PGY-4 Residents: Class of 2020

Ranjan Banerjee, MD

Hometown: Raleigh, NC

Education:

Undergraduate:
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (BS Biology, BA Physics)

Graduate:
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Leadership and Awards:
2017 Lily and G.D. Jackson Award Winner – An annual award presented to outstanding first-year residents spanning every specialty that show exceptional promise (one of three interns chosen)
Resident Member of Gold Humanism Society, voted on by University of South Carolina School of Medicine Class of 2017.
GHS Med-Peds Program Representative to the National Med-Peds Residents Association.
First Place 2019 South Carolina AAP Poster Competition “Getting the Fax Straight: Improving the SC QuitLine Referral Process”

Hobbies: I have been singing for many years, and like to keep it as big a part of my life as possible. I also love reading and running. I love losing myself in new places, and am always looking to pick up new experiences!

Future Career Plans: Currently undecided, though most likely subspecialty or Med-Peds Hospitalist.

Why I chose Greenville Med-Peds:
On the interview trail, I was struck by how warm, welcoming, and committed this program was. The residents, faculty, program leaders, and staff were by far some of the most genuine people I met; they were sincerely interested in each other, their patients, and the program. GHS/USC School of Medicine has an impressive presence in the community and is at the forefront of medical education and delivery of care, especially with the implementation of the Health Sciences Center model. Being part of this process was an extremely exciting prospect for me. The Med-Peds program at GHS stood out to me as being extremely invested in making sure that its residents received a solid foundation in clinical medicine and enabling each of its residents to reach their goals. In addition, Greenville is one of the most beautiful places that I have ever been, with a beautiful downtown and plenty of outdoor activities. I am excited to see what the next four years will bring!

Luke Burton, MD

Hometown: Marion, NC

Education:

Undergraduate:
Western Carolina University-BS Chemistry, BA Spanish
Medical School: Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University

Career Plans:
Undecided. Ideally, I would like to do a mixture of inpatient and outpatient in both medicine and peds. I am not sure if I want to further subspecialize. I would like to work with underserved populations, and potentially in academics.

Hobbies: running, playing with my dog (Brutus), Carolina Panthers football, hiking

Why I chose to come to Greenville for Med-Peds:
I mostly interviewed at large academic centers in the southeast, and I interviewed late at GHS, but I was immediately impressed with the quality of everything that I saw at GHS. Prior to coming to Greenville, I looked at the website and it was clear that the program gets top notch people. I was extremely impressed with the program leadership and their commitment to GHS. Also, I was drawn by the fact that much of the faculty is from top tier institutions and came to GHS due to their passion for patient care. It came across that leadership from med/peds and both categorical programs put a great deal of thought into everything that they do.

Tien Nguyen, MD

Hometown: Orlando, FL

Education:

Undergraduate:
University of Central Florida – B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Summa Cum Laude

Graduate:
University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine

Career Plans:
I am currently interested in being a hospitalist and hoping to see both adults and pediatrics in my future work. I have a particular interest in the pediatric population with developmental disabilities. I would also like to remain with an academic institution and be able to teach.

“Non-medical” interests:
cooking, baking, knitting, painting, various arts and crafts projects including spending forever inside a Hobby Lobby, photoshop, and computer programming

Why I chose Greenville for Med-Peds:
I ultimately decided to come to Greenville for Med-Peds because of the culture here. GHS’s mission, vision, and values capture my passion for being in medicine. We emphasize the value of patient care all while being the most compassionate physicians possible. The program also really cares for their residents and that was most apparent when I interviewed here. Everyone was extremely nice and will go out of their way to help you. It felt like a family that I wanted to be a part of and there’s no better person to lead the family than Dr. Kolarik, the program director. The city of Greenville also surprised me with how charming it is. It may not be large, but it is a growing city with plenty of things to do from the Saturday Market to Shakespeare in the park. The mountains are nearby which is a large change for me coming from Florida, but the beach is not far away as well! Also, everyone is just so much nicer here. I am very excited to spend my next 4 years here with GHS and in Greenville!

Walt Roberts, MD

Hometown: Dacula, GA

Education:
B.A. English literature, Clemson University
Postbacc Premed Certificate, Agnes Scott College
M.D. Mercer University School of Medicine

Leadership/Awards:
Gold Humanism Honor Society
Student Body President, MUSM, Savannah Campus
Special Dean’s Award for Service to MUSM as Student Body President
Class President, MUSM, Class of 2016

Career Plans:
I am open to where residency takes me as far as my eventual career goes, but I love both outpatient and inpatient medicine and have a passion for the underserved.

Non-medical Interests:
Getting outside, my kids, running, a good book when I can get the time

Why I chose Greenville for Med-Peds:
I did not expect to fall in love with this program when I first put it on my list. Being a Clemson grad, I remembered the Greenville area fondly, but that was all I knew about GHS. The interview day took me completely by surprise. The Med Peds residents almost universally seemed familiar with my application (not an easy thing to pull off as a residency) and were incredibly warm, not just with me but with each other, too. They were obviously proud of their program. My conversation with Russ at the end of the day simply confirmed my impression: this program cared deeply about its residents and about its Med Peds identity. Combined with its location in the beautiful city of Greenville, I was sold. I couldn’t be happier getting the chance to join such a wonderful program.

Kevin White, MD, MPH

Education:

Undergraduate:
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Graduate:
MPH, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health
MD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Medical/career interests
Hospital medicine, population health, social determinants of health, global health

Outside interests
I love spending time with my wife and daughter and attempting to train my dog, Sadie Bacon. I’m an amateur recording artist and unabashed coffee nerd. I enjoy playing/listening to jazz and folk music, woodworking, and roasting coffee at home.

Why I chose to come to Greenville for med Peds:
What first caught my eye at GHS were the obvious selling points: a program with outstanding clinical teachers based in an academic health center with a commitment to providing quality and compassionate care. What I have come to love most about GHS is the friendly and supportive atmosphere and sense of community. The Med-Peds family and our categorical counterparts are some of the finest people you’ll ever meet, and I’m honored to be able to work with and learn from this wonderful group of people!