Fellowship

Our Current Fellows

Jumana Alshaikh, MD

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.


Ciro Andolfi, MD

Ciro Andolfi, MD, is a fellow at the University of Chicago Medicine, Department of Surgery. He received his medical degree at the University of Ferrara, Italy, and completed the surgical training in Pediatric Surgery at the University of Bologna, Italy. He maintains his clinical focus in Minimally Invasive Surgery and Surgical Simulation.


Maya Babu, MD, MBA

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. 


Maureen Beederman, MD

Maureen Beederman, MD, is a rising fifth-year plastic and reconstructive surgery resident at The University of Chicago. She completed her undergraduate work at Northwestern University, where she majored in biology. She then attended medical school at The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, where she graduated in 2014. She is interested in patient-physician communication and joint decision-making.


Larry O. Bodden, MD

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.


Dawn Bounds, PhD

Dawn Bounds, PhD, received her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She received her Masters of Science and Doctorate both in Nursing from Rush University. She is board certified as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 15 years of experience working with youth and their families. She is an Assistant Professor at Rush University Medical Center with a joint appointment in the Department of Psychiatry's Section of Population Behavioral Health and Community, Systems, & Mental Health Nursing.  Her research is focused on developing therapeutic interventions for sexually exploited youth.


Camil Correia, MD

Camil Correia, MD, is a fourth-year Otolaryngology resident at the University of Chicago. She received her medical training at the Pritzker School of Medicine and completed her undergraduate studies at Yale University. Her research interests include improving the quality and safety of patient care as well as improving the practice of surgery, particularly understanding the ethical considerations of surgical training. Dr. Correia's current research focus includes the development of standardized regimens for prescribing opiates following outpatient surgery. Outside of academic interests, she enjoys spending time with her family, running, cooking, and reading.


Lauren Feld, MD

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

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.


Alecia Greenlee, MD

Alecia Greenlee, MD, attended Sacramento State University for her undergraduate studies and the University of California San Francisco for medical school. She also earned an MPH at University of California Berkeley between her third and fourth year of medical school. This was a part of the UCSF Program for Medical Education Urban Underserved program, which was created for medical students interested in working in underserved communities. After medical school, she went to Cambridge Health Alliance for Adult Psychiatry residency. She is currently a Consult Liaison Psychiatry Fellow at the University of Chicago with a special interest in trauma-informed care and collaborative care. 


Norman D. Hogikyan, MD, F.A.C.S.

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. 


Scott J. Hunter, PhD

Scott J. Hunter, PhD, is Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience, and Pediatrics, and the Director of Neuropsychology at The University of Chicago. He is also the Vice-Chair of the UChicago Medicine and Biological Sciences Institutional Review Board. He obtained his MA and PhD in Clinical and Developmental Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago; completed his predoctoral internship in Clinical Psychology with the Stone Institute of Psychiatry at Northwestern University Medical School; and a postdoctoral residency, as a Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) fellow, in Pediatric Neuropsychology and Neurodevelopmental Disorders at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. He is an expert on neurocognitive, emotional, and behavioral development in children, adolescents, and emerging adults with medical and neurogenetic challenges. His research is specifically focused on delineating the impact of socioeconomic and cultural adversity on executive functioning and developing agency.


Edgardo Ed Javelona, RN, PhDc, CCRN

Edgardo Ed Javelona was in 3rd year of BS Biology when he decided to change his undergraduate degree to BS Nursing at the University of St La Salle in the Philippines.  Since he started his professional nursing career, he has only worked in intensive care unit (ICU) environments. He earned his masters’ degree in Nursing Informatics from the University of Phoenix. Currently, he is working on his dissertation to earn his doctorate degree of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD). He is intrigued by ICU nurses' perceptions and attitudes regarding patient and family-centered care, and how nursing characteristics affect their views and attitudes.


Christopher Kreider, M.A., M.Div., M.A

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, MD candidate

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.


Leslie Mataya, MD

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.


Daniel Meza, MD

Daniel Meza, MD, received his B.S from Valparaiso University and MD from the University of Illinois-Chicago. He will be a PGY-3 at the University of Chicago, Internal Medicine residency program. He will be applying into pulmonary critical care fellowship this summer. He is interested in the end of life care and mechanical life support. 


Christine O’Malley, RN

Christine O'Malley, RN, graduated from St. Xavier University as an undergraduate with a BSN.  She holds an MS from UIC and an MSN from Rush University. Mrs. O'Malley is a neonatal nurse practitioner in the Comer NICU. She was a staff RN in the UCMC NICU for 16 years prior to becoming a practitioner, a position she took in 1992.  Her other work experiences include PICU nursing and clinical faculty for both undergraduate and graduate students through UIC and Rush University.  She is also the program director for neonatal resuscitation for pediatric house staff. Her research interests include ethics curriculum development for APN and clinical nursing staff. She and her husband like to travel, and they have 3 adult children.  


