Drs. Sarah Farran and Isabella Holmes selected as Assistant Chief Residents

By Anastazia Hartman | April 23

Dr. Ashley Brent, 2024-2025 Chief Resident for the Department of Pathology is pleased to announce Drs. Sarah Farran and Isabella Holmes will be joining the Chief Resident team as Co-Assistant Chief Residents for this upcoming academic year.

About Sarah Farran

Dr. Sarah FarranFarran was born in Irvine, California, but spent most of her life in Beirut, Lebanon. She completed her bachelor's degree in psychology and medical education at the American University of Beirut, where she served as the medical and graduate health sciences representative at the University Student and Faculty Council. She later pursued a master's degree in public health, with a focus on statistics and epidemiology, and was inducted into the Delta Omega Honor Society. Having worked on the large-scale outcomes of illnesses through public health research, her interest grew in unraveling the pathophysiology of disease. Her fascination with the diagnostic challenge led her to choose a career in pathology. After matching at Michigan Medicine, Ann Arbor quickly became her new home away from home. Sarah is committed to mentorship and wellness and is an active member of the Wellness and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committees. She is an aspiring gynecological and molecular pathologist. During her free time, Sarah likes to hike and explore new cuisines. She is passionate about chocolate, Pilates, and basking in the Mediterranean sun whenever she has the chance.

"Being chief means upholding the progress and standards set by prior chief residents, and building on those to pursue additional accomplishments. It also offers the opportunity to represent our fellow residents and provide mentorship. We hope to cultivate an environment of respect, unity, and inclusion, where we all feel empowered to partake in the collective success of the department."

About Isabella (Izzy) Holmes

Dr. Izzy HolmesHolmes grew up in Arizona and studied Biomedical Sciences at Northern Arizona University. There, she developed her love for the great outdoors and taught chemistry labs as a TA and later as a faculty laboratory instructor. Izzy traveled to Florida to attend medical school at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine-Bradenton. She quickly learned that pathology was where people go to find answers, and she wanted to provide those answers to her future patients. Although far from home, Izzy is grateful to train at the University of Michigan and is enthusiastic about pursuing a fellowship in Transfusion Medicine. When she's not working, Izzy loves to hang out with her husband and their two cats, go to Pilates, cook, and travel!

“We have been blessed by outstanding chief residents thus far, and I firmly believe they are a crucial aspect of what makes our program great," said Holmes. "I think that becoming a chief resident is the ultimate way to pay it forward for the future of the program and its residents.”

Congratulations, Drs. Farran and Holmes!