Our PGY1 Residents
Huma Baig, MD
Harvard Medical School
Huma's hometown is Glenview, Illinois. She received her BS in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and her BA in Latin American Studies from Yale University. At Yale, she volunteered with refugee populations and mentored incarcerated women. Between college and medical school, she pursued a fellowship with the Yale School of Public Health, investigating transmission of the Zika virus in urban Brazilian populations with publications in Neuron and PNAS. Huma received her MD from Harvard Medical School, where she served as a leader of Mission Crimson, a tutoring and mentoring program for minority and low-income elementary students in Boston. Huma is interested in surgical oncology. She is fluent in five languages and enjoys yoga, traveling, reading, writing, and spending time with loved ones.
Ritah Chumdermpadetsuk, MD
Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
Ritah's hometown is Bangkok, Thailand. She received her BS in Biochemistry, summa cum laude, from Tufts University. During college, Ritah participated in theater and worked professionally in musical theater, both in the US and abroad. She was also a member of the Tufts University all-female a cappella group and was first soprano and soloist with the Thai Youth Choir, representing Thailand at the World Choir Games. Ritah received her MD from Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, where she served in leadership roles focused on student mentoring and advising. She served as Co-President of Columbia's Chapter of Medical Students for Choice and Co-President of the Bard Hall Players, a student-run theater organization. Ritah is interested in pediatric surgery and enjoys singing, acting, piano, reading, writing, playing Scrabble, tennis and speed math.
Nicholas DeStefino, MD, PhD
Harvard Medical School
Nick's hometown is Scottsdale, Arizona. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude, with degrees in both neuroscience and history. He then matriculated to the MD/PhD program at Harvard Medical School, earning his PhD in Neurobiology and serving as an Editor of the Journal of Emerging Investigators. Nick is interested in education, participating as both an undergraduate and graduate teaching assistant, and volunteered as a junior clinician in the Crimson Care Collaborative, an interdisciplinary student-faculty run medical clinic. Nick co-led the pediatric clinic as a staffing director, senior director, and program-wide medical education chair and volunteered to provide patient outreach for patients discharged after hospitalization for COVID-19. Nick is interested in surgical oncology and GI surgery and enjoys running and reading.
Camila Guetter, MD
Universidade Federal do Paraná Faculdade de Medicina
Camila's hometown is Curitiba, Brazil. She received her MD from the Universidade Federal do Paraná in Brazil. As a medical student, Camila received the Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program Scholarship enabling her to pursue research at UCLA and BIDMC, leading to multiple publications. Camila has held multiple leadership positions in the Association of Women Surgeons, including serving as National Vice Chair for the Medical Student Committee, on the AWS Publications Committee, and medical student liaison for the Resident and Fellow Committee. In 2019, Camila received the Patricia Numann Medical Student Award from the AWS Foundation. Camila also served as Medical Student Community Administrator for the American College of Surgeons Virtual Community and Scientific Director of the Simupack Medical Simulation App, a resource for trauma surgeons. Camila is interested in trauma surgery and enjoys tennis, playing piano, traveling, and rescue dogs.
Josephine Nwokedi, MD, MBA
Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California
Josephine's hometowns are Los Angeles, California and Arlington, Virginia. Josephine received her BS in Psychobiology, with honors, from the University of California, Los Angeles. She matriculated at the MD/MBA program at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, participating in multiple international social entrepreneurial projects impacting health and quality of life. While at Keck, Josephine served as Community Service Co-Chair of the Student National Medical Association, Program Chair of the Tom Bradley Outreach Program, a teaching and mentoring program for underserved communities, and a Care-Team Coordinator in Keck's Student-Run Clinic. Josephine also pursued several clinical research projects in the field of trauma surgery. Her interests include cooking, especially Sierra Leonean and Italian cuisines, cycling, and travel.
Jemin Park, MD
University of Michigan Medical School
Jemin's hometown is Knoxville, Tennessee. He received his BA in Neuroscience from Dartmouth College and his MD from the University of Michigan Medical School, with election to AOA. He was engaged in various research projects throughout college and medical school, resulting in multiple publications. As a medical student, Jemin served as a Surgery Clerkship Curriculum Developer and Social Services Coordinator for the University of Michigan Student-Run Free Clinic, where he assisted patients applying for Medicaid. Jemin's interests include violin, orchestra, volleyball, and soccer. He is an accomplished violinist and was a member of both the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra and the Life Sciences Orchestra at the University of Michigan.
