University of Pennsylvania


2015-2017 Scholars

Krisda Chaiyachti

Krisda Chaiyachati, MD, MPH (VA Scholar) received his Bachelors in Human Rights Studies and Microbiology from the University of Georgia and his MD from the University of Michigan Medical School. During medical school he was a Doris Duke Fellow in Tugela Ferry, South Africa as a coordinator for a community-based treatment program for drug-resistant TB and HIV co-infected individuals. He received his MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health as a Zuckerman Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership. He completed his internal medicine residency training in the Yale Primary Care Program and continued on as a chief resident.

Career interests: He hopes to continue practicing primary care and simultaneously create clinical and policy innovations that address the interface between health and the social needs of patients. His long-term career interests involve translating policy and clinical research into improved public health on the state and national level.

Research interests: Dr. Chaiyachati is interested in exploring the clinical and economic impact of chronic disease management strategies that address a patient's social needs - care coordination, accessing social services, community engagement, community health workers, and patient navigators. He is also interested in factors that promote patients engaging with the health system and how patients define value from their clinical care. Ultimately, he hopes to create interventions that alleviate the limitations that poverty may have on patients with chronic diseases and keep them engaged in care.

Krisda Chaiyachti

Manik Chhabra (VA Scholar) is an internal medicine physician who grew up in Minnesota. He earned his undergraduate degree in Biomechanical engineering from Stanford University, and went to medical school at the University of Minnesota. He completed his residency and chief residency at the Yale Internal Medicine-Primary Care Program.

Career Interests: He plans to pursue a career in academic internal medicine and health policy.

Research interests: Improving access to high quality primary care in underserved communities, housing policy as it pertains to the health of homeless individuals, transitions of care from hospital to home for medically complex patients, provider-patient communication.

Kymberly Gonzalez

Kym Gonzalez, M.D. is a pediatrician who grew up in Dallas, TX. She earned her undergraduate degree with a Bachelor's in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University. While there she planned and oversaw educational and mentorship programming for Latino youth. In addition, she founded Health n' Motion, a community-based healthy lifestyles program targeting Latino families. She received her doctorate in medicine from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. She furthered her interest in community health and community partnerships by developing a community-based childhood obesity prevention program, Fit For Health. She then completed her residency in pediatrics at Children's Health-Dallas/UT Southwestern. While there, she developed a healthy lifestyles program centering on nutrition and parenting for at risk teen parents. In addition, she spent a couple of months in Peru learning about the barriers to the delivery of health in developing countries. Through that experience, she developed a pediatric preventative care model training model that has been incorporated in a health system in Peru.

Career Interest: She plans a career combining general academic pediatrics, administration, community partnerships, and teaching medical students and residents.

Research Interest: Community partnerships that address community infrastructure and address social determinants of health, Latino health disparities interventions, childhood obesity, and generating research that can impact local and larger policies.

Michael Knight

Michael G. Knight, MD (VA Scholar) completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the NewYork-Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York, NY. Originally from New York City, he completed undergraduate studies at Oakwood University, and attended the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, where he obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree with Special Qualifications in Biomedical Research. He served as the 48th national president of the Student National Medical Association, where he focused on diversifying the face of medicine, achieving health equity, and increasing HIV/AIDS awareness in minority communities. He currently serves as the president of the Renewing Health Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization working to educate, equip, and empower urban communities to improve their wellbeing, and to eliminate ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in health. Knight has served on various boards and committees of organizations such as the National Medical Association and the American Medical Association Residents and Fellows Section. He has been an invited speaker on health care disparities at events across the country, including the National Minority Quality Forum and the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust. He has received numerous awards including the AMA Foundation Leadership Award, and was selected as one of the Top 30 under 30 Alumni of Case Western Reserve University.

Career Interest: Dr. Knight plans to pursue a multifaceted career combining a clinical career in Obesity medicine, administrative roles in health system quality improvement, and non-profit leadership in minority health promotion.

Research Interest: Healthcare quality improvement, transitions of care, and health education and chronic disease prevention in ethnic minority communities.

ical Raz, M.D.

Anna Uma Morgan, MD, MSc is a general internist from southern California. She completed her undergraduate degree in Political Science at Swarthmore College. After completing her undergraduate studies she worked for an NGO at the United Nations in New York, focusing on the trafficking of small arms and light weapons. Dr. Morgan also holds an MSc in Health, Population and Society from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where her dissertation focused on the attitudes of Members of Parliament regarding severe mental illness. She received her MD from the University of California, Irvine, and completed residency in Internal Medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, where she spent an additional year serving as Outpatient Chief Resident.

Career Interests: Dr. Morgan is committed to enhancing both the quality and efficiency of primary care delivery, particularly in underserved populations.

Research Interests: As a scholar, Dr. Morgan plans to investigate the role of community health workers in reducing readmissions and improving outcomes in primary care. She is also interested in exploring interventions aimed specifically at the provision of primary care in the public sector.

ical Raz, M.D.

Mical Raz, MD, PhD (VA Scholar), completed her medical training at Tel Aviv University, from where she also received a PhD in history of medicine. Before moving to the US for a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale, she worked at the Tel Aviv Medical Center and volunteered with Physicians for Human Rights. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Yale New Haven Hospital in 2015.

She is the author of The Lobotomy Letters: The Making of American Psychosurgery (U of Rochester 2013), which was awarded the Pressman-Burroughs Wellcome Career Development Award. Her second book, What's Wrong with the Poor? Race, Psychiatry and the War on Poverty (UNC 2013), has been reviewed in medical, historical and public policy venues.

A historian of American psychiatry, Raz is interested in the intersection of psychiatry, poverty and politics, and in disparities in health care access and delivery in twentieth century US history. Her new project will examine the interrelations of drug policy and mental health theory from a historical perspective.

Tyler Winkelman, M.D.

Navin Vij is an Internal Medicine/Pediatric trained physician who grew up in Bloomington, MN. He completed his undergraduate studies at Rice University, where he majored in Political Science and was a co-founder of the Baker Institute Student Forum at the Baker Institute for Public Policy. He also spent time working on health policy issues while interning in British Parliament, at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and also with the Texas Program for Society and Health. He subsequently completed an International Health Track during medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. After completing an Internal Medicine/Pediatric Residency and Chief Residency at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, he has worked as an Internal Medicine Hospitalist and continued his involvement with education as an Assistant Program Director for the Med-Peds Residency Program at Case Western. Beyond his interest in academics, Dr. Vij has also been involved with advocacy and outreach efforts related to Hepatitis C. He has served as a Member of the National Patient Advisory Committee for the American Liver Foundation and is involved with the Caring Ambassadors Program as a Board Member.

Career Interests: He plans on pursuing an inter-disciplinary career that combines clinical medicine with an active role in shaping the delivery of healthcare from a policy perspective.

Research Interests: Hepatitis C-screening initiatives, access to care, and patient outcomes; cost-determination in healthcare; transitions of care related to complex chronic care.


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