Get to know our residents

Our residents are a diverse group from a variety of backgrounds with unique experiences and interests. We look forward to getting to know you as well!

Class of 2024

Sandeep Buddharaju, MD
Sandeep Buddharaju, MD

Hometown: Park Ridge, IL

Medical school: American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine

Why did you choose Spectrum Health for your residency/fellowship? I first learned about Spectrum during 2020 when I was a third year medical student researching different programs. I was immediately drawn to the warmth and genuine nature that was exhibited from just the introductory video on the residency page. I knew being close to Chicago, and being able to take care of a wide range of diverse patients was key to what I wanted in my training. Spectrum offered that and more.

What are your clinical interests? I have interests in infectious disease, primary care medicine and hospitalist medicine.

Hobbies: I enjoy spending time with my co-residents, friends and family. I like hiking, being outdoors when I can and exploring new restaurants and local food spots in Grand Rapids.

Sarah Cerda, MD
Sarah Cerda, MD

Hometown: South Lyon, MI

Medical school: Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine

Why did you choose Spectrum Health for your residency/fellowship? I chose Spectrum Health because it is a large hospital system that offers a variety of specialized treatments to care for complex patients. Also, the residents and faculty at Spectrum have created a welcoming and supportive environment.

What are your clinical interests? In the future, I look forward to working as a hospitalist. I also have an interest in socially equitable medicine.

Hobbies: I enjoy horseback riding and reading.

Kyle Rau, DO
Kyle Rau, DO

Hometown: Flushing, MI

Medical school: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Why did you choose Spectrum Health for your residency/fellowship? One of the main reasons I chose Spectrum Health for residency was the extremely diverse patient population. Each day brings new challenges and learning opportunities. I also feel that teaching is a top priority for residents and the educational structure of the program reflects this.

What are your clinical interests? I am interested in hospitalist medicine and hope to stay in West Michigan once I complete my training.

Hobbies: One of my hobbies is gardening. I really enjoy working outside in the garden and also tending to houseplants. I am also excited to be living closer to Frederik Meijer Gardens, right here in Grand Rapids!

Jeremy Santamaria, MD
Jeremy Santamaria, MD

Hometown: Las Vegas, NV

Medical school: Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

Why did you choose Spectrum Health for your residency/fellowship? I chose Spectrum Health because the residents during my interview demonstrated great camaraderie and felt supported by their mentors and attending physicians, which I whole heartedly agree now as an intern. I was also attracted to the breathe of food, Art, diversity and nature of Grand Rapids. My experience with the IM residency program and the area has been a great balance between a very supportive work environment and a beautiful area to find just about any activity to spend quality time with my significant other and co-interns.

What are your clinical interests? My clinical interests currently are Pulmonary/Critical Care and Hospital Medicine. I am also interested in improving the EPIC EMR system and hopefully incorporate learning to apply Artificial Intelligence as useful and efficient guide into the healthcare field.

Hobbies: Food is my weakness, and I am usually down to try new restaurants, fast food chains or food trucks around the area. I enjoy playing video games or playing board games/puzzles/escape rooms whenever I have the free time. There are great trails and hiking spots around the area and are breathe taking during the fall season. Most of all, I love to spend quality time with my significant other, our dog and/or our two cats when I can.

Jordan Walker, DO
Jordan Walker, DO

Hometown: Grapevine, TX

Medical school: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Why did you choose Spectrum Health for your residency/fellowship? Grand Rapids is hands down the best city and area in Michigan. The program is very supportive of you. It is solid to where you can go succeed in any desired future goal.

What are your clinical interests? Hematology oncology Medical education and informatics.

Hobbies: I enjoy working out, including yoga and long distance running. I love to explore and go out with friends or classmates. Music is great. When I do stay in I cook, play video games and learn about philosophy and religion.

Class of 2024

Alex Albrecht
Alex Albrecht, DO

Hometown: Midland, MI

Medical school: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences

Why did you choose Spectrum Health for your residency/fellowship? Spectrum is a large health system that covers a broad area of Michigan. Because of this I knew it would provide diverse populations and high acuity patients. Their reputation in healthcare is well known and although I was unable to complete a rotation here, my interview provided all the justification I needed in their attitudes, openness and personality. Growing up in Michigan, I traveled to Grand Rapids often and spent many weekends visiting friends and family. There is always lot to do here and the city continues to grow.

What are your clinical interests? At this time I plan on being a hospitalist, as I enjoy treating every body system and cannot narrow it down to one specialty.

Hobbies: I enjoy doing anything outdoors including hiking, climbing, golf and photography. I also am an avid reader and like Stephen King books.

