Triple Board Residents 2008-2013
Chase Samsel – 2013
Chase earned his MD in 2010 from the Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine in Augusta, Georgia. He completed his undergraduate training with a B.S. in Biomedical Ethics at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA. During medical school, he was Social Chair of his class and very involved in social experiments involving loud music, lots of medical students, and good times. During residency, Chase was was accepted into the Pediatrics Global Health Certificate Program while rotating at Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya. He is interested in global psychiatry, pediatric palliative care, chronic and lift-limiting illness, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and serves as the Assistant Director of the TALC Program. To those ends, he is the currently doing prospective research on palliative care initiatives in the NICU, presenting a poster at the 2011 AACAP annual meeting on adult transition outcomes of chronically ill adolescents in the TALC program, co-presenting a workshop on Procedural Hypnosis in Pediatric Patients at the 2011 AAP annual meeting, working with the pediatric refugee clinic in establishing better trauma screening and treatment options, attends the Philosophy and Psychiatry reading group at Brown, and will start a psychotherapy fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis in the Fall of 2011. Outside of work, he enjoys jet-setting, eating the delicious foods of Providence, getting ripped at CrossFit, and continuing his social gallivanting ways.
During the past five years of Triple Board training, Chase has pursued interests in working with children with life-threatening and life-limiting illness, global health, and psychotherapy. He served as assistant and head medical director of the Adolescent Leadership Council (TALC), a leadership and support group for teens and families living with chronic illness. He completed a four-year research project in palliative care initiatives in the Women and Infant’s Neonatal ICU. He graduated the Brown Residency International/Global Health Training (BRIGHT) Pathway; received a CATCH grant in 2012 from the American Academy of Pediatrics to start a group therapy for adolescent refugees; and concluded a two-year fellowship in psychodynamic psychotherapy in Boston this spring. This summer, he will serve as an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School while working as an attending physician at Boston Children’s Hospital and Dana Farber Cancer Institute as Consult-Liaison Psychiatrist and Psychosocial Oncologist.
Michelle Palumbo – 2013
Dr. Michelle Palumbo is originally from New Jersey. She attended Rutgers University where she completed a double major in Biological sciences and Psychology in 2003, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa. Dr. Palumbo migrated south to Richmond, Virginia to attend medical school at the Medical college of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University and graduated in 2008. During medical school, she was involved as her class curriculum representative, LCME accreditation committee, admissions committee, and a fourth year co-leader for the foundations of clinical medicine course for first year students. Dr. Palumbo had received two Commonwealth awards, the Nancy B. King Memorial scholarship for pediatrics, an AMA foundation award, and the High score award for the second year behavioral sciences course. Dr. Palumbo was also elected to the National Pathology Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi and Alpha Omega Alpha during her time at MCV/VCU. During residency, Dr. Palumbo has been actively involved as a parent group co-leader in The Adolescent Leadership Council (TALC), a resident created and led group involving teens and parents with chronic illness. When not working, Dr. Palumbo enjoys spending as much time with her family in NJ as possible, running, dancing, and knitting.
During her residency, she was involved as a parent group co-leader for the Adolescent Leadership Council (TALC), a support and leadership group for adolescents with chronic illness and their families, for four years and as a triple board chief resident during her final year of training. Upon completing her residency, she will be joining the faculty at the Lurie Center for Autism at Massachusetts General Hospital, and she will also serve as an instructor at Harvard Medical School.
