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Faculty

The academic faculty at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital is a core group of General, Vascular, and Pediatric surgeons who all practice clinical surgery but spend a significant amount of their time teaching residents and medical students in both the hospital and ambulatory care settings. Our faculty is as follows:

Jan Akervall, M.D., PhD.
Harry L. Anderson, III, M.D.
Wallace A. Arneson, Jr., M.D.
Abdulhameed Aziz, M.D.
Anthony Bazaan, M.D.
Mary-Margaret Brandt, M.D.
Robert K. Cleary, M.D.
Randal P. Desrochers, M.D.
John C. Eggenberger, M.D.
Paul Friedman, M.D.
Ajay Gupta, M.D.
Brian G. Halloran, M.D.
Christina L. Harsant, M.D.
Michael J. Heidenreich, M.D.
Paul T. Hoff, M.D.
Verne L. Hoshal, Jr., M.D.
John Iljas, D.O.

Seema Kapur, M.D.
Beth C. Kimball, M.D.
Edward D. Kreske, M.D.
Robert J. Mazzeo, M.D.
Vita V. McCabe, M.D.
Meredith Montero, M.D.
Theodore Z. Polley, Jr., M.D.
Richard A. Pomerantz, M.D.
Jacob Roberts, D.O.
Floro Rosario, M.D.
Michael Schmidt, M.D.
Chinmaya Shelgikar, M.D.
Amalia J. Stefanou, M.D.
Tari S. Stull, M.D.
Wendy L. Wahl, M.D.
Walter M. Whitehouse, Jr., M.D.
Talal Zeni, M.D.
Jan Akervall, M.D., Ph.D. received his MD at Lund University, Sweden, in 1990, where he also completed his otolaryngology residency training. He then successfully obtained a PhD degree This was followed by further training as a fellow in head and neck cancer surgery and reconstruction at the University of Michigan. Dr. Akervall worked for 10 years at the University Hospital in Lund, Sweden, as a full-time Otolaryngologist. During his tenure he served as Associate Professor and Director of the Head and Neck Surgery Division in the department of Otolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery. His academic pursuits include genetic studies of head and neck cancer at Van Andel Research Institute, Grand Rapids, MI.
Harry L. Anderson, III, M.D. graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1985. He subsequently completed his General Surgery residency in 1991 and a fellowship in Surgical Critical Care in 1992 at the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Anderson joined the faculty at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in 2011. His major areas on interest are Surgical Critical Care, Trauma and General Surgery, Emergency Surgery, Surgical Physiology, Extracorporeal Life Support, and Medical Informatics.
Wallace A. Arneson, Jr., M.D. graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1974. He subsequently completed his General Surgery residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center in 1980. He joined the faculty at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in 1980. Dr. Arneson is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Michigan Medical School. He is the Director of Surgical Education in the SJMH Surgery Residency Program. He is the surgeon champion for ACS-NSQIP program. His clinical interests include endocrine and breast surgery. Wallace A. Arneson, Jr., M.D.
Abdulhameed Aziz, M.D. graduated from the University of Pittsburgh. He subsequently completed his general surgery residency at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. After residency he completed a vascular surgery fellowship at Washington University. Dr. Aziz has clinical interests in vascular and endovascular surgery, thoracic outlet syndrome, abdominal and thoracoabdominal aneurysm disease, carotid, brachiocephalic and upper extremity arterial disease, aortic reconstruction of aortoiliac disease, peripheral and mesenteric occlusive/aneurysmal disease, hemodialysis access, and venous disease. Dr. Aziz is a co-editor of a surgical textbook and has made numerous contributions to peer- reviewed publications and presentations. He is also bilingual, speaking both English and Dari. He joined the St. Joe's teaching faculty in 2013. AzizAbdulhameed.jpg
Anthony Bozaan, M.D. graduated from Michigan State University College of Medicine. He subsequently completed his General Surgery residency at Mount Carmel Health System in Columbus, OH. Dr. Bozaan has clinical interest in advanced laparoscopic cases including colon and small bowel resection, ventral hernia repair, splenectomy and adrenalectomy. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He joined the general surgery residency training staff in 2013. BozaanAnthony.jpg
Mary-Margaret Brandt, M.D. received her medical degree from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in 1990. She completed her residency training in General Surgery at the University of New Mexico Affiliated Hospitals in Albuquerque, NM in 1996. Dr. Brandt completed a fellowship in Surgical Critical Care at the University of Rochester in 1997. Dr. Brandt holds board certifications in both General Surgery and Critical Care. She is a frequent lecturer and author on issues of trauma and burn topics as well as critical care. She is one of a small group of certified trained instructors in the state of Michigan in Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) and Advanced Burn Life Support (ABLS). She is on the National Faculty for ATLS, and serves on the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma. Dr. Brandt is also a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, where she is a Trauma and Burn Surgeon. Dr. Brandt is assigned to the Institute of Surgical Research at Fort Sam Houston. In her role as a burn specialist, she served as the Theater Burn Consultant with the 28th Combat Support Hospital in Baghdad in 2007. Dr. Brandt's research interests include outcomes and quality improvement in trauma and burn care. Mary-Margaret Brandt, M.D.
Robert K. Cleary, M.D. graduated from the Wayne State University School of Medicine in 1984 and he completed his General Surgery residency at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in 1989. He subsequently completed a Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship at Parkland Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas in 1992. He is an Adjunct Clinical Instructor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Michigan Medical School. He is the Program Director of the Colon and Rectal Surgery Residency. Robert K. Cleary, M.D.
Randal P. Desrochers, M.D. graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1981 following which he completed his General Surgery residency training at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in 1986. He subsequently served as a staff surgeon in the US Army before returning to the staff at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital as an attending surgeon in 1990. Dr. Desrochers' clinical interests include basic and advanced laparoscopic procedures and the development of educational programs to train residents in these areas. Randall P. Desrochers, M.D.
John C. Eggenberger, M.D. graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1985. He completed his General Surgery training at the University of Michigan in 1991. He subsequently performed a Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in 1992 and serviced as an attending surgeon and Division Chief of Colon and Rectal Surgery at Henry Ford Hospital from 1992 until joining the faculty at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in 2009. Dr. Eggenberger is the Program Director of the General Surgery Residency. John C. Eggenberger, MD
Paul B. Friedman, M.D. graduated from the University of Michigan in 1985. He subsequently completed his General Surgery residency from the University of Cincinnati in 1990. He joined the teaching General Surgery residency teaching faculty at St. Joe's in 2013. FriedmanPaul.jpg
Ajay Gupta, M.D. graduated from Wayne State School of Medicine in 2000.  He then successfully completed his General Surgery Residency training at St. Joe’s in 2006, after which he successfully completed a Cardiovascular Fellowship at the University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio, TX.  Dr. Gupta specializes in thoracic surgery and minimally invasive lobectomies. Dr. Ajay Gupta
Brian G. Halloran, M.D. graduated from the Indiana University School of Medicine in 1991. He subsequently completed his General Surgery residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1998. He then was a 2-year Vascular Surgery fellow at University of Maryland Medical Center finishing in 2000. Dr. Halloran joined the faculty at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in 2000. His clinical interests include diabetic vascular disease and vascular surgical education. Dr. Halloran is an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Michigan Medical School. Brian G. Halloran, M.D.
