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Senior Editors

YunXiang Chu, PhD

Harvard Medical School
Class of 2016

Yun is from St. Louis, Mo., and graduated from Stanford University in 2008, where she majored in chemistry and neurobiology. She is wrapping up her MD/PhD studeis at Harvard Medical School in May 2017, where she has been studying mechanisms of synaptic transmission in the Harvard Program in Neuroscience. In her spare time, Yun enjoys reading history books, gardening, shopping, and exploring new cafes and restaurants in the Boston area.

Laura E. Felley

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine
MD/PhD Candidate

Laura is from Maryland, but tells all non-Marylanders that she's from DC. She graduated from the University of Chicago in 2009 with Bachelors of Arts degrees in biology and psychology. She spent a year at the NIH studying osteogenesis imperfecta before joining the University of Wisconsin's MD/PhD program. Currently a fourth-year graduate student in an immunology lab, Laura studies the interactions between monocytes and natural killer T cells. When not in the classroom or at the bench, Laura loves running (slowly), gardening, horror stories in the style of HP Lovecraft, and folk dancing (badly, but with great gusto).

Editors

Ana Maria Dumitru

Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
MD/PhD Candidate

Ana Maria was born amidst the winds of change in Romania just before the fall of the Iron Curtain. She graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a major in biology and a minor in chemistry, and an unofficial minor in rooting for the nation's best college basketball team. Ana Maria is now going into her fifth year as an MDPhD Candidate at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, where she studies mechanisms of faithful chromosome segregation in the Molecular and Cellular Biology Program. No one would have ever believed Ana Maria to be the outdoorsy type, but now that she resides in the wilderness, Ana Maria enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking, skiing, and trying to avoid the acquisition of Lyme disease.

Nathan Krah

University of Utah School of Medicine
MD/PhD Candidate

Nathan graduated from Bowdoin College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology and a minor in history. He is currently a fourth-year student in the University of Utah's MD/PhD program, where he is studying the role of cell identity in pancreatic cancer initiation. In his spare time, Nathan enjoys running, skiing, mountaineering, and traveling.

Joseph Leanza

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Class of 2017

Joseph is a fourth-year medical student currently taking a scholarly year at Johns Hopkins as a Doris Duke Fellow. He is intent on pursuing general surgery and a transplant fellowship. In his spare time, Joseph enjoys playing ice hockey, snowboarding, mountain biking, and reading.

Paul Leccese, MD

Resident, Department of Emergency Medicine
Denver Health Medical Center

A Colorado native, Paul graduated from Georgetown University with a bachelor of science degree in neurobiology in 2010 and earned his medical degree at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 2016. Now an emergency medicine resident at Denver Health Medical Center, his interests are critical care and international health. In his spare time, Paul enjoys traveling, hiking, skiing, and rock climbing.

Alex Liu

University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
Class of 2017

Alex was born and raised in College Station, Texas. He graduated in 2008 from Johns Hopkins University with a Bachelors of Science degree, double majoring in biomedical engineering and computer science. He then spent one year in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, as a Fulbright research scholar, developing brain tumor imaging software. He is currently a third-year medical student with plans to specialize in radiology. Outside the classroom and hospital, Alex enjoys exploring Dallas, catching up on exercise, and coding.

Stephen LoBue, MD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Ophthalmology
Emory University School of Medicine

Originally from Southern California, Stephen earned his undergraduate degree at the University of San Diego in 2010 and his medical degree at St. George’s University in 2016. Currently he is a retina research fellow at Emory working with Dr. Timothy Olsen, focusing on new techniques for choroidal transplantation and drug delivery using both pig and primate models with macular disease. Stephen’s passions include weight lifting, tennis, nutrition, and cooking.

Xilu (Lucy) Ma

St. George's University School of Medicine
Class of 2017

Xilu (Lucy) was born in Recife, Brazil, completed high school in Ames, Iowa, and earned her undergraduate degree in human biology in 2013 at the University of Toronto, Canada. She is currently a fourth-year medical student at St. George's University and hopes to pursue a residency in pathology. In her spare time, Lucy enjoys working out, watching movies, and taking care of her two adorable cats, Ocean and Oliver.

