Pediatric Housestaff 2014-2015

Categorical PGY 1's


Categorical PGY 2's

Michelle BellerMichelle BellerMichelle grew up on Long Island, NY before heading south to Virginia (go Hoos!) to study Civil Engineering. After graduating, she worked with AmeriCorps, as an engineer, and with kids with special needs, before returning to UVA for medical school. Michelle enjoys painting, reading, hiking, biking, and cooking and eating delicious foods. She is really enjoying exploring Providence

Elizabeth ButlerElizabeth Butler

 Ellie was born and raised in Worcester, Massachusetts. She went to Emory for undergrad and UMass for medical school and took one year during medical school to obtain her MPH at Harvard.  She enjoys running, crossfitting, being outside, reading, traveling, watching New England sports and spending time with her family. Rhode Island favorites include the Blackstone Boulevard, Horseneck Beach, running with her co-interns and all of the bridges and neat architecture in the area.

Allison CaldwellAllison Caldwell

 Allison grew up in Thornwood, New York, alongside five younger siblings.  She attended Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, where she studied English literature.  She went on to study medicine at Albany Medical College.  While there, Allison became very involved with ethical discourse within the hospital, and went on to complete an M.S. in bioethics at the Alden March Bioethics Institute, with a focus on narrative ethics and palliative care.  During her five years in Albany, she dedicated herself to tutoring and mentoring students in the local area, and became involved in programs focused on teen health literacy, and early childhood literacy for young mothers.  Outside of residency, Allison enjoys reading, biking, playing the oboe, eating cookies, and exploring her neighborhood on the west side of Providence!


Jacquelyn ChambersJacquelyn ChambersJackie grew up in Woburn, Ma and did not go too far away for her undergraduate school. She attended UMass Amherst where she earned degrees in Accounting and Biology. She then ventured all the way to UMass Medical School in Worcester. For residency, she decided to finally make the big move across state lines and come to Providence. She spends her days off at the beach and is always looking for a good book.

Rhode Island Favorites: The seemingly limitless beaches and restaurants. The walk-able neighborhoods (a first).


Kelly CorbettKelly CorbettKelly grew up moving around from one air force base to another, but has been in New England for the last several years.  She completed her undergrad degree at Cornell and her medical degree at Dartmouth.  In her free time, she enjoys hiking, kayaking, and riding her aging horse, Verdict.  She's excited to join the Hasbro team!


Ravi D'CruzRavi D'CruzRavi is thrilled to spend another three years in Providence!  His path to medicine has been winding, and ultimately ran through a career in architecture.  He majored in the subject at Yale, and subsequently designed buildings at Robert A. M. Stern Architects before enrolling at the Yale School of Architecture for a master’s degree.  During his first year in the program, he volunteered in pediatrics and found a greater passion than his previous interest in design.  He went on to enroll in the Bryn Mawr postbaccalaureate premedical program, and later attended medical school at Brown.   He hopes to continue his extracurricular interests in cooking, drawing, tennis, running, skiing, travel, and reading throughout residency.

Rhode Island Favorites:  I love the weekend farmers market, as well as all of the amazing local restaurants in Providence!  For the size, I couldn’t have been more impressed with the food scene here. (Proximity to the water is a huge plus, too!)

Jennifer DetrisacJennifer Detrisac

Jenn grew up in western Maryland and attended Wilson College where she majored in biology. She then went to graduate school at Georgetown University and earned a masters degree in physiology. Her love for cancer patients encouraged her to go to medical school at Drexel University. She is very excited to be joining the Hasbro community to continue her training in pediatrics. Outside of work Jenn enjoys spending time with her family, including her husband, daughter and two dogs. Her favorite activities include running, going to the be going to the beach, sewing, and traveling.

Jessica FarrarJessica Farrar

 Jessica grew up in Northern Connecticut, and then made her way to Pennsylvania to study Biology and Spanish at Lafayette College.  After college she spent a year as a medical assistant in Connecticut, followed by a year as a research assistant in Philadelphia.  She stayed in Philadelphia to attend Temple School of Medicine.  She enjoys jogging, tennis, traveling, the beach, and learning her way around Rhode Island!

Kahleb Graham, MDKahleb Graham, MDKahleb received his MD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in May, 2012.He alsohas a B.A in Religious Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. He attended the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education where he earned certification in middle school mathematics. Following graduate school worked as a middle school math and science teacher in the very competitive Teach for America program. Kahleb is a member of the Arnold P. Gold Humanism Honor Society and was the recipient of the American Academy of Family Physicians “Tomorrow’s Leader Award.” He was awarded an R25 NIMH Medical Student Research in Mental Health Fellowship relating to collaborative physical and mental health care of pediatric patients.

