Ryan Walsh, MD, hiking with daughters.

Ryan Walsh, MD 
Program Director
Associate Professor

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 
Assistant Professor

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 on the lake

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. 

Lana Khoung, MD standing by the river in the fall.

Lana Khuong, MD
Chief Resident

I first came to Vermont for medical school, drawn by the happiness that everyone in the medical community, and seemingly the state, seemed to have. When looking at places for residency, I quickly found out how unique UVM is.  We are a close-knit program with a strong educational focus, extensive 1:1 teaching, independent call, and opportunity to work on the global front via Imaging the World. Soon after matching, my husband followed me out and he is currently one year below on the ESIR track. We love everything that Vermont has to offer, especially the incredible outdoors close at hand where we can swim, fish, bike, snowboard, and play tennis. Additionally, we’ve made fast friends with colleagues both in and out of Radiology.

Andrew Ridinger, MD with wife and son.

Andrew Ridinger, MD
Chief Resident

I grew up and spent the majority of my previous years in the suburbs of Philadelphia.  When it came time to select a residency for training, I realized I was looking to try something a bit different! I had spent many summers in the Lake Champlain islands and knew what a beautiful, welcoming environment existed in Burlington. On interview day, I was particularly impressed by the approachable and supportive faculty who seemed to have the residents' best interests in mind. After starting, I’ve felt supported not only by our faculty, but also an incredible group of co-residents! In my free time, Burlington has offered a plethora of lakes, trails, breweries, and eateries to explore. UVMMC has been an excellent place to train and if I could choose it over again, I would!

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