Phyllis Dennery, MD

Pediatrician-in-Chief and Medical Director

Jeffrey Riese, MD

Associate Program Director

Robin Kremsdorf, MD

Associate Program Director

Sabina Holland, MD

Diversity Officer

Dennisse Reyes

Program Coordinator

Deborah Pratas

Program Coordinator

Katherine Mason, MD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Allison Heinly, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Brad DeNardo, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Michael Herzlinger, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Erica Chung, MD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Ivona Sediva, MD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Christine Andrews, MD, MPH

Chief Resident 2020-2021

Alexis Thompson, MD

Chief Resident 2020-2021

Mehtap Haktanir Abul, MD

Combined PL-1/PL-2

MaryAlice Brislin, MD

PGY-3 / Rising Chief

Carly Schmidt, MD

PGY-3 / Rising Chief
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Phyllis Dennery, MD

Position: Pediatrician-in-Chief and Medical Director

Phyllis A. Dennery, MD, FAAP, is pediatrician-in-chief at Rhode Island Hospital and medical director of Hasbro Children’s Hospital. She is the Sylvia Kay Hassenfeld professor and the chair of pediatrics at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, where she also is a professor of molecular biology, cell biology, and biochemistry. Previously, she served as director of neonatology research and associate division chief at Stanford University, and as division chief in neonatology at Children’s Hospital and the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Dennery’s research has been consistently funded by the National Institutes of Health and her work has been published in top-tier medical journals. Her research is focused on oxidative stress-mediated neonatal lung gene regulation and on hyperoxic lung injury and repair. Her clinical interests are in neonatal jaundice, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, and the long-term consequences of prematurity, as well as in improving pediatric health through community engagement.

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Patricia Poitevien, MD, MSc

Position: Program Director
Email: PPoitevien1@lifespan.org

Dr. Patricia Poitevien has recently been named Residency Program Director for the Department of Pediatrics at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Pat graduated from Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University in 1998 and went on to complete Pediatric Residency Training at NYU Langone Health / Bellevue Hospital Center in New York. She was chosen to serve as a Chief Resident there and stayed on as a Pediatric Hospitalist for 15 years. During much of this time, she was the Section Chief and Medical Director for Pediatric Inpatient Medicine at NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital. In 2013 she earned a Masters of Clinical Science from NYU and was subsequently chosen to be the Residency Program Director for NYU Langone Health / Bellevue Hospital Center. In 2018, Pat was thrilled to be offered the opportunity to lead the Pediatric Residency Program at Hasbro Children’s Hospital and serve as an Assistant Dean of Diversity an Inclusion for the Warren Alpert Medical School. Pat is passionate about medical education, particularly around issues of mentorship, diversity and evaluation. She believes that how we teach and how we care for patients must be informed by an environment that is inclusive and representative. Although she will always be a girl from Brooklyn, she is excited to return to Rhode Island with her husband and two boys to explore all the Ocean State has to offer.

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Jeffrey Riese, MD

Position: Associate Program Director
Email: jriese@ lifespan.org

Jeffrey Riese graduated from Bowdoin College in 2002 and then spent 3 years in a non-traditional path before entering medical school.  He spent 12 months working and living in Yokohama, Japan teaching conversation English to middle school children, then traveled throughout Southeast Asia before returning to the Boston area where he grew up.  While applying to medical school, he worked as a pediatric nursing assistant before entering University of Massachusetts Medical School.  At UMass, Jeff met his current wife who couples matched to the Pediatric Residency at Brown.  In residency, Jeff completed clinical research about factors related to readmission in bronchiolitis and was awarded the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award by Brown Medical School.  After his year as chief resident, he is now a pediatric hospitalist.

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Robin Kremsdorf, MD

Position: Associate Program Director
Email: rkremsdorf@Lifespan.org

Robin Kremsdorf completed medical school at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, followed by residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital/University Hospitals of Cleveland. After residency, Robin spent 2 years moonlighting as a pediatric hospitalist and a home-visit doctor and also raising her daughter. She returned to her native West Coast to complete a nephrology fellowship at Seattle Children’s Hospital. During fellowship, Robin conducted clinical research relating to chronic kidney disease/mineral bone disorder, completed epidemiology coursework at the University of Washington, and had another daughter. She is now here at Brown University and Hasbro Children’s Hospital as a pediatric nephrologist and has joined the pediatric residency leadership team as an Associate Program Director!

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Sabina Holland, MD

Position: Diversity Officer
Email: sholland@Lifespan.org

Sabina Holland earned her medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport, Louisiana. She completed her pediatric residency and chief residency in Orlando, Florida at the University of Florida Pediatric Residency Program at Orlando Health. After residency, she moved her family to Rhode Island where she completed a fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Brown University/Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Following her fellowship, Sabina joined the faculty and the pediatric residency team where she is working on developing innovative ways to increase diversity in the residency program. She is now the Diversity Officer for the Department of Pediatrics and an active member of the Pediatric Leadership team.

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Dennisse Reyes

Position: Program Coordinator
Email: dreyes@lifespan.org

Dennisse has been living in Providence almost her entire life, but please don’t ask her for directions.   She was born in Puerto Rico and came to live in Providence while just a toddler.  She is the typical Rhode Islander, which means anything more than a 30 minutes drive is too far.  She’s been working at Rhode Island Hospital since the age of 15 and has worked in many areas in the hospital, but for the past 16 years she has been with the Pediatric Residency Program.   She loves working with the residents, talking with and helping people.  When Dennisse is not at work, she loves spending time with her husband, son, daughter, her dog named King Bling Reyes, and her immediate family. She loves the fact that everything in Rhode Island is close and enjoys the change of seasons! Dennisse enjoys the fact that there are plenty of places to buy inexpensive and expensive bling. The thing Dennisse loves most about her job, is  the life long relationships she builds with her residents!

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Deborah Pratas

Position: Program Coordinator
Email: dpratas@Lifespan.org

Deborah is a lifelong Rhode Islander, and currently lives in North Providence. She works with all the residents throughout their training preparing schedules, extra clinics, and various activities. The thing she enjoys most about her job is to see the individual growth and transformation that takes place during the three to five years of residency here at RIH and Hasbro Children’s Hospital. She has 3 beautiful adult children, grand-puppies, and enjoys spending time with them, hiking, running, and training for the next race! It is her passion to constantly advance the field of graduate medical education during such an exciting time and love working with the residents, faculty, and coordinators everyday! She is also excited to transfer her medical education and training skills to her role of providing support and coordinating the primary care training program, and ensuring that residents benefit from unique world class and innovative training.

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Katherine Mason, MD

Position: Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Katherine Mason is the Vice chair of education for the Departmen of Pediatrics and an Associate Professor of Pediatric Critical Care and Pediatrics at Hasbro Children’s Hospital and the Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University. Her research has focused primarily on developing best practices in Medical Education, e.g. Learner Assessment, Professionalism and Faculty Development and Advocacy for Clinician Educators. She has also published in the fields of critical care and disaster medicine.

Dr. Mason further contributes to medical education initiatives through her national leadership roles in medical education as the immediate past chair of the Fellowship Executive Committee at the Association of Pediatric Program Directors and as a National Mentor through the New Century Scholars’ Program and the Educational Scholars’ Program, both of the Academic Pediatric Association.

Dr. Mason completed her undergraduate studies in Biomedical Ethics and Biology at Brown University, and her Medical Degree at Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She did  her Pediatric Residency and Critical Care Fellowship at Case Western Reserve University and Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital.

 

 

 

 

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Allison Heinly, MD

Position: Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Allison Heinly completed her undergraduate studies at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, followed by her medical degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC. She then completed her pediatric residency and was selected as chief resident at Brown University/Hasbro Children’s Hospital, where she received the Brown University Student Award in Recognition of an Outstanding Teacher and the Award for Outstanding Dedication to Patient Care. She worked for 2 years in private practice at Blackstone Valley Pediatrics before returning to Hasbro Children’s Hospital Primary Care as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in 2017. Since then, she has been selected twice for the Dean’s Excellence in Teaching Award for the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Her career interests are in medical education and tobacco cessation/vaping. 

 

 

 

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Brad DeNardo, MD

Position: Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Dr. DeNardo completed fellowship at Brown University in 2014, during which time he pursued basic science and translational research interests focusing on neuroblastoma tumorigenesis and chemotherapy-induced neurotoxicity. After completing fellowship , Dr. DeNardo joined the faculty at Brown University in the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology.

 

 

 

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Michael Herzlinger, MD

Position: Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Michael Herzlinger, MD is an Assistant (Clinical) Professor of Pediatrics at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Hasbro Children’s Hospital.  He is the Program Director of the Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship Program and a Mary B Arnold Mentor at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.  

Prior to his current position he completed Residency in Pediatrics and Fellowship in Pediatric GI at Brown University, Medical School at New York University School of Medicine, Postbaccalaureate studies at Columbia University in New York, and Bachelors of Arts at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.  

Dr. Herzlinger is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Gastroenterology.

 

 

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Erica Chung, MD

Position: Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Erica Chung MD is a pediatric hospitalist at Hasbro Children’s Hospital with an interest in medical education. After graduating from Brown Medical School, Dr. Chung went on to complete her pediatric residency at the Boston Combined Residency Program (Boston Children’s Hospital / Boston Medical Center). She continued as faculty at Boston Children’s Hospital, and then joined the pediatric hospital medicine division at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in 2011. Dr. Chung enjoys teaching and mentoring medical students and residents. She is a Mary B. Arnold mentor and the director of the pediatric subinternship at the Warren Alpert Medical School. She is currently involved in a multi-center research study on residents-as-teachers.

 

 

 

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Ivona Sediva, MD

Position: Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Dr. Sediva recieved her medical degree at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic.  She completed interniship and residency at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York, NY and  pediatric critical care fellowship at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, OH.  She is a Medical Director of Quality and Patient Safety at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Dr. Sediva is board certified in general pediatrics and pediatric critical care medicine by the American Board of Pediatrics.  Her interests are in medical simulation, medical education, quality improvement science and patient safety.

 

 

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Christine Andrews, MD, MPH

Position: Chief Resident 2020-2021
Email: hasbrochiefs2020@gmail.com

Undergraduate: Amherst College
Medical School: Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth (GHHS)
Masters in Public Health: Boston University

Christine was born and raised in South Florida and attended Amherst College in Massachusetts for her undergraduate degree. She completed her MPH degree at the Boston University School of Public Health before attending the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth for medical school. She chose Brown for residency because she loved the program size, warm sense of community, fun and happy residents, and the exceptional training opportunities available. She is currently applying to fellowship in Pediatric Gastroenterology. 

 

 

 

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Alexis Thompson, MD

Position: Chief Resident 2020-2021
Email: hasbrochiefs2020@gmail.com

Undergraduate: University of Connecticut
Medical School: University of Connecticut

Alexis was born and raised in Bridgeport, CT. She attended University of Connecticut where she graduated with in individualized degree in Neuroscience and Ethics. She stayed in Connecticut for medical school at UCONN. While in medical school, Alexis spent a lot of time mentoring and working with students of the Hartford community which she hopes to continue in Providence. Alexis chose Brown for the supportive environment, diversity of the patient population and community outreach. Alexis is currently applying to Pediatric Critical Care for fellowship. Outside of work, Alexis really enjoys watching movies, attending plays/concerts and intends to be a frequent beach goer!

