GME Alumni

Learn more about our most current GME Alumni and where they landed after graduating from Samaritan's program...

2016 Alumni


Caitlin Donegan, DO

Program: Family Medicine

Hometown: Kenosha, WI

After Graduation: joining the Samaritan Family Health Center in Adams, NY

Colleges and Specific Degrees:
Alma College – Biology & English (Double Major)
Des Moines University - DO

Life before Medical School: 
Straight into medical school from college

Reading, Music, Yoga, & Hiking

Favorite Thing about the Area: 
Bombay Duck Pickle Café in Carthage

Favorite Thing about Residency at Samaritan: 
Good People : )




Tad Lanagan

Program: Family Medicine

Hometown: Concord, MA

After Graduation: joining Outpatient Family Medicine in Penacook, NH

Colleges and Specific Degrees: 
Princeton – AB History
UVM – Postbacc PreMed

Life before Medical School: 
Global Health, Genomics, Public Health

At the moment …cures for colic

Favorite Thing about the Area: 
Burrville Cider Mill

Favorite Thing about Residency at Samaritan: 
The winters …oh wait, no, it’s the people




Yu Sung

Program: Internal Medicine

Hometown: Flushing, New York

After Graduation: joining Samaritan's Hospitalist Group in Watertown, NY

Colleges and Specific Degrees:
SUNY at Stony Brook (Undergraduate school)
University of Rochester (Graduate school)
Western University of Health Sciences (Osteopathic Medical School)

Life before Medical School: 
Hill-Top Market Research Technician

Movies & Travel

Favorite Thing about Residency at Samaritan: 
Great autonomy with support and supervision.




2015 Alumni


Marnina Shelkin

Program: Internal Medicine

Hometown: Drexel Hill, PA

After Graduation: Joining the Lehigh Valley Physician Group in Allentown, PA

Colleges and Specific Degrees:
West Chester University of Pennsylvania - Cellular and Molecular Biology
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine - Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences

Life before Medical School:
College student and freelance musician.

Music, Reading, Biking, Dancing, Yoga, Politics, and Environment

Favorite Thing about the Area:
The beautiful scenery and natural beauty.

Favorite Thing about Residency at Samaritan:
The people, of course!




Kristine Soltanpour

Program: Internal Medicine

Hometown: Fort Collins, Colorado and Larchmont, New York

After Graduation: Pursuing a Nephrology fellowship in Syracuse.

Colleges and Specific Degrees: 
Lewis and Clark College; Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry

Traveling, starting a medical foundation the Sol Medical Foundation. Playing tennis, going to cultural events.

Favorite thing about the area:
Lake Ontario is so beautiful so is the St Lawrence River. Plenty of outdoors things to do, like hiking and seeing different parts of this beautiful area.

Favorite thing about the Residency Program at Samaritan:
There is so much to say here, Dr. Rechlin is the best program director ever and also the best DME. He listens and actually helps the residents to succeed. Also the Chief Aaron Campbell who helps us with knowledge organizes great residency outings. I went skeet shooting for the first time ever and even though I never shot a gun in my life I had so much fun with going as a group and doing a residency building opportunity. The residents and residency are very supportive of one another. The program is very conducive to learning and to becoming an excellent physician. You make what you want here but for me this is the best program I can ask for. I truly cannot say how much I am happy to be here. Some programs are malignant this is NOT. This program actually is very humane and you learn a lot. If you want a program that you have to take charge which I love this is it.




Itauma Udosen

Program: Family Medicine

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

After Graduation: Moving to Cleveland, Ohio for Sports Medicine fellowship training.

Colleges and Specific Degrees: 
The University of Georgia in Athens, GA; B.S. Ed in Exercise Science

Dancing, Traveling, working out, the company of my family and friends, watching documentaries and movies.

Favorite Thing about the Area: 
I like the fact that Watertown is near Lake Ontario and Canada; both of which are places I like to go to and relax

Favorite Thing about Residency at Samaritan:
I enjoy the autonomy given to me by my preceptors. While I am given the opportunity to be in charge of my patients, I know that my preceptors will be there to guide me if needed.




Sheila Ramanathan aka RamanoodleCrunch

Program: Family Medicine

Hometown: Quakertown, PA aka Philly Yo

After Graduation: Accepted a position at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire.

Colleges and Specific Degrees: 
Lehigh University, Molecular Biology, LECOM-Erie

Life before Medical School: 
I pippetted 10 hours a day for 15 dollars an hour.

