Meet Our General Surgery Residents
About Our Surgery Residents
Our residents come from many parts of the world and many different backgrounds. We strive to recruit residents of high academic and personal quality who, through our General Surgery Residency Program, will develop into excellent clinicians, teachers, and scholars.
Chief Administrative Residents
Seema Anandalwar, MD
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Seema's hometown is South Brunswick, NJ. Seema was a member of the BS-MD program at The College of New Jersey and Rutgers – New Jersey Medical School receiving the Bloustein Outstanding Scholar Award, the NJMS International Service Grant, as well as multiple NJMS Alumni Association Scholarships and Service Grants. Seema volunteered in relief efforts in Haiti and Tanzania, teaching at an orphanage and working on the surgical wards at a community hospital. Seema served as President of two student organizations; one promoting healthcare awareness at local prisons and shelters and the second devoted to enhancing awareness of domestic violence in local schools. She pursued research in pediatric surgery and was elected to AOA. During her research years of residency, Seema received her MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health and completed a research fellowship in clinical outcomes at Boston Children's Hospital. Her surgical interest is pediatric surgery. Seema enjoys travel, dance, and exploring Boston.
Chun Li, MD, MPH
Emory University School of Medicine
Chun's hometown is Kennesaw, Georgia. She received her BS from MIT in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Biomedical Engineering. She was elected to the Eta Kappa Nu Honor Society for electrical engineering and was the Captain and MVP of the MIT Women's Fencing team. Prior to medical school, she spent two years conducting research at the MGH Center for Computational Biology studying mediators of innate immunity in Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, as well as gene expression microarray analysis. She received her MD from Emory University School of Medicine, receiving the Joseph B. Whitehead Scholarship, and volunteered with Strong4Life at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and the Grady Memorial Hospital Diabetes Clinic. As a medical student, Chun pursued research in cardiothoracic surgery, studying outcomes after transcatheter aortic valve replacement. During her research years of residency, she pursued clinical research in vascular surgery and a Master of Public Health degree. Chun enjoys dancing, photography, and spending time with her family.
Administrative Residents for Research
Thomas Hirsch, MD
Medical College of Wisconsin
Thomas’s hometown is Springfield, Massachusetts. He received his BS from Northeastern University, majoring in Behavioral Neuroscience. He subsequently matriculated to Medical College of Wisconsin where he was elected to AOA and the Gold Humanism Honor Society. As a medical student, Tom studied the role of bacterial enzymes that trigger the generation of hydrogen sulfide, which protect bacteria against antibiotics and strategies to disable these enzymes to enhance their susceptibility to antibiotic treatment. Tom enjoys playing the guitar, sports, independent films and filmmaking. His clinical interest is pediatric surgery.
Savas Tsikis, MD
University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences, The Pritzker School of Medicine
Savas’s hometown is Rhodes, Greece. Savas received his BS summa cum laude at the University of Connecticut,majoring in Molecular and Cell Biology and served as President of Habitat for Humanity. He received his MD from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, pursued a number of clinical research projects, and was elected to the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Savas is passionate about teaching and served as a peer educator for undergraduate and medical courses and developed basic science curriculum. He also served as Co-President of the Health Professions Exposure Program. His surgical interests include pediatric surgery and surgical oncology. Savas enjoys sailing, weight lifting, and traveling to new places.