New Residents Join Us in 2022

It’s that time of year again! New faces are filling our halls as the latest class of residents and fellows join us.

As we strive to fulfill one of our important missions, that of education, we seek out the best and brightest to come to the University of Florida to learn from our wonderful faculty and become part of the Gator Nation!

Twenty-six physicians began their anesthesiology residency with us this summer, including three graduates of the University of Florida College of Medicine. Please welcome them to our community and take some time to get to know them.

Interested in joining us? Learn more about our residency program!

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Incoming First-Year Residents

Steven Ayala

Steven Ayala, Jr., M.D.

Undergrad: Westfield State University
Med School: University of Massachusetts
Hobbies: Powerlifting, investing, cooking/BBQ

Akosua Ayesu-Offei

Akosua Ayesu-Offei, M.D.

Undergrad: Ohio State University
Med School: St. George’s University
Hobbies: Travel, candle making, cooking & baking exploring African cuisines

Michael Berentzen

Michael Berentzen, M.D.

Undergrad: Utah State University
Med School: Saint Louis University
Hobbies: Basketball, hiking, camping, wakeboarding, videography

Chris Cavazos

Christopher (Chris) Cavazos, M.D.

Undergrad: University of Texas – San Antonio
Med School: University of Texas – San Antonio
Hobbies: Obstacle course races, collecting funny hats, playing unique instruments

Kyle Chan

Kyle Chan, M.D.

Undergrad: University of California – Berkeley
Med School: University of Florida
Hobbies: Classically trained violinist, chess, basketball

Kellen Creech

Kellen Creech, D.O.

Undergrad: Ave Maria University
Graduate: University of South Florida
Med School: Nova Southeastern University
Hobbies: Fishing, golf, running, cycling

Zeerak Khan

Zeerak Khan, M.D.

Undergrad: University of South Florida
Med School: Florida International University
Hobbies: Outdoor photography, sneaker collector, flag football

Megan Koenig

Megan Koenig, M.D.

Undergrad: University of Florida
Med School: Florida Atlantic University
Hobbies: Volleyball, weightlifting, cycling, baking

Jessica Mandel

Jessica Mandel, M.D.

Undergrad: New York University
Med School: University of Florida
Hobbies: Volleyball, longboarding, painting

Kevin Marfiak

Kevin Marfiak, D.O.

Undergrad: Daytona State/University of Florida
Med School: Nova Southeastern University
Hobbies: Cycling, learning foreign languages

Cameron Myers

Cameron Myers, M.D.

Undergrad: Virginia Polytechnic Institute
Med School: University of South Carolina
Hobbies: Video games, cooking, organized sports

Sneha Raola

Sneha Raola, M.D.

Undergrad: University of Southern California – LA
Med School: University of South Florida
Hobbies: Taekwondo, Bollywood dancing, reading, baking pumpkin cheesecake muffins

Jarrett Schmidt

Jarrett Schmidt, D.O.

Undergrad: Belmont Abbey College
Med School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Carolinas Campus
Hobbies: Mountain biking, kayaking, whitewater rafting

Dylan Schoo

Dylan Schoo, M.D.

Undergrad: University of Notre Dame
Med School: University of Colorado
Hobbies: Cooking, beer brewing, boating, backpacking, wildlife photography

Ahmed Shoola

Ahmed Shoola, M.D.

Undergrad: University of Texas – Austin
Med School: University of Texas – San Antonio
Hobbies: Soccer, biking, hiking, video games

Casey Taylor

Casey Taylor, D.O.

Undergrad: University of Utah
Med School: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hobbies: Fly fishing, mountain biking, ping pong, coaching basketball

Allyson Tragesser

Allyson (Ally) Tragesser, M.D.

Undergrad: University of Florida
Med School: University of Florida
Hobbies: Flag football, weightlifting, horseback riding, boating

Jon Vardanyan

Jon Vardanyan, M.D.

Undergrad: Xavier University
Med School: Ohio State University
Hobbies: Basketball, weightlifting, learning foreign languages

Eduardo Walker

Eduardo Walker, M.D.

Med School: Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Senora del Rosario – Colombia
Hobbies: Hiking, visiting museums, watching documentaries

Cheng Zheng

Chengcheng (Cheng) Zheng, M.D.

Undergrad: University of Miami
Med School: Florida International University
Hobbies: Fishing, hiking, watching classic films

Incoming CA-1 Residents

Tony Boateng

Anthony Boateng, M.D.

Undergrad: Berea College
Med School: Indiana University
Transitional Year: University of Illinois – Surgery
Hobbies: Soccer, sewing, tennis

Vanessa Mettelus

Vanessa Metellus, M.D.

Undergrad: University of Florida
Med School: University of Florida
Transitional Year: Orange Park Medical Center
Hobbies: Tennis, swimming, reading

Hamad Sagheer

Syed Sagheer, M.D.

Undergrad: University of Miami
Med School: University of Central Florida
Transitional Year: HCA/USF GME Consortium-Surgery
Hobbies: Swimming, tennis, hiking, escape rooms

Vlad Toropchyn

Volodmyr Toropchyn, M.D.

Med School: Lugansk State Medical University – Ukraine
Transitional Year: University of New Mexico-IM
Hobbies: Hiking, photography

Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh, II, M.D.

Undergrad: University of Miami
Med School: University of Miami
Transitional Year: Memorial Healthcare System – IM
Hobbies: Weightlifting, swimming, cooking