Dr. Adusumalli is a chief fellow in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated Alpha Omega Alpha from the Medical College of Virginia and subsequently completed his internal medicine residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital. During his internal medicine training, he co-led the residency program’s quality and safety educational and operational efforts. He has continued similar work during his fellowship training and is currently spearheading fellowship program efforts to design and implement a quality and safety curriculum. His additional scholarly interests include rigorously examining the role of emerging technologies in improving the quality, value, and delivery of cardiovascular medicine. He ultimately plans to pursue advanced clinical training in the fields of heart failure/transplant and pulmonary hypertension
Anish Agarwal, MD, MPH, is an emergency medicine physician who grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Though he has strong family ties to the area, he ventured towards Boston to attend Tufts University as an undergraduate. There, Anish double majored in chemistry and biomedical engineering and became heavily involved with the campus-wide emergency medical services. Anish explored his interest in community/public health while an undergraduate and stayed at Tufts for his MD and MPH degrees. While in medical school he completed research on cost savings for inpatient laboratory testing and became interested in innovative solutions to complex, everyday issues. As a part of his public health training, Anish traveled to rural Tanzania to conduct HIV/AIDS community health research and led a focused intervention working with local businesses and guest houses along major trucking routes. After completing his medical and public health training in Boston, Anish returned home to Philadelphia (and his beloved Philadelphia Eagles) to begin an OB/GYN residency at Pennsylvania Hospital. Despite an excellent exposure to clinical training, his career interests changed and Anish found his heart belonged in the ER. He spent a year working with the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Emergency Care and Policy Research as a research fellow where he conducted a multicenter project studying the application of telehealth within the ER. He also completed projects studying the acute resuscitation of cardiac arrest and sepsis patients. Currently, Anish is one of the chief residents within the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Throughout his training, Anish has had the opportunity to present his work at multiple national and international emergency medicine and critical care conferences. As a resident, he has been selected to participate in the hospital-wide Healthcare Leadership and Quality Improvement Track. Amongst all of this, Anish is most proud to have recently become a father; he and his wife welcomed a baby boy in August 2016.
Chethan Bachireddy, MD is an Internal Medicine trained physician who grew up in Deep East Texas. He attended Harvard College where he majored in economics, conducted research on the intersection of microfinance and health in Mexico and Indonesia, and worked with the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative to deliver life-saving medications in resource-poor settings. He directed an ESL program for immigrant children in Boston and founded the Health Advocacy Program to empower middle-school students to become health advocates for themselves and their communities in Massachusetts, Texas, and California. He completed his medical degree at Yale University, where he directed a free clinic and led a team of researchers and policymakers in a multi-site study of integrated health services for HIV-infected injection drug users in Ukraine. His work has been presented internationally and led to expansion of integrated services in Ukraine, Malaysia, and Russia. Currently, Chethan is an Internal Medicine Primary Care Resident Physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital, where he was recently named a Harvard Medical School Primary Care Innovation Fellow. Through this position, Chethan has pioneered new methods for improving the delivery of preventive health services in the primary care setting.
Ian Berger is a 4th year medical student at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Ian is originally from Franklin, Tennessee and obtained a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Public Health from the University of Georgia. Currently, he is a board member for the Agnew Free Surgical Clinic in West Philadelphia and captain of the Penn Med Soccer Team. During his time in medical school, Ian has been involved in multiple QI projects that have lead to an interest in increasing physician guideline adherence. He is also interested in patient engagement and incentives, specifically for those recovering from surgery. Ian plans to apply into Urology during his final year of medical school.
Chase Brown is cardiothoracic surgery resident at the University of Pennsylvania and currently in his fourth year of training. He graduated with a bachelor of science in chemistry from Wheaton College and went to medical school at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. His research focus is examining the role of emerging cardiovascular technologies on improving healthcare quality and delivery in cardiovascular surgery and medicine. He was awarded an institutional NIH T32 grant for his research.
Dr. Buckley is a pediatric rheumatology fellow at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She received her undergraduate degree in Nutrition Science from the University of Georgia. She graduated Alpha Omega Alpha from the Medical College of Georgia and subsequently completed her pediatric residency at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Buckley is currently working to improve patient outcomes in polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis by decreasing variation in treatment approach. She is interested in continuing this focus on patient outcomes and methods to reduce variability in care specifically in adolescents with systemic lupus erythematosus.
