Current Pipeline Program Educators
Roy Hamilton, MD, MS
Director, Penn Educational Pipeline Program
Dr. Hamilton is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania. He completed residency in Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania in 2005 after having graduating from Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2001 with degrees in Medicine and Health Sciences Technology. He completed a fellowship in Cognitive Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania in 2006 and was appointed to the faculty at Penn in January 2009.
Dr. Hamilton assumed the role of Curriculum Director for the Pipeline program in 2004 and subsequently became the Faculty Program Director in 2009. He assumed the overarching role of director in 2012. He has an enduring interest in medical education, and in addition to his role as a Pipeline co-director, he also teaches in two separate neurology courses at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and coordinates the cognitive neurology curriculum for residents at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Hamilton is especially committed to increasing the presence of underrepresented minorities in neurology, neuroscience, and medicine. He is the curriculum director of the University of Pennsylvania Summer Mentorship Program in Medicine and has sponsored underrepresented research trainees through Haverford’s Multicultural Scholars Program.
Aside from his role as a teacher, Dr. Hamilton studies the characteristics and limits of functional plasticity in the adult human brain. He is interested in how the brain reorganizes itself in response to injury, and whether or not it is possible to enhance the brain’s potential for reorganization in order to speed rehabilitation. Dr. Hamilton uses two technologies--transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS)--to examine and manipulate the functional anatomy and connectivity of the brain in both healthy and injured states. He is a director of Penn’s Laboratory for Cognition and Neural Stimulation.
Sharon Lewis, MD
Director, Neuroscience Pipeline Program
Dr. Lewis is a neuromuscular fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. She completed residency in Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania in 2009. She earned her medical degree from the University of Miami Miller School Of Medicine in 2005 and graduated from the University of Miami in 2001 with a degree in Biology.
Dr. Lewis was involved in the pipeline program as a resident in 2007-2008 and coordinated the curriculum with other residents in 2008- 2009. She took the role of curriculum director in 2009. Additional, she teaches the medical students during their neurology rotation and gives lectures to the neurology residents. She is also responsible for organizing the curriculum for the neuromuscular division.
Natasha Fontaine, MD
Curriculum Co-Director, Gastroenterology Pipeline Program
Dr. Fontaine is a gastroenterology fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. She completed her residency in general internal medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 2011. She earned her medical degree from Wake Forest University and her undergraduate degree in biology from Howard University.
Dr. Fontaine has recently become involved in the pipeline program as a gastroenterology case contributor and medical student mentor. This summer, she will serve as a teaching assistant at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine for the gastroenterology section of the pathophysiology course.
She is currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology degree program at the University of Pennsylvania.
Coordinator, Neuroscience Pipeline
Emily is the medical student coordinator of the neuroscience pipeline program. She received her undergraduate education at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she double majored in Neuroscience and Biological Anthropology. She is currently in her final year of medical school and pursing a joint masters degree in Bioethics. She plans to pursue a residency in adult neurology with the ultimate career goals of being both a clinician and an educator. Currently, her major interests in neurology are in the realm of cognitive neurology, especially dementing diseases and cognitive changes secondary to traumatic brain injuries. In her spare time she enjoys being physically active via intramural sports, skiing, and golfing and playing video games.
Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Coordinator - Graduating Class of 2014
John is the Neuroscience Pipeline Undergraduate Coordinator. He is from Riverside, California and is currently studying Neurobiology and Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania. He is interested in learning new subjects, has a great passion for teaching, and enjoys staying active; he loves most outdoor activities, especially water sports. John’s future academic plans include attending medical school.