Our Alumni: 2015-2016

Zehra Aftab, MD, completed undergraduate and medical school at the University at Buffalo. Now Zehra is completing training in general psychiatry at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia and plans to start a fellowship in psychosomatic medicine at the University of Chicago. Zehra’s career interests are in psychosomatic medicine and community psychiatry.

Dr. Applewhite received her medical degree from Albany Medical College in Albany, NY and her surgical training at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center. She completed her Endocrine Surgery clinical and research fellowships here at the University of Chicago along with a Clinical Ethics Fellowship in the MacLean Center.

She is renowned in the surgical management of complex thyroid, parathyroid, benign and malignant endocrinopathies and adrenal disease. She has research interest that include vulnerable patient populations (incarcerated and psychiatric patients), quality of life after thyroid and parathyroid surgery, communication in the end-of-life care, military medical ethics, informed consent, as well as the surgeon patient relationship.

Dr. Applewhite is passionate and active in implementing ethics teaching for medical students and general surgery residents. She has presented both nationally and internationally at recognized conferences and has been published in various high impact journals including Journal of American College of Surgeons, American Journal of Surgery, AMA Journal of Ethics, and Annals of Surgical Oncology.

Regan Berg, MD, completed medical school followed by general surgery residency at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.  He received his fellowship training in trauma surgery and surgical critical care at the Los Angeles County University of Southern California Medical Center. He then completed an additional year of fellowship training in hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery at the University of Southern California’s Keck Medical Center. In August he will be an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the division of Trauma, Acute Care Surgery and Critical Care at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Berg is the first participant in the newly established American College of Surgeons MacLean Center Fellowship in Surgical Ethics.

Hua Chen, PhD, received his PhD from South China Normal University, and is now a vice-professor at Guangzhou Medical University. His main research focuses on Health Policy Ethics and Bioethics. Dr. Chen participates in research initiatives at both the ministerial and provincial level in China; these include directing research supported by National Social Science Foundation, and leading an educational program supported by Guangdong Province.

Rebecca (Becky) De Boer, MD, MA, is currently a Global Health Hospital Medicine Fellow at the University of Chicago, splitting her time between Chicago and the oncology ward at Butaro Hospital in northern Rwanda. She received her BA in Human Biology from Stanford University. After college she worked as a clinical research coordinator for early phase cancer trials at UCSF. She attended medical school at Northwestern University and received a joint MD/MA in Medical Humanities and Bioethics. Her master’s thesis was entitled The Ethics of Global Cancer Care and Control. She completed residency in internal medicine at the University of Chicago and plans to specialize in hematology/oncology and pursue a career in global oncology.

Erin Sullivan DeMartino, MD, grew up in coastal Maine and studied art history and English at Williams College.  After college, Erin spent several years teaching primary school art and English in Italy, Germany and Spain and working in art museums.  Erin attended Dartmouth Medical School and completed internal medicine residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, where she served on the Bioethics Committee and performed research on communication in critical settings. Currently she is a pulmonary and critical care fellow at Mayo Clinic.

Mara DiBartolomeo DO, MPH, is a second-year Neonatology Fellow at the University of Chicago. She attended the University of Florida for her undergraduate degree, majoring in both History and African Studies, and received her medical degree from Nova Southeastern University. She completed her Pediatric Residency at the University of Chicago, Comer Children’s Hospital.

Cavan Doyle, J.D, LL.M, is a healthcare attorney.  After earning a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Virginia in 2002, she spent a year serving as an Americorps volunteer working in domestic violence education and prevention. Ms. Doyle completed an LL.M in Medical Law and Ethics at the University of Kent at Canterbury, England in 2004, and a J.D., with a Certificate in Health Law, from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 2007.

Erin Wisner Gruger RN, BSN, OCN, is a Hematology/Oncology nurse at the University of Chicago, where she has worked in adult and pediatric bone marrow transplants since 2007. She received a BA from the University of Illinois and a BSN from Purdue University. Erin is particularly interested in researching the influence of rhetoric and cultural hegemony on medicine, both nationally and globally.

