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Where Are They Now? Recent Graduate Placements
(Class of 2010)

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Dr. Rhondee Benjamin-Johnson

Rhondee Benjamin-Johnson (UCLA) completed the program in January 2010 and has relocated to Washington DC where she is working towards a position with the local Departments of Health and Mental Health to contribute to strategic planning directed at improved healthcare services for low-income residents in the District.  She is currently continues to work at RAND Health and is exploring opportunities to join the Department of Health Policy at George Washington University to supplement a clinical position at the District Veterans Administration hospital.

Dr. Caroline Bonham

Caroline Bonham (Michigan) has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in the Center for Rural and Community Behavioral Health at the University of New Mexico. She will be involved in the co-ordination of a state wide telehealth network which aims to provide community oriented services to underserved populations and to strengthen rural training and workforce development. She will also continue to pursue her research interests regarding the implementation of evidence based practices and recovery oriented mental healthcare.

Peggy Chen

Peggy Chen (Yale) will be starting a post-doctoral fellowship in Health Services Research in the Department of Health Policy and Administration in the Yale School of Epidemiology and Public Health. She will continue to conduct research related to the primary care workforce, particularly as it pertains to care for vulnerable populations. She will also expand her research into how behaviors can be influenced in clinical settings, both by patients and providers.

Evan Fieldston, MD, MBA, MSHP, FAAP

Evan Fieldston, MD, MBA, MSHP, FAAP (Penn) is now an Assistant Professor in Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania and an attending physician in General Pediatrics at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as well as a Senior Fellow in the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics.. Dr. Fieldston’s interests are grounded in a concern for improving the health and well-being of children through evidence-based management, medicine, and policy. His current research focuses on hospital operations, patient flow, and quality of care at children’s hospitals. This work includes investigations to understand hospital response to high occupancy and their use of bed capacity over days of the week as well as  development of a movel measures of flow and hospital operations for quality improvement work. Future goals include defining composite measures of workload and workforce at discrete intervals of time and linking them to quality of care outcomes. He also is doing work in behavioral economics, looking at use of incentives directed to parents for adherence in childhood asthma. He remains active in more general policy discussions of health care reform, child coverage, and improvements with patient flow in hospital settings.

Kate Goodrich

Kate Goodrich (Yale) has accepted a position as Chief Medical Officer in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation for the US Department of Health and Human Services. In her new role, she will manage multiple projects related to the Recovery Act funding of Comparative Effectiveness Research and will be integrally involved in the National Quality Strategy efforts that are part of the health reform legislation.

John Hollingsworth

John Hollingsworth (Michigan) has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Urology at the University of Michigan Medical School.

Lara Johnson

Lara Johnson (Yale) has accepted a position as Assistant Professor at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. She will be a pediatric hospitalist collaborating with the Institute for Rural and Community Health with research focusing on the intersection between hospital medicine and rural health. 

Adam Landman

Christie Lancaster Palladino (Michigan) has accepted a position as Educational Researcher, Education Discovery Institute (EDI), and Assistant Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, at the Medical College of Georgia. The EDI is a multidisciplinary group aimed to advance medical education research in ways that will tranlsate to improved patient care. Dr. Palladino will continue her research into the implementation of evidence-based depression care within everyday obstetric practice.

Adam Landman

Adam Landman (Yale) has accepted a position as an attending physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and an Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. His time will be split between clinical work in the Brigham Emergency Department where he will be supervising and teaching residents and students and developing and researching an emergency department information system for Partners Healthcare.

Dr. Patrick Link

Patrick Link (UCLA) has accepted a joint appointment at the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and the VA as a Clinical Instructor.  His research focus include understanding:  (1) the ability of community-based organizations to broker the relationship between mental health care systems and persons with mental health problems; (2) the availability of evidence-based, recovery-oriented mental health services, particularly evidence-based, recovery-oriented psychotherapy services; (3) the implementation of evidenced-based, recovery-oriented mental health services; and (4) the creation of comprehensive mental health care services for combat veterans.

Danil Makarov

Danil Makarov (Yale) has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Urology at the New York University School of Medicine and Assistant Professor of Health Policy at the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service. He will also be an attending Urological surgeon at the Veterans Administration New York Harbor Healthcare System’s Manhattan Campus.

Raina M. Merchant, MD, MS

Raina M. Merchant, MD, MS (Penn) is an emergency medicine physician and health services researcher and has joined the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and a Senior Fellow in the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. As a faculty member, she is continuing her work in diffusion and implementation of resuscitation therapies and  improving hospitals systems of care to reduce arrest in hospitalized patients. She is also serving part-time as a health policy consultant in the Department of Health and Human Services for the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response (ASPR), Dr. Nicole Lurie and ASPR-Director of the Office of Policy and Planning, Dr. Lisa Kaplowitz.

Dr. Gerardo Moreno

Gerardo Moreno (UCLA) completed the program on January 2010 when he was appointed the Department of Family Medicine as an Assistant Professor.  He was also awarded a Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research by the National Institute on Aging UCLA/Drew Center for Health Improvement for Minority Elders (CHIME) (P30-AG02-1684), a research and mentoring program for minority junior faculty at UCLA and Charles Drew University.   Dr. Moreno was also successful in obtaining funding from the California Endowment to support his research. 

