Donna Alvino, MD
Harvard Medical School
Donna’s hometown is the Bronx, NY. Donna received her BA summa cum laude from Boston University, majoring in Biology and was a member of the College Scholars Society and elected to Phi Beta Kappa. After graduation, Donna pursued research in the area of HIV immunity at the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, and Harvard in the laboratory of Dr. Bruce Walker. Donna received her MD from Harvard Medical School, pursuing research interests in gastrointestinal surgery. Her surgical interests include surgical oncology with a focus in hepatobiliary surgery as well as transplant surgery. Donna enjoys reading, collecting vinyl records, and cooking.
Christopher Barrett, MD
Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
Chris is a native of Forest Lake, Minnesota and chose an unusual route to medicine. After graduating from high school he entered the US military as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne and saw combat in Iraq as an infantryman, for which he was decorated for his actions. Chris received his BS in Biomedical Science at the University of Minnesota Duluth, graduating magna cum laude and was awarded the Presidential Scholarship for academic excellence. Chris received his MD from Washington University – St Louis where he received the E.A. Marquard Memorial Student Scholarship. Following his first two years as a surgical resident at BIDMC, Chris pursued a four year research fellowship at MIT with Prof. Michael Yaffe focused on trauma-induced coagulopathy, contributing multiple scientific publications, filing two patents, and serving as a co-founder of Thrombo Therapeutics, Inc. Returning to the residency program, Chris’ clinical interests are trauma surgery and surgical critical care. He enjoys spending time with his family and playing hockey.
Charity Glass, MD
Harvard Medical School, Harvard Kennedy School
Charity was born in Atlanta, Georgia and moved to Pittsburgh at age 11. As an undergraduate at Harvard, she served as Director of AHEAD (Aim for Higher Emerson Academic Development), an after-school program providing mentoring and tutoring to students at the Ralph Waldo Emerson School in Roxbury, Massachusetts. Charity also served as a mentor for a community based program that served teens with sickle cell anemia. She was also active in the Alberta V. Scott Scholars Program established by the Association of Black Harvard Women, which provides academic mentorship at Cambridge Ridge and Boston Latin High Schools. While attending Harvard Medical School, Charity served on the HMS Admissions Committee, co-founded the Culturally Competent Care Interest Group, and pursued a Master of Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government. After her second year of surgical residency, Charity served a research fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital. Charity enjoys spending time with her family, as well as reading, skiing and running.
Kayla Isbell, MD
University of Alabama School of Medicine
Kayla’s hometown is Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Kayla received her BS in Mathematics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Masters in Applied American Politics and Policy from Florida State University. Kayla received her MD from the University of Alabama School of Medicine where she received the Paul W. Burleson Scholarship, the Society of Thoracic Surgery Looking to the Future Scholarship, and was a recipient of a NIH research training grant. Kayla was a member of the Admissions Committee, the Student Government Association, and volunteered at Equal Access Birmingham, a free clinic. Kayla was the co-founder and President of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Interest Group and pursued research in cardiothoracic surgery with James Kirklin,MD. Her surgical interests include general surgery. Kayla enjoys drawing, reading, and traveling.
Daniel Kent, MD
Albany Medical College
Dan’s hometown is Los Gatos, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area. Dan obtained his BA from the University of California at Los Angeles, majoring in International Development Studies and minoring in Spanish. During college, he worked for Physicians for Social Responsibility and Amigos de las Americas. Between college and medical school, he worked at PEAK Surgical and Medtronic. Dan obtained his MD from Albany Medical College, where he received the Scholastic Excellence Award, the Tompkins Alumni Scholarship, and was elected to the Gold Humanism Honor Society and AOA. He was the co-founder and co-President of the Albany Medical College Global Health Interest Group, co-President of the Students for a National Health Program, and served as a member of the Executive Board of the IMANA Clinic, a free clinic serving local immigrants and refugees. His surgical interests include trauma, vascular surgery, surgical innovation, and global health. Dan enjoys music, surfing, and woodworking.