Yoon Hee Chang
Dr. Yoon Hee Chang is a T32 research fellow in the Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY, and completed internal medicine residency training at the Yale New Haven Medical Center in New Haven, CT. After graduating from her Internal Medicine residency program, she worked as a hospitalist for 7 years and served as clinical assistant professor at the Western Michigan University Homer Stryker School of Medicine in Kalamazoo, MI, as well as assistant system director of inpatient medicine in medical education for the Internal Medicine Hospital Specialist Program at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, MI. She completed her sleep medicine fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and is board-certified in Internal Medicine and board-eligible in Sleep Medicine. As an associate fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, her main research interest is in evaluating health policies and insurance systems in the implementation and dissemination of telemedicine to improve access to care for sleep apnea patients. In her spare time, Dr. Chang likes to travel and explore different restaurants and cuisines.
Manik Chhabra, MD (Internal Medicine) is an internal medicine physician who grew up in Minnesota. He earned his undergraduate degree in Biomechanical engineering from Stanford University, and went to medical school at the University of Minnesota. He completed his residency and chief residency at the Yale Internal Medicine-Primary Care Program. He plans to pursue a career in academic internal medicine and health policy.
Benjamin Cobb, MD is an Anesthesiology trained physician who was born in Washington, D.C. but grew up in Virginia. Upon graduating from Hampton University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Analytical Chemistry, he attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and served as his class Vice-President. At Pitt, he was an Albert Schweitzer Health Equity fellow and used the Transtheoretical Model of Change to develop a sustainable, multi-disciplinary smoking cessation curriculum for incarcerated adolescents and men. He was Pitt’s Vice-President of the Student National Medical Association and during his term, chaired a weekly soup kitchen and used the American Medical Association’s resources to create a health education program at a non-profit men’s shelter. Through a Foundation of Anesthesia Education and Research grant, he studied maternal satisfaction and peripartum safety at Magee Women’s Hospital and has published and presented his work nationally. Dr. Cobb completed his residency at the University of Pennsylvania and was awarded the Robert D. Dripps Research Scholarship, which promotes early mentorship, academic development, and prepares physicians for careers in academia as independent researchers. He plans to pursue specialized training in obstetric anesthesia.
Danielle Cullen, MD, MPH, is a Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellow at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She completed her MPH at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and her General Pediatrics training at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Her research focuses on socioeconomic health disparities, in particular childhood food insecurity. She is dedicated to community involvement in programmatic design to enhance reach and sustainability. With this in mind, she is currently working with community and hospital partners to develop a screening and intervention program to address food insecurity in families visiting the CHOP Emergency Department.
Edouard was born and raised in Chicago, IL (Flossmoor, for those of you familiar with the Chicagoland area). He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he majored in Molecular/Cellular Biology. He went to medical school at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Edouard moved to New York where he began his tenure on the east coast and completed his residency in emergency medicine at Jacobi/Montefiore. He is starting at Penn as a fellow for the Center for Emergency Care & Policy Research (CECPR)/MSHP program with a concentration in violence prevention and hospital-based violence intervention research. His academic interests include ED-based public health interventions, health disparities, violence prevention, and alcohol/substance abuse. When he's not in the ED/doing research, he enjoys running, soccer, basketball, reading, and traveling particularly internationally.
George Dalembert, MD, is a pediatrician from Connecticut. He attended Yale University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in philosophy, with a concentration in psychology. His undergraduate work included social psychology research on motivated reasoning in relation to subjective experience of unconscious biases. He received his medical degree from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. As a medical student, he helped organize community outreach efforts to minority and underserved populations and began his exploration of social determinants of health. He subsequently completed his residency training at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). At the conclusion of his residency, he received the Nancy Elizabeth Barnhart Award in recognition of his dedicated efforts to improve the health and well-being of children in the community. He just completed his Chief Residency at CHOP. He has continued to study unconscious biases, examining how such biases may impact workforce diversity.
Dr. Dowzicky is a general surgery resident at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He received his undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering from Johns Hopkins University and graduated AOA from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include resource utilization in the operating room and improving efficiency in the perioperative setting. He is also interested in broader implementation of enhanced recovery after surgery protocols.
