The University of Wisconsin Preventive Medicine Residency trains physician leaders who will improve health through the practice of public health and population medicine. Meet our current residents.

Diego Tamez

Diego Tamez, MD (PGY2)

Diego Tamez graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine in 2010. He finished his internship in internal medicine at the University of South Florida in Tampa in 2011. Just before coming to UW-Madison, he was a general practitioner in Puerto Rico and a primary care provider with the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma.

Outside of medicine he is a music lover; he plays violin and viola and likes jazz and classical music. He is looking forward to shifting his career from individual patient care to population-based medicine and directly influencing public health policy implementation.

Why you chose University of Wisconsin:

I chose UW-Madison mostly due to its reputation within the nation. I also felt that the faculty and staff were very welcoming during the interview process.

Favorite part of living in Madison:

Madison offers a great number of cultural activities in a relatively small space. The city is very walkable, therefore a car is not needed for everything you do. It also offers urban living without being overwhelming.

Medical/research interests:

Obesity and diabetes prevention, health care systems and primary care.

Interests outside of medicine:

Music/art, politics, technology

Most interesting job outside of medicine:

College campus tour guide.

Hometown:

Ponce, Puerto Rico.

If you weren’t in medicine you would be ...

A violinist/violist

Favorite part of being a preventive medicine resident:

Preventive medicine is a different approach to medicine. It is focused on population health, and you are able to explore many topics from understanding/treating diseases to dealing with politics. It takes you away from the hospital/clinics and puts you in a leadership role where you can influence health policies of large populations in order to prevent diseases.


 

Jasmine Zapata

Jasmine Zapata, MD (PGY2)

Jasmine Zapata is an author, pediatrician, youth empowerment motivational speaker, entrepreneur, mother and wife from the Madison area on a mission to spread the message of "hope, strength, and the power to overcome." She has participated in extensive community engagement work in both the Madison and Milwaukee area and is passionate about getting outside of the clinic walls to make a change.

She is extremely excited to be starting with the UW Preventive Medicine Residency to learn more about long-term solutions to many of the public health issues our society currently faces. She loves exploring and learning more about upstream factors that lead to poor health outcomes and then using her creativity and energy to combat them. Her passions are initiatives related to combatting poverty, teenage pregnancy, racial disparities in infant mortality and depression/suicide. She is determined to make a change.

Why you chose University of Wisconsin:

I chose UW for medical school because I loved the focus on both medicine AND public health. I also am committed to the health of Wisconsin, particularly Madison and Milwaukee, and was honored to stay in my own state to train. I had such a great experience during medical school and pediatric residency that I decided to stay for Preventive Medicine Residency. I'm glad I made that choice. Everyone here is very welcoming. The Health Sciences Learning Center is so beautiful!

Favorite part of living in Madison:

My favorite part about living in Madison is the family-friendly environment. I love the carnivals and festivals. My favorites are Brat Fest and Corn Fest! I also love the Dane County Fair. I also have a great church community and volleyball crew!

Medical/research interests:

My passions are mental health, financial health, the link between poverty and poor health outcomes, adolescent sexual health, racial disparities in infant mortality and family/community wellness.

Interests outside of medicine:

Entrepreneurship, volleyball, family, playing Monopoly, singing/songwriting, nonprofit leadership, bookwriting, softball, coaching track and field, spending time with husband and my kids!

Most interesting job outside of medicine:

Pre-K class instructor during summer between first and second year of medical school. It was awesome helping academically high-risk children get ready for summer school.

Hometown:

Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

If you weren't in medicine you would be ...

A teacher, full-time entrepreneur, world traveler.

Favorite part of being a preventive medicine resident:

Learning to step outside of the clinic walls to make a change! Looking at problems systemically and working to find solutions. Networking. Engaging. Growing out of my comfort zone.


 

Odilichi Ezenwanne

Odilichi Ezenwanne, MD (PGY1)

Odilichi Ezenwanne graduated from the University Of Ibadan College Of Medicine in Nigeria. After medical school he was employed as a medical officer providing community health services to a number of hard-to-reach underserved rural settlements. He notes that this provided him with a huge opportunity to gain invaluable experience in managing health facilities in very low resource settings.

After a few years in this position, an intense desire to improve the quality and range of services he was providing eventually led him to the University of Connecticut where he completed two years of preliminary surgical training. He returned to Nigeria where he worked in Abuja in a private practice with a bias for preventive medicine as a manager and provider of clinical services. He also spent time as a volunteer with a faith-based organization that provides free medical counseling and carries out medical outreach programs to underserved communities around the Abuja metropolis.

Why you chose University of Wisconsin:

UW has an internationally recognized population health sciences department, which provides a robust learning experience. I found the faculty members to be extremely supportive and dedicated to their work.

Favorite part of living in Madison:

The lakes and natural scenery.

Medical/research interests:

Health systems improvement, reduction of childhood poverty and mortality, health impacts of climate change.

Interests outside of medicine:

Spending time with family and friends, taking walks along the lake and enjoying the serenity of the natural parks, travel, soccer and basketball.

Hometown:

Lagos, Nigeria.

If you weren’t in medicine you would be ...

Aeronautical engineer.

Favorite part of being an preventive medicine resident:

I like that I am involved in generating solutions to health issues at a population level which provides benefits to more people per time and yet I still have the privilege of engaging with patients on an individual basis. It is a unique experience.


 

Lia Kostiuk

Lia Kostiuk, MD (PGY1)

Lia Kostiuk graduated from the medical school at the University of Carabobo in Valencia, Venezuela. After graduation, she moved to the United States where she was a research Intern at William Beaumont Hospital in Michigan, in the Department of Epidemiology and Infectious diseases. Additionally, she was part of the World Health Organization, Cochrane Collaboration and Cornell University Summer Institute for Systematic Reviews in Nutrition for Global Policy Making in 2014, where she had the opportunity to work in systematic reviews.

She then moved on to the Department of Nutrition at the World Health Organization in Geneva. There she researched the effect of vitamin D in pregnancy and worked on a policy brief for global targets 2025 on low birth weight. She finished two years of general surgery training at Indiana University in June 2017.

Why you chose University of Wisconsin:

Beautiful city, great university and lots of research options available.

Favorite part of living in Madison:

The lakes, the farmers market near the Capitol and the friendly people.

Medical/research interests:

Infectious disease, epidemiology, global health.

Interests outside of medicine:

Reading and cooking.

Hometown:

Valencia, Venezuela.

If you weren't in medicine you would be ...

A veterinarian.

Favorite part of being a preventive medicine resident:

The connection with public health.