Our Current Residents

Outstanding graduates from Washington University School of Medicine and other leading medical schools across the country are members of the housestaff.

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Housestaff IV / Chief Residents


Najat Al-Sherri, MD

University of Mississippi School of Medicine

I grew up in Oxford, MS and received my undergrad in Physics at Ole Miss. I completed medical school at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS.  I chose Wash U because I wanted high acuity training that challenged and exposed me to patients with complex issues but still provided an aspect of community based training. My big passions are global health/international medicine and pediatric and adolescent gynecology.  I plan on practicing as a Generalist with involvement in the World Health Organization and CDC.  My favorite things to do outside of work are watching my son grow into his personality, cooking for friends, women’s health advocacy, and traveling this great, big beautiful world.


Victoria Bedell, MD

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

I was born and raised in Miami, Florida and came to St. Louis for residency because I knew I would get excellent training at Barnes. Once residency is over, I’m moving back to my hometown to practice with my mom and my sisters who are all OBGYNs as well. My sisters and I are actually identical triplets and we will all finish residency in June. I am so excited to start working with them! When I’m not working I enjoy cooking (and eating), exercising, hanging out with friends, watching movies and documentaries, going out to restaurants (more eating), and spending time with my dog, Ruby!


Lauren Bergeron, MD

Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans

I chose Wash U for its surgical volume and strong family planning training. I enjoy yoga and gardening. I am from Louisiana and plan to return to New Orleans to practice as a generalist.


Toni Frolova, MD, PhD

Washington University School of Medicine

I have spent a lot of time at Washington University, completing my MD/PhD here prior to residency. I then chose to stay for residency training knowing that I would get a strong education from our mentors and experiences. St. Louis has been an easy place to live in, with many free festivals and events to attend in my time off.


Annie Porter, MD

University of Michigan Medical School

Wash U initially appealed to me because of its mix of research, clinical, and teaching opportunities, but the people are what really sold me. It’s pretty unique to be able to say I get to go to work with some of my best friends every day, but at Wash U that’s definitely true. When I’m not working, I love running in Forest Park, listening to podcasts, spending too much money on Kindle books, and watching the Bachelorette. I also tried to garden once but my tomato plant died in 3 days.


Jennifer Stockburger, MD

Washington University School of Medicine

A lifelong midwesterner, I’m from southern Indiana and attended Indiana University (Go Hoosiers!) for undergrad and Washington University for medical school. I met my husband Chris in medical school and we decided to stay in St. Louis for residency. When I’m not in the hospital, I enjoy running with my dog, trying new restaurants/breweries, and spending time outside.


Samantha Thomson, MD

Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Health Sciences University

I grew up in Georgia and left the warm winters behind for WashU because of their excellent surgical training, especially in MIGS, and volume and exposure to high-risk, underserved populations. I will be pursing a career as a Generalist after graduation. I spend my time outside of work doing yoga, checking out breweries and new restaurants, gardening, cooking, scuba diving, and snowboarding.


Kristin Wheeler, MD

University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine

I grew up in West Tennessee and completed college and medical school in Memphis prior to moving to St. Louis three years ago. Since then I have come to think of St. Louis as forever home and I enjoy exploring all the city has to offer with my fiancé Joe. I particularly love sampling the numerous unique local restaurants, spending time in Forest Park, and attending annual festivals. At home I enjoy watching every movie that is released and lots of bad TV, cooking, and just generally being domestic. Next year I hope to practice as a generalist in the St. Louis area. Things I cannot be without at work: Diet Dr. Pepper, Burt’s Bees lip balm, and Bitmojis.”


Morgan Wolfe, MD

Washington University School of Medicine

I am a native of Louisiana who attended Georgia Tech for undergrad before moving to St. Louis for medical school at Wash U. During my four years in the OBGYN program at Barnes, my favorite part has been working with the outstanding residents and faculty. Having a special interest in laparoscopy and surgical training, I have been incredibly grateful for the surgical experience and opportunities that are abundant at Wash U. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with friends, yoga, running, and chasing after my giant schnoodle.

Housestaff III / Third Year Residents


Sarah Cusworth, MD

Saint Louis University School of Medicine

I grew up in a rural Missouri farm town. I went to college and medical school at Saint Louis University. I always thought I would leave St. Louis for residency but then found everything I wanted at Washington University. I enjoy yoga, biking, and afternoon naps. I look forward to pursuing a career as a generalist OB/GYN and feel that this program has prepared me to be a success.