Vanessa HandVanessa HandVanessa grew up in Plymouth, Massachusetts, home of the pilgrims. She attended college at Clark University where she studied Biology. She stayed at Clark for a Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Health Care Management.  After working a few years in the pharmaceutical field, she attended UMASS Medical School which shaped her future in pediatrics.  Her passion outside of medicine is Pit Bull Awareness and Rescue. She is hoping to get more involved with the Providence Animal Shelter as she settles into intern year. She enjoys snowboarding, sitting on the beach, and cuddling with her pitties while watching Boston sports. 


Christopher KlunkChristopher Klunk

Chris was born in Worcester, MA but spent most of his early life in the small town of Warren, in central Massachusetts.  On his way to Hasbro he stopped for a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science at UMass Amherst and medical school at UMass Worcester.  His original career plan had been to teach elementary school and it did not take much of a leap to wind up in pediatrics.  He is an avid volleyball player and spends much of his leisure time competing in tournaments with his wife.  He has numerous clinical interests, including dermatology and emergency medicine, and still imagines himself having a small town practice and carrying a big black doctor's bag.  

Rhode Island Favorites:  Sun, sand, a great volleyball scene, fresh seafood, and one awesome children’s hospital.


Nadav LelkesNadav Lelkes

Nadav spent his first 13 years in Wisconsin, at which point he moved to Philadelphia. He’s been making his way slowly up the East Coast since then. He got a degree in Biology from Drexel University and went to med school at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx. It was here that he realized the big city life just is not for him, and couldn’t be happier being in Providence. In his free time, Nadav likes playing/listening to all sorts of music, food (eating and cooking!) and being outside.

 Rhode Island Favorites: Food and art! 


Elizabeth PaciElizabeth Paci

Liz grew up outside Boston and was a Government and Latin American Studies major at Cornell University.   She worked at Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program before starting medical school at Harvard. There, she also earned a Masters in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, focusing on housing and child welfare policies. Her research interests include the reform of state housing policies for homeless adolescents, as well as teen sexuality, sexual health and access to primary care. She’s really jazzed about reproductive rights, politics (one day she might be asking for your vote!), do-it-yourself frozen yogurt, mini-golf, camping, yoga and her husky cat Franklin. In the future, she hopes to work in adolescent health and to fix some of the social policy issues that create child health inequalities.

Rhode Island Favorites: So many free music events! I’m excited to eat lots of good food at restaurants, food trucks and farm stands- and glad that my co-interns have already brought me to so many beautiful beaches!


Leela SarathyLeela Sarathy

Leela grew up in Newton, MA and then relocated to New York City to attend college at Columbia University. She then joined Teach for America and spent four years working as a first-grade bilingual teacher in the Bronx and earning a Master's degree in education. It was teaching that cemented Leela's passion for caring for the nation's most vulnerable, so she returned to Boston to attend BU medical school. At BU she helped to develop the school's Advocacy Training program, established a summer internship experience for students interested in child advocacy, and organized many volunteer opportunities for likeminded medical students. Leela is thrilled to be at Brown for residency, where she hopes to continue her work in physician advocacy and medical education.
In her free time Leela enjoys cooking (and eating), knitting/crocheting, singing, playing the piano, throwing dinner parties and game nights, doing the Sunday Times crossword, and babysitting her parents' standard poodle Nellie.  Leela is excited to be in Little Rhody and she and her husband have grand plans to eat their way through the Providence restaurant scene.


Holly SchroederHolly Schroeder Holly grew up in Wayland, Massachusetts and earned a BA in biology at Wesleyan University in Connecticut.  Between college and med school she worked for NOLS in Patagonia, and as a medical assistant at a rural primary care practice on Martha’s Vineyard and at Planned Parenthood in Boston.  She attended medical school at Dartmouth Medical School in New Hampshire.  In med school, she started a migrant health program with a classmate as part of a Schweitzer Fellowship.  Outside of the hospital she loves skiing, hiking, exploring new places, and going out dancing!  She is very excited to live in Rhode Island as the next stop on her tour of the New England states!


