Our Alumni: 2021-2022

Richard Abrams, MD received his BA in Political Economics from Williams College in 1978. He received his MD from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in 1986 followed by a residency in Internal Medicine at Rush University Medical Center. In addition to being a practicing general internist, he is currently the Associate Dean of the Learning Environment at Rush. His research interests are in medical education, particularly in teaching clinical reasoning.

Mary Acosta, MD is a cardiology fellow at  the University of Chicago. She previously received her Bachelor of  Science from the University of Notre Dame before receiving her  medical degree from the FAU Charles E Schmidt College of  Medicine. After serving as chief resident during the 2022-2023  academic year, Mary plans to pursue further training in the field of  Cardiology. Her primary interests are in informed consent including  the impact of language barriers as well as transplant organ allocation.

Mohannad Al-Tarakji, MD, CABS is a General Surgeon and Clinical  Fellow in Acute Care Surgery Department. Dr. Al-Tarakji graduated  from Damascus University and joined American University of Beirut for a surgical internship then a surgical research fellowship. Dr. Al Tarakji joined Hamad Medical Corporation-Qatar where he did his  residency in General Surgery and was awarded his board degree from  The Arab Board of Health Specializations. He is an active researcher  and member of quality and patient safety and research committees.  He has a special interest in uncommon surgical diseases. Dr. Al Tarakji published numerous articles and has many more in different  phases of progress.

Daniela Anderson, MD studied biology and classical piano at Bard  College. She completed a Watson Fellowship studying barriers to  care of leprosy in multiple countries for a year. She graduated from  University of Utah School of Medicine in 2018 and began Internal  Medicine/Pediatric training at University of Chicago where she is  currently in her 4th year of training. She is working on several  projects involving sickle cell disease and is researching thrombosis in  acute lymphoblastic leukemia. She is also in the Women's Health and  LUCENT tracks.

Meghan Arnold, MD is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Section of Pediatric Surgery at the CS Mott Children’s Hospital at the University of Michigan. She received her medical degree and completed general surgery training at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She pursued additional training in clinical research at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She completed fellowship training in Pediatric Surgery as well as Surgical Critical Care at the University of Michigan. She is board certified in General Surgery, Pediatric Surgery and Surgical Critical Care.

Barbara Birriel, PhD completed her BSN at Bloomsburg University,  MSN at Thomas Jefferson University, Post-graduate Adult Critical  Care Nurse Practitioner at the University of Pennsylvania, and PhD in Nursing and Bioethics at The Pennsylvania State University. Her  clinical practice as a Critical Care Nurse Practitioner is in the Heart  and Vascular ICU at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Barbara is an Assistant Research Professor and Director of Nurse Practitioner  programs in the Penn State College of Nursing. She is involved in  collaborative research in Implementation Science with a research  focus related to ethics issues in critical care, primarily family surrogate decision making.

Christine Cahaney, MD is a current Peds attending at the University of Chicago. She completed her Bachelor of Science in  Neuroscience at McGill University in Montreal and received her  medical degree from Stony Brook University in New York. After  completing her residency she is planning to pursue a career in  Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. Her research interests include  healthcare disparities and the ethical issues within Pediatric Palliative  Care, specifically examining barriers that exist to referring to palliative care.

Randolph Jay Carlson, PhD is a medical ethics instructor at Lake Forest College, the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, and the Teen Learning Lab of Greater Chicago. He completed his PhD in philosophy at Loyola University in Chicago, an MA in philosophy \ from the University of Houston, and a BA in philosophy from  Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He completed a  clinical ethics internship at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois. His research interests explore epistemological issues related  to decision-making in clinical and public health settings generally and specifically involving patients with spinal cord injuries.

Heeyeon Cho, MD received her MD from Seoul National University College of Medicine. She completed Pediatrics Residency, and Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship at Seoul National University Children’s Hospital. She received her PhD in Molecular Genetics in 2011 from Seoul National University College of Medicine. She is an associate professor of pediatrics and an adjunct professor of Department of Medical Humanities at Samsung Medical Center Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine which is located in Seoul, South Korea. Her research interests include the ethical issues at the end-of-life of children, and education of medical ethics as an  integrated component of clinical teaching with simulation.

Katie Cunningham, NP completed her BSN from Lakeview College of Nursing and her DNP from the University of Illinois at Chicago, specializing as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. She currently works in  the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Comer Children's Hospital. Her research interests include prenatal and perinatal trauma, determination of brain death in infants, and resource allocation in families with children of complex medical needs.

Aseel Dalton, PhD received her BA in Pharmacy from Nottingham University, her LLM in Medical Law and Ethics from the University  of Edinburgh, and her PhD in Medical Ethics from The University of  Aberdeen. She completed her formal training in the field of Medical Ethics from Yale’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics where she is currently a visiting Scholar and Senior Research Fellow. She is also serving as a member of the Biomedical Ethics Consultation Team at  Denver Health Hospital and Authority.

Ina Dervishi, MD is a Neurocritical Care Fellow at University of Chicago. She is from Albania and completed her medical school at  the University of Marmara School of Medicine, in Turkey, Istanbul. She plans to train in Neurocritical with a research focus in disorders of consciousness and the ethical issues that surround decision making in this patient population.

Claire Dugan, MD was born and raised in and around Washington, DC. She graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in Englishand spent a few years before medical school working in health policy and community health. She moved to Chicago to attend the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago where she became interested in clinical ethics during a first-year course with Dr. Mark Siegler. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Department of Medicine at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. She is interested in the ethics of end-of-life discussions and shared decision-making.

Rachael Essig, MD went to Butler University for undergraduate school and then West Virginia University School of Medicine. She is completing General Surgery Residency at Georgetown University Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC and is currently completing her research time including a Surgical Critical Care Fellowship and Pediatric Surgery ECMO Fellowship at University of Chicago Hospital.

Colin Eversmann, MDiv, ThM works as a chaplain ethicist at Swedish American Hospital in Rockford, IL, and teaches a bioethics  class at the University of Illinois, Rockford. He is an ordained  minister in the Presbyterian Church, USA. He received his B.A. from Moody Bible Institute, MDiv and ThM from Trinity International University, and D.Bioethics from Loyola Stritch School of Medicine. His research interests include health care for prisoners and ethics consultation from a global perspective.

Ava Ferguson Bryan, MD is a general surgery resident at The University of Chicago, a surgical research fellow at the Center for  Surgery and Public Health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and MPH candidate at the Harvard School of Public Health. She has a BA in English from the University of Texas at Austin as well as an AM in Humanities and an MD from The University of Chicago. Her research interests are the effect of health policy on access to care, surgical education, and patient perceptions of receiving medical care, evaluated with both qualitative and quantitative methods.

John T. Fortunato, MD is a 4th year Neurology Resident at the University of Chicago. He completed a Master's Degree in Bioethics from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio before completing medical school at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in Rochester, Michigan. He completed a Transitional Year Residency program in Detroit, MI before coming to Chicago for Neurology Residency. His research interests involve end of life ethics, particularly issues surrounding death declaration criteria and organ donation after cardiopulmonary death. He is also interested in clinical ethics in Neuro Oncology.

Catherine Frenkel, MD is board certified in General Surgery and specializes in Head and Neck Surgical Oncology, Microvascular Reconstruction and Trans Oral Robotic Surgery. Her clinical research interest is in the management of advanced head and neck cancer in immune suppressed/transplant patients. She received her medical degree at Albany Medical College where she was awarded the Vosburgh Scholarship for Medical Ethics from the Alden March Bioethics Institute. She completed her residency at Stony Brook University, during which she was recognized by the American College of Surgeons with a Leadership Scholarship. She then completed her fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania.

Luke Gatta, MD, is a Maternal-Fetal Medicine Research Fellow at Duke. He is from Brooklyn NY, attending undergraduate at Saint Louis University, medical school at Drexel University, and completed his Obstetrics & Gynecology residency at Duke. In residency he received funding to start Ethics on Tap, a joint endeavor with Ob/Gyn residents from University of North Carolina and Duke to study and discuss reproductive ethics. He currently sits on Duke’s ethics committee and consult service. His research interest includes shared decision-making at the maternal-fetal interface, as well as surgical obstetrics.

Vitalii Gurskyi, MD is an Assistant in the Department of First Emergency Medical Aid and Emergency Medical Treatment at Ternopil National Medical University (Ukraine). He received his MD in Internal Medicine from Ternopil National Medical University in 2007. He works as a Cardiologist at Ternopil University Hospital. He also takes part as a sub investigator in several international clinical trials. His research interests include myocardial infarction and cardiac rehabilitation after myocardial infarction.

