Class of 2022

PISR Class of 2022


Brief Bio

Takis Bletsis, MD
Takis Bletsis, MD

Hometown: Kokomo, IN
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Endocrine surgery, general surgery, surgical education and simulation
Research Interests: Thyroid/parathyroid disease, clinical scenario simulation
Personal Interests: Hiking, soccer, tennis, skiing
Why UArizona College of Medicine – Phoenix: Excellent clinical experience and training environment, strong sense of community amongst residents and staff


Colin Bohannan, MD
Colin Bohannan, MD

Hometown: Palo Alto, CA
Medical School: Oregon Health Sciences University School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Trauma/critical care, general surgery
Research Interests: Resident education, trauma system development, quality improvement
Personal Interests: Hiking, camping, living in a pool during Arizona summers, breakfast burritos
Why UArizona College of Medicine – Phoenix: I wanted a program that I could graduate from as a well-rounded and competent general surgeon, as well as experience multiple practice locations/clinical settings/patient populations. This program has provided all of this and so much more. Hands down, the best education I could have asked for.

Seda Bourikian, MD
Seda Bourikian, MD

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University Medical College of Virginia
Clinical Interests: General and thoracic surgery, surgical innovation and device development, global health
Research Interests: Resident education and wellness
Personal Interests: Tennis, DIY projects, racing cars, travel
Why UArizona College of Medicine – Phoenix: I chose this program for its history of training strong general surgeons who are ready to operate on their own after graduating and the camaraderie amongst the residents and faculty.

Daiji Kano, MD
Daiji Kano, MD

Hometown: Tokyo, Japan
Medical School: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: MIS
Research Interests: Database research
Personal Interests: Cooking, hiking and camping, rock climbing, working out
Why UArizona College of Medicine – Phoenix: I want to be a well-rounded general surgeon, who is comfortable operating on anything. This program is known to graduate true general surgeons — a dying breed.

Yafei Ouyang, MD
Yafei Ouyang, MD

Hometown: The Woodlands, TX
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine
Clinical Interests: General surgery, vascular surgery
Research Interests: Aortic endografts
Personal Interests: Time with my family, cooking, video games, hiking, mountain and road biking
Why UArizona College of Medicine – Phoenix: The operative experience and freedom. I wanted a program that would prepare me to be independent by the end of five years; this program does that.

Eric Petersen, MD, MS

Hometown: Centennial, CO
Medical School: University of Colorado School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Trauma, surgical critical care, aerospace medicine
Research Interests: Deep space surgery and critical care, surgical education
Personal Interests: Time with family and friends, playing with my golden retriever and tabby cat, music composition, DIY projects, playing team sports
Why UArizona College of Medicine – Phoenix: Strength of the graduating chiefs, ability to use my research years to pursue aerospace medicine fellowship

Brittany Wheelock, MD
Brittany Wheelock, MD

Hometown: Fairbanks, AK
Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Trauma and surgical critical care
Research Interests: Surgical education, trauma systems, TBI management
Personal Interests: Packrafting, dancing, backpacking
Why UArizona College of Medicine – Phoenix: I initially chose this program after meeting the residents. The program chooses a diverse group each year with varying interests and backgrounds, which lends to an excellent team of residents to work with throughout this crazy five years. Furthermore, they were all happy. Now, as a chief resident, I couldn’t be happier with my choice. The attendings are all incredibly supportive and the operative experience is such that you will not graduate without feeling competent and with the ability to practice independently.