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Office of Medical Education

About Medical Education

Medical Education encompasses the MD, Physician Assistant Online, and Physician Associate Programs including admissions, curriculum, financial aid, student affairs, and student research, as well non-degree programs and resources such as Program for Humanities in Medicine, Program for Biomedical Ethics, Global Health Education, Yale Center for Healthcare Simulation, YSM Center for Medical Education, Continuing Medical Education, and the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library.

Medical Education Leadership

  • Deputy Dean for Education and Harold W. Jockers Professor of Medical Education and Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences

    Dr. Illuzzi is Deputy Dean for Education and Harold W. Jockers Professor of Medical Education and Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences. Dr. Illuzzi is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and completed her OB/GYN residency here at Yale-New Haven Hospital. In 2004, she was named a Women’s Reproductive Health Research Scholar supported by a career development grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Development. In 2006, she completed a Master of Science degree in Epidemiology at the Yale School of Graduate Studies. Dr. Illuzzi’s research examines the use of obstetric interventions and their impact on maternal and neonatal outcomes, especially among low-risk women. Topics include prophylaxis to prevent vertical transmission of group B streptococcus and innovative models of maternity care. Dr. Illuzzi served as Chief of the Obstetric Specialties and Midwifery division as well as the Medical Director of the Vidone Birthing Center at the St. Raphael Campus of Yale-New Haven Hospital until 2020. In the education domain, Dr. Illuzzi previously served as clerkship director and director of medical studies in OB/GYN and curriculum director for the Advanced Training Period for the MD program at YSM. She has played an active role in the YSM curriculum redesign, LCME reaccreditation cycles, and continues to be a strong advocate for students, trainees, and faculty in the educational mission of the Yale School of Medicine.

Medical Education

  • Academic Advisors

    • Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine; Director, Emergency Medicine Clerkship

      Karen Jubanyik, MD is Associate Professor, Clinician-Educator Track, in the Department of Emergency Medicine. She received her medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine and completed residency training in Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine as well as a fellowship in Women's Health, at Yale-New Haven Hospital. In 2000, she was hired as faculty for the Department of Emergency Medicine, Education Division, and served multiple roles, including Associate Residency Director, Interim Residency Director and Emergency Medicine Clerkship Director. In 2008, she was named as one of four Academic Advisors in the Office of Student Affairs, advising medical students in each class of throughout their medical school career. As a co-course Director, she teaches a first-year medical school course, Professional Ethics and Responsibility. She has received multiple teaching prizes at Yale, including the Francis Gilmore Blake award (2009), Leonard Tow Humanism award (2016) and the Leah Lowenstein Award (2018). She serves on the Yale-New Haven Health Bioethics Committee and the Resource Triage Advisory Group, has obtained additional training in End-of-Life and Palliative Care, and is immediate-past National Chair of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine's Palliative Care Section. Integrating Palliative Care and End-of-Life Care teaching to residents, fellows, and medical students has been a priority for Dr. Jubanyik. She has developed instructional tools to teach Palliative Care and End of Life topics to students and residents and is interested in racial and cultural disparities in patients who receive palliative and hospice care at end of life. In the covid-19 era, she has written several articles and a book to educate the lay community about the virus and the importance of advanced directives and palliative care.  She continues to teach resident and student workshops devoted to recognizing and treating victims of Intimate Partner Violence, Sexual Assault and Harassment.  Locally, she is past-President of the Connecticut Chapter of Emergency Physicians (CCEP) and is still involved on multiple Connecticut state committees. As a co-investigator, she has received grant funding from the NIH and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to study emergency department initiation of palliative care.
    • Associate Professor of Medicine (General Medicine); Academic Advisor, Student Affairs

      As a clinician-educator based at the VA primary care clinic, I spend the majority of my time providing primary care for my panel of veterans. I enjoy caring for this remarkably complex population and feel fortunate that my position also allows me the opportunity for collegial learning and teaching with residents and medical students in the inpatient setting and in clinic. Over the past decade, I have become more involved with undergraduate medical education at the Yale School of Medicine, mainly through the Clinical Skills Committee and teaching small groups of medical students on various topics ranging from Professionalism to Intimate Partner Violence. I lead the Problem-Focused Patient Examination Workshop, an extremely well-received workshop during the Primary Care/Psychiatry clerkship which uses role play to teach all third year medical students how to do a focused visit. Due to my background in clinical skills and assessment, I was selected to serve as a Clinical Assessment Coach focusing on direct observation and formative feedback and have used these skills as Director of Remediation for Yale Medical students and now as an Academic Advisor in the Office of Student Affairs at the School of Medicine. My academic interests have always been grounded in medical education, and include undergraduate medical education, clinical skills teaching, coaching and remediation.
    • Dan Adams and Amanda Adams Professor of General Medicine; Chief, Section of General Internal Medicine

      Research Interests: Dr. O’Connor has focused his research on the interface between primary care and addiction medicine. This has included research examining the transfer of addiction treatment strategies from “specialty” settings to primary care and other general medical settings. His publications in this area include studies on the management of opioid withdrawal in primary care settings, opioid maintenance in primary care, and the use of naltrexone for treating alcohol dependence in primary care patients. He has been active in medical education on addiction both nationally and internationally and has served as the President of The Association for Multidisciplinary Education and Research on Substance use and Addiction (AMERSA) and of the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM) and The Addiction Medicine Foundation. Selected Recent Publications:O’Connor, PG. Brief Interventions for Problem Drinking: Another Piece of the Puzzle. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2007; 146(3):223-225. Martell BA, O’Connor PG, Kerns RD, Becker WC, Morales KH, Kosten TR, and Fiellin DA. Systematic Review: Opioid treatment for chronic back pain: prevalence, efficacy and association with addiction. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2007; 146:116-127. Sledge, WH, Brown, KE, Levine, JM, Fiellin, DA, Chawarski, M, White, WD, O’Connor, PG. A Randomized Trial of Primary Intensive Care to Reduce Hospital Admissions in Patients with High Utilization of Inpatient Services. Disease Management. 2006; 9(6)328-338. O’Connor PG. Problem Drinkers: Find Them, Keep Them, Don’t Lose Them, Treat Them. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2005; 20(1):96-97. D’Onofrio G, MS; Pantalon MV, Degutis LC, Fiellin DA, O’Connor PG. Development and Implementation of an Emergency Practitioner-Performed Brief Intervention for Harmful and Hazardous Drinkers in the Emergency Department. Academic Emergency Medicine. 2005; 12(3):249-256. O’Connor PG. Methods of Detoxification and Their Role in Managing Patients With Opioid Dependence. JAMA. 2005; 294(8):961-963. Sullivan LE, Fiellin DA, O’Connor PG. The prevalence and impact of alcohol problems in major depression: A systematic review. American Journal ofMedicine. 2005; 118(4):330-341. Kernan WE, Holmboe E, O’Connor PG. Assessing the teaching behaviors of ambulatory care preceptors. Academic Medicine. 2004; 79(11):1088-1094. O’Malley S, Rounsaville BJ, Farren C, Namkoong K, Wu R, Robinson J, O’Connor PG. Initial and Maintenance Naltrexone for Alcohol dependence using primary care vs. specialty care: A nested sequence of three randomized trials. Archives of Internal Medicine. 2003; 163(14):1695-1704. Kosten T, O’Connor PG. Current Concepts: Management of Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal. New England Journal of Medicine. 2003; 348(18):1786-1795. Reid MC, Engles-Horton LL, Weber MB, Kerns RD, Rogers EL, O’Connor PG. Use of opioid medications for chronic noncancer pain syndromes in primary care. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2002; 17(3):173-9. O’Connor PG. Treating opioid dependence—new data and new opportunities. The New England Journal of Medicine. 2000; 343(18):1332-4. Fiellin DA, Reid MC, O’Connor PG. Screening for alcohol problems in primary care: A systematic review. Archives of Internal Medicine. 2000; 160(13):1977-89. O’Connor PG, Fiellin DA. Pharmacologic treatment of heroin-dependent patients. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2000; 133(1):40-54. D’Onofrio G, Fiellin DA, Pantalon MV, Chawarski MC, Owens P, Degutis LC, Busch SH, Bernstein SL, O’Connor PG. A brief intervention reduces hazardous and harmful drinking in emergency department patients. Annals of Emergency Medicine 2012, 60:181-192. PMID: 22459448. Moore BA, Barry DT, Sullivan LE, O'Connor PG, Cutter CJ, Schottenfeld RS, Fiellin DA.Counseling and directly observed medication for primary care buprenorphine maintenance: a pilot study. Journal of Addiction Medicine 2012, 6(3):205-211. PMID: 22614936. Tetrault JM, Moore BA, Barry DT, O’Connor PG, Schottenfeld R, Fiellin DA, Fiellin LE. Brief versus extended counseling along with buprenorphone/naloxone for HIV-infected opioid dependent patients. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment 2012, 43(4):433-439. PMID: 22938914. Fiellin DA, Barry DT, Sullivan LE, Cutter CJ, Moore BA, O’Connor PG, Schottenfeld RS. A randomized trial of cognitive behavioral therapy in primary care-based buprenorphine. American Journal of Medicine 2013, 126(1):74-9. PMID: 23260506. O’Connor PG. Managing substance dependence as a chronic disease: is the glass half full or half empty? JAMA 2013, 310(11):1132-4. PMID: 24045739. Edelman EJ, Chantarat T, Caffrey S, Chaudhry A, O'Connor PG, Weiss L, Fiellin DA, Fiellin LE. The impact of buprenorphine/naloxone treatment on HIV risk behaviors among HIV-infected, opioid-dependent patients. Drug and Alcohol Dependence 2014, 139:79-85. PMID: 24726429. Gueorguieva R, Wu R, O’Connor PG, Weisner C, Fucito LM, Hoffman S, Mann K, O’Malley SS. Predictors of abstinence from heavy drinking during treatment in COMBINE and external validation in PREDICT. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research 2014, 38(10):2647-2656. PMID: 25346505. O’Connor PG, Sokol RJ, D’Onofrio G. Addiction medicine: the birth of a new discipline. JAMA Internal Medicine 2014, 174(11):1717-1718. PMID: 25201642. Fiellin DA, Schottenfeld, RS, Cutter CJ, Moore BA, Barry DT, O’Connor PG. Primary care–based buprenorphine taper vs maintenance therapy for prescription opioid dependence: a randomized clinical trial. JAMA Internal Medicine 2014, 174(12):1947-54. PMID: 25330017 Tetrault JM, O’Connor PG. Unhealthy alcohol use, including alcohol use disorder: Epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, course assessment, and diagnosis. UpToDate 20 Bagley S, Peterson J, Cheng DM, Jose C, Quinn E, O’Connor PG, Walley AY. Overdose Education and Naloxone Rescue Kits for Family Members of Individuals Who Use Opioids: Characteristics, Motivations, and Naloxone Use. Substance Abuse 2015, 36(2):149-54. PMID: 25564892. Fiellin D, Samet J, O’Connor PG. Addressing bias in observational studies of alcohol withdrawal syndrome: a call to the field. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research 2015, 39(2):390. PMID: 25665029. D'Onofrio G, O'Connor PG, Pantalon MV, Chawarski MC, Busch SH, Owens PH, Bernstein SL, Fiellin DA. Emergency department-initiated buprenorphine/naloxone treatment for opioid dependence: a randomized clinical trial. JAMA. 2015, 313(16):1636-44. PMID: 25919527. O’Connor PG. Alcohol use disorder. In Goldman-Cecil Medicine, 25th Edition, 2015:149-156. Gueorguieva R, Wu R, Tsai W, O’Connor PG,Fucito L, Zhang H, O’Malley SS.An analysis of moderators in the COMBINE Study: Identifying subgroups of patients who benefit from acamprosate. European Neuropsychopharmacology. 2015 Oct;25(10):1586-99. PMID: 26141511. Edelman EJ, Hansen NB, Cutter CJ, Danton, C, Fiellin LE, O'Connor PG, Williams EC, Maisto SA, Bryant K, Fiellin DA. Implementation of Integrated Stepped Care for Unhealthy Alcohol Use in HIV Clinics. Addiction Science and Clinical Practice. 2016 Jan 13, 11: 1. PMID: 26763048. Education:B.S., Union College, 1978M.D., The Albany Medical College, 1982M.P.H., Yale University School of Medicine, 1988 Training: Internal Medicine Residency: The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, 1982-1985Chief Residency: The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, 1985-1986Fellowship: The Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, Yale University, 1986-1988
    • Associate Professor of Therapeutic Radiology; Vice Chair for Clinical Research, Therapeutic Radiology; Chief, Thoracic Radiotherapy Program, Therapeutic Radiology; Assistant Medical Director, Clinical Trials Office, Yale Cancer Center; Head of Advisory College, Purple College, Office of Student Affairs

      Dr. Henry S. Park is a board-certified radiation oncologist who serves as associate professor, vice chair for clinical research, and chief of thoracic radiotherapy for the Department of Therapeutic Radiology at the Yale School of Medicine. For the Yale Cancer Center, he is an assistant medical director of the Clinical Trials Office, through which he leads the radiation oncology committee and is associate leader of the lung clinical research team. For the medical school's Office of Student Affairs, he is the head of one of the six advisory colleges. He has previously held roles as the associate residency program director, medical student electives director, and continuing medical education director for radiation oncology. Dr. Park received his undergraduate degree from Yale College, master's degree from the Harvard School of Public Health, and medical doctorate degree from the Yale School of Medicine. He completed his internal medicine internship at Harvard Medical School's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center before returning to Yale New Haven Hospital for his residency and chief residency in radiation oncology. Dr. Park subspecializes in radiation therapy for lung cancer and head and neck cancer, maintaining a busy clinical practice in New Haven. He leads a wide-ranging research program in clinical trials, real-world evidence, and health services. He has co-authored over 135 peer-reviewed original research articles and 45 reviews, book chapters, invited editorials, and practice guidelines. He serves as an oral and written boards examiner for the American Board of Radiology and as an active committee member for the American Society for Radiation Oncology, American Radium Society, SWOG, ECOG-ACRIN, and NRG. He has been honored with multiple awards for his contributions to patient care, clinical research, and medical education. Learn more about Dr. Park>>
    • Professor of Medicine (General Medicine); Program Director, Addiction Medicine Fellowship, Internal Medicine; Academic Advisor, Office of Student Affairs; Associate Director for Education and Training, Program in Addiction Medicine, Internal Medicine; Vice-chief for Education, General Internal Medicine; Professor, Chronic Disease Epidemiology

      Dr. Tetrault is a Professor of Medicine and Public Health, Vice-chief for Education for the Section of General Internal Medicine, Associate Director for the Program in Addiction Medicine, and Program Director for Addiction Medicine Fellowship at Yale School of Medicine. Her scholarly work focuses on care of patients with addiction and the medical conditions associated with substance use, mainly HIV and Hepatitis C. Dr. Tetrault is a staff physician at the Central Medical Unit of the APT Foundation – a multispecialty addiction treatment center. She has been recognized for her teaching accomplishments being awarded the New England Regional Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) Clinician Educator of the Year Award in 2013, The W. Anderson Spickard Award for Excellence in Mentorship by the Association of Multidisciplinary Education and Research in Substance use and Addiction (AMSERSA) in 2018, the American Society of Addiction Medicine Training Directors Award in 2021, and the John P. McGovern Aware. She serves as president of the American College of Academic Addiction Medicine and is a past-president of the New England Region of SGIM. In 2017, she was recognized as a Macy Foundation Faculty Scholar.
  • Biology and Medicine, Yale Journal of (YJBM)

    • Anis Barmada is an M.D./Ph.D. student and P.D. Soros Fellow in the Department of Immunobiology at the Yale University School of Medicine. Growing up in Damascus, Syria, Anis immigrated to the United States when he was seventeen years old. He completed his B.S. at the University of Illinois Chicago in biology, chemistry, and mathematics. He then completed an M.Phil. in Genomic Medicine with distinction at the University of Cambridge and Wellcome Sanger Institute in the United Kingdom, where he worked in the laboratory of Dr. Roser Vento-Tormo on elucidating immune signatures in COVID-19 using single-cell approaches. He currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine, and he has contributed many science communication pieces in media outlets such as Scientific American and The Scholar. Anis plans to become a physician-scientist conducting translational experimental and computational research to address currently incurable diseases, as well as contributing to a new era of health care without disparities.
    • Robert I. Levy Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine) and Professor of Immunobiology; Associate Chief, Cardiovascular Medicine, Internal Medicine; Senior Vice Chief for Academic Development, Cardiovascular Medicine

  • Center for Medical Education

    • Professor of Pediatrics (General Pediatrics); Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning, General Pediatrics; Director of the Center for Medical Education, Pediatrics

      As associate dean for teaching and learning Dr. Hafler is professor in Pediatrics and leads the Center for Medical Education, which includes Continuing Medical Education and Evaluation and Assessment. Dr. Hafler works in Continuing Medical Education, Graduate Medical Education and Undergraduate Medical Education. She received her master's degree in education specializing in maternal and child health from Columbia University and her doctorate in Education from Harvard University. She focuses on assisting faculty, students, and residents to explore innovative ways to effectively promote learning in both the classroom and the clinical settings. Promoting, influencing and nurturing a climate in which physicians, residents and students can teach — and learn — has been foremost among her career objectives. She has focused on providing an awareness of context for students, residents and faculty, urging them to be innovative in their many teaching environments and encouraging them to explore ways to understand how they can effectively promote learning in their interactions among themselves. Dr. Hafler directs the the Master of Health Science-Medical Education Track Degree. Dr. Hafler runs an active research program applying qualitative research methods in medical education. She collaborates with and mentors clinicians and faculty on the elements of qualitative research in the field of medical education and medical care. In turn, mentored faculty members have learned to develop and demonstrate the tools necessary to effectively teach and lead others. Dr. Hafler has published over 50 book chapters, curriculum materials and original articles in medical education and clinical journals. She has served as visiting professor internationally and has been invited to present regularly at regional and national professional meetings.
    • Project Coordinator, Center for Medical Education

