John T. Gripe - Class of 2012

I have had a great experience during my training at the IUSOM anesthesia program. Before starting my training, my goal was to find a program that would prepare me for any case that rolled into the OR - everything from a simple hernia repair to the most complicated thoracic/cardiovascular trainwreck. I wanted a program that would give me the confidence and the skills necessary to be successful in any environment. The anesthesia program at IUSOM has done just that.
There are five hospitals that residents rotate through during their training - each providing a unique patient population. Riley Children's Hospital is where the residents get the majority of the pediatric experience. From anesthesia in remote locations such as the MRI suite, to deep hypothermic cardiovascular arrest for CV cases, residents are exposed to the full spectrum of pediatric cases. Ezkenazi Hospital has an ambulatory OR as well as being one of the only Level One Trauma centers in the state. University Hospital exposes the residents to thoracic cases and is also the home of one of the busiest transplant services in the nation. The VA Hospital provides the residents with experience in CV anesthesia as well as dealing with an older patient population that frequently have multiple comorbidities. Finally, residents rotate through Methodist Hospital for another month of CV anesthesia as well as a month of neuroanesthesia.
The diversity of cases that residents are exposed to during their training at IU is truly remarkable. As July 1 approaches, I find myself grateful for the incredible experience I have had during my anesthesia residency. Although there is some apprehension about the thought of finally being on my own - which I think all of my fellow CA-3 residents share- that feeling is dwarfed in comparison to my confidence in the training that I have recieved. It is reassuring that no matter what rolls in the door, no matter how young or old, no matter how sick, I will have seen a case like that before.

Eric R. Marable - Class of 2014

My path into anesthesia was not necessarily a typical one, but I am pleased to be training in anesthesia and I am grateful to be training in a program that provides the depth and breadth of experience that IU's program does.  I attended medical school at UT Southwestern and then completed residency in pediatrics at Texas Children's Hospital. When I began my residency training in pediatrics I thought that I might pursue further training in critical care or cardiology, but fortunately while in my pediatric residency I was able to spend some elective time in anesthesia.  I could not be happier with the decision that I have made to pursue anesthesia as a specialty.  I also could not be happier with where I chose to do that training.  At IU, I know I am getting the opportunity to develop all of the skills that I will need in the future.  We get great experience here in everything from transplant to CV to regional/acute pain, and our experience in pediatric anesthesia at IU is second to none.  I am definitely happy to have chosen to pursue anesthesiology as a career and I am happy to be doing my training at IU.

Kimberly Van Elk - Class of 2015

I grew up in Muncie, IN which is about an hour outside of Indianapolis. After graduating from Yorktown High School, I traveled to Miami University in Oxford, OH, where I obtained a B.A. in Zoology. I came back to Indiana for medical school, completing my first two years in South Bend at the Notre Dame campus and my clinical years in Indianapolis. After much discussion and consideration, I decided to pursue a career in Anesthesiology.  I had the opportunity to complete my intern training in my hometown at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie.  My husband and I recently moved back to the Fishers area as I begin my Anesthesia residency at IU Health.  I am excited to begin my career and training in my chosen field.  I appreciate the variety of experiences that IU has to offer with training at five different hospitals.  Outside of medicine, I’ve been married two years to my wonderful husband who works as an architect in Anderson, IN. I recently ran the Indianapolis 500 Mini Marathon, play on a summer tennis team, enjoy watching soccer, and reading as much as I can.     

Jeremy Wolf - Class of 2015

I was born and raised in the small Indiana town of Rossville about 15 miles east of Lafayette.  In 1996 I graduated from Rossville High School and began a career in the trades.  After working in the plumbing and mechanical trades for 7 years, I decided to pursue a career in the medical field.  With the support of my wife I received my undergraduate degree of B.A. in Biological and Physical Sciences at IU-Kokomo during which time we had two boys.  I was fortunate enough to get into IU School of Medicine and complete my first two years at the West Lafayette campus.  While going through medical school it became clear to me that Anesthesia was my calling. I took one more step towards this goal by completing my Transitional Year Residency at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie, IN.  My transitional year was a great experience and enjoyable year.   I am privileged to be continuing my education at the IU Anesthesia program.  The program seems to provide great support to their residents as well as a broad base of experience and knowledge both in types of anesthesia and working environments.  My family and I now live in Fishers where my boys attend kindergarten and 3rd grade. Outside of anesthesia, my passions are God, family, outdoors and old cars.  My focus is to be the best physician I can be while maintaining a balance with family, friends and fun.  I wish anyone who reads this the best in what they do and great joy in doing it.

Current Residents