Munahimbala Hamweemba, BSc.HB, MBChB, MBA, MSc., MCS(ECSA) is a Trauma and Orthopaedics fellowship trainee of the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA) and the Zambia College of Medicine and Surgery (ZACOMS) based at the Levy Mwanawasa University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, Zambia. He attained his Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery degrees from the University of Zambia and a Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management from the University of Lusaka. He completed a Master of Science in Surgical Sciences from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. His research interests revolve around neglected trauma and clinical ethics in surgery particularly aspects of informed consent in patients undergoing operative procedures.

Omar Jamil, MD is a 5th year Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Resident at the University of Chicago. He is from Libertyville, IL and attended Northwestern University where he studied Anthropology. Afterwards, he was a Teacher for America corps member and earned a Masters in Teaching from Dominican University. He subsequently attended
medical school at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he earned his MD. His research interests include obesity, fatty liver disease and endobariatrics. He has an interest in understanding the ethics of medical futility and the utilization of finite resources to prolong life for family visitation.

Misun Jung, MD is currently a 2nd Year Fellow of Neonatal Perinatal Medicine at Vanderbilt. She went to Yale for undergrad and medical school at UT Southwestern. She then completed her pediatrics residency and chief residency at University of Chicago's Comer Children's Hospital. She is hoping to pursue NICU fellowship and her research interests include prenatal counseling focusing on periviability and extreme prematurity. In her free time, she likes to partake in jam sessions with kindred musicians, bike/run along the lake, and water her growing plant collection.

Li Kang, MS is the founder and manager of the regional medical ethics committee of Hebei Province, China. He has a bachelor's degree from Chongqing Medical University, China, and a master's degree from Hebei Medical University. He is also a lawyer and has a master's degree in law from China University of political science and law. He has been engaged in legal proceedings between doctors and patients, and has established a regional medical ethics committee in Hebei Province of China to conduct ethical review and related training.

Rohan Katipally, MD is an Assistant Professor of Radiation and Cellular Oncology at the University of Chicago. He completed his undergraduate studies at Brown University and continued at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for his medical education. He has multiple research interests including prognostic genomic biomarkers in Oligometastatic cancer and financial toxicity in patients with cancer. He is also interested in studying the ethics of cancer genomics, ranging from disparities of access to potential biases present in current analytical methods.

Daniel T. Kim, PhD, MPH, will begin an appointment as Assistant Professor at the Alden March Bioethics Institute, Albany Medical College, this August. He received his PhD in Religious Ethics from the University of Chicago this June and MPH from the Yale School of Public Health. He has served as Assistant Director of the Program on Medicine and Religion, University of Chicago; Senior Associate of the Center for Ethics and Professionalism, American College of Physicians; and Managing Editor of the journal Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics. His research during this fellowship will focus on questions of moral anthropology and end-of-life care.

Ira Kraft is a Medical Oncology and Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellow at the National Institutes of Health and John's Hopkins Hospital. He completed Med-Peds residency at the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois, USA. His research interests include cancer genomics, transcriptomics, and integrating large data analysis into clinical practice. His clinical and research focus on germline cancer predisposition syndromes.

Kerry Latham, MD received her BA from Princeton University and MD from USUHS. She completed General Surgery Residency at UTHSCSA, Plastic Surgery Residency at JMH and Craniofacial Fellowship at Seattle Childrens. She currently is a Colonel in the USAF serving as the 316th Surgical Operations Squadron Commander leading 209 staff managing surgical clinics, radiology and a 3 room ambulatory surgery center. Her research interests include craniofacial trauma, military medical skills training, and global surgery.

Sam Lent, PhD is currently a Bioinformatician at the AbbVie Genomics Research Center. She received her BS in Statistics from American University in 2013 and her PhD in Biostatistics from Boston University in 2018. Her research interests within the field of genomics include reproducibility and quality control, analysis methods for racially and ethnically diverse cohorts, and computational methods for DNA methylation microarrays. As a MacLean fellow she plans to investigate privacy risks in public DNA methylation microarray data.

Tariq Malik, MD’s parent department is Anesthesia and Critical Care. He is originally from Pakistan. He did his undergraduate and medical schooling there and moved to Chicago in 1998. His main clinical responsibilities at the hospital comprise of acute, chronic, and cancer pain management. Tariq has a special interest in Neuromodulation Therapy for various chronic pain diseases. He is intrigued by the dilemma or ethics of conflicting options in managing pain and is interested in the ethics of end stage pain management, role of primary care and other consulting services in taking care of the patients, and aspect of accountability and responsibility of various stake holders.