Gabriela VargasGabriela Vargas

Gaby grew up in New York and earned a BS degree in Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University. During college she developed her passion for health advocacy and working with underserved communities through various programs, including an asthma education program for kids in Harlem. She also learned she was a city girl at heart. After graduation, she went to Boston University for medical school. She decided Pediatrics was amazing, and decided to add a research year in clinical pediatrics. During that time she worked on various projects including assessing accessibility of Plan B to 17 year olds (with an alum of the Brown Pediatrics residency), preventing maternal depression in high-risk mothers, as well as pediatric medical education. She loves anything Chilean (where her family is from), exploring new cities, painting, trying new food spots, and running. She’s getting ready for the first of many half-marathons with her co-residents!

Triple Board PGY 2

  Jamie Gainor DiPietroJamie Gainor DiPietro

Jamie is a native Rhode Islander who completed her undergraduate studies at Providence College then moved across the city to attend medical school at Brown. There, she was involved with medical education, teaching in a variety of courses and working on curriculum development projects. Jamie has been active in working with children and teens with Type 1 diabetes in volunteering with Camp Surefire, Rhode Island’s only camp for young diabetics. Outside of medicine, Jamie enjoys spending time with her husband and family, reading, quilting, and spending time outside with her two quirky dogs, Viola and Pippa. Jamie is thrilled to have matched at Brown for Triple Board and is looking forward to learning how to care for children with concurrent medical and psychiatric needs.

Rhode Island Favorites: Being twenty minutes from everywhere, Dunkin Donuts on every corner, and lots of beautiful outdoor spots, particularly the Blackstone Woods, Snake Den Park, Rome Point, and Narrow River.


Jonathan KoleJonathan Kole

Jon comes to Rhode Island after 8 fantastic years at the University of Pennsylvania.  During this time in West Philadelphia, he completed his undergraduate training and a dual MD/Masters of Ethics program, but most importantly, he met his now wife Martha.  Prior to becoming a doctor, his favorite job experiences included high school science teacher, baboon behavior specialist, and ice cream shop sundae specialist.  He is proud to be a member of the U.S. National Health Service Corps and Arnold P. Gold Humanism Honor Society.  Part of the Triple Board Program, Jon’s numerous academic interests include public health ethics, adolescent medicine and addiction psychiatry.  Always eager for a new challenge, Jon has biked across the country, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and run a marathon in a bow-tie.  He is happy to join the Hasbro family!


Alison SteinAlison Stein

Ali originally hails from the suburbs of Philadelphia.  She majored in psychology at Cornell, spent a year researching serotonin in mice at the NIH in Bethesda, MD, then returned to Philly to attend medical school at Drexel.  Ali’s biggest passion is global health.  She served as the vice president of her med school’s global health interest group and continues to work with an organization call AYUDA that runs educational camps for children with Type I diabetes in Ecuador and the Dominican Republic.  She took a year off between 3rd and 4th year of medical school to volunteer and backpack around South America.  Ali hopes to incorporate international work into her future career.

Ali is rarely seen without  hot sauce in hand.  She loves cooking, condiments, craft beers, classic rock, clever puns and colorful tie-dye.

Rhode Island Favorites: the foodie scene!  And all her fellow pedi-intern providence transplants

Medicine-Pediatrics PGY 2s

Eric ChowEric ChowEric Chow was born and raised in La Canada, California (It’s by the Rose Bowl!) and went to Stanford for undergrad and grad. He majored in biological sciences and international relations. After spending a semester in Moscow, he thought about doing translating as a career for a short while. Rather than talk for people, he wanted to be able to talk to people and he realized medicine was the way to combine it all together. He went to Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia and enrolled in their MD/MPH program. Despite the many hours of med school work, he still managed to find time to do medical work in Honduras, Philippines and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He (and his two dogs!) is very excited to start residency in Med/Peds here in Providence and looking forward to explore every single restaurant in the area with his fellow coworkers.

Rhode Island Favorites: He’s a big foodie and excited that there are so many great places to eat here in Providence. Coming from the Los Angeles area, it’s nice to be in a place where everything is only 10-15 min away!

Carrie DavidsonCarrie DavidsonCarrie Davidson graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 2013. While in medical school she corrdinated the medical clinic at the Pittsburgh Women's Sheter, where she was also an active volunteer. In addiiton to her volunteer work, she also did a research project about why women report feeling safe in violent relationships.  She presented her findings at the National Conference on Domestic Violence in San Francisco, CA in March 2013. She and her mentors are in the process of working on a draft for publication. Carrie is also married, and has 2 small children: Lily (3) and Eleanor (10 months), and loves traveling, cooking, and playing sports when she has time.

