Fall 2016 Residents

Residency Fellowship in Health Policy - Fall 2016 Residents




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Ali is currently a third year family medicine resident with The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education National Family Medicine Residency Program - Washington, D.C. site. The residency is partnered with Unity Health Care, the largest primary care agency in the area, serving the largest portion of underserved patients in the D.C. He was born and raised in Michigan to Lebanese immigrant parents, and originally pursued a career in the arts, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Alfred University. His strong interest in community service and in connecting with people led him to transition to a career in medicine. He attended medical school at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, located in Harlem, NY, a school whose mission places emphasis on practicing medicine in underserved communities. During his time in Washington, D.C., Ali has pursued clinical and service experiences relating to healthcare for the homeless and he partakes in the care of homeless veterans at the VA Community Resource and Referral Center. He and his wife enjoy living in the city, and are active members of several community service and human rights organizations, including Jewish Voice for Peace and Horton's Kids. He also enjoys running, hiking, African and Middle East drumming, and spending time with his family.

Chidiogo "Diogo" Anyigbo is originally from Nigeria and spent most of her childhood in Houston, TX. She attended Emory University for undergraduate and graduate training where she obtained a Bachelor's in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology as well as a joint medical and public health degree focusing on health policy. She is currently a second year resident at Children's National Health Systems in Washington, DC in the Community Health Track.

During medical school, Diogo served as president of Emory Pipeline Collaborative, a multi-tiered mentorship initiative that exposes disadvantaged high school students to health professional careers. She also founded Familias Salduables (Healthy Families), a multidisciplinary organization that helps to target modifiable obesity risk factors in a clinic serving predominantly Latino patients. Her academic interests include: adverse childhood experiences, early literacy, access to healthy foods, and strengthening the health professionals pipeline for under-represented minorities. Following residency, she hopes to pursue a career at theintersection of medicine, public health, and business. 

Sahar was born in Sweden but grew up in Connecticut. She attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, for undergraduate education, where she studied psychology and neuroscience. She then worked in clinical research in the pediatrics department of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City for 3 years before entering medical school. She enjoyed teaching and tutoring during that time as well. She attended medical school at the University of Connecticut, where she was involved in several public health related organizations. She also spent a summer in rural India learning about the delivery of comprehensive healthcare in rural, underserved areas. She is currently a second year pediatric resident at Children’s National Medical Center, in the Community Health Track. In her career, she hopes to find creative ways to make a difference in local, national, or international public health and policy.

Ali Abdallah
Unity Health Center
Family Medicine

Chidiogo (Diogo) Anyigbo
Children's National
Pediatrics

Sahar Barfchin
Children's National
Pediatrics




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Yodit Beru is a fourth year medical student at the George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences. Before beginning medical school, she obtained her MPH in Health Management and Policy from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and worked for various medical societies to implement quality improvement and educational programs for healthcare providers around health disparities, adult immunization and diabetes management. She has continued her commitment to public health, primary care and health policy during medical school; as an Aetna/National Medical Fellowships Primary Care Fellow, she received learned about primary care access and health information technology-related issues and worked for the American Telemedicine Association to identify medical conditions appropriate for telemedicine-based care. As a future primary care physician, she hopes to utilize her background in health policy to advocate for health equity and access to care for all.

I am originally from Atlanta, Georgia. I did my undergraduate studies at Vanderbilt University, where I majored in Spanish and neuroscience. I took a gap year before medical school, during which I did a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Malaysia. I did my medical training at the Medical College of Georgia. Presently, I am in the internal medicine residency program (primary care track) at George Washington University. I am pursuing a career in endocrinology and would like to serve the rural population. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, reading, and spending time with my husband.

I was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where I majored in Microbiology. Not yet having the commitment I felt necessary to enter medicine at that time, I began work as a forensic scientist after graduation, a career I spent the next 6 or so years in until I decided a change was in order. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to earn a Master’s degree in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. It was there that I was able to put things together and solidify my commitment to medicine. I attended medical school at UC San Francisco, where I also fell in love with the city. However, I decided to head back to LA to be near my family, where I am now completing my residency in Family Medicine at UCLA. I have strong interests in mentorship and social justice and hope to combine these passions into any future career.

