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Rachel Simon, MD

Rachel Simon grew up in New York City, and studied Human Biology with a concentration in international health at Brown University. During college, she developed an interest in the intersection of criminal justice, gender and health, leading her to conduct public health research at the women’s prison in Rhode Island. She continued to work on this research full time after graduation, focusing on access to care for inmates post-release. While at Harvard Medical School, Rachel served as senior student clinician in a student-faculty run clinic at a local jail. She also did research on access to and perception of reproductive health services in a community health center serving a predominately Hispanic community. Her interests include sociopolitical determinants of health, prison medicine, and women’s health. She aspires to become a primary care doctor for the urban underserved. 


Nicole Ng, MD, Pharm.D

Nicole Ng was born and raised in New York. She attended St. John's University where she received a Pharm.D. degree and worked as a medication reconciliation pharmacist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. During college, Nicole was a Division 1 Track and Field athlete and ran in the New York City Marathon. She matriculated to Albert Einstein College of Medicine for medical school and developed a passion for the underserved - locally, she was a leader in the student run clinic and abroad, she volunteered in clinics in Guatemala and Peru. Her dual degree has prompted research interests in quality improvement projects from studying optimal medication dosages to drug compatibility and delivery.


Hayley Israel, MD

Hayley Israel grew up in Toledo, Ohio and attended Yale University where she studied Chemistry. Between Yale and medical school, she worked at Oundle School in the UK as a chemistry teacher, research mentor, and rugby coach. She attended Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons for medical school where she developed her interests in HIV primary care, transgender health, and medical education. Her research in medical school involved barriers and facilitators to engagement in HIV primary care for transgender women in New York City. Outside of medicine, Hayley is an avid musician and lover of the outdoors. Before residency she trekked over 150 miles in the Himalayas and can't wait to go back!


Matt Franco, MD

Matt Franco received his BA from Colorado College in Neuroscience and completed his medical degree at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, Florida, where he developed a strong interest in primary care through the Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP™ Program. Due to Matt’s interests during medical school in healthcare economics, healthcare policy, healthcare delivery and clinical informatics, he performed an economic analysis of the NeighborhoodHELP™ Program,  advocated for access for the uninsured "coverage gap" patients in Florida, created the Business & Medicine Interest Group and served as a clinical consultant for the prescription intelligence start-up, RxRevu, Inc. Matt is interested in leveraging information technology and big data in healthcare through clinical decision support in order to improve healthcare delivery and patient outcomes.

John O'Reilly, MD, MPH

John O’Reilly grew up in a log cabin in the mountains of upstate NY.  He studied microbiology at Cornell University.  While in college he worked as a medic in the US Army, and deployed to Germany for over a year. After graduation he trained as a PA at Yale University.  During this time, he received a fellowship to conduct research on HIV/HCV co-infection in Uganda.  He then worked as a PA in the department of Family Medicine at Boston Medical Center.  John returned to school to obtain his MD and MPH from Tulane University.  His clinical interests include international medicine, underserved communities, and infectious diseases.  John has worked frequently as a medical volunteer both locally and internationally. 


Natasha Mehta, MD

Natasha Mehta grew up in New York, Ny and studied English literature at Yale College. She went to medical school at Weill Cornell, where she was particularly involved in the student run free clinic for uninsured patients, and served as co-director of the Psychiatry clinic. She was also very involved with the medical humanities and served as an associate editor for the school arts journal, Ascensus. She has a strong interest in the integration of behavioral and mental health care in the primary care setting, social determinants of health, and physician-patient communication. 


Bina Choi, MD

Bina Choi grew up in Houston, TX and studied chemistry at MIT. In college, Bina was involved in international development projects that made her passionate about addressing health disparities. In particular, she is interested in achieving affordable and accessible healthcare by reshaping health systems and health policies. Prior to med school, Bina interned in a health subcommittee of the US House of Representatives and worked for a start-up competition focused on public service. At Stanford Medical School, Bina conducted research in rural India studying the barriers to and the national policies around hospital deliveries, and she restructured clinic flow as the quality improvement chair of a Stanford free clinic. Her current academic interests include critical care, ICU care delivery, and medical education. 


Christopher J. Gonzalez, MD

Christopher J. Gonzalez was born and raised in Miami, Florida. He studied Neuroscience, Psychology and Creative Writing in Spanish at New York University, and subsequently attended the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University. He is interested in Hospital medicine, with a research focus in behavioral health and patient-physician communication. He is committed to reducing racial health disparities and increasing diversity within the medical profession, and served as President of the Black and Latino Student Organization at P&S. His passion for medical education led him to design and execute the P&S Pre-Matriculation Program, a preparatory curriculum for prospective medical students. He is a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society and received the Milstein Hospital Physician of the Year Award in 2014



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.








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