Nubia A. Smith-Vaughan, M.D.
PGY 3 - CHIEF RESIDENT
Undergraduate: Brandeis University
Medical School: Rush Medical College of Rush University Medical Center
Why Maine Medical Center: When I was applying to residency programs, I was really looking for a smaller program that was both supportive and challenging. I wanted to be able to feel comfortable enough that I could learn without judgment but also know that I was getting the proper training for whatever my future career plans may be. This is exactly what I felt when I interviewed at Maine Med – attendings are approachable, friendly, and incredibly knowledgeable; the residents were easy going, friendly, helpful and a small tight knit group with great rapport. Everyone has been so supportive in helping me as I navigate my wat through residency. And even though residency is tough, knowing I have a smart, supportive team backing me up makes it all the more easy. And moving to Portland has definitely been icing on the cake! I previously lived in Chicago and had never been to Portland before my interview. Since moving here though I have been blown away by how beautiful the summers are, how manageable the winters are, how many amazing restaurants there are, and all local things to do on your downtime. It really has everything a big city has – but without the bad traffic!
Favorite things to do: walking the trails, going out to dinner, visiting other beautiful parts of Maine.
Favorite restaurants: SO MANY! Boda, Duckfat, Salvage BBQ, Nosh, Otto’s just to name a few
Meredith Bryden, M.D.
Hometown: Weston, MA
Undergraduate: The College of William & Mary
Medical School: University of Vermont
Favorite place in Maine: Christmas Cove (about 90 min north on the coast)
Medical interests: Pediatric Hospitalist Medicine, procedures
Favorite Maine activity: Floating down a river – the Presumpscott is an awesome one and is totally free!
Craziest / Best / Worst Job: I was a hostess at Bugaboo Creek in Natick, MA the summer after my freshman year of college. Everyone wanted to sit next to the talking moose!
Why Maine Medical Center: I loved my time at UVM but I always knew that I wanted to do residency at Maine Medical Center (as well as Pediatrics). My significant other is a born-and-bred Mainer and I know he wouldn’t want it any other way either. Portland has all the benefits of a big city – activities, restaurants, lots of friends – without the hassles of one (especially TRAFFIC! I spent a year commuting to Boston in graduate school and vowed to NEVER do that again). When I matched here we were able to purchase a home that we love in South Portland and really start our life, something I felt like I had been waiting for a long time. As for the hospital – I loved the opportunities available given that there are no fellows as well as the great reputation that the residents who graduate from here have. I did a 4th year medical student rotation here and loved how friendly and willing to teach all of the attendings were. It was an easy decision!
Celebrity I most resemble: Kate Middleton (if only!)
Favorite restaurant in Portland: I am a bit of a “foodie” though I can’t stand that word! There are so many good options for any budget. For new/up and coming I like Baharat and Mami – recent new brick and mortar establishments that were previously food trucks. When someone else is paying I love Miyake (on Fore St) and Fore Street. On my budget I love Pai Men Miyake, Taco Trio, Big Fin Poke (worth the drive to Westbrook but a new SoPo location coming soon!). For delivery to the hospital you can’t go wrong with Otto’s Pizza or Saeng Thai. For the best wings around – I love Moe’s in South Portland.
Meagan (Tilton) Hardy, M.D.
Undergraduate: Bowdoin College
Medical School: Tufts University – Maine Track
Why Maine Medical Center: I grew up in Maine and spent my undergraduate years in Maine before heading to Boston for medical school. As part of my program, I completed my clinical years at Maine Medical Center and I had a wonderful experience. When it came time to apply for residency, I applied very broadly not knowing exactly what I wanted, but after going through the interviewing process, I quickly realized that MMC was exactly the program I was looking for. Not only is Portland an amazing city to live in, but the pediatric residency program is also the ideal education – our class size allows for individual attention from attendings who truly love to teach in a hospital that is extremely supportive of residents. Our program gives us a wide range of experiences, from complicated cardiac post-op patients in the PICU, to well child checks in an office in rural Maine. After 3 years I feel I will come out being a very well rounded pediatrician, no matter what career path I decide to take.
