Our PGY5 Residents
Seema Anandalwar, MD
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Seema's hometown is South Brunswick, NJ. Seema was a member of the BS-MD program at The College of New Jersey and Rutgers – New Jersey Medical School receiving the Bloustein Outstanding Scholar Award, the NJMS International Service Grant, as well as multiple NJMS Alumni Association Scholarships and Service Grants. Seema volunteered in relief efforts in Haiti and Tanzania, teaching at an orphanage and working on the surgical wards at a community hospital. Seema served as President of two student organizations; one promoting healthcare awareness at local prisons and shelters and the second devoted to enhancing awareness of domestic violence in local schools. She pursued research in pediatric surgery and was elected to AOA. During her research years of residency, Seema received her MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health and completed a research fellowship in clinical outcomes at Boston Children's Hospital. Her surgical interest is pediatric surgery. Seema enjoys travel, dance, and exploring Boston.
Lorenzo Anez Bustillos, MD
Luis Razetti School of Medicine
Lorenzo's hometown is Caracas, Venezuela. He graduated magna cum laude from the Luis Razetti School of Medicine at the Universidad Central de Venezuela. Shortly after graduation, Lorenzo was selected to become part of the inaugural class of the Latin American Initiative. During this time, he worked as a research fellow at the Center for Advanced Orthopedic Studies at BIDMC. He joined our residency program in 2013. After two years of clinical training, joined Dr. Mark Puder's lab at Boston Children's Hospital, where his research focused on nutritional interventions to mitigate the effects of long-term parenteral nutrition in children. During this time, he also obtained a Master of Public Health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. In addition to his clinical duties as a resident, Lorenzo currently serves as Director of the International Research Initiative, a program that recruits foreign medical graduates and provides them with research opportunities in Boston labs. His clinical interest is pediatric surgery. Lorenzo enjoys swimming, yoga, running, tennis, and stand-up paddleboarding.
Alexander Chalphin, MD
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jeﬀerson University
Alex's hometown is Washington, DC. Alex attended the College of William and Mary and received a BS, magna cum laude, majoring in Biology. He received his MD from the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jeﬀerson University, enrolling in the Population Health Program, with a focus on public health. He was the recipient of an Arnold P. Gold Foundation Research Grant to study preventive care and childhood nutrition in rural villages in India, tutored inner city students, provided medical care to Philadelphia's homeless, and served as President of the International Medical Society. Alex was elected to the Hobart Amory Hare Honor Medical Society and AOA. During his research years of residency, Alex pursued translational research in fetal tissue engineering as a post-doctoral fellow at Boston Children's Hospital. His surgical interest is pediatric surgery. Alex enjoys running, triathlons, lacrosse, and guitar.
Ngoc-Quynh Chu, MD
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Quynh's hometown is Amherst, Massachusetts. She received her BS from Yale University, majoring in Biology, and was a recipient of the Yale College Dean's Research Fellowship and the Robert C. Bates Summer Traveling Fellowship. Prior to medical school, Quynh conducted basic science research in immunobiology at Yale Medical School. She received her MD from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth where she participated in student-run free clinics and received the Betty Lea Stone Research Fellowship for research in tumor immunology. She is currently pursuing a research fellowship in a thoracic oncology lab. Her surgical interest lies in cardiothoracic surgery. Quynh enjoys music, Boston sports, and photography.
Michael Dombek, MD
Boston University School of Medicine
Michael's hometown is Jericho, Vermont. Michael received his BS and BA magna cum laude from Boston University, majoring in both Human Physiology and Biology. As an undergraduate, he supported himself as an emergency medical technician employed by the LifeLine Ambulance Service. Following college, Michael pursued research in pediatric oncology. Michael received his MD from the Boston University School of Medicine, where he was a member of the Student Council, the Student Nutrition Action and Awareness Council, taught anatomy, pursued research in pediatric orthopaedic surgery at Boston Children's Hospital, and was elected to AOA. As a resident at BIDMC, he was elected to the Gold Humanism Honor Society and is pursuing research in acute care surgery. His surgical interests include acute care surgery, trauma surgery, and surgical critical care. Michael enjoys running, hiking, skiing, camping, and exploring New England.
