Senior Editors

Yun Weisholtz


Yun is from St. Louis and graduated from Stanford University in 2008, where she majored in chemistry and neurobiology and then attended Harvard Medical School. In her spare time, she enjoys reading history books, gardening, shopping, and exploring new cafes and restaurants. 

Laura E. Felley

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine 
MD/PhD Candidate 

Laura is from Maryland, but tells all non-Marylanders that she's from DC. She graduated from the University of Chicago in 2009 with Bachelors of Arts degrees in biology and psychology. She spent a year at the NIH studying osteogenesis imperfecta before joining the University of Wisconsin's MD/PhD program. Currently a graduate student in an immunology lab, Laura studies the interactions between monocytes and natural killer T cells. When not in the classroom or at the bench, Laura loves running (slowly), gardening, horror stories in the style of HP Lovecraft, and folk dancing (badly, but with great gusto). 

Meloney Oliveira, MD

Saint James School of Medicine 
Class of 2017 

Meloney grew up in Mississauga, Canada (but finds it easier to say Toronto, near the CN tower), and attended McMaster University, where she studied biochemistry and medical radiation sciences, specializing in radiation therapy. During that time, she worked to develop a bioactive contrast probe for a PET-MRI imager, using iron IV oxide nanoparticles radiolabeled with copper-64 isotopes synthesized at McMaster’s nuclear reactor facility. She recently graduated from Saint James School of Medicine and plans to become a faculty hospitalist in an internal medicine residency program, and to make scholarly contributions advocating the health benefits of a whole-food, plant-based diet. When off the clock, Meloney enjoys weightlifting, brewing homemade Kambucha, and watching reality TV with her sisters. 


Alireza Abadi

University of Washington School of Medicine 
Class of 2018 

Ali graduated from Seattle University with a bachelor of science degree in biology and is currently a fourth-year medical student at the University of Washington. He aspires to become a clinical teacher in whatever field he pursues. When he is not busy with school, Ali is a sports fanatic and likes to play basketball. 

Nakeya Dewaswala, MD

Lokmanya Tilak Mucipal Medical College 
Mumbai area, India 

Anna Frazier

University of Cincinnati College of Medicine 
Class of 2018 

Anna is originally from Cincinnati and graduated from Marquette University in 2014 with a degree in biomedical sciences and minors in psychology and classical languages.  She is getting ready to graduate from University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in May 2018, and is currently pursuing pediatrics residency programs for after graduation.  Anna is specifically interested in the fields of critical care and cardiology.  In her spare time, she enjoys long-distance running, especially trail running. 

Zachary Hing

Ohio State University College of Medicine 
MD/PhD Candidate 

Zachary was born in St. Louis but grew up in Seattle. He earned undergraduate degrees in chemistry and English at Duke University. As a volunteer EMT, he gained an appreciation for medicine and after graduation, Zachary became a research fellow at the Food and Drug Administration in Bethesda. He is currently enrolled in the Medical Scientist Training Program at Ohio State University College of Medicine, where he is research cancer biology. 

Daniel Hutchinson

Ross University School of Medicine 
Class of 2019 

Amanda Krause

Rush Medical College 
Class of 2018 

Amanda is a fourth-year student at Rush Medical College in Chicago. 

Joseph Leanza, MD

Resident, Department of Emergency Medicine 
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania 

Joseph earned his medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine and furthered his medical education as a Doris Duke Fellow at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is currently a resident in emergency medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. In his spare time, Joseph enjoys playing ice hockey, snowboarding, mountain biking, and reading. 

Alex Liu, MD

Resident, Department of Urology 
Baylor College of Medicine 

Alex was born and raised in College Station, Texas. He graduated in from Johns Hopkins University with a Bachelors of Science degree, double majoring in biomedical engineering and computer science. He then spent one year in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, as a Fulbright research scholar, developing brain tumor imaging software. After graduating from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, he began an internship in urology at Baylor, with plans to specialize in radiology. Outside the classroom and hospital, Alex enjoys exploring Houston, catching up on exercise, and coding. 

Stephen LoBue, MD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Ophthalmology 
Emory University School of Medicine 

Originally from southern California, Stephen earned his undergraduate degree at the University of San Diego in 2010 and his medical degree at St. George’s University School o f Medicine in 2016. Currently he is a retina research fellow at Emory working with Dr. Timothy Olsen, focusing on new techniques for choroidal transplantation and drug delivery using both pig and primate models with macular disease. Stephen’s passions include weight lifting, tennis, nutrition, and cooking. 

