Internal Medicine Residency

The Unique Features of Loyola's Internal Medicine Residency

Loyola University Medical Center is a 561 bed facility with 24,000 yearly admissions and is nationally ranked by US News and World Report in Cardiology and Heart Surgery.  Loyola has been recognized as high performing in Cancer, ENT, Geriatrics, Nephrology, Pulmonology, Neurology and Neurosurgery, Diabetes and Endocrinology, Gastroenterology and GI Surgery, Gynecology, Orthopedics and Urology by US News & World Report.

Loyola Internal Medicine residents care for an unparalleled patient population, benefit from a personalized learning environment and participate in a comprehensive research curriculum. To fully understand Loyola University's Department of Medicine, you need to visit the campus, talk with our residents and faculty, and experience the atmosphere and culture.

The Department of Medicine has many special features:

  • Unique "4+1" Scheduling
  • Expert full-time faculty New window icon truly dedicated to teaching
  • Comprehensive curriculum and conference schedule
  • Intern Boot Camp PDF icon
  • State-of-the-art facilities
  • Quaternary academic medical center
  • VA hospital and outpatient training
  • Fully integrated EMR for outpatient and inpatient encounters
  • Mock code training New window icon
  • Diverse patient population
  • Great location minutes from downtown Chicago
  • Dedicated research New window icon programs for residents
  • Free board review course for PGY3 residents
  • MKSAP provided for every categorical resident
  • Faculty advisor program New window icon
  • Annual off-site retreats New window icon for each class
  • Internationally recognized transplant programs including bone marrow, cardiac, liver, pulmonary, and renal​

"Loyola University Health System is committed to excellence in patient care and the education of health professionals. The people of Loyola promise patients that we go beyond the illness to treat the whole person. We also treat the human spirit."

Life Outside the Classroom

In addition to developing camaraderie while caring for patients in hospital and ambulatory settings, numerous events outside the medical center also foster friendships among peers and faculty alike.

Several events have become annual traditions including:

The department also hosts bowling events, golf outings, picnics, outings to professional sporting events and other various events each year.

Don't forget the Loyola Center for Health and Fitness New window icon, located on campus, which a Chicago Tribune poll recently ranked as the city's best. With top quality equipment and services, residents find the fitness center an excellent place to keep in shape and unwind.

And as the view from our offices show, Loyola is located just west of Chicago. Our residents live scattered about Chicago and its near west suburbs, and they take advantage of the area's many social and cultural opportunities.


Dr. Kevin SimpsonWe would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the Department of Medicine at the Loyola University Medical Center. We are one of the top academic medical centers in the country, dedicated to advancing the art and science of medicine. We have state-of-the-art facilities, a faculty of outstanding clinical scholars and rapidly expanding research programs.

Of equal importance, at Loyola you will find a friendly, caring atmosphere and a love for learning that are part of the culture of this Jesuit University and medical center. We sincerely believe in our stated mission: "the pursuit of knowledge in the service of humanity." As a resident in the Department of Medicine, you will be a part of this culture, these facilities and these people. We know you will find many unique features at Loyola that make this an exciting and challenging place to pursue your career in medicine.

Kevin Simpson, MD
Program Director
Internal Medicine Residency

Application Guidelines

Thank you for visiting our website and for your interest in the Loyola Internal Medicine Residency Program. Please note the following application requirements:

  • Applications will be accepted via ERAS New window icon only.
  • All applications must be received by December 1st.
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your professional qualifications. For categorical Internal Medicine applicants, we strongly encourage that one of these letters be a Department of Medicine Chairman letter.
  • Applicants must have graduated from medical school within the last two years.
  • Applicants from international medical schools must be ECFMG eligible prior to any interview and certified prior to starting residency, if matched.
  • J1 visas are sponsored. H1B visas will not be sponsored.
  • Applicants with DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) status are welcome.

Please note that each ERAS application is reviewed individually. With over 3,000 applications each year, we regret that we are not able to respond to additional requests for information regarding the competitiveness of an individual application.

If you have any specific questions about the Loyola Internal Medicine Residency itself, which are not addressed elsewhere on our website, you are encouraged to contact our Program Coordinator in charge of recruitment, Albana Isaj at

Our Commitment to Diversity

The Department of Medicine is committed to training physicians from all backgrounds, including those from underrepresented groups. By working in a diverse environment, all trainees benefit from enhanced cross-cultural awareness and communication skills needed to provide culturally competent care. Given that our patients come from a variety of ethnic/cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, building a diverse and talented community of residents and fellows is a necessity.  The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) engages with all training programs to facilitate the recruitment and advancement of bright underrepresented physicians who are equipped to become leaders and meet the varying needs of our patient community.  Specifically ODI works to:

  1. Increase recruitment of talented minority trainees into residency and fellowship programs
  2. Provide underrepresented trainees with mentorship, career development and opportunities for networking
  3. Create an environment that promotes retention and satisfaction of diverse house staff

For more information about diversity and outreach programs please contact Dr. Darlene Saporu, Assistant Dean of Diversity ( or visit the Office of Diversity and Inclusion New window icon website.