Favorite Portland Activity: Walking in the Old Port and enjoying the outdoors! Visiting the many beaches around Portland during the summer, and taking ski trips to Sugarloaf in the winter.
Favorite Place to Eat: So many to choose from! Fore Street (for special occasions), Otto Pizza, Bonobo, and Salvage BBQ
Micah Lamb, M.D.
Hometown: New Milford, CT
Undergraduate: Wheaton College (Illinois)
Medical School: The University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
Interests / Hobbies: Family, Soccer, Cooking
Favorite place in Maine: Kettle Cove, Cape Elizabeth
Medical interests: Sports Medicine and Primary Care Pediatrics
Favorite weekend destination: My kitchen to bake cookies and dance to oldies with my girls
Favorite Maine activity: Trying new restaurants and hanging out at all of the amazing beaches
Personal goals: Try to find a solid work-life balance.
Craziest / Best / Worst Job: Clinical research intern for a Phase III clinical trial of Flibanserin. Google it. Lots of very awkward conversations were had.
Why Maine Medical Center: The Pediatric Program and hospital as a whole are very collegial and family friendly. There is an incredible spectrum of patients and pathology tucked in hands-down the most beautiful place on earth.
Celebrity I most resemble: Kevin Scully
If I wasn’t a doctor, I would be a… Part-time baker and stay-at-home dad. After the kids start school, I’d transition into a nice substitute teaching gig following my girls from school to school so I can always keep them away from boys.
Favorite restaurant in Portland: I know it says Portland, but Taco Trio is just over the bridge in SoPo and is unbelievable. Otherwise, DuckFat, Bingas, Five Fifty-Five among literally hundreds of others.
Alison Schmitzler, M.D.
Undergraduate: Drew University
Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
Why Maine Medical Center: After vacationing in Maine during medical school with a group of friends, I thought Portland would be a great place to live. My friends and I all said that we would apply to residency in Portland. Unfortunately, I was the only one who made the trip up to interview. When I interviewed, I met great residents and faculty members that really made me feel like this was the right program for me. I also really liked the small size of the program and opportunities to see a variety of cases from a wide geographical area. It’s a good feeling to have a great learning experience and still be able to enjoy your time off in a beautiful place like Maine.
Favorite Activity: I recently started paddle boarding.
Favorite Place to Eat: I love Katie Made Bakery on the east end. I would eat their scones for breakfast, lunch, and dinner if I could. If I’m in the mood for seafood, I like Eventide Oyster Co.
Kevin Scully, MBBCh
Undergraduate: Dartmouth College
Medical School: Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Why Maine Medical Center: After growing up in Maine but not living there for 10 years, I was initially unsure about the thought of coming back home. But after getting to known the program and comparing it to others on the interview trail, it was very clear that Maine Med was the best fit for me! First of all, it really strikes that balance between diverse patient exposure with amazing subspecialty care and all of the perks of a smaller program—one to one interaction with attendings, emphasis on autonomous decision making, extremely friendly support staff, and most of all, incredibly passionate clinical leadership who are really dedicated to teaching. Portland is an amazing city and has changed so much in the last 5-10 years. It has all of the perks of a young, thriving city, with everything from arts, concerts and local sports teams to amazing restaurants and microbreweries. At the same time, you are never too far from great mountains, lakes, rivers, farms, beaches or the ocean. Basically, we have it all! I think the best way to judge a program is by the type of people it draws. Maine Med genuinely emphasizes resident wellness and a good work-life balance. All of my co-residents are incredibly smart, hardworking people, but they’re also the type of people you enjoy spending your entire day with—the type you want to go out for a pint with after a long day. Our class immediately clicked, and I can already tell that we’ll be great friends for years to come!
Favorite Portland Area and Activity: Playing for the Portland Rugby Football Club. Going to tasting rooms at one of the many local eateries. Hiking trips in the Whites, Baxter State Park or Acadia National Park.
Favorite Place to Eat: Salvage BBQ for endless pounds of delicious meat. Miyake for fantastic sushi. Top of the Eastland Hotel for a great view of the harbor. Ruski’s for a true taste of local culture.
Amy Stepp, M.D.