Andy Fisher, MD

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

I completed my Bachelor’s in Biomedical Engineering, MD, and Master’s in Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania. My primary research interest is in reproductive endocrinology and infertility for transgender patients. Outside of the hospital I can be found running, camping, or planning social events for my co-residents.


Jake Hirshberg, MD

University of Missouri School of Medicine

I am originally from Saint Louis, and after spending a few years away at Tufts for Undergrad and University of Missouri for medical school, I am thrilled to be back home. I was actually born at Barnes Hospital, so I guess I have come full circle. I wanted a program that would prepare me to excel at any career I chose, and I found that in Wash U. I am so happy to work with and learn from such amazing faculty and residents.


Kathleen Jaeger, MD, PhD

Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

I completed my MD/PhD program at Loyola University Chicago, but was thrilled to come home to St. Louis for residency at Washington University. I chose this program because I knew I would get both a strong clinical experience with high volume and acuity, but also the opportunity to be involved with research. The wonderful staff, amazing and supportive co-residents, and incredible mentorship from faculty are also second to none! There are so many examples of successful physician scientists at Washington University to aspire to!


Lucy Liu, MD

Washington University School of Medicine

Originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, I love the outdoors, exploring new neighborhoods and traveling to different cities. Outside of the hospital, you will find me enjoying Forest Park, practicing yoga at a nearby studio, or having dinner at the newest restaurants in St. Louis. I completed medical school at Washington University School of Medicine and chose to stay for residency because of the strength of all of the divisions within the department of OBGYN, the support and camaraderie among the residents, fellows, and attendings, in addition to the variety of pathology seen at Barnes Jewish Hospital. I am still deciding on my next career path as I am passionate about all aspects of OBGYN care.


Mary Mullen, MD

Saint Louis University School of Medicine

“The world class academics, research, and mentorship brought me to Barnes Residency, but it is the teamwork and the camaraderie that keep me smiling every day.” I was born and raised in St. Louis- my passion for the city is no secret. I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and completed medical school at Saint Louis University. I enjoy Ted Drewes ice cream, Cardinal baseball games, and the Muny in forest park along with spending time with family and friends.


Marta Perez, MD

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

I am a third year resident from Atlantic Beach, Florida. I went to undergrad at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. and medical school at Vanderbilt Medical School in Nashville, TN. Wash U OB-GYN was a perfect fit for me because of the collaborative culture, strong sub-specialty and generalist departments, and plethora of research opportunities. When not in the hospital I can be found running, doing yoga, cooking, or anything outside in Forest Park!


Whitney Ross, MD

East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine

I grew up in Guadalajara, Mexico, and then moved to East Tennessee for undergrad and stayed on for medical school at East Tennessee State University. I chose Wash U for so many reasons, but some of the highest on the list are the wonderful residents, faculty, and staff, the high volume surgical practice, our high-risk and underserved patient population, and the research/academic opportunities here (yes, those are only the top few!). My big passions are minimally invasive surgery and improving the care provided to victims of human trafficking. I am applying for minimally invasive surgery fellowship (MIGS) this year, and plan to pursue a career in MIGS and public health. My favorite things to do outside of work are exercising, hanging out at the zoo, and gardening.


Abigail Smith, MD

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

I grew up in Houston, TX, but caught the travel bug early and have had trouble staying put ever since! I attended Princeton University for undergrad, majoring in Religion with a focus on Latin American Pentacostalism, and studied abroad in Santiago, Chile. After graduation, I wanted to see a new part of the world, so I got a job with Plan International in Kampala, Uganda as a public health project coordinator. I returned to Texas for medical school, attending UT Southwestern in Dallas but managed to travel to Haiti twice during that time to work in clinics. I ultimately chose Wash U for residency for so many reasons, including the residents, who are now my best friends, the program’s strong surgical and gynecologic training, and the program’s enthusiasm in facilitating my interest in Global Health. I could not have picked a better program!

Housestaff II / Second Year Residents


Chelsea A. Bayer, MD

Washington University School of Medicine

I was born and raised just outside Minneapolis, MN and stayed close for undergrad. I went to a small liberal arts school that, unless you’re from MN, you’ve never heard of called Gustavus Adolphus College and then made my way to St. Louis for medical school. I was very impressed with the strength of the residency program and after getting to know people in the department, I knew that there was no where else that I wanted to train. I chose Wash U because I wanted to be surrounded by amazing people and I knew I would come out of my four years fully prepared for anything I would see as a generalist. In my free time, I love to cook, bike and find new places to eat and drink around St. Louis!


