Our Alumni: 2012-2013

Hena Arora, MD, received her medical degree from Rush University Medical School and completed a fellowship in Neonatololgy at The University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital. 

Bonnie Arzuaga, MD, received her Bachelor of Science from Cornell University and her MD from St George's University. After finishing a general pediatrics residency in New Jersey, she is now completing a Neonatology fellowship at the University of Chicago. Her research interests include resuscitation practices at the limits of human viability as well as end-of-life care in pediatric practice. Next year she will be completing her final year of clinical fellowship and will be pursuing an academic position as a neonatologist and ethicist.

Jennifer Bello Kottenstette, MD is a family medicine health services researcher at NorthShore University Health Center and provides patient care at Erie Family Health Center in Evanston/Skokie. Her research interests include preventive reproductive health care, physician-patient communication and patient activation.

Brian Callender, MD, arrived at the University of Chicago campus in the fall of 1993 and has never left, having completed undergraduate (1997), graduate (1998), and medical school (2004) training in addition to completing his internal medicine residency in 2007.  Brian teaches two courses in global health, is co-director of the medical school’s Global Health Scholars Track and serves on the Education Committee of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health.  Brian plans to use his ethics training to incorporate more ethics into the global health curricula.  He is also active as a clinical hospitalist.

Ursula Dolan, RN, BSN, OCN, is the Patient Care Manager for the inpatient Stem Cell Transplant unit at UCM.  She received a BSN from Loyola University Chicago and is an Oncology Certified Nurse.  The fellowship has broadened her interests in research and education of ethical issues impacting nurses at the bedside.  She is currently collaborating with Siv Sjursen, RN, on a project examining influenza vaccination rates among staff nurses at UCM and has future interests in exploring the role of oncology nurses during end of life discussions.

Alyssa Cook, MD, MPH, received her medical degree from Pennsylvania State University and Master in Public Health from The University of Illinois. Alyssa completed her residency in Pediatrics at the Univeristy of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center. 

Scott Grant, MD, received his medical degre from Brown Medical College and completed his Residency training in general surgery at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Scott receiverd a Masters in Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Dr. Guindalini received his medical degree in 2005 from UNIFESP, Brazil. He was an intern and resident in Internal Medicine at UNIFESP, followed by 3 years of Medical Oncology fellowship at FMUSP, Brazil. His clinical and research interests are in inherited cancer syndromes which lead him to join the University of Chicago as a visiting scholar in 2012 at its Center for Clinical Cancer Genetics. At the same year, because of his interest in medical ethics, he joined the medical ethics fellowship at the University of Chicago and started a collaborative research on spirituality in Brazilian cancer patients. Currently in Brazil, he continues his research pertaining to the field of medical ethics as well as cancer genetics in the Brazilian population in collaboration with the University of Chicago scientists.

Natasha Henner, MD, completed her Pediatric residency and Neonatology fellowship training at Tufts Medical Center. She is completing a Pediatric Palliative Care Fellowship at Northwestern/Lurie Children's Hospital. Her academic interests focus on the interest of perinatal and neonatal counseling at the limits of viability, Perinatal Palliative Care, and Resident and Fellow Education.

Hosana Jean-Etienn is a Social Worker with the Department of Veterans Affairs in Northport, New York. 

Michael Kelly, MD, MA is currently a sixth year neurosurgery resident at the Cleveland Clinic with research interests in surgical decision making and outcomes research.

Katherine Klima, MS, CNM, is a certified Nurse-Midwife and Physician Assistant.

Allan Loup, JD, focuses on ethical issues in research involving human subjects. Now at the University of Michigan Medical School, he is currently working on problems surrounding the collection of patients’ and subjects’ biospecimens for indefinite storage and research use, and on developing institutional policies for the operation of research biorepositories. Prior to training at the MacLean Center, Allan earned his JD at Washington University in St. Louis and BA in philosophy at the University of Michigan.