Danielle Erkoboni-Wilbur, M.D. is a pediatrician who was raised in Central New Jersey and attended Wheaton College in Southeastern Massachusetts for her undergraduate training. She graduated from Wheaton as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and dual minors in Biology and Vocal Performance. Following her undergraduate training she worked for four years as a Research Coordinator at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. During her time there she designed and implemented several interventions to promote child passenger safety across the United States and in China. Her work and publications on the translation of public health interventions across cultures has been adapted by research teams across the country to bring existing messages to underserved communities. Danielle did her undergraduate medical training at The Chicago Medical School, where she developed her interest in Pediatrics and Injury Prevention. She completed her Pediatric training at St Christopher’s Hospital for Children, where she led a study investigating resident attitudes, behaviors and beliefs related to child passenger restraint and subsequently designed a resident curriculum for child passenger safety.
Valerie Ganetsky, PharmD, BCPS (Clinical Pharmacy) received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Temple University School of Pharmacy in Philadelphia. After graduation, she completed two years of post-graduate training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD where she had the opportunity to study patterns of non-administered pharmacologic thromboprophylaxis under the guidance of the Director for the Center of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy. She currently holds a faculty appointment as an Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy within the University of the Sciences. She also practices at the Cooper University Hospital Urban Health Institute in Camden, NJ where she serves as a member of an interdisciplinary health care team that strives to provide better care at lower costs through innovative models of care to underserved patients. Her research interests include clinical redesign and patient engagement among patients with poorly controlled diabetes and high utilizers of the health care system.
Kymberly Gonzalez, M.D. is a pediatrician who grew up in Dallas, TX. She earned her undergraduate degree with a Bachelor's in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University. While there she planned and oversaw educational and mentorship programming for Latino youth. In addition, she founded Health n' Motion, a community-based healthy lifestyles program targeting Latino families. She received her doctorate in medicine from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. She furthered her interest in community health and community partnerships by developing a community-based childhood obesity prevention program, Fit For Health. She then completed her residency in pediatrics at Children's Health-Dallas/UT Southwestern. While there, she developed a healthy lifestyles program centering on nutrition and parenting for at risk teen parents. In addition, she spent a couple of months in Peru learning about the barriers to the delivery of health in developing countries. Through that experience, she developed a pediatric preventative care model training model that has been incorporated in a health system in Peru. She plans a career combining general academic pediatrics, administration, community partnerships, and teaching medical students and residents.
Jordan Harrison, PhD recently defended her doctoral dissertation at the University of Michigan School of Nursing, where she also completed her undergraduate nursing degree. As a member of the first cohort of students in the Hillman Scholars Program at Michigan, her research has been focused primarily on heart failure in women and in oncology populations. The topic of her dissertation research is quality of life, functional status, and long-term survival among breast cancer survivors with chronic heart failure.
Sarah Horvath (Family Planning) studied theater as an undergraduate at UCLA. While volunteering in a disappointing swing state election campaign, she realized that she wanted to make a larger contribution toward equality in the US. She then attended The University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine where the combination of the Health Care Disparities course and Medical Students for Choice set her destiny. She completed her obstetrics and gynecology residency at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York before moving to Philadelphia, where she is a clinical fellow at the Penn Family Planning and Pregnancy Loss Center. Her particular interests include reproductive rights, policy and their effects on access to women’s health care. She sees the MSHP as a launch pad to an exciting career in research and advocacy.
Stacey M. Kallem, MD, is a pediatrician who completed her residency at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Originally from New York, she pursued her undergraduate training at Stanford University, where she earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Human Biology and was a Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education Women's Health Scholar. She also directed a health-focused mentorship program for at-risk adolescents. She received her medical degree from the Yale School of Medicine where she conducted research on school-based obesity prevention initiatives. She also earned a Certificate in Global Medicine for research and clinical that took her to Ghana, Peru, and China. During residency, she received the American Academy of Pediatrics Pennsylvania Chapter Resident Recognition Award for advocacy work on providing pertussis booster vaccines for caregivers at newborn well visits.
Aditi Kamdar, MD is currently in her fellowship in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Aditi grew up in Sugar Land, TX and is a proud Texan! She completed her undergraduate degree at Penn State and earned her MD from Jefferson Medical College here in Philadelphia. She underwent her residency training in Pediatrics at Texas Children's Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine. After residency, she worked as a both a general pediatrician in Houston and then abroad in Ethiopia practicing rural medicine with her husband Mudit. Aditi has always been interested in health care disparities and access to care both here and abroad as her work in India and Africa has opened her eyes to a variety of active population health issues. She hopes to focus her research on the implementation of quality and efficient healthcare in both Pediatric Hematology and Oncology both here and abroad.
