Current Residents

PGY-1

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Andrew J. Catomeris, MD

Andrew J. Catomeris, MD

Medical School
MD: Georgetown University School of Medicine

Undergraduate Education
BA: Middlebury College, Neuroscience

Why I chose Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
I chose DHMC because I wanted an excellent clinical experience with a tight-knit team. We are lucky enough to treat a wide-range of pathologies in a beautiful environment.

What inspired me to go into Ophthalmology
I loved the anatomy, pathology, and clinical pace of ophthalmology. It is a remarkable privilege to be able to improve and restore the vision of our patients.

My favorite things to do outside of the hospital
I enjoy mountain biking, skiing, and generally exploring the Northeast with my wife and new dog, Maple.

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Emily S. Levine, MD, MS

Emily S. Levine, MD, MS

Medical School
MD: Tufts University School of Medicine

Graduate Education
MTM: University of California, Berkeley and University of California, San Francisco

Undergraduate Education
BA: Bryn Mawr College, Biology

Why I chose Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
The opportunity to help build a new program with a team of like-minded folks in such a beautiful location was too good to pass up. The faculty’s excitement to have us has been palpable since the interview day, and I know I will be well supported in this environment. Plus, my husband and I love all the outdoor adventures the Upper Valley has to offer!

What inspired me to go into Ophthalmology
I adore color and light, and vision has always fascinated me. I also like to work with my hands, so I gravitated towards the slit lamp exam and microsurgery as crafts to master. Ophthalmology combines everything I love.

My favorite things to do outside of the hospital
Cycling, running, hiking, skiing, general ‘outdoorsiness,’ cooking, perfecting our homemade pizza recipe with my husband, kissing my sweet dogs on the face!

PGY-2

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Cong T. Phan, MD

Cong T. Phan, MD

Medical School
MD: Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, Texas Tech

Undergraduate Education
BS: University of Texas at Houston School of Nursing

Why I chose Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
DHMC ophthalmology stood out to me for many reasons. It has a wide variety of pathology and serves a big catchment area. It also has top-notch, well-trained faculty with a wealth of experience who are very down to earth and eager to teach. The programs offers a high surgical volume with opportunities to get involved in surgery very early on which is very important to me. Even though the focus is on clinical training, there is still plenty of opportunity for research if you wish to pursue it. Moreover, I was impressed with the easy-going, family-like environment in the clinic and among the faculty and staff.

As an added bonus: the fact that the program is in one of the most beautiful parts of the country - with mountain, ponds, lakes and beautiful trails nearby - is also a huge plus!

What inspired me to go into Ophthalmology
I entered medical school with the aim to pursue ophthalmology but tried to keep an open mind. However, I knew early on that I wanted to perform surgery. I played piano and guitar when I was young, I competed in table tennis all through my teenage years, and I was part of the IV access team as a critical care nurse, so I had always loved working with my hands. I also loved to spend time interacting with patients, getting to know them, and hearing their stories. Ophthalmology was therefore an easy choice for me. It is an interesting, challenging field and offers the right mix of surgery and medicine. Ophthalmologists, oftentimes, get to know their patients and care for them for a long time, some for 30, 40 years, which makes for a very rewarding career.

My favorite things to do outside of the hospital
I enjoy competitive table tennis, soccer, reading fiction novels, being outdoors, cooking, and spending time with my wife and daughters!

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Mark D. Travor, MD

Mark D. Travor, MD

Medical School
MD: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Undergraduate Education
BS: Pennsylvania State University

Why I chose Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
I chose Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center because I was excited to join a new program with great, experienced, and motivated faculty who are interested in and eager to teach! I immediately felt welcomed and supported and the overwhelming feeling of kindness and friendliness was obvious even on interview day. I felt like I belonged right away. Furthermore, being in the idyllic Upper Valley is exactly where I pictured myself being; I’d much rather be in the woods and nature than in a city, having grown up and lived in small towns most of my life.

What inspired me to go into Ophthalmology
Ophthalmology was always a field I found fascinating, and the more experience I got through shadowing and in medical school, the more enamored I became. It’s an excellent mix of clinic and surgery, emergency and procedural, it is a technologically advanced and driven specialty with lots of neat equipment and the physiology of the eye and the physics of optics are so elegant, it’s hard to choose anything else. Not many other fields allow you to directly see the pathology in many cases. In short, it’s fun!

My favorite things to do outside of the hospital
Outside the hospital, my wife and I enjoy hiking and biking around trails in the area, going to art museums, trying new restaurants, and I’ve begun to do some more cooking/baking too, much to my wife’s delight!