Alumni

Edward Fels, M.D.

  • Year Completed Residency: 2005
  • Hometown: Oceanside, New York
  • Undergraduate School: Washington University
  • Medical School: SUNY Downstate
  • Fellowship: Adult & Pediatric Rheumatology, Duke University
  • Current Location: Portland, Maine
  • Current Position: Adult & Pediatric Rheumatologist
  • Favorite Things about MMC's Med-Peds Program: The program staff have always been uniquely focused on ensuring the success of every resident, usually well beyond the formal residency training requirements. This includes overseas endeavors, opportunities to enrich the training experience such as rural rotations, and helping to coordinate and facilitate interests in subspecialty training.

Jaime Petrus, M.D.

  • Year Completed Residency: 2006 (Pediatric Chief Year 2006-2007)
  • Hometown: Ludington, Michigan
  • Undergraduate School: Albion College
  • Medical School: Michigan State University
  • Current Location: Half Moon Bay, California
  • Current Position: Pediatrician and Internist, UC-San Francisco Benioff Children's Hospital and San Francisco General Hospital and UCSF adult screening and acute care clinic.
  • Global Health Trips During/After Residency: During: Panama and Haiti; After: Zambia and Lesotho
  • Favorite Things about MMC's Med-Peds Program: Equally strong Medicine and Pediatric departments, ability to help shape the program, and happy, excellent attendings.

Melanie Murray, M.D.

  • Year Completed Residency: 2007
  • Hometown: Beavercreek, Ohio
  • Undergraduate School: Wright State University
  • Medical School: Wright State University School of Medicine
  • Current Location: Windham, Maine
  • Current Position: Med-Peds Physician at Lake Region Primary Care and Clinic Preceptor for Med-Peds residents
  • Favorite Things About MMC's Med-Peds Program: Friendly yet educational environment to train. Good personal relationships and network of colleagues. Love living in Maine and all the outdoor beauty it has to offer.

Caryn Wertheim, D.O.

  • Year Completed Residency: 2008 (Pediatric Chief Year 2008-2009)
  • Hometown: Katonah, New Hampshire
  • Undergraduate School: University of Delaware
  • Medical School: University of New England
  • Current Location: Hooksett, New Hampshire
  • Current Position: Med-Peds Physician at Elliot Pediatrics and Primary Care
  • Global Health Trips During/After Residency: Annual mission work to the Dominican Republic in January since residency
  • Favorite Things about MMC's Med-Peds Program: Living and working in Portland was great. Fantastic restaurants - always things to do. The ocean!! Whoopie pies.

Fred Emerson, M.D.

  • Year Completed Residency: 2009
  • Hometown: Rumford, Maine
  • Undergraduate School: Harvard University
  • Medical School: Albany Medical College
  • Current Location: Windham, Maine
  • Current Position: Med-Peds Physician at Lake Region Primary Care

Alexander Kay, M.D.

  • Year Completed Residency: 2009
  • Hometown: Monroe, Connecticut
  • Undergraduate School: Cornell University
  • Medical School: University of Connecticut
  • Current Location: Half Moon Bay, California
  • Current Fellowship: Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellow; Primary Research Project: Effects of Pregnancy on Influenza Immunity
  • Global Health Trips During/After Residency: During: St. Francis Hospital, Zambia, Baylor Pediatric AIDS Corps, Malawi; After: Baylor Pediatric AIDS Corps, Lesotho
  • Favorite Things about MMC's Med-Peds Program: The attendings have an incredible level of interest both in you as a person and your success as a physician. There is flexibility to gain experience during residency to become the kind of physician you want to be when you finish your training.

Jesse Bain, D.O.

  • Year Completed Residency: 2010
  • Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Undergraduate School: University of Maryland
  • Medical School: NY College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Fellowship: Pediatric Critical Care, Duke Children's Hospital
  • Current Location: Richmond, Virginia
  • Current Position: PICU Attending, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU
  • Favorite Things about MMC's Med-Peds Program: The program was a close-knit family. Dr. Thibodeau was a great advocate for the program's trainees. Maine Medical Center was a great place to train and life in Portland is about as good as it gets.

Daniel Cox, D.O.

  • Year Completed Residency: 2011
  • Hometown: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
  • Undergraduate School: The George Washington University
  • Medical School: Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Fellowship: Pediatric Cardiology, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin/Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Current Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Current Position: Pediatric and Adult Congenital Cardiologist, University of Utah Health Care
  • Favorite Things about MMC's Med-Peds Program: Medicine and pediatrics all in one hospital - you don't have to go between two separate hospitals. This allows you to see your counterparts while you are on medicine and they are on pediatrics and vice versa. Every attending knew me and I knew them and I knew almost every resident in the hospital. You work with all of them closely. There are no pediatric fellows - I really wanted this in my training and have benefited greatly from this. I had done more procedures in my training at MMC than most of the PICU fellows at my current hospital have done during their first two years of training.