Mary Mahowald, PhD, is a philosopher and Professor Emerita in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the MacLean Center, and the Committee on Genetics at the University of Chicago. She is the author or co-author of several books, including Bioethics and Women, Genetics in the Clinic: Clinical, Ethical, and Social Implications for Primary Care, and Genes, Women, Equality.

Shajuana McMillan, PharmD is the Integrated Ethics Program Officer at the Durham VA Medical Center.  In this role she has an integral part in Ethics Consultation and Preventive Ethics.   It is her goal to assure Ethics remains at the forefront as VA employees continue the mission of the VA, to honor America’s Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being.

Megan Miller, MD, is a general surgery resident at the University of Chicago completing her second year of research fellowship. Her clinical research has focused on operative risks of contralateral prophylactic mastectomy and racial disparities in colorectal cancer outcomes. Her current ethics interests focus on patient perceptions of the risk/benefit ratio of elective procedures and resident involvement in operative patient care. Her additional research projects include the development and assessment of surgical education curriculum, as well as institutional quality and safety initiatives.

Jukes Namm, MD, obtained a bachelor of science in biochemistry at the University of Michigan.  He then went to Loma Linda University where he completed his medical degree and general surgery residency training.  He returned to the University of Michigan as a T32 funded research fellow in tumor immunology and immunotherapy.  Currently, he is a surgical oncology fellow at the University of Chicago and is continuing his research in tumor immunology at the Ludwig Center for Metastasis Research.  As a MacLean fellow, he has co-authored a book chapter on "The Ethics of Clinical Trials" with Peter Angelos and has presented on the topic of pediatric bariatric surgery for the Surgical Ethics Conference.  He is interested in establishing a formal ethics curriculum for general surgery residency programs as he continues as a senior fellow at the MacLean Center next year.

Andrew Nickels, MD, recieved his medical degree from The University of Tennessee Health Science Center and completed his Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency at the University of Chicago. 

Padmashri Rastogi, MD, is board certified in Internal Medicine and OB/GYN, he joined the Department of Veterans Affairs North Texas Health Care System faculy in 2002. 

Maja Segedi, MD, MPH, is a fellow in Hepatobiliary and Abdominal Transplant Surgery at the University of Toronto. She has interests in the Ethics of Organ Transplantation, especially in living organ donation, and anonymous organ dnoors, as well as the impact of rapid technologic innovation has on medicine and society. Her other research interests are in the field of epidemiology and health care outcomes, with ongoing research projects in pancreas cancer genetics, and risk of de-novo malignancy in transplant recipients.

Siv Sjursen, RN, BSN, received a BA from Northeastern Illinois University, and a BSN from West Suburban College of Nursing. This year she has become increasingly interested in how policies and technology can inspire, support or derail ethical behavior in nurses. She gave a presentation with her father Harold Sjursen at The 7th International Conference on Ethical Issues in Biomedical Engineering at SUNY Downstate Medical Center on the impact of technology on nursing care in the NICU. Ursula Dolan, RN, and I are collaborating on a project examining the influenza vaccine rates among nurses at UCMC. She will continue to work as a staff nurse in the NICU, and plans to remain active in weekly case conferences, research, and education.

Laura Speltz, MD, is a graduate of McGill University and the University of Minnesota Medical School. She completed her training in Pediatric Neurology at Lurie Childrens Hospital of Chicago (Northwestern University). She is currently practicing at Gillette Childrens Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul Minnesota. Her practice focuses on pediatric epilepsy and neurocritical care. She has a particular interest in the ethical issues involved in the care of critically ill infants and childrens in the neurointensive care unit.

Mark Stein, PhD, ABPP, is Director of the ADHD and Related Disorders Program at Seattle Children's Hospital and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington.

C. Lydia Wraight, MD, completed her Residency in Pediatrics at Tufts Medical Center followed by a Neonatology Fellowship at the University of Chicago.