Dianna Edwards | Yazan Hasan | Tony Klappa
Dianna Edwards, MD
Dianna was born and raised on a farm in rural Iowa. Growing up in a medically underserved area sparked Dianna’s interest in pursuing a career in medicine. After graduating high school, she attended the University of Iowa, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychiatry in 2007. Dianna stayed in Iowa City to complete her medical school at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and Internal Medicine residency training at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Choosing to stay at Iowa for her medical training was an easy decision. Not only does the program provide a solid foundation for clinical medicine but also gave her access to master clinicians and outstanding research opportunities…not to mention the Iowa City area is a great place to live and raise a family.
While attending undergraduate school she met her husband, Jerome, who is a commercial lender. They welcomed their first child, Jarin, in June 2010 and their daughter, Jordanna, in July 2013. When she is not working, you can find her spending time with her family, gardening, doing projects around the house, and traveling.
Dianna continues to be very passionate and excited to practice medicine. She enjoys witnessing the interaction of the human body and disease on a daily basis. The variety and complexity of the pathophysiology and treatment of diseases leaves her eager to learn more after each patient encounter. As chief resident, she looks forward to guiding and mentoring residents to becoming compassionate, competent, lifelong learners. Following her year as Chief Resident, she plans to pursue a career in Hospitalist medicine.
Yazan Hasan, MBBS
Yazan grew up in the northern part of Jordan in a city called Irbid. After high school, he received his medical degree from Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) in 2009. After graduation, he worked as an intern for one year in two community hospitals in Irbid as part of mandatory training in Jordan. Then, he completed one year of internal medicine residency at King Abdulla University Hospital (JUST). Then he moved to Iowa in 2011 and completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Iowa in 2014. He is very glad he did his residency in a well-rounded program that provided him with excellent training, diverse pathology and a learning environment in a collegial atmosphere. He is very excited to have the chance to work with the residency program as a chief resident. Following his chief year, he is planning to pursue a fellowship in cardiovascular medicine.
Yazan met his wife Thara’ in medical school. They had their first daughter Tala in January 2014. He spends most of his free time with his family. He enjoys watching European soccer, outdoor activities with friends and eating Middle Eastern food.
Tony Klappa, MD
Tony grew up in Hopkins, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis. When Tony started elementary school, his mother also began training to become a physical therapist. She would often study anatomy by using the famous “bone box” and anatomy coloring books, which she would enlist the help of her son to review bone anatomy with her or pick out the first color to use on a new page. The combination of hands-on learning and feeling empowered helping his mother study, sparked his love for medicine, discovery, and helping people.
His newly-found passion carried him through school, finishing undergrad at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology. One of his finest days occurred when he received his acceptance phone call from dean at the Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin School of Medicine and Science, where he graduated in 2011. He furthered his medical education by completing his Internal Medicine residency at the University of Iowa, a program known for its strong academic background while stressing the importance of providing altruistic care.
Tony’s greatest experience in medicine, far exceeding his acceptance call, occurred while visiting a family in a local Iowa community who had unfortunately lost several family members to sudden cardiac death. Their unrivaled hospitality and the gratitude he experienced during his clinical investigation, is something he will never forget and truly has been the steam that continues to power his dreams.
After serving as a Chief Resident, Tony plans on pursuing fellowship training in cardiology. His areas of interest in medicine include evidence-based medicine, clinical and basic research, and bedside ultrasound. When not working in the hospital or lab, Tony enjoys being active, strength training, and practicing guitar.