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Meet Our Residents

Diagnostic Radiology residents discussing a case.

From the chief residents 

Allison Rixey, M.D.  John Kirby, M.D.

Thank you for your interest in Mayo Clinic radiology! We would like to share some of our favorite aspects of our Diagnostic Radiology Residency program before we are lucky enough to meet you on your interview day.

Mayo Clinic radiology is unique in many ways. First, being at a large tertiary care center, the expansiveness of the diseases you are exposed to is second to none. We are a ground-breaking center of new technologies and innovative procedures.

At our institution, you will work with over 200 staff radiologists, many who are leaders in their fields, to help you develop into the best radiologist you can be. Along with the independent call schedule, this program will leave you extremely well-prepared for whatever challenges await you after residency.

Finally, the Mayo Clinic culture of putting the needs of the patient first permeates through the radiologists, clinicians, nurses, technologists, and trainees, making it a rewarding and pleasant four years.

We look forward to the opportunity to meet you in person!

Allison Rixey, M.D., and John Kirby, M.D.
Chief residents

Our residents

The Diagnostic Radiology Residency has over 40 residents in training at any time. Learn more about each resident, where they are from, and why they chose Mayo Clinic for their residency.

Class of 2022

Tanner C. Anderson, M.D.

Tanner Anderson, M.D.
Hometown: Drayton, North Dakota
Medical school: University of North Dakota School of Medicine
About me: Spending time with family, outdoors, hockey, fishing
Why Mayo: Great training and the people are enjoyable to be around

Jeffrey Babcock, M.D. 

Jeffrey Babcock, M.D.
Hometown: Cottage Grove, MN
Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School
About me: Born and raised in Minnesota. I am married to my wonderful wife, Lynnea. We have a Labrador-mix named Maple we love to spend time with. Enjoy watching new shows/movies, trying new breweries, golfing, camping, boating, concerts, skiing.
Why Mayo: Great variety of subspecialty training to develop both diagnostic and procedural skills.

David Bartlett, M.D.

David Bartlett, M.D.
Hometown: Brook Park (Cleveland), Ohio
Medical school: Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED)
About me: I’m interested in Molecular Imaging and GI radiology and plan on pursuing a career in academic radiology. I try to spend as much of my spare time socializing with friends and family. I’m more of an extrovert so I try to be out and about and travel as much as possible.
Why Mayo: A well-rounded education. Practice cutting-edge radiology with the latest technology and consult with the best of the best in all fields. Endless opportunities.

Michael Dunlay, M.D. 

Michael Dunlay, M.D.
Hometown: Mason City, Iowa
Medical school: University of Iowa RJ & L Carver College of Medicine
About me: I am a 4th-year resident and planning to do the Body Imaging and Intervention Fellowship next year. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my kids and try to get onto the golf course as often as possible.
Why Mayo: Mayo provides the opportunity to see every and any pathology which helps make a well-rounded radiologist. It also happened to be close to my hometown which was an added bonus.

Livia Frota Lima, M.D.

Livia Frota Lima, M.D.
Hometown: Fortaleza, Brazil
Medical school: Universidade Federal do Ceara - Brazil
About me: In my free time, I enjoy hiking and spending time with my family and friends. 
Why Mayo: Great medical center with the most updated technology available, top-line mentors and teachers with welcoming culture

Alec Ganske, M.D. 

Alec Ganske, M.D.
Hometown: Mankato, MN
Medical school: University of North Dakota School of Medicine
About me: I am married to the love of my life after meeting in North Dakota. We have two dogs. Most weekends we try to do something outside, like a hike or get on the water at our family's lake cabin. I have become a succulent addict and enjoy propagating them. 
Why Mayo: World-class training and people in a smaller city environment.

Benjamin Johnson-Tesch, M.D.

