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Meet Our Residents

Our residents and faculty foster a collegial environment and education-focused culture that provides an inclusive learning experience. Training can be challenging, but our program is close-knit and each resident brings a dedication to providing stellar patient care as well as a collaborative learning experience.

From the Chief Resident

Elizabeth Jeans, M.D.Welcome to Mayo Clinic Radiation Oncology in Rochester, Minnesota!

Our department is honored that you are considering Mayo Clinic to further your medical training. As chief, my role is to serve as the liaison between our departmental faculty and our exceptional residents. This year, my personal goal has been to further our educational curriculum in providing our residents with robust opportunities for learning amidst leaders in Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology, and Surgical Oncology.

Mayo Clinic is an incomparable training facility which prioritizes extraordinary patient care and focuses on community, clinical education, and research. Located in the upper Midwest, Rochester is consistently voted as one of the best cities to live in the U.S. south of the Twin Cities. Rochester thrives on the spirit on innovation in a state rich of natural beauty.

Our faculty is full of leaders in the field whom are supportive and encouraging to our trainees. There truly is no better choice for furthering your medical career.

Elizabeth Jeans, M.D.
Chief Resident

Current residents

Our program draws trainees from across the U.S. and around the world. While all our trainees have a love of learning and a compassionate approach to patient care, they come from diverse backgrounds, family status, and professional and personal interests.

Meet our current residents in the Radiation Oncology Residency at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

 Class of 2022

Elizabeth Jeans

Elizabeth Jeans, M.D.
Chief Resident
Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ
Medical school: Rush University Medical Center
Interests: MedEd, technical aspects of RT delivery, head & Neck, GI, Gyne/Prostate brachy
About me: In my free time, I enjoy visiting the north shore and hiking the beautiful Minnesota trails!

William Breen

William Breen, M.D.
Hometown: Hillsboro, ND
Medical school: Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine
Interests: Improving patient care, clinical trials, and radio-immunotherapy
About me: I enjoy sports and exploring Minnesota's parks and zoos with my 2 year old son, Gus.

Kimberly Gergelis

Kimberly Gergelis, M.D.
Hometown: Buffalo, NY
Medical school: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Interests: GI, breast, GU, physician wellbeing
About me: I enjoy hiking with Bo (my 2 year old labradoodle), gardening, cheering on the Buffalo Bills, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Class of 2023

Danielle Cunningham

Danielle Cunningham, M.D.
Hometown: Grain Valley, MO
Medical school: University of Missouri – Kansas City 6-Year Accelerated BA/MD Program
Interests: Pediatric oncology, CNS, sarcoma, proton therapy
About me: I enjoy painting, podcasts, movies, and creating educational illustrations to help others learn radiation oncology in a fun way. 

Hunter Gits

Hunter Gits, M.D., M.S.
Hometown: Edina, MN
Medical school: University of Michigan Medical School
Interests: Improving patient care, molecular biomarkers, and departmental diversity, equity, and inclusion.
About me: I love running the riverside trails of Rochester, backpacking around the U.S., and cooking with my family and friends.

Lindsay Morris

Lindsay Morris, M.D.
Hometown: Rochester, MN
Medical school: University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Interests: GYN, brachytherapy, sarcoma, proton therapy
About me: My husband and I have a 1-year old daughter and a dog. Our little family enjoys trying local restaurants and craft breweries, vacationing to warm places, and spending time outdoors in Southeast Minnesota. 

Class of 2024

Kaitlin W. Qualls MD

Kaitlin Qualls, M.D.
Hometown: Savannah, TN
Medical school: University of Tenessee Health Science Center
Interests: CNS, Head and Neck
About me: In my free time, I enjoy reading, playing piano, taking naps with my cat, traveling whenever possible, and going out with my friends.

Roman O. Kowalchuk MD

Roman Kowalchuk, M.D.
Hometown: Rochester, NY
Medical school: University of Virginia School of Medicine
Interests: SBRT, Lung, CNS
About me: In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my wife and son, as well as hiking or playing sports.

Robert W. Gao MD

Robert Gao, M.D.
Hometown: Minnetonka, MN
Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School
Interests: Prostate cancer, oligometastasis directed therapy
About me: I love staying active and visiting family and friends in the nearby Twin Cities.

Class of 2025

Jessica Burlile, M.D.

Jessica Burlile, M.D.
Hometown: Boise, ID
Medical school: Georgetown University School of Medicine
Interests: Head and neck, palliative radiotherapy, veterans' health
About me: I enjoy live music, playing cello, reading poetry, and being in the mountains.

Daniel Ebner, M.D., M.P.H.

Daniel Ebner, M.D., M.P.H.
Hometown: Greenville, SC
Medical school: Brown University
Interests: Clinical trials of novel technology: heavy/multi-ion, FLASH, machine learning
About me: In my free time, I enjoy traveling, cars, college football (go Tigers!), and swimming.

Yasamin Sharifzadeh, M.D.

Yasamin Sharifzadeh, M.D.
Hometown: Ashburn, VA
Medical school: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine (Medical College of Virginia)
Interests: Geriatric oncology, radiation for non-malignant diseases, patient reported outcomes
About me: On weekends, you can find me at antique or thrift stores, listening and reading about design and architecture, and out with friends!