CLASS OF 2019:
Scott Breitinger, M.D.received his B.A. in Biology and Sociology from New York University, and M.D. from Weill Cornell Medical College. During medical school, Scott received an award to support his internship with City Health Works, where he developed algorithms for patient management and transfer of medical information in community health settings. He also volunteered in the Weill Cornell Human Rights Clinic. Scott is an accomplished artist who won a prize for photography from Ascensus, the Weill Cornell Medical Journal of the Humanities. He has interned at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, developing a protocol for identifying protein in art media samples.
Benjamin Brinton, M.D., M.P.H.earned his B.A. in Philosophy from Brigham Young University, and his M.D. and M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He completed his PGY1 and PGY2 years in Emergency Medicine at Hackensack University Medical Center. During medical school, Ben was selected into the Johns Hopkins Predoctoral Clinical Research Training Program, studying Emergency Department usage patterns among individuals with serious mental illness. He worked during his Emergency Medicine residency to establish guidelines on appropriate social media use for residents. During medical school, Benjamin served as co-President of Physicians for Human Rights Baltimore. In his spare time, he is a capable craftsman who rehabbed his own home and is able to graft fruit trees. He also enjoys long distance running and current events.
Anne Clark-Raymond, M.D.received her B.A. in Romance Languages and Literature and Biological Sciences from the University of Chicago, and her M.D. from the Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, with Honors in Research. As a medical student, she participated in the Honors in Research Program, investigating VEGF as a potential predictor of major depression, resulting in peer-reviewed publications. She was also President of the MIND interest group and a volunteer in the student free health clinic. Anne is a USFS Double Gold competitive figure skater, a professional figure skating coach, and an ISI Gold Certified Figure Skating Judge. In this role, she has judged at World Figure Skating competitions. She can do a double axel!
Rebecca Fein, M.D. earned her B.A. in Psychology from Brown University, and her M.D. from New York University School of Medicine. During medical school, Rebecca did research with the NYC Poison Control Center, investigating the role of naloxone in treating opioid overdose. She is a student interviewer for NYU School of Medicine, a student volunteer with Gift of Time, a group aimed to improve quality of care for pediatric patients admitted to the hospital, and a volunteer HIV counselor in the New York City Free clinic for the uninsured. Rebecca is an NCAA Division I athlete, the former coxswain and captain of Brown University’s Division I National Champion Women’s Rowing team.
Alyson Gorun, M.D. earned her B.A. in Psychology from New York University and her M.D. from New York University School of Medicine. As a medical student, Alyson did research on anxiety symptoms in schizophrenia, leading to several peer-reviewed publications. She also worked with an advocacy group called “Transportation Alternatives,” a group whose work was a major contributor to the recently-passed NYC law that decreases the speed limit. She was Co-President of NYU’s Classical Arts Appreciation Club, co-President of the Psychiatry Interest Group, and President of Bellevue’s Harm Reduction Club, instructing patients on the detoxification unit on how to administer Narcan in the community. In her spare time, Alyson is an actor and producer of digital comedy sketches.
Jihye Kim, M.D. earned her B.S. in Biology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her M.D. from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. During medical school, she received a year-long Einstein Research Fellowship grant, spending the year studying BDNF in Dr. Francis Lee’s lab, including peer-reviewed publication. In medical school, Jihye has served as the recruitment chair of the AMA, co-President of the student interest group in neurology and psychiatry, and Vice President of the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association. She plays the guitar, piano and flute, and has a black belt in taekwondo.
Kristopher Kast, M.D. earned his B.S. in Biological Sciences and Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame and his M.D. from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. During medical school, he has conducted extensive research in the History of Medicine, studying physician portrayal of mentally ill patients in the early Enlightenment. He was the student representative to his medical school’s biomedical curriculum committee, and he completed the Healer’s Art Curriculum, a nationwide curriculum in professionalism and values-based service for medical students designed to cultivate self-reflection. Kris served as an overnight volunteer for a residence for homeless men with advanced HIV, and a volunteer tutor to inner city elementary school students. He is a competitive weight lifter and runner, and former college athlete (football).
Jessica Spellun, M.D. earned her B.A. in Comparative Literature from New York University, and her M.D. from the Sackler School of Medicine in Israel. Jess is the founder of Operation Comfort Pack, a charitable organization that has provided over 650 backpacks filled with pajamas, toiletries, school supplies and comfort items to children who are emergently placed in foster homes. She was the President and Founding Member of the Psychiatry Student Interest Group for her medical school, and a volunteer in the Physicians for Human Rights Mobile Clinic in Palestinian refugee camps in the West Bank. Jess enjoys cooking international cuisine.