Xilu (Lucy) Ma, MD

Resident, Department of Pathology 
New York Presbyterian Hospital 

Xilu (Lucy) was born in Recife, Brazil, completed high school in Ames, Iowa, and earned her undergraduate degree in human biology at the University of Toronto, Canada. After graduating medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine, she began a residency in pathology at New York Presbyterian Hospital. In her spare time, Lucy enjoys working out, watching movies, and taking care of her two adorable cats, Ocean and Oliver. 

Christopher Paiji, MD

Resident, Department of Medicine 
Johns Hopkins Medicine 

Christopher grew up in southern California and graduated from Stanford University with a degree in public policy. He earned his medical degree at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine and is currently a resident in medicine at Johns Hopkins. In his spare time, Chris enjoys hiking, watching baseball, and reading nonfiction. 

Neal Shah, PharmD

West Virginia University School of Medicine 
MD/PhD Candidate 

Neal is from Long Island, NY. He earned his Doctorate of Pharmacy degree at St. John's University and directly entered West Virginia University's MD/PhD program. He is currently a graduate student studying the effects of chemotherapy on brain metastases from breast cancer, lung cancer, and melanoma. In his free time, Neal loves to play the guitar, listen to music, and exercise. 

Senior Authors

Humood Boqambar

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland 
Class of 2018 

Brian Chun

Wayne State University School of Medicine 
Class of 2018 

Brian is from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He earned a  bachelor of science degree from McGill University in 2011 with honors in biochemistry, and is currently a medical student at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Brian has a passion for teaching, coaching, and education, and in his spare time enjoys weightlifting, skiing, and ice hockey. 

Austin Clarey

Michigan State University School of Human Medicine 
Class of 2018

Austin was born and raised in the mitten state. He earned a bachelor’s degree in nutritional science from Michigan State University in 2012. He is currently in his fourth year at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. 

Caleb Cooper

Indiana University School of Medicine 
Class of 2018 

Caleb grew up in Raleigh, NC, and graduated from Indiana University-Bloomington with a degree in biochemistry. He is currently a fourth-year student at Indiana University School of Medicine and plans on going into urology after graduation. Caleb enjoys reading (the fun kind), running, and spending time with his wife and friends. 

Ana Maria Dumitru

Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth 
MD/PhD Candidate 

Ana Maria was born amidst the winds of change in Romania just before the fall of the Iron Curtain. She graduated from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill with a major in biology and a minor in chemistry, and an unofficial minor in rooting for the nation's best college basketball team. Ana Maria is now in her sixth year as an MD/PhD candidate at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, where she studies mechanisms of faithful chromosome segregation in the Molecular and Cellular Biology Program. No one would have ever believed Ana Maria to be the outdoorsy type, but now that she resides in the wilderness, she enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking, skiing, and trying to avoid the acquisition of Lyme disease. 

Robert Fisher, MD

Resident, Department of Urology 
University of California, San Diego School of Medicine 

After earning his medical degree from St. Louis University School of Medicine, Robert traveled west to begin a surgical intern residency in the department of urology at UCSD. 

Reed Gilbow, MD

University of Mississippi Medical Center 
Class of 2016 

Richard Giovane, MD

Resident, Department of Family Medicine 
University of Alabama School of Medicine 

Richard is from a small town just north of Toronto, Ontario. He graduated from the University of Guelph in 2010 with a major in biological sciences and from St. George’s University School of Medicine in 2016. Richard is enjoying his residency in family medicine at the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!), and still finds time to contribute to multiple First Aid/USMLE-Rx projects, including the upcoming revision of <i>First Aid Cases for the USMLE Step 1</i>. His hobbies and interests include reading science fiction novels, video game programming, playing Magic: The Gathering with his older brothers, and spending time with his friends and girlfriend 

Maya Harary

Harvard Medical School 
Class of 2018 

Maya is a fourth-year student at Harvard Medical School. She is originally from Israel by way of The Netherlands, and earned her bachelors degree in neuroscience from Johns Hopkins University. She plans on applying for a neurosurgery residency. When not being a medical student, Maya enjoys yoga, sailing, and cooking. 