Dr. Kaushal is a fellow in the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Cornell University and her MD from UMDNJ/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She completed pediatric residency at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore. She is interested in patient safety and quality improvement in the hospitalized patient. Within Endocrinology, her interests lie in behavioral interventions to manage Type 1 Diabetes self-care in adolescents.
Anna Krupp, PhD, MS, RN, is a critical care clinical nurse specialist originally from Madison, Wisconsin. She completed an undergraduate degree in Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, followed by a master’s in nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In May 2017, completed a PhD in Nursing with an emphasis in Industrial and Systems Engineering, along with a graduate certificate in clinical and community outcomes research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was the recipient of a Nurses for Wisconsin fellowship. She has worked for fourteen years in adult critical care nursing, with the last ten years as a clinical nurse specialist. In her role as a clinical nurse specialist, Anna has co-led the implementation of multiple evidence-based interventions to improve outcomes for mechanically ventilated patients. She is an active local and national member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and the Society of Critical Care Medicine.
Juan Lado, MD is currently in his fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He completed his undergraduate degree in Biological Science at the University of Chicago. He earned his MD from New York University School of Medicine. He obtained his residency training in Social Pediatrics at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore in Bronx, NY. Dr. Lado is interested in type 1 diabetes and its management in schools. He is also interested in policy and has been involved in policy change efforts regarding the management of type 1 diabetes in NY public schools.
Margaret Lowenstein, MD, MPhil, is a general internist who completed her residency training at the University of California, San Francisco. Originally from Upstate New York, she earned a BA in biology at Williams College and then a Master’s degree in biology and biological anthropology at the University of Cambridge. Maggie attended the University of Pennsylvania for medical school, where she was a 21st Century (Gamble) Scholar. At Penn, she conducted research on doctor-patient communication about healthcare costs, worked with vulnerable patients in Botswana, and led HIV testing and counseling in West Philadelphia. During residency at UCSF, Maggie was part of the UC Primary Care track and received additional training in health advocacy and care the for underserved as well as addiction medicine. She also conducted research on integrating mental health treatment into primary care through electronic consultation. She is currently on faculty in the Division of General Internal Medicine at UCSF focusing on primary care and addiction treatment.
Emily MacKay is a cardiac and critical care anesthesiologist and postdoctoral research fellow at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She obtained a BFA in music performance from Carnegie Mellon University. After tenure as a professional orchestral musician, her career focus shifted to medicine. In 2011, she obtained a DO degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, followed by residency in anesthesiology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and a combined two-year critical care and cardiothoracic anesthesiology fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Her current research interests include using medical claims data to investigate intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography utilization.
Dr. Meisner is a fellow in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She received her undergraduate degrees in International Relations and Biology. She graduated from Drexel University College of Medicine and subsequently completed her internal medicine residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in the HIV Primary Care and Global Health tracks. Prior to her medical training, she obtained a Master of Science degree in Biohazardous Threat Agents and Emerging Infectious Diseases. Additionally, she was a Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Academies with the Committee for International Security and Arms Control. Her research interests include improving access to care for underserved populations and issues related to quality of care for HIV positive patients.
Tiffany M. Montgomery, PhD, RNC-OB, C-EFM is a women’s health nurse from Long Beach, CA. She obtained her PhD in Nursing from the University of California, Los Angeles; Master of Science in Nursing, specializing in Nursing Education, from California State University, Dominguez Hills; and Bachelor of Science in Nursing and minor in African-American Studies from San Jose State University. Dr. Montgomery spent the majority of her nursing career as a Labor & Delivery nurse, but also broadened her scope of practice to obstetric and gynecology. She has held numerous leadership positions in local and national nursing organizations. Currently, she is a member of the National Black Nurses Association Women’s Health Committee, author of Taking Hold of My Dreams, a blog hosted by Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (STTI), and a reviewer for Nursing for Women’s Health, the practice journal of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN). Dr. Montgomery is also an advocate for women who are affected by sexual and reproductive health disparities. As a previous member of the AWHONN Public Policy Committee, she published multiple articles on legislative action in nursing, lobbied on Capitol Hill for the reauthorization of the PREEMIE Act, and visited Indonesia to observe and support frontline maternal health workers.
Dr. Priscilla Mpasi completed her pediatrics residency at the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital with a certificate in Advocacy. She earned her B.S. in psychology from Duke University and her MD from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. While in medical school she actively participated in community service, having worked closely with Church Hill Activities and Tutoring (CHAT) youth programs and served as medical student coordinator of the CARITAS Health Clinic for the Homeless. She held leadership roles on several boards, including VCU Board of Visitors and Rural Education and Community Health (REACH) for Ghana. With a strong interest in child advocacy and pediatric health outcomes, she served on the Children’s Hospital of Richmond Advocacy Committee and joined the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). In residency her dedication for advocacy evolved as she engaged in B’More Fit For Kids, a community partnership geared to introduce healthy lifestyles to early school-aged children. She also held national executive leadership positions for the AAP Section on Pediatric Trainees. Dr. Mpasi served as National Vice-President of the Student National Medication Association in the 50th administration and currently serves in dual roles on the organization’s Strategic Planning Council and as the Future Leadership Project Director. She has received numerous awards, including the NMA Billie Wright Adams Scholar Award, AMA Physicians of Tomorrow Award, NAMME National Scholarship, and selection as a National Health Service Corps Scholar. Raised in Silver Spring, MD, she aspired to become a pediatrician at an early age. She now strives to become a community leader in health care delivery and an advocate to improve the overall health status among medically underserved pediatric populations. Her faith and family support provide her the strength to embark on this professional and personal journey.
Divyah Nagendra, MD is a Family Planning Fellow at the Penn Family Planning and Pregnancy Loss Center (PEACE) at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Divyah graduated medical school from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, where she was a REMS scholar (Rochester Early Medical Scholar). She completed her undergraduate studies with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Classics, at the same institution. Ultimately she moved to Massachusetts and completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Massachusetts. As a resident, Divyah’s research was in assessing Counseling and Use of Emergency Contraception in women with prior abortion. At the conclusion of her residency she was awarded the Ryan Program Award for Excellence in Family Planning. During residency training Divyah felt that she wanted to join a community whose primary efforts were based in making women’s reproductive health more accessible. She also began to appreciate the ability of research to generate momentum, create impact and drive policy change. Her primary interests are in abortion care, minimizing complications, and in ensuring patient safety. Additionally she interested in cost-analyses and improving sustainability of low-resource clinic settings.
Josh Rolnick, M.D. completed his residency in internal medicine at Stanford. Originally from Southern Connecticut, Dr. Rolnick earned a Bachelors of Science in Cognitive Neuroscience and Philosophy from Brown University. After working in medical imaging technology at Brigham and Women's Hospital, he went on to pursue a combined MD/JD program between Stanford School of Medicine and Yale Law School. Dr. Rolnick served as president of the Stanford student organization, Access and Delivery of Essential Medicines, and worked on global health policy issues for the World Health Organization and the Argentine Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development. He has also studied prescription drug coverage under the Affordable Care Act in conjunction with the Kaiser Family Foundation and conducted fieldwork in Guatemala on the connection between intellectual property laws and access to medicines. Currently, he works as a hospitalist at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, a safety-net hospital in San Jose, CA, and precepts residents in the General Medicine Clinic at the Palo Alto VA.
Charles Phillips, MD is a Fellow in the Pediatric Hospital Epidemiology and Outcomes Research Training (PHEOT) program managed by the Center for Pediatric Clinical Effectiveness (CPCE) at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In conjunction with the PHEOT program, Charles is enrolled in The Masters of Science Program in Health Policy Research (MSHP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a fellow in Hematology/Oncology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Charles completed his internship and residency at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt after receiving his MD from Vanderbilt University and a BS in biology from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. His current interests include pragmatic outcomes, comparative effectiveness, and cost effectiveness in pediatric oncology as well as information technology integration into medical decision making.
Michael Rey, MD is a fellow in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his undergraduate degree in History and Literature from Harvard University and graduated AOA from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He subsequently completed a combined residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. During residency, Dr. Rey earned the American College of Physicians Exemplar of Professionalism Award. Dr. Rey’s research focus is on improving the care of patients with chronic respiratory failure with a particular focus on better understanding of optimal transition of young adults with neuromuscular disease and respiratory failure to the adult care setting.
Morgan Sellers, MD, graduated from Columbia University with a degree in cultural anthropology before she went on to complete the Johns Hopkins University Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program. She received her medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and has completed three years of her residency in General Surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. She is currently performing health services research within the Department of Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Morgan’s research interests include using clinical outcomes to assess the quality of the training system, and the impact of the clinical learning environment on patient safety.
