Meet the leaders of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital.

Brandon S. Dickey, MD, FACP

Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency, IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital
Volunteer Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine

  • Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Residency: IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital
  • Board Certification: Internal Medicine

Dr. Dickey is a native of Anderson, Indiana who completed undergraduate and medical degrees at Indiana University. He completed his internal medicine residency at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital. During his residency, he was extremely active in the American College of Physicians Indiana Chapter and helped organize many events. Dr. Dickey has a particular interest in medical informatics, performance improvement and the electronic medical record.

His interests include virtually all sports and games. Most of his time away from the hospital is spent with his family. He also enjoys playing golf and biking.

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Adrian Singson, MD

Senior Associate Director and Director of Ambulatory Medicine, Internal Medicine Residency, IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital
Volunteer Clinical Assistant Professor, Indiana University School of Medicine

  • Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine - Rockford
  • Residency: IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital
  • Board Certification: Internal Medicine

Dr. Singson is originally from Iowa. He went to Loyola University for undergraduate education and later, the University of Chicago for medical school. His Internal Medicine residency was at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, where he was one of the chief residents. Dr. Singson enjoyed his time at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital and is excited to give back to the program as one of its new associate program directors. He loves teaching and medical education and has a passion for quality and safety in the healthcare system.

Outside of medicine, Dr. Singson has a wide variety of interests, especially playing the piano, martial arts and his latest foray into unusual sports, Parkour.

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Joni E. Miller, MD, FACP

Associate Director, Internal Medicine Residency, IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital

  • Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Residency: Orlando Regional Healthcare Center
  • Board Certifications: Internal Medicine and Pediatrics

Dr. Miller hails from Portland, Indiana and spent eight years within Indiana University obtaining a bachelor's degree in biochemistry and a doctorate in medicine. She completed her residency in IM-Peds in a large community hospital in Orlando, Florida, where she served as chief resident in her final year. Since then, Dr. Miller has had professional experience in various settings, but her first love is being directly involved in the evolution of medical education and the future of health.

In addition to spending time with family, Dr. Miller's varied personal interests include traveling and reading, especially on intellectual pursuits such as philosophy, ethics and critical thinking, as well as nutrition and wellness.

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James E. Ong, MD

Associate Director, Internal Medicine Residency, IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital

  • Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Residency: IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital
  • Board Certification: Internal Medicine

Dr. Ong grew up in Chesterton, Indiana and finished his undergraduate degree at Ball State University. After teaching for several years, he obtained his medical degree from Indiana University and finished his Internal Medicine Residency at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital. Since completing his residency, Dr. Ong has practiced general internal medicine, worked in an urgent care clinic, served as a skilled nursing facility director and worked as a hospitalist. He is particularly interested in geriatric medicine, improving the quality of transitional care, and developing a patient-focused delivery of healthcare.

Dr. Ong enjoys spending time with his wonderful wife, daughter, three sons and granddaughter. His interests include drawing, photography and backpacking.

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Daryl G. Morrical, MD, FCCP

Associate Director and Medical Director, Intensive Care Unit, IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital
Volunteer Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine

  • Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Residency: Duke University
  • Pulmonary Medicine Fellowship: University of Vermont
  • Board Certification: Internal Medicine; Pulmonary Medicine; Critical Care Medicine

Dr. Morrical is a native of Portland, Indiana. He completed a degree in aeronautical engineering at Purdue University, obtained his medical degree from Indiana University and completed his medical residency at Duke University. After a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Vermont (where he also learned to cross country ski and windsurf), Dr. Morrical joined Medical Consultants in Muncie and has been actively involved in teaching and mentoring students and residents. He is the medical director of the Intensive Care Unit, and is a past winner of the Cullison Housestaff Teaching Award.

Although he is not a big basketball fan, Dr. Morrical usually has a successful team to cheer for from one of those institutions. He has led studies in faith and medicine with the students and residents, and enjoys spending time with his family in activities such as tennis, bicycling, sailing, table tennis and wakeboarding/wakesurfing.

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Heidi M.L. Lakanen, MD, FACP

Associate Director, Internal Medicine Residency, IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital

  • Medical School: University of Michigan
  • Residency: St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Board Certification: Internal Medicine

Dr. Lakanen grew up in Michigan and completed her undergraduate studies at Hope College. After medical school and residency in Ann Arbor, Michigan, she practiced internal medicine in South Carolina. She and her husband relocated to Indiana, where she practiced at the Upland Health and Diagnostic Center for over 12 years. Four children later, it was time for a more child- and family-friendly schedule.

Dr. Lakanen now staffs the medicine clinic and works part-time at college health clinics or urgent care settings. She has helped with journal club and evidence-based medicine since 1997. She enjoys translating the medical literature into language patients can understand. Now she enjoys equipping the next generation of doctors to do the same and deliver compassionate evidence based care. Her husband is a pre-med adviser at a local university; together they enjoy hosting college students talking about what it is really like to be a doctor.

When not involved in the above, Dr. Lakanen proudly wears the title “Mom.” She loves spending time with her family biking, hiking, walking, driving as soccer mom and cooking. She and her family are actively involved in a great local church.

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