Our Alumni: 2018-2019

Jumana Alshaikh, MD, went to medical school at the University of Dammam in Saudi Arabia and did her internship year at the University of Maryland. She is currently a neurology resident at the University of Chicago, and she is interested in pursuing a fellowship in movement disorders. Her research interests are in ethical issues related to neurodegenerative diseases, and in understanding the cross-cultural differences of approaching ethical issues between the west and the Middle East. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling and learning about other cultures.

A native of Eagan, Minnesota, Maya Babu, MD, MBA, attended college at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, receiving a BS in neuroscience and BA in psychology, both summa cum laude with highest distinction in 2005. She attended Harvard Medical School and received an MD cum laude in 2010. She also attended Harvard Business School, where she received her MBA in 2010. She has completed a critical care enfolded fellowship (2016) neurosurgical residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota (2017), and Neurotrauma fellowship at Ryder Trauma Center/Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida (2018). She served on the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association from 2013 to 2017, served as Chair of the American College of Surgeons’ Resident and Associate Society from 2015 to 2016, served on the Board of Directors of the National Resident Matching Program from 2014 to 2017, and was named a Visiting Scholar by the American Board of Medical Specialties from 2015 to 2016. She currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. In the fall of 2018, she will assume the position of Director of Adult Neurotrauma at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. She also serves as an unaffiliated Neurotrauma consultant for the New England Patriots. Her research interests include surgeon stewardship and environmental impact, professionalism in call coverage, brain death, and transparency in physician-industry relationships. 

Larry O. Bodden, MD, is a fifth year neurosurgery resident at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. His undergraduate work was at Bennington College, and he received his medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He enters the fellowship with interests in surgical bioethics and the ethical implications of implantable neural interfaces.

Ziyi Chen, MD, PhD, is a neurologist serving at the First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China. While at the MacLean Center, she has conducted research on ethical issues related to epilepsy in pregnant mothers. After returning to Guangzhou she plans to conduct ethics research in epilepsy and will organize courses on medical ethics for residents. She also hopes to establish a case conference system at the First Affiliated Hospital, similar to the MacLean Center weekly case conference model.

Lauren Feld, MD, is a Chief Resident in Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago. She received her undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University and her medical degree from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, as part of the Humanities in Medicine program. She plans to pursue gastroenterology fellowship and become a transplant hepatologist. Her research has focused on access to care for underserved patients, supporting caregivers during the liver transplant process, and physician and trainee well-being. She grew up in Seattle, and enjoys hiking, climbing, and traveling.

Perpetua Goodall, MD, earned her bachelor's degree from Northwestern University in 1997 and graduated from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, in 2001. She did her residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Chicago from 2001 to 2005. She currently serves as an Associate Residency Program Director in Obstetrics & Gynecology and the Section Chief for General Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Chicago. Her research interests include exploring the principles of patient autonomy and justice, specifically reproductive justice as it relates to reducing health disparities in obstetric care and outcomes.

Norman D. Hogikyan, MD, F.A.C.S., is Professor and Associate Chairman of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and Professor of Music at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  A subspecialist in Laryngology, his clinical and academic work are focused upon laryngeal surgery, voice, and airway disorders.  Since graduating from medical school in 1988, he has developed a strong interest in clinical medical ethics, humanism, and professionalism in the practice of Medicine and Surgery, and he seeks to further explore and develop these interests during the MacLean Center fellowship year. 

In 2012, after working with blinded veterans with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Christopher Kreider, MA, M.Div., MA, began sensing a call to chaplain ministry. He soon enrolled at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Trinity Graduate School, pursuing and completing two additional graduate degrees: the M.Div. (Chaplaincy) and the M.A. (Bioethics), and he had previously earned an M.A. (Vision Rehabilitation Therapy) from Western Michigan University in 2008. Between January 2017 and May 2018, He successfully completed 4 units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL, having been assigned to various medical units, such as General Medicine, General Pediatrics, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, and Palliative Care. Currently, he is actively pursuing ordination, ecclesial endorsement, and both chaplaincy board certification (BCC) with the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) and meeting the Core Competencies for Healthcare Ethics Consultation as identified by the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH). During the MacLean Center Ethics Fellowship, he is interested in better understanding the impact chaplains have when bearing witness to complex medical and ethical situations, with the aim to further grasp the chaplain's role as a facilitator of healthcare communication between invested parties in emergent and non-emergent situations alike.

