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