Meet Our Current Residents

Samuel Barber, MD – PGY5

My name is Sam Barber. I am originally from Upstate New York in the Finger Lakes area. After graduating from the University of Rochester with a degree in Psychology, I worked for a few years as a surgical neurophysiologist in both Denver, CO, and Boston, MA. I also used this time getting in many ski days, traveling the world, and picking up interests including cooking, photography, and DJ'ing. I was fortunate to stay in Boston for medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine. This afforded the opportunity for research at Massachusetts Eye and Ear, during which I was lead clinical coordinator for two FDA trials investigating neuroprosthetic devices for hearing. I discovered my passion for Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at that time. In residency, clinical interests include lateral skull base and endoscopic ear surgery. My current research focuses on the application of medical imaging and virtual technologies for pre-operative planning and surgical navigation. I have over 40 peer-reviewed articles and have been invited to national and international meetings as presenter or faculty. Research activities have been previously funded by Formlabs and the Academy of Medical Education Scholars. I am a reviewer for multiple peer-reviewed journals and serve on the editorial board for Operative Techniques in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

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What attracted you to UArizona?  Arizona has a large surgical volume with all major subspecialties represented. The main goal of residency is getting surgical and clinical experience.  We are fortunate here to operate starting on day 1.  Given that 5 residents cover over 15 attending physicians, we receive personalized training from our mentors who provide us with autonomy early into residency.

What is your favorite surgery to be involved in?  I enjoy a variety of procedures involving fine dissection, with a special interest in minimally invasive approaches to the skull base.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?  I spend time with my wife, who is an anesthesiology resident here. We were fortunate to successfully couples match at the University of Arizona. There are a lot of places to explore outside of the hospital, including restaurants in town or day trips to nearby areas. We also enjoy getting together with friends to cook great meals or be poolside throughout most of the year.

What are your long term goals?  I matched into Neurotology fellowship at LSU next year and plan to pursue a career in academics.


John Richards, MD – PGY4

My name is John Richards, I was born in Palm Springs, California and grew up in Muskogee, Oklahoma. I attended Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma where I obtained my undergraduate degree in biomedical chemistry. I then attended the University of Oklahoma for medical school in Oklahoma City where I fell in love with Otolaryngology as a third year medical student. I was very fortunate to interview with the University of Arizona's Otolaryngology program here in Tucson. I was extremely impressed with the quality and quantity of educational experiences that this program offered and was ecstatic when I matched here. I feel extremely grateful to be at a program that has a tight knit group of residents and faculty that truly care. Outside of the hospital I enjoy mountain biking, running, cooking, playing video games and relaxing with my wife and two dachshunds. I am very proud to be in this program and extremely thankful to be surrounded by outstanding individuals that continue to improve the program every day.


What attracted you to UArizona? I was attracted to UArizona by the outstanding surgical and clinical training. I think UArizona is extremely unique in that we have a very tight-knit group both with the residents and with the faculty to the point that you are just as likely to see me hanging out with a faculty member outside of work as you are with a fellow resident. Also, I believe the hands-on training we receive is second to none.

What is your favorite surgery to be involved in? I enjoy being in big open head and neck cases like free flaps, parotidectomies and neck dissections.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?  I enjoy being with my partner and two dogs, being outdoors hiking or mountain biking and cooking big meals for my friends.

What are your long term goals? I am looking forward to a career where I can continue to learn and improve my skills as well as share my knowledge with others.

Andrew Johnson, MD – PGY3

My name is Andrew Johnson. I was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska. I attended the University of Washington in Seattle, WA where I received a degree in bioengineering. I then moved to Cleveland, Ohio to attend medical school at Case Western Reserve University. I was first introduced to the field of otolaryngology at the end of my first year of medical school and was involved in research on pediatric hearing loss. I was drawn to the field of otolaryngology by its diverse surgical and clinically practice and the fascinating anatomy of the head and neck.  


What attracted you to UArizona? At my interview day, I could tell the sense of community that is present within the department and the passion that our attendings have for teaching. I liked the small program size because it provides an excellent opportunity to work closely with our outstanding faculty mentors. I feel that we have a unique opportunity to grow as surgeons during our residency because of how well our faculty get to know us and are able to specifically tailor our surgical training.   

