2020-2021 Transitional Year Biographies

Matt Callier, M.D.

  1. ​Hometown:  Columbus, GA
  2. Undergraduate:  Mercer University
  3. Medical School: Mercer University School of Medicine
  4. Chosen Specialty:  Diagnostic Radiology 
  5. Terminal Program:  Brookwood Baptist Health
  6. Hobbies:  Running, fishing, and playing with my dog 
  7. What drew you to our program?  When I was looking at programs, I was very impressed by the residents in the Radiology Department.  They all seemed to get along very well together, and that is something that I considered to be very important in my residency search.  Also, Birmingham is a really nice city to live in.  Since I began my residency, I have learned so much, and I'm very glad to have such friendly and hardworking colleagues. 

Jeffrey Cooney, M.D., Ph.D.

  1. Hometown:  Tewksbury, MA
  2. Undergraduate:  Boston College
  3. Medical School:  University of Texas Health and Science Center - San Antonio
  4. Chosen Specialty:  Radiation Oncology 
  5. Terminal Program:  New York University 
  6. Hobbies:  Hiking and playing with my dog
  7. What drew you to our program?  I was drawn to the program by the ability to treat diverse patient populations at multiple hospitals as well as the opportunity to perform elective rotations closely related to my intended specialty.

Caroline Daggett, M.D.

  1. Hometown:  Jackson, MS
  2. Undergraduate:  University of Mississippi 
  3. Medical School:  University of Mississippi School of Medicine
  4. Chosen Specialty:  Dermatology 
  5. Terminal Program:  Tulane University
  6. Hobbies:  Learning music theory, music production, hiking, biking, traveling, and going to concerts and music festivals
  7. What drew you to our program?  The people!  When I interviewed here, I felt the people I spoke with were the nicest people I met on the interview trail. They made everyone feel welcome and were happy   for you to be there.  I saw myself hanging out with the residents outside of work and making lifelong friends.  I was not disappointed when I started my residency; everyone here has been welcoming, and our intern class has immediately bonded. 

Rob Dishman, D.O.

  1. Hometown:   Decatur, AL
  2. Undergraduate:   Auburn University 
  3. Medical School:  Edward via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Auburn, AL
  4. Chosen Specialty:  Diagnostic Radiology 
  5. Terminal Program:  Brookwood Baptist Health 
  6. Hobbies:   Golf, fishing, hunting, and outdoors 
  7. What drew you to our program?   I was privileged enough to complete my 3rd and 4th year medical school clinical rotations through this program.  The staff here is amazing and does an excellent job in educating the residents and preparing them to become successful and confident medical professionals.  Through my experience with rotations and interviews elsewhere, the rapport in this program between residents and staff is unmatched.  It was an easy decision to rank this program.  

Connor Dugan, M.D.

  1. Hometown:  Lumberton, NJ
    Undergraduate: University of Alabama
    Medical School:  Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
    Chosen Specialty:  Ophthalmology 
    Terminal Program:  University of Alabama - Birmingham
    Hobbies:  Playing piano, exploring new cities, trying out all the local breweries, and eating at restaurants I can't afford.
    What drew you to our program?   I like BBH because of the flexibility of its rotations, the friendliness of the faculty and my co-residents, and its proximity to UAB.

Shankar Iyer, M.D.

  1. Hometown:  San Ramon, CA
  2. Undergraduate:  University of California, Los Angeles
  3. Medical School:  Medical College of Wisconsin
  4. Chosen Specialty:  Diagnostic Radiology
  5. Terminal Program:  Brookwood Baptist Health 
  6. Hobbies:   Tennis, skiing and travel
  7. What drew you to our program?  The faculty is wonderful, and the program is very supportive of its residents. 

Suraj Kapoor, M.D.

  1. Hometown:  Augusta, GA
  2. Undergraduate:  University of Georgia
  3. Medical School: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
  4. Chosen Specialty:  Diagnostic Radiology
  5. Terminal Program:  Washington University
  6. Hobbies:  Running, rock climbing, reading, and video games
  7. What drew you to our program?  Good people, good training, and good food.  From my experience so far, it is a very collegial environment, with a good balance of elective rotations to balance out the inpatient months. 

Long Ly, M.D.

  1. Hometown:  Monroe, LA 
  2. Undergraduate:  University of Louisiana at Monroe
  3. Medical School:  Louisiana State University Health Science Center – New Orleans
  4. Chosen Specialty:  Dermatology 
  5. Terminal Program:  Tulane University
  6. Hobbies:  Cooking/eating, running, hiking, traveling, and gaming (league)
  7. What drew you to our program?   I initially applied to the Brookwood Baptist Health Transitional Year Program based on recommendations from friends who previously trained here.  It was on my interview day that I fell in love with this program.  BBH offers a broad amount of clinical rotations (especially electives) that will help any resident prepare for their advanced program.  The knowledgeable and approachable attendings make it a great learning environment.  The best part about BBH, however, is that you feel like you’re a part of a big family. The friendly and encouraging staff is always there to help you if you ever need them.

Bonnie Beth Moore, M.D.

  1. Hometown:  Ridgeland, MS
  2. Undergraduate:  Delta State University
  3. Medical School:  University of Mississippi - School of Medicine
  4. Chosen Specialty:  Diagnostic Radiology
  5. Terminal Program:  University of Alabama - Birmingham
  6. Hobbies:  I enjoy running, hiking, and spending time with friends and family. I love a craft or music festival and can’t wait for them to come back!
  7. What drew you to our program?  I wanted to come to Brookwood Baptist Health because the Transitional Year Program exposes us to both internal medicine and general surgery. As a radiologist interacting with all types of physicians, it’s important to understand the workflow and struggles of other specialties.  Here I have the opportunity to work with a diverse group of practices to get to know how they operate and what they will need from me.  I can’t wait!

Clayton Parker, M.D.

  1. Hometown: Chattanooga TN
  2. Undergraduate:  University of Alabama
  3. Medical School:  University of Pennsylvania
  4. Chosen Specialty:  Dermatology
  5. Terminal Program:  University of Alabama -  Birmingham  
  6. Hobbies:  Playing the blues and hanging out with my wife, daughter and our 3 cats. 
  7. What drew you to our program?  I chose BBH for 3 main reasons:  The Transitional Year program is great; a resident will have a broad experience with good opportunities for exposure to dermatology in addition to general medicine.  It is in close proximity to UAB, but most importantly, there is a close-knit familial community of the residents and faculty at BBH.

Jay Patel, M.D.

  1. Hometown:  Mt. Vernon, KY 
  2. Undergraduate:  University of Louisville
  3. Medical School:  University of Louisville School of Medicine
  4. Chosen Specialty:  Diagnostic Radiology 
  5. Terminal Program:  University of South Carolina
  6. Hobbies:  Flying drones, video games, traveling, exercising, and watching sports
  7. What drew you to our program? I was looking for an intern year that would give me a broad and well-rounded experience. I also wanted to be in a city with plenty of things to do and close enough to friends and family. In the program itself, I was looking for a collegial atmosphere where I would feel like a real doctor. 

Jordan A. Rimes, M.D.

  1. Hometown:  Richland, MS
    Undergraduate:  University of Southern Mississippi
    Medical School:  University of Mississippi School of Medicine
    Chosen Specialty:  Diagnostic Radiology
    Terminal Program:  Oregon Health & Science University
    Hobbies:  Running, cooking/baking, hiking with my Golden Doodle Faulkner, tending my  herb garden, yoga, and farmer’s market impulse shopping
    What drew you to our program?  On my interview day, everyone at BBH was so helpful and personable. Plus, the program offered everything I wanted in an intern year – a wide variety of rotations and practice settings to experience, a curriculum and focus on education that would prepare me for Step 3, and a supportive environment to begin my career.  That same collegiality, passion for education, and helpfulness has been evident since I started my Transitional Year here.  Also, Birmingham is a great location:  It has a wide variety of restaurants for the foodie in me as well as tons of outdoor trails and parks to explore! 

Caleb Rivera, M.D.

  1. Hometown: Cody, WY
    Undergraduate: University of Wyoming     
    Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine
    Chosen Specialty: Ophthalmology 
    Terminal Program:  University of Alabama - Birmingham
    Hobbies:  Working out, playing guitar and piano, trying out local restaurants, coffee shops, and ice cream shops
    What drew you to our program?   I was looking for a transitional year program that had a good balance of elective rotations and would also provide me with a strong foundation in internal medicine.  I believe BBH provides that balance.  I also really liked that it was based in community hospitals, which tends to give residents more hands on/real world experiences.  I will be training at UAB for ophthalmology so location also played a role in my attraction to this program.

Tyler Rowsey, M.D.

  1. Hometown:  Allen, OK
    Undergraduate:  East Central University - Ada, OK
    Medical School:  University of Oklahoma College of Medicine 
    Chosen Specialty: Ophthalmology
    Terminal Program:  University of Alabama -  Birmingham
    Hobbies:  Basketball, running, golf, outdoor activities, snowboarding, hiking, and spending time with my wife, friends, and family 
    What drew you to our program?  One of the first things I noticed about this program was the collegiality among faculty, staff, and residents.  Residency is tough, and it's nice to feel comfortable asking your attending and upper levels questions when you're just starting out.  Faculty and residents get you involved from day one, and I am grateful for all of the teaching and support from everyone in the program.  I didn't know much about the city of Birmingham prior to my away rotation here during my fourth year of medical school, but once I spent the month here I knew it was the place for me!  No matter what your relationship status, age, or family is, this is a great place to live with a little bit of everything for everyone! I am unquestionably grateful for matching at Brookwood Baptist Health!

Abby Smith, M.D.

  1. Hometown:  Trussville, AL
    Undergraduate:   Samford University
    Medical School:  University of Alabama - Birmingham 
    Chosen Specialty:  Dermatology
    Terminal Program:  University of Alabama -  Birmingham
    Hobbies:  Gardening, cooking, walking my dog 
    What drew you to our program?  I was looking for an intern year that offered a breadth of learning experiences and the opportunity to be a part of a close-knit community of residents.  The Brookwood Baptist Health TY program came highly recommended to me by past residents for these reasons.  It was evident to me on interview day that the residents were inclusive and genuinely wanted people to have a good experience in their program.  On my first day of residency, I was greeted by name from several of the upper level residents and administration.  This small gesture meant so much to me and only further confirmed that I made the best decision in choosing BBH for my Transitional Year. 

Whitney Hotsinpiller, M.D.

  1. Hometown: Florence, AL
    Undergraduate:  University of Tennessee
    Medical School: University of South Alabama College of Medicine
    Chosen Specialty: Radiation Oncology
    Terminal Program:  University of Alabama - Birmingham
    Hobbies:  Orange theory fitness, lake or beach days, dancing, and game nights 
    What drew you to our program?  I chose the BBH Transitional Year program because of the collegial environment with exposure to both academic and private practice medicine roles. The faculty made me feel at home on interview day, and the residents seem very happy on a day to day basis. Attending physicians set clear expectations and truly lead residents toward success. 

     

     

Paul Yager, M.D.

  1. Hometown:  Alexandria, MN
  2. Undergraduate:  University of Minnesota - Duluth
  3. Medical School: University of Kentucky College of Medicine
  4. Chosen Specialty:  Diagnostic Radiology
  5. Terminal Program:  Brookwood Baptist Health
  6. Hobbies:  Climbing, biking, running, and  video games
  7. What drew you to our program?  Birmingham is a wonderful location in the mountains close to lakes and rivers. These are great people, with a wide variety of patient populations, and flexible administration, all of which contribute to a wonderful learning experience!