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Hayden Barrett, MD

Hayden Barrett

Undergraduate: College of Charleston
Medical School: University of South Carolina
Professional Interests: Cardiothoracic Radiology
Hometown: Charleston, SC
Hobbies: Working out, video games, playing guitar, being quarantined

Why Spartanburg Regional? I chose Spartanburg Regional because of the people. My interview day with Spartanburg was very pleasant and the staff and residents were very happy to be in this setting. The program is very excited to train residents and I felt that trainees were given a lot of respect during my own interview. I also wanted to stay in the South Carolina or North Carolina area when I am a practicing radiologist, so it just felt like a great fit!

Elizabeth Danahy, MD

Elizabeth Danahy, MD

Undergraduate: Clemson University
Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina
Professional Interests: Diagnostic radiology
Hometown: Beaufort, SC
Hobbies: Running, surfing, snowboarding, reading and traveling

Why Spartanburg Regional? Spartanburg Regional is a perfect fit for me because it provides excellent training in a community setting with top-notch educators, wonderful people, and an incredible support system.  The program places an emphasis on individual wellness while creating a training environment that values compassionate, well-rounded physicians who prioritize quality patient care. Spartanburg provides a diverse educational experience with quite a bit of flexibility in terms of electives that will prepare me well for my future career in radiology.  

Carter Ellis, MD

Carter Ellis, MD

Undergraduate: Clemson University
Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina
Professional Interests: Dermatology
Hometown: Charleston, SC
Hobbies: Fishing, going to the beach, taking boat rides and trying out new restaurants and breweries with my husband Ben. 

Why Spartanburg Regional? I chose Spartanburg Regional because it provided everything I was looking for in a Transitional Year program prior to beginning my Dermatology residency. Not only does this program provide a wide variety of rotations and experiences, but it also led by some of the kindest and most genuine people I have ever met. From the minute I met our program director Dr. Davis along with coordinators Sissy and Trish, I felt welcome, valued, and part of the family. 

Ben McCafferty, MD

Ben McCafferty, MD

Undergraduate: University of Alabama at Birmingham​​​​​​​
Medical School: UAB School of Medicine​​​​​​​
Professional Interests: Interventional radiology​​​​​​​
Hometown: Madison​​​​​​​, AL
Hobbies: Hiking, video games, ultimate frisbee, constantly being hungry, video production/editing and hanging out with my wife. 

Why Spartanburg Regional? Spartanburg Regional is the perfect combination of resident learning, beautiful location, and friendly program   culture. At Spartanburg Regional, the flexible curriculum allows you to tailor the best clinical foundation for your respective specialty.  The location allows for easy trips to mountains, beaches, Asheville, Charleston, or any of your outdoor interests. Spartanburg itself offers a fun downtown area with plenty of places to eat. Lastly, the genuine camaraderie between faculty, residents, and staff coupled with the emphasis on resident well-being creates an unparalleled training environment.

Caroline (Callie) Merriam, DO

Caroline (Callie) Merriam, DO

Undergraduate: University of Notre Dame​​​​​​​
Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Carolinas Campus
Professional Interests: Diagnostic radiology​​​​​​​
Hometown: Charlotte​​​​​​​, NC
Hobbies: Watching college football, skiing, cooking with friends

Why Spartanburg Regional? The city of Spartanburg is truly a hidden gem in the Carolinas. Spartanburg offers a perfect balance of small-town charm, with diverse restaurants and fun outdoor events that you might expect to finds in a larger city. During my interview day, I found the faculty and residents at Spartanburg Regional to be friendly, approachable, and genuinely invested in building a culture of collegiality. The curriculum at SRHS is flexible and well-rounded, while providing residents with an excellent clinical foundation in preparation for our advanced specialties.

Cameron Olsen, MD

Cameron Olsen, MD

Undergraduate: Brigham Young University
Medical School: Duke University School of Medicine
Professional Interests: Diagnostic Radiology
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Hobbies: Sports, reading, hanging out with my wife and kids

Why Spartanburg Regional? I was looking for a program that would allow me to have excellent training, while supporting me as both a resident and a person, and I feel the program here at SRHS does just that. Our program director, Dr. Davis, helps create an amazing sense of community in this program and I immediately felt welcome here. A great hospital, great people and great benefits rounded out what I have felt like is an awesome program.

