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Dr. Porter grew up in Decatur, Indiana and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Indianapolis.  He earned his medical degree at the Indiana University School of Medicine where he also completed a surgical internship and his anesthesia residency.  He is a founding member of St. Joseph Valley Anesthesia where he has spent his entire career.  Dr. Porter enjoys boating, traveling, horseback riding, and spending time with his family.

John Porter, M.D.

Dr. Rudzinski was raised in Hammond, Indiana and received his undergraduate degree from Butler University.  He graduated from the Indiana University School of Medicine and then completed anesthesia residency at Loyola University in Chicago.  Dr. Rudzinski returned to Indiana University for a Cardiac Anesthesia fellowship.  He enjoys trying new wines, traveling, cooking, and gardening.  Dr. Rudzinski is an avid Chicago Cubs fan.

Daniel Rudzinski, M.D.

Dr. Lalich grew up in Munster Indiana and graduated from DePauw University.  He graduated from the Indiana University School of Medicine where he also completed his anesthesia residency.  He began his career with St. Joseph Valley Anesthesia in 2002.  Outside of work, Dr. Lalich likes to travel, read, and enjoys gourmet cooking.

Michael Lalich, M.D.

Dr. Jachim joined St. Joseph Valley Anesthesia in 2003.  He holds degrees from the University of Notre Dame and the Indiana University School of Medicine and completed his training at the IU School of Medicine Department of Anesthesia.  Special clinical interests include regional anesthesia, pediatric anesthesia, technology in anesthesia.  He currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Anesthesia and Anesthesia Clerkship Director for the IUSOM-ND campus.  He is currently the chairman of the department.  In his free time, Dr. Jachim enjoys cooking, photography, traveling, and binge watching with his family.

Matthew Jachim, M.D.

Dr. Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois and received an undergraduate degree in nursing from Trinity Christian College.  After several years working as a nurse, physicians encouraged him to attend medical school.  Dr. Jongsma studied medicine at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, PA with a subsequent  anesthesia residency at The University of Kentucky.  He enjoys the range of experience within the group and the diversity of surgical cases.  He spends his free time with his children and family as well as playing tennis, biking, and reading.  He also loves spelling bees, quilting bees and is a member of the Michiana Beekeepers Association.

Kenneth Jongsma, D.O.

Dr. Bao grew up in Tianjin, China.  He graduated from Tianjin Medical School where he completed a cardiothoracic surgery residency.  He then moved to the United States and continued cardiac research at Harvard Medical School.  In 2004, he enrolled in the Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Anesthesia.  Upon his graduation in 2007, he began working with St. Joseph Valley Anesthesia.  Dr. Bao enjoys fishing, swimming, tennis, and gardening.  He also coaches children’s soccer and basketball.

Jialin Bao, M.D.

Dr. Hu was born and raised in China, earning his degree in medicine at Chongqing University of Medical Sciences.  After a residency in the Department of Andrology & Urology, Dr. Hu taught as a professor at Chongqing University of Medical Sciences for six years.  He came to the United States in 1996 when he accepted a postdoctoral fellowship at SUNY in Brooklyn, NY in the Department of Physiology and performed neuroscience research.  In 2004, he entered residency training in the Department of Surgery at New York Methodist Hospital and completed his anesthesia residency at SUNY-Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn in 2007.  In his free time, he enjoys reading, listening to music, and spending time with his family.

Bin Hu, M.D.

Dr. Mezsick grew up in central Indiana and graduated from Purdue University.  He attended the Indiana University School of Medicine where he also finished his internship and residency training.  He has been with St. Joseph Valley Anesthesia since 2009.  In his free time, Steve enjoys regenerative farming, reading and spending time with his family.

Steven Mezsick, M.D.

Dr. Lambourne, the current president of SJVA, was born and raised in Cadillac, MI.   She graduated from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH and the Medical College of Wisconsin.  She then completed her anesthesia residency at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.  In 2011, she joined SJVA.  In her free time, Dr. Lambourne enjoys raising her two daughters, travel, music, movies, reading, cooking, and crafts.

Kathryn Lambourne, M.D.

Originally from Gujarat, India, Dr. Patel came to the Midwest with his family at the age of eight. Dr. Patel graduated from Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois and subsequently earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin. He returned to Illinois to complete his anesthesia residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Dr. Patel joined Saint Joseph Valley Anesthesia in July 2014. In his free time he enjoys basketball, tennis, running/biking outdoor, playing poker and spending time with his wife.

Mayur Patel, M.D.

Dr. Cruthird is a native of Newport News, VA. She completed her undergraduate training at the University of Virginia where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies.  She went on to study biotechnology earning a Master of Science from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.  After attending medical school at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk Virginia, Dr. Cruthird returned to the University of Virginia where she completed her residency training in anesthesia.  She enjoys spending time with family and friends, biking, and travel.

Theresa Cruthird, M.D.

After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, Dr. Schmutzler completed medical school and his Anesthesia residency at the Indiana University School of Medicine.  He joined SJVA in 2015.  In his free time, Dr. Schmutzler enjoys running and watching movies.  Dr. Schmutzler has a special interest in acupuncture.

Brian Schmutzler, M.D., PhD

Originally from Muncie, IN, Dr. Van Elk completed her medical and residency studies at the Indiana University School of Medicine.  She joined SJVA in 2015.  As an oenophile, she enjoys searching out new wineries, tennis,and  travel.  Dr. Van Elk has a special interest in regional anesthesia. 

Kimberly Van Elk, M.D.
Robert C. Thomas, Jr., M.D.

Dr. Renner is originally from Milwaukee, WI.  A 2009 graduate from the University of Notre Dame, Dr Renner received his doctorate of medicine from the Indiana University School of Medicine.  After completing his internship in Hawai'i, he finished his training in the IUSOM Department of Anesthesia.  He enjoys running, cooking, and traveling.  

Andrew Renner, M.D.

Dr. Tokars is a native of South Bend and earned his undergraduate degree from Indiana University. He continued on to receive his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine and completed his residency training at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. Dr. Tokars is happy to be back in his hometown with family and friends. He enjoys live music, playing drums and cheering on Notre Dame football.

 Robert Tokars, M.D.

Dr. Granger, a native of Illinois, attended Centenary College of
Louisiana where he received his B.S. in Biology and Chemistry in 1975.  He is a graduate of LSU School of Medicine- Shreveport.  Dr. Granger trained in his anesthesia residency at University of Alabama - Birmingham with a subsequent pediatric anesthesia fellowship at Cincinnati Children's Hospital.  His clinical interests lie in obstetric anesthesia, regional anesthesia and airway management.  In his spare time, he enjoys classic cars, restoring old gas pumps, vintage telephones, and model railroading.  

William Granger, M.D.

Dr. Lee is from Ashland, OH and graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Economics.  After earning a masters degree in Biomedical Sciences from Tuft's University, Dr. Lee then completed his doctorate in medicine from St. George's University.  He completed his anesthesia residency at the University of Toledo.  In his free time, Dr. Lee enjoys jogging, golfing, and spending time with family.

David Lee, M.D.

Dr. Yerger is a native of Elkhart, Indiana and graduated with a degree in biology from Grace College.  After obtaining his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine, he then completed his anesthesia residency at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH.  In his spare time, Dr. Yerger likes classic cars, cooking, and traveling. 

Cody Yerger, M.D.

Kyle Kownacki, M.D.