Our Alumni: 2017-2018

Melissa Andrianov, MD is in the final year of her neonatology fellowship at the University of Chicago, where she also did her general pediatrics training.  She completed her undergraduate training at Johns Hopkins University and her medical school training at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Her current research and clinical interests include perinatal counseling of periviable infants, as well as neonatal follow-up.

Steven Bradley Jr. is a rising PGY-4 in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the University of Chicago. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Pensacola Christian College, a Master’s degree in Anatomy from the University of South Florida, and completed medical school at Howard University in DC. His interests are end-of-life ethics in the setting of Mechanical Circulatory Support devices. He enjoys cooking, art shows and live music.

Dr. Ben Brown is a Family Planning Fellow in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Chicago. He attended Brown University, where he received his undergraduate degree in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies and completed medical school. He then came to the University of Chicago for residency and fellowship. His clinical interests include family planning and obstetrics. His research interests include using quantitative methods and an ethics framework in policy analysis.

Darren Bryan is a general surgery resident at the University of Chicago. Originally from Iowa, he completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Iowa, before attending the University of Rochester for medical school. He is interested in patient-surgeon communication, particularly as it relates to informed consent and end-of-life care.

Dr. Keme Carter obtained her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Vanderbilt University and her medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine. She completed her residency training in Emergency Medicine at the University of Chicago Medical Center, where she also served as a chief resident. She subsequently stayed as a faculty member, and is currently the Director of Undergraduate Medical Education for the Section of Emergency Medicine and the Director of the Emergency Medicine Clerkship. Most recently, she was named as a Junior Faculty Scholar in the Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence and has been appointed as the Assistant Dean for Admissions at the Pritzker School of Medicine. As the Assistant Dean for Admissions, she has many roles in the support and recruitment of prospective medical students and work closely with the Admissions team to assemble future Pritzker School of Medicine classes. 

Kristel Clayville studied anthropology, archaeology, and classics at Centre College before pursuing graduate training in religion at the University of Chicago. She holds an MA in religion and a PhD in religious ethics. Clinically, she served as a chaplain to liver and kidney transplant patients at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in 2015-2016, while also collaborating with transplant surgeons and ethicists on research. Currently, she juggles part-time chaplaincy and teaching. She is ordained in the Christian Church, Disciples of Christ.

Dr. Sameera Guttikonda is a psychosomatic medicine fellow at the University of Chicago.  She did her first two years of psychiatry residency training at Henry Ford Health Systems in Detroit, then completed her final two years of psychiatry training at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. She attended medical school at Saba University, and completed undergrad at the University of Illinois, Chicago.  She has a specialized interest in neurocognitive disorders and their impact on caregivers.

Dr. Hanson is currently practicing as an EMS and EM physician in Southern Wisconsin. He will be returning to a previous academic job in Michigan this summer. He attended Albion College, MI graduating with a BA in Chemistry. He attended medical school at Michigan State University. During medical school, he was commissioned into the navy and after graduation did internship at the Navy Medical Center in San Diego, California. After graduating from the Naval Undersea Medical Institute, he spent the next 4 years on active duty serving in the submarine force as an Undersea Medical Officer. Leaving active duty for the reserves he completed a residency in Emergency Medicine. He has worked in both private practice and academics in Emergency Medicine and as an EMS medial director. He has continued his military service with a transfer to aerospace medicine, completing his training as a Flight Surgeon and currently drills with the 122nd Fighter Wing, Indiana Air National Guard. He recently received his subspecialty board in EMS from the American Board of Emergency Medicine. 

Ann Jackson is a physical therapist who received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from Georgia State University, a Masters of Public Health from the University of South Carolina and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Rosalind Franklin University. Her clinical interests include: children and adults living with neuromuscular conditions, rehabilitation needs following a cancer diagnosis/care, integration of community resources into long term care plans. Her research interests include: efficacy of service delivery models and outcome measures.

Blake Jones, MD graduated from Boston College University in 2010 with a BA in Philosophy. He completed medical school at Loyola University of Chicago in 2015 and will be a third year internal medicine resident at The University of Chicago this summer. He is applying for a fellowship in Gastroenterology. He is interested in studying how racial biases and preconceptions affect doctor-patient relationships in the inpatient setting.

Kimberly Kopecky, MD is a current General Surgery Resident at Stanford who has just completed Hospice and Palliative Care Fellowship at University of Wisconsin in Madison.  She has previously studied at Indiana University as well as Harvard Medical School, and will be staying in Wisconsin for one additional year to complete her masters in Clinical Investigation.  Her clinical interests encompass the intersection of surgery and palliative care and she hopes to influence the integration of palliative care principles into surgical care for all patients.