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Mehtap Haktanir Abul, MD

Position: Combined PL-1/PL-2

Medical School: Marmara University School of Medicine
Graduate: Pulmonology Fellow, Boston Children’s Hospital

Mehtap was born  and raised in Istanbul, Turkey.  She graduated from Marmara University School of Medicine and completed pediatrics residency in the same city. She was then accepted to pediatric allergy immunology fellowship. During her fellowship, patients who require advanced work up for immunodeficiency diagnosis were being referred to Immunodeficiency Centers in other cities. Mehtap went to Texas Children’s Hospital for 6 months to get advanced training in immunodeficiencies. When she returned to her program, she  worked with the Hematology Flow Cytometry Laboratory to establish a diagnostic immunodeficiency panel.  Since then, hospital was able to run the advanced testing for immunodeficiency and patients no longer needed to travel long distances for evaluation.  After completing Allergy and Immunology fellowship in Turkey, Mehtap decided to move to US to pursue her career in severe asthma.  Mehtap completed pediatric pulmonology fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital. She is joining Brown family to complete her US training and become a board eligible pediatric pulmonologist. Mehtap has experience in clinical research, especially on Asthma and wants to continue her career in an academic institution. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her two kids. She likes cycling,  swimming and doing outdoor activities with her family and friends.

 

 

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Maria “Carrie” Bryant, MD

Position: PGY-1

Undergraduate: Middlebury College
Medical School: Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine
Carrie grew up in Wellesley, Massachusetts and graduated from Middlebury College in VT with a degree in Classics. After Middlebury, Carrie taught high school Latin and English at a charter school in Malden, MA before deciding to enroll in the post-baccalaureate premedical program at Johns Hopkins University. Upon completing her premed requirements, Carrie worked at Boston Children’s Hospital, where she spent three years conducting pediatric health policy research. She helped develop three national pediatric quality measures and has continued to pursue research in pediatric quality improvement throughout medical school. During her time at Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine, she was awarded a grant to study the challenges in transition from pediatric to adult-focused care for adolescents and young adults with chronic illness. Carrie loves working with adolescents and was drawn to Brown for many reasons including its strong adolescent medicine department, the quality of resident training, the pediatric research opportunities, and the collaborative, collegial and supportive environment at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. As a 4th year medical student, Carrie completed an away rotation in adolescent medicine at Brown and is thrilled to be returning as a resident where she hopes to continue working and conducting research with the mentors she developed there. She plans on pursuing a career in adolescent medicine or pediatric rheumatology. 
In her free time, Carrie enjoys reading (including Latin and Greek), traveling, spending time with family and friends, and all things athletic: running, basketball, hiking, skiing, indoor cycling, soccer, and tennis. During football season, you will find Carrie cheering for her beloved New England Patriots.

 

 

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Danielle Cirillo, MD

Position: PGY-1

Undergraduate: Pace University
Medical School: New York Medical College

Danielle grew up in Westchester, NY. She went to Pace University for college where she studied biology, then took a few years off before medical school to scribe in the ER at Westchester Medical Center. She stayed in Westchester to attend New York Medical College, but moved to Stamford, CT for the last 2 years.  Danielle was initially unsure what field she wanted to pursue after medical school, but after her first day on pediatrics she knew she had found a perfect fit. She hopes to practice primary care after residency. Outside of medicine, Danielle loves to play with her dog, Oscar and travel. She is thrilled to have matched at Brown due to their supportive team and great teaching, and can’t wait to explore Rhode Island!

 

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Julia Donner, MD

Position: PGY-1

Undergraduate: Brown University
Medical School: The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Julia grew up between Gig Harbor, Washington and Munich, Germany and attended Brown University where she received her undergraduate degree in Biology. Unable to say goodbye to Brown, she decided to stay and attend the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. There, she devoted her time outside of class to peer mentorship, work at the free clinic, and community outreach, teaching health lessons in local schools. Julia took time off during her fourth year to explore her interests in global health and academic medicine. She worked at Angkor Hospital for Children in Siem Reap, Cambodia learning how to practice medicine in a resource-limited setting and spent six months in Tübingen, Germany conducting research in Pediatric Endocrinology. Julia is thrilled to be continuing her training at Brown for the excellent education in a caring and collaborative atmosphere, dedicated mentorship, and a good balance between resident autonomy and faculty support. Within Pediatrics she is interested in subspecialty medicine. Outside of the hospital, Julia loves going for hikes and trail runs, skiing, biking, exploring beaches and restaurants, and spending time with her partner Brendan, a Brown EM resident.

 

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Shayla Durfey, MD, ScM

Position: PGY-1

Undergraduate: University of Rhode Island
Medical School: Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University (AOA)

Shayla was born and raised in Rhode Island. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Rhode Island with dual undergraduate degrees in Business Administration and Medical Laboratory Science. She was offered early acceptance to the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University through the Early Identification Program. At Brown, Shayla enrolled in the Primary Care-Population Medicine Program, earned a dual MD-ScM degree in Population Medicine, and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Her master’s research focused on how health policies impact vulnerable populations, and she hopes to continue conducting health services research as a general academic pediatrician. As a mom of two (both born during medical school), she loves working with and supporting families, and advocates for medical student parents through research. Shayla is so excited to continue to serve her home community in Rhode Island and to continue working with the Hasbro team. In her free time, Shayla can be found chasing after her two spirited young children and enjoys group exercise, baking altogether too elaborate desserts, and reading anything with a good story line.

 

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Mashfiq Hasan, MD

Position: PGY-1

Undergraduate: Brown University
Medical School: New York Medical College (GHHS)

Mashfiq was born in New York City, moved to Bangladesh for several formative years, and then returned to the states to attend Brown University. At Brown, he met amazing mentors and friends, taught children health lessons, conducted neurodevelopmental research with tadpoles, and became a big fan of the Ocean State. He then worked for a year at Bradley Hospital with the Rhode Island Consortium for Autism Research and Treatment and taught children Quran and Arabic at the Islamic Center of RI before moving to NY for medical school. At NYMC, he found great role models who combined excellent pediatric clinical care with teaching, advocacy, research, humanism, and compassion. This cemented his desire to become a pediatrician. He is excited to be back in Providence and to be training with the amazing pediatric team at Hasbro. His clinical interests include emergency medicine, critical care, and gastroenterology. Outside of the hospital, he enjoys reading, watching soccer highlights and cartoons, spending time with his friends and family (and cats!), and all things food.

 

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Chelsea Haynes, MD

Position: PGY-1

Undergraduate: Brown University
Medical School: Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University

Although born in Newport News, VA, Chelsea moved to Rhode Island at the age of 18 months and it is the only home she has truly known.  As a two-time pediatric cancer survivor, Chelsea has always been drawn to the field of pediatrics and loves working with children.  Chelsea attended Brown University for undergrad, majoring in Human Biology with a concentration in Human Health and Disease.   After undergrad, she worked locally as an emergency department medical scribe and medical assistant at Thundermist Health Center.  Chelsea returned to Brown for medical school, where she cemented her love of the field of pediatrics.  As a (nearly) lifelong Rhode Islander, Chelsea is thrilled to have the opportunity to continue her medical training at Brown.  She loves the program because of its wonderful sense of community, focus on patient care, and of course, its Rhode Island location.  Outside of medicine, Chelsea is a freshwater aquarium hobbyist, Disney fanatic, holiday decoration enthusiast, and self-proclaimed foodie. Most of all, she loves spending time with her family, friends, and her cat, Lily Pawter.

 

 

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Aaron “AJ” Heaps, MD

Position: PGY-1

Undergraduate: Brigham Young University
Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine (GHHS)

AJ was born in Provo, Utah, and grew up in the foothills of The Rockies. He attended undergraduate in Utah, studying chemical engineering with a minor in ballroom dancing (which would take him all the way out to Blackpool, England to compete at an international level). During undergrad, he found a passion for applying engineering principles to patient care, and shifted his focus towards medicine. While in medical school, AJ got involved in a variety of organizations, including being the Director of Communications for the University Medical Student Council, co-founding the Student Wellness Committee, and participating as a cellist in the school’s orchestra: Musicians in Medicine. Additionally, AJ was honored to be selected into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. He is excited to start his pediatric journey in Rhode Island as he hopes to make the New England area his eventual home! In his spare time, AJ enjoys dancing, running, road biking, anything music or musical, and an occasional video game when time allows. More than anything, he likes to be around the people he loves, and loves spending quality time with others!

 

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Kristen Klemmer, MD

Position: PGY-1

Undergraduate: Case Western Reserve University
Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine

Kristen grew up in Buffalo, NY before moving to Cleveland, OH for college. She studies biochemistry and anthropology at Case Western where she was also a 4 year varsity softball player. In college, she volunteered in a kindergarten classroom, helping kids read which sparked her interest in the pediatric population. During medical school at Georgetown University, she enjoyed volunteering with the Hoya Clinic Wellness Workshop team, a group from the student run clinic that taught weekly workout classes to residents of a local family shelter. She is excited to be a resident at Brown because of the enthusiasm and welcoming environment from fellow residents and faculty. In her free time, Kristen enjoys cooking, reading, hiking, and playing board games.

 

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Gabriela “Ika” Kovacikova, MD

Position: PGY-1

Undergraduate: Wellesley College
Medical School: Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine (GHHS)

Ika was born in Poprad, Slovakia and moved to New Hampshire during grade school. She attended Wellesley College and graduated with a degree in Health & Society. After college, Ika worked as a Research Assistant at Boston Children’s Primary Care at Longwood.  While there, she focused on several quality improvement initiatives aimed at reducing barriers to care for children. She returned to woods of New Hampshire to attend the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Ika was drawn to the Hasbro family due to its commitment to education, pediatric advocacy, diversity, and community. In her free time, you can find Ika swimming, running, biking, hiking, or re-reading the Harry Potter series on her porch. She looks forward to exploring the Rhode Island coastline with her fiancé and dog, Rosie. 

 

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Cara McDavitt, MD

Position: PGY-1

Undergraduate: Fordham University
Medical School: Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine

Cara was born is Massachusetts but grew up in Portland, Oregon. She attended Fordham University in The Bronx, NY for undergrad and majored in Chemistry with a special interest in synthesizing organic polymers. During undergrad, she was a member of Fordham’s long-form improv comedy troupe and enjoyed performing in NYC. Forever caught between which coast is the best coast, she returned to Oregon to work as a research assistant studying bleeding and clotting disorders. She attended Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine where she conducted research in transfusion medicine. Cara is thrilled to be returning to the East Coast and can’t wait to experience all Providence has to offer! Outside of medicine, she loves going to theater productions, comedy nights, and exploring the local arts scene. She also loves running, snowboarding, and snuggling her fluffy cat, Quinn. 