Christina Harsant, M.D. graduated from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in 2008. She subsequently completed her General Surgery residency at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in 2008 Dr. Harsant joined the faculty at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital as a board-certified general surgeon in 2013. Dr. Harsant has clinical interests in minimally invasive surgery. She is a faculty member of the St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor general surgery residency program. HarsantChristina.jpg
Michael J. Heidenreich, M.D. graduated from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Medicine in 1996. He completed his General Surgery training at University of North Carolina in 2001. He subsequently completed his Vascular Surgery Fellowship at the University of Maryland in 2003. He joined the surgical faculty at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in 2003. His clinical interests include surgical and endovascular treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms, carotid occlusive disease, lower extremity occlusive disease, and hemodialysis access.
Paul T. Hoff, M.D. graduated from the University of Michigan in 1993. He then continued on at the University of Michigan and successfully completed his residency training. Paul Hoff, M.D.
Verne L. Hoshal, Jr., M.D. graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1964. He completed his General Surgery training at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in 1971. He joined the faculty at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in 1971. He established the Transitional Year Residency Program in 1972 and served as it's Program Director from 1972 to 1980. He then was the Program Director of the General Surgery Residency Program from 1980 to 1986, as well as 1994 to 2002. His clinical interests, in addition to the full spectrum of general surgery, include the evaluation and surgical treatment of patients with complex hepatobiliary disorders. He currently serves also as the Director of the Academic Surgery Program general surgery resident clinic. Verne L. Hoshal, Jr., M.D.
John H. Iljas, D.O. graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He subsequently completed his general surgery residency at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, Deborah Heart and Lung Center. He also completed his vascular surgery fellowship at the Deborah Heart and Lung Center. Dr. Iljas joined the general surgery residency teaching staff at St. Joe's in 2013. IljasJohn.jpg
Seema Kapur, M.D. graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in 2004. She then completed her General Surgery residency training at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in 2009. She subsequently completed a fellowship in minimally invasive surgery at Swedish Hospital in Washington. Dr. Kapur joined our faculty in 2010. 
Beth C. Kimball, M.D. graduated from the University of Chicago Medical School in 1990. She then completed her General Surgery residency training at the University of Michigan in 1997. She subsequently joined the faculty at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. Her clinical interests include thyroid, parathyroid, and breast surgery. Dr. Kimball is an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Michigan Medical School. Beth C. Kimball, M.D.
Edward D. Kreske, M.D. completed medical school at Michigan State University in 1995. He successfully completed his General Surgery training at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in 2001. He then was a fellow in Hepatobiliary Surgery and Liver Transplantation at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Massachusetts. He joined the faculty in 2003. His clinical interests include complex hepatobiliary surgery. Edward D. Kreske, M.D.
Robert J. Mazzeo, M.D. graduated from the University of Michigan in 1974. He successfully completed his General Surgery training at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in 1983. He is currently and Adjunct Clinical Instructor of Surgery at the University of Michigan Medical School. Robert Mazzeo, M.D.
Vita V. McCabe, M.D. graduated from the University of Chicago-Pritzker School of Medicine in 1997.  She then successfully completed her General Surgery Residency training at St. Joe’s in 2003, after which she successfully completed a Thoracic Surgery Fellowship at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Vita McCabe
Meredith Montero, M.D. graduated from the University of Michigan in 2007. She subsequently completed her otolaryngology residency in 2012 at the University of Arkansas in 2012. After residency, she completed a one year fellowship in laryngology in 2013 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Montero joined the General Surgery residency teaching faculty in 2013. MonteroMeredith.jpg
Theodore Z. Polley, Jr., M.D. graduated from the University of Chicago Medical School in 1974. He subsequently completed his General Surgery residency training at the University of Michigan in 1980. He then successfully completed a Pediatric Surgery Fellowship at Children's Hospital Medical Center Boston, Massachusetts in 1982. He is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Michigan Medical School. Theodore C. Polley, Jr., M.D.
Richard A. Pomerantz, M.D. graduated from Northwestern University Medical School in 1980. He subsequently completed his General Surgery residency training at the University of Michigan Medical Center in 1987. He served in the Department of Surgery at Northwestern University Medical School as Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery from 1987 through 1993.  He then returned to Ann Arbor and joined the faculty at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in 1993.  Dr. Pomerantz served as Medical Director, Surgical Intensive Care Unit from 1993 through 2008, Medical Director for Trauma Services from 1993 through 2010, and is  a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Michigan Medical School. Richard A. Pomerantz, M.D.
Jacob Roberts, D.O. graduated from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. His residency was at St. John Oakland Hospital and his fellowship was at Evanston Northwestern Healthcare. He is board certified by the American Board of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Roberts joined the general surgery teaching staff at St. Joe's in 2013. Richard A. Pomerantz, M.D.
Floro D. Rosario, M.D. graduated from the University of Santo Tomas Manila, in the Philippines, in 1965. He subsequently completed his general surgery residency from Highland Park General Hospital in 1971. Dr. Rosario joined the general surgery residency teaching staff at St. Joe's in 2013. RosarioFloro.jpg
Michael Schmidt, M.D. graduated from the Medical College of Wisconsin. He subsequently completed his general surgery residency at the University of Toledo Medical Center. He joined the general surgery teaching staff at St. Joe's in 2013. SchmidtMichael.jpg
Chinmaya Shelgikar, M.D. graduated from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1997.  He successfully completed his General Surgery residency training at the University of Louisville in 2007.  He then went on to complete a one-year Interventional Radiology fellowship at Emory University in 2005 and a two-year Vascular Surgery fellowship at the University of Utah in 2009.  Dr. Shelgikar joined the faculty at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in 2009. Dr. Shelgikar
Amalia J. Stefanou, M.D. is originally from the Detroit area having completed her medical education at Wayne State University and then her general surgery residency at Henry ford Hospital in Detroit, MI.  She then went on to complete a colon and rectal surgery residency at John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County/University of Illinois Chicago in Chicago, IL.  Here she had the opportunity to learn advanced laparoscopic colon and rectal surgery, as well as management of complex anorectal disease.  Dr. Stefanou especially has an interest in laparoscopy for colon and rectal cancer, pelvic floor disorders and pouch operations.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son, cooking, and traveling. Dr. Amalia Stefanou

