First Year Residents
Aisha Davis, MD
I was born and raised in the Caribbean on the tiny island of St.Thomas. Upon graduation from high school, I moved to the U.S and attended Spelman College where I obtained my undergraduate degree in biology. I completed medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine. During the midst of medical school, my passion for laboratory research led me to pursue a master’s degree in Translational Research.
Prior to the residency interviewing season, I never anticipated attending a residency program in the state of Indiana. I always thought I would moved to the east coast to be closer to family. But, the minute I completed my interview at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, I knew I wanted to attend this residency program. The warmth and love I felt on interview day at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, was second to none! Now that I am currently in the program, the love, support and compassion that I felt on interview is evident in everyone that I encounter including the residents, attending physicians, nurses and ancillary staff.
Outside of medicine, I absolutely love spending time with family and friends. I also love traveling and have visited many places including Honduras, China and Australia. It is my deepest passion to live and practice medicine internationally. Specifically, I would love to practice medicine in a developing country.
Deep Desai, MD
Born in India, raised in California, medically educated in West Indies and clinically cultivated in New York. It’s been a long road and I am excited to start the next part in Indiana. I am a huge believer in the difference good friends and family can make in tough times. Residency is definitely going to be tough no matter where you end up going, but having a good support system can really help you get through it. IU Health Ball Memorial definitely has that support system and that's what drew me to this program. I think it's pretty apparent on how close knit this program is, you can see it every morning at 6:45 am when everyone comes in with a smile on their face and in the hall ways where everyone greets each other.
Aside from medicine, I like to workout, watch sports, play my guitar and spend time with friends and family.
Tanvi Desai, MD
I consider California my home state, but have moved around all my life. Who else can claim that they’ve attended 15 different schools? I think that’s why it was very exciting for me to attend St. George’s University in Grenada, and finish my clinical years in Brooklyn, New York.
I was drawn to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital because of the warm, learning environment that the faculty and staff provide. Nurses and doctors work together here as a team and the lines of communication are always open to provide optimal patient care. One of the most important attributes in a residency for me was a balance between didactic learning and on-the-job learning. At IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, the faculty provides the right amount of support at the right time.
Other than the medical life, I really enjoy yoga, running, finding new music to listen to, and spending time with friends and family. I am really excited to call this place my home for the next three years.
Benjamin Krasin, MD
I’m originally from Spokane, Washington and completed medical school at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. I was a non-traditional medical student and worked for several years prior to medical school as an EMT in an Emergency Department, firefighter, lifeguard trainer and swim-team coach.
My journey to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital was quite random, but definitely fortuitous. I was eager to depart the Pacific Northwest, yet I had no clear destination in mind. The large team structure in the university setting left me feeling disengaged with direct patient care. As such, I focused my attention on smaller programs across the country. I felt an instant connection to the residents and staff at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital and knew it would be an excellent residency choice. The smaller, more intimate setting, with physicians eager to teach, proved a much better fit for my learning style.
My interests are varied and always changing. I have two provisional patents related to both the medical field and education. Despite the overwhelming odds against any success related to this, it remains a fun and creatively engaging endeavor. My less expensive hobbies include chess, basketball, brainteasers, debate, and kittens.
Olufemi Olorunda, MD
I was born in Ibadan, Nigeria and grew up in a healthcare system that was unfortunately suboptimal. This spurned my quest for an encompassing medical education as I pursued a bachelor’s degree in Health Information Management and a Master’s in Public Health at St. Louis University in Missouri. I had the privilege of pursuing my medical education at St. George’s University as a Keith B. Taylor Scholar which afforded me the opportunity to study in Newcastle, United Kingdom for a year. My thirst for a well-rounded education has taken me to five different continents allowing me to incorporate multiple cultures and systemic approaches to my daily life and the world of medicine.
My family lives in Muncie and several of my family members have graduated from Muncie Central High School and Ball State University. This combined with the family atmosphere demonstrated by the residents and staff as well as the attention given to graduate medical education and quality improvement, made Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital an obvious choice to begin my medical career.
In my spare time, I enjoy playing and watching sports, especially soccer, traveling, experiencing different cultures, live music events, comedy shows and outdoor sports.
Karen Roque, MD
I was born and raised in the Philippines and completed my medical education at Cebu Institute of Medicine. I migrated to Orlando, Florida with my family to work as a nurse. Being a nurse has given me a lot of experience and exposure to the medical system. It showed me an opportunity to pursue my medical career.
I am quite familiar with IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital through my colleagues. I like that the program's basic learning experience is supplemented with a structured didactic teaching. The house staff is dedicated and warm. For me, these are the things I need for my growth as a physician.
During my free time, I go on trips with my family. I love shopping and dining out. I also love watching movies and reading.
Amit Shetty, MB, BS
I am from Freeport, Illinois, home of the Freeport High School Pretzels (yep that’s the actual mascot). The chance to play college soccer took me to the University of New Mexico where I red shirted as a freshman and studied Pre-Med. After my freshman year, I took an opportunity to begin medical school at Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, in South India. I had an invaluable experience in my time there both learning and practicing medicine in a developing country, as well as with my own personal growth. It really made me appreciate everything I have in life and to never take anything for granted.
Choosing IU Health Ball Memorial for residency was an easy decision. During my interview, I saw firsthand the camaraderie amongst the residents and transparency of the faculty. Combine that with the success of the resident alumni, great facilities, and wonderful people at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, the program checked all the boxes for me. I look forward to serving the community of Muncie both in and outside of the hospital.
My interests in Medicine include Interventional Cardiology, Infectious Diseases, and Rheumatology. In my free time I like to exercise, play basketball, tennis, and chess, watch movies, and hang out with friends. My interests outside of Medicine include photography, cooking, meteorology, and geography.
Daniel Stegelman, MD
Hello to all who happen to grace the IU Health Ball Memorial Internal Medicine Resident’s webpage! My name is Daniel Stegelman and I am a new intern at the great IU Health Ball Memorial Internal Medicine Program! I was born in Madisonville, KY and moved to Indiana when I was around five. I grew up in Fort Wayne, IN most of my life and I could never seem to find my way out of Indiana. I attended Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN where I earned my bachelor’s degree in Biology. I received my Doctor of Medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine. I am definitely not unfamiliar with “Funcie, IN.” I spent my first two years of medical school in Muncie, IN working with some of the residents and staff at the IU Health Ball Memorial Internal Medicine Program.
It is really a privilege to be a part of the Internal Medicine Residency at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital. I know that I will be working with great staff and residents throughout the next three years. Dr. Johnston and Dr. Dickey actually taught some of my classes while I was in Muncie my first two years of medical school. I have many interests in medicine including research, ethics, and patient care. In the future, I could see myself becoming a hospitalist, working mostly primary care, or even attending a fellowship program in endocrinology, infectious disease, or nephrology. I am looking forward to making lifelong friends with my fellow residents and colleagues over the next three years. I also look forward to becoming a well-rounded and effective physician who will be able to improve the health and well-being of all of my patients.
When I have the time, I enjoy running, weight lifting, reading science fiction and biographies, hanging out with my dudes and dudettes, making people laugh until they can’t breathe, cuddling with kitty cats, and catching up on sleep.