Benjamin Johnson-Tesch, M.D.
Hometown: Eden Prairie, MN
Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School
About me: Live with my wife, dog, and three cats. Hobbies include aviation, flight simulation, video games, and music.
Why Mayo: Excellent training program in a smaller city that is still relatively close to family. 

Ricard Lopez Diaz, M.D.

Ricardo Lopez Diaz, M.D.
Hometown: Ponce, Puerto Rico
Medical school: Ponce School of Medicine – Puerto Rico
About me: Favorite thing is probably spending time at home with family and playing with our pug, Loki. I also love traveling, trying out new restaurants, and a good Pinot Noir.
Why Mayo: Mayo was by far the most welcoming to me and my wife (Pediatrics) during our couples match, which was definitely a great surprise given that it was also the best and most prestigious program we interviewed at. Now being a senior resident, I can tell that it is an amazing teaching program, where most staff are heavily involved in personalized learning on a day-to-day basis. The hospital itself is also very benign overall, even in my surgery prelim. Hours are not bad either.

Kevin McElroy, M.D.

Kevin McElroy, M.D.
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Medical school: Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
About me: Pursuing a career in interventional radiology. In my spare time, I like to play guitar, work out, get outside, watch sports, visit breweries, and cook/bake.
Why Mayo: The volume and complexity of cases is second to none.

Joshua Olson, M.D.

Joshua Olson, M.D.
Hometown: Woodbury, MN
Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School
About me: My time outside of work is spent with my wife and two boys. We love to get outside and explore the surrounding parks and trails.
Why Mayo: World-class training, work-life balance oriented residency

Allison Rixey, M.D.

Allison Rixey, M.D.
Hometown: Leawood, Kansas
Medical school: University of Kansas School of Medicine
About me: I'm a former ballet dancer with an interest in musculoskeletal imaging. Outside of work you can find me playing fetch with our dog, Duck, doing a yoga or spin class, making homemade pizza with my fiancé, or trying a dessert recipe from my favorite pastry chef, Claire Saffitz.
Why Mayo: The structure of the department allows residents to work one on one with consultants and get individualized instruction during the day.

Kyle Unsdorfer, M.D.

Kyle Unsdorfer, M.D.
Hometown: Medina, Ohio
Medical school: Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED)
About me: In my spare time I enjoy traveling, spending time with my fiancé, and being an avid Cleveland sports/Ohio state fan.
Why Mayo: As a resident here you really have all the resources available to you to be successful and excel both in residency and in the future whether that be academics or private practice.

Class of 2023

Annie Joseph, M.D.

Annie Joseph, M.D.
Hometown: Fremont, California
Medical school: Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
About me: I enjoy playing outdoors/nature, exploring new places, travel, live music, piano, dessert, yoga, learning about new cultures/cuisines/languages, board game nights, and naps.
Why Mayo: Mayo is a great place for strong training, volume/complexity of cases, independent call, and very knowledgable teaching staff.

Jamie Kapplinger, M.D., Ph.D.

Jamie Kapplinger, M.D., Ph.D.
Hometown: Spring Grove, MN
Medical school: Mayo Medical School

John Kirby, M.D.

John Kirby, M.D.
Hometown: Sparta, TN
Medical school: East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine
About me: I’m originally from a small town in Tennessee about an hour outside of Nashville. My wife and I have a half french/half english bulldog Maximus who thinks (and gets treated like) he is a baby. Most of my free time outside of work gets devoted to watching and playing hockey which was definitely a big draw when moving to Minnesota. I play ice hockey at least several times a week in Rochester including some with several of our attendings, residents, medical students, and allied health staff. My other hobbies include video games (Xbox), cooking, and photography.
Why Mayo: I wasn’t sure if I wanted to pursue an academic or private practice career and wanted to go somewhere where I would be well trained for both. Mayo is obviously a huge academic center but also still has independent overnight resident coverage which goes a long way when applying for jobs. Also, Mayo has a great reputation both in radiology and medicine in general that can open doors just about anywhere you want to be. Ultimately though it was the residents who sold me on the program. I remember being at my interview dinner and thinking "these are the people I could see myself hanging out with and going to get dinner with after work."