 

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Jessica Pourian, MD

Position: PGY-1

Undergraduate: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Medical School: University of California, San Diego School of Medicine

Jessica was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she developed a love of cloudy weather and various ethnic cuisines. She attended MIT for college, majoring in brain and cognitive sciences and minoring in music while writing regularly for the student newspaper. After graduation she worked in healthcare consulting in Boston and San Francisco for three years. She spent her weekends volunteering at the local children’s hospital, which inspired her to pursue a career in pediatrics. Jessica went to UC San Diego for medical school, but found the sun oppressive, and is excited to move back east to begin residency at Brown. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, practicing piano and accordion, petting her cat, and playing video games. She is interested in a potential career in adolescent medicine or clinical informatics.

 

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Tania Rodriguez, MD

Position: PGY-1

Undergraduate: Harriet L. Wilkes, Honors College of Florida Atlantic University
Medical School: Albany Medical College

Tania is from Royal Palm Beach down in south Florida. She is half Cuban and Puerto Rican and is proud to be first generation American. She attended the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic where she majored in neuroscience. While in undergrad, she conducted research in the metabolism and aging department of the Scripps Research Institute. She was the recipient of the Henry Morrison Flagler Academic Scholarship all four years and graduated Summa Cum Laude. She attended Albany Medical College in upstate New York where she was the recipient of the MD Trustee Scholarship for Excellence all four years. In medical school she was the leader of Cooks for a Cause where she worked with middle and high school refugee children and taught them the basics of cooking, nutrition, as well as life skills and mentorship. Tania was drawn to Brown for its emphasis on academics, teamwork, advocacy and service to the community. At Brown she is looking forward to receiving an excellent training, working with a diverse patient population and the ability to continue to give back to the community. In her free time, Tania enjoys cooking, baking, indoor gardening, watching Netflix, and personal fitness.

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Victoria Quinn, DO

Position: PGY-1

Undergraduate: Providence College
Medical School: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (GHHS)

Torie was born and raised in Massachusetts and studied biology at Providence College. While she always knew she wanted to work with children, her decision to pursue medicine was solidified through several biopharmaceutical internships and studying health care practice and policy in Copenhagen, Denmark. She first worked at Hasbro as a clinical research assistant after college, where she discovered her passion for trauma informed care. Throughout medical school, she stayed involved in the Hasbro network, returning first as a research fellow and later as a visiting medical student. Her decision to choose Brown for residency was rooted in the warmth and collegiality among residents and faculty in addition to their shared commitment and compassion towards their patients. Outside of the hospital, you can usually find Torie at one of her favorite spots – the East Bay Bike Path. She also enjoys skiing, working out, The Bachelor and all desserts. A New England girl through and through, Torie feels extremely lucky to be able to continue this next journey in Providence with her husband (a Brown orthopedics resident!).

 

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Elizabeth Stone, MD

Position: PGY-1

Undergraduate: Binghamton University
Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical University 

Elizabeth was born and raised in Syracuse, New York. She attended undergraduate at Binghamton University where she majored in Biology. During her time in undergrad she discovered her love of patient care after becoming an EMT-B and volunteering for Binghamton’s student run ambulance service. She then returned home and attended SUNY Upstate Medical University. In medical school she discovered a love of Pediatrics after tutoring and working with children at Upstate’s Cancer Center during her first two years of medical school. Elizabeth chose Brown because of their commitment to advocacy, medical education, as well as the close knit community it has fostered. She is thrilled to be joining the Brown family, and cannot wait to explore Providence!  In her spare time Elizabeth likes to travel, try and cook new foods, read, and spend time outdoors hiking and skiing. 

 

 

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Hawa Tunkara, MD

Position: PGY-1

Undergraduate: The City College of New York
Medical School: Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University

Hawa is a New York City native, born and raised in the Bronx with family roots in The Gambia, West Africa. She attended The City College of New York with a major in Psychology, and attended medical school at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut. Hawa has a niche in social advocacy which started with her work in the NYC Department of Health. She continues to apply public health principles to help understand, explain and address health inequities. Medicine for her is a bridge towards this. After doing a PICU rotation with Brown, she is excited to join the Brown residency team, as it truly feels like a family to her. She is confident that her training will complement her goals to become a Pediatrician who work towards social advocacy and eliminating health inequities. On a lighter note, she loves mentorship, Afro-beats music and food!

 

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Alexandra Vega, MD

Position: PGY-1

Undergrad: University of Central Florida
Medical School: Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine

Alexandra was raised in Orlando, Fl where she went to undergrad at University of Central Florida. GO KNIGHTS! There, she majored in Biomedical Sciences and received a minor in Early Childhood Education and Development. Since deciding to pursue a career in medicine, pediatrics has been at the forefront of her mind, encompassing much of her pre-med and medicine related activities. She attended medical school in Puerto Rico at Universidad Central del Caribe, where her parents are also alumni. She is of Puerto Rican descent and is eternally grateful for the experience of living on the island and exploring medicine through a different perspective. At UCC, she renovated the pediatric interest group, called DRS4KIDS, and worked diligently as president to spread her love of pediatrics to her fellow medical school colleagues. Outside of medicine, she loves to dance. She was an avid salsa dancer in college and has tried to keep dancing as well during medical school. She also has one puppy, named Lilou, who has accompanied her through medical school and now has made the big move to Rhode Island with her. She is thrilled to begin a new adventure here, in Rhode Island, doing what she loves, which is working with children and families making their darkest days a bit brighter.

 

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Ruth Cadet, MD

Position: MP PGY-1

Undergraduate: Brown University
Medical School: Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at University at Buffalo

Ruth was born in Brooklyn NY and grew up in northern NJ.  She attended college at Brown University concentrating in Sociology.  At Brown, she discovered her love for public health and after graduating she decided to get her MPH in Epidemiology at Columbia University.  While pursuing her MPH she earned a position working with NYC Health + Hospitals, the public safety net health care system of New York City.  She started there as a data analyst and eventually went on to manage several initiatives focused on improving community health and chronic disease management.  Though she loved her work, she knew she wanted to provide direct care to patients and so she decided to pursue medical school at the University at Buffalo. There she learned about Med-Peds and knew she found her calling.  The reasons she wanted to go into Med-Peds are the same reasons why she wanted to come back to Brown for residency. She knows at Brown she will receive great clinical training in caring for a diverse patient population while also being able to pursue work in public health in the US and abroad.  In her free time, she likes connecting with family and friends, reading (or really listening to audiobooks at this point), playing tennis, and playing piano & guitar. She is also attempting to cook and bake more with varying degrees of success.

 

 

 

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Tamara Lhungay, MD

Position: MP PGY-1

Undergraduate: University of Colorado
Medical School: University of Colorado School of Medicine

Tamara grew up in rural Colorado. She attended the University of Colorado where she graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Biology and dual minors in Interdisciplinary Research Methods and Health Humanities. At the University of Colorado School of Medicine, she developed an interest in oncology and survivorship, as well as in serving refugee and migrant populations (her father is a Tibetan refugee and her mother is the daughter of Dominican and Jamaican immigrants.) Her research was mainly focused on quality improvement and oncology, but her guiding star remained the humanity within medicine.
Then wanderlust struck, and after crisscrossing the country, she fell in love with New England for its oceans, people, and vibrant culture. Brown instantly felt like home for Tamara because of the warm and genuine people, paired with academic excellence and a supportive and growth-focused culture.
In her free time, Tamara enjoys hiking, skiing, (or any outdoor activity), and will say yes to most adventures. When she must stay indoors she enjoys board games, crocheting, and spending time with her two cats, Remi and Theo. She is looking forward to exploring New England and finally trying surfing.

 

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Cameron Ulmer, MD

Position: MP PGY-1

Undergraduate: Northwestern University
Medical School: Rush Medical College (AOA, GHHS)

Cameron was born in Pennsylvania, then lived in California and Massachusetts before heading to Chicago to attend college at Northwestern, where he majored in Neurobiology and minored in Music Cognition. Before starting medical school, he worked for a year as a phlebotomist. At Rush, Cameron was involved in medical education efforts including TAing, tutoring, and curriculum development, and sat on the committee addressing student mistreatment. Apart from medicine, he loves to volunteer with Camp Kesem, even advising Brown’s camp in 2018! Brown’s Med-Peds program blew Cameron away with the warmth of the residents and faculty along with the strong categorical training programs, and he is thrilled to return to New England to continue his training. In his spare time, he enjoys running, hiking, baking, trying new and adventurous foods, and playing and watching sports (huge Northwestern fan).

 

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Madeleine Ward, MD

Position: MP PGY-1

Undergraduate: Georgetown University
Medical School: Georgetown University (AOA)

 Madeleine grew up in Atlanta, GA. After graduating valedictorian from high school, Madeleine ventured north to spend her days on the hilltop of Georgetown, where she majored in biochemistry and minored in art history. Knowing her passion for medicine and her love for Georgetown, she chose to apply to the early assurance program for medical school and was accepted at age 20. As she transitioned to a new chapter in her Georgetown adventures at medical school, Madeleine decided to explore the intersection between art and medicine. She created a research project to look at how art education at the National Gallery of Art in DC can improve medical students’ communication skills. She hopes to continue learning more about arts and medicine at Brown. The Med-Peds Program at Brown stood out among the rest because of the people. She absolutely loved everyone she met and felt extremely welcomed. She also appreciated the reputation of excellent clinical training in both internal medicine and pediatrics. As an added bonus, Madeleine also realized the incredible extent of art and dance at Brown and in the surrounding community. At this time, Madeleine is currently undecided on her career path, but is interested in the Clinical Educator Track and potentially a dual adult/pediatric fellowship. She is excited to live in Providence and explore all the amazing food. In her free time, Madeleine enjoys crafting, board games, dancing, cooking, and outdoor activities.

 

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Ashley Martinez, MD

Position: PGY-1

Undergraduate: Brown University
Medical School: Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University
Honors: Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME)

Ashley was born and raised in Laredo, Texas. She attended Brown University after being accepted into the PLME where she earned her degree in Cognitive Neuroscience. Ashley volunteered as a crisis counselor with Crisis Text Line throughout medical school and was a member of the Latinx Medical Student Association. She received the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry’s Medical Student Fellowship and spent a summer researching irritability in young children at Bradley Hospital’s Pediatric Partial Hospital Program. Ashley is thrilled to be staying in Providence for residency! She is passionate about mentoring underrepresented minority students and working with underserved communities. Ashley is interested in integrated primary care and increasing access to mental health services. Outside of medicine, Ashley is an avid reader who also enjoys scrapbooking, trying new restaurants, staying active with Zumba, and binge watching all eight Harry Potter movies!

