Our PGY5 Residents
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, 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.
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.
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.
Jordan Pyda, MD
University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine
Jordan grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee and received his BA cum laude from Vanderbilt University with majors in French Literature and Molecular and Cellular Biology. He studied abroad in Aix-En-Provence, France as a Pichois French Scholar. Following graduation, Jordan moved to Boucan Carré, Haiti where he volunteered with Partners in Health for three years. Jordan received his MD from the University of Tennessee. During medical school Jordan returned to Haiti to work with Partners in Health for one year as the Paul Farmer Global Surgery Sub-Intern at the Hôpital Bon Sauveur in Cange. During his research years of residency, Jordan was a Paul Farmer Global Health Research Fellow at Harvard’s Program in Global Surgery and Social Change and pursued a MPH at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, supported by the Goldsmith and McLennan Family Fellowships. Jordan is interested in abdominal transplant surgery and is dedicated to supporting the development of transplant surgery in Haiti. Jordan enjoys swimming, cycling, and reading.
Kortney Robinson, MD
State University of New York Upstate
Kortney’s hometown is Pulaski, NY. Kortney received her BS summa cum laude as class valedictorian from Elmira College and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She received her MD summa cum laude from the State University of New York Upstate Medical Center where she pursued research in ARDS. She was a member of the New Directions Task Force, focused on reforming the medical school curriculum and coordinated clinics providing healthcare for migrant workers and refugees. Kortney was the recipient of the Frank E. Young, MD '56 and Leanne Young Endowed Scholarship, the Dr. Samuel and Martha Gersten Scholarship, and was elected to AOA, serving as Vice-President. After her first three years of surgical residency, Kortney pursued research in bioinformatics and developed a surgical prescribing curriculum that has been adopted at all three major Harvard teaching institutions, as well as Boston Medical Center, and created tools to aid in opioid prescribing. During her research years, she also pursued an MPH at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her surgical interest is cardiothoracic surgery. Kortney enjoys physical fitness, traveling, scuba diving, kayaking and trying new restaurants.
Borami Shin, MD
University of California San Diego
Borami’s hometown is San Ramon, California. Borami received her BA from the University of California - Berkeley, majoring in Molecular and Cell Biology, receiving the I.L. Chaikoff Memorial Award, and pursued research in cardiovascular regenerative medicine. She received her MD from the University of California San Diego. As a medical student, Borami pursued translational and clinical research, volunteered at the UCSD Free Clinic Project, co-founded the first Surgery Free Clinic, and received the Merck Award. After her first three years of surgical residency, Borami conducted research in pediatric cardiothoracic surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital. Her surgical interest is cardiothoracic surgery. Borami enjoys painting, hiking, astronomy, and spending time with her family.
Nicholas Swerdlow, MD
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
Nick’s hometown is Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. Nick received his BS cum laude from Bates College, majoring in Biological Chemistry, was the recipient of the Robert Rackow Memorial Scholarship and the Biochemistry Research Excellence Award, and was inducted into Sigma Xi. Prior to medical school, he conducted research on the impact of gastric bypass surgery on diabetes. Nick received his MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, pursuing research related to kidney transplantation. As a medical student, Nick volunteered at Einstein’s student run free clinic and was elected to AOA. During his research years of residency, he studied complex endovascular aortic surgery. His surgical interest is vascular surgery. Nick enjoys skiing, Ultimate Frisbee, and rock climbing.
Patric Liang, MD
Integrated Vascular Surgery Resident
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Patric’s hometown is Bethlehem, PA. He received a BA, magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in Biology with a concentration in molecular biology. Patric received his MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and was elected AOA. After his first three years of vascular surgery residency, Patric pursued a translational research fellowship in vascular surgery. He enjoys tennis, football, classical music, and traveling.