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Current Fellows


fellow imageFelicia Hare, MD

Dr. Hare is originally from East TN and completed her undergraduate training at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Memphis has become her second home after completing both medical school and residency training at UTHSC. She met her husband, Brian, during residency and they spend most of their time outside of work chasing after their energetic little boy. Dr. Hare also loves reading, cooking, and spending time outdoors.

fellow imagePhilippe Prouet, MD

Dr. Prouet grew up in Lafayette, Louisiana where he received his undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (Geaux Cajuns!!). He moved to Shreveport, LA to attend medical school at LSU Health Sciences Center, where he met his wife, Emily, who is an Ophthalmology resident. They moved to Memphis where he completed his Internal Medicine residency, and he is thrilled to stay at UT to complete his Hematology/Oncology fellowship with the West Cancer Center. He enjoys spending time with his wife and twin boys.

fellow imageBryan Huber, MD

Dr. Huber is a native of Arizona, where he attended Arizona State University as an undergraduate studying molecular biosciences and biotechnology. He went on to study medicine at the Phoenix campus of the University of Arizona. Following medical school, Dr. Huber trained in Internal Medicine at UTHSC and is excited to continue in his Fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at UTHSC and the West Cancer Center. Dr. Huber enjoys doing research, specifically in hematology. He also enjoys spending time with his family, playing basketball, and outdoor activities.

fellow imageHarsha Ranganath, MD

Dr. Ranganath returns to Tennessee after serving as chief resident at Scripps Mercy hospital in sunny San Diego, where he met his lovely fiancée Anita. Prior to that, he completed residency training in internal medicine at UTMC in Knoxville. In his spare time he enjoys eating, playing sports, tickling the ivories, and keeping up with his Boilermakers.

fellow imageJason Porter, MD

Dr. Porter is a native Memphian. He completed his undergraduate degrees in biology and chemistry at Christian Brothers University and medical education right here at home with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Now, he is excited to be a hematology/oncology fellow with The West Cancer Center. He recognized the impact that cancer could have on an individual and family at a young age. Unknowingly, he would eventually understand and study some of the most intricate nuances of the multitude of diseases which are “cancer.” As a training physician in the program, he enjoys spending time with his co-fellows and the staff doctors, discussing and discovering ways to approach and treat affected patients and their loved ones. When he is not working, he enjoys eating, sleeping and spending time with his family. He will complete his fellowship in 2019 and looks forward to continuing in what he hopes will be a lifetime of research and discovery.


fellow imageJeff Owsley, DO

Dr. Owsley grew up in Kansas City, MO but lived in Denver for past 6 years where he did his internal medicine residency and worked as a hospitalist prior to starting fellowship at Tennessee.  Dr. Owsley is married and met his wife during his time in Denver.  He enjoys running, BBQ and watching his favorite sports teams.  He and his wife are excited for their new adventure here in Memphis.

fellow imageNick Thomson, MD

Dr. Thomson is new to Tennessee, coming from the sunny state of Arizona, where he completed medical school and residency at the University of Arizona College Of Medicine (Tucson and Phoenix campuses, respectively).  Nick was born and raised in a suburb of Salt Lake City, UT and completed his undergraduate degree in Biophysics at BYU.  He enjoys spending quality time with his wonderful wife, rough-housing with his kids, watching LeBron James play basketball, and listening to U2.

fellow imageJamie Riney, MD

Dr. Riney is a Memphis native who has a long time connection with the University of Tennessee system. Born in Memphis to a loving missionary family, he spent several years traveling and living abroad as part of his parents work. He eventually returned to Memphis to for his high school education and chose UT Knoxville for his college. From there, he was eager to return to Memphis for completion of medical school and an internal medicine residency at UT Health Science Center. He enjoys living in east Memphis with his wife, two children, and two dogs. His hobbies include cooking and anything BBQ.

