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Dr. Gregory George

Ultimate Board Prep Director

Dr. George is a board certified anesthesiologist in private practice, and a Clinical Assistant Professor at a midwest anesthesiology residency program. He has been involved with resident education since 2004, receiving multiple teaching awards. After reviewing several of the most popular anesthesiology board preparation courses available, Dr. George felt he could offer a program that more effectively prepared candidates to take and pass their Written and Applied Exams. Several thousand hours of additional writing and preparation later, The Ultimate Board Prep was born, and the program has been a remarkable success. When not perusing anesthetic literature, feverishly writing Written and Applied board questions, or training board candidates, Dr. George enjoys time with his wonderful wife and six children.

Justin Crumley

Chief Operating Officer

Justin received his undergraduate degree in Management and his MBA from Newman University in Wichita. He has subsequently began working in the aerospace industry as a Production Support Manager, with subsequent promotions to Director of Operations, and then General Manager. Justin joined the Ultimate Board Prep team in 2015 as the Chief Operating Officer. Currently, he resides in Washington, MO with his wife Krystal, and 3 children.

Jill George

Customer Support

Jill graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy in 1999. She retired a few years later to focus on raising our growing family. She currently acts as the Ultimate Board Prep’s customer support administrator.

Dr. Benjamin Abney

UBP Instructor

Dr. Ben Abney is a board-certified anesthesiologist. Following 16 years as an officer in the military, Ben attended medical school at Penn State, where he subsequently completed his residency training. Ben is currently practicing in California, where he is enjoying cycling, and spending time with his wife and teenage children. Having recently taken the board exam, he is eager to help others through this process.

Dr. Hatim Ali

UBP Instructor

Dr. Hatim Ali is a Board Certified Anesthesiologist working for a private practice group in Michigan. After completing medical school at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine he went on to complete his residency training at Wayne State University – Detroit Medical Center. Following residency Dr. Ali went on to complete a fellowship in Critical Care Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Ali is an assistant clinical professor for Michigan State University and is directly involved in the education of medical students and residents. Outside of work, he spends his time with family and friends.

Dr. Shasky Charles

UBP Instructor

Dr. Shasky K. Charles is a board certified anesthesiologist in private practice in New York. He attended medical school at the University of Connecticut and completed his anesthesia residency at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. His professional interest include regional anesthesia and obstetrics. Outside of anesthesia he enjoys volunteer work, photography, sports, and movies.

Dr. Hussein Fardous

UBP Instructor

After completing undergrad and medical school at the University of Michigan, Dr. Fardous completed his residency training at Albany Medical Center in New York where he served as Chief Resident in his final year. As a member of a busy private practice, he provides anesthesia for all types of cases and is involved in medical student education as well as working with residents. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, exercising, spending time with friends and family, and attending EDM concerts and festivals with his wife.

Dr. Samuel Flanders

UBP Instructor

Dr. Flanders completed medical school and residency at UT Houston. He has enjoyed private practice in Texas since graduating but misses teaching junior residents. Preparing for and taking his oral boards was actually a joy and healthy challenge. He believes mock orals are the best way to becoming a competent communicator, decision-maker, and anesthesiologist. His free time is spent taking his kids on bike rides.

Dr. Ryan Gordon

UBP Instructor

Dr. Ryan Gordon is a board certified anesthesiologist in private practice in Tennessee. He graduated from Mercer University School of Medicine and completed his internship and anesthesiology residency at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His clinical interests include regional and cardiac anesthesia.

Dr. Joe Huffman

UBP Instructor

Dr. Huffman is a board certified, pediatric fellowship trained anesthesiologist. He is in private practice at one of the largest free-standing pediatric hospitals in the Midwest where he provides care for all pediatric cases including neonatal emergencies, cardiac, neurosurgery, orthopedic and general surgery. Dr. Huffman graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in 2009. He completed anesthesia residency at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita. He then completed his pediatric fellowship training at the Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Dr. Joseph Hung

UBP Instructor

Dr. Joseph Hung completed his B.S. degree at Binghamton University and received his medical degree from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. He then underwent his anesthesiology training at the University of Texas Houston. After finishing residency, he completed a pain medicine fellowship at the University of Iowa. He is currently board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology. His clinical interest is in regional anesthesia, general anesthesia, and interventional pain medicine. Outside his clinical practice he enjoys watching sports, exercising, and loves spending time with his wife and two dogs. He is extremely enthusiastic in helping others to pass the anesthesia oral boards.

Dr. Michael Kagan

UBP Instructor

Dr. Kagan is from Buffalo, NY, with a background in pain management and anesthesiology. He’s involved in the anesthesia residency program at the State University at Buffalo as an assistant program director and VHAWNY residency site director. He has a passion for teaching in a way that’s easy to understand and practical for everyday practice. In his free time, he enjoys working out, watching Buffalo Bills football, and playing video games.

Dr. Aqeel Kamal

UBP Instructor

Dr. Kamal grew up in California and attended the University of Texas at Austin for his undergraduate degree. He completed medical school in South Carolina and graduated from Wake Forest Anesthesia Residency in Winston-Salem, NC. He is a United States Air Force veteran and is currently in private practice in Dallas, TX.

