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Second Year Clinical Scholars
2014-2016 Cohort

Priya Batra, M.D.

Priya Batra, M.D.
University of California, Los Angeles

Priya Batra, M.D. completed residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Batra earned her undergraduate degree in Community Health from Brown University. She received her medical training at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University. During her medical training, she served as president of Columbia’s chapter of Physicians for Human Rights - an organization building awareness of links between health and human rights. She was also a founding member of the Columbia-Harlem Homeless Medical Partnership, a free clinic providing medical care to the unstably housed in Northern Manhattan. She was awarded the Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship in 2008, which she used to develop and implement a study in Cape Town, South Africa, evaluating the Western Cape Department of Health's cervical cancer screening program for women living with HIV. During her residency training, Dr. Batra has been involved in research seeking to improve abortion care, and has also done research in quality improvement in managing obstetric hemorrhage. Dr. Batra's research interests include developing new models for delivering prenatal care, preconception/interconception care, and patient safety. As a clinical scholar, Dr. Batra plans to focus her research in developing new models for reproductive care that will empower and benefit women and families receiving health services in the public health care system.

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Elena Byhoff, M.D.

Elena Byhoff, M.D. (VA Scholar)
University of Michigan

Elena Byhoff, MD is a general internist originally from Brooklyn, NY. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley in Economics and Policy. After several jobs in New York City with a policy focus, Dr. Byhoff completed a post-baccalaureate premedical program at Bryn Mawr College. She went on to receive her M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and completed her Internal Medicine residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania as part of the Primary Care Track. 

Career Interests: Dr. Byhoff would like her career to focus on health policy implementation and improvement in primary care delivery. She also plans to continue with her primary care clinical practice. 

Research Interests: She is interested in end-of-life care and shared medical decision-making, with a particular focus on patients and patient surrogates with low health literacy and numeracy.

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Whitney Cabney

Whitney Cabey, M.D. (VA Scholar)
University of Pennsylvania

Whitney Cabey, M.D. is dually-trained in pediatric and general emergency medicine. She completed her undergraduate degrees in Biochemistry and Women’s Studies at Spelman College. After undergrad, she worked for a year as a women’s rights organizer on college campuses. She obtained a medical degree from the University of Michigan, followed by residency at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC. She enjoys caring for both children and adults equally, leading her to pursue a fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine, again at the University of Michigan. Prior to starting the Robert Wood Johnson fellowship, she spent a year as staff physician and Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and Children’s National Medical Center, respectively, in Washington, DC.

Career Interest: Dr. Cabey plans to bring social justice concepts and care for the underserved into research and business frameworks. Her goal is to add to the body of literature demonstrating attention to health equity creates better and more cost-effective outcomes.

Research Interest: Determinants of high frequency Emergency Department (ED) utilization, geo-mapping, the role of the ED in the medical home, social services triage at ED point of care.

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Alicia Cohen, M.D.

Alicia Cohen, M.D.
University of Michigan

Alicia Cohen, MD received her Bachelors in English, History, and Women’s and Gender studies from Williams College, and her MD from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. During her time at Mount Sinai, Dr. Cohen spent two years with the Department of Health Policy researching disparities in care for women with breast cancer. She was also awarded a year-long social justice fellowship working with Palestinian and Israeli survivors of rape and domestic violence. Dr. Cohen received her Family Medicine training at the UCSF Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency Program. Following residency, she completed a two-year Integrative Medicine Fellowship at the University of Michigan, Department of Family Medicine.

Career interests: Dr. Cohen plans to pursue a career as a clinician-researcher at an academic medical center, with a family medicine practice based in an underserved setting. She is also actively engaged in promoting health equity through public policy.

Research interests: Dr. Cohen is interested in understanding the intersections of food insecurity, nutrition, and diet-related disease within the broader context of social determinants of health. She is committed to developing and evaluating innovative approaches to improving food access, with a particular focus on community-engaged research. 

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Suratha Elango, M.D.

Suratha Elango, M.D.
University of Pennsylvania


Suratha Elango, M.D. is a pediatrician who grew up in San Antonio, TX. She earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard University followed by a medical degree from UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. She has always been interested in community health and there she developed a community-based childhood obesity program. She then completed her residency and chief residency in pediatrics at UC San Francisco where she became interested in the larger health system and delivery of primary care.