John Plante, MD, MSCR

John Plante, MD, MSCR

Undergraduate: North Greenville University​​​​​​​
Medical School: University of South Carolina School of Medicine​​​​​​​
Professional Interests: Dermatology, clinical research, medical education​​​​​​​
Hometown: Greer​​​​​​​, SC
Hobbies: Exercise and nutrition, cooking (especially seafood), baking, coffee, golf and disc golf, football, tennis, hiking, and spending time with my family, friends, crazy dog and awesome wife

Why Spartanburg Regional? I chose Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System for my intern year because it will provide strong clinical training in the midst of a collegial, family-oriented, supportive environment. This program provides the flexibility to gain clinical exposure in a wide variety of medical specialties, and the diversity of these experiences will improve my ability to care for patients as a dermatologist. Spartanburg is also a great place to live with many things to do, and my wife and I will be able to spend a year close to our families before moving elsewhere for further residency training.

Benjamin Reeves, MD

Benjamin Reeves, MD

Undergraduate: University of Tennessee at Martin
Medical School: East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine
Professional Interests: Global health, medical technology, personal finance
Hometown: Knoxville, TN
Hobbies: Golf, hiking, skiing, watching sports, time with family and friends

Why Spartanburg Regional? Spartanburg is in such an ideal location. It's natural beauty, along with its close proximity to the mountains and the coast, was a huge draw for me. I think the people here are what really made this program stand out the most, though. There seems to be a real sense of camaraderie between attendings and residents, and the education offered to trainees is second to none. This program offers a tremendous amount of flexibility, allowing residents to experience a broad scope of medicine. I find this very valuable as I work to lay the clinical foundation for my future career as a radiologist.

Ryan Rhodes, MD

Ryan Rhodes, MD

Undergraduate: The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina
Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina
Professional Interests: Ophthalmology
Hometown: Charleston, SC
Hobbies: Competitive cycling, backpacking and sailing

Why Spartanburg Regional? Spartanburg Regional was a perfect fit for me and my family because it is a close knit, family-oriented program that puts an emphasis on resident well-being, while providing superior teaching and preparing residents to provide excellent and compassionate care upon completion of their training.

Mason Runge, MD

Mason Runge, MD

Undergraduate: University of Texas at Austin
Medical School: University of Michigan
Professional Interests: Dermatology, clinical research, health policy, caring for the underserved
Hometown: Chapel Hill, NC
Hobbies: Playing basketball, tennis and golf, watching the NBA and PGA tour, making homemade pizza, frisbee with my dog Eddie, traveling and spending time with my lovely wife

Why Spartanburg Regional? Spartanburg offers an unparalleled combination of top-notch training in a collegial, warm and down-to-earth work environment. I loved my interview at SRHS and felt the camaraderie and tight-knit bond between the residents, faculty and staff were second to none.  

David Sailer, MD

David Sailer, MD

Undergraduate: University of North Carolina​​​​​​​
Medical School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine​​​​​​​
Professional Interests: Radiology, academic medicine​​​​​​​
Hometown: Chapel Hill, NC
Hobbies: UNC basketball and football, hiking, foodie, chess, movies

Why Spartanburg Regional? I am excited to be at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare for my Transitional Year. This program offered everything   I wanted out of a transitional year and more. From the family-like atmosphere to the numerous elective and core rotations available, I knew that this program would offer excellent preparation for my diagnostic radiology residency at UNC. The town of Spartanburg is also a great place to spend a year! There are awesome restaurants and breweries to explore, in addition to only being a quick drive away from Asheville or Charlotte.

QingYu Xu, MD

QingYu Xu, MD

Undergraduate: Washington and Lee University 
Medical School: University of South Carolina School of Medicine - Columbia
Professional Interests: Diagnostic radiology
Hometown: Claremont, CA
Hobbies: Video games, board games, 3D printing, hiking, Dragonboat racing, WWII tanks

Why Spartanburg Regional? I chose Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS) for my intern year because SRHS has an exceptionally dedicated faculty and staff, a flexible and comprehensive curriculum and ideal location. I was very impressed during my interview day by the work the faculty and staff pour into the program. The staff is honestly very caring and I saw myself training here because of this reason. This will be my last year before my specialized training. The diverse elective options mean that I will get to experience as many non-radiology specialties as possible so I can understand first-hand what providers expect from radiologists when I enter my specialty training. Lastly, Spartanburg is a pleasant and affordable place to live that is close to my fiancé and many outdoor recreation destinations, such as hiking around Asheville and Greenville.

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