In celebration of Black History Month, the ISA honors our physicians who have made or are setting out to make outstanding contributions to the field of anesthesiology.

Stephen Estime, MD

Stephen Estime, MD is an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology & Critical Care at the University of Chicago Medicine. He completed his Internship and Anesthesiology residency at the University of Chicago. He then completed a Critical Care Medicine fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. He currently practices as an Anesthesiologist in the operating room and as a Critical Care Physician in the Trauma-Surgical Intensive Care Unit.

His interests and academic work focus on quality improvement and patient safety particularly as it relates to emergency airway management in the critically ill. He also has an interest in health delivery, equity and diversity in medicine particularly as it relates to increasing workforce diversity. In addition to his role as an Associate Program Director for the Core Anesthesiology Residency at the University of Chicago, he serves as the Director for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for the Department of Anesthesia & Critical Care and the Director for Diversity & Inclusion for Graduate Medical Education at the University of Chicago.

Phillip R. Traylor, MD

Phillip R. Traylor, MD is an anesthesiologist who practices at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. He attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA and obtained his medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Rush University Medical Center and fellowship training in regional anesthesia at Northwestern University Medical Center. He is currently on the diversity and inclusion committee at RUMC and enjoys mentoring students interested in pursuing a career in medicine. It is his goal to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in healthcare so that they may reflect the communities they serve.

Shakeem Osilima Iyamah, PGY 3/CA-2

I am Shakeem Osilima Iyamah, PGY 3/CA-2. I am a graduate from Ross University School of Medicine. I was born and raised in Arlington, TX, but from the proud country of Nigeria. I am the oldest of four children and I am the first Physician in my family. I spend my free time traveling, spending time with family and friends, improving my fitness, and participating in recreational sports and community service. I am a big time sports fan: NFL/NBA/MLB/Boxing/MMA. Huge Dallas Cowboy (obviously) and LA Laker fan.

My professional interests/goals: I hope to one day develop a clinic in my home village in Nigeria. Health Care in Nigeria has vastly improved over the years, but still lags behind in structure and technology. I hope to one day be integral to the change that allows Nigerians in underserved communities to receive optimal healthcare.

3 phrases that describe me: Relaxed, calm, easy going.

Ralph Lamonge
Loyola University Chicago

My name is Ralph Lamonge and I am a fourth Year Medical Student at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, applying for the Anesthesiology Match Class of 2022.

At the forefront of my professional goals is to become an anesthesiologist well versed in providing excellent care for all my patients. I chose anesthesiology because I fell in love with the combination of technical skill, situational awareness, and emotional intelligence I perceived to be useful tools for success in the field.  Anesthesiologists need to be resilient leaders who work well with varying personalities and can act quickly under pressure. We work collectively, turning moments of crisis for patients into something ordinary.

I hope to complete a fellowship in Regional Anesthesiology followed by taking on teaching opportunities at an academic program. I am especially committed to leveraging my leadership roles for the advancement of first-generation students pursuing careers in medicine through mentorship opportunities.

P.S. Anesthesiologists tend to have hobbies and interests outside of medicine! With that said, I am an avid tennis and soccer player. I also enjoy co-parenting to wonderful dogs.

To view the anesthesiologists profiled in honor of Black History Month in 2021, click here.