Jonathan Lio was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, and is a graduate of UCLA where he majored in physiological sciences. He completed his medical degree at Loma Linda University and residency training at Johns Hopkins Bayview in internal medicine. He joined the University of Chicago Department of Medicine in 2014 as a clinical associate and a fellow in Global Hospital Medicine. He is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine. His interests include residency education in China and palliative medicine.

Pringl Miller, MD, FACS, received her medical degree from the University of Chicago - Pritzker School of Medicine. She completed general surgery training at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and has been practicing general surgery for 15 years. The last five years of clinical practice have been focused on emergency general surgery which solidified her interest in palliative care. She completed a fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at the University of Chicago June 2017 and will begin an appointment as Assistant Professor in the Departments of Surgery and Internal Medicine in the Section of Palliative Medicine at Rush University Medical Center fall 2017. Her clinical and research interests include integrating palliative medicine and surgical ethics into the clinical care of high risk surgical patients, devising a strategy for earlier referral of advanced cancer patients to either palliative or hospice care, clinical ethics relevant to the practice of physician aid-in-dying, and racial and ethnic disparities in the management of cancer and peri-operative related acute pain.

Wiliam Parham III, MD, MBA, is the founder and chair of Critical Care Department at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he also served as Chief of Staff and chair of the Credentials Committee. A graduate of Harvard College, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and the JL Kellogg Graduate School of Management, he is certified in internal, pulmonary and critical care medicine, and particularly interested in end of life / medical futility issues, and performance improvement of hospital ethics committees.

Jodyn Platt, MPH, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Learning and Knowledge Systems, Department of Learning Health Sciences at the University of Michigan Medical School. Her undergraduate degree is from Oberlin College, and she received her Master's and Doctoral degrees at the University of Michigan School of Public Health’s Department of Health Management and Policy. Her research currently focuses on the Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) of big data and learning health systems.

Sara Scarlet, MD, is a fifth year general surgery resident at the University of North Carolina. She received her MD from the University of Florida in Gainesville and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health at the Gillings School for Global Public Health at UNC. Throughout the year, she hopes to explore and develop her interests in moral distress amongst health care providers, the ethics of health care for incarcerated patients, and ethics education for surgical trainees.

Kate Schechter received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago and her clinical social work training from the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration. She is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Rush University School of Medicine and a faculty member at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, where she received her certification in psychoanalysis. Dr. Schechter is in the private practice of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy in Chicago, and her ethnographic interests center on the cultural, organizational, and economic contexts of ethical decision-making in medicine. She received her B.A. from Wellesley College.

Sung Joon Shin, MD, PhD, is the former director of BS/MD Combined Program and Vice-Chair in the department of nephrology at Dongguk University in South Korea. He was invited as a visiting scholar at University of British Columbia in Canada (2016-presemt). His general areas of research interests and experience are in critical care and clinical nephrology. He is also interested in understanding medical ethics in cultural and religious (i.e., Buddhism) contexts as well as developing a new curriculum that can tackle current ethical challenges in South Korea: end of life care, advance care plan, physician-assisted death, transplantation, health policy and resource allocation.

Ethan Silverman, MD, grew up in Hyde Park/Kenwood and is thrilled to be back. He went to Emory University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He continued his education at Wayne State University where he got his Medical Degree. He will be a third year resident in the Internal Medicine residency program at University of Chicago. He is interested in end-of-life care, and plans to pursue a fellowship in Palliative and Hospice medicine after finishing residency.

Ashley Suah, MD, is a General Surgery resident at the University of Chicago. She received her undergraduate degrees from Florida State University and attended Indiana University for medical school. Her main interest related to surgical ethics involves the relationship between the trauma surgeon and the patient who has been subjected to violence. Specifically, she wishes to gain a deeper understanding of the stance surgeons take regarding the pathogenesis of urban trauma, beyond the operating room and intensive care unit.

Hannah Wenger, MD, attended the University of Notre Dame and then received her medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. She is currently completing her residency in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago.  Her clinical interests include primary care and LGBTQI health, and she is interested in researching transgender healthcare policies in religious-affiliated hospitals in the United States.

Changrui Xiao, MD, is currently completing residency in Neurology at University of Chicago. He attended college at University of California - Berkeley where he studied Molecular and Cell Biology and Public Policy. He received his MD from Duke University School of Medicine. He is interested in medical genetics and neurogenetic disorders.