Nicholas O’Neill, MD

Resident, Department of Orthopedic Surgery
McLaren Macomb Regional Medical Center

Nick is from Peoria, Ill, and graduated from The University of Vermont in 2012, where he majored in biology. He is currently in orthopedic surgery residency training at McLaren Macomb Regional Medical Center in Mount Clemens, Mich. In his spare time, Nick enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and visiting the local Coney Island restaurants of Detroit.

Christopher Paiji

University of California, Irvine School of Medicine
Class of 2017

Christopher grew up in Southern California and graduated from Stanford University with a degree in public policy. He is currently a fourth-year student at UC-Irvine School of Medicine. In his spare time, Chris enjoys hiking, watching baseball, and reading nonfiction.

Neal Shah, PharmD

West Virginia University School of Medicine
MD/PhD Candidate

Neal is from Long Island, NY. He earned his Doctorate of Pharmacy degree at St. John's University in 2013 and directly entered West Virginia University's MD/PhD program. He is currently a second-year graduate student studying the effects of chemotherapy on brain metastases from breast cancer, lung cancer, and melanoma. In his free time, Neal loves to play the guitar, listen to music, and exercise.

John Steib, DO

Resident, Anesthesiology Institute
Cleveland Clinic Foundation

John grew up in Cleveland and graduated from Allegheny College in 2012, where he majored in biochemistry. He recently graduated from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences and will be returning home to complete his anesthesiology residency at the Cleveland Clinic. Outside of medicine, John enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, and managing his fantasy sports teams.

Holly Villamagna, MD

Resident, Department of Internal Medicine
University of Nevada School of Medicine

Holly graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Arts degree in print journalism, then earned her medical degree at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. Now an internal medicine resident, she plans to pursue a fellowship in infectious disease and to continue medical writing and editing. In her spare time, Holly enjoys running (very slowly), yoga, and planning her upcoming wedding.

Senior Authors

Alireza Abadi

University of Washington School of Medicine
Class of 2018

Ali graduated from Seattle University with a bachelor of science degree in biology and is currently a third-year medical student at the University of Washington. He aspires to become a clinical teacher in whatever field he pursues. When he is not busy with school, Ali is a sports fanatic and likes to play basketball.

Randy Aung, MD

Dalhousie Medical School
Masters in Science candidate

Randy was born in Yangon, Burma, and graduated from Dalhousie Medical School in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 2014. He is completing a Masters in Science program in community health and epidemiology at Dalhousie. His research interest is in the field of infectious diseases. Randy is moving for New York City for his pediatric residency training next year. In his spare time, he likes to play tennis and watch television.

Brian Chun

Wayne State University School of Medicine
Class of 2018

Brian is from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He earned bachelor of science degree from McGill University in 2011 with honors in biochemistry, and is currently a medical student at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Brian has a passion for teaching, coaching and education, and in his spare time enjoys weightlifting, skiing, and ice hockey.

Austin Clarey

Michigan State University School of Human Medicine
Class of 2018

Austin was born and raised in the mitten state. He earned a bachelor of science degree in nutritional science from Michigan State University in 2012. He is currently in his third year at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

Caleb Cooper

Indiana University School of Medicine
Class of 2018

Caleb grew up in Raleigh, NC, and graduated from Indiana University-Bloomington with a degree in biochemistry. He is currently a third-year medical student at Indiana University School of Medicine and plans on going into urology after graduation. Caleb enjoys reading (the fun kind), running, and spending time with his wife and friends.

Atman Dave

Saba University School of Medicine
Class of 2017

Atman is from the deep southern state of Louisiana, but is often told he has no southern drawl. He graduated from Tulane University in 2012 with a major in biomedical engineering and a minor in digital studio art. He is entering his fourth year of medical school. When not in the hospital or inclinic, Atman loves listening to audiobooks and podcasts, hitting the gym, and expanding his palate with his fiancée.

Arjun Dhayalan

Albany Medical College
Class of 2017

Arjun is a fourth-year medical student at Albany Medical College who will be pursuing a residency in orthopedic surgery. He graduated from the
Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education's accelerated BS/MD program, where he also minored in English and psychology. He has a deep
passion for teaching and hopes to be involved in medical education in some facet for the rest of his career. In his free time, Arjun enjoys playing the
saxophone, weight-lifting, and all outdoor pursuits from camping and hiking to white-water rafting.

Robert D. Fisher

Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Class of 2017

Robert is a fourth-year student at Saint Louis University School of Medicine.

Maya Harary

Harvard Medical School
Class of 2018

Maya is a third-year medical student at Harvard Medical School. She is originally from Israel by way of the Netherlands, and earned her bachelors degree in neuroscience from Johns Hopkins University. She plans on applying in neurosurgery. When not being a medical student, Maya enjoys yoga, sailing, and cooking.

Colin Hill

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Class of 2017

Colin is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and plans to pursue a career in radiation oncology. In his free time, he loves hanging out with his dogs, playing fantasy football, and pumping some iron.

Zachary Hing

Ohio State University College of Medicine
MD/PhD Candidate

Zachary was born in St. Louis, Mo. but grew up in Seattle. He earned undergraduate degrees in chemistry and English at Duke University. As a volunteer EMT, he gained an appreciation for medicine and after graduation, Zachary became a research fellow at the Food and Drug Administration in Bethesda. He is currently enrolled in the Medical Scientist Traning Program at Ohio State University College of Medicine and is research cancer biology.

Blake Hollowoa

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Class of 2018

Blake is a third-year student at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Amanda Krause

Rush Medical College
Class of 2018

Amanda is a third-year student at Rush Medical College.

Juyhe Lee

University of Washington School of Medicine
MD/PhD Candidate

Juhye is from Mountain View, Calif., and graduated from Rice University in 2013 with degrees in biochemistry & cell biology and in chemistry. She is in her third year in the MD/PhD program at the University of Washington. As part of the Department of Genome Sciences, Juhye studies the evolution of the influenza virus. Outside of lab or school, Juhye enjoys hiking in the forests of Washington state, running, baking macaroons, and film photography.

Will Lewis

Harvard Medical School
Class of 2017

Will is a third-year student at Harvard Medical School. He grew up in Philadelphia before moving to Boston to study anthropology and music. Before and during medical school, Will spent several years performing research related to lasers and biomedical imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital. He likes to play jazz piano and travel with his wife, Maura.

Michael Anthony McClurkin

Harvard Medical School
Class of 2017

Michael is a fourth-year student at Harvard Medical School.

Marie McKinnon, MD, MPH

Intern, Department of Internal Medicine
Northwestern University School of Medicine

Marie is from Indiana, though she has lived in Houston, New Orleans, Big Sur, Denver, and Chicago since then. She earned her medical degree at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and a Masters of Public Health from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Marie is currently in her intern year at Northwestern University in the internal medicine program and hopes to pursue a career as a hospitalist with a focus on medical education. In her spare time, she enjoys running, reading, and crafting.

Jun Shane Ng, MBBS

Intern
Central Queensland Hospital and Health Services

Jun earned his medical degree from the University of Queensland in 2015. His areas of interest are internal medicine, cardiology, and endocrinology.

Somaira Nowsheen

Mayo Medical Scientist Training Program
MD/PhD Candidate

Somaira is a fifth-year MD/PhD student in the Mayo Medical Scientist Training Program, where she is researching the regulation of DNA damage response pathways. Her interests include shopping, traveling, and painting.

Mithil B. Pandhi

Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University
Class of 2016

Mithil is from Chicago and graduated from Kalamazoo College with a major in biology and minor in political science. He taught middle school in Oakland, Calif., as a Teach for America corps member and is currently in his fourth year at Midwestern University’s CCOM. Mithil enjoys painting, pour-over coffee, weekend trips, and basketball.

Christopher Payette

George Washington University School of Medicine
Class of 2018

Christopher is looking forward to graduating from George Washington University School of Medicine this spring.

Jorge Roman

University of Texas Medical Branch
Class of 2017

Jorge is from Fort Worth and graduated from the University of North Texas in 2009. He is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Texas Medical Branch and plans to pursue a career in dermatology. In his free time, Jorge likes listening to podcasts, working out, spending time with his cats, and writing. He particularly enjoys writing about the humanities and historical topics in medicine.

Isabella Wu

Tulane University School of Medicine
Class of 2018

A native of Kalamazoo, Mich., Isabel is in her third year of Tulane’s 4-year MD/MPH program. A Californian at heart, she loves rock climbing, electronic music, vegetarian food, and the ocean. She hopes to do a year-long orthopedic research fellowship prior to starting fourth year, and would like to be a tiny bone doc someday.

Authors

Deep Bhatt, MD

Resident, Department of Internal Medicine
New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center

Deep Bhatt is a first-year internal medicine resident at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center. He earned his medical degree at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. Deep is interested in teaching, research, and patient care.

Marina Boushra, MD

Resident, Department of Emergency Medicine
East Carolina University Vidant Medical Center

Marina was born in Cairo, Egypt and has lived all over the world. She (somehow) graduated from the Penn State College of Medicine in 2016 and is currently testing her Program Director's patience as a first-year emergency medicine resident at the Vidant Medical Center. In her (nonexistent) free time, Marina enjoys baking and eating, running (very slowly and only so she can eat more food), being overly competitive at board and card games, and hoping that if she procrastinates long enough on wedding planning, her fiancé will just do it himself.

Matthew C. Breeggemann, MD

Intern, Department of Internal Medicine
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Matthew grew up in the beautiful state of Montana, where he also attended Carroll College. He has since graduated from Creighton University School of Medicine and is currently an internal medicine resident at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. His career interests include medical education and basic science research. Matthew plans to ultimately specialize in the intriguing field of nephrology.

Abel David

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Class of 2018

Abel is a second-year student at the University of Virginia School of Medicine.

Andrew D’Alessandro, MD

Intern, Department of Emergency Medicine
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Andrew grew up surfing in Jacksonville, Fla, then moved to Tennessee to earn an undergraduate degree and a Master of Education degree from Vanderbilt University. Prior to medical school, he cheffed in Australia, worked in the Colorado mountains, and studied theology outside Annapolis, Maryland. Andrew earned his medical degree Northeast Ohio Medical University and is entering emergency medicine residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Anna Frazier

University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Class of 2018

Anna is a third-year student at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Originally from Cincinnati, she completed her undergraduate education at Marquette University in Milwaukee. Anna hopes to enter a pediatrics residence and one day specialize in pediatric critical care.

Seungjun Kim

The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Class of 2018

Seungjun grew up in Vancouver, Washington (not BC, not DC), and graduated from Harvard University with an undergraduate degree in human developmental and regenerative biology and a minor in global health and health policy. He is a fourth-year medical student at Brown, and enjoys cooking, baking, and running.

Anne Lally, DO

Resident, Department of Emergency Medicine
Summa Health

Anne grew up in Cleveland and graduated from Saint Mary's College in 2012, where she majored in biology and psychology. A recently graduate of Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, she returned home to complete an emergency medicine residency at Summa Health in Akron, Ohio. Outside of medicine, Anne enjoy travelling, spending time with family and friends, cooking, and participating in sports activities.

Marshall Lukacs

University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
MD/PhD Candidate

Marshall is a second-year graduate student at the University of Cincinnati and is completing his doctoral degree in molecular and developmental biology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. He plans to pursue pathology residency and develop a research program focused on the genetic basis of neural tube defects. In his spare time, Marshall enjoys designing clothes, hiking, and dancing.

Lisa Mask-Bull, MD

Resident, Department of Dermatology
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Lisa is originally from Tulsa, where she completed her undergraduate education studying studio art and biochemistry at the University of Tulsa. She proceeded to the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine and earned her medical degree in 2013. She is currently a dermatology resident at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. After graduation from residency, Lisa is excited to continue her training as a dermatopathology fellow at Tulane University.

Laurel Mast

Oregon Health & Science University
Class of 2019

Laurel graduated from Bowdoin College with a Bachelors of Arts degree in philosophy and a minor in mathematics. While she loved Maine, Laurel is glad to be back in the other Portland to attend OHSU. When not studying or catching up on sleep, Laurel enjoys cooking, gardening, camping trips, and playing soccer.

Luke Nayak

University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Medicine
BA/MD Candidate

Luke is from central Illinois and is entering his final year in the six-year BA/MD program at the University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Medicine. In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf, reading, watching sports, and spending time with his family.