Rasa Heyda, MD
Born – June 28, 1971
Died – December 24, 2012
Triple Board Resident
June 2008 – December 2012
Rasa Heyda, MD joined our Triple Board Residency in June of 2008. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of California Los Angeles and Duke University. Rasa was Phi Beta Kappa at Duke and later was awarded an NIH Roadmap Fellowship to work in Duke's Brain Imaging and Analysis Center. She dedicated her life to working with children faced with challenges. She worked as a 4th grade school teacher in a self-contained classroom in urban Los Angeles; she moonlighted as a music teacher during medical school at Duke teaching Indian songs and dance; and finally as an exemplary Triple Board resident at Brown Medical School improving the lives of children in need. Rasa continued to shine as soon as she entered the TB program. She used her experience as a teacher to an advantage. She was always well-prepared and demonstrated excellent clinical skills particularly in structuring therapy sessions, collaboratively designing interventions and gently challenging her patients. Rasa was a wonderfully caring, thoughtful, and gentle doctor. She always wanted to do what was best for all she interacted with. She was thorough and kind with patients and a superb team player. Rasa showed great courage over the last two years as she attempted to continue learning while dealing with the assault from rapidly progressing breast cancer. We were all in awe of her ability to quickly accept what had been dealt to her. We watched her gracefully accept the outcome all while continuing to reach out to colleagues, friends and family. Rasa's legacy in the broader Brown Triple Board community is assured. She is a true role model for all triple boarders of the future to aspire to.
Cathy Adams – 2012
Dr. Adams earned her MD in 2007 from Pennsylvania State University, College of Medicine in Hershey, PA. She completed her undergraduate training at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA in biology and psychology, graduating magna cum laude. Following the completion of her degree, she worked at Massachusetts General Hospital in the Partners AIDS Research Center in HIV vaccine design and taught high school math. She was active in international health and advocacy during medical school, including work with the Uganda Village Project, a sustainable development project in rural Uganda, of which she was on the executive board. During residency, she was awarded the AACAP Outstanding Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Resident Award in 2009 and the AACAP Educational Outreach Award in 2009 and 2011. She is currently the director of the Adolescent Leadership Council (TALC), a triple board founded leadership organization composed of teens and college student mentors with chronic medical illnesses that meets monthly to provide a forum for teens to discuss their experiences with illness, decrease isolation and aid in the transition to adulthood and adult medical care. She has presented posters during residency at AACAP and APHA. During residency Dr. Adams also spent time on away electives in Siem Reap, Cambodia and Eldoret, Kenya. She is a BRIGHT (global health) scholar and a member of the AMPATH Kenya mental health working group. She will be returning to Kenya in April. She enjoys traveling, being outdoors and spending time with family and friends. Upon completing her residency, Cathy will serve as the Medical Director of the new medical/psychiatric unit opening in the fall on the sixth floor of Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
John Caskey – 2012
John received his MD in 2007 from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX. During his time in Galveston, he also completed a PhD in Medical Humanities at the Institute for the Medical Humanities, with particular focus on literature and medicine, medical ethics, and ethics education. He completed his undergraduate training at Baylor University in Waco, TX. When not working, John enjoys reading, live music, baseball, and spending time with his family. John and his family look forward to continuing to call Rhode Island home, as he will work as a half-time staff psychiatrist at RIH Psychiatric Emergency Services, caring for both children and adults, and continuing a small child psychotherapy practice.
Marta Majczak – 2012
Marta Majczak earned her MD in 2007 from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. She completed her undergraduate degree in bioethics at Cornell University in 2003. During medical school she participated in several international experiences including studying medical Spanish in Costa Rica and rotating in Child Psychiatry at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. She also presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting & Exposition in November 2004 on work she had done with janitors and hazardous cleaning chemicals in the San Francisco Bay Area the summer after her first year. Throughout medical school she was employed as a tissue recovery technician for LifeChoice Donor Services and received several awards and scholarships including the Merck Book Award, the University of Connecticut Health Center Auxiliary Award and Scholarship, and the Judy Cook/Meta Snyder Memorial Scholarship. During residency Dr. Majczak has continued her interest in international work and has traveled to Angkor Children's Hospital in Siem Reap, Cambodia where she worked in pediatrics and to Moi University Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret, Kenya where she worked in psychiatry. She is currently a chief resident of the Triple Board Program and has received the Educational Outreach Program Award to attend the AACAP conference in 2011. In her spare time, Dr. Majczak enjoys doing renovation projects around her home, sailing, and visiting and hosting friends and family. Marta is excited to stay in Providence and to join the faculty at Brown University as the child psychiatrist for a new Child Partial Program at Bradley Hospital.
