University of Washington

Department of Rehabilitation Medicine

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residency:
Current Residents

R4 Class | R3 Class | R2 Class | R1 Class

Here are some tidbits about some of our current residents who wanted to share their interests with you.
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R4 Class:

  • Aaron Butler, MD
  • Hometown: Palmdale, CA
    Medical School: University of Rochester
    PM&R Interests: Sports medicine/MSK, Spine, Electrodiagnostics, Ultrasound, Adaptive sports, Concussion, Research.
    Personal Interests: Volleyball, camping, hiking, backpacking, canoeing/kayaking, fishing, disc golf, playing with my kids, traveling around the world (Seattle is a great place to do this).
    Why UW? UW excels in every aspect of PM&R. I want to learn from the leaders of our field, and UW provides the opportunity to work side-by-side with a lot of these leaders. The people I work with are also very friendly and the residents have a lot of fun. I also get to live in Seattle which provides many great adventures.
    Aaron Butler

  • Eric Chen, MD
  • Hometown: Los Gatos, CA
    Medical School: Albany Medical College
    PM&R Interests: MSK, Spine, Neurorehabilitation
    Personal Interests: Golf, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo, Chess
    Why UW? I chose UW for its well rounded training program and its reputation as a national leader in each aspect of the PM&R specialty.
    Eric Chen

  • Rini Desai, MD
  • Hometown: Overland Park, KS
    Medical School: University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
    PM&R Interests: General rehab, Peds, neurorehabilitation
    Personal Interests: Spending time with family and friends, traveling, eating, writing, music and concerts, being outside, going on adventures, things related to Kansas City and exploring my new home of Seattle!
    Why UW? I was absolutely blown away by the program!  It is extremely well rounded and you can delve into all the aspects of rehab, which is exactly what I wanted in a program. Not to mention, the residents and faculty are a fantastic group of people. I knew in my gut it would be my number one choice.
    Rini Desai

  • Alex Donaghy, MD
  • Hometown: Grand Rapids(ish), Michigan
    Medical School: University of Michigan
    PM&R Interests: Cancer rehab, ultrasound, MSK & sports, TBI, palliative care
    Personal Interests: Distance running, hiking/camping, brewery-hopping, and space travel (someday...)
    Why UW? Mount Rainier was shining gloriously on my interview day. I really enjoyed by the residents during my interview and the program itself is strong in all aspects of PM&R. Additionally, all hospitals are located within a bike-friendly radius in a city surrounded by mountains and water. Why not UW?
    Alex Donaghy

  • Alicia Fuhrman, MD
  • Hometown: Victoria, Texas
    Medical School: University of Texas-Houston
    PM&R Interests: Neurorehab, SCI
    Personal Interests: baking, tennis, craft beer, traveling, Netflix, reading
    Why UW? From the moment I arrived on interview day, I had a gut feeling that this was the place I needed and wanted to be--it had everything a great program should, training-wise, in a fantastic location with amazing people. I've enjoyed my first year in Seattle and look forward to many more!
    Alicia Fuhrman

  • Trevor Gessel, MD
  • Hometown: Albuquerque, NM
    Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin
    PM&R Interests: Sports medicine, prosthetics, adaptive sports, pain management
    Personal Interests: Cycling, soccer, hiking, woodworking, movies, spending time doing anything with family.
    Why UW? I choose UW because it is an extremely strong program, with a great reputation and academic track-record, that is well-rounded to prepare me for whatever I eventually decide to do in PMR. Also, it is in the Pacific Northwest which is breathtakingly gorgeous!
    Trevor Gessel

  • David Impastato, MD
  • Hometown: Chalmette, LA
    Medical School: LSU-New Orleans
    PM&R Interests: Sports Medicine, EMG, Concussion, and Ultrasound
    Personal Interests: Running, biking, swimming, hiking, playing sports.
    Why UW? I loved the well-rounded training I would receive as well as the camaraderie among the residents.
    David Impastato 

  • Darren Lee, MD
  • Hometown: Vancouver, BC
    Medical School: University of Washington
    PM&R Interests: Acquired brain injury, applications of music therapy, sports medicine
    Personal Interests: Music performance (violin, trombone, guitar), soccer, skiing, cycling, travel, and coffee.
    Why UW? I wanted to be part of a larger program with incredible diversity both in its patient population and its faculty/residents. I also love living in the Pacific Northwest!
    Darren Lee 