Hometown: Hendersonville, NC
Undergraduate: North Carolina State University
Medical School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Favorite place in Maine: Either Acadia National Park or Rangeley Lake
Medical interests: Hospital medicine, Global Health, Advocacy
Favorite weekend destination: Blue Ridge Mountains or Pisgah National Forest in NC
Why Maine Medical Center: MMC is the perfect combination of program and location for me. The smaller program size allows me the ability to personally know my co-residents, attendings and the leadership. I have seen how this has fostered a supportive learning environment and a resident-centric program that values my education, personal goals and time. Maine Med also has a unique blend of community and academic medicine, because it is the main referral center for the entire state of Maine and a partner with Tufts University School of Medicine. That was a huge positive for me, as it allows me to gain ample practice in “bread and butter” pediatric medicine while also being exposed to more complex and rarer pathologies. As someone who learns by experience, I also value that our program doesn’t have a lot of fellowships, as this gives me more opportunities to be “first call” for procedures and other learning opportunities. Oh, and the people are super nice!
If I wasn’t a doctor, I would be a… Travel Writer
Leah Fox, M.D.
Undergraduate: Carleton College
Medical School: University of Vermont College of Medicine
Why Maine Medical Center: After doing an acting internship on the inpatient floor during my fourth year, I knew MMC was the right program for me. I was looking for a small program with the perfect balance between autonomy with patients and teaching and guidance. With the excellent, engaged faculty here, that has definitely been the case. I appreciate the emphasis on teamwork and support that the attendings and residents show one another. It is truly the people that make this program so wonderful. Though, when you add in a beautiful city like Portland, it really can’t be beat!
Favorite Maine activity: I love the outdoors, and my favorite Maine activity is traveling up to the Bar Harbor area. Acadia has been an amazing park to explore. I am seriously looking forward to seeing what the rest of Maine has to offer. They don’t call it “Vacationland” for nothing!
Emily Jacobs, D.O.
Hometown: Greene, Maine
Undergraduate: Middlebury College
Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Why Maine Medical Center: If you’ve ever loved the ocean, the mountains, lakes, trails, snow, sunshine - then you’d understand why calling Maine home is just about the best feeling there is. Adventure is literally right outside your door, whichever season is in play! Not only is the lifestyle perfect - “the way life should be” - but the hospital and residency program are designed to feel like a family. Working in Maine, you are a name - not just a face. Not only that, in a small program you know you are making a huge difference to the wonderful population in this state. So, adventure outside and adventure in the hospital - every day there’s something new to explore!!!
Favorite thing(s) to do in Maine: Hiking Katahdin, swimming in lakes/rivers, skiing (Nordic and Alpine), exploring tons of TRAILS!, and getting dinner just about anywhere in Portland. Also, brunch. Brunch is awesome.
Ashley Jean, M.D.
Undergraduate: Saint Michael’s College Vermont
Medical school: Tufts University School of Medicine
Why Maine Medical Center: Maine Medical center was such an easy choice for me as I spent most of my fourth year here and really enjoyed it. Portland is such a fun and beautiful place to live and the people here are so warm, friendly and willing to teach. I love that the program is small and you truly get to know the attendings and residents that you work with. A bonus for me is that all of my close family members live in southern Maine including my five nieces and nephews which make days off extra sweet.
Favorite things to do in Portland: Adult co-ed basketball league through Casco Bay Sports, running the back cove, live music on the deck at Portland Lobster Co, trying out many of the local breweries and restaurants!
Favorite Beach: Popham Beach via the Morse Mountain trail
Favorite restaurant: Hard to choose but definitely Central Provisions for tapas, Nosh for their salt and vinegar french fries and The Holy Donut for their Maine potato donuts!
Melissa Keeport, M.D.
Graduate School: Ben Gurion University
Medical school: Tulane University School of Medicine
Why Maine Medical Center: We wanted to be in a small town (<100,000), we loved that the ocean and other bodies of water are so accessible, we love that all kinds of outdoor adventures are so nearby. And the opportunities for good food abound, although we don’t eat out much since our 2 year old terrorizes restaurants!
Tim Phamduy, D.O.