 

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Chase Pribbles, MD

Position: PGY-1

Undergraduate: Claremont McKenna College
Medical School: St. Louis University School of Medicine (AOA)

Chase was born and raised in Salt Lake City, UT, then moved to southern California to attend Claremont McKenna College, where he majored in Biology. In college, he discovered a passion for research in a basic science lab, and even considered teaching higher education science. However, his experiences volunteering with cancer patients at City of Hope helped push him into applying to medical school, as he preferred the personal, intimate interactions with patients over the sterility and objectiveness of a basic science lab. Once in medical school at St. Louis University, he continued to pursue research and service. He was accepted into the Rodney M. Coe Service and Advocacy Program, a community service distinction for graduates of SLU, with the majority of his time spent at a local juvenile detention center improving quality of care and follow up for children incarcerated with mental diagnoses. In medical school, he also discovered a passion for medical education, leading several talks to lower classes in topics from test-taking skills to physical exam maneuvers. And while he enjoyed a wide variety of specialties, he ultimately decided to split the difference between his parents (a PICU doctor and a school psychologist) and pursue Triple Board training.
Chase is particularly interested in diagnoses that blur the line between medicine and psychiatry, such as headaches, functional abdominal pain, and catatonia, but also has a passion for working within the criminal justice system, clinically and as an advocate. Outside of medicine, he loves all sports (esp. baseball!), the beach, and listening to Ariana Grande. He is eager to explore Rhode Island, and has plans to try every restaurant in Providence by the end of his 5 years.

 

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Stephanie Wagner, MD

Position: PGY-1

Undergraduate: Yale University
Medical School: Emory University (AOA)

 Steph was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, before moving to New England for high school and college. She attended Yale University for her undergraduate degree and majored in Global Affairs, with a focus on development economics. After graduation, she completed a post-baccalaureate program at John Hopkins University and then spent a year as a research assistant on a health systems research team in the Department of General Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital. She attended Emory University School of Medicine where she was involved in near-peer teaching, undergraduate health research mentorship, and health disparities and quality of care evaluation at a local autism clinic.  In addition to her MD, Steph earned an MPH in Epidemiology from the Rollins School of Public Health, where her research focused on epidemiologic patterns in diagnosis and treatment for transgender and gender non-conforming youth. She was selected into the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) honor society as well as the Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society.
Steph is interested in using her Triple Board training to better understand how to build integrated models of care for patients who have complex medical and psychiatric needs, particularly trans and gender non-conforming youth. She is excited to continue bridging different fields of knowledge to provide more innovative and comprehensive care for children and their families. In her free time, Steph is an avid baker, knitter, U.S. Women’s National Team fan, and long distance runner. She and her husband are excited to be moving to Providence and hosting as many dinner parties as possible!

 

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Daniel Alanko, MD

Position: PGY-2

Undergraduate: Hofstra University
Medical School: Hofstra University

Daniel was born and raised in the suburbs of New York City. He attended college at Hofstra University as part of their combined BS/MD program. A camp counselor for many years, he always knew he wanted to work with children. During his undergraduate years he studied physics and mathematics, played rugby, and volunteered at the Hofstra observatory. In medical school, he researched childhood obesity at Cohen Children’s Medical Center and was a team captain for Swim Across America, a long-distance charity swim which funds cancer research. He enjoys exploring his interest in medical education and plans to pursue a career where he can combine caring for children with teaching and curriculum development. Daniel is excited to continue his training at Brown because of the supportive community, the diverse emergency and subspecialty care that Hasbro offers, and the chance to prove wrong everyone who said he’d never leave Long Island. He can’t wait to explore all there is to do, see, and most importantly eat in Providence. In his free time, he enjoys hiking and camping, playing video games, skiing, and playing with the imaginary dog he wishes he had (it’s a golden retriever).

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Cristina Alcorta, MD

Position: PGY-2

Undergraduate: Harvard University
Medical School: Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine

Cristina grew up in northern New Jersey, just along the Hudson River (she could see NYC from her house!). She moved to Cambridge, MA for college and majored in Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard. Finding it difficult to leave the Boston area, she decided to complete a year of research in the Neonatal Pulmonary Medicine Department at Boston Children’s Hospital before heading even further north to Dartmouth for medical school. At Dartmouth, Cristina was heavily involved in advocacy groups for the Upper Valley and its surrounding areas, including Geisel’s Urban Health Scholars and The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship.  She was drawn to Brown for the quality of resident training, commitment to diversity, and the loving, warm, collaborative culture of Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Here, children hold the primary focus; the entire environment is catered to their enjoyment and well-being.  She aspires to become a neonatologist when she grows up.
Outside of the hospital, Cristina enjoys dancing, yoga, all things nature, petting animals, gardening, getting lost in art museums and finding the best paths to longboard skateboard. She thoroughly enjoys the thrill of being a Yankees fan living in New England (and has surprisingly survived after 10 whole years).

 

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Aaron Brug, MD

Position: PGY-2

Undergraduate: Boston University
Medical School: Tulane University

Aaron grew up in Massachusetts and studied behavioral biology at Boston University. Following undergrad, he realized his passion for pediatrics while working as an emergency department scribe and volunteering with children who had experienced severe burns. Looking for another adventure, Aaron moved to New Orleans to attend Tulane University School of Medicine. At Tulane, he was involved in the school’s Student-Run Free Clinics and lead a variety of projects to understand and improve the care they provide. Aaron was drawn to Brown after experiencing the program’s collegial atmosphere, emphasis on resident wellness, opportunities in refugee health, and dedication to caring for the underserved patient populations of Rhode Island. Aaron is a pun enthusiast, soccer fan, and enjoys running, hiking, kayaking, and planning his next travel adventure.

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Rachel Buckle-Rashid, MD

Position: PGY-2

Undergraduate: Princeton University
Medical School: Emory University

Rachel was born in DC and grew up between Ghana, Michigan, and Georgia. She attended Princeton University for undergrad and majored in psychology with a certificate in gender and sexuality studies. After graduation, she moved to DC and spent a year as a research assistant in a behavioral pharmacology lab at American University. She stayed in DC another year as a policy associate at the National Coalition on Health Care by day and a children’s yoga teacher in her spare time. She attended Emory University School of Medicine where she was actively involved in medical education, community outreach, and mentorship. In her free time, she enjoys kickboxing, drinking tea, watching both excellent and trash television, and getting too competitive with board games. She is looking forward to exploring a new part of the US and getting to care for some great kids!

 

 

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Laura Chaviano Chong, MD

Position: PGY-2

Undergraduate: University of Miami
Medical School: New York Medical College

Laura was born and raised in Santa Clara, Cuba. After attending high school in Miami, she stayed home where she graduated from the University of Miami. In college she studied Microbiology and Spanish Literature. Before moving to Valhalla, New York for medical school, she spent a year working as an administrative assistant and tutor, meanwhile saving up just enough money to travel to Torres del Payne, in the Chilean Patagonia. After completing her rotation in pediatrics at New York Medical College, becoming a pediatrician was just the natural thing to do as she loved working with children and helping parents. One of her interests in medicine is preventive care. The pediatric residency program at Brown and the city of Providence felt like home from the moment she entered the hospital. Brown felt like the right place for her, with lots of diversity and a supportive and nurturing environment. Laura enjoys attending concerts, listening to music, spending time with her family, and learning about different cultures and languages through all forms of arts and cuisine.

 

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Cassandra Drees, MD

Position: PGY-2

Undergraduate: Elmira College
Medical School: Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo (AOA)

Cassandra is originally from Pittsford, NY. She attended Elmira College where she majored in both Biology and Chemistry. She then moved to Buffalo for medical school where she volunteered at multiple camps for children with type 1 diabetes and realized that pediatrics was her calling. After her third year of medical school she decided to add a year to her training in order to pursue her MBA. This experience has uncovered a secondary passion for healthcare operations and eliminating waste in the healthcare system. Cassandra is thrilled to join the Brown family; she and her husband look forward to falling even more in love with Providence! In her spare time, she likes to cook, drink craft beer, attend Zumba classes and spend time with her husband and their two cats Loki and Luna.

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Leslia Gonzalez, MD

Position: PGY-2

Undergraduate: Brown University
Medical School: Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University

Leslia González is originally from Bell, CA, a suburb of Los Angeles. She is proud to be a first-generation Mexican-American, and the first in her family to graduate college. She is a graduate of Brown University’s 8- year Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME). Based largely on positive interactions with her own pediatrician, Leslia decided to become a pediatrician in 2nd grade, and from the beginning she knew she would work with underserved populations. As an undergraduate she studied Neuroscience and worked for Brown University Dining Services, as well as the Hamilton House. During medical school, Leslia enjoyed sharing her love and enthusiasm for science by teaching courses for high school students through the Summer@Brown program. She decided to continue at Brown for residency because of the patient population and the excellent training she will receive. Having successfully navigated college and medical school, Leslia hopes to continue mentoring 1st and 2nd year medical students with backgrounds similar to hers. In her spare time she enjoys going to the gym, watching movies, listening to music, playing and watching sports, drawing, cooking, and having a beer.

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Adam Kronish, MD

Position: PGY-2

Undergrad: Tufts University
Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine

Adam is originally from the suburbs of NYC, and his very first job was as a summer camp counselor and rocketry instructor! He moved to New England in 2011 when he started college at Tufts University. There, he majored in Italian Studies and Community Health in addition to completing his pre-medical requirements. He was thrilled to stay in Boston and become a Double Jumbo by attending medical school at Tufts.  During medical school, he volunteered in a program to empower kids at risk for pediatric obesity to make healthy choices and was very involved in medical school curriculum changes. Pediatrics was always a perfect fit for him, and he was ecstatic to learn that he would be joining the happy Brown pediatric family! His areas of interest include physician wellness in medical education, LGBTQ health disparities, and the impact of healthcare systems on patients and their families. Outside of the hospital, he loves trying new baking recipes (inspired by Mary Berry and The Great British Baking Show), as well as reading, playing tennis, skiing, and spending time with his family in New York and Rhode Island.

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Dean Libet, MD

Position: PGY-2

Undergraduate: UC Santa Barbara
Medical School: Boston Univeristy School of Medicine

Dean has a degree in Cell and Developmental Biology from UC Santa Barbara and a Masters in Medical Sciences from Boston University. During medical school, he was a research intern working toward advancing technology in healthcare, including utilizing apps to improve care of hospitalized patients. Dean has a love of farmers markets and enjoys cooking, running and playing soccer.

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Vasupradha Suresh Kumar, MD

Position: PGY-2

Undergraduate: University of Arkansas
Medical School: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine

Vasu was born in India and spent much of her childhood in Taiwan. She moved to America when she was nine years old and has lived in her home state of Arkansas ever since.  She is a southern girl but has always dreamed of living in the New England area. She is excited to shake things up with this big move across the country to Providence! In college, Vasu double majored in Biochemistry and Spanish. In medical school, she was a part of the Honors in Research and Honors in Global Health track. Vasu knew Brown was the perfect fit for her for many reasons. In addition to Brown’s impressive academics and training, Vasu fell in love with Brown’s ‘family’ feel, their commitment to diversity and global health, and their dedication to serving the underprivileged/minority populations. In her free time, Vasu loves travelling, learning new languages, watching Netflix, and hanging out with her friends and family. Vasu is probably one of the biggest pizza and dog lovers out there so if you see her, bring her a slice of pizza or a puppy!

