Meredith Baker, MD
University of Cincinnati
Meredith’s hometown is Exeter, NH. Meredith received her BA magna cum laude from Miami University, majoring in Zoology. She was a University Scholar, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and was a member of water ski team. Meredith received her MD from the University of Cincinnati, was elected to AOA, pursued clinical research in pediatric nutrition, and volunteered for the underserved and homeless community of Cincinnati. Her surgical interest is pediatric surgery. She completed a research fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital in the Puder Lab. Meredith enjoys sailing, alpine skiing, golf, ice hockey, broomball, and flag football.
Courtney Barrows, MD
New York Medical College
Courtney’s hometown is Danvers, MA. She is a graduate of Boston College, where she received a BS in Biology and was a coxswain for the women’s rowing team. Following graduation, Courtney joined the Vascular Biology Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, studying mechanisms of cancer metastasis under the mentorship of Bruce Zetter, PhD. She received her MD from New York Medical College, was elected to AOA, and was awarded the Samuel Spiegel Prize for Clinical Excellence, the Wilfred Ruggiero Memorial Award in Surgery, and the Fezza and Berger Family Scholarship. Courtney also served as Co-President of her medical school’s chapter of the American Medical Women’s Association and Vice President of the Explora La Vida Latina Group. As a surgical resident, Courtney was elected to the Gold Humanism Honor Society, received the Isaac O. Mehrez Award for Surgical Excellence, and pursued clinical and translational research in pancreatic cancer and surgical education, serving as administrative research resident. Her clinical interests are hepatopancreaticobiliary surgery, surgical oncology, and minimally invasive/robotic surgery. Courtney enjoys playing basketball, hiking, cheering on all the Boston sports teams, and spending time with her husband and family, and cuddling with her dog Willow.
Eran Brauner, MD
Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel
Eran’s hometown is Haifa, Israel. He received his MD, cum laude, at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel and completed a residency in general surgery at the Rambam Health Care Campus, where he practiced general surgery. He continued his studies in the United States, pursuing research in thyroid cancer under the mentorship of Dr. Sareh Parangi at Massachusetts General Hospital with a focus on immunotherapy for anaplastic thyroid cancer. Eran’s clinical interests are implementing minimally invasive/robotic techniques in hepatobiliary and foregut surgery. He enjoys sailing and snowboarding but mostly skiing with his six year-old son, Ido, and building huge magnet-tile towers with his three-year old daughter, Mika.
Daniel Buitrago, MD
Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Senora del Rosario, Bogota, Colombia
Daniel’s hometown is Cartagena, Colombia. He received his MD from Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Senora del Rosario in Bogota and following graduation served in the Military Trauma Center in Pto Carreno, the UNICEF & AESNET Refugee Camp in Holl-Holl, Djibouti, and was a Surgery Officer at the Cardioinfantil Foundation in Cardiothoracic Surgery in Bogota. Daniel subsequently completed research fellowships at Weill Cornell Medical Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer. Following the completion of his second year of surgical residency at BIDMC, Daniel pursued a research fellowship in thoracic surgery, receiving an MPH degree from the Harvard School of Public Health on the Goldsmith Scholarship, and was awarded the Peter C. Pairolero Scholarship from the General Thoracic Surgery Club and the Looking to the Future Scholarship from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Daniel has been recognized for his dedication to teaching as the recipient of the Junior and Senior Resident Teaching Awards at BIDMC. Daniel’s clinical interest is thoracic surgery. He enjoys long distance running, traveling and playing soccer.
Christopher Digesu, MD
Chris’ hometown is Huntsville, AL. Chris received his BS summa cum laude in Biomedical Engineering from Mississippi State University, where he was a President’s Scholar, elected to Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society, and co-founded Bulldogs for Heart Health. He received his MD from Columbia University and was a member of the Allen O. Whipple Society and received an American Association of Thoracic Surgeons Scholarship. Christopher volunteered for the student-run Columbia free clinic for uninsured patients in Washington Heights, participated in a global health scholarship to Sierra Leone, and pursued research in cardiothoracic surgery. Chris’ surgical interest is thoracic surgery and he completed a research fellowship in thoracic surgery as a surgical resident, studying lung cancer. He enjoys playing soccer.
