Residents

Program Year 3


Dr. Sean Buck

Sean Buck, MD

Denver Health Track

Education: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Hometown: Denver, CO

Having grown up in the Denver area, I’m excited to be back and enjoying all that Colorado has to offer. As an undergraduate at Colorado College, I studied anthropology and community engagement while running cross country and track and field. I then headed out to Moab, Utah to work at a free clinic doing volunteer recruitment and grant writing. I still serve on the board of the clinic, and I love spending time in the canyons of the Southwest. After Moab, I went north to Madison, Wisconsin for medical school where I was involved with student government and LCME accreditation. I’m interested in health policy, medical anthropology, addiction medicine, and health care administration. I’m excited to be back in my home state and I hope to find enough time to enjoy trail running, skiing, and backpacking throughout residency.

Dr. Kelley Collier

Kelley Collier, MD

University Health Track

Education: University of Vermont College of Medicine

Hometown: Many

Hello! Welcome to family medicine at the University of Colorado! As the daughter of a military physician, I moved many times and have had the opportunity to live in the Pacific Northwest, Northeast, Southeast, and now the West! Attending Wake Forest University for undergrad, I found my people in the art and anthropology departments. I developed an interest in medicine while working with an art therapist on the oncology floor of a children’s hospital in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and while researching domestic violence in migrant farmworker communities in Wilson, North Carolina. After graduating from Wake Forest, I taught English to middle school students in Chateauroux, France, worked in outdoor retail in Seattle, obtained my Wilderness EMT certification, and helped train Haitian EMT students in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. I completed my premedical coursework at Bryn Mawr College, where I also met my husband. After working at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for one year, we moved to Vermont to start medical school together. While in medical school, I enjoyed completing a narrative art and medicine project as a Schweitzer fellow, developing a capacity-building cervical cancer screening program in rural Tanzania, and working on a research project with two incredible mentors examining interpregnancy interval and uptake of family planning among pregnant women with opioid use disorder. I fell in love with family medicine for many reasons, including the philosophy of care, the potential to build relationships with patients over time, and the opportunity to work with a variety of patient populations and communities with different sets of needs. My interests in family medicine include women’s health, community medicine, adolescent health, preventive medicine, and addiction medicine. Outside of medicine, I enjoy trail running and cycling with my husband, drop-in community art classes, painting, spending time with my family, cross country skiing, and drinking good beer! I am thrilled to be at the University of Colorado and to be joining such a supportive community that’s passionate about primary care, and to have the chance to explore the West and Southwest in my time off!

Dr. Sydney Davis

Sydney Davis, MD

University Health Track

Education: Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Medicine

Hometown: Aurora, CO

Although I was born in Aurora, I grew up in Virginia and consider Virginia Beach my hometown. Eating Filipino food, roller skating, playing Nintendo 64, and frolicking on the beach with my two younger sisters are all fun memories from my childhood. After graduating Bayside High School (go Marlins!), I went on to study biology at Old Dominion University. Here, I discovered my passion for teaching as an athletic tutor and also got involved with fertility research. Outside of college, I volunteered as an EMT. It was this experience that helped me realize how much I value building meaningful, long-term relationships with patients and initially got me thinking about family medicine as a career path. Determined to combine my interest in teaching with my love of medicine, I attended Virginia Commonwealth University for medical school and was dually admitted into its Family Medicine Scholars Training and Admission Track (fmSTAT). Being part of fmSTAT allowed me to immerse myself in the wonderful family medicine community at VCU and ultimately solidified my desire to become a family doctor. I am so excited about coming full circle and returning to my birthplace to train alongside my amazing colleagues in such a supportive, innovative environment! Outside of the hospital, you can probably find me running around with my labradoodle (I used to be a dog walker), enjoying Denver’s awesome cuisine, or watching a scary movie!