Colleen Walsh Lang, PhD, defended her doctoral dissertation in anthropology in 2017 at Washington University in St. Louis for which she conducted 15 months of fieldwork in Uganda with children living with HIV. Arising from this research, she has become interested in the ethics surrounding the disclosure of stigmatized conditions to children. She is completing her clinical rotations at Washington University School of Medicine. She received a BS in biology 2006 and a BA in anthropology in 2007 from the University of Notre Dame, and she worked as a research assistant with MacLean Center faculty for two and a half years prior to starting graduate/medical school.

Shu Li, MD, is an Emergency Medicine doctor who has worked for the past eight years at Peking University Third Hospital. This past year in the MacLean Center Program, she has been studying informed consent around DNR/withdrawing life-sustaining treatment in emergency patients. Upon returning to Beijing Dr. Li will develop and adapt these protocols in the Emergency department at Peking University Third Hospital. She has also been working with Prof. Yali Cong, a former fellow at the MacLean Center, to develop a case conference meeting in Beijing based on the Maclean Center’s weekly case conference model.

Chen Lin, MD is a famous pancreatic surgeon and associate professor in Peking Union Medical College in Beijing. Peking Union Medical College is one of the leading medical colleges in China. In fact, many of the original faculty and the first dean, Franklin MacLean, of the New University of Chicago Medical School were recruited from Peking Union Medical School, which had been started in 1912 with support from John D. Rockefeller. After that she will return to Beijing to continue her important work as a pancreatic surgeon and to become involved in surgical ethics and ethics research.

Leslie Mataya, MD, is in her final year of pediatrics residency at the University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital. Originally from Iowa, she attended the University of Northern Iowa and received her medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. She plans to pursue a career in Pediatric Transplant Hepatology and her research interests include pediatric and transplantation ethics, specifically the ethics of instituting newborn screening for biliary atresia. Outside of medicine, she enjoys playing the piano and singing soprano in the Chicago Chorale.

Hyeyoon Park, MD, PhD, graduated from Seoul National University College of Medicine in South Korea. She finished her residency and fellowship at the Department of Psychiatry, Seoul National University Hospital (SNUH), and she got her Ph.D. degree in Medical Science from the same college. She has been working as an assistant professor at the Department of Psychiatry, SNUH since 2011, and she specializes in Psycho-Oncology and Palliative Care. Her current research focuses on communication and ethics issues regarding end-of-life care. She is also a member of the Hospital Ethics Committee in my hospital, and she is especially interested in developing clinical ethics support.

Satendra Singh, MD is a faculty at University College of Medical Sciences (University of Delhi) and member of the Ethics Committee at the regulatory Delhi Medical Council. He is a fierce champion of rights of people with disabilities and has spearheaded many policy reforms to help make India more disabled-person friendly. He is passionate about disability ethics, medical humanities, and advancing empowered decision-making among vulnerable populations.

Eric Swei, MD, is from Dayton, Ohio, and he completed his undergraduate work at Case Western University in 2009 before heading to The Ohio State University for medical school.  He came to Chicago for residency, where he is a current PGY-3 in the internal medicine residency program and is applying for a fellowship in Gastroenterology. His clinical ethical interests include disparities in care as well as the ethical use of resources in end-of-life care. In his free time, he enjoys exercise including running, biking, and weightlifting.

Shizuko Takahashi, MD, PhD, is an Obstetrician/Genetic Counselor at the University of Tokyo, School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Japanese Red Cross Hospital in Tokyo. She is also a visiting researcher at the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Law at the University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Medicine. She has graduated from Reed College with a BA in fine arts and molecular biology. After graduating from Tokai University, School of Medicine, with an MD, she went to graduate school at the University of Tokyo, Department of Biomedical Ethics and Law, and became the first physician to have received a PhD in bioethics in Japan. Her PhD dissertation was on the decision making process of fate of frozen embryos for Japanese infertile women, focusing on the cultural perspective on how the embryo is perceived. She was scholar for the Yale-Hasting visiting scholar program last year and led a summer bioethics seminar for the summer bioethics program at Yale from last year. She is now involved as a counselor in prenatal diagnosis and testing. Her interests are multicultural counseling in pre-implantation and prenatal testing. Her main interests are in parents dealing with unclear implications of genetic changes found prenatally, such as embryo chromosomal mosaicism and variants of unknown significance, how medical professional and patient’s relationship should be with technologies for testing, and the understanding of genetics. She will expand and research this topic further while doing the summer intensive course at the MacLean Center.

