Arthur Celestin, MD, MPH
Arthur’s hometown is Loma Linda, California, growing up in Mexico and the United States. Arthur received his BS from Andrews University where he was a member of the Andrew Nevins Honors Society, and recognized for piano performance. He received his MD from Boston University, was the recipient of the Ruth M. Batson Scholarship, served on the Student Advisory Committee, and was active in the Student National Medical Association, and the BUSM Band. As a medical student, Arthur also received an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health. As a surgical resident, Arthur pursued research in plastic surgery and trauma surgery. His clinical interest is plastic and reconstructive surgery. He is interested in global surgery and recently traveled to Vietnam with Surgicorps and performed cleft lip and palate repairs. He has received two surgical teaching awards. Arthur plays the piano, organ, and the cello, has recorded classical piano music, plays jazz piano at a local jazz club, and has a single engine pilot license.
David Chen, MD
New York Medical College
David’s hometown is Williston Park, NY. He graduated from Cornell with a BS in Applied Economics & Management and received his MD from New York Medical College. He completed his initial three years of general surgery residency at the St. Luke's - Roosevelt Hospital Center, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, which was followed by a three year research fellowship at the National Cancer Institute under the mentorship of Steven A. Rosenberg, MD, PhD, and James Yang, MD, developing new immunotherapies for patients with a variety of epithelial cancers. Following the completion of his fellowship, he joined the general surgery residency at BIDMC, where his clinical interest is thoracic surgery. David enjoys yoga, meditation, running, exploring restaurants and the arts in the city and reading a good book.
Mariam Eskander, MD
Chicago Medical School
Mariam was born in Cairo, Egypt and her hometown is Torrance, CA. She graduated cum laude from Harvard College with a BA in Biological Sciences. She was Volunteer Director of the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter, participated in the Phillips Brooks House Summer Urban Programs, and sang with the Kuumba Singers of Harvard College, a choir dedicated to expressing black creativity and spirituality. She was the recipient of the Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Public Service Award and the Michael C. Rockefeller Traveling Fellowship. Mariam received her MD from the Chicago Medical School, where she served as the Community Service Chair of her school’s chapter of the American Medical Association, developed the Healthy Kids Project, and participated in the CMS Healthcare Project, a student-run clinic providing care to the underserved. Mariam was elected to AOA and received the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award. After her first two years as a surgical resident, Mariam pursued research in public health with a focus in surgical oncology. She has served as Chair of the Gold Humanism in Medicine Society at BIDMC, the Resident Director for RISE (Research and Innovation in Surgical Education), Chair of the Education Committee of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) - Resident and Associate Section, and a member of the Program Committee for the ACS Clinical Congress. Mariam’s clinical interest is in providing effective and equitable care for patients with cancer. She enjoys the Boston restaurant scene and traveling the world with her husband.
Brenna Fullerton, MD
Brenna’s hometown is Skaneateles, New York. She received her BA and MD degrees from Brown University. Brenna completed her first three years of the Residency in General Surgery at Georgetown University, followed by a research fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital in pediatric surgery. Brenna conducted clinical and basic science research related to pediatric intestinal failure and nutrition. Brenna subsequently joined the general surgery residency at BIDMC. Her clinical interests are pediatric surgery and intestinal failure. Outside of work Brenna spends most of her time enjoying the antics of her four children, ages 9, 8, 4, and 3.
Eliza Lee, MD
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Eliza’s hometown is Hanover, PA. She graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Chemistry from Gettysburg College. Eliza received her MD from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Following her initial two years of general surgery, Eliza pursued a three-year transplant surgery research fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital. Her clinical interest is transplant surgery.
Rudy Murillo, MD
University of California, San Diego
Rudy’s hometown is New York. Rudy graduated with a BA in Biology from Baruch College, City University of New York, where he was the recipient of the Ronald Harrison Award and the Excellence in Science Award. After graduation, he worked as a Minority International Research Training Fellow in Uganda. Rudy received his MD and a Master of Science in Biomedical Science from the University of California, San Diego, pursuing research and serving as a member of the Latino Medical Student Association and SNMA. Rudy also volunteered for Doctors Ought to Care (DOC), an organization that directed at outreach to local high school students. After his initial two years of general surgery residency, Rudy pursued a three year research fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital. His clinical interest is surgical critical care. Rudy has received both the Junior and Senior Resident Teaching Awards. He enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and exercising.
Nisha Narula, MD
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Nisha’s hometown is Tenafly, NJ. Nisha received an ScB with Honors in Biology from Brown University, graduating magna cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi. She received her MD from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and co-founded On a for Mission Nutrition, supporting social and behavioral change among Chicago South Side middle school students. As a medical student, Nisha pursued research at the interface of medicine and social sciences. Her surgical interest is general surgery. She pursued research as a surgical resident in health services and outcomes research at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Nisha enjoys creative writing, photography, hiking, and baking.
David Tomich, MD
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
David graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a BS in Cellular and Molecular Biology, serving as President of the Alpha Phi Omega community service fraternity. He received his MD from Case Western and served as Vice President of the Phi Delta Epsilon medical community service fraternity. Following his first three years of general surgery residency, David pursued a research fellowship in bioethics. He is a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. David’s clinical interest includes acute care surgery and surgical critical care. He enjoys playing tennis and sailing.
Ammara Watkins, MD
Emory University School of Medicine
Ammara’s hometown is Atlanta, GA. Ammara graduated from Emory University with BS and BA in Biology and Middle Eastern and South Asian studies. She subsequently received her MD from the Emory University School of Medicine, participating in surgical missions to Haiti, Costa Rica and Pakistan. After her initial two years of general surgical residency at BIDMC, Ammara pursued a three year surgical research fellowship with a focus on pancreatic cancer clinical trials and surgical education, serving as Administrative Research Fellow in Surgical Oncology. She also received an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health. Her clinical interests are in thoracic surgical oncology and surgical education. Ammara enjoys exploring Boston with her husband and daughter, traveling, spin and yoga.