Where are our graduating residents headed?

Best wishes to our graduating residents as they enter the next stage of their careers:


Neel Bhatt, MD

Next Step: Fellowship in Laryngology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Highlight of Residency: "I am grateful for the extraordinary mentorship and training I received throughout residency."


Collin L. Chen, MD

Next Step: Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO

Highlight of Residency: "I have attended graduation ceremonies for the past five classes, and I cannot wait for my family to attend my graduation. This will be the highlight for me!"

Jennifer Gross, MD

Next Step: Fellowship in Head and Neck Oncology, University of Miami, Miami, FL

Highlight of Residency: "I have enjoyed forming lasting relationships with fellow residents, colleagues and friends and learning how to treat patients with empathy and the highest quality of care."

Heidi L’Esperance, MD

Next Step: General ENT position, St. Mary’s Hospital/Essentia Health, Duluth, MN

Highlight of Residency: "It has been an honor and privilege to have trained at WashU under many of the leaders in our field. I have truly enjoyed meeting and working with everyone here - attendings, other residents, clinic and floor nurses, front desk staff and cleaning people, and countless others. Patient care requires teamwork amongst everyone in the organization, and seeing this in action has been one of my favorite things about this residency. Thank you all for the role you have played in my training, and know that I have enjoyed having had a chance to work with you all!"


Peter Vila, MD, MSPH

Next Step: Fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL

Highlight of Residency: "The most memorable moment for me throughout residency was taking care of a Spanish-speaking-only family at St. Louis Children's Hospital, and working closely with them during and after their child's surgery. I operated on the child and saw them every day after surgery, and by the time they were ready to go home we had developed a strong relationship, and I was able to ensure they were able to communicate with the many different members of the hospital staff."