Our Alumni: 2016-2017

Sandra Armstrong, DNP, RN, has worked in various roles at the University of Chicago since receiving her Nursing Degree in 1979. Currently, she is the Patient Care Manager of 9 East. Her graduate work was completed at Governors State University where she received her Masters in Nursing as well as her Doctor of Nursing Practice. She recently attended American Organization Nurse Executives, National Advocacy Day. Her interest is establishing an organized way for bedside nurses to navigate ethical dilemmas.

Nicholas Braus, MD, attended medical school at the University of Rochester in New York. He completed his residencey in Internal Medicine at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, where he also served as Chief Resident. He is currently a fellow in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Nicholas is interested in medical ethics research pertinent to pulmonary and critical care medicine.  

Katrina Burns, MD, received her medical degree from New York Medical College and is currently a psychiatry resident at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Katrina is interested in investigating the ability of patients with serious mental illness to consent to medication administration.

Christine Carlos, MD, received her medical degree from The University of Michigan and completed her pediatric residency at Comer Children's Hospital. Dr. Carlos is currently completing a neonatal and perinatal medicine fellowship at Comer Children's Hospital. During the ethics fellowship, Christine hopes to create a quality improvement research project around the development of prenatal consultation and counseling in conjunction with obstetricians for a variety of medical indications.

Anisha Chandiramani, MD, received her medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School and is currently completing her residency in the Department of Medicine at the University of Chicago Medical Center. She is interested in researching physician-assisted suicide and its relevant legislation.

Jonas deSouza, MD, is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine (Hematology-Oncology) at the University of Chicago. He attended medical school at the University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and completed his residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston. Dr. deSouza specializes in the treatment of head and neck cancer, including thyroid and squamous cell carcinomas. His research focuses on the use of novel therapeutic agents along with measurements of financial burden on patients.

Vincent DiMaggio, MD, received his medical degree as well as a masters in physiology and biophysics from Georgetown University. He is currently completing a Medical Pediatrics residency at University of Chicago Medicine.

Dr. Edward R. Garrity completed medical school and residency in Internal Medicine at Loyola Stritch in Chicago.  He then spent 2 years in the Public Health Service in Red Lake, MN prior to a Pulmonary Fellowship at the University of Chicago.  Dr. Garrity then joined the pulmonary faculty at Loyola Stritch School of Medicine in 1983, where he worked as one of the founders of their Lung Transplant Program in 1985.  Dr. Garrity earned his MBA in 2001, and shortly thereafter moved to the University of Chicago to direct the Lung Transplantation Program.  His research has centered on the clinical management of lung transplant patients and organ allocation. Next year, Dr. Garrity will continue his work as a professor of medicine and also will join the MacLean Center as a new faculty member.

Geraldine Godmaire-Duhaime, LLB, MD, is a fifth-year psychiatry resident at Laval University, Quebec, Canada. She completed a Law degree at Laval University and has been a member of the Quebec Bar since 2006. She is a clinical faculty lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine of Laval for "Medicine and Law" classes. She is interested in questions regarding autonomy of psychiatric patients and the impacts of mental illness on deciding capacity.

Raymon Grogan, MD, is a practicing endocrine surgeon at the University of Chicago. He is also a Junior Faculty Bucksbaum Scholar, a Paul Calabresi Clinical Oncology K12 scholar, Director of the Endocrine Surgery Research Program, Associate Program Director of the General Surgery Residency program, and Co-Director of the University of Chicago Endocrine Genetics Clinic. Raymon’s research interests are in translational and health services research related to cancers of the thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal gland. Through his work with the Bucksbaum Institute he is the PI of the North American Thyroid Cancer Survivorship Study, a multi-institutional prospective cohort study of thyroid cancer survivors.

Kristi Guyton, MD, grew up in Seattle and attended the University of Chicago for college.  After teaching English in Ecuador, she returned to the University of Chicago for medical school and General Surgery residency. She is in her third year of residency and currently is a research fellow in Dr. Alverdy’s laboratory. Kristi’s research examines how bacteria alter intestinal healing. This past year, she was also a MERITS medical education fellow, researching surgeon patient communication during awake procedures.

Scott Hagen, MD, earned his medical degree at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and completed his pediatric residency at David Grant USAF Medical Center in California. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a general pediatrician for nine years and then completed a fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care at Duke University. His clinical interests include the peri-operative care of congenital heart disease, the delivery of health care in developing countries, and improving teamwork and the multidisciplinary delivery of healh care in the pediatric intensive care unit.

Colin Halverson is a PhD candidate in anthropology at the University of Chicago in Linguistic Medical Antrhopology with a dissertation titled, "Translating Medicine: Knowledge Asymmetries in a Genomic Clinic," During the fellowship, Colin will continue to work with Dr. Lainie Ross on a project concerning the ethics of living kidney donation.

