About Our Residents & Fellows



Filip Garrett, DO
Hometown: Mason City, Iowa
Pathology Interests: Neuropathology and General Surgical Pathology
Interests/Hobbies: Spending time with family, Basketball, Cooking, and Listening to Audiobooks/Podcasts
Why UK?: Great first impression of the program, positive working environment, and Lexington is a great place to live!


Christine Dolin Taylor, PhD
Hometown: Crestwood, KY
Pathology Interests: Clinical Chemistry, Toxicology
Interests/Hobbies: Spending time with family, Running, Gardening
Why UK?: UK is dedicated to providing excellent patient care and it is a good training environment.


Treeva Jassim, MD
Hometown: Baghdad, Iraq
Pathology Interests: Cytopathology and General Surgical Pathology
Interests/Hobbies: Drawing and Painting, Cooking, Indoor Horticulture, Fish Keeping, Traveling and Exploration
Why UK?: It is for many reasons that I chose UK! For the wonderful horse capital place of the world (as I love horses!) and the blue grass dreamland that every eye would enjoy looking at, for the amazing friendly atmosphere among residents as we always support each other and get along well and spend wonderful times together, for the excellent opportunities for learning and the solid organized foundations in both AP and CP divisions with exposure to a variety of cases to fulfill our knowledge, for the wonderful support stuff from PAs to med techs who kindly are always willing to help the residents while applying excellent patient care through high quality services, lastly, for the highly supportive, genuine faculty who are dedicated and always encouraging the resident to learn and take every opportunity to teach and help their residents growing in both knowledge and professionalism to become competent practicing pathologists in the future.


Autumn Hammonds, MD
Hometown: Jenkins, KY
Pathology Interests: Forensic Pathology, Clinical Chemistry, Cytolog
Interests/Hobbies: Being a mommy and wife, Playing basketball outside, Taking walks in the neighborhood, Working out, Going to church at Southland, Reading, Traveling, Shopping, Netflix
Why UK?: Being from a small rural area in southeast KY, UK represents a place of hope - somewhere you or a loved one goes when they are really sick and need the best of the best care. It is an extreme honor that I am able to call myself a resident phsyician at UK. 


Yasmin Hambaroush, MD
Hometown: Aleppo, Syria
Pathology Interests: Dermatopathology
Interests/Hobbies: Cooking, Zumba, Hiking
Why UK?: I chose UK because of the wonderful flourishing environment and family friendly city. 


Al Smith, MD
Hometown: Owensboro, KY
Pathology Interests: Cytopathology, Hematopathology (especially MPN's)
Interests/Hobbies: Golf, Horse racing, Science fiction, Astronomy, Health/fitness
Why UK?: I did my medical school here at UK and I wanted to be a part of the very friendly environment of the pathology department. This department has a history of producing residents that are able to get very impressive fellowships and have successful careers in both academic and private practice settings. Also as a born and bred Kentuckian, there is no better place to live than Lexington, GO BIG BLUE! 


Nuha Shaker, MD
Hometown: Damascus, Syria
Pathology Interests: GI & Molecular
Interests/Hobbies: Running, hiking
Why UK?: They nourish, you flourish!


Phuong-Lan Nguyen, MD
Hometown: California and Michigan
Pathology Interests: Blood Banking & Transfusion Medicine
Interests/Hobbies: Taking walks, Reading books, Listening to oldies music
Why UK?: I enjoy the supportive and collegial environment. 


Nashwan Jabbour, MD
Hometown: Latakia, Syria
Pathology Interests: Hematopathology
Interests/Hobbies: Soccer, Music, Movies, and Sports
Why UK?: It's a great academic institution. Since I was a previous employee at UK, my dream was always to become a pathology resident here. I was so amazed by the friendly and welcoming environment during the interview and the amazing faculty members. I also love Lexington - it's like a second home! It's the best city to raise my future family. 


Andre Ene, MD
Hometown: Hamilton, Ontario
Pathology Interests: Neuropathology, Autopsy
Interests/Hobbies: Drawing & Painting, Astronomy, Science Fiction, Philosophy, Martial Arts
Why UK?: I looked for a program that had a strong research background, close community, and family oriented. This is shown in the support offered by everyone in the department.



Akif Guney, MD
Hometown: Corum/Turkey
Pathology Interests: Diagnostic Bacteriology, Mechanisms of Antibiotic Resistance 
Interests/Hobbies: Soccer, Listening to Audiobooks, Cooking
Why UK?: UK has a diverse environment and a friendly faculty. Lexington is a nice and easy city to live in and raise your kids. 



Juanita Ferreira, MD
Hometown: St. Joseph, Dominica
Pathology Interests: Surgical Pathology, Breast/Gynecologic Pathology
Interests/Hobbies: Spending time with family, Library visits with my son, Learning and embracing new cultures through travel, Taking walks in parks, Writing poetry, Reading, and Cooking.
Why UK?: The educational goals of UK align with my interests. There is emphasis on fostering well rounded physicians with ample opportunities for involvement in teaching and research. Impressive interview experience with the program-faculty, staff, and residents very personable and detailed in their interactions. The program is resident focused offering great exposure to a variety of cases in anatomic and clinical pathology, thus creating a solid foundation for training. In addition to the above, Lexington is a city filled with horse farms and parks, providing comfort for those who appreciate nature, and at the same time, also offers many urban amenities. 



Emmy Mbagwu, MD
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Pathology Interests: Surgical Pathology
Interests/Hobbies: Sci-fi, Playing drums, Playing ball sports, Surfing, Snowboarding
Why UK?: I was fortunate to be introduced to UK pathology through performing research in the department prior to my residency. The environment was warm and welcoming and the faculty were committed to facilitating a professional and thorough education in the field of pathology. 



Leonard Yenwongfai, MD
Hometown: NSO in the Northwest Region of Cameroon
Pathology Interests: Hematopathology and Molecular Pathology
Interests/Hobbies: Spending time with family, Avid video gamer, FIFA soccer, Running, Tennis, Watching Forensic Files, and Therapeutic drives
Why UK?: As a medical student at UK COM, during my interactions with the staff, residents, and faculty at the department, they genuinely showed interest in my personal and academic growth that solidified my interest to remain at UK. Furthermore, Kentucky has always felt like home, especially after immigrating to the USA from Cameroon. Lexington has the resources we needed as a family to raise our daughters, particularly safety and a decent school system. 


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