Elizabeth Barnert, M.D.
University of California Los Angeles
Liz Barnert is a general pediatrician. She completed her undergraduate training at UC Berkeley, where she earned a degree in Integrative Biology. She then received dual training in medicine and public health at the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program. Through this program she earned a medical degree from the UCSF School of Medicine and a masters of science degree from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Her ethnographic master’s thesis explored the family reunification experiences of disappeared young adults who had been forcibly separated from their families as children during El Salvador’s civil war. She then completed pediatrics residency at Stanford while conducting research on a meditation and mindfulness-based intervention for incarcerated youth.
Career Interest: Dr. Barnert is passionate about seeking innovative ways to reduce health disparities of vulnerable pediatric populations, particularly Latino children and adolescents.
Research Interest: As a scholar, Dr. Barnert plans to investigate resiliency among incarcerated youth as a path towards addressing the epidemic of youth violence.
Enesha Cobb (VA Scholar) completed medical school at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. During medical school, she also completed a Masters in Theological Studies at Harvard Divinity School studying the intersection of religion, health, and healing in communities.
She completed her residency in emergency medicine at SUNY Downstate/Kings County Hospital Center, where she was impressed with the social determinants of health that affect her patients. She continues to develop her interest in population health and the overlap between emergency medicine, public health, and health services research.
Career Interest: She plans to develop models of cross-sectoral collaboration to inform health policy.
Research Interest: Working on projects that that use multimedia and techniques of inter-sector collaboration to examine health behaviors. Her other research interests include emergency department utilization and patient experience of emergency care in the quality domain.
Tim Daskivich, M.D.
University of California Los Angeles
Timothy Daskivich, M.D. (VA Scholar) is a urologic surgeon. He completed his undergraduate training at Harvard, where he earned a degree in biochemical sciences. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He went on to complete his internship and residency in Urology at UCLA.
Career Interest: Dr. Daskivich anticipates a career in academic Urologic Oncology, focusing his research on policy-directed initiatives surrounding decision making, efficiency of care, and quality of care for men with genitourinary cancer.
Research Interest: His research interests include evidence-based practice, risk stratification, and decision analysis in the context of genitourinary disease. During his residency, Dr. Daskivich studied the role of comorbidity in treatment decision making for men with early-stage prostate cancer. As a scholar, he plans to investigate ways to improve integration of health status into treatment decision making for men with genitourinary cancer.
Ravi K. Dixit, M.D.
University of California Los Angeles
Ravi K. Dixit, MD, MBA is an Internal Medicine physician who completed his undergraduate studies at Harvard University with a degree in Social Studies. Dr. Dixit received his medical and business degrees from the David Geffen School of medicine and the Anderson school at UCLA. He then completed his residency training in Internal Medicine at the UCLA Medical Center.
Research Interest: His research and policy interests include the quality of health care delivery in safety net populations and improving organizations focused on the needs of medically underserved communities.
Hiu-fai Fong, M.D. (Pediatrics) received her undergraduate degrees in Biology and Brain and Cognitive Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She then went on to earn her medical degree at Harvard Medical School and MIT in the Health Sciences and Technology (HST) program. She completed her pediatrics residency training at Children’s Hospital Boston and Boston Medical Center. She was inspired to become a child abuse pediatrician in part through experiences as a volunteer rape crisis advocate. She is currently pursuing subspecialty training in Child Abuse Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Her research interests include examining barriers to high quality mental health care in sexually abused children, and designing interventions to improve long-term medical and mental health outcomes in maltreated children.
Career Interest: Dr. Fong is interested in pursuing a career as a clinician-researcher and general pediatrician, with a subspecialty in child abuse pediatrics.
Research Interest: Dr. Fong is interested in examining barriers to high quality mental health care in sexually abused children, and designing interventions to improve long-term medical and mental health outcomes in maltreated children.
Anjali Gopalan, M.D.
