Meet Our Residents
First Year Residents
About Dr. Spencer Connor
Hometown: Chattanooga, TN
Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Arts, Economics and Pre-Med; Furman University; Greenville, SC
Medical Degree: Doctor of Medicine, University of Tennessee Health Science Center; Memphis, TN
Residency: Preliminary Resident, Surgery; University of Tennessee, Department of Surgery; Memphis, TN
I grew up in Chattanooga, TN, and decided to stay in the southeast for my undergraduate degree. I attended Furman University in Greenville, SC, and afterwards returned to Tennessee for medical school in Memphis after I graduated. I had only been to Memphis a few times briefly before medical school, and after moving here, I quickly grew to love the city both as a place to live and to practice medicine. I knew I wanted to stay in Memphis for residency.
I chose Church Health and the Baptist program because of the program’s mission to serve the Memphis community and the enthusiasm the staff has in order to improve patients’ lives. Church Health is deeply invested in the healthcare of Memphis, and I am honored to be a part of the Church Health and Baptist community.
Robert Scott Parker
About Robert Scott Parker
Hometown: Memphis, TN
Undergraduate Degree: BS in Biology from Christian Brothers University, Memphis, TN
Medical School: University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN
About Rounak Quadri
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of California, Irvine; Irvine, California
Medical Degree: Doctor of Medicine, Ross University, Dominica
About Dr. James Ryan
Hometown: Dayton, OH
Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Science, Materials Science Engineering; Wright State University; Dayton, OH; 2006
Medical School: Doctor of Medicine; University of Toledo; Toledo, OH; 2016
I grew up in Dayton, OH, and earned a degree in Materials Science Engineering from Wright State University. After working in chemical research, I felt a calling to more directly interact with people using both the science of medicine, along with the personal connection of caring for people. This led to attending medical school at the University of Toledo.
I was drawn to Family Medicine due to its variety across all ages and categories of medicine, and I was particularly attracted to the residency in Memphis co-sponsored by Baptist and Church Health. The faith-based nature of their approach to the whole person and all aspects of life is especially important to me, and I can sense a special care and compassion for the population here.
Second Year Residents
About Dr. Sameh Askandar
Hometown: Cairo, Egypt
Medical School: Medical Degree (M.B.B.CH), Ain Shams University, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo, Egypt, 2009
Masters Degree: Master Degree in General Surgery, Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine, Cairo, Egypt, 2013
Residency: Integrated Plastic Surgery residency, Ain Shams University Hospital, Cairo, Egypt
-Pediatric Craniofacial Surgery, Necker-Enfants Malades Hospital, Paris, France
-Pediatric Craniofacial Surgery, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN
-Reconstructive Microvascular Surgery, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN
During my medical school in Egypt, I joined a handicapped care provider team, as a volunteer, which was affiliated to the Coptic church and served ill poor patients in underserved areas. I then realized that an optimal patient care is beyond medical knowledge and that emotional and spiritual wellbeing is as important.
Being in Memphis for couple of years during my training at UT, I was fascinated by the friendly staff at Church Health and the care they provide for the working uninsured population. I am honored to be part of the Church Health family.
About Dr. Atinuki Osinusi
Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria
Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Science, Belmont University
Medical School: Medical Degree, Meharry Medical College
I was born in Lagos, Nigeria. After Nigeria, I lived in London, England for a while before moving to Nashville, TN. I completed my Bachelors’ of Science degree at Belmont University in Nashville and obtained my M.D. from Meharry Medical College. I enjoy traveling, I’m a food enthusiast, and I love spending time with my friends and family.
I chose family medicine because of its family centered, community oriented, and comprehensive approach to healthcare. Church Health does a wonderful job of encompassing these things as well as providing a supportive learning environment. I love being a part of the Church Health family and having the opportunity to work with so many friendly people who are devoted to providing high quality patient care.
About Dr. Marisha Sirdar
Hometown: Tampa, FL
Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Science; University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, 2011
Medical Degree: Doctor of Medicine; Ross University School of Medicine, Dominica, 2017
I completed by bachelor’s degree at USF and medical school at Ross University. During medical school, along with my colleagues, formed a non-profit organization, Talking4Health. Our goal is to provide health services and education within our local communities, as well as internationally. I enjoy a variety of arts and crafts related activities, lately it has been crocheting. I also enjoy photography, gardening and spending time with friends and family.
Being a part of the Church Health and Baptist family has been a wonderful experience. Not only am I challenged as I learn and continue to be molded into a Family Physician, I have become part of an amazing community.