      In my role as Project Coordinator at the Center for Medical Education, I enjoy working closely with our faculty and staff to support their efforts and bring exceptional programs to our medical education community. As part of the administrative team, I assist in the coordination and implementation of the MHS-Medical Education Degree Program, Continuing Medical Education (CME) reports and submissions and the Committee to Review Student Participation in Research. I am the coordinator for the Medical Education Discussion Group series, which provides monthly educator development sessions on topics of interest to YSM educators. I also lend my support to any program or project that the TLC is offering, and I enjoy the flexibility and diversity of this work. Please feel free to reach out to me via e-mail, I am happy to assist you as needed.
    • Associate Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases); Associate DIO; GME Director, Educator Development, Department of Medicine; Associate, Teaching and Learning Center; Associate Chair for Education and Academic Affairs, Internal Medicine; Director of YMS Coaching Program , Office of Curriculum

      Dr. Dunne has spent the majority of her career focusing on the care of patients with sexually transmitted diseases and on the education of clinicians who also care for these patients. She is a founding and core faculty member for the Yale Primary Care HIV Training Track.Dr Dunne also enjoys medical education and faculty development. She was the Inpatient Internal Medicine Clerkship Director from 2011-2023 and now is Director of the YMS Coaching program. She directs educator development projects for GME and UME.
    • Professor of Psychiatry; Executive Director of Evaluation & Assessment at the Center for Medical Education, School of Medicine

      My contributions to education and research have focused on the organization and delivery of: (1) health-related services for vulnerable populations, and, (2) physician/health-professional training. After having done work in national and international evaluation of HIV/AIDS-related programs and mental health service research, a more recent component of my career has involved the application of my skills in medical education. In this area, most of my work has focused on working with medical education faculty in assessing trainees and training programs. At the Yale School of Medicine, I am executive director of Evaluation & Assessment at the Center for Medical Education. My particular expertise is in evaluation of the medical education curriculum and its component parts; training faculty, house staff, and students in giving and receiving feedback as part of teaching and learning; improving systems for assessing educators towards enhancement of teaching and faculty success; and consulting to faculty and trainees in evaluation approaches that contribute to scholarly work. I am also involved in incorporating LGBTQI-health related topics into the medical school curriculum and serve on the Dean's Council for LGBTQI Affairs. For select graduate medical education programs including my home department of Psychiatry, I work towards gathering and analyzing qualitative data that contribute to internal review of training programs.
    • Professor of Medicine (General Medicine); Director of Student Assessment, Teaching and Learning Center; Director of clinical skills assessment, Office of Education

      Dr. Green received his medical degree from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and Master of Science in Health Policy and Management from Harvard School of Public Health. His post graduate training included an internship, residency, and fellowship in general medicine at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston and Harvard Medical School. Dr Green is Professor of Medicine and Director of Student Assessment at the Teaching and Learning Center at the Yale School of Medicine.  He serves on the steering committee of the AAMC Core EPAs for Entering Residency national pilot. He previously served on the ACGME / ABIM milestones task force and the SGIM reforming internal medicine residency training task force. Dr. Green's research interests include assessment, entrustable professional activities, retrieval-based learning, and evidence-based medicine.  He received the regional and national awards for scholarship in medical education from the Society of General Internal Medicine and was selected as a Kimball Scholar at the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr Green cares for persons living with HIV infection and supervises medical residents at the Nathan Smith Clinic.
    • Center for Medical Education, Director of Programs

      As Director of Programs for the Center for Medical Education, Sara ensures the Center’s vast array of programs continually meets its high standards for excellence. Sara brings extensive experience in healthcare program development and administration, most recently at Planetree International, a subsidiary of Griffin Health Services Corporation. There, she led a variety of certification and educational programs, including an annual international conference, a person-centered care fellowship, and numerous webinars. She brings her passion about education, commitment to quality, team work, and collaboration to help lead the Center’s programs.
    • Director of Educational Technology

      As the Director of Educational Technology I provide consultation to YSM's learning community about a wide range of topics pertaining to digital technology as it applies to medical education. My areas of expertise include: application development, mobile computing, e-learning systems, augmented reality (AR)/virtual reality (VR), survey design, data analysis and educational videos.
    • Program Manager for Educator Development, Center for Medical Education, Yale School of Medicine; Program Manager for Educator Development, Center for Medical Education

  • Center for Medical Education Faculty Associates

    • Assistant Professor; Pediatric Sub-Internship Director, Pediatrics; Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics; Pediatric Hospitalist

      Dr. Heather Dahlquist completed medical school at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. She completed her pediatric residency training at the University of California Los Angeles and at the University of Minnesota where she was chief resident. Dr. Dahlquist's practice is focused on caring for newborns and children in the hospital setting. Her interests include patient and family centered care and improving medical education for students and residents. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Council for Medical Education in Pediatrics.
    • Professor of Anesthesiology; Vice Chair for Medical Education, Anesthesiology

      Viji Kurup MD is Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology at Yale. Viji completed her Residency in Anesthesiology and Fellowship in Cardiothoracic Anesthesia at Yale. She has been on faculty in the department since 2005 where she has developed a career as a medical educator. She has completed her fellowship in Medical Education and is currently Vice Chair for Medical Education as well as Director of the Yale Anesthesia Media Lab and the Course Director for the Anesthesia Resident Simulations. She has led the integration of the Flipped Classroom model for Anesthesia Resident Training at Yale.Viji's academic interests include participating in Global Health projects and exploring innovative ways of integrating technology in medical education. She is also the Co-Chair for the Global health and outreach committee in the Society for Education in Anesthesia (SEA). She has volunteered with the Health Volunteer Overseas Program (www.hvousa.org) in Vietnam. She enjoys teaching and was awarded the Faculty Award for Excellence in Education and Leadership for the Department of Anesthesiology. She is a firm believer in the importance of physician wellness and has introduced a comprehensive wellness curriculum within her department. She is the Past President of the CT State Society of Anesthesiologists and is actively involved in advocacy efforts both at the State and Federal level. She also volunteers in the community and is a regular speaker at career day for inner city schools in New Haven. She lives in Trumbull CT with her husband and two kids, and because that was clearly not keeping her busy enough, a high-maintenance cat!! In her free time, she enjoys cooking, painting (acrylic on canvas), reading and meditating..
    • Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine; Director, Point of Care Ultrasound Education, Office of Curriculum; Fellowship Director of Emergency Ultrasound, Emergency Medicine; Faculty Associate, Point of Care Ultrasound Education, Center for Medical Education; Director, Advanced Training Period , Office of Curriculum; Associate Director of the Emergency Ultrasound Section, Emergency Medicine

      Dr. Liu is the current Director of Point-of-Care Ultrasound Education and the Curriculum Director of the Advanced Training Period in the Yale School of Medicine. She focuses on designing curricula and implementation of ultrasound use in basic, physical and clinical science teaching to medical students. Additionally, she brings educational initiatives in teaching emergency medicine residents, fellows and faculty. She has recently served as the Chair of the American College of Emergency Physicians Emergency Ultrasound Section, and Past-President of the Academy of Emergency Ultrasound in the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. She is currently the President within the Society of Clinical Ultrasound Fellowships, as well as a member of the inaugural Advanced Emergency Ultrasound examination committee of the American Board of Emergency Medicine.
    • Riva Ariella Ritvo Professor in the Child Study Center and Professor of Psychiatry; Medical Director, Children's Psychiatric Inpatient Service at Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital; Director, Standardized Patient Program, Teaching and Learning Center; Director of Medical Studies, Yale Child Study Center, Child Study Center

      Dr. Andres Martin is the Riva Ariella Ritvo Professor at the Child Study Center, and Director of the Teaching and Learning Center’s Standardized Patient Program, Yale School of Medicine. He is also medical director for the Children's Psychiatric Inpatient Service at Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital. Dr. Martin will serve as academic advisor to the CHATogether program.
    • Lecturer in Occupational Medicine

      Mr. Slade's work focuses on the development of analytical models to evaluate the effects of physical, social and environmental factors on the patterns of disease and injury within the workplace setting, including non-traditional settings such as the military and merchant mariners. In recent years, he has been the lead statistician for four clinical trials conducted by the Department of Defense to determine the effect of pharmacological agents on prevention of hearing loss as well as mild traumatic brain injuries.
    • Associate Professor in Cell Biology; Director, Medical Studies

      Peter Takizawa is an assistant professor in the Department of Cell Biology at Yale School of Medicine. He is also Co-Director of the Pre-Clerkship Curriculum at Yale School of Medicine and a member of the Teaching and Learning Center. He has led the effort to incorporate team-based learning in medical education at Yale through the creation of a website and training faculty. He has also created an online histology website that is open to the world. He teaches medical students at Yale and is course director of Scientific Foundations and leader of the Cell Biology thread.
    • Assistant Professor; Director of Performance Improvement, Yale School of Medicine; Director of Clinical Reasoning, Yale School of Medicine; Associate, Educator Development in Teaching Clinical Reasoning, Teaching and Learning Center

      Thilan Wijesekera, MD, MHS received his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry before completing his residency training in Yale University’s Primary Care Residency Program. He subsequently completed a General Internal Medicine Fellowship in Medical Education at Yale University School of Medicine, during which he received a Master of Health Science degree in the Medical Education Pathway.   In 2018, he joined the Academic Hospitalist Program in the Yale Section of General Internal Medicine.  He is active in medical education, particularly at Yale University School of Medicine, where he has roles as the Director of Clinical Reasoning and a section leader in the Interprofessional Longitudinal Clinical Experience. He also has a role in the Teaching and Learning Center as an Associate for Clinical Reasoning Educator Development, where he provides and collaborates on consultations, workshops, and scholarship related to teaching clinical reasoning.   Dr. Wijesekera's educational interests include clinical skills, curriculum development, interprofessional education and mentorship for medical students and residents.  His research interests include clinical reasoning, diagnostic error, and interprofessional education with recent publications in JAMA Internal Medicine, Academic Medicine, and Journal of General Internal Medicine.  He gives faculty development workshops regionally and nationally on teaching clinical reasoning and diagnostic error, on which he completed a fellowship with the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (2018).
  • Continuing Medical Education (CME)

    • Professor of Pediatrics (General Pediatrics); Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning, General Pediatrics; Director of the Center for Medical Education, Pediatrics

      As associate dean for teaching and learning Dr. Hafler is professor in Pediatrics and leads the Center for Medical Education, which includes Continuing Medical Education and Evaluation and Assessment. Dr. Hafler works in Continuing Medical Education, Graduate Medical Education and Undergraduate Medical Education. She received her master's degree in education specializing in maternal and child health from Columbia University and her doctorate in Education from Harvard University. She focuses on assisting faculty, students, and residents to explore innovative ways to effectively promote learning in both the classroom and the clinical settings. Promoting, influencing and nurturing a climate in which physicians, residents and students can teach — and learn — has been foremost among her career objectives. She has focused on providing an awareness of context for students, residents and faculty, urging them to be innovative in their many teaching environments and encouraging them to explore ways to understand how they can effectively promote learning in their interactions among themselves. Dr. Hafler directs the the Master of Health Science-Medical Education Track Degree. Dr. Hafler runs an active research program applying qualitative research methods in medical education. She collaborates with and mentors clinicians and faculty on the elements of qualitative research in the field of medical education and medical care. In turn, mentored faculty members have learned to develop and demonstrate the tools necessary to effectively teach and lead others. Dr. Hafler has published over 50 book chapters, curriculum materials and original articles in medical education and clinical journals. She has served as visiting professor internationally and has been invited to present regularly at regional and national professional meetings.
  • Cushing/Whitney Medical Library

    • Director, Cushing/Whitney Medical Library

      As director of the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, John Gallagher provides leadership and is responsible for the overall administration, organization, and development of the Medical Library, which strives to provide the Medical Center community with information and services that enhance teaching and learning, advance biomedical research, and improve clinical decision-making and the quality of patient care. He has overseen a major renovation of the library and the launch of several critical new services, including the Bioinformatics and Data Science/Services programs. He is a member of the Yale University Library Executive Committee and nationally served as chair of the Medical Library Association’s MLA InSight Initiative, a thought leadership initiative that brings information providers and medical librarians together to address issues of mutual interest related to scientific scholarly communication.For further information, see:http://library.medicine.yale.edu/about/staff2/john-gallagher-mls
    • Associate Director

      Holly Grossetta Nardini, MLS, is the Associate Director of the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library at Yale University. Holly has worked at Yale for over 20 years, both at Sterling Memorial Library and the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library. In between stints in New Haven, she lived twice in Italy and was a National Library of Medicine Associate Fellow. Holly participates in the overall leadership and management of the library, and directly oversees the research, clinical, education, collections, and technology services at the library. Previously she was the Coordinator of Expert Search Services and led a group of librarians who assisted faculty and trainees with systematic reviews and in-depth searching. She has served as library liaison to the Yale Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, and Diagnostic Radiology and Ophthalmology, where she was involved in medical education and research at all levels.
    • Senior Administrative Assistant, Medical Library; Operations Coordinator, Center for Outcomes Research & Evaluation (CORE)

      As an Operations Coordinate at CORE, Christine provides special project support to the Quality Measurement team. Christine also plans and facilitates events, processes payroll, tracks deliverables, and is involved in several committees related to work/life balance, diversity and inclusion, hybrid remote work plans, and community outreach.  Prior to coming to CORE, she was a Supervisor/Project Coordinator responsible for supervising a team of 14 clerical staff and with developing and improving processes and procedures for accounts payable, personnel management, and inventory control. Prior to her supervisor role Christine was a Senior Executive Assistant providing high level support to Executive staff, upper and mid-management employees, and their staff. In this role Christine's duties included labor relations, attendance management, staff training, payroll, invoicing, event planning, travel and meeting coordination, managing multiple projects, scheduling, and expense reporting. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management. In her free time Christine is a competitive figure skater. She also enjoys volunteering with various social service organizations.
    • Clinical Librarian

      Alexandria provides in-­depth reference, information, research and consultation services for clinical professionals and users in the health sciences community, including literature searches in support of systematic reviews, research, grants, clinical practice, animal use, teaching, and publishing.
    • Clinical Librarian

      I am a Clinical Librarian at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library dedicated to serving the research needs of the Medical Campus. I am a point of contact for all things library, including support for literature searching and citation management software programs such as EndNote. Please contact me with your questions.For more information about me, please visit this page
    • Biomedical Sciences Research Support Librarian and Lecturer in Epidemiology; Bioinformatics Support, Fellow of Ezra Stiles College, Medical Library

      Rolando oversees the Yale Medical Library Bioinformatics Support Program and is Lecturer in Epidemiology for the Environmental Health Sciences (EHS) Department, Yale School of Public Health. This end-user-centered bioinformatics program provides resources, training, consultations, and collaboration to biomedical sciences researchers at Yale including finding, retrieving, analyzing and sharing molecular datasets.
    • John R. Bumstead Librarian for Medical History & Head of the Medical Historical Library

      Melissa Grafe is the Head of the Medical Historical Library at Yale School of Medicine and joined Yale University in 2011 as the John R. Bumstead Librarian for Medical History at the Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library. She leads the Medical Historical Library team and manages the library's collections, including over 100,000 medical and scientific volumes from the 12th-21st centuries, as well as a growing digital collection. She also works with students and faculty on research and classes; develops grants and publications; oversees major digitization projects; curates and stages exhibitions; and manages gifts and donations, among other duties.Grafe received her Ph.D. in the History of Medicine from Johns Hopkins University and was a Council of Library and Information Resources (CLIR) postdoctoral fellow at Lehigh University Library followed by an appointment as the Humanities Librarian at Lehigh before coming to Yale. She is past president for the Medical Heritage Library (2018-2020) and Archivists and Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences (renamed Librarians, Archivists, and Museum Professionals in the History of the Health Sciences).
    • Research and Education Librarian

      Courtney manages the Personal Librarian Program for all Yale School of Medicine Students. She works with students to improve their search skills and evidence-based practice. Students can expect regular outreach and communication from their Personal Librarian, acting as a point of contact for students to get started in the library. Courtney is passionate about using her knowledge and skills to teach the best approaches to evidence synthesis to learners at all levels. She is active in professional organizations locally and regionally. She has been an active member of the Yale University Library's Advisory Committee for Diversity & Inclusion since 2021 and currently serves as a Co-Chair.
    • Web Services Librarian; Coordinator of Marketing and Communication, Cushing/Whitney Medical Library

      Dana Haugh is Web Services Librarian & Coordinator of Marketing and Communications at Yale's Cushing/Whitney Medical Library where she leads the design and development of the library’s web presence. Her research interests include web design & development, marketing & outreach in libraries, open access, and information literacy. She received her MLS from Queens College and BA in English from Stony Brook University.
    • Research and Education Librarian

      Caitlin Meyer is a librarian at Yale’s Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library. She coordinates the library’s instruction program and supports the students and faculty of the School of Medicine’s Physician Associate Program and Physician Assistant Online Program. Caitlin has a Master of Library and Information Science degree from UCLA and a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from Vanderbilt. Outside of work, Caitlin is an avid hiker, camper, and fan of bluegrass music.
    • Head of Access & Delivery Services

      Megan is the Head of Access and Delivery Services at Yale's Cushing/Whitney Medical Library. She collaborates with members of the Access and Delivery Services team to ensure students, faculty, and staff are able to access collection materials quickly and efficiently via VPN, Interlibrary Loan, Mail to Address, BorrowDirect, and more. Megan has a Masters of Information degree from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and a Bachelor's degree in Studio Art from Palm Beach Atlantic University.
    • Research and Education Librarian

      Kate Nyhan is a research and education librarian for public health at Cushing/Whitney Medical Library and a lecturer in environmental health sciences at Yale School of Public Health. She earned a post-master's certificate as an interprofessional informationist at Simmons University School of Library and Information Sciences. As an information expert, she contributes to evidence synthesis and metaresearch projects. Her research interests include research waste, reproducibility, reporting, and the information behavior of the public health workforce.
    • Library Services Assistant Medical Library

      I am a Library Services Assistant at Cushing/Whitney Medical Library. My job duties include : Coordinating front-line services at the Information Desk in the Cushing/Whitney Medical LibraryPerform all duties of a front-line service assistant as appropriate to meet operational needsOrganize department education calendarRoom reservationsServe as a source of information on established procedures and policies for staff and patronsAssist with printing, photocopying, and scanningHandle and refer a wide range of  questions in person, by telephone, and via emailAssist patrons with online searches and database selectionProvide assistance requesting interlibrary loan material and related inquiriesTrain library staff who are members of the Cross-Departmental Team While a life learner, I have earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Information and Library Science with a concentration in Psychology. Because of the time spent in the physical and virtual library, I decided to pursue and earn a Master of Library of Science degree. As a result, there are more opportunities to further assist patrons/customers in their quest for knowledge and enlightenment.
    • Head of Academic Research and Education

      As Head of Academic Research and Education at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, I provide expert research assistance and collaborate with faculty and learners on a broad range of topics. I am particularly interested in health professions education scholarship and the role of librarians in teaching and assessing the evidence-based information-seeking skills of trainees. I am also interested in healthcare and education topics related to the LGBTQIA+ population. I collaborate on evidence and knowledge syntheses projects by providing expert searching and methodological expertise. The Academic Research and Education team supports the Yale School of Medicine, the Physician Associate program, the Online Physician Assistant program, the Yale School of Public Health, and the Yale School of Nursing and provides exceptional research and education services to the health sciences community at Yale. When not at work, I enjoy playing with my Pembroke Welsh Corgi, watching hockey, and knitting.
  • MD-PhD Program

    • C. N. H. Long Professor of Medicine (Nephrology) and Professor of Cellular And Molecular Physiology

      Dr. Aronson received his undergraduate education at the University of Rochester and his medical education at New York University. He was an internal medicine resident at the University of North Carolina and a research fellow at the National Institutes of Health before coming to Yale as a nephrology fellow in 1974. He joined the Yale faculty in 1977, and was Chief of the Section of Nephrology from 1987-2002. Dr. Aronson has published articles and book chapters on the mechanisms regulating sodium, chloride, acid-base, and oxalate excretion by the kidney. He has received several awards and honors for his research work, including the Young Investigator Award of the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and American Heart Association in 1985, the Homer W. Smith Award of the ASN in 1994, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1996, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009, the Robert W. Berliner Award of the American Physiological Society (APS) in 2016, and the Walter B. Cannon Award of the APS in 2019. He served as President of the American Society of Nephrology in 2008. Dr. Aronson actively participates in the teaching of undergraduate, graduate and medical students. He was a co-recipient of the Charles W. Bohmfalk Teaching Prize in the Basic Sciences in 2005, and received the Fund for Physician-Scientist Mentorship Award in 2023. Dr. Aronson is an Associate Director of the Yale M.D.-Ph.D. Program.
    • Department Chair and Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases); Professor of Pediatrics (Infectious Disease) and Microbial Pathogenesis; Interim Director, Yale Institute for Global Health; Associate Director, MD-PhD Program

      Michael Cappello MD is Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases at the Yale School of Public Health, and Professor of Pediatrics and Microbial Pathogenesis at Yale Medical School. He graduated from Brown University with a degree in Biomedical Ethics and received his MD from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. After training in adult and Pediatric infectious diseases at Yale, Dr. Cappello joined the faculty in 1995, where he oversees a laboratory and field based research program focused on global health, tropical medicine and molecular parasitology. He is a 2007 recipient of the Bailey K. Ashford medal, awarded by the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene “for distinguished work in tropical medicine.” In addition to research, Dr. Cappello provides clinical care as an Infectious Diseases specialist at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital. He is co-founder of the Yale Partnerships for Global Health, an initiative that advances scientific knowledge, promotes international understanding, and builds human capacity through collaborative research and training. From 2007-15, Dr. Cappello directed the Yale World Fellows Program, a multi-disciplinary, campus-wide initiative whose mission is to cultivate and inspire a global network of leaders committed to positive change. From 2016-21, he chaired the Council on African Studies at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies and was faculty director of the Yale Africa Initiative. Dr. Cappello is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the Academic Advisory Council of Schwarzman Scholars Program at Tsinghua University in Beijing.
    • Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine); Director, Newington VA Pulmonary Clinic, Medicine; Associate Director, MD/PHD Program

    • Henry J. and Joan W. Binder Professor of Medicine (Digestive Diseases) and of Cell Biology; Director Investigated Gastroenterology NIH T32, Internal Medicine; Deputy Director, MD-PhD Program

      After completing medical school and internal medicine training at the University of Missouri, Dr. Gorelick trained at Yale in Gastroenterology. After his clinical training, he began basic science training with Dr. James Jamieson at Yale. During that period he described calcium-calmodulin dependent protein kinase II and subsequently worked with Dr. Paul Greengard (Rockefeller University) to examine the enzyme's mechanism of activation, a response critical to neuronal memory. His later work has focused on the mechanisms of acute pancreatits and how digestive enzymes, such as trypsin, are activated within the pancreas during this disease. Dr. Gorelick sees patients with gastrointestinal diseases at the VAMC in West Haven, CT. He is also the Deputy Director for the Yale physician Scientist program and directs a year-long course for the group that links basic science to clinical disease. He has also been the Director of the Yale Program in Investigative Gastroenterology for over 10 years. His laboratory at the VA studies the molecular mechanisms related to acute pancreatitis with a goal of developing tools that prevent or lessen disease.
    • Associate Professor of Neuroscience and of Biomedical Engineering and of Psychiatry; Member, Program in Cellular Neuroscience, Neurodegeneration and Repair (CNNR); Associate Director, MD-PhD Program

      Dr. Higley studied behavioral neuroscience at Cornell University. He then completed his MD and PhD in the MSTP Program and the laboratory of Dr. Diego Contreras at the University of Pennsylvania. He continued his scientific training as a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Bernardo Sabatini at Harvard Medical School. In 2010, Dr. Higley joined the faculty of the Yale Department of Neuroscience and the Program in Cellular Neuroscience, Neurodegeneration, and Repair (CNNR). He was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2020. He has received numerous honors for his research, including a Sloan Research Fellowship, a Klingenstein Fellowship, and most recently the NIH Director's Pioneer Award. Dr. Higley has a secondary appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and is a member of the Wu Tsai Institute. He also serves as an Associate Director for the Yale MD-PhD Program.
    • Gustavus and Louise Pfeiffer Research Foundation M.D.-Ph.D. Program Director and Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and of Microbial Pathogenesis; Professor, Microbial Pathogenesis; Director, MD-PhD Program, Yale University

      Dr. Kazmierczak received her PhD from Rockefeller University (1993) and her MD from Cornell University Medical College (1994), both in New York City. She completed an Internal Medicine residency and Infectious Diseases fellowship training at the University of California, San Francisco, and joined the Yale faculty in 2001. She is currently a Professor of Medicine and Microbial Pathogenesis, and Director of the MD-PhD program at Yale. Dr. Kazmierczak's research program is broadly focused on bacterial and host factors that allow opportunistic infections to occur. Using Pseudomonas aeruginosa as a clinically relevant model, her lab addresses fundamental questions of how cell-envelope spanning bacterial machines - the Type 3 secretion system, Type 4 pili and polar flagellum - are assembled, regulated, and used during infection. She has also identified host responses directed at components of these virulence associated structures, in particular those mediated by the NLRC4 inflammasome. Inflammatory responses to bacteria are also a focus of her work on microbiome-host interactions in infants with Cystic Fibrosis, where her lab has used longitudinal data acquired over five years from cohorts of patients and controls to understand gut microbiome composition and the inflammatory and metabolic responses at this site. Dr. Kazmierczak has been recognized as a Burroughs-Wellcome Fund Investigator in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Diseases (2007), a Donaghue Investigator (2002), and a Hellman Family Fellow (2002). She is a Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the American Academy for Microbiology.
    • Professor of Neurosurgery and of Neuroscience; Deputy Director, MD-PhD Program

      Dr. Angeliki Louvi (Ph.D., Columbia University Medical Center, 1997) is Professor of Neurosurgery and of Neuroscience, Deputy Director of the MD-PhD Program, and member of the Yale Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program (INP) and the Yale Program on Neurogenetics. She is interested in understanding how the perturbation of basic biological processes leads to clinically significant brain pathology. Her laboratory investigates the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying cerebrovascular and structural brain disorders associated with specific genetic lesions.
    • Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology, of Genetics and of Neuroscience

      Michael Nitabach JD, PhD is faculty member of Molecular Cell Biology, Genetics and Development, Molecular Medicine, Pharmacology and Physiology, and Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program. He is affiliated with the Program in Cellular Neuroscience, Neurodegeneration and Repair. He received a PhD from Columbia University and a JD from New York University.
    • Associate Professor of Therapeutic Radiology; Associate Cancer Center Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Therapeutic Radiology; Associate Director, Yale MD-PhD Program; Director, Yale BioMed Amgen Scholars Program

    • Associate Professor of Medicine (Digestive Diseases) and of Pathology; Associate Director, Yale MD-PhD Program; Director, Internal Medicine Physician Scientist Training Program

      Silvia Vilarinho is a physician-scientist who uses genetics, genomics and human samples to investigate the molecular basis of various liver diseases of unknown etiology. Using these approaches, we have identified five novel genetic liver diseases. Our research goal is to continue to discover new genes important in liver function both in health and disease and to use cell biology and animal models to determine the specific mechanism(s) linking mutant gene to disease as a roadmap to further understand and treat rare and common liver diseases. This research approach provides new knowledge with direct impact in improving patient care and creates an outstanding scientific environment to train future physician-scientists and trainees with particular interest in human disease. Furthermore, I am very committed to make ‘genomic medicine for liver disease’ a reality in clinical practice worldwide.
  • Office of Admissions

    • Director of Admissions

      Director, Admissions, Yale School of Medicine

      Erik D. Choisy, JD, serves as Yale School of Medicine's director of admissions. A lawyer by training, Erik came to Yale after extensive experience in law school admissions and financial aid at the University of Michigan. Previously, he practiced law, first as a DLA Piper Krantz Fellow, working full time on public service and pro bono matters. After the fellowship, he worked in private practice in New York and Atlanta. Erik is also an AmeriCorps alumnus, having served two terms before law school with City Year, a program dedicated to bridging the education gap in high poverty communities. Outside the office, he is known for overambitious home cooking and exceptionally long bicycle rides.
    • Associate Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid

      Professor of Pediatrics (Neurology); Associate Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid; Director, START Program

      Laura R. Ment, M.D., is Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology and Associate Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid, Yale University School of Medicine. A graduate of Brown University and Tufts University School of Medicine, Dr. Ment received her training in both pediatrics and pediatric neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts.Her clinical interests include neonatal brain injury in both preterm and term infants, including intraventricular hemorrhage, periventricular white matter injury, neonatal seizures, stroke and neurogenetic developmental disorders. Dr. Ment also evaluates and cares for patients with developmental delay, epilepsy and neurogenetic disorders.A former member of the NANDS Council of the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke at NIH and Chair of its Clinical Trial Subcommittee, Dr. Ment’s research interests include adaptive mechanisms of developing brain. She was the principal investigator of two multicenter clinical studies exploring prevention of injury in preterm neonates, the long-term neurodevelopmental and neuroimaging sequelae of preterm birth and the genetic mechanisms responsible for these changes. Her magnetic resonance studies investigate neural connectivity in the preterm brain and typically developing fetus across the third trimester of gestation, and her most recent work employs state of the art MR imaging and emerging molecular technologies to identify sensitive, reliable and actionable biomarkers of growth and maturation of the developing brain.
    • Assistant Dean of Admissions

      Professor of Neurosurgery; Assistant Dean for Admissions, Medical Education; Associate Vice Chair of Academic Affairs; Director, Stereotactic Radiosurgery; Director, Gamma Knife Center, YNHH; Director, Stereotactic Radiosurgery Fellowship

      Dr Chiang leads the Brain Metastasis Program at Yale. This Program is comprised of a multi-disciplinary group of physicians in the specialty areas of Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Neurosurgery, Radiology, Pathology and Neuro-Oncology. This nationally unique program is specifically dedicated to the coordinated clinical management of patients with Brain Metastases as well as the performance of basic science, translational and clinical trial research in this area. This group meets at least once weekly at a CME-accredited Tumor Boardto discuss both the clinical and potential research pertinent to the management of our cancer patients with brain and spine metastases. Watch a video with Dr. Veronica Chiang>> As the lead Neurosurgeon in this Program, Dr Chiang specializes in: Standard neurosurgical management of brain metastases. Gamma Knife radiosurgery treatment of brain metastases. This focused radiation tool can be used both as first line treatment, as well as salvage following whole brain radiation therapy and or prior radiosurgery. Particular interest in melanoma and lung cancer. Radiation Treatment in Brain Metastases. The management of post-radiosurgery complications – tumor regrowth versus adverse radiation effects (radiation induced inflammation) Clinical Trials using novel immunotherapies for treatment of brain metastases (Clinical Trials.gov: Identifier # NCT02085070) Dr Chiang has joint appointments in the Departments of Neurosurgery and Radiation Oncology here at Yale University School of Medicine. As the Medical Director of the Gamma Knife Center since 2006, Dr Chiang has participated in state and national discussions regarding the development of guidelines for the radiosurgical management of brain metastases. She is known nationally and internationally for her research on the clinical as well as radiological outcomes of radiosurgical treatment of brain metastases. (ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier #:NCT02005614). She has also extensively published on the efficacy and outcome of radiosurgery for many other brain lesions. In addition, she is the director of the Yale New Haven Hospital Radiosurgery Fellowship Program for Neurosurgery and Radiation Oncology. Laser Thermal Ablation (LTA) LTA is the use of heat emitted from a laser fiber to treat lesions in the brain. It is a cutting edge, minimally invasive technology that allows neurosurgeons to treat lesions inside the skull through a small incision visualized in real time using MRI monitoring. (link to Monteris website – MyBrainTumorOptions.com). As one of the first and longest users of MRI-guided LTA in the USA, Dr Chiang now has 4 years of experience treating a variety of brain tumors and is a national leader in the use of LTA treatment for brain metastases that have regrown following radiosurgery where no other treatment options have been available. She is currently the lead investigator on a clinical trial studying quality of life in patients with brain metastases regrowing after radiosurgery and the impact of LTA (LAASR study – Identifier #: NCT01651078) Dr Chiang also has a significant experience in the use of LTA in conjunction with targeted and immunotherapies especially for lung cancer and melanoma.
    • Senior Associate Director of Admissions

      Senior Associate Director, Admissions

      Barbara Watts graduated from the University of Connecticut with a BS degree in Biology. After moving to Boston she worked at Harvard Medical School as a research assistant in a neurobiology lab. After a few years in the lab, Barbara returned to school and earned her Masters Degree in Secondary School Science teaching at Harvard Graduate School of Education. After teaching middle- and high-school biology, she returned to Harvard Medical School to work for an organization studying child development in Tanzania. Barbara then moved back to Connecticut and has worked for Yale since 2005. She lives in Meriden with her husband, Brian and their awesome dog, Janet.
    • Assistant Director of Admissions

      Assistant Director of Admissions - YSM-2

      Nancy Barrett came to the Yale School of Medicine after a 30-year career in Healthcare Management.  She has a Princeton University undergraduate degree in Psychology with a concentration in Neuroscience, as well as a master's degree in business administration (MBA) with a concentration in Hospital & Healthcare Management from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Nancy has worked in the Biotech and Pharmaceutical industries and run her own health care consulting firm. Her consulting clients include hospitals, corporations, universities and the federal government.  She has facilitated data driven decision-making, implementation and quality measurement.  Nancy serves as an elected member of the Board of Finance in her town and volunteers as an alumni interviewer on the Princeton Alumni Schools Committee. Nancy and her husband, Dr. Sean Barrett (Yale Professor of Physics and Applied Physics), have raised their 3 children in North Haven, CT. In her spare time, Nancy enjoys playing tennis and golf, participating in a book club, playing the cello, gardening, cooking and traveling.
    • Assistant Director of Admissions

      YSM Assistant Director, Admissions

      A native of New York, Vincent obtained his B.A. in Italian from Boston College. Afterwards, he attended the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, from which he obtained his M.S.Ed. in Higher Education. His professional interests include enrollment management, student financial wellness, and Institutional Mergers & Acquisitions. Vincent joins the Yale School of Medicine from Brown University, where he most recently served as an Admissions Specialist to construct a student-centered recruitment and enrollment experience for residential, executive, and online master’s degree programs. He is an active member of NAGAP, the Association for Graduate Enrollment Management. In his spare time, Vincent enjoys cooking, reading, visiting family, savoring great coffee, volleyball, and travelling.
    • Senior Administrative Assistant

      Senior Administrative Assistant, Admissions

      Heather joined the admissions office in April 2024 bringing over a decade of experience in administration. She attended Manhattanville University, earning her undergraduate degree in Business Management with a concentration in Marketing and minor in Psychology. She then went on to work in customer service and sales, eventually managing her own territory in Northern NJ for Verizon. After almost a decade in the sales and marketing industry, Heather transitioned to public school education in an administrative role, preparing the annual budget and serving as the school's Registrar and planner of major events and all communication. Her experience is vast as she was also tasked with troubleshooting most major software for the district and training colleagues and district families on new programs. She is a true team player and excited to bring her extensive skillset to the Admissions Office and support the Yale School of Medicine community. When not in the office, Heather enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children outdoors whether it be at the beach, on the mountains or just simply playing in the backyard. She is a self-proclaimed foodie and coffee enthusiast and loves finding new, local small business cafes and eateries to support in and around the New Haven area.
  • Office of Curriculum