fellow imageMatt Stein, MD

Dr. Stein was born and raised in St. Louis, MO. He majored in cell and molecular biology as an undergraduate at Vanderbilt University before moving to Memphis for medical school and residency at UTHSC. He enjoys spending quality time with his lovely wife, Sarah, and young son. Dr. Stein's hobbies include reading, golf and pretending to be a foodie.

fellow imagePoojitha Valasareddy, MD

Dr. Valasareddy is a native Memphian, is a graduate of UT-Knoxville, and has completed her Internal Medicine residency in UT-Memphis. After a brief stint as a hospitalist in Houston, Texas, she is excited to be returning home to start her Fellowship in Hematology/Oncology. She was married recently to a petrophysicist who shares her love for traveling and exploring different cultures. In her free time, Dr. Valasareddy also enjoys dancing, reading all sorts of fiction, and recently discovered her love for cooking Indian food.


fellow imageSaradasri Karri, MD

Dr. Karri is originally from Dodge City, KS but moved to Memphis during high school.  She did her med school and residency at UTHSC.  When she is not reading about oncology, she enjoys biking and is a brown belt in karate.  She is married to an aircraft engineer and the have an adopted dog “Grizz.”  Dr. Karri wishes Grizz could play basketball, but he is an expert at looking for treats.

fellow imageEmily Miller, MD

Dr. Miller grew up in South Carolina, where she completed her undergraduate degree in biochemistry at Clemson University. She went on to obtain a Masters in Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology at Emory University prior to returning to South Carolina for medical school. She completed her medical degree and Internal Medicine residency training at the University of South Carolina. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, reading, yoga, and outdoor activities. She and her husband are excited to explore Memphis during her Hematology/Oncology fellowship training at UTHSC and the West Cancer Center. 

fellow imageKaweeta, MD

Dr. Kaweeta was born in Pakistan, made her way to the United States, and completed her Internal Medicine residency at UTHSC.  During her residency, she was presented the Bruce W. Steinhauer altruism award for her work with patients.  She reflects on what one professor told her every day when he said, “We cannot let them die, just because they cannot afford to live.”  Dr. Kaweeta is excited to continue her training in the Hematology Fellowship. When she is not helping her patients, Dr. Kaweeta enjoys cooking and spending time with her husband and two children.

fellow imageSteve Otieno, MD

Dr. Otieno was born in the East African country of Kenya.  He attended college at Rust College in Holly Springs, MS where he majored in Chemistry.  After college, he matriculated in the University of Tennessee/St Jude Children's Research graduate program and received a doctorate in Molecular Sciences.  After graduate school, he completed a post-doctoral fellowship at St Jude Children's Research Hospital.  It is during his time at St Jude that his interest in Hematology/Oncology was kindled.  He is particularly interested in pancreatic cancer and will be doing research in this field during his fellowship. He attended medical school and completed his residency in internal medicine at UTHSC in Memphis.  Dr. Otieno is a passionate soccer fan as well as a great fan of the Tennessee Volunteers.  When off work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three children. 

fellow imageKruti Patel, MD

Dr. Patel was born in India and moved to Lexington, Kentucky when she was in high school. She went to the University of Kentucky for undergraduate and earned a degree in Chemical engineering.  Dr. Patel volunteered at VA hospital in Lexington during her senior year of college and became passionate about being a physician. She went to LMU-DCOM in Harrogate, TN for medical school where she met her husband. Dr. Patel moved to Memphis for Internal medicine residency and fell in love with the city. She loves trying out different restaurants in Memphis.  Her hobbies include playing with her dog Ace, running, and traveling.

fellow imageVanessa Wookey, MD

Dr. Wookey is originally from rural South Dakota and completed her undergraduate studies at South Dakota State University. She attended medical school in South Dakota and then Internal Medicine residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE before moving south to Memphis. Dr. Wookey enjoys watching football, kayaking, reading, spending time outdoors. She is a "shark" at board games. 

Last Published: Jul 17, 2018