Who Are We

A community of physicians helping each other treat patients


Our Mission

Improve knowledge sharing between physicians so that patients get high quality care wherever they are treated.


What We Do

    We help physicians get answers to questions where there is no clear answer in guidelines or published research and expert opinion is necessary. All answers are indexed and searchable so that every physician can quickly access expert knowledge to provide their patients with high quality care.


Our Community of Experts


Our Team

Nadine Housri, MD
Co-Founder
Nadine Housri, MD

Dr. Nadine Housri is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Yale. She focuses on the community side of theMednet to bring physicians together to discuss topics important to patient care. Nadine's research background is in institutional outcomes disparities. She has published over a dozen peer-reviewed publications in major journals such as Annals of Internal Medicine, Annals of Surgery, and PLoS Medicine. Nadine completed her Radiation Oncology residency at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School where she was awarded the Roentgen Research Award and the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Dean’s Research Award, and served as Chief Resident for her last 2 years of residency. Additionally, she completed an SRS/SBRT fellowship at Yale. Prior to residency, she was a Clinical Research Training Program (CRTP) Fellow at the National Institutes of Health. Nadine graduated with Research Distinction from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Her clinical focus is thoracic oncology and stereotactic radiotherapy.

Samir Housri
Co-Founder
Samir Housri
Samir focuses on the technology side of theMednet trying to build the best experience for creating and consuming content on theMednet. Samir has spent the past 15 years in the private sector focused on digital media and innovation. His interests lie in building platforms that connect people and information. He has worked with many well-known companies including Major League Baseball, The New York Times and EMI Music. At MLB.com Samir was responsible for the design and development of key components of Gameday, MLB.com's system for broadcasting live scores and stats to millions of baseball fans each day. At EMI Music, Samir launched a video syndication platform which allowed EMI to publish music videos online.

Anthony Bejjani
Medical Oncology Deputy Editor
Linday Burt, MD

Dr. Bejjani is currently a clinical instructor with the Greater Los Angeles VA Medical System. He completed medical school at SUNY Buffalo followed by Internal Medicine residency and hematology oncology fellowship at UCLA. His research emphasis is in hepatobiliary malignancies. He is interested in both Hematology & Oncology with a focus on medical education. He is the medical oncology deputy editor for theMednet.

"I love understanding that in order to tackle a problem, you have to frame it well. The Q&A platform really zeroes in on a topic and leads to engaging discussion. theMednet is the next logical step beyond guidelines for learning about and taking care of patients." Learn more about Dr. Bejjani here!

Wesley Burkett
Gynecologic Oncology Deputy Editor
Linday Burt, MD

Dr. Wesley Burkett is currently a Gynecologic Oncology fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He received an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Alabama.  He earned his medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine.  He then completed his obstetrics and gynecology residency at the University of Oklahoma.  His interest include medical student education, identification and utilization of prognostic and therapeutic biomarkers in endometrial cancer, and reducing health disparities in gynecologic cancer care.

Hannah Lust
Pediatric Oncology Deputy Editor
Linday Burt, MD

Dr. Hannah Lust is a pediatric hematology/oncology fellow at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, IL. She received her Bachelor of Science in Health: Science, Society, & Policy at Brandeis University and graduated from University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. She completed her residency training in internal medicine & pediatrics at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. Her clinical interests include hematologic malignancies, stem cell transplant & cellular therapies, AYA oncology, and late effects. 

Yuliya Afinogenova
Rheumatology Deputy Editor
Linday Burt, MD

Dr. Yuliya Afinogenova is a third-year fellow in the combined Rheumatology and Allergy & Immunology program at Yale. She completed her MD at Harvard followed by Internal Medicine residency at Yale. Her rheumatology clinical interests lie in spondyloarthritis. She is specifically interested in strategies to help close the gap between symptom onset and diagnosis in this condition and is actively working on assessing a new referral strategy and working with primary care physicians to understand their attitudes regarding spondyloarthritis. She also has a special interest in patients with autoimmunity and immunodeficiency.

Yang Jiang
Hematology Deputy Editor
Linday Burt, MD

Dr. Yang Jiang is a PGY5 fellow in Hematology and Oncology at UCLA. She completed her undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Washington University in St. Louis and received her MD from the University of Oklahoma, where she was inspired to enter benign hematology and where her family still resides. She received her residency training in internal medicine at the University of Houston/MD Anderson in Texas. As a fellow at UCLA, she has continued to pursue her interests in nonmalignant hematology, specifically in clinical trial development in gene therapy.

theMednet Associate Editors

Associate Editors are responsible for maintaining quality and professionalism on the platform by moderating questions and engaging key opinion leaders in their field. Each associate editor has been invited to the program because of their commitment to medical education and involvement in their specialty.


Radiation Oncology


David Ly, MD
Sequoia Radiation Oncology Services, Inc
David Ly, MD

Dr. David Ly is a physician in private practice at Sequoia Cancer Center. Prior to this he served as clinical assistant professor in radiation oncology at University Hospitals in Cleveland and at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center. He completed his medical training at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and his residency at the University of Utah, Huntsman Cancer Hospital. He completed a research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Ly has published in the fields of gynecologic, breast and brain malignancies. He is the radiation oncology Associate Editor for GU.

Parul N. Barry, MD
UPMC Hillman Cancer Center
Parul Barry, MD

Dr. Barry received her undergraduate degree at Wellesley College. She returned to her hometown to attend medical school at the University of Louisville and stayed on for residency in radiation oncology. She is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital/ UPMC Hillman Cancer Center where she focuses on the treatment of breast and gynecologic cancers. She is active in clinical research. She maintains a strong interest in education, mentorship, and studying gender disparities in medicine. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and exploring new restaurants. 

John T. Lucas Jr., MD, MS
St Jude Children's Research Hospital
John Lucas Jr., MD

Dr. John Lucas is currently an assistant faculty member at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. He completed his radiation oncology residency at Wake Forest University in 2015 after a preliminary medicine year at UNC Chapel Hill. He completed his Medical Doctorate at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC where he also obtained a masters in Clinical and Translational Research. His current research interests are novel clinical trial designs and patient risk stratification methods. The application of these methods has yielded several web-based prediction tools which can be applied to clinical decision making. Dr. Lucas is the pediatric malignancy Associate Editor for radiation oncology.

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Brandon R. Mancini, MD, MBA
West Michigan Cancer Center
Brandon Mancini, MD

Dr. Brandon Mancini is a radiation oncologist at the West Michigan Cancer Center in Kalamazoo, MI. He is originally from Southeast Michigan, attending the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI) for his undergraduate studies and Wayne State University School of Medicine (Detroit, MI) for medical school. He formerly served as the Chair of the Association of Residents in Radiation Oncology (ARRO) Executive Committee and was a Resident Representative on several ASTRO committees. Dr. Mancini is the skin cancer, melanoma, and palliative Associate Editor for radiation oncology.

"...to be able to facilitate dialogue on theMednet is a privilege, and I appreciate the opportunity to expand our field, ensuring the greatest care possible to all oncologic patients!" Learn more about Dr. Mancini here!

Shane Lloyd, MD
University of Utah School of Medicine
Shane Lloyd, MD

Dr. Shane Llyod is an associate professor of radiation oncology at the University of Utah School of Medicine and Huntsman Cancer Institute. His primary clinical interests are in the radiotherapeutic management of gastrointestinal, head and neck, genitourinary, and skin cancers. His main research interests are in comparative effectiveness, clinical trials, and health services. Dr. Lloyd is the GI Associate Editor for radiation oncology.

