Research Electives


 

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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. She received her MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health during her first research year and is now completing a research fellowship in clinical outcomes at Boston Children’s Hospital. Her surgical interest is pediatric surgery. Seema enjoys travel, dance, and exploring Boston.



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Lorenzo Anez Bustillos, MD
 
Luis Razetti School of Medicine
Lorenzo’s hometown is Caracas, Venezuela. He received his MD magna cum laude from Luis Razetti School of Medicine at the Universidad Central de Venezuela. After his first two years of surgical residency, Lorenzo is pursuing a research fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital under the mentorship of Mark Puder, MD PhD. His interests include nutritional interventions to mitigate the negative effects of prolonged parenteral nutrition therapy.

 

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University of Florida College of Medicine
Gabrielle’s hometown is Miami, Florida. She received her BS at the University of Florida – Gainesville, majoring in Biology and Psychology, receiving the National Hispanic Scholar Award and the Bausch and Lomb Math and Science Award. As a medical student at the University of Florida, Gabrielle received the Thomas McLelland Brown Rotary Scholarship and the Goodman Trust Research Award. Gabrielle served as the Women’s Healthcare Coordinator at Equal Access, a student run medical clinic, participated in Project Heal, served as President of Medical Students for Choice, and was a member of the Admissions Committee. Gabrielle is currently pursuing translational research in colon and rectal cancer  as a postdoctoral fellow in glycobiology. Her clinical interest is colon and rectal surgery. Gabrielle enjoys running, painting, camping, hiking reading, baking, and watching movies with her cat Max!



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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. He is currently pursuing translational research as a post-doctoral fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital in fetal tissue engineering. His surgical interest is pediatric surgery. Alex enjoys running, triathlons, lacrosse, and guitar.



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Wayne State University School of Medicine
Jane’s hometown is Ann Arbor, Michigan. Jane received her BS from the University of Michigan, majoring in Biochemistry. She received the Woodlock Alumnae Scholarship, Gomberg Chemistry Scholarship, and the Walton Scholarship, and served as Captain for the University of Michigan Dance Marathon and was a health screening coordinator for the Vietnamese American Association. Jane received her MD from the Wayne State School of Medicine and was a member of the Cass Clinic for uninsured and underinsured residents of Detroit, the Detroit Medical Orchestra, and served as President of the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association. Her surgical interest includes surgical oncology. Jane is currently doing a research fellowship in cancer biology at BIDMC. Jane enjoys hiking, traveling, and exploring various culture through food.



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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.



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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 is currently pursuing outcomes research in vascular surgery with a focus on the use of large databases to evaluate carotid and aortic disease. She is pursuing an MPH at the Harvard School of Public Health. She enjoys traveling, outdoor water sports, reading, hiking, and running.



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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.



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Michelle Fakler, MD

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. Michelle is currently pursuing a Master in Public Administration/International Development at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Michelle enjoys traveling as well as hiking with her dog, Luna.



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Mark Kashtan, MD

Medical College of Wisconsin
Mark is originally from Sacramento, California. He received his BA from the University of California, Berkeley, where he majored in Integrative Biology. As a medical student at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Mark served as President of the Student Assembly and was elected to the Gold Humanism Honor Society. He also became involved with organized medicine, serving as President of the MCW chapter of the AMA before being elected to the Governing Council of the AMA's Medical Student Section and receiving the Houghton Award from the Wisconsin Medical Society. He has continued this involvement with the Massachusetts Medical Society, and currently sits on the Governing Council of the Resident and Fellows Section of the AMA. He is interested in pediatric surgery and quality improvement, and obtained his MPH from Harvard while doing epidemiological research on pediatric appendicitis at Boston Children's Hospital. Mark grew up backpacking in the Sierra Nevada mountains and continues to enjoy hiking, camping, skiing, and rock and ice climbing in the White Mountains with his Bernese Mountain Dog, Navi.