Michelle Fakler, MD, MPA
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Michelle's hometown is Stow, Ohio. She graduated from Miami University (Oxford, OH) with a BA in Medical Anthropology with a particular interest in medicine, culture, and inequality. As an undergraduate, Michelle engaged in research concerning HIV and cultural norms in rural India and served at the World Health Organization in Geneva. Here in the U.S., she worked with the Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland and published on lethality factors in cases of domestic violence. Michelle entered Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine as a member of the inaugural class of the Urban Health Pathway, which allowed a small group of students to focus on unique socioeconomic issues related to the delivery of healthcare to urban communities. Her surgical interest is general and colorectal surgery. During her research years of residency, Michelle pursued a Master in Public Administration in International Development at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Michelle enjoys traveling as well as hiking with her dog, Luna.
Charity Glass, MD, MPP
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.
Chun Li, MD, MPH
Emory University School of Medicine
Chun's hometown is Kennesaw, Georgia. She received her BS from MIT in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Biomedical Engineering. She was elected to the Eta Kappa Nu Honor Society for electrical engineering and was the Captain and MVP of the MIT Women's Fencing team. Prior to medical school, she spent two years conducting research at the MGH Center for Computational Biology studying mediators of innate immunity in Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, as well as gene expression microarray analysis. She received her MD from Emory University School of Medicine, receiving the Joseph B. Whitehead Scholarship, and volunteered with Strong4Life at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and the Grady Memorial Hospital Diabetes Clinic. As a medical student, Chun pursued research in cardiothoracic surgery, studying outcomes after transcatheter aortic valve replacement. During her research years of residency, she pursued clinical research in vascular surgery and a Master of Public Health degree. Chun enjoys dancing, photography, and spending time with her family.
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. After his first two years of surgical residency, Shen pursued basic and translational research in liver cancer. His clinical interest is endocrine surgery. Shen enjoys playing and coaching soccer.
Sarah Tracy, MD
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Sarah's hometown is Sturbridge, MA. She received her BS cum laude from Amherst College, where she was a member of the National Field Hockey Coaches Association National Academic Squad and the Amherst dance and stepping teams. She received her MD from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, was the recipient of the William and Steven Putterman Memorial Scholarship, the Martin Luther King Service Award, and volunteered for the Worcester Refugee Assistance Project. Sarah also served as a member of the Massachusetts Medical Society Global Medicine Committee and participated in medical mission trips to the Dominican Republic and the CURE Children's Hospital in Uganda. Sarah was elected to AOA. After her first two years of surgical residency, Sarah pursued a research fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital, studying stem cell therapies for congenital diseases. Her surgical interest is pediatric surgery. Sarah enjoys dancing, playing field hockey, painting, and yoga.
Daniel Wong, MD, MHS
Yale University School of Medicine
Dan is a native of New Haven. He received his BA cum laude from Williams College, majoring in Biology and English, was elected to Sigma Xi, and received the Bullock Poetry Prize from the American Academy of Poets. At Williams, Daniel also served as captain of the sailing team and was an Emergency Medical Technician. Following graduation, Dan worked for the Obama Presidential campaign in Ohio and volunteered in medical centers in South Africa. Dan received his MD and a Masters in Health Science from Yale University School of Medicine, where he was a Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellow and named a Farr Scholar in recognition of excellence in research. During his research years of residency, he pursued research in bioengineering as an American College of Surgeons Resident Research Fellow. He is also a course director of the Harvard Surgical Program in Innovation (SPIN), which teaches device development and surgical innovation to surgical trainees. His surgical interest is colorectal surgery. Dan enjoys tennis, soccer, hockey, and sailing.
Kirsten Dansey, MD, MPH
Vascular Surgery Integrated Residency
University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine
Kirsten was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and her hometown is San Francisco. Kirsten graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a BS in Pharmacology. She received her MD from the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, serving as President of Medical Students for Choice, volunteering at the Bridge Clinic, a student-run clinic, and at the Free Women's Clinic. Kirsten has volunteered at medical centers in South Africa and Nicaragua. Following her first three years of surgical residency, Kirsten pursued outcomes research in vascular surgery with a focus on the use of large databases to evaluate carotid and aortic disease. She also pursued her MPH at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She enjoys traveling, outdoor water sports, reading, hiking, and running.