Kathryn Diamond-Falk, M.D.

  • Year Completed Residency: 2011
  • Hometown: Bangor, Maine and Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Undergraduate School: The Colorado College
  • Medical School: Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine
  • Current Location: Portland, Maine
  • Current Position: MMC Med-Peds Residency Program Director, Internal Medicine and Pediatric Hospitalist
  • Global Health Trips During/After Residency: Uganda and Lesotho
  • Favorite Things about MMC's Med-Peds Program: MMC is big enough to have a diverse training experience with outstanding faculty but our Med-Peds residency is small enough to feel like family. Portland is also the perfect place to live!

John Sommer, M.D.

  • Year Completed Residency: 2011
  • Hometown: Ancaster, Ontario, Canada
  • Undergraduate School: University of Western Ontario
  • Medical School: Medical University for International Health in Collaboration with Columbia University, Beersheva, Israel
  • Current Location: Brunswick, Maine
  • Current Position: Med-Peds Primary Care Physician
  • Global Health Trips During/After Residency: Cap Haitien, Haiti with Konbit Sante Favorite Things about MMC's Med-Peds Program: Broad range of experience, regional referral center, small enough to develop relationships with multiple specialty doctors throughout residency.

Andrew Jones, M.D.

  • Year Completed Residency: 2012
  • Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts
  • Undergraduate School: Dartmouth College
  • Medical School: University of Massachusetts
  • Current Location: Columbia, South Carolina
  • Current Fellowship: Preventive Medicine, University of South Carolina
  • Global Health Trips During/After Residency: Dominican Republic

Catherine Cavanaugh, D.O.

  • Year Completed Residency: 2013
  • Hometown: Michigan
  • Undergraduate School: Grand Valley State University
  • Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Fellowship: Adult Infectious Disease, Maine Medical Center
  • Current Location: Damariscotta, Maine
  • Current Position: Med-Peds Primary Care and Infectious Disease Physician, Lincoln Medical Partners
  • Favorite Things about MMC's Med-Peds Program: It provides a very well-rounded education provided by excellent teaching attendings in both adult medicine and pediatrics.

Abigail Gilbert, M.D.

  • Year Completed Residency: 2013
  • Hometown: Washington, DC
  • Undergraduate School: Brown University
  • Medical School: Vanderbilt University
  • Fellowship: Adult Rheumatology at Northwestern Medical Center
  • Current Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Current Position: Adult Rheumatologist, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Favorite Things about MMC's Med-Peds Program: The people! Everyone from our Program Director and Program Coordinator to the attendings to the support staff in clinic and on the floors are extremely supportive and committed to ensuring residents have the best educational opportunities possible and help residents achieve individual goals, maximizing the program's flexibility to fit with a resident's personal interests and prepare them for their careers after residency. Also, everyone is willing to consider change - if you bring an idea, it will be seriously considered! Some examples: attendings are open to trying new ways to round. Our annual med-peds retreats continue to change based on input from residents.

Ryon Parker, M.D.

  • Year Completed Residency: 2013
  • Hometown: Vanentine, Nebraska
  • Undergraduate School: Hastings College
  • Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
  • Current Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Current Position: General Adult Internist and Pediatrician, Southern Nevada Internal Medicine and Pediatrics; Chief Medical Correspondent and Anchor on KSNV-DT NBC News 3 at Eleven
  • Favorite Things about MMC's Med-Peds Program: MMC and the Med-Peds Program truly prepared me for primary care. The unique skills learned combined with a strong academic foundation has made me appreciate my overall potential as a med-peds physician, able to meet the demands of any profession I chose. I will always be fortunate for the opportunity of expanding my interest(s) in the communication arts as well as nurturing my love for medicine through the many interactions with patients, colleagues, and staff. I will always admire the dedication and commitment of our program director and her unending drive for excellence.

Jonathan Davis, M.D.

  • Year Completed Residency: 2014
  • Hometown: Greenville, South Carolina
  • Undergraduate School: Furman University
  • Medical School: University of South Carolina School of Medicine
  • Current Location: Augusta, Georgia
  • Current Position: Med-Peds Primary Care, Christ Community Health Services
  • Favorite Things about MMC's Med-Peds Program: Maine Medical Center is such a unique place because we get the benefit of amazing teaching faculty and academic rigor in a program which is friendly and family-oriented - not to mention surrounded by the natural beauty of Maine! I loved my time in Portland and would do it all over again in a heartbeat.

Sarah Mulligan, M.D.