Jennifer Li, MD
(Vascular Surgery Integrated Residency)
Icahn School of Medicine
Jennifer’s hometown is Monroeville, PA. Jennifer received her BS magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in Biology w/ Honors distinction in research. In college, she served as President of the Penn Music Mentoring Program and Co-President of the Penn Tae Kwon Do club, leading her team to first place in the Eastern Collegiate Taekwondo League. Jennifer received her MD from the Icahn School of Medicine where she conducted both clinical and translational cardiovascular research and was the recipient of the MSTAR research award, NYSVS and SVS research awards, and Yankauer Scholarship. She also helped lead the student-run community health clinic. Her surgical interests are in vascular surgery, especially carotid imaging and micro-embolism research. Jennifer enjoys piano, hiking, and traveling.
Shen Li, MD
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Shen’s hometown Is Solon, Ohio. Shen received his BS summa cum laude from Case Western Reserve University, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and was a graduate of the piano program at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He received his MD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where he served as a peer tutor and was a recipient of an NIH T35 training grant to pursue research in liver transplantation and hypovolemic shock. His clinical interest is surgical oncology and he is currently pursuing research in liver cancer. Shen enjoys playing and coaching soccer.
Asish Misra, MD
University of Michigan Medical School
Asish’s hometown is Flint, Michigan. Asish received a BS in Chemical and Biological Engineering, as well as Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. He subsequently enrolled in the MD-PhD program at the University of Michigan and obtained a PhD in Biomedical Engineering where his research focused on the design of polymeric nanoparticles for bioimaging and cancer therapy. Asish was active in the Michigan Health Engineered for All Lives (M-HEAL), developing healthcare technology for low resource areas for global health. His surgical interests include trauma and critical care, as well as transplant surgery, vascular surgery, and surgical oncology. Asish enjoys piano, biking, soccer, rock climbing and running.
Benjamin Scott, MD
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
Ben’s hometown is Pittsburgh, PA. Ben received a BA from Johns Hopkins in International Studies, where he was inducted into Pi Sigma Alpha and played varsity baseball and football. After college Ben played three seasons in the Arena Football League. He then received his MD from the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, where he enrolled in the Population Health Program, a specialized medical school curriculum in public health. At Jefferson, Ben was a Levitt Scholar, pursued research in surgical oncology, and served on the Athlete Health Organization, providing screenings to high school athletes. Ben was inducted into the George McClellan Surgical Honor Society and the Hobart Amory Hare Medical Honor Society. His surgical interests include plastic and reconstructive surgery and surgical oncology. Ben enjoys surfing, cooking at home, going out for sushi, and playing with other people’s dogs.
Claire Sokas, MD
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
Claire’s hometown is Highlands Ranch, CO. Claire received a BS in Chemistry at the University of Notre Dame and was the recipient of the Irish Clover Award for outstanding service to the student body. Claire received her MD from the Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University and served on the Admissions Committee, the Professional Conduct Committee, the Student Advisory Committee on Professionalism, and was a student leader for the Jefferson Center for Inter-Professional Education. Claire was elected into the George McClellan Surgical Honors Society. Her surgical interests include vascular surgery as well as clinical effectiveness research and quality improvement. Claire is an avid runner and has volunteered as a guide for Achilles International in both Philadelphia and Boston.
Alessandra Storino-Gonzalez, MD
School of Medicine at Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Columbia
Alessandra received her MD from the School of Medicine at Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia, graduating as Class Salutatorian. Following graduation, Alessandra completed one year of social service as a general practitioner in rural Colombia. She continued her studies in the United States, earning a Masters in clinical epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health, while pursuing research in pancreatic and biliary disease with multiple contributions to the surgical literature. Alessandra’s clinical interests are gastrointestinal, pancreatobiliary and transplant surgery. She enjoys horseback riding, travelling, dancing and the FIFA World Cup.