Camille Callow
Camille Callow, MD

Hometown: Hudsonville, MI

Medical school: Saint Louis University School of Medicine

Why did you choose Spectrum Health for your residency/fellowship? Before medical school, I worked at Spectrum Health as a nurse tech. I enjoyed the teamwork approach to patient care and the comradery between staff. Because of this experience, I wanted to return to Spectrum Health for my residency.

What are your clinical interests? I am interested in medical education, healthcare equity and hospital medicine.

Hobbies: In my free time you can find me golfing, playing tennis, knitting or enjoying time "up north" with friends and family.

Jared Bishop
Jared Bishop, DO

Hometown: Rogersville, MO

Medical school: A.T. Still University - Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine

Why did you choose Spectrum Health for your residency/fellowship? I chose Spectrum Health after completing a sub-internship in my fourth year of medical school and realizing the quality of education provided to residents. Spectrum Health has a diverse patient population which offers for a wide range of pathophysiology and complex patient cases. I knew it would be a welcoming and supportive environment for me to complete residency. Living in Grand Rapids is also a huge added bonus with all the city has to offer in terms of hiking, restaurants/breweries and being close to Lake Michigan.

What are your clinical interests? My current clinical interests are hospital medicine or pursuing a fellowship in pulmonary/critical care.

Hobbies: I enjoy playing and watching sports, hiking, spending time at the lake, trying new restaurants/breweries and hanging out with friends and family.

Hannah Bray
Hannah Bray, MD

Hometown: Frankenmuth, MI

Medical school: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Why did you choose Spectrum Health for your residency/fellowship? I rotated at Spectrum Health as a medical student and really enjoyed my two years there and did not want to leave. I think Spectrum Health will provide me a great education and allow me to become the best doctor I can be! I also really love the Grand Rapids and West Michigan area.

What are your clinical interests? I am interested in pulmonary/critical care. I am also looking forward to getting experience and learning more about all the different specialties as a resident.

Hobbies: I live close to Lake Michigan, so I love taking long walks/hiking, hanging out on the beach and kayaking. When not outside I enjoy traveling, trying new restaurants, watching TV shows and movies with my husband and hanging out with family, friends and my cat.

Kevin FitzGerald
Kevin FitzGerald, DO

Hometown: New Hudson, MI

Medical school: Kansas City University

Why did you choose Spectrum Health for your residency/fellowship? After rotating at Spectrum Health as a medical student, I knew the program was the right choice for me. The faculty and residents were friendly, passionate and knowledgeable. I knew that Spectrum Health would give me the best possible training for my future career.

What are your clinical interests? I am most interested in gastroenterology and nephrology.

Hobbies: My hobbies include hiking, camping, kayaking, working on computers and video games.

Antonio Lopez Castaneda
Antonio Lopez Castaneda, MD

Hometown: Detroit, MI

Medical school: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Why did you choose Spectrum Health for your residency/fellowship? I chose this program to explore Grand Rapids and get to know western Michigan better.

What are your clinical interests? I am interested internal medicine.

Hobbies: I enjoy learning new vegan recipes.

Sheetal Maragiri
Sheetal Maragiri, MD

Hometown: Bay City, MI

Medical school: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Why did you choose Spectrum Health for your residency/fellowship? I fell in love with the program while on rotations as a medical student and knew I wanted to stay. I made great connections here through academic medicine and research that I wanted to keep strong and met some of the best teachers in the hospital - I knew I would get a great education here for residency!

What are your clinical interests? I think I would like to either practice as a hospitalist or consider a fellowship on the procedural side of internal medicine. I love that there are so many sub-specialities of internal medicine have a great balance of hands-on work while staying in touch 

Hobbies: My hobbies are golf, tennis, Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi dance, cooking and watching documentaries.

Connor McCalmon
Connor McCalmon, MD

Hometown: Port Huron, MI

Medical school: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Why did you choose Spectrum Health for your residency/fellowship? After rotating through Spectrum Health during medical school, I chose this residency for the great resources offered and the wonderful people in the program.

What are your clinical interests? Although not completely decided on a specific clinical interest, I am interested in providing care in the West Michigan area after finishing residency.

Hobbies: In my free time I like to explore Grand Rapids and the surrounding West Michigan area, including trying new breweries and scenic walks. I also enjoy playing music and tennis.

Colin McMahon
Colin McMahon, MD

Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI

Medical school: University of Michigan Medical School

Why did you choose Spectrum Health for your residency/fellowship? I chose Spectrum Health because it was a smaller sized residency where I believed I would be able to form strong relationships with co-residents and faculty. Additionally, the high acuity of patients at Spectrum Health as the large catchment system for the entire west side of the state coupled with close teaching with excellent faculty, I believed I would receive excellent training. Grand Rapids is also a fantastic place to live and is a very vibrant town.

