22101 Moross Rd., Detroit MI 43286

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Class of 2020

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Stephan Broderick, MD

Hometown: South Lyon, Michigan

College: Michigan State University

Medical School: Wayne State University

Hobbies/Interests: Exploring Detroit, PC gaming, Michigan State sports, board games, coffee, homebrewing, and cool socks.

Things you like about our program: Location, diverse patient population, amount of autonomy, and the entire ED staff.

Things you like about Detroit: The fact that I live in a city with an ever growing and incredible yet affordable food and bar scene: Motor City Wine, Cafe D’Mongo’s, Two James Spirit, KATOI (R.I.P.), 8 Degrees Plato, Mudgies, Taqueria El Ray, Anthology Coffee, Supino Pizzeria, Bucharest, Bronx Bar, Pie-Sci, Brooklyn Street Local, Detroit Institute of Bagels, ima, Green Dot Stables, Johnny Noodle King, Roast, Alley Taco, and Pho Lucky just to name a few.


Angela Degraaf

Angela Degraaf, MD

Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI

College: University of Michigan

Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine

Hobbies/Interests: Art, Baking, Doctor Who

Things you like about our program: diverse patient population and training in ultrasound

Things you like about Detroit: the food, Dequindre Cut, the happy hours


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Elisabeth Johnson, MD

Hometown: Ypsilanti, MI

College: Eastern Michigan University

Medical School: Wayne State School of Medicine

Hobbies/Interests: obsessing over my dog, Alfred, trying to keep up with the latest and greatest Detroit eats, staying active (mostly to support the previous interest), and spending time with my husband

Things you like about our program: It’s like one big family– the staff members are extremely supportive and wonderful to work with. It’s an environment that truly supports education and provides intense training to build great physicians.

Things you like about Detroit: The spirit! There is SO much pride in the city’s rise. I was lucky enough to experience the explosion of growth over the past several years and it has been fun enjoying its incredible culture & all of the new restaurants and events that are taking place around the city.


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Gary Kanner, MD

Hometown: Charleston, West Virginia

College: Boston University

Medical School: West Virginia University School of Medicine

Hobbies/Interests: Rock Climbing, Exploring, harmonica playing, reading, Cats, bikes, chess, spicy food, whiskey, coffee, and porch life.

Things you like about our program: During my interview day I was impressed by how streamlined and organized the Emergency Department felt while boasting an impressive volume and acuity. The residents and attendings, similarly, seemed very relaxed and confident while undoubtedly experienced and knowledgeable. Also there was a dog, that was also awesome.

Things you like about Detroit: I have always been fascinated by Detroit. As a stranger to the midwest, Detroit strikes me as a land of opportunity, a place to reinvent the urban landscape for the 21st century. Moving to Detroit right now is the chance to be part of something exciting and dynamic.  Had I not gone to medical school, I often thought of pursuing urban agriculture. This particular movement, among others, is very alive in Detroit.


Ramya Kollu

Ramya Kollu, MD

Hometown: Oakton, Virginia

College: Pennsylvania State University

Medical School: Jefferson Medical College

Hobbies/Interests: dance, trying new restaurants, traveling

Things you like about our program: My favorite part about the program is how friendly and welcoming the faculty and residents are. Besides that, it offers a large and diverse patient population and will prepare you to work in any setting.

Things you like about Detroit: Detroit is a big city that offers great EM training and has a lot to explore!


Andrew Leamon

Andrew Leamon, MD

Hometown: Cupertino, CA

College: University of California, Santa Barbara

Medical School: Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

Hobbies/Interests: Camping, Backpacking, Cooking, Hiking, Running

Things you like about our program: There is an overwhelming sense of community and camaraderie in the Emergency Medicine Residency Program at St. John. The hospital serves a very diverse patient population, and as a result, you are exposed to a wide array of pathology here. The facilities are awesome, and to top it off, there’s a pediatric ED right in our own department!

Things you like about Detroit: It seems like every week there’s something new to check out in Detroit. Restaurants are opening up all over the place, and there are always sporting events or concerts to keep you busy. Plus, there is a lot of beautiful architecture and murals to feast your eyes on when you’re out and about.


Brad Lepore

Bradley Lepore, MD

Hometown: Clinton Township, MI

College: Wayne State University

Medical School: St. George’s University School of Medicine

Hobbies/Interests: I love to work out and stay active but I’m also a big fan of several tv shows that I try and keep up on when I can. I enjoy hanging out with friends and trying the never-ending list of new restaurants around town. I like to skydive but I plan on switching to flying planes rather than jumping out of them.

Things you like about our program: Growing up in Metro Detroit, I’ve always known about the great reputation that St. John has had, especially the ER. I love that the department is one of the busiest in the Midwest, with an extremely diverse patient population that allows for the best education possible. I knew the first day of my medical school rotation in the department that I belonged here and this was the place I wanted to complete my medical training. Everyone, from the nurses to the attendings, are some of the best people I have ever worked with! I wanted to be a part of that amazing team!

