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Research Residents

James Etheridge, MD

James Etheridge, MD

Hometown
Norfolk, VA

Education
MD: Eastern Virginia Medical School
Undergraduate: Johns Hopkins University

Clinical and research interests
Cardiovascular surgery, trauma and acute care surgery, health services research

Personal interests
Fishing, backpacking, running, woodworking

Jessica Feliz, MD

Jessica Feliz, MD

Hometown
Fairfax, VA

Education
MD: University of Virginia
Undergraduate: College of William and Mary

Clinical and research interests
Minority health disparities, women’s health, global health, surgical treatment and reconstruction for breast cancer, outcome and quality of life research

Personal interests
Spending time with friends, running, wine tasting, travel, crochet, knitting, sewing, embroidery and painting

Katherine He, MD

Katherine He, MD

Hometown
Palo Alto, CA

Education
MD: University of Michigan Medical School
Undergraduate: University of California, Berkeley

Clinical and research interests
Health policy, trauma outcomes, health disparities

Personal interests
Camping, backpacking, yoga, dance

Patrick Heindel, MD

Patrick Heindel, MD

Hometown
Gaithersburg, MD

Education
MD: Keck School of Medicine of USC
Undergraduate: University of Maryland

Clinical and research interests
Trauma/surgical critical care, wilderness and austere medicine, leadership and non-technical skills for surgeons

Personal interests
Backpacking, whitewater kayaking, surfing, climbing, cycling, photography

Frances Hu, MD

Frances Hu, MD

Hometown
Glastonbury, CT

Education
MD: Emory University School of Medicine
Undergraduate: University of Pennsylvania

Clinical and research interests
Clinically undifferentiated; health care delivery, quality improvement, patient education

Personal interests
Running, traveling, cooking/trying new restaurants, spending time with friends

Lenka Ilcisin, MD

Lenka Ilcisin, MD

Hometown
Beaverton, OR

Education
MD: Harvard Medical School
Undergraduate: Princeton University

Clinical and research interests
Pediatric surgery, global surgery, improving oncologic and critical care in limited-resource settings

Personal interests
Running, soccer, hiking, rock climbing, spinning, knitting, baking

Pooja Neiman, MD, MPA

Pooja Neiman, MD, MPA

Hometown
Orange County, CA

Education
MD: UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
MPA: Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Undergraduate: UC Berkeley

Clinical and research interests
Health systems, health care policy

Personal interests
Traveling, hanging out with friends, exploring the East Coast

Paige Newell, MD

Paige Newell, MD

Hometown
Littleton, CO

Education
MD: Temple University
Undergraduate: Harvard University

Clinical and research interests
Trauma surgery, surgical critical care, global surgery

Personal interests
Open water swimming, running, hiking, collecting antique medical prints

Brittany Powell, MD

Brittany Powell, MD

Hometown
Rockville, MD

Education
MD: Stanford University
Undergraduate: Harvard University

Clinical and research interests
Global surgery, HPB surgery

Personal interests
International hiking and travel, swimming

Max Riley, MD

Max Riley, MD

Hometown
St. Louis, MO

Education
MD: Washington University School Medicine
Undergraduate: University of Pennsylvania

Clinical and research interests
Surgical education, health equity (improving access to care, outcomes)

Personal interests
Los Angeles Rams, running, space exploration, Toronto R&B

Cullen Roberts, MD

Cullen Roberts, MD

Hometown
Cheltenham, PA

Education
MD: Brown University
Undergraduate: Williams College

Clinical and research interests
Pediatric surgery, bariatric surgery, surgical education

Personal interests
International travel; running/marathons

Mehida Rojas-Alexandre, MD, MHS

Mehida Rojas-Alexandre, MD, MHS

Hometown
Brooklyn, NY (via Cap-Haitian, Haiti)

Education
MD and MHS: Yale School of Medicine
Undergraduate: CUNY-Hunter College

Clinical and research interests
Surgical oncology, health care disparities

Personal interests
Powerlifting, track and field, spending time with husband, family and friends

Eva Rouanet, MD

Eva Rouanet, MD

Hometown
Westford, MA

Education
MD: University of Massachusetts Medical School
Undergraduate: University of Vermont

Clinical and research interests
Pediatric surgery, surgical oncology, surgical education, clinical outcomes

Personal interests
Traveling, baking, running, hiking, indoor cycling

Sarabeth Spitzer, MD

Sarabeth Spitzer, MD

Hometown
New York, NY

Education
MD: Stanford University
Undergraduate: Harvard University

Clinical and research interests
Trauma surgery; firearm injury prevention

Personal interests
Watercolor painting, dog-walking

Megan Sulciner, MD

Megan Sulciner, MD

Hometown
Deephaven, MN

Education
MD: University of Minnesota
Undergraduate: Boston College

Clinical and research interests
Surgical oncology, HPB, transplant surgery; tumor-associated inflammation and the tumor microenvironment

Personal interests
Running half marathons, cooking for friends and family, snowboarding, travel

Matthew P. Vivero, MD

Matthew P. Vivero, MD

Hometown
Killingworth, CT

Education
MD: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Undergraduate: Colby College

Clinical and research interests
Pediatric surgery, congenital anomalies, transplant surgery, surgery education

Personal interests
Soccer, skiing, running, carpentry, spending time with family and friends, the New England Patriots

Vanessa Welten, MD, MPH

Vanessa Welten, MD, MPH

Hometown
Crysler, Ontario, Canada

Education
MD and MPH: Northwestern University
Undergraduate: Brown University

Clinical and research interests
Clinical: Trauma surgery/surgical critical care, pediatric surgery;
Research: Social determinants of health and their impact on surgical outcomes; global health and surgery in resource-limited settings

Personal interests
Ice hockey, rollerblading, hiking, visual arts, traveling, spending time with friends and family

Christine Wu, MD

Christine Wu, MD

Hometown
Naperville, IL

Education
MD: University of Michigan
Undergraduate: Harvard College

Clinical and research interests
Pediatric surgery, trauma surgery, medical and surgical education, leadership development

Personal interests
Sports (especially volleyball), running and hiking, traveling, photography, exploring local restaurants/bars with friends

Elizabeth Yates, MD

Elizabeth Yates, MD

Hometown
Concord, MA

Education
MD: University of Michigan
Undergraduate: Northwestern University

Clinical and research interests
Sustainability in health care, social determinants of health

Personal interests
Running, tennis, cooking REALLY large meals once a week

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