Michelle MaciagMichelle MaciagMichelle Maciag earned her undergraduate degree in Biology from Villanova University as part of the 7-year combined BS/MD program with Drexel University College of Medicine.  While at Drexel, she was inducted into AOA, and enjoyed various leadership roles in community projects.  Most fulfilling was her involvement as a clinic coordinator for the Salvation Army student-run clinic, which provides medical care for individuals undergoing rehabilitation for substance abuse.  

Michelle is passionate about primary care and preventative medicine, and is thrilled to be beginning her Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residencies here at Brown.  When she gets some time off, she enjoys traveling abroad.  Most recently, she explored Ireland, and managed—in just four days—to visit 18 of Ireland’s 32 traditional counties. While in Providence, she recharges by running, playing tennis, hiking, and pretty much anything that involves sunshine and fresh air!

Tiffany YehTiffany Yeh

Tiffany Yeh is a born and raised New Yorker, but then left to explore her southern side at Rice University, where she earned her BA in Cognitive Sciences. There, she designed practical solutions for global health issues, and discovered both a love for travel and medicine. She then moved home to attend Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx. While there, she became very involved in ECHO, the student-run free clinic, and continues to be passionate about patient centered primary care. Outside of the hospital, she enjoys traveling, learning languages, live music, and being outdoors (ie exploring the beautiful beaches of RI).


Categorical PGY 3’s 

Veronica BernardoVeronica BernardoVeronica earned her BS in Biology at Providence College and is a graduate of  New York Medical College.  She grew up outside of Providence and is glad to be back in Little Rhody.  She has a broad range of interests in Pediatrics and is enjoying her time at Hasbro.


Meghan BeucherMeghan BeucherMeghan moved around a lot as a child.  She grew up mostly in sweet home Alabama.  She spent four wonderful years at Middlebury College in Vermont, followed by two years teaching 9th grade chemistry in New Jersey before returning to the Green Mountain state for medical school.  She loves traveling, hiking, shopping, dancing, running, Zumba, laughing, the color pink, dogs (or any pet for that matter), coming up with new versions of the "awkward turtle," chocolate and peanut butter (together), and of course Hasbro. :) 

 Rhode Island Favorites: I love that I can get a city and small town feel at the same time here (there is a farmer's market right down the street from my house and I can be in downtown providence in 5 minutes, and to Boston in an hour).  The beaches are beautiful and a wonderful way to relax after a long week at work.  There are tons of delicious restaurants of ALL varieties which are fun to explore too.  My co-residents really seal the deal though.  Everyone is very supportive and we enjoy spending time together!


Jamie FierceJamie FierceJamie grew up in Stow, Massachusetts. She then moved north to attend Colby College in Maine where she majored in biology.   After graduating she went straight to medical school at Tufts University.  While there, she spent time researching the genetic determinants of resistance to babesia infection. After living in Boston for four years she was ready for a smaller city, and fell in love with Providence. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, snowboarding, and cheering for all of the New England sports teams.

 Rhode Island Favorites: My favorite thing about living in Rhode Island is all of the outdoor activities. I have really enjoyed exploring the beaches, bike paths, and of course Block Island.             


Colleen GerrityColleen GerrityColleen grew up in Western Massachusetts and earned a BA degree in History at Williams College. During her time at Williams, she spent a semester abroad studying public health in India, China and South Africa. After graduation, she spent the year abroad teaching English in Turkey before heading north to Vermont for medical school.  Outside of the hospital, Colleen enjoys reading, spending time with her husband, Alex (a fellow peds resident), and escaping to the Cape.           

 Rhode Island Favorites:  Being so close to the beach and exploring all the wonderful restaurants!


 Alexander HoganAlexander Hogan

Alex is a born and raised Brooklyn Boy who has learned to love RI. He was an English major at Williams College and was accepted to Mount Sinai Medical School via the Humanities in Medicine program. During medical school, Alex was actively involved in teaching and tutoring; whether that was local first generation college bound High School student or peers in medical school. In addition, Alex was a research assistant in a study examining the effect of high fidelity simulation teaching on PALS performance of pediatric residents. Outside of work Alex enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee, Squash, homebrewing beer, and of course spending time with his favorite woman in the world (besides Dennisse), his wife Colleen! 

Rhode Island Favorites:  The seafood, the beaches, and affordable living!       