Things you like about Detroit: I love the Detroit pride! Being born and raised here, I love the people and the never-give-up attitude. There have been a lot of rough times around here, but the city is rebounding and I’m excited to be a part of that revival. Being a car guy, there’s no better place in the country to grab a seat along Woodward and watch any type of car you can imagine. I’m a little biased but I think it’s one of the best places to live!


Bonnie Marmora

Bonnie Marmora, MD

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

College: Wittenberg University

Medical School: Wright State University

Hobbies/Interests: horseback riding, hiking, camping, reading, archery, hanging out with my husband and 3 fur babies.

Things you like about our program: Great people. Acuity and variety of patients. Great location.

Things you like about Detroit: Saint Clair Shores. Not too far from my hometown. Four seasons. Still learning about the rest.


Matt Nowka

Matthew Nowka, MD

Hometown: Stanwood, MI

College: University of Michigan

Medical School: Central Michigan University College of Medicine

Hobbies/Interests: Hiking/Backpacking, Board Games, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Mountain Biking

Things you like about our program: The location and the volume of patients in the ED. Also, the residents seem to be happy people.

Things you like about Detroit: the sense of community one can get within the city neighborhoods. Belle Isle, the breweries, and the do-it-yourself green space you can find.


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Nino Papale, MD

Hometown: Warren, MI

College: Wayne State University

Medical School: Wayne State University

Hobbies/Interests: In emergency medicine, my interests include ultrasound and research. Outside of work, I enjoy both road and mountain biking. I’m also a huge Detroit sports fan.

Things you like about our program: The biggest draw for me at SJH was the family vibe I had noticed immediately stepping foot into the ED. All the way from the ancillary staff to the faculty, people were happy to be working at SJH. Everyone seems down to earth and willing to help each other out. Another important point in choosing SJH for me was the blend of inner city patients and affluent suburb patients. Not a lot of programs get the intense Detroit experience of EM and then in the same shift deal with a completely different demographic. I envision after finishing residency, SJH will prepare you for any sort of job, whether it be community or academic.

Things you like about Detroit: I was born in Detroit (SJH to be exact) so Detroit has been my backyard for my whole life. I love the diversity and grittiness of the citizens. Everyone you meet is authentic and I respect that. As far as entertainment, I love downtown and midtown Detroit. Having been a WSU student for undergrad as well as medical school, I had the chance to witness the transformation of Detroit firsthand, having lived immediately downtown for four years. There’s always something going on, and it truly has become a destination area for a lot of the people in metro Detroit.


Mike Roth

Mike Roth, MD

Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI

College: University of Michigan

Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine

Hobbies/Interests: Running, ice cream, brewing, hiking/camping/anything outdoors, board games

Things you like about our program: The people in the SJH emergency department are all great to work with. The residents are really fun, the attendings are great teachers, and the administration is very supportive of the residents. The department has a diverse patient population with high volumes and very interesting cases.

Things you like about Detroit: Detroit is a very interesting city with a ton to do and eat. Right now is a time of great change in the city, with new restaurants, shops and things to do opening seemingly weekly. There are four major sports teams in the city now with a great fan base, and there is also easy access college sports (Go Blue!). The people of Detroit are a community unlike anything I’ve experienced before. It’s easy to get around the city, which can’t be said for all big cities. Belle Isle offers a lot of outdoor activities and gives a quick escape for city living when you get the urge. Detroit also has easy access to the rest of Michigan, which is easily the most underrated state in the union.


Ashima Vohra

Ashima Vohra, MD

Hometown: Rochester Hills, MI

College: Oakland University

Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine

Hobbies/Interests: cooking, hiking, kayaking, indoor rock climbing, bachata dancing, bhangra dancing, tennis, spending time with friends and family

Things you like about our program: So many things! St. John’s ED sees some of the highest volumes in the state and sees the highest combined rates of penetrating and blunt trauma in Detroit. However, it was the genuine friendliness of the attendings, residents, nursing staff, techs, clerks, etc that first drew me to St. John. The unparalleled diversity of the patient population (suburban Grosse Pointe and urban Detroit) made this program stand out even further. Also, as icing on the cake, it’s one of the few EM programs in the Midwest that boasts female leadership!

Things you like about Detroit: The food! My favorite spots are Wright and Co and Hudson Cafe. You also don’t have to venture very far for outdoor activities. In fact, Belle Isle is a state park right within the city. There’s something for everyone here. If you’re interested in history, Detroit’s includes the Walk to Freedom and the invention of the automobile. If you’re interested in art, the DIA is the place to be. If you’re interested in sports, then the new Little Ceasars Arena is the place to be. Basically, Detroit is the place to be!