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mshp CLASS OF 2015

Class of 2015

 
MSHP Class of 2015

Class of 2016

   
Erin Aakhus

Erin Aakhus, MD (Hematology and Oncology) completed her undergraduate education in biology and French at Indiana University in Bloomington. She graduated from IU School of Medicine, where she also completed a residency in internal medicine. She is currently a hematology and oncology fellow at the University of Pennsylvania.  She is interested in assessing barriers to discussion of cost and cost-effectiveness between patients and providers. Her research endeavors aim to define the impact of cost transparency on the patient-doctor relationship. Dr. Aakhus is in the HPR track.

   
Marcus Bachhuber Marcus Bachhuber, MD (Internal Medicine) received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison followed by a medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed residency and chief residency in Primary Care/Social Internal Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York. Providing primary care, including office-based opioid treatment, at a Federally Qualified Health Center in the South Bronx inspired him to devote his career to studying the organization and delivery of medical and substance abuse treatment services to underserved populations. Dr. Bachhuber is in the RWJ Track.
   
  Dominique Bayard (Pulmonary and Critical Care) Dr. Bayard is in the HPR track.
   
Elizabeth Brown Elizabeth Brown, MD (Family Medicine) received her undergraduate degree in biology from Northwestern University. Prior to attending medical school, she was a research associate with the Institute of Medicine, where she worked on studies on quality measurement in cancer care and cancer survivorship. She attended medical school at the University of Chicago. During her residency in Family Medicine at Brown University, she collaborated on a project with the Rhode Island Department of Health to define a "medical practice" to assist with assessment and planning of the primary care delivery system. Dr. Brown is in the RWJ Track.
   
Whitney Cabey Whitney Cabey, MD (Pediatric and General Emergency Medicine) completed her undergraduate degrees in Biochemistry and Women’s Studies at Spelman College. After undergrad, she worked for a year as a women’s rights organizer on college campuses. She obtained a medical degree from the University of Michigan, followed by residency at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC. She enjoys caring for both children and adults equally, leading her to pursue a fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine, again at the University of Michigan. Prior to starting the Robert Wood Johnson fellowship, she spent a year as staff physician and Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and Children’s National Medical Center, respectively, in Washington, DC. Dr. Cabey plans to bring social justice concepts and care for the underserved into research and business frameworks. Her goal is to add to the body of literature demonstrating attention to health equity creates better and more cost-effective outcomes. Dr. Cabey is in the RWJ Track.
   
Stephanie Clark

Stephanie Clark, MD, MPH (Pediatric Nephrology) received her undergraduate degree from The University of Scranton in Neuroscience and Philosophy in 2003.  She then obtained a combined MD/MPH degree at Temple University School of Medicine in 2008.  She completed her pediatric residency training at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in 2011 and then served as a chief resident from 2011-2012.  Currently, she is a pediatric nephrology fellow at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a fellow in the Center for Health Care Improvement and Patient Safety (CHIPS) at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.  She is also interested in public health policy and advocacy and will serve as a John E. Lewy Foundation Advocacy Scholar for 2013-2015. Dr. Clark is in the HPR track.

   
  Katherine Courtright, MD (Pulmonary and Critical Care) Dr. Courtright is in the HPR track.
   
  Mike Detsky, MD (Critical Care) received his undergraduate degree in Health Studies at the University of Waterloo and his medical degree at the University of Toronto. He completed training in internal medicine and adult critical care medicine, both at the University of Toronto. Following residency, he began working as a clinical associate at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto doing critical care and internal medicine. His research interests include evaluating processes of care (eg. transfer of care from the ICU to the general medical ward) and prognostication for morbidity in ICU patients.  Dr. Detsky is in the HPR track.
   
Stephanie Doupnik

Stephanie Doupnik, MD (Pediatrics) is an academic general pediatrics fellow and pediatric hospitalist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She received her undergraduate degree in Comparative Literature at the University of Virginia. She went on to attend medical school at Drexel University, and she completed her pediatrics residency in the Boston Combined Residency Program at Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center. Her research interest is in effective resource utilization in the inpatient pediatric setting, particularly around the transition to home.  Dr. Doupnik is in the HPR track.