About Dr. Kent Starkweather
I grew up in Cookeville, TN. From there, I went to Centre College where I studied economics and played soccer for four years. My first year out of college, I worked at an orphanage in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, where I taught third grade. After teaching, I moved to Nashville and worked in the business world for two years.
While working in Nashville, I started volunteering at an indigent clinic. After a few weeks, I decided to turn in my two week notice, cash in my life savings, and go back to school for medicine. I am now eight years into my journey and haven’t looked back since. My passion remains with working in the indigent population both in the U.S. and internationally, which is one reason Church Health was such a perfect fit for me.
My wife and I have really enjoyed the transition to Memphis. We love our neighborhood, where we can easily walk to our grocery store, and the people have been very kind to us. On the weekends, I attempt grilling, watching English Premier League soccer, and my favorite, college football.
Third Year Residents
About Dr. Leslie Chanasue
Hometown: Saint Louis, MO
Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Arts Degree, Biology; University of California-Santa Cruz
Medical Degree: Ross University School of Medicine, Portsmouth, Dominica
Reseach Saint Louis University School of Medicine; Saint Louis, MO; 2008
I earned my bachelors at the University of California-Santa Cruz, and my medical degree at Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica. I’ve backpacked across Europe and have made several trips to South America. I love grabbing a drink and bite to eat after work with coworkers.
Baptist is just getting started with its family medicine residency and that creates a unique learning environment (both in the hospital and at clinic). All the members are very engaged, looking for new input and ideas, and are very committed to making sure we get the best training possible.
About Dr. Joseph Freeman
Hometown: Covington, TN
Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Science, Biology; University of Memphis; Memphis, TN
Medical Degree: Doctorate of Medicine; UTHSC College of Medicine; Memphis, TN
I grew up in a small town close to Memphis and decided to stay close to home for college at the University of Memphis. After graduating college I worked at the Church Health as a scribe before getting into UT College of Medicine. Working at Church Health really proved to me that I was on the right path and was doing what I was destined to do.
If you want a typical residency experience where you will do what every other resident has done for 50 years, this might not be the residency for you. But, if you want to be a part of something new and actually have a say in the direction of the residency, then we may be perfect for you. I have a feeling we are creating something very special here.
Louis Gamble III
Dr. Louis Gamble III
Hometown: Germantown, TN
Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Science, Biology; University of Memphis; Memphis, TN; 2006
Masters Degree: Master of Science, Pharmacology; University of Tennessee Health Science Center; Memphis, TN; 2010
Medical Degree: Doctor of Medicine; University of Tennessee Health Science Center; Memphis, TN; 2015
Residency: Preliminary Resident, Surgery; Department of Surgery, University of Tennessee; Memphis, TN
I grew up in Germantown and moved to Memphis in 2001. It was at that time that I began to realize that my perceptions of the city that I claimed as my own were mistaken ones. I learned how blessed I was to have grown up in the community that I did with the support of family and friends that I had. My desires changed from personal accomplishment to wishing to contribute to helping others have the same opportunities as me, regardless of their zip code. After teaching high school science for a few years, I was challenged by a friend to pursue a career in medicine. I accepted the challenge and have ended up where I am now. It is a privilege to be a part of the Baptist family and Church Health. It is my wish to find a way to further work with these entities following graduation from this residency program.
I would recommend Baptist to future applicants because they take care of you. They feed you, which as a resident is an important factor. The extensive hospital system that is Baptist ensures that you will benefit from the variety of clinical hospital opportunities that are available. Additionally, their benefit package is competitive.
Dr. Abdulhalim Khan
Home Country: Nigeria
Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery; Ahmadu Bello University; Zaria, Nigeria; 2006
Masters Degree: Master of Health Administration, University of Memphis; Memphis, TN; 2013
Master of International Affairs and Diplomacy; Ahmadu Bello University; Zaria, Nigeria; 2008
Medical Degree Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery; Ahmadu Bello University; Zaria, Nigeria; 2006
I was raised in Nigeria but I’m originally from Bangladesh. I graduated from medical school in Nigeria and went into family medicine residency in AKTH, Nigeria. When I became a senior resident (3rd year), I came to the University of Memphis to pursue a Masters of Health Administration in hopes of growing into a health care leadership role. I got married while in school and moved to California after graduation. I worked as a Process Improvement (Lean) manager at San Mateo County Hospital but I felt incomplete without clinical medicine so I enrolled into the Baptist Residency Program.