Peggy Mason, PhD grew up in the Washington DC area. She was privileged to learn taxidermy and some mammalogy from the late Dr. Charles O Handley Jr at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. With her backup plan of taxidermy as a profession in hand, she went to college at Harvard, graduating with a degree in Biology in 1983 and a PhD in Neuroscience in 1987. After postdoctoral work at UCSF, she joined the faculty at the University of Chicago in 1992. Peggy is now Professor of Neurobiology. Her interest in ethics revolves around disability as a distinct category separate from disease and illness and much closer to health.

Amy McArthur, OTR/L, is a current PhD candidate in Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She received her B.A. from the University of Chicago in Public Policy Studies and her MS in Occupational Therapy from Tufts University. She has been practicing as an occupational therapist since 2014 primarily in acute care and acute inpatient rehabilitation settings. Her research interests are focused on the connection between chronic illness and disability following cancer diagnosis.

Samantha Millikan, MD is a 2nd Year Fellow of Neonatal Perinatal Medicine at Vandebilt University. She received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematical Statistics from Wake Forest University. She attended medical school at Rush Medical College. After completing her Pediatric residency, she plans to pursue a fellowship and career in Neonatology. She is interested in research involving the ethical dilemmas in treating extremely premature infants and shared medical decision-making.

Sarah M. Mitchell, MD is a Health Systems Clinician in Hospital Based Medicine at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital. Her primary role is as an Attending Hospitalist at LaRabida Children’s Hospital where she works with a population she loves—children with medical complexity and their families. She received her MD from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine before completing her pediatric residency at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, MO. Her research interests include: incorporating the palliative care team in tracheostomy decision-making for children, palliative care involvement in children with congenital heart disease, and strategies to prevent staff burnout when taking care of critically ill children.

Megan Moriarty, MSN, currently works in the Burn Intensive Care unit. She received a BS in International Affairs and a two-year community leadership and sustainable development from University of Colorado in 2007. She then joined the US Peace Corps as a health volunteer in Mozambique from 2007- 2009. She received her MSN from DePaul in 2016 and has been working in the Burn Unit. She is interested in the impact of universal DNR policy and the impact it has on clinicians' moral distress.

Natalie Munger, MD is a fourth-year resident in Internal Medicine/Pediatrics at the University of Chicago. She earned her BA in Medical Anthropology and Global Health from the University of Washington in 2012 where her interests were focused on the impact of macroeconomic policy on health care systems and delivery. She received her MS in Biophysics and Physiology from Georgetown University in 2014, and her MD from the University of Washington School of Medicine, completing a pathway in underserved medicine, in 2018. Her current research interests include patient/doctor communication in the critical care setting, and the experience of care provider moral distress.

Sirisha Narayana, MD is Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hospital Medicine, Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. She is the Chair of the UCSF Medical Ethics Committee and Chief of the Ethics Consultation Service. She completed her BS from Stanford University, her MD from Northwestern University, and residency training in internal medicine at the University of Washington, Seattle.

Kyra Nicholson, MD received her B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Science from the University of North Carolina-Chapel. She then completed a post-baccalaureate program at Southern Illinois University where she also obtained her M.D. She is currently a second-year General Surgery resident at the University of North Carolina. Her research interests include surgical ethics, healthy policy, minority health disparities and community outreach, and global surgery. She is interested in developing ethical guidelines that recognize racial inequity at an institutional and structural level regarding surgical patients that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Aliza Olive, MD is a Pediatric Critical Care Attending at the Cleveland Clinic. She is originally from New Jersey & move to Chicago to attend the University of Chicago for undergraduate. She started her medical career in General Surgery Residency, with plans to become a Pediatric Surgeon. She spent 3 years as a Research Fellow at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she worked on many projects, including the artificial placenta. During her Critical Care fellowship, she completed the certificate program at the Children’s Mercy Center for Bioethics, with a final project on the Ethics of the First In-human Trial of the Artificial Placenta. Her scholarly work during fellowship has focused on bioethics and behavioral economics, studying Nudging in Critical Care.

Nicola Orlov, MD is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Associate Program Director for the Pediatric Residency Training Program and Co-Clerkship Director for the Pritzker School of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and subsequently stayed at the institution where she completed her Residency Training and Chief Resident year. Nicola is board-certified in Pediatric Hospital Medicine. Her clinical research over the past 7 years has been focused on improving the sleep of hospitalized children. Her passion is focused on improving medical training with the goal of improving patient experience.