Art, New experiences, Funny looking people, biking, being adventurous, snowshoeing, international, national and local travel, Parrotlets, betta fish, gardening, various kinds of food

Favorite Thing about the Area: 
Renaissance fair and castles (I have yet to go to either one...hint hint Aaron)

Favorite Thing about Residency at Samaritan: 
My Fellow FM Residents! The outpatient clinic is pretty Boss




2014 GME Alumni


Jill Laureano-Surber, DO

Program: Family Medicine

Hometown: Carthage, NY

After Graduation: Opened Private Practice Family Medicine of Northern New York in Watertown, NY – 2014

Colleges and Specific Degrees:
St. Lawrence University, Biology, Pre Med 1995-1997
Boston College, Cum Laude, Bachelor of Art, Theology, 2000
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2011

Life before Medical School:
After I graduated from Boston College, I stayed in Boston and worked as a paralegal for a year at a great law firm called Barron and Stadfeld while I tried to talk myself into going to law school. I packed up my life in my Toyota Tercel and drove cross country to move to San Diego in 2001. I got an entry level job in sales at a web design firm called Z57 and worked my way up into management until I quit my job to study for the MCATs and start my journey to medical school four years later.

Soccer, running, cross country skiing, spending time with my growing family and amazing husband.

Favorite Thing about the Area:
My family is here! I love to spend time sailing with Dr. Johnson and Dr. Maynard on Lake Ontario. I love Sackets Harbor and going on weekend trips to Toronto, the Adirondacks, Boston and NYC to watch the Yankees play!

Favorite Thing about Samaritan:
I have had the pleasure of working at Samaritan now for several years. I worked as a Unit Clerk in the Emergency Room prior to starting medical school. I was able to do my 3rd and 4th year clinical rotations here as well while I was still in Medical School. Now that I am a resident, I have a unique perspective about how everyone works together to take care of our patients. You will not find more genuine, hardworking people anywhere else in medicine as you will find at Samaritan.




Matt Maynard

Program: Family Medicine

Hometown: Russell, NY

After Graduation: Joined North Country Emergency Medical Consultants, PC in Watertown, NY – 2014

Colleges and Specific Degrees:
New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, Old Westbury, NY
Doctorate of Osteopathy
St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY
BS - Mathematics, ACS Certified Chemistry

Life before Medical School:
While in Undergrad, I worked for a local ambulance transport agency doing emergency work as well as long distance advanced life support transports.

Skiing, Sailing, & Golfing

Favorite Thing about the Area:
The North Country is a very open and exciting place to live. It is very diverse but also has small town feel that will make anyone feel as if they are instantly at home.

Favorite Thing about Residency at Samaritan:
The people! I have never worked in a place with such kind, and caring staff as at Samaritan. Here at Samaritan, residents are not only an integral part of the treatment team, but you are a RESPECTED member of the treatment team. Also, being unopposed residencies at such a small resource hospital that serves such a large geographical area, prepares you for no matter what niche in medicine you may find down the road.



Jasmine Weaver, DO

Program: Family Medicine

Life before Medical School: College

Hometown: Neptune NJ, Millstone NJ

After Graduation: Joined Private Practice in NYC – 2014

Rutgers University
Urban Studies and Biology

Dance, movies, yoga, shopping, family

Favorite Thing that you like about the Area:
I like the park and Sackets Harbor

Favorite Thing that you like about Samaritan:
Everyone is friendly. The residents have a strong bond.




Suman Yadam

Program: Internal Medicine

Hometown: Midland, Michigan

After Graduation:  Pulmonary Critical Care Fellowship in Pennsylvania – 2014

University of Michigan BS in Economics
Michigan state University college of osteopathic medicine

Life before medical school:
Went straight from college to medical school

Michigan Football and other sports, Playing Basketball, Tennis, Paintballing, Hiking, 80's Music

Favorite thing about the Area:

Favorite thing about Residency at Samaritan:
Friendly staff and wonderful residents to work with.




2013 Alumni


Aaron Campbell, DO

Program: Internal Medicine

Hometown: Lost Creek, WV

After Graduation: Hospitalist - Samaritan Medical Center - 2013

Colleges and Specific Degrees:
-BS in Health Sciences, Alderson-Broaddus College, Philippi, WV (1995) -DO, WVSOM, Lewisburg, WV (2010)

Life before Medical School: Physician Assistant

Outdoor Activities (hiking, kayaking, hunting, fishing), Presidential Biographies

Favorite Thing about the Area:
My family and I enjoy spending time on the water, either Lake Ontario or the St. Lawrence River. There are many wonderful NY State Parks and historic sites to visit around the area. We also enjoy making day trips into Canada.

