Mark Pasanen, MD, FACP - Program Director
Dr. Pasanen graduated from theUniversity of Vermont College of Medicine and completed his Internal Medicine Residency, including a chief residency, at the University of Washington in Seattle. He then completed a Faculty Development Fellowship in General Internal Medicine at the University of North Carolina. He is the immediate past Governor for the Vermont Chapter of the American College of Physicians. He practices both inpatient and outpatient General Internal Medicine, supervising residents in both settings, and directs the Internal Medicine Hospitalist group. Always passionate about resident teaching, after over ten years as an Associate Program Director, he became Residency Program Director in 2014. When not at work, he enjoys biking, hiking, tennis and spending time with his family.
Halle Sobel, MD – Associate Program Director
Dr. Sobel graduated from The University of Vermont College of Medicine and completed her primary care internal medicine residency at The University of Wisconsin Hospitals & Clinics. She practices as a general internist at the Burlington Adult Primary Care Clinic and prior to becoming the associate program director and primary care program director she co-directed both the resident clinic and primary care track. She is involved locally with the teaching academy and regionally/nationally with SGIM. Her academic interests include resident education and mentoring, addiction medicine and population health. Outside of work she enjoys visiting independent books stores and farmers markets, doing yoga and spending time with her family and dog.
Prema Menon, MD, PhD – Associate Program Director
Dr. Menon is originally from St. Petersburg, FL. She graduated from Sri Devaraj Urs Medical College in Kolar, India and completed her Internal Medicine Residency at Indiana University Ball Memorial Hospital. She moved to Vermont for her Pulmonary and Critical Care fellowship and completed her PhD in Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Vermont. Dr. Menon is the Director of the Interstitial Lung Disease Clinic. In addition to her clinical and research interests, she is interested in resident experience, well-being and career development. She has a particular interest in diversity, equity and inclusion in Medicine. She enjoys spending most her time outside of the hospital with her husband, 3 daughters and 3 dogs.
Andy Hale, MD – Associate Program Director
Dr. Hale received his undergraduate education at Middlebury College, then went to medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine. He completed internal medicine residency, chief residency, and infectious diseases fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School. He is now an Infectious Diseases physician at UVMMC and an avid medical educator and researcher. He is the director of several courses including Cardiac, Respiratory, and Renal pathophysiology at UVM College of Medicine, Infectious Diseases at Middlebury College, and Comparative Physiology at Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory. His main research interests include medical education, HIV and HCV, and he has produced over 75 peer-reviewed publications and posters. When not at work, he enjoys backcountry skiing, rock and ice climbing, trail running, and playing with his golden retriever Mango.
Edwin Goncharuk, DO grew up in Brooklyn, NY. He studied biology at the University of Rochester and attended medical school at the University of New England COM. After his chief year he plans to pursue a career in gastroenterology. He has loved training at the University of Vermont Medical Center because of the incredibly collegial and friendly academic environment coupled with the program’s location in the beautiful state of Vermont.
Ben Irvine, MD was born and raised in Wisconsin. He graduated from Loyola University in Chicago with a degree in Biophysics and went on to attend the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. After medical school he completed Internal Medicine training at the UVM Medical Center and is planning on pursuing a career in cardiology. He especially enjoys all the outdoor opportunities Vermont offers as well as running in his free time.
Shawn Wayne, MD is originally from Wisconsin (fondly referred to as “Flat Vermont”). He completed both undergraduate and medical school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “Vermont is a special residency as it offers trainees the opportunities of a large academic institution while maintaining a tight-knit residency. All while nestled in the beautiful Green Mountains. It has been a wonderful place to train.” After Chief Residency, Shawn plans to pursue fellowship in Pulmonology and Critical Care Medicine.