Current Residents

Natalie Debernardi, M.D.

Undergraduate: Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Medical School: University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, IL


I chose the University of Iowa for its exceptional training in Occupational and Environmental Medicine.  The faculty are extremely knowledgeable, approachable, and dedicated to the education and personal success of their residents. This program provides exposure to a wide variety of patients through a multitude of occupational arenas along with offering various networking opportunities.  To closely interact, learn, and collaborate with other professionals in an interdisciplinary team was incredibly appealing to me.  The success of its past residents further solidified the program's firm dedication to education, high board pass-rate, and professional achievement.  Aside from academics, Iowa City and the surrounding areas are a great place to live! There is an obvious sense of community and plethora of culture, dining, and activities.

Chibuike Obioha, M.B., B.S.

Undergraduate and Medical School: College of Health Sciences, University of Port-Harcourt, Choba, Rivers State, Nigeria

 Chibuike Obioha

Occupational medicine residency at the University of Iowa has a great reputation and impressive track record of top-notch graduates with stellar first time board pass rate. It is a high-quality program in a world-class medical facility surrounded by a family-friendly living environment.  The success of this program stems from down-to-earth, highly esteemed, and knowledgeable faculty committed to excellent outcome of the program and its residents.  There's access to a wide variety of occupational practical settings, research opportunities and a very flexible schedule.  I am simply very happy to be here and appreciative of the opportunity.

Steven Rippentrop, MD, MPH, MA

Undergraduate: Luther College, Decorah, IA
Masters: Harvard Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, IA
Medical School: University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City, IA

Steven Rippentrop, MD

I discovered occupational medicine while completing my MPH 10 years ago. After practicing for 3 years in primary care in Iowa as well as Atlanta, Georgia, I wanted to learn more about preventative measures, occupational health, and healthcare management. I am excited to return to the field of public health. The residency program is very flexible and has encouraged me to pursue diverse interests. Married with two children, I enjoy learning to play cello, riding bikes with the family, and trying to roast my own coffee.