Neil Kroll, M.D.

Neil Kroll, M.D.
Hometown: Pillager, MN
Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School
About me: I am a wine and food enthusiast.
Why Mayo: Close to family and to see the most interesting cases in the world.

Bryan McDowell, M.D.

Bryan McDowell, M.D.
Hometown: Evansville, IN
Medical school: Indiana University School of Medicine
About me: I enjoy spending time with my wife and daughter, grilling, making lattes, playing lawn games, and traveling MN. I spend Saturday mornings watching Premier League soccer.
Why Mayo: Amazing hospital, pathology, and colleagues in an affordable city. Working at different hospitals at varying levels of training has really broadened my experience and helped me appreciate how special Mayo Clinic is.

Marco Mejia Acevedo, M.D.

Marco Mejia Acevedo, M.D.
Hometown: Orlando, FL
Medical school: University of Central Florida College of Medicine
About me: In my spare time I enjoy traveling, video games, weightlifting, and gardening. My wife and I also have two dogs and two cats that we love spending time with.
Why Mayo: Mayo has a breadth of pathology that is second to none and provides us with the opportunity to see rare and interesting cases on a daily basis. Radiology at Mayo is also highly subspecialized which allows us to learn from the absolute best radiologists within their fields.

Chevonne Parris-Skeete, M.D., M.H.S.

Chevonne Parris-Skeete, M.D., M.H.S.
Hometown: Freeport, NY
Medical school: Drexel University College of Medicine
About me: In my spare time, I enjoy visiting the Twin Cities, cooking/trying new places to eat, going to festivals/concerts, and watching movies.

Dane Schroeder, M.D.

Dane Schroeder, M.D.
Hometown: Rapid City, SD
Medical school: Sanford School of Medicine of University of South Dakota
About me: I enjoy spending time with my wife and exploring Rochester's many bike and cross country ski trails together.
Why Mayo: This is a family oriented program focused on work/life balance as well as having the opportunity to learn from some of the world leaders in radiology.

Katherine Smith, M.D.

Katherine Smith, M.D.
Hometown: Melbourne, Florida
Medical school: University of Central Florida College of Medicine
About me: I am enrolled in the accelerated nuclear medicine pathway, then I plan to complete a breast fellowship after residency. After work, I am usually spending time with my two cats and two giant dogs. I also enjoy cooking, running, Peloton, TV, and pop culture.
Why Mayo: Mayo has an unparalleled variety of cases, and we see exceptionally rare pathology every single day. The atmosphere is also very collegial and welcoming here. I was also impressed that Mayo makes a point to recruit women into the program - with each incoming class we are getting closer to 50:50.

Tyler Stutzman, M.D.

Tyler Stutzman, M.D.
Hometown: Hutchinson, KS
Medical school: University of South Florida College of Medicine
About me: Married with two small dogs. When I'm not working I like to do things outdoors like hiking or golfing. 
Why Mayo: Large volume and diversity of cases as well as friendly staff and colleagues

Sagar Wagle, M.D.

Sagar Wagle, M.D.
Hometown: Nepal
Medical school: University of California – San Francisco School of Medicine
About me: I have recently signed up for skydiving classes, and I am working towards my accelerated free fall license. In my free time, I drive up to Minneapolis for indoors skydiving, or drive up to Baldwin, Wisconsin for outdoors skydiving. I also spend my free time moonlighting at a local prison. With the money I earn, I go on vacations when I get a few days off.
Why Mayo: I chose Mayo mainly for the quality of education and training we get here, which is one of the best in the USA. I also had a really positive experience during interview day. The residents and staff I met on the interview day were very kind and humble. I was impressed by the resources Mayo had, and the volume and diversity of cases seen here. 

Kari Xiao, M.D.