Interview Day

Daily Schedule for Categorical and Preliminary Medicine Interviews:
11:00am to 11:30am
  Arrive Stritch School of Medicine New window icon first floor
11:30am to 12:30pm
  Program Director Introduction
12:30pm to 1:30pm
  Lunch with Housestaff
1:30pm to 4:00pm
  Q&A Session / Interview Tour
4:10pm to 4:30pm
  Program Director / Chairman
4:30pm to 5:30pm
  Clinical Pathophysiology Conference (CPC) New window icon
5:30pm to 7:00pm

All applicants will:

  1. Interview individually with a Recruitment Committee faculty member
  2. Participate in a group chief resident Question & Answer session
  3. Tour the Loyola Medical Center campus

All Categorical and Preliminary Medicine interviews will be conducted on Thursdays between October and January.

We ask that you arrive by 11:15 a.m. Please come to the lobby located on the first floor of the Stritch School of Medicine [maps New window icon]; parking is available in the parking garage labeled Patient/Visitor Parking Deck A.  Please bring your parking ticket with you as we will validate your parking.

For those traveling from Midway or O'Hare airports, flat-rate cab service is recommended: 

Blue Cab Company: New window icon 708-583-6900            
American Taxi: New window icon 847-266-9600, 800-244-1177

Your day will begin in an informal setting, meeting with other candidates and the Department of Medicine chief residents and residency staff. After an overview of the residency presented by the program director, lunch will be served.  During lunch, you will have the opportunity to meet some of our medicine residents and hear from them their first-hand experiences in our program.  Following lunch, you will interview with one of our Recruitment Committee faculty members, attend a Q&A session with our chief residents, and tour the Loyola University Medical Center.  A final session with the program director will then be followed by our Clinical Pathophysiology Conference New window icon (CPC), which begins at 4:30 p.m. and ends at approximately 5:30 p.m. After the conference, we invite everyone to a reception in the Stritch School of Medicine for all applicants, current housestaff and faculty.

We look forward to you visiting Loyola. Should you have any questions or find you are unable to keep your appointment, please call (708) 216-6497.

The People of the Internal Medicine Residency Program

Department of Medicine Administration


Past Chief Residents

  • 2014-2015: Adrianna Kashuba-Chauncey, Regina Kayse, Adam Kouns, Ambrose Panico, Kristen Tobin-Vealey
  • 2013-2014: Dominick Bufalino, Priya Kathpalia, Elizabeth Lowden, Meghan O'Halloran, Michael Tallarico
  • 2012-2013: Meredith Brauer, Joshua Evans, Christopher Henry, Matthew Koster
  • 2011-2012: Brad Bemiss, Melissa Bussey, Mark Landmeier, Matt Siegel
  • 2010-2011: Rob Gerber, Katie Roark, Ben Powers, Emma Tuerk
  • 2009-2010: Lesley Dawravoo, Aaron Gerds, Andrew Mihalek
  • 2008-2009: Thomas Birris, Rozina Mithani, Kathleen Wren
  • 2007-2008: Ryan Carrick, Nathan Derhammer, Francesca Lee
  • 2006-2007: Matthew Baugh, Khalilah Gates, Steven Scaglione
  • 2005-2006: Michael Angarone, Norma Lopez-Shaar, Rommel Sagana
  • 2004-2005: Cheryl Czerlanis, Elliott Dasenbrook, William Levis
  • 2003-2004: Robert Eisner, Kristina Liaugaudas, Scott Pawlikowski
  • 2002-2003: Matthew Fitz, James McMahon, Danielle Shafer
  • 2001-2002: Daniel Dilling, Colleen Lawler, Helena Wang
  • 2000-2001: Michelle Montpetit, Julianne Roth, Renee Scola​

2015 Annual Match Day Lunch Celebration ... Celebrating another successful Fellowship Match

Fellowship Match 2015


  • Sujan Patel: Mayo Clinic, Rochester ('09)