What are your clinical interests? My clinical interests include critical care and hospital-based medicine as well as outcomes-based research.

Hobbies: I enjoy being outside, golfing, attending various sporting events as well as enjoy the wide array of night life activities and dining options Grand Rapids has to offer. Also, finding time to travel to Lake Michigan and hanging out with my co-residents.

Sherilyn Munoz
Sherilyn Munoz, DO

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Medical school: Kansas City University

Why did you choose Spectrum Health for your residency/fellowship? I chose Spectrum Health because during my elective rotation here, I felt so welcomed by the residents and the attendings. Then during my interview, I had that "gut feeling" that this was the place for me. Dr. Bragg and the faculty that interviewed me made me feel celebrated and proud of my journey which was different from the rest of my interviews. I also knew that I would get a great education here while still having time to have a personal life.

What are your clinical interests? Right now, I am interested in specializing, preferably in cardiology. I am going into residency with an open mind and will see where my interests take me!

Hobbies: I enjoy eating, baking, traveling, playing piano, and of course, watching TV and movies. I also look forward to the day I can get a dog!

Neelay Purohit
Neelay Purohit, MD

Hometown: Terre Haute, IN

Medical school: American University of the Caribbean

Why did you choose Spectrum Health for your residency/fellowship? I was immediately drawn to Spectrum Health during the interviewing process. The residents and attendings I spoke to were very friendly and welcoming. The learning and working environment they described seemed the best fit for me to train in and after rotating here those notions were definitely reaffirmed.

What are your clinical interests? I have not decided on what I want to do, but I have interest in rheumatology and hematology/oncology.

Hobbies: I am an avid sports fan (playing and watching) with a particular passion for tennis. I love reading and watching/talking about movies and television. I love food and am always up for trying new types of cuisine.

Gursher Rathore
Gursher Rathore, MD

Hometown: Shelby Township, MI

Medical school: St. George's University

Why did you choose Spectrum Health for your residency/fellowship? During my time in medical school I had the opportunity to complete an elective rotation at Spectrum Health. I witnessed firsthand the teamwork, compassion and dedication to teaching that make for exceptional resident physicians here at Spectrum Health.

What are your clinical interests? I would like to pursue a gastroenterology fellowship after completing my residency training.

Hobbies: I enjoy spending time with my family, watching football and traveling when possible.

John Sinkovich
John Sinkovich, DO

Hometown: Novi, MI

Medical school: Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Why did you choose Spectrum Health for your residency/fellowship? I chose Spectrum Health for my residency because of the amazing environment and support it has for its resident physicians, especially for couples. I was drawn to the program for its class size, in-house fellowships, the X+Y schedule and being from Michigan, I am excited about coming home for residency.

What are your clinical interests? My clinical interests lie with medical education. I love to teach and am excited about being a part of Michigan State's College of Human Medicine. I am excited to explore the breadth of internal medicine during residency to see if any specialties catch my

Hobbies: I am an avid mediocre golfer who also dabbles in slow-pitch softball, board games and sitcoms.

Subhan Toor
Subhan Toor, MD

Hometown: Cleveland, OH

Medical school: University of Toledo College of Medicine

Why did you choose Spectrum Health for your residency/fellowship? I choose Spectrum Health for internal medicine residency because it was the only program that I interviewed at that had a smaller residency class along with fellowships associated with the program

What are your clinical interests? My clinical interests include pulmonology, critical care, nephrology, cardiology and infectious diseases.

Hobbies: I enjoy jogging, lifting weights and playing basketball. I am also currently learning to cook.

Danielle Wildrick
Danielle Wildrick, MD

Hometown: Fort Wayne, IN

Medical school: Indiana University School of Medicine

Why did you choose Spectrum Health for your residency/fellowship? Spectrum Health has a great reputation as a healthcare sysyem and I was impressed by the welcoming environment and support network for residents. Even with a virtual interview, I left with a great impression of the program and city.

What are your clinical interests? I'm interested in hospitalist medicine or palliative care. I enjoy seeing a variety of patients and diseases and I'm excited to learn more.

Hobbies: I love writing in my spare time, mostly fantasy and science fiction stories. I also dabble in hiking and various crafting projects.

Class of 2023

Bradley Clemens
Bradley Clemens, DO

Hometown: Bar Harbor, ME

Medical School: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Why did you choose Spectrum Health? After rotating at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital as a medical student, I found Spectrum Health to be the best fit for me. I like everything about it, including the location, the hospital and the people who work here. I felt that by completing a residency at Spectrum Health, I would get a quality education and become the best doctor I can possibly be.