"theMednet has seen the bigger picture. It's great to see how experts share their knowledge, and I love being a part of that process." Learn more about Dr. Lloyd here!

Omar M. Ragab, MD
USC Keck School of Medicine
Omar Ragab, MD

Dr. Omar Ragab is an Assistant Professor at the USC Keck School of Medicine, where he specializes in Sarcoma and Gynecologic cancers. He completed his residency training at LAC+USC Medical Center in Los Angeles followed by fellowship training in clinical brachytherapy at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in June 2016. His research interests include patient care disparities and combining novel immunologic agents with radiation therapy. Dr. Ragab is the Gynecologic Oncology Associate Editor for radiation oncology.

"theMednet is a great opportunity to not only contribute to the field, but also to learn from it. It allows me to stay up to date and get invaluable expert knowledge." Learn more about Dr. Ragab here!

 
Ann C. Raldow, MD, MPH
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Ann Raldow, MD

Dr. Ann Raldow is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Dr. Raldow graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in molecular biology. She earned her medical degree at the Yale University School of Medicine. After finishing her internship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Dr. Raldow completed her residency at the Harvard Radiation Oncology Program. Dr. Raldow also obtained a Master of Public Health degree from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Raldow specializes in the treatment of gastrointestinal malignancies. She has expertise in intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), image guided radiation therapy (IGRT), stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), MRI-guided radiation therapy (MgRT), and other advanced techniques in radiation therapy. Her research focuses on therapeutic decision making, cost-effective care, quality of life, and health outcomes assessment. 

"For the oncologists who are more isolated in an institution, theMednet is life-changing. There are many instances I have a complex case and need to hear experts weigh in. It really allows everyone to come together to hear from people across the country." Learn more about Dr. Raldow here!

Christopher T. Wilke, MD, PhD
University of Minnesota Medical School
Christopher Wilke, MD

Dr. Christopher Wilke is an Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at the University of Minnesota and specializes in the treatment of head and neck and CNS malignancies. He obtained his MD/PhD degrees from the University of Minnesota with his thesis work focused on the development of novel functional brain imaging techniques. He completed his radiation oncology residency and the University of Minnesota followed by a fellowship in Advanced Radiation Oncology at the MD Anderson Cancer Center. His research interests include advanced imaging and 3D printing applications in radiation oncology. Dr. Wilke is the neuro-oncology Associate Editor for radiation oncology.

"theMednet is a truly unique resource in the field of oncology. Our patients don't always fit neatly into the boxes defined by the guidelines or clinical trials. In these situations, the insight gained from the answers provided by national experts is invaluable to the practicing physician." Learn more about Dr. Wilke here!

Jason C. Ye, MD
USC Keck School of Medicine
Jason Ye, MD

Dr. Jason Ye is an Assistant Professor in Radiation Oncology at USC Keck School of Medicine. He completed his residency at New York Presbyterian/ Weill Cornell Medical Center and his MD at Boston University’s Accelerated 7-Year BA/MD program. At NYP/WC, he started the department's first medical student education curriculum as part of the multi-institutional Radiation Oncology Education Collaborative Group. Dr. Ye is the Head and Neck and Genitourinary Associate Editor for radiation oncology. 

"the more I read on theMednet, the more I recognized that nothing is a 'textbook case'. There will always be exceptions. When you apply data, you're always extrapolating, which means a lot of gray areas appear. Picking the brains of national experts is an invaluable service; being one of the first to participate in the website after its launch, I really believe in theMednet's process." Learn more about Dr. Ye here!

 
Kiri Cook, MD
Oregon Health & Science University
Kiri Cook, MD

Dr. Kiri Cook is an assistant professor in the department of Radiation Medicine at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, OR.  She is originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, and she attended the University of Michigan for her undergraduate studies where she majored in Philosophy.  She received her M.D. from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in 2014 and completed her internal medicine intern year at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.  She completed her residency training at UCLA.  She has been active in clinical research throughout medical school and residency with projects involving breast, GU, CNS, and GI cancers, as well as patient-reported outcomes and patterns of care. Dr. Cook is the breast malignancies Associate Editor for radiation oncology.

"theMednet is social media in its best form, where actual experts answer questions in a way that everyone can benefit." Learn more about Dr. Cook here!

Rebecca Philipson, MD
Torrance Memorial Medical Center
Rebecca Philipson, MD

Dr. Rebecca Philipson is a radiation oncologist at Torrance Memorial Medical Center. She is originally from Oakland, California, and completed her undergraduate degree with majors in Biopsychology and Spanish Literature at Tufts University. She earned her MD from UCLA and completed her intern year at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She returned to UCLA for radiation oncology residency, where she served as Chief Resident. She is active in clinical research involving brain metastases, prostate cancer, GI malignancies, palliative radiation, treatment toxicity, outcome-driven treatment planning, and clinical informatics. Dr. Philipson is the thoracic Associate Editor on theMednet.

"It's exciting to pick the brains of experts in the field and get their feedback on tough questions. theMednet is an incredible learning experience and an amazing resource. I feel so lucky to be a part of theMednet!" Learn more about Dr. Philipson here!

Gavin P. Jones, MD
Tufts University School of Medicine
Gavin Jones, MD

Dr. Gavin P. Jones is currently a PGY-4 Radiation Oncology resident at Tufts University Medical Center. He is originally from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; he completed his undergraduate studies at Lafayette College where he was a financial scholarship recipient and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience. Dr. Jones subsequently earned his M.D. from the University of Virginia School of Medicine, where he was a Junior Inductee into AOA, and completed his intern year in Internal Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. His primary clinical and research interests include Lymphoma/Hematologic malignancies, Thoracic malignancies, Pediatric malignancies, Breast Cancer, Medical Education, and Medical Humanities. 

"The practice of medicine has increasingly become a collaborative enterprise, and for this reason, I find theMednet a truly invaluable resource. It is a forum of medical discourse which draws upon the collective knowledge and experience of the many practitioners within our respective fields, affording the kind of generative and open exchange of ideas which engenders both a common sense of purpose, and enhances patient care."

 
Abhinav "Abhi" Reddy, MD
Johns Hopkins University
Abhinav

Dr. Abhinav “Abhi” Reddy is a PGY4 resident at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is originally from Virginia Beach, Virginia and earned his undergraduate degree from University of Pennsylvania where he majored in Chemistry. He received his MD from University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and completed his transitional year internship at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, Virginia. His research interests include GI malignancies, the role of SBRT and IORT in localized pancreatic cancer, and medical education. Dr. Reddy is the sarcoma/lymphoma Associate Editor on theMednet.

“I stumbled upon theMednet during my PGY2 year, and since then, I have frequently found myself using it as a learning resource. It is an invaluable tool for both residents and practicing clinicians. I am extremely excited to be part of the team!”


Medical Oncology


Dwight Owen, MD
Ohio State University College of Medicine
Dwight Owen, MD

Dr. Dwight Owen is an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine in the Division of Medical Oncology at Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center. His research and clinical focus is thoracic oncology, and understanding mechanisms of secondary resistance to targeted and immune-based therapies. Dr. Owen is the thoracic malignancies Associate Editor for medical oncology.   

Anthony Bejjani, MD
Clinical Instructor
Anthony Bejjani, MD

Dr. Bejjani is currently a clinical instructor with the Greater Los Angeles VA Medical System. He completed medical school at SUNY Buffalo followed by Internal Medicine residency and hematology oncology fellowship at UCLA. His research emphasis is in hepatobiliary malignancies. He is interested in both Hematology & Oncology with a focus on medical education. He is the medical oncology deputy editor for theMednet.

