Hometown: Vestal, NY Undergraduate: Wilkes University, Wilkes Barre, PA Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY Residency: Maine Medical Center, Portland, ME Interests / Hobbies: World traveling, playing with exotic big cats (tigers, cheetahs, lions) on these travel adventures, hiking, baking and exploring new restaurants in Greater Portland. Medical interests: Interventional cardiology, Heart failure, Cardiac Imaging, Medical education Why Maine Medical Center: My personal experience as a medicine resident working with cardiology attendings and appreciating how invested they are in fellows’, residents’ and medical students’ education, great MMC Research Institute program for research opportunities, Maine hiking landscape and outdoors adventure (white water rafting to sky diving) Favorite restaurant in Portland: Green Elephant, Sichuan Kitchen, Sapporo in Portland. Big Fin Poke in Westbrook. Gather in Yarmouth.
Benjamin Starobin, M.D.
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA Undergraduate: Cornell University Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine Favorite place in Maine: Willard Beach, South Portland Interests / Hobbies: History, hiking, ice skating, snowshoeing Medical interests: Echocardiography, electrophysiology Why Maine Medical Center: Supportive environment in which to train, high volume and acuity of patients, close to the ocean as well as the mountains. If I wasn't a doctor, I would be a... Carpenter Favorite restaurant in Portland: Taco Trio
Laura Onderko, M.D.
Hometown: Glastonbury, CT Undergraduate: Bowdoin College Medical School: Drexel Temple University School of Medicine Favorite place in Maine: Wolfe’s Neck State Park, Reid State Park, hiking in the White Mountains, exploring all the nearby places to hike and spend time outdoors Interests / Hobbies: Running, hiking, spending time with my daughter and husband Medical interests: General cardiology, cardio-oncology, medical education Why Maine Medical Center: I did an away rotation in my fourth year of medical school with Pediatric Genetics at MMC and loved it. Everyone was so friendly and I learned so much. There is a great sense of community here and everyone is always happy to help out in any way they can. I think MMC has the perfect balance between being an academic and community hospital. It was an easy decision to want to stay for cardiology fellowship after I finished my MedPeds residency. Living in Portland is a great bonus too! Favorite restaurant in Portland: Green Elephant
Jared Tobolski, M.D.
Hometown: Lancaster, PA Undergraduate: West Chester University Medical School: Drexel Temple University School of Medicine Favorite place in Maine: Acadia National Park Favorite Maine activity: Anything involving lobsters Interests / Hobbies: Football, Kayaking, Skiing, Homebrewing Medical interests: Clinical cardiology What did you do before medical school? Communications technician, Air National Guard Why Maine Medical Center: We fell in love with the city while my wife was completing Dental School at UNE Celebrity I most resemble: Luke Wilson/Tom Cruise hybrid? If I wasn't a doctor, I would be a... Professional brewer Personal quote: “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up” Favorite restaurant in Portland: Scales
Jacob (Jake) Ortiz
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Undergraduate: Seattle University
Medical School: UCLA
Interests / Hobbies: Running, Tennis, Boxing, Snowboarding
Favorite place in Maine: Black Cove Running Trail, Deering Park, Oxbow Brewing
Medical interests: Critical Care Cardiology, Structural Imaging
Favorite weekend destination: Beach
Favorite Maine activity: Running Black Cove
What did you do before medical school: EMT
Personal goals: ICU Director
Craziest / Best / Worst Job: Security Guard
Why Maine Medical Center: Top Notch CICU with multidisciplinary collaboration
If I wasn’t a doctor, I would be a… Snow Plowman
Favorite restaurant in Portland: Taco Escobar “Smooth waters don’t make skillful sailors”
Undergrad: University of Massachusetts- Amherst
Medical School: University of New England COM
Medical interests: Arrhythmias, Sports Cardiology
Why Maine Medical Center: For the great people and culture of collaboration and learning. And for Portland
Favorite restaurant in Portland: Pai Men Miyake
Undergrad: New School University Eugene Lang College
Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine