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Marcus Bachhuber Marcus Bachhuber, M.D. (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.
   
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.
   
BF Brandi Freeman, MD (Pediatrics) received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology with minors in Chemistry and French from Duke University. She completed a post-baccalaurete year at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN and then received her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine. While at Baylor, she took an additional year to complete the Clinical Research Training Program at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. Dr. Freeman completed pediatric residency training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. She has served the Student National Medical Association as National President and also the National Medical Association as Postgraduate Physician Trustee. Dr. Freeman’s research interests include health disparities, the use of technology to improve communication between physicians and parents/patients and physician workforce diversity. Dr. Freeman is in the RWJ 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.
   
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.
   
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.
   
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.
   
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.
   
Lisa Rosenbaum Lisa Rosenbaum (Cardiology) grew up in Portland Oregon and graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Human Biology. She received her medical degree from University of California San Francisco and completed her residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital. She just finished clinical cardiology fellowship at NYPH Weill Cornell, the last year of which was spent as an Editorial Fellow at the New England Journal of Medicine. Her research interests include using behavioral economics to improve implementation of evidence based medicine, as well as developing a better understanding of how we make medical decisions under uncertainty. She also loves to write. Dr. Rosenbaum is in the RWJ Track.
   
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.

   
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.
   
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.
   
RW Roy Wade, MD, PhD, MPH (Pediatrics) received his undergraduate and PhD. from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a focus on Molecular Microbiology. He completed medical school at Dartmouth Medical School and pediatric residency training at the University of Virginia. After residency, he completed a Minority Health Policy Fellowship at Harvard Medical School earning an MPH in Health Policy Management at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Wade is interested in coordination and improving care for children and youth in the welfare system. Dr. Wade is in the RWJ track.
   
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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