Jacqueline Pasulka, MD is a pediatric attending. She attended Georgetown University for her undergraduate education where she majored in Psychology. She then earned a Master’s degree in Medical Sciences from Loyola University Chicago and completed her medical training at Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is interested in sports medicine and primary care with a focus on patients with chronic medical conditions. Her research interests include gun violence prevention, injury prevention, mental health in young athletes, and health outcomes among patients with chronic disabilities.

Rebecca Propper, MD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Section of Critical Care, at The University of Chicago. Her ongoing investigations include a mixed-methods study of ethical dilemmas in pediatric critical care. She received her BSc from The London School of Economics and Political Science, her MD from the Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University, Pediatric residency at the Tulane University School of Medicine and Ochsner Clinic Foundation and Pediatric Critical Care fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Naima Rasool, FCPS, FRCS, FACS is a Pediatric Surgeon at Fazaia Ruth Pfau Medical College, PAF base Hospital, Karachi. She did her postgraduate diploma in bioethics from The Center of Biomedical Ethics and Culture, Sindh institute of Urology (SIUT), Karachi. She has experience of teaching and practicing biomedical ethics in various civil and armed forces hospitals of Pakistan at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Her areas of interest in ethics are, surgeries and quality of life in children with severe congenital anomalies, ethical dilemmas related to fetal anomalies and organ donations in underdeveloped countries.

Andrew Redmann, MD is an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology at the Children's Minnesota/University of Minnesota and became a Pediatric Otolaryngologist. He grew up in western Wisconsin and attended medical school at the University of Wisconsin. He then completed a residency in Otolaryngology at the University of Cincinnati, and continued with fellowship training at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. His clinical interests include all aspects of Pediatric Otolaryngology with a specific focus on aerodigestive disorders and complex airway reconstruction. His research interests are in medical ethics and decision making, specifically concepts of moral distress and decision making for medically complex children.

Anna Schoenbrunner, MD, MAS is a Plastic Surgery Resident at The Ohio State University Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. She obtained her B.A. in International Development Studies from UCLA (2011) and her MD (2017) and Masters in Clinical Research (2016) from UCSD. With grant funding from the Plastic Surgery Foundation, she will be pursuing a project investigating the models of care for gender affirmation surgery. The aim of the project is to better understand the varying perspectives of sexual and gender minority individuals and healthcare providers to develop a novel, consensus-based model of care.

Allison Schuh, MD is a Instructor in Pediatrics (PDA)/Newborn Medicine at WashU - St. Louis. She received her medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School and completed her residency in Pediatrics at the Mayo Clinic. Her research interests include decision-making for infants born at the margin of viability, the long term outcomes of NICU graduates, and health disparities.

Neal Sharma, MD, is a third year Neonatology Fellow at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he serves as Co-Chief Fellow. Born and raised in Oklahoma, he earned his undergraduate degree in Economics at the University of Tulsa before completing medical school and pediatrics residency training at the University of Oklahoma. His academic research centers on COVID-19 related disruptions to infant development and maternal wellbeing during and after NICU hospitalization. In addition to this focus on the family experience of the NICU, Neal is also interested in health policy reform, especially regarding issues of inequity in health care delivery.

Timothy Sielaff, MD recently retired after over 15 years at Allina Health (a $4.5 billion not-for-profit health system). He received a BS in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1984), MD from the Medical College of Virginia (1989), Surgery Residency and PhD (hepatocyte tissue engineering) at the University of Minnesota (1989-1997), Liver Transplant/HPB fellowship at the University of Toronto (1998) and MBA at the University of St. Thomas (2008). He worked for 5 years at the University of Minnesota Medical School becoming a tenured Associate Professor. His research interests are in understanding the discordant application of ethical constructs between clinicians providing care and the larger\ business of medicine; specifically, how (if) they relate to provider burnout.

Akriti Sinha, MD received her MD from one of Asia's largest hospitals, VMMC and Safdarjung Hospital in New Delhi, India in 2016 after which she moved to the United States to pursue residency in Psychiatry. She served as a Clinical Research Scholar at the University of Miami before starting her residency in 2017. She served as the Chief Resident for Psychiatry at University of Missouri, Columbia. She currently works at Eastern State Hospital’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services in Virginia as an Attending Physician starting July, 2021. Her future goal is to work in the field of Global Health, Preventive Medicine, and Health Policy to reduce the barriers to healthcare access in developing countries.