Favorite Thing about Residency at Samaritan:
Great atmosphere to learn! Unlike bigger programs, you are afforded more than enough one-on-one time with Attendings. If you are interested in procedures, there are plenty of opportunities to not only perform procedures but to also become proficient!




 Brian Hornsby, DO

Program: Internal Medicine

Home State: West Virginia

After Graduation: Internal Medicine - Private Practice - 2013

Colleges and Specific Degrees:
DO, WVSOM, Lewisburg, WV (2010)




Colleen Overdorf D.O.

Hometown: Arcadia, IN just outside Indianapolis

After Graduation: Pulmonary Critical Care Fellowship - 2013

Colleges and Specific Degrees:
Indiana State University, Bachelor of Science in Life Science and minor Chemistry
Indiana and Purdue Univ of Indianapolis MS in Biological Sciences pending completion of thesis
Kansas City Univ of Medicine and Biosciences Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

Life before medicine:
Raised my daughter and worked in phlebotomy through college and medical school

Special Interests:
Play guitar in free time. I enjoy special time every month with my 16 year old daughter, Kaylin. I enjoy my animals in the absence of my daughter Kaylin living with me through residency. They give me something to baby : )

Favorite thing about the area:
I enjoy doing outdoor activities w/ Lance who I never would have meant if I had not come to Watertown : )

Favorite thing about residency at Samaritan:
You and the attending work closely on rotations.




Christina Marie Bordeau

Program: Internal Medicine

Hometown: Rutland, Vermont

After Graduation: Endocrinology Fellowship - 2013

Colleges and Specific Degrees:
2005-2009 University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
2000-2001 University of Vermont
Post Baccalaureate – Anatomy & Physiology
Philosophy Doctorate Graduate Program – Biochemistry/Biophysics
1999-2000 Trinity College of Vermont
Post Baccalaureate - Immunology
1995-1999 Trinity College of Vermont
Bachelor of Science awarded cum laude
Major: Biology and Pre-Medical Study
Minor: French and Chemistry
Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honors Society

Life before Medical School:
I graduated from Trinity College of Vermont, BS cum laude and began post-graduate work in Biochemistry/Biophysics at the University of Vermont. From there, I combined my interests in women's health, international travel and research through working in Maternal Fetal Medicine, participating in the Himalayan Cataract Project with traveling to the Tilganga Eye Center, Nepal.

I took my interest in moral philosophy and health care delivery to the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine where I earned my DO in 2009. After completing a Traditional Rotating Internship at Saint Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo, Ohio, I returned to the Northeastern United States to begin Internal Medicine Residency at Samaritan Medical Center.

• T. Urling and Mabel B. Walker Cancer Committee, Cancer Conference Committee, Ethics Committee, Ethics Review Committee, Samaritan Thoracic Oncology Program for Lung Cancer Screening,
• American Osteopathic Association
• National and International Travel, Sailing, Hiking, Horseback riding, Reading, Music(Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet), Theater, Dance, Geology/Astronomy, Exotic Cars, Game Theory and Cooking.
• Languages: English – Native; French – Advanced Fluency; Spanish – Intermediate Fluency
• Travel and Study Abroad: Canada, Costa Rica, France, Italy, Monaco, Nepal, Singapore, Spain, Tibet, and United States.

Favorite Thing about the Area:
Growing up as the daughter of a seventh-generation Vermonter, the Green Mountains have trained me to love and appreciate fresh mountain air, pristine lakes and verde pastures among a quaint, New England atmosphere. In following my heart's desire, life in Watertown, New York offers a similar "home-town feel" with the beauty of nature encompassing small, distinct communities. The Saint Lawrence River, Black River and Thousand Islands hug the surrounding area. In addition, the U.S. Army Post Fort Drum is near the city.

Favorite Thing about Residency at Samaritan:
I am honored and privileged to be a part of the team at Samaritan Medical Center because of the dedication to patient care, emphasis on teaching, multidisciplinary medicine, sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic care, coupled with a community outreach focus and with compassion among diverse populations. The core values of dignity, respect and trust are exemplified at Samaritan Medical Center and the faculty, staff and team of Internal Medicine and Family Practice residents are extended family.