Current Occupational Medicine Fellows

Jessica Deslauriers

First Year Fellows

Jessica Deslauriers, MD

Jessica Deslauriers grew up in Fort Myers, Florida.  From a young age, she has been passionate about using advocacy to protect the environment and prevent disease - writing letters to senators, urging them to decrease boating speed limits to protect the manatees.  This passion has grown, propelling her to a career in Occupational and Environmental Medicine.  Jessica  is a current fellow in the Yale Occupational and Environmental Medicine Program and a graduate of the Yale Internal Medicine Residency Program in New Haven, CT.  She currently serves as a resident member on the ACGME Review Committee for Internal Medicine and the Council of Review Committee Residents.  She is the past chair and vice chair of  the Committee on Long Range Planning for the American Medical Association - Resident and Fellow Section as well as a past Governing Council Leader for the American Medical Association – Medical Student Section. She is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society and completed medical school training at the University of South Florida Morsani School of Medicine in Tampa, FL. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL, where she earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Health Science and a minor in Business Administration.  Jessica’s professional interests include physician leadership, patient advocacy, medical education and disease prevention.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and puppies, reading a good book, running and baking.  



Efia James
Efia James, MD, MPH

Efia James is originally from Houston, Texas. She attended Howard University where she earned her undergraduate degree in mathematics as well as her medical degree.  Her interest in the health of underserved populations lead her to complete her residency in Primary Care Internal Medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital.  She then attended George Washington University where she earned a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology, there she studied the association between persistent organic pollutants and chronic kidney disease. Throughout graduate school she worked with the local health department and community organizations developing health programs for underserved populations.  She went on to work for the State of Maryland Disability Determination Services and the Veterans Health Administration Compensation and Pension Program helping injured workers and veterans obtain disability benefits. Her interests in environmental epidemiology, employee wellness and disability management lead her to pursue a career in Occupational and Environmental Medicine.  In her free time Dr. James enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and sewing.  
Brian Linde

Second Year Fellows

Brian Linde, MD

Brian Linde grew up in Southern California. He attended Columbia University in the City of New York, where he studied Economics and Philosophy. He received his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx. He then completed his training in internal medicine at Yale, in the Yale Internal Medicine - Primary Care Residency Program, where he served as Chief Resident. His areas of interest are general internal medicine, health hazard evaluation, and occupational stress. 

Daniel Stopka
Daniel Stopka, MD

Dr. Stopka is originally from the Midwest.  He is a native of Illinois where he completed his education and training.  Dan has always had a passion for medicine.  He completed his undergraduate per-medicine education at the University of Illinois where he was also a collegiate athlete.   Dr. Stopka went on to earn his medical degree from the Chicago Medical School.  He obtained a strong foundation in general medicine during his Family Medicine residency training at the University of Illinois with a focus on preventive medicine.  Dan then found his niche in Occupational Medicine practicing in a full spectrum clinic where he integrated his general and preventive medicine skill sets.  Dr. Stopka is now fortifying his experiences as an Occupational and Environmental Medicine Fellow Physician here at Yale University.