Our Alumni: 2022-2023

Dr. Acholonu is a graduate of Morehouse School of Medicine. She completed her residency training in Pediatrics at the University of Chicago Medical Center, where she currently serves at Chief Resident. As a fellow, she has been exploring the moral and ethical concerns surrounding the utilization of security and law enforcement personnel in pediatric emergency departments. She plans to continue this work as she transitions to Washington DC to complete her fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Children's National Medical Center.

4th Year General Surgery Resident @ UChicago Med

Nurse @ UChicago Med

Marie is a general surgery resident at the University of Chicago. She is currently completing her second year of breast cancer research with Dr. Katharine Yao at NorthShore University HealthSystem.

Marie completed her ethics fellowship last year and is now a senior fellow at the MacLean Center. She is especially interested in the ethics of surgical decision-making and health care disparities.

Collin Hanson received his BS in pharmaceutical sciences from Purdue University and his MD from Chicago Medically School at Rosalind Franklin University. He is completing his residency in combined internal medicine-pediatrics and will start his fellowship in Palliative Medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Lurie Children's this coming July. Academically, his interests include the intersection of virtue ethics and the medical field, and how the practice of virtue formation promotes flourishing, a sense of belonging, and character development. He is looking forward to an academic career practicing palliative medicine, with a focus on medical ethics and education.

Karlie graduated magna cum laude from Carleton College with a degree in Environmental Studies before attending the University of Michigan for medical school. She is currently in her 4th year of general surgery residency at the University of Wisconsin working under the mentorship of former MacLean Fellow, Gretchen Schwarze. Karlie's research over the last 2 years has focused on shared decision making and informed consent. Next year, she is looking forward to returning to clinical duties and applying clinical medical ethics inside and outside of the operating room.

Originally from northeast Ohio, Rachael Herriman graduated from Miami University with a BA in biology. She attended Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine and is completing her pediatric residency this year at University of Chicago. In the past year, her research focused on developing a simulation curriculum for care provider resilience and moral distress during pediatric acute trauma events. She will be attending fellowship for pediatric emergency medicine this coming year at UCSF.

Lea Hoefer completed medical school at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and is currently a general surgery resident at the University of Chicago as well as a current Senior Fellow of the MacLean Center. She will be returning to full-time clinical residency in July for her final two years of general surgery training and plans to apply for fellowship in Trauma Surgery and Surgical Critical Care.

Jack completed his undergraduate training at Tufts University where he double majored in Biology and Community Health before graduating with distinction from Georgetown University School of Medicine as a Population Health Scholar. He continued on to a general surgery residency at the University of Chicago, where he is in his fourth year. Over the past year Jack has researched racial and socioeconomic disparities in physiologic frailty among thoracic surgery patients. He will be returning to his clinical training next year where he expects to use the tools gained from the MacLean ethics fellowship in guiding his clinical practice.

Karin Lavie is currently one of the chief residents of psychiatry at the University of Chicago. She went to University of Michigan for her undergraduate degree and Loyola University Chicago for medical school. This past year, she has been pursuing research evaluating what factors may affect the ethical decision-making of psychiatrists around involuntary psychiatric hospitalization by creating a validated instrument of clinical vignettes. Next year she will be attending UCSF for a fellowship in addiction psychiatry. Her interests include addiction, community health, and psychotherapy.

3rd Year Internal Medicine Resident @ UChicago Med

Andy completed medical school at the University of Chicago in 2018. He is a rising PGY6 general surgery resident at the University of Michigan. He will be pursuing fellowship in complex abdominal transplant surgery upon completion of his residency in 2025. During his time in the MacLean fellowship, he has pursued research on Moral Distress among surgeons, Shared Decision Making in the Surgical ICU, the acceptance of deceased kidney offers for patients with scheduled living donor operations, and the practice of Non-citizen/Non-resident liver transplantation in the United States.

4th Year Medicine/Pediatrics Resident @ UChicago Med

Nirali was born and raised in New Jersey. She graduated from Boston College with a double major in English literature and Biology. She subsequently returned home to attend medical school at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. She is currently a 4th year Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery resident and is conducting research looking at medical decision making and ethics of pediatric tracheostomy. Following residency, she plans to pursue a fellowship in Pediatric Otolaryngology.

Hannes Prescher is a chief resident from the Section of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery here at the University of Chicago. He completed his medical studies at the University of Arizona and next year will be moving on to do a craniofacial surgery fellowship at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. His research this year focused on the ethical implications of palliative surgery with emphasis on decision making in complex head and neck reconstruction.

Assistant Professor in the division of Pediatric Surgery, Associate Program Director of the Pediatric Surgery Fellowship Program, & Director of Adolescent Bariatric Surgery @ UChicago Med

Bharat has a PhD from Indiana Universityand has completed a Postdoc fellowship at the University of Notre Dame. HE has also given presentations at conferences such as ASBH& currently has a Brooks Professorship at the University of Nebraska

Michelle attended school at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic campus, and trained in the combined pediatrics/medical genetics residency program at the Rainbow Babies & Children’s/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. In July, she is starting additional fellowship training at Akron Children’s Hospital for pediatric palliative care. Michelle plans on utilizing her formal ethics training as a fellow at Akron Children’s, and has already been offered a job to stay at Akron Children’s combining her passions of pediatric palliative care, genetics, and ethics. Lastly, in a few short days (05/27/2023), Michelle will be marrying her fiancé, Joe Littman.

Nicole Shaw, MD is completing her fourth year of general adult psychiatry residency at the University of Chicago. Her current research projects have focused on QI improving resident well-being and psychiatry consult turn around time, implementing an AgileMD pathway for decision making capacity guidance, and animal insisted interventions to improve wellness in medical students. After graduation, she will join faculty at the University of Colorado as an attending psychiatrist on their inpatient psychiatric unit.

Chief Internal Medicine Resident @ UChicago Med

Mark Watson attended Chicago College of Osteopathic medicine before moving onto a Family Medicine residency at MacNeal hospital in Berwyn, Illinois. He furthered his education at the University of Chicago with a fellowship in palliative care, and has since worked at Swedish and Weiss Hospitals serving as a palliative care consultant while working for AccentCare as a hospice medical director. In the course of the ethics fellowship, he has pursued research in advance care planning, and the ethics of slow codes, and full code patients enrolled in hospice. After finishing the fellowship, Mark will be continuing his work as a palliative care consultant while increasing his presence in the ethics committees of both Swedish Hospital and AccentCare hospice.

Faith Summersett Williams, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. More specifically, she is trained as a pediatric psychologist, and currently works as an implementation scientist in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital where she leads the research for the Substance Use and Prevention Program. Her academic interests are focused on health equity and justice to center the values and needs of historically marginalized communities. She combines this perspective with organizational, implementation science, and bioethical frameworks to examine health inequities in relation to structural disenfranchisement.