Meet a few of our residents....


PG5- Chris Henry, MD

American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine
My wife and I were thrilled when I matched at OU.  I was looking for a major trauma center with an "old school" feel to it. I wanted an educational experience where I could develop and gain autonomy as I progressed throughout my training.  When I met the residents at OU, I saw what I wanted to be when I finished residency, confident, competent and prepared to practice as a general surgeon.  The faculty and residents are like a family, and even as a Longhorn, they have accepted me as one of their own

PG3- Kiran Venincasa, MD
University of Miami Leonard Miller School of Medicine

"Love what you do, and never work a day in your life." My intern year at OU has been more fun than I could possibly imagine. There's a strong sense of family here with our group of residents and the upper levels and attendings have been incredibly supportive. During your PGY1 year, you not only take responsibility for floor patients, but begin learning about critical care by taking care of trauma ICU patients at an early stage. Our upper levels have been amazing at pushing us to be in the OR as often as possible for level-appropriate cases and to learn the basics of general surgery with central line and tube placements. OU is unique in being the only Level 1 trauma center in the state. The learning experience offered with the diverse injuries seen in our trauma bay is unmatched elsewhere. Living in OKC has been such fun - there's great food, outdoor activities, and some of the friendliest people you'll ever meet! Residency is supposed to be some of the hardest and best years of your's definitely been off to a great start at OU!

PG5- Mary Lindemuth, MD

University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
As a native Oklahoman and OU COM graduate, I knew I loved our General Surgery program early in the application process.   First and foremost, the faculty and staff are encouraging and supportive to residents as we face daily opportunities to grow and advance in our training.  Likewise, the camaraderie amongst residents creates a refreshing work (and play!) environment.  Furthermore, our campus is fantastic in that we have access to three major hospitals (OU Medical Center, Children's Hospital, and the VA) all within a 5 minute walk of each other.  And last but not least, as for OKC, the cost of living is reasonable and there are plenty of things to do when you aren't at work, ranging from attending Thunder basketball games to visiting the OKC Museum of Art.  I am thankful to have the opportunity to train at OU and truly love our program.  Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions!

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PG5- Benjamin Axtman, MD
University of North Dakota School of Medicine

Ben Axtman, a man of humble beginnings, comes to OU from the great state of North Dakota.  Born and raised in Bismarck, he attended the University of North Dakota (Home of the Fighting Sioux) before migrating down South.  When asked about reasons for choosing OU, they were too numerous to count.  "One of the biggest reasons for choosing OU was the residents, you won't find a more well-rounded and fun group."  The education and experience one will get at OU also is second to none.  As an Academic Hospital, novel and complex cases are constantly being performed and opportunities for research are limitless.  Robotics, laparoscopy, and endoscopy are routine as are those surgeries requiring large exposure.   Residents don't compete with Fellows as there is only a Pediatric Surgery Fellowship, and the Pediatric experience is still exceptional.  OU Residents also get a vast amount of Trauma Experience that extends throughout residency.  As far as operative experience, there is no shortage.  The Faculty we work with also make coming to work everyday enjoyable.  Ben lives in OKC with his wife Michelle and their daughter Remi.  And no....I don't know anyone from South Dakota. 


PG4 - Oscar Talledo, MD
Universidad de San Martin de Porres, Peru

There is no greater feeling that the ones of belonging and camaraderie at the work place; since day one residents, attendings and the non-medical staff here at OUHSC have been very welcoming and helpful. I was looking for a prestigious hospital and one in which I could perform "hands on" learning, and definitely OUHSC is both.  As a first year resident, I've already spent more time in the OR as I anticipated and learned something different in every rotation.  I have no doubt, as watching my seniors surgical skills, that when my training is over I'll be able to thrive in any surgical field.  Medicine aside, OKC is a fun place to live and settle down! 


PG2 - ​Aditi Jalla MD

University of Oklahoma College of Medicine

When I started medical school here at the OU College of Medicine four years ago, being a surgeon was the last thing on my mind. But once I started the surgery clerkship, I realized I never wanted it to end. Not only are the residents and attendings smart and capable clinicians, they are the kinds of leaders and mentors who make me think “THIS is who I want to be when I grow up”. It is because of this program that 19 of my med school classmates are training in general surgery residencies this year, and I am one of the luckiest, because I get to stay here at the great University of Oklahoma. I've seen residents graduate from here and immediately step into being autonomous general surgeons as well as match into competitive fellowships. The OU General Surgery program is incredible and I could go on and on about it, but the single most attractive quality are the residents who make it up. We get each other through the rough days, and we actually enjoy hanging out with one another outside of work. Whether it’s backyard barbecues, happy hours, escape rooms, or sporting events (#ThunderUp, #BoomerSooner), OKC is an awesome big-small city with something for everyone, and I couldn’t have found better and more fun people to share it with. Let me know if you have any questions!

