Transitional Year Chief Residents

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Grace Koo,MDGrace Koo, MD
Medical School
: University of Maryland School of Medicine 
Residency: University of Chicago
Career Plan: Allergy & Immunology

Hi everyone! My name is Grace Koo. I am very excited to be joining MacNeal this year as the Transitional Year Chief Resident! I was born and raised in the suburbs of Maryland. I received my bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University, and then attended medical school at the University of Maryland. I moved to Chicago to complete my Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Chicago. I’m looking forward to working with all of you while learning more about hospital administration and medical education. Outside of the hospital, you can find me traveling, doing Pilates, spending time with family/friends, and watching Bravo shows.


Daniel Hidalgo, MDDaniel Colon Hidalgo, MD
Medical School: 
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Residency: Loyola University Medical Center
Career plan: Pulmonary and Critical Care

Hi all, my name is Daniel and I am looking forward to becoming one of the Chief Residents at MacNeal. I was born in the Dominican Republic but spent most of my childhood in Mexico along with some time in Nicaragua and Honduras. Throughout my time as a resident, I have developed a passion for teaching and research which I am hoping to use as one of the Chiefs next year. Furthermore, I am hoping that this year will also help me continue to develop my clinical skills including mentoring and teaching.  Besides spending time in the hospital, I enjoy running, playing music, learning languages and watching bad TV shows.


Natalie Tapaskar, MDNatalie Tapaskar, MD
Medical School
: Case Western Reserve
Residency: University of Chicago
Career Plan: Cardiology

Hi everyone! My name is Natalie Tapaskar and I'm very excited to be a chief resident at MacNeal Hospital! I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, attended medical school at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland and returned to Chicago for my Internal Medicine residency at the University of Chicago. I'm excited for the opportunity to learn more about hospital administration and medical education during the chief year.