Edward HurleyEdward HurleyEd grew up about 30 miles north of Providence in Massachusetts. He had a circuitous path to medicine that included being a newspaper reporter in New Hampshire, an editor at an Internet start-up and a retinal photographer for the VA hospital system.  When not in the clinic or on the wards, he loves spending time with his beautiful wife Sarah and  daughter Maddy.  As for hobbies, he loves to cook especially grill.  He is trying to perfect his grilled sweet potato recipe.

 Rhode Island Favorites: I actually live just over the border in Massachusetts but I do spend a lot of time in Rhode Island. I love the beaches and the picturesque little seaside towns that have great seafood restaurants and quirky little shops. There are some great breweries in Rhode Island. The Roger Williams Zoo is the best!


Jessie KerrJessie KerrJessie grew up in Concord, MA and earned her BA in biology from Williams College.  She took time in between college and medical school to do clinical research and then taught outdoor education in California. She attended the University of Vermont College of Medicine where her active involvement in global health initiatives in Peru and Lesotho earned her the William Eustis Brown Award for broad cultural interests. Jessie adores all outdoor pursuits, especially hiking and camping. While she enjoyed her four years of proximity to Lake Champlain while in medical school, she is very happy to return to the far better Atlantic Ocean, where she can continue to develop her already fantastic boogie boarding skills.

 Rhode Island Favorites: Restaurants, beaches, the farmer's market, East Bay bike path, food trucks, walking paths, and my co-residents of course.


Renee KlerisRenee KlerisRenee was born and raised in Atlanta, GA and attended Emory where she majored in Classical Civilization and Biology. She became interested in pediatrics while volunteering on the Cancer and Blood Disorders floor at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta in college. She later worked on clinical research at Emory University and Grady Memorial Hospital where her team studied health literacy and ways to improve patient care. Renee attended medical school at Mercer University in Macon, GA and is a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Her family is originally from Greece so during medical school she had the chance to visit and volunteer at a health center near Sounion. She hopes to become more involved with international health in the future. Renee loves being outdoors, going to the beach, hiking, biking, kayaking, travel, and reading.

Rhode Island Favorites: I feel so lucky to have joined the Brown Pediatric Family and am enjoying life in Providence.  I have loved helping out with our Sail Away Program and am looking forward to getting involved with our Refugee Clinic.  My favorite things about Rhode Island include the many beaches and the weekend Farmers Market on the East Side.

  Jessica KremenJessica Kremen 

Jess is a New York native, born and raised in Manhattan.  She completed her undergraduate degree at Brown, and returned to her old neighborhood for medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. There, she became interested in many aspects of service work and outreach, including barriers to care, reproductive health and obesity prevention. In med school, she co-ran a program teaching med students in the clinical years to identify patients with low health literacy, and developed new resources to facilitate effective communication with these patients. She hopes to continue working to improve access to health care for children and their families in Rhode Island.             

 Rhode Island Favorites: I was very excited to return to Providence for residency. In my spare time I likes to cook (and eat) and can’t wait to pick up where I left off, exploring Rhode Island’s bountiful culinary offerings.


Alison LabadieAlison LabadieAfter growing up in Baltimore and college at Penn, Alison took a job doing grassroots health and education development work in (very rural)  Ghana. It was through the work that she did in Ghana that she discovered that she wanted to be a doctor. Four years later, and after a two year post-bac program,  she returned to her hometown to begin medical school at the University of Maryland. It wasn't until 3rd year that she decided on pediatrics and she has never doubted that decision since. Knowing that she is working on behalf of a child is what motivates her the most. This is also what drew her to the Brown program. There is a level of commitment to serving our community, immigrants and natives alike, that is tangible and it is very much the heart of this program. The educational opportunities here are endless and the ability to personalize my residency training for my specific goals is really exciting.  She and her husband moved to Providence the day after returning home from our honeymoon. We love living here so far and especially exploring the beaches and park with our big brown dog! I love to bake, run, bike, watch HGTV, and talk to or about my identical twin sister whenever possible.

 Rhode Island Favorites: Hasbro Peds community, the beaches, the FOOD, the music, the fact that everyone in RI seems to have a dog, the abundance of farmer's markets, my co-interns!!


Juanita LawJuanita LawJuanita grew up in Seattle, WA and moved to the east coast for med school at NYMC.  Coming from a place where there wasn’t much sunshine or any sandy beaches,  her favorite thing to do on her days off is head to the beach, which RI has so many of.  She also enjoys reading (currently on book 2 of Game of Thrones) and running.

