Benjamin Allar, MD

Tufts University School of Medicine
Ben’s hometown is Newton, MA. Ben completed received his BA summa cum laude at Connecticut College, majoring in Biological Sciences and Religious Studies. He received multiple awards for academic and leadership excellence, including the Unsung Hero Award and the Judy Bailen Kateman ’65 Outstanding Senior Prize. As a student at Tufts University School of Medicine, Ben was elected to AOA, served on the Admissions Committee, the Curriculum Committee, and was an active student delegate to the Massachusetts Medical Society. Ben also served as President of the Team Cathedral Project, mentoring and teaching local students and was engaged in a number of clinical research projects. His surgical interests are colorectal surgery, minimally invasive surgery, HPB, and surgical education. He enjoys cooking, reading, and golf.

Kevin Arndt, MD

Boston University School of Medicine
Kevin’s hometown is Rochester, New York. Kevin attended SUNY University at Buffalo where he received his BS in Biology and BA in Psychology, and he was awarded as a Sigma Tau Gamma Rosken’s Scholar. He received both his MS in anatomy and neurobiology and MD from Boston University School of Medicine where he graduated with Cum Laude honors and was elected into AOA. He also received the Richard J. Shemin, M.D. and Saul Shemin, D.V.M Academic Surgical Award. During medical school, Kevin taught Gross Anatomy and clinical examination skills to first year students. His surgical interests include trauma and critical care surgery, colon and rectal surgery, and minimally invasive surgery. In his free time, he enjoys soccer, snowboarding, and hiking with his wife and dog.

Daniel Cloonan, MD

University of Nebraska Medical Center
Daniel’s hometown is Omaha, Nebraska. He received his BS in Biology at the University of Nebraska and his MD, With Distinction, from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where he was elected to AOA and received the Marjorie Merwin Simons Memorial Scholarship for leadership. Daniel served as President of the UNMC Student Senate and was the UNMC Student Regent to the University of Nebraska Board of Regents.He pursued several research projects including investigating drug metabolism of antiretroviral therapy in transgender women, medical education, and the development of the Clinical Educator Enhanced Medical Education Track. Daniel’s surgical interests include pediatric surgery and thoracic surgery. He enjoys cooking, gardening, sport climbing and bouldering.

Shahdabul Faraz, MD

Weill Cornell Medical College
Shad's hometown is Toronto, Canada. He graduated as valedictorian from Emory University with a BS, magna cum laude, in Biology, with election to Phi Beta Kappa as a Junior. He received his MD from Weill Cornell Medical College, graduating in the top quartile of his class. During medical school, he was engaged in community service, leadership, and research. Shad served as Vice President of the Weill Cornell Student Council and was co-founder and co-President of the South Asian Medical Society. He also served on the Admissions Committee during his senior year, helping to attract the best and brightest to Weill Cornell. His surgical interests include Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgery, Endocrine Surgery and Breast Surgery. He enjoys music, soccer and travel.

Scott Fligor, MD

Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
Scott’s hometown is Marblehead, Massachusetts. Scott received his BS from Georgetown University, cum laude, majoring in Biology of Global Health. He received his MD from the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, where he was elected AOA. As a medical student, Scott participated in a number of research projects in trauma surgery, resulting in multiple presentations and publications. He held numerous state and national positions in the Medical Society of Virginia and the student section of the American Medical Association. Scott’s clinical interests include pediatric surgery. He enjoys snowboarding, scuba diving, travel, Georgetown basketball, and Boston sports.

Sharif Sabe, MD

Case Western University
Sharif’s hometown is Canton, Ohio. Sharif received a BA in Anthropology with honors, summa cum laude, and a Masters in Bioethics from Case Western Reserve University. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and the Mortar Board Senior Honor Society. He received his MD from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, awarded honors with distinction in research, and was elected to AOA. Sharif has tutored elementary and middle school students in underserved communities and volunteered for the Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland. As a medical student, Sharif served on the board of the Student Run Free Clinic and published research in cardiac surgery. His surgical interests are in cardiothoracic surgery. Sharif enjoys basketball, soccer, guitar, and family time.

Joanne Szewczyk, MD

Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
Joanne’s hometown is Winchester, Tennessee. Joanne received her BS summa cum laude from Auburn University, majoring in Animal Science, where she was the Student Marshall for the College of Agriculture. She received her MD degree from the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. As a medical student, Joanne taught anatomy, was a member of the Admissions Committee, and was a volunteer at Pegasus Horse Therapy Farm, working with both adults and children with disabilities. Joanne has worked as a surgical technician, both in a veterinary clinic and in human operating rooms. Her surgical interests include thoracic surgery and trauma. Joanne enjoys marathon running, competitive equestrian riding, hiking, and cooking.

Savas Tsikis, MD

University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences, The Pritzker School of Medicine
Savas’s hometown is Rhodes, Greece. Savas received his BS summa cum laude at the University of Connecticut,majoring in Molecular and Cell Biology and served as President of Habitat for Humanity. He received his MD from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, pursued a number of clinical research projects, and was elected to the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Savas is passionate about teaching and served as a peer educator for undergraduate and medical courses and developed basic science curriculum. He also served as Co-President of the Health Professions Exposure Program. His surgical interests include pediatric surgery and surgical oncology. Savas enjoys sailing, weight lifting, and traveling to new places.

Sophie Wang, MD

(0 - 5 Vascular Surgery)

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Sophie's hometown is Albertson, NY. She received her BS magna cum laude at Columbia University, majoring in Biomedical Engineering with research interests in vascular biology and angiogenesis. Sophie received her MD from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where she was involved with refugee health outreach and organizing healthy cooking workshops for the community.  Sophie’s clinical interest is vascular surgery. She enjoys cooking, fencing, and photography.

Ashlyn Whitlock, MD

George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Ashlyn’s hometown is Jacksonville Florida. Ashlyn received her BA magna cum laude at Wake Forest University, majoring in Psychology. Throughout college, she worked in India as a health coordinator and teacher for the Fellowship Ashram Mission Rural School Program. Ashlyn received her MD with Distinction from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, with research interests in global health and underserved populations with publications on the Ugandan health system and income based barriers to bariatric surgery. She served as Vice President of Education for the Global Surgery Student Alliance, an Admissions Ambassador, and Class Honor Council Representative. Her surgical interests include global surgery. Ashlyn enjoys art, cooking, running, and traveling.