Current Residents

Meet our Residents and Interns

Philip NilesPhil Niles, MD, MBA

Ophthalmology Resident, 2013-2016

1. Where did you grow up?

Buffalo, NY

2. What do you enjoy outside of medicine?

I love hosting dinner parties. I'm also the head of HR for Yotopia - Iowa's Farm Fresh Froyo.

3. Why did you choose Iowa?

Picture having a department full of world-class faculty standing behind you, hoping to see you - a resident - succeed. What could be more powerful than that in a training program? The clinical and surgical opportunities here are truly top notch, but it is the caring culture that sets Iowa apart.

4. What is your favorite place or thing to do in Iowa City?

I am always around the Ped Mall in downtown Iowa City. I love the energy there.


Christopher KirkpatrickChris Kirkpatrick, MD

Ophthalmology Resident, 2013-2016

1. Where did you grow up?

Colfax, WA

2. What do you enjoy outside of medicine?

Spending time with my wife and two boys. We like doing anything we can to be outdoors - hiking, running, cycling, etc.

3. Why did you choose Iowa?

Strong tradition, world-class faculty that are highly engaged in resident education on a daily basis, and an overall supportive environment amongst co-residents, fellows and faculty alike that make this an exceptional place to train.

4. What is your favorite place or thing to do in Iowa City?

JavaHouse - highly addicting coffee, and then heading down to the farmers market on the weekend.


David PhillipsDavid Phillips, MD

Ophthalmology Resident, 2013-2016

1. Where did you grow up?

I grew up in rural Northeast Missouri.

2. What do you enjoy outside of medicine?

I enjoy spending time with my family, hunting big game, and fly fishing.

3. Why did you choose Iowa?

I wanted to complete my training at a residency where I would learn from world experts on how to identify and treat eye disease with cutting edge medical and surgical therapy. Iowa has proven to be an excellent choice for this. I am grateful to be training as such a wonderful program.

4. What is your favorite place or thing to do in Iowa City?

My favorite thing to do in Iowa City is play in my backyard with my wife and son. I also enjoy tailgating during the Iowa home football games.


Christi CarterChristi Carter, MD

Ophthalmology Resident, 2013-2016

1. Where did you grow up?

Leander, Texas (a suburb northwest of Austin)

2. What do you enjoy outside of medicine?

I love spending time with my family (especially my husband and son), hiking, scuba-diving, playing volleyball, being outside, and eating frozen yogurt.

3. Why did you choose Iowa?

I am so grateful to be training at Iowa. The faculty are brilliant and enthusiastic about teaching. The residents are friendly, fun, and hard-working. The spirit of camaraderie is evident everywhere. I cannot imagine a better place to learn the art of ophthalmology!

4. What is your favorite place or thing to do in Iowa City?

I love going to the Lake McBride area. It's a beautiful spot with so much to do -- walking the trails through the gorgeous trees, wakeboarding along the Coralville Reservoir, mountain-biking at Sugar Bottom, and playing disc golf at Turkey Creek. I also enjoy the outdoor summer concert series that takes place on the weekends downtown at the "Ped Mall" (pedestrian mall) in Iowa City. Oh, and one other spot to not forget: Wilson's apple Orchard... So wonderful! It's open from August 1 - October 31. We go multiple times per year to eat all kinds of apples off the trees, pick pumpkins, and enjoy their tasty apple goods (pies, doughnuts, cider, turnovers, etc).


Johanna BeebeJohanna Beebe, MD

Ophthalmology Resident, 2013-2016

1. Where did you grow up?

Cheyenne, WY.

2. What do you enjoy outside of medicine?

Spending time with my Family, BBQ, fishing, and swimming.

3. Why did you choose Iowa?

I left my interview excited about the people at the University of Iowa. The faculty had a genuine enthusiasm for teaching in an environment where the first focus was always doing what was best for the patient. Also, the emphasis on didactic learning with daily rounds was unique to Iowa.

4. What is your favorite place or thing to do in Iowa City?

Downtown Iowa City is awesome and offers great concerts and restaurants. There is always a festival or show going through town. The Farmers Market is incredible. In the summer there are great pools and lakes. We are also big Iowa Basketball fans and the games are a blast!



Lucas Lenci, MDLuke Lenci, MD

Ophthalmology Resident, 2014-2017

1. Where did you grow up?

I was born in San Francisco, California and moved to Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri in grade school.

2. What do you enjoy outside of medicine?

I love hanging out with my wife and new baby. We love to ride bikes, hike, play at the Coralville reservoir, and enjoy the outdoor parks.

