People

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For general questions, email [email protected]. 


Kathy Toro-Ibanez, M.Ed
Health Careers Advisor
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Kathy joined the Pre-Professional Advising office as the Program Coordinator in June 2014 and moved into the Health Careers Advisor role in 2020. Her focus is to provide academic and co-curricular advising to students interested in a career within the health professions. As a first generation college student raised in Rhode Island, Kathy holds an M.A. of Education in Counseling from Providence College and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Rhode Island. Prior to her arrival at Brown, Kathy worked as an admissions counselor and assistant manager at Roger Williams University and as a college advisor at the College Advising Corps at Brown University, where she worked at Tolman High School in Pawtucket, RI, her alma mater.


Allan R. Tunkel, M.D., Ph.D., M.A.C.P.
Professor of Medicine and Medical Science (Retired)
The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
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Dr. Allan Tunkel received his Ph.D. and M.D. from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-New Jersey Medical School in 1980 and 1984, respectively, where he was elected to membership in Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He completed his residency and served a chief residency at the Hospital of the Medical College of Pennsylvania. During his fellowship in infectious diseases at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center Dr. Tunkel pursued an interest in the pathogenesis and pathophysiology of bacterial meningitis and central nervous system infections. Since then, he has authored or co-authored more than 280 publications in his fields of interest and chaired the Infectious Diseases Society of America Practice Guideline Committee. He was previously at Drexel University College of Medicine where his roles included Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program, Vice Chair of the Department of Medicine, Associate Dean for Admissions, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Campuses, and Faculty Councilor of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. From 2006 through 2013 he was Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, NJ. In 2013, he began his appointment at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and retired in May 2022 from his role as the Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education. In that role, Dr. Tunkel had responsibility for all aspects of undergraduate medical education, including admissions, financial aid, the medical school curriculum and student affairs, as well as the Program in Liberal Medical Education and several Masters programs. 


Karen Whittet, M.Ed
Career Counselor 
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Karen provides academic and co-curricular advising to students interested in the health professions as part of Brown's pre-professional advising office. She is also a member of the CareerLAB staff and the Career Education team and provides general career counseling to students and alumni. She enjoys supporting students during all stages of the career development process through individual advising and programming. Karen previously worked in the Career Services office at Dartmouth College where she served as a general career counselor and the pre-law and graduate school advisor. She earned a Master’s of Education in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from The University of Vermont and a B.A. from Fairfield University.


Hanna Exel, M.A.
Curricular & Co-Curricular Program Coordinator
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In addition to Health Careers and Pre-Law Advising, Hanna supports the Brown-RISD Dual Degree program and various Co-Curricular initiatives. Prior to joining the College, she coordinated free career-focused courses for high school students through Providence After School Alliance. She has also held positions at a range of arts organizations. Hanna holds an M.A. in Art History from Tufts University and a B.A. from Oberlin College.


Health Careers Peer Advisors (HCPAs)