What is your favorite surgery to be involved in? Tonsillectomy. However, I enjoy surgeries in all the different subspecialties of otolaryngology and hope to have a broad surgical practice in the future.  

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? In my free time, I enjoying playing golf, mountain biking, hiking, and skiing.  

What are your long term goals? At this time, I am undecided if I would like to pursue fellowship training after residency. Currently, my hope is to return back home to Alaska to practice.  


Claire Gleadhill, MD – PGY2

My name is Claire Gleadhill, I was born in Tempe, AZ and spent much of my childhood in Memphis, TN. For my undergraduate degree I attended California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA where I majored in Child Development and Psychology. I then attended East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine for medical school in Johnson City, TN. During my fourth year of medical school I had the chance to rotate with University of Arizona’s Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery team and immediately felt at home with the residents and faculty. I am so excited to have the chance to train at a place that has so much camaraderie between its providers. In my free time, I love to garden, travel, practice yoga, hike, fly fish, and spend time cooking and eating with family and friends. I couldn’t be more excited to join the ranks of such an awesome group of people here and I’m eager to explore all the new adventures Arizona has to offer!


What attracted you to UArizona? I was very fortunate to spend a month on the ENT service during my fourth year of medical school. Through this experience I was able to gain an incredible amount of surgical knowledge and skill in a supportive and encouraging atmosphere. I knew it was the right place for me to continue my training. The amount of surgical experience and support is amazing, I was even operating on my very first day of intern year!

What is your favorite surgery to be involved in? So far, my favorite surgeries have been wide local excisions, total laryngectomies, and adenotonsillectomies. I look forward to gaining more experience and finding new favorite surgeries along the way.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? I absolutely love plants and animals. The biodiversity of Tucson is incredible and I have enjoyed watching my many species of cacti and succulents thrive here. I also love to read, practice yoga, fly fish, and hike.

What are your long term goals? At this time, I have yet to decide whether I will pursue a fellowship or work in private practice, however I do know that I want to be a kind, capable, and confident surgeon.


Matthew Groysman, MD – PGY1

My name is Matthew Groysman. I am a native Tucsonan and went to the University of Arizona for both my undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology and my medical degree. I became interested in otolaryngology after a fantastic rotation during my third year of medical school. My time at Arizona has exposed me to the unparalleled diversity of surgical and clinical opportunities in Otolaryngology and Head And Neck Surgery! 


What attracted you to Arizona?

As a life-long native of Tucson and UACOM-Tucson graduate, I am extremely happy to stay on as a resident. This program truly has a family atmosphere with incredible camaraderie among faculty and residents! Furthermore, a large catchment area, the many faculty in a variety of practice environments and a commitment to resident autonomy make for an incredible surgical training environment. 

What is your favorite surgery to be involved in?

My favorite surgeries are parotidectomies and neck dissections.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

In my spare time I enjoy cooking, guitar, tennis, exploring the many hiking trails of the Sonoran Desert. I also enjoy the many restaurants of Tucson, AZ.

What are your long-term goals?

I am interested in Head and Neck Surgical Oncology as well as Comprehensive Otolaryngology. I am excited to practice in Tucson after my training!

Austin Lever, MD – PGY1

My name is Austin Lever, I was born and raised in Rock Springs, Wyoming. For my undergraduate degree I attended Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, where I received a degree in Biology. After receiving my undergraduate degree, I spent a year doing biochemical research at the University of Utah before starting medical school at the University of Washington School of Medicine. During my 2nd year of medical school, I was introduced to the field of otolaryngology and was drawn to the interesting anatomy and pathology as well as the clinical and surgical services that otolaryngologists can provide to their patients.


What attracted you to Arizona?

I was attracted to this program because of the depth and breadth of the surgical and clinical training available here. During my interview day, I could tell that both the faculty and residents were passionate about their work and excited to teach, and I look forward to continuing my training here.

What is your favorite surgery to be involved in?

My favorite surgeries so far are adenotonsillectomies and endoscopic sinus surgery, however, I look forward to gaining more experience in surgeries across the different subspecialties of otolaryngology.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

In my spare time I enjoy skiing, mountain biking, and spending time outdoors with friends and family.

What are your long term goals?

I am currently undecided whether I will pursue a fellowship after residency, but I am excited that the training I will receive here will provide me with the knowledge and skills to be a great surgeon.