Christian Umfrid, M.D. earned his B.S. in Molecular & Cellular Biology and Psychology from the University of Arizona, and his M.D. from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. During medical school, he did research in quality of life, mental health and body image after weight loss from bariatric surgery, and also studied rapid HIV screening on inpatient psychiatric units. He is writing an HIV education curriculum for inpatient psychiatry. Christian was the co-Editor of his medical school’s visual art, poetry and prose magazine, a volunteer in the student free clinic, and a campus tour guide for medical school applicants. In his spare time, Christian enjoys drawing, painting and photography, as well as skiing and snowboarding.
CLASS OF 2020:
Sebastian Bernardo, M.D. earned his B.A. in Psychology from Columbia University and his M.D. from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He completed a transitional year at Saint Vincent's Medical Center, and began his PGY2 year in Dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. During medical school, Sebastian conducted a year of research in dermatology, was a teaching assistant for multiple courses, and won an award for outstanding teaching in a medical course. One of his video teaching materials in dermatology was published in The New England Journal of Medicine. In his spare time, Sebastian writes screenplays and enjoys traveling and reading.
Bartholt Bloomfield-Clagett, M.D.received his B.A. in Public Policy from Princeton University, and his M.D. from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. During medical school, Bartholt completed a research year in psychiatry at the National Institutes of Health, studying neural correlates of emotion dysregulation in ADHD, resulting in several publications. Bartholt is a former professional singer who performed with the Metropolitan Opera as a child, as well as an avid reader of mysteries. As a medical student, he sang tenor with the school a cappella group, performing at school functions and for patients in the hospital.
Joseph Bravoco, M.D. earned his B.A. summa cum laude in Biology from Boston University, and his M.D. from Tufts University School of Medicine. He completed his Preliminary Year in Internal Medicine at Steward Carney Hospital in Boston, and his second year of Radiology Residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. During college and medical school, Joseph was a research assistant in several studies in the Department of Radiology, including studying cognitive learning and neuropsychological phenomena of early childhood. In medical school, he was selected as a member of the Executive Board of the Gold Humanism Society, taught in the radiology clerkship, and was a member of the Psychiatry Interest Group, and Co-founder and President of the Radiology Interest Group. Fluent in Italian, Joe has volunteered as an Italian-language translator. He enjoys sailing, swimming, chess, and the Classics.
Ross Goldberg, M.D.received his B.S. in Neuroscience from the University of Michigan and his M.D. from Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. As a medical student, Ross served on the steering committee for the student free clinic, pioneered a psychiatry journal club, and wrote a fictional play about the interactions between two men in a waiting room while their significant others received ECT. In his spare time, Ross enjoys cooking, theater and running.
Christopher Green, M.D.received his B.A. in Economics and Government from Dartmouth College, and his M.D. from New York University School of Medicine. As a medical student, Chris conducted research in medical ethics, published a literature review on the role of BDNF in the development of PTSD, and was co-President of the Health Policy Interest Group. In his spare time, he enjoys skiing, golf, audiobooks and improv comedy. He was a political intern in the 2007-20088 Presidential campaign.
Miranda Greiner, M.D., M.P.H. earned her B.A. in Biochemistry and Latin American Studies from University of Kansas, her M.P.H. from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, and her M.D. from University of Kansas School of Medicine. During medical school, Miranda initiated and organized the opioid overdose prevention program for patients at the Addiction Institute of New York, and collected data on Narcan kit distribution and opioid overdose reversals. She also worked as a mental health research assistant at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, studying Medicaid reimbursement for mental and behavioral health services. Her hobbies include acrylic painting, writing short stories, and playing soccer.
David Hankins, M.D., M.Ed. earned his B.A. in History and Arabic from Dartmouth College, his M.Ed. from University of Nevada-Las Vegas, and his M.D. from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. As a medical student, David was a summer research intern at the National Institutes of Health, where he drafted the codebook for analysis of interviews about risks inherent to the use of smartphone apps for partnering among men who have sex with men. Also during medical school, David studied medical student sexual history taking, was an actor in the school’s student theater troupe, managed the tutoring program for Columbia first-year medical students, and was co-Leader of the Lambda Health Alliance. David is a former middle school special education and English teacher, and three-time game show contestant. Interestingly, he was a contestant on Jeopardy during the episode in which 74-day champion Ken Jennings was defeated (although not by David).