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Stephanie Lazow, MD

Weill Cornell Medical College
Stefanie’s hometown is Morganville, NJ. Stefanie received her BA magna cum laude from Dartmouth College, majoring in Anthropology. She was a recipient of the Claire Garber Goodman Grant, the Paul and Evalyn Richter Memorial Fund Grant, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She received her MD from Weill Cornell Medical College. As a medical student, Stefanie co-founded the PreOp surgical exposure program, was a mentor for underrepresented minority high school students, and served as President of the Cornell Adventures in the Mountains Program. Stefanie was elected to AOA and served as co-President of the Stimson Surgical Society. Her surgical interests include pediatric surgery. She is currently pursuing a basic science research fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital. Stefanie enjoys hiking and skiing.



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Chun Li, MD

Emory University School of Medicine
Chun's hometown is Kennesaw, GA. 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 2 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. She is currently a clinical research fellow in vascular surgery and plans to pursue her MPH in the upcoming year. Chun enjoys dancing, photography, and spending time with her baby boy.



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Patric Liang, MD

Vascular Surgery Integrated Residency
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 the 0+5 integrated vascular surgery residency program, Patric is pursuing a translational research fellowship in vascular surgery. He enjoys tennis, football, classical music, and traveling.



Jonathan Pastrana Del Valle, MD

Ponce Health Sciences University, Puerto Rico
Jonathan’s hometown is Carolina, Puerto Rico. Jonathan graduated from the University of Puerto Rico with a BA in Natural Sciences followed by an MD from Ponce School of Medicine and Health Sciences. After his initial three years of surgical residency, Jonathan is pursuing a research fellowship in surgical oncology with a focus on colorectal cancer immunology. His surgical interests are colorectal surgery and surgical oncology. Jonathan enjoys Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, traveling, and gastronomy.



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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. Currently, Jordan is a Paul Farmer Global Health Research Fellow at Harvard’s Program in Global Surgery and Social Change, and an MPH student at 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.



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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. As a surgical resident, Kortney has pursued research in bioinformatics and developed a surgical prescribing curriculum that has been adopted at all three Harvard teaching institutions, as well as Boston Medical Center, and created tools to aid in opioid prescribing. She has also pursued an MPH at the Harvard School of Public Health, received the WTS Travel Scholar recipient, and first prize at the Clowes Research Symposium. Her surgical interest is cardiothoracic surgery. Kortney enjoys physical fitness, traveling, scuba diving, kayaking and trying new restaurants.



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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. As a surgical resident, Borami is conducting 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.



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Kathryn Stackhouse, MD

Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
Kathryn’s hometown is Thurmont, MD.  Kathryn graduated magna cum laude from Elon University with a BS in Biology and was an Elon College Fellow. She received her MD and a Masters in Clinical Research from the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. As a medical student, Kathryn was active in multiple research projects, served as Co--‐Leader of the Cardiac Surgery Interest Group, and pursued research in pediatric and adult congenital heart diseases. Her current surgical interest is hepatopancreaticobiliary surgery, and she is pursuing translational research in pancreatic cancer on a K12 NIH postdoctoral fellowship in glycobiology. Kathryn enjoys running, biking, and exploring new restaurants.



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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 is studying complex endovascular aortic surgery.  His surgical interest is vascular surgery.Nick enjoys skiing, Ultimate Frisbee, and rock climbing.



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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. She is pursuing 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.



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Daniel Wong, MD

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 Fellows and named a Farr Scholar in recognition of excellence in research. He is current pursuing 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.



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Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Jenny’s hometown is Plainsboro, New Jersey. She is a graduate of the BA/MD program at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, majoring in Cell Biology and Neuroscience. She was the recipient of the Rutgers University Tepper Scholarship, Rutgers University Academic Excellence Award, Rutgers University School of Arts and Sciences Excellence Award, Rutgers University James Dickson Carr Fellowship, and was an Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished Scholar. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. In medical school, Jenny pursued research in the Susan Lehman Cullman Laboratory for Cancer Research, served on the Curriculum Committee, was on the board of the Healthy Living Task Force, and served as co-President of the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association. She is currently pursuing a research fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital, studying angiogenesis and tissue regeneration, as well as intestinal failure associated liver disease. Her surgical interests include pediatric surgery and surgical oncology. Jenny enjoys cooking, baking, and reading.