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 2025

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    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.

    HobbiesI enjoy cooking/baking, pilates, and travel.


Class of 2024

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    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.

    HobbiesI 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

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    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.

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

Class of 2022

  • KushSharmaMD

    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!

Class of 2021

  • Joyce Lu

    Joyce Lu, MD

    Hometown: Cupertino, CA
    Medical School: Albany Medical College

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I had rotated here as a medical student on the vascular service and really enjoyed the diversity and volume of cases. It seemed like it would be the ideal location to get the exposure I needed to graduate with confidence as an Attending. I also really liked the devotion and care that the staff all around the hospital and OR provided to the patients.

    What do you like most about your program?
    I am looking forward to continue honing my skills in this final year of residency.

    Clinical Interests: Vascular surgery, treating difficult patient pathology, clinical interactions with patients, and longitudinal relationships with them.

    Living in West Michigan: I enjoy outdoor activities, exploring the Upper Peninsula and the pleasant people who live here.

    Hobbies: I enjoy rock climbing, mountain biking, gastronomy and oenology.