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Jenna McClane, MD

Position: PGY-2

Undergraduate: Georgetown University
Medical School: Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (AOA)

Jenna was born in South Jersey and moved multiple times before landing in Connecticut. She attended Georgetown University and received her undergraduate degree in neurobiology. Jenna then returned to Jersey for medical school, attracted by Cooper’s innovative mission to both serve and inspire the Camden community. She started coaching a local Girls on the Run team and the vibrancy of her elementary-student runners influenced her decision to pursue pediatrics. She also volunteered as part of a certified pet therapy team with her dog, Fenway, and the two cherished their visits to the pediatric units of Cooper Hospital. Jenna can be found running during her free time, and she has successfully completed three Philadelphia marathons. She first experienced Brown as a visiting student at the Children’s Neurodevelopment Center at Hasbro and was impressed by the multi-disciplinary approach to care, including the creative incorporation of community-based resources, of both patients with complex care needs and their families. She is thrilled at the opportunity to contribute to the Brown pediatrics team!

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Samuel Milbin, MD

Position: PGY-2

Undergraduate: University of Connecticut
Medical School:  University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Samuel was born in Miami, FL but grew up in Haiti for 17 years. He moved to the cold state of Connecticut in 2010 to continue his education. The snow was a shock but he attended the University of Connecticut for his undergraduate degree, then stayed at his home institution for his medical degree. While in medical school, he discovered his passion for global health and mentorship. He has done a couple community research projects involving breast and pediatric cancer in Haiti. He was also involved in various mentorship programs for the underserved community in the Greater Hartford area. He chose Brown due to its unique and warm environment, diverse population, multiple global health opportunities and great people. In his free time, Samuel enjoys tasting (easier than cooking) great food, playing soccer, music, arguing with his father about which soccer team is the best.

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Claire Moore, MD

Position: PGY-2

Undergraduate: Harvard College
Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine (GHHS)

Claire grew up in Maryland, near Washington, D.C. She graduated from Harvard College with a degree in History and Literature. There she was a director of CityStep, Harvard College’s largest independent community-service organization, which focused on teaching dance and creative expression in local middle schools. Following graduation from college, she worked as a legal assistant for the Brooklyn public defenders’ office and then completed a post-baccalaureate program at the University of Washington. As a medical student at Georgetown, she served as the Operations Coordinator for the HOYA Clinic, Georgetown’s student-run clinic.

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Bruna Olson, MD

Position: PGY-2

Undergraduate: Salem State University
Medical School: University of Massachusetts Medical School (GHHS)

Bruna grew up in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. She moved to the U.S. upon graduating from high school and spent a few years learning English before enrolling at a local college. She graduated from Salem State University and worked for 3 years as a research coordinator at neurocognitive lab at Massachusetts General Hospital. In 2015 she started Medical School at the University of Massachusetts only 5 months after giving birth to her first son Benjamin. While in medical school, she volunteered at several free clinics with a focus on immigrant populations. She was selected as a member of GHHS by her classmates and during her fourth and final year of medical school she had her second son Charlie. She is excited to start her residency at Brown and looking forward to working with the amazing residents and attendings. In the future, she hopes to practice pediatric emergency medicine. She enjoys spending time with her family and loves hosting friends and cooking Brazilian food for them.

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Nadya Rivera Gelabert, MD

Position: PGY-2

Undergraduate: University of Puerto Rico
Medical School: University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine (AOA)

Nadya was born and raised in Carolina, Puerto Rico. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Puerto Rico with a bachelor’s degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology. Since undergraduate, she has been involved in several clinical research projects that helped her discover her interest in pediatrics. She went to medical school at the University of Puerto Rico where she further developed her passion for this field with academic work such as: research and tutorship experience combined with leadership in several student organizations. Included in these was the Student Pediatric Association and the American Association of Pediatrics, chapter of Puerto Rico. She is a student who enjoys working with medical education as well as community service in general, which contributed to her induction into Alpha Omega Alpha Society in her junior year. She decided that Brown was her best option for residency training due to the diversity of patients that she would be able to work with, as well as other opportunities that the program offers. The welcoming warmth that she felt when she first met the residents made the decision only easier. Her interests in the field include critical care medicine, hospitalist and global healthcare/medicine. She enjoys binge-watching series on Netflix and predicting which movies will be nominated for the awards season of the year. If there’s no Wi-Fi you’ll find her reading books from her favorite author, Neil Gaiman.

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Maya Spencer, MD

Position: PGY-2

Undergraduate: Northeastern University
Medical School: Howard University (GHHS, AOA)

Maya was born and raised in New Bedford, Massachusetts. She attended Northeastern University in Boston, MA for her undergraduate degree where she studied Health Sciences. In college she found her interest in working with young children as she spent time working in  newborn nurseries, as well as her experiences working with kids who had developmental delays/disabilities. She attended medical school at Howard University in Washington, D.C. where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Society and the Gold Humanism Honor Society.  She has interests in pediatric community health, as well as mentoring and the enhancement of underrepresented minorities in medicine. She chose Brown for the strong sense of community within the residents, and the warmth and support from the program leadership. She in particular is excited to be returning closer to  home and to be working with diverse patients from Rhode Island, in particular the Cape Verdean community of which her family is from. Outside of work she likes to dance, explore new restaurants, bake, and travel.

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Chelsea Boyd, MD

Position: PGY-2

Undergraduate: Brown University
Medical School: Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University

Chelsea hails from Randolph, New Jersey. She attended college at Brown University where she studied neuroscience. During this time, she worked as an EMT and conducted research on the neurometabolic effects of psychostimulant drugs. Before returning to Brown for medical school, she moved to Boston to work in pharmaceutical consulting. Upon returning for medical school, her research focused on the identification of emergent large vessel occlusions in suspected stroke. Chelsea is thrilled to stay at Brown for her training in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics. In her spare time, Chelsea enjoys Crossfit, playing squash, and retail therapy. She is an aspiring unicyclist.

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Ashley Nguyen, MD

Position: PGY-2

Undergraduate: Boston College
Medical School: Thomas Jefferson University

Ashley was born and raised in Naugatuck, Connecticut. She went to Boston College, and she graduated Cum Laude with a BS in Biology and a BA in Philosophy. During her time between college and medical school, she did research in the Pediatric Oncology Department at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA. Her research focused on hematologic malignancies and creating zebrafish animal models. She also served as a Chief Research Associate for the Research Associates Program in St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport, CT. Despite her love for Boston, Ashley excitedly left one major city for another, and she attended the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. Ashley was involved with Jefferson’s Med-Peds Society of Philadelphia, American Medical Women’s Association, Office of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives, and the Clinical Translational Research track. Her professional interests include Women’s Health, Medical Education, and Diversity Initiatives. Ashley chose Brown for her Med-Peds training first and foremost because of the amazingly kind and warm residents and faculty. Additionally, Brown’s academic excellence, numerous training tracks and programs, and strong learning environment made it a perfect fit. In her spare time, Ashley enjoys running, journaling, praying, eating good food (especially sushi burritos), and spending time with friends, family, and her husband, Brandon.

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Thomas “Fritz” Siegert, MD

Position: PGY-2

Undergraduate: Whitman College
Medical School: University of Washington (GHHS)

Fritz was born in Nevada, lived in Arizona and Kentucky, and finally settled on Boise, Idaho with his parents and two younger brothers. He attended Whitman College and graduated with a double-major in Philosophy and Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Molecular Biology (BBMB). One year out of college found Fritz back in Boise working as a medical scribe, tutoring high school students in science and math, and working as an intern at the Basque Cultural Center (little known fact, Boise has a huge Basque population). After that, Fritz spent a year teaching middle school science in Botswana as a Princeton in Africa Fellow. He then attended medical school at the University of Washington in Seattle. During that time he enjoyed organizing “community-based research” looking at free-health clinics and tobacco cessation counseling. He additionally held leadership positions in student government, the Health Equity Circle student advocacy group, and conducted community outreach in Kenya. From 2017 to 2018, Fritz researched pediatric sickle cell anemia in Uganda as a Fogarty Global Health Scholar. With strong interests in global health, policy, and medical education, Fritz was impressed with Brown’s commitment to global health equity, academic rigor, mentorship, and friendly residents. Providence also fondly reminds him of Boise (though with less of a potato emphasis). He loves the outdoors, aspires to one day learn how to play the harmonica, and makes a mean frittata. 

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Julia Solomon, MD

Position: PGY-2

Undergraduate: Wellesley College
Medical School: Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University

Julia was raised in Sharon, Massachusetts, and received a BA in economics, cum laude, from Wellesley College in 2013. Between college and medical school she worked in stroke and brain injury research at Rhode Island Hospital, then stayed in Rhode Island for medical school at Brown. During medical school she helped to coordinate the student free clinic at the Rhode Island Free Clinic and to improve sustainability efforts in the medical school building. She is also one of the inaugural cohort of the Primary Care-Population Medicine program at Brown, through which she obtained a master’s degree. In her free time she likes to take advantage of all the beaches and delicious food and coffee that Rhode Island has to offer!

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Ashley Adams, MD

Position: PGY-2

Undergraduate: Johns Hopkins
Medical School: Duke University School of Medicine (AOA)

Ashley grew up in Montclair, NJ before attending college at Johns Hopkins University where she majored in psychology. Before medical school Ashley worked for a year as a direct-care counselor at a psychiatric residential treatment facility, an experience that fostered her interest in providing integrated medical and psychiatric care for children and adolescents in the residential setting. Ashley received her MD in 2019 from Duke University School of Medicine where she was selected into the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) honor society and spent a year researching the clinical phenotypes of autoimmune brain disorders, such as Autoimmune Encephalitis and Hashimoto’s Encephalopathy. While in medical school Ashley developed a strong interest in medical education, taking an active role in teaching first year students and developing seminars on the emotions of shame, guilt, and the concept of resilience within the medical learning environment. She also began a medical humanities program called Scopes, which allowed medical students to develop creative projects with patients in the Durham community that represented their experiences with chronic illness.
Ashley is interested in working within the criminal justice system, foster care medicine, and integrated primary care. She is ecstatic to be joining the Triple Board program at Brown, where she found the perfect balance between rigorous clinical training at a variety of sites and a community of co-residents and faculty eager to encourage her interests. In her free time, Ashley enjoys listening to podcasts, baking, yoga, documentary film, and pickup outdoor sports. She is thrilled to be moving back to the northeast to a city with plenty of new coffee shops to explore.

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Yvorn Aswad, MD

Position: PGY-2

Undergraduate: Stanford University
Medical School: Charles Drew University/David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA (GHHS)

A native of South Central Los Angeles, Doc attended Stanford University for undergrad, where he majored in Human Biology and minored in African-American Studies. As an undergraduate he was passionate about the STEM pipeline for underrepresented minorities and upon graduation, he co-founded the Leland Scholars Program, a program that improved retention of minority and first-gen students in STEM. He returned to his hometown of Los Angeles to serve a term in AmeriCorps with the Youth Policy Institute where he established grant funding for health and wellness education for low-income children. These experiences shaped his interests in using medicine as a tool for social justice, leading him to enroll in the unique Charles Drew University/UCLA Medical Education Program, which focused on the urban underserved. In medical school, he became deeply interested in youth in the juvenile justice system. He chose to Triple Board in order to have a comprehensive lens as a practitioner and researcher to best serve that population and found that Brown would make him not just an excellent physician-scientist, but also a happy one! In addition to his work, Doc enjoys running, swimming, cooking, and yoga-ing. He can also be found waxing poetic about theater, musicals, West coast hip-hop, veganism, college football, Black history, and way more than a healthy amount of TV! He is happy to be calling Providence home!