Blake Hollowoa

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 
Class of 2018 

Blake is a fourth-year student at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 

Juhye Lee

University of Washington School of Medicine 
MD/PhD Candidate 

Juhye is from Mountain View, Calif., and graduated from Rice University in 2013 with degrees in biochemistry and cell biology and in chemistry. She is in her fourth year in the MD/PhD program at the University of Washington. As part of the Department of Genome Sciences, Juhye studies the evolution of the influenza virus. Outside of lab or school, Juhye enjoys hiking in the forests of Washington state, running, baking macaroons, and film photography. 

Margaret MacGibeny

Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School 
MD/PhD Candidate 

Ben Massenburg, MD

Resident, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 
University of Washington School of Medicine 

Archana Murali, MD 

Resident, Department of Anesthesiology  
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital  

Archana earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She graduated from Drexel University College of Medicine in 2017 and is now a first-year anesthesiology resident at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Archana plans to pursue a fellowship in pain management.  

Christopher Payette

George Washington University School of Medicine 
Class of 2018 

Christopher is looking forward to graduating from George Washington University School of Medicine this spring. 

Nino Sikharulidze, MD

Tbilisi State Medical University  

Isabella Wu

Tulane University School of Medicine 
Class of 2018 

A native of Kalamazoo, Mich., Isabel is in her final year of Tulane’s 4-year MD/MPH program. A Californian at heart, she loves rock climbing, electronic music, vegetarian food, and the ocean. Isabela would like to be a tiny bone doc someday. 


Dayyan Adoor

Weill Cornell Medicine in Qatar 
Class of 2019 

Sachin Allahabadi, MD

Resident, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery 
University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine 

Sarah Armenia, MS

Rutgers New Jersey Medical School 
Class of 2020 

Sarah is a third-year student spending a year as a research fellow at Yale University’s Department of Pediatric Surgery, where she is studying the role of serotonin in intestinal mucosal homeostasis. She plans on pursuing a career in academic surgery. Before medical school, Sarah trained as a violinist at the Juilliard School, was a Division I rower for Boston University, and completed a master’s degree to practice as a physician assistant. She also worked as a biotechnology and healthcare investment analyst. Outside of medicine, Sarah enjoys practicing Krav Maga, running, and playing the violin.  

Cybele Arsan, MD

Resident, Department of Psychiatry 
Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center 

Cybele grew up in France, where she developed a love for cooking, skiing, and traveling. She moved to the US in 2009 and graduated from Creighton University School of Medicine in 2012. She is currently pursuing a specialization in psychiatry at Dartmouth and has a special interest in women's mental health, consultation psychiatry, and substance use disorders. 

Dara Baker

George Washington University School of Medicine 
Class of 2019 

David Bayless

University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston 
Class of 2021 

Deep Bhatt, MD

Resident, Department of Internal Medicine 
New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center 

Deep is an internal medicine resident at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center. He earned his medical degree at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. Deep is interested in teaching, research, and patient care. 

Matthew Breeggemann, MD

Intern, Department of Internal Medicine 
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center 

Matthew grew up in the beautiful state of Montana, where he also attended Carroll College. He earned his medical degree from Creighton University School of Medicine and is currently an internal medicine resident at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. His career interests include medical education and basic science research. Matthew plans to ultimately specialize in the intriguing field of nephrology. 

Terry Bujnak

Des Moines University College of Medicine 
Class of 2019 

Katherine Chung

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine 
Class of 2019

Katherine is from Allentown, Pa, and graduated from Penn State in 2015, where she majored in biochemistry and molecular biology. She is currently a third-year medical student at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine and plans to go into radiology after graduation. In her spare time, Katherine likes to play basketball, listen to music, and spend time with her guinea pig.  

Aaron Clark

Indiana University—Purdue University Indianapolis 
Class of 2020 

Alexander Dalessandro, MD, MEd

Intern, Department of Emergency Medicine 
Vanderbilt University Medical Center 

Andrew grew up surfing in Jacksonville, Fla, then moved to Tennessee to earn an undergraduate degree and a Master of Education degree from Vanderbilt University. Prior to medical school, he cheffed in Australia, worked in the Colorado mountains, and studied theology outside Annapolis, Maryland. Andrew earned his medical degree from Northeast Ohio Medical University and is now an emergency medicine resident at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. 

