Department of Medicine

Internal Medicine Residency

Chief Residents

Iftiar Chowdhury – Chief Resident, Quality & Patient Safety
"My first name is ASM Iftiar, I go by Iftiar. The ASM are my grandfather’s initials whom I never met. He died before he met any of his grandchildren so my father and his brothers have named all their sons beginning with ASM to honor and remember him. I was born in Chittagong Bangladesh and lived there until I was seven. There life was simpler and easier but limited. My parents sacrificed it all to give my younger sisters and I the potential to further ourselves and immigrated to New York City in 1997. Life was difficult when we first arrived. Although I have no accent, english is my second language, something I did not learn until 2000. Despite my late upbringing, I whole-heartedly identify myself with my growth, development, and experiences in the U.S.A. I was fortunate enough to attend a combined, accelerated program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. I really enjoyed my six years in KC, MO where I met some amazing people. By the way it is true that KC has the world’s best barbecue. When I interviewed at IU, I felt very comfortable. I remember my interview with Dr. Goldman where we spent a significant time discussing video games and other forms of stress relief. I have enjoyed my time at IU with the 4-hospital system and the diversity of knowledge I have been exposed to, including Quality Improvement and Patient Safety. I chose to apply for the chief residency in that field as I see it as burgeoning field in medicine where it’s importance and ability to improve patient care is slowly but surely being recognized. As chief, I am excited about the learning and teaching opportunities, working together with others towards common goals, and advocating for our residents. In my spare time, I enjoy watching my favorite teams (I am a huge fan of the NY Mets), cooking, biking, gaming, reading about various topics (history, airplanes/airlines/airports), traveling and just spending time with friends and loved ones. I am still considering hospitalist vs. fellowship for the time being but know that I want to focus on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety regardless of what field I pursue.".

Phil Hanneman – Chief Resident, Eskenazi Health Hospital
Thank you for your interest in Indiana University! I am honored to be serving as Chief Resident for Eskenazi Health, which is one of America’s five largest safety net hospital systems. We provide care to patients from all walks of life and contribute greatly to the education of medical students and housestaff. I am originally from Centerville, Indiana and completed my undergraduate and medical school training at Indiana University. My wife and I love Indianapolis and are fortunate to be raising our 2-year-old son and newborn twins here! My interactions with the Department of Medicine staff were always extremely positive as a student, so it was an easy decision to stay here for residency. I look forward to assisting our current residents advance toward their career goals while also helping with the recruitment of a new group of outstanding interns! After completion of my chief residency, I look forward to pursuing a career in pulmonary/critical care medicine. My clinical interests include sepsis, trends in toxicology, smoke inhalation injury and pulmonary vascular disease. Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have regarding Life at IU!.

Katie McPherson – Chief Resident, IU Methodist Hospital
I’m very excited to be the Methodist Chief Resident this year! Even while growing up in small town southern Indiana, I knew being a doctor was the profession for me. I matriculated to Hanover College where I got a bit of the liberal arts bug and studied Ethics in addition to Chemistry. Afterwards, I traveled to the big city to start medical school at IU School of Medicine. Luckily the Hoosier life continued when I started internal medicine residency here in Indianapolis. I’ve loved the diversity of our patients and support from this program. The thing I was most impressed with during my training was how the program listened and adjusted to resident feedback. Somehow, they were able to provide the perfect balance of support and autonomy. The tremendous residents and faculty are the reason I decided to apply for a chief position. Outside of work, I’m very fortunate to be the mother of a Great Pyrenees, who believes with all his heart that despite being a giant breed, he is in fact a lap dog. My husband, Brice, and I love visiting breweries, running, biking and eating “foodie food” which fortunately fits perfectly with the Indianapolis lifestyle! I’m preparing to apply for Pulmonary/Critical Care fellowship next year!

Joe Miles – Chief Resident, Roudebush VA Hospital
I had lived in Kentucky all my life prior to venturing to Indiana University for residency. My undergraduate training took me to Georgetown College just outside of Lexington, Kentucky where I obtained a bachelor degree in biological sciences. From there I moved on to medical school at the University of Louisville and truly felt I would never leave. During my search for the ‘right fit’ for residency training however, I was fortunate to be interviewed by the good folks at Indiana University. While interacting with the housestaff and those in program leadership it became clear that this was a special place. I found the program’s forward thinking to closely match my own goals and interests. The size of the program offered great exposure to a diverse patient population split between four campus hospital systems. I was particularly impressed with the program director Dr. Goldman and his commitment to resident education. I took a chance and left Kentucky…and I haven’t been disappointed since. I wed my wife Julie following intern year with a group of newly acquired residency friends making the trip to Kentucky for our memorable day. Julie moved here to Indianapolis and recently completed a Masters in Physician Assistant studies at Butler University. We have come to find Indianapolis to be a welcoming city with a small town feel. We’re foodies and enjoy pursuing Yelp elite status while dining at the fine establishments around the city – I haven’t run out of delectable places to eat since my arrival three years ago. We also enjoy the booming microbrew scene. The city offers a wide array of entertainment from collegiate to semi-pro and pro sports of all kinds. We are avid bikers and runners which makes the Monon trail irresistible in the summer months. I look forward to the prospect of working closely with our current housestaff to improve residency education as Chief resident at the VA Medical Center this coming year. I plan to pursue Cardiology fellowship training following this year’s opportunity to establish a good foundation as an educator and a leader in academic medicine.

