Our Team

We aim to be inclusive of all perspectives represented within the vascular surgery community.

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Matthew Chia, MD, MS

Since 2021


Matt is an integrated vascular surgery resident at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL.  His research has centered on outcomes in vascular surgery and surgical education.  Originally from the Greater Boston Area, he now calls Chicago home base for life as an avid podcast fan, coffee geek, and amateur videographer.  Follow @chia_md

Sharif Ellozy, MD 

 Since 2018


Sharif is an Associate Professor of Surgery and in the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at Weill Cornell Medicine and Program Director for the NYP Vascular Surgery Fellowship. He is passionate about surgical education, and couldn’t be prouder of his trainees. He is an avid swimmer, and in his off time he enjoys music, food, travel and listens to way too many podcasts. Follow @SharifEllozy

Amanda Fobare, MD

 Since 2021


Amanda graduated Vascular Surgery fellowship at Emory University. She is originally from Kalamazoo, MI and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan (Go Blue!). She complete her MD at Boston University and general surgery residency at Emory. Outside of operating, she enjoys traveling, reading, running, and fostering animals with the local humane society.  Follow @AmandaFobare

Adam Johnson, MD, MPH

Managing Editor, Since 2018


Adam completed his vascular surgery fellowship at NewYork-Presbyterian, Columbia University and Weill Cornell Medicine and is currently an international fellow at The Royal Infirmary Edinburgh. He first fell in love with listening to podcasts while walking his new Italian Greyhound, Pepperoni.  He has academic interests in QI,  open source analytics, and optimizing the electronic health record. Follow @adam_mdmph

Wen Kawaji, MD, ScM

Since 2022


Wen is a general surgery resident at Medstar Health in Baltimore, MD. She is passionate about vascular, trauma, and critical care and recently completed a burn/surgical critical care fellowship at Johns Hopkins. Wen has been a loyal audible bleeding fan throughout residency and is excited to learn from and work with the podcast team. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, food adventures, and puzzles. Follow @WenKawaji

Kevin Kniery, MD, MPH

 Since 2018


Kevin is a vascular surgeon in the US Army.  He completed his vascular surgery fellowship at NewYork-Presbyterian, Columbia University and Weill Cornell Medicine. He is the co-creator of Behind The Knife, the leading surgery podcast. He is an avid podcast listener, and endurance sport enthusiast, and enjoys spending time with his wife, Sarah, and two beautiful daughters, Makenna and Maddie. Follow @Kniery_Bird

Imani McElroy, MD, MPH 

 Since 2021


Imani is a general surgery resident at MGH currently working as the MGPO Administrative Fellow during her career development time.  As a San Francisco Bay Area native, the disparities Imani experienced first-hand serve as motivation to work towards equity within healthcare.  Her research interests include implementation sciences, racial/ethnic and gender disparities within health care and vascular surgery.  Follow @IEMcElroy.

Jacob Schwartzman, MD, MPH

Since 2019


Jacob completed his general surgery residency at Rutgers - New Jersey Medical School and vascular surgery fellowship at New York-Presbyterian, Columbia University and Weill Cornell Medicine. He has a special interest in surgical education, both at the medical student and resident level. In his free time, he enjoys running, golf, tennis, fishing, and being outdoors.  Follow @JSchwartzmanMD 

Matt Smith, MD, PhD

Since 2018


Matt is an assistant professor of surgery at University of Washington in Seattle, WA. He completed his fellowship at NewYork-Presbyterian, Columbia University and Weill Cornell Medicine. Matt did an MD/PhD at University of Utah where he focused on Platelet biology.  Matt loves to teach and is excited to be a part of this podcast though his real passions are playing in the mountains and spending time with family.  

Yasong Yu, MD

Since 2021


Yasong is a general surgery resident at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. He completed his PGY3 year and is currently spending some time doing research before pursuing a fellowship in vascular surgery. Research interests include education, simulation, cost of AV access and PAD gait analysis.  He loves basketball and also enjoys working on his car in the garage during his free time. Follow @YasongYuMD


Emeritus Editors

Adham Elmously, MD

Editor 2019-2021


Rachael Forsythe, MBChB, PhD

Editor 2021-2022

Leanna Erete, MBBS

Editor 2021-2022


Nicole Rich, MD, MPH

Co-Founder, Editor 2018-2021



Amber Dunlop

SVS Marketing


Amber is the Marketing & Membership Specialist at the Society for Vascular Surgery. She works with Audible Bleeding on the public-facing website, social promotion, editing podcasts and optimizing SEO.