Rebecca Harris, MD, PhD, MA is interested in the intersection of Reproductive Biology, Genetics, and Endocrinology. Rebecca completed her PhD in the laboratory of Dr. J. Larry Jameson at Northwestern University, where she identified novel genes involved in male infertility. She then went on to complete her MD and a Master's in Medical Humanities and Bioethics also at Northwestern University. This past year, Rebecca finished her residency in Pediatrics at Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and is now a fellow in the Academic General Pediatrics Division at Lurie. She is pursuing research on the ethical issues surrounding transgender children, with a particular focus on fertility preservation.

Claire Hoppenot, MD, is an OB-GYN Fellow at the University of Chicago. She received her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern. Claire's research interests include investigating decision-making outcomes.

Michael Huber, MD, received his medical degree from University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and completed his residency and internship in the Department of Medicine at the University of Chicago. He is currently receiving a Master's in Public Health Sciences from the University of Chicago as well as a Hospital scholar in the Department of Medicine.

Peggy Kelley, MD, received her medical degree at the University of Pittsburg and completed her fellowship in Pediatric Otolaryngology at The Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Her clinical interests included airway reconstructive surgery for children with or without tracheostomy, ear construction for microtia and other ear anomalies, voice problems such as hoarseness or difficulty being understood, and vascular anomolies such as hemangiomas and lymphatic malformation currently in her practice at the Children's Hospital Colorado.

Casey Ketchum, RN, CCRN, is a Neurological ICU nurse at the Universerty of Chicago as well as a Surgical Trauma ICU nurse at Mount Sinai Hospital. She received her BSN from Valparaiso University in 2012. She recently attended the annual Nurse in Washington Internship in March, a program emphasizing public policy process and patient advocacy.

Matthew Koshy, MD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiation and Cellular Oncology at the University of Chicago and the medical director of radiation oncology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He earned his BA from Cornell University in 2001, MD from the University of Florida in 2005, and completed residency at the University of Maryland in 2010. His interests primarily involve comparative effectiveness research in central nervous system and thoracic malignancies.

Kellie Lang, JD, RN, is Assistant Professor of Bioethics & Medical Humanities and Pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She is co-chair of the Ethics Advisory Committee at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin where she also serves as a clinical ethics consultation team leader and pediatric/nursing ethics consultant. Kellie began her nursing career at The Children's Hospital Boston and practiced several years at other pediatric hospitals before earning her law degree from Marquette University Law School. She is a board member of the American Society of Bioethics & Medical Humanities. Kellie's fellowship concentration will be in pediatric ethics.

Vassyl Lonchyna, MD, is a cardiothoracic surgeon who recently retired from working as a CT intensivist at the University of Chicago Department of Surgery. He received his medical degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan and completed residencies in General Surgery at Duke University Medical Center and Loyola University Medical Center as well as in Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at Loyola University. He completed a fellowship in Surgical Critical Care at John J. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County in Chicago.

Kate Luenprakansit, MD, received her medical degree from Oregon Health and Science University and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. She is currently a Surgical Co-Management Hospitalist at Stanford University and serves on the Bioethics Committee and Orthopedic Quality Council. 

Paige Marnell, MD, received her medical degree at New York Medical College. She is currently a resident at University of Chicago Medicine in Adult Psychiatry. Paige is interested in exploring how biases held by medical professionals contribute to patient care as well as physician burnout.

Mary Clare Masters, MD, received her medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO and completed her Internal Medicine residency and internship at The University of Chicago Department of Medicine. Her interests include exploring research questions related to infection control and the rights of individuals versus the public at large.

Michael Millis, MD, received his medical degree at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine and completed his residency and fellowship at UCLA. He is an expert in adult and pediatric transplant surgery. His clinical interests include liver transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery. His research explores the application of cellular technology to patient care as well as health and policy ethics. He is a consultant to the Chinese Ministry of Health to help them transform their transplant system, including the development of a donor system for volunteer citizen deceased donors. 

Michelle Nichols, MD, is a practicing consultation-liaison psychiatrist at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, holding positions as Clinical Associate Professor at Texas A&M Health Science Center and Clinical Assistant Professor at University of Texas Southwestern. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College and completed medical school at Unversity of Texas Southwestern. Michelle received her psychiatry training at Washington University in St. Louis, and completed a fellowship in psychosomatic medicine at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston. She has special interests in transplant psychiatry and psycho-oncology, and serves as medical director of the multidisciplinary Cvetko Patient Education and Support Center at Baylor's Sammons Cancer Center.

Emily Obringer, MD, is currently a pediatric infectious disease fellow at the University of Chicago Medicine. She received her medical degree from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and completed her residency at the University of Chicago. She is interested in exploring the possibility of offering an ethics consult as part of the pre-stem cell transplant work-up, specifically as it may relate to end-of-life care.

Felix Pageau, MD, is a fifth year resident in Geriatrics at Laval University in Quebec City, Canada. He will be beginning a Master's degree in philosophy as of Summer 2016. His interests in this field, more specifically, include futility of care, end of life and surrogate decision making. He currently participates as an active member on three ethics committees in Quebec.

Vijaya Rao, MD, is a third year gastroenterology fellow at the University of Chicago. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and subsequently worked at the National Institutes of Health as the assistant to the deputy director of the National Institute of Mental Health. She then attended medical school at Loyola's Stritch School of Medicine and remained at Loyola to complete her internal medicine residency.

Sandra Shi, MD, received her medical degree at The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and is currently completing an Internal Medicine residency at the University of Chicago. Sandra is undergoing a research project regarding code status discussions alongside Dr. Michael Huber.

Kinga Skowron, MD, is a General Surgery resident at the University of Chicago.  She graduated from the University of Chicago in 2009 and The Pritzker School of Medicine in 2012. She is currently in her second of two years of basic science research, studying bladder and pancreatic cancer in the laboratory of Dr. Ralph Weichselbaum.

Elizabeth Sonntag, MD, received her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and did her residency training in Internal Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University. Liz plans to pursue a career in Pulmonary and Critical Care medicine, and so far, her research has been in care surrounding code status.

Deborah Spitz, MD, received her medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania and completed her residency and fellowship in In-patient Psychiatry at the University of Chicago. Her clinical interests are in refractory mood disorders, psychotherapy, and women's mental health. Her research interests lie in psychiatric ethics, particularly the issues of autonomous choice in severe remitting and relapsing psychiatric disorders.

Elizabeth Steinhauer obtained her B.A. and M.A. in English literature at University of Toronto, and received her M.D. from McMaster University in Canada. She completed residency training in psychiatry at Harvard's McLean Hospital, followed by a Fellowship in Psychopharmacology at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Beth worked in college mental health at Yale University and then for over 21 years at University of Chicago. Beth has a private practice downtown and is also consulting psychiatrist to Rush University's Student Counseling Service.

Chad Teven, MD, attended college at the University of Michigan where he majored in brain, behavior and cognitive science. Chad received his medical degree from Pritzker and is currently at the University of Chicago for residency training in plastic and reconstructive surgery. 

Ashley Thomas Richeson, MD, received her medical degree from Indiana University and is currently completing a residency in Internal Medicine -- Pediatrics at University of Chicago Medicine. Ashley is interested in researching methods to improve advanced care planning discussions for patients in the primary care clinic. 

Jennifer Tseng, MD, attended the University of California, Berkeley, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in History (with a thesis on medieval physicians) and Molecular and Cell Biology (Neurobiology emphasis).  Jennifer went to medical school at the University of California, Davis before completing her general surgery residency at Oregon Health & Science University.   She is a first-year Surgical Oncology Fellow at the University of Chicago.

Dovie Watson, MD, is currently a third year resident in Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago. She completed her undergraduate studies at Cornell University, where she double majored in Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies and Biological Sciences. She attended medical school at Northwestern University. Dovie's career interests include LGBT health and HIV medicine. She plans to apply for fellowship in Infectious Diseases and is interested in examining ethical issues related to HIV/AIDS, specifically issues regarding disclosure and confidentiality in the age of pre-exposure prophylaxis, research in vulnerable populations, and access to hormone replacement therapy for transgender patients.

Sarah Wilkens, MD, received her medical degree and Masters in Public Health from the University of Arizona. Sarah completed a Pediatric residency and Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship at Lurie Children's Hospital. Her research interests lie in transplantation ethics and delivering quality data to families in the decision-making stage.

M. Jeanne Wirpsa, MA, BCC, is a board certified healthcare chaplain with over 20 years' experience in pediatrics, oncology, end-of-life care, and with Spanish speaking patients and families. In addition to her role as a chaplain, she currently serves as co-chair and consultant for the Medical Ethics Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, oversees the hospital's innovative advance care planning clinic, and teaches religion and medicine at the Feinberg School of Medicine. Research interests include narrative ethics, empathy, moral distress, and the impact of religious beliefs and values on medical decision making.

Lawrence Zachary, MD, received his medical degree at Rosalind Franklin Chicago Medical School and completed his residencies at The University of Chicago Medicine and Detroit Medical Center. He is a nationally recognized expert in plastic and reconstructive surgery. An active physician researcher, he leads clinical trials designed to improve breast surgery techniques. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and abstracts, in addition to several book chapters, on topics in reconstructive surgery.