Career Interest: She plans a career combining general academic pediatrics, administration, community partnerships, and teaching medical students and residents.

Research Interest: Practice redesign to implement the components of the patient-centered medical home and other ways to improve the delivery and quality of primary care in low-resource settings, implementation science, and community-based participatory research.

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William Fleischman, M.D.

William Fleischman, M.D.
Yale University

William Fleischman, MD is an emergency physician who grew up in Brooklyn, New York. He received his undergraduate degree from Touro College and his medical degree from the University at Buffalo School of Medicine. He completed residency in emergency medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, serving as Academic Chief Resident in his final year of residency. His research during residency focused on how health information exchanges help identify certain challenging ED populations and on studying and reducing monitor alarm fatigue among emergency department staff.

Career Interest: He plans to pursue a career in academic emergency medicine, healthcare management and public policy.

Research Interests: Factors affecting physician clinical decision-making, with a focus on imaging decision-making, alarm and interruption fatigue, and conflicts of interest in medicine.

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Reshma Gupta, M.D.

Reshma Gupta, M.D. (VA Scholar)
University of California, Los Angeles

Dr. Reshma Gupta completed her residency and chief residency in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Washington, Seattle. Dr. Gupta earned her undergraduate degree in Molecular and Cell Biology with a minor in Education from the University of California Berkeley. She received her medical training from the University of California San Francisco. Her research interests lie in health system delivery, clinical decision-making, medical education, and health disparities. During her medical training, she worked as a Doris Duke Fellow from which she published numerous papers about barriers to accessing quality HIV care. In residency, she developed curriculum to train new physicians about quality, value-based care, and practice improvement. As a clinical scholar, Dr. Gupta looks forward to better understanding how trainees incorporate value into clinical decision making, identifying best practices and innovations in training new physicians to engage in high value care, and promoting national spread of these interventions among academic medical centers. She is also interested in better understanding value from patient and provider points of view across the care continuum within low resourced communities.

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John Harris, M.D.

John Harris, M.D.
University of Michigan

John Harris, MD is an obstetrician and gynecologist who grew up near Asheville, North Carolina. He received a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Williams College where he also participated in the Williams-Exeter Programme at Oxford University. After doing a year of community work with people with dementia and physical disabilities in an adult day care setting, he earned his M.D from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He then completed an obstetrics and gynecologyresidency at the University of Kentucky.

Career Interests: He plans to improve the lives of people with obesity by making obesity stigma a widely-recognized issue among health care patients and providers and working to define and to reduce obesity discrimination in health care.

Research interests: He focuses on defining variations in health care access, utilization and quality between patients with obesity and those without obesity. He is interested in describing the presence and possible effects of obesity stigma in providers of cancer care.

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Nir Harish, M.D., M.B.A.

Nir Harish, M.D., M.B.A.
Yale University

Nir Harish, MD, MBA is an emergency physician who completed his residency training at Denver Health Medical Center in Denver where he also served as a chief resident. He received his undergraduate degree from Yale University in Biology and International Studies. He then earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, along with an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he studied health care systems and operations. He has previously worked on process improvement for the CDC in India, developed quality improvement curricula for medical students, participated in Emergency Department redesign at two academic medical centers, and worked in business development for a medical device company. 

Career interests: He plans to continue to build a career that combines clinical emergency medicine with research and policy work.

Research interests: How business theory can be used to guide health policy and improve care. As a scholar, he is planning to study factors that contribute to price variation in health care, how price variation affects patient care, and perceptions of price and cost in health care. He is also interested in models of emergency care delivery, including the role of observation units, provision of critical care in emergency departments, and the use of non-hospital-based emergency care.

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Jeffrey Hom, M.D.

Jeffrey Hom, M.D. (VA Scholar)
University of Pennsylvania

Jeffrey Hom, MD, MPH completed his internal medicine/primary care residency at the University of California, San Francisco. There he was a member of the medical center's "Health Systems and Leadership" track, in which his quality improvement efforts were focused on the care of patients with alcohol use disorder at San Francisco General Hospital. Previously he worked as a volunteer coordinator at St. Anthony Foundation, a multiservice non-profit in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood. Jeff completed his undergraduate education with a degree in Art History at Bowdoin College. He received his MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health as a Zuckerman Fellow and his MD from Harvard Medical School.

Career interests: Having contributed to health care and public health efforts in San Francisco, Boston, and Shiprock, New Mexico, Jeff remains committed to public service and primary care. He hopes to have a career in city government or a philanthropic non-governmental organization, developing programs and applying research to advance public health.

Research interests:
Jeff is interested in the challenges of expanding primary care under the ACA, including access to and quality of care, workforce issues and financing. He is also interested in identifying ways to improve the availability of preventative health services in underserved communities.

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Brian Jenssen, M.D.

Brian Jenssen, M.D.
University of Pennsylvania

Brian Jenssen, MD is a pediatrician who completed his undergraduate training at Davidson College in North Carolina with a degree in history. He received his medical degree from University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in NY. During medical school, he completed a fellowship with the National Institutes of Health as a Clinical and Translational Science Institute Student Fellow, conducting research in tobacco policy, smoking cessation, and adolescent use of social media. He completed his pediatrics residency training and a chief resident year at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Career Interest: Dr. Jenssen plans to pursue a career in academic primary care and public health policy.

Research Interest: Tobacco policy and smoking cessation, health literacy, use of technologies, for example RSS, in dissemination of best practices, and healthcare utilization in primary care

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Laura Johnson, M.D.

Laura Johnson Faherty, M.D.
University of Pennsylvania


Laura Johnson Faherty, M.D., M.P.H. is a pediatrician who completed her undergraduate training at Princeton University with a degree in the History of Medicine. She received her MD and MPH in Global Epidemiology from Emory University in Atlanta, where she conducted research on travel-associated salmonella infections with the Centers for Disease Control and held an internship with the Global Polio Eradication Initiative at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. She then completed her pediatrics residency at the Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics as part of the Urban Health and Advocacy Track, and served as Chief Resident. In residency, her research focused on telemedicine, specifically teledermatology, as a form of care delivery to improve subspecialty access for underserved children. She is Affiliated Faculty at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Career interest: Dr. Johnson will pursue a career as a clinician-researcher in general academic pediatrics and population health.

Research interest: Leveraging technology to improve patient engagement and address barriers to access; improving chronic disease management in vulnerable pediatric populations; and reducing variations in care to improve quality and value. As a clinical scholar, she also plans to learn methods of geospatial analysis to study the relationship between the social/built environment and public health.

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Ippolytos Kalofonos, M.D.

Ippolytos Kalofonos, M.D. (VA Scholar)
University of California, Los Angeles

Ippolytos Kalofonos, MD completed residency in Psychiatry at the University of Washington, Seattle. Dr. Kalofonos earned his undergraduate degree in anthropology at the University of California, San Diego. He received his medical training from the University of California, San Francisco, while also obtaining a PhD in Medical Anthropology at the University of California, San Francisco and a Master’s degree in Health Sciences and Epidemiology at the University of California, Berkeley. He is currently psychiatry resident and an American Psychiatric Association Minority Leadership Fellow at the University of Washington, Seattle. He conducted ethnographic research in Mozambique looking at community experiences with the HIV/AIDS treatment scale-up from 2003 to 2010. In addition, he has worked in Salvador, Brazil studying urban leptospirosis epidemics, in Nicaragua working on a post-hurricane needs assessment, and on the US-Mexico border looking at access to prenatal care. Dr. Kalofonos’ current research interests include community mental health, recovery and peer-support interventions, and global mental health. He is interested in developing collaborative, person-centered approaches to severe mental illness and at ways of decreasing medication burden and improving life expectancy for people diagnosed with severe mental illness. Dr. Kalofonos looks forward to a career balancing clinical practice and research at the interface of psychiatry, health services, and cultural and medical anthropology, focused on patient-centered mental health interventions and improving care of marginalized populations.

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Kristin Kan, M.D.

Kristin Kan, M.D.
University of Michigan

Kristin Kan M.D., M.P.H. is a general pediatrician who grew up in Arlington, Texas. She earned her bachelor's degree in liberal arts from Baylor University and then her medical degree and a Masters of Public Health with a concentration in health systems and policy at Johns Hopkins. She completed her pediatric residency at Seattle Children's/University of Washington on the Community Pediatrics and Advocacy Pathway. During that time, she focused on community-based work around obesity prevention and drowning prevention and evaluated perceptions of child health in a rural, migrant farm worker's community. She is a Harry S. Truman Scholar, has worked at the Child Care Bureau (now Office of Child Care) at the US Department of Health and Human Services, and served as a resident representative to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Career interests: She plans to integrate her role as a physician with her interest in public service and hopes to influence health policies and programs while continuing to care for patients in a pediatric primary care setting. 