Cassandra Oehler, MD

Cassandra Oehler, MD, is a second-year fellow in infectious diseases at the University of Chicago. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago, completed medical school at the University of Michigan, and medicine residency at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. Her clinical interests include urban HIV care and end of life care. 


Hye Yoon Park, MD, PhD

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.


Lauren Robinson, MD

Lauren Robinson, MD, obtained her BA at Oberlin College studying biology and chemistry. She then moved to Atlanta to start a research fellowship at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention studying tick-borne diseases. Dr. Robinson completed a joint MD/MPH program at Tulane University in New Orleans. She is currently a PGY-4 Psychiatry resident here at the University of Chicago. Her research will focus on stigma and psychiatric disorders, as it applies to the new Trauma Center. Outside of her professional work, she is an avid yogi, art-deco enthusiast, and rock musician. She has played guitar and sang in several rock bands in different cities. She is currently in an all-female KISS cover band here in Chicago.


Robert Sanchez, MD

Robert Sanchez, MD, is a PGY-4 resident in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics at the University of Chicago Medicine. He completed his undergraduate degree in History of Medicine at Yale University and attended the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. At Pritzker, he was chosen to be in the first group of Bucksbaum Institute Student Scholars. He is interested in ethical issues in Pediatric Critical Care and in the care for children and adults with disabilities. 


Darryl Schuitevoerder, MD

Darryl Schuitevoerder, MD, was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and lived in Australia for several years before relocating to Portland, Oregon. He received his Bachelor of Science in Human Physiology from the University of Oregon before returning to Australia to complete his medical degree at the University of Queensland. He recently completed a general surgery residency at Oregon Health & Science University and in August will begin fellowship training in Surgical Oncology at the University of Chicago. His research interests include medical student and resident education as well as immuno-oncology and clinical outcomes research. When not at work he loves spending time with his family and playing with his two young children.


Eric Swei, MD

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

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

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. 


Marsha Tyacke, PHD, MSN, APNP

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. 


Dominika A. Winiarski, PhD

Dominika A. Winiarski, PhD, is an instructor and postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychiatry, Section of Population Behavioral Health. She completed her clinical internship in child/adolescent/pediatric psychology at the Rush University Medical Center and her MA and PhD in clinical psychology at Emory University. Prior to enrolling at Emory, she completed an MA in developmental psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University with a concentration in risk and resilience. She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Northern Michigan University. Her research examines the relationship between trauma, emotion dysregulation, and externalizing behavior in homeless youth. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, traveling, and exploring Chicago’s museums. 


Christopher Zimmermann, MD

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. 


Senior Fellows

Marin Arnolds, MD

Marin Arnolds, MD, completed her undergraduate studies at Marquette University, and attended medical school at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine. She completed her residency in Pediatrics at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and for 2 years was a pediatric hospitalist at Lurie Children’s Hospital in the Department of Pediatrics. She is a current Fellow in Neonatology at the University of Chicago with broad interests in the field of neonatology and medical ethics, especially in examining the experience of families of critically ill infants in the neonatal intensive care unit.


Darren Bryan, MD

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.


Christine Carlos, MD

Christine Carlos, MD, received her medical degree from The University of Michigan and completed her pediatric residency at Comer Children's Hospital. Dr. Carlos is currently completing a neonatal and perinatal medicine fellowship at Comer Children's Hospital. During the ethics fellowship, Christine hopes to create a quality improvement research project around the development of prenatal consultation and counseling in conjunction with obstetricians for a variety of medical indications.


Kristel Clayville, PhD, MA

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.


Vincent DiMaggio, MD

Vincent DiMaggio, MD, received his medical degree as well as a masters in physiology and biophysics from Georgetown University. He is currently completing a Medical Pediatrics residency at University of Chicago Medicine.


Margaret Fahrenbach, BSN, RN

Margaret Fahrenbach received a BA in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame in 2012 and then went on to receive her BSN from St. Mary’s College in 2013.  She is a pediatric nurse at the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital; she started her career on a general pediatric floor and now works in the Neonatal ICU.


Kristi Guyton, MD

Kristi Guyton, MD, grew up in Seattle and attended the University of Chicago for college.  After teaching English in Ecuador, she returned to the University of Chicago for medical school and General Surgery residency. She is in her third year of residency and currently is a research fellow in Dr. Alverdy’s laboratory. Kristi’s research examines how bacteria alter intestinal healing. This past year, she was also a MERITS medical education fellow, researching surgeon patient communication during awake procedures.


