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Resident Bios

Our residents are a diverse group that come from a variety of backgrounds and have unique experiences and interests. Below are profiles of our current chief residents, our rising chief residents, and a few of our first-year, second-year and third-year residents.

Bios of Chief Residents

Liz Beil

Hometown: Florence, Montana

Undergraduate: Montana State University - Bozeman, MT

Medical School: Drexel University School of Medicine - Philadelphia, PA

Why Colorado? Well, I grew up in Montana -- full of hiking, mountains, and outdoors. Then I moved to Philadelphia for medical school, which is basically the opposite -- full of people, tall buildings, and the excitement of city life. Colorado is the perfect mix -- city plus wilderness! It's a beautiful place to live, work, and explore! It also worked out that I was able to rotate here at Children's as a fourth year sub-I. It was an outstanding experience and sold me on the hospital, the residents, and the attending physicians. Everyone was so welcoming, energetic, and collaborative. The residents worked hard to do the best quality care...and had fun together while doing it! Afterwards during interview season, I had a mentor give me the following advice: "Rank a program for residency where you will get great training, but also where you will enjoy being awake and working with your co-residents at 2 a.m.", and I couldn't think of any better place than this program! 

After Chief Year Plans: Pediatric hospitalist, hopefully at a rural/community hospital.

Favorite Colorado Activity: Hiking 13ers (less populated trails than 14ers with really the same views!) and volleyball league in Wash Park.

Kristin Kalita

Hometown: Chesterton, Indiana

Undergraduate: Loyola University-Chicago

Medical School: Loyola’s Stritch School of Medicine

Why Colorado: I really cannot say enough about “why”, so I hope you come and find out for yourself! Here is a start though. Colorado is an amazing place, and I felt at home here from the moment I arrived. The mountains are majestic and offer a solace unmatched by much else, and the clouds and sunsets are stunning. Even while at Children’s, you have the chance to witness some of these things because we have arguably one of the best views in the city from the 9W windows! Our program offers us such a strong training from basic pediatrics to the rarest of cases, and we also get to experience a variety of cultures because our families come from as many as 8 different states. I am inspired each day by the intelligence, curiosity, passion, and community of my co-residents, fellows, attendings, and ancillary staff alike, and truly, I couldn’t imagine training anywhere else.

After Chief Year Plans: I am planning to do hospital medicine and pediatric palliative care but also hope to weave international medicine into my career.

Favorite Colorado Activity: Learning about the history of Colfax (kind of nerdy, I know, but it’s really interesting) and eating a peanut butter sandwich (hold the jelly, please) while sitting on a rock by a mountain stream!

Katie McClure

Hometown: Covington, GA

Undergraduate: The University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!)

Medical School: Emory University School of Medicine

Why Colorado? Why not?!? I completed a Sub-Internship here as a 4th year medical student and was so impressed with the quality of the Colorado residents - they were so smart, so dedicated to their patients but also super fun! I wanted to be challenged by my co-residents to be a better doctor, and I knew that would happen at Colorado. I was also drawn to the fact that we are able to train in places as diverse and challenging as Children's Hospital and Denver Health. And lastly (in case you don't already know), Colorado is just the best. I wanted to be outside as much as possible when I wasn't at work. (Also - let's be honest, it was time to leave Georgia's humidity.)

After Chief Year Plans: Truth be told, I'm still figuring this one out... But, since you ask: the current plan is to continue to do some inpatient hospitalist work, as well as outpatient primary care. Long term, I'd love to continue to be a part of residency education, as well as utilize my public health degree in some capacity.

Favorite Colorado Activity: It's cliché to say camping and hiking, but you just can't beat the Colorado mountains. The summers here are absolutely glorious, and I love waking up to crisp mountain air. I also love park days with friends, and there is certainly no shortage of breweries to discover. In the winter, you can find me on the slopes!

Bios of Rising Chief Residents

Alexandra Cheetham

Hometown: I was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. Now my family lives in North Carolina.

Undergraduate: Tufts University, Boston MA

Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine

Why Colorado? My favorite part of this program is that we have the opportunity to practice at both Children’s and at Denver Health. This means we get to see a wider variety of patients, diversity of populations, and different practice settings. On my interview day I was impressed with the strength of the program at Children’s, and the residents seemed motivated and driven to take excellent care of their patients. I also loved the people I met during my interview day, and I felt like I would fit in well! Other than the program itself, I was excited to move away from the Northeast, and in Denver I knew I would be able to make the most of, and enjoy my time outside the hospital.