Research interests: Dr. Kan is interested in the impact of state and federal health systems and policies on children, particularly those who are poor, from immigrant families and living in traditionally underserved areas.

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Pooja Lagisetty, M.D.

Pooja Aggarwal Lagisetty, M.D.
University of Michigan

Pooja Aggarwal Lagisetty, MD is a general internist/ primary care physician who pursued an undergraduate degree in Studio Art at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and her medical degree at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.  During medical school she worked as a Special Assistant to the Baltimore City Health Commissioner and helped develop and implement Baltimarket, a virtual supermarket which used local grocers and libraries to deliver groceries to food deserts in Baltimore City.  She subsequently completed her residency training in Internal Medicine and Primary Care at the Massachusetts General Hospital.   

Career Interest: She plans on pursuing a career which combines a clinical career of being a primary care physician at a community health center with her research interests in urban design, social determinants, and health policy.
   
Research Interest: As a RWJ Clinical Scholar, her research has focused on culturally tailored behavioral interventions, health disparities, and neighborhood determinants of chronic diseases.

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Lucinda Leung, M.D.

Lucinda Leung, M.D. (VA Scholar)
University of California, Los Angeles

Lucinda Leung, M.D. completed residency in Internal Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Leung earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Chinese Language and Literature at Dartmouth College. She received her medical training at Brown Medical School and Dartmouth Medical School. She also obtained a Masters of Public Health Degree in family and community health at Harvard School of Public Health. During her medical training, she was a researcher for Partners in Health: Program in Infectious Disease and Social Change, collaborating in a psychosocial intervention for HIV-affected families in central Haiti. She created and implemented a pilot quality improvement project to improve medication adherence in uninsured hypertensive patients at RI Free Clinic. Also, she served at the Brown Community Clinic where she founded Brown Medical School’s inaugural student-run clinic and authored medical student curriculum on care of underserved populations. Dr. Leung’s research interests include mental health, health disparities, and medical education. As a clinical scholar, Dr. Leung wishes to achieve county-level impact on primary care delivery to underserved populations in both academic and public health settings, and gain the skills to transform primary care in many vulnerable and underserved communities.

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Laura Medford-Davis, M.D.

Laura Medford-Davis, M.D.
University of Pennsylvania

Laura Medford-Davis, MD is an Emergency Medicine Physician who grew up in Houston, TX. She received dual summa cum laude undergraduate degrees in Spanish and Psychology from the University of Oklahoma, followed by a medical degree from Harvard Medical School. She completed emergency training at Baylor College of Medicine where she served as Chief Resident. During her undergraduate career she was a summer fellow at the National Institutes of Health. While in medical school, she led education and health engagement programs in several Native American and Latin American communities. Prior to residency she worked with the World Health Organization in Geneva improving WHO communications practices for international crisis response. As a resident, Dr Medford-Davis has served as a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians National Emergency Medicine Practice Committee, as an associate with McKinsey & Co, as a Leadership and Advocacy Fellow with the Texas College of Emergency Physicians, asa writer on healthcare affordability for Policy Prescriptions, and as an executive committee member of the Academy for Women in Academic Emergency Medicine.

Career Interests: She plans to pursue a multidisciplinary career combining clinical medicine, research, and advocacy to improve the healthcare delivery system.

Research Interests: Dr Medford-Davis is interested in preventing avoidable return visits to the Emergency Department, in making healthcare more affordable, and in improving access to care for underserved populations through equitable distributionof health resources. She is currently researching factors associated with patients attending follow-up care after being treated in the Emergency Department, diagnostic errors in the Emergency Department, costs of Emergency care, the Emergency Department as a safety net for patients with psychiatric illness, and comprehensive care coordination for patients discharged from the Emergency Department.

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Leonard Moore, M.D.

Leonard Moore, M.D. (VA Scholar)
University of California, Los Angeles

Leonard Moore, MD completed residency in Primary Care Internal Medicine at Yale University. Dr. Moore earned his undergraduate degree in Biology at Columbus State University. He received his medical training at the Morehouse School of Medicine. During his medical training, he was a research fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as a medical scholar/researcher through the General Electric/National Medical Fellowship Medical scholars program, an international fellowship focusing on critical regional healthcare needs in collaboration with Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Mbarara, Uganda. There he completed a research project on rates of medication adherence to HAART among people living with HIV/AIDS. Dr. Moore also served as the National President of the American College of Preventive Medicine – Medical Student Section (ACPM-MSS), during which he collaborated with the American Medical Student Association to create and facilitate the first webinar series for Preventive medicine to educate students on this growing field of medicine. Dr. Moore's research interests include access to care for racial and sexual minorities, effects of sexual networks on HIV rates in MSM, and quality of care measures for LGBT people. As a clinical scholar, Dr. Moore will continue his work through a project involving the creation of a mobile application for smart phones with the goal of increasing HIV testing, treatment, and prevention in young men who have sex with men (YMSM).

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Chithra Perumalaswami, M.D.

Chithra Perumalswami, M.D. (VA Scholar)
University of Michigan

Chithra Perumalswami, MD is a general internist and palliative care specialist who grew up in Detroit, Michigan. She earned degrees in English language and literature and Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Michigan, graduating with honors. She received her medical degree from the University of Michigan, where she subsequently completed a residency in Internal Medicine.

Dr. Perumalswami went on to become an assistant professor of medicine at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine as an internal medicine teaching attending and hospitalist. During this time she was selected for the Palliative Care and Education Program at Harvard University. She completed her training in hospice and palliative medicine at Northwestern University, where she served in the section of palliative medicine for three years. She was a dedicated physician champion and mentor for quality improvement projects both locally and statewide for a variety of hospitals in Illinois. Her work with readmissions prevention and transitions of care initiatives was sponsored jointly by the Society of Hospital Medicine, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and the Illinois Hospital Association.

In addition to her clinical responsibilities, Dr. Perumalswamiexcelled at medical education, as demonstrated by numerous teaching awards in the training of medical students, residents, and fellows across multiple disciplines. She served on the steering committee of the Northwestern University School of Medicine Women’s Faculty Organization and served as a representative for the Association of American Medical Colleges Group on Women in Medicine and Science.

Career Interests: She anticipates a career in academic medicine and public health/ health policy. 

Research Interests: her current research interest focuses on the epidemiology of aging and the use of palliative care interventions for both oncologic and non-oncologic diseases in the elderly with the ultimate goal of creating a better evidence base to inform healthcare policy and more effective, innovative, high quality palliative care interventions nationally. 

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Anita Ravi, M.D.

Anita Ravi, M.D. (VA Scholar)
University of Pennsylvania

Anita Ravi, M.D, MPH is a family medicine physician who completed her undergraduate studies at Washington University in St.Louis, and received a Masters in Public Health from Yale University. She was selected as a Reproductive Health Epidemiology Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where she worked in conjunction with the World Health Organization (WHO) to update the WHO's Medical Eligibility Criteria in Contraceptive Use Guidelines. She completed medical school at the University of Michigan and her residency at Beth Israel's Residency in Urban Family Medicine in New York City where she received training in women's health procedures and in medical asylum evaluations for Physicians for Human Rights. During this time she was also elected as a Chief Resident and served as a Delegate to the New York State Academy of Family Physicians.

Career Interest: A career encompassing clinical, research, and policy work focused on improving women's health care among marginalized populations .

Research Interest: health and human rights of incarcerated and trafficked populations, gender-based violence and health, family planning in underserved settings, family medicine workforce expansion.

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Amy Salerno, M.D.

Amy Salerno, M.D. (VA Scholar)
Yale University

Amy Salerno, MD, (VA Scholar) is an internal medicine physician who received her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University. She received her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. During medical school, she spent a year in Ecuador working with a non-profit organization, The International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership, leading a development program to assess community needs and implement a community based mental health care program. Dr. Salerno then went on to complete an internal medicine residency at Emory University in Atlanta. After residency, she worked for the Indian Health Service at Tuba City Regional Healthcare Corporation in Tuba City, Arizona on the Navajo Nation as an internist.

Career interests: Dr. Salerno plans to pursue a career to improve the health of our most marginalized populations through clinical work, policy, and outcomes research. 

Research interests: Social determinates of health, clinical outcomes based policy changes and their effect on care. She has specific interest in health policy and hospital based care of Native Americans.

