Class of 2023



Danielle Calvo, M.D.

  • Hometown: Cresskill, NJ

  • Undergraduate College/University: George Washington University

  • Medical School: The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences

  • Outside Interests: I’m obsessed with my pomeranian Riley, anything where I can be outside in the sun, branching and hanging with friends

  • Why did you chose this program? I chose this program because I was looking to work with a diverse patient population near the place that I call home. I found this program to be one that really cared about their residents and the residents are truly a team with more in common than just a job.



Tess Gao, M.D.

  • Hometown: Perrysburg, OH

  • Undergraduate College/University: University of Toledo

  • Medical School: University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences

  • Outside Interests: Running, eating all kinds of food, attempting to cook, jamming to music.
  • Why did you chose this program? I wanted to get a mix of different patient populations and UH and Barnabas does a great job of this! Also, I wanted a change of scenery from Ohio.

Kulveen Gill, M.D.

  • Hometown: Ashburn, VA

  • Undergraduate College/University: University of Virginia

  • Medical School: St. George's Univesity School of Medicine

  • Outside Interests: Eating (foodie life), drinking wine, reading in parks, taking naps, being a tourist.
  • Why did you chose this program? Great support from attendings to pursue any future endeavor. Great research opportunities and amazing residents.

Schuyler Hodge, M.D.

  • Hometown: Laguna Beach, CA

  • Undergraduate College/University: Georgetown University

  • Medical School: FIU Hersert Wertheim College of Medicine

  • Outside Interests: Playing with my cats, trying new restaurants, listening to true crime podcasts.
  • Why did you chose this program? I was looking for a program with diversity of patients and residents. I also wanted a program where I knew I would see it all and come out a competent and confident Ob/Gyn.

Mandy Lacue, M.D.

  • Hometown: Patton, PA

  • Undergraduate College/University: Penn State University

  • Medical School: Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

  • Outside Interests: Cooking, crossword puzzles, self-proclaimed foodie.
  • Why did you chose this program? With the merging of two programs, I was excited by the academic focus of Rutgers and the Barnabas volume. I truly believe that the two complement each other - and will make me a strong surgeon and practitioner. In addition, I really wanted family planning as a portion of my education and was excited that this was a focus of Rutgers.

Chloe Phillips, M.D.

  • Hometown: Franklin Lakes, NJ

  • Undergraduate College/University: Penn State University

  • Medical School: Rutgers RWJ Medical School

  • Outside Interests: Hanging with friends and family, trying new restaurants in NYC, traveling, sleeping.
  • Why did you chose this program? I'm very much a Jersey girl and wanted to be close to my family for residency. I was also attracted to the fact that the St. Barnabas and NJMS programs were merging as I think it gives us a really well-rounded experience! The residents are also amazing =) .

Danielle Seltzer, M.D.

  • Hometown: West Orange, NJ

  • Undergraduate College/University: Swarthmore College

  • Medical School: St. George's Univesity School of Medicine

  • Outside Interests: Cooking new recipes, reading thrillers, watching sports, spinning, spending time with family, solving word games and puzzles.

  • Why did you chose this program? This program feels like home. Having grown up in the area, I am excited by what is to come from merging my local community hospital with an academic institution. I know this training environment will allow me to become a well-rounded physician capable of caring for all patient populations.

Aylin Unsal, M.D.

  • Hometown: Mahwah, NJ

  • Undergraduate College/University: Georgetown University

  • Medical School: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

  • Outside Interests: Traveling, spending time with friends and family, live music, hip-hop + R&B, dance, skincare, watching any show on Bravo.
  • Why did you chose this program? Having gone to medical school in Newark, I was eager to go to a residency program with a strong commitment to serving its community. The merge between Rutgers NJMS and St. Barnabas takes the best part of each program and gives residents a well-rounded educational experience in a truly supportive environment.

Blake Vessa, M.D.

  • Hometown: Bernardsville, NJ

  • Undergraduate College/University: Washington and Lee University

  • Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina

  • Outside Interests: Trying new restaurants, International travel, working out (spinning), downhill skiing, going to the beach, hanging out with friends.
  • Why did you chose this program? I wanted to move home and be closer to my family and friends. As soon as I met the residents at the dinner the night before, I knew it was the perfect program for me. I could not be happier that I'm finally home and surrounded by such amazing people at work every day.

Alexander Vlahos, M.D.

  • Hometwon: Ellicott City, MD

  • Undergraduate College/University: Muhlenbuerg College

  • Graduate School: Rutgers Biomedical Health Sciences

  • Medical School: Rutgers New Jersey Medical SchoolSchool

  • Outside Interests: Spending time with my fiance, friends and family, relaxing and going out to the Jersey Shore and NYC, Tottenham Hotspur (COYS!), volleyball, rom-coms, taking care of my plants, aquarium, and cats, and cooking/eating.
  • Why did you chose: I chose this program because I am excited about the merger of two well-respected programs. I was impressed with the clinical/surgical skills of the residents, the fellowship and research opportunities, the culture of the residency, and faculty. I wanted to serve and learn from a diverse patient population.



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