Rhode Island Favorites: The beaches and the food!  So far East beach is my favorite, and Mama Kim's food truck has the best Korean BBQ for super cheap.

  Allison LemkinAllison Lemkin

Allison grew up in Cromwell, CT and attended the University of Connecticut for college and The Pennsylvania State University for medical school.  She enjoys baking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.  She plans to combine a career in academic pediatrics with public health.

Rhode Island Favorites: Exploring Providence's many diverse restaurants!


Rebecca Macdonell-YilmazRebecca Macdonell-YilmazBecky grew up on Long Island but headed north to Dartmouth where she earned a BA in French Language and Literature and later an MPH.  She spent several years working in clinical oncology research at Dana-Farber Cancer Center and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center before returning home to attend medical school at Stony Brook University.  During med school, she rekindled her long-dormant love of writing, composing many poems and a collection of essays.  Her other interests include running, yoga, skiing, and travel.  She and her husband are thrilled to be back in New England.


Timothy MenzTimothy MenzTim is originally from Braintree, MA and is the youngest of five children.  Coming from a big family,  he feels like his siblings had a strong influence on his choice to pursue Pediatrics as a career.  That and because he’s really just a big kid at heart!  He went to UMass Boston for undergrad and, while there, was fortunate to earn a Fulbright Fellowship to India studying neonatal mortality.  He then attended UMass for medical school and could not be happier to be at Brown for residency!  In his spare time he likes spending time with his family, cooking with his wife (who is also a resident in the family medicine program), and pretty much playing any sport that allows him to be outside.

 Rhode Island Favorites: I love all of the restaurants in RI as well as the easy access to the many wonderful beaches.     


Timothy PorterTimothy PorterTim grew up outside Boston and went to Amherst College in western MA, before working in a biochemistry lab in Boston, and then attending UMass in Worcester for medical school.  He has truly branched out by traveling far to move to Rhode Island.  He enjoys running, playing soccer, and entertaining his cat Buster.  His potential career interests include critical care, emergency medicine, nerding out with computers, and hospitalist and academic pediatrics.

 Rhode Island Favorites: A uniquely diverse population (and the great food that comes along with that)!


Meghan SmallMeghan SmallMeghan grew up in a little town just outside of Burlington, VT for the first half of her childhood, then lived near Allentown, PA for 8 years, through high school. She received my BA in Anthropology from Northwestern University and then returned to Vermont for medical school at UVM. Most of her time not spent in school or studying, has been spent playing sports. She grew up playing every sport she could then played field hockey in college. Now she enjoys training for various running/triathlon events. She is a big fan of all outdoor activities from skiing to hiking, to sailing, to camping etc. She moved to RI with her boyfriend who is a general surgery resident, after going through the couples match. They love their apt on the east side of Providence and despite their schedules they still find time to get out and explore their new city together.

 Rhode Island Favorites: Providence is a perfect size for residency training: large enough that we gain exposure to a high volume of very sick patients and see a very diverse group of patients, but small enough that it is manageable to get around and affordable to live. There is also a ton of events happening all the time - lots of music, food, and sporting events. The beaches of RI are so close that we go for just a few hours after work, or on a weekend day. I love being in New England where you get to be both close to big cities, but also minutes away from the beautiful back-country areas.

Medicine-Pediatrics PGY 3                                            

Nkiruka EmeagwaliNkiruka Emeagwali

Nkiruka earned her BS and MS in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and completed her PhD in immunology.   She has published and presented her work on HIV at international meetings.  A native of New York City, she is enjoying intern life in Rhode Island.



Matthew GermakMatthew GermakA graduate of the University of Michigan with interim training at Berklee College of Music, Matt and his wife moved to Rhode Island after earning his MD from the University of Massachusetts and they are very excited to be here.  During medical school, Matt served as chapter president of AMSA, organizing various community-service events. Matt brings to his residency training experiences as a residential counselor and clinical research coordinator at McLean Hospital, Mass General, and Children's Hospital Boston.  He also has led an original pop/rock band that actively played in live music venues throughout the northeast, and he hopes to squeeze in some time for music during residency training.


Ryan HirschfeldRyan HirschfeldRyan earned his BA from Stonehill College and completed a masters program at Boston University.  He was a clinical research coordinator at Boston Children’s Hospital working on spinal deformities.  He is an AOA graduate of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and a Massachusetts native. 