Andrew Hantel, MD

Andrew Hantel, MD, is a hematology/oncology fellow here at the University of Chicago. Dr. Hantel received his undergraduate degree from Loyola University Maryland and his MD from Loyola University Chicago. He completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Chicago. Dr. Hantel plans to specialize in leukemia and continue his outcomes research on end-of-life care.


Christopher Holbrook, MD

Christopher Holbrook, MD, received his undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago and his medical degree from the University of Illinois. He completed a surgical internship at the University of Chicago before transitioning to internal medicine. Chris recently completed his IM residency training and was named chief medical resident at Saint Joseph Hospital. His clinical interests include critical care, medical futility, and healthcare disparities.


Claire Hoppenot, MD

Claire Hoppenot, MD, is an OB-GYN Fellow at the University of Chicago. She received her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern. Claire's research interests include investigating decision-making outcomes.


Michael Huber, MD

Michael Huber, MD, received his medical degree from University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and completed his residency and internship in the Department of Medicine at the University of Chicago. He is currently receiving a Master's in Public Health Sciences from the University of Chicago as well as a Hospital scholar in the Department of Medicine.


Catherine J. Hunter, MD

Dr. Hunter is a pediatric surgeon and physician-scientist. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Edinburgh, Scotland and studied medicine at Cornell University, NY. In addition to clinical work and clinical research, Dr. Hunter has had a long-standing interest in the origins and mechanisms of necrotizing enterocolitis. As a result of these works, she is the recipient of a number of grants and awards, including the Research Scholar Award from the American Gastroenterological Association and funding from the National Institutes of Health.  


Ann W. Jackson, PT, DPT, MPH

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.


Casey Ketchum, RN, BSN

Casey Ketchum, RN, CCRN, is a Neurological ICU nurse at the Universerty of Chicago as well as a Surgical Trauma ICU nurse at Mount Sinai Hospital. She received her BSN from Valparaiso University in 2012. She recently attended the annual Nurse in Washington Internship in March, a program emphasizing public policy process and patient advocacy.


Reasheal Lehmann, ACNP-BC

Reasheal Lehmann is a board certified Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner with the Advanced Practice Service at the University of Chicago. She received her Master of Science in Nursing in 2014 from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2009 from Regis University. Her general clinical interests include hospital medicine and emergency medicine. Her research interests include clinical ethics training for advanced practice nurses and developing a clinical ethics curriculum for advanced practice nurses.


Pringl Miller, MD, FACS

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.


Emily Obringer, MD

Emily Obringer, MD, is currently a pediatric infectious disease fellow at the University of Chicago Medicine. She received her medical degree from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and completed her residency at the University of Chicago. She is interested in exploring the possibility of offering an ethics consult as part of the pre-stem cell transplant work-up, specifically as it may relate to end-of-life care.


William Parker, MD

William Parker, MD, is an internal medicine resident at the University of Chicago, where he also graduated from medical school. His research focus has been transplantation ethics and he plans to pursue a career in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.


Gina Piscitello, MD

Gina Piscitello, MD, received her undergraduate degree at Northwestern University, her medical degree from University of Minnesota, and is currently completing an internal medicine residency at the University of Chicago. Her interests include end of life care, moral distress, and patient-physician communication.


Natalie Reizine, MD

Natalie Reizine, MD, is an internal medicine resident at the University of Chicago. She completed a double major in biology and history at the University of Pittsburgh. She then went on to complete medical school at Loyola. She will be applying for a hematology and oncology fellowship this summer. Her interests include the early integration of palliative and supportive care services in oncologic patients, particularly those with hematologic malignancies. 


Kate Schechter, PhD

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.


Kinga Skowron, MD

Kinga Skowron, MD, is a General Surgery resident at the University of Chicago.  She graduated from the University of Chicago in 2009 and The Pritzker School of Medicine in 2012. She is currently in her second of two years of basic science research, studying bladder and pancreatic cancer in the laboratory of Dr. Ralph Weichselbaum.


Ashley Suah, MD

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.


Allison West, MD

Allison West, MD, is a Hematology and Oncology fellow at the University of Chicago. She received her undergraduate degree in French Literature from Emory University and her Medical Degree from the New York University. Allison’s clinical and research interests are in the inherited cancer syndromes. She works in the cancer risk clinic at the University of Chicago and is actively involved in research evaluating the role of inherited heterozygous BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations on hematopoietic function. Allison is excited to participate in the MacLean Ethics Fellowship and hopes to explore ethical challenges in cancer risk assessment and genetic testing.