Our Alumni: 2019-2020

Fred W. Beuttler (pronounced “bite-ler”), PhD is an Associate Dean at UChicago’s Graham School for Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies, where he has worked since 2015. He received his Ph.D. in history at the University of Chicago, and has worked at a number of faculty and academic administrative jobs during his career, including teaching several courses in the history of medicine at UIC. From 2005 to 2010 he was the Deputy Historian of the U.S. House of Representatives. 

Matt Bobel is a fifth year general surgery resident at the University of Minnesota. He completed his undergraduate and medical school training at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Currently, he is in his second year of research, focusing on surgical education and colorectal surgery. To support this research, he applied and was selected for the Surgical Education Research Fellowship through the Association for Surgical Education. He also serves on the Resident Advisory Committee for the Procedural Learning and Safety Collaborative. He is interested in bias, discrimination, and equity in surgery; end of life; palliative surgery; and inter-professional and patient-physician communication.

Melanie Boyd, MSN, RN, OCN, ACM is currently a Nurse Care Coordinator for Bone Marrow Transplant, Hematology/Oncology and Medical ICU patient populations at The University of Chicago Medical Center (UCM). In her role she provides individualized patient plans of care; collaborates with the medical team, patient and family to ensure appropriate care during and post hospitalization; and reviews medical records to anticipate discharge planning needs and coordination of available resources. During her time at UCM, she has sat on several hospital committees including Kaizen, and Magnet status preparation. Melanie earned her Master of Science in Nursing from DePaul University (Chicago, IL) and currently hold certifications in Oncology Nursing (OCN) and Case Management (ACM). Melanie enjoys working with her Church Congregation, youth and the community as a whole to provide education on health care and its importance. In her spare time she delights in reading, traveling and the outdoors.

Marie Campbell, MSN is a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner in the Comer NICU. She graduated with a bachelors from Loyola University Marcella Neihoff School of Nursing in 1988. She received a MSN from RUSH University College of Nursing in 2002. Her interests include ethical decisions related to resuscitation, palliative care, and advanced practice nurse education in clinical medical ethics.

Ava Chappell, MD is a rising fourth year plastic surgery resident at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is passionate about global surgery and how plastic surgeons can help address the global surgical burden of disease. She is devoting a year of research on education, surgical treatment and prevention of female genital mutilation/cutting in a collaboration between the division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Northwestern and the Buehler Center for Health Policy and Economics at Feinberg School of Medicine.

Courtney Furlough is a clinical third year resident in the integrated vascular surgery residency at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL. She completed her bachelor's degree in biology with minors in Spanish and chemistry at Baylor University in Waco, TX. She then went on to complete her medical school training at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Currently, she is completing a 2-year research fellowship in Chicago. She has specific interests in health equity and advocacy and ethical interests in complex decision-making for surgical patients as well as high stakes communication for patients and families.

Susie Gouda, MD grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. She attended Emory University where she studied Economics and Chemistry. She then went to George Washington University for medical school. She completed Pediatric Residency at University of Chicago. After residency she remained at Comer Children's Hospital, where she is currently a Pediatric Critical Care Fellow.

Nicholas Gruszauskas, PhD, is currently the technical director of the University of Chicago’s Human Imaging Research Office (HIRO) and a mentor in the Department of Radiology’s Clinical Imaging Medical Physics Residency Program. He earned both an MS and PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he investigated computer-aided diagnosis and artificial intelligence methods in breast imaging. He became increasingly interested in clinical and research ethics through his experiences facilitating medical imaging for clinical trials.

Sarag Haroon, MD is originally from Pakistan, then lived in Michigan and is now a happy Chicagoan. She is a clinical associate of medicine, serving as a hospitalist, here at the University of Chicago. She did her medical training at Aga Khan University Medical College and resdiency at Beaumont Hospital. She loves traveling, scenery, cooking, puzzles, relaxing with her family and taking care of her plants. As a hospitalist it can be hard to keep working at a high intensity but her patients and internal medicine make it worthwhile.

Erin Hicheky, MD is an Internal Medicine-Pediatrics resident in her final year at the University of Chicago. Erin is plans to be a primary care doctor for children and adults with developmental disabilities and also hopes to work on inpatient services in both adult and pediatric floors. Her little brother has Down syndrome and autism, and he has been her inspiration in pursuing this career.

Abiola Falilat Ibraheem, MD is a postdoctoral fellow and board certified medical oncologist at the University of Chicago. She initially received her MBBS degree from Olabisi Onabanjo University/Obafemi Awolowo College of Health Sciences, Nigeria and went on to do her internal medicine residency training at Morehouse School of Medicine where she did research on racial health care disparities. During her fellowship training at University of Chicago, she trained as a global oncologist and a global clinical trialist. Her interests include conducting oncology clinical trials in Low Middle Income countries as a strategy to closing the cancer divide, building and improving on local capacity with the goal of improving the healthcare system, implementing evidence-based strategies to improve cancer care and prevention in Low Middle Income countries. She is actively involved in the first multi-institutional, investigator initiated Phase II trial conducted in Nigeria; in addition, she is actively involved in improving Nigeria’s ability to conduct clinical trials.

