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First Year Clinical Scholars

Claire Ankuda, MD

Claire Ankuda, M.D.
University of Michigan

Dr. Claire Ankuda is a family physician from Springfield, Vermont.  She graduated from the University of Vermont for college and medical school, obtained an MPH in Quantitative Methods at the Harvard School of Public Health, and completed family medicine residency at the University of Washington.  Her focus is on improving care for frail and seriously ill older adults.  During fellowship she has done work around caregiving patterns after incident disability, temporal trends in caregiving, and the impact of caregiver wellbeing on patient healthcare utilization.  Her work on caregiving was published in JAMA.  She also partnered with the Hospice of Michigan to conduct a mixed-methods evaluation of a home-based palliative program for seriously ill high utilizers in the Detroit and Flint regions.

Career Interests:
Dr. Ankuda is interested in spending time at the Center for Medicaid & Medicare Innovation during part of the remainder of her RWJF CSP fellowship as well as continuing collaborations with the Hospice of Michigan.  She will then complete a palliative fellowship.  Ultimately, she aims to continue to do research work in an academic institution partnering with community and state organizations.

Research Interests: 
As a Clinical Scholar, Dr. Ankuda focuses on how the health systems can better identify and support high risk older adults with new disability as well as their caregivers.  Also, on how palliative care expertise can be better utilized in the primary and community settings to do so.
 

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Martina Caldwell, M.D.

Martina T. Caldwell, M.D. (VA Scholar)
University of Michigan


Dr. Martina Caldwell
graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in Women’s Studies and received her medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine. She completed her Emergency Medicine training in the University of Michigan / St. Joseph Mercy Hospital residency program. She has several ongoing projects, which include:
-    Exploring Women's Acceptance and Priorities for Components of a Contraception Intervention in the Emergency Department: A Mixed Methods Study
-    Factors Associated with Creating a Culture of Racial Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Medicine Residencies
-    Impact of Emergency Department Utilization in Early Pregnancy on Maternal and Neonatal Birth Outcomes
-    Effective Contraception Use by Usual Source of Care among US Women

Career Interests: 
Dr. Caldwell plans to practice Emergency Medicine in Detroit, Michigan at Henry Ford Hospital. She will utilize her research skills to develop, implement and evaluate programs and interventions to improve health inequities. She is also interested in taking on a leadership role in institutional diversity and inclusion efforts.

Research Interests: 
Dr. Caldwell’s primary research interest centers around leveraging the Emergency Department as access to care for vulnerable populations in order to improve health inequities and promote health. More specifically, she is interested in designing evidenced-based, patient-centered interventions in the Emergency Department using a community-based participatory research approach that addresses health inequities regarding unintended pregnancy rates and effective contraception utilization, adverse birth outcomes, women’s sexual health, and health literacy. Her secondary interest is in promoting diversity and inclusion in the health care workforce.

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Dina Hafez, M.D.

Dina Hafez Griauzde, M.D.
University of Michigan


Dr. Dina Hafez Griauzde
is an internist and pediatrician who grew up in Hollis, New Hampshire.  She received her bachelor’s degree in Biology with a concentration in Latin American and Latino Studies from The College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, MA), and her MD from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine (Maywood, IL).  She completed a combined residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Michigan.  During that time, she implemented the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) within her resident continuity clinic and worked with key stakeholders, including the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, University of Michigan Adult Diabetes Education, primary care leadership, and local insurers, to develop a plan to sustainably deliver the NDPP throughout UM primary care clinics. 

Career Interests
In the short-term, Dr. Hafez Griauzde is interested in pursuing a third-year research position through the VA.  She will then look for employment opportunities with her husband (neurointerventional radiology fellow), likely within a large, academic institution. 

Research Interest: 
Dina Hafez Griauzde, MD is interested in diabetes prevention and primary prevention of obesity among the pediatric population.  I would like to work on implementing and evaluating clinical programs related to these topics.

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Nia Heard-Garris, M.D.

Nia Heard-Garris, M.D.
University of Michigan


Dr. Nia Heard-Garris
 completed pediatrics residency at Children’s National Health System as a part of the primary care track. Dr. Heard-Garris obtained her B.S. in Biology from Spelman College and her MD from Howard University College of Medicine.  During residency, she conducted research on mild traumatic Brain injury. However, she has always had a strong interest in health disparities. She participated in George Washington University’s Resident Fellow Health Policy course that helped her to realize health policy was the way in which she wanted to bridge the gap in healthcare disparities. In medical school, she was heavily involved in a newly student-founded free clinic that providing medical care to underserved populations to help improve access to care within that community. Dr. Heard-Garris was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and wanted to become a pediatrician to improve the health of the future generations of leaders by not only caring for them, but by also improving healthcare inequalities. Dr. Heard-Garris is a wife and proud mother of a very active toddler.

Career Interests: Dr. Heard-Garris has a strong interest in health care policy and implementation. Specifically focused on meeting the needs of adolescent and underserved populations through legislation and funding. Dr. Heard-Garris plans on pursuing a career that combines patient care with involvement in health policy

Research Interests: As a Clinical Scholar, Dr. Heard-Garris would like to work on health services research that can better inform policy decisions related to immigrant, minority, and adolescent populations with projects focused on addressing social determinants of health and diversity around healthcare workforce.

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Andrew Ibrahim, M.D.

Andrew Ibrahim, M.D. (VA Scholar)
University of Michigan


Dr. Andrew Ibrahim
. is a Clinical Lecturer in Surgery at the University of Michigan and a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation. He completed his undergraduate and medical degrees education both with Honors at Case Western Reserve University with a year of coursework in architecture at The Bartlett School of Architecture. In addition to his policy degree from the University of Michigan, he completed additional policy training as a Crile Fellow at Princeton University and as a Doris Duke Fellow at John Hopkins Hospital.

Career Interests: 

He plans to pursue a career as an academic surgeon focused on policy and payment strategies to optimize the cost and quality of delivery surgical services. 

Research Interests: 
His research evaluating policy and payment strategies to improve health care delivery has resulted in numerous peer-­review publications, book chapters, presentations and appointment to the editorial and advisory board at the Annals of Surgery.

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Tyler Winkelman, M.D.

Tyler Winkelman, M.D. (VA Scholar)
University of Michigan


Dr. Tyler Winkelman
 completed his Internal Medicine & Pediatrics residency at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Winkelman obtained his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN and his MD from the University of Minnesota.  He also has a master’s degree in Health and Healthcare Research from the University of Michigan. During medical school and residency, he led and conducted state and national surveys evaluating medical students’ knowledge and attitudes of the Affordable Care Act and other health policy issues.  His first study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, highlighted knowledge gaps in health policy among medical students in Minnesota.  Because of these findings, Dr. Winkelman collaborated with faculty from the Medical School and School of Public Health to develop and implement a mandatory health policy course for first year medical students, becoming the first Director of Health Policy within the medical school’s Essentials of Clinical Medicine course. In 2015, he was awarded the AAP Section on Medical Students, Residents and Fellowship Trainee (SOMSRFT) District VI Leadership and Teaching Award for this curriculum development.  

Career Interests:
Dr. Winkelman will be starting a position as a clinician-investigator at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN beginning July 2017.  He will be a primary care physician and healthcare provider for justice-involved individuals. He will continue his research and policy work with justice-involved individuals to improve both their social and clinical outcomes through robust primary care interventions. 

Research Interests: 
As a Clinical Scholar, Dr. Winkelman has focused primarily on the social and clinical outcomes of health insurance and medical care for justice-involved individuals. He has several papers in press or under review regarding health insurance, healthcare utilization, and health outcomes for both adult and juvenile offenders. He also has another line of inquiry that investigates the effects of increased cost sharing for vulnerable populations. 

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Second Year Clinical Scholars

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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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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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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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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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. 

PubMed Click here for a list of available publications in PubMed.

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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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Nicole Gergen, M.D.

Nicole Villapiano (Gergen), M.D.
University of Michigan


Dr. Nicole Villapiano (Gergen)
completed her residency in Internal Medicine / Pediatrics at Brown University.  Dr. Villapiano obtained her undergraduate degree from Gustavus Adolphus College.  She received her MD from the University of Minnesota with induction into AOA and the Gold Humanism Honor Society.  During medical school, she was on the administrative board for the Phillips Neighborhood Clinic where she managed staff and provided for underserved patients in Minneapolis' most impoverished neighborhood.  In residency, she served as a volunteer at the Rhode Island Free Clinic for uninsured patients.  Dr. Villapiano's interest in Primary Care practice redesign led her to her involvement with Rhode Island's pediatric Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) initiative. She also worked on a study comparing PCMH readiness between residency continuity clinics in Rhode Island.

Dr. Villapiano’s projects include the following:

  • Maternal Opiate Dependence and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome in Rural America, 2003-2013.  Mentors: Patrick S., Kozhimannil K. – under review
  • “Is your child being poisoned by lead in the water?” – Published in Newsweek –  April 2016.
  • Cervical Cancer Screening, Pelvic Examinations, and Contraceptive Use Among Reproductive-Age Adult Women. Mentors: Dalton V.
  • In-Hospital Mortality Trends Among Rural vs Urban Patients: 2008-2013.  Mentor: Iwashyna T.
  • Clinic Based Interventions to Increase LARC Utilization in Patients at Risk of Unintended Pregnancy: A Systematic Review. Mentors: Chang T., Moniz M., Davis M., Chopra V.
  • Patient-Centered Medical Home Readiness in Rhode Island Primary Care Residency Clinics.  Mentor: McLaughlin S.
  • CMMI externship Sept.-Oct. 2016 – Accountable Health Communities Group

Research/Policy Interests: 
Dr. Villapiano’s research interests include rural population health, patient centered medical homes, and women’s health services delivery.

Career Interests: 
Dr. Villapiano is interested in optimizing the Patient-Centered Medical Home model for underserved patient populations, particularly in rural areas.  She is currently talking with rural health systems about careers that blend rural primary care practice with program development and evaluation – especially around PCMH development, prevention of unintended pregnancy in primary care settings, and building primary care structure and support for managing patients with opioid use disorder.

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