Tari S. Stull, M.D. graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine in 1990.  She then successfully completed her General Surgery residency training at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor in 1995.  She then went on to complete a one-year Breast Fellowship at Bryn Mawr Hospital in Pennsylvania.  Dr. Stull returned to St. Joe’s to join our teaching faculty in 2012.

Wendy L. Wahl, M.D. graduated from State University of New York at Stony Brook Medical Center in 1988.  She went on to her General Surgery residency training at the University of Michigan Medical Center, which she successfully completed in 1994.  During her residency training Dr. Wahl also successfully completed a Critical Care fellowship in 1992.  She joined the faculty at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in 2012.

Walter M. Whitehouse, Jr., M.D. graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1973. He subsequently completed his General Surgery training at University of Michigan Medical Center in 1978. He completed his Vascular Surgery Fellowship training at the University of Chicago. He joined the faculty at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in 1985. Dr. Whitehouse is the Chairman of the Department of Surgery at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. He is an Adjunct Clinical Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Whitehouse's clinical interests include the evaluation and management of patients with complex aortic disease. Walter M. Whitehouse, Jr., M.D.
Tallal M. Zeni, M.D. graduated from the Indiana University School of Medicine in 1998. He subsequently completed his general surgery residency from Indiana University School of Medicine in 2001. After residency he completed a minimally invasive and bariatric surgery fellowship at Evanston Northwestern Healtcare in 2005. Dr. Zeni joined the general surgery residency teaching staff at St. Joe's in 2013. ZeniTallal.jpg
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