  • Year Completed Residency: 2014
  • Hometown: Hyannis, Massachusetts
  • Undergraduate School: University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Medical School: University of Vermont College of Medicine
  • Current Location: Norway, Maine
  • Current Position: Med-Peds Primary Care, Oxford Hills Internal Medicine and Western Maine Pediatrics
  • Favorite Things about MMC's Med-Peds Program: The Med-Peds program at MMC was the best choice I could have made when deciding on where to go for residency. In addition to getting the best of both worlds in two very strong categorical programs, I've learned valuable lessons about medicine and about life. I've made great friends who I know will last a lifetime and I can't imagine being in any other place but Maine with my family. I hope to continue to play a small part in the program now as an attending and help new interns and residents achieve the same.

Jack Rusley, M.D.

  • Year Completed Residency: 2014
  • Hometown: Englewood, Colorado
  • Undergraduate School: Brown University
  • Medical School: Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
  • Fellowship: Adolescent Medicine at Johns Hopkins University
  • Current Location: Providence, Rhode Island
  • Current Position: Adolescent Medicine Physician, Brown University
  • Favorite Things about MMC's Med-Peds Program: The Med-Peds program at MMC is distinctive from other programs in other hospitals and even other programs within MMC. We have a strong Med-Peds identity and cohesiveness, which is due to the strong leadership and fierce advocacy of our administrative staff and program directors. We are both integrated into and help push the categorical programs to improve patient care and resident well-being thanks to our unique perspective. We learn to practice in a diverse urban area at a tertiary care center as well as a rural community practice, sometimes on the same day! Most of all, I feel fortunate to have trained with such excellent colleagues and learned from excellent teaching attendings.

Kathryn Brouillette, M.D.

  • Year Completed Residency: 2015
  • Hometown: Falmouth, Maine
  • Undergraduate School: McGill University
  • Medical School: McGill University Faculty of Medicine
  • Current Location: Portland, Maine
  • Current Position: Internal Medicine Hospitalist
  • Favorite Things about MMC’s Med-Peds Program: I chose Maine Med because I felt like it was a wonderful secret.  It is a strong academic program in a community setting.  We are small enough to feel a camaraderie much like family (among all members on the team) but big enough to get the diverse exposure and case load necessary in residency.  The institution is dedicated to quality improvement and it shows in how much people enjoy working here. Portland offers the best quality of life on the East coast, I think, and it's also my childhood home.  I liked it so much, I'm here to stay as an adult hospitalist.  

David Buzanoski, M.D.

  • Year Completed Residency: 2015 (Pediatric Chief Year 2015-2016)
  • Hometown: Newport, Maine
  • Undergraduate School: Tufts University
  • Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
  • Current Location: Midland, Michigan
  • Current Position: Med-Peds Primary Care, MidMichigan Health
  • Favorite Things about MMC’s Med-Peds Program: In one word: Balance. Med-peds residency packs a lot of requirements into a short amount of time, and it’s really challenging to train well-rounded physicians while also supporting residents’ individual interests and protecting their work-life balance. Somehow, though, our leadership makes it happen. They work tirelessly to coordinate a diverse and complex curriculum and then bend over backwards to rearrange it in order to maintain flexibility for the residents. I can’t count the number of times my requests were met with “let’s figure out how to make this work” rather than “I don’t think we can do that”.  Through it all, the faculty and administration also really encouraged me to have a life outside the residency. They genuinely cared about my well-being and they worked hard to help me maintain a realistic balance between my work-life and personal-life. 

Adam Putschoegl, D.O.

  • Year Completed Residency: 2015
  • Hometown: Oakdale, Minnesota
  • Undergraduate School: Saint John’s University, Collegeville, MN
  • Medical School: A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Current Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Current Fellowship: Pediatric Cardiology, Mayo Clinic
  • Favorite Things about MMC’s Med-Peds Program: I instinctively think of the word family as I reflect on my time in the med/peds program.  I was able to count on my fellow residents, attendings and administrative staff whenever I needed them.  I also knew they were doing everything possible to make sure I was getting the best education.  It was also great to be a part of a somewhat smaller program where I knew all of the attendings and residents and they all knew me.  This allowed me some flexibility to get the procedures I wanted and to work with the specialists in pediatric cardiology as this was my primary interest.  I also could not have asked for a better place to live.  I always tell people Maine is a hidden gem.  The food is incredible, the outdoor activities are endless and it's all so accessible.  It was an all-around great experience and despite being thankful to be done with that phase of my career, I would not have wanted to do it any place else!

Joel Bradley, M.D.