Brian LeeBrian LeeBrian earned a BS in Chemistry from the College of William and Mary.  He is an AOA graduate of Jefferson Medical College.  During medical school, Brian served as Chapter President of the Gold Humanism Society and was active in the JeffHOPE student clinics as well as an organizer of the SquashSmarts program providing tutoring and squash training to middle school youth in Philadelphia.  We’re waiting on his re-establishing his interest in winemaking in his post-duty hour time. 


Triple Board PGY 3   

Christina PastorelloChristina PastorelloChristina received her MD in May 2012 from Tufts University School of Medicine. She also has a Bachelor of Science in dual majors, Biology and Clinical Psychology, from Tufts University. She was president of the Tuft’s chapter of the American Medical Women’s Association and organized several events to enhance leadership, advocacy and mentoring skills to medical students. Christina has broad experiences working with adolescent girls with complex psychological and physical trauma in a Massachusetts residential facility as well as with teaching typically developing younger girls’ leadership skills in a summer camp.  Christina remained active in teaching as a medical student and recently was a Problem Based Learning tutor for first year medical students.


Jason RaffertyJason RaffertyJason is a Jack Kent Cooke Scholar who received his M.D., M.P.H. in Maternal and Child Health, and Ed.M. in Child Development and Psychology from Harvard University. At graduation, he was recognized with the Intellectual Achievement/Faculty Tribute Award for dedication to scholarship that enhances academic life and positively impacts fellow students. He was a Charles A. Dana Scholar who graduated magna cum laude with honors in neuroscience and a concentration in philosophy from Bates College in 2005, and spent a year teaching in a public junior high school before starting graduate work at Harvard. In medical school, he has served in faculty positions as a clinical preceptor and Gross Anatomy tutorial and lab instructor where he was recognized by his students with an “Excellence in Tutoring” award. Pursuing interests in medical ethics, Jason served as vice-chair for the American Medical Association’s Student Bioethics and & Humanities Committee. Jason’s interest in health policy has recently led him to China and Japan to study international health systems, and to numerous leadership courses at the Harvard Kennedy School. During his tenure at Harvard, he was elected to two terms as the Vice-President of Student Advocacy on the Harvard Graduate Council, the University-wide graduate student government. His aspirations are to care for at-risk adolescents and, for the past four years, he has collaborated with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in the design and implementation of a peer leadership intervention to increase health literacy and utilization of school-based primary care services.

 Medicine-Pediatrics PGY 4's   

Nicole GergenNicole GergenNicole is a Minnesota transplant who earned her BA in Chemistry from Gustavus Adolphus College and was recognized as an NCAA All-American gymnast. She received her MD from the University of Minnesota School of Medicine. She was a junior inductee and state chapter president of AOA and was  inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society for her work with the student-led Phillips Neighborhood Clinic. Nicole has been adapting to New England and finding service opportunities and time for outdoor activities and cooking during her residency.


  Eyal MaidanEyal Maidan

Eyal comes from a multicultural background that blends Israeli, Argentinean, and French traditions. He grew up in Miami and obtained a BA degree in East Languages and Literature at the University of Florida, Gainesville. He spent a year abroad studying in Japan. He completed his MD degree at the University of Miami, where he was very active in community service activities through the Department of Community Service (DOCS) and served on the executive board. He is a member of AOA and the Iron Arrow society, the highest honor attained at UM for his service to the university and community. He enjoys living in  RI where he has continued his tradition of service, teaching and patient care while enjoying the many dining opportunities the state has to offer.


Joshua OraboneJoshua Orabone Josh is a native of Cumberland, RI. He earned BA's in Psychology and Physiology/Neurobiology from the University of Connecticut and completed research at Brown's Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies before moving to New Orleans, where he completed his MD and MPH at Tulane University School of Medicine. He worked in many student-supported community activities, and was a co-founder of Tulane's service learning program with the Lazarus Project. His primary focus has been on promoting healthy lifestyles in underserved populations through the Don't Weight to Lose program and he was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society for his commitment. He is happy to be back in Rhode Island and making time for music (he plays saxophone and guitar), basketball and caring for his Bonsai trees and aquarium.


David WashingtonDavid WashingtonDavid is a native of Ohio. He obtained a BA in ethnomusicology and Biology from Brown University and loved it so much he decided to stay on for medical school and residency training. During medical school he sought to study and advocate for the integration of social music into health care as powerful tool for community heath. David is a recognized and talented musician. As a professional trombonist, he has performed in several music tours in Portugal, Spain and Italy and can be found playing in the Jazz band at India Restaurant every other Thursday or performing at area nursing homes with the medical school musical group Chordae Tendinae, which he co -founded. For his commitment to service and his personal attributes, he was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Other than music, David enjoys sports, traveling, advocacy and education, and spirituality.