Dr. Daffer Ghanim

Daffer Ghanim, MD

Rural Training Track

Education: James Cook University, College of Medicine and Dentistry

Hometown: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Hello! I hail from beautiful Calgary, Alberta. I pursued a degree in Engineering at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. However, I have always been interested in health care and underserved medicine. While at McMaster University, I had the immense opportunity to travel to Australia, where I studied medicine through a unique program in Queensland that focused on full-spectrum rural, remote, and underserved medicine. During my time in medical school, I expanded my world view by traveling all over Australia, living in different rural communities, working at the remote hospitals that serve these communities, and practicing full-spectrum rural medicine. My experience with these communities and their hospitals allowed me to find my passion for primary care and full-spectrum medicine. I then proceeded to complete the majority of my clinical years in Canada and the U.S. I went through multiple sub-internships at the University of Calgary, and I worked at The National Institute of Health (NIH) in Maryland, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, and The University of Virginia in Charlottesville. I was also the Rotary International House Residential Manager, a PBL small group facilitator, an anatomy lab prosector, and Senior Associate Director and National Executive Director for the Australian Medical Student Journal. I feel very fortunate to join an academic program on the front line of primary care. The University of Colorado has innovative, exceptional training, and it is filled with incredible people. The University of Colorado was the perfect fit for me, and I am so happy to be in this residency program! My medical interests include full scope family medicine, rural/underserved medicine, research/academic medicine, and emergency medicine. In my spare time, I enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, skiing, and playing sports.

Dr. Swetha Iruku

Swetha Iruku, MD, MPH

Denver Health Track

Education: Tufts University School of Medicine

Hometown: Rockville, MD

Hi there! I am an East Coast native making the transition to beautiful, sunny Denver! I was born and raised in Rockville, Maryland to two immigrant parents from India. I spent most of my summers growing up traveling to India to visit family, which was crucial to my development and my desire to pursue medicine and work with underserved populations. I went down south to Duke University for undergrad (Go Blue Devils!) where I majored in Neuroscience and minored in Cultural Anthropology and Global Health. I made my way up to Boston for medical school right after graduating from college, where I received my MD/MPH degrees from Tufts University. I found a home in family medicine during my clerkship years, and was thrilled to find UCFMR while on the interview trail. The Denver Health track fits perfectly with my dreams of providing medical care to a diverse, underserved, patient population while also tackling social determinants of health. In my free time, you can find me running with my dog and exploring Colorado’s breweries, restaurants, and its great outdoors!

Dr. Allie Johnson

Allie Johnson, MD

Denver Health Track

Education: University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Hometown: Boulder, CO

Born and raised in beautiful Boulder, I am thrilled to be back home in Colorado for residency! I first left home for college at Stanford, where I majored in Human Biology with a concentration in health care in underserved communities and minored in African Studies. I spent most of my junior year in Cape Town, South Africa, where I discovered my passion for maternal and child health while working at a community-based organization serving local mothers. After graduating, I stayed on at Stanford for a year, teaching in the Human Biology Core before embarking on the next big adventure: moving to Philly for medical school. I fell in love with family medicine after doing a rural clerkship rotation in Lancaster and remained consistently inspired by the field’s genuine commitment to caring for vulnerable populations. For residency, I sought out programs that shared my values: a robust commitment to care for the underserved, excellent training in maternal and child health, and the development of residents as teachers and leaders – and feel incredibly lucky to have found a perfect fit right here at home! I’m so excited to spend my non-hospital hours with my family, catching some powder turns, climbing hills on my bike, and drinking excellent Colorado craft beer.

Dr. Katharine Kelly

Katharine Kelly, MD

Denver Health Track

Education: University of Wisconsin, School of Medicine and Public Health

Hometown: Milwaukee, WI

I was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan. After high school, I ventured east for my undergraduate degree at Amherst College in Massachusetts, where I studied French and anthropology and played ice hockey. I attended medical school at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and had the good fortune to participate in the Training in Urban Medicine and Public Health (TRIUMPH) track. As a medical student, I was active in Medical Students for Choice and the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Legislative Council, and I worked on a population health data project at Milwaukee’s Center for Urban Population Health. I’m excited to live in the beautiful mountain west and to be a part of this wonderful residency program. My clinical interests within family medicine include women’s health and reproductive health care, refugee health, pediatrics, procedures, and health equity. I remain interested in the intersection of health care, policy, advocacy, and politics. Outside of medicine, I love to ride my bike, hike, boogie board (when possible), read non-medical books, and spend time with my husband, friends, and family.