Martin Dittmer

University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine 
Class of 2018 

Martin is from Bettendorf, Iowa, and graduated from the University of Iowa in 2012, where he majored in Japanese language and literature and minored in chemistry. He is finishing his medical degree at the University of Iowa and plans to apply to dermatology residency. In his spare time, Martin enjoys listening to jazz, printmaking, and binge-watching Netflix with his wife. 

Stefan Elde

University of Minnesota School of Medicine 
Class of 2018 

Isaac Fonken

University of Colorado School of Medicine 
Class of 2018 

Isaac is from Estes Park, Coloradp, and graduated from Whitworth University in 2013, where he majored in health science. He is wrapping up his medical studies at University of Colorado School of Medicine, and is interviewing for family medicine residencies. In his spare time, Isaac enjoys hiking, biking, skiing, cooking, pottery, and spending time with his dog. 

Alejandro Gener

Baylor College of Medicine 
Class of 2020 

Jason Gilbert, DO

Resident, Department of Internal Medicine 
Kaiser Permanente 

Iva Golemi, MD

Resident, Department of Internal Medicine 
University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine 

Iva was born in Gjirokastra, Albania, and moved to the US when she was 18 years old. She graduated from Loyola University with a double major in biophysics and molecular biology and quadruple minors in mathematics, chemistry, neuroscience, and philosophy. She earned her medical degree at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Iva returned to Chicago for her internal medicine residency. Iva enjoys running, swimming, and spending time with her fiancée, family, and friends. 

Viren Govindaraju

Central Michigan University School of Medicine 
Class of 2019

Linna Guan

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine 
Class of 2018 

Razi Haq

St. George's University School of Medicine  
Class of 2020 

Razi was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles. He grew up playing competitive AAU basketball with high hopes of making it to the NBA. When Razi's growth spurt came to an abrupt halt at 5'8", he realized his first love was medicine all along. With a bachelors degree from University of California, Berkeley and a Masters of Science degree from Drexel University, Razi is currently a second-year medical student at St. George's University School of Medicine. When not studying, Razi enjoys fishing and spending time with his family. 

Katherine He

University of Michigan Medical School 
Class of 2018 

Justin Holmes

University of Colorado School of Medicine 
Class of 2018 

Justin is from Colorado Springs, Colo, and graduated from University of Denver in 2014, where he majored in biochemistry. He is completing his medical degree at the University of Colorado, where his professional interests include quality improvement research, medical education, and medical school admissions. He will be pursuing a career in internal medicine. In his spare time, Justin enjoys playing saxophone, watching DU hockey, managing his fantasy football teams, and spending time with family and friends. 

Aamir Hussain

University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine 
MD/MA Candidate 

Aamir is from Farmington, Conn, and graduated from Georgetown University in 2014, where he majored in government and minored in theology. He is pursuing a joint MD/MA in public policy at the University of Chicago, where he conducts research on healthcare policy and the intersections between religion and medicine. Aamir is known as the Pun-isher due to his penchant for telling bad puns, and in his free time he also enjoys binging Netflix shows and playing board games. He plans to pursue residency in dermatology. 

Seungjun Kim

The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University 
Class of 2018 

Seungjun grew up in Vancouver, Washington (not BC, not DC), and graduated from Harvard University with an undergraduate degree in human developmental and regenerative biology and a minor in global health and health policy. Now a fourth-year medical student at Brown, he enjoys cooking, baking, and running. 

Shawn Lyo

St. George's University School of Medicine 
Class of 2018 

Shawn was born in Myanmar and grew up in New York City. He earned his undergraduate degree from Reed College where he studied embodied cognition and motion capture. He is currently in his fourth year at St. George's University School of Medicine, where he coded a USMLE-style question bank for the school's honor society. He is planning to enter radiology residency and hopes to continue involvement with medical education with a focus on clinical imaging and imaging anatomy. Shawn’s hobbies include computer programming, reading Chinese web novels, playing piano, and juggling. 

Laurel Mast 

Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine  
Class of 2019  

Laurel graduated from Bowdoin College with a Bachelors of Arts degree in philosophy and a minor in mathematics. While she loved Maine, Laurel is glad to be back in the other Portland to attend OHSU. When not studying or catching up on sleep, Laurel enjoys cooking, gardening, camping trips, and playing soccer. 