Kari Xiao, M.D.
Hometown: Chicago (and suburbs), IL
Medical school: University of Illinois College of Medicine
About me: I enjoy doing outdoor activities with my two huskies, making Asian food, board games, and trying new restaurants.
Why Mayo: Mayo has a great training program that balances learning, patient needs and non-work obligations.

Class of 2024

Gregory Aird, M.D.

Gregory Aird, M.D.
Hometown: Lake Forest, California
Medical school: Creighton University School of Medicine
About me: I enjoy reading, cycling, hiking, and cooking with my wife. I also enjoy reading and writing poetry, birdwatching, and gardening.
Why Mayo: I chose Mayo for its friendly staff and residents, for the incredible range of pathologies, and for the comfort and affordability of Rochester.

Cody Anderson, M.D.

Cody Anderson, M.D.
Hometown: Gladstone, Michigan
Medical school: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
About me: Outside of radiology, I like to spend my free time working on home renovation projects, roasting coffee, baking sourdough bread, and spending time with my wife and dog.
Why Mayo: The world-class level of care that Mayo provides, the excellent training, and diversity of cases.

Theodore Betting, M.D.

Theodore Betting, M.D.
Hometown: Bismarck, ND
Medical school: University of North Dakota School of Medicine
About me: Born and raised in North Dakota, I enjoy sports, although Minnesota sports can be hard to watch sometimes. I also enjoy the trails and outdoor activities in Rochester, as well as trying new restaurants. 
Why Mayo: Excellent training with a wide spectrum of pathology; also the location.

Tomas Gonzalez Cano, M.D.

Tomas Gonzalez Cano, M.D.
Hometown: Roma, TX
Medical school: University of Texas Medical School - San Antonio
About me: I was born and raised in Mexico and moved to Texas when I was a small kid. After finding Radiology was right for me, I was grateful for matching at such a fantastic residency program. Rochester is a great city to live in and raise a family with its many parks, trails and most of all friendly people!
Why Mayo: Mayo combines world class training without having to deal with many of the headaches of big city living such as traffic and crazy high cost of living. Also, you’ll get to see pathology you wouldn’t otherwise encounter in most institutions around the country as well as getting to interact with world experts in their fields.

Tanner Henrie, M.D.

Tanner Henrie, M.D.
Hometown: Sandy, Utah
Medical school: Tulane University School of Medicine
About me: I'm happily married with four awesome kids (5, 3, and 1 year old twins). I spend my free time with my family, running, and biking.
Why Mayo: Rochester felt like the right place to bring my kids. It's a family friendly city. In terms of training, Mayo has incredibly diverse pathology and intellectually challenging cases.

Samuel Jang, M.D.

Samuel Jang, M.D.
Hometown: Glendale, WI
Medical school: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine
About me: I am a Korean-American dad of a cute toddler with a Costco membership and the commissioner of our fantasy league who likes academic radiology, tennis, table tennis, free food, and traveling.
Why Mayo: Big shiny hospital, large faculty/program, strong research, great residents, family friendly, spouse who is/was a Mayo resident

Jillian Kennedy, M.D.

Jillian Kennedy, M.D.
Hometown: Spearfish, SD
Medical school: Sanford School of Medicine University Of South Dakota
About me: I enjoy spending time with my husband and dog. Some of my hobbies include biking, hiking, board games, cooking, and gardening. 
Why Mayo: I loved how friendly and approachable all of the staff and residents were during interviews!

Reem Khodor, M.D.

Reem Khodor, M.D.
Hometown: Santa Monica/Sioux City
Medical school: University Of Iowa RJ & L Carver College Of Medicine
About me: I am a west coast/Midwest hybrid who grew up in both parts of the country. I love big cities and traveling as well as wide open spaces. My favorite moments are when I am with family and friends, cooking big dinners for people I love, or exploring new places. 
Why Mayo: One of my interests is in Global Health and Mayo was by far the most internationally involved institution. On the third slide of the welcome powerpoint on interview day I saw the Partners In Health emblem and that sealed the deal for me. 