Yodit Beru
George Washington University
Medical Student

Meghana Bhatta
George Washington University
IM - Primary Care

Charlie Cardenas
UCLA
Family Medicine




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I was born and raised in Ann Arbor, MI. I received my B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Yale University.  After college, I decided to pursue medicine. I completed my pre-med coursework at the University of Pennsylvania where I also conducted research in the fields of Dermatology and Emergency Medicine. I attended Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH for medical school. Prior to residency, I obtained my MPH in Health Management and Policy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. I competed residency in Cleveland at University Hospitals, Case Medical Center. My policy interests include health care access issues, particularly as they pertain to the disenfranchised and medically underserved as well as Emergency Department use/throughput. My first office placement as a Health Policy Fellow will be with Senator Blumenthal’s (D-CT) office.

My name is Alyssa Goldberg, I am a second year pediatrics resident at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.  I am in the community health track with a interest in global, refugee and immigrant health, child advocacy projects and plan on pursuing a career in pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition.  

Dr. Taha Haque was born and raised in New Jersey. He received his bachelor’s degree from Lehigh University and then attended the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine where he obtained his doctorate. He is currently a third year family medicine resident at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital. He attended medical school on a military scholarship and is currently a Captain in the Army.

His professional interests are health care administration and the overlay of health policy as it pertains to the military healthcare system. His future interests are to engage in medical diplomacy missions through the military.

Katrina Gipson
George Washington University
Emergency Medicine

Alyssa Goldberg
Children's National
Pediatrics

Taha Haque
Ft. Belvoir
Family Medicine




 

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I'm Aneesha and I am a PGY3 in Internal Medicine at GWUH. I went to undergrad and medical school at the University of Arizona-Tucson where I majored in biochemistry and molecular biophysics, anthropology, and Spanish linguistics with an M.D distinction in global health. There, I honed a love of international health (with a focus on Latin American/Border populations) as well as health policy--acting as the Arizona ACP health policy intern and advocating for the repeal of SGR, increased GME funding as well as medicaid expansion in AZ. I then moved to D.C to pursue my health policy goals as a member of the "Underserved Medicine and Public Health" track a GWUH and hope to pursue a hematology/oncology fellowship with an academic career involved in cancer policy (access to pharmaceuticals, health disparities in oncologic screening and access to treatment among geographic and racial group, etc).

Monika Karazja is a psychiatry resident who came to GW pursuing her interest in global mental health. She received her MD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, worked in Chile with with RedeAmericas (a mental health research hub), and then completed the mental health master's program at King's College/LSHTM. She writes that health policy is an important component of global health and is looking forward the course: "I'm especially curious about the active roles that patients/service-users play in health policy."  

Elizabeth (Betsy) Kidder, MD, PhD, MPH received her Master's in Public Health, Medical Degree, and PhD in Public Policy and Health Policy from the George Washington University. She is currently a resident in the Internal Medicine and Primary Care program at the George Washington University Hospital.  Her career and research interests focus on access to quality health care by underserved communities, improving access to addiction treatment, and implementing innovative and patient-centered cancer screening options.  Her dissertation research investigated self-administered HPV testing as a cervical cancer screening option for underscreened women.  She has previously worked at the United Nation’s World Food Programme, the National Academy of Public Administration, the Global Health Council, the Future’s Group, and the Department of Defense HIV/AIDS Prevention Program.

Aneesha Hossain
George Washington University
 

Monika Karazaja
George Washington University
Psychiatry

Betsy Kidder
George Washington University
IM - Primary Care




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Dr. Mendelsohn is in his first year as a Heath Policy Fellow  in the Emergency Department at the George Washington University - Medical Faculty Associates.  Prior to that he served as chief resident and resident in Emergency Medicine at NY Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, NY.  He has long been an active member of the American Medical Association and served as a county, state, and national representative in the past. He currently on sits on the AMA Council for Ethical and Judicial Affairs.

Prior to his medical education Dr. Mendelsohn received a degree in Philosophy and Biology from Brandeis University.  His interests include Medical Education, Health Policy, Advocacy training, and Quality Improvement.

