Transitional Year Residency Program at Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital
2021-2022 Transitional Year Residents
Brady Boles, MD
As a lifelong Hoosier, I continued my education in Indiana at Wabash College where I pursued a degree in biology. Following my time at Wabash, I went to Indiana University School of Medicine where I fell in love with the field of anesthesiology. After my transitional year in Muncie, Indiana, I will begin my anesthesiology training at Indiana University School of Medicine.
I spent my first two years at the Muncie campus, so I was pretty excited that I got the news that I would be returning as a transitional resident. During my time in Muncie, I enjoyed the dedication that the faculty had for the students and I really felt a sense of family. I have the utmost confidence that I will receive an excellent medical foundation in this program and that I will feel that sense of family once again with the faculty and with my fellow residents. In my spare time, I like to spend as much time as I can with my wife and two cats. I enjoy playing video games, watching movies, gardening, and exercising.
Jason Garrett, DO
I was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. I grew up playing baseball, basketball and ice hockey, which fostered an immense appreciation for health and fitness. From there, as an undergraduate student, I began to formally study Nutrition and Biology, eventually completing my Bachelor of Science in 2014. During this time, I also completed certifications as an Emergency Medical Technician and a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer and began working as a trainer and nutrition consultant in Chicago. It was here, while working with people from all walks of life on improving their health and fitness, I came to the realization that medicine was my calling. From there, I attended Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and am now here at Ball Memorial Hospital to continue my medical education as a Transitional Year resident, before I continue on to my Anesthesia specific residency training at Indiana University in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. Aside from medicine, I enjoy lifting weights, competing in Powerlifting and Ultra-Marathon running as well as spending time with my family and friends
Gage Howard, MD
I grew up on the south side of Indianapolis and eventually attended Indiana University Bloomington where I received a B.S. in Neuroscience in 2015. I took two gap years, working in the ED at IU Health Bloomington Hospital, before matriculating to IU School of Medicine in2017. Following my transitional year, I'll be moving to Charlottesville, VA to begin my Diagnostic Radiology residency at UVA. I'm honored to have the opportunity to complete my transitional year at Ball Memorial, which I chose because I felt it would provide both a solid foundation in Internal Medicine as well as the flexibility I need to both visit my fiancé in Charlottesville and pursue my interests outside of medicine.
I most enjoy spending time with my fiancé and two puppies (our goldendoodle Ksaya and our Aussiedoodle Fiorello), but also try to find time to explore new music and play basketball when I can. I really enjoy outdoor activities, too - particularly hiking and camping- and am actively looking to pick up rock climbing and backpacking. I'm also quite interested in design and personal finance - especially with regards to how I can creatively apply these disciplines to the field of medicine and/or employ them to improve the lives of medical professionals.
Omar Husain, MD
I was born in Indianapolis and grew up in nearby Carmel, Indiana. I attended Indiana University for my undergraduate education and received a B.S. in biology with a minor in Spanish. During this time, I also completed two summer research internships at Eli Lilly and Company where I primarily studied the effects of chronic pain on cognition and motivation in animal models.
For my medical education, I attended Indiana University School of Medicine. Following my transitional year, I will begin my training in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia.
I am grateful for the opp01iunity to complete my intern year at Ball Memorial Hospital. Through the program's strong commitment to resident education and flexible scheduling options, I am confident that I will gain valuable and diverse medical experience. The hospital's location in Muncie will also allow me to remain close to my family and friends for one more year.
In my spare time, I enjoy watching movies and sports, listening to music, lifting weights, and doing crossword puzzles.
Ariba Khalid, MD
I was born in Pakistan but moved to the US during elementary school and have lived in Indiana since then. I attended Pike High School in Indianapolis, where I delved into my passion for fine arts, through taking ceramics, and community service, through Key Club. After high school, I attended IUPUI where I majored in Biology and Neuroscience and participated in different research projects about social work, education, dental hygiene, microbiology and ophthalmology. Following undergrad, I began medical school at IU and fell in love with the anatomy and breadth of pathology in radiology.
I am very excited to be an intern at Ball Memorial Hospital because it offers a friendly, welcoming environment for residents and is close to home for me. The program will allow me to solidify my medical knowledge by delving into different medical specialties which will help me when I return for my diagnostic radiology residency at IU.
My hobbies include hiking, traveling, cooking, fine arts (drawing, pottery, painting), singing and dancing, and spending time with family.
Grant MacKinnon, MD
I was raised in the small town of Salem Lakes, Wisconsin. As a child, I spent much of my time enjoying the outdoors and first became interested in anatomy by dissecting deer hearts. These interests led me to work at a taxidermist before attending college at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. At Creighton, I studied chemistry and math and pursued research in bioactive dental materials.