Aminah Sallam, MD
Yale School of Medicine
Aminah's hometowns are Houston, Texas and New York, New York. As a high school student, Aminah was awarded 1st place and Grand Prize at the Intel NY Science Contest and 3rd place at the Intel International Science Contest. Aminah subsequently graduated from the University of Chicago with a BA in Biology and matriculated to Yale School of Medicine. Aminah has conducted research in animal models of congenital disease and large-scale genomics research, studied bioethics, and conducted qualitative research, yielding multiple publications in the fields of breast and head and neck cancer.
She served as Co-Leader of the Yale Chapter of the Association of Women Surgeons and developed a mentorship program connecting over 50 students with female mentors. She also served as a co-developer for the workforce development track in the Yale Surgical Hackathon and won the Hackathon competition. As Co-Vice President of SNMA/LMSA at Yale, she directed a pipeline program for local minority high school students and served as a student navigator for the Yale Refugee Patient Navigator Program. Aminah's interests include painting, pottery and all things coffee - making coffee, learning about coffee, and, of course, indulging in coffee with friends and family.
Emily Scire, MD, MBE
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Emily's hometowns are Woburn, Massachusetts, Dover, New Hampshire and Wells, Maine. She graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Notre Dame with a BS in Biochemistry. She received her MD/MBE degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. As a medical student, she served on the Bioethics Standing Committee of the AMA Student Section and was appointed Northeast Student Representative to the Christian Medical and Dental Associations. In 2019, she received the Theodore Friedmann Prize for Significant Advances in Biomedical Ethics. She served on the board of the Agnew Surgery Society and the Agnew Surgery Clinic for uninsured Philadelphians. She was a peer mentor for the University of Pennsylvania Surgery Clerkship, served as a teaching assistant for the Doctoring and Anatomy courses, and was her class representative on the Diversity and Inclusion Student Advisory Committee. Emily's interests include gardening, knitting, crafting, baking, skiing, hiking, cycling, swimming, rowing, reading, and singing.
Thomas Xu, MD
University of Virginia School of Medicine
Thomas's hometowns are Glastonbury, Connecticut and Gainesville, Florida. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Connecticut with a BS in Chemistry. He received his MD from the University of Virginia School of Medicine, where he was elected to AOA and pursued a variety of research projects leading to multiple publications, particularly in pediatric and colorectal surgery. He served as a teaching assistant for pre-clinical anatomy, created comprehensive pre-clinical question banks for his classmates, and organized online teaching sessions for students interested in general surgery. Thomas helped form a medical school soccer team to compete in the Charlottesville co-ed adult league and was active in UVA's basketball, football, and volleyball leagues. Thomas enjoys hiking and rock climbing.
Jeremy Darling, MD
Integrated Vascular Surgery Resident
Tufts University School of Medicine
Jeremy's hometown is Albany, New York. He received his BA in Psychology from Boston University and his MD from Tufts University. Between college and medical school, Jeremy spent several years working as a research assistant in the Division of Vascular Surgery at BIDMC. His outstanding work led to over 30 peer-reviewed publications (including six first author publications) and eleven presentations at national meetings. Deciding on a career in medicine, Jeremy obtained his MS in Medical Sciences from Boston University before matriculating at Tufts University School of Medicine. During this time, the focus of his research work at BIDMC was maintaining and evaluating institutional databases on patients undergoing lower extremity revascularization. He utilized this data for his master's thesis, which focused on mid- and long-term outcomes in patients with diabetes who underwent both open and minimally invasive lower extremity procedures. Jeremy's interests include film and film criticism, ultimate Frisbee, disc golf, the Beatles, squash, and spending time with his wife and their Shetland sheepdog named Butter.