   
Suratha Elango

Suratha Elango, MD (Pediatrics) grew up in San Antonio, TX. She earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard University followed by a medical degree from UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. She has always been interested in community health and there she developed a community-based childhood obesity program. She then completed her residency and chief residency in pediatrics at UC San Francisco where she became interested in the larger health system and delivery of primary care.  She plans a career combining general academic pediatrics, administration, community partnerships, and teaching medical students and residents. Dr. Elango is in the RWJ Track.

   
Elizabeth Enlow

Elizabeth Enlow, MD (Pediatrics) received her undergraduate degree in History at Arizona State University and completed medical school at the University of Arizona. She then completed her pediatrics residency at Stanford University where she participated in the Stanford Advocacy Track (StAT) and completed a study measuring parent and pediatrician perceptions of barriers to care around NICU discharge. After residency, she moved to Philadelphia to begin her Neonatology fellowship at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where she is now a third year fellow. Her research interests include the transition from NICU to the medical home and how socioeconomic disparities influence outcomes after discharge. She is currently conducting a study examining the association between caregiver health literacy and infant outcomes after NICU discharge as well as a needs assessment of outpatient pediatricians who treat NICU graduates. She is interested in further elucidating the barriers parents face after NICU discharge and the role of community health workers in this transition. Dr. Enlow is in the HPR track.

   
 

Abiola Fasina MD (Emergency Medicine) was born in Washington D.C. but grew up in Lagos, Nigeria. She received her undergraduate degree in Cell Biology and Neuroscience from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey followed by a medical degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. She completed her residency in Emergency Medicine at Mount Sinai with a specialty track in global health. Abiola is currently completing a combined global ultrasound and research fellowship through the department of emergency medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include access and utilization of bedside ultrasound in resource poor settings and road safety and injury prevention in African developing countries. Dr. Fasina hopes to have a career in public health policy in African developing countries. Dr. Fasina is in the HPR track.

   
AG Anjali Gopalan, MD (Internal Medicine) received her undergraduate degree in biochemistry and biology from Rice University. She completed medical school at Washington University in St. Louis. She then went on to complete an internal medicine residency at the University of Pennsylvania and was a member of the program's primary care track. Following residency she spent a year as an instructor of medicine in the section of hospital medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Her current research interests include the roles of behavioral and information economics in the communication between healthcare providers and patients. Specifically, she is interested in researching alternative, more effective ways to present medical information to patients regarding chronic disease management, particularly diabetes. Dr. Gopalan is in the RWJ Track.
   
 

Noah Hoffman, MD (Pediatric Gastroenterology) received his undergraduate degree in biology from Colby College. He then went on to medical school at Dartmouth where developed an interest in the cost and cost-effectiveness of medical care. He completed residency in general pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where he is now a fellow in pediatric gastroenterology. He is interested in variation and value of care in pediatric GI. Dr. Hoffman is in the HPR track.

   
Jeffrey Hom

Jeffrey Hom, MD, MPH (Internal Medicine) completed his residency at the University of California, San Francisco. There he was a member of the medical center's "Health Systems and Leadership" track, in which his quality improvement efforts were focused on the care of patients with alcohol use disorder at San Francisco General Hospital. Previously he worked as a volunteer coordinator at St. Anthony Foundation, a multiservice non-profit in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood. Jeff completed his undergraduate education with a degree in Art History at Bowdoin College. He received his MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health as a Zuckerman Fellow and his MD from Harvard Medical School. Jeff is interested in the challenges of expanding primary care under the ACA, including access to and quality of care, workforce issues and financing. He is also interested in identifying ways to improve the availability of preventative health services in underserved communities. Having contributed to health care and public health efforts in San Francisco, Boston, and Shiprock, New Mexico, Jeff remains committed to public service and primary care. He hopes to have a career in city government or a philanthropic non-governmental organization, developing programs and applying research to advance public health. Dr. Hom is in the RWJ Track.

   
Scott Huntington Scott Huntington, MD, MPH (Hematology/Oncology) is originally from Western Massachusetts and received his undergraduate education at Hamilton College in Chemistry. He then completed a combined MD-MPH program at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, followed by an Internal Medicine residency at Vanderbilt University. He is currently a Hematology-Oncology fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include comparative-effectiveness and value-based assessment of oncologic treatments and diagnostics, with particular attention to surveillance strategies in survivors of aggressive lymphoma. Dr. Huntington is in the HPR track.
   
Brian Jenssen

Brian Jenssen, MD (Pediatrics) completed his undergraduate training at Davidson College in North Carolina with a degree in history. He received his medical degree from University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in NY. During medical school, he completed a fellowship with the National Institutes of Health as a Clinical and Translational Science Institute Student Fellow, conducting research in tobacco policy, smoking cessation, and adolescent use of social media. He completed his pediatrics residency training and a chief resident year at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Jenssen is interested in Tobacco policy and smoking cessation, health literacy, use of technologies, for example RSS, in dissemination of best practices, and healthcare utilization in primary care. He plans to pursue a career in academic primary care and public health policy. Dr. Jenssen is in the RWJ track.

   
Laura Johnson

Laura Johnson, MD, MPH (Pediatrics) completed her undergraduate training at Princeton University with a degree in the History of Medicine. She received her MD and MPH in Global Epidemiology from Emory University in Atlanta, where she conducted research on travel-associated salmonella infections with the Centers for Disease Control and held an internship with the Global Polio Eradication Initiative at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. She then completed her pediatrics residency at the Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics as part of the Urban Health and Advocacy Track, and served as Chief Resident. In residency, her research focused on telemedicine, specifically teledermatology, as a form of care delivery to improve subspecialty access for underserved children. She is Affiliated Faculty at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dr. Johnson is interested in Leveraging technology to improve patient engagement and address barriers to access; improving chronic disease management in vulnerable pediatric populations; and reducing variations in care to improve quality and value. Dr. Johnson is in the RWJ track.

   
Elinore Kaufman

Elinore Kaufman (General Surgery) grew up in New York City and majored in History at Swarthmore College. She worked in early childhood literacy before completing the post-baccalaureate pre-medical program at Penn. She attended Harvard Medical School and is currently a general surgery resident at Cornell. Her research interests include strengthening trauma care systems and reducing the frequency and impact of traumatic injury. Dr. Kaufman is in the HPR track.

   
Vinay Kini

Vinay Kini, MD (Cardiology) is a cardiology fellow specializing in multimodality cardiac imaging at the University of Pennsylvania.  He received undergraduate degrees in chemistry and history at Rice University, attended medical school at Temple University, and completed his residency in internal medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.  His research interest is in studying variation in utilization of cardiac tests and procedures in order to increase the value and efficiency of cardiac care.  Dr. Kini is in the HPR track.

   
David Leiman David Leiman, MD (Gastroenterology) graduated from the Johns Hopkins University with a degree in Near Eastern Studies. He attended medical school at Vanderbilt University, where he worked on projects aimed at identifying and understanding barriers to physician adherence to practice guidelines. He completed a residency in internal medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, collaborating on work related to patient risk tolerance for changing medical therapies. He is currently a gastroenterology fellow at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Leiman is in the HPR track.
   
Amanda Lerman Amanda Lerman, MD (Adolescent Medicine) received her undergraduate degree from Yale University, where she majored in Anthropology. She earned her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College then went on to complete residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in the primary care track. She is currently a fellow in Adolescent Medicine at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and is interested in investigating the effects of media on adolescent sexual risk behaviors. Dr. Lerman is in the HPR track.
   
llona Lorincz Ilona Lorincz, MD (Endocrinology) is a fellow in endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism and a fellow of the Center for Health Care Improvement and Patient Safety (CHIPS) at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She completed her undergraduate training at Dartmouth College in 2003, where she earned a degree in Psychology and the Brain Sciences and Neuroscience. Dr. Lorincz graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 2008. She completed her internal medicine residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in 2011, and was a member of the Healthcare Leadership in Quality track. Her research interest is in improving healthcare delivery for patients with diabetes, particularly improving patient-physician communication and patient education and the use of technology to promote diabetes self-care behaviors. She is also interested in issues of quality of care for diabetic inpatients, particularly in improving glycemic control during hospital transitions of care and the prevention of readmissions. Dr. Lorincz is in the HPR track.
   
Brandon Maughan Brandon Maughan, MD, MHS (Emergency Medicine) is an emergency medicine physician who was raised in Portland, Oregon. He attended Stanford University and received a B.S. in Biology, after which he completed a master’s degree in health policy from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Maughan worked as a health policy consultant at The Lewin Group before returning to academics and obtaining his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University. He completed emergency medicine residency training and chief residency at Brown University, during which he served as the resident board member for the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. Dr. Maughan is in the RWJ track.
   
Fenton McCarthy Fenton McCarthy (Cardiothoracic Surgery) graduated from Dartmouth College with majors in History and Spanish Literature before he went on to complete the Bryn Mawr Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program. He received his undergraduate medical education at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and is currently a Cardiothoracic Surgery Resident at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Fenton’s research interests include clinical outcomes in complex cardiac surgery and the rollout and learning curve of new cardiovascular devices. Dr McCarthy is in the HPR track.
   
Laura Medford-Davis Laura Medford-Davis, MD (Emergency Medicine) grew up in Houston, TX. She received dual summa cum laude undergraduate degrees in Spanish and Psychology from the University of Oklahoma, followed by a medical degree from Harvard Medical School. She completed emergency training at Baylor College of Medicine where she served as Chief Resident. During her undergraduate career she was a summer fellow at the National Institutes of Health. While in medical school, she led education and health engagement programs in several Native American and Latin American communities. Prior to residency she worked with the World Health Organization in Geneva improving WHO communications practices for international crisis response. As a resident, Dr Medford-Davis has served as a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians National Emergency Medicine Practice Committee, as an associate with McKinsey & Co, as a Leadership and Advocacy Fellow with the Texas College of Emergency Physicians, asa writer on healthcare affordability for Policy Prescriptions, and as an executive committee member of the Academy for Women in Academic Emergency Medicine. Dr Medford-Davis is interested in preventing avoidable return visits to the Emergency Department, in making healthcare more affordable, and in improving access to care for underserved populations through equitable distribution of health resources. She plans to pursue a multidisciplinary career combining clinical medicine, research, and advocacy to improve the healthcare delivery system. Dr. Medford-Davis is in the RWJ track.
   
Pooja Mehta Pooja Mehta (Obstetrics and Gynecology) is an obstetrician/gynecologist who grew up in the United Kingdom, India, and New York. She received her undergraduate degree in History and Sociology from Columbia University. She obtained her medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine after completing a Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellowship in Durban, South Africa. She completed her residency training at Boston University/Boston Medical Center where she experienced first-hand the effects of health care reform on provision of health care services in a safety-net setting. Dr. Mehta is in the RWJ track.
   
CNP Chileshe Nkonde-Price (Cardiology) is originally from Zambia but grew up in the United Kingdom. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Cambridge and her medical school degree from University College London. Following medical school she worked in the National Health Service (NHS) for three years at both University College London Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Guys and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust where she received her Membership to the Royal College of Physicians of London (MRCP). She then moved to the United States and completed her internal medicine residency at Drexel University where she served as an Administrative Chief Resident in her final year. She then went on to Yale University to pursue her cardiology fellowship. Dr Nkonde-Price is interested in cardiovascular disease in women and specifically how cardiovascular technologies and drug therapies predict outcomes in women. She is especially interested in disparities in cardiovascular care including the factors that are driving the rising prevalence of cardiovascular disease in minority women. She is also passionate about promoting awareness and exploring the impact of mobile technology and social media as a means to promote heart healthy behaviors. Dr. Nkonde-Price is in the RWJ track.
   
Deepak Palakshappa Deepak Palakshappa (Internal Medicine/Pediatrics) received his undergraduate degree in Biology/Psychology for Birmingham-Southern College.  Prior to attending medical school, he worked for a non-profit teaching seventh and ninth grade math.  He then graduated from medical school at the University of Alabama School of Medicine.  He completed his residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital in the combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics program where he then served as a Chief Resident in Pediatrics.  After the completion of his Chief Residency, he served as an Instructor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.  He also worked on research projects at the MGH Center for Child and Adolescent Health Policy and Research related to the association of food insecurity on development in adolescents and the long term impact of participation in physical education classes during adolescence on physical activity in adulthood.  Dr. Palakshappa is currently an Academic General Pediatrics Fellows and his research interests include policy and population based interventions for obesity and food insecurity. Dr. Palakshappa is in the HPR track.
   
Benjamin Ranard Benjamin Ranard is an MD/MSHP student at the University of Pennsylvania.  He received an AB in Biological Sciences from Cornell University.  His recent research examined and classified how crowdsourcing can be utilized for health research.  He is interested in exploring causes for variations in the quality and price of health care.  He is in the HPR track.
   
Anita Ravi Anita Ravi, MD, MPH (Family Medicine) completed her undergraduate studies at Washington University in St.Louis, and received a Masters in Public Health from Yale University. She was selected as a Reproductive Health Epidemiology Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where she worked in conjunction with the World Health Organization (WHO) to update the WHO's Medical Eligibility Criteria in Contraceptive Use Guidelines. She completed medical school at the University of Michigan and her residency at Beth Israel's Residency in Urban Family Medicine in New York City where she received training in women's health procedures and in medical asylum evaluations for Physicians for Human Rights. During this time she was also elected as a Chief Resident and served as a Delegate to the New York State Academy of Family Physicians. She is interested in health and human rights of incarcerated and trafficked populations, gender-based violence and health, family planning in underserved settings, family medicine workforce expansion. Dr. Ravi is in the RWJ track.
   
AR Ashok Reddy, MD (Internal Medicine) received his undergraduate degree from Emory University in Anthropology and his medical degree from the University of Washington. He completed a primary care residency at University of Washington where he served as a chief resident. Dr. Reddy is interested in organizational structure and delivery of primary care to underserved populations. Dr. Reddy is in the RWJ track.
   
Loren Robinson Loren Robinson, MD (Internal Medicine/Pediatrics) completed the Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics program at UNC Chapel Hill. As both an Internist and Pediatrician, she feels that she has developed a skill set that will allow her to care for patients across generations, with a special emphasis on transition of care of the difficult adolescent patient. For her undergraduate training, Loren attended Spelman College where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in French/Pre-Medical Studies. Dr. Robinson then proceeded to complete her medical studies at Duke University School of Medicine. She spent her years at Duke working to engage and give back to both the local and global communities, spending a year abroad in Cape Town, South Africa conducting a project geared toward empowering community health workers. While at Duke, she was very active in the community, from mentoring on the undergraduate campus to implementing a healthy behaviors program at a local middle school. She continued this tradition of activism at UNC. Dr. Robinson's ultimate goal is to practice comprehensive care in an underserved community. Dr. Robinson is in the RWJ track.
   
  Emily Rubin
   
Kira Ryskina Kira Ryskina, MD (Internal Medicine) received her undergraduate degrees in Economics and Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from Yale University and her medical degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She completed residency training at New York – Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in the Primary Care Program, where she served as Ambulatory Chief Resident. Dr. Ryskina's research aims to tackle the issues of rising healthcare costs and inadequacies in care quality from the perspective of graduate medical education. She is interested in gaining a better understanding of how physician practice patterns develop during training to inform design of interventions at the residency level which may have lasting implications for how physicians practice later in their careers. Her interests also include resident perceptions of overuse guidelines, the effect of case volume/duty hours, and other components of resident training experience on resident practice. Dr. Ryskina is in the HPR track.
   
  Margaret Samuels-Kalow (Emergency Medicine) Dr. Samuels-Kalow is in the HPR track.
   
Samantha Schilling

Samantha Schilling, MD (Child Abuse Pediatrics) received her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College.  She earned her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania and completed residency at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).  She currently is pursuing subspecialty training in Child Abuse Pediatrics at CHOP.  Her research interests include designing child maltreatment prevention interventions that focus on supporting young vulnerable mothers .   In addition, she is interested is validating and implementing measures to identify risk factors associated with child maltreatment in the primary care setting and ultimately designing interventions targeted at ameliorating these adverse childhood experiences.  Dr. Schilling is in the HPR Track.

   
Mina Sedrak

Mina Sedrak, MD (Hematology/Oncology) is a fellow in the division of hematology. He received his bachelor’s degree in Biological Science from the University of Chicago, graduated from Rush Medical College in Chicago and completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Pennsylvania. His clinical interests are head/neck and thoracic cancers. Dr. Sedrak’s research interests include understandingtrends and factors responsible for aggressive cancer care near the end of life, and the effects of variations and value in oncology care on the economics, efficiency, and patient-centeredness of healthcare. He is also a fellow in the Center for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Safety Program, and co-chair of the Housestaff Quality and Safety Leadership Council at Penn. Dr. Sedrak is in the HPR track.

   
RS Rebecca Kurnik Seshasai, MD (Nephrology) received her Bachelors of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She received her medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine and completed her Internal Medicine residency at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA. She is currently pursuing a fellowship in Nephrology at the University of Pennsylvania and is participating in the MSHP masters program as part of her fellowship training. She is interested in geographic variation in the management and outcomes of dialysis patients and how to improve quality of care for the frequently hospitalized dialysis patient population. Dr. Seshasai is in the HPR track.
   
Nirav Shah Nirav Shah, MD (Hematology/Oncology) received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in Political Science in 2004. He then graduated from medical school also from UIC in 2008. He proceeded to residency at Massachusetts General Hospital where he completed his training in Internal Medicine in 2011. He worked as a internist in the Division of Hospitalist Medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago for one year prior to starting fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania in Hematology/Oncology. He is now in his second year of fellowship planning to pursue an academic career in hematological malignancies. He is interested in health administration and quality improvement which has led him to participate in the CHIPS (Center for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Safety) fellowship program. He plans to spend the next two years in the HPR track pusuing research projects in QI/safety specifically in the oncology population. Dr. Shah is in the HPR track.
   
David Shalowitz

David Shalowitz, MD (Gynecologic Oncology) is a bioethicist and fellow in gynecologic oncology.  He completed medical school at the University of Michigan, residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Brigham & Women’s and Massachusetts General Hospitals and a fellowship in clinical bioethics at the National Institutes of Health.  His current research focuses on the cognitive psychology of physicians' decisions regarding medical and surgical care of their patients. Also of interest are risk communication within gynecologic oncology, patient preferences regarding regionalization of cancer care and implementation of best practices guidelines.  He received his bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies from Brown University.  Dr. Shalowitz is in the HPR track.

   
Dava Szalda Dava Szalda, MD (Pediatric Hematology and Oncology) completed the combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Training Program at The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Prior to that she completed her undergraduate degree in Bioengineering at Syracuse University and her MD at Stony Brook Medical School. After residency she completed a year of chief residency as theinaugural combined chief resident for the Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Program. Currently she is pursuing a fellowship in pediatric hematology/oncology and hopes to focus her clinical work and research around the transition from pediatric to adult healthcare and adult survivors of childhood cancer. Dr. Szalda is in the HPR track.
   
Sarah Traxler Sarah Traxler, MD (Obstetrics & Gynecology, Family Planning) received her undergraduate degree from Tulane University, majoring in Spanish and Latin American Studies.  She then went on to do social work in Austin, Texas where she was the HIV Specialist at an organization for homeless youth and then a grant-writer for a statewide homeless services non-profit, funded by the US Department of HUD.  After this time, she decided to return to school and earned her medical degree at Oregon Health and Science University.  She completed her OB/Gyn residency training at the University of Minnesota.  Dr. Traxler’s interests include the investigation of issues concerning contraception access for all women, but especially women with chronic medical problems and abortion law and its effects on adolescent outcomes. Dr. Traxler is in the HPR track.
   
  Alexandra Vinograd (Pediatric Emergency Medicine) Dr. Vinograd is in the HPR track.
   
Lena Winestone

Lena Winestone, MD, MS (Pediatric Hematology and Oncology) is currently in her fellowship in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She completed her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and her Master’s degree in Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania. She earned her MD from Stanford School of Medicine. She obtained her residency training in Pediatrics at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. After residency she worked as a bone marrow transplant hospitalist for a year before starting fellowship. Lena has long been interested in disparities and access to care both here and abroad and has previously worked in Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Lesotho, Switzerland, and Nepal. She hopes to focus her research on disparities in access and outcome for childhood leukemia and bone marrow transplant . Lena is in the HPR track.

   
  Heather Wolfe
   
Charlene Wong Charlene Wong, MD (Pediatrics) completed her undergraduate training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in biology. She received her medical degree from Emory University in Atlanta. During medical school, she did an epidemiology fellowship at the CDC where she conducted research on the HPV vaccine. She then completed her pediatrics residency at Seattle Children's Hospital/University of Washington where she researched adolescent vaccines and American Indian/Alaska Native infant and pediatric mortality. Dr. Wong is in the RWJ track.




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