Mautin Hundeyin, MD
Pennsylvania State College of Medicine
Mautin was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria. At 17 years of age, she left her home country to pursue a degree in Biology & Psychology at Trent University in Canada where she received the Trent International Student Award for Academic Excellence, the Biology Department Prize for Academic Achievement, and was elected to the President’s Honor Roll and the Dean’s Honor Roll. She subsequently received her MD at Pennsylvania State College of Medicine, elected to AOA, and was the recipient of the Millie McGlumphy and Craig Andrason Memorial Scholarship, the Excellence in Surgery Award, and the Exceptional Student Award for Academic Achievement and Leadership. Following the completion of her first three years of surgical residency at BIDMC, Mautin pursued a three year research fellowship focused on the biology of pancreatic cancer with publications in Nature, Nature Medicine, Journal of Experimental Medicine, and Cell. She received the Best Resident Research Award in the Basic Science Category from the Society of University Surgeons and Best Abstract from the Association of Academic Surgeons in 2017. She is currently interested in pursuing a career in surgical oncology. She enjoys running, traveling and hip-hop dancing.
Sayuri Jindasa, MD
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Sayuri’s hometown is Rahway, New Jersey. She completed her undergraduate studies at Princeton University, graduating magna cum laude with a BA in Chemistry. Sayuri pursued her medical studies at the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, serving as President for the International Health Organization, pursuing health policy research in Sri Lanka, founding the P&S Dance Club, and was the recipient of the P. Roy Vagelos Scholarship. Following the completion of her first three years of surgical residency, Sayuri pursued a research fellowship in critical care, shock, and respiratory failure. Her commitment to teaching has been recognized by the Outstanding Resident Teaching Award. Sayuri’s clinical interests are in trauma surgery and critical care medicine. She enjoys running, hiking, climbing, dancing, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
Stephanie Serres, MD, PhD
University of Texas Southwestern
Stephanie’s hometown is McKinney, Texas. Stephanie received her BA summa cum laude from Ouachita Baptist University, majoring in Psychology, as a recipient of the Marvel Stockwell Scholarship. She subsequently completed a PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of North Texas, where her research focused on post-traumatic stress and family functioning in families with a child with autism. Her clinical work addressed a range of patient populations, including burn and trauma patients. Stephanie received her MD from the University of Texas Southwestern and was active in community service, including the creation of two emergency medical shelters. She was awarded the Proebsting Scholarship and was elected to AOA. During surgical residency at BIDMC, she completed a research fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital, where her research focused on appendicitis, as well as the identification of developmental delays in pediatric trauma patients. Her surgical interest is in breast surgical oncology. Stephanie enjoys traveling, theater, photography, and spending time with family and friends.
Alton Sutter, MD
Medical University of South Carolina
Alton’s hometown is Pickens, South Carolina. Alton attended the College of Charleston where he majored in both Biochemistry and Marine Biology. He subsequently enrolled in the MD-PhD MSTP program at the Medical University of South Carolina where his research focused on nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and transplantation. His surgical interests include acute care surgery and endocrine surgery. Alton enjoys SCUBA and free diving, music, cooking, and spending time with his family.
Jennifer Zhang, MD
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Jennifer’s hometown is Naperville, IL. Jennifer received a BS in Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she pursued immunobiology research at the Curie Institute in Paris, France and chemical engineering research in the Langer Laboratory at MIT. She matriculated at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, conducting clinical research on esophageal cancer and non-small cell lung cancer and was a member of the Note-a-chords acapella group. Following her initial two years as a surgical resident at BIDMC, Jennifer pursued a three year surgical oncology research fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering with a focus on GIST with publications in Cancer Immunology Research and PNAS. She was the recipient of a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from the NIH and participated in medical missions in Africa and India. Jennifer’s clinical interest is breast surgical oncology. She enjoys traveling.