    • Associate Dean for Curriculum; Director of Innovation in Medical Education, MD Program; Emeritus Associate Professor, Neuroscience; Senior Research Scientist, Neuroscience; Director, Medical Studies, Neuroscience

    • Director of Office of Curriculum

      Susan obtained her BA from UCLA and moved to Connecticut from California. She obtained her MBA in 2012, with honors, from Albertus Magnus College.
    • Director of Advanced Training Period Curriculum

      Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine; Director, Point of Care Ultrasound Education, Office of Curriculum; Fellowship Director of Emergency Ultrasound, Emergency Medicine; Faculty Associate, Point of Care Ultrasound Education, Center for Medical Education; Director, Advanced Training Period , Office of Curriculum; Associate Director of the Emergency Ultrasound Section, Emergency Medicine

      Dr. Liu is the current Director of Point-of-Care Ultrasound Education and the Curriculum Director of the Advanced Training Period in the Yale School of Medicine. She focuses on designing curricula and implementation of ultrasound use in basic, physical and clinical science teaching to medical students. Additionally, she brings educational initiatives in teaching emergency medicine residents, fellows and faculty. She has recently served as the Chair of the American College of Emergency Physicians Emergency Ultrasound Section, and Past-President of the Academy of Emergency Ultrasound in the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. She is currently the President within the Society of Clinical Ultrasound Fellowships, as well as a member of the inaugural Advanced Emergency Ultrasound examination committee of the American Board of Emergency Medicine.
    • MCE Director

      Professor of Medicine

      Dr. Wu directs the first and last course at Yale School of Medicine, the Introduction to the Profession and Capstone course, respectively. He also recruits and trains 200 faculty involved in the clinical skills training and interprofessional education for medical, nurse practitioner and physician associate students. He co-directs the Connecticut Older Adult Collaboration for Health (COACH) 4M to enhance the geriatric workforce in primary care and is Chair of the Health Committee for the Yale China Association and collaborated on a model of residency training at Xingaya Hospitals adopted by the government of China.
    • Professor of Internal Medicine (Medical Oncology); Chair, Breast Cancer Tumor Board, Yale Cancer Center; Curriculum Director, Office of Education; Thread Leader, Pharmacology, Office of Education; Master Course Co-Leader, Office of Education

      Dr. DiGiovanna is a native of Long Island, NY, who graduated from Cornell University in 1984 with a B.A. and a double major in the fields of biochemistry and music. He attended Yale University from 1984 through 1990 where he was earned the MD and PhD degrees, with his PhD in Pharmacology. He continued his post-graduate training at Yale, performing internship and residency in Internal Medicine, a research post-doctoral fellowship, and a clinical fellowship in Medical Oncology. He is currently an attending physician in Medical Oncology and Professor of Medicine (Oncology) and Pharmacology at Yale University. His clinical specialty is breast cancer and he conducts both clinical and laboratory-based research. His translational laboratory research focuses on signal transduction in breast cancer. He also has had many leadership roles in education at the Yale School of Medicine, including current roles as Co-Director of the Pre-Clerkship Curriculum, Pharmacology Thread Leader, and Co-Leader of the Genes & Development Master Course. Learn more about Dr. DiGiovanna>>
    • Associate Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases); Associate DIO; GME Director, Educator Development, Department of Medicine; Associate, Teaching and Learning Center; Associate Chair for Education and Academic Affairs, Internal Medicine; Director of YMS Coaching Program , Office of Curriculum

      Dr. Dunne has spent the majority of her career focusing on the care of patients with sexually transmitted diseases and on the education of clinicians who also care for these patients. She is a founding and core faculty member for the Yale Primary Care HIV Training Track.Dr Dunne also enjoys medical education and faculty development. She was the Inpatient Internal Medicine Clerkship Director from 2011-2023 and now is Director of the YMS Coaching program. She directs educator development projects for GME and UME.
    • Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences; Site Director, Women's Health Sargent Drive; Clerkship Director, Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences

      Shefali R Pathy, MD, MPH is Assistant Clinical Professor of OB/GYN in Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at Yale School of Medicine. She is the Director of Clerkships for Yale School of Medicine and the co-director of Women and Children's Health Clerkship, OBGYN Component. Clinically, she is the OB/GYN Director of the Women’s Center at Yale New Haven Hospital. Dr Pathy received her medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY where she also completed her OB/GYN residency. Dr Pathy has spent the majority of her career working in an urban health setting, including Jacobi Hospital, Yale New Haven Hospital and Stamford Hospital. She has a strong interest in health care in the urban setting and medical education.
    • Associate Professor in Cell Biology; Director, Medical Studies

      Peter Takizawa is an assistant professor in the Department of Cell Biology at Yale School of Medicine. He is also Co-Director of the Pre-Clerkship Curriculum at Yale School of Medicine and a member of the Teaching and Learning Center. He has led the effort to incorporate team-based learning in medical education at Yale through the creation of a website and training faculty. He has also created an online histology website that is open to the world. He teaches medical students at Yale and is course director of Scientific Foundations and leader of the Cell Biology thread.
    • Associate Professor of Internal Medicine (General Medicine); Assistant Dean for Education, Medical Education; Associate Program Director, Yale Combined Med-Peds Residency Program; Director of Clinical Skills, Office of Education; Associate Professor, Pediatrics; Editor, Yale Primary Care Pediatrics Curriculum, Pediatrics

      Jaideep Talwalkar is a physician and Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Yale School of Medicine. He provides primary care for patients of all ages as well as specialty care for adults with cystic fibrosis. He has been involved in Yale’s administrative and educational response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as frontline care on the COVID-19 wards at Yale-New Haven Hospital. In addition to seeing patients, he teaches medical students and residents at Yale and develops curricula for medical education. As Director of Clinical Skills, he oversees the teaching of fundamental bedside skills to Yale medical students. He also edits and administers the Yale Primary Care Pediatrics Curriculum (pcpc.yale.edu), a guide for pediatric teaching used by pediatricians nationwide. When not at work, he chases his three active kids, coaches youth soccer, and seeks any opportunity for long-distance running and ultimate frisbee.
    • Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

      Alina Tsyrulnik, MD attended Barnard College majoring in biology and minoring in psychology, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2004. Thereafter, she pursued a medical degree at New York University School of Medicine and completed her residency at Yale University School of Medicine. She served as Chief Resident 2011-2012. Upon the completion of her residency, Dr. Tsyrulnik accepted a faculty position in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Yale University School of medicine. In 2013 she became the Assistant Residency Director for the department, and in 2017 she became the Associate Residency Director. Dr. Tsyrulnik is primarily in charge of the Emergency Department’s PGY2 class, taking a central role in mentorship, remediation, and clinical as well as academic development of 19 residents per year. In 2022, Dr. Tsyrulnik became the MD Director for the Interprofessional Longitudinal Clinical Experience (ILCE) course for Yale School of Medicine. The course centers on developing clinical skills in an interprofessional setting of MD, PA, and MSN students. Her academic interests are in resident education, assessment and CBME, as well as interprofessional education.
  • Office of Curriculum Staff

    • Program Coordinator, Clinical Educational Programs; Program Coordinator, Office of Curriculum

      Beth is a Program Coordinator at the Office of Curriculum. She supports the Clinical Skills and ILCE teams. When Beth is not at the office, you can find her gardening, reading and enjoying her family.
    • Data Analyst

      Alison joined Yale University in 2001 with Yale Medicine (the clinical practice of Yale University’s School of Medicine) in the department of Network Development and Strategy where she advanced, assuming different roles in strategic planning and data analytics.  In 2016, she joined the Yale Physician Associate Program as Associate Director of Operations until 2019 when she accepted the newly created role of PA Program Data Analyst.  She currently holds the position of Data Analyst for Yale School of Medicine in the Office of Medical Education where she manages the data needs and the administrative activities of Yale School of Medicine’s (YSM) accreditation and Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) processes. Alison is a graduate of Quinnipiac University where she received a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and a master’s degree in Finance.
    • Program Coordinator

      To hear how to pronounce Mx. A Gould, visit www.name-coach.com/a-gould Since 2022, Mx. A Gould (they/them and he/him) has worked as a Program Coordinator with the Yale School of Medicine (YSM) Office of Curriculum (OoC). They support the Health Equity Thread (HET), a curriculum thread designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to understand and respond to the challenge of assuring a diverse, equitable, and inclusive healthcare system for patients and communities. Mx. Gould also supports the OoC by providing administrative support for LCME Accreditation compliance. Mx. Gould is working toward a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Southern Connecticut State University. After graduating, they plan on becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) to work with LGBTQIA+ clients. Prior to being a Program Coordinator, Mx. Gould worked in the YSM Psychiatry Department as a Research Assistant 1 and 2. Under Dr. Meenakshi Alreja, they supported the VA National Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) Series. The ECHO team offers three monthly webinar series for primary care and mental healthcare providers on a variety of topics including Veteran mental health, suicide prevention, substance use disorder, and LGBTQ+ mental health. While working in Dr. Zafra Cooper's lab, Mx. Gould worked on a project investigating the prevalence of eating disorders among new Veterans and associated risk factors. In the Belief, Learning, & Memory Lab, Mx. Gould supported a study using neuroimaging (functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS)), and electroencephalogram (EEG) to investigate how psychosis impacts prediction error and belief updating. Prior to Yale, Mx. Gould graduated with a BA from Wells College, having majored in Psychology and minored in both Biology and Environmental Science. After graduation, he worked for the Uniformed Services University (USU) at the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS). There, they gained experience working with multiple populations including Veterans, active duty service members, and military families. Mx. Gould has worked with study participants who have Serious Mental Illnesses (SMI) including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), complicated grief disorder, schizophrenia, and eating disorders. Their research interests include research ethics, disparities in research studies, LGBTQIA+ health, neurodivergence and autism in adults, health inequities, suicidality, suicide prevention, and mental illness treatments.
    • YSM Curriculum Program Manager, Pre-clerkship Curriculum & Coaching Program

      Chelsea Wallace is the Program Manager for the inaugural Longitudinal Coaching Program at YSM. She attended Texas Tech University, earning her undergraduate degree (BS) in Human Development and Family Sciences. Cumulatively, she has 8 years of professional higher education experience in areas such as student development, program management, recruitment, admissions and career counseling while working for Texas Tech University. Chelsea completed a graduate degree (M.Ed.) in Higher Education Administration in 2022. She has co-authored an opposite editorial piece in Times Higher Education. Chelsea currently holds a co-chair position on the Future Leaders of Yale (FLY) Mentorship Subcommittee. In addition, she serves on multiple YSM committees.
    • Manager, Clinical Skills Program Office of Curriculum; Manager, Clinical Education Programs

      Since 2010, Tracy has managed the curriculum for the Clerkships, Clinical Electives and Palliative Care Educational programs. Her previous position was as a Marketing Coordinator at the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation. Prior to working at Yale she worked in Marketing Communications for Nortel Networks and GlaxoSmithKline. Tracy received her Bachelor of Arts in Media Communications at the College of Charleston and her Master of Arts in Liberal Studies at Duke University where she majored in Women’s Studies.Tracy is originally from Belgrade, Montana and moved to Cheshire, CT from Raleigh, NC in 2007. She enjoys hiking on the weekends with her dog Tweenie, traveling, and reading fiction. She also enjoys watching hockey and football with her son Jacob and playing “Just Dance” on the Wii with her daughter Sophie.
  • Office of Financial Aid

    • Dean of Admissions & Financial Aid

      Professor of Pediatrics (Neurology); Associate Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid; Director, START Program

      Laura R. Ment, M.D., is Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology and Associate Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid, Yale University School of Medicine. A graduate of Brown University and Tufts University School of Medicine, Dr. Ment received her training in both pediatrics and pediatric neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts.Her clinical interests include neonatal brain injury in both preterm and term infants, including intraventricular hemorrhage, periventricular white matter injury, neonatal seizures, stroke and neurogenetic developmental disorders. Dr. Ment also evaluates and cares for patients with developmental delay, epilepsy and neurogenetic disorders.A former member of the NANDS Council of the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke at NIH and Chair of its Clinical Trial Subcommittee, Dr. Ment’s research interests include adaptive mechanisms of developing brain. She was the principal investigator of two multicenter clinical studies exploring prevention of injury in preterm neonates, the long-term neurodevelopmental and neuroimaging sequelae of preterm birth and the genetic mechanisms responsible for these changes. Her magnetic resonance studies investigate neural connectivity in the preterm brain and typically developing fetus across the third trimester of gestation, and her most recent work employs state of the art MR imaging and emerging molecular technologies to identify sensitive, reliable and actionable biomarkers of growth and maturation of the developing brain.
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      Senior Administrative Assistant-YSM Financial Aid; Senior Administrator, YSM Department of Education

  • Office of Global Health Education

    • Director

      Professor of Psychiatry, Associate Dean for Global Health Education, Deputy Dean for Professionalism and Leadership; Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health

      A graduate of Franklin and Marshall College, Yale School of Medicine and the Yale Psychiatry residency and geriatric psychiatry fellowship programs, Throughout his career Dr. Rohrbaugh has been active in developing clinical programs that integrate medical student and residency education. He has been especially interested in teaching beginning clinicians how to listen to a patient's narrative, identify pertinent data, and use that data to develop a bio-psycho-social formulation and treatment plan. Dr. Rohrbaugh developed the VA-CT Psychiatry Primary Care Clinic and Geropsychiatry service and served as Clinical Director of VA-CT Mental Health Service Line. He served as the Clerkship Director and Director of Medical Studies for medical student education and as Associate Program Director before leaving the VA to assume the Program Director role in 2008. In 2009, Dr. Rohrbaugh was named Deputy Chair for Education and Career Development in the Department of Psychiatry. In his residency program director role, Dr. Rohrbaugh facilitated the development of a social justice and health equity track within the residency to equip psychiatrists to address health disparities as part of their clinical mission. Dr. Rohrbaugh has worked with colleagues at Xiangya School of Medicine in Changsha, Hunan Province, PRC to develop a competency based model for post-graduate (residency) education. This model has heavily influenced the Chinese national model for residency training. He was the Founding Director of the Yale School of Medicine's Office of International Medical Student Education in 2008 and was named Associate Dean for Global Health Education. In 2015, having noted the irony that global health education is largely discussed by educators in high income countries, Dr. Rohrbaugh co-founded the Bellagio Global Health Education Initiative with an explicit goal of bringing global health education leaders from high, middle and low income countries together to improve global health education. In 2021 Dr. Rohrbaugh became Deputy Dean for Professionalism and Leadership at Yale School of Medicine. In this role he leads a team whose mission is to improve the culture of the School by promoting professionalism, developing faculty leaders, and elevating well-being of faculty.
    • Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases); Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health

      Professor Aksoy is a tropical medicine researcher whose work focuses on the epidemiology of insect transmitted (vector borne) and zoonotic diseases.  Her research has been on tsetse flies and the pathogenic parasites they transmit that cause highly neglected and fatal diseases of humans in Africa, known as Sleeping Sickness. Her laboratory focuses on deciphering the vector-parasite molecular dialogue and parasite development during the transmission process with the ultimate goal of identifying novel targets of interference and developing transmission blocking vaccines to reduce disease.  Her fundamental and interdisciplinary work on tsetse and its microbial symbionts has identified key principles that shape host-microbe interactions. Her studies with tsetse's mutualistic microbes identified nutritional contributions that facilitate female fecundity and mediate host immune system development. Her studies with tsetse's commensal microbiota led to a novel biological method, coined as paratransgenesis, in which anti-parasitic molecules are synthesized in the beneficial gut microbes, thus making the gut environment inhospitable for disease causing parasites. Ability to spread such modified microbes into natural insect populations is being explored to reduce disease transmission as a novel biological method.Dr. Aksoy maintains collaborative research activities with Yale researchers as well as with multiple universities and research institutes in Africa. Their studies in Kenya and Uganda investigate the epidemiology of Sleeping Sickness disease, with a focus on understanding the major drivers that sustain disease transmission, as well as on population genetics of flies and parasites and their microbiota. She initiated and led a large international consortium that eventually sequenced the genome of six tsetse fly species. This effort vastly expanded molecular knowledge and genomic resources on this neglected disease vector, and collectively expanded research capacity in bioinformatics and functional biology in many laboratories in sub-Sahara Africa. As the co-editor in Chief of the journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases between 2007-2020, she has been a major voice for building research and publication capacity for global neglected tropical diseases.  Throughout her professional career, Aksoy has been an advocate of and innovator in Global Health; served as a dedicated mentor to students and scientists in the US and in Africa, China, Italy and Turkey helping to prepare the next generation of leaders in the fields of epidemiology and zoonotic disease control.
    • Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases); Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health; Director, Yale Center for Clinical and Community Research, Department of Medicine; Director, HIV in Prisons Program, Infectious Diseases; Director, Community Health Care Van, Intersection of Infectious Diseases and Substance Use Disorders/Addiction Medicine; Academic Icon Professor of Medicine, University of Malaya-Centre of Excellence for Research in AIDS (CERiA), Faculty of Medicine