Ali Thaver, MD, is a Hospital Medicine Fellow at the University of Chicago Medical Center. He completed his medical school education from Aga Khan University, Pakistan after which he worked as a Public Health Consultant. He received his masters in Health Policy, Planning and Financing from the London School of Economics and later worked there as a Health Economics Associate. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. His research is focused on financial distress as a consequence of hospital and medication costs. 

María Tormo, MD is the Director of the Department of Planning and Development of ASISA (a Spanish Health Insurance company). Since 2008, she has also served as the President of ASISA's Bioethics Committee. In 2009 María became a Member of the Royal Academy of Medicine of Murcia (Spain). Her Bachelor's degree is in Administration and Business Management and she holds a Master's degree in Hospital Management and in Health Administration. Her professional career is dedicated to the management of hospitals and regional health services in Spain.

Marsha Tyacke, PhD, MSN, APNP, is an acute care nurse practitioner who completed her graduate studies at Marquette University.  She has practiced for over 15 years, with extensive experience in critical care and neurosurgery.  She remains in clinical practice, caring for critically ill medical, surgical, and trauma patients.  Her dissertation work focused on advance directives and their impact on care provided to hospitalized patients at the end-of-life. This fellowship will allow her to continue this work in the context of providing care that is congruent with patient preferences and emphasizes the quality of life to improve end-of-life care. 

Guangkuan Xie, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of Peking University School of Health Humanities. He mainly teaches courses of medical ethics, bioethics and public health ethics. Before taking this faculty position, he used to be the director of the Academic Planning Office of Peking University, a junior researcher at UC San Francisco (2004-2005), a senior fellow at the University of Minnesota (2011-2012), and a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley (2012). His research interests include the doctor-patient relationship, medical professionalism, conflicts of interest, and medial humanities education.

Jing Xie, MD PhD, received her medical degree from Jilin University School of Medicine in Changchun. She then earned her PhD from Peking Union Medical College and is now an MPH candidate at Tsinghua University School of Medicine. Jing is also currently an associate professor in the Department of Infectious Disease at Peking Union Medical College Hospital. Her research interests include HIV, hepatitis viruses and other emerging infectious diseases in China. She will continue next year to focus on investigating ethical issues surrounding HIV, HBV and HCV treatment, including the fair distribution of resources and approaches to care in China.

Jie Yan, MD started her college study in Peking University Health Science Center in an eight-year program, where she earned her MD. Afterwards, she received four additional years of training and received her PhD in Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. After she earned her PhD, Jie returned to China and continued her residency training in obstetrics and gynecology, and is now an attending doctor in Peking University First Hospital. In terms of research, her studies focus on the role of epigenetics and expanding the understanding of the causes of Type 2 diabetes during pregnancy. In the coming year, Jie will continue her clinical work, research, teaching, and ethics studies in Peking.

Yuliang Zhao, MD, is an attending nephrologist and visiting scholar from West China Hospital of Sichuan University in Chengdu. During this year, he worked together with Professor Michael Millis on a comparative study of the voluntary organ donation systems across different countries and cultures. Dr. Zhao is also interested in medical ethics education. After finishing the MacLean Fellowship, he plans to continue his research on topics within clinical medical ethics, and to introduce the concept of clinical ethics consultations to his home institution.

Christopher Zimmermann, MD, is a third year general surgery resident at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, WI. He completed a bachelor’s degree in Health at the University of Houston followed by medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX. He is currently completing a two-year research fellowship in Madison as part of his general surgery training. He is interested in improving surgeon decision making for older adults facing high-risk operations and increasing access to palliative care for surgical patients.