School of Medicine Coronavirus Update:
Read for more details specific to medical students and School of Medicine events.

Our Residents


Jenna Barbour, MD

Jenna K. Barbour, MD, was raised in Kenova, West Virginia. She is a 2013 graduate of Marshall University, where she received a degree in Chemistry with a concentration in pre-medical sciences. While in college, she was a member of Alpha Chi Sigma and a Learning Assistant for the Biology department. After college, she attended Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, graduating in 2018. Jenna realized her true calling after completing her third year Family Medicine clerkship. She is a recipient of scholarships through the WV Higher Education Policy Commission Rural Service Program and Marshall University Rural Health Service Program. She is also a graduate of the Rural Family Medicine Scholars Program.

Jenna currently resides in Huntington, West Virginia, with her high school sweetheart, Karl. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, refinishing furniture, and working out. She is also a music lover and singer. Upon completion of her residency, she plans to practice outpatient family medicine in rural West Virginia.

Ellen Berry, DO

Ellen, grew up in West Portsmouth, Ohio, as part of a large family. After high school she attended The Ohio State University to earn her BA in history. From there she spent four years working at Shawnee State University with International students. It was during this time at SSU that she began to take science courses and decided to pursue medicine. She then attended Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. During medical school she discovered her passion for preventative health care, especially for women and children. When not in the clinic, Ellen enjoys being in the outdoors, playing with her dog, reading, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Andrew Brown, DO

Andrew Brown grew up in East Point, Kentucky. He graduated from Johnson Central High School in 2010 before attending the University of Kentucky, where he received his B.A in chemistry with a minor in biology. After graduating from UK in 2014, he continued his education at the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM) in Pikeville, Kentucky. During his time at KYCOM, he had the opportunity to serve as a missionary in the Dominican Republic, the Vice President of his Christian Medical Association group, and a soccer coach for youth in the community. Apart from medicine, Andrew enjoys all things UK, playing golf, tinkering with cars, shooting guns, his men’s Bible study group, and spending time with his wife. After residency, he hopes to complete his fellowship in sports medicine.

Luke Finley, MD

Luke Finley has called Huntington home since 2007, but he has previously lived in Ohio, Iowa, and New York. He went to West Virginia Wesleyan College where he completed a B.S. in Biology and a Healthcare Administration M.B.A in 2014. During his time there, he ran collegiate track and cross country. He returned to Huntington to attend medical school at Marshall. After his first year, he married his high school sweetheart. Luke enjoys running, fishing, hiking, camping, and playing music. He is thankful for God’s work in his life and looks forward to a career in medicine hoping to utilize what he has learned to serve patients.

Waseem Khader, DO

Waseem Khader, DO, grew up in Huntington, West Virginia. He obtained a B.S. in Biomedicine at Marshall University. After college, he moved to Lewisburg, WV where he earned his medical degree at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. Upon completing medical school, Waseem moved to Southern California where he began his Family Medicine residency training. During his time living in California he met the love of his life, Aayah. They are now newlyweds and excited to start a family together. Waseem chose to move back to his hometown to complete his final year of training in Family Medicine at his Alma mater. He plans to continue fellowship training in Addiction Medicine to serve those members in our society suffering through substance use disorders. He is passionate about building healthy and fulfilling life habits for the patients he serves. Waseem practices yoga and mindful meditation regularly. He loves the ocean and hiking scenic trails.

Pamil Malhi, MD

Pamil Malhi, MD, grew up in the suburbs of the beautiful city of Vancouver, British Columbia. For her undergraduate, she attended Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. After completing undergraduate studies in nuclear medicine and biological sciences, her wanderlust and a passion for medicine took her to the vibrant city of London, England for medical school at St. Georges University of London. Her medical degree then brought her to Marshall University, West Virginia, where she decided to stay and finish a residency in Family Medicine. In her spare time she enjoys reading, hiking mountains and traveling the world.

Joshua Napier, MD

Joshua T. Napier, MD, was raised in Hazard, Kentucky. After spending a year at the local community college and acquiring a desire for knowledge, he transferred to Pikeville College and became the first member of his family to complete college by graduating with a B.S. in Biology in 2014. He then attended the University of Louisville School of Medicine. While there, he spent his third and fourth year curriculum in Madisonville, Kentucky, working with underinsured, underserved patient populations through the local community clinic. This experience along with a strong desire to return to the Appalachian foothills led him to Huntington. Josh and his fiancée Alison enjoy travel, home cooking, and spending time with family.

Benjamin Perrin, MD

Ben was born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. He attended Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, Alabama, before completing medical school at Marshall University. After graduating medical school, Ben completed a year of OB/GYN training prior to transitioning to family medicine. He continues to have an interest in OB/GYN, as well as sports medicine, and hopes to incorporate these fields into his future practice. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Sydney, and their dog, Winston. He also enjoys playing and watching sports, working on cars, playing video games, and spending time with family and friends.

Malesa Price, DO

Malesa M. Price, DO, is from a large military family and grew up throughout much of the United States and Europe. As an adult, she continued her travels to Africa and Central & South America and speaks fluent Spanish. She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Editing at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah and her medical degree at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. Prior to pursuing medicine, she was a family therapist and drug counselor in Chicago, IL working primarily with adolescents. Malesa is always eager to try new things and loves volleyball, painting, music performance, and getting to know people. She is excited to return to West Virginia for residency and looks forward to mountain hikes, kayaking, and other outdoor adventures with her dog Darcy.


Michael D. Amos, MD

Undergraduate: Marshall University
Medical School: Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine

Michael grew up just down the road in Kenova, West Virginia. After graduating Spring Valley High School, he knew he wanted to continue in school and to one day become a physician. To that end, he obtained his B.S. in Biomedical Sciences and went to medical school at Marshall. Michael enjoys: spending time with his family, going to the beach, SCUBA diving, skiing, taking in a Marshall football game, and using the latest Apple products.

Jamie M. Anderson, MD

Undergraduate: Virginia Tech
Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

Jamie grew up in Winchester, Virginia, which is known for its apple orchards. She went to Virginia Tech for undergrad and majored in Biology. She initially thought she would be veterinarian before falling in love with medicine. She attended medical school at Virginia Commonwealth University and developed an interest in medical missions. She’s excited to come to West Virginia and be a part of the global health curriculum. She enjoys teaching Sunday school, reading missionary biographies, and all forms of water sports. She also hopes to take advance of the WV mountains and improve her skiing over the next few years.

John D. Apgar, DO

Undergraduate: Marshall University
Medical School: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

John D. Apgar, DO, grew up in Huntington, West Virginia. After graduating from Marshall University with his B.S. degree in Biological Sciences, he attended the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, WV. He and his lovely wife, Meghan, have been married since 2013 and together they have a beautiful daughter named Nora. John enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, playing soccer, listening to music, playing guitar, and catching up on various television shows and movies. Family Medicine has been his passion since he began his training. John is thankful for the opportunity to return to his hometown to continue his training and serve the community.

Tom Burdon, MD

Undergraduate: Concordia University
Medical School: St George's University of London

Tom grew up in Montreal, Canada. Upon completion of his undergraduate studies in Cell Biology at Concordia University, he worked in Gulu, Uganda where he learnt to appreciate and respect the power of community driven medicine. This ignited his interest in Family Medicine. From there, Tom attended St George’s University of London to complete his medical training which also gave him the opportunity to undergo clerkships at Marshall University and graduate from the Rural Scholars Program. Tom quickly felt at home in West Virginia with its hospitable predisposition, strong sense of community, and natural beauty. This made Family Medicine at Marshall the obvious choice. On his spare time he enjoys hockey (Go Habs Go!), skiing and baking.

Tanner Gilbert, DO

Undergraduate: University of Pikeville
Medical School: Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine

Tanner Gilbert grew up in Manchester, Kentucky. He obtained his bachelors degree in Biology from the University of Pikeville. He stayed in Pikeville to attend medical school at the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine. While in medical school, he met his wife Brittany, who is also completing her residency at Marshall in internal medicine. Tanner enjoys spending time with his family and his four dogs (3 mini dachshunds and 1 toy poodle). He also enjoys fishing and being outdoors.

Yuto Nakafuku, MD

Undergraduate: University of Chicago
Medical School: Marshall University, JCESOM

Born in Japan, Yuto Nakafuku, MD, had lived in Japan and never dreamed of getting out of the country until he was in eighth grade when his family decided to move to Cincinnati, Ohio in the United States. After high school, he attended University of Chicago, majoring in Biology. After his undergraduate education, he attended Marshall University’s JCESOM, where he came to love the Appalachian culture and the community. He was initially interested in Pathology due to his background in basic science research, but he fell in love with Family Medicine during the clinical years. Yuto enjoys hiking around the parks near Huntington and cooking, as well as tending his indoor moss terrariums. He is interested in specializing in Geriatrics or Palliative Medicine and bringing that knowledge to the medically underserved areas of Appalachia.

Zachary D. Runyon, DO

Undergraduate: Marshall University
Medical School: Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine

Zachary D. Runyon, DO, grew up in the small town of Delbarton, West Virginia, where he graduated from Burch High School. He received a bachelors degree in biological science from Marshall University before moving to Pikeville, Kentucky, for medical school. Zack and his wife Destiny had two kids during medical school and were both actively involved in the local church and serving their community via the Eastern Kentucky Dream Center. His main values are his family, his faith, and making a difference for people but he is also very passionate about the music and songs that he writes. After residency, Zack plans to provide primary care to an area in need somewhere within this region by optimizing the health and quality of life for his patients.

Benjamin Wainblat, MD

Undergraduate: University of Rochester, Rochester, New York
Medical School: Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, Dayton, Ohio

Ben was born and raised in Greater Cleveland, Ohio, and is the eldest of three brothers. As such, he was often the guinea pig of the family and was likely fed too much fertilizer, coming in at 6’7”. Ben decided to take his talents from chilly Cleveland to snowy Rochester, New York, where he found his passion for underserved health, especially among the local refugee community as he taught CPR, First Aid, and Layman Triage at Refugees Helping Refugees in an attempt to reduce EMS and ED use - a program created during his free-fifth-year at University of Rochester. Ohio called and Ben returned to learn medicine in the hometown of the Wright Brothers in sunny Dayton, Ohio. During his time there, Ben took full advantage of the resources present including embarking to Jamaica, Poland, and Israel, organizing community speakers and discussions ranging from holocaust survivors telling their stories to doctors discussing gun violence and public health, and meeting his significant other, Sarah, in Indianapolis.

Ben was thrilled to learn he would attend his number one choice for residency: Marshall University Family Medicine. A diamond in the rough, it offered to him the perfect blend of primary care, patient and population health advocacy at the community, state, and national level, and opportunity in emergent care. All of these opportunities foster towards his interest in entering into primary care practice with emergency department practice while advocating for the needs of his patients.

In Ben’s leisure time, he enjoys doing whatever fun, cool opportunity may come his way. Besides ducking through doorways, he’s come to enjoy horseback riding, cello performance, sailing, and book reading to name a few activities, as well as spending time with his family, significant other, or cat: Roma (AKA: Tootsie).


Olivia B. Cox, DO

Undergraduate: Morehead State University
Medical School: Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine

Olivia grew up in Ashland, Kentucky. After graduating from high school, she attended Morehead State University where she received a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences. Olivia attended medical school at the University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine. Olivia is married to her high school sweetheart, Josh, a recent graduate of the Marshall University School of Pharmacy, and they are expecting a son in September 2020. She enjoys traveling, going on walks with her Great Pyrenees named Sugar Bear, cooking and baking. Olivia hopes to stay close to home after finishing residency, and plans to practice family medicine in the tri-state area.

Zachary Stone Davis, DO

Undergraduate: University of Kentucky
Medical School: Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine

Zachary Stone Davis, DO, grew up in Hindman, Kentucky. He graduated High School from Knott County Central High school and later graduated college with a degree in Biology from the University of Kentucky. He then went on to pursue medicine near his home town at KYCOM in Pikeville, Kentucky. Zachary and his wife Briana, who is a high school biology teacher, plan on moving back to eastern Kentucky to serve the people of their hometown. His love of family medicine was greatly influenced by his father, who is a PA in family medicine. Zachary and his wife love to travel and they enjoy camping, hiking, and spending time outdoors with their three dogs.

Rutmann Desauguste, DO

Undergraduate: Miami Dade College/and Marshall University
Medical School: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

Rutmann Desauguste, DO, was born and raised in the majestic island of Haiti. After high school, he moved to Miami, Florida, to attend Miami Dade College where he earned an Associate degree in Arts. He relocated to Huntington, WV in 2009 to attend Marshall University and graduated with a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Biology. After College, Rutmann worked for a number of years before enrolling in the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in 2015. He’s proud to call himself a mountaineer following a decade of experiences living and traveling throughout the great state of West Virginia (Wild and Wonderful). He plans to give back to underserved communities in West Virginia and throughout the world to honor those that invested their time, knowledge, and resources to help him become a physician.

William Tyler Freeman, MD

Undergraduate: Marshall University
Medical School: Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine

Tyler Freeman, MD, was born at Guam Naval Hospital where his parents were stationed while his father was in the Navy. He grew up in the small rural town of Frankford, West Virginia. He graduated from Greenbrier East High School where he played football and ran track. He then received his B.S degree in Exercise Science from Marshall University. While in college he was on the cheerleading team for 3 years which allowed the opportunity to travel around the country and meet many interesting people. He married his high school sweetheart Ashley Freeman. Tyler enjoys spending time with his wife and their dogs, spending time with friends, weightlifting, and attending any Marshall University sporting event. He has an interest in Sports Medicine and would love to continue to practice in the state of West Virginia. GO HERD!

Zachary R. Johnson, MD

Undergraduate: The Ohio State University
Medical School: Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine

Zachary R. Johnson, MD, grew up in West Portsmouth, Ohio. He attended The Ohio State University where he received a B.S. in biochemistry and biology while performing x-ray crystallography research.  He moved to Huntington the summer after graduation and enrolled at Marshall University's JCESOM. Zach graduated and then completed a preliminary year of general surgery before starting his family medicine training.  In his free time, he enjoys playing guitar and soccer or spending a day on the lake fishing.  After residency completion, he plans to treat rural underserved communities.

Aaron B. Koenig, MD, MS

Undergraduate: Dartmouth College
Medical School:  The Ohio State University College of Medicine

Aaron B. Koenig, MD, was raised in Annandale, Virginia. He studied biology and Russian area studies at Dartmouth College.  After graduating with a B.A. degree, he completed an M.S. degree in physiology at the University of Cincinnati.  He went up the road to Columbus, OH for his medical studies at The Ohio State University.  He is enthusiastic about music, reading, nature and outdoor activities. While a Boy Scout, he enjoyed a whitewater rafting trip on the New River.  He is grateful for the opportunity to serve Mountaineers of all ages in West Virginia.

Olivia G. Osborne, DO

Undergraduate: The University of Virginia’s College at Wise
Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Virginia Campus

Olivia grew up in Coeburn, Virginia, a small town in southwestern Virginia. She attended the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, which is located in her home county. After receiving her B.S. in Biology, she moved to Blacksburg, VA to attend medical school at VCOM-VA. She has always known that she would go into Family Medicine, and her time in medical school confirmed her desire to practice primary care in a small community. In her free time, she spends as much time as possible with family, especially her twin sister. When not with family, she is happiest relaxing at home. After residency, she looks forward to practicing in an underserved community in the Appalachian region.

Katie Salyers, MD

Undergraduate: West Virginia University
Medical School: Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine

Katie grew up in Gassaway, West Virginia. She received her BS in Medical Laboratory Science at West Virginia University. Before medical school she worked as a medical laboratory scientist in her hometown. During medical school Katie loved working with underserved patients and was the student leader of ophthalmology for Marshall Medical Outreach for 2 years. She and her husband Jordan enjoy hiking, kayaking, camping, and are working on traveling to all 50 and US National Parks. Katie’s dream after residency is to own a farm and work in a rural area.