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Ask the Residents: Best of Saint Louis at Washington University School of Medicine

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis is a leader in residency programs with intensive clinical rotations and research opportunities. When residents are off the clock, it’s important to find enjoyable ways to relax, engage in hobbies, or be active with community members and family. We asked our physicians in General Surgery Residency to tell us some of their favorite aspects about St. Louis as well as their favorite places to visit. With a variety of interests, pastimes, and food preferences, the residents provide an array of options for those looking for memorable experiences in the St. Louis area.

What are some of your favorite aspects of living in St. Louis?

The area is accessible and affordableKeenan Robbins, MD, Steven Tohmasi, MD, Ariana Naaseh, MD

Incredible food optionsWilliam Gerull, MD, Angela Lee, MD, Bradley Krasnick, MD

Art scene and attractions, like museums and film venue – Ioana Florea, MD

St. Louis is active with so much to doAnnie Hess, MD, Hailey Shepherd, MD

Outdoor areas like parks and trails – Shaleen Sathe, MD

Free events and activitiesRobert MacGregor, MD, Britta Han, MD

A great place to raise a family – Zhiyi Liu, MD, Jason Gauthier, MD

Friendly people – Wahid Abu-Amer, MD

Unique, comfortable neighborhoods with historyForrest Williard, MD, Laura Lee, MD, William Chapman, MD, MPHS

Where do you go to relax outdoors?

Tower Grove Parksuggested by Forrest Williard, MD

Forest Parksuggested by Heidy Cos Felipe, MD

The Katy Trailsuggested by Keenan Robbins, MD

Castlewood State Parksuggested by Ariana Naaseh, MD

Creve Coeur Lakesuggested by Zhiyi Liu, MD

Tower Grove Park
Castlewood State Park

What kind of food do you enjoy in the area?

Ted Drewessuggested by Robert MacGregor, MD

BBQ Saloon in The Central West Endsuggested by Wahid Abu-Amer, MD

Olio suggested by William Gerrull, MD

Vicia suggested by Laura Lee, MD

Pi Pizzeriasuggested by Steven Tohmasi, MD

Ted Drewes

Where should I bring my family?

The City Museumsuggested by Jason Gauthier, MD

The St. Louis Art Museumsuggested by Ioana Florea, MD

The St. Louis Zoosuggested by Heidy Cos Felipe, MD

Missouri Botanical Gardens suggested by William Chapman, MD, MPHS

The City Museum

Tower Grove Farmers Marketsuggested by Annie Hess, MD

St. Louis Zoo

Where can I meet up with friends or find entertainment?

The Cardinals at Busch Stadiumsuggested by Bradley Krasnick, MD

Hi-Pointe Theatersuggested by Ioana Florea, MD

Up Down Arcade Barsuggested by Angela Lee, MD

The Blues at The Enterprise Centersuggested by Brendan Heiden, MD

Novel Neighbor Book Storesuggested by Britta Han, MD

Up Down Arcade Bar
Busch Stadium

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