Medical Student Leadership
Alejandro “Cazz” Cazzulino is an MS4 from New York City. Cazz attended Columbia University for undergrad, earning his degree in Neuroscience and Behavior in 2015. After graduating he spent a year conducting orthopedic clinical research at The Spine Hospital at New York Presbyterian Hospital. During his time there, he became interested in medical devices and the cross over between industry and healthcare. Outside of school Cazz enjoys cooking, skiing, and playing Spike Ball.
Originally from Denville, New Jersey, Blake graduated from Georgetown (Go Hoyas!) in 2015 with a bachelor’s in human science. During his time at Penn, he has been a part of the admissions committee, Medical Student Government, Latino Medical Student Association, and numerous intramural sports teams. This upcoming year, he will be a Ben Fox fellow at CHOP, conducting pediatric ortho research. His interests within orthopedics include sports medicine, pediatrics, and medical education. His hobbies include running along the Schuylkill, playing basketball, trying new restaurants throughout the city, and rooting for the Yankees and Hoyas. Blake is excited to be a part of the LLOS board and looks forward to a career of enhancing patients’ quality of life and independence while mentoring future students as others have done for him.
Scott LaValva is an MS4 originally from Bangor, PA in the Lehigh Valley area. He attended Franklin & Marshall College where he played on the varsity football team and studied biochemistry & molecular biology. He has been actively involved in orthopaedic research throughout his time at Penn, most recently as a Benjamin Fox Clinical Research Fellow at CHOP. His hobbies include homebrewing beer, exercising and playing sports, reading, and hanging with his dog Mickey.
Kate Hutchison is an MS4 originally from Evanston, IL. She graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in American Studies in 2010. Inspired by a wilderness semester in the Rocky Mountains during undergrad with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), she then went on to work at a ski resort in Lake Tahoe and lead wilderness trips in northern Maine. Wilderness medical training inspired a career change to medicine and she completed a post-bac at Bryn Mawr College outside of Philadelphia before starting medical school at Penn. This year, she is excited to continue orthopaedic research projects, help other medical students explore orthopaedics, and finally learn how to play spike ball.
Josh is a CDYO from State College, PA and graduated from Penn State University in 2016 where he double majored in Biology (Genetics) and Immunology and Infectious Disease. In his free time, Josh loves to play soccer and spike ball, explore the Philadelphia food scene, and do some very non-medical reading. He has primarily been drawn to orthopedics because of the opportunity to work in sports and the ability to rapidly transform patient lives. During his year off, he will be doing the Ben Fox Fellowship at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He is excited to be on the board and help fellow students gain further exposure to the field!
Kevin is an MS3 from Berlin, CT and graduated from Yale University in 2017, double majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and Economics. In his free time, Kevin enjoys exercising, spending time with friends and family, and traveling. His interest in orthopaedic surgery stems from both his love for anatomy and first-hand appreciation for the improvements in quality of life that treatments can yield. He looks forward to sharing his enthusiasm and interest for the field with fellow students.
Anchi is an MS3 born in England and raised in New Jersey. She graduated from Rutgers University in 2016 with a degree in Biological Sciences. She was a division I college athlete, playing soccer and rugby competitively throughout her four years. In her free time, Anchi enjoys working out, playing sports, listening and dancing to music, traveling the world, and spending time with friends and family. As a first generation immigrant from Cameroon, she has seen firsthand how unaddressed musculoskeletal injuries can impact patients and whole families. She is interested in pursuing a career focused in global surgery and minority health, and is excited to help fellow students explore the vast diversity in the field of orthopedics.
Mitch is an MS3 from Clarkston, MI and graduated from the University of Michigan where he earned a degree in Biomedical Engineering. In his free time, Mitch enjoys running, basketball, spike ball, and spending time with friends and family. As the son of two automotive engineers, he is very interested in the biomechanical aspect of orthopedics and being able to use this knowledge to greatly improve a patient's quality of life. He is excited to share his interest and help others explore the opportunities available in the field of orthopedics!
Alex is an MS3 originally from Washington, D.C, and graduated from Williams College in 2016 where he pitched on the varsity baseball team. During his time at Penn, he has conducted clinical research in both spine and shoulder surgery. His enthusiasm for orthopedic surgery is driven by both the opportunity to help improve a patient’s quality of life and his excitement of recent novel technologies, such virtual reality, artificial intelligence and devices, in the field that have immense potential to improve surgical outcomes and education.
Olivia is an MS2 from Long Island, New York. She spent the last 5 years in international public health, earning a Masters from Johns Hopkins University and working in vaccine policy at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. Since coming to medical school, Olivia discovered her love for the operating room. Her passion for orthopaedic surgery developed from the tangible impact that can be made to restore and preserve quality of life for patients after injuries or aging. When taking a break from school, Olivia is a workout class enthusiast and often found exploring Philly’s restaurant scene.
Steven is an MS2 from Plano, TX and graduated from Princeton University in 2017, majoring in Chemical and Biological Engineering. In his free time, Steven enjoys working out, sewing, ballroom dancing, and slow-cooking. He is interested in pursuing a career focused on preclinical and clinical teaching, particularly in anatomy, as well as orthopedic surgery. He’s excited to help and guide incoming and interested students.
Ariana is an MS2 from Alexandria, Virginia. She graduated from Villanova University in 2014 where she studied Economics and Global Interdisciplinary Studies and spent much of her free time working with individuals with disabilities and movement disorders. After working in global financial services for 3 years, Ariana completed a post-baccalaureate program at Johns Hopkins University. In medical school, she discovered her passion for orthopedic surgery after learning about the intersection between movement disorder treatments and surgical interventions. In her free time, Ariana is an avid runner and loves cooking.