3. Why did you choose Iowa?

I chose Iowa because of the superb didactic education and strong emphasis on training well-rounded surgeons. I am so glad I did.

4. What is your favorite place or thing to do in Iowa City?

I enjoy hanging out in the Ped Mall downtown. I also love playing on the lakes nearby (boating, swimming, skiing).


William Flanary, MDWill Flanary, MD

Ophthalmology Resident, 2014-2017

‪1. Where did you grow up?

Deer Park, TX

‪2. What do you enjoy outside of medicine?

In order from most to least enjoyable: wife and kids, ultimate Frisbee, winter

‪3. Why did you choose Iowa?

The people are friendly, the facilities are beautiful, the research will blow your mind, the commute is non-existent, the cost of living is cheap, and the corn is plentiful.

‪4. What is your favorite place or thing to do in Iowa City?

Summer activities: Free festivals Downtown, free weekly concerts, free hiking and swimming in nearby lakes, and plenty of porch-sitting (also free)


Jaclyn Haugsdal, MDJaclyn Haugsdal, MD

Ophthalmology Resident, 2014-2017

1. Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Lake Mills, a small town in north central Iowa.

2. What do you enjoy outside of medicine?

My interests outside of medicine include going on walks to the farmers market and downtown Iowa City with my husband and twin girls. We also enjoy swimming at the local pools and eating at the Iowa City area gems.

3. Why did you choose Iowa?

I chose Iowa for the excellent dedication to resident education. It is obvious talking to any faculty member or staff that they love what they do and they want to teach. Everyone is willing to go out of their way to see each resident succeed and to support you in your education.

4. What is your favorite place or thing to do in Iowa City?

We really like the Iowa City farmers market and eating at Dane’s Dairy, the Bluebird Diner, Giovanni's, and Orchard Green. The Pedestrian Mall is also a popular spot for summer strolls and enjoying patio drinks and meals.


Prashant Parekh, MD, MBAPrashant Parekh, MD, MBA

Ophthalmology Resident, 2014-2017

1. Where did you grow up?

Miami, Florida.

2. What do you enjoy outside of medicine?

Swimming, watching sports, movies, salsa dancing.

3. Why did you choose Iowa?

When considering the ideal aspects of a training program (i.e., high patient volume, collegial environment, strong didactics, world-class faculty and departmental stability, ample research opportunities, personable residents and fellows, facilities within walking distance), I felt that Iowa had them all. Each passing day, I realize more and more what a privilege it is to train here.

4. What is your favorite place or thing to do in Iowa City?

Hang out with friends/co-workers wherever! Also, hang out at the Ped Mall.


Steve Christiansen, MDSteve Christiansen, MD

Ophthalmology Resident, 2014-2017

1. Where did you grow up?

Salt Lake City, Utah

2. What do you enjoy outside of medicine?

I enjoy spending time with my wife and our two kids, working on do-it-yourself projects around the house, and writing for the ophthalmology blog I started a few years ago, www.eyesteve.com

3. Why did you choose Iowa?

I chose Iowa for its strong clinical training, innovative leaders and researchers, emphasis on resident education, happy residents, and wonderful, safe, affordable location in which to raise a young family.

4. What is your favorite place or thing to do in Iowa City?

We love to enjoy live music Downtown on the Pedestrian Mall, The Children's Museum and Public Library, Lake McBride, and the many parks around town



Matt Miller, MDMatt Miller, MD

Ophthalmology Resident, 2015-2018

1. Where did you grow up?

South Weber, Utah

2. What do you enjoy outside of medicine?

Spending time with my family, trail running, skiing

3. Why did you choose Iowa?

The University of Iowa is an incredible ophthalmology training program. I chose Iowa because the enthusiasm I felt for becoming an ophthalmologist as I left my interview was unlike anything I experienced at other programs. That enthusiasm stems from being surrounded by a world-class faculty committed to resident education and success, along with fellow trainees who collectively approach ophthalmology education like a team sport. I'm very grateful to be at Iowa and for the ability I'll have to care for patients in the future thanks to the exceptional training I'm receiving here.