  • Mike Ashbrook: Beaumont ('16)
  • Ahmad Agha: LUMC ('16)
  • Andrew Chen: UNLV ('16)
  • Asif Jafferani: UW Madison ('16)
  • Jessica Pillarella: University of Louisville ('16)
  • Kunal Shah: UT Houston ('16)
  • Joseph Danavi: UIC ('15)
  • Demetri Doukas: LUMC ('15)
  • Nicholas Abbott: UC Irvine ('15)
  • Shankho Ganguli: Aurora Health Care/ASMC-WI ('15)
  • Stephen Phillips: UIC ('15)
  • Bassel Sayegh: Allegheny Hospital, PA ('15)
  • Andrew Stiff: LUMC ('15)
  • Ross Vimr: LUMC ('15)
  • Atif Bashir: North Shore-LIJ, NY ('14)
  • Taishi Hirai: LUMC ('14)
  • Regina Kayse: U Cincinnati ('14)
  • Owais Malick: LUMC ('14)
  • Ambrose Panico: LUMC ('14)
  • Dominick Bufalino: LUMC ('13)
  • Chike Obi: Henry Ford ('13)
  • Vibhav Rangarajan: UIC ('13)
  • Anoop Agrawal: LUMC ('12)
  • Anish Amin: LUMC ('12)
  • Chris Henry: LUMC ('12)
  • Eyad Kanawati: Lankenau Medical Center ('12)
  • Srini Yallapragada: UIC ('12)
  • John Kaminski: LUMC ('11)
  • Ryan Beard: LUMC ('10)
  • Nithin Gottam: St. John's, Detroit ('10)
  • Akhil Gulati: St. Elizabeth's, Boston ('10)
  • Eric Roberts: Aurora Health Systems, Milwaukee ('10)
  • Michael Ryan: LUMC ('10)
  • Madhur Singh: University of Pittsburgh ('10)
  • Hulbert Do: LUMC ('09)
  • Nishath Quader: Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale ('09)
  • Brett Victor: Drexel University/MCP, Hahnemann ('09)
  • Junaid Ahmed: U. of Florida at Jacksonville ('08)
  • David Homan: Ochsner Clinic-New Orleans ('08)
  • Prasanth Lingam: Henry Ford Hospital ('08)
  • Robert Nierzwicki: LUMC ('08)
  • Kevin Cohoon: LUMC ('07)
  • Matthew Cox: SUNY Buffalo ('07)
  • Sanjay Gill: Advocate Illinois Masonic ('07)
  • Afroz Hai: University of Connecticut ('07)
  • Eric Mueller: LUMC ('07)
  • David Thompson: LUMC ('07)​


  • Karolina Machnica: U Washington ('15)
  • Liz Lowden: Northwestern ('13)
  • Victoria Adjovu: Washington University, St. Louis ('11)
  • Vidhya Illuri: Northwestern ('13)
  • Aileen Hariman: LUMC ('12)
  • Sandra Indacochea: University of Pittsburgh ('10)
  • Monica Olchawa: Rosalind Franklin University ('09)
  • Preeti Prasad: UC-San Diego Medical Center ('09)
  • Lindsay Bromley: University of Chicago ('08)
  • Hong Lee: LUMC ('08)
  • Alexandra Reiher: University of Wisconsin ('08)
  • Monica Komorowski: LUMC ('07)​


  • Shaham Mumtaz: LUMC ('16)
  • Kaitlin Wanta: LUMC ('16)
  • Aly Mohamed: U New Mexico ('15)
  • Marco Paez: Howard U-DC ('15)
  • Edward Villa: Cook County-Stroger ('15)
  • Vijaya Rao: University of Chicago ('14)
  • Priya Kathpalia: UCSF ('13)
  • Rebecca Tsang: LUMC ('13)
  • Aditya Dholakia: LUMC ('12)
  • Katie Roark: St. Louis University ('10)
  • Katie Ryback: LUMC ('10)
  • Michael Sprang: LUMC ('10)
  • Arvin Bhattia: LUMC ('09)
  • Lesley Dawravoo: LUMC ('09)
  • Shivani Jain: LUMC ('09)
  • Constance Pietrzak: LUMC ('09)
  • Steven Scaglione: LUMC ('09)
  • Thomas Birris: LUMC ('08)
  • Rozina Mithani: LUMC ('08)
  • Thomas VanderHeyden: LUMC ('08)
  • Gregory Lam: LUMC ('07)​


  • Brett Porter: University of Utah (15)