Katherine H. Bligard, MD

Washington University School of Medicine

I was born and raised in Baton Rouge, LA and got my undergraduate degree in mathematics from Louisiana State University. I moved to Saint Louis for medical school at Washington University where I met my wonderful husband and I am thrilled to have stayed in Saint Louis for residency. In my free time, I love musical theater and, as all go Louisiana girls do, LSU football. Geaux Tigers!


Ann Bruno, MD

University of Illinois College of Medicine

I was born and raised in Columbia, MO and stayed in Missouri to attend undergraduate at Truman State University. I attended University of Illinois – Chicago for medical school and loved the big city, but residency brought me back to my home state. I enjoy the excellent training and mentoring at Barnes Jewish Hospital and the camaraderie of my excellent co-residents. In my free time, I enjoy exploring St. Louis and the outdoors, traveling with my husband, and baking.


Kelli Kreher, MD

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

Originally from a small town in southern IL, I knew that I wanted to stay in the Midwest for residency to be near family. I was already familiar with the St. Louis area and Washington University, so I immediately felt that this was the program for me. I enjoy coming to work every day to train in an academic setting among faculty and co-residents who take the time to get to know me. Outside of work, I enjoy being active, spending time with family/friends, and exploring St. Louis parks, delis, and Cardinals games.


Jessica A. Norton, MD

Boston University Medical Center

Originally from Naperville, IL, coming to Barnes was my return to the Midwest after 8 years of school on the East Coast in Connecticut and Boston. I plan to be an academic generalist and knew it was important for my training to prepare me for anything and everything! Being at Barnes means I work closely with generalists and sub-specialists in a variety of settings; gaining exposure to all aspects of OB/GYN. But what makes being at work truly worth it are my co-residents and the overwhelming kindness and support they all give to each other. Outside of the hospital, I enjoy traveling, running in Forest Park, or eating food that I didn’t have to cook!


Kelsey W. Olerich. MD, PhD

University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

I was born and raised in Seattle and completed my undergraduate degree at Santa Clara University in California. I then spent a couple years in Portland, OR as a ski instructor at Mt. Hood and performing research at OHSU. I made the jump to the Midwest when I joined the MSTP at University of Iowa. I was thrilled to match at Washington University for OBGYN. I am interested in possibly pursuing a career in MFM. I enjoy spending time with my husband and dog, Max, as well as all outdoor activities especially hiking and running, wine tasting, cooking and spending time with my lovely co-residents.


Lauren L. Reschke, MD

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

I was born and raised outside of Chicago. I completed undergrad at University of Illinois-Champaign before attending Johns Hopkins for medical school. I was excited to move back to the Midwest for residency at Wash U- a program I was drawn to by its impressive academic accomplishments, positive learning environment, and supportive residents and faculty. Outside of residency, I enjoy spending time with my husband and miniature dachshund, exploring St. Louis restaurants, running and group fitness classes, and traveling.


Rebecca J. Rogers, MD

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

I am a proud Texan (Hook ’em!) who decided it was time to venture out of the state for residency after finishing medical school at UT Southwestern in Dallas. I have loved the amazing clinical and educational experiences I have had at Wash U so far-and most importantly-getting to work with the best co-residents ever. In my free time, you will find me eating Blackthorn pizza (go try it!) or dragging my adorably lazy bulldog Charlie around Tower Grove.


Jennifer Travieso, MD

Washington University School of Medicine

I was born in Houston, TX and moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas for undergrad. There I developed a love for running, hiking, and the outdoors. I then moved to St. Louis for medical school and have been here ever since. I am fed by my husband, who is both a dermatology resident and an excellent chef.

Housestaff I / First Year Residents


Kelsey Anderson, MD

St, Louis University School of Medicine

I grew up in St. Louis but moved to Nashville to complete my undergraduate degree at Vanderbilt University.  I returned to my hometown to attend St. Louis University School of Medicine.   I completed an away rotation at WUSM and “felt completely at home with the residents – they were friendly, driven in both research and clinical aspects of OBGYN, and had a visible passion for women’s health”.  Outside of work, I enjoy hiking, cooking, and experiencing the many activities and restaurants St. Louis offers.  “The best aspect of this program are the people –  they help me to learn and grow while being great friends and co-workers”.