Plans after chief year: Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship

Favorite Colorado Activity: Enjoying the beautiful weather (it really is sunny most days of the year!), exploring new Denver parks, walks, and hikes with my dog. I grew up skiing, and was excited to get back into it. And since starting residency, I’ve been able to ski several weekends every year!

Sheridan Jost

Hometown: Dallas, TX

Undergraduate: University of Notre Dame... Go Irish! 

Medical School: UT Southwestern Medical School

Why Colorado?: I fell in love with this program when I did a sub-internship rotation during my 4th year of medical school. I was impressed by the residents’ and attendings’ ability to be so hard working and passionate, yet also so down to earth and fun loving. I knew this program would give me the excellent training of a large children’s hospital... but with the unique addition of training at Denver Health, which allows us to learn and practice community, bread-and-butter pediatrics with a focus on cost effective medicine and community advocacy. 

Plans after Chief Year: I would like a career in Pediatric Hospital Medicine, and I’m currently still deciding on PHM fellowship. Regardless, I want to remain involved in medical education. 

Favorite Colorado Activity: Doing picnics in the park, City Park Jazz, exploring seasonal festivals/art shows/flea markets, brewery hopping, and searching for the best tacos in Denver. Oh, and OF COURSE the stereotypical hiking/skiing because who doesn’t like spending time in the mountains?!

Jay Watson

Hometown: Birmingham, AL

Undergraduate: Vanderbilt University

Medical School: University of Alabama at Birmingham

Why Colorado: I had always loved the time that I had spent in Colorado, with the mountains offering such a great outdoor escape for skiing, hiking, camping, fishing, etc. When I began looking into residencies, I had heard such great things about the program, and my wife had family in Colorado, so it seemed like a really good fit. The sub-I that I did here on a general medicine service sealed the deal; I was so impressed by the hospital, the program, and most of all the people that I was working with and the community that was present. I also loved the idea of both getting to work at a tertiary care center (Children’s Colorado) and a community hospital (Denver Health) to broaden out my learning and exposure. I am so happy that I am here for my training, and I hope to stay!

After Chief Year Plans: Hospitalist Fellowship

Favorite Colorado Activity: Hiking with my wife Jillian, son Jack, and dog Sherlock. It’s also hard to beat a peaceful day fly fishing in a mountain stream (unfortunately, I do a lot more fishing than catching…).

PL1 Bios

Kim Uchida

Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah

Undergraduate: University of Utah 

Medical School: University of Utah School of Medicine

Why Colorado?: On my interview day, I felt very at home talking to the residents and faculty, and I definitely feel that support within the program now that I am here! Everybody is extremely nice, inclusive, and social on top of being super smart and hard working! I love that we get to train at both Children’s Hospital Colorado where we get exposure to complex diagnoses and the different pediatric specialties as well as Denver Health where we are able get the community based pediatric training as well as experience at a level I trauma center. In terms of Denver, I love that there is great access to the mountains for hiking and skiing on a day off! There is a ton to do in the city as well. 

Post-residency plans: Right now leaning towards a fellowship in NICU or Heme/Onc but I am very open to exploring other fields as well! I am interested academic medicine so hope to get involved in clinical research and/or medical education as well.

Yo Nishihara

Hometown: Yokohama, Japan

Undergraduate & Medical School: St George’s Hospital Medical School, University of London, UK

In Between: Pediatric Specialty Training, London Deanery, UK. Research Associate and Pediatric Specialist Registrar, Blantyre, Malawi

Why Colorado? Little did I know that when I met my wife in 2011 as I was starting my pediatric training in London (she’s a Colorado native and also a graduate of the pediatric residency program here in Colorado) that our lives will take us across multiple continents before settling here in beautiful Colorado. We worked together as pediatricians in Malawi, Africa, but when it came to settling down together with our toddler son, it is hard to beat Colorado. The program offers unrivalled exposure to world-class tertiary pediatric care, whilst equally developing the bread-and-butter clinical acumen through the diverse network of Children’s Hospital Colorado, Denver Health, and primary care clinics. The collegial atmosphere of the program places a strong focus on resident education, which is second to none. My wife is a primary care pediatrician near Denver, and we’re thrilled that as a family we can set our roots here, and call Colorado our home.