Undergraduate: University of Massachusetts – Lowell
Medical school: Kansas City University
Why Maine Medical Center: 1) Portland has a unique, small-town feel with large-city amenities. Rural outdoor trails short distance from city restaurants and nightlife. 2) The residency program is strong. Graduates practice in a variety of settings and match into competitive fellowships. 3) Most important: awesome team dynamics. Supportive program leadership. Solid camaraderie between residents, attending, and ancillary staff. One of the best selling points of this program, hands down.
Favorite Portland activities: Ice skating at Troubh Ice Arena or Thompson Point (outdoors); Biking around Old Port; Chilling at the beaches
Other Favorites: Holy Donuts, must try.
Katherine Redford, M.D.
Hometown: Malden, MA
Undergraduate: Bryn Mawr College
Medical School: Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (Harlem Campus)
Interests / Hobbies: Baking, Boston Sports, Dogs
Medical interests: NICU, newborn medicine, inpatient pediatrics, medically complex children.
Craziest Job: Cleaning Operating Rooms
Why Maine Medical Center: I wanted an academic program without fellows in New England in a small to medium sized city. When I came to Maine Med and met the people, it was a no-brainer!
If I wasn’t a doctor, I would be a… high school math and chemistry teacher
Ryan Donohue, M.D.
Hometown: Stony Point, NY
Undergraduate: Cornell University
Medical School: SUNY Downstate
Interests / Hobbies: hiking, rock climbing, skiing, biking, playing piano, finding new restaurants
Favorite place in Maine: Anywhere with mountains (so northern Maine?); Camden Hills, Grafton Notch, and Rangeley are all pretty awesome
Medical interests: Puzzles (diagnostic reasoning, and physiologic background/understanding); thinking of NICU, PICU, or general practice at the moment
Favorite weekend destination: The White Mountains
Favorite Maine activity: Beaches, restaurants, and hiking nearby
Personal goals: Short term (hopefully winter ’17-18): to climb Mount Washington in the winter/early spring and ski down Tuckerman’s Ravine; long term: to be an all-around awesome doctor and have a positive impact on my patients’ lives
Why Maine Medical Center: I was looking for a residency in New England that would give me a great foundation in general pediatrics to prepare me for whatever I decide to pursue afterwards. I also realized towards the beginning of my interview trail that I liked smaller programs with fewer fellows, as I got the impression that residents from these programs were being well trained to be independent practitioners, and had great relationships with their attendings. Lastly, I wanted to get the heck out of NYC because I felt it was just a bit too big and crowded for my personal liking (with so much traffic!), and I wanted something with more access to the outdoors. Portland is smaller and more comfortable than NYC with little to no traffic, a great foodie town (the Old Port feels like all the nice parts of Brooklyn, plus you can smell the ocean), and it has amazing access to both the ocean and the mountains. Regarding the residency program itself, it’s a small residency with no fellows which means lots of hands-on experience and great one-on-one teaching from attendings, and the match list isn’t too shabby either.
Catherine Ezzio, M.D.
Hometown: Cumberland, ME
Undergraduate: Muhlenberg College
Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine
Interests / Hobbies: Hiking, Kayaking, listening to music and attempting to play the ukulele.
Favorite place in Maine: Mount Desert Island
Medical interests: I know I love pediatrics, but beyond that it’s hard to pick a favorite! I have an interest in inpatient medicine and medical student education.
Favorite Maine activity: Enjoying the outdoors with my fiancé David and my dog Sparky, and exploring breakfast places, coffee shops, and farmers markets in Portland.
What did you do before medical school: In the 2 months between college and medical school I flew to Europe and spent some time exploring Germany, Belgium, England, and France.
Why Maine Medical Center: It was an easy decision! The amazing supportive and collaborative culture amongst residents, attendings, and other staff members delivers the best care to our patients and makes a busy day fly by! I sought out smaller institutions like MMC that allowed me to take a very active role in patient care and feel like an integral part of the community. Living in Portland and being just a short drive from great beaches, hikes, and ski trails isn’t bad either!
Jay Larmon, M.D.
