Meet Our New Chief Residents
Scott Call, MD (Med-Peds)
- Undergraduate education: College of William and Mary
- Degrees: BS in Chemistry, BA in Government
- Graduate education: Georgetown University
- Degree: MS in Physiology
- Medical school: Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
- Degree: MD
- After graduating from the College of William and Mary, I initially worked within the political sphere and continue to have a keen interest in policy and advocacy.
What led you to medicine? A significant part of my childhood was spent at my mother’s veterinary practice. My twin brother and I frequently helped feed, walk, and groom the pets. As we grew older, we started helping with emergent after-hours procedures, securing animals, retrieving instruments, or even manning the manual respirator until a technician arrived. This environment nurtured a life-long interest in medicine, which was further reinforced by EMT and scribing experiences during college.
What brought you to Cincinnati Children’s? My father is originally from Cincinnati. I grew up a Reds fan, frequently sporting their gear around town. My father’s family still lives in the area, which provided us with a nice excuse to visit during the holidays (with an occasional summer trip thrown into the mix so we could catch a ballgame). During my interview day at Cincinnati, everything seemed to click. I rekindled my love for the city as I walked around refurbished Italianiate row houses in Over-The-Rhine. I established an instant connection with the leadership team, all of whom displayed that classic Midwestern hospitality that puts your mind at ease. And I left the two-day interview wanting more – more time with the residents, more time with the program directors, and more time in the hospital.
What do you hope to accomplish in your time as chief resident? I want to nurture a culture of advocacy, promote social justice within our program and the community, support residents during this trying time of physical distancing, and help recruit another stellar class to our ranks despite virtual recruitment.
Any other fact/highlight that you would like us to know about you? I will be pursuing a career as a pediatric intensivist. I also hope to continue working as an adult hospitalist. Outside of medicine, I love to run, play the piano/guitar, and read about history.
Margaret (Maggie) Jones, MD
I am a proud alumna of Walnut Hills High School here in Cincinnati. I went to Loyola University Chicago for undergrad, where I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Music, focusing on piano performance. During my time at Loyola, I also completed pre-med classes and learned a lot about social justice and anti-racism. I then came back home to the University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine, where I earned my MD. What led you to medicine?
What led you to medicine? I wanted to be a primary care pediatrician from a young age. I saw how much my mother valued the relationship she had with our pediatrician – how much she trusted his opinion and guidance. I wanted to form similar relationships with families. I was excited about the opportunity to combine my love for math and science with my desire to work with people.
What brought you to Cincinnati Children’s? Cincinnati is my home! I’m so privileged to be able to work at a world-class institution doing what I love, working to improve the lives of children and families in my beloved Cincinnati community and beyond, while also getting to be close to family and friends.
What do you hope to accomplish in your time as chief resident? I’m excited about the opportunity to engage in resident education, particularly education related to justice and anti-racism. It’s now more important than ever for young physicians to understand how privilege and bias impact the health of our patients and communities. I hope to contribute this year to expanding our resident curriculum related to these important topics.
Any other fact/highlight that you would like us to know about you? My daughter Chrissy was born this past December. She is my greatest joy. Every day she helps me understand the wonders and challenges of parenthood. During these hard times of 2020, she helps me maintain perspective of what is most important in life. She’s pretty cute, too.
Alexander Nasr, MD
I grew up in the Dallas area for most of my early education. I went to the University of Oklahoma, where I received my Bachelor of Arts in letters and biology. I moved back to Dallas to be around family and decided to attend medical school at the University of Texas SW Medical Center.
What led you to medicine? I always grew up around medicine. My mom was a labor and delivery nurse, and a lot of my family and friends were in the medical field. Early in my education, I tended to lean towards math and science and was always curious about how things worked. With the combination of all these things, it was only natural for me to pursue my career in medicine, and it ended up being a great fit.
What brought you to Cincinnati Children’s? I had never been to Ohio before my interview here. I knew coming into my interview the outstanding reputation that Cincinnati Children’s had, and it lived up to its name. It was the people and the culture that drew me to Children’s. Everyone is so down to earth and energetic, and this same attitude is directly reflected in our patient care.
What do you hope to accomplish in your time as chief resident? This year is much different than ever expected. COVID-19 has impacted the way our recruiting process for our residency program will take place. Although it will be virtual this year, I plan to bring the same authenticity and energy to the process. I plan to share with prospective resident candidates from all over the country why I fell in love with Children’s and Cincinnati. Despite the challenges and adversity we all face this year, I want to keep the sense of comaraderie and community with my fellow residents.
Any other fact/highlight that you would like us to know about you? After my chief year, I plan on pursuing a pediatric fellowship in gastroenterology. Outside of work, I enjoy cooking, running and volleyball.
James (Jimmy) Rudloff, MD
I received my undergrad at the University of Notre Dame. After graduating, I took a year off to figure out if I wanted to go the MD or PhD route. Ultimately, I decided to pursue my MD at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine, where I ended up meeting my wife.
What led you to medicine? My dad is a pediatrician, so I grew up watching him love working with children and families. I think both consciously and subconsciously, he played a major part in why I chose medicine, pediatrics in particular. I have always enjoyed science. I thought about becoming a basic science researcher, but ultimately it is working with kids that drew me to pediatrics. This field is always changing, allowing me to constantly be challenged and continue my learning from my patients, families, new research and my colleagues.
What brought you to Cincinnati Children’s? My decision to come to Cincinnati Children’s was a joint decision with my wife, as we couples matched. My wife and I have very different career goals, but Children’s encompassed everything we were looking for. Not only did they offer wide clinical exposure, renowned primary care clinics, cutting-edge research opportunities, but residents are a focal point in patient care. Everything here has met and exceeded our expectations.
What do you hope to accomplish in your time as chief resident? A personal goal of mine as a chief resident is to learn the various styles of leadership within pediatrics and medicine in general. I am not 100-percent sure where my career is going yet, so I want to have a higher-level view of what it is like to be a leader in pediatrics. With the guidance of my program directors and mentors, I am excited to have a year focused on developing my leadership skills.
I hope to be an asset to the program. My goal for the program is to bridge communications between residents and guide them through a great yet challenging three years.
Any other fact/highlight that you would like us to know about you? My chief year has been very enjoyable, even with everything going on in the world. I am looking forward to the rest of the year with my fellow chief residents and program directors.
Samantha Simpson, MD
I went to a small, liberal arts school for college, where I studied molecular biology. I completed my medical school training at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. I did my pediatric residency here at Children’s.
What led you to medicine? A combination of my passion for learning, appreciation for the challenge of medicine, and desire to help others all led me to medicine.
What brought you to Cincinnati Children’s? The renowned clinical, research and advocacy opportunities drew me to apply to Cincinnati Children’s. On my interview day, my desire to come here was confirmed by the supportive and collaborative environment that was readily evident.
What do you hope to accomplish in your time as chief resident? To me, the most exciting aspect of being a chief resident is the opportunity to mentor incoming and current residents, as well as medical students. I have found Cincinnati Children's to be an incredibly caring and supportive learning environment, and I look forward to the opportunity to continue to foster this culture. During my residency, our chiefs were a ready source of personal and professional advice, a means of obtaining perspective on a given issue, or just a reminder there were people who cared about your well-being. I would be honored to provide those same experiences for our trainees.
Any other fact/highlight that you would like us to know about you? After my chief year, I plan to apply for NICU and palliative fellowships. My husband, Ethan, is also in medicine and will be training in anesthesia.