Chief Residents Announced for 2023-2024


The class of 2023-24 Chief Residents have been announced: Ankita Devareddy, MD,  Mugdha Joshi, MD, Balu Pillai, MD, and Sarah Talamantes, MD.

Ron Witteles, MD, professor of cardiovascular medicine and program director for the internal medicine residency training program, announced the new chiefs at a special in-person Medicine Grand Rounds, expressing his excitement and joy.  “The best part of being program director is getting to work with amazing chief residents each year!” he explained.  Residency leaders congratulated the new chiefs on Twitter, adding, “We’re excited to see you all shine as exceptional leaders in both our program and the department!”

Meet the Chief Residents:


Ankita Devareddy, MD

Ankita earned both her B.A. and M.D. from Northwestern University, where she was a star student – graduating with induction into both AOA and the Gold Humanism Honors Society.  She matched at Stanford for her Internal Medicine training in 2020.  As a resident, she has charted a remarkable trajectory in multiple domains. Her clinical reviews have been consistently superb, she has been a leader as an elected representative to the Committee on Residency Reform since intern year, and she has been an active researcher with multiple investigators in cardiology, including Drs. Matt Wheeler, Raj Dash, and Fatima Rodriguez. She presented her work with Dr. Wheeler examining disease progression in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy at ACC, and she won one of this year’s awards at the Residency Research Symposium. Ankita is a relentlessly positive force who makes everyone around her better. Witteles states, “We look forward to her making all of us and our program better during her Chief Resident year!” After her chief resident year, Ankita plans to pursue fellowship training in cardiology, followed potentially by subspecialization in advanced heart failure.


Mughda Joshi, MD

Mughda earned her B.S. in Biology and A.B. in Anthropology from the University of Georgia, graduating summa cum laude and earning a host of honors and scholarships. She then enrolled in Harvard Medical School, where she was active working in quality improvement and decision support projects, and during which time she had a superb academic record. She matched at Stanford for her residency training in 2020. Here, Mughda has continued to be a leader and innovator. Like Ankita, Mughda has been an elected member to the Committee on Residency Reform since her intern year. She has been a member and project co-leader of Stanford Healthcare’s Residency Safety Council, and she has done innovative focusing on Voalte communication; with this work she has been an Associate Chair for the Stanford Housestaff Information Technology Enhancement Council (which goes by the fantastic algorithm HITEC). She has worked with Drs. Angela Rogers & Andrea Jonas studying risk factors of prolonged intubation in COVID-19, work which was recently presented at the American Thoracic Society annual meeting.  You can always count on Mughda to look at any system and ask how it could operate better – skills which will serve her and us very well during her chief resident year. Mudgha plans to pursue cardiology fellowship after her chief year.


Balu Pillai, MD

Balu earned his B.S. in Chemistry from Clemson University, graduating summa cum laude. He then enrolled at the Medical University of South Carolina, where he was a true superstar, graduating with First Honors and as a Junior AOA member, an organization he was also president of in medical school. He matched with Stanford for his residency training in 2020. As a resident, Balu has continuously impressed and wowed us all with his encyclopedic knowledge (never on more display than as a member of this year’s ACP Jeopardy team which made it all the way to the national Finals) and his limitless enthusiasm for clinical medicine. He has a strong interest in medical education, and he created/implemented an IRB-approved study testing the feasibility of a small-group, spaced-learning course in ECG interpretation. Colleagues say, “you can’t spend any time around Balu and not be excited about medicine, and we can’t wait for him to share this excitement with the entire residency class during his chief residency year.” After his Chief year, he plans to pursue cardiology fellowship, with a likely ultimate career goal in interventional cardiology.


Sarah Talamantes, MD

Sarah earned her B.A. in Biopsychology from Cornell University in 2015, where besides being an academic star she was a shooting guard for Cornell’s Division I NCAA basketball team.  Somehow on top of that, she also spent 3 summers working with the University of Colorado Cancer Center as a clinical research student intern.  Her interest in clinical trials continued, and she worked for a year after graduation as a Clinical Research Coordinator at the University of Colorado Cancer Center, before enrolling in medical school at Northwestern University. She earned her M.D. in 2020, and was an absolute star, earning induction into AOA, working on research examining the relationship of circulating lymphocytes/monocytes to breast cancer response, and being active with community engagement, inclusion, and team building. The residency team was of course absolutely delighted when she matched at Stanford for her residency. Colleagues say “Sarah has been such a joy to have in our program since the beginning – her enthusiasm, her passion for clinical care, and her kindness comes through on every rotation.”  She has continued her longstanding interest in clinical trials, and is working with the inflammatory bowel disease team at Stanford. Witteles adds, “We can’t wait for her to bring her many skills to her chief resident year, a prelude to a planned future fellowship in gastroenterology.”