Fatemeh Adiliaghdam, MD
Tehran University of Medical Sciences School of Medicine
Fatemeh's hometowns are Tabriz, Iran, Tehran, Iran and Boston, Massachusetts. She received her MD from Tehran University of Medical Sciences. While in medical school, she pursued several international summer research programs. She was one of twenty medical students worldwide to participate in the Lower Saxony Summer Academy in Germany. Prior to joining BIDMC, Fatemeh served as a Research Fellow at MGH, where she studied the accuracy of clinical staging of early-stage rectal cancer among different facilities, the proportion of under-staged patients who do not receive recommended neoadjuvant therapy, and how this would affect their longer-term oncological outcomes such as recurrence and survival. She also investigated the role of IBD related susceptibility genes in innate immunity, identifying the anti-viral therapeutic role of RNA interference (RNAi) and distinguishing immunomodulatory capacity of intestinal viruses in healthy and IBD. Fatemeh's interests include dancing in Aftab, a Persian dance group run by young professionals in New England, basketball (she was invited to the Iran women's national team), art films and international cinema, and live music.
Jaime Pardo Palau, MD
Universidad de Los Andes Facultad de Medicina
Jaime's hometown is Cali, Colombia. He received his MD from the Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia. As a medical student, he volunteered at the Gustavo Escallon Cayzedo Outpatient Center, which provides medical services to low-income patients in remote areas of Bogota. After graduating medical school, Jaime pursued a research fellowship at BIDMC with Dr. Dhruv Singhal in Plastic Surgery and Dr. Ted James in Breast Surgery. His research studies included axillary staging in breast cancer patients, lymphatic immediate reconstruction, lymphedema prevention and treatment, patient decision-making tools for mastectomies and breast reconstruction options, and ethnic disparities in breast surgery. He also worked with Dr. Fred Shapiro from Anesthesiology on a study of digital decision aid tools to help patients undergoing breast surgery to better understand their anesthesia options. Jaime is currently pursuing a MPH at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. His interests include robotic and laparoscopic surgery, virtual reality for surgical planning, and integrative care in surgery. His hobbies include horseback riding, water skiing, soccer, and salsa dancing.
J. Christopher Polanco Santana, MD, MSc, MPH
Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra Facultad de Ciencias de la Salud
Chris' hometown is Cabarete, Dominican Republic. He received his MD from Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra in the Dominican Republic. After medical school, Chris pursued a research fellowship with Dr. Tara Kent at BIDMC. He went on to receive a Master's of Science degree from Dresden International University in Germany and a Master's of Public Health degree from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. As a MPH student, Chris continued to work as a research fellow with Dr. Tara Kent at BIDMC. He participated in a series of studies related to clinical and pathophysiological HPB surgery problems, as well as a project elucidating whether letters of recommendation writer characteristics, including gender, age, professorial rank, and leadership positions, predict language bias and the Provider Awareness and Cultural Dexterity Toolkit for Surgeons (PACTS) Trial. Chris' interests include kitesurfing and hiking. He is also a self-taught computer programmer since the age of 12.
Mariana Rodriguez, MD
Universidad de Los Andes Facultad de Medicina
Mariana's hometown is Bogota, Colombia. She received her MD from the Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia. While in medical school, Mariana was awarded the Best Classmate Award - Class of 2018. After graduation, Mariana pursued a research fellowship with Dr. A. James Moser at BIDMC, where she worked on research projects related to postoperative outcomes after minimally invasive surgery in patients with pancreatic and gastric cancer. She is also pursuing a MPH at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Mariana's interests include music, dancing, soccer, hiking and camping. Since 2016, Mariana has participated in 5k, 10k, and 21k races as well as sprint triathlons.
Christian Schaufler, MD
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Christian's hometown is Westport, Connecticut. He received his BS in Finance from Wake Forest University. After spending time in the finance world and deciding it was not for him, Christian applied to a post-baccalaureate program at the University of Pennsylvania. A research role in the Division of Cardiovascular Surgery at Penn allowed him to scrub during organ procurements, dissect countless diseased lungs, and run preliminary pharmaceutical trials. He received his MD from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. As a medical student, Christian pursued several research projects in thoracic surgery, pediatrics and urology, which led to multiple publications and oral presentations. Christian's interests include world history, golf, hiking, cooking and fishing.