  • Sara Parke, MD
  • Hometown: Littleton, CO
    Medical School: University of Colorado
    PM&R Interests: SCI, TBI, Prosthetics & Orthotics, Cancer Rehabilitation 
    Personal Interests: Skiing, Hiking, Visiting Museums, Reading and Writing Poetry, Eating Nachos, Birdwatching.
    Why UW? While rotating at other programs, I kept running into fellows and attendings who had trained at UW. They all seemed to glow when reminiscing about their residency and their time in Seattle. When I visited, I could see why-- the staff and students are intelligent, kind and collaborative. The program is well-balanced, and plays an integral role in the community. Seattle is also a pretty awesome place to live!
    Sarah Parke

  • Shawn Patel, MD
  • Hometown: Chicago, IL
    Medical School: University of Chicago
    PM&R Interests: Sports Medicine, MSK, Ultrasound
    Personal Interests: Soccer, basketball, tennis, golf, fantasy football.
    Why UW? What a kind and welcoming group of people. I’m not sure whether it’s the people that make the culture here, or the culture that makes the people, but I love my co-residents!
    Shawn Patel

  • Kali Webb, DO
  • Hometown: Salinas, CA
    Medical School: Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
    PM&R Interests: Inpatient care, SCI, neurorehab
    Personal Interests: Outdoor adventures! Exploring new neighborhoods, coffee shops, and lunch spots. Yoga, jogging, hiking, kickboxing, trying breweries and wineries, and being by the water.
    Why UW? UW offered a fantastic combination of hilarious and fun residents, supportive and encouraging faculty, and one of the best cities in America. What's not to love?
    Kali Webb 
    Resident Welcome BBQ 2015 at Magnuson Beach
    Resident Welcome BBQ 2015 at Magnuson Beach

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    R3 Class :

  • Anna Coles, MD
  • Hometown: Kalamazoo, MI
    Medical School: Michigan State University
    PM&R Interests: Sports medicine, MSK ultrasound, spinal cord injury and physiology, adaptive sports
    Personal Interests: Distance running, hiking, road and mountain biking, farmers markets, reading.
    Why UW? An interactive and renowned program with great faculty and didactics, the wide diversity of patients and injuries, happy residents, and an amazing city!
    Anna Coles

  • Daniel Goldish, MD
  • Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
    Medical School: University of Minnesota
    PM&R Interests: Spinal Cord Injury
    Personal Interests: Biking, Hiking, Skiing, Netflix.
    Why UW? Incredible PM&R program, great people, and an awesome place to live!
    Daniel Goldish

  • Stephanie Hendrick, MD
  • Hometown: Flushing, MI
    Medical School: Michigan State University CHM
    PM&R Interests: Spinal Cord Injury, Spasticity Management, Chronic Pain
    Personal Interests: Traveling, checking out new restaurants with my significant other, spending time with my beagle shihtzu Reilly, running after my niece and nephews, and of course anything related to coffee or donuts!
    Why UW? This program offers unparalleled training with some of the top physiatrists in the field as well as a broad clinical exposure. What really drew me in though was the amazing people here at UW.
    Stephanie Hendrick

  • Max Hurwitz, DO
  • Hometown: Dayton, Ohio
    Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
    PM&R Interests: Inpatient rehab including brain and spinal cord injury, Drug and Alcohol addiction in TBI, manual therapy, rehabilitation research
    Personal Interests: Live music, theater, dance, circus, record collecting, bicycles, unicycles, bike commuting, clowns, amateur wrestling, stand up comedy, ceramic art, juggling, houseplants, Scrabble, annoying my daughter and Halloween (the holiday not the movie).
    Why UW? I was drawn to the unique curriculum, the close proximity to other rehab graduate programs in orthotics/prosthetics/PT/OT, the many research opportunities, the outstanding faculty and of course living in Seattle and experiencing all of the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. It is exciting to be part of a program that has such a strong history as a leader in PM&R resident education!
    Max Hurwitz

  • Chris Ideen, MD
  • Hometown: Wayzata, MN and Casper, WY
    Medical School: University of Washington
    PM&R Interests: Neuro rehab, spinal cord injury, pain management, rural rehab and telemedicine, applications of complementary and alternative medicine
    Personal Interests: Spending time with my wife and two daughters, camping, hiking, fly-fishing, biking, and home improvement projects.
    Why UW? Learning from and working with faculty who are leaders in the field, the strong didactic curriculum, and the opportunity for tertiary (even quaternary) referral center experience in combination with community based practice experience. Additionally, Seattle is a great place to live with a booming local economy and industries, fun urban atmosphere, and quick access to mountains and the ocean.
    Chris Ideen

  • Mychael Lagbas, MD
  • Hometown: Lahaina, HI
    Medical School: University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine
    PM&R Interests: Sports medicine/MSK, Ultrasound, Adaptive sports, Amputee
    Personal Interests: Spending time with my wife and daughter, hiking, biking, cooking, going to any Seattle sports games, movies, TV shows.
    Why UW? When I did a Sub-I here I was blown away by everything: great attendings, interesting didactics, residents who were nothing but happy with the program. Plus, you can't beat living in Seattle.
    Mychael Lagbas

  • Sean Matsuwaka, MD
  • Hometown: Honolulu, HI
    Medical School: University of Hawaii John A Burns School of Medicine
    PM&R Interests: general rehab, sports medicine, amputee/ prosthetics, stroke, and pretty much everything really
    Personal Interests: basketball, spearfishing, hiking and other outdoor activities, working out, cars, BBQs, going out with friends.
    Why UW? UW is a reputable program that I knew would provide me with amazing and diverse rehab opportunities, friendly and supportive colleagues and teaching staff, and an awesome location in the Pacific Northwest.
    Sean Matsuwaka

  • Daniel Sisk, MD
  • Hometown: Overland Park, KS
    Medical School: University of Kansas
    PM&R Interests: Sports Medicine, Peds, Spine, MSK, adaptive sports
    Personal Interests: Hiking, reading, rug making, tennis, Jayhawks, craft beer, volleyball.
    Why UW? Its resources were unmatched and happens to be in an amazing city. Everyone I met was so happy and welcoming that it was a no brainer.
    Daniel Sisk
    Resident Welcome BBQ 2016 at Magnuson Beach
    Resident Welcome BBQ 2016

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    R2 Class:

  • Jacob Kneeman, MD
  • Hometown: Tucson, AZ
    Medical School: Boston University
    PM&R Interests: Pain, Sports and Spine
    Personal Interests: futbol, hip hop dancing.
    Why UW? UW is a terrific fit for me because I wanted a strong, well-rounded training with like-minded people. Despite having specific interests in comprehensive pain and sports and spine, I thought that I should expose myself to many different fields of rehab in order to prepare for most rehab-related diseases. On my interview day, the residents seemed to get along and genuinely enjoy spending time with one another outside of work. I also wanted a change of scenery. The luscious greenery and lakes relax me. I wanted to live in a more relaxed environment yet still be inspired by fantastic mentors at work. Lastly, Seattle provided a balance between big city life and easily accessible outdoor venues. I also have family in Seattle and Tacoma.
    Jacob Kneeman

  • Gavin Kolodge, DO
  • Hometown: Morgan Hill, California
    Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA
    PM&R Interests: Sports, Pain Management, Traumatic Brain Injury
    Personal Interests: Soccer, Surfing, Snowboarding, Camping/Backpacking, Fishing, Cooking, Cheese and Traveling.
    Why UW? University of Washington is a great fit for my personality and my personal goals as a physiatrist. The programs offers diverse training opportunities, excellent faculty with expertise in areas across the spectrum of PM&R, and a strong community of residents. I am also very excited to explore Seattle with all the food, beverage, and outdoor opportunities the area provides.
    Gavin Kolodge

  • Ian Logan, MD
  • Hometown: Aloha, OR
    Medical School: Saint Louis University School of Medicine
    PM&R Interests: Sports, MSK, Adaptive Sports, Ultrasound, SCI
    Personal Interests: Playing and watching sports, cooking, trying new restaurants and breweries, hiking and other outdoor activities, concerts and live music.
    Why UW? UW offered the opportunity to learn from leaders in the field, train alongside co-residents that share many similar interests, and a chance to return home to the beautiful Pacific Northwest and be close to family and friends!
    Ian Logan

  • Lina Mezei, MD
  • Hometown: Baltimore, MD
    Medical School: University of Maryland
    PM&R Interests: Brain injury, Pain Management, Interventional spine, Sports, Cancer rehab
    Personal Interests: Yoga, Hiking, Snorkeling, Traveling, Wine tasting, Cooking, Museums, Aquariums, Trivia, and of course anything to do with coffee and chocolate!
    Why UW? What's not to love about this program?! I wanted a well-rounded and robust training, which I knew I would get at UW. It has a world class reputation and I was highly impressed when I did my away rotation as a 4th year medical student. I noticed how genuinely happy the residents were. I had the opportunity to participate in didactic sessions, which were fantastic. The faculty and support staff are very supportive and wonderful. Not to mention, Seattle definitely satisfies the outdoor enthusiast in me!
    Lina Mezei

