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Current Chiefs


Naseem Esteghamat, M.D.
Hometown: Marietta, Georgia
Undergraduate School: University of Georgia
Medical School: College of Georgia

Hello! I grew up in Marietta, Georgia, and am happy to be in St. Louis now for almost four years. I chose to train at Saint Louis University for several reasons. Two of my favorite things about SLU are the people we work with and the patients we have the privilege of treating. My co-residents are some of my dearest friends. We always had each other to laugh with and turn to for help throughout residency. I know the memories I have with them will last a lifetime. With regards to training, we are very fortunate to have so many wonderful attendings who are dedicated to our education. Finally, I love the opportunity to take care of patients from such diverse backgrounds. We get to see a wide range of pathology, from the common to the obscure. I feel very fortunate to have trained at Saint Louis University!

The course was then and still is designed to provide the basic medical, legal and investigative knowledge and skills necessary for a lay person to perform complete, independent, scientific death investigations. The first class was held in October, 1978 with 18 registrants from the St. Louis City and County Medical Examiner's offices and from the newly established Chicago (Cook County) Medical Examiner's Office. The original course was conducted over a five day period and consisted of eight lecturers speaking on 19 forensic- related topics.


Samantha Gammon, D.O.
Hometown: Kansas City
Undergraduate School: University of Missouri- Kansas City
Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences

Hello! Welcome to Saint Louis University--the place that I have called home for almost 4 years now. I chose the Internal Medicine Residency Program at SLU for several reasons. First, the camaraderie among the residents is like nothing I had seen at any other program. These last three years proved to be emotionally, physically, and mentally challenging but every day was a blessing to work with some of my closest friends. Second, when I completed a sub-internship during my fourth year of medical school, I really got to see first hand how much autonomy the residents had with respect to creating and implementing care plans for the patients. This was well balanced with just the right amount of attending physician teaching and guidance. I truly felt like the third year residents were confident and well prepared to be attending physicians. Now that I am a chief resident and attend on the wards, I can say this is absolutely true! Again, welcome to Saint Louis University! We look forward to meeting you!


Mudresh Mehta, M.D.
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Undergraduate School: Emory University: BS in Environmental Studies
Medical School: Mercer University School of Medicine

Being originally from Atlanta, I often get asked how do I like St. Louis in comparison. While it is hard to compare the two it honestly depends on what you're looking for. What I enjoy about STL is that there is no traffic and it literally takes 15 min to get anywhere. The diversity in St. Louis leads to great places to eat and a variety of festivals and events (all of which are easy to go to), I'm never bored.

What I like most about SLU is that you have as much autonomy as you want (of course within a safe limit) and we have a strong sense of camaraderie amongst the IM residents. The program has been very supportive with research activities, I was funded to go to Hawaii to present at the American Society of Bone Marrow Transplant meeting. In addition, the hospital is very interested in resident input and it is relatively easy to join influential hospital committees. As chief, I am excited at the opportunity to improve patient/resident workflow, and resident/medical student education.

Outside of the hospital, I enjoy going to Pure Barre, watching SEC football and St. Louis Blues hockey. In addition, I enjoy cooking, trying the new restaurants that are always popping up and reading anything by Murakami.

If you are interested in getting more information about SLU Internal Medicine or Saint Louis in general please email me at mehtamr@slu.edu.


Meera Patel, M.D.
Hometown: Hopkinsville, KY
Undergraduate School: Saint Louis University
Medical School: University of Medicine and Health Sciences, St. Kitts.

Raised in Kentucky, I moved to St. Louis when I joined Saint Louis University for college. This was undoubtedly the best decision that I ever made. St. Louis is a unique city with great parks and a huge zoo (not to mention it’s free!), delicious restaurants and great food scene, and so many festivals to see. After completing my medical school, I knew I had to come back.

I chose SLU for residency because of the people here- they really are a family. The faculty members and residents have been supportive since day one. There is nothing better than working with people you want to hang out with after work. In addition, this program provided me with the autonomy to grow as a physician leader (starting with intern year) and a diverse patient population to learn from. These were the reasons why I joined my co-chiefs this year. I am blessed to be able to work with such great friends of mine. True Fact: there’s really no place like SLU! My future goals consist of applying for hematology/oncology fellowship with the plan to continue to work at an academic center, regardless of how things turn out. I plan to continue to work with residents and students. Anyways enough about me. Welcome!


Matthew Schlossberger, M.D.
Hometown: Plainview, New York
Undergraduate School: Dartmouth College
Medical School: University at Buffalo

Born and raised in New York, moving out to St. Louis was certainly a new and exciting experience for me. I had grown quite accustomed to living life in the Northeast, but after hearing many great things about this city from several friends, I figured I’d come on over and experience them myself! Upon entering into residency, I could not have been happier with the clinical training I received at Saint Louis University. The camaraderie is fantastic, with attendings and colleagues consistently going out of their way to help out or provide any useful tidbits of knowledge. The hospital floors are busy and I would not have it any other way, considering the variety and complexity of patient cases I saw on a daily basis. In addition, our program director, Dr. Buckhold, truly has a passion for resident education and has the best interest of residents at heart each and every day. He pushes us to think critically about how to improve patient care, engage in research, and bring a project to fruition to present at a national conference. Going onward, I look forward to my year as chief resident and subsequently hope to specialize in the field of gastroenterology.

During my free time, I enjoy taking in the sights and sounds of St. Louis. The city has a great vitality to it, whether walking the streets in the Central West End, checking out the burgeoning restaurant scene, attending a Cardinals game downtown, picking up fresh produce at the bustling Soulard farmers market, or going running in Forest Park, one of the best city parks in the nation. For me, coming to Saint Louis University for residency has been quite a worthwhile experience and I highly encourage medical students interested in internal medicine to consider applying here for residency.

Internal Medicine Residency Training Program
3635 Vista Avenue at Grand Boulevard
14th Floor, Desloge Towers
St. Louis, MO 63110-0250

314 577 8762
westwood@slu.edu

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