Our Team

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

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Matthew Chia, MD, MS


Matt is in his 6th of 7 years in the integrated vascular surgery program at Northwestern University.  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 


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

Leanna Erete, MBBS


Leanna graduated from Newcastle University in 2014. She underwent post graduate training in East of England and Northern Deaneries. She is now based in London and is currently an ST6 Vascular Trainee in the London Deanery. She is an Education Rep of the Rouleaux Club, interested in education and human factors. She is a fair-weather runner, loves jigsaws, and excited to join the Audible Bleeding team! Follow @leanna_erete 

Amanda Fobare, MD


Amanda is a second year Vascular Surgery fellow 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

Rachael Forsythe, MBChB, PhD


Rachael is a senior vascular surgery trainee in Edinburgh, Scotland, having also trained in Bristol and London, with a PhD studying molecular and cellular imaging of AAA.  She is the Vice President and an education rep of the Rouleaux Club - the UK vascular trainees’ association. She is married with 2 children, has recently taken up cycling and is delighted to be a new member of the Audible Bleeding team! Follow @ROForsythe

Ali Irshad, MD


Ali completed his integrated vascular surgery training at the Houston Methodist Debakey Heart and Vascular Center.  He has returned to his native New England and is an assistant professor at Tufts School of medicine and attending vascular surgeon at Tufts Medical Center where he leads efforts in the aortic center and research endeavors for the division of vascular surgery.   In his free time he enjoys training in Muay Thai and learning new languages.  Follow @AIrshad_MD

Adam Johnson, MD, MPH

Managing Editor


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

Kevin Kniery, MD, MPH



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 



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


Jacob completed his general surgery residency at Rutgers - New Jersey Medical School and is currently a second year vascular surgery fellow 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


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 


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.


Emeritus Editors

Adham Elmously, MD

Editor 2019-2021



Nicole Rich, MD, MPH

Co-Founder, Editor 2018-2021





Anna Vecchio

SVS Marketing


Anna 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. She graduated from the University of Kentucky in May 2020 with a BA in Integrated Strategic Communication. Anna loves trying new recipes, traveling and skiing.