Resident Profiles

Chiefs

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Michael Cutshall, M.D.

Hometown: Johnson City, TN

Undergrad: Appalachian State University

Medical School: University of Tennessee

Favorite Thing About El Paso: The mountains

Hobbies/Interests: Spending time with my wife and family, soccer, cycling, snowboarding, wakeboarding, hiking, and traveling

Surgical Interest: General surgery and MIS

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Monica Jordan, M.D.

Hometown: Oklahoma City, OK

Undergrad: University of Oklahoma

Medical School: University of Oklahoma College of Medicine

Favorite Thing About El Paso: The mountains 

Hobbies/Interests: Soccer, dancing and sewing

Surgical Interest: General/trauma surgery

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Jisoo Kim, M.D.

Hometown: Mission, TX

Undergrad: University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Medical School: University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine

Favorite Thing About El Paso: The weather, food, and people 

Hobbies/Interests: I enjoy traveling, hiking, playing cello, football, basketball, golf, racquetball, and scuba diving.

Surgical Interest: General surgery

John David Marr
John David Marr, D.O.

Hometown: Fort Worth, TX

Undergrad: University of Oklahoma

Medical School: University of North Texas Health Sciences Center - TCOM

Favorite Thing About El Paso: The mountains, food, and people 

Hobbies/Interests: Sports, hunting, fishing, and outdoors

Surgical Interest: Trauma and Colorectal

PGY-4

Maria Ahmad
Maria Ahmad, M.D.

Hometown: Karachi, Pakistan

Medical School: Aga Khan University Medical College

Favorite Thing About El Paso: The mountains

Hobbies/Interests: Cooking, Painting, Discovering new places

Surgical Interest: MIS, Burns and Trauma

Natalie Nadia Merchant
Natalie Nadia Merchant, M.D.

Hometown: Watsonville, CA

Undergrad: University of California

Medical School: David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Favorite Thing About El Paso: The city lights at night

Hobbies/Interests: Tennis, swimming, cycling, reading, yoga, hiking and meditation 

Surgical Interest: Thoracic Surgery

Lee Swinney
Lee Swinney, M.D.

Hometown: Belleville, MI

Undergrad: Texas A&M Galveston

Medical School: Paul L. Foster School of Medicine at El Paso

Favorite Thing About El Paso: The people and proximity to national parks

Hobbies/Interests: Legos, Rugby, Ice Hockey

Surgical Interest: General Surgery/Critical Care

PGY-3

Brittany Harper
Brittany Harper, M.D.

Hometown: Dallas, TX

Undergrad: Southern Methodist University

Medical School: Texas Tech University Health Science Center El Paso Paul L. Foster School of Medicine 

Favorite Thing About El Paso: Sense of community and low cost of living

Hobbies/Interests: Books, crochet, Netflix, puppies and ice cream

Surgical Interest: Bariatrics and Acute Care

 
Asif Hasan Siddiqui
Asif Hasan Siddiqui, M.D.

Hometown: Karachi, Pakistan

Medical School: Aga Khan University Medical College

Favorite Thing About El Paso: The people and mountain scenery

Hobbies/Interests: Music-playing the piano, sports-cricket and tennis, watching formula 1

Surgical Interest: Pediatric Cardiac Surgery and Congenital Heart Diseases

Simon Yaguare, M.D.
Simon Yaguare, M.D.

Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela

Undergrad: Central University of Venezuela

Medical School: Central University of Venezuela

Favorite Thing About El Paso: Restaurants

Hobbies/Interests: Play soccer and guitar

Surgical Interest: Surgical oncology

 

PGY-2

Nicole Biediger, D.O.
Nicole Biediger, D.O.

Hometown: San Antonio, Texas

Undergrad: Texas State University

Medical School: University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine

Favorite thing about El Paso: There’s really a lot to do in the area and everyone here is very friendly.

Hobbies/Interests: Indoor cycling, plant mom, hiking, cooking and baking

Surgical Interest: General surgery and robotics.

Irving Alvarado Gonzalez, M.D.
Irving Alvarado Gonzalez, M.D.

Hometown: Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico

Medical School: Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez

Favorite thing about El Paso: Diversity, food.

Hobbies/Interests: I enjoy playing the drums, baseball, live music and swimming.

Surgical Interest: General surgery.

Richard Garza, M.D.
Ricardo Garza, M.D.

Hometown: McAllen, Texas

Undergrad: Baylor University

Medical School: UT Southwestern

Favorite thing about El Paso: The view of the mountains and hills as I drive around town.

Hobbies/Interests: Videogames, the outdoors and rock climbing.

Surgical Interest: Plastics, MIS, bariatrics.

Jonathan Gevorkian
Jonathan Gevorkian, M.D.

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Undergrad: University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Medical School: The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

Favorite thing about El Paso: The kind and friendly people

Hobbies/Interests: Fixing things, crafting, basketball, and NASA

Surgical Interest: Trauma and MIS

 

PGY-1

Mishaal Ali, M.D.
Mishaal Ali, M.D.

Hometown: Kissimmee, Florida

Undergrad: University of Florida

Medical School: University of Wisconsin

Favorite Thing About El Paso: The mountains

Hobbies/Interests: Surgical education and health equity

Surgical Interest: Surgical oncology, plastic surgery and global surgery

Daisy Proksch, M.D.
Daisy Proksch, M.D.

Hometown: Grants Pass, Oregon

Undergrad: Southern Oregon University (the other Raiders)

Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School

Favorite Thing About El Paso: Exploring the mountains and the refreshing evening breezes

Hobbies/Interests: Rock climbing, rollerblading, hiking

Surgical Interest: Undecided, possibly vascular surgery

Edgar Serrato, M.D.
Edgar Serrato, M.D.

Hometown: Edinburg, Texas

Undergrad: The University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley

Medical School: San Juan Bautista School of Medicine

Favorite Thing About El Paso: The mountain scenery

Hobbies/Interests: Soccer, hiking, staying active, weightlifting

Surgical Interest: MIS, acute care surgery

Alisan Turner, M.D.
Alisan Turner, M.D.

Hometown: Austin, Texas

Undergrad: The University of Texas at Dallas

Medical School: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine

Favorite Thing About El Paso: The people, mountains, and sunsets

Hobbies/Interests: Hiking, cooking, reading, singing, and playing with my cat

Surgical Interest: Pediatric surgery, general surgery, colorectal, MIS

PGY-1 Preliminary

Kate Buhrke, D.O.
Kate Buhrke, D.O.

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

Undergrad: Texas A&M University

Medical School: Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine

Favorite Thing About El Paso: Tamales and climbing at Hueco Tanks

Hobbies/Interests: Rock climbing, yoga, fly fishing, and snowboarding

Surgical Interest: Breast and general surgery
Pavel Gonzalez, M.D.
Pavel Gonzalez, M.D.

Hometown: El Paso, Texas

Undergrad: University of Texas at El Paso

Medical School: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine

Favorite Thing About El Paso: The sunsets

Hobbies/Interests: Soccer

Surgical Interest: Critical care
David Mas, M.D.
David Mas, M.D.

Hometown: Lafayette, Louisiana

Undergrad: Louisiana State University Baton Rouge

Medical School: Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans

Favorite Thing About El Paso: So far, I really love the mountains and outdoor hiking spots in close proximity

Hobbies/Interests: Swimming, hiking, videogames, trying new food locations, art, and watching anime

Surgical Interest: General surgery and MIS