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Paula Lewis-de los Angeles, MD, PhD

Position: PGY-2

Undergraduate: Stanford University
Medical School: Northwestern University, MD, PhD (Neuroscience, GHHS)

Paula Lewis-de los Angeles was born in New York City, grew up in Connecticut, and is thrilled to return to New England for Triple Board residency. After graduating from Stanford University, where she doubled majored in Biology and Psychology, Paula worked at the World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland and then completed a master’s in education in the Mind, Brain, and Education track at Harvard University. Paula then joined the Medical Scientist Training Program at Northwestern University, where she completed her MD/PhD and was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Her PhD was in neuroscience with a research interest in the effect of early experiences on typical and atypical brain development. During medical school, Paula was student director of a science mentoring program for Chicago youth as well as a mentor for various programs encouraging young girls to pursue STEM fields.

Paula is excited to pursue Triple Board Training at Brown because of its interdisciplinary approach to the development of the child across the lifespan, with a unique focus on mental and behavioral health.

In her free time, Paula enjoys spending time with her family, which includes her husband and her two-year old daughter and baby-to-be. Together, as a family, they often walk to local farmer’s markets, flower shops, museums, and libraries. They also spend a lot of time in the kitchen at home, trying out new recipes for fun ice cream flavors or bread. Otherwise, Paula likes to spend time on arts and crafts including knitting, reading memoirs, getting reacquainted with her favorite children’s books through her children, and solving puzzles.

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MaryAlice Brislin, MD

Position: PGY-3 / Rising Chief

Undergraduate: Northwestern University
Medical School: Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (GHHS)

MaryAlice is originally from Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. She attended college at Northeastern University in Boston where she studied criminal justice and psychology. After completing internships at a law firm and at the Boston Police Department, she decided to make a career change. She completed a post-bac year at Temple University after graduation and then stayed in Philadelphia to attend medical school at Temple as well. During her time at Temple, MaryAlice volunteered at a pediatric camp for children with chronic diseases and realized right away that pediatrics was the specialty for her. She also served as a mentor for 1st and 2nd year students as part of Temple’s tutoring and mentorship program and participated in a research project on adverse childhood experiences. She is hoping to stay involved in research on ACEs and advocacy throughout residency. MaryAlice chose Brown because of the outstanding faculty she met on interview day, the smart but fun and down-to-earth residents, and the opportunity to train at a hospital like Hasbro. Outside of medicine, she enjoys running, hiking, baking, reading, watching movies, and spending time with family. While she is excited to return to New England and explore Providence, she will remain a die-hard Philly sports fan.

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Alexandra Cathcart, MD

Position: PGY-3

Undergraduate: University of Pittsburgh
Medical School: Temple University

Alex was born and raised outside of Philadelphia, PA. She attended the University of Pittsburgh for college, where she majored in English literature and biology with a minor in chemistry and a certificate in children’s literature. She then returned close to home for medical school, studying at Temple University. Despite her undying love for chicken cheesesteaks and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, she is thrilled to be venturing out of Pennsylvania and into New England for residency. She couples matched with her partner, who is in internal medicine.  Both of them were impressed with the strong academics, diverse patient experiences, and opportunities for resident autonomy that Brown has to offer. In her free time, Alex loves reading, cooking, trying new restaurants, and entertaining her cat.

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Heather Edward, MD

Position: PGY-3

Undergraduate: Cornell University
Medical School: Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell (AOA and GHHS)

Heather was born in England and moved to Maryland when she was 10 years old. She went to college at Cornell University, where she studied Biology & Society and Spanish and got involved with peer counseling and volunteer work with migrant farmworkers. After college, she spent a few years doing gene therapy research at Weill Cornell, working as a medical assistant, taking post-bacc classes at UMD, and doing hematology research at BUSM. During medical school at the Zucker SOM at Hofstra/Northwell, she was a leader of the Community Service Committee and then the Student-Run Free Clinic and she hopes to keep working on outreach, service, and advocacy efforts! She is excited to train in pediatrics at Brown because of the diverse, supportive community and amazing educational opportunities. In her free time she enjoys reading, writing, drawing comics, hiking, spending time with family and friends, and hanging out with her husband and her cat, Melina!

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Alexandria Georgadarellis, MD

Position: PGY-3

Undergraduate: Boston University
Medical School: Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University

Alli was born and raised in Southeastern Massachusetts before heading a few miles north to attend Boston University, where she graduated with a degree in chemistry. She couldn’t bear to leave New England and decided to attend the Frank H. Netter MD SOM at Quinnipiac University for medical school. Alli is thrilled to be staying close to home for residency. She was instantly drawn to the warm and welcoming community at Brown and can’t wait to further explore Rhode Island. Outside of medicine, Alli loves running, hiking, and baking. She has a wicked sweet tooth and is excited to try all of the ice cream shops in Providence.

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Sarah Harney, MD

Position: PGY-3

Undergraduate: Middlebury College
Medical School: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Sarah grew up in Newton, MA and studied music and psychology as an undergrad at Middlebury College in Vermont. She then worked as a clinical research assistant studying pediatric liver disease before beginning medical school at Columbia University. As a member of the Columbia-Bassett program, she moved to “America’s most perfect village” (Cooperstown, NY) for her entire 3rd year of medical school, where she participated in a unique longitudinal integrated clinical curriculum with intensive training in quality improvement. She was drawn to Brown’s pediatric residency program for its focus on humanism in the context of rigorous clinical training. She is especially impressed by the institution’s commitment to diversity, community service, and advocacy. She is interested in pediatric oncology, medical education, and social determinants of health. Outside the hospital, she enjoys spending time outdoors in all four glorious seasons, playing cello, singing with friends, learning Spanish, and hosting dinner parties.

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Evianna Herrera, MD, MPH

Position: PGY-3

Undergraduate: New York University
Graduate: University of Virginia (MPH)
Medical school: University of Virginia

Evianna was born in Santiago, Dominican Republic and was raised in Elizabeth, New Jersey, where she moved with her family at the age of six. She completed her undergraduate degree at New York University, where she majored in sociology and Latin American studies. After college, she spent a few years working in New York as production editor of the policy magazine Americas Quarterly. She later moved to Charlottesville and completed an MD/MPH at the University of Virginia. She chose Brown Pediatrics for the exceptional training opportunities, diverse patient population, and supportive faculty and fellow residents. She has a strong interest in global health, patient advocacy, and health policy. Outside of work, she loves to travel, dance, read, and watch all sorts of crime dramas.

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Jessica Kelly, MD, MA

Position: PGY-3

Undergraduate: Northeastern University
Masters Urban Education: Loyola Marymount University (MA)
Medical School: University of Massachusetts Medical School

Jess Kelly was born in Groveland, Massachusetts and attended Northeastern University for her undergraduate degree. After college, she spent two years teaching high school math in Oakland, California for Teach for America. She then returned back to her home state for Medical School at the University of Massachusetts. She chose Brown for residency because of the awesome residents and the excellent teaching. In the future, she hopes to pursue a career in Pediatric Emergency Medicine. She is also excited to have couples matched with her partner who is also a Med/Peds resident at Brown! Out of the hospital, she loves any activity which involves staying active (running, hiking, skiing, spinning, barre).

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Vanessa Ogueri, MD

Position: PGY-3

Undergraduate: Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education
Medical School: New York Medical College

Vanessa was born and raised in Queens, New York and attended the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, a combined BS/MD program dedicated to training physicians with a strong interest in primary care medicine, especially in underserved populations. Here she served as her SNMA chapter’s Treasure and President where she worked on community health and mentorship programs for the people of the Harlem community. Her passion lies in mentorship- something she hopes to continue during her time in Providence. She completed her clinical years at New York Medical College. During medical school she received The NMA Emerging Scholar’s award, which recognizes students for their academic successes, leadership, and potential for contributions to medicine. In addition to practicing as a Pediatrician, Vanessa plans to combine her interest in mentorship, advocacy and global health to formulate a non-profit dedicated to providing access to quality education, mentorship, and cultural immersion for inner-city children. She was drawn to Brown for the quality of its clinical training, global health opportunities, and the thoughtful, open-minded, and down-to- earth nature of its residents. In her free time, Vanessa enjoys running, sports, traveling, and discovering new and exciting forms of exercise (SoulCylce, Capoeira, and Boxing to name a few!). Most of all Vanessa loves to eat and is looking forward to exploring the amazing culinary options Providence has to offer.

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Cia Panicker, MD

Position: PGY-3

Undergraduate: Brown University
Medical School: Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University

Cia grew up in the Chicago suburbs until moving away for undergrad at Brown – and she’s been in little Providence since! In undergrad, she studied Literary Arts then continued onto Brown Medical School. In medical school, she completed a scholarly concentration in medical humanities and narrative, which included leading poetry workshops, curating a hospital story-slam with the help of GHHS, and writing about mothers who’ve experienced child sickness and loss. Cia is overjoyed to continue her training at Brown pediatrics and knows she’s part of a compassionate, driven, and energetic team. Outside of the hospital, Cia loves going on walks with her dashingly-handsome husband and incredibly-cute doggy. She also loves trying new foods, traveling internationally and nationally, cooking (but not baking), learning new puns, and napping.

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Joy Piotrowski, MD

Position: PGY-3

Undergraduate: Dartmouth College
Medical School: University of Hawaii – John A. Burns School of Medicine (GHHS)

Joy was born in Taipei, Taiwan but moved to Hawaii as a baby, and spent most of her childhood out in the sun playing as many sports as possible, hiking, and enjoying the beach. She braved the wilds of New Hampshire to attend Dartmouth College and was a horizontal jumper on the track and field team. Joy became an English major, and was lucky enough to spend a term studying literature at the University of Glasgow and traveling throughout Europe. Knowing she wanted to become a pediatrician, Joy also worked at the Geisel School of Medicine and the child care center during her time in Hanover. She then ventured back to Taiwan to teach English and preschool in order to spend time with kids in a non-hospital setting before medical school, and ate as much Asian street food as possible while there. Although returning home for medical school was amazing, Joy is thrilled to be moving back to the East Coast to join the Hasbro family. She chose Brown because of the friendly community of the program, the excellence in clinical training, and the fantastic educational opportunities working with stellar faculty and a diverse patient population. Joy is excited to experience the four seasons again while hiking, running, biking, and adventuring outdoors, can’t wait to go quahogging, and is working on a plan of attack to try all the fantastic restaurants Providence has to offer!

