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Ben Gallagher, MD

Ben Gallagher grew up in New Jersey and attended Yale College, where he studied Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry. In medical school at Columbia he developed interests in general internal medicine and medical education. He has conducted research with Ian Kronish of the Center for Behavioral Cardiovascular Health, focusing on electronic monitoring of medication adherence in patients with chronic conditions such as hypertension and heart failure. After completing his training he will participate in the National Health Service Corps Students to Service Loan Repayment Program.

Emilia Hermann, MD, MPH

Emilia grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. She majored in medical anthropology and biology at the University of Pennsylvania, studied medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine, and earned an MPH at the Harvard School of Public Health. Emilia's research interests are in quality and safety improvement with an emphasis on equity and access to health care. Emilia has worked with the Red Cross in Senegal as a community health worker, conducted population health research in Botswana, and worked to improve health infrastructure and care delivery in Mexico and Cambodia. Her current research focuses on the use of patient navigation in primary care settings in the United States.

Kelsey Bryant, MD, MPH

As a first-generation Texan, Kelsey made her way through several major Texas cities before landing in New York for residency. After growing up outside of Houston, she earned a degree in Nutritional Sciences from UT Austin. She then moved south to enter the M.D/M.P.H program at The University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio. Between degrees, she was lucky enough to have several experiences traveling abroad in both Europe and Southeast Asia. As a medical student, Kelsey was involved with The Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics as a member of the Student Advisory Council, as a student leader for an annual Ethiopia Outreach project, as a mentor for UTSOMSA's Veritas program, as well as several different teaching endeavors. Her interests include global health, health disparities, and social, behavioral, and cultural determinants of health.

Sara Cromer, MD

Sara is from Houston, Texas, where she attended Rice University, earning degrees in Biochemistry and Cell Biology and French Studies, and Baylor College of Medicine. Her efforts in medical school included designing patient education materials for an underserved clinic through BCM's Care of the Underserved Track, mentoring and tutoring younger students, working in a clinic in rural Honduras, and initiating numerous projects through the BCM chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Her interests include academic medicine, access to care among underserved patients, and the impact of patient education efforts on both individual and population health.

Harry Chang, MD, MPH

Harry grew up in New Jersey. He has a BA in economics from Brown University, an MPH from University of California, Berkeley and an MD from Yale. Prior to medical school, Harry worked as an economic consultant, concentrating in the financial and pharmaceutical industries, and as an analyst, providing data management and analytic support for a community health center in Boston and an NGO in Nigeria. In Nigeria, he also helped launched community-based HIV testing and treatment programs targeting at-risk populations. In medical school, Harry’s research focused on dual enrollment and utilization among HIV+ veterans, and its effect on health outcomes. His research interests include healthcare financing, delivery, and access.

Nworah Ayogu, MD, MBA

Nworah Ayogu is from Columbus, Ohio. He attended Harvard College where he majored in Neurobiology with a secondary degree in Health Policy. In college he served as Class President and spent time advocating for criminal justice reform and increased access to healthcare. Nworah attended Harvard for Medical and Business School and spent time working with the NHS in London, McKinsey and Company in their healthcare practice, and a few healthcare focused start-ups. He is interested in the usage of technology to improve care delivery with a focus on the underserved. Nworah is an avid consumer of TV and movies, lover all things music and dance, and excited to finally be in NYC.



Tyler Brown, MD

Tyler is from Reno, NV, majored in chemistry at Princeton University, and completed his medical degree at Johns Hopkins. Before medical school, he provided technical support for community health worker training and malaria control programs in eastern Burma. He was a 2013-2014 Howard Hughes Medical Research Fellow, studying the genetic epidemiology and evolution of drug resistance in malaria, and interned with an MSF-led pediatric tuberculosis program in Tajikistan. He is interested in HIV primary care, infectious disease epidemiology, and community-based health service delivery in resource-limited settings.

Kaylan Christianer, MD

Kaylan is from California, and studied Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior, and Art History and UC Davis, and medical school at Cornell. During medical school, her research interests have focused on geriatrics and palliative care, specifically symptom management in end stage renal disease. She has also been a leader of the student run free clinic, mentored high school students, and supported fellow women in medicine and students interested in geriatrics.

Cecilia Fix, MD

Cecilia is from the Washington, DC area and completed her undergraduate degree from Columbia in Comparative Literature, a post-bac from UVA, and medical school at Columbia. Cecilia worked at NIMH in a community based family study of affective spectrum disorders. During medical school, Cecilia completed a scholarly project interviewing patients in the primary care setting on health care and migration decisions for patients from the Dominican Republic. She has also been involved in medical education as a facilitator in the Foundations of Clinical Medicine course.

Jude Fleming, MD

Jude is originally from North Carolina and has also lived in the Hudson Valley for some time. She completed the PLME 8-year medical program at Brown University and studied Neuroscience as well as French and Italian language in undergrad. During medical school, Jude’s research included the diagnosis and treatment of food allergy, eosinophilic esophagitis, inflammatory bowel disease, and asthma. She completed a Medical Education scholarly concentration during medical school and had the opportunity to design her own course on teaching medical topics to patients which is still ongoing. Through this concentration, Jude has taught various medical school sessions and been involved with the medical school’s tutoring programs. Although she would like to pursue a career in Gastroenterology, Jude envisions her career including a mix of clinical work, medical education, and clinical research at an academic center.

Brian Wayda, MD, MPH

Brian has worked for the Clinton Foundation in Mozambique and South Africa, conducting research and policy analyses to inform healthcare delivery, with a focus on malaria and HIV/AIDS. During medical school, he co-led a pilot project using SMS for vaccine promotion in India and consulted on the rollout of point-of-care HIV diagnostics in Mozambique. At Yale's Center for Outcomes Research & Evaluation, he is currently studying the causes of cardiovascular health disparities and is interested in the use of large databases and novel analytical approaches in clinical research. Brian completed his BS (Physics and Economics), MPH, and MD degrees at Yale University.

Maya Vankineni, MD

Maya is from Alabama, and studied Anthropology and Human Biology at Emory, and completed her medical school at University of Alabama. During college Maya was an All-American athlete in both soccer and tennis.  During medical school her scholarly activity has focused on professionalism and humanism in medicine. She has been active in connecting fellow medical students to faculty mentors and creating learning communities, as well as outreach to local schools for sports physicals.


Sabrina Gard, MD, MPH

Sabrina is from Staten Island, and completed her undergraduate in Biomedical Sciences at CUNY, medical school at NYU, and an MPH at University of California, Berkley.  During college and medical school, she volunteered and interned at community health clinics in the Bronx, and served as a tutor and mentor to high school students. Her interest in public health led her to pursue her MPH, focusing on the health disparity in rates of HIV in Black MSM. She also worked on a community organizing project for environmental justice in West Oakland.
Stephanie Reiff, MD

Stephanie is originally from Illinois, and completed her undergraduate in Psychology at Amherst College, and medical school at Emory. Her undergraduate thesis focused on cognition and way-finding, and she contributed to a research project on wait times in the Mt. Sinai ER. During medical school, she worked in clinical research in orthopedics, helped to plan and execute a surgical trip to Haiti, and is currently finishing a research project on the ethical and emotional factors for medical students being involved with CPR in the hospital in order to contribute to curriculum in this area. 








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