University of Pennsylvania Anjali Gopalan(VA Scholar) (Internal Medicine) received her undergraduate degree in biochemistry and biology from Rice Univeristy. She completed medical school at Washington University in St. Louis. She then went on to complete an internal medicine residency at the University of Pennsylvania and was a member of the program's primary care track.
Following residency she spent a year as an instructor of medicine in the section of hospital medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
Her current research interests include the roles of behavioral and information economics in the communication between healthcare providers and patients. Specifically, she is interested in researching alternative, more effective ways to present medical information to patients regarding chronic disease management, particularly diabetes.
Career Interest: Dr. Gopalan is interested in researching alternative, more effective ways to present medical information to patients regarding chronic disease management, particularly diabetes.
Research Interest: Dr. Gopalan is interested in the roles of behavioral and information economics in the communication between healthcare providers and patients.
April Khadijah Inniss, M.D.
University of Michigan
April Khadijah Inniss is a pediatrician who is interested in employing the life-course perspective to understand and address racial and ethnic health inequities.
Career Interest: She aspires to influence policies related to social determinants of health, with the perspective that much of policy is fundamentally health policy.
Research Interest: Dr. Inniss' research interests include, the diversity of the U.S. pediatrician workforce; Health social movements at the level of the grassroots; Community-based participatory research as a tool to build community capacity that can be used to address social determinants of health and improve the local social milieu; How child-serving institutions (such as schools and day care programs) can more effectively interface with the health care system to improve health status and health outcomes for children.
Peter Jenkins (VA Scholar) joined Teach for America and taught second and third grade in Baltimore for several years after graduating from Williams College. Impressed by the health needs of his students, he moved to Philadelphia in pursuit of a career in medicine. While attending medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, Peter studied injury prevention among adolescents in West Philadelphia. He then completed general surgery residency and a critical care fellowship at Penn. During residency, Peter studied variations in outcomes among trauma patients.
Career Interest: to promote coordinated disaster response systems, to promote efficient resource utilization, to remain clinically active as a surgical intensivist and emergency surgeon.
Research Interest: outcomes of emergency and trauma surgery, particularly among vulnerable populations, value of care in surgical intensive care units, modeling of disaster response systems.
Hemal Kanzaria, M.D.
University of California Los Angeles
Hemal Kanzaria, M.D. received his undergraduate degree in Environmental Science at Brown University. He completed his medical degree and residency in emergency medicine at UCSF-SFGH, with an area of concentration in community health and social advocacy. He has worked on several international projects aimed towards improving outcomes from preventable communicable disease. During medical school, he founded Remedy at UCSF to recover unused medical supplies for socially responsible redistribution. The organization has provided medical supplies to underserved communities both locally and globally, and has been instrumental in several disaster relief efforts.
Career Interest: Dr. Kanzaria ultimately hopes to work for a department of public health towards achieving these goals while also practicing emergency medicine.
Research Interest: Dr. Kanzaria's interests include community interventions focused on preventative health outcomes, emergency physician practice behavior, ED quality improvement initiatives, and access to care for vulnerable populations.
David Lee, M.D. (Emergency Medicine) received his undergraduate degree at Harvard University in biochemistry, followed by a medical school degree from the University of California, San Francisco. He completed his emergency medicine residency at the Bellevue – NYU program in New York City. Dr. Lee is interested in emergency department utilization, specifically the relationship of patient volume between hospitals and other clinical care settings. He is also interested in using mathematical models to predict changes in emergency department volume due to external factors such as hospital closures.
Career Interest: Dr. Lee is ultimately interested in Fixing health care, Restructuring capitalism, and
Research Interest: Dr. Lee's research interests include: emergency department utilization, hospital closures, and mathematical modeling.
Jason Lott, M.D., M.S.H.P. (VA Scholar) received his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama Birmingham. He went on to Brasenose College at Oxford University, where he read Philosophy, Politics, and Economics as a Marshall Scholar. He attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, where he also received an MSHP in health services and policy research, and completed his residency training in dermatology at Yale. He is interested in skin cancer epidemiology, patterns of and barriers to dermatologic care utilization, and integrated health systems analyses.