  • Kendl Sankary, MD
  • Hometown: Orinda, California
    Medical School: University of Arkansas for Medical Science
    PM&R Interests: Neurorehabilitation, Pediatric Rehabilitation, SCI
    Personal Interests: Exploring Seattle with my husband and dog, cooking/trying new foods, craft beer, swimming and racquetball.
    Why UW? By the end of my away rotation here I knew it would be my top choice. I enjoyed the diversity of patients and medical issues I saw, along with the comfortable yet rigorous learning environment. And the residents were so welcoming and really worked well together to form a cohesive team.
    Kendl Sankary

  • Mark Sederberg, DO
  • Hometown: Orem, UT
    Medical School: Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
    PM&R Interests: Still fairly broad: MSK, SCI, Diagnostic Ultrasound, Sports, Spasticity Management, EMGs, Concussions
    Personal Interests: Tennis, Hiking, Exploring the outdoors (especially with my two kids), Skiing, Home improvement jobs, Thai food
    Why UW? It keeps every door open for me; most well-rounded program I came across, large alumni network with many of the field's leaders, great reputation, and solid didactics and training. I got sucked in when I interviewed because all the beautiful pictures and scenery of the PNW, and the upbeat residents. My wife and I also really needed some mountains and nature in our lives again.
    Mark Sederberg

  • Sarah Simmons, MD
  • Hometown: Mercer Island, WA
    Medical School: University of Washington
    PM&R Interests: I've loved all my rehab rotations so far, but I'm particularly excited to focus on neurorehab, and rehab for patients with multiple sclerosis in particular.
    Personal Interests: I love the outdoors and try to be outside as much as possible, whether that's playing soccer, getting up to the mountains, or hanging in my backyard with friends and family! But my favorite activity these days is hanging out with my two-year-old daughter and showing her all the fun things about Seattle, including the zoo, Seattle Center, and all the great parks.
    Why UW? I love the Seattle area- the mountains and the water are so beautiful. But even more importantly, the people at UW Rehab are what made me choose UW. The amazing faculty and research on multiple sclerosis make it a top academic institution, and the kind, down-to-earth faculty, staff, and residents are what convinced me that this is the place I want to be for the next four years!
    Sarah Simmons

  • James Ying, MD
  • Hometown: Oxford, Mississippi
    Medical School: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
    PM&R Interests: General rehab, spine, pain management, ultrasound, prosthetics, complementary and alternative medicine
    Personal Interests: Traveling, spending time with family, tennis, soccer, table tennis, hiking
    Why UW? The combination of a great program and a great city made the decision quite easy. UW is well-rounded in all aspects of PM&R with great faculty and residents, many research opportunities, and strong clinical training. Seattle is a very diverse city with so many things to do!
    James Ying
    Resident Welcome BBQ 2017
    Resident Welcome BBQ 2017

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    R1 Class:

  • Heather Barnett, MD
  • Hometown: Austin, TX
    Medical School: University of Washington
    PM&R Interests: neurorehabilitation, spinal cord injury, pediatric rehabilitation
    Personal Interests: cycling and hiking in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, camping, traveling, reading, spending time with my son and husband.
    Why UW? Throughout my rehab rotation in the UW system, it was clear that the faculty and residents were not only leaders in their field by also passionate, dedicated to patient care, and most importantly, great to work with! The strength of the clinical training and broad exposure to the field of PM&R made the UW program stand out. My family loves living in Seattle, and we couldn't imagine a better place to spend residency!
    Heather Barnett

  • Amy Fuhs, MD
  • Hometown: Munster, IN
    Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine
    PM&R Interests: stroke, trauma, global health and implementation science
    Personal Interests: running, cycling, swimming, rollerblading, reading, listening to podcasts, traveling, foreign languages and cultures
    Why UW? I was looking for a larger program with strong, well-rounded training as well as research and global health opportunities. I enjoyed my interactions with residents and faculty during my interview day and love the natural beauty and outdoor opportunities that the Pacific Northwest offers.
    Amy Fuhs

  • Brian Mugleston, MD
  • Hometown: University Place, WA
    Medical School: Long School of Medicine, UT Health San Antonio
    PM&R Interests: General Inpatient Rehab, Pediatric Rehab, SCI, adaptive sports, Pain Medicine
    Personal Interests: hiking, kayaking, skiing, traveling with my wife, spending time with family, woodworking, gardening, reading
    Why UW? I felt UW would help me pursue any career path I desired in PM&R. People here are warm and caring, and I love the beauty and the culture of the Pacific Northwest.
    Brian Mugleston

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