and department is incredibly well developed, nationally recognized as a leader in the field, and filled with excellent mentors. There is no doubt that the IR department provides a top tier education if you are interested in the IR/DR pathway.
David Somsen, MD
Hometown: Yankton, SD
Undergraduate: University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
Medical School: University of South Dakota
Interests / Hobbies: Music, running, food, and beer
Favorite place in Maine: Monhegan Island
Medical interests: Body imaging, cross sectional imaging guided procedures
Favorite Maine activity: Literally anything as long as it’s summer
What did you do before medical school: Worked in a hospital as a perfusionist’s assistant, anesthesia tech, intra-aortic balloon pump operator, and autologous blood salvage machine (Cell Saver) operator
Personal goals: Lead a well-balanced life, never stop traveling, own a bar/restaurant, and be the expert and “go to” person regarding body imaging and image guided procedures at my future practice
Craziest / Best / Worst Job: Craziest job: working as a surgery tech at an animal research lab (which will remain nameless and I neither support nor condone it, etc etc etc)
Why Maine Medical Center: To be honest, my career path kind of just dropped Maine Med in my lap (I was a previous pediatrics resident who found a spot mid-year), but I couldn’t have been more fortunate. The experience and training I get here is unrivaled. Even though some may consider it “smaller,” this hospital sees everything, and the lack of fellows coupled with my dedicated attendings have prepared me to be a leader in my future job. That, and there is literally nothing better than summers in Maine.
If I wasn’t a doctor, I would be a… One of the guys with a guitar and an open guitar case downtown, but probably less talented
Favorite restaurant in Portland: Recent Honey Paw convert
Tom Carraway, MD
Hometown: Fredericksburg, VA
Undergraduate: University of Mary Washington
Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University
Interests / Hobbies: Obscure history, local area exploration, attempting trail running, cats.
Favorite place in Maine: Camden Hills State Park a few hours up the coast is like all the best parts of Acadia without all the crowds
Medical interests: Exploring the cognitive biases found throughout the interpretation of medical imaging. The changes in accuracy (or not) in image interpretation with increased access to the medical record. Exploring ways to prevent overtesting/treating.
Favorite weekend destination: Heading up to the White Mountains and doing a random half day hike. Wild blueberry picking on the top of a mountain in the summer.
Favorite Maine activity: Wandering around Maine in any season. So much of Maine is poorly advertised, you really have to go off the beaten path to find the hidden treasures locals keep to themselves.
What did you do before medical school: EMT, Physical Therapy tech
Personal goals: Achieve the elusive work/life balance
Craziest / Best / Worst Job: Home appraiser at the height of the housing bubble.
Why Maine Medical Center: You’re going to be introduced to radiology during the day, but you truly learn on call when you’re by yourself and things get stressful. Small class sizes and plenty of call mean you’re going to come out of residency confident and able to tackle whatever comes your way. Why not do this in one of the best cities in the US?
If I wasn’t a doctor, I would be an… urban planner or I’d be one of those guys that gives bus tours of cities to parents and their bored/embarassed teenage children.
Favorite restaurant in Portland: Oh No Café is not really a restaurant but you’re not going to get a better breakfast sandwich.
Joe McCrary, MD
Hometown: Lakeville, Minnesota
Undergraduate School: University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana
Medical School: Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Interests / Hobbies: The ongoing triumphant battle of family life and raising children, medieval studies, bagpiping, and running.
Medical interests: Pediatric Radiology
Favorite weekend destination: Boston
Favorite Maine activity: Cross-country skiing
Craziest / Best / Worst Job: Raising mutant mosquitos and silkworms. Waiting tables. Full-time volunteering (for one summer) at Andre House of Hospitality in Phoenix, Arizona.
Why Maine Medical Center: Maine Medical Center is both a community hospital and the tertiary medical care center for an entire state! I chose Maine Med because of the acuity and diversity of the cases, the friendliness of the people, and the opportunity to start our family in the Portland area.
Favorite restaurant in Portland: Saeng Thai House (across the street from the Maine Med!) and Hot Suppa
Max Sale, MD
Hometown: Spokane, WA
Undergraduate: University of Denver
Medical School: New York Medical College
Interests / Hobbies: biking, hiking, traveling, and cooking
Favorite place in Maine: Moose-Mouse Island
Medical interests: Neuro
Favorite weekend destination: Highland, NH
Favorite Maine activity: Kayaking on the infinite number of lakes and rivers
What did you do before medical school: Undergrad?
Personal goals: Pay off student loans
Why Maine Medical Center: You’ve already made an awesome choice with radiology. Just choose somewhere you’d be happy to live with people you’d like to work with. Portland is excellent.
Celebrity I most resemble: Apparently the bassist from Nirvana
If I wasn’t a doctor, I would be a… wombat wrangler
Favorite restaurant in Portland: Cheevitdee (Thai food)
Riyad Gargoum, MD
Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Undergraduate: Amherst College
Medical School: University of Louisville SOM
Interests / Hobbies: Cooking with wood fires, foraging, fishing, glamping, ketogenic diet
Favorite place in Maine: too many to choose
Medical interests: radiology, physics, diet-based diabetes and chronic disease therapy, ketogenic diet
Favorite weekend destination: early morning farmer’s market run
Favorite Maine activity: foraging
What did you do before medical school: Master’s in physiology, worked as a manny, started a beautiful friendship with a 30 year-old side-box smoker
Personal goals: Do the best for my patients and the world
Craziest / Best / Worst Job: manny
Why Maine Medical Center: Maine has wonderful people. I love the radiology program. Food quality and quality of life is top-notch.
