Donald Hahn, MD
Senior Fellow
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
General Surgery Residency Program: MedStar Union Memorial Hospital

What attracted you to our residency program? 
When I interviewed, the first thing I noticed was the diversity and volume of the clinical experience. I knew I would be challenged with complex cases and patient care while at the same time nailing down the bread and butter of vascular surgery. Because my wife is an internist, we needed to consider larger metropolitan areas where she could also work.  When I brought her back to Charlotte for a second look, it felt like the perfect fit for us.

What have you enjoyed most so far? 
The personality of a program and its staff, administration and fellows is one of the most important parts of an evaluation from an applicant’s point of view. And that has made the early months such a nice transition for me personally. I’m getting challenged, but I have great teachers who are patient and grounded.

What do you enjoy about living in Charlotte? 
We have a young baby, so we haven't gotten out quite like we did as childless adults, but with a little one, we love our walkable neighborhood close by the hospital. There is so much green space with two large city parks and at least two dozen restaurants within walking distance.

 

Daniel Krcelic, MD
Senior Fellow
Hometown: San Jose, CA
General Surgery Residency Program: Western Michigan University

What attracted you to our fellowship program?
The vascular attendings, case volume and complexity, and location of this program were all defining factors in my choice.

What have you enjoyed most so far?
I have enjoyed the nonstop surgical exposure we have received, from bread and butter cases to complex endovascular.

What do you enjoy about living in Charlotte?
Charlotte has a great restaurant and brewery scene. There is so much to do outdoors and around town. Charlotte is also a short drive from both the mountains and beaches of the Carolinas.

 
 Magendran Danapal, MD

Magendran Danapal, MD
Junior Fellow
Hometown: Taiping, Malaysia
Medical School: Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
General Surgery Residency Program: University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

What attracted you to our fellowship program?
I was very impressed with the operative experience and breadth of cases seen by the fellows. I felt that I will be well trained here. I also liked the friendliness of staff members and overall hospitality shown when I interviewed here.

What have you enjoyed most so far?
I enjoy work and feel that I am being given graduated responsibility as I progress further into my career. I also feel that I have a good work life balance and able to cherish time with family.

What do you enjoy about living in Charlotte?
This is an easy one. Charlotte is among the best cities I have ever lived in. I feel like I have access to everything I need, including great food, activities for kids and shopping when you need it. My wife and I both love this city. People are also very friendly and we have made many new friends since moving here.

 
 Aidan Hamm, MD

Aidan Hamm, MD
Junior Fellow
Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI
Medical School: University of Miami LM Miller School of Medicine
General Surgery Residency Program: University of Colorado

What attracted you to our fellowship program?
I was attracted to the large case volumes and variety of clinical experience from complex aortic reconstruction to the more common vascular surgeries including fistulas, bypasses and cath lab.  There is a great group of attendings, fellows and support staff.

What have you enjoyed most so far?
I have enjoyed the clinical variety, the atmosphere amongst fellows and staff, and the ability to learn all aspects of vascular surgery.

What do you enjoy about living in Charlotte?
Charlotte is a growing city with lots for families to enjoy.  We enjoy going to craft breweries, the Discovery Place Science center, and the many parks around town.  Both the mountains and the beach are easy weekend trips.

 

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