 

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Melissa Rodriguez Rodriguez, MD

Position: PGY-3

Undergraduate: University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus
Medical School: University of Puerto Rico, School of Medicine (AOA, GHHS)

Melissa is originally from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, where she was born and raised. She graduated Suma Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Sciences from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus. Immediately after, she went on to pursue her medical studies at the University of Puerto Rico, School of Medicine, where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Society, as well as the Gold Humanism Honor Society. She chose Brown due to the diverse patient population, excellence in academics and overall warmth and camaraderie displayed by all the residents and faculty; all of which made her feel right at home with the Brown Pediatrics Residency Family. She continues to be impressed by the Brown Pediatrics Residency’s commitment to inclusion and diversity among its resident as well as the ample opportunities for medical education and research. Melissa is currently applying to Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship and her career interests are centered on medical education, particularly at a medical student level. Her favorite things about Providence are all the amazing restaurants and different cuisines, as well as the proximity to so many different places in the New England area. During her free time Melissa loves reading, writing, any food related activity (cooking, baking, trying new restaurants), spending time with friends and family and finding new shows to binge watch on Netflix and Hulu.

 

 

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Carly Schmidt, MD

Position: PGY-3 / Rising Chief

Undergraduate: University of Michigan
Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Carly grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan (yes, this is a real city) where she met her future husband over drinks (read: juice boxes) in the first grade. After high school, she moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan for college where she studied Neuroscience and spent a semester abroad in Australia. Before moving to Cleveland for medical school, she spent time learning a few completely unrelated non-medical skills including working as a construction manager for Appalachia Service Project in West Virginia, and as a cupcake/cookie decorator and server at a cupcake cafe. She has always wanted to be a pediatrician and could not be more excited to be pursuing that dream at Hasbro Children’s alongside that grade-school sweetheart turned husband (a Brown Emergency Medicine resident!) Carly chose Brown Pediatrics because of the incredible clinical opportunities, the sense of community, and the focus placed on resident wellness and happiness. In her spare time she loves to explore new restaurants, bake and decorate cupcakes, and spend time outdoors. Having escaped the Midwest, she is looking forward to exploring Providence and living so close to the ocean!

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Michael Tucci, MD

Position: PGY-3

Undergraduate: Johns Hopkins University
Medical School: Stony Brook University

Michael Tucci was born in Puerto Rico and raised in South Florida. He attended Johns Hopkins University in Maryland for his undergraduate degree and stayed for an extra year to work in a songbird lab. Following his time in Baltimore, he made his way north to Long Island to attend medical school at Stony Brook University. Michael is excited to continue his journey farther north along the eastern seaboard to Providence to become part of the Brown Pediatrics family. He was drawn to Brown by the warm and friendly community, the diverse patient population, and many training opportunities available. Outside of the hospital, he loves cooking, photography, and spending time outdoors. During his free time, you are sure to find him either in the kitchen or basking in the sun.

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Alyssa Wohl, MD

Position: PGY-3

Undergraduate: Tufts University
Medical School: Tufts University

Alyssa grew up in the suburbs of New York City in Larchmont, NY. She majored in Child Development at Tufts University, where she worked with various non-profit groups and clinics educating young adults on sexual health issues, which remains her passion in medicine. Alyssa went on to Tufts Medical School — she is a proud “double jumbo” — and continued to focus on working with adolescents through her research experiences. She is looking forward to joining Brown’s welcoming community; learning from the excellent doctors, residents, and staff; and benefitting from the program’s commitment to service. Alyssa is a passionate world-traveller, she studied abroad in Sevilla in Southern Spain and has already been to 30 states and 13 countries. She is most eager to travel anywhere there is exceptional chocolate! In her non-travel down time, Alyssa enjoys reading almost anything, jigsaw puzzles, and baking treats for her colleagues.

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Taka Yamaguchi, MD

Position: PGY-3

Undergraduate: Washington University in St. Louis
Medical School: University of Illinois at Chicago

Taka was born in Tokyo, Japan and grew up in Massachusetts, where he grew fond of pond swimming in the summer and backcountry skiing in the winter. Setting out from New England, he attended college at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, majoring in International and Area Studies. After graduation, he spent one year in the Middle East, working at a local health development organization in Ramallah, Palestine. Missing the wide open skies and endless corn fields, he returned to the Midwest for medical school at the University of Illinois at Chicago. There, he realized a passion for primary care pediatrics, nutrition and food security, and refugee and immigrant health. Taka is excited for his return back east, and was drawn to Brown because of the fun and compassionate people, the supportive environment, and the diverse, compact, and connected community it serves. On a day off, you can find him seeking solace in nature, cooking something soulful and yummy, and playing his violin or mandolin.

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Desiree Yeboah, MD, BS

Position: PGY-3

Undergraduate: Binghamton University
Graduate: New York Medical College (GHHS)

Desiree was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in East Brunswick, NJ since she was in high school. She attended Binghamton University where she majored in neuroscience and graduated with a Bachelor or Science degree in 2012. After graduation, she enrolled in a Post-bac Program at the University of Pennsylvania. Desiree returned to East Brunswick, NJ the following year, where she worked as a preschool teacher. Her role as an educator helped revitalize her passion and commitment to working with the youth. Throughout her time at NYMC, she continued to serve the youth through various community and global outreach organizations. She knew Brown would be a great fit because of the mix of support and autonomy, the down to earth faculty she met, and the strong commitment to global/refugee health. She is looking forward to exploring the culture and cuisine RI has to offer. In her spare time she loves to travel, cook new dishes, spend time with family, and is an avid Youtube watcher!

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Ann Ding, MD

Position: PGY-3

Undergraduate: Vanderbilt University
Medical School: University of Texas Health at San Antonio (AOA, GHHS)

Ann was born in Fargo, North Dakota, but raised mostly in Knoxville, Tennessee. She went to undergrad at Vanderbilt University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Molecular & Cellular Biology and three minors in Chemistry, General Music, and Chinese Language & Culture. She headed to San Antonio, Texas, for medical school, where she enjoyed mentoring younger students through a program called Veritas, going to Ethiopia for two consecutive summers to provide healthcare and public health education, volunteering regularly at the Student Run Free Clinics, and singing in her medical school acapella group called Egophony. Her medical interests include primary care, underserved populations, medical education, and global health. Hobbies include playing piano and guitar, trying new restaurants and writing reviews for her newly acquired Yelp Elite status, and Body Pump (an aerobics weight lifting class). Brown stood out to Ann on the interview trail because of the authenticity, warmth, and kindness of the faculty and residents, coupled with its academically rigorous learning environment.

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Lindsey Mahoney, MD

Position: PGY-3

Undergraduate: Georgetown University
Medical School: Georgetown University (AOA)

Lindsey grew up in Stoneham, MA.  After graduating from Stoneham High School, she attended Georgetown University, where she graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Human Science.  After college, Lindsey returned to Massachusetts and spent a year working as a research assistant in Boston. Her projects focused on quality improvement in the care of children with disabilities and children with chronic health conditions transitioning from pediatric to adult care.  Lindsey returned to Georgetown for medical school, where she was involved in women’s health research and the Georgetown Student Mentorship Program. She graduated as a member of AOA.  Lindsey chose Brown for her Med-Peds training because of the warm, welcoming residents and faculty, as well as the strong reputation of scholarship. She is also thrilled about being back in New England, close to friends and family!  In her free time, Lindsey enjoys cooking, trying new restaurants, watching any and all Boston sports, and spending time with friends, family, her husband, Paul, and her cat, Nyx.

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Sam Masur, MD

Position: PGY-3

Undergraduate: Wesleyan University
Medical School: University of Massachusetts (AOA)

Originally from Needham, MA, Sam graduated from Wesleyan University in Connecticut with a degree in Physics. After spending two years in Philadelphia as a pediatric research coordinator, he returned to Massachusetts for medical school at UMass. The amazing Med/Peds community picked him up early, and he’s been incredibly excited to take care of kids and adults ever since. Sam came to Brown with his partner Jess (Pediatrics) because of the welcoming culture, awesome residents, and strong teaching. Outside of the hospital, Sam loves to grill, hike, play ultimate frisbee/soccer, and ski, having spent time downhill racing in college.

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Vivian Shi, MD

Position: PGY-3

Undergraduate: UCLA
Medical School: University of Maryland

Vivian was originally from Connecticut before her family made the big move to sunny Southern California. Since then, she has been slowly making her way back to east coast. She majored in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology at UCLA, followed by medical school at University of Maryland. Her passion lies in teaching and enhancing community health literacy. In her spare time, she loves arts and theatre and can probably recite the entirety of Hamilton on demand. Brown was the perfect choice for her residency for innumerable reasons but what stood out most was the warmth and camaraderie she felt from the residents, faculty and administration.

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Sarah “Sally” Elliott, MD, MPH

Position: PGY-3

Undergraduate: Dartmouth College
Graduate: UCLA School of Public Health (MPH)
Medical School: UCLA School of Medicine

Sarah (Sally) Elliott is originally from Massachusetts and is thrilled to be returning to New England for Triple Board residency. After graduating from Dartmouth College, she spent a year working with a children’s nutritional program in Nicaragua and then moved out to California where she worked with a childhood obesity clinic at UCSF and on several food security research projects at Children’s Hospital Oakland. Sally went to medical school at the University of California Los Angeles, where she was part of PRIME, a 5 year MD/MPH program for students interested in addressing healthcare disparities.

Sally chose Brown for several reasons including the strong pediatrics and psychiatry departments, the exceptional training sites, and the supportive culture of the residency program. Her medical interests include working with underserved populations, adolescent medicine and working with children with coexisting medical and psychiatric illness.

In her free time, Sally enjoys exploring the outdoors with her husband and baby. She also likes ceramics, designing furniture and printmaking.

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Vicenta Hudziak, MD

Position: PGY-3

Undergraduate: Middlebury College
Medical School: The Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at The University of Vermont

Vic was born in St. Paul, Minnesota and grew up in Charlotte, Vermont. She went to Middlebury College where she majored in Neuroscience and minored in Chinese. Before medical school, Vic worked at the Vermont Center for Children, Youth, and Families on studies of childhood dysregulation and the genetics of self-harm and suicide, spent time in Singapore working on growth and behavioral studies in long-tailed macaques, and worked for two years as a research coordinator at the MGH Center for Addiction Medicine. These experiences fostered a desire to work with kids and families that was solidified in medical school, where Vic also discovered a passion for learning about medical education and physician wellbeing and served as a student member of the Learning Environment and Professionalism Committee. Vic is interested in integrated care, juvenile corrections, and mindfulness interventions in pediatrics and psychiatry. In the Brown Triple Board program, Vic found the perfect blend of rigorous clinical training, unique training sites, excited and accessible faculty, and a fantastic group of happy residents that made the ideal environment to pursue her interests. Outside of work, Vic is an avid podcaster and cross-stitcher who enjoys pick-up basketball, hiking, yoga, potlucks, and book clubs. She could not be more thrilled to live near the ocean and to spend the next five years becoming a Providence foodie.