Career Interest: Dr. Lott hopes to work at the intersection of academic dermatology, public health policy, and the private sector.
Research Interest: His research interests include examination of trends in skin biopsy utilization, patterns in Mohs and non-Mohs surgical care, skin cancer outcomes and disparities, as well as promotion of meaningful population-based and cost-effective interdisciplinary care.
Chileshe Nkonde-Price, M.D.
University of Pennsylvania
Chileshe Nkonde-Price (VA Scholar) is a cardiologist who is originally from Zambia but grew up in the United Kingdom. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Cambridge and her medical school degree from University College London. Following medical school she worked in the National Health Service (NHS) for three years at both University College London Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust where she received her Membership to the Royal College of Physicians of London (MRCP). She then moved to the United States and completed her internal medicine residency at Drexel University where she served as an Adminstrative Chief Resident in her final year. She then went on to Yale University to pursue her cardiology fellowship. Dr Nkonde-Price is interested in cardiovascular disease in women and specifically how cardiovascular technologies and drug therapies predict outcomes in women. She is especially interested in disparities in cardiovascular care including the factors that are driving the rising prevalence of cardiovascular disease in minority women. She is also passionate about promoting awareness and exploring the impact of mobile technology and social media as a means to promote heart healthy behaviors.
Research Interest: Dr. Nkonde-Price is especially interested in disparities in cardiovascular care including the factors that are driving the rising prevalence of cardiovascular disease in minority women. She is also passionate about promoting awareness and exploring the impact of mobile technology and social media as a means to promote heart healthy behaviors.
Sharat Parameswaran, M.D.
University of California Los Angeles
Sharat Parameswaran(VA Scholar) grew up in Southern California, and graduated with a B.S. in biomedical engineering from Northwestern University. Prior to attending medical school, he worked as a research assistant at a state psychiatric hospital in Southern California. Sharat went to medical school at the Oregon Health and Science University, where he worked on an evaluation of a statewide behavioral pharmacy management system.
During residency, Sharat worked on multiple research projects, including a survey about psychiatrists' roles and attitudes about metabolic risk monitoring, an international mental health quality measurement framework to help improve cross-country comparisons, and a statewide checklist for antipsychotic medication prescribing to improve evidence-based prescribing. He has presented his work at the American Psychiatric Association, with publication pending. He has received an APIRE/Janssen Resident Psychiatric Scholarship, an OMH Policy Scholars Award, the Perry Scholar Award, and participated in the APA Research Colloquium for Junior Investigators. He also completed the Columbia University Public Psychiatry Fellowship during his 4th year of residency.
Career Interest: academic and/or administrative psychiatry
Research Interest: As a scholar, Dr. Parameswaran hopes to investigate consumer-based services for people with serious mental illness, particularly focused on physical health and wellness services, with a career goal of academic and/or administrative psychiatry.
Mitesh Patel, M.D., M.B.A.
University of Pennsylvania
Mitesh Patel, M.D., M.B.A. (VA Scholar) (Internal Medicine) received his undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan in Biochemistry and Economics. He obtained an MBA in Health Care Management from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a medical degree from the University of Michigan. Dr. Patel completed his residency training at the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include leveraging concepts from behavioral economics to better design health policy to improve population behavior and studying how to advance medical education by teaching concepts of health policy and the health care system. His career interests include academic medicine and health policy.
Career Interest: Dr. Patel would like to work in academic medicine and health policy.
Research Interest: Dr. Patel's research interests include leveraging concepts from behavioral economics to better design health policy to improve population behavior and studying how to advance medical education by teaching concepts of health policy and the health care system.
Ashok Reddy, M.D. received his undergraduate degree from Emory University in Anthropology and his medical degree from the University of Washington. He completed a primary care residency at University of Washington where he served as a chief resident. Dr. Reddy is interested in organizational structure and delivery of primary care to underserved populations.
Career Interest: Dr. Reddy is interested in working to implement public health research into practice at both a state and national level.
Research Interest: Dr. Reddy is interested in organizational structure and delivery of primary care to underserved populations.
Benjamin Roman, M.D. is an Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Cancer surgeon. He earned a B.A. in philosophy from Princeton University and a medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and completed residency training at NYU Medical Center. After the RWJ program, he will complete a Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Dr. Roman is interested in academic/health system leadership, resident
education, and using health services research to improve the quality and
value of care in head and neck surgical oncology.
His research includes projects that examine the quality, costs, and value
of cancer care. He seeks to understand how we make decisions in cancer care without or in spite of rigorous evidence, drawing on theories of behavioral economics. The goal of his research is to help patients and providers make better decisions that impact on the quality and value of care.
Lisa Rosenbaum, M.D.
University of Pennsylvania Lisa Rosenbaum(VA Scholar) grew up in Portland Oregon and graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Human Biology. She received her medical degree from University of California San Francisco and completed her residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital. She just finished clinical cardiology fellowship at NYPH Weill Cornell, the last year of which was spent as an Editorial Fellow at the New England Journal of Medicine. Her research interests include using behavioral economics to improve implementation of evidence based medicine, as well as developing a better understanding of how we make medical decisions under uncertainty. She also loves to write.
Research Interest: Dr. Rosenbaum's research interests include using behavioral economics to improve implementation of evidence based medicine, as well as developing a better understanding of how we make medical decisions under uncertainty.
Kori Sauser (VA Scholar) is an emergency medicine physician interested in improving cardiovascular outcomes and quality of care as they relate to emergency medicine. Kori grew up in DeKalb, Illinois. She earned her undergraduate degree at Harvard University, and her medical degree at University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine. She completed her Emergency Medicine residency at Northwestern in Chicago.
Career Interest: Through her research she hopes to inform discussions of quality of care on a national level, bringer a greater voice in representation of Emergency Medicine, and ultimately be a part of improving the level of care provided to our patients.
Research Interest: Her research interest is in cardiovascular outcomes and quality of care. Kori is interested in the development, implementation, and refinement processes of quality metrics, the unintended consequences of such measurements, and how the Emergency Department is both affected by and can play a role in the quality improvement process.
Megha Shah is a family medicine resident who is interested in the concepts of community engaged research and would like to select a health outcome to address for a specific community and conduct a community needs assessment with the help of community partners to develop strategies to improve health outcomes.
Career Interest: Hopes to work in an academic setting, training future family physicians in health services research.
Research Interest: Interested in studying the use and expansion of community health worker programs and lay health educators for chronic disease management using community-based participatory research (CBPR) methods. In addition, she is interested in studying novel ways to disseminate health education to patients.
Anne Stey, M.D.
University of California Los Angeles
Dr. Anne Stey (VA Scholar) is a general surgery resident who completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Rochester in Neuroscience. Dr. Stey received her medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. During medical school she took a year to study International Health Policy at the London School of Economics. She then completed her first three years of general surgery residency at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York while conducting research on the association of cost-effectiveness and surgery.
Research Interest: Dr. Stey’s interest includes decision analysis to determine appropriateness of care to more safely and equitably provide surgical services. As a scholar Dr. Stey plans to investigate cost-benefit analysis in surgical care.
Efrain Talamantes, M.D.
University of California Los Angeles
Dr. Efrain Talamantes (VA Scholar) is an Internal Medicine physician who completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California Los Angeles in psychobiology. Dr. Talamantes received his medical degree from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and obtained a master’s degree in business administration with a focus on organization in management at the Emory-Goizueta School of Business. He subsequently completed his Internal Medicine Residency training at the University of California, Davis where he participated in the Transforming Education and Community Health (TEACH) program, a primary care training program for residents interested in caring for the medically underserved. Dr. Talamantes is involved in various regional mentoring initiatives and is passionate about enhancing leadership and diversity in the physician workforce.