"I love understanding that in order to tackle a problem, you have to frame it well. The Q&A platform really zeroes in on a topic and leads to engaging discussion. theMednet is the next logical step beyond guidelines for learning about and taking care of patients." Learn more about Dr. Bejjani here!

Lauren E. Lee, MD
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS)
Lauren Lee, MD

Dr. Lauren Lee is hematologist/oncologist and bone marrow transplant physician at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX where she also serves as core faculty for the Hematology/Oncology fellowship program at San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium (SAUSHEC).

She graduated with honors from the University of Florida College of Medicine. She then commissioned into the United States Air Force.  She has an interest in academic medicine and served as the Air Force Chief of Medicine Residents for the SAUSHEC Internal Medicine Residency Program before completing her Hematology/Oncology fellowship and additional training in stem cell transplantation at SAUSHEC. She continues to serve in the United States Air Force - taking care of active duty service men and women and dependents as well as retirees.

"Because of the pace at which oncology advances, it's hard to keep up with everything. For rare cases, it's so helpful to have an expert in the field. theMednet is a great opportunity to see experts come together from many specialties to offer their opinions and experiences." Learn more about Dr. Lee here!

 
Ali R. Khaki, MD, MS
Stanford School of Medicine
Ali Khaki, MD

Ali Raza Khaki, M.D. is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Oncology at Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, California. Ali received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Carleton College and studied medicine at the University of California, San Diego. He went on to complete internship and residency in internal medicine at University of California, San Francisco and fellowship at the University of Washington/Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Ali's clinical and research interests are in genitourinary oncology and health services/healthcare utilization research.

Technology plays a big role in how physicians and researchers access expertise, which is why Dr. Khaki was so excited to join theMednet. "I stumbled upon it accidentally, and after a few colleagues helped me connect with theMednet leadership team, the rest fell into place." Learn more about Dr. Khaki here!

Marina N. Sharifi, MD, PhD
UW Madison Hospital and Clinics
Marina Sharifi, MD

Dr. Sharifi is a PGY-5 Medical Oncology fellow in the ABIM research pathway at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She completed her MD as well as a PhD in cancer biology through the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, followed by Internal Medicine residency at UW Madison. Her clinical interests include breast and thoracic oncology as well as melanoma, and her research focuses on the development and application of liquid biopsy technologies to delineate mechanisms of resistance to targeted therapies.

Marc Roth, MD
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Marc Roth, MD

Dr. Marc Roth is a PGY-6 Hematology/Oncology fellow at Vanderbilt University Medical Center/Ingram Cancer Center. He received his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and medical degree from the University of Kansas. He completed his internal medicine residency at Vanderbilt. His clinical and research interests lie in gastrointestinal malignancy and clinical trials. 

 
Sassine Ghanem, MD
UT MD Anderson Cancer Ctr
Sassine Ghanem, MD

Dr. Ghanem is a Stem Cell Transplant and Cellular Therapy Fellow at MD Anderson Cancer Center. He completed his medical school at Saint Joseph's University in Beirut, Lebanon. He then completed his Internal Medicine residency at Northwell Health - Staten Island University Hospital. He has a special interest in hematologic malignancies as well as Bone Marrow Transplant and Cellular Therapy. He then completed his Hematology/Oncology fellowship in State University of New York - Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY and was appointed chief fellow his third year. He is currently undergoing further specialized training in Stem Cell Transplant and Cellular Therapy at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas for the academic year of 2021-2022. 

"There are a lot of grey zones in the field of Hematology/Oncology where a discussion with experts in the field is the best thing that you can provide for your patient. The Mednet acts to facilitate just that and creates an inquisitive atmosphere for everyone to give their input on controversial matters. For common clinical scenarios you have published guidelines, for everything else there is the MedNet."

Michael D. Iglesia, MD, PhD
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
Michael Iglesia, MD

Clinical fellow interested in immunogenomics and solid tumor microenvironment in GI oncology

Ramy Sedhom, MD
Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center
Ramy Sedhom, MD

Ramy Sedhom, M.D. is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Oncology at Penn Medicine, and practices both Medical Oncology and Palliative Medicine at their Princeton, NJ clinic. He received his medical education at Albany Medical College. He went on to complete residency and chief residency at Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, followed by medical oncology training at Johns Hopkins, and palliative medicine/hospice training at Memorial Sloan Kettering. 

Ramy's clinical and research interests are in supportive care and cancer care delivery. "Supporting patients with cancer, and their caregivers, is linked to their overall survival - but this is often overlooked on the oncology community. The data out there suggests that health, and healthcare, are about the experience, as much as the outcome." 

 
Vincent T. Ma, MD
University Of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center
Vincent Ma, MD

Dr. Vincent Ma is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center in Madison, WI. He received his medical degree from the University of Nevada School of Medicine in Reno, NV. He then completed his Internal Medicine Residency training and Hematology/Oncology Fellowship training at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. His clinical interest is in melanoma and other advanced cutaneous malignancies with an emphasis on translational research and clinical trial investigation. His current area of research is in melanoma liver metastases, tumor immune microenvironment, and optimizing therapy in melanoma with response-adapted treatment strategy.

Jasmine Sukumar, MD
Jasmine Sukumar, MD

Dr. Jasmine Sukumar is currently a medical oncology fellow at The Ohio State University James Comprehensive Cancer Center. She completed medical school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City followed by internal medicine training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
Her clinical interest is in breast cancer and her research focus is in cancer survivorship and risk reduction. Dr. Sukumar is a breast associate editor for theMednet.

Glenda M. Delgado Ramos, MD
Loyola University Medical Center
Glenda Delgado Ramos, MD

Dr. Glenda Delgado Ramos graduated from the Universidad Católica de Santiago de Guayaquil in Ecuador with honors in Medicine in 2013. She completed her internal medicine residency at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN and is currently doing her Hematology/Oncology fellowship training at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, IL. Dr. Delgado Ramos’ research is clinical-based and is focused on improving the care of patients with solid tumors. She has published a number of first author original research publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals including Medical Oncology, and Breast Cancer Research and Treatment. She continues to strive to improve her clinical research acumen by completing a statistical analysis certification program and is currently developing a phase 2 investigator-initiated clinical trial. She is an active member and serves as a volunteer at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). Dr. Delgado Ramos hopes to embark in an academic career in medical oncology when she graduates from her fellowship in June 2022, and she has a particular interest in global oncology and GI malignancies. She is very excited to join theMednet team as she knows this is an outstanding tool which optimizes patient care by helping physicians solve clinical conundrums with the help of experts.

 
Katharine Collier, MD
The Ohio State University
Katharine Collier, MD

Dr. Katharine Collier is a PGY-6 T32 research fellow in Medical Oncology at The Ohio State University. She received her undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from Princeton, followed by graduate work in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering from University College Dublin and the University of Texas at Austin. She went to Ohio State for medical school and completed Internal Medicine residency at Northwestern. Her clinical interests include genitourinary malignancies, with a research interest in translational genomics and transcriptomics, including circulating tumor DNA. 

Kai Johnson, MD
The Ohio State University
Kai Johnson, MD

Dr. Kai Johnson is a fellow physician at the Ohio State University James Comprehensive Cancer Center. He obtained his MD at the University of Kentucky. He then completed residency training in Internal Medicine at Washington University/Barnes Jewish Hospital. His clinical and research interests include clinical trials and studying treatment-resistant mechanisms involving lobular breast cancer. 


Gynecologic Oncology


Lindsey K. Buckingham, MD
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Lindsey Buckingham, MD

Dr. Lindsey Buckingham is a Gynecologic Oncology fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She grew up in North Carolina and completed her undergraduate and medical degrees at UNC. Lindsey trained in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. She went on to complete a fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania before returning to the south. Lindsey’s academic interests include quality of life for gynecologic cancer survivors, geriatric oncology, and end of life care for women with gynecologic cancers.


Pediatric Oncology


Michael Terao, MD
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
Michael Terao, MD

Dr. Michael Terao attended Allegheny College (Meadville, PA) where he majored in English before starting at Eastern Virginia Medical School (Norfolk, VA). After medical school he completed his pediatric residency at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland (Oakland, CA), where he completed research on the use of concept mapping in undergraduate medical education. After residency, Dr. Terao spent one year as chief resident at the Morehouse School of Medicine Pediatric Residency (Atlanta, GA) prior to starting pediatric hematology/oncology fellowship at St. Jude.  After completing fellowship at St. Jude, he took a position at Georgetown Pediatric Hematology/Oncology.

"theMednet is incredibly powerful by spreading medical information more effectively. The varied perspective among adult and pediatric oncologists is invaluable." Learn more about Dr. Terao here!

Alicia Bach, MD
University of Missouri Health Care
Alicia Bach, MD

Dr. Alicia Bach is a pediatric hematology/oncology physician with University of Missouri Health Care.  She recently completed her fellowship at St. Louis Children's Hospital. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Brandeis University, and her MD from University of Texas Health San Antonio. Dr. Bach then went on to complete her pediatric residency from the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. She has a clinical interest in sarcomas, AYA oncology, and palliative care.  

Ajay Gupta, MD, MS
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Ajay Gupta, MD

Ajay is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatric Oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute working in Developmental Therapeutics. He has had additional training in Pediatric Sarcoma and a Master's in Translational Pharmacology.

His hope is to push forward promising pre-clinical compounds into early phase trials and improve outcomes for children with relapsed and refractory sarcomas.

In his spare time, according to his Twitter profile @AjayguptaMD1, he enjoys fiction, Buddhism, music, travel, and sweets.

 
Trisha Larkin, MD, MBA
St Jude Children's Research Hospital
Trisha Larkin, MD

Dr. Trisha Larkin attended the University of Miami, followed by a master's degree in Business Administration prior to earning her MD from Florida International University. She then completed her pediatrics residency at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital where she was the recipient of the Excellence in Pediatric Care Award followed by Pediatric Hematology-Oncology fellowship at the University of Florida. During fellowship, she was active in Phase I and II immunotherapeutic strategies utilizing hematopoietic stem cells and adoptive T-cell therapy to overcome treatment resistance in pediatric high-grade gliomas and in using pharmacogenomic strategies to evaluate chemotherapy toxicities. She has also led efforts to improve patient safety, data quality, and clinical care practices. Dr. Larkin is currently completing an advanced fellowship in Neuro-Oncology at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Camille Keenan, MD
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center/West Cancer Center
Camille Keenan, MD

Dr. Camille Keenan is a pediatric hematology/oncology fellow at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. She grew up in Texas, prior to venturing up to the University of Pittsburgh, where she received her undergraduate degree in Bioengineering. She then moved back south to Houston to attend McGovern Medial School (previously University of Texas Health Medical School), as well as obtain an MPH at the UT School of Public Health. She then completed her Pediatrics residency at UT Southwestern in Dallas, where she solidified her interest in Pediatric Oncology. 

Hannah Lust, MD
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Hannah Lust, MD

Dr. Hannah Lust is a pediatric hematology/oncology fellow at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, IL. She received her Bachelor of Science in Health: Science, Society, & Policy at Brandeis University and graduated from University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. She completed her residency training in internal medicine & pediatrics at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. Her clinical interests include hematologic malignancies, stem cell transplant & cellular therapies, AYA oncology, and late effects. 

 

Rheumatology


Yuliya Afinogenova, MD
Yale-New Haven Hospital
Yuliya Afinogenova, MD

Dr. Yuliya Afinogenova is a third-year fellow in the combined Rheumatology and Allergy & Immunology program at Yale. She completed her MD at Harvard followed by Internal Medicine residency at Yale. Her rheumatology clinical interests lie in spondyloarthritis. She is specifically interested in strategies to help close the gap between symptom onset and diagnosis in this condition and is actively working on assessing a new referral strategy and working with primary care physicians to understand their attitudes regarding spondyloarthritis. She also has a special interest in patients with autoimmunity and immunodeficiency.

Megan M. Lockwood, MD
Georgetown University Hospital
Megan Lockwood, MD

Dr. Megan Lockwood is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University.  Megan is from Portland, Oregon, where she completed her bachelor’s degree in biology with minors in chemistry and physics at Portland State University.  She served in the United States Peace Corps as a science teacher in rural Ghana, West Africa, prior to attending medical school at Case Western Reserve University, where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.  Megan completed residency at University of California, San Francisco, where she also served as the external chief resident at Kaiser Permanente San Francisco.  She completed her rheumatology fellowship training at Massachusetts General Hospital.  Megan currently serves on the American College of Rheumatology's Fellows-in-Training Subcommittee.  Megan’s clinical and research interests are in connective tissue diseases, health disparities, and medical education. 

Rachel Wallwork, MD
John Hopkins
Rachel Wallwork, MD

Dr. Rachel Wallwork is a rheumatology fellow at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard Medical School, followed by internal medicine residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital. As a fellow, her research interests include systemic sclerosis, vasculitis, IgG4-related disease, and health disparities. 

 

theMednet Associates

Associates are responsible for helping drive dialogue on theMednet by highlighting important research, topics of discussion, and best practices from their respective institutions. Each associate has been invited to the program because of their commitment to medical education and a desire to advance their field through information technology.


Radiation Oncology


Shana R. Coplowitz, MD
St. Anthony's Medical Center
Shana Coplowitz, MD

Dr. Shana Coplowitz is an assistant professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and practices at Cornwall Radiation Oncology Services in Cornwall, NY, an affiliate of Montefiore Medical Center.  Prior to this she was in practice at St. Anthony’s Medical Center in St. Louis, MO.  Shana attended the University of Pennsylvania where she majored in European History.  Originally from Ft. Lauderdale, Fl, she obtained her medical degree from the University of South Florida College of Medicine.  She completed her residency at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in 2013. 

Anna Lee, MD, MPH
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Anna Lee, MD

Dr. Anna Lee is an Assistant Professor in the Head and Neck Section of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Lee received her M.P.H. in Global Epidemiology from Emory University and her M.D. at Mercer University. She completed her clinical residency training at the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center followed by a fellowship in proton therapy at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Her research interests include NTCP modeling in the re-irradiation setting, comparative effectiveness research with large databases, and issues regarding gender equity in academic medicine.

Sagar A. Patel, MD
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
Sagar Patel, MD
 
Croix Fossum, MD
LAC+USC Medical Center
Croix Fossum, MD

Dr. Croix Fossum serves as Chief Resident in Radiation Oncology at USC Keck School of Medicine. He is originally from Minnesota and completed undergraduate education at UW-Madison and medical school at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He is interested in healthcare disparities and currently has the privilege of working with a largely underserved patient population at LAC+USC Medical Center. He enjoys staying at the forefront of all disease sites and improving communication between radiation oncologists and other cancer specialists.

“Far too often, the textbooks, and even national guidelines like NCCN, fail to answer specific questions that are directly relevant to the patient sitting before me. In these circumstances, theMednet community has been truly invaluable. It assimilates years of knowledge from various disease site experts in a way that can be digested and implemented by trainees and community physicians alike.”

Sarah A. Singh, MD, MS
West Virginia University
Sarah Singh, MD

Dr. Sarah Singh currently serves as chief resident in radiation oncology at the West Virginia University Cancer Institute. She completed both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Molecular Biology at the Georgia Institute of Technology before receiving her MD from the Medical College of Georgia. Her professional interests include clinical research, healthcare disparities research, improving access to cancer care, enhancing patient quality of life after cancer treatments, and improving diversity and inclusion within our field.

Na L. Smith, MD, PhD
Sanford Health Cancer Center
Na Smith, MD

Dr. Na Smith completed radiation oncology residency training at Mayo Clinic, Rochester in 2021, and works at Sanford Health Cancer Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. 

 
Colton C. Gits, MD
Colton Gits, MD

Dr. Colton Gits currently serves as chief resident in radiation oncology at the University of Minnesota. He is originally from Minneapolis and completed his undergraduate education at Northwestern University. He obtained his medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis and completed a preliminary internal medicine year at the University of Utah. His professional interests include student and resident education and addressing disparities in access to information. He sees theMednet as crucial to sharing clinical expertise among academic and community providers.

Kimberly R. Gergelis, MD
Mayo Clinic Hospital
Kimberly Gergelis, MD
Dr. Kimberly Gergelis is currently a PGY-2 radiation oncology resident at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. She completed her undergraduate education, earning a dual degree in Chemistry and Spanish, at State University of New York at Buffalo. She attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY, completing her MD, where she was an AOA inductee. Kimberly completed a preliminary internal medicine year at Stamford Hospital in Stamford, CT. She is active in clinical research at Mayo Clinic, studying trimodal therapy for bladder cancer, breast cancer, and quality of life outcomes after radiotherapy for prostate cancer.
Amit Roy, MD
Washington University - Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Amit Roy, MD

Dr. Amit Roy is a PGY-5 Radiation Oncology resident at Washington University in St. Louis. He received his BA and MD from the University of Missouri - Kansas City. His interests include genitourinary, gynecologic, and lower gastrointestinal cancers. He plans to enter community practice. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, Peloton cycling, and spending time with his wife and dog.

 
Salman Eraj, MD
UT Southwestern School of Medicine
Salman Eraj, MD

PGY-4 at UTSW Radiation Oncology Residency

Basem Dahshan, MD
Basem Dahshan, MD

Dr. Basem Dahshan is a PGY-4 resident in Radiation Oncology at West Virginia University. Prior to this, he was a National Merit Scholar and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Charleston. After 2 years, he graduated summa cum laude in 2014. He received his MD at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine in 2018 and stayed there for his PGY-1 year in Internal Medicine. His clinical research interests include brain metastases, primary CNS cancers, and improving the multidisciplinary management of lung and head/neck cancers.

'theMednet is a novel platform that serves as a de facto global tumor board, transcending the silos of institutional and regional biases in a collective effort to improve patient care. In an increasingly connected world, theMednet is a unique tool for effectively delivering personalized medicine.'

Rohan Katipally, MD
University of Chicago Medical Center
Rohan Katipally, MD

Dr. Rohan Katipally is currently a PGY-4 Radiation Oncology resident at the University of Chicago Medical Center. He grew up in central New Jersey and completed his undergraduate studies at Brown University, majoring in Applied Mathematics-Biology. He continued at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for his medical training. He completed his internship in Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago Medical Center. His research interests include prognostic molecular and genomic biomarkers in oligometastatic cancer and radiation therapy, combinations of stereotactic body radiation therapy and immunotherapy, and clinical medical ethics.

 
Leonid Reshko, MD
Leonid Reshko, MD

Dr. Leonid “Leon” Reshko is a PGY5 resident at the University of Louisville Radiation Oncology Department. He is originally from Saint Petersburg, Russia. He earned his undergraduate degree in Biology and medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University majoring in Biology. Leon spent two years doing translational research at VCU. He completed his transitional year internship at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, Virginia. His research interests include SBRT, Gyn, breast, lung, and head/neck cancer. Leon has been reading theMednet Daily Digest and found the discussions to be invaluable. He is thrilled to be part of theMednet team. 

Susan Sun, MD
University of Minnesota
Susan Sun, MD
Justin Steinman, DO
MUSC
Justin Steinman, MD

Dr. Justin Steinman is a current PGY-4 radiation oncology resident at the Medical University of South Carolina. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Scranton, where he majored in Neuroscience, with a minor in Russian language, and concentration in Nutrition Studies. He attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, where he was a founding member of the PCOM Chapter of Medical Students for Choice, and served as Community Service Chair for the PCOM Chapter of the AMA and The Pulmonics, the PCOM A Capella group. He took a year off of medical school to do research in the field of radiation oncology at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, where he first authored a manuscript on radiation mitigation following total body irradiation in mice, while simultaneously taking graduate courses in Organizational Development and Leadership at PCOM. Upon graduating medical school, he completed his Transitional Year internship at Henry Ford Allegiance Health, where he served as Chief Resident. He is currently interested in specializing in head and neck radiation/re-irradiation, and is passionate about cancer survivorship, as well as improving upon racial, ethnic, and class disparities in healthcare. 

 

Medical Oncology


Sameer P. Desai, MD
Center for Hematology and Oncology
Sameer Desai, MD

Dr. Sameer Desai obtained his M.D. from Yale and completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Harvard’s Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center. He practiced as a primary care physician for several years before completing his fellowship in Hematology and Medical Oncology at the University of Michigan. He is board certified in Hematology and Medical Oncology and is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. He joined The Center for Hematology and Oncology in 2007. He was voted Top Docs by New Jersey Monthly 5 years in a row from 2012 to 2016.

Jamie T. McClain, MD
East Carolina University
Jamie McClain, MD

Dr. Jamie McClain grew up in Anderson, SC and graduated from Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC with a major in Biology and a minor in Government. He attended the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC and completed residency at Greenville Health System/University of South Carolina in Greenville, SC. He became interested in Oncology due the intrigue of a rapidly changing field and the rewards of treating the most grateful group of patients. He is currently in his final year of Hematology/Oncology fellowship at East Carolina University/Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC. Upon completion of fellowship, Dr. McClain intends to practice general oncology.

Yazhini Vallatharasu, MD
Gundersen Health System
Yazhini Vallatharasu, MD

Yazhini Vallatharasu is practising hematology/onvology at Thedacare cancer center, Appleton, WI. After completing her medical school from Stanley medical college, India she went on to do residency in Internal medicine and hem/onc fellowship at Gundersen health system, La Crosse, WI. Her interests are in Benign and malginant hematology especially lymphomas.

 
Salman R. Punekar, MD
NYU School of Medicine
Salman Punekar, MD

Dr. Salman Punekar is currently a PGY 5 medical oncology fellow at NYU. His clinical and research interests focus on thoracic oncology and the development of experimental therapeutics. His prior research includes work on immunotherapy development and mesothelioma.

Shahid S. Ahmed, MD, MBBS
UVM Larner College of Medicine
Shahid Ahmed, MD

Dr. Shahid Ahmed is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Vermont Cancer Center, where he specializes in GU and skin cancers. He grew up in Islamabad, Pakistan, and went to medical school at the Aga Khan University in Karachi. He completed his residency, chief residency, and Hematology/Oncology fellowship at Indiana University. He is interested in clinical investigation focusing on immunotherapy.

“theMednet is an amazing resource for clinicians. The ability to discuss important questions that affect our patient’s care with experts in the field is invaluable.”

Arun Syriac, MD
Dana Farber Cancer Institute at St Elizabeth's Med Center
Arun Syriac, MD

Dr. Arun K. Syriac is currently a PGY3 Hematology-Oncology fellow. He grew up in Kerala, India where he finished his medical school at Govt. Medical College, Kottayam, and then moved to the US for higher studies. He did a research internship at the Cleveland clinic before starting his residency at Rosalind Franklin University/Chicago Medical School. He served as the chief resident there and moved to Boston to pursue Hematology-Oncology Fellowship. He is currently serving as chief fellow at St. Elizabeth’s hospital Hematology-Oncology fellowship program (Dana Farber Cancer center at St. Elizabeth hospital). His interests include breast cancer, immuno-oncology, and health care disparities.

 
Apoorva Jayarangaiah, MD
Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Jacobi Medical Center
Apoorva Jayarangaiah, MD
Ibrahim Azar, MD
Karmanos Cancer Institute, Wayne State University
Ibrahim Azar, MD

Dr. Ibrahim Azar is a third-year hematology & oncology fellow at Karmanos Cancer Institute and Wayne State University interested in solid oncology, especially thoracic & GI oncology. He finished a residency in Internal Medicine at Albany Medical College. He has published in the journals Cancer, JCO Oncology Practice, Cancer Medicine and Journal of GI Oncology. He is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha honor society and Gold Humanism Honor society. He has received an ASCO Merit award for work on small cell lung cancer.

Sreejata Raychaudhuri, MD
Providence Hospital and Medical Centers
Sreejata Raychaudhuri, MD

Dr. Sreejata Raychaudhuri is currently a PGY-5 Hematology/Oncology fellow at Ascension Providence Hospital/MSUCHM, Michigan. She completed medical school from North Bengal Medical College, India in 2014 and then went on to do research as a visiting scholar at the University of Pittsburgh, PACCM department. She then completed her Internal Medicine Residency in 2019 from UPMC McKeesport, Pittsburgh. Her major areas of research interest are breast cancer, racial health disparities, medical genetics, and preventive health. She has been first author on several articles starting from medical school and continues to work on breast cancer research with the Karmanos Cancer Institute in Michigan.

 
Chengwei Peng, MD
NYU
Chengwei  Peng, MD
James H. Stoeckle, MD
New York University School of Medicine
James Stoeckle, MD
Wajeeha Rizvi, MD
West Virginia University School of Medicine
Wajeeha Rizvi, MD

Dr. Wajeeha Rizvi is a Hematology Oncology fellow at West Virginia University. She is Internal medicine board-certified and completed her residency at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Wichita. Her focus and interest lie in Solid Oncology, primarily breast cancer and modern therapies to treat breast disease. She focuses on comprehensive and compassionate care of women and men with breast disease.
Wajeeha Rizvi, MD has published scholarly articles and is involved in joint study with prestigious institutions, Vanderbilt University and WVU. Her work also includes the award-winning article “Exceptional responders in breast cancer” published by Cureus Journal of medical science in August 2017. She was awarded the ‘Breast care award’ at Annual Breast cancer symposium in November 2017.
In her downtime, Wajeeha likes to paint, travel, and volunteer with local nonprofit organizations to spread awareness regarding Child education and Blood donation.

 
Hannah Lee, MD
Olive View UCLA/Cedar Sinai
Hannah Lee, MD

Dr. Hannah Lee is a Hematology and Oncology fellow at UCLA Olive View/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She completed her medical degree at Chicago Medical School where she co-founded the Interprofessional Community Clinic (ICC), a student-run interdisciplinary clinic. She completed her internal medicine residency at the University of Colorado. While she enjoys her general oncology training, she has a special interest in both benign and malignant hematology.

Sindhu P. Devarashetty, MD
Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport
Sindhu  Devarashetty, MD
Nick Meti, MD
Princess Margaret Hospital at University of Toronto
Nick Meti, MD

Dr. Nick Meti is a PGY6 Clinical & Research Fellow in Breast and Lung Oncology at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto, ON, Canada. He completed his internal medicine training at McGill University followed by Medical Oncology residency at the University of Toronto. His research interests include translational genomics in lung cancer (both NSCLC and SCLC) and breast cancer. 

 
Amit Jain, MD
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Amit Jain, MD

Dr. Jain is a second-year Hematology-Oncology fellow at UTHSC Memphis. He grew up in Chennai, India, where he received his medical school training. He then moved to Bethesda, Maryland, to do a year of post-doc fellowship in Urologic Oncology at the National Institutes of Health. Following the research fellowship, he trained in Internal Medicine at UTHSC, Memphis before starting fellowship.

His research interests include Breast and Genitourinary cancers with a focus on imaging, biomarkers, and racial disparity. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife, and they both love to travel and try new restaurants.  


Gynecologic Oncology


Melissa Javellana, MD
Melissa Javellana, MD

Dr. Melissa Javellana is currently a gynecology oncology fellow at University of Chicago. She completed her bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering at Washington University in St. Louis. She went on to earn her MD at University of Illinois at Chicago, where she was an AOA inductee. She then completed her obstetrics and gynecology residency at University of Chicago. Melissa’s academic pursuits are focused on translational research in ovarian cancer with a focus on transcriptomics, including single cell sequencing of the normal and cancerous ovary.

Shariska S. Petersen, MD
University of Kansas School of Medicine
Shariska Petersen, MD

Dr. Shariska Petersen is a third-year gynecologic oncology fellow at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Chicago and obtained her medical degree from the UCLA/CDU Medical Education program. She then completed her Obstetrics and Gynecology residency training at Henry Ford Hospital. Her interests include pre-clinical models of ovarian cancer, drug synergy, clinical biomarkers, and health equity. She was the 2020 recipient of the Nina Donnelley and The Dickens Fund of the Donnelley Foundation Young Investigator Award in Honor of Laurel Rice, MD from the Foundation of Women’s Cancer.

Zhen Ni Zhou, MD, PhD
Weill Cornell Medical College / New York Presbyterian Hospital
Zhen Ni Zhou, MD
 
Megan L. Hutchcraft, MD
University of Kentucky Medical Center
Megan Hutchcraft, MD

Dr. Megan Hutchcraft is currently a Gynecologic Oncology fellow at the University of Kentucky. She received her undergraduate degree at Illinois Wesleyan University and her medical degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. She completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at The Ohio State University. Her interests include medical student and resident education, hereditary cancers, and precision medicine.

Dib Sassine, MD
Columbia NYP
Dib Sassine, MD

Dr. Dib Sassine completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the American University of Beirut Medical Center. He then did 6 months of training in minimally invasive surgery at Hospital Simone Veil in Paris, France, then completed an international fellowship in gynecologic oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and is currently repeating his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia NYP. 

Logan Corey, MD
Wayne State University School of Medicine
Logan Corey, MD

Dr. Logan Corey is a Gynecologic Oncology fellow at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan  He received an undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill while playing lacrosse for their Varsity Men's team. He stayed an extra four years in Chapel Hill where he completed his MD from UNC. He then completed his obstetrics and gynecology residency at the Ochsner Clinic Foundation in New Orleans, LA where he was able to witness the LSU tigers go undefeated and win the national championship in 2020. His current interests include evaluating cell models to evaluate for inducible platinum sensitivity in ovarian cancer cells, population based research involving epidemiology of febrile neutropenia, and running his dog around Detroit. 

 
Mona Guo, MD
USC/LAC-Keck School of Medicine
Mona Guo, MD
Catherine John, MD
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Catherine John, MD

Dr. Catherine John is currently in her first year of fellowship at University of North Carolina! She completed her MD at OHSU in 2017 and went on to do an OBGYN residency at Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles.


Pediatric Oncology


Zhongbo Hu, MD, PhD
Case Western Reserve University
Zhongbo Hu, MD

Dr. Zhongbo Hu is a pediatric hematology/oncology fellow at the Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He received his Medical Degree from Beijing Medical University and his Ph.D. from Tongji Medical College Huazhong University of Science and Technology, with a focus on hematology and immunology. Then he came to United States and completed postdoctoral training at the University of Florida, focusing on the studies to look for new strategies to target high risk childhood leukemia. He then completed his pediatrics residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital / Holtz Children’s Hospital. Dr. Hu continues to be active in translational and laboratory research investigating new strategies to target high risk leukemia and its relapse, and GVHD after hematopoietic stem cell transplant. He has multiple peer-reviewed publications.  

(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/1Ns_rwAUhm-5Az/bibliography/public/) 

Clare C. Zimmerman, MD
Washington University in St. Louis
Clare Zimmerman, MD
Smitha H. Vasanna, MD, MBBS
Rainbow Babies and Children's Hosp/Case Western Reserve Univ
Smitha Vasanna, MD

Dr. Smitha Vasanna is a pediatric hematology-oncology fellow at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital/Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. She completed Pediatric residency at Cleveland Clinic Children’s. Before moving to the US, she did a Pediatric residency and fellowship in Pediatric Hematology Oncology from Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, India. Her area of interest is bone marrow transplant and cellular therapies. She has a special interest in benign hematological conditions and primary immunodeficiency disorders. In her spare time, she enjoys experimenting with her culinary skills and practicing yoga.

 
Nikki Agarwal, MD
Cleveland Clinic
Nikki Agarwal, MD

Dr Nikki Agarwal is a second year pediatric hematology oncology fellow at Cleveland Clinic. She did her medical school and pediatric residency training in India before moving to Cleveland, where she did her pediatric residency at Metrohealth Medical Centre. She has a special interest in bone marrow failure syndromes as well as primary immunological deficiency disorders. She is currently working in translational research in bone marrow failure syndrome, and hopes to continue working in the academic field. She is interested in pursuing an advanced fellowship in bone marrow and cellular transplant. 

Kritika Patel, MD
Lurie Children’s Hospital
Kritika Patel, MD

Dr. Kritika Patel is a pediatric hematology/oncology fellow at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, IL. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Investigative and Medical Sciences from Saint Louis University, following which she attended University of Illinois – Chicago College of Medicine. She completed her pediatrics residency at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Her desire to go into this field stemmed from both her experiences as a child and throughout training.


Hematology


Jerry Lee, MD, MPH, MS
UCSF
Jerry Lee, MD

Dr. Jerry Lee is a hematology/oncology fellow at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He holds a B.A. and M.S. from Stanford University, an M.Phil from the University of Cambridge as a Gates-Cambridge scholar, and an M.D. from Duke University, where he received a full scholarship. Prior to becoming an ABIM research-track internal medicine resident at UCSF, he studied hematopoiesis at Harvard Medical School with support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He now conducts research on cytokine storm syndromes, cellular therapy, and cancer immunology, and hopes to develop methods for fine-tuning the immune response to hematologic malignancies and their treatments.

Jason C. Chen, MD
VA Ann Arbor
Jason Chen, MD
Senthil Sukumar, MD
Ohio State University Hospital
Senthil Sukumar, MD

Dr. Senthil Sukumar received a combined B.A./M.D. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, where he discovered his passion for non-malignant Hematology. Dr. Sukumar is currently a second-year Hematology/Oncology fellow at The James Comprehensive Cancer Center in The Ohio State University. His clinical and research interests include thrombotic microangiopathies, venous thromboembolism, and platelet disorders.

 
Ronak H. Mistry, DO
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Ronak Mistry, MD

Dr. Ronak Mistry is a Hematology and Medical Oncology fellow at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Drew University and his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his Internship, Residency, and Chief Residency at Pennsylvania Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Mistry’s research interests include understanding the role of iron deficiency in heart failure patients, patient blood management, and thrombosis. In addition, he is interested in medical education, namely how to incorporate technology into current teaching models and curriculum design.

Sherraine Della-Moretta, MD
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Sherraine Della-Moretta, MD

Dr. Sherraine Della-Moretta is a PGY-5 hematology/oncology fellow at The Ohio State University. She received a biology degree from Washington University in St. Louis during which time she gained an interest in sickle cell research. She received her MD from University of Louisville School of Medicine. From there, she completed internal medicine residency training at The Ohio State University. She has an interest in benign hematology with a special interest in sickle cell disease and outcomes.


Rheumatology


Christina Boutsicaris, MD
NorthShore Medical Group
Christina Boutsicaris, MD

Dr. Christina Boutsicaris is a fellow at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago. Her academic interests during fellowship are immune-related adverse events from cancer immunotherapy and musculoskeletal ultrasound.
She received her medical degree at The Ohio State University Wexner College of Medicine then completed her residency at Cedars- Sinai Medical Center Internal Medicine.

Prashant J. Parmar, MD
University of Illinois Hospital
Prashant Parmar, MD

Dr. Prashant Parmar is a current rheumatology fellow at the University of Illinois - Chicago originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Chicago, his medical school at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine, and his residency training at St. Joseph’s Hospital/National Jewish Health in Denver, Colorado. In addition to his rheumatology research, he has done research in social psychoneuroimmunology. He has also published papers in the field of aerospace medicine and presented both nationally and internationally. His rheumatology research concerns synovial fluid biomarkers as the first step towards personalized medicine. His interests are varied and include how the human body adapts to space, how autoimmunity develops and changes, and the public health impact of autoimmune conditions. He lives in Chicago with his wife, puppy, and pet roomba.

Guy Katz, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital
Guy Katz, MD

Dr. Guy Katz is a rheumatology fellow at the Massachusetts General Hospital. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University of Maryland, Dr. Katz obtained his medical degree from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He went on to complete his internal medicine residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where he received distinctions in medical education and primary care. In addition to his engagement in medical education, he has clinical and research interests in vasculitis and IgG4-related disease. 

Twitter: @GuyKatzMD

 
Nina Couette, DO
Ohio State College of Medicine
Nina Couette, MD

Dr. Nina Couette is a rheumatology fellow at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. She completed her medical training at Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI) and internal medicine residency training at Eastern Viriginia Medical School (Norfolk, VA). Her academic interests are related to musculoskeletal ultrasound and management of immune-related adverse events from cancer immunotherapy. She also plays an active role in medical student and resident education. She currently serves as the fellow liaison to the Annual Meeting and Planning Committee of the American College of Rheumatology. 

Twitter: @RheumDr_Nina


Neurology


John Peters, MD
Yale University
John Peters, MD

Dr. John Peters is a clinical neuroimmunology fellow at the Yale University School of Medicine. He completed medical school at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. His interests lie in the treatment of multiple sclerosis, patient advocacy, and medical education.

Anisha Garg, MD
Yale
Anisha Garg, MD

Dr. Anisha Garg is a rising PGY-3 resident at Yale University School of Medicine. She completed her MD with a concurrent Masters in Bioethics at Case Western Reserve University. Her clinical interests include the interplay between bioethics and neurological disease particularly in the management of critical neurological illness. She also has an interest in medical education and administration. She implemented and developed a medical school curriculum to highlight environmental and occupational concerns that impact patient health. She also serves as a resident representative on several committees in addition to regularly attending and presenting resident concerns at Graduate Medical Education Committee meetings.

A. Enrique Martinez Nunez, MD
Henry Ford Health System
A. Enrique Martinez Nunez, MD

Dr. Enrique Martinez is a current second-year neurology resident at Henry Ford Hospital. He was imported from Mexico where he finished medical school at Universidad Autonoma de Baja California in Tijuana. 

His main interest is Movement Disorders, in particular, neuromodulation in Parkinson's disease, but he lives for anything related to the brain (or peripheral nerve and muscle, of course).

 
Adam S. Greenblatt, MD
University of Pennsylvania Health System
Adam Greenblatt, MD

Dr. Adam Greenblatt is a senior epilepsy fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Health System in Philadelphia, PA. He completed a dual major in neuroscience and biology at Brandeis University before obtaining his medical degree at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. He went on to complete residency training in neurology at the Medical University of South Carolina during which time he received a merit-based scholarship to pursue a certificate in clinical research at the College of Graduate Studies. He has broad clinical interests within the field of epilepsy including surgical epilepsy, neuromodulation, and critical care EEG.

Kathryn Grimes, MD
University of Maryland
Kathryn Grimes, MD
Navnika Gupta, MBBS
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Navnika Gupta, MD

Dr. Navnika Gupta is currently a fourth-year neurology resident at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and she is planning to pursue a fellowship in epilepsy after completion of her residency. She completed her medical school at Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and Hospital, Aligarh Muslim University in India. Her interests include treatment of status epilepticus, ICU EEG monitoring, surgical epilepsy, and medical education.

 
Muhammad Hussain, MD
Virginia Tech Carilion Clinic
Muhammad Hussain, MD
Farrukh Javed, MD
WVU Neurology
Farrukh Javed, MD
Mohamed Kandil, MD
University of Maryland, Baltimore
Mohamed Kandil, MD
 
Shoeb Khan, MD
St Vincent Mercy
Shoeb Khan, MD

Dr. Shoeb Khan is a PGY-3 Neurology resident at Mercy Health, Toledo, Ohio. He has completed his medical school in India. He is planning to pursue an Epilepsy fellowship after completing residency and has an interest in epilepsy surgery, management of status, and drug interactions.

Tonse Ashwini Kini, MBBS
University of Kentucky
Tonse Ashwini Kini, MD

Dr. Tonse Ashwini Kini is a PGY-3 Neurology resident at University of Kentucky, Lexington. She completed her medical school in India at Kasturba Medical College, thereafter completed a residency in Ophthalmology, and worked as a Consultant in Ophthalmology in India. Thereafter, she completed a Neuro-ophthalmology fellowship at Houston Methodist Hospital. She is very interested to pursue a career in Neurology with a focus on Neuro-ophthalmology. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.

Jordan Amar, MD
Washington University/Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Jordan Amar, MD

Dr. Jordan Amar is Chief Resident and incoming Vascular Neurology Fellow in the Department of Neurology at Washington University School of Medicine (WashU). He completed his undergraduate work at UCLA followed by a Master's Degree in neurobiology at Northwestern University and his medical degree at Temple University School of Medicine. His clinical interests include cerebrovasculitides, coagulopathies, and stroke-in-the-young. He also has a special clinical and research interest in neuroinflammatory diseases.

 
Shital Patel, MD
Virginia Commonwealth University
Shital Patel, MD
Sushant Puri, MBBS
Johns Hopkins Medicine
Sushant Puri, MD

Dr. Sushant Puri is a PGY-V fellow in Neuro-Oncology at Johns Hopkins Medical Institute/National Institutes of Health. He was born in New Delhi, India and completed his medical school at University of Delhi. He conducted bench research in medical school in immunology. During residency at University of Illinois at Chicago, he was moved by taking care of patients with brain cancer. His clinical interests include gliomas and brain metastases. In his free time, he enjoys biking, reading, and visiting museums.

Jonathan Rosenthal, MD
NYU School of Medicine
Jonathan Rosenthal, MD

Dr. Jonathan Rosenthal is a resident physician in neurology at NYU School of Medicine. He plans to pursue a fellowship in epilepsy. He completed medical school at NYU School of Medicine. 

 
Hasnain Arshad, MD
University of Southern California
Hasnain Arshad, MD

Dr. Hasnain Arshad is currently a Neurophysiology fellow at University of Southern California. He completed medical school in Pakistan at Allama Iqbal Medical College, Lahore followed by an internship at Howard University Hospital, Washington DC, and a residency in Neurology at JFK University Medical Center, Edison NJ.

Ritika Suri, MD
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Ritika Suri, MD
Beatriz Thames, MD
Houston Methodist Hospital
Beatriz Thames, MD

Dr. Beatriz Thames is a PGY-2 Neurology Resident at the Houston Methodist Hospital in the Texas Medical Center. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Houston and her medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch. She is exploring and considering a broad range of neurology subspecialties including neuromuscular medicine, movement disorders, cognitive disorders, behavioral neurology, and neuropsychiatry. She enjoys running trails, listening to neurology podcasts, and exploring Houston’s restaurant scene with family and friends.

 
Cleopatra Thurman, DO
MSUUCOM
Cleopatra Thurman, MD
Susmit Tripathi, MD
New York Presbyterian - Cornell
Susmit Tripathi, MD

Dr. Susmit Tripathi is a PGY-3 Neurology resident at New York-Presbyterian Hospital- Cornell. He completed his MD training at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where he also earned an NIH-funded MS in Clinical Research Methods. Clinically, he is interested in neurophysiology and plans to pursue additional training in EEG and IOM. His research interests include finding and validating tech and telemedicine-based approaches to neurological illnesses. 

Yiyi Zhang, MD
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
Yiyi Zhang, MD

Dr. Yiyi Zhang is a PGY-2 neurology resident at the University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from University of Washington in Seattle, WA, and completed medical school at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO. She is interested in various subjects in neurology, including neuromuscular disorders, epilepsy, movement disorders, headache, and neurocritical care. She enjoys doing clinical research and is currently working on small fiber neuropathy. She also plays an active role in medical student education. 

 
Anna Bashmakov, DO
MUSC Neurology
Anna Bashmakov, MD

Dr. Anna Bashmakov is a neurology resident at the Medical University of South Carolina. She received her DO degree at the University of North Texas Health Science Center - Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. She intends to pursue a fellowship in neurocritical care and is interested in acute care of neurological autoimmune disorders. She enjoys doing procedures, teaching medical students, and working closely with patients and their families in navigating critical illness.

Nadia Khalil, MD
University of South Florida
Nadia Khalil, MD

Dr. Nadia Khalil is a PGY-2 resident in Neurology at the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa, FL. She went to a small Islamic school before migrating to USF, where she completed her studies through its 7-Year BS/MD program. She envisions a career in academic medicine with strong current interests in general neurology and neuro-palliative care. She channels her passion for wellness through her role as Wellness Chair for USF's GME Resident Advisory Committee, for research through active participation and as a Neurology Editor for USF's intramural review service IMpact, and for narrative medicine by reading and writing. She also maintains interests in medical education and health systems engineering. Twitter: @nkhalil10