Sarah Sobotka, MD is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Section of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (DBP) at the University of Chicago. Dr. Sobotka is also Associate Director of the IL Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities Program, which provides graduate-level interdisciplinary training to improve the health and well-being of individuals with disabilities. Her prior training included a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, MD and MSCP degrees from the University of Chicago, Pediatric Residency at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, and subspecialty DBP training at the University of Chicago.

Krys Springer, MA MDiv is currently completing a residency at Rush University Medical Center in Clinical Pastoral Education in order to become a board-certified chaplain. She holds a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology and a Master of Divinity. Her work has focused on the provision of trauma informed care, and spiritual care that is interfaith and inclusive. The integration of spirituality, defined as the way in which individuals and groups find meaning and value in their lives, is an essential component of a holistic approach to health care. She is planning to focus her research on integrating practices that engage compassion as an aspect of ethics consultation.

Jason A. Strelzow, MD is a dual fellowship trained Orthopaedic Surgeon, and Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago. He is an Orthopaedic Traumatologist and Upper Extremity Surgeon. Dr. Strelzow is the Associate Residency Director for Orthopaedic Surgery at UCM and is heavily involved in clinical research. He is currently exploring patient-reported outcomes related to elbow trauma, shoulder trauma and total elbow replacements. He has an active interest in evaluating the outcomes around urban trauma, PTSD and urban ballistic injuries with the goal of improving patient care and returning patients to normal activity as soon as possible. He is also the Director of OPRI (Operational Performance Research Institute) and has an active interest in process improvement, EMR optimization, access to care and cost effectiveness.

Tanvi Subramanian, MD is a current Resident Physician in General Surgery at the University of Chicago. She received her BA in Biology and Spanish at Northwestern University in 2015 and her MD at Washington University in St. Louis in 2019. She has completed 2 years of residency, and is about to enter the lab to conduct basic science research studying the effect of both the microbiome and geometric considerations on the patency of small bowel anastomoses Within Ethics, Tanvi's interests center around holding better- informed goals of care conversations with surgical patients especially with our young Trauma population, with the hopes of alleviating severe compassion fatigue experienced by healthcare workers working with these patients, as well as better outcomes for our patients.

Jin Soon Suh, MD, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Bucheon St. Mary’s Hospital, College of Medicine, the Catholic University of Korea. She received her MD from Catholic University of Korea in 2001, her MSc in Pediatrics in 2005 from Catholic University of Korea, and PhD in Pediatric Nephrology in 2012 from Kyung Hee University. Her research interests involve clinical and research ethics in the field of Pediatrics, especially ethical considerations for genetic testing in pediatric research including informed consent process, disclosure of individual research results, child assent, and readdressing consent when the participant reaches the age of majority.

Ruth Tangonan, MD is a current Neurocritical Care fellow at the University of Chicago. She received her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience and her MD from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her clinical research is focused on traumatic brain injuries and penetrating brain injuries. Her other projects include community engagement through Chicago Street Medicine and the UofC Community Champions Program, and incorporating health equity into Neurology residency training through education and service. She is interested in the intersection of Neurocritical care and health disparities, specifically with regards to trauma informed care, violence recovery, and community reintegration after neurotrauma.

Nataliya Tsyupka is a Ph.D. student at the Alphonsian Academy, Pontifical Lateran University, Rome, Italy. She has received a Bachelor’s Degree in pPhilosophy and a Master’s Degree in Theology at the Ukrainian Catholic University.In 2014 she received a Licentiate Degree in Moral Theology at the Alphonsian Academy, Pontifical Lateran University.In 2014-2018 she worked as a lecturer in Bioethics as well as a Development Manager of the School of Bioethics of the Ukrainian Catholic University. Currently, she is working on her Ph.D. thesis “Ethical Formation of Health Care Professionals. Conscience Formation Proposal for Ukrainian Physicians”.

Albina Tyker, MD was born in Russia and grew up in Toronto, Canada. She completed her B.Sc. at the University of Toronto where she majored in International Relations and Human Biology before going on to complete medical school at St. Louis University. She is currently a 3rd year Internal Medicine resident at the University of Chicago and plans to pursue subspecialty training in Pulmonary/Critical Care. Her research interests center around equity in ICU end-of-life care as well as prognostic factors in Interstitial Lung Disease.