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Jennifer DownsJennifer DownsJen received her MD from the University of Kentucky, College of Medicine, in May 2011. She received her undergraduate degree from Colby College in Maine where she graduated magna cum laude. She has been actively involved in a variety of community service activities during medical school and she received the Outstanding Leadership and Community Service Award in 2006 because of her efforts. Jennifer was also selected as a Clinical and Translational research fellow in 2008-09 studying the relationship between children with chronic illnesses and their health care providers. She also co-authored a study entitled “Integrating Clinical Hands-On Experiences into the Curriculum for First Year medical students”. Jennifer likes running, art, and spending time with her husband, daughter, and their pets.


 Stephanie LichtorStephanie Lichtor

Stephanie received her MD from the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine in May 2011. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She did bench work in epigenetics and genetics as an undergraduate and volunteered at the Center for Treatment and Study of Anxiety. Prior to starting medical school, Stephanie was a high school teacher and then studied prescription drug abuse as a research technician at the University of Chicago. Stephanie has also served as editor of "Vital Signs," the medical student newspaper. She published two articles and wrote essays about medicine, ethics, and history for which she won the Robert D. Sparks Essay contest and took second place the following year.


Paul StevensPaul StevensPaul received his MD from The University of Utah School of Medicine in May 2011 where he was also inducted into the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Society. He completed his undergraduate studies at Brigham Young University. He has been a volunteer/mentor teaching behavioral and social skills to autistic children through the arts and swimming and has mentored a developmentally disabled man in life skills. Paul co-authored a study entitled "Identification of Hearing Loss in Pediatric Patients with Down Syndrome". He is noted for his advocacy, hard-work, responsibility, and ethics. Paul also worked full time as an electrician before entering medical school. He is married and has two boys.

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Beth BrannanBeth BrannanBeth earned her MD in 2010 from University of California at Davis School of Medicine in Sacramento, California. She completed her undergraduate training at Stanford University in California and taught there as a Human Biology Course Associate for two years prior to entering medical school. During medical school, she served as the student representative on the Curriculum Committee for four years and was elected by the faculty and students to receive the Golden Goblet Award for her service. She was also inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Society. During residency, she is currently participating in The Adolescent Leadership Council with teens with chronic illness, plans to do research on nurse- resident communication surrounding difficult patient interactions, and would like to pursue a career in consultation-liaison psychiatry working with children with medical and psychiatric needs. Outside of work, she enjoys going to farmers markets; hiking, bike riding, and doing anything else outdoors; exploring the Northeastern coast in her intrepid Prius; and hanging out with her amazing co-residents.


 Vedika NehraVedika Nehra

Vedika earned her MD in 2010 from New York Medical College. She completed her undergraduate training at the University of Missouri-Columbia (Mizzou), in Columbia, MO, majoring in biochemistry and creative writing. Vedika’s interest in the arts and teaching blossomed at Mizzou. During medical school, she developed a strong interest in rural medicine, mental health, and infectious disease leading her to create the Nehra-Savent Foundation (NSF), a non-profit organization focused on providing health and education assistance to rural communities (for more information please click http://nehra- During her intern year of residency Vedika presented her work at the department of pediatrics grand rounds in February 2011. She received the Warren Alpert School of Medicine outstanding teacher award in June 2011. As a second year TB resident Vedika is currently fundraising and working to expand NSF’s work in India. Specifically, she is organizing projects to improve immunization rates in rural Haryana, develop a permanent family clinic, and build a rural public library. In the realm of mental health, Vedika has a strong interest in suicide, particularly as it relates to children and the rural population. In her spare time Vedika can be found running (a new interest and her legs are still sore), sketching, teaching arts and crafts, meandering museums, and writing short stories.


Anastasia WermertAnastasia WermertStacey is from Marietta, Georgia and earned her MD in 2010 from Medical College of Georgia. She completed her undergraduate training at Barnard College in New York City with a major in psychology. After college, she worked as a research assistance in the substance abuse unit at the NY State Psychiatric Institute. During medical school, she co-authored a book entitled “Adherence to Mental Health Treatment.” Since high school, she has been involved in coaching Special Olympics swimming, and is interested in working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Disabilities. Other interests include international travel and volunteer work. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with friends, being outdoors, relaxing, laughing, or planning her next trip abroad.