      Frederick (Rick) L. Altice is a professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Public Health and is a clinician, clinical epidemiologist, intervention and implementation science researcher at Yale University School of Medicine and School of Public Health. Dr. Altice’s primary research focuses on interventions and implementation science at the interface between infectious diseases and addiction and he has conducted research in several global health settings. He also has a number of projects working in the criminal justice system, including transitional programs addressing infectious diseases, medications for opioid use disorder (methadone, buprenorphine, extended release naltrexone), mental illness, homelessness and social instability. Specific topics include alcohol, opioid, stimulant and nicotine use disorders on HIV treatment outcomes, HIV and addiction treatment, interface with the criminal justice system, and pharmacokinetic drug interactions between treatment for substance use disorders and antiretroviral and tuberculosis therapy. At a basic level, his research focuses on clinical epidemiology, especially in key populations at risk for HIV (e.g., MSM, TGW, PWID, prisoners, sex workers) and development, adaptation and evaluation of of biomedical and behavioral interventions to improve treatment outcomes. His research, however, has evolved and included development and testing of mobile technologies (mHealth) to intervene with key populations to promote health outcomes.  His research is especially concentrated in health services research techniques with a focus on implementation science, seeking to introduce and scale-up evidence-based interventions in numerous contexts. A number of implementation science strategies are underway to examine scale-up of medication-assisted therapies to treat opioid use disorder in community, criminal justice and in primary care settings. Most recently, his work has been augmented through use of decision science techniques to understand and promote patient preferences, including the development of informed and shared decision-making aids. His work has emerged primarily with a global health focus with funded research projects internationally in Malaysia, Ukraine, Moldova, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Peru, and Indonesia. He has participated in projects through the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency, Special Projects of National Significance with HRSA, and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. He is currently also collaborating on projects with the WHO, UNAIDS, USAID, PEPFAR and UNODC. Current internationally funded projects in dedicated research sites that are being conducted in Malaysia, Ukraine, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan and Peru. His research and training sites in Malaysia (2005), Peru (2010) and Ukraine (2005) are dedicated training and research sites for the Global Health Equity Scholars Fogarty Training Program and the Doris Duke International Fellowship program. He is currently the director for two International Implementation Science Research and Training Centers with collaborations between Yale University and the University of Malaya and Sichuan University.
    • Professor Emeritus; Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health; Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Epidemiology and Public Health; Senior Research Scientist, Infectious Diseases

      I have focused my career in medicine and infectious diseases on creating new knowledge to improve the health of marginalized and underserved populations in the US and globally. I have been involved in HIV/AIDS care, teaching and research since 1981. I served as Director of the Yale AIDS Program from 1991 to 2009. More recently, although still working domestically on HIV/AIDS, a major focus my work has been to integrate HIV and TB care and treatment in co infected patients in South Africa with the aim of improving diagnosis, treatment and outcomes of both diseases. This has led to the recognition of the epidemic of extensively drug resistant tuberculosis (XDR TB) in Tugela Ferry in rural KwaZuluNatal South Africa and now focuses on the diagnosis, treatment and reduction of transmission of XDR TB and multiple drug resistant (MDR) TB and in HIV co-infected patients. During my career, I have developed multidisciplinary teams and constructed observational studies, clinical trials and operational research in community and health care settings to address complex infectious diseases challenges. I have also served as a mentor for students, residents, fellows and faculty and other health care workers in the US and multiple international sites, with a current and continuing focus in rural South Africa.
    • Foundations Fund Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Genetics and of Neuroscience; Director, Division of Human Genetics (Psychiatry)

      Joel Gelernter, MD, is Foundations Fund Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Genetics and Neurobiology; and Director, Division of Human Genetics (Psychiatry), at the Yale University School of Medicine. The research focus of his laboratory is genetics of psychiatric illness – phenotypes including cocaine, opioid, nicotine, cannabis, and alcohol dependence, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and panic and other anxiety disorders. He also studies a range of related phenotypes, including pharmacogenomics; and basic issues in population and complex trait genetics. The overall approach involves study of genetic polymorphism and sequence variation, on a molecular level and from the perspective of population genetics. Dr Gelernter’s laboratory published genomewide association studies (GWAS) for cocaine, cannabis, and opioid dependence, PTSD, alcohol dependence, nicotine dependence, and several related traits. All of these studies have resulted in the identification of novel risk loci.
    • Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases) and of Pharmacology; Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health

      Dr. Heimer's major research efforts include scientific investigation of the mortality and morbidity associated with injection drug use. Areas of investigation include syringe exchange programs, virus survival in syringes, hepatitis B vaccination, hepatitis C transmission risks, overdose prevention and resuscitation, and pharmacological treatment of opiate addiction. His research combines laboratory, operational, behavioral, and structural analyses to evaluate the effectiveness of intervention programs in preventing the negative medical consequences of injection drug use. Dr. Heimer is a member of Yale’s Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA) and former Director of its Interdisciplinary Research Methods Core. His current work focuses on the contexts and consequences of the opioid crisis in CT and the systemic of HIV, viral hepatitis, and injection drug use nationally and globally. Dr. Heimer previously served as Principal Investigator of the Yale office of the Connecticut Emerging Infections Program. This Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-funded program is one of ten programs nationwide that seek to assess, through population-based surveillance, the public health impact of emerging infectious diseases and to evaluate methods for their prevention and control in the community. The Yale program currently focuses on foodborne illnesses, and respiratory illnesses (especially influenza), Lyme and other tickborne diseases, Clostridium difficile, and the prevention of human papillomavirus infections. Dr. Heimer received his training in molecular biology and pharmacology at Columbia College (BA) and Yale University (MA, PhD). He began his work on the prevention of HIV among injection drug users in 1990 with an evaluation of the city-run New Haven needle exchange program and his work on emerging infections in 1995 with studies of the tick-borne agent of human ehrlichiosis.
    • Assistant Professor of Public Health; Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health

      Dr. Humphries has a broad background in public health research and practice. She has been a consultant in the areas of diet and physical activity behavior change, sustainability of community health programs, program monitoring and evaluation, and training in participatory monitoring and evaluation for organizations in Vietnam, Africa and in the United States. She has extended that reach through her Practice-based Community Health Research course which places student groups with agencies in the State of Connecticut to plan and evaluate programs. Sample projects include: Determining the Best Time to Implement Routine HIV Testing in Jails; Barriers to Accessing Health Care and Health Needs of Undocumented Immigrants; Evaluation of HIV/AIDS prevention, testing and care in Connecticut Correctional Facilities; and Strategies to Reduce Low Birth Weight in New Haven: An Evaluation of the Outreach Strategy of the New Haven Maternal and Child Health Department. Humphries is also a member of the Community Research Engagement steering committee at Yale.Dr. Humphries’ research addresses interactions between nutrition and infectious disease, as well as programmatic approaches to improving public health. This work has taken her to Asia and Africa where she has studied environmental factors and intestinal helminth infections and their relationship to anemia as well as effectiveness of intervention programs. She is currently collaborating on a longitudinal study to characterize parasite and host factors affecting response to deworming in Ghana.
    • William K. Lanman, Jr. Professor of Anthropology and Professor in the MacMillan Center; Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health; Professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences

      Professor Inhorn is the William K. Lanman Jr. Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs in the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, where she served as Chair of the Council on Middle East Studies (CMES, 2008-11). She is the Founding Editor of the Journal of Middle East Women's Studies (JMEWS), and she has received the 2013 Middle East Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Anthropological Association's Middle East Section. As Past-President of the Society for Medical Anthropology (SMA) of the American Anthropological Association, Inhorn was the Program Chair of the SMA conference on “Medical Anthropology at the Intersections: Celebrating 50 Years of Interdisciplinarity,” (link) held at Yale September 24-27, 2009. In 2010, she was the inaugural Diane Middlebrook and Carl Djerassi Visiting Professor at the the University of Cambridge's Centre for Gender Studies. In 2013, she received the SMA's Graduate Mentoring Award from the Medical Anthropology Students' Association (MASA).Inhorn’s research interests revolve around the anthropology of reproduction, gender and feminist theory (including masculinity studies), science and technology studies, religion and bioethics, globalization and global health, cultures of biomedicine and ethnomedicine, and stigma and human suffering. Over the past 25 years, Inhorn has conducted multi-sited research on the social impact of infertility and assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) in Egypt, Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates, and Arab America. She is the author of four books on the subject, The New Arab Man: Emergent Masculinities, Technologies, and Islam in the Middle East (Princeton U Press, 2012), Local Babies, Global Science: Gender, Religion, and In Vitro Fertilization in Egypt (Routledge, 2003), Infertility and Patriarchy: The Cultural Politics of Gender and Family Life in Egypt (U Pennsylvania Press, 1996) and Quest for Conception: Gender, Infertility, and Egyptian Medical Traditions (U Pennsylvania Press, 1994), which have won the American Anthropological Association’s Eileen Basker Prize and Diana Forsythe Prize for outstanding feminist anthropological research in the areas of gender, health, science, technology, and biomedicine. Her newest book, “Cosmopolitan Conceptions: IVF Sojourns in Global Dubai,” will being published by Duke University Press. Inhorn is also the editor or co-editor of nine volumes, including Globalized Fatherhood (Berghahn 2014); Medical Anthropology at the Intersections: Histories, Activisms, and Futures (Duke U Press, 2012); Islam and Assisted Reproductive Technologies: Sunni and Shia Perspectives (Berghahn, 2012); and Anthropology and Public Health: Bridging Differences in Culture and Society (Oxford U Press, 2009).
    • Department Chair and Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Public Health (Social and Behavioral Sciences); Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health

      Trace Kershaw, PhD, focuses on the social and structural determinants of health (e.g., sexual health, substance use, mental health, reproductive health) among adolescents and emerging adults. His current focus is using innovative technologic methods to understand how social (e.g., how ones friends, partners, and family) and geographic context (e.g., how the places one goes and lives) influences their behaviors and health. Further, he is an expert in developing interventions aimed to improve the health and well being of adolescents and emerging adults.He is the Chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the Director of two HIV Training Grants (Yale AIDS Prevention Training, Research Education Institute for Diverse Scholars), and Director of the  the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA). He has twice won Mentor of the Year. He also serves on expert panels for the NIH and CDC and on several journal editorial boards.
    • Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases); Track Director, Critical Topics, Executive MPH; Program Co-Director, Global Health Ethics Program, Yale Institute for Global Health

      Dr. Khoshnood is an Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies at the Yale School of Public Health and executive committee member at Yale Council on Middle East Studies. He is Faculty Director for Humanitarian Research Lab. Dr. Khoshnood is trained as an infectious disease epidemiologist and has more than three decades of domestic and international experience in HIV prevention research among people who use drugs and other at-risk populations. Dr. Khoshnood's research interests include: 1) epidemiology and prevention of HIV/AIDS, 2) research ethics and 3) humanitarian health.
    • Neison Harris Professor in the Child Study Center and Professor of Pediatrics; Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health

      James F. Leckman, M.D. is the Neison Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, Psychiatry, Psychology and Pediatrics at Yale. Dr. Leckman is a well-known child psychiatrist and patient-oriented clinical investigator. For more than 20, years he served as the Director of Research for the Yale Child Study Center.   His peers have regularly selected him as one of the Best Doctors in America. Dr. Leckman is the author or co-author of over 430 original articles published in peer-reviewed journals, twelve books, and 140 book chapters. Dr. Leckman has a longstanding interest in Tourette syndrome and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). His research on these disorders is multifaceted from phenomenology and natural history, to neurobiology to genetics, to risk factor research and treatment studies. One area of active research interest concerns the role of the immune system in the pathobiology of Tourette syndrome and other neuropsychiatric disorders.
    • Professor Adjunct in Pediatrics; Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health; Professor of Pediatrics (Infectious Diseases), Pediatrics; Professor, Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases; Professor of Pharmacology, Molecular Medicine, Pharmacology, and Physiology; Professor of Management, School of Management

      The Paintsil laboratory focuses on increasing our understanding of the host determinants of individual differences in response to antiretroviral therapy; biomarkers and pathogenesis of increasing incidence of cancers in HIV treatment-experienced individuals.
    • Bruce A. and Davi-Ellen Chabner Professor of Anthropology, Health, and Global Affairs and Professor of Public Health; Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health

      Professor Panter-Brick's research consists of critical analyses of health and wellbeing across key stages of human development, giving special attention to the impact of poverty, disease, malnutrition, armed conflict, and social marginalization.She has directed large interdisciplinary projects in Afghanistan, Ethiopia, the Gambia, Nepal, Niger, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, and the United Kingdom. These projects include work on global public health and health interventions, mental health, psychosocial stress, disease ecology, nutrition, and human reproduction. Her focus on children in global adversity has included biocultural research with street children, refugees, and war-affected adolescents. She teaches courses on wellbeing, livelihoods, and health, disease ecology, nutritional anthropology, and medical anthropology.She has published widely on child and adolescent health, including articles on violence and mental health in Afghanistan, household decision-making and infant survival in famine-stricken Niger, the social ecology of growth retardation in Nepali slums, biomarkers of stress in contexts of violence and homelessness, the effectiveness of public health interventions, and human rights and public health approaches as applied to international work with street children.She has edited several books to bridge research findings into teaching practice, including Health, Risk, and Adversity (2009), Hunter-Gatherers: An Interdisciplinary Perspective (2001), Abandoned Children (2000), Hormones, Health and Behavior (1999), and Biosocial Perspectives on Children (1989). She is currently Senior Editor (Medical Anthropology section) for Social Science & Medicine. Prior to coming to Yale, Panter-Brick was Professor of Anthropology at Durham University in the United Kingdom.
    • Leitner Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Political Science

      Having received his PhD in philosophy from Harvard, Thomas Pogge is Leitner Professor of Philosophy and International Affairs and founding Director of the Global Justice Program at Yale. He is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science as well as co-founder of Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP), an international network aiming to enhance the impact of scholars, teachers and students on global poverty, and of Incentives for Global Health, a team effort toward developing a complement to the pharmaceutical patent regime that would improve access to advanced medicines for the poor worldwide (www.healthimpactfund.org). His recent publications include Designing in Ethics, co-edited, Cambridge 2017; Global Tax Fairness, co-edited, Oxford 2016; Politics as Usual, Polity 2010; World Poverty and Human Rights, 2nd edition, Polity 2008; Global Justice and Global Ethics, co-edited, Paragon House 2008; John Rawls: His Life and Theory of Justice, Oxford 2007; and Freedom from Poverty as a Human Right, edited, Oxford & UNESCO 2007. More information at https://campuspress.yale.edu/thomaspogge/
  • Office of Global Health Education Staff

    • Director, Office of Global Health Education

      Senior Administrative Assistant 2; Administrative Director, Office of Global Health Education

    • Associate Dean for Global Health Education

      Professor of Psychiatry, Associate Dean for Global Health Education, Deputy Dean for Professionalism and Leadership; Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health

      A graduate of Franklin and Marshall College, Yale School of Medicine and the Yale Psychiatry residency and geriatric psychiatry fellowship programs, Throughout his career Dr. Rohrbaugh has been active in developing clinical programs that integrate medical student and residency education. He has been especially interested in teaching beginning clinicians how to listen to a patient's narrative, identify pertinent data, and use that data to develop a bio-psycho-social formulation and treatment plan. Dr. Rohrbaugh developed the VA-CT Psychiatry Primary Care Clinic and Geropsychiatry service and served as Clinical Director of VA-CT Mental Health Service Line. He served as the Clerkship Director and Director of Medical Studies for medical student education and as Associate Program Director before leaving the VA to assume the Program Director role in 2008. In 2009, Dr. Rohrbaugh was named Deputy Chair for Education and Career Development in the Department of Psychiatry. In his residency program director role, Dr. Rohrbaugh facilitated the development of a social justice and health equity track within the residency to equip psychiatrists to address health disparities as part of their clinical mission. Dr. Rohrbaugh has worked with colleagues at Xiangya School of Medicine in Changsha, Hunan Province, PRC to develop a competency based model for post-graduate (residency) education. This model has heavily influenced the Chinese national model for residency training. He was the Founding Director of the Yale School of Medicine's Office of International Medical Student Education in 2008 and was named Associate Dean for Global Health Education. In 2015, having noted the irony that global health education is largely discussed by educators in high income countries, Dr. Rohrbaugh co-founded the Bellagio Global Health Education Initiative with an explicit goal of bringing global health education leaders from high, middle and low income countries together to improve global health education. In 2021 Dr. Rohrbaugh became Deputy Dean for Professionalism and Leadership at Yale School of Medicine. In this role he leads a team whose mission is to improve the culture of the School by promoting professionalism, developing faculty leaders, and elevating well-being of faculty.
  • Office of Student Affairs

    • Director of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

      Jill earned her BA from Villanova University and MSEd from the University of Pennsylvania and lived in the Philadelphia area for 10 years before returning home to Connecticut to start a family. Jill started her career at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia managing a Community Pediatrics and Advocacy curriculum for resident physicians. She started working at Yale in October 2007 as the Manager of Medical Education for the Ob/Gyn department and joined the Office of Student Affairs in September 2012.
    • Director of Student Programs

      Deanna earned her BS from the University of Connecticut and spent the following 4 years in Baltimore, Maryland providing case management and intensive outreach care to underserved patients living in the city. Family brought Deanna and her husband back home to Connecticut where she then worked in research as a Program Coordinator with The Asthma Center at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Taking time off to start a family and care for her late mother, Deanna and her husband, Dan, eventually relocated to Guilford, Connecticut where they remain active in their community and can be found nearly every weekend cheering and coaching their 2 daughters from various sidelines. Deanna joined the Office of Student Affairs in September 2018 where she supports the Advisor Program, YSM’s student-run HAVEN Free Clinic, and special projects within the Office of Curriculum.  Departments & Organizations Medical Education Staff Yale University
    • Senior Administrative Assistant

      Joanne started at Yale as the senior administrative assistant to the CRO of the Yale Medical Group in February 2012. Previously she worked in administrative support positions in health insurance, admissions/medical education at a technical school, and in the pharmaceutical industry. She joined the YSM Student Affairs department in May 2014 supporting the dean for student affairs. Joanne is a State of Connecticut notary and is available to help you with documents you may need notarized. In her spare time she tries to read a book a week.
    • Assistant Professor; Director of Performance Improvement, Yale School of Medicine; Director of Clinical Reasoning, Yale School of Medicine; Associate, Educator Development in Teaching Clinical Reasoning, Teaching and Learning Center

      Thilan Wijesekera, MD, MHS received his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry before completing his residency training in Yale University’s Primary Care Residency Program. He subsequently completed a General Internal Medicine Fellowship in Medical Education at Yale University School of Medicine, during which he received a Master of Health Science degree in the Medical Education Pathway.   In 2018, he joined the Academic Hospitalist Program in the Yale Section of General Internal Medicine.  He is active in medical education, particularly at Yale University School of Medicine, where he has roles as the Director of Clinical Reasoning and a section leader in the Interprofessional Longitudinal Clinical Experience. He also has a role in the Teaching and Learning Center as an Associate for Clinical Reasoning Educator Development, where he provides and collaborates on consultations, workshops, and scholarship related to teaching clinical reasoning.   Dr. Wijesekera's educational interests include clinical skills, curriculum development, interprofessional education and mentorship for medical students and residents.  His research interests include clinical reasoning, diagnostic error, and interprofessional education with recent publications in JAMA Internal Medicine, Academic Medicine, and Journal of General Internal Medicine.  He gives faculty development workshops regionally and nationally on teaching clinical reasoning and diagnostic error, on which he completed a fellowship with the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (2018).
  • Office of Student Research

    • Associate Dean of Student Research

      Professor of Medicine (General Medicine); Associate Dean for Student Research, Office of Education; Co-Director, National Clinician Scholars Program

      Sarwat Chaudhry, MD is a board-certified internist who completed her clinical training at the University of Chicago before coming to Yale for postdoctoral fellowship training in the Clinical Scholars Program. She holds a faculty position as Professor of Medicine in the Section of General Medicine. She also serves as Associate Dean of Student Research and Co-Director of the National Clinician Scholars Program. Dr. Chaudhry leads an active portfolio of NIH-funded research, focusing primarily on diversifying the physician and physician-scientist workforce. She is also leading work focused on improving the quality and safety of hospital-based care.
    • Associate Dean of Student Research

      John Slade Ely Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary) and Professor of Pathology; Director, Yale Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) Center of Excellence, Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine; Associate Dean, Medical Student Research

      My training as a physician scientist motivates me to seek new treatments for chronic lung diseases.  I have spent more than 15 years pursuing this goal by studying the relationship mechanisms of fibrotic remodeling in the adult mammalian lung. My laboratory has had a sustained impact on the field of pulmonary fibrosis and is credited with several seminal discoveries that have been verified and reproduced in laboratories around the world. My early work helped ignite interest in the mechanism(s) through which innate immunity is linked to pulmonary fibrosis. For example, my lab was the first to report that monocytes from patients with Scleroderma associated lung fibrosis adopt profibrotic properties following DAMP stimulation. We reported that the lungs of mice exposed to fibrotic stimuli, and humans with IPF, contain aberrantly activated macrophages that can be repolarized with innate immune agonists to attenuate experimentally induced lung fibrosis. We also are credited with linking intracellular DNA sensors and their ligands with numerous forms of interstitial lung disease. Most recently we reported that a previously unrecognized nerve-lung connection drives mammalian lung fibrosis.  My work has been published in journals such as Science, Science Translational Medicine, Nature Medicine, Cell, Journal of Clinical Investigation, Lancet Respiratory Medicine, and the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. I have been a continuous recipient of NIH funding since 2005 in the form of K08, R01 and U01 awards, and have been honored by my peers with the Jo Rae Wright Award from the American Thoracic Society and induction into the American Society of Clinical Investigation (ASCI).    My discoveries in these domains have been informed by collaborations with Yale immunologists, neuroscientists, and bioengineers with the goal of developing new ways to improve respiratory health.
    • Deputy Director of Scientific Affairs

      Research Scientist (Geriatrics); Associate Director, Training Program in Geriatric Clinical Epidemiology & Aging-related Research; Deputy Director of Scientific Affairs, Office of Student Research

      Alexandra Hajduk, PhD, MPH, is a geriatric epidemiologist whose research focuses on improving patient-centered outcomes for older adults with cardiovascular disease. She is also Associate Director of Yale's Training Program in Geriatric Clinical Epidemiology & Aging-related Research as well as Deputy Director of Scientific Affairs at Yale School of Medicine's Office of Student Research.
    • Associate Director

      Assoc Dir YSM Stu Research

      Sarah May assumed the role of Associate Director in the Office of Student Research in September, 2023. In this role, Sarah proactively oversees the entirety of the medical student research program's operational facets. This encompasses the management of the research curriculum in alignment with Yale's educational research program objectives, meticulous tracking and adherence to MD thesis requirements for all graduating students, orchestrating the annual Student Research Day, as well as the financial stewardship and supervision of both federal and non-federal grants, endowments, special use accounts, and other financial matters. She also takes on various other ongoing responsibilities tailored to the evolving needs of the office.Sarah joined the Office of Student Research in March, 2023, as the Sponsored Projects Specialist. In this capacity, she coordinated all activities linked to OSR's NIH training grants. Her responsibilities encompassed managing student appointments to these grants, ensuring full compliance with reporting and regulatory standards, offering comprehensive tracking and financial analysis, and overseeing both competing and non-competing renewals.Before joining the Office of Student Research, Sarah served as the Program Coordinator for the National Clinician Scholars Program from 2018 to 2023.Sarah boasts a robust foundation in research training and carries a proven track record of stellar performance within demanding, high-volume environments. Her proficiency extends to accounting and financial management, further enriching her contributions to her current role.
    • Project Coordinator - Office of Student Research

      Karen Angelicola is an adaptable administrative professional with over 8 years of experience, skilled in providing efficient and reliable support. She spent 5 years working as the Senior Administrative Assistant for the National Clinician Scholars Program before becoming the Project coordinator for the Office of Student Research. Karen holds a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Public History with a concentration in Curatorship and Collections Management at Central Connecticut State University.
  • Office of the Deputy Dean

    • Deputy Dean for Education and Harold W. Jockers Professor of Medical Education and Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences

      Dr. Illuzzi is Deputy Dean for Education and Harold W. Jockers Professor of Medical Education and Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences. Dr. Illuzzi is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and completed her OB/GYN residency here at Yale-New Haven Hospital. In 2004, she was named a Women’s Reproductive Health Research Scholar supported by a career development grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Development. In 2006, she completed a Master of Science degree in Epidemiology at the Yale School of Graduate Studies. Dr. Illuzzi’s research examines the use of obstetric interventions and their impact on maternal and neonatal outcomes, especially among low-risk women. Topics include prophylaxis to prevent vertical transmission of group B streptococcus and innovative models of maternity care. Dr. Illuzzi served as Chief of the Obstetric Specialties and Midwifery division as well as the Medical Director of the Vidone Birthing Center at the St. Raphael Campus of Yale-New Haven Hospital until 2020. In the education domain, Dr. Illuzzi previously served as clerkship director and director of medical studies in OB/GYN and curriculum director for the Advanced Training Period for the MD program at YSM. She has played an active role in the YSM curriculum redesign, LCME reaccreditation cycles, and continues to be a strong advocate for students, trainees, and faculty in the educational mission of the Yale School of Medicine.
    • Manager, Office of the Deputy Dean for Education; Manager, Office of the Deputy Dean for Education

      Lisa joined Yale School of Medicine in March 2012 to provide administrative support in the Office of Education for the MD program curriculum rebuild project. In 2014, she became the LCME coordinator for the medical school accreditation and then joined the Office of the Deputy Dean for Education in May 2015.
    • Senior Administrative Assistant 2

      Megan is the Senior Administrative Assistant for the Office of the Deputy Dean for Education at the Yale School of Medicine. She is primarily responsible for administrative support for Dean Illuzzi.She previously worked as Research Program Manager at the Physician Associate Program, where she was responsible for managing the administrative component of the research education program. Prior to her work in medical education, she was the Program Coordinator for the Executive Education Department at the Yale School of Management. Megan is a graduate of Rider University where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with minors in Criminal Justice and Gender Studies. In her spare time, Megan enjoys reading, creative writing, and bike riding.
    • Communications, Senior Officer

      Abby joined Yale School of Medicine in November 2017, from Yale School of Management, where she had spent six years as Special Assistant to the Dean. Prior to that, she was Director of Alumni Affairs at Yale Law School. Before returning to Yale, where Abby attended college and law school, Abby spent two years clerking for judges and eleven years as a lawyer for the federal government, predominantly focusing on firearms and explosives law and policy. Abby is a member of the Yale Traffic Safety Committee. Outside of work, Abby is on the board of the New Haven Preservation Trust, and also is active with the Safe Streets Coalition of New Haven.
    • Associate Professor of Internal Medicine (General Medicine); Assistant Dean for Education, Medical Education; Associate Program Director, Yale Combined Med-Peds Residency Program; Director of Clinical Skills, Office of Education; Associate Professor, Pediatrics; Editor, Yale Primary Care Pediatrics Curriculum, Pediatrics

      Jaideep Talwalkar is a physician and Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Yale School of Medicine. He provides primary care for patients of all ages as well as specialty care for adults with cystic fibrosis. He has been involved in Yale’s administrative and educational response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as frontline care on the COVID-19 wards at Yale-New Haven Hospital. In addition to seeing patients, he teaches medical students and residents at Yale and develops curricula for medical education. As Director of Clinical Skills, he oversees the teaching of fundamental bedside skills to Yale medical students. He also edits and administers the Yale Primary Care Pediatrics Curriculum (pcpc.yale.edu), a guide for pediatric teaching used by pediatricians nationwide. When not at work, he chases his three active kids, coaches youth soccer, and seeks any opportunity for long-distance running and ultimate frisbee.
  • PA Online Program

    • Assistant Professor Adjunct of Medicine (Physician Assistant Online Program); Director of Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, PA Online Program

      Diane Bruessow divides her time between academia, clinical practice, and service. She has graduate and post-graduate teaching experience, over 30 years of clinical practice experience, and extensive leadership experience in mid-size non-profit corporations within the healthcare sector with annual operating budgets of $25m+. She is experienced in best practices of governance and oversight, and moving culture toward inclusion and belonging by reducing systemic bias. Bruessow has received honors, awards, and legislative proclamations for academic, clinical, humanitarian, and leadership excellence - including the New York State Society of PAs as the PA of the Year (2019), New Jersey State Society of PAs as the outstanding Humanitarian of the Year (2017), as well as the designation of Distinguished Fellow, a recognition of exceptional professional achievement, leadership, professional interaction, learning, and community service by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA). Less than two percent of PAs earn this designation. She is nationally certified by the NCCPA with excellence awarded in Primary Care (reflecting scores within the top 5th percentile). Her professional interests include healthcare disparities, workforce, policy, and leadership. Bruessow has been an invited speaker and has authored original research and other published articles and medical textbook chapters. She has held elected and appointed positions on multiple national boards, councils, and commissions. She formerly served as a board officer for GLMA (formerly the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association) and is a past president of the LBGT PA Caucus. In 2020, after serving in the roles of Director at Large and Secretary-Treasurer, she was elected President-elect of the American Academy of PAs. She has served on the editorial advisory board of the Transgender Health Journal since its inception and is serving a 3-year term on the board of directors of the US Professional Association for Transgender Health (USPATH). Bruessow graduated from the LIU Brooklyn PA program in 1993. In 2023, she was inducted into Pi Alpha, the national PA honor society, as a distinguished alumnus. She has been practicing clinically for over 30 years and has over 20 years of experience in transgender medicine across the lifespan. She is licensed to practice autonomously in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts and independently in Wyoming. Bruessow joined the Yale University PA Online Program in 2018 and gave the keynote address for the inaugural class White Coat ceremony. She currently serves as the director of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion and an assistant professor adjunct in the Department of General Internal Medicine. She regularly participates in committees at the program and institutional levels, including academic affairs and the YSM Diversity Champions Advisory Council. She previously served on the PA Online program mission committee and the joint diversity, equity, and inclusion mission committee. She has served as a core member of the YSM Dean's Advisory Council (DAC) on LGBTQI+ Affairs and has chaired the DAC's LGBT health policy working group. Her faculty responsibilities include serving as course director of Preparing Future PAs 1, co-course director for Clinical Medicine and Capstone, an academic advisor, and facilitator for Problem-Based Learning 1-3, which includes small group work 3 days each week. She has been a lecturer in pulmonary, musculoskeletal, psychiatry, geriatric, and sexual history, taking lectures within Patient Assessments 1 and 2. She developed a virtual clinical elective in Sexual and Gender Minority Health that launched in 2020 and ran for 3 years during COVID. During the program's intensive residencies, Bruessow also teaches hands-on skill development in patient assessment and clinical procedures. She developed standardized patient case scenarios involving transgender patients which was implemented in 2021, and supported the development of a Virtual Inter-Professional Education (VIPE) scenario that included a transgender patient.
    • Senior Administrative Assistant, PA Online

      Genevieve Cabrera is the Senior Administrative Assistant for the Yale School of Medicine Physician Assistant Online Program.   Genevieve attended Briarwood College for Marketing and obtained her Medical Administrative Assisting Certificate at Gateway Community College. She is also a Certified Medical Assistant and Phlebotomist. Genevieve has worked at Yale since 2013 and prior to joining PA Online was working in Yale Central Human Resources.
    • Lecturer; Director of Alumni Affairs, Yale PA Online Program; Emeritus Chair of Admissions, Yale PA Online Program

      Jane McDaniel joined the faculty of the Yale PA Online Program in November 2017 as one of the founding program faculty.  She is the course director for Diagnostic Studies I and III, Preparing Future PAs: EBM, and Preparing Future PAs: Ethics, is a facilitator for Problem-Based Learning, and serves on multiple academic committees. Jane earned her Bachelor's Degree in Medical Technology from Marshall University in Huntington, WV.  She is certified by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) as a medical laboratory scientist with an additional certification as a specialist in chemistry.  In 2015, she earned a Master of Science degree in Medical Education Leadership from the University of New England.   She has worked as a medical laboratory scientist in hospitals in Huntington, WV; Big Rapids, MI; Richmond, VA; and Greensboro, NC. In 1995, Jane began her career in PA education teaching clinical laboratory medicine to PA students at the Wake Forest School of Medicine PA Program. This beginning sparked her enthusiasm for PA education, and she went on to become the course director for the clinical and diagnostic skills course, coordinator of the basic medical skills workshops, facilitator of small groups in Wake Forest's inquiry-based learning curriculum, and student assessment evaluator for simulated patient case scenarios. She was also instrumental in structuring course curriculum for the Wake Forest PA Program satellite campus at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.  In addition to her faculty position, Jane was also the director of admissions for the Wake Forest School of Medicine PA Program from 2003 to 2016, and a member of the research team from 2016-2017. Jane has also served the PA profession on the national level, as a member of the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) Recruitment and Admissions Advisory Council for eight years and as chair of the committee for six years.  Most recently, she has served on the PAEA Board of Directors as a Director at Large from 2015 through 2018, and currently serves as secretary of the PAEA Board of Directors since 2019. She has authored numerous articles, which have been published in JPAE, JAAPA, Clinician Reviews and Medical Science Educator, and has presented posters and been an invited speaker at local, state, national and international meetings.  Jane has received numerous teaching and service awards during her career, including the PAEA Outstanding Achievement Award in 2012 and the Yale Med Ed Day Poster Award for Innovation in Education in 2018.  Her clinical and academic interests include laboratory medicine and interpretation of laboratory testing, problem-based learning, PA admissions, curriculum design and evaluation, and online education.
    • Assistant Professor Adjunct; Director of Didactic Education, PA Online Program

      Stephanie Neary joined the Yale School of Medicine PA Online Program in 2017 and is currently an Assistant Professor Adjunct. She is the course director for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine I, II, and III and Basic Science I, II, and III while also serving as the Director of Didactic Education for the PA Online Program. Stephanie is Chair of the Progress Committee, a member of the admissions committee, and an academic advisor for incoming and current students. Stephanie is a physician assistant who graduated with an MMS from Midwestern University-Glendale. She began practicing clinically in a refugee and urban underserved family medicine clinic in Phoenix, Arizona. Since 2018, she has worked in inpatient Endocrinology on the Diabetes Management Service at the Medical University of South Carolina. In 2012, she became adjunct faculty at Grand Canyon University in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology and the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions, teaching both online and on campus formats where she served as a subject matter expert in online education and as a member of the Faculty Advisory Board. She served as a member of the Physician Assistant Education Association’s (PAEA) Future Educator Development Steering Committee from 2014-2018, where she helped create and facilitate the annual Future Educator Fellowship and has presented multiple times at the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) national conferences, the PAEA Forums, and the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) conference. She previously has worked as adjunct faculty for PA programs at both Northern Arizona University and AT Still University. She is co-author of Clinical Medicine for Physician Assistants, a comprehensive clinical medicine textbook published by Springer in 2022. In addition to her PA work, Stephanie earned a Master of Public Administration in Health Care Management from Grand Canyon University and a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from the George Washington University. She was selected as a 2020-2021 PAEA Research Fellow, awarded a 2022-2023 AAPA Small Research Grant, and received the 2024 Don Pedersen Grant. Stephanie is currently a PhD in Nursing Science candidate at the Medical University of South Carolina with support from the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation, where she is studying the intersection of the social determinants of health and human flourishing. She is licensed by the NCCPA.
    • Professor Emeritus of Medicine; Director, Acute Dialysis Unit; Medical Director, Yale Physician Associate Program; Medical Director, Yale PA Online Program

    • Assistant Professor Adjunct; Affiliate Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health; Affiliate Faculty, Yale Institute of Global Health

      Chief, Physician Assistant Trauma Surgery (2004–2006) Director/Creator Taste of Gramercy (2012–2013) Director, Surfer’s Medical Association (2010–2020) Vice President of Physician Assistants for Global Health Director of New Development Physician Assistants for Global Health (2018–2020) Liaison to Euro-PAC (2019-Present) Global Ambassador to AAPA (2019-Present) Honorary Member of Global Association of PA/CO Association (GACOPA) (2019-Present) Communications Director International Academy of PA Educators IAPAE (2019-Present) Creator of International Federation of Physician Assistant/Physician Associate and Clinical Officer/Clinical Associate/Correlate Students’ Association (IFPACS) (2020-Present) Liaison to International PA Organization (IPAO) (2020-Present)Yale Institute of Global Health Affiliate Faculty Member (2020-Present)Welch Allyn Advisory Board Member (2018–2022) Mary Showstark is a physician assistant (PA) who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 2001 and a master’s degree in 2004 from the University of Florida. She started her career working at University of Florida Health Shands Hospital in trauma surgery and shortly after became chief PA. Showstark’s clinical experience is in trauma surgery, emergency medicine, urgent care and disaster preparedness for the federal government in numerous locations, including Los Angeles at LAC+USC, Maui, New York City and Miami Beach. Showstark has also spent many years working in event medicine and concierge services around the world from Johannesburg to Sydney with multiple cities in between. She has worked and consulted with private events and athletic organizations, including the World Surf League, Burning Man, U.S. Open Tennis Championships, Tough Mudder, the Indies Trader, SEA Paddle and the New York City and Paris Marathons. Showstark is licensed by the NCCPA. She also works with the federal disaster FAST teams, previously served as one of the executive directors on the board of Surfer’s Medical Association, and was a consultant for the education board for Welch Allyn.  Showstark has worked in Haiti and Nepal, responding to natural disasters and providing medical care in rural and austere environments. She also consults in remote areas, such as Nicaragua, Colombia, Venezuela, Marshall Islands, and the Philippines, performing medical needs assessments and helping with clinic development, setup and sustainability projects. Showstark began working in PA education in an accredited PA program in New York City in 2012, where she served as clinical coordinator, and taught Psychosocial, Physical Diagnosis, Clinical Skills, SIM, OSCES and Lab Medicine, and was course coordinator for Emergency Medicine II. Showstark joined Yale as an instructor in the Yale Physician Assistant Online Program in 2017 and was promoted to Assistant Professor (Adjunct)  in 2020. Showstark is the  course director for Pharmacology I, II, III, Anatomy I, II, III, and previously Physical Assessment I, II and III.  She serves on the admissions, progress, and student success committees, and is an academic, CEED, and capstone advisor to incoming students. Showstark is the creator and chair of the Virtual IPE (VIPE) Committee and program which as of January 2023 hosted over 60 universities in 30 countries with an interprofessional, virtual, education experience and focuses in on breaking down silos within healthcare and across sectors dealing with complex-wicked problems and the global health security agenda.   Showstark also spearheads virtual reality projects utilizing the Stanford Heart and Augmented Reality platform, teaching students proper hand hygiene through SureWash Go technology. She is also a member of Yale's XR in Medicine and ERIC working group. Showstark also affiliate faculty at the Yale Institute of Global Health and is the leader of the Global Health Student Interest Group which collaborates with PAs for Global Health; and Showstark is the faculty lead for the Wilderness Student Interest Group, which created Wild Med Wednesday, a speaker series in collaboration with the Wilderness Medical Society.  Showstark is involved in growing the healthcare workforce for the profession globally.  She is a global ambassador to AAPA, liaison to Euro-PAC, communications lead for International Association of PA Educators, and consults with the World Health Organization on the Global Framework for Universal Healthcare. She is also the creator of the International Federation of Physician Assistant/Physician Associate and Clinical Officer/Clinical Associate/Correlate Students’ Association (IFPACS) and PAs for Climate Action, a Special Interest Group with the AAPA.  In addition to her PA work, Showstark is certified in massage therapy, yoga, and security. She is also a current member of PAEA, AAPA, and Interprofessional.Global. In her free time, Showstark enjoys traveling and has explored more than 100 countries on all seven continents.
  • Physician Associate Program

    • Assistant Professor in the Physician Associate Program, Department of Medicine; Director of the Physician Associate Program; Program Director, General Internal Medicine; Chair of Admissions, General Internal Medicine

      Management of all aspects of the Physician Associate Program Maintain ARC-PA accreditation standards for the program Assist the didactic and clinical faculty with curriculum and exam developmentChair of the Admissions CommitteeLecturer in Patient Assessment I and Practice, Policy and Ethics coursesSmall group facilitator for history taking, physical examination, communicating difficult news and shared decision making workshops for PA and medical studentsCo-Director and Section Leader for the Interprofessional Longitudinal Clinical Experience (ILCE) integrating pre-clinical training for first-year PA, medical and advanced practice nursing students.Academic advisor for PA students Clinical practice with the Hospitalist Service at Yale New Haven Hospital
    • Assistant Professor in the Physician Associate Program, Department of Medicine; Associate Director of Clinical Education, Physician Associate Program

      Develop and assess the clinical curriculumMaintain accreditation standards for clinical curriculum Lecture in and teach transitional skills, pediatric lectures, ultrasound, simulation, procedural competencies Academic advisement of students Clinical experience as a PA in the Pediatric Emergency Department at Yale New Haven Hospital
    • Assistant Professor in the Physician Associate Program, Department of Medicine; Director of Clinical Education, Physician Associate Program; Associate Program Director, Yale Physician Associate Program

      Courtney Fankhanel joined the Yale School of Medicine Physician Associate Program faculty in 2016 and is currently an  Assistant Professor. She is the director of clinical education as well as serves as course director of EKG, surgical skills, transition, and callback curriculum. Courtney is a physician assistant who graduated with an MMSc from Yale Physician Associate Program in 2008. She has been practicing clinically in cardiac surgery at Yale New Haven Hospital since 2009. Her academic role includes: Develop and assess the clinical curriculumMaintain accreditation standards for clinical curriculumMaintain, evaluate, and collaborate with clinical partnersLecturer and workshop leader for intro to surgery, transitional skills, cardiology didactics, EKG course, ultrasound, simulation, procedural competencies.Academic advisement of studentsCommittee member on Admissions, Program Assessment, and Educational Policy and Curriculum Clinical experience as a Cardiac Surgery PA at Yale New Haven Hospital in both the surgical and critical care setting.
    • Associate Dean for PA Education and Associate Professor (General Medicine, PA Program)

      Alexandria (Xandi) Garino serves as the Associate Dean for PA Education at the Yale School of Medicine in support of both the Physician Associate Program and the Physician Assistant Online Program. Committed to the education of competent and compassionate PA leaders, Xandi brings 20+ years of program innovation, curriculum development, student assessment, and program evaluation to her role. She has served as a national leader for faculty development workshops designed to transition clinicians into new roles as educators.  She teaches various topics in medicine, clinical skills, behavioral medicine, research methods, and motivational interviewing.  Xandi’s clinical expertise is in oncology and she most recently cared for patients at the Yale Cancer Center on the malignant hematology service for 10 years. She graduated from Catholic Medical Center’s PA Program in 1999 and earned a MS in biostatistics and clinical research design at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.  She earned a PhD in Learning Science at Fordham University in 2018.  Leveraging the theories of self-regulated learning and motivation, she strives to understand the attitudinal, motivational, and situational factors that impact learning.
    • Assistant Professor in the Physician Associate Program, Department of Medicine; Faculty Director, Research Education, General Internal Medicine; Associate Director, Pozen-Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Health Equity Leadership, Yale School of Management; Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health; Faculty Director, Workforce Development and Diversity, Equity Research and Innovation Center (ERIC), General Internal Medicine

    • Assistant Professor of Medicine (Physician Associate Program); Director of Clinical Skills Education, Physician Associate Program; Associate Director of Didactic Education, Physician Associate Program

      Tara Herbert joined the Yale School of Medicine Physician Associate Program faculty in 2022 as director of clinical skills education.  Tara has over 25 years of clinical experience as a physician assistant. She currently works clinically on the hospitalist service at Yale New Haven Hospital where she has been for 15 years. Education & Training MS       Pace University, Physician Assistant Studies (2019) PA        Yale University School of Medicine, Physician Associate Program    (1996) BS        Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1991)Honors & Awards2019    APP Clinical Excellence Award            APP Leadership Committee, YNHH
    • Assistant Professor; Program Director, Collaborative Behavioral Health & Addiction Medicine in Primary Care (CHAMP), General Internal Medicine; Associate Program Director, Yale Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program, Program in Addiction Medicine

      Kenneth Morford, MD is an Assistant Professor and clinician educator at Yale School of Medicine. He trained as a general internist in the Yale Primary Care Residency Program, served as a chief resident, and then completed addiction medicine fellowship at Yale. He provides primary care and addiction treatment at a community-based opioid treatment program, and also cares for patients on the addiction medicine consult service at Yale New Haven Hospital. He directs a HRSA-funded interprofessional addiction training program, called CHAMP, and serves as an associate program director for the Yale Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program. He is passionate about medical education, interprofessional collaboration, substance use disorders research, and integrating addiction medicine into primary care.
    • Assistant Professor in the Physician Associate Program, Department of Medicine; Director of Didactic Education, Department of Medicine, Physician Associate Program; Course Director, Prevention, Population & Patient-Centered Medicine, Department of Medicine, Physician Associate Program; Chair, Educational Policy and Curriculum Committee, Department of Medicine, Physician Associate Program; Chair, AAPA Commission on Continuing Professional Development & Education, Medical Education; Course Director, Endocrinology, Internal Medicine, Physician Associate Program

      Jonathan is assistant professor of medicine, director of didactic education and course director for prevention, populations and patient-centered medicine in the Yale School of Medicine Physician Associate Program. He has practiced internal medicine in the Yale New Haven Health and Yale University health systems for 26 years. He currently practices at the Yale Medicine Diabetes Center, the joint clinical practice of the Yale School of Medicine and Yale New Haven Health System. He works with medically complex patients on diabetes management specializing on the integration of diabetes technologies and personalized lifestyle medicine. Previously, he practiced as a hospitalist, primary care, urgent care and athletic medicine clinician. Throughout his career, Jonathan has remained active in PA education, program administration and leadership. Chief academic interests and expertise include chronic disease management, lifestyle medicine, comprehensive wellness, psychosocial communication, ethically vulnerable populations and health equity. He has remained committed to advocacy and professional service. As past chair of legislative affairs for the CT Academy of PAs, he has been responsible for leading major health care reform efforts resulting in modernization of the PA Practice Act and improved patient care for CT residents. He is the recipient of several awards for his clinical service, teaching and professional service including recognition as a distinguished fellow by the American Academy of Physician Associates. Major responsibilities as Director of Didactic Education include: Development, coordination & delivery of academic curriculum Maintenance of national accreditation standards Course Director of Prevention, Populations & Patient-Centered Medicine master course Academic advisor & mentor to graduate medical studentsParticipation in School of Medicine & Program committees: Diversity, Admissions, Curriculum & Educational Policy, Academic Progress & Program Assessment
  • Physician Associate Program Staff

    • Didactic Curriculum Coordinator

      Wynne Bottomley, BS joined Yale University in 2007. She has been in her current role as Curriculum Coordinator for the Yale PA program since 2014.  She currently provides curriculum support to the didactic phase of the Yale Physician Associate Program, including the posting of course materials and lectures, deployment of exams, oversee classroom and workshop sessions.  Manages incoming class events and updates testing platforms with new class information.  Resolves student questions or concerns. Assists Didactic Coordinator Faculty with various duties for Physician Associate students.  She previously worked as a Research Assistant in Internal Medicine-Aids Program conducting client interviews for research studies.   Prior to Yale she worked as a Billing Manager at a Medical office and also worked at AT&T for 15 years in various capacities including Marketing Analyst in the Cellular division.  In her spare time, she enjoys time with her dogs, friends and family as well as music, gardening and traveling.
    • Director of Admissions and Registrar, PA Program

      Meridith joined the Yale School of Medicine Physician Associate Program in 2016 as associate director of admissions and registrar. As associate director, Meridith is responsible for planning, coordinating and implementing a wide range of student services for the PA program including admissions, recruiting, registration and special events. Meridith has worked in higher education for ten years. Prior to coming to Yale, Meridith served as associate director of admissions at the University of Saint Joseph School of Pharmacy, where she helped develop and open a highly regarded accelerated Pharm.D. program. Meridith was an integral part of the admissions team, and responsible for establishing a sustainable and holistic admissions process. Since joining Yale, Meridith has expanded her role from admissions to student affairs. As a student affairs officer, she is responsible for student records, veterans services and university compliance. She is an active member of the Connecticut Association of Collegiate Registrars (CACR), and the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO). Her particular area of interest involves active engagement of students who are underrepresented in medicine.
    • Manager, Alumni Engagement, Physician Associate Program

      Rita served on the Faculty for 14 years as Director of Clinical Education.  In 2021, she retired from her faculty position and now serves as the Manager for Alumni Engagement.
  • Program for Biomedical Ethics

    • Co-Director

      Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology); Director, Program for Biomedical Ethics, Yale School of Medicine; Director, Yale Pediatrics Ethics Program

      Mark Mercurio is Professor of Pediatrics, Founding Director of the Program for Biomedical Ethics at Yale School of Medicine, and Founding Director of the Yale Pediatric Ethics Program at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital. He was, for many years, Chief of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Yale, having stepped down from that role in 2022. He received his undergraduate degree in Biochemical Sciences from Princeton University, an M.D. from Columbia University, and completed Pediatrics Residency and Neonatology Fellowship at Yale. After fellowship, he served for many years as an attending neonatologist at Yale and Founding Director of the Newborn ICU at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London, CT, and earned an M.A. in Philosophy from Brown University, before returning to Yale full time. Dr. Mercurio has for many years been active in neonatology and medical ethics education for residents, fellows, nurses, attending physicians, PA students, medical students, and others. He has been a member of the medical faculty for the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE) since 2010, is a former Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Bioethics, and an original co-editor of the American Academy of Pediatrics Resident Curriculum in Bioethics. He is a Fellow of the Hastings Center, and member of the American Pediatric Society. Dr. Mercurio is widely published, and has been an invited speaker on medical ethics in over a dozen countries and most US states. In 2023, he received the William G. Bartholome Award for Ethical Excellence from the American Academy of Pediatrics. He and his wife Anna live in Branford, Connecticut, and have three grown children.
    • Co-Director

      Associate Professor of Medicine (General Medicine); Director, Good Pharma Scorecard; Board President, Bioethics International; Advisory Board Member, Global Healthcare Innovation Management Center, Graduate School of Business; Yale Liaison, Working Group on: Bioethics of Data Science, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Genomics Implementation Science Curriculum; Expanded Access Program for Experimental Covid19 Drugs, Ethics Committee

      Jennifer E. Miller, PhD, is Co-Director of the Program for Biomedical Ethics and an Associate Professor in Yale School of Medicine. She is also the Director of the Good Pharma Scorecard (an index that ranks and rates pharmaceutical companies on their bioethical performance) and Founder of the nonprofit Bioethics International. Her current research focuses on ethics, equity and governance in drug, vaccine, and medical device research, development, and accessibility as well as in the ethics of healthcare data sharing. She also specializes in developing and using metrics to enhance accountability and social responsibility in biomedical innovation. Prior to joining Yale’s faculty, she was an Assistant Professor (tenure track) in NYU School of Medicine and completed training in physics, regulatory governance, bioethics, and ethics at Fordham University, Duke University, Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University, and Harvard University.
    • Associate Director

      Professor Emeritus of Medicine (General Medicine); Associate Director, Program for Biomedical Ethics

      Professor of Medicine (General Medicine), Associate Director, Yale Program for Biomedical Ethics
    • Associate Director

      Assistant Professor of Medicine (Cardiology); Associate Director, Program for Biomedical Ethics

      Sarah C. Hull, MD, MBE is a board-certified cardiologist whose clinical practice is focused on echocardiography and cardio-oncology (cardiac care of cancer patients). She is the cardiology course director at Yale School of Medicine (YSM), where she also serves as Associate Director of the Program for Biomedical Ethics. She was awarded the Bohmfalk Prize for teaching in basic sciences in 2021. Her recent scholarly work has focused on ethical issues involving ventricular assist devices as destination therapy, ethical considerations in the care of patients with recurrent injection drug use related endocarditis, shared decision making in cardio-oncology, nutrition ethics, and ethical issues raised during the COVID pandemic.
    • Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Hematology Oncology)

      Dr. Prasanna Ananth is a pediatric hematologist/oncologist. As a specialist caring for children with cancer and blood disorders, she says that helping children and families cope with serious illness provides inspiration for her patient care and research. Dr. Ananth is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Hematology/Oncology). Her research focuses on evaluating and improving care for children with advanced cancer. Watch a video with Dr. Prasanna Ananth >>
    • Professor Emeritus of Medicine; Special Advisor to the Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Medical Education

      I am interested in early professional identification; stories of the profession, patients, New Haven and ourselves; power relationships in health care; and improving the learning environment. I was a junior high school English teacher before medical school and am interested in the intersection of the humanities with medicine. My research interests are in these areas and in ways to improve the medical student experience. I was the associate dean for student affairs for 23 years, through October 2021, and for six years directed the first Master Course for first-year medical students entitled Introduction to the Profession. I will be on sabbatical from January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2022 during which time I hope to identify new ways that I can contribute to the Medical School community.
    • Associate Professor of Surgery (Transplant); Surgical Director, Liver Transplantation; Medical Director, Transplant and Liver Unit

