Chief Residents Named for 2012-2013
At a faculty meeting March 14, 2012, the Department of Anesthesiology certified the residents' choice of Emily Knipper, Dan Leach, and Jessica Tashjian as Chief Residents for the 2012-2013 academic year. They have begun their duties for in collaboration with the soon-to-depart chiefs for 2011-2012 , Rob Nicholson, Kristi Rose, and Andrew Larson.
Emily grew up in the Pacific Northwest on the dry side of Washington State, where the apple trees outnumber the evergreens. She then crossed the Cascade Mountains to study Biology and Chemistry at Seattle Pacific University. After enjoying four years of coffee shops and granola in the Emerald City, she opted for a change towards the genteel, moving to the South for medical school at Wake Forest University. In addition to a gaining a wonderful medical education, she also developed an appreciation for bow ties and learned that "y'all" is a useful phrase in any setting. She also met her husband, a native Virginian, while at Wake Forest. The two of them love their time in Charlottesville, and nothing makes Emily happier than spending time with him and their current only child, an overly exuberant Boxer mix named Daphne. She also loves to run, and will be traveling to Beantown this April, for her first Boston Marathon. She is currently applying for a Pediatric fellowship to follow residency.
Dan was born and raised in Brown Summit, NC. After majoring in Chemical Engineering and Pulp and Paper Science Technology at NC State University, he worked for a few years in research and engineering. He went back to medical school at East Carolina, but remained a devoted Wolfpack fan! While in medical school, he met his future wife, Katie, a high school English teacher. These days, when his grammar isn't being corrected, he enjoys spending time with Katie, their beautiful young daughter Tyndall, and their two lady beagles, Sadie and Layla. He enjoys stepping outside to help with yardwork, gardening, and any other home improvement project he can find. He'd like to fish the local ponds and streams this spring and summer. Dan is currently considering fellowship versus private practice for next year.
Jessica grew up in sunny (although unexciting) Fresno, California and moved to the east coast to pursue her education. She completed undergrad at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, where she was a Biology major and Classics/Ancient History minor (and met her husband!). She then moved to North Carolina to complete medical school at Duke. Jessica enjoys knitting, eating everything her husband bakes, and harassing her two cats. She will be staying at UVA for at least the year following graduation while her husband completes his Hematopathology fellowship.