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Meet Our Residents

Medical residents are an important component of Upstate Medical University Department of Ophthalmology. Doctors in their own right, these residents work with our eye care professionals to learn more about the specialty through clinical, surgical and laboratory work.

The small class of residents are closely supervised throughout their three-year residency to help them develop into the next generation of leading ophthalmologists.

First year

Andrew Orenberg

Andrew Orenberg is a first-year resident in the Ophthalmology program at Upstate Medical University. A native of Marblehead, Massachusetts, he attended Emory University and is happily married to his wife for almost 8 years. He and his wife have a 2 year-old daughter who has learned to become an avid Boston sports and Alabama Crimson Tide fan. Dr. Orenberg developed an interest in Ophthalmology because of his early exposure to the field from his father, who practices as a general ophthalmologist in the Boston suburbs, and because of its unique balance of clinical and surgical skills. When he completes his residency, Dr. Orenberg is planning on practicing as a general ophthalmologist in the Boston suburbs.


Philip Kurochkin

Philip Kurochkin is a first-year resident in the Ophthalmology program at Upstate Medical University. A native of Brooklyn, he attended Brooklyn College. His interest in ophthalmology began early in his undergraduate career while doing basic science research in molecular neuroscience. His decision was solidified throughout medical school when he realized he would be able to perform the perfect mixture of surgical and clinical care as an ophthalmologist. When he completes his residency, Kurochkin hopes to pursue further training in vitreoretinal surgery.


Trisha Wladecki

Trisha Wladecki grew up in a suburb of West Cleveland before heading to Valparaiso University in Indiana for biology, chemistry, humanities and soccer. She followed her father’s footsteps to University of Cincinnati College of Medicine where she met her soon-to-be husband. When she isn't learning more about ophthalmology, she enjoys playing soccer, Krav Maga, and sharing good food and drinks with friends. She looks forward to more hiking, wine touring, and learning how to cross-country ski now that she's in Syracuse.

Second year

Vamsee Neerukonda

Vamsee Neerukonda is a second-year resident in the Ophthalmology program at Upstate Medical University. He is happily married to his wife, Lisa, and they joyfully await the arrival of their first child. A native of Upstate New York, Neerukonda attended Boston University for his undergraduate degree. He developed an interest in ophthalmology at an early age, further confirmed his interest in the field as an undergraduate studying computational/cognitive/molecular/translational neuroscience, and he ultimately went to Upstate Medical University to pursue ophthalmology. When he completes his residency, Neerukonda hopes to pursue further training in oculoplastic and reconstructive surgery.


Han Yin

Han Y. Yin is a second-year resident in the Ophthalmology program at Upstate Medical University. He trained in Florida International University in Miami, Florida and who attended University of Central Florida for his undergraduate degrees. When he completes his residency, Han hopes to possibly pursue further training in anterior segment/cornea surgery. He enjoys outdoor activities during his free time.


Andrew Orenberg

Swetha Dhanireddy is a second-year resident in the Ophthalmology program at Upstate Medical University. Recently engaged, she is excited to be getting married in the summer of 2019. Dhanireddy has a long-standing interest in ocular pathology prior to pursuing medicine. After clinic exposure to ophthalmology through medical-school electives and research, it was clear that becoming an ophthalmologist was her true passion. Dhanireddy moved to Upstate New York from the Midwest for her residency, and very happy to be here.

Third year

George Salloum

George Salloum is an Upstate New York native who is currently serving as one of two chief residents in his class. Prior to residency, he served as an Air Force Special Operations Flight Surgeon. He has been married to his wife, Jen, for 6 years and is blessed to have two beautiful children. Salloum’s interests include running and spending time with his wife and children. When he completes his residency, Salloum will be starting an ASOPRS fellowship in Tennessee. He enjoys the high clinical volume and autonomy residents are given - as it helps prepare them for the real world. Salloum also enjoys the collegial atmosphere among the residents.


Andrew Orenberg

Lianna Valdes is a third-year resident in the Ophthalmology program at Upstate Medical University. A native of Western Massachusetts, she attended college at Yale University and medical school at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. She loves ophthalmology for many reasons, including its patient variety and microsurgical opportunities as well as the pattern recognition skills that it develops. Her hobbies include bird watching and playing classical piano. She is currently interviewing for a fellowship in uveitis.

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