Current Residents

PGY-2 Residents

John Russell Burks, MD

Valerie Miller Lobodiak, MD

Kyle A. Rogers, MD

Dr. Rogers grew up in Enid, Oklahoma. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.S. in Microbiology, and he obtained his M.D. from the University of Oklahoma as well. He completed an internship in Internal Medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City. In his spare time, Kyle enjoys spending time with his wife Sydney and son Alston AKA “Big Al”, hanging out with his co-residents, shooting photography, hunting, and running.

Vincent D. Venincasa, MD

Dr. Venincasa was born and raised in Orlando, Florida and has one younger brother. He met his beautiful wife, Kiran (a surgery resident), at the University of Miami where they both completed university studies and medical school. Vince loves to play basketball and enjoys watching his Hurricanes play on Saturdays in the fall. Vince and Kiran love traveling, cooking, literature and art.

PGY-3 Residents

Joshua F. Hendrix, MD
West Virginia

Dr. Hendrix grew up in the small town of Bluefield, West Virginia. He attended Marshall University in Huntington, WV, where he obtained a B.S. in Chemistry. He went on to obtain his M.D. from the Marshall University School of Medicine and was selected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Society and Gold Humanism Honor Society. He completed his internship in Internal Medicine at Greenville Health Systems in Greenville, SC. When away from medicine, Dr. Hendrix is an avid tennis player, enjoys hiking, loves to travel, and basically tries to be outside as much as possible.

Christina M. Lippe, MD

Dr. Lippe comes from Chocolate Town USA, also known as Hershey, Pennsylvania. She attended college at Ursinus College, a small liberal arts college outside of Philadelphia. She graduated with a double major in Chemistry and Biochemistry Molecular Biology. She then went to medical school at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine where she was president of her medical school class and was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. She completed her internship at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. In her free time, Christina likes to spend time with her husband, Andy, and her family. She likes to scuba dive, ski, and play sports such as softball and tennis.

Andrew T. Melson, MD

Dr. Melson is a native of Ohio. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Saint Louis University with a BA in Chemistry and minors in Theology and Philosophy. He then attended Saint Louis University School of Medicine, where he was elected into Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society as a junior and graduated with distinctions in research and community service. He completed a Transitional Medicine Intern year at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana before moving to Oklahoma City. After their wedding in Fall 2015, his beautiful fiancée Danielle, a physical therapist, will be joining him in Oklahoma. In his free time, Dr. Melson enjoys volunteering and spending time with his family and friends. His hobbies include soccer, racquetball, trap/skeet, skiing and homebrewing

Jason C. Smart, MD

Dr. Smart is originally from Provo, Utah, and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Biology from Brigham Young University. He then attended medical school at Texas A&M College of Medicine where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and received the Excellence in Surgery award. He completed a transitional year at the Intermountain Medical Center in Utah before moving to Oklahoma. Dr. Smart enjoys spending time with his sweet wife, Sherise, and their two boys. He also enjoys hiking, shooting sports, and most things outdoors.

PGY-4 Residents

Clifton C. Fay, Jr., MD

Dr. Fay graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Religion. He then attended the Medical College of Georgia, where he was selected to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. He completed his internship in Internal Medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City. He is happily married to his wife Laura, who is an Internal Medicine resident at OU. He enjoys fly-fishing, tennis, hunting, cooking, and cheering for his beloved Georgia Bulldogs every Saturday in the fall.

James C. O'Brien, MD

Dr. O'Brien is a native Texan who attended The University of Texas at Austin for his undergraduate education, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology with an emphasis on Neurobiology.  He later attended medical school at The University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine in Galveston, Texas, where he was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society as a junior student and graduated Summa Cum Laude.  He completed his internship at the Texas Medical Center at Houston Methodist Hospital before making the move up to Oklahoma City for his Ophthalmology training.  In his spare time, Dr. O'Brien enjoys being with his beautiful family, discovering new eateries, and perfecting his brewing recipes.

Andrew L. Rodenburg, MD
North Dakota

Dr. Rodenburg is a proud native of North Dakota. He completed his undergraduate degree in Zoology through North Dakota State University and medical school through the University of North Dakota. He remained in North Dakota for his internship before moving to Oklahoma. Joining him in Oklahoma is his amazing wife Sarah, an occupational therapist, and their furry, four-legged child, Kota. On his free time you can find him at a coffee shop, the dog park, or exploring the great outdoors. He enjoys hiking, climbing, kayaking, cycling, hunting, or any outdoor activity for that matter.

Ilya (Eli) Sluch, MD

Dr. Sluch graduated from Oklahoma State University with degrees in Chemistry, Biochemistry, and a minor in Mathematics. During his stay at OSU, he was heavily involved in research in X-ray crystallography for which he received a Goldwater Scholarship. He then moved to Oklahoma City and received his medical school training at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. He then moved to St. Louis for his internship in General Surgery at St. Louis University, with 8 months of specific focus in Pediatric Surgery and Pediatric Trauma. Dr. Sluch spends most of his time outside of Ophthalmology with his wife Carolyn and his friends in the metro area. He is an excellent cook and and avid disk golf player.

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