      Ramesh Batra, MD, is the surgical director of liver transplant program at Yale Transplant Center. He is also a living donor liver surgeon for the transplant center besides being a multiorgan transplant surgeon for adult and pediatric patients. Alongside his transplant roles, he also performs complex hepatobiliary operations for liver tumors and biliary tract disorders in high risk patients. Dr. Batra's expertise is in living organ donation and also in transplanting extended spectrum aka “marginal” organs, both liver and kidneys for early transplant and reducing the time on organ transplant waiting list. With this ability, he continually seeks to find “opportunity” in organs declined by other transplant centers for his patients. Aside from maximizing utility and reducing organ discard, he is passionate about alleviating the ethical barriers in organ donation and transplantation. As a qualified and trained ethicist, he is nationally acclaimed in the field and constantly seeks to push the boundaries in organ transplantDr. Batra underwent the decade long robust training in United Kingdom expanding his transplant skills in adult and pediatric transplantation in London, and was subsequently admitted to the Membership and Fellowship of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Glasgow. He then completed the ASTS (American Society of Transplant Surgeons) abdominal transplant fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in liver, kidney and pancreas transplants along with pediatric liver transplants at Phoenix Children's hospital further strengthening the foundation of his surgical skills. At the Mayo Clinic, he was inspired by the institutional mission of building high transplant volume with excellent quality while considering patient at the centre of the delivered care; and he leads the program at Yale with that strategic vision.He is an active member of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, and also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He currently serves on various national and international transplant and ethics committees along-with being on various editorial boards for medical and surgical journals to be at the forefront of transplant innovation.
    • Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Interim Program Director, Psychiatry Residency Program

      Dr. Richard Belitsky is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and the Interim Program Director of the Yale Psychiatry Residency Program. He is noted for his work in medical education at both the undergraduate (medical student) and graduate (resident) levels. Named the School of Medicine’s deputy dean for education in 2006, Dr. Belitsky is concerned with curriculum development, particularly with respect to the methods and challenges involved in teaching medical students in the areas of patient-centered medical interviewing, the biopsychosocial model, social history and counseling patients for behavior change. He is also interested in the development of professional identity in medical education. In addition, he is interested in the delivery of mental health services in prisons and jails, with particular attention to suicide in correctional facilities. Belitsky holds a B.A. from the University of Florida, Gainesville, and an M.D. from the University of Florida School of Medicine. He came to Yale in 1979 as a resident in psychiatry and continued on as a fellow in forensic psychiatry and chief resident/instructor in the Department of Psychiatry. He joined the faculty as an assistant professor in 1983, when he also became unit chief of the Inpatient Services Division of the Connecticut Mental Health Center. He served as the director of the division 1988-1989. He was the medical director of the Yale Psychiatric Institute 1991-1997. At the School of Medicine, Belitsky served as the residency program director in the Department of Psychiatry from 1996-2006 and as the Interim residency program director from 2001-present. He became the deputy chair for education in 2001, serving in that role until he was promoted to deputy dean for education. He has earned numerous professional honors at Yale, including the Stephen Fleck M.D. Faculty Award as Exemplary Physician and Teacher, the Charles W. Bohmfalk Teaching Prize and the Francis Gilman Blake Award (for the member of the faculty at the School of Medicine designated by the senior class as the most outstanding teacher of the medical sciences) in both 1998 and 2000.
    • Research Scholar

      Nancy Berlinger, a research scholar, focuses on ethical challenges in health care work and on related areas of professional education and health policy in the United States and internationally. Special interests include treatment decision-making and care near the end of life; ethical issues in the management of chronic illnesses, including cancer; access to health care for undocumented immigrants and migrant workers; and the ethics of workarounds and other practices for managing problems of safety and harm in health care systems.She directed the research project that produced a revised and expanded edition of The Hastings Center Guidelines for Decisions on Life-Sustaining Treatment and Care Near the End of Life (2013) and is the first author of the new Guidelines. She is also the author of After Harm: Medical Error and the Ethics of Forgiveness (2005). With scholars at The Hastings Center and at Oxford University, she is working with the Centre for Biomedical Ethics at the National University of Singapore to develop an innovative Web-based ethics casebook on medical decision-making in Asian social contexts. She teaches health care ethics at Yale University School of Nursing.Her research products are featured on two public Web sites of The Hastings Center:
    • Professor Emeritus of Medicine (Nephrology)

      Margaret Johnson Bia M.D. is now a retired Professor Emeritus of Medicine but is still involved in patient care.  She functions intermittently as a medical attending seeing hospitalized kidney patients on the Peters Firm at YNHH and as a preceptor for medical students in the clinics caring for underserved patients in the New Haven community.  Before retiring in 2018, she cared for patients with kidney disease, especially those receiving kidney transplants for 40 years. She has always been involved in teaching medical students, residents and renal fellows and, after stepping down as medical Director of Transplant in 2000, she created and became Director of the Clinical Skills program at the medical school until 2014.  She has authored over one hundred ten original articles and book chapters.
    • Professor Emeritus of Emergency Medicine

      Dr. Bogucki has been Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases and Emergency Medicine, and joined the Yale Emergency Medicine faculty in 1989. Dr. Bogucki has held several positions of leadership in the Fire Service and EMS communities. She chaired the NFPA 1582 Task Group, and was a principal member of the NFPA 1500 Technical Committee; she served on the Board of Visitors of the National Fire Academy, and conducted on-site investigations of fire fighter line-of-duty deaths for NIOSH.She served for many years on the editorial board of Pre-hospital Emergency Care, and was an Associate Editor of Academic Emergency Medicine. She served two terms on the Board of Directors of the National Association of EMS Physicians, and spent 15 years on the Board of Directors of the National Registry of EMTs; 2 of them as Chairman of the Board. Dr. Bogucki was a Senior Medical Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response in the US Department of Health&Human Services from 2004-2008, participating in the Federal medical responses to major disasters. Dr. Bogucki was recently a co-PI on a CMS Innovations project that established a program of coordinated community resources to improve health and independence of elders, while decreasing their reliance on EMS and EDs for medical care. Before her retirement, she was also a co-PI on a CDC grant that teamed paramedics with recovery coaches to assist opioid-addicted patients following an overdose.
    • Professor Emeritus of Immunobiology; Member of HTI and VBT

      Al Bothwell graduated with an A.B. from Washington University in 1971, got a PhD from Yale in Sidney Altman’s lab in 1975 and then did a postdoc with David Baltimore at MIT where he established the genetic basis of the anti-NP idiotypic antibody response. He has been on the Immunobiology faculty at the Yale Medical School since 1982. He continued studies of B cell antibody diversity and memory and then worked on T cell receptor structure/function and signaling. He also developed the molecular genetics of the Ly6 gene family (aka Sca-1/Ly6A and Ly6C). Increasingly his work has shifted to studies of human immunity with development of humanized mouse models of vascular disease/transplantation, type 1 diabetes and cancer. Studies on gut inflammation in a genetic tumor model and Inflammatory Bowel Disease have lead most recently to contributions concerning wnt signaling to infections and asthma. His studies focus on the remarkable immunoregulatory properties of Wnt signaling that is both canonical and non-canonical and involves direct interaction with platelets.This is a basic mechanism for regulating tissue permeability affecting the mobility of lymphocytes and tumor cells.
    • Assistant Professor of Public Health; Assistant Professor, Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases; Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health

      Dr. Bothwell is an ethicist and historian of public health. Her research examines social, historical, and ethical dimensions of epidemiology with a particular focus on randomized controlled trials (RCTs). Her current book project examines how international and national policies have influenced trial rigor and ethics, protections of vulnerable trial subjects, and participant diversity in RCTs. She also does work at the intersection of climate change, epidemiology, and ethics. She completed a PhD in the History and Ethics of Public Health and Medicine from the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in Health Policy, Law, and Ethics in the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics at Harvard Medical School and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She has also had visiting appointments at Oxford University, Foundation Brocher, the Karolinska Institutet, and National Taiwan University. She teaches public health ethics and the history of public health, and provides pre-departure ethics training in global health practice. She holds a secondary appointment in the Section of the History of Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine.
    • Associate Director, Center for Bioethics; Associate Director, Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics; Chair, Community Bioethics Forum, Yale School of Medicine

    • Associate Professor of Child Psychology; Associate Director, Psychology Training Program, Yale Child Study Center; Co-Director, Yale Child Study Center Pediatric Consultation-Liaison Service; Clinical Director of Ambulatory Pediatric Psychology, Yale Child Study Center

      Dr. Cardona is the Clinical Director of Ambulatory Pediatric Psychology at the Child Study Center, for which she directs program development initiatives with the aim of integrating behavioral health services across numerous pediatric specialty clinics within the Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Cardona also conducts program development, training, and clinical supervision in her role as Associate Training Director for the Psychology Training Program of the Yale Child Study Center. Dr. Cardona serves as Co-Director of the Child Study Center Pediatric Consultation-Liaison Service, which offers a broad range of psychiatric services to children and adolescents who are under the care of the inpatient pediatric services of Yale New Haven Children's Hospital. Dr. Cardona is a clinical consultant to the Children's Psychiatric Day Hospital and she is a supervising psychologist for the Children’s Psychiatric Inpatient Service at YNHH, both of which serve children ages 4 to 13 with serious psychiatric, developmental and behavioral vulnerabilities. Dr. Cardona is a member of the Pediatric Ethics Committee.
    • Professor Emeritus of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine)

      Dr. Cohen  has an abiding interest in clinical cardiology having practiced at the School of Medicine for many years.  He has expertise in the areas of coronary artery disease, preventive cardiology, valvular heart disease, adult congenital heart disease and cardiomyopathy.
    • Professor of Psychiatry; Associate Dean for Gender Equity, Yale School of Medicine; Director, Office for Women in Medicine and Science, Yale School of Medicine; Deputy Chair for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Psychiatry; Director, Program Evaluation and Child Trauma Research , The Consultation Center; Professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences

      Cindy A. Crusto, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry (Psychology Section), Yale University School of Medicine, is Associate Dean for Gender Equity and Director of the Office for Women in Medicine and Science and the Director of Program Evaluation and Child Trauma Research at The Consultation Center.Dr. Crusto has more than 20 years of experience in developing, implementing, and evaluating preventive interventions in schools and community agencies. She also has extensive experience providing training and technical assistance to schools and to community-based organizations on the evaluation of prevention programs. She is interested in culturally relevant interventions for children from racial/ethnic minority and low-income backgrounds and in school-based behavioral health services. Dr. Crusto's research examines the impact of family violence on children and the ecological influences on child and family well-being, and includes rigorous evaluations of community-based initiatives involving substance use and violence prevention, and the promotion of school readiness. Dr. Crusto earned a B.A. in psychology from Vassar College, an M.A. in clinical-community psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a Ph.D. in clinical-community psychology from the University of South Carolina. She completed pre-doctoral and postdoctoral fellowships in clinical-community psychology at Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry.
    • Professor of Medicine (General Medicine), Pediatrics and Divinity; Director, Int Med-Pediatrics Residency Program; Director, Int Med-Pediatrics Residency Program; Professor, Religion and Health

      Ben Doolittle is the Program Director of the Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program. He is also the Medical Director of the Faculty-Resident Continuity Clinic. His practice focuses on addiction, Hepatitis C, HIV, and primary care. His research interests explore the intersection of medicine and spirituality, wellness and burnout. Ben is also an ordained minister, holding a MDIV from Yale Divinity School, and serves a local urban congregation.
    • Professor of Medicine (General Medicine); Director, Yale Internal Medicine Associates; Director, Medical Student Palliative and End-of-Life Care Education

      Matthew Ellman is Professor of Medicine, Director of the Yale Internal Medicine Associates, Vice Chief for Clinical Affairs for the Section of General Internal Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine. He received his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and his M.D. from Harvard Medical School. He completed his Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency at New York University-Bellevue Hospital, followed by a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Programs at Yale. As a core member of the Clinical Skills Faculty at Yale, Dr. Ellman has developed a model longitudinal, integrated curriculum to teach palliative and end-of-life care skills to medical students.  His educational passion and scholarly work focuses on assuring that all medical students graduates with the competency to care effectively and compassionately for patients with life-limiting and terminal illness.
    • Professor of Therapeutic Radiology

      Dr. Evans completed her medical school training at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA in 2001. She then went on to complete a residency in Internal Medicine there before her Training in Radiation Oncology at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA, where she was chief resident. She has served as the chair of the multidisciplinary quality assurance subcommittee with the American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology. She is a previous chair of the best of ASTRO meeting, and was part of ASTRO's annual meeting steering committee and Education committee. She is retired as an executive editor for the journal Practical Radiation Oncology. She has served as the Chair of the Radiation Oncology Health Advisory Committee, which is the analysis arm of the Radiation Oncology Incident Learning System. She currently serves as vice chair of ASTRO’s Clinical Affairs and Quality Council. Her interests in cancer care particularly include quality and safety, cognitive bias, comparative effectiveness, and patient communication. Her passion is in the care of patients with breast cancer, with a particular bent towards ways in which we can minimize side effects of treatment. She serves as a Professor of Therapeutic Radiology. Her twitter handle is @SueEvansMDMPH.
    • The E. William Davis, Jr., M.D. Professor of Medical Ethics & Professor of Medicine Chief, Division of Medical Ethics Weill Cornell Medical College; Director of Medical Ethics & Attending Physician New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center; Visiting Professor of Law & Solomon Center Distinguished Scholar in Medicine, Bioethics and the Law Yale Law School; Co-Director CASBI, Consortium for the Advanced Study of Brain Injury Weill Cornell and Rockefeller University

      Joseph J. Fins, M.D., M.A.C.P. is The E. William Davis, Jr. M.D. Professor of Medical Ethics and Chief of the Division of Medical Ethics at Weill Cornell Medical College where he is a Tenured Professor of Medicine, Professor of Medical Ethics in Neurology, Professor of Health Care Policy and Research, and Professor of Medicine in Psychiatry. He the founding Chair of the Ethics Committee of New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center where he is an Attending Physician and Director of Medical Ethics. A member of the Adjunct Faculty of Rockefeller University and Senior Attending Physician at The Rockefeller University Hospital, he Co-Directs, the Consortium for the Advanced Study of Brain Injury (CASBI) at Weill Cornell and Rockefeller. In 2014, he served as the Dwight H. Terry Visiting Scholar in Bioethics and Visiting Professor in the History of Medicine at Yale. In 2015, he was appointed the Solomon Center Distinguished Scholar in Medicine, Bioethics and the Law at Yale Law School.Dr. Fins is an elected Member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and an Academico de Honor (Honored Academic) of the Real Academia Nacional de Medicina de España (the Royal National Academy of Medicine of Spain).A recipient of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research, Dr. Fins has also received a Soros Open Society Institute Project on Death in America Faculty Scholars Award, a Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation Visiting Fellowship and support from the Dana, Buster and Katz Foundations, amongst others. He was appointed by President Clinton to The White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy and currently serves on The New York State Task Force on Life and the Law by gubernatorial appointment. In 2015, Dr. Fins received the Patricia Price Browne Prize in Biomedical Ethics from the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine.Dr. Fins was graduated from Wesleyan University (B.A. with Honors, The College of Letters, 1982) and Cornell University Medical College (M.D., 1986). He completed his residency in Internal Medicine and Fellowship in General Internal Medicine at The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center and has served as Associate for Medicine at The Hastings Center. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and was recertified in 2012.The author of over 300 publications, his most recent book is Rights Come to Mind: Brain Injury, Ethics and The Struggle for Consciousness (Cambridge University Press, 2015). Dr. Fins is also the author of A Palliative Ethic of Care: Clinical Wisdom at Life’s End (Jones and Bartlett, 2006) and a co-author of the 2007 Nature paper describing the first use of deep brain stimulation in the minimally conscious state. His current scholarly interests include ethical and policy issues in brain injury and disorders of consciousness, palliative care, research ethics in neurology and psychiatry, medical education, methods of ethics case consultation, the history of medicine and bioethics in the Spanish-speaking world.Dr. Fins is an associate editor of the 4th Edition of the Encyclopedia of Bioethics and the Journal of Clinical Ethics. He sits on the editorial boards of: The Pharos Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society The Oncologist, Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, BioMed Central Medical Ethics, Neuroethics, American Journal of Bioethics and Neuromodulation as well as the MIT Basic Bioethics Series.A Past President of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, he is a member of Board of Trustees of The Hastings Center and the International Neuroethics Society. He is a Master and past Governor of the American College of Physicians, been honored with the College’s Laureate Award and served as a trustee of the American College of Physicians Foundation. He is a Trustee Emeritus of Wesleyan University, which has honored him with its Distinguished Alumnus Award.Dr. Fins is also a Fellow of The New York Academy of Medicine and The Hastings Center. He was appointed to the Council of the Europaische Akademie (Germany) and is an elected member of the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, the American Clinical and Climatological Association and Alpha Omega Alpha.
    • Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics (Endocrinology) and Clinical Professor of Nursing

      Dr. Genel joined the medical school faculty in September 1971 and was Associate Dean, Government and Community Affairs at Yale School of Medicine 1985-2004. Previously he was chief of the section of pediatric endocrinology and program director of the Children's Clinical Research Center. He is the author or co-author of more than 140 original articles and has made numerous presentations at national and international scientific meetings.Dr. Genel has served at the interface between biomedical research, clinical endocrinology and public policy in many capacities. He was a member of the National Children's Study Federal Advisory Committee from 2005-2008, the HHS Secretery's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections(SACHRP) from 2006-2009 and a charter member of the Institute of Medicine's Clinical Research Roundtable which met from 2000-2004. He is a founder of the Connecticut Stem Cell Coalition and since 2005 has been a member of Connecticut's Stem Cell Research Advisory Committee which oversees distribution of $100 million in state funds to support embryonic stem cell research. Dr. Genel has been a consultant to the International Olympic Committee's Medical Commission on issues relating to gender identity in elite athletic competition.Dr. Genel was elected to the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering in 1992, has been a member of its executive council since 2000 and the Academy's president for two years beginning July 2008. For twenty-seven years beginning in 1984 he directed the public affairs activities of three major pediatric academic and research societies: the American Pediatric Society, the Association of American Medical School Department Chairs and the Society for Pediatric Research. Dr. Genel was a member of the AMA Council on Scