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Current Residents 2022-2023

Chief Resident

21458-Muldoon, JessicaMeet current Chief Resident Jessica Muldoon!

During my interview process I had an expansive excel sheet with columns of information that was important for me while choosing a program. My uppermost column was culture. I wanted to work somewhere that created an environment of learning, teamwork, and inclusion. The department is collegial not only in terms of faculty support, but the department as a whole from administrative staff to technical staff to research staff. This environment creates a strong sense of community and builds upon your interprofessional skills during training as a clinician.

Indiana University is able to provide a strong volume of anatomic and clinical specimens from hospitals across the state. As the tertiary cancer center we get not only interesting complex cases, but also the bread and butter of community practice. At our main campus we offer various subspecialties with generalized sign out at our county hospital Eskenazi and VA hospital. Our department offers many research opportunities from smaller projects to longitudinal projects to bench work. We have a beautiful lab building full of windows located on the scenic Indianapolis Canal with our hospital and hospital partners within one mile of the main lab.

Indianapolis is a “little, big city” where you are able to enjoy downtown life but can also have a comfortable commute if you live in the suburbs. Indianapolis offers affordable housing whether renting or purchasing. Residents vary from apartments within walking distance to purchasing homes in the suburbs. For social activities, residents head to Mass Ave, Fountain Square, and Broad Ripple to enjoy restaurants. We have state parks with walking trails, multiple indoor climbing facilities, and free gym memberships. Indianapolis is popular for families with our zoo, top rated children’s museum, and strong public library system.

I have found that Indiana is able to support their trainees in whatever their goals are; be it academics, community, or industry.

If you have any questions about IU Pathology's residency program, don't hesitate to get in touch with me!

PGY 1

Justin Meier, MD

Medical School: St. Louis University

Why I chose IU: I chose IU because I wanted to go to a program that would provide me with enough diversity and number of cases to become a great diagnostician. I also wanted a large program with enough residents to provide coverage in the case of needed absences and to provide a good support structure for each other. Finally, I wanted a program where all the residents were happy and enjoyed spending time with each other outside of work.

Personal Interests: Fly-fishing, video games, listening to metal, watching Netflix

Academic interests: Cytopathology, Hematopathology, Surgical Pathology


Nicholas Polster, MD

Current position: Wellness Chair

Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine

Why I chose IU for residency: During my third and fourth years of medical school I spent an extensive amount of time working with pathology residents and faculty at IU, and I noticed that on top of being knowledgeable and helpful, everybody here was happy. Faculty genuinely care about the well-being of their residents and are always available to talk and take feedback into account. I was further drawn to IU by the emphasis here on teaching, whether it be driven by attendings during case sign-out or QC conferences, or by residents themselves working directly with medical students. On top of all this, IU has a top-notch facility, a massive volume of cases, and a multitude of fellowships.

Personal Interests: I enjoy birding, running, reading, board games, video games, and spending time with friends and family.

Academic Interests: Surgical Pathology, Dermatopathology, possibly Gastrointestinal Pathology

Obaid Rehman, MD

Medical School: Army Medical College, National University of Sciences and Technology

Why I chose IU: IU easily ticked off all the boxes in my criteria for an ideal residency program. The solid curriculum, adequate program size, large volume and diversity of cases (being the primary Pathology residency program in Indiana), teaching and learning opportunities, adequate elective rotations, and the myriad opportunities for fellowships are only some of the factors that pulled me in. Above all, what really stood out for me were the extremely amiable and friendly people who I met during my interview, be it the faculty members, the residents, or the program coordinators: everyone was so kind and welcoming that I instantly knew I would feel at home in this program!

Personal interests: I enjoy making bad puns, listening to music, song-editing, birdwatching, and (casual) PC gaming.

Academic Interests: I am keeping an open mind, but fields that I find particularly interesting include Hematopathology and Medical Kidney.


Reem Youssef, MD

Medical School: Faculty of Medicine Zagazig University

Why I chose IU for residency: I applied to the IU pathology program because it has everything that I am looking for in a residency program. Besides the strong recommendations, I have received from a previous fellow and the current residents, IU has excellent case volume, diversity, faculty expertise, different work settings, and multiple in-house fellowships. The people are extremely friendly and helpful. Also, there are ample opportunities to gain additional experience in teaching since IU is the largest medical school in the US. All these factors made my decision very easy to choose the IU pathology program to help me attain my goal of becoming an excellent pathologist.
After matching, I was impressed even more with the flexibility and support, I have received from the program. Everyone is helpful, which made me confident that I made the right decision. Indianapolis is a nice place to live with lots of activities and restaurants to visit.

Personal Interests: Travelling, watching movies, spending time with family and friends

Academic Interests: Dermatopathology.

PGY 2

Mohamed Bikhet, MBBCh

Medical School: Faculty of Medicine Cairo University

Why I chose IU for residency: I applied to IU because it has a strong reputation with an impressive diversity of cases and knowledgeable faculty. I had an outstanding interview experience with the IU pathology faculty; I perceived an overwhelmingly friendly environment which made me confident that IU would be the perfect place to train and thrive. On the academic level, IU health has six hospitals operating under the same roof, offering a large volume of surgical cases, plenty of strong in-house fellowships, and the opportunity to train in both academic and community settings, ensuring that all trainees are well-rounded and strong pathologist. There is no doubt that any aspiring pathologist will be looking for such a setting to train. The program is well structured that all residents get high-yield and exceptional training while keeping wellness and life balance. I feel very satisfied choosing IU pathology, and I feel fortunate to have matched here.

Personal Interests: Photography is my favorite hobby, especially astrophotography, stargazing, and cosmology. I also enjoy watching anime, playing tennis, and video games 

Academic Interests: I have not decided on subspecialty.

Guohua Liang, MB, PhD

Medical School: Yanbian University Health Science Center

Why I chose IU: IU was the best choice for me because I wanted to train at a medium-sized residency program with a solid curriculum (i.e., strong in both AP and CP training). As the only pathology residency training program in Indiana, I believe IU can provide not only a large volume, but also a variety of cases. In addition, during the interview, I had a strong feeling that the faculty truly take care of trainees. For instance, even though I was just one of the hundreds of applicants, the interviewers took the time to give me useful suggestions about future career development. When I submitted the rank order list, I also considered my family. Many suburbs around Indianapolis are nationally top-ranked as family-friendly cities (for example: safe, good public-school system and relatively low living cost).

Personal interests: I love cooking (Korean and Chinese cuisine) and I enjoy inline skating.

Academic interests: Surgical pathology, Gastrointestinal pathology

Azadeh Samiei, MD

Current Position: CAP Resident Forum Delegate

Medical School: Shiraz University of Medical Sciences

Why I chose IU for residency? IU is one of the most reputable academic medical centers with a robust pathology program. It offers everything that I was looking for in a residency program. An integrated AP/CP curriculum, large volume and diversity of specimens, excellent faculty in diverse subspecialty areas, and a well-organized department were among the key factors why I chose IU. The friendly and collegial environment in this department is proof that this department values resident wellness as well as education.
As a pathology resident, I will work at different hospitals that provide diagnostic services to much of Indiana. This experience will expose me to a wide range of specimens and broaden my knowledge and skills.

Personal interests: My favorite hobbies are hiking, travelling, photography and painting. I also enjoy spending time with my family and friends and attending concerts, sports and social events.

Academic interests: Dermatopathology, Cytopathology, Surgical Pathology

Alex Shacklette, MD

Medical School: University of Louisville School of Medicine

Why I chose IU: In a year where student exposure to residency programs was entirely virtual, IU really went the extra mile to highlight the impressive quality of their facilities, program, and staff. I was fortunate to work with several pathologists who had ties to IU during medical school, and I was confident that I would receive excellent training that would prepare me to be a great pathologist. IU also provides diverse fellowship opportunities, and the cost of living in Indianapolis is very affordable, which made it an easy choice to rank as my top program.

Current positions: Resident Curriculum Committee

Personal Interests: Tabletop games, painting miniatures, fantasy football, and game nights with friends

Academic Interests: Surgical Pathology and Transfusion Medicine

Muhammad Shaheen, MBBCh

Medical School: Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine.

Why I chose IU for Residency: It all goes back to the observership that I was lucky enough to get right before the COVID pandemic. The program had been recommended by a previous fellow as one of the top programs in pathology, and he was right about it. People here work very hard and have fun at the same time. The great jump in knowledge and skills of residents going from PGY1 to PGY4 is a testimony to the strength of the program. I learned a lot just by listening to the case presentations at the 4 pm daily surgical pathology QC conference. There is also ample opportunity for research. The residents are all very motivated and very well equipped with a wide range of resources to help them reach the expected level of competency. I knew during my observership that If I had a dream of becoming a good pathologist one day, IU was going to support me by all means. That is why I chose IU.

Personal interests: Languages and foreign cultures, books, cooking, and of course, cats.

Academic interests: Soft tissue pathology, cytopathology, and possibly GU pathology.

PGY 3

Asma Abu-Salah, MBBS

Why I chose IU for Residency:I chose IU pathology because our program meets all my ambitious criteria. The structure of the program with alternating AP and CP rotations keeps residents engaged in both disciplines throughout the years. The training in various settings including academic, community, and veteran hospitals, provides a better understanding of and helps in determining future job preferences. IU pathology’s department has a large diverse volume of cases. The department also provides a wide variety of fellowship disciplines. A unique aspect is our daily quality control (QC) conference, which is run by two respected senior attendings in the department. Residents receive daily exposure and teaching on interesting and difficult cases across the various surgical subspecialties during the QC conference. Didactics are well structured. All staff members and resident colleagues throughout the program are friendly, approachable, and willing to help. Lastly, I found the city of Indianapolis fabulous, and it feels like a second home for me.

Personal Interests: I enjoy traveling and photography.

Academic Interests: Genitourinary pathology

Fellowship plans: Genitourinary at IU, 2023-2024


Adeyinka Akinsanya, MBBS

Medical School: University of Ilorin College of Health Sciences

Current positions: Associate Chief Resident, CAP Resident Forum Delegate, ASCP Pathology Ambassador, IUSM Curriculum Steering Committee member, Association of Pathology Chairs GME Committee member.

Why I chose IU for residency: My interest in IU started during my one-month observership here. The environment was amicable, with a great rapport between the residents and attendings, who were all helpful and willing to teach. In addition, the excellent volume of surgical cases, strong in-house fellowships, and the opportunity to train in multiple settings (University, Community hospital, VA hospital, etc.) meant that IU was an excellent fit for me. As a resident, IU has provided me with many opportunities to pursue my passion for undergraduate and graduate medical education. Between the medical school and residency program, there are ample opportunities to develop as an educator, with willing mentors to guide and support you. Finally, the icing on the cake is the beautiful city of Indianapolis with its diverse, multicultural community, great food, fun indoor and outdoor activities, and reasonable cost of living.

Personal Interests: I enjoy watching anime, sports (soccer, tennis & Formula 1, to mention a few), reading fantasy novels, blogging, taking long walks, and looking at pathology cases on Twitter.

Academic Interests: Cytopathology, Gastrointestinal Pathology, and Teaching.

Fellowship plans: Cytopathology at IU, 2024-2025

Ahmad Alkashash, MBBCh

Current position: AP Scheduling Chief 

Medical School: Faculty of Medicine Cairo University

Why I chose IU for residency: I am truly fortunate to be doing my training at IU! From the first early moment I arrived in this department, I realized that it stands out and possesses all the qualities that I was searching for in a pathology residency program. I perceived a friendly environment, approachable faculty, and organized support staff. It was also very clear that this program is resident-centered rather than reputation-centered, and it is one of the few programs that has excellent training and a healthy working environment for its trainees. The program is designed to ensure residents secure competitive fellowship positions and jobs in both private practice and academic settings. I admired that the program offers sign-out experience in both sub-specialty and general pathology environments. In addition to the availability of in-house fellowships in ten sub-specialties, the program has a surgical case volume that exceeds 100,000, which makes the learning experience at IU challenging, but highly rewarding. I have no doubt that training at IU will allow me to thrive both professionally and personally. I am so excited and honored to be here and I look forward to what lies ahead over the next four years. Besides, Indianapolis has an amazing downtown, a very affordable cost of living, and amazing outdoors. 

Personal Interests: I enjoy Calligraphy, reading and cooking.

Academic Interests: Gastrointestinal pathology

Fellowship plans: Gastrointestinal pathology fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, 2024-2025

Yukiko Kitagawa, MD, PhD

Current position: CP Scheduling Chief 

Medical School: Tokyo Women’s Medical University

Why I chose IU for residency: When I started working as a visiting scholar in the IU Pathology Department, the residents, fellows and faculties welcomed me and supported my career pathway. Given my favorable experiences in this department as a scholar, I was confident that this is the best place for me to achieve my goals during residency. Also, Indiana is my home away from home, and I am very happy to work and live here.

Personal Interests: I enjoy singing as a cantor in English, Spanish and Japanese, and studying Japanese-styled flower arrangement.

Fellowship plans: Hematopathology (2024-26) - National Institutes of Health / National Cancer Institute.


Jessica Muldoon, MD

Current positions: Executive Chief Resident, IU Housestaff Forum Chair, IU Dean's Council Representative, IU Graduate Medical Education Committee Representative, IU Pathology Social Chair

Why I chose IU for Residency: Four years can seem like a lot of time, but looking back on medical school I realized that four years will fly by in the blink of an eye. Therefore when looking at residency programs I wanted to find somewhere where I would be able to fully utilize my time and have a supportive staff and resident cohort to grow and learn with. At IU, we have not only an impressive case volume with a mix of the ordinary and extraordinary, but also faculty members with open doors. Our faculty enjoy sharing their knowledge and taking the time to teach, as do our senior residents. We have a wonderful resident group of friendly and outgoing individuals. We also have a unique daily learning conference where interesting cases are shown to allow all residents the opportunity to see cases with our senior pathologists. Having this beautiful building and resident workroom doesn't hurt either!

Personal Interests: Taking my dogs to the park, going to concerts, adventuring with my co-residents, crafting, and home improvement projects.

Academic Interests: Teaching and advocacy.

Fellowship plans:
Transfusion Medicine (2024-2025) at Indiana University School of Medicine

Ani Toklu, MD

Current position: Education Chief  Medical School: Istanbul University, Istanbul Faculty of Medicine

Why I chose IU for residency: I was impressed by the IU Pathology residency program even before my interview day. The academic strength of the department, the outstanding faculty, the size of the program, and the variety, complexity and large number of cases that are received here are some of the countless qualities that this program offers. I chose IU to pursue my residency training because I thought that if I were to design a pathology residency program, it would be very similar to this program.

Personal Interests: I like traveling around the world, sketching and painting, architecture and home decoration, cooking Turkish cuisine

Academic Interests: Dermatopathology, Surgical Pathology, Soft Tissue Pathology, GU Pathology

Fellowship plans: Surgical Pathology, Indiana University 2024-25


PGY 4

Ravi Tej Bommu, MBBS

Medical School: China Medical University

Why I chose IU for Residency: I chose IU because of the collaborative and supportive environment, in addition to the great educators and role models here who want you to succeed. IU is a unique academic healthcare system that provides care for the entire state and cares for diverse patient populations, including working at the VA, Eskenazi and Riley hospitals.  This enables residents to see a wide variety of cases. 

Personal interests: I enjoy spending time outdoors, trying new restaurants, reading and staying physically active. 

Academic interests: My specific interested include Dermatopathology and Surgical Pathology.

Quinn Miller, MD

Medical School: Ohio State University College of Medicine  

Why I chose IU for Residency: I was initially drawn to the IU Pathology program after my overwhelmingly positive interview experience. The faculty and staff were welcoming and the residents were friendly and demonstrated how collaborative the program was. Other factors that drew me in include the surgical case volume, the number of in-house fellowships offered, and the academic strength of the program as a whole.

Personal Interests: I enjoy playing piano and guitar, hiking, running, playing tennis, video games, traveling and snorkeling.

Academic Interests: I have not decided on subspecialty.

Fellowship plans: Gastrointestinal Pathology (2023-2024) – University of San Diego

Bianca Puello Yocum, MD

Medical School: Ross University

Why I chose IU for residency: I chose the IU Pathology residency program because it checked off every box that I had when visiting residency programs.  Things that were important to me included the overall atmosphere of the program, ability to prepare residents for future practice, and geographic location.  Being a part of this residency program, I feel as if I am part of a family.  There is a comradery between the residents, as well as with residents and attendings, which was very apparent on my interview day.   IU also caters to individual needs.  They are known for molding the program to meet the needs of individual resident’s specific interests.  They also are an established residency program that is well-known and is able to place residents in competitive fellowships.  Indianapolis is a great place to live that combines the ease of small town living with all of the perks of a big city.    

Personal Interests: As a former competitive gymnast, I enjoy keeping up with the latest news in the gymnastics world. I also enjoy exercising and spending time with my family.

Academic Interests: I enjoy working with medical students and mentoring incoming residents. 

Fellowship Plans: Cytopathology (2023-2024) - Indiana University

Ahmet Surucu, MD

Medical School: Marmara University School of Medicine

Why I chose IU for residency: IU Pathology is a residency program with systemic and very good quality of education, variety of academic opportunities, as well as a sincere and friendly environment. The attendings are highly qualified and very supportive which makes IU Pathology an excellent place to train.  

Personnel Interests: I enjoy fishing, biking, gardening, playing soccer, video games and repairing electronic devices.

Academic Interests: GU pathology, GI pathology and Cytopathology

Fellowship Plans: Surgical Pathology (2023-2024) - Indiana University

Andrew Tharp, MD

Medical School: Indiana University

Why I chose IU for residency: Of all the places I interviewed, I genuinely believe that IU offered the most well rounded experience. This is the only major academic institution in the state. With that large catchment area comes a large volume of cases, which is very conducive to learning. The medical campus in Indianapolis is huge, consisting of four large general hospitals and one children’s hospital, offering a wide range of opportunities and experiences. 

Personal Interests: Outside of work I spend a lot of my time with friends and family. I also enjoy rock climbing, hiking, swimming, working with computers, and running.

Academic Interests: I am currently enrolled in a medical management curriculum offered through IU Kelly School of Business, which I plan to complete this summer (2022). Following residency, I will complete one year of cytology fellowship, also at IU.  

Fellowship plans: Cytopathology (2023-2024) - Indiana University