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Phillip Sojka, MD

Position: PGY-3

Undergrad: Indiana University
Medical School: Indiana University (GHHS)

Originally from West Lafayette, Indiana, Phil completed his undergraduate degree from Indiana University, where he studied Psychology and Chemistry. During his time there he worked as a psychiatric technician at a local mental health hospital, which ignited his interest in pursuing medicine and specifically psychiatry. Between undergraduate and medical school Phil spent a year with the Americorps project City Year in Boston, working with underserved youth as a mentor and tutor to help kids get back on track to graduate. During medical school Phil was selected for the Gold Humanism Honor Society. He also volunteered his time as the director of quality improvement for the Indiana University Student Outreach Clinic and founded a peer to peer support training session for medical students. His main career aspiration currently is adolescents with substance use/mental health dual diagnosis, and is excited to see how triple board residency will prepare him to best care for those children. Beyond medicine, Phil is an avid runner and cyclist, exploring the outdoors and reading realistic fiction. Most importantly, he closely follows NCAA college basketball, forever hoping his alma mater will win its 6th national championship. Go Hoosiers!

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Roger Auth, MD

Position: PGY-4

Undergraduate: University of Maryland, College Park
Medical School: University of Maryland

Roger was born and raised in Maryland, and is a die-hard Terp fan. In medical school, he spent a summer abroad in Hong Kong studying palliative and end-of-life care. This experience taught me about some of the limitations of modern medicine and the importance taking every patient’s personal experience, spirituality, socioeconomics, and family dynamic into account when practicing medicine. During his 3rd year clerkships, he developed an interest in working to improve the transition of care from pediatric to adult medicine for children with chronic illnesses. Med-Peds was a perfect fit for him, and Brown was his first choice for residency because of how warm and welcoming all the faculty and staff are. In his free time, he enjoys reading, being outdoors, surfing, paddle boarding, running, biking, swimming, trying new foods, traveling, and spending time with his wife, Valerie. He also plays multiple musical instruments, and loves “jamming” with other musicians.

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Erin Baroni, MD

Position: PGY-4

Undergraduate: University of Texas, Austin
Medical School: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Originally from Dallas, Texas, Erin graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with a BA in Biology. She moved to Lubbock, Texas, to pursue medical training focused on primary and rural healthcare. During medical school, Erin was the founder of the first Gay-Straight Alliance, which paved the way for students, staff, and faculty to educate and advocate for the local LGBTQ+ community. Erin served on the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) Gender & Sexuality Committee, drafting policy statements and formatting national LGBTQ+ curriculum. Erin is also a certified personal trainer and developed a nutrition and exercise elective for med students, which always ended in a 10-minute stress relief dance party. Outside of work, Erin loves to do anything outdoors (especially with her dog), explore new restaurants, and listen to music/dance!

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Kenzie Daniels, MD

Position: PGY-4

Undergraduate: Texas Tech University
Medical School: Texas Tech University

Kenzie was born and raised in a small town outside of Dallas, Texas. She got her undergraduate degree in Clinical Laboratory Sciences at Texas Tech University. She stayed at Texas Tech for medical school. Kenzie did her intern year at Ohio State University / Nationwide Children’s Hospital Med-Peds program and transferred to Brown in her 2nd year. Kenzie wants to pursue a career in Palliative Care.  She enjoys traveling, eating/drinking any and all of the things, watching football/playing Fantasy, charcuterie boards, and going to all the summer festivals that the city has to offer.

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Julia Ding, MD

Position: PGY-4

Undergraduate: Vassar College
Medical School: Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University (GHHS)

Julia grew up in New York City, and graduated from Vassar College with a BA in Science, Technology, and Society, and a minor in Biology. She found her way to Providence for medical school and fell in love with the city. In medical school, she was an active member of Spectrum, the LGBTQ student group, and helped lead workshops to better train students to become physician allies. It was the Med-Peds program at Brown that made Julia realize it was the perfect specialty for her, and she is so excited to continue her training at this amazing institution. In her free time, Julia enjoys playing board games, rock climbing, and practicing circus arts.

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Rebecca Moore, MD

Position: PGY-4

Undergraduate: Barnard College
Medical School: Tulane University School of Medicine (GHHS)

Rebecca grew up in Framingham, MA. She majored in Economics at Barnard College and received the Niemi Memorial Prize in Economics. After working in restaurants on Martha’s Vineyard and doing research at Boston Medical Center, she headed down to New Orleans for med school. At Tulane, she served as Coordinator of the Healthcare Policy elective, Fundraising Chair for the Student Clinic Council, and helped run the Formerly Incarcerated Transitions clinic, a new clinic for those recently released from prisons across Louisiana. She enjoys running, hosting dinner parties, browsing her favorite architecture blogs, and spending way too much time Face Timing her adorable niece.

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Jennifer Cueto, MD

Position: PGY-5

Undergraduate: Northwestern University
Medical School: University of Illinois, Chicago

Jenny was born and raised in Chicago (the city, not the suburbs). She attended Northwestern University for college, where she majored in Human Development and Psychological Services. Both during and after college, Jenny volunteered as a social work intern in child abuse and neglect at Stroger Hospital of Cook County. After graduating from college, she spent a year working in a child development lab at Northwestern and then moved east for a year to complete a post-baccalaureate premedical program at Bryn Mawr College near Philadelphia. She then spent an additional two years as a smoking cessation counselor at Northwestern and subsequently completed medical school at UIC, where she was the recipient of a Dean’s Scholarship, based on a combination of academic achievement and extracurricular leadership. She spent the summer after her first year of medical school at Camp STAR, a summer treatment camp for children with ADHD and mild autism spectrum disorder, after being awarded a highly competitive summer fellowship through the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)’s Campaign for America’s Kids. She has also served as student leaders for the Klingenstein Third Generation Foundation and the psychiatry interest group. In addition, Jenny helped develop and implement a health education curriculum at a free clinic in Chicago during medical school. Outside of school and work, Jenny enjoys spending time with her husband and family, cuddling with adorable animals, and eating deep dish pizza and Chicago-style hot dogs (she even packed a supply of both of those items for her move to Rhode Island). Jenny is thrilled to have matched at Brown for Triple Board and can’t wait for what the next five years hold.

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Raina Milne, MD

Position: PGY-5

Undergrad: Dartmouth College
Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine

Raina is a native of Clarksburg, Massachusetts, a small town perched in the northwest corner of the state. She traveled to New Hampshire to go to Dartmouth College, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Psychological and Brain Sciences. She then worked as an adjunct therapist in a high-security psychiatric facility, followed by a year of teaching middle school math and science at a bilingual school in Honduras. Raina attended Tufts University School of Medicine as a member of the rural medicine focused “Maine Track”. She is delighted to be at Brown for residency and lives in the suburbs of Mass with her fantastic fiancé, Jared, and adorable tuxedo kitten, Riot.  As a member of the Triple Board program, she feels strongly about pursuing training that will allow her to serve the complete needs for a healthy mind, body, and spirit of a child. When she’s not with patients, Raina can be found playing outdoors, exploring far-off lands, and telling corny jokes.

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Charles Wulff, MD

Position: PGY-5

Undergraduate: Colby College
Medical School: Tufts University

A New England native, Charlie hails from a small town named Millis in Massachusetts. For undergrad, he headed up to Maine to study at Colby College, where he studied biology and also became captain of the varsity swim team. After graduating, he spent a year researching biochemical nutrition with the US Army while also working as a tutor for middle and high school students. Charlie then pursued his medical degree at Tufts University School of Medicine. While there, he realized his passion for pediatrics and mental health. He also continued to pursue his interests in education by developing an SAT program for under-served high school students, teaching science to 2nd and 3rd graders, and facilitating a problem based learning class for first year medical students. When it came time for residency, Charlie found a perfect fit in Brown’s Triple Board Program. He saw an opportunity to pursue his interests, including medical education, inpatient pediatric med-psych management and adolescent medicine. In his free time, Charlie enjoys running, board games, craft beers, finding great food, and relaxing outside with a good book or friends.

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Khushbu Joshi, MD

Position: PGY-4

Undergraduate: Widener University
Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine

Born and raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Khushbu went on to complete her undergraduate studies at Widener University where she received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Biology. During her time at Widener, she volunteered in the Pediatrics and Psychiatry departments, instrumental experiences that contributed to her passion for working with children. She then attended Drexel University College of Medicine where she served as the President of the Family Medicine Interest Group, participated in various health outreach project clinics and had culturally enriching experiences as part of culinary club, and South Asian Medical Student Alliance. She is excited to be at Brown for residency and is looking forward to exploring the New England area. As part of the Triple Board program, she believes that she will receive the training she needs to be able to recognize and provide early interventions for both the medical and psychosocial needs of patients so they can grow to their fullest potential. When she’s not in the hospital, she can be found either in the kitchen cooking up a storm or on Yelp reading reviews for the best drunken noodles in town. She also enjoys spending time with friends and family, dancing, biking, hiking, and is looking to continue her most recent interest in kickboxing.

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Colleen Victor, MD

Position: PGY-4

Undergraduate: Michigan State University
Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine (AOA and GHHS)

Colleen received her MD in May 2017 from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, where she was selected for Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) and the Gold Humanism Honor Society. She earned Bachelor of Science degrees in physiology and psychology from Michigan State University and was a member of Lyman Briggs College. Colleen was awarded a Professorial Assistantship scholarship to conduct research on bone mineralization and diabetes during this time, and was an active member of the volunteer organization Alternative Spartan Breaks. During medical school, she was secretary of Education Transforming Community Health, a student organization that taught health lessons to residents of a youth shelter. She completed training to become a member of the Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention team and become a medical advocate, responding to provide resources and support to survivors of sexual assault. Colleen completed the Leadership in Medicine for the Underserved certificate program, which enables students to lead efforts to address the needs of medically underserved populations. She volunteered at a residential school for children in the foster care system and organized a new running club for them to train for a charity 5k race. She also completed qualitative research on nutrition interventions as a follow-up to the Flint Water Crisis

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Liza Wagner, MD, MPH

Position: PGY-4

Undergraduate: University of Chicago
Graduate: Tulane University School of Public Health
Medical School: Tulane University

Liza is a native Rhode Islander and excited to be returning for Triple Board training in her hometown of Providence. She received her MD and MPH in Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences in May 2017 from Tulane University. While at Tulane she was a member of the Combined MD/MPH Degree Merit-Based Scholarship Award. She also received an American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Summer Medical Student Fellowship and was a Tulane Klingenstein Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Medical Student Fellowship Scholar. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from the University of Chicago. She initially became interested in pediatrics and infant mental health during college when she began working as a volunteer “cuddler” in the NICU at Comer Children’s Hospital. Between college and medical school she worked at Bradley Hospital in East Providence, RI as a milieu therapist on the children’s inpatient unit, which solidified her interest in child and adolescent psychiatry. Liza chose Brown for its excellent pediatrics and psychiatry training, coupled with wonderful mentorship and innovative approaches to providing care to children and families, and unique training opportunities specific to care of infants and very young children. In her free time she enjoys playing soccer, rock climbing, hiking, traveling and taking walks with her two dogs.