Hometown: Keene, NH
Undergraduate: Colby College
Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine
Interests / Hobbies: Traveling, Hiking, Skiing
Favorite place in Maine: So many to choose from. Acadia, Higgins, Sugarloaf, Red’s Dairy Freeze
Medical interests: Heme/Onc, Primary Care, Physician Leadership
Why Maine Medical Center: Really it comes down to the people. From the medical staff including residents, attendings and nurses to the administrative staff within the program, everyone is so welcoming and excited to be at Maine Medical Center. I did the majority of my third and fourth year rotations at Maine Medical Center, and as interview season came to a close I found it incredibly hard to envision leaving MMC. The attendings are strong role models who are dedicated to teaching and help to foster a strong, close-knit community. Working closely with the residents I was consistently impressed by their ability and knowledge. I saw in many of them the kind of physician I hope to be and realized that the program fosters well rounded, driven, compassionate physicians who are prepared to go out into practice or fellowship at the end of their time at MMC. As a medical student I had experienced firsthand the academic but friendly side of MMC that allowed a supportive environment that encourages hands on immersive learning. I found that MMC was the perfect match for what I was looking for in a residency program, and the beginning of intern year has only served to validate this feeling.
Favorite restaurant in Portland: Eventide Oyster Co., Portland Lobster Co when there is live music, 158 Picket Street Café
Jenny Paul, M.D.
Undergraduate: Michigan State University
Medical School: University of Queensland, Australia
Interests / Hobbies: Gardening, cooking, baking, eating!
Medical interests: Primary care, underserved populations
Favorite Maine activity: Anything outdoors with my husband and son.
Why Maine Medical Center: The people! I loved the sense of community among residents, MMC staff, and Portland in general. Also, the close proximity to nature, amazing public parks, and fantastic food.
If I wasn’t a doctor, I would be a…farmer
Christopher Rogers, D.O.
Hometown: Hampstead, NH
Undergraduate: Northeastern University
Medical School: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
Interests / Hobbies: I’ve been in bands since I was in diapers, playing mostly genres of rock, funk, and soul, playing mostly bass guitar and keyboards. The most recent band I was in was a medical school band named Tetralogy of Fallot. My love of music draws me to many of the amazing concert venues around the southern Maine area. I also enjoy playing 18 holes of golf when time permits, as I used to be on the Varsity golf team in high school. Over the past few years, my fiancée and I have been working on completing the Maine Craft Beer Trail, and exploring the beautiful city of Portland has become one of our favorite activities. We also love testing our popular knowledge at Questionnairey trivia at Binga’s Stadium. We have won 4 times! I’m a huge New England sports fan, Patriots > Bruins > Celtics > Red Sox. In addition, I usually have a decent fantasy football team.
Medical interests: General pediatrics, pediatric emergency medicine
Why Maine Medical Center: For a number of reasons! It’s a superb teaching facility with experienced, enthusiastic, and dedicated faculty, there is an very diverse patient population, my Acting Internship here was my favorite rotation of medical school, every staff member I have met here is approachable and helpful, and I’m in love with Portland and the state of Maine. I truly feel at home and like I’m part of a family here.
Favorite restaurants in Portland: Italian—Paciarino. Mexican—Taco Escobarr. Thai—Green Elephant. Pub food—Gritty’s. Pizza—Otto’s or Slab. Seafood—Portland Lobster Company. Burgers—Mash Tun.
Karl Santiago, M.D.
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Undergraduate: New York University
Medical School: Tufts University – Maine Track
Medical interests: Primary care, medical education and simulation
Favorite weekend destination: Sipping coffee and eating doughnuts at one of Portland's many fine establishments
Favorite Maine activity: Exploring any place I haven't been to yet with family and friends
What did you do before medical school: I was a simulation specialist at a New York City hospital, thinking about how to make super-realistic clinical scenarios using simulators and lots of fake blood. Highlight: Crafting a mass casualty simulation and getting 12 high-fidelity manikins running at the same time.
Why Maine Medical Center: Look around other bios on this site and you'll see a lot of "it's the people" testimonials – and that's because it's true. Stellar co-residents, excellent clinical instructors, a culture that values collegiality and continual improvement, and a tertiary care center that sees and treats just about anything, all set in beautiful Portland.