Leonid Kapulsky, M.D. earned his B.A. in Biology from Brandeis University, and his M.D. from Tufts University School of Medicine. As a medical student, Leon was awarded a student research fellowship, studying depression, food insecurity, and HIV, resulting in several publications. He was president of the Psychiatry Student Interest Group and the Philosophy Club, publishing a semi-annual student journal. He also developed standardized patient cases for the medical student interviewing course. His hobbies include classical guitar, playing tennis, and reading modern American literature.
Daphne Loubriel, M.D. earned her B.A. magna cum laude from the University of Puerto Rico, and her M.D. from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, where she was awarded the Certificate of Recognition of Excellence in Radiology, and selected for membership in the AOA medical honor society. She completed her Transitional Year at San Juan City Hospital, before completing her first year of radiology residency at University of Florida. Prior to transferring to Cornell, Daphne studied non-invasive brain stimulation and neuroimaging for clinical intervention in epilepsy, alcohol use disorder, and cocaine use disorder. She also works as a Spanish interpreter and a medical scribe in a pediatric behavioral health services clinic, and volunteers time seeing child psychiatry patients in a Native American Community in Minnesota. During medical school, Daphne published work in the field of radiology, served as President of the Radiology Interest Group, and Secretary of the Puerto Rico Medical Student Association. She enjoys Brazilian jiu jitsu, running, and group fitness.
Joseph Mouallem, M.D., J.D. earned his B.A. in Political Science from Yale University, his J.D. from Harvard Law School, and his M.D. from SUNY Downstate College of Medicine, where he was inducted into the Gold Humanism Society. During medical school, Joe served as his class representative to the Student Health Advisory Committee and was the psychiatry program director for the student-run free clinic. Joe helped to found an ACA-mandated non-profit health insurance company, the Health Republic Insurance of New Jersey, and now serves on its board. As a law student, Joe worked in the office of the U.S. Department of Justice, in the gun smuggling, money laundering, and drug trafficking divisions. He is interested in architecture and politics.
Jonathan Power, M.D., Ph.D earned his B.S. in Biochemistry and his B.A. in Germanic Language and Literature from University of Kansas, and his M.D./Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, where he was inducted into the AOA Medical Honors Society. Since his graduation from medical school, Jonathan has been a post-doctoral researcher at the National Institutes of Health. As a medical student, Jonathan won a prize for research in neuroscience, and a Distinguished Alumni Scholarship. His neuroscience research centers around the network organization of the human brain, using fMRI to estimate the brain’s functional organization. His work has been published in Neuron and Neuroimage. During medical school, Jonathan was a teaching assistant in his medical school’s Mind, Brain and Behavior course, and an MCAT tutor. Following graduation from college, Jonathan was a Fulbright Scholar in Germany.
Charles Shaffer, M.D. earned his B.A. and M.A. in Modern History from University of Oxford, and his M.D. from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. His senior medical student research project studied immune signatures in patients with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. As a medical student, Charlie was a student instructor in Clinical Correlates, teaching pre-clinical students the foundations of differential diagnosis and physical examination. He also served as a senior student mentor to younger students. He is interested in history, politics, and classic automobile repair. Once he restored a 1965 Plymouth Barracuda.
Mark Sullivan, M.D. earned his B.A. in Biology from Kenyon College, and his M.D. from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. As a medical student, Mark conducted extensive research in pediatric orthopedic surgery, before deciding to become a psychiatrist. He served as chair of behavioral health for the student-run free clinic, and volunteered as an interviewer for the admissions committee of the medical college. Mark is the President of his medical school’s Free Weight club, and a former Division III varsity football player and team Captain. Mark loves to read and exercise, and is the lead singer in a rock band.
CLASS OF 2021:
Danielle Barcak, M.D. received her B.A. magna cum laude in Psychology from Yale University, and her M.D. from the Humanities in Medicine program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. During medical school, Danielle received a Global Health Research Award, and the award for outstanding community service in the NY Metropolitan Area. She designed the didactic curriculum and oversaw the mentorship program for the Interclerkship Ambulatory Care Track Program (InterACT), and volunteered and served in leadership roles in the student-run free clinic. Danielle is a college athlete, having played for the Yale Varsity Lacrosse team, and a serious traveler, who has studied public health and spent time in Africa, India, Argentina, the Dominican Republic, and Iceland.
Abigail Benudis, M.D., M.P.H. received her B.A. magna cum laude in Spanish and Community Health from Tufts University, and her M.D. and M.P.H. from Tufts University School of Medicine. As a medical student, Abi conducted women’s health research in Guatemala, facilitated problem based learning courses for first-year medical students, provided women’s health services and medical Spanish translation in the student-run free clinic, and was President of the AMA Massachusetts Medical Society Medical Students Section. In her spare time, Abi runs half-marathons, is team captain of a co-ed volleyball team, and enjoys dancing and traveling.
Stephanie Chiao, M.D. received her B.A. in Molecular Cell Biology from the University of California at Berkeley, where she was Phi Beta Kappa. She earned her M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, and is completing her Residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern. As an Internal Medicine resident, Stephanie found time to work with the World Health Organization’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, where she studied access to treatment for opioid dependence in the Middle East. As a medical student, she conducted research on the impact of gratitude/mindfulness journaling on pain medication usage postoperatively. She also coordinated an interdisciplinary forum on medicine and faith, and was Coordinator for the Sonrise Christian Fellowship. She enjoys yoga, badminton, and Christian studies.
Ariel Claman, M.D.received his B.A. in Psychology from McGill University, and his M.D. from the Sackler School of Medicine. As a medical student, Ariel conducted research in the relationship between mindfulness traits and stress in methadone maintenance patients, and volunteered with Physicians for Human Rights and with community mental health organizations in Israel to provide primary care and psychiatric care to Palestinian refugees and asylum seekers. He was Co-President of the Psychiatry Student Interest Group. Ariel is a jazz guitar player, and in his spare time enjoys distance running, travel and adventure sports.
Ariella Dagi, M.D. earned her B.A. summa cum laude in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard University, and her M.D. from Emory University School of Medicine. As a medical student, Ariella researched the association between individual resilience and severity of PTSD symptoms. She studied efficiency in health care delivery in multiple resource-constrained settings internationally, and was a lecturer on this topic at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She also worked on an animated illustration of the Bush Francis Catatonia Scale as an interactive educational tool for inpatient psychiatry. She also developed the family planning curriculum for medical students. Ariella is an artist (www.arielladagi.com), who also enjoys travel, singing, swimming and volleyball.
Heather Kawalick, M.D. earned her B.A. cum laude in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and her M.D. from Tulane University School of Medicine. As a medical student, Heather was selected for membership in the Gold Humanism Honor Society and was one of ten students chosen to receive special training in the Social Contexts in Medicine. She volunteered in the student free clinic, specifically working at residences for individuals with drug and alcohol addictions. She was selected for membership in Tulane’s Leadership, Education, Advocacy, Discovery Program, with focus on community medicine and healthcare policy. Heather’s hobbies include musical theater, hot yoga, baking and culinary tourism.
Rachel Knight, M.D. earned her B.A. cum laude in English and Studio Art from the University of Rochester, and her M.D. from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. As a medical student, Rachel was selected for membership in the Gold Humanism Honor Society. She provided smoking cessation counseling through the student free health clinic, and volunteered in multiple capacities helping survivors of domestic violence. She was a volunteer companion for hospice patients, and also managed programs providing food to underserved individuals in the Rochester community. Rachel is an artist, with commissioned works in acrylic painting. She enjoys slalom waterskiing and pilates.
Paul McCormick, M.D. earned his B.A. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University, and his M.D. from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed his second-year resident in neurosurgery at Columbia, where he conducted research in functional neurosurgery, including for obsessive compulsive disorder, and treatment-resistant depression. He has published a number of papers in the field of neurosurgery. As a medical student, Paul played Left Wing for the Columbia Rugby Club. He also acted in several plays with the Bard Hall Players, a medical school theater club.
Gabe Saltzman, M.D. earned his B.A. in Music and Clinical Psychology from Tufts University, and his M.D. from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, where he was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Gabe did his intern year in Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. He has done research in the area of Developmental Biopsychiatry, studying childhood maltreatment, depression, and suicidal ideation during developmental sensitive periods. He also studied the role of music as a memory enhancer in Alzheimer’s Disease. Gabe is a musician, who was Co-Leader of the Music Group during medical school. In this capacity, he led music therapy sessions in NICU and PICU settings. He plays guitar, piano, trumpet and mbira, and is an avid hiker and multi-day backpacker.
Benjamin Scherban, M.D.earned his B.A. in History from the University of Pennsylvania, and his M.D. from Weill Cornell Medicine, where he won a Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) Scholarship, a student scholarship in geriatric medicine, and an award from the American Geriatrics Society. He conducted research into re-hospitalization among home hospice patients. As a medical student, he was a board member on the Clerkship Council, and also for the medical student readers and writers series. A classical pianist, Ben served as student Co-Chair for the Music and Medicine Initiative. He loves 19th century fiction.
Beverly Shin, M.D.began her undergraduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and then earned her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music. She went on to earn a Doctor of Musical Arts in Violin performance from the New England Conservatory, and played violin professionally as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestra member in multiple different arenas. She earned her M.D. from the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. During medical school, Beverly continued performing as a violinist. She also interned at a shelter for homeless and runaway adolescents, created and implemented workshops on musical improvisation for self-care, and created a partnership between Jefferson Hospital and a local Institute of Music whereby student musicians perform for hospitalized patients. She is currently writing a paper with Dr. Salman Akhtar on the portrayal of loss in cinema. In addition to playing and teaching violin, Beverly makes ceramics and jewelry, and loves dancing and yoga.
Joseph Stujenske, M.D., Ph.D earned his B.A. summa cum laude in Neurobiology from Harvard College, and his M.D. and Ph.D. from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. In medical school Joseph was selected for membership in the AOA medical honor society, and received a National Research Service Award (F30) from the NIMH. His research investigates patterns of prefrontal cortex-amygdala circuit activity in states of fear and safety, using in vivo electrophysiology and optogenetics. His work has been published in Cell, Neuron, and Nature Neuroscience. Joseph taught biostatistics in the Columbia Medical Scientist Training Program, and also served as Student Coordinator, organizing interviews, events, and revisits for prospective students. He is a chess player, who loves board games and outdoor sports including hiking and kayaking.
CLASS OF 2022:
Marty Ahern, M.D. received his B.A. in Classical Languages from Georgetown, and his M.D. from Tufts University School of Medicine. As a medical student, Marty worked in a lab investigating the neurobiology of decision-making. He was a Section Leader in the medical student interviewing class, and mentor to first-year medical students. Marty worked in a mobile clinic for homeless adolescents in Arizona, and developed and implemented a curriculum to assist with reintegration into society for incarcerated men and women in South Boston. Between college and medical school, Marty worked for a year as a Community Residence Counselor at McLean Hospital, engaging with patients in the milieu, and leading DBT- and CBT-based groups. Marty is a downhill and water skier, and an ancient history buff.
Ida Ahmadizadeh, M.D. received her B.S. with Distinction in Neuroscience and Medical Anthropology from the University of Michigan. She earned her M.D. from the University of Maryland School Of Medicine, where she is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society and the Gold Humanism Honor Society. During her senior year in high school, Ida developed a mindfulness seminar for NIH employees, and studied its efficacy on stress reduction. As a medical student, she travelled to rural Guatemala, where she volunteered at a medical clinic, and was instrumental in creating a mobile outreach treatment team to deliver care and administer vaccinations. She volunteered at Baltimore-area nonprofit service organizations, including with an interdisciplinary mobile outreach team in Community Psychiatry, conducting home visits. She is a former nanny for two young girls, as well as an elementary school soccer coach. She practices yoga, guided meditation and mindfulness, and is an excellent baker of Iranian pastries.
Clare Burke, M.D. received her B.A in English Literature from Middlebury College, and her M.D. from Weill Cornell Medicine. As a medical student, Clare worked extensively with the Reproductive Psychiatry Program at Weill Cornell, assisting with two different research and writing projects, one in the area of identity shift in the transition to motherhood, and the other in neuroendocrine mechanisms underlying dysthymic mood symptoms in the setting of weaning from breastfeeding. She received an Atkins Research Fellowship Award. Clare is a competitive tennis player, former Captain of the Middlebury Varsity Women’s Tennis Team, an NCAA Scholar Athlete, and an Academic All-American. She was the first freshman player ever to win the Middlebury Tennis Coach’s Award for leadership and team building. Before medical school, Clare worked in marketing at several different firms.
