Second-Year Scholars (2012-2014 Cohort)
Jason Lott, MD, MSHP (VA Scholar) received his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama Birmingham. He went on to Brasenose College at Oxford University, where he read Philosophy, Politics, and Economics as a Marshall Scholar. He attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, where he also received an MSHP in health services and policy research, and completed his residency training in dermatology at Yale. He is interested in skin cancer epidemiology, patterns of and barriers to dermatologic care utilization, and integrated health systems analyses.
|Arjun Venkatesh, MD, MBA earned his undergraduate degree at Northwestern University. He went on to earn an MBA from Ohio State University before completing medical school at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Most recently he completed emergency medicine residency at Brigham and Women’s and Massachusetts General Hospitals. Dr. Venkatesh is interested in developing performance measures designed to improve health system efficiency with a specific focus on studying variation in emergency physician hospital admission decisions, the use of observation services, and cardiac testing trends.
Jennifer Voorhees, MD earned her undergraduate and medical degrees at Yale University. She completed family medicine residency at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. She is interested in the intersection of health policy and primary care delivery, particularly for under-served populations. Through her research, she hopes to utilize qualitative methodologies to allow patient and provider experiences of healthcare to inform policy, with a current project focused on home-based primary care resources in Greater New Haven for adults with Medicaid.
|Ilse Wiechers, MD, MPP (VA Scholar) earned her undergraduate degree in political science at Case Western Reserve University. She then received a Master in Public Policy and medical degree from Duke. Dr. Wiechers completed her residency training in psychiatry at MGH/McLean Hospitals and a geriatric psychiatry fellowship at Yale. Her research focuses on medical decision making in the care of older adults with coexisting medical and mental illness. Specifically, she studies prescribing of psychotropic medications with the aim of optimizing safe use in the vulnerable elderly population.|
First-Year Scholars (2013-2015 Cohort)
Tasce Bongiovanni, MD, MPP (VA Scholar) earned her undergraduate degree from Santa Clara University and her medical degree from UCSF during which time she also earned a Master of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Dr. Bongiovanni is completing her surgical training at UCSF. She is interested in health policy and healthcare delivery for underserved communities, particularly Native Americans.
Theodore Long, MD received his undergraduate degree in political science and American healthcare policy from Yale College. Prior to starting medical school, he worked for the California Medical Association and established an undergraduate health policy journal at Yale. He received his medical degree from Keck School of Medicine at USC, where he started USC's first student-run free health clinic. He completed internal medicine training at Yale and is a general internist. As a resident, he was a founding member of the VA Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education site in West Haven, an interprofessional model for primary care training.
|Carley Riley, MD, MPP received her undergraduate and medical degrees from Northwestern University. She earned a Master of Public Policy from UCLA and completed residency training in Pediatrics at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Currently, Dr. Riley recently completed a fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. She is interested in looking at resource allocation, outcome, and translations of research into policy.|
|Brita Roy, MD, MPH, MS (VA Scholar) is a general internist who grew up in New Jersey and Michigan. She earned her undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and subsequently studied at Wayne State University where she earned an MS in Biomedical Engineering. She went on to the University of Michigan where she completed a combined MD/MPH program in health behavior and health education. Dr. Roy then completed her internal medicine residency training and served one year as Chief Medical Resident at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Roy anticipates a career in academic general internal medicine where she may continue her research as well as teach medical students and residents. She is interested in improving graduate medical education and in reducing gender and racial disparities in cardiovascular disease through promoting positive psychosocial adaptive processes. Her goal is to help lead change in shifting our nation's culture towards the promotion of well-being across all demographic and social sectors by fostering resilience and building positive health assets through research, policy and activism.
Mark Silvestri, MD graduated with honors from Harvard College. While in college, he interned for the White House Council of Economic Advisers, and subsequently earned his medical degree from the University of Chicago. He completed OB-GYN residency at Yale, and was chosen to lead the program as an Administrative Chief Resident. He sits on Yale-New Haven Hospital’s Gynecology Operations Council and Quality Assurance Committee, and serves on the advisory board and board of directors for two nonprofits serving the city of New Haven. Dr. Silvestri’s work focuses on caring for an urban underserved population while striving to improve the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of health care delivery. His research is focused on identifying overuse within the health care system and building strategies to reduce unnecessary costs.
Incoming Scholars (2014-2016 Cohort)
|William Fleischman, MD received his undergraduate degree from Touro College and his medical degree from the University of Buffalo School of Medicine. He is completing his residency in emergency medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Fleischman is interested in frequent emergency department visitors, the cost-effectiveness of US emergency department care, and cost-sharing and resource utilization.|
|Nir Harish, MD, MBA received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, along with an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is completing his residency in emergency medicine at the Denver Medical Center. Dr. Harish is interested in observation units and cost of care, how price variation affects patient care, and the management of critically ill patients in the ED.|
|Michael O'Brien, MD (VA Scholar) received his undergraduate degree from the State of New York at Albany and his medical degree from the State University of New York Downstate. He is completing his residency in combined internal medicine-pediatrics at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Dr. O'Brien is interested in new models of primary care delivery, environmental justice and primary health care, and decentralized health care delivery systems.|
|Amy Salerno, MD (VA Scholar) received her undergraduate degree from Case Western Reserve University and her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Emory University and is currently working for the Indian Health Services in Tuba City, Arizona. Dr. Salerno is interested in the social determinants of health, cardiovascular disease, and community-based health initiatives.|
|Wagahta Semere, MD (VA Scholar) received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and her medical degree from the University of Michigan. She is completing her residency in internal medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Semere is interested in managing chronic medical conditions among refugees, assimilation of refugees into health care systems, and health disparities medical curriculum development.|