  • Erin Schwab: UC Davis ('16)
  • Shruti Singh: LUMC ('16)
  • Daniel Kobrinski: LUMC ('15)
  • Shams Bakhos: LUMC ('14)
  • Kristen Tobin Vealey: U of Chicago ('14)
  • Kazusa Ishii: NIH ('13)
  • Michael Tallarico: University of Chicago ('13)
  • Brian Hess: Washington University ('13)
  • Hanh Mai: LUMC ('13)
  • Hiral Shah: UIC ('13)
  • Clare Sun: National Institutes of Health ('13)
  • Matt Siegel: Oregon Health Sciences University ('11)
  • Ben Powers: Kansas University ('10)
  • Courtney Regan: LUMC ('10)
  • Tina Sacco: University of Michigan ('10)
  • Chris Seet: UCLA ('10)
  • Urzsula Sobol: LUMC ('10)
  • Aaron Gerds: University of Washington ('09)
  • David Marinier: LUMC ('09)
  • Craig Portell: Cleveland Clinic ('09)
  • Eugene Suh: University of Chicago - Pediatrics ('09)
  • Kevin Dawravoo: UIC ('08)
  • Elizabeth Henry: LUMC ('08)
  • Kathleen Wren: LUMC ('08)
  • Stephanie Dublis: LUMC ('07)​

Infectious Disease

  • Jessica Lum: University of Colorado ('16)
  • Jo-Ann Jose: Tulane ('15)
  • David Slade: LUMC ('15)
  • Joe McBride: UW Madison ('14)
  • Doug Kasper: Medical College of Wisconsin ('10)
  • Negar Alami: Northwestern University ('08)
  • Francesca Lee: Southwestern University ('07)


  • Julia Brown: Northwestern ('16)
  • Gurvinder Bhardwaj: U Michigan ('15)
  • Marika Manolopoulou: Vanderbilt ('15)
  • Santhi Voora: UC San Francisco ('15)
  • Advay Shirsalkar: LUMC ('12)
  • Frank Chen: Oregon Health Sciences University ('10)
  • Anil Ramesh: LUMC ('10)
  • Dan Soberon: University of Miami ('10)
  • Christopher Wickman: LUMC ('10)
  • Alex Chang: LUMC ('09)
  • Kevin Pandya: LUMC ('09)
  • Stella Awua-Larbi: Northwestern University ('08)
  • Ritu Khanna: LUMC ('08)
  • Julia Koval: LUMC ('08)
  • Jyothsna Herek: LUMC ('07)
  • Seth Levey: LUMC ('07)
  • George Naratadam: LUMC ('07)
  • Andrew Peck: UIC ('07)​

Pulmonary-Critical Care

  • Daniel Djondo: LUMC ('16)
  • Michael Lake: Thomas Jefferson ('16)
  • Akshay Muraldihar: University of Colorado ('16)
  • Keenan Taylor: Nebraska ('16)
  • Abdullah Waheed: LUMC ('16)
  • Donny Westerhausen: Indiana University ('16)
  • Ryan Bohle: Rhode Island Hosp/Brown U ('15)
  • Peter Hountras: Northwestern ('14)
  • Adam Kouns: Med U of South Carolina ('14)
  • Laneshia Thomas: Washington University, St. Louis ('14)
  • Bartosz Buchcic: UIC ('13)
  • Chris Manley: Tufts ('12)
  • Brad Bemiss: Washington University, St. Louis ('11)
  • Mark Landmeier: University of Pittsburgh ('11)
  • Prethi Seshadri: Tufts ('10)
  • Joanna Beros: LUMC ('09)
  • Usman Khan: LUMC ('09)
  • Andrew Mihalek: Massachusetts General Hospital ('09)
  • Aimee Morell-Watton: LUMC ('09)
  • Mir Asif: Ohio State University ('08)
  • John Coleman: University of Pittsburgh ('08)
  • Jobby Mampilly: LUMC ('08)
  • David McElligott: LUMC ('08)
  • Matthew Baugh: LUMC ('07)
  • Ryan Carrick: Vanderbilt ('07)
  • Erin Lowery: LUMC ('07)
  • Michael McBrine: Boston University ('07)
  • David Shen: Rush University Medical Center ('07)​


  • Chike Obi: University of Pittsburgh ('13)


  • Wendy Xiong: Vanderbilt ('16)
  • Chase Correia: Northwestern University ('15)
  • Emily Littlejohn: U Michigan ('15)
  • Brittany Panico: LUMC ('15)
  • Adey Berhanu: NYU ('14)
  • Melanie Rohr: University of Nebraska ('14)
  • Joyce Joseph: University of Texas/Houston ('13)
  • Reshma Marri: Wayne State University ('13)
  • David Giangreco: Rush ('12)
  • Matt Koster: Mayo Clinic ('12)
  • Payal Patel: Medical College of Wisconsin ('12)
  • Melissa Bussey: LUMC ('11)
  • Troy Takagishi: LUMC ('08)
  • Angelica Gierut: Northwestern ('07)​