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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.

  Dominique Bayard (Pulmonary and Critical Care) Dr. Bayard is in the HPR 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.
  Katherine Courtright, MD (Pulmonary and Critical Care) Dr. Courtright 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.


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.

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.

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.
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.
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.
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
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.

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.

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

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