Dr. Eric GR Kim

Eric GR Kim, MD, PhD

University Health Track

Education: Wayne State University School of Medicine

Hometown: Many

Home for me has been many places in the U.S. through the years. More recently(ish), I completed high school in Northwest Ohio and college at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. The nine years I spent in Detroit working on my MD and PhD (in biomedical engineering) was one of the longest periods I’ve ever spent in one place! There I worked with homeless and drug rehabilitation patients in a volunteer clinic, with an evidence-based, student-run clinical question journal, and with the Michigan Academy of Family Physicians as a student representative on the education committee. I also got to engage with my love for medical technology, completing my dissertation in medical microtechnology in the College of Engineering. My time there had a profound impact on me, and wherever I find myself, I will always be a Detroiter at heart. My passion for medical technology makes me a bit of an oddball. That said, I see this interest in a similar light as the central tenants of family medicine. Alongside our skills or our relationships, our tools play a large part in shaping our practice. The more we experience firsthand, the greater and more whole our perspective, and the more we can help our patients. For residency, more than anything else, I wanted a program that reflected this interdisciplinary attitude, and I am so happy to have found it here! I am excited to work in the complex, progressive environment that is the Denver community and to collaborate with the diverse and exceptional people who make up this program. I’m also eager to engage with the local historical martial arts and fencing communities, since there’s no denying the nerd inside me.

Dr. Franklin Niblock

Franklin Niblock, MD, MPH

University Health Track

Education: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Hometown: Concord, NC

Hi All! Congratulations on your decision to become a family physician and thanks for your interest in practicing medicine in Denver. I am originally from Concord, North Carolina and I attended the University of North Carolina (UNC) for undergrad (Go Heels!). At UNC I majored in Health Policy and Management through the Gillings School of Public Health and spent a lot of Saturday mornings building homes with Habitat for Humanity. My education in public health fostered an interest in primary care and, specifically, underserved care. After undergrad, I worked for the North Carolina Office of Rural Health before returning to UNC for medical school. My time with the Office of Rural Health showed me the impact a family physician can have in a rural community and ultimately prompted me to pursue a MPH, as well as help start a service year organization for recent college graduates interested in underserved medicine. I was fortunate to be educated in North Carolina surrounded by strong primary care role models, and I was drawn to Colorado for similar reasons. The University of Colorado has an incredibly robust Department of Family Medicine filled with supportive faculty and residents. Each person I met on interview day was someone I felt I wanted to spend time with inside and outside of the clinic. Not to mention, Denver is a short drive away from some of the most gorgeous country in the United States. In my free time, I enjoy hiking and camping with my wife, Shelley, and our Labrador companion, Julep. When Julep and Shelley are busy, I try to explore the trout streams of the Rockies.

Dr. Lauren Oberle

Lauren Oberle, MD

University Health Track

Education: University of Colorado School of Medicine

Hometown: St. Louis, MO

I was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri (Go Cards!) and went to the University of Missouri for undergrad where I studied biology and Spanish. I came to the University of Colorado for medical school after a gap year working as a scribe and traveling, and I have loved being in sunny Denver. I always thought I wanted to work in some sort of primary care because of longitudinal patient care and the variety. I also became interested in preventive care through healthy lifestyles and empowering patients. During medical school, I worked with a local NGO to teach health care workers in rural Peru; helped organize preventive health lectures; and helped teach a student-run, medical Spanish class. My special interests are sports medicine, women’s care (especially gynecology), and geriatrics. The CU Family Medicine Residency program was exactly the fit I was looking for in a residency: innovative, integrated, and intellectually challenging with diverse patient populations. Plus, I get to work with an awesome group of people. Colorado has also been the perfect place for all of my favorite activities outside of medicine: running, hiking, biking, skiing, eating ice cream and just being outside in the sunshine. I cannot express how happy I am to get to join this amazing program, and I am excited to see where the training takes me!

