Michael Neilson, M.D.
Hometown: Portland, ME
Undergraduate: Wesleyan University
Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine
Interests / Hobbies: Cycling
Favorite place in Maine: Acadia National Park
Medical interests: Vascular Surgery (obvi)
Favorite weekend destination: The Lakes
Favorite Maine activity: Cycling
What did you do before medical school: Bartender, waiter, physical therapy aid, substitute teacher
Craziest / Best / Worst Job: I drove models to and from photo shoot for Vidal Sassoon in Los Angeles for a week.
Why Maine Medical Center: Great City. Great Hospital. Nice people.
Celebrity I most resemble: Napoleon Dynamite
Favorite restaurant in Portland: Pai Men Miyake
Vincent Noori, M.D.
Hometown: Manchester, Maine
Undergraduate: University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Virginia
Medical School: Poznan University of Medical Sciences
Interests / Hobbies: traveling the world, experiencing new cultures, spending time with friends and family, running and exercise, drawing and soccer
Favorite place in Maine: Bar Harbor
Medical interests: Extracranial cerebrovascular disease and stroke prevention, open and endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, aortoiliac occlusive disease, peripheral arterial disease and limb salvage
Personal goals: To be an excellent vascular surgeon and provide my patients with the best care, to learn a musical instrument and to continue traveling the world
Why Maine Medical Center: Kind people, including co-residents and staff members, brilliant and extremely talented faculty who love to teach, exceptional surgical training, and of course a beautiful city with so much to offer
Celebrity I most resemble: Mario Lopez (or so I’m told!)
Leia Edenfield, M.D.
Hometown: Savannah, GA
Undergraduate: University of Georgia
Medical School: Medical College of Georgia
Interests / Hobbies: Spending time with my husband and dog, Daisy, cooking, going to the beach/lake, traveling whenever possible, trying new restaurants and breweries
Favorite place in Maine: Allagash brewery
Medical interests: Vascular surgery
Favorite weekend destination: Peaks Island
Favorite Maine activity: Visiting new towns
What did you do before school: Worked in my university library and as a lab assistant in a marine biology lab
Personal goals: Keeping my marriage awesome, spending as much time as possible keeping up with my family and friends, working to be a better Christian
Why Maine Medical Center: Maine Med stuck out on my interview day as a place where the attendings were approachable and invested in the residents. There was also a lot of emphasis on early operative experience, which I wanted, and it has definitely proven true!
If I wasn’t a doctor, I would be a... Chef.
Favorite restaurant in Portland: Central Provisions
Truc Ta, M.D.
Hometown: San Diego
Medical School: Albany Medical College
Interests / Hobbies: lifting weights, hiking, taking pictures, fast cars, art
Favorite places in Maine: Planet Fitness and World Gym
Medical interests: Vascular Surgery
Favorite weekend destination: Boston or NYC
Favorite Maine activity: exploring nature and going on long hikes
What did you do before medical school: EMS
Personal goals: Spend more time with family, read every night, maintain semi-active lifestyle, eat healthy, stay natural
Craziest / Best / Worst Job: Residency
Why Maine Medical Center: I remember the first time I talk to my program director and vascular attendings like it was yesterday. It was love at first sight. For the first time I realized life has a purpose and felt a sense of belonging. Everyone was kind, respectful, and courteous. I was truly honored to have the opportunity to talk to such amazingly talented individuals.
Celebrity I most resemble: Lee Byung-hun
If I wasn’t a doctor, I would be a... fire fighter, swat police officer, navy seal
Favorite restaurant in Portland: too many
Hometown: Hollis, New Hampshire
Undergraduate: Hamilton College
Medical School: Temple University School of Medicine
Interests / Hobbies: Skiing, running, beach days, watching movies and any episode of The Big Bang Theory, following the Boston Celtics, and going to concerts
Favorite places in Maine: Ogunquit Beach
Medical interests: Minimally invasive carotid interventions, endovascular and open aortic aneurysm repair, endoleak prevention and treatment, peripheral vascular disease, creation and care of AV fistulas, management of aortic dissection
Favorite weekend destination: Boston or NYC
Favorite Maine activity: Skiing
Why Maine Medical Center: Wonderful faculty and residents; A long history of excellent surgical training; The warm, friendly atmosphere found inside and outside the hospital; Great location in a fun city with plenty of outdoor activities and terrific food
Celebrity I most resemble: Andrew Luck (especially with a beard)