4. What is your favorite place or thing to do in Iowa City?

Taking my kids to Kent Park, eating tacos at La Regia Taqueria


T.J. Clark, MDTJ Clark, MD

Ophthalmology Resident, 2015-2018

1. Where did you grow up?

On a farm in north central iowa

2. What do you enjoy outside of medicine?

Spend time with my family (wife-Leah, daughter-Ellie, dog-Winslo, and daughter-to-be (God willing) due in September). We go on a lot of walks and hikes as well as cross country ski in the winter

3. Why did you choose Iowa?

The people. I couldn't imagine that another program would have faculty as knowledgeable yet approachable and friendly as we have at Iowa. The residents were the type of people I could look up to and aspire to be like both professionally and personally

4. What is your favorite place or thing to do in Iowa City?

Linder Point/Squire Point--great place to take a hike and recharge out in nature


Lorraine Myers, MDLori Myers, MD

Ophthalmology Resident, 2015-2018

1. Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Bloomfield, a tiny town in southern Indiana.

2. What do you enjoy outside of medicine?

I enjoy working out, going out with friends, exploring nearby Iowa towns, and when I find extra time -- baking, cooking, and art.

3. Why did you choose Iowa?

Iowa felt "right" to me. It felt like home. I thought about what would really make my day-to-day enjoyable, and for me, it's kind people, a nice work environment, and a program that embraces teaching. Residency is going to be a challenge, but having the right people around you makes it less challenging.

4. What is your favorite place or thing to do in Iowa City?

My favorite thing to do in Iowa City? It's very simple: taking walks. I love evenings in Iowa! The sunsets are incredible, and the wildflowers are beautiful. Plus, it's safe!


Lindsay McConnell, MDLindsay McConnell, MD

Ophthalmology Resident, 2015-2018

1. Where did you grow up?

I have lived in Iowa City since I was 8 years old.

2. What do you enjoy outside of medicine?

I enjoy working out, being active outside, traveling, spending time with friends and family, and volunteering in the community.

3. Why did you choose Iowa?

After interviewing all over I knew there was no better place for me than Iowa. The residents and staff facilitate a welcoming and educational environment where I felt at home. I knew there was nowhere else where I would obtain top-notch training with such a quality group of people.

4. What is your favorite place or thing to do in Iowa City?

I love the Iowa City Farmers Market as well as all of the festivals and events Downtown in the summer.


Tyler Risma, MDTyler Risma, MD

Ophthalmology Resident, 2015-2018

1. Where did you grow up?

Maine, New Hampshire, Southern California, Kentucky, and Minnesota.

2. What do you enjoy outside of medicine?

Spending time with my wife and two kids. Waterskiing, soccer, guitar, and banjo.

3. Why did you choose Iowa?

Multiple top level faculty in each subspecialty. Great surgical training. Being a resident at Iowa means you are a part of a team of residents who look out for each other and work to make each other succeed. My co-residents have gone out of their way to help each other above and beyond what I ever would have imagined.

4. What is your favorite place or thing to do in Iowa City?

The Coralville reservoir is 15 minutes away, there is always something great to do in the Ped Mall, and there are a surprising number of great restaurants given the size of Iowa City.



Spenser MortonSpenser Morton, MD

Transitional Intern, 2015-2016; Ophthalmology Resident, 2016-2019

1. Where did you grow up?

West Chester, PA. ( a small suburb outside of Philadelphia)

2. What do you enjoy outside of medicine?

My favorite thing to do is spend time with my wife and son. I also love to homebrew beer, hunt, fish, hike, snowboard, and just about anything else outdoors.

3. Why did you choose Iowa?

I chose Iowa because I wanted to train in a world-class facility, with top-notch faculty, in an environment that is comfortable, friendly, and supportive. Not only does Iowa provide the best blend of academic and surgical training available, but it does so while surrounding you with truly high caliber people who want you to succeed just as badly as you do. Lastly, I was blown away by how great of an opportunity the integrated internship is. Every day that passes I am happier that I chose Iowa.

4. What is your favorite place or thing to do in Iowa City?

Exploring the many [hiking and biking] paths and Fishing in the Lake at Kent Park and Lake MacBride.


Stephanie LynchStephanie Lynch, MD

Transitional Intern, 2015-2016; Ophthalmology Resident, 2016-2019

1. Where did you grow up?

East Greenwich, RI

2. What do you enjoy outside of medicine?

I love playing soccer, running, traveling to new places, and hanging with my dogs.

3. Why did you choose Iowa?

People here have a great sense of humor. The residents not only receive excellent training but are also well supported as individuals.