Pamela Mosher – 2011
Pamela was raised in Boston by Canadian parents and always wanted to be a pediatrician. She received her B.S. from Duke University and her M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School where she studied liberation theology, ethics, and interpretations of suffering and death across religious traditions. During this time she began facilitating bereavement groups for college students and decided to pursue a career in pediatric palliative care. Between divinity school and med school Pam spent a fellowship year studying Celtic music in Scotland where she undertook rigorous research in the pubs of Edinburgh. At Stanford Medical School Pam developed new curricula around delivering difficult news and navigating end of life conversations with patients/ families, an effort she continued in residency along with facilitating bereavement groups. Pam treasures the friendships formed with co-residents in pediatrics, psychiatry, and her wonderful fellow graduates in child psychiatry at Brown. Pam was also the recipient of the prestigious Laughlin Scholarship Award. Pam is now an attending in Pediatric Palliative Care at the Izaak Walton Killam Children’s Hospital (IWK) in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Matthew Willis – 2011
Matthew grew up in East Lyme, CT. before completing his undergraduate degree at Georgetown University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Biology major and a Theology minor. He attended medical school at the University of Connecticut, where he also obtained a Master of Public Health. Matt completed his Triple Board Residency at Brown University in Pediatrics, General Psychiatry, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. During his residency, he directed The Adolescent Leadership Council, a support and advocacy group for teens and families living with chronic medical illness. He was awarded the Community Advocacy Award from the Department of Pediatrics in 2009, and was the recipient of the Haffenreffer House Staff Excellence Award in May 2011. He is very excited to be joining the multidisciplinary team at the Hasbro Partial Hospital Program, where he will be treating children and adolescents with medical and psychiatric illness. He will also be joining Psychiatric Emergency Services as a staff psychiatrist.
Elizabeth Kowal – 2011
Elizabeth joined the Triple Board Residency in 2006, after completing her medical degree at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, MI. Her path to and through Triple Board was not necessarily a direct one, as she began her journey with an Animal Science degree from Michigan State University, and took two maternity leaves during her residency training. However, the Brown Triple Board program has felt like home for some time and she appreciates all of the support and direction, from amazing supervisors to co-residents, that has been offered over the years. She looks forward to an interesting and varied career in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, that will begin in West Lafayette, IN.
Marsha Chenoweth – 2010
University of Texas Medical School at Houston
Marsha came from the great state of Texas, where she received her MD from University of Texas Houston Medical School in 2005. Prior to that, she received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Music and Plan II Honors from The University of Texas at Austin, in 2000. Marsha graduated from the Brown Triple Board residency in September, 2010. and is excited to be joining a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry private practice in Cranston, RI, as well as continuing to do some urgent-care pediatrics at Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
Julianne Giust – 2010
Indiana University School of Medicine
Julianne was born and raised in Indiana, attended Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH and returned to Indiana University to earn a medical degree. Julianne recently completed her combined residency in pediatrics, psychiatry and child & adolescent psychiatry in December of 2010. Julianne will be staying on at Brown as an attending child and adolescent psychiatrist in the Rhode Island Hospital/Hasbro Children’s Hospital Emergency Department.
Chia Granda – 2010
Chia received her BA in Psychology and MD from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She completed her residency in Pediatrics, Adult Psychiatry, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in December 2010 and returned to the island of Kaua'i. There, she will practice outpatient Child Psychiatry and General Pediatrics. Chia is committed to improving access to health care for the underserved, particularly for Native Hawaiians, reducing psychiatric stigma, and involving the community in improving mental health. In doing so, she will address the crystal methamphetamine epidemic.
Wendy Froehlich – 2009
Stanford University School of Medicine
Gary Maslow – 2009
Dartmouth Medical School
Wil Yeung – 2009
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey/R.W. Johnson Medical School