Get to know our residents

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

Class of 2026

Christina Supino
Christina Supino, DO

Hometown: Windham, NH

Medical school: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Why did you choose Spectrum Health for your residency/fellowship? I chose Spectrum Health for my residency because I thoroughly enjoyed my rotation here as a medical student. The faculty are incredibly skilled and knowledgeable, along with being committed to teaching the next generation of vascular surgeons. This dedication to teaching and the wide breadth of cases I experienced during my rotation were major factors in my decision. Additionally, witnessing the camaraderie and the peer to peer teaching amongst the vascular surgery residents and fellow is another major reason I chose to attend Spectrum Health for residency.

What are your clinical interests? My clinical interests include carotid disease, aortic aneurysmal disease and limb salvage.

Hobbies: In my free time I enjoy running, mountain biking, traveling, hiking and snowboarding.

Class of 2025

Carolyn Postol, DO
Carolyn Postol, DO

Hometown: Mclean, VA

Medical School: Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine

Why did you choose Spectrum Health? I chose Spectrum Health for vascular surgery because their program has a wide variety of cases with a good mix of open and endovascular cases as well as a heavy case load.

What do you like most about your program? I am most looking forward to improving my clinical and surgical skills and becoming a well rounded surgeon.

Clinical Interests: My interests include carotid disease, aortic aneurysmal disease, and limb-preservation.

Living in West Michigan: I am an incoming resident and have not had the full experience of living in Grand Rapids yet.

Hobbies: I enjoy cooking/baking, pilates, and travel.

Class of 2024

Jake Nicholson
Jake Nicholson, DO

Hometown: West Palm Beach, FL

Medical School: Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine

Why did you choose Spectrum Health? Spectrum Health was the obvious choice after my interview. The volume of cases, vast array of pathology, and support from the attendings/staff/residents made Spectrum stand out from other places. Those things in combination with being a successful and established program made Spectrum Health a clear fit for me.

What do you like most about your program? The people in this program make it an excellent place to train. From the very beginning, you are encouraged to contribute. You are never seen as lesser and everyone is easy to approach. While communication with the entire team is easy, there is still an environment of expected success. This is achieved through cooperation with one another and not degradation. The people are great because the culture is great.

Clinical Interests: I have not decided how I want to practice after graduation. I could see myself in a semi-academic large community center practice, such as this one. That is one of the great things about this program, it prepares you for any practice you wish to pursue.

Living in West Michigan: West Michigan is a great place to live. The people are nice, the beer is good, the restaurants are endless, and there are plenty of outdoor places to explore when you have some time off. Being from Florida, my wife and I were sure we wouldn't last through the winter. However, we love the changing of the seasons and have adapted to the colder climate quickly.

Hobbies: I enjoy playing basketball, anything to do with coffee, playing with my dog, working around the house, and spending time with my family.

Class of 2023

Ivan Noffsker, MD
Ivan Noffsker, MD

Hometown: College Station, TX

Medical School: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Why did you choose Spectrum Health? I chose Spectrum Health for the great resident culture, high case volumes, and to learn for a group of attendings with a diversity of training.

What do you like most about your program? Receiving the best possible training to prepare me for my career as a vascular surgeon.

Clinical Interests: Arteriovenous dialysis access creation and maintenance, limb salvage, and wound care.

Living in West Michigan: Grand Rapids has a relatively small town vibe, but the amenities of a larger city, including a sizable airport with direct flights to many cities. People in West Michigan are very friendly and the patient population is appreciative.

Hobbies: I enjoy the following hobbies: listening to electronic music, soccer, reading, snowboarding, wakeboarding, and shooting.

Class of 2022

Kush Sharma
Kush Sharma, MD

Hometown: Kalamazoo, MI

Medical School: Central Michigan University College of Medicine

Why did you choose Spectrum Health? I choose Spectrum Health for the diverse volume of cases, supportive vascular surgery attending, and commitment to resident wellness throughout the training.

What do you like most about your program? I enjoy the diversity of cases and learning from attendings who have a variety of different teaching methods

Clinical Interests: My clinical interests include quality outcomes in vascular surgery and enhanced recovery for aortic surgery.

Living in West Michigan: I enjoy interacting with friendly people and trying new restaurants in Grand Rapids!

Hobbies: Playing tennis and watching Michigan football!