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Current Fellows


fellow imageKenneth Byrd, MD

Dr. Byrd was born and raised in Kansas City. He graduated with a finance/accounting degree from Rockhurst University in Kansas City. He then went to physical therapy school but eventually realized that he wanted to be a physician instead. He completed medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences. He then moved to Wichita, KS where he completed his Internal Medicine residency. He moved to Memphis with his wife, Kelly and his two little girls. They especially enjoy going to the Children's Museum, the Zoo & walking along the river on Mud Island.

fellow imageJeffrey Caughran, MD

Dr. Caughran was born in Memphis while his parents were in medical school but grew up in Chattanooga, TN and is the oldest of 4 children. He graduated from the Furman University with a degree in Political Sciences. After a short time working in the real world, he decided to pursue a career in medicine and graduated from the University of TN College of Medicine. He continued his training at UT in the Department of Internal Medicine and following residency was the Chief Resident in Internal Medicine at Methodist University Hospital. He is married to Casey, who is a Child Life Specialist at LeBonheur, and has 2 dogs. In their spare time they enjoy anything food related and hopes to one day become a great oncologist but also one of America's most prestigious chefs.

fellow imageMelissa Crawley, MD

Dr. Crawley grew up just outside of St. Louis, Missouri. She has wanted to become an oncologist since the age of 15, when she began working at a summer camp for children with cancer and blood disorders. At the University of Missouri, she completed undergraduate studies in biochemistry and rural sociology, while finding time to work in cancer research and attend nearly every Mizzou football game. She moved to Chicago to attend medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. After surviving a few really impressive blizzards, she moved to Tucson, Arizona where she completed her internal medicine residency. She moved to Memphis to pursue her life-long dream of improving the health and quality of life for cancer patients.... and to live in the backyard of the Memphis Redbirds! Other than enjoying watching her favorite sports teams, she also enjoys cooking and playing flute and guitar.

fellow imageVamsi Koduri, MD

Dr. Koduriis from the great state of Ohio, and is naturally a huge Buckeye fan. He completed his undergraduate degree in Economics at Case in Cleveland, Ohio, his Masters in Public Health at The Ohio State University, and his medical school at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Following completion of his graduate studies, he went onto pursue his medical residency at The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. It was there that he discovered how immensely rewarding, and intellectually stimulating and challenging it is to take care of both cancer patients and their families. As a result, he has ventured out of the state of Ohio for the first time to pursue his dreams of becoming a Hematologist /Oncologist. In his free time, he also enjoys working out, playing soccer and tennis, spending time with his dog, Griffin, and of course watching his Buckeyes on television!

fellow imageJanice Mullins, MD

Dr.Mullins was born in Los Angeles, CA, but soon moved to Texas where she has spent most of her life and education. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and then attended the University of North Texas Health Science Center for medical school where she became the first in her family to become a physician. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, TX. She is married and has one son who is a toddler. Her husband works at LeBonheur Hospital as a pediatric hospitalist. In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor activities with her family including jogging / biking and likes to think of herself as a "foodie," so if you have any restaurant recommendations in Memphis, please let her know!


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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.  

Last Published: Jul 27, 2017