Post-residency plans: Fellowship in Neonatal Medicine, with an interest in global health, and neonatal care in resource limited settings.

If you weren’t a physician you would be: A chef or a baker. Even aspired to be a Shinkansen Bullet Train driver in Japan.

Favorite Colorado activity: Hiking, skiing, visiting the excellent breweries, and being pleasantly surprised by the wineries on the Western Slopes.

PL2 Bios

Julian Benavidez

Hometown: Isleta Pueblo, NM

Undergraduate: University of New Mexico, BA Political Science

In Between: Because my bachelor’s degree was in political science, I was able to live and intern in Washington DC for U.S Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) during college without interruption of graduating college on time.

Med School: University of New Mexico

Why Colorado? After doing an away rotation in medical school, I realized that I wanted to train at a large tertiary/quaternary and free-standing children’s hospital associated with an academic medical center. I interviewed at several places meeting these criteria. However, Colorado stood out to me. First, the residency program has training at both a nationally recognized free-standing children’s hospital (Children’s Hospital Colorado) and a local security-net hospital (Denver Health). Second, Colorado was close to New Mexico, and Denver has the Northeast urban city vibe that I was searching for again after living in DC. Third, Colorado is conducive to many of the hobbies I have such as running, hiking, and hunting. Fourth, the fellowships that interest me are all available at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Finally, on my interview day and second look day, all the residents, faculty, and staff were very welcoming and conveyed that they were genuinely interested in teaching.

Post-residency plans: I want to do a fellowship (preferably here in Denver) in most likely PICU or Hospital Medicine. Then, I eventually want to head back home to New Mexico.

Favorite Colorado Activity: running, hiking, going to Rocky Mountain National Park

Kathleen Matthews

Hometown: Mechanicsville, VA

Undergraduate: University of Virginia

In Between: Taught English abroad and then Spanish back home

Med School: Virginia Commonwealth University

Why Colorado? I was looking for a program where I could serve a diverse patient population and see both common and complex cases, and I loved the idea of working at both Children's and Denver Health. After visiting as a student, I felt that the people here were amazingly supportive (and so happy!) and the teaching was unmatched. I felt confident I would leave this program well rounded and prepared for practice or fellowship. We were also looking to move to a new place and the mountains and sunshine out here can't be beat!

Post-residency plans: Undecided. I am interested in working with immigrant and refugee families, and I think I could do that in either a primary care or subspecialty context.

Favorite Colorado Activity: So far, hiking with my husband and our pup, exploring Denver's neighborhoods and parks, snowboarding, and eating yummy food from all over the world!


PL3 Bios

Sean Bhagat

Hometown: North Canton, Ohio

Undergrad: The Ohio State University

In Between: High school chemistry teacher and urban debate coach on the west side of Chicago through Teach For America

Med School: Tulane University School of Medicine

Why Colorado? First and foremost, I was looking for outstanding training. I wanted to train at a program that would prepare me to take care of extremely sick kids at a large academic center so that I would graduate residency confident in my clinical abilities. Beyond academics, Colorado just felt right; there seemed to be such a sense of collective success and failure and felt everyone from the top down had the mindset of 'we're all in this together'. It truly felt like a community that I wanted to be a part of. Also, the mountains were calling. 

Post-residency plans: Still working on it, maybe critical care?

Favorite Colorado Activity: Climbing 14ers, riding my bike, and drinking beer.

Michelle Shiffman

Hometown: Denver

Undergraduate:University of Michigan (Go Blue!) Medical School: Oregon Health and Science University
Why Colorado? I grew up here and I always knew that I would move back. My family still lives nearby and I missed having mountain views and sunshine daily. I also did a SUBI here and learned that the people here were "my people".  The amount of informal teaching I received from residents and faculty during that month was incredible. The population that we work with was also a huge draw and I wanted a program that was fully immersed in its community and had great advocacy and outreach programs.

Post-residency plans:  Right after residency I hope to move to move abroad for at least a year with my husband to focus on global health, particularly focusing on preventive medicine and nutrition.  I then intend to move back to Denver and work in outpatient pediatrics with underserved populations.

Favorite Colorado Activity: Skiing! I have done my fair share of Midwest and West Coast skiing and nothing compares. Also brunching, ideally at Snooze or Jelly, but my hunger often wins and I won’t wait in line for pancakes.