Celebrity I most resemble: Keegan Michael Key when I shave my head
If I wasn’t a doctor, I would be a... butcher, nose-to-tail restaurateur
Favorite restaurant in Portland: Honey Paw, Drifter’s Wife
Erik Olsen, MD
Undergraduate: Vanderbilt University
Medical School: University of Cincinnati
Interests / Hobbies: Red Sox/Patriots. Golf. The great outdoors.
Favorite place in Maine: Rockland
Medical interests: Radiology obviously.
Favorite weekend destination: Rhode Island
Favorite Maine activity: Eating seafood
Best Job: Golf caddy
Why Maine Medical Center: Location. Radiology program has a community feel which is unique since most other programs are very academic.
Favorite restaurant in Portland: Eventide.
Margaret Soroka, MD
Hometown: Oak Harbor Washington and Sasebo, Japan (grew up in the Navy and moved around a lot).
Undergrad: Princeton University (Mechanical Engineering)
Med School: Harvard Medical School
Celebrity I most resemble: Maggie Q? - She too is half Vietnamese.
Craziest/Best/Worst Job: Craziest: Parade dancer at a dutch theme park. Best: Radiologist. Worst: Volunteering to hand pick rocks out of a parking lot in the name of tsunami volunteer relief
Personal Goals: To have humility. To always grow and not stagnate. To do well by my patients (yes, radiologists have patients).
Favorite Place in Maine: Any beach. I love riding my bike in the summertime.
Why Maine Medical Center: The people. I don’t believe in “work life balance”. Work shouldn’t be on one end of a scale, and life on the other. Work is a BIG part of life, so you better enjoy it. I love my work at Maine Medical Center because I love the people I work with and the care we provide. As a radiologist, I love that MMC has a categorical program, such that intern year is done at MMC. It makes me feel connected to the whole hospital - I know the docs in the ED, I know the docs on the floor, and I even know the patients. There is great satisfaction in a sense of continuity of care.
Clint Weiss, MD
Hometown: Mariaville, Maine
Undergraduate: Indiana University. Go Hoosiers!
Medical School: Tufts
Interests / Hobbies: I love the outdoors - fishing, hiking, camping, walking my 2 Labrador retrievers. I have an old Jeep Wrangler I like to take out. Going out to my remote lake cabin in Eastern Maine.
Favorite place in Maine: Township 35 (where my cabin is). Population: zero.
Medical interests: Rads of course
Favorite weekend destination: Boothbay Harbor
Favorite Maine activity: Jeeping
What did you do before medical school: Worked in hospital administration in DC for a few years. Then I moved to beatiful Bozeman, Montana to do my premed.
Why Maine Medical Center: Portland is great.
Favorite restaurant in Portland: Street & Co
Brad Evans, MD
Hometown: Sandy, UT
Undergrad: Brigham Young University
Medical School: University of Toledo
Interests/Hobbies: Travel! My wife and I have been to over 40 countries together. Having kids has slowed us down a little, but we still manage to go abroad for a variety of excuses.
Favorite place in Maine: Boothbay Harbour is a small fishing town with a lot to do and great food!
Medical interests: Pediatric radiology
Favorite Maine activity: Going to a beach and having a picnic with my family.
What did you do before med school: Worked at the British embassy in New Zealand.
Why Maine Medical Center: Solid radiology program with great overall exposure, but Portland itself was the most convincing reason.
If i wasn't a doctor, I would be an... electritian.
Favorite restaurant in Portland: Bayside Diner
Dan Greentree, MD
Hometown: Westlake Village, California
Undergraduate: University of California, Santa Barbara
Medical School: New York Medical College
Interests / Hobbies: Practicing my racket flipping skills on the tennis court, running more than my knees would like, and consuming an unhealthy amount of avocados.
Favorite place in Maine: Baxter state park
Medical interests: Global health, medical education, not hyponatremia
Favorite Maine activity: cross country skiiing on my street in the west end during a snow storm.
Why Maine Medical Center: The friendly and laid back culture here is one in which I fit well. The faculty is supportive and enthusiatic about resident education. Maine has nature, fresh air and no traffic. Portland’s food is on par with big cities, and the beer scene is on another level. We live on a beach. And lobsters. All the lobsters.
Celebrity I most resemble: Growing up people thought I was Ronald Wesley and every time a Harry Potter movie came out I’d have to go into hiding.
If I wasn’t a doctor, I would be a… pizza taste tester
Matthew Moccia, DO
Hometown: Lake Placid, NY
Undergraduate: McGill University
Medical School: Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Interests / Hobbies: Golf, tennis, fishing and traveling
Favorite place in Maine: Haven’t had enough time to explore yet, but so far, Freeport
Medical interests: Interventional Radiology
Favorite weekend destination: Montreal
Favorite Maine activity: Lobster bakes
What did you do before medical school: Worked at a golf course in my hometown
Craziest / Best / Worst Job: Surgical Intern
Why Maine Medical Center: The amazing people
Celebrity I most resemble: Seth Grayson from House of Cards
If I wasn’t a doctor, I would probably be… a chef
Favorite restaurant in Portland: The Front Room