Program Leadership

Ryan Walsh, MD, hiking with daughters.

Ryan Walsh, MD

Program Director, Diagnostic Radiology

Associate Professor, Radiology

Long Island, New York

I grew up in a nice suburban area of Long Island, NY. My family had a summer cabin on one of the many finger lakes in upstate NY and I feel in love with the outdoors there. We would periodically make trips to surrounding areas including Burlington, Vermont and it always stood out to me as the perfect place to live. When I had the chance to do my radiology residency in Burlington, I jumped at the opportunity and have stayed here ever since.  Like me, faculty and residents who chose to come to UVM value a healthy work life balance and love the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors in all seasons.  Although our radiology department has national recognizable names, you will find those who work here are down to earth, collegial and friendly. As there are limited fellowship slots, the department is resident driven allowing our residents to experience the full breadth of our clinical rotations. The availability of Lake Champlain, ski mountains, forests and parks tied with the vibrant downtown area, with multiple nearby colleges, make Burlington an ideal place to live and train.  My wife is an ED physician at UVM and we couldn't be happier raising our 2 girls here.  I have always loved teaching throughout my training and I am now lucky enough to support others during their residency.

Dr. Naiim Ali posing while sitting on a ski lift.

Naiim Ali, MD, FRCPC 

Associate Program Director, Diagnostic Radiology

Assistant Professor, Radiology

My first trip to Vermont was for my residency interview, and I have loved every minute of my time in Vermont since. From the amazing hikes and hanging out by Lake Champlain in the summer, to the incredible fall colors, and awesome ski slopes in the winter, Burlington, VT has it all! After completing residency here, I decided to come back to UVMMC after fellowship because there is no other place that has all the camaraderie and close-knit feel of a small department with all the resources and expertise of a large academic institution.

Ruth Vant

Program Administrator

I grew up in Northern NY, attending college there as well.  Having traveled a fair amount, the scenery, pace and "hometown feel" of the North country always drew me back. Burlington and its surrounding areas are so unique; they offer the hometown feel with many urban offerings of bigger cities.  Not only that, you can explore most of New England and the East coast with a weekend trip!  Having an international airport in your backyard does not hurt either. Traveling these days typically includes our two mature pups Buddy and Bear--they love New England!  UVMMC is one of the leading employers in the state and having the opportunity to work here is amazing. 

Ruth with Dog on lake

Allison Forrest, MD

Chief Resident

I fell in love with the scenic and laid-back atmosphere of Vermont while attending Middlebury College. After medical school, I chose to return to Vermont for residency because of the immediate feeling of belonging I felt at my interview here. As a smaller residency program, residents are at the forefront of every case and have the opportunity to build strong relationships with attendings. With extensive 1:1 teaching and independent call, I am confident in my training and feel our residents are exceptionally prepared for practice. I am excited to come to work everyday to hang out and learn with my co-residents.  I look forward to sharing everything UVM has to offer!

Allison with mountains

Alexander Marchese, MD

Chief Resident

Born and raised in Scranton, PA, I migrated west to Salt Lake City for college at the University of Utah where I graduated with a degree in Economics. I then followed the snow to Vermont and attended UVM for medical school. I had an absolute blast in med school in Burlington, and I really enjoyed my time here in our radiology department as a student. After completing my residency interviews, I knew that UVM was the right place to call home for my next phase of training. The clinical training is second to none, and you can pursue whatever opportunities you desire knowing that you will have full support from program leadership and the department at large. Another aspect I love about our program is the livability of Burlington. And forget the fall foliage and access to winter sports, Vermont summers cannot be beaten!  In my free time, I love playing tennis, watching sports and live stand-up comedy, and raising our Old English Sheepdog, Newman.

Al with dog on rocks