I moved south to attend medical school at Vanderbilt University and became fascinated by the visualization of anatomy and physiology afforded by radiology. I also discovered a passion for medical education and hope to continue my interests in teaching and innovation in residency. Before we move up to Ann Arbor, Michigan to begin my radiology training at the University of Michigan, my wife (Ally) and I are thrilled to begin our life together in Muncie!
Outside of medicine, I continue to enjoy the outdoors through fishing, hunting, and hiking. I'm an avid runner and am excited to explore the local running scene. I also love to play billiards, board games, disc golf, and build Little Free Libraries!
Luke Miller, DO
I grew up in a western suburb of Indianapolis and afterwards pursued Chemistry, Spanish, and Business Management degrees from Indiana University, Bloomington. Prior to applying to medical school, I was employed for two years as a scribe and as a orthopedic device sales representative for Stryker Sports Medicine. This time period was critical for further cultivating my conviction to pursue medicine as well as experience in the operating theatre. My advice to anyone on the fence about furthering their education in the field is to take time (1-2 years) to gain more exposure and information. You will greatly help to contour your decision making process, learn more about life in general, and possibly begin processes such as saving and investing in retirement. Ultimately, I knew and felt that Anesthesia is the greatest specialty. It blends pharmacology, teamwork, quick thinking, and palliative measures across a variety of specialties to make important interventions possible for patients. I am excited to be at Ball Memorial in Muncie for my transitional year, it is a wonderful start to residency training. Caring for the people in my home state has been a dream of mine for a long time and I will be closer to extended family in Ft. Wayne.
Rahul Nalamasu, DO
I was born in Bridgewater, New Jersey and spent 11 years on the east coast before moving to San Jose, California. I later attended a joint B.A./D.O. program at Pitzer College and Western University of Health Sciences in the Los Angeles area. From a young age, I have had a keen interest the performing arts, namely dance and theater. My clinical experiences and those in dance, choreography, and screen acting taught me the importance of movement as a form of expression and individuality, influencing my decision to pursue a career in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
I am honored to be a part of the IU Health Ball Memorial Transitional Year program. I have heard wonderful things about the teaching opportunities and supportive faculty and staff at this hospital. During this unprecedented virtual application cycle, its welcoming and inclusive culture was evident in every interaction I had. I look forward to what this year in Muncie has in store before I continue my medical training at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital in Grand Rapids, Ml.
Outside the hospital, I enjoy baking, cooking, dancing, crocheting, and keeping up to date on the latest technology. A fun fact about me is that I had a lead role in an independent film and have one credit on IMDB.
Brooks Rodibaugh, MD
I grew up in northwest Indiana on a family-owned pig farm that has been in operation for over 70 years. I was first introduced to diagnostic medicine by one of my grandfathers who practiced pathology. After completing my undergraduate degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, I studied medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine.
Once I complete my intern year at Ball Memorial, I will move to North Carolina to pursue residency training in Diagnostic Radiology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. As a future radiologist who will be interacting with almost all medical specialties, I am grateful to be at Ball Memorial transitional program where I will have a broad exposure through a variety of electives. I am excited to work in the community setting and still have the opportunity to continue learning alongside of medical students taking electives at Ball. In the future, I envision myself working at an academic or university setting helping to educate medical students and radiology residents.
In my spare time, I enjoy the mental and physical challenges of rock climbing. I have also been improving my cooking skills by learning from my new favorite cookbook: Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat which boils down cooking into the necessary fundamentals of making great tasting food.
Albin Vleck, MDA lifelong Hoosier, I grew up in Greenwood, Indiana, where I quickly grew interested in science working with Riley Hospital on projects regarding herbicide-associated prematurity rates. I attended Indiana University in Bloomington where I majored in biochemistry. As I studied, I realized I loved the human connection of medicine and decided to pursue medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine.
I am thrilled to be training at Ball Memorial for my transitional year. I will be completing my residency program at Indiana University in Anesthesiology and I know I will be well-prepared through this transitional year of training, staying close to my family and friends and exploring another part of the state. In my free time I love reading-- mostly comics and manga, but I love philosophy and fiction as well. I enjoy exercising in my free time, with weightlifting and tennis as personal favorites. I also enjoy cooking and listening to music with my fiancé, Ellen.
Lily Wolf, MD
I grew up in the Indianapolis area, and completed my undergraduate degree at Indiana University Bloomington, majoring in neuroscience. After a brief detour into pharmacy at Butler University, I attended Indiana University School of Medicine. I'm very excited to be completing my intern year here at Ball Memorial, after which I'll be returning to Indianapolis to complete my residency in Diagnostic Radiology.
Outside of medicine, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our two cats. My hobbies include cooking/baking, camping and hiking, board games, and reading.