Kunal Mathur

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis 
Class of 2018 

Kunal is from St. Louis and graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2014, where he majored in biology and minored in anthropology. He is also completing his medical degree at Wash U and is planning to pursue residency training in internal medicine. As a medical student, Kunal has built upon his passion for medical education and addressing the social determinants of health through work as a teaching assistant, clinical mentor, volunteer, and researcher with the WUSM Institute of Public Health. In his free time, Kunal enjoys rock climbing, singing, cooking, and exploring new restaurants in the St. Louis area. 

John Mayfield

University of Florida School of Medicine 
Class of 2019 

Leza Naydich, MD

Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara 
Class of 2017 

Divine Nwafor

West Virginia School of Medicine 
Class of 2019 

Jin Kyun (Luke) Oh

State University of New York Downstate College of Medicine 
Class of 2019 

Caitlin Pacheco

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai 
Class of 2018

Caitlin graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and a minor in art history. She is a rising fourth-year student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where she recently completed a year of research as the Sacks Fellow in Otolaryngology. She hopes to pursue a career in otolaryngology. Caitlin enjoys rugby, teaching, the outdoors, and reading history books in her free time.

Shannon Powell, MSHI

Saint James School of Medicine

Shannon is from New York, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in biology. While attending Saint James School of Medicine in pursuit of her medical degree, she has earned a Master of Science in Health Informatics and is working toward another master’s degree as well. Shannon enjoys singing and listening to music, cooking, and playing games with family and friends. Her end goal is to be the best caring physician that she can be.

Charles Puza

Duke University School of Medicine 
Class of 2018 

Basem Rashwan

Northeastern Ohio Medical University 
Class of 2019 

Bret Robinson 

The University of North Carolina School of Medicine  
Class of 2019  

Shabaaz Sandhu

Morsani College of Medicine at the University of South Florida 
Class of 2018 

Matthew Segar, MS

Indiana University School of Medicine  
Class of 2018  

Matt is from Indianapolis and graduated from Bucknell University in 2012, where he majored in computer science. He then graduated from Indiana University in 2014 with a masters degree in bioinformatics focusing on epigenetics and cancer prognosis. He is also completing his medical degree at Indiana U and will be graduating in May 2018. In his spare time, Matt enjoys swimming, rowing, cooking, and playing board games with friends.  

Christine Shieh

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA |
Class of 2019 

Julia Solomon

The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University 
Class of 2019 

Tina Stanco, MHS

Saint James School of Medicine  
Class of 2019 

Originally from Roselle, NJ, Tina earned her bachelors and masters degrees in clinical health sciences while serving as a Hospital Corpsman in the US Navy.  After her retirement, she entered medical school to chase her life-long dream of becoming a doctor. Tina’s goals after medical school include practicing in underserved areas and traveling with her husband. 

Visakha Suresh

Duke University School of Medicine 
Class of 2018 

Paul Sutcliffe

American University of Antigua College of Medicine 
Class of 2019 

Tammy Tavdy

New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine 
Class of 2018 

Tammy is from Forest Hills, NY. She graduated from Brandeis University in 2013 with a bachelors degree in biology and minors in chemistry and theater arts. She is currently a fourth-year medical student at the NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine. Tammy is pursuing internal medicine and hopes to specialize in hematology/oncology. In her free time, she enjoys creative writing, traveling, cycling, art museums, and exploring new restaurants and cafés in NYC.  

Arielle Thomas, MPH 

University of North Carolina School of Medicine  
Class of 2018  

Arielle is from Chapel Hill and graduated from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 2009, where she majored in comparative literature and minored in women’s and gender studies as well as chemistry. She is wrapping up her MD/MPH studies at UNC Chapel Hill and Yale School of Public Health. Her main interests are expanding surgical access internationally through program development and capacity building efforts. In her spare time, Arielle loves to read, cross-stitch, and spend time with friends and family 

Mark Warman

St. George’s, University of London 
Class of 2018 

Hannah Wellman

University of Colorado School of Medicine  
Class of 2018  

Hannah is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Originally from Denver, she attended Colorado College for her undergraduate education. She is applying into the match for pediatric neurology residency this spring. Outside of medical school, Hannah enjoys snowboarding, baking, and running. 

Jacob Zipperstein

Central Michigan University Medical School 
Class of 2019 

Jacob is from Marin County, Calif. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in integrative biology. He is currently a student at Central Michigan University Medical School. In his free time, Jacob enjoys playing guitar and tennis and hiking.