Grace Liu, M.D.

Grace Liu, M.D.
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Medical school: University of Texas Medical Branch - Galveston
About me: I enjoy capturing great shots and creatively edit the footage to call it my own craft. The ability to change a clip drastically post processing, such as color grading, is very enjoyable to me. I like to play around with different editing and filming techniques to make the clip the best it can be. I hope to tell stories via videos and it is a craft I will continue to work on. People enjoy watching videos made with different perspectives that one normally don't see in real life, so I also like to fly my drone to get the air view shot. 
Why Mayo: Mayo Clinic is an excellent place to receive world class radiology training. 

David Malyuk, Jr., M.D.

David Malyuk, Jr., M.D.
Hometown: Superior, Wisconsin
Medical school: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine
About me: In my spare time, I enjoy hiking with my wife and our two dogs. I am also an avid angler, Packers fan, and music enthusiast. 
Why Mayo: The combination of world-class training and work-life balance lead to my family choosing Mayo Clinic.

Sneha Somani, M.D.

Sneha Somani, M.D.
Hometown: Eagan, MN
Medical school: Medical College of Wisconsin
About me: I really enjoy spending time with people and exploring my surroundings! Especially when there is food involved. Another fun past-time I have found is paint-by-numbers...my walls will never be boring again!
Why Mayo: Radiology is a field where you have to see everything - and Mayo is the perfect place to do that! The faculty are amazing teachers and you see unique things every day.

James Williams, M.D.

James Williams, M.D.
Hometown: Cabot, Arkansas
Medical school: Saint Louis University School of Medicine
About me: I grew up in the rice fields of Arkansas, did medical school in St. Louis, MO (Go Cards!), and intern year at the University of Illinois in Chicago. If I continue to move North for training, maybe I will practice in the Arctic. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, fishing, and gardening. I also have recently been taking golfing lessons, but my shots may be endangering others on the course. I also have been known to wonder around the Mayo Clinic looking for ancient artifacts (It's like Hogwarts School).
Why Mayo: Mayo Clinic Radiology is a large program with limitless opportunities to interact and learn from true experts in the field of radiology. When I interviewed, I really appreciated the enthusiasm the staff have for mentoring trainees and the exciting research opportunities going on in every branch of radiology. 

Class of 2025

Dennis Adaaquah, M.D.

Dennis Adaaquah, M.D.
Hometown: Woodbrige, VA
Medical school: Meharry Medical College School of Medicine
About me: In my spare time, I like to hike or go to the gym. I also enjoy watching sports and trying new restaurants.
Why Mayo: I am fortunate to be training at Mayo. After interviewing, I felt Mayo would be a great place to train due to its strong dedication to education, research and improving patient care. I knew I will be learning from the best in every subspecialty. Mayo places strong emphasis on resident wellness and creating a positive learning environment.

Madison Breiland, M.D.

Madison Breiland, M.D.
Hometown: Bozeman, MT
Medical school: Medical College of Wisconsin
About me: I love outdoor activities all year round, whether that is hiking and kayaking in the summer or ice skating and downhill skiing in the winter!
Why Mayo: Training at Mayo Clinic offers a resident the ability to see high volume cases with a wealth of complex pathology, as well as the opportunity to work with staff who are experts in their field of sub specialization. I know going forward that I will be well prepared to practice in any setting and with any subspecialty that I choose.

Kendall Cooper, M.D.

Kendall Cooper, M.D.
Hometown: Hiram, Georgia
Medical school: Morehouse School of Medicine
About me: I like to be active. Working out, playing sports, going on walks/hikes/jogs. I also enjoy video games, chess, and fantasy football. Anything that is a competition or can become one is fun for me.
Why Mayo: I chose Mayo because of the combination of unparalleled training, friendliness/collegiality of residents and consultants, and overall atmosphere in Rochester, MN. I wanted to do residency in a place where I would see as many rare diagnoses as possible while still having the volume that would allow me to easily transition into academia or private practice. 

Nicholas Decker, M.D.

Nicholas Decker, M.D.
Hometown: Peru, Illinois
Medical school: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
About me: In my free time I enjoy playing chess, tennis, working out, and keeping up with Chicago sports.
Why Mayo: While the education and the opportunities are second to none, the ultimate reasons I chose Mayo were the focus on the patient as well as the people. The friendliness and the collegiality of the staff and residents at Mayo on interview day left me knowing this was where I wanted to be. 

Preet Dhillon, M.D.

Preet Dhillon, M.D.
Hometown: Huntley, IL
Medical school: University of Illinois College of Medicine
About me: I greatly enjoyed playing the clarinet and reading historical fiction in my spare time.
Why Mayo: I believe the variety of pathology at this institution is unparalleled. 

Sean Huls, M.D.

Sean Huls, M.D.
Hometown: Pierz, MN
Medical school: Medical College of Wisconsin
About me: In my spare time I like golf, fish, and try new restaurants and breweries. I took up downhill skiing during my intern year so I plan to go on ski trips during the winter.
Why Mayo: The opportunities are endless. I am still open to many things in my career and I know that no matter what niche I find I will be able to pursue it here.

Matthew Milam, M.D.

Matthew Milam, M.D.
Hometown: San Antonio, Tx
Medical school: University of Texas Medical School
About me: In my spare time I enjoy playing guitar, hiking, basketball, binging TV shows, and trying to keep plants alive.

Lindsey Miley, M.D.

Lindsey Miley, M.D.
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Medical school: Creighton University School of Medicine
About me: I enjoy anything outdoors especially hiking, running, and camping with my dogs.
Why Mayo: Unparalleled variety of pathology and high volume with opportunities to work one on one with staff. Everyone here is approachable and eager to help you learn.

Marika Pitot, M.D.

Marika Pitot, M.D.
Hometown: Rochester, MN
Medical school: Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
About me: In my free time, I enjoy trail running, hiking, seafood, sitcoms, and skiing (in the winter). My husband and I were also recently gifted a pair of snowshoes for our wedding, so we are planning to go on some adventures with those in the snowier months!
Why Mayo: I chose Mayo for many reasons, but the number one factor was the culture. Everyone is so welcoming, warm, humble, and willing to help out. Because of Mayo's reputation, it attracts a vast array of rare and unique pathology that you are unlikely to see anywhere else, which also makes it a very special place to train. The research is cutting edge and there are endless ways to become involved in a project.

Julia Poe, M.D.

Julia Poe, M.D.
Hometown: Winchester, VA
Medical school: Marshall University - JC Edwards School of Medicine
About me: In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, playing piano, and equestrian sports. My newest hobby is training and taking care of a new puppy! 
Why Mayo: Mayo offered exceptional training opportunities as well as a friendly and welcoming environment. Everyone puts the patient first and strive to provide the best possible care. 

Eyal Ron, M.D.

Eyal Ron, M.D.
Hometown: Madison, WI
Medical school: University of Arizona College of Medicine
About me: In my spare time, I enjoy playing with my 6 month old daughter. My wife and I take her on walks down different trails in Rochester most days. I also enjoy playing tennis and personal finance. 
Why Mayo: Going into the process, my wife and I knew we wanted a smaller city where we could afford to live in a house rather than an apartment. I knew I also wanted to train at an academic center, and Mayo checked all the boxes for us.

John Welby, M.D.

John Welby, M.D.
Hometown: Rochester, MN
Medical school: Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine
About me: In my spare time I enjoy mountain biking, road biking, fly fishing, restoring vintage audio equipment, and exploring new restaurants with my grandma.
Why Mayo: I chose Mayo because of the incredible resources, patient-focused curriculum, vast array of pathologies, location, and mentorship opportunities.