Dr. Riley Smith

Riley Smith, MD

Denver Health Track

Education: Ohio State University College of Medicine

Hometown: Raleigh, NC

I grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina, then headed to Chicago for undergrad at Northwestern University. There I majored in gender and sexuality studies as well as global health, a combination which helped spark my interest in LGBTQ health and health care for the underserved. I attended The Ohio State University for medical school (#GoBucks), where I was heavily involved in a student-run free clinic and the LGBT & Allies in Medicine student group. I have also done global health work in South Africa, Tanzania and Thailand and spent part of M4 year biking across the U.S. to raise money for global health charities. I fell in love with primary care and family medicine because it offers the opportunity to connect with and care for patients of all backgrounds, to improve health in communities, and to practice full scope medicine. I am particularly passionate about transgender health and immigrant and refugee health, and am ecstatic to have matched at the University of Colorado’s Denver Health track to continue to work with these populations. Outside of medicine, I love all things outdoors – hiking, camping, running, biking, breweries with patios, etc. My wife (an OB/Gyn intern!) and I are so excited to be here and can’t wait to explore everything that Denver has to offer!

Dr. Alexandra Targan

Alexandra Targan, MD

University Health Track

Education: Wayne State University School of Medicine

Hometown: Detroit, MI

Hailing from the great state of Michigan, I have spent my entire life in and around Detroit and its many lakes. In college, I studied environmental health and sustainability at the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) and learned about the vital role that our surroundings play in our health. Completing my medical school training in Detroit opened my eyes to the far-reaching impact that the primary care physician can have on a community, even with limited resources, and especially through prevention and education. I was inspired by astute clinicians who not only knew how to diagnose and treat complex medical cases, but also how to care for patients without access to transportation, stable income, housing, or support systems. I was looking for a specialty with a similar appreciation for social determinants of health, and Family Medicine was a clear choice. Denver was the first city I visited on the interview trail, and I quickly fell in love with the neighborhoods, the environmental conscience of the community, and the emphasis on living healthfully to prevent diseases that ravage our nation. The University of Colorado’s program was at the top of my list because of the concrete steps they are taking to improve primary care delivery, the comprehensive training they offer, and the bright, warm-hearted people I met on my interview day. Within health care, I am particularly interested in women’s health, medical education, health equity, integrative medicine, and preventive medicine. Outside of the hospital, you can find me playing soccer or exploring national parks to offset my foodie finds, recycling, or spending time with the people I love. I am absolutely thrilled to be able to train with leaders in primary care innovation who also love staring at mountains and enjoying local brews as much as I do.

Dr. Caroline Vu

Caroline Vu, DO

Rural Training Track

Education: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

Hometown: Fairfax, VA

Hi! I am a first generation American born and raised in Fairfax, Virginia. I knew I wanted to pursue a career in medicine after spending several years working with a student-run free clinic on the Mattaponi Indian Reservation. I completed my medical education in West Virginia. Being fully immersed in rural medicine helped me decide that becoming a primary care provider in a rural area was right for me. What I look forward to most about being in the Rural track is the patient population I will serve and learning more about rural medicine in Colorado. I intend on joining the Indian Health Services post-residency (location TBD!). My medical interests are family planning, LGBTQ health, American Indian health, rural medicine, and addiction medicine. My hobbies are being outdoors, backpacking, reading, and hanging out with George, my 17-year-old Congo African Grey parrot. A fun goal I set for myself is to become a licensed falconer at some point during residency. I am so excited to be part of such an innovative Family Medicine program and look forward to starting the next chapter of my life in Colorado!