Daniel Eden, M.D. received his B.S. in Business Administration from Georgetown University, including a one-year scholarship study at the London School of Economics. He earned his M.D. from Weill Cornell Medicine. As a medical student, Daniel worked with Dr. John Walkup, studying the use of oral orthotics for tic severity in Tourette syndrome. Between college and medical school, he conducted research in several areas, including in the lab of Dr. Blair Simpson, studying neurobehavioral biomarkers in obsessive compulsive disorder, social anxiety disorder, and anorexia nervosa. Daniel was a peer mentor in the psychiatry clerkship, and a tutor to low-income public school students in several different capacities. He is an excellent cellist, a college baseball player, and a former small business owner (fair trade coffee and tea).
June Elgudin, M.D. received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and her M.D. from the Sackler School of Medicine. As a medical student, June founded student facilitator for the Resilience Program, a course aimed to promote coping for medical students, both in and out of the classroom. She was a peer tutor, a volunteer in numerous community service settings, and Volunteer Coordinator at the Gesher Mental Health Clinic, providing care for asylum seekers to Israel from Eritrea. Before beginning medical school, June studied neurodegenerative decline in rats. She enjoys yoga, Frank O’Hara poetry, and traveling.
Clark Johnsen, D.O. received his B.F.A. in music/dance/theater from Brigham Young University and his D.O. from Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he will graduate valedictorian. As a medical student, he conducted oncology research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, studying the use of novel viruses in treatment resistant cancer. He was a teaching assistant and student director in the medical school admissions office. Between college and medical school, Clark worked for a number of years as an actor. He performed as an original cast member in several Broadway productions, including the Book of Mormon (!), the Addams Family, and La Cage Aux Folles. He also performed in other venues, including in national tours of multiple shows, and on Holland America Cruise Lines. Clark’s next role will be as a resident actor in the Payne Whitney Clinic Holiday Show! He enjoys hiking in US national parks, foreign language, and baseball.
Karan Padda, M.D. received his B.A. in Biology and Psychology from Swarthmore College, and his M.D. from Emory University School of Medicine. As a medical student, Karan did research in the lab of Dr. Rebecca Fasano, investigating psychiatric outcomes in patients who receive neurosurgery for medication-resistant epilepsy. He served on the Selection Committee for a Medical Student Teaching Competition at Emory, and volunteered providing education on healthy lifestyle to hospitalized patients. As an undergraduate, Karan was a college advisor and SAT math coach at an under-resourced high school in Pennsylvania, through Let’s Get Ready (a partner of Teach for America). Eventually, he became the Site Director for Let’s Get Ready in two counties in PA. He is a 3rd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do/Shotokan Karate, who founded the Swarthmore College Martial Arts Club, serving as president and head instructor. He also played for the Swarthmore College Varsity tennis team.
Yochai Re’em, M.D. received his B.S. in Neuroscience and Biology from Brandeis University, and his M.D. from New York University School of Medicine. As a medical student, Yochai worked in the lab of Dr. Arieh Shalev, studying cognitive- versus exposure-based therapy in posttraumatic stress. He was the Leader of the NYU School of Medicine Jewish Students Association, and also volunteered as a crisis counselor for a national online platform that utilizes text messaging as a modality for support, de-escalation and safety planning during mental health crises. Between college and medical school, Yochai worked as data coordinator in a reproductive medicine clinic, and was the leader in a “Top 10” research scholar project on quality improvement in pediatric endocrinology. He is a former 7th grade religious school teacher who enjoys film, music, cooking, and rollerblading.
Daniel Sugrue, M.D. received his B.A. in Psychology from Boston College, where he was Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his M.D. from New York University School of Medicine. As a medical student, Daniel studied neural mechanisms underlying psychogenic movement disorders. He also worked as a Research Fellow at the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, studying population health surveillance. He was Co-Director of NYU LGBT People in Medicine, and volunteered teaching immunology, virology, and HIV/AIDS to 6th grade students in the NYC public school system. Daniel is an identical twin, who enjoys jogging, movies, and his family and friends.
Alana Warhit, M.D. received her B.A. in Chemistry from Columbia University, and her M.D. from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where she received the Dean’s Recognition Award, and a Senior Research Fellowship in Psychiatry. As a medical student, Alana was Founder and President of the Charity Outreach Committee, and President of the Jewish Social Club. She served as a peer tutor, and volunteered teaching hands-on science workshops to pediatric patients in the hospital. Alana enjoys tennis, hiking, travel, and cooking.