Josh Hoffner, DO, MPH (Preventive Medicine Fellow)
Dr. Josh Hoffner grew up in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harrogate, TN. Dr. Hoffner completed three years of Family Medicine training in West Virginia. Dr. Hoffner completed the California Department of Public Health Preventive Medicine Residency Program (PMRP) on June 30, 2023 before starting his Preventive Medicine Fellowship with the University of Wisconsin – Madison (UW–M) Preventive Medicine Residency (PMR). His interest include bridging the healthcare gap in rural communities for all patients due to inequalities of various types, including but not limited to racial, gender, and socioeconomic disparities. During his one year fellowship, he supports a variety of residency program activities and oversees the chief residents with their quality improvement projects. His career goals include being a Preventive Medicine Residency Program Director and/or a federal, state, or local health officer.
Stu Berry, DO, MPH (PGY-3, Chief Resident)
Stuart grew up in Kissimmee, FL and served 5 years in the U. S. Marine Corps before completing bachelor’s degrees in Psychology (Florida Atlantic University) and Human Biology (National University of Health Sciences). He earned his Doctorate of Osteopathy at Midwestern University in Downers Grove, IL and then completed a Transitional Internship at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, VA. After a two-year tour as a General Medical Officer with Second Marine Division, Stuart completed a residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. During his service as a Navy Medical Officer, Stuart observed the value of prevention over treatment. After retirement from the Navy, Stuart will shift gears and pursue a career in Preventive Medicine. He has a keen interest in environmental toxins and cancer prevention.
In his free time, Stuart enjoys spending time with his wife and three sons. He enjoys home improvement projects, weight training, and martial arts.
Isha Jain, MD, MPH (PGY-3, Chief Resident)
Isha grew up in Lincoln, NE, and has stayed in the Midwest throughout her schooling and training. She attended the accelerated Bachelors/MD program at the University of Missouri- Kansas City, followed by a Family Medicine internship at the University of Illinois-Chicago. She then shifted her focus to public health. Isha moved back to Nebraska, worked as a research analyst for a local public health organization, and formalized her public health education with an MPH from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Isha’s professional interests include teaching, research, and public health policy. She looks forward to exploring different areas during preventive medicine residency including opioid abatement, cancer prevention, and immunizations.
Outside of work, Isha enjoys reading, sudoku puzzles, hiking, and martial arts.
Kandarp Shah, MD (PGY-2)
After medical school, Kandarp founded and sold a startup to address the chronic disease epidemic. During the COVID pandemic, he realized the missing piece in tackling this challenge: prioritizing prevention and population health. This sparked his interest in pursuing a preventive medicine residency. To refine his skills in diagnosing and managing complex diseases, he completed an internship in Internal Medicine at San Joaquin General Hospital, California. Currently a PGY2 resident at UW-Madison, his clinical interests include metabolic syndrome, obesity, and lifestyle medicine. He also holds a keen interest in the intersection of clinical informatics, large language models (LLM), and health system innovation. His vision is to democratize prevention centric health care in America.
Ayanna Vasquez, MD, MS (PGY-2)
Ayanna was born to Caribbean immigrants in NYC. She earned a BA in Biology and Society from Cornell University, where she started to connect her interests in health and the study of populations and societies. She deepened her knowledge and skillset with an MS in Epidemiology from The University of Iowa. After an MD from La Universidad Autόnoma de Guadalajara (Mexico), and two years at the Morehouse School of Medicine Internal Medicine Residency. Ayanna returned to population-level health at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. She worked on a 100+ stakeholder citywide hypertension initiative coalition to address hypertension prevention, control, and disparities. Then in 2020, like so many public health professionals, Ayanna was activated for the public health front lines in New York City’s COVID-19 response: working in surveillance, evaluation, community outreach, health systems, and vaccination efforts. She obtained valuable experiences, which she carried with her to the CDC Foundation (CDCF). As an epidemiologist at the CDCF, she supported local and state health departments in COVID-19 contact tracing, substance abuse, and HCV disease surveillance.
Her research interests include disease surveillance, reversing health disparities, and increasing community ownership in health interventions. While in Wisconsin, Ayanna looks forward to expanding her tennis, bicycling, hiking, and ice skating interests.