Andrew Hantel, MD, is a hematology/oncology fellow here at the University of Chicago. Dr. Hantel received his undergraduate degree from Loyola University Maryland and his MD from Loyola University Chicago. He completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Chicago. Dr. Hantel plans to specialize in leukemia and continue his outcomes research on end-of-life care.

Anne Housholder, MD, MPH, is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Dermatology at the University of Cincinnati.  She received a BA in Classical Languages from Davidson College.  Following college, she briefly taught high school Latin.  She received a Master of Theological Studies from Duke University, where her thesis concerned moral formation in medicine.  She received a Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health & Tropical Medicine from Tulane University before arriving at the University of Cincinnati for her Dermatology residency.

Kelly Nelson Kelly, MD, is a second year fellow in Neonatology at the University of Chicago. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2006 with a degree in premedical studies and anthropology. She then attended medical school at Loyola’s Stritch School of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency at the University of Chicago in 2014.

Matthew Modes, MD, MPP, is an internal medicine resident at the University of Chicago. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign followed by a dual degree at the University of Michigan Medical School and Gerald R Ford School of Public Policy. He plans to pursue fellowship training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.

Laurie Mulvey, RN, MSN, is a CCU staff nurse at University of Chicago Medical Center where she has been employed since 2005. Laurie earned her Master of Science in Nursing as a Clinical Educator at Lewis University in 2012. She currently works part time as a clinical instructor as well as full time as a staff nurse in the CCU. Laurie has been a Critical Care Nurse for the past twenty years since she began her career in nursing.

Onochie Okoye, MD, a consultant Ophthalmologist/senior lecturer, is the current Head of the Ophthalmology Department in the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN)/ University Of Nigeria Teaching Hospital. He is a member of the UNTH Health Research Ethics Committee. A fellow of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria (1998) and the International College of Surgeons (2003), Dr Okoye also has a postgraduate MSc degree in Bioethics from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He nurses hope of someday doing a Ph.D programme in bioethics.

Meryl Perlman, MD, received her undergraduate degree in English Literature from Harvard University and then stayed on to be a teaching fellow for Dr. Robert Coles and his course "The Literature of Social Reflection". She received her medical degree from The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine in 2001. She completed her pediatric residency and a year as Pediatric Chief Resident at The Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.  Meryl moved back to Chicago in 2006 and has worked in a private general pediatrics practice for the last 8 years. She is transitioning to practicing medicine in an academic setting. She hopes to find a way to combine her interests in Ethics, Literature, Pediatrics and the professional and moral development of physicians in training.

Rebecca Pride, MSN, APN, was awarded a B.A. from the University of Maryland and granted a M.S.N. and post-master’s certificate from Rush University. She currently works at Student Health Services at the University of Chicago, and is board certified as an Adult Nurse Practitioner as well as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Rebecca’s clinical interests include eating disorders, women’s health and community mental health.

Jennifer Seo, MD, JD, is a fourth-year Internal Medicine-Pediatrics resident at the University of Chicago. She received her AB in Literature from Harvard College, her MD from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and her JD from Columbia Law School. She plans to pursue a career in primary care and health policy.

Hollis Walker, MD, is completing his first year of Hematology/Oncology fellowship training at the University of Chicago. He obtained his BA in Public Health at The Johns Hopkins University and earned his MD at Case Western Reserve University, where he also completed his medicine residency training. In the last few years, he worked on a project in the Department of Bioethics at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation investigating the ethical implications of returning large scale genetic testing results to patients.

Albert Yeh, MD, is currently an internal medicine resident (PGY-3) at the Massachusetts General Hospital.   He was born in Taiwan, grew up in Dallas, Texas and moved to Boston to study biochemistry and medicine at Harvard University.  He is an aspiring academic oncologist and will be working this year with Dr. Funmi Olopade using radiogenomics and large data sets to characterize tumor heterogeneity in breast cancers.