Caitlin Pacheco

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Class of 2018

Caitlin graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and a minor in art history. She is a rising fourth-year student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where she recently completed a year of research as the Sacks Fellow in Otolaryngology. She hopes to pursue a career in otolaryngology. Caitlin enjoys rugby, teaching, the outdoors, and reading history books in her free time.

Vivek Podder

Tairunnessa Memorial Medical College
Class of 2018

Vivek was born and raised in Bogra, Bangladesh. He is currently a final-year medical student at Tairunnessa Memorial Medical College, Bangladesh. He is intent on pursuing a residency in internal medicine and a cardiology fellowship. Vivek has a passion for medical education, evidence-based medicine, medical writing, and editing. He recently joined the American Medical Student Association as a medical education and professionalism policy coordinator for 2017-18. Outside of medicine, Vivek enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, watching comedy movies, cheering at cricket matches, and bringing a smile to people’s faces. He is not a foodie but loves to take tea and coffee more than any other drinks.

Gabriel Reyes, MD, PhD

Resident, Department of Anesthesiology
University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine

Originally from Orange County, Gabriel graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2006 with a major in biology. He completed the MD/PhD program at the University of California, San Francisco, and is currently a resident in the anesthesiology program. Gabriel enjoys hiking with his dog.

Tyler Sevco

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Class of 2017

Tyler grew up in Lebanon, a small central Pennsylvania town renowned for its delicious sweet bologna. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2013 with a Bachelors Degree in chemistry. Staying true to his Pitt Panther roots, he then began medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where he is currently in his third year. Outside medicine, Tyler enjoys weightlifting, swimming, trying new restaurants, and anything related to Pittsburgh sports.

Samantha Spilman

Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
Class of 2017

Samantha is from Southern California. She graduated from University of California, Los Angeles in 2012 with a Bachelors of Science degree in neuroscience. She then went to Georgetown University to earn a Masters of Science degree in physiology. She is in her final year of medical school at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in Michigan and looks forward to graduation.

Aaron Surrey

George Washington University School of Medicine
Class of 2017

Aaron is finishing his medical degree at George Washington University School of Medicine.

Anne Taylor, MD

Resident, Department of Pediatrics
Lucille Packard Children's Hospital

Anne hails from Michigan and now lives in the Bay Area, by way of Boston, DC, and Denver. She attended Harvard for her undergraduate studies, where she majored in molecular and cellular biology. She then worked in health care consulting at the Advisory Board Company in Washington, DC. She completed medical school at the University of Colorado in Denver, where she picked up alpine skiing. She is currently training in pediatrics at the Lucille Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University. In her spare time, Anne continues to enjoy the outdoors via hiking,
camping, sailing, and more!

John Tedesco, MA

St. George's University School of Medicine
Class of 2017

John earned a bachelors degree in science from St. Lawrence University and a Masters of Arts degree in cell biology from City College of New York. He is currently a fourth-year student at St. George’s University School of Medicine

Casey Williamson

University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
MD/MAS Candidate

Casey is originally from Denver but moved to California to earn his undergraduate degrees in biology and English literature at the University of Southern California. After graduation, he spent two years studying tumor angiogenesis at the University of California, San Francisco before enrolling in medical school at the University of California, San Diego. He is currently working on a Master of Advanced Studies in Clinical Research before returning to finish medical school. Casey loves to ski, hike, camp, and run.

Matthew Woodward

Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine
Class of 2017

Matthew grew up in Farmington, Conn, and graduated from Tufts University with a degree in biology in 2008. He then completed research in neurodegenerative diseases at McLean Hospital, a Harvard affiliate, before starting medical school at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine. Currently a third-year student with an interest in neurology, Matthew enjoys cooking, eating, hiking, and both playing and watching sports, particularly baseball and football.

Jennifer Xiao, MD

Resident, Department of Radiology
University of Washington School of Medicine

Jennifer is originally from Poughkeepsie, NY. After high school, she moved to Boston to join the seven-year Medical Program at Boston University. She stayed at Boston Medical Center to complete her intern year before moving to the University of Washington for radiology residency. Outside of school, Jennifer loves baking, running, and hiking.

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