4. What is your favorite place or thing to do in Iowa City?

Eating dinner out at the Ped Mall in the summer


Aaron RiccaAaron Ricca, MD

Transitional Intern, 2015-2016; Ophthalmology Resident, 2016-2019

1. Where did you grow up?

Jonesboro, Arkansas

2. What do you enjoy outside of medicine?

I enjoy fly fishing and hunting. In particular, salt water fly fishing and wing-shooting are my favorite. I hunt all manner of fowl and game and bowhunt for big game

3. Why did you choose Iowa?

I chose Iowa for numerous reasons, but primarily for the people in the department and the quality of resident education and experience. The atmosphere here is beyond the best out of anywhere that I saw across the nation. The faculty and staff love what they do and it shows in the day-to-day workflow. The attendings love to teach and interact with the residents. Dr. Oetting always has the best interests of the residents in mind and is very receptive to new ideas and progress. Everyone here wants to support you and provide you with all the opportunities possible for you to develop and succeed in any way you desire. It is completely possible for you to have a strenuous and high achieving work life as well as a healthy personal life in this program. The research potential is fantastic, if you choose to pursue it, and the surgical training is cutting edge. Also, the integrated internship is a huge bonus. It allows you to become a member of the department immediately, you don't have to wait an entire year to begin what you want to do right now.

4. What is your favorite place or thing to do in Iowa City?

I really enjoy going to the Farmer's Markets throughout the week and especially the weekend. The atmosphere of the city and surrounding suburbs is outstanding and the Downtown and the Ped Mall are a lot of fun on the weekend evenings. My favorite place though would probably be my house and the houses of the other residents in my class. They are the best BBQ joint/pizzeria/bar in town! Also, the breweries in the area are all excellent.


Daniel TerveenDaniel Terveen, MD

Transitional Intern, 2015-2016; Ophthalmology Resident, 2016-2019

1. Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Spearfish, South Dakota

2. What do you enjoy outside of medicine?

One of my favorite things to do is pheasant hunt in beautiful South Dakota. I also enjoy playing most sports especially soccer and tennis. I love spending time outdoors hiking, camping, and skiing. My new hobby is gardening and battling weeds.

3. Why did you choose Iowa?

I chose Iowa because I believe in the program's mission. The department is committed to curing blinding eye conditions but they also place the highest emphasis on resident education. Nowhere else in the country do you have world-renowned specialists taking such a personal interest in resident education. Department wide teaching rounds every morning, a busy, second-to-none surgical curriculum, and personalized resident research mentorship give you the tools to become successful in the career path you choose. The integrated intern year is also great. It is five months of ophthalmology experience and takes away the stress of matching into a second intern year program. Finally, the people here are incredibly kind and give you endless opportunities to succeed.

4. What is your favorite place or thing to do in Iowa City?

One of my favorite things is hanging Downtown with my wife who is also a resident in Iowa's OB department. There are a ton of great restaurants and shops all within walking distance of our house. We also love sitting on our deck enjoying the weather and hanging out with our co-residents!


Brittni Scruggs MillerBrittni Scruggs Miller, MD, PhD

Transitional Intern, 2015-2016; Ophthalmology Resident, 2016-2019

1. Where did you grow up?

Born and raised in Louisiana!

2. What do you enjoy outside of medicine?

I enjoy spending time with my husband, Nick; we especially like to run or work out together. I adore my daughter, Lucia, and we love to spend time swimming or going to the park. Of course, I also love my co-residents and enjoy spending time with friends. I am a cellist (but I do not play as much as I should). And lastly, I enjoy cooking (and eating) spicy foods!

3. Why did you choose Iowa?

As someone who aspires to be a physician-scientist, I can think of no better program than Iowa to start my career. The research is fascinating, novel, and abundant--all residents have really interesting projects! Iowa stood out as a residency program that caters to what is best for the individual resident. For example, the integrated year (which is a HUGE plus), allows residents to get connected with mentors early and have 5 months of dedicated ophthalmology rotations while still an intern. So, a resident’s knowledge is being built up in a low-stress environment before primary call even begins! The integrated intern year also allows residents to later choose to travel internationally or do sub-specialty electives that prepare the resident for a specific career or fellowship. I am a Southern girl, yet I feel at home here. Everyone is genuinely kind and cares very much about education, as evidenced by daily grand rounds and weekly conferences.

4. What is your favorite place or thing to do in Iowa City?

As a New Orleanian, I am pleasantly surprised by what IC has to offer, especially in regards to music! I have enjoyed going to the various festivals (Arts Fest, Jazz Fest, etc.). There seems to be something to do every weekend, including (but not limited to) a really great Farmer's Market! I live within walking distance to Downtown and love being able to walk to so many activities.