Amit Shah, MD is a pediatric fellow in the division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He received his undergraduate degree in Biology from The College of New Jersey and graduated AOA from Jefferson Medical College. He completed his pediatrics residency at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, which was followed by a hospitalist year in the division of General Pediatrics. During this time, he helped develop CHOP’s inpatient and emergency department constipation clinical pathways. Currently, he is interested in decreasing variability in care and plans to focus on the diagnosis and screening of pediatric liver diseases such as biliary atresia.
Shazia M. Siddique, MD is a current second year gastroenterology fellow at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She has had a long-standing interest in health policy and advocacy, and previously served as the National Policy Chair and National Legislative co-Director for the American Medical Student Association. She has also conducted research in patient safety at the World Health Organization during an internship in Geneva, Switzerland, and has written articles for ABC News medical unit on women’s health issues. Her current research focus is on health care financing – specifically looking at preventable readmissions and reducing costs of hospitalizations, as well as proposed mechanism of payment through health care legislation. Her goal is to specifically study readmissions in patients with cirrhosis and develop quality improvement initiatives for this population.
Esther R. Smith-Howell, PhD, RN is the Dean’s Distinguished Post-Doctoral Fellow at University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. She completed her PhD in Nursing Science at Indiana University in Indianapolis, IN. Originally from Winter Haven, FL, she earned her first undergraduate degree with a Bachelor’s in Health Sciences from the University of Florida, and earned her second undergraduate degree with a Bachelor’s in the Science of Nursing from Indiana University. In 2011, Esther was awarded a National Research Service Award to support her training and fund her research, which focuses on improving end-of-life decision-making and communication among African Americans with serious illness and their families. In 2012, Esther was one of only five PhD students in the U.S. to be competitively selected as a Johnson & Johnson-American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Minority Nurse Faculty Scholar. Ms. Smith-Howell used this prestigious award and recognition to further her mission to increase diversity in schools of nursing in the Indianapolis area and nationally. Esther has been a national speaker on diversity in academia, including as an invited speaker at the National Invitational Forum for Diversity Conference hosted by the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to being a champion for diversity, Esther has been a national student-leader and peer-mentor. Specifically, she gave a national presentation for AACN’s Graduate Nursing Student Academy. Esther has received numerous awards and honors, including Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis’ (IUPUI) Elite 50, Premiere 10, and Best in School of Nursing awards. The Elite 50 represent the top one half of one percent of the graduate and professional student body at IUPUI, whereas the Premiere 10 represents the top 10 of the Elite 50. Beyond research, Esther has worked as teaching associate for undergraduate and graduate courses, served as historian’s assistant of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc., Eta Chi Chapter, and served on numerous faculty committees as a graduate student representative. Esther belongs to several professional organizations, including Sigma Theta Tau, Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, and American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
Liza Sonnenberg, MD, is a General Surgery resident in her third year of training at the University of Pennsylvania. She completed her medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was awarded the I.S. Ravdin and Jonathan Rhodes surgical scholarship prizes. She served as vice president for the Agnew Surgical Society, where she revamped their Surgery 400 course and worked with representatives from all Philadelphia-area medical schools to plan multiple Philadelphia Surgical Symposiums. She volunteered at United Community Clinic in West Philadelphia run by University of Pennsylvania students. Liza is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha and Gold Humanism medical honor societies. Sonnenberg graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Virginia, where she majored in the interdisciplinary major of Human Biology. She worked in Lesotho for her undergraduate thesis studying HIV testing in rural Lesotho and a review of the role of support group members. As an undergraduate, she volunteered as emergency medical technician for the Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad.
Natalie Stavas is a currently a Child Abuse fellow at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Creighton University and worked as a pediatric critical care nurse for 4 years before beginning medical school. Born and raised in Nebraska, Natalie continued on in her medical training at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Natalie completed her pediatric residency in the Boston Combined Residency Program at Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center as part of the Urban Health and Advocacy Track. Natalie’s interests include research related to policy affecting vulnerable children as well improving outcomes for maltreated children and children in the foster care system. Natalie has a special interest in running mentorship programs as an innovative way to help high-risk youth recognize their full potential.
Samuel Takvorian, MD is a Chief Fellow in the Division of Hematology and Oncology at the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated from Harvard Medical School and completed his Internal Medicine residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. His interest in health care policy dates back to an AmeriCorps year, leading health advocacy efforts in a community health center during the rollout of Massachusetts health reform. Later work at Harvard Business School and the Alliance for Health Reform in Washington, DC inspired him towards a career in health services research. He remains committed to researching questions pertaining to the value of cancer care, encompassing rigorous measurement of both traditional and patient reported outcomes, as well as the costs of care; and to improving the implementation of research findings and innovations into routine practice. His clinical interests are in the areas of genitourinary oncology and lymphoma. He has received multiple mentorship awards for his commitment to medical education, and was recently awarded the Jane Alavi Award for clinical excellence in the first year of fellowship. He lives with his wife and one-year-old daughter in Society Hill in Philadelphia.
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Dr. Vajravelu is a fellow in the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes and a fellow of the Center for Health Care Improvement and Patient Safety at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She received her undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins University and graduated AOA from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She is interested in healthcare quality improvement and decision making, both by physicians and patients. Her research focuses on patient outcomes and methods to reduce variability in care.
Navin Vij, MD is an Internal Medicine/Pediatric trained physician who grew up in Bloomington, MN. He completed his undergraduate studies at Rice University, where he majored in Political Science and was a co-founder of the Baker Institute Student Forum at the Baker Institute for Public Policy. He also spent time working on health policy issues while interning in British Parliament, at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and also with the Texas Program for Society and Health. He subsequently completed an International Health Track during medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. After completing an Internal Medicine/Pediatric Residency and Chief Residency at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, he has worked as an Internal Medicine Hospitalist and continued his involvement with education as an Assistant Program Director for the Med-Peds Residency Program at Case Western. Beyond his interest in academics, Dr. Vij has also been involved with advocacy and outreach efforts related to Hepatitis C. He has served as a Member of the National Patient Advisory Committee for the American Liver Foundation and is involved with the Caring Ambassadors Program as a Board Member. He plans on pursuing an inter-disciplinary career that combines clinical medicine with an active role in shaping the delivery of healthcare from a policy perspective.
Dr. Webster is Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellow at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She received her undergraduate degree in Nutritional Sciences from The Pennsylvania State University, completed medical school at The University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine and a Pediatric residency at Inova Children’s Hospital. She continued at Inova as Chief Resident where she focused on resident education, healthcare quality improvement and patient satisfaction. Jennifer is interested in utilization of resources within gastroenterology and methods to decrease cost.
Dr. Woods-Hill graduated summa cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Miami with a double major in biology and religious studies, before attending the University of South Florida College of Medicine. There, she was valedictorian and a member of AOA and the Gold Humanism in Medicine Society. She completed residency training in general pediatrics at Harvard University/Boston University’s Boston Combined Residency Program in 2013 and was awarded the medical student teaching award from the Harvard medical school pediatric clerkship, and was chosen to give the senior resident commencement address. After fellowship training in pediatric critical care medicine at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, including specialized certification from the Armstrong Patient Safety Institute’s Analytics Leadership in Patient Safety program, she joined the pediatric critical care medicine faculty at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in 2016. She is the division’s physician lead for sepsis quality improvement work, as well as the physician lead for harm prevention stemming from central-line associated bloodstream infections. Her broad areas of interest are the intersection between hospital operations and clinician decision making as it relates to preventable pediatric patient harm and pediatric patient safety. Her work on diagnostic stewardship in the pediatric ICU, specifically related to the use of blood cultures, was published in JAMA Pediatrics and is the foundation of ongoing multi-center implementation and quality improvement innovations.
Jane M. Zhu, M.D. is an internist from Tampa, Florida. She earned an undergraduate degree in International Development and Global Health as an Angier B. Duke Scholar at Duke University. After completing a Fulbright fellowship in Shanghai, China, working on healthcare seeking behaviors among rural-to-urban migrants, she obtained a medical degree from Harvard Medical School. She also earned a Masters degree in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government as a John Knowles Scholar. In medical school, she conducted research on Massachusetts health reform and the Affordable Care Act and helped to start a chronic disease clinic, implementing novel strategies to improve hypertension and diabetes management. She completed her residency in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, where she was involved in quality improvement initiatives and researched mental health disparities. Over the years, her interests in health equity and systems reform has led to work in resource-poor settings in Guatemala, China, India, and the Northern Mariana Islands. Beyond clinical medicine, Dr. Zhu is interested in pubic policy advocacy, and worked on the 2008 Obama presidential campaign and for the Partnership for a New American Economy, a pro-immigration reform coalition.
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