Jessica Cyr | Samantha Danielson | Roberto Leon-Ferre
Jessica Cyr, M.D.
Jess grew up in Mount Vernon, Iowa. She attended Grinnell College and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish in 2004. After college, she spent two years teaching bilingual and ESL programming to elementary aged students in underserved communities in New York and Washington, D.C. through Teach for America. She returned to Iowa to attend medical school and then complete Internal Medicine residency at the University of Iowa.
She met her husband, Tony in medical school; he is finishing his MD/PhD this year. They had their first child, Henry, in June 2013. In her free time she enjoys running, cross-fit, trips to the dog park, and spending time with her new son.
She is excited to have the opportunity to work with the residency program as a chief resident this year.
Samantha Danielson, M.D.
Sam is a native Iowan, born in and raised near Des Moines. She attended Iowa State University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music - Percussion Performance in 2005. Her favorite musical instrument is the marimba, and she still loves to perform orchestral and chamber percussion music. During her time at Iowa State, she also focused on science studies to prepare for a career in medicine - "a musician should always have a day job." She then attended medical school at the University of Iowa, graduating in 2010. She continued her medical training in Iowa City and completed an Internal Medicine residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. After serving as Chief Resident, Sam will pursue a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine.
In her free time Sam enjoys listening to music, practicing and playing percussion, reading, and traveling.
Roberto Leon-Ferre, M.D.
Roberto grew up in Guayaquil, Ecuador. He received his medical degree from the Catholic University of Guayaquil, Ecuador in 2007. After graduating, he spent about a year working as a physician for an underserved population in rural Ecuador, providing primary care for the poorest in the country. Following this experience, he pursued further training and elective rotations in the US, spending time in Academic Institutions in Florida, Connecticut and Minnesota. He then completed his Internal Medicine residency at the University of Iowa in 2013. Following his year as Chief Resident, Roberto plans to pursue a fellowship in Hematology-Oncology, continuing to incorporate clinical research and education as part of his career.
Roberto is married to Paola. In their free time, they enjoy kayaking and paddle boarding. They also enjoy star gazing when weather conditions allow. They love the movies and watching multiple TV series together (their DVR is full most of the time). They enjoy going out and trying the different gastronomic options that the Iowa City/Coralville area offers, but also like to stay at home and prepare traditional Ecuadorian dishes for their friends to try.