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First Year Clinical Scholars

Krisda Chaiyachti

Krisda Chaiyachati (VA Scholar)
University of Pennsylvani
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Krisda Chaiyachati, MD, MPH received his Bachelors in Human Rights Studies and Microbiology from the University of Georgia and his MD from the University of Michigan Medical School. During medical school he was a Doris Duke Fellow in Tugela Ferry, South Africa as a coordinator for a community-based treatment program for drug-resistant TB and HIV co-infected individuals. He received his MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health as a Zuckerman Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership. He completed his internal medicine residency training in the Yale Primary Care Program and continued on as a chief resident. 

Career interests: He hopes to continue practicing primary care and simultaneously create clinical and policy innovations that address the interface between health and the social needs of patients. His long-term career interests involve translating policy and clinical research into improved public health on the state and national level.

Research interests: Dr. Chaiyachati is interested in exploring the clinical and economic impact of chronic disease management strategies that address a patient's social needs - care coordination, accessing social services, community engagement, community health workers, and patient navigators. He is also interested in factors that promote patients engaging with the health system and how patients define value from their clinical care. Ultimately, he hopes to create interventions that alleviate the limitations that poverty may have on patients with chronic diseases and keep them engaged in care.

Krisda Chaiyachti

Manik Chhabra (VA Scholar)
University of Pennsylvani
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Manik Chhabra is an internal medicine physician who grew up in Minnesota. He earned his undergraduate degree in Biomechanical engineering from Stanford University, and went to medical school at the University of Minnesota. He completed his residency and chief residency at the Yale Internal Medicine-Primary Care Program.

Career Interests: He plans to pursue a career in academic internal medicine and health policy.

Research interests: Improving access to high quality primary care in underserved communities, housing policy as it pertains to the health of homeless individuals, transitions of care from hospital to home for medically complex patients, provider-patient communication.

Kymberly Gonzalez

Kymberly Gonzalez
University of Pennsylvania


Kym Gonzalez, M.D. is a pediatrician who grew up in Dallas, TX. She earned her undergraduate degree with a Bachelor's in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University. While there she planned and oversaw educational and mentorship programming for Latino youth. In addition, she founded Health n' Motion, a community-based healthy lifestyles program targeting Latino families. She received her doctorate in medicine from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. She furthered her interest in community health and community partnerships by developing a community-based childhood obesity prevention program, Fit For Health. She then completed her residency in pediatrics at Children's Health-Dallas/UT Southwestern. While there, she developed a healthy lifestyles program centering on nutrition and parenting for at risk teen parents. In addition, she spent a couple of months in Peru learning about the barriers to the delivery of health in developing countries. Through that experience, she developed a pediatric preventative care model training model that has been incorporated in a health system in Peru.

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

Research Interest: Community partnerships that address community infrastructure and address social determinants of health, Latino health disparities interventions, childhood obesity, and generating research that can impact local and larger policies.

Michael Knight

Michael Knight (VA Scholar)
University of Pennsylvania

Michael G. Knight, MD completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the NewYork-Presbyterian –  Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York, NY. Originally from New York City, he completed undergraduate studies at Oakwood University, and attended the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, where he obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree with Special Qualifications in Biomedical Research. He served as the 48th national president of the Student National Medical Association, where he focused on diversifying the face of medicine, achieving health equity, and increasing HIV/AIDS awareness in minority communities. He currently serves as the president of the Renewing Health Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization working to educate, equip, and empower urban communities to improve their wellbeing, and to eliminate ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in health. Knight has served on various boards and committees of organizations such as the National Medical Association and the American Medical Association Residents and Fellows Section. He has been an invited speaker on health care disparities at events across the country, including the National Minority Quality Forum and the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust. He has received numerous awards including the AMA Foundation Leadership Award, and was selected as one of the Top 30 under 30 Alumni of Case Western Reserve University.

Career Interest: Dr. Knight plans to pursue a multifaceted career combining a clinical career in Obesity medicine, administrative roles in health system quality improvement, and non-profit leadership in minority health promotion. 

Research Interest: Healthcare quality improvement, transitions of care, and health education and chronic disease prevention in ethnic minority communities.

 

ical Raz, M.D.

Anna Uma Morgan, MD, MSc
University of Pennsylvania

Anna Uma Morgan, MD, MSc
is a general internist from southern California.  She completed her undergraduate degree in Political Science at Swarthmore College.   After completing her undergraduate studies she worked for an NGO at the United Nations in New York, focusing on the trafficking of small arms and light weapons.  Dr. Morgan also holds an MSc in Health, Population and Society from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where her dissertation focused on the attitudes of Members of Parliament regarding severe mental illness.  She received her MD from the University of California, Irvine, and completed residency in Internal Medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, where she spent an additional year serving as Outpatient Chief Resident. 

Career Interests:  Dr. Morgan is committed to enhancing both the quality and efficiency of primary care delivery, particularly in underserved populations.

Research Interests: As a scholar, Dr. Morgan plans to investigate the role of community health workers in reducing readmissions and improving outcomes in primary care.  She is also interested in exploring interventions aimed specifically at the provision of primary care in the public sector. 

ical Raz, M.D.

Mical Raz, M.D. (VA Scholar)
University of Pennsylvania

Mical Raz, MD, PhD
, completed her medical training at Tel Aviv University, from where she also received a PhD in history of medicine.  Before moving to the US for a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale, she worked at the Tel Aviv Medical Center and volunteered with Physicians for Human Rights. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Yale New Haven Hospital in 2015.

She is the author of The Lobotomy Letters: The Making of American Psychosurgery (U of Rochester 2013), which was awarded the Pressman-Burroughs Wellcome Career Development Award. Her second book, What's Wrong with the Poor? Race, Psychiatry and the War on Poverty (UNC 2013), has been reviewed in medical, historical and public policy venues.

A historian of American psychiatry, Raz is interested in the intersection of psychiatry, poverty and politics, and in disparities in health care access and delivery in twentieth century US history. Her new project will examine the interrelations of drug policy and mental health theory from a historical perspective.  

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Tyler Winkelman, M.D.

Navin Vij, M.D.
University of Pennsylvania

Navin Vij is an Internal Medicine/Pediatric trained physician who grew up in Bloomington, MN.  He completed his undergraduate studies at Rice University, where he majored in Political Science and was a co-founder of the Baker Institute Student Forum at the Baker Institute for Public Policy.  He also spent time working on health policy issues while interning in British Parliament, at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and also with the Texas Program for Society and Health.  He subsequently completed an International Health Track during medical school at Baylor College of Medicine.  After completing an Internal Medicine/Pediatric Residency and Chief Residency at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, he has worked as an Internal Medicine Hospitalist and continued his involvement with education as an Assistant Program Director for the Med-Peds Residency Program at Case Western.  Beyond his interest in academics, Dr. Vij has also been involved with advocacy and outreach efforts related to Hepatitis C.  He has served as a Member of the National Patient Advisory Committee for the American Liver Foundation and is involved with the Caring Ambassadors Program as a Board Member.  

Career Interests: He plans on pursuing an inter-disciplinary career that combines clinical medicine with an active role in shaping the delivery of healthcare from a policy perspective.

Research Interests:  Hepatitis C – screening initiatives, access to care, and patient outcomes; cost-determination in healthcare; transitions of care related to complex chronic care

 

Second Year Clinical Scholars

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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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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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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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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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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