Stephanie Blankenship, MD

University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine

I originally hail from Washington, DC. I attended undergrad at UCLA but received my MS at Georgetown University and MD, MPH from University of Miami.  I was impressed by the academic and surgical training at Wash U, as well as the down-to-earth nature and supportive camaraderie among the residents. I already feel at home with my intern class. The instant support available here has made it a seamless transition to Barnes – can’t wait to see what the rest of intern year has in store! I am considering fellowship in family planning and reproductive infectious disease, and I am excited about the mentorship and research opportunities available at Wash U. I enjoy brunching, spinning, dancing and attending musical theater performances (especially at the MUNY in Forest Park!) in my spare time and exploring all that St. Louis has to offer.


Alison Brubaker, MD

University of Illinois College of Medicine – Urbana

I had a wonderful experience during my sub-internship at Washington University, which really sealed my desire to end up here for residency prior to any of my interviews.  The camaraderie amongst the residents, applicability of the staff, and commitment to resident education made it easy choice.”  I am from a small town near Champaign, IL, which is where I went to undergraduate as well as medical school.  In my free time, I enjoy taking walks with my dog Blu, hiking, reading, and traveling.


Jessica Gambill, MD

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine

A native of Arkansas, I love being outdoors and exploring new places in my free time. My fiance John (a resident in the Pediatric Department at St. Louis Children’s Hospital) and I enjoy spending time together with our 2 dogs and trying new restaurants around St. Louis. I chose Washington University because of the close knit family of residents, incredible support system made up of faculty and staff, and the high volume of both routine and complex cases that allow for excellent training. I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Central Arkansas and my medical school degree at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.


Sarah Huepenbecker, MD

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

I grew up in Edina, Minnesota and completed my undergraduate and medical school training at the University of Pennsylvania. “I always knew that Wash U’s program had everything I was looking for – a focus on resident education, strong surgical skills, numerous research opportunities, exposure to all the subspecialty services alongside topnotch generalist instruction, and an incredible academic reputation. “But it was when I felt immediately connected to the residents and faculty I met during my interview day that I knew this was the place for me.” Outside of the hospital, I love exploring St. Louis, running and biking in Forest Park, attending weekly class happy hours, reading, and cooking.


Heather Lopez, MD

Florida State University College of Medicine – Sarasota

Washington University’s Obstetrics & Gynecology residency program had the “Family Feel” and academic reputation I was searching for in a residency program. I felt right at home with all of the residents and attendings.” I am from West Palm Beach, Fl. I received both my undergrad and M.D. degree from Florida State University.  In my spare time, I enjoy baking, running, hot yoga, and spending time with my husband. I am currently interested in Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology and Breast Surgery.


Matthew-Shanahan, MD

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

I am originally from Carpentersville, Illinois. I spent 15 years pursuing my Olympic dream as a long track speed skater and found myself in the state of Wisconsin for nearly a decade. I hung up my skates to put on the white coat, and graduated for the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health. Washington University in St. Louis was a perfect fit for me because of the world-class academics and leadership, the diverse urban population, and the fantastic residents, faculty, and staff of the department. Since moving to St. Louis, I have spent my free time exploring the great food scene in St. Louis.


Stephanie Smith, MD

University of Minnesota Medical School

I was born and raised an Okie from Muskogee, attended the University of Oklahoma before obtaining my medical degree from the University of Minnesota. I enjoy exploring state parks with my dog and watching the Cardinals chase another pennant. I am interested in American Indian health and gynecological oncology.  Wash U has the perfect blend of strong academics and sense of family. The staff are not separated from the residents, and everyone wants to teach and help the residents grow as physicians.


Rachel Weinblatt, MD

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Having grown up on the East Coast, moving to the midwest for residency was a big adventure. Since arriving in St. Louis, I have been impressed with the warm, family-like feel of the residency program. I am originally from Philadelphia, PA and received my BA as well as MD from the University of Pennsylvania. In my spare time, I enjoy exploring new restaurants, hiking, and crafting.

Application process

Medical school graduates can enter the Obstetrics and Gynecology residency program immediately after graduation, applying through ERAS or ECFMG.

How to apply