PG2 - ​Jackie Isabella, MD
​Louisiana State University SOM Shreveport, LA

During my fourth year of medical school I came to the University of Oklahoma for an away rotation thanks to one of my friends (and now co-residents) encouraging me to come see all the program had to offer. I fell in love with the program, faculty and residents while visiting, but when my month was over I had an entire interview season ahead of me. I was excited to see what was in store with other programs, but little did I know I had already found my “home". Throughout all of my interviews I found myself comparing every program to OU, and everything else fell short. Now a few months into my intern year, I couldn’t be happier with my decision. The residents and faculty weren’t what I thought they would be while here during medical school, they’re even better! The atmosphere and camaraderie we have here is second to none and it truly makes this Louisiana girl feel right at home. 

For the surgical education, I feel as if I have grown leaps and bounds in a few short months on my path to becoming a surgeon. I see how competent and knowledgable my senior residents are, and I know I’m in a place where I will be come as capable as they are. We get very early exposure, not to just see, but to actually participate in and do procedures from the start of internship. Oklahoma City is also a wonderful place to live. My husband Sean and I were both drawn to how affordable it is to live in OKC, yet we’re still in a major city with great food, sports and entertainment. I never thought there would be room in my heart for anything other than my LSU Tigers, but OU is is quickly finding its place, and I couldn’t be happier to be a part of General Surgery at the University of Oklahoma.


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PG1 - ​​Andrew Murphy, MD

Louisiana State University SOM Shreveport, LA

The transition from medical school to residency was one that I was nervous, yet anxious to begin. The expectations of never ending, exhausting days were quickly wiped away when I began the first day of intern year. Being surrounded by such a supportive, hard working, and enjoyable group of surgical residents and attendings make the days go by in a breeze. While on the interview trail, OU stuck out to me as being a top tier institution with an academic focus while maintaining a plethora of early operative experience. I have far surpassed the amount of hands-on experience I expected to obtain in my first few months of being an intern, and this speaks to the nature of the program and why I wanted to come to OU. My wife and I feel at home here in OKC and we have only begun to explore all of what this city offers. There is truly no better place to pursue a competitive surgical residency while still maintaining a healthy work-life balance. I am truly overjoyed to come to work each day and welcome any questions you may have! Welcome to OU!
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PG2 - ​​​Bailey Kleis, MD

University of Oklahoma COM, Oklahoma City, OK
I couldn’t have been happier when I opened my envelope on match day to find out I would be staying at OU for residency. This program met all the criteria I was looking for to pursue general surgery. Our program is one that exposes you to many different services, allows you to see uncommon cases, and gives you the opportunity to work with a diverse patient population. The attendings are eager to teach and have set great examples for the type of surgeon I would like to be. The heart of any program, however, is the residents. It’s true what they say about your co-residents becoming your family, and I couldn’t have picked a better one. No one shares in your triumphs or mistakes quite as much as your classmates and it’s nice to know there are people to count on when residency gets hard. They’ve accepted an SEC girl like me and convinced her to also root for OU. (Although I can’t help but yell “WAR EAGLE” when I get the chance.
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PG2 - ​​​​Rachael Palumbo, MD
Loyola University of Chicago, Stritch SOM Chicago, IL

At OU surgery I’m the Alanis Morissette, and also maybe the one who would be a DJ or weather lady if I couldn’t be a surgeon. But, I can be one- thanks to University of Oklahoma.I selected OU as a training program because I wanted to have a choice by the end of my residency to decide whether I wanted to operate as a private general surgery or to enter a speciality field. From what I experienced interview day, I knew OU surgery offered a great trauma experience, high volume, and, perhaps, my type of cool, weird people.  Since joining the Sooner nation, I have since discovered the reasons why I think OU is the best, which are as follows: 

  1. The people. As a surgery resident you will see, do, and feel things I didn’t think I would ever experience. From massive traumas to curing cancer to fixing “just” a hernia, you will be at the highest of highs and lowest of lows. At OU, I found my people to do it with. I like coming to work because all my friends are at work. Where else would I want to be? 
  2. The patients. This one was different for me. Coming from Chicago which has a myriad of health care systems, I was not accustomed to patients coming to our hospital because we were the hospital for higher care. OU medicine offers the highest level of surgical care for the state of Oklahoma, and as residents, we get to right in the middle. Moreover, as residents at OU, we have the opportunity to provide healthcare to the underserved and uninsured population, which is an awesome perk in itself.
  3. The experience and faculty. Surgery is cool in so many ways, and lots of people need surgery. Every day I learn more about the patient surgeon relationship, and we have some of the best mentors to make sure that happens. 
  4. Finally, shoutouts to Noah the wellness fish, SuAnn, and Dr. Lees. We couldn’t do any of this without them. 

So overall, this is an great program even for the big city kid. Oklahoma City is on the rise. We even have a monorail now!