What do you like most about your program? I'm looking forward to learning the ropes as an up-and-coming physician and seeing myself progress by the day.

Clinical Interests: I am interested in becoming a hospitalist, since I really enjoy taking care of patients in the hospital setting. However, I am also considering applying to fellowships in rheumatology.

Living in West Michigan: Living near Grand Rapids is great, because I'm getting to see the city improve and grow in real time. It's a nice, friendly part of Michigan with lots to see and do. It's also easy to go and visit a lot of my family members from here, which makes it feel even more like home.

Hobbies: My hobbies include hiking, reading, playing piano, video games and hanging out with friends or family.

Shawn Moore
Shawn Moore, MD

Hometown: Beal City, MI

Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine

Why did you choose Spectrum Health? I chose Spectrum Health because the program was extremely friendly and welcoming, and the area seemed like a great place both to learn and to live.

What do you like most about your program? I am most looking forward to spending time with my fellow residents and getting to put the things we learned in medical school into practice.

Clinical Interests: I am personally interested in general medicine hospital care. I enjoy the inpatient environment and working with all the different staff and specialties.

Living in West Michigan: So far I enjoy all the access to different activities, it is just as easy for me to get downtown as it is to go to a nice park or the beach.

Hobbies: My wife and I like playing board games and going to conventions. Otherwise you'll mostly catch us watching TV or playing video games (if we can get our newborn to sleep).

Jay Patel
Jay Patel, DO

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Medical School: New York Institute of Technology - College of Osteopathic Medicine

Why did you choose Spectrum Health? Spectrum Health embodies a culture of excellence in providing care that extends from urban to rural population of the Midwest. The diversity of pathophysiology treated and cared for within the institution along with patient population of various socioeconomic status attracted me to the program right away.

What do you like most about your program? I am looking forward to the unity and colleagues in my department that make Spectrum Health my new home. Serving patient population from rural areas along with the strong academic fostered environment that excels at evidence base medicine in providing standard of care.

Clinical Interests: Areas I am highly interested in are advanced heart failure in cardiology and pulmonary/critical care.

Living in West Michigan: West Michigan is the hidden gem of outdoors and naturist activities of the Midwest. I have learned to appreciate the nature and the artistic collaboration by the city that makes the city colorful and alive.

Hobbies: During my free time, I like running, hiking, spending time outdoors, tasting new ethnic cuisines and cooking.

Mohammad Umar Ahmed
Mohammad Umar Ahmed, MD

Hometown: Farmington Hills, MI

Medical School: Western Michigan University School of Medicine

Why did you choose Spectrum Health? Spectrum Health is a large hospital system located in beautiful west Michigan where healthcare, teamwork, and education are combined to provide a diverse and experience-rich learning environment for residency.

What do you like most about your program? I'm most looking forward to the training and experience I will receive while working as a team member amongst my co-residents.

Clinical Interests: I am most interested in cardiovascular disease, hematology and oncology.

Living in West Michigan: My most favorite aspect of West Michigan is its proximity to the rich, beautiful nature that Michigan has to offer. I'm excited to explore all the wonderful places I've been unable to visit in the past.

Hobbies: I enjoy reading, hiking, basketball and cricket.

Allyson Hunt
Allyson Hunt, MD

Hometown: Flint, Michigan

Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Why did you choose Spectrum Health? I chose Spectrum Health for it's location in Grand Rapids along with the amazing school districts here for my children

What do you like most about your program? My co-residents and exceptionally supportive program faculty is what I like most about my program.

Clinical Interests: I am still unsure of my final clinical interest but I am hoping to stay around Grand Rapids after residency.

Living in West Michigan: I enjoy the beautiful city, the lake nearby, the people, the food and the sense of community.

Hobbies: My favorite things to do outside of medicine include spending time with my husband and three beautiful daughters, gardening and any chance I get to sleep!

Mercy Dixon
Mercy Dixon, MD

Hometown: Nairobi, Kenya

Medical School: Meharry Medical College

Why did you choose Spectrum Health? I chose Spectrum Health for many reasons: friendly atmosphere between residents, good exposure to clinical cases, ideal location given the outdoor activities and presence of family.

What do you like most about your program? The thing I like the most is the great mentorship: I have the best mentors who motivate me to be my best and are understanding. Spectrum Health offers multiple specialties, fellowships and good exposure to cases. We have flexible scheduling, the X+Y block system allows me to focus on outpatient medicine.

Clinical Interests: My clinical interest is outpatient medicine

Living in West Michigan: If you love being outdoors this is a great place to be. Lake Michigan, multiple parks and apple orchards in the fall!

Hobbies: I love playing the piano and guitar.