Mark D. Neuman, M.D.

 Mark D. Neuman, M.D. (Penn) is an anesthesiologist and health services researcher and has joined the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care and a Senior Fellow in the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. Based on work he began as a clinical scholar, Dr. Neuman's research focuses on two general areas: evaluating and improving the quality of hospital care for older adults; with hip fracture, and examining risk-assessment and patient selection;  practices by physicians delivering medical and surgical procedures.

Matthew O’Brien, M.D.

Matthew O’Brien, M.D. (Penn) is an internist with a focus on community based participatory research and has joined the faculty at Temple University as Assistant Professor of Medicine and Public Health at Temple University School of Medicine, Department of Public Health. In his position at Temple Dr. O’Brien will be continuing his research on the health outcomes among Latino populations, focusing on the development of interventions to reduce the risk of obesity and its attendant health issues. He will continue his work with Puentes de Salud, the community based health clinic serving the Latino population in South Philadelphia.

Dr. Kara Odom Walker

Kara Odom Walker (UCLA) has accepted an Assistant Professor position at the University of California, San Francisco. She accepted a part time position at 50% time from July to December 2010 with Dr. Woodrow Myers of Myers Ventures LLC as Project Director in South Los Angeles.  Her responsibilities and project will involve coordinating and facilitating the creation of a strategic business plan for Charles Drew University.  Her long-term professional goals continue to be to engage in policy relevant research that improves the health of individual patients, underserved populations, and the health policy of our nation.

Nicholas Osborne

Nicholas Osborne (Michigan) completed the program in June of 2010 and he is remaining in Ann Arbor, Michigan where he will complete his general surgery residency. He will finish his residency in General Surgery in June of 2012 and he plans to pursue fellowship training in Vascular Surgery. In addition to his clinical responsibilities, Nick is continuing to work on improving quality measurement in vascular surgery and understanding disparities in the access and treatment of patients with vascular disease.

Matthew Press, MD

Matthew Press, MD (Penn) is an internist and health services researcher and has joined the faculty at the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health (Division of Outcomes and Effectiveness Research) and the Department of Medicine.  Dr. Press's research is in the areas of hospital readmissions, health care quality, and behavioral economics.  He also will continue to host the Clinical Scholars Health Policy Podcast interview series available at

Dr. Joan Ryoo

Joan Ryoo’s (UCLA) long term goal continues to be to work with local public health and policy organizations to make an impact on health and health care for underserved communities. Upon completion of the program, she has accepted an appointment as Postdoctoral Scholar in the UCLA Career Development Program in Population-Based Cancer Prevention and Control Research to complete her VA research projects.  In July 2011, Dr. Ryoo will return to residency training in radiation oncology at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Los Angeles.

Comilla Sasson, MD, MS

Comilla Sasson, MD, MS (Michigan) has joined the faculty of the University of Colorado Denver, Department of Emergency Medicine as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Sasson will continue her research interests in optimizing prehospital care for a variety of conditions including out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA), myocardial infarction, seizures, spinal cord injury and asthma. She is currently working with multiple communities to utilize Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology to identify neighborhoods that are at highest risk for OHCA, and have low bystander CPR rates, to create targeted CPR educational interventions based at the community level. She will use her RWJ Clinical Scholars training to implement an evidence-based approach to focus scarce healthcare resources in the most vulnerable populations in order to decrease health disparities.

Dr. Vijay Singh

Vijay Singh (Michigan) accepted a joint appointment as a Clinical Lecturer at the University of Michigan (U-M) Medical School's Departments of Emergency Medicine and Family Medicine. He will be working clinically in the Adult Medical Observation Unit of the U-M Health System, and conducting research in the U-M Injury Research Center. He will continue his research on identification and treatment of male patients who perpetrate intimate partner violence. He will continue his role as sequence director of and lecturer in the U-M M1-M2 interpersonal violence curriculum.

Charmaine Smith Wright, M.D., M.S.

Charmaine Smith Wright, M.D., M.S. (Penn) has joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor in General Internal Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and a Senior Fellow in the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. Dr. Wright will continue her research on maternal child health outcomes, particularly focusing on prevention of the retention of maternal weight gain among vulnerable populations. She will continue her collaborations with her community partner, the Maternity Care Coalition, where she serves on their Board of Directors. As a med-peds trained physician, Dr. Wright will also serve as core faculty for the med peds residency program.

Kate Viola

Kate Viola (Yale) will be starting a Dermatopharmacology fellowship at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. After the fellowship, Kate plans to complete her residency training in dermatology at Albert Einstein.

Joanne N. Wood, MD M.S.

Joanne N. Wood, MD M.S. (Penn) is a child abuse pediatrician and health services researcher., She has joined the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship Program Director at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Based on work she began as a clinical scholar, Dr. Wood's research will focus on evaluating and improving the quality of hospital based care and child welfare services provided to victims of child abuse and neglect. 



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