Dr. Mohamed Koronfel

UBP Instructor

Dr. Koronfel is double board-certified in Anesthesiology and Pain medicine. After finishing his residency training at the University of Miami, he completed his pain medicine fellowship at Cleveland Clinic Foundation. He is currently working at two of the largest and busiest hospitals in Georgia where he provides anesthesia for all types of cases. He also serves as the medical director for pain management at a private practice group in the Atlanta area. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, gym training and playing soccer.

Dr. Will Kurtz

UBP Instructor

Dr. Will Kurtz is board certified in anesthesiology and basic perioperative TEE, and currently works in private practice. Following medical school at the University of Michigan, he completed anesthesiology residency at West Penn Hospital and RAAPM fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis. He passed the SOE and OSCE exams using the UBP approach, and is committed to help others do the same. He lives in Michigan with his wife and daughter, and enjoys teaching, climbing and running in his spare time.

Dr. Alex McNally

UBP Instructor

Dr. Alex McNally completed his B.S. in Molecular Biology at the University of Denver and then received his medical degree from Loma Linda University in southern California. Following medical school, Dr. McNally completed a surgery internship at the University of Colorado, and then completed an anesthesia residency at the Medical College of Georgia. Following the completion of his residency, Dr. McNally has enjoyed practicing in south Georgia. He is currently board certified by the ABA. Dr. McNally enjoys a healthy lifestyle of good food, travel, and exercise. He also enjoys watching films and sports.

Dr. Laura Mey

UBP Instructor

Dr. Sokchea Laura Mey is a board certified anesthesiologist in private practice in Houston, Texas. She earned a Masters in Public Health in International and Family Health and completed medical school and residency at the University of Texas HSC in San Antonio, Texas.

Dr. Chinonye Orizu

UBP Instructor

Dr. Chinonye Orizu is board certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Orizu attended the University of Alabama School of Medicine where she earned her medical degree. She went on to complete a general and vascular surgery internship, anesthesiology residency, and pain fellowship. She is now in private practice in the Atlanta area. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, intramural basketball, college football, and teaching.

Dr. Demitri Podolski

UBP Instructor

Dr. Demitri Podolski, originally from Brooklyn NY, completed his undergraduate studies at Brooklyn College, after which he pursued his medical degree at the American University of Antigua. He graduated with honors, finished his anesthesia residency at Albany Medical Center, followed by a pediatric anesthesia fellowship at the Mayo Clinic. He currently resides and practices in the state of Florida. His interests include regional anesthesia as well as pediatric congenital heart diseases.

Dr. Rachel Randolph

UBP Instructor

Dr. Randolph is a board certified anesthesiologist working in a private practice in New York City. She completed a fellowship in Acute Pain and Regional Anesthesiology at Montefiore Medical Center and prior to that, served as Chief Resident and completed her residency at the University of Connecticut. Known for her ability to explain complex topics in an effective manner, Dr. Randolph earned a prestigious teaching award during her fellowship. She is also a former UBP student, having used the program to successfully pass her board exams. In her down time, Dr. Randolph enjoys running, baking, and solving puzzles.

Dr. Tyler Stout

UBP Instructor

Dr. Stout attended medical school New Orleans, completed his anesthesia training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and completed a masters program in healthcare administration at UAB. He is a native Mississippian who currently resides in Jackson, Mississippi with his wife and daughter and is part of a busy private practice, performing a well-rounded assortment of cases.

Dr. Nicholas Suraci

UBP Instructor

Dr. Nicholas Suraci is board certified in Anesthesiology, Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology and Advanced Perioperative TEE. He is in private practice in Houston, Texas. Following medical school from Ross University, Nicholas completed residency in anesthesiology at Mount Sinai in Miami, Florida and fellowship in Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology at Loyola University in Chicago, IL. His clinical interests include perioperative/structural heart TEE and regional anesthesia. He enjoys spending time with his wife and son and two golden retrievers.

Dr Carolyn Thai

UBP Instructor

Dr. Carolyn Thai is a board certified anesthesiologist currently working in private practice in New York City. She completed her anesthesiology residency at Washington University in St. Louis and fellowship in Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, where she stayed on as Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology. She was actively involved in resident and fellowship education and enjoyed helping trainees study for their oral board exams. She strongly believes that (many) mock orals are the best way to succeeding on the actual exam and to becoming a more effective communicator and a better anesthesiologist.

Dr. Jeff Waldman

UBP Instructor

Dr. Jeff Waldman is a board certified anesthesiologist working in Nashville, TN at both Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the associated Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He currently provides anesthesia for a wide variety of cases, with an emphasis on liver transplantation and major vascular procedures. After graduating from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in 2003, he completed his anesthesiology residency at Vanderbilt in 2007. During this time, he completed additional training in liver transplantation and was Chief Resident. He has extensive experience in simulation training and training residents to pass the oral boards. He currently resides in Brentwood, TN with his wife and three children.