Career Interest: Dr. Talamantes anticipates a career in academic internal medicine focusing on research that will improve clinical practice and public policy. He is also interested in leadership within health care systems.
Research Interest: Dr. Talamantes' research and policy interests include the implementation of new system-level models of care delivery to enhance coordination of care for low-literacy populations, with a focus on improving chronic disease management while addressing social determinants of health.
Arjun Venkatesh, M.D., M.B.A. earned his undergraduate degree at Northwestern University. He went on to earn an MBA from Ohio State University before completing medical school at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Most recently he completed Emergency Medicine residency at Brigham and Women’s and Massachusetts General Hospitals. Dr. Venkatesh is interested in developing performance measures designed to improve health system efficiency with a specific focus on studying variation in emergency physician decision making on hospital admission from the emergency department.
Career Interest: To develop a career that blends health services research and policy focused on quality measurement and performance improvement. He hopes to blend his business background with research experience to develop efficiency measures for healthcare systems to improve the affordability and value of healthcare delivery.
Research Interest: Developing performance measures designed to improve health system efficiency with a specific focus on studying variation in emergency physician decision making on hospital admission from the emergency department.
Katherine Vickery is a family medicine resident who is interested in innovative approaches to healthcare re-design to improve health disparities by using participatory approaches to research that increase patient and community engagement and partner citizens with healthcare providers to improve health inequities; she is also interested in exploring innovative models for medical education using community-based participatory research to facilitate resident and medical student learning.
Career Interest: To serve as a teacher in a residency program, preferably located within a community health center, and/or to work to promote the integration of primary care and public health.
Research Interest: Exploring how Community Health Centers (CHCs) can promote individual and community action around health to reduce disparities, improve outcomes, and engage patients in their health; policy related to the expansion of the CHC/Federally Qualified Health Center system; medical education in population health and community medicine.
Jennifer Voorhees, M.D.
Yale University Jennifer Voorhees, M.D. earned her undergraduate and medical degrees from Yale University in New Haven, CT. She completed Family Medicine residency at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. She is interested in the intersection of health policy and primary care delivery, particularly for underserved populations. Through her research, she hopes to utilize qualitative methodologies to allow patient and provider experiences of healthcare to inform policy, with a current project focused on home-based primary care for vulnerable adults. She is also interested in assessing and expanding primary care capacity within healthcare systems, and is leading a community-based participatory research project that evaluates primary care resources in Greater New Haven for adults with Medicaid.
Career Interest: Qualitative and quantitative assessment and implementation of home-based primary care for adults with multiple chronic conditions. She is also interested in primary care access and primary care workforce issues in the United States, including comparison with other developed countries.
Research Interest: My overall career objective is to improve primary care in this country by advancing the evidence for accessible, coordinated, quality primary care. I hope to accomplish this through an academic career combining research, teaching, patient care, and health policy advocacy.
Ilse Wiechers, M.D., M.P.P. (VA Scholar) earned her undergraduate degree in political science from Case Western Reserve University. She then received a Master in Public Policy and medical degree from Duke. Dr. Wiechers completed her residency training in psychiatry at MGH/McLean Hospitals and her geriatric psychiatry fellowship at Yale. Her research focuses on medical decision making in the care of older adults with co-existing medical and mental illness. Specifically, she studies prescribing of psychotropic medications with the aim of reducing unnecessary and inappropriate use in the geriatric population.
Career Interest: My short and medium term plan is to pursue a career in academic geriatric psychiatry. My long term plan is to parlay an academic career into a leadership position on a national level in the arena of health and aging policy.
Research Interest: Medical decision making in the care of older adults with co-existing medical and mental illness. Specifically, she studies prescribing of psychotropic medications with the aim of reducing unnecessary and inappropriate use in the geriatric population.