Emergency Medicine Residents

Class of 2024

Andrew Arteaga, D.O.

Andrew Arteaga, D.O.

Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Carolinas

Undergraduate: University of Central Florida

Hometown: Merritt Island, Florida

Field of Interest: Sports Medicine, Academics/Administration

Hobbies: Overeating, working out, and anything that gets me outside on the water.

Why FAU: FAU has wonderful attendings and residents. I had a great experience here rotating as a student. The pathology, procedures, and overall learning environment I experienced here were exactly what I was looking for.

Something about me: I'm a big fan of pineapple and ham on pizza and I'm tired of pretending that I'm not.

Alex Deri, M.D.

Alex Deri, M.D.

Medical School: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Undergraduate: Southwestern University

Hometown: Fort Worth, TX

Field of Interest: Critical Care, Ultrasound, Wilderness Medicine

Hobbies: Traveling, Baking, Hiking, Movies/TV/Video Games

Why FAU: The faculty and residents were extremely friendly and welcoming, and the program spans multiple sites allowing for more diverse experiences. I’m also going to enjoy avoiding the north Texas winter weather that I have become TOO familiar with.

Something about me: I want to visit 100+ countries, and every national park while I’m able to enjoy them to the fullest.

Danny Gersowsky, D.O.

Danny Gersowsky, D.O.

Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Undergraduate: BS in Exercise Physiology at Florida State University

Hometown: Boca Raton, FL

Field of Interest: General Emergency Medicine, Emergency Medical Services, International Emergency Medicine

Hobbies: Soccer, Rugby, Cycling, Traveling, Beach

Why FAU: I grew up in Boca Raton, so I wanted to return home for residency. FAUs family feel and unique longitudinal curriculum. Beautiful South Florida weather.

Something about me: I hope to travel to every country in my lifetime 

Salil Phadnis, M.D.

Salil Phadnis, M.D.

Medical School: University of South Florida

Undergraduate: University of Florida

Hometown: Tampa, FL

Field of Interest: EMS

Hobbies: Movies, motorcycling, running, intramural soccer

Why FAU: It's not easy to convey the genuine vibe of a program over Zoom, but the faculty and residents did just that and convinced me this was a great place to learn and grow. Also, beaches.

Something about me: I'm a big Christopher Nolan fanboy.

Bailey Pierce, M.D., M.B.A.

Bailey Pierce, M.D., M.B.A.

Medical School: Florida Atlantic University Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine

Undergraduate: University of Florida

Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL

Field of Interest: Emergency Medicine

Hobbies: Exercising, hiking, and listening to music/going to concerts

Why FAU: I chose FAU because it is close to my family so I'll be able to spend more time with them. Also, the weather down here is great.

Christian Schuetz, M.D.

Christian Schuetz, M.D.

Medical School: University of South Florida

Undergraduate: University of South Florida

Hometown: Mesa, AZ

Field of Interest: Disaster medicine, teaching, administration

Hobbies: Playing/watching soccer, gardening, landscaping, attending EDM music festivals, learning Spanish to impress my wife and in-laws

Why FAU: Fantastic residents, faculty, and location! FAU provides the resources and opportunities to become a rockstar EM doctor. The faculty really care about the residents and will do what they can to help us out.  All the residents treat each other like family. Did I also mention that FAU is in South Florida?

Class of 2025

Keenan Dunkley, M.D.

Keenan Dunkley, M.D.

Medical School: University of South Carolina School of Medicine - Columbia

Undergraduate: BS in Biology/Minor in History from the University of South Carolina

Hometown: Charlotte, NC

Field of Interest: Emergency Medicine, Disaster Relief

Hobbies: Running, Reading, History, Basketball, College Football, Investing

Why FAU: After attending both college and medical school in South Carolina, I was ready for a change and rotated as a medical student at FAU. Instantly, I loved the area, the residents, the weather, and the lifestyle South Florida offered. Additionally, I felt I could learn, grow, and become the best Emergency Medicine physician possible with the help of the faculty at FAU and the resources offered through the program. Core faculty were always happy to take the time to teach, challenged me to improve each shift, and were welcoming in their tutelage.

Something about me: I was a History minor and still enjoy historical study and discussion, specifically Classical Antiquity and Catholic History. I also have a lot of interest in business and investing with a hope to practice Emergency Medicine in South Florida after residency and earn my MBA down the road.

Alyssa King, D.O.

Alyssa King, D.O.

Medical School: Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine

Undergraduate: University of Florida - Biology

Hometown: Stony Point, NY

Field of Interest: Sports Medicine

Hobbies: Fishing, crafting, exercising

Why FAU: I loved the faculty and senior residents when I did my away rotation here. FAU has a strong base for education, learning, and an extremely happy and supporting environment.

Something about me: I started my own medium sewing business while in medical school and I have a Shih Tzu named Teddy.

Robert Ledbetter, M.D.

Robert Ledbetter, M.D.

Medical School: Wake Forest School of Medicine

Undergraduate: University of Tennessee BA: Philosophy of Science and Medicine

Hometown: Columbia, Tennessee

Field of Interest: Social aspects of medicine

Hobbies: Reading, writing, exercising, plants

Why FAU: FAU is a place where you can get training to handle intense scenarios and see interesting pathologies with attendings who are genuinely interested in your education as well as your mental well-being.

Something about me: I've jumped off one of the highest bungee platforms in South America.