Kathleen Morris – Chief Resident, IU Hospital
I was born and raised in Buffalo, NY, the home of the chicken wings and hockey (let’s go Sabres!). I frequently traveled back and forth to visit family in Canada. If you ever hear me say “eh,” don’t be alarmed as I have dual citizenship. I also spent most of my time growing up as a competitive swimmer and softball player. I attended Clarkson University for undergrad in upstate NY (the definition of “cold”) where I continued to swim, enjoyed to ski and spent time in the Adirondacks. I left my home state of NY to attend medical school in Erie, PA where I met my husband. We decided to leave our home roots and couples match at Indiana University where he is currently a general surgery resident. I chose IU due to the diversity of patients seen within the four hospital systems and the supportive environment amongst house staff and faculty, particularly our program director Dr. Goldman. I was lucky enough to have my first child Jacob during residency. I spend most of my time with my toddler, my Yorkie CJ, my husband and arranging play dates with other residents and their children. We have enjoyed our time in Indianapolis exploring various restaurants and breweries along with the Children’s Museum and zoo. During residency, IU has not only become my work place, but the people have become my family. I plan to give back to our residency and be a resident advocate and educator during my chief year at University Hospital.

Hossein "Bo" Ouranos – Chief Resident, Ambulatory Care
I was born in in the suburbs of Chicago but lived most of my life in Indiana. I went to medical school at Indiana University where I found a passion in medicine, and I was fortunate to complete my internal medicine training at IU. IU was the perfect fit for internal medicine training for several reasons, including the excellent staff that valued teaching, the diversity of patient populations with the four hospital system, and my co-residents that have become my dearest friends. During my free time, I like to ride my bicycle around Indianapolis, play soccer, and grill. I completed my first half marathon last spring and hope to complete another one this fall. I look forward to my chief year and working with all of the interns, residents, students and staff!

Ben Hulkower – Chief Resident, Medicine/Pediatrics
I was born in Phoenix, Arizona along with my twin-sister, Emily. At the time, my parents and my older sister, Rachel, were living on an Apache reservation in southeastern Arizona. My dad, a family physician, was working for the Indian Health Service through the National Health Service Corps. As a young kid our family moved to western North Carolina and eventually settled in the beautiful town of Asheville, the place I will always consider my home. I was later granted the privilege of attending UNC-Chapel Hill for my undergraduate studies. There I was able to live the dream of becoming a Tar Heel and discovering why, indeed, the sky is painted Carolina blue. For medical school I attended East Carolina University-Brody School of Medicine (before you ask, East Carolina is not a state but it’s a university in eastern North Carolina). While back home on break in Asheville in 2010 I met my wife Katie, a transplant from Nashville, Tennessee. For residency we chose a combined training program in Internal Medicine-Pediatrics at Indiana University and have enjoyed living and working in Indianapolis over the past three years. We now live in the Broad Ripple neighborhood and are expecting our first child, a baby girl we’ve named Charlie. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for us.

Rachel Peterson – Chief Resident, Medicine/Pediatrics
Indiana has been my home since birth; I’ve spent nearly equal periods of my life in the south (Bloomington), north (Fort Wayne), and central parts of the state. Growing up I enjoyed riding horses, playing volleyball and performing violin. I took up long distance running in the later parts of high school and during my time at Taylor University in Upland, IN. While there, I majored in Biology and minored in Psychology. I also met my best friend, now husband, Eric. We were married two weeks after graduating college which was followed by a swift move to Indianapolis where I completed my medical school training at the IU School of Medicine. While in med school, we found close friends in my classmates and in our local church community. In my free time during residency, I’ve continued to pursue my passions of running, art (photography, ceramics, and watercolor are newer interests of mine) and travelling with my husband. When I searched the country for Medicine-Pediatric combined residencies, I found that IU uniquely offered strong programs on the categorical and the Med-Peds sides. After matching at IU, I was impressed not only by the caliber of the program but the mentorship available. These two things, I noticed, also attracted amazing co-residents. During my residency we also were lucky enough to have our first child and for Eric to pursue his J.D. at the IU McKinney School of Law. I am excited for the opportunity to serve by fellow residents, teach medical students, and continue to learn from excellent staff during my last year as a resident. Afterwards, I have accepted the opportunity to stay on at IU and work as a hospitalist.