Linda Ojo is a 4th year Psychiatry Resident at George Washington University University. Dr. Ojo received her B.A. in Biology from Binghamton University, and an M.P.H. from Hunter College. She received her M.D. from George Washington University School of Medicine. Her major interest is reproductive psychiatry.

Adamma Okorafor was born and raised Houston, Texas. She graduated from University of Houston with a bachelor of science in biology. From there she went on to attend Baylor College of Medicine where she obtained her medical degree. She is currently a fourth year psychiatry resident at Howard University Hospital in Washington DC. She became interested in public health policy as a way to address health disparities in minority and underserved communities.

Marc Mendelsohn
George Washington University
Emergency Medicine

Linda Ojo
George Washignton University
Psychiatry

Adamma Okorafor
Howard University
Psychiatry




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Kim is a DMV local. She grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland.  After finishing college at the University of Maryland, she attended medical school at Howard University, and is now completing her last year of anesthesia residency at GWU.   In her spare time, she likes to watch Korean dramas, listen to books on tape, and hang out with her 12 nieces and nephews.

Rayna Sobieski is a fourth year medical student at the George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She is a graduate of Barnard College with a BA in Women's and Gender Studies. She is one of the founders of the Integrating Social Justice in Medicine Working Group, a group of students that seeks to advance the GW medical school curriculum to address issues related to health inequity and social determinants of health. Before starting medical school, Rayna worked as a Spanish language program assistant at Gyniuty Health Projects, a non-profit devoted to advancing women's access to lifesaving reproductive health technologies in resource-poor settings and underserved populations.

Graduated Columbia University cum laude with honors in Biochemistry in 2008. Graduated Albert Einstein College of Medicine with distinction in translational research in 2014. In between these two degrees I had the opportunity to trek through Patagonia in South America as well as climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. Currently in my third year of residency training in psychiatry at George Washington Hospital. Also currently completing a masters degree in Global Mental Health through King’s College Institute of Psychiatry in London and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Kim Pham
George Washinton University
Critical Care

Rayna Sobieski
George Washington University
Medical Student

John Tarim
George Washington University
Psychiatry

 

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Meredith Trubitt is originally from Dallas, Texas. She attended the University of Richmond and majored in chemistry. She returned to Texas for medical school where she attended Texas Tech University Health Science Center-El Paso and concurrently completed her master’s in public health at the University of Texas. She is now starting her residency at GW in internal medicine. Her interests in health policy derive from the issues she encounters daily with her patients and mainly focus on cost-effective health care. In her free time, she enjoys exploring her new home city of Washington, DC and traveling abroad.

Dr. Warchol was born and raised in the Twin Cities of Minnesota before moving to Nebraska for college at Creighton University. After graduating in 2009, she attended medical school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and completed her residency there in Emergency Medicine in 2016. While in medical school, Dr. Warchol took an interest in physician advocacy through the student chapter of the AMA and subsequently served as a student representative to the Nebraska Medical Association board. She continued her interest in advocacy and policy throughout her time as a house officer. Following residency, Dr. Warchol moved to Washington, DC to pursue a fellowship in Health Policy at George Washington University.

Her policy interests include rural medical care and mental health as well as policy education for providers. When she isn’t focused on improving the lives of physicians and their patients, Dr. Warchol enjoys spending time with family and friends, fashion, and of course, Husker football.  

I completed my undergraduate education in Neuroscience at Baylor University (Sic ‘em Bears!) in Waco, Texas. Afterwards, I headed to Fort Worth, Texas for medical school at University of North Texas Health Science Center – Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. Knowing that I wanted to be a part of a community based residency that emphasized social medicine I head out of Texas and come all the way up here to Washington, D.C. to start my residency in Family Medicine with the Wright Center and Unity Health Care. I chose Unity Health Care, to train at a teaching health center, to not only gain an understanding on the social determinants of healthcare, but also how to help my patients tackle them. I hope to continue my education in health policy, in particular focusing on those pertaining to women’s healthcare, mental health, and adolescent medicine, as I go through residency and then as family medicine physician.  

Meredity Trubitt
George Washington University
IM - Categorical

Jordan Warchol
George Washington University
Emergency Medicine

Anam Whyne
Unity Health Center
Family Medicine