Dana van der Heide, MD, MPH is a 4th year General Surgery Resident at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. She grew up near Boulder, CO and is a graduate of Oberlin College (BA in Biology, 2011) and the University of Iowa (MD/MPH, 2018). She completed two years of clinical training and is currently in Dr. Ronald Weigel's laboratory studying molecular and genetic pathways in the development of breast cancer. She plans to pursue fellowship in Pediatric Surgery following residency. Her research interests include social determinants of health and disparities, provider-family communication, and trainee ethics education.

Jing Wang,MD is a Chief Physician of the Emergency Department of Beijing Tiantan Hospital. She received her BS in Clinical Medicine from China Medical University in 2002 and her MS from Capital Medical University in 2011. Her main tasks are Clinical Neurology and Critical Care Medicine and, in particular, the ethics involved in healthcare patients of cognitive dysfunction and consciousness disorders and complex decision-making for severe patients as well as high stakes communication for patients and families. She is also interested in understanding medical ethics in cultural and different religious contexts, especially in physician-
patient relationships in China.

Lixia Wang, MS, received her Master of Translation and Interpreting at College of Foreign Languages, Nankai University and a B.A. in English at College of English, Dalian University. She is currently a Medical Translator & Coordinator at International Medical Center, Peking University International Hospital. Her research interests are in International Medical Services.

Yiqin, Wang, MD is a 3rd year Obstetrics and Gynecology Resident at Peking University People's Hospital (PKUPH), Beijing, China. She obtained her medical degree at Peking University Health Science Center, Beijing, China in 2017. She majors in gynecologic oncology and focuses on the clinical and basic research of endometrial cancer. She is responsible for a PKUPH RCT study on the oncologic and reproductive results of fertility-preserving treatment of endometrial cancer. Her interested clinical ethic topics include: 1. Surgical ethic issues for malignant cancer cases. 2. Tumor treatment and fetal safety during pregnancy, and 3. Ethic principles in clinical trials.

Jordan Weil, MD is an Attending at State Hospital in MA. He received his BA from the University of Chicago, and MD from the University of Minnesota where he completed the Rural Physician Associate Program. He is interested in forensic psychiatry, severe and persistent mental illness, substance use disorders, and interventional psychiatry.

Jelani K. Williams, MD is currently a General Surgery Resident at the University of Chicago and has completed 2 clinical years of training. He is now doing a dedicated 2-year research fellowship, in the Endocrine Surgery Lab of Dr. Xavier Keutgen, here at the University of Chicago, before resuming General Surgery training. He obtained his BS in Biology from Old Dominion University and his MD from Eastern Virginia Medical School - both in Norfolk, VA. His research interests include pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors, impact of frailty in surgical outcomes, and ethics in trauma care.

Jianyuan Wu, PhD is Associate Director of Phase I Clinical Trial Center, Zhongnan Hosptial of Wuhan University. He received his BS in Pharmacy in 2003, MS in Microbiology and Biochemical Pharmacy in 2005, and PhD in Analytical Chemistry in 2013, all from Wuhan University. He has over 10 years of clinical research experience in phase I, II, and III clinical trials from study start-up to completion. His research interests involve Phase I clinical trial design, quality control, medical ethic review and consultation. He is also in charge of Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics studies in phase I clinical trial.

Jinghang XU, MD is an Associate Professor and a physician in the Department of Infectious Diseases, Peking University First Hospital, China. She received her M.D. from Peking University Health Science Center in 2008. As a physician, she cares for the patient with infectious diseases and liver diseases. As a teacher, she has been teaching Infectious Disease courses since 2012. Notably, she has been delivering ethical issues related to infectious diseases in Medical Ethics course to medical students at Peking University Health Science Center since 2018. She has a strong interest in projects regarding privacy protection for patients with infectious diseases.

Jake Young, PhD received his PhD in English at the University of Missouri in 2020, his MFA in Creative writing at North Carolina State University in 2012, and BA in English Literature with a minor in Government and Philosophy at Skidmore College, NY in 2010. He is a published poet and essayist. He served as Graduate Instructor at the University of Missouri 2015-2020. His research and teaching interests include Creative Writing, Poetics and Poetic Theory, History of American Poetry, Modernist Literature, Literary and Critical Theory, and Medical Humanities.

He is currently a AMA Senior Policy Analyst / Poetry Editor at the American Medical Association in Chicago.