  • Year Completed Residency: 2016
  • Hometown: Windsor, Massachusetts
  • Undergraduate School: Williams College
  • Medical School: University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Fellowship: VA Chief Resident for Quality and Patient Safety (CRQS), Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and White River Junction VAMC
  • Current Location: Lebanon, New Hampshire & White River Junction, Vermont
  • Current Position: White River Junction VAMC Hospital Medicine; Children's Hospital at Dartmouth Pediatric Hospital Medicine; Faculty, National Center for Patient Safety CRQS program; Course Director, Geisel School of Medicine Patients and Populations - Systems module.
  • Favorite Things about MMC’s Med-Peds Program: The people, who cushioned, at key times, the inevitable challenges of residency. It is hard to reflect on residency in a balanced way because it only happens once...but I relished the work of intern year, the friendships, mentorship, and closeness with attending physicians and staff; the challenges of early leadership in a system that allowed junior residents to rise and meet challenges, and the subsequent joys of testing and refining clinical skills, teaching, and filling the gaps during the later years. In retrospect, the overall environment was a good fit - not hierarchical, casual but professional, open to inquiry and rigorous, without being pedantically academic for show. The hospital leadership was accessible and listened to the residency programs, inviting involvement in improvement and patient safety. Since leaving, there has been no shortage of charged nostalgia - missing peers, faculty, and patients - as it should be. But I also took away what I needed to continue the work of being a sound, thoughtful physician in a complex era for healthcare.

Katherine (Katie) Liu, M.D.

  • Year Completed Residency: 2016
  • Hometown: Fountain Valley, California
  • Undergraduate School: University of Washington
  • Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Current Location: Augusta, Maine
  • Current Position: Pediatric Hospitalist, Maine General Medical Center
  • Global Health Trips During/After Residency: Uganda
  • Favorite Things about MMC’s Med-Peds Program: The MMC Med-Peds program wasn't so much created as grown. During my time in the program collaboration and resident input were valued highly and drove many components of the program forward. Largely, I felt like a member of the team responsible for my training experience in a way that was very empowering. The residents themselves definitely are the main reason I loved this program -- they were consistently a supportive, close-knit, quirky and hilarious group throughout my four-years. Another favorite thing is MMC itself, which is truly a hidden gem of the medical training world. MMC is small enough that you not only work directly with the attendings, but also have ample opportunity to build relationships with faculty in a way that is positive both for career development and sense of community. Lastly, as stated by many other graduates, it is rare to train at both the primary community hospital and only academic center for an entire state. Come here and be well trained.

Eric Worthing, M.D.

  • Year Completed Residency: 2016
  • Hometown: Brunswick, Maine
  • Undergraduate School: Bowdoin College
  • Medical School: University of Vermont
  • Current Location: Damariscotta, Maine
  • Current Position: Med-Peds Primary Care, Lincoln Medical Partners
  • Favorite Things about MMC’s Med-Peds Program: My favorite thing about the Med-Peds program was definitely the residents themselves. There is a strong sense of pride and community within the close knit family the program. My co-residents were excellent friends, teachers and counselors and made the challenging aspects of training more fun than they otherwise would have been.

Joshua Cowgill, M.D.

  • Year Completed Residency: 2017
  • Hometown: Wheelersburgh, Ohio
  • Undergraduate School: Kenyon College
  • Medical School: University of Cincinnati
  • Current Location: Portland, Maine
  • Current Fellowship: Adult Cardiology, Maine Medical Center

Elizabeth Dougherty, M.D.

  • Year Completed Residency: 2017
  • Hometown: Lowell, Massachusetts
  • Undergraduate School: University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Medical School: University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Current Location: Rowley, Massachusetts
  • Current Position: Med-Peds Primary Care, North Shore Physicians Group
  • Favorite Things about MMC’s Med-Peds Program: I loved the sense of camaraderie among the Med/Peds residents. Being a part of the Med/Peds program at Maine Med felt like having a second family, which I was very grateful for as I made my way through the busy and rigorous 4 years of training. The program administration was also extremely invested in the success of each resident, always seeking feedback and making necessary changes to ensure that residents were getting what they needed in their training. Also, equally important as the excellent medical training was the great quality of life I was able to have when I was outside of the hospital. Living in Portland during residency meant that there was never a shortage of amazing restaurants, activities, or natural scenery to enjoy when I had free time. I feel very lucky to have been able to complete my training at Maine Med, and the training I received has left me feeling well-prepared to begin the next phase of my career.

Andreas Thyssen, M.D.

  • Year Completed Residency: 2017
  • Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
  • Undergraduate School: University of Wisconsin
  • Medical School: University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine
  • Current Location: Portland, Maine
  • Current Position: Internal Medicine and Pediatric Hospitalist
  • Favorite Things about MMC’s Med-Peds Program: My favorite thing about the Med-Peds program at MMC is the culture. Residency is a challenging 4 years and it was important to me to train in a place where people were happy. I'm pretty sure that all med-peds programs across the country offer similarly good clinical experience, but what type of culture do you want to be a part of and work in? For me, that was a tight-knit group of people who were excited about their work and were fun to be around. Not to mention a diverse city, located on the ocean, close to nature. I liked it so much that I stayed as a combined hospitalist!