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Daniel R. Calnan, MD, PhD

Daniel R. Calnan, MD, PhD

Chief Resident

Medical School
MD: Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, 2014
Doctorate Education
PhD: Stanford University, Stanford, CA (Cancer Biology), 2010
Undergraduate Education
BS: Williams College, Williamstown, MA (Chemistry, Biology), 2004
Why I Chose Dartmouth-Hitchcock
The Dartmouth/Hanover region has always appealed to me. I grew up in western Massachusetts and have always enjoyed a rural setting. Dartmouth College was actually one of my top choices for college and shares many similarities to Williams College (my undergraduate institution) in terms of setting. Neurosurgery residency is a 7-year commitment and it was important to me to be in a place that I would be happy with outside of hospital duties. The program itself really appealed to me during my Sub-I due to the great research being conducted as well as the general “feel” of the program. Everyone here had an interest in teaching residents how to be proficient surgeons. The attendings and residents did not have malignant personalities and made coming to work exciting.
Interests outside of the hospital
Spending time with my wife, sleeping, eating, playing with dogs.

Vyacheslav "Slava" Makler, DO

Vyacheslav Makler, DO

PGY 7

Medical School
DO: Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Parker, CO, 2014
Why I Chose Dartmouth-Hitchcock
I started my career in neurosurgery in 2001 during my neurosurgery rotation as a PA student in Staten Island, NY. Even though I was introduced to the field by chance, I quickly fell in love with it during my rotation. I completed a PA post-grad surgical residency in 2003, and began my employment as a neurosurgical PA until I went to med school in 2010 with a single goal of becoming a neurosurgeon. I was fortunate to be selected for the Navy's HPSP, and even more fortunate to be civilian deferred to neurosurgery training. Joining the Navy was my way of paying back to this wonderful country that took my family in during the time of need with $250 to our name between the five of us. I love what I do. Becoming a neurosurgeon has been my dream for a very long time. I transferred to DHMC mid-cycle in January of 2017 as a PGY 3. During my interview dinner, I was picked up by the then chief resident. Talking to him and then meeting the rest of the residents solidified my decision to come here. DHMC is a small program with a long history. The faculty is very respectful of us and we are of them. They go above and beyond on a daily basis training us how to become neurosurgeons. Most of the time training is in a form of graduated learning where you are always pushed to do better.
Interests outside of the hospital
Spending time with my wife and children, sleeping, paintball, cycling.

Imad S. Khan, MBBS

PGY 6

Medical School
MBBS: Aga Khan University Medical College, Pakistan, 2010 (graduated with honors)
Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Neurosurgery
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, LA, PI: Dr. Anil Nanda (2011-12); Vanderbilt University Medical Center, TN, PI: Dr. Robert Singer (2012-13)
Why I Chose Dartmouth-Hitchcock
We have state of the art facilities and a great training atmosphere set in beautiful northern New England. There is a collegial nature among the people here, not just in Neurosurgery, but the entire institution.
Interests outside of the hospital
Spending time with my wife and children, playing the guitar, hiking, reading.

John H. Kanter, MD

PGY 5

Medical School
MD: Florida State University College of Medicine-Pensacola, FL, 2016 (AOA)
Undergraduate Education
BA: University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA (Anthropology) 2011
Why I Chose Dartmouth-Hitchcock
We have a very cohesive group. The residents are what makes this program great along with dedicated faculty that have our best interests at heart and want us to have successful careers while finding new, innovative ways to advance the field of neurosurgery. We have a duty and privilege to care for people when they are at their worst. It is an honor to work with my colleagues and friends every day.
Interests outside of the hospital
Cooking a variety of cuisines, currently French. Maintaining a 150-year old house.

James "Jack" Lee, MD

PGY 4

Medical School
MD: UT Southwestern Medical School, Houston, TX, 2017
Why I Chose Dartmouth-Hitchcock
Here at Dartmouth there is a strong tradition of innovation and commitment to advancing the field of neurosurgery through research and patient outreach.
Interests outside of the hospital
Spending time with my fiancee, hiking, working on my Jeep and woodworking.

Julio D. Montejo, Jr., MD, MHS

PGY 3

Medical School
MD, MHS: Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, 2018
Undergraduate Education
BA: Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (Mathematics), 2010
Why I Chose Dartmouth-Hitchcock
The people, the environment, and the opportunities. Indeed, the Upper Valley is a wonderful area to raise kids (I have a three-year-old boy, Leo, and a one-year-old girl, Sylvia).
Interests outside of the hospital
Soccer (goalkeeper and central defender). Secondly, music. I started playing electric guitar in high school (favorite artists include Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix) and classical piano in college (favorite composers include Beethoven and Chopin).

Caitlin A. Payne, MD

Caitlin A. Payne, MD

PGY 2

Medical School
MD: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine – Upper Peninsula (Marquette), 2019
Undergraduate Education
BA: Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI (Biomedical sciences), 2014
Why I Chose Dartmouth-Hitchcock
A multitude of reasons – the location with a great patient population to care for and learn from, the rural setting which I grew up in, the intimacy of a small program, the opportunities to work with collaborators at Dartmouth College and to teach students, and of course, and most importantly because of the staff and residents I met during my interview. I grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, in a small town with a patient population similar to those in New Hampshire. I completed the Rural Physician Program, with certification in leadership in rural medicine as well as Outdoor Emergency Care and National Ski Patrol training, which I saw as a great opportunity to help people in the Upper Valley. The hospital I trained in was a tertiary care facility like DHMC, and I can’t say enough good about the learning opportunities in such a setting – when people come to these places, they really need your help…and that is so humbling.
Interests outside of the hospital
Prior to medical school, I was a musician. Although I am not classically trained, I play the guitar, sing, and have recorded an album. I have not played a show in quite a sometime, but music will always be a love and release for me. I have a dachshund-golden retriever mix named Poppy, whom I consider a human child, so I would list her as a high priority on my interest list. My husband and I enjoy all things outdoors from kayaking to hiking to sailing. And, how could I forget to mention, he plays hockey for a living, so sports are a common topic of conversation in our home…even though I would never declare myself knowledgeable about the happenings of the sports world. Lastly, I have four sisters, each of whom I talk to nearly every day. Making sure we share in our good times and bad from miles apart will always be important to me.

Stephanie A. Ihezie, MD

Stephanie Ihezie, MD

PGY 1

Medical School
MD: McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, TX, 2020
Undergraduate Education
BS: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA (Brain and Cognitive Sciences), 2015
Why I Chose Dartmouth-Hitchcock
For the program specifically and the environment in general. The decision was simple. Growing up, I lived in various countries and through school I’ve studied in different states throughout the country. Without a doubt what made each place memorable was not just the knowledge gained but also the people I was around. Here at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, I found collegial people in the cohesive resident cohort. Faculty mentorship is strong and intentional. There are also comprehensive opportunities, both academic and clinical, with active encouragement and guidance to take advantage of it all. Together, these qualities foster excellent training that will push me to discover new strengths and prepare me to mold my neurosurgical career into my choosing. The program is further bolstered by the serene setting of an idyllic New England city, which I believe creates a conducive environment for training.
Interests outside of the hospital
My main hobby for as long as I can remember has been theater—performing and, more recently, spectating. I started with a local skit back in elementary school and went on to minor in Theater Arts in college and from there have performed in community plays. I’ve also used theater as a tool to address certain topics in healthcare such as the opioid epidemic. Around the start of medical school, I developed a penchant for cooking and furniture assembly (though I don’t build furniture every day!). In my opinion, eating is an experience; it’s not just about sustenance but really the flavors and emotions of a dish. Because of this I experiment with cooking different types of cuisine or mimicking meals from my favorite restaurants, but most often my go-to preparations are Nigerian. Lastly, when I can get a group together, I still enjoy playing volleyball!

The seven-year Dartmouth-Hitchcock Neurosurgery Residency admits, and typically graduates, one resident per year. Our most recent graduates are as follows:

2019 – Brandon Root, MD – Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiology Fellowship, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

2018 – Jennifer Hong, MD – Peripheral Nerve Fellowship (enfolded), UPENN

2017 – Linton Evans, MD – Neurosurgical Oncology Fellowship, MD Anderson Cancer Center

2016 – Kimon Bekelis, MD – Endovascular Neurosurgery and Neurovascular Critical Care Fellowship, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

2015 – Wesley Whitson, MD – private practice in Washington State

2014 – George Kakoulides, MD – private practice in Long Island, NY

2013 – Atman Desai, MD – Spinal Oncology and Spinal Reconstruction Fellowship, John Hopkins Hospital

2012 – William “BJ” Spire, MD – private practice in Billings, MT

2011 – Tarek Radwan, MD – Spine Surgery Fellowship, University of Washington

2010 – Symeon Missios, MD – Neurosurgical Oncology and Stereotactic Radiosurgery Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic; Endovascular Neurosurgery and Neurovascular Critical Care Fellowship, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

2009 – S. Scott Lollis, MD – Spine Surgery Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic

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