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Adam Schickedanz, M.D.

Adam Schickedanz, M.D.
University of California, Los Angeles

Adam Schickedanz, MD completed residency in Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco, where he served as chief resident. Adam received his undergraduate training in Biology from Washington University in St. Louis and completed his medical training at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. Adam was a Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science from 2008 to 2009. Adam has published peer-reviewed research on clinical communication, cultural competency, medical professionalism, health care value, and the intersections of financial stress and health. He is active in curricular reform integrating health policy and cost awareness into medical education. Adam co-founded a nonprofit medical-financial partnership, The Financial Fitness Clinic, which has been recognized both locally and nationally for its work reducing socioeconomic drivers of poor health among families experiencing economic hardship. Dr. Schickedanz's research interests include social determinants of health, health care value, medical culture, and education. As a clinical scholar, Dr. Schickedanz would address the ways in which economic health and physical health are intertwined in America, both for individual patients and the communities in which they live. Dr. Schickedanz' career interests are at the intersections of research, policy, education, community engagement, and clinical care. Through the clinical scholars program, he looks forward to solidifying a strong research foundation and connecting with a vibrant community of innovators whose collective aim is to elevate the health of our nation.

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Wagahta Semere, MD

Wagahta Semere, MD (VA Scholar)
Yale University

Wagahta Semere, MD received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and her medical degree from the University of Michigan. She is completing her residency in internal medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Semere is interested in managing chronic medical conditions among refugees, assimilation of refugees into health care systems, and health disparities medical curriculum development.

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Michael Seyffert, M.D. (VA Scholar)

Michael Seyffert, M.D. (VA Scholar)
University of Michigan


Michael Seyffert, MD, is a board certified neurologist, sleep medicine physician who recently completed his psychiatry training at the University of Michigan. He attended college at the Virginia Military Institute where he majored in modern languages and psychology. He is a military veteran and former airborne infantry officer who continues his military service as a flight surgeon in the Michigan Air National Guard with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He has served overseas in several military and humanitarian medical missions.

Career Interest: Dr. Seyffert is interested in improving the lives of US Veterans with PTSD and related neuropsychiatric disorders to include pain and substance use disorders. He is focused on improving access to key primary care and multi-specialty behavioral interventions to include telepsychiatry and computerized based cognitive behavioral therapies for insomnia.

Research Interest: His current primary research interest in understanding and treating insomnia as a core symptom in PTSD and associated neurpsychiatric disorders to include substance use disorders and chronic pain.

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Lee Squitieri, M.D.

Lee Squitieri, M.D.
University of California, Los Angeles

Lee Squitieri, MD is a plastic and reconstructive surgery resident at the University of Southern California. Dr. Squitieri received her undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and medical degree at the University of Michigan.  During her medical training she completed masters in science in clinical research, also at the University of Michigan. Throughout her training, she has participated in numerous research projects in reconstructive hand surgery including her role as principal investigator for study involving patients with neonatal brachial plexus palsy.

Research Interest:  Her research interests include shared decision making, structural health care disparities, and quality improvement. As a clinical scholar, Dr. Squitieri would like to conduct quality health services research and translate these findings into the health policy arena. Dr. Squitieri looks forward to having an academic career involving research in system based health disparities and surgical quality improvement.

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Jesus Ulloa, M.D.

Jesus Ulloa, M.D. (VA Scholar)
University of California, Los Angeles

Jesus Ulloa, MD is a general surgery resident at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Ulloa earned his undergraduate degree in Chemistry B.S at the University of California, Davis. He received his medical training at the University of California Irvine Medical School. He also received his MBA degree from the UC Irvine business school. During his medical training, he served as a researcher for the UC Irvine Department of Surgery, where he did a chart review of patients with vascular access grafts for hemodialysis that have required stent intervention with goal of assessing post stent patency and incidence of re-intervention. He also co-created a pilot program for students at Santa Ana High School, and worked with 100 students leading dissections and lectures designed to make biology more interactive for Surgery Interest Group.

Research Interest: His research interests include preoperative indicators of morbidity and mortality, surgical Outcomes, and disparities in access to surgical services. As a clinical scholar, he hopes to address the barriers that prevent patients from accessing surgical services and gain new skills as an advocate for patients that need timely surgical interventions in our evolving health paradigm.

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