Anthony Kanelidis, MD, is an Internal Medicine resident at the University of Chicago. He received his undergraduate degree in Neuroscience at the University of Miami and his medical degree at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He has conducted research in cardiac stem cell therapy and advanced heart failure and is applying for a fellowship in Cardiology. His interests include transplantation ethics, mechanical circulatory support, and end-of-life care.

Ji Li, MD is an associate professor in the department of Gastroenterology at Peking Union Medical College Hospital China. His clinical work is focused on taking care of patients with inflammatory bowel disease and rare gastrointestinal diseases. His research interests include the dysfunction of adaptive immunity in IBD and the pathogenesis of Cronkhite-Canada syndrome.

Vidya Mahavadi, MD is in her final year of pediatrics residency at the University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital. Born and raised in California, she attended UCSD for her undergraduate studies and medical school. She plans to pursue a career in Pediatric Critical Care. Her research interests involve end-of-life decision making and factors affecting goals of care.

Rae McGrath, RN is a Patient Care Support Nurse for Critical Care at UChicago Medicine, assisting the nursing and medical staff during emergency/trauma events in all six ICU's. She completed her BSN at Illinois Wesleyan University. Rae has worked in the Medical Intensive Care Unit for 32 years with the priority of helping patients and families adapt and navigate the medical environment. Rae's research will focus on instilling an ethical perspective in daily medical rounds to strategize individual plans of care. Rae enjoys hiking, pilates, family and travel.

Andrew Oehler, MD graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine, completed residency and chief residency in internal medicine at Oregon Health & Science University, and is currently finishing a fellowship in noninvasive cardiology at the University of Chicago. Drew’s research centers around end-of-life care, advance directives, and informed consent in patients with end-stage heart failure considering ventricular assist devices. He is also more broadly interested in the ethics of dying well. When not in the hospital he enjoys gardening and spending time with his wife and daughter.

Victor Patron-Romero, MD is currently a Consult Liaison Psychiatry Fellow at the University of Chicago. He received his M.D at the University of Baja California in Baja California, Mexico. He completed general psychiatry training at Rush University Medical Center and holds a Masters in Clinical Research from Rush University Graduate College. Victor is interested in medical culprits of psychiatric disorders, organic causes of psychosis, functional Neuroimaging and psychodynamics. His interest in ethics includes the confounding of psychiatric disorders in medical decision making, including decisional capacity.

Laura Dresser, MD is a 4th year resident in the Neurology Department at the University of Chicago. Laura grew up in Colombia, South America and moved to the United States to pursue residency training. Laura’s interest in clinical ethics stems from her training in Colombia, and the chance to contrast the two very different worlds of medicine in the United States and Columbia. She hopes to use the training she will gain during this fellowship as an integral part of her academic career as a neurologist.

Jori Sheade, MD a 4th year med/peds resident at University of Chicago. She has lived her entire life in Chicago, except for a short stint for 4 years in college living in the south (Go Blue Devils!). Jori returned to Chicag to attend to Rush University for medical school. Jori is interested in young adult oncology, particularly regarding end-of-life discussions and care for young adult oncology patients. Her fun fact is that her feet are 2 different sizes.

Daniel Teixeira da Silva, MD, is a rising Ambulatory Chief Resident in the combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics program at the University of Chicago. He received his undergraduate degree in Biology and Science in Society from Wesleyan University and his medical degree from Boston University. During medical school he completed the South American Program in HIV Prevention Research Fellowship in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His clinical and research interests are HIV primary care and prevention, reducing inequitable HIV burden among racial, gender and sexual minorities, and improving engagement in care among vulnerable populations.

Dong-Kha Tran, MD graduated from the University of Colorado and is currently completing his General Surgery residency at the University of Chicago. Research interests include transplant immunology, immunomodulation of pregnancy, and the role of B cells in transplantation tolerance. Clinically, interests include transplant surgery, trauma, and surgical technique/training driven by a long background in athletics.

Michael E. Villarreal, MD is a third year general surgery resident at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, OH. He completed a bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience at Baylor University in Waco, TX and medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX. He is currently completing a two-year research fellowship with the Division of Critical Care, Trauma, and Burns while obtaining a Master of Business Administration at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business as part of his general surgery training. He is interested in studying and improving patient ownership in residents and evaluating quality of life post-emergency general surgery to aid patients in decision making for high-risk operations.