Christian Pilot, M.D.

Christian Pilot, M.D.

Medical School: Cooper Medical School of Rowan University

Undergraduate: The University of Tampa

Hometown: Sea Girt, NJ

Field of Interest: Critical Care Medicine and Sports Medicine

Hobbies: Music production, Golf, Beach

Why FAU: Diverse pathology with both an academic and community feel. Large volume of procedures and excellent work/life balance. Amazing faculty and co-residents! Can’t forget about the coastal South Florida location.

Something about me: I have been producing music for several years and play the piano.

Jessica Porterfield, M.D.

Jessica Porterfield, M.D.

Medical School: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Undergraduate: Harding University

Hometown: Prairie Grove, AR

Field of Interest: Wilderness Medicine

Hobbies: Running, baking, fishing

Why FAU: It's a medium, tight knit group that greatly facilitates learning and relationships. We value fulfilling work and fulfilling lives outside of work. And we're in an awesome location!

Something about me: I studied abroad in Australia and got to dive with sharks on the Great Barrier Reef.

Class of 2026

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Jason Carvalho, M.D.

Medical School: St. George's University

Undergraduate: Rutgers University-New Brunswick, BA in Biological Sciences with Minor in Portuguese

Hometown: North Arlington, NJ

Field of Interest: Medical Education, Critical Care

Hobbies: Soccer, Car Restoration

Why FAU: Small personal class sizes, close relationships with residents and attendings, personalized plans for success

Something about me: Fluent in 3 languages

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Duy Duong, D.O.

Medical School: Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine Nova Southeastern University

Undergraduate: FAU Class of 2014 in Exercise Science & Health Promotion

Hometown: Margate, Florida

Field of Interest: Emergency Medicine

Hobbies: I lift things up and put them down in the gym. I enjoy cruising with the top down in my mustang. I like to cook, but hate cleaning dishes.

Why FAU: South Florida is where family and home are, I figured why not keep it local? Although I did not audition in my fourth year the interview experience at FAU was like stumbling upon a hidden gem that propelled it to number one on my rank list. I genuinely felt the faculty's enthusiasm and commitment to their residents. Coming from a medical school with a graduating class that could rival a small army (400), I set my sights to being a part of a smaller inseparable class where we would be more like a tight knit group of friends rather than a sea of strangers. An immersive longitudinal curriculum of pediatrics and trauma throughout our three years. Differing and diverse hospital systems to rotate throughout training with autonomy. Let's not forget the cherry on top: No snow.

Something about me: In my previous life I was an Olympic Weightlifting coach and amateur athlete. My best lifts were 95kg (209lb) snatch and 120kg (264lb) clean and jerk in the 69kg (151lb) weight class.

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Niloufar Ghazi, D.O.

Medical School: Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine Nova Southeastern University

Undergraduate: University of Tehran (Bachelor of science in civil engineering)

Graduate: Florida State University (Master of science in civil engineering)

Hometown: Tehran

Field of Interest: Global health and EMS

Hobbies: Biking, reading, arts and craft, going to the beach

Why FAU: I rotated with FAU as a 4th year medical student and saw firsthand the mentoring and support the residents get here. I am a firm believer that with FAU's EM program I can reach all my career goals.

Something about me: I feel more comfortable writing in cursive than in print!

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Manel Guessas, D.O.

Medical School: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

Undergraduate: B.S in Nutrition at The Ohio State University

Hometown: Columbus, Ohio

Field of Interest: Emergency Medicine

Hobbies: hiking, traveling, shopping, and spending time with my family and friends

Why FAU: I rotated here as a medical student and absolutely loved it. Everyone is so friendly, genuinely enjoys teaching, and the location is great too!

Something about me: I can speak 4 languages and hope to add one more soon!

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Jacquelyn Orr, D.O.

Medical School: Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine Nova Southeastern University

Undergraduate: BS in Biology, University of Florida

Hometown: Parkland, FL

Field of Interest: Critical Care Medicine, Global Health

Hobbies: Hanging out with my family and friends, exercising, spending time outside, going to the beach

Why FAU: I auditioned here as a medical student, and the genuine close-knit, family dynamic between faculty and residents really stood out to me. I also really appreciated their unique longitudinal curriculum and overall learning environment.

Something about me: I have a Maltese named Bella who I am obsessed with

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Eric Simms, M.D.

Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine

Undergraduate: Vocal Performance / Church Music Ministries, Southwestern Assemblies of God University

Hometown: Elko, NV

Field of Interest: Academic Leadership, Disaster and International Medicine, Aerospace Medicine

Hobbies: music, snowboarding, cycling, binging books and shows, foodie

Why FAU: small class size at a university program (but not dependent on residents to remain running); sunny South Florida; 3 distinct hospitals (2 level 1 trauma centers); great schedule

Something about me: There's a high probability I've gotten "sun" burned at night by the moon

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Zachary Steinberg, D.O.

Medical School: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine – Midwestern University

Undergraduate: Gonzaga University – B.S. in Chemistry

Hometown: Seattle, WA

Field of Interest: Sports medicine, EMS

Hobbies: traveling, sports, beach

Why FAU: Great location and very supportive faculty. Diverse pathology with many opportunities for procedures, and getting to experience a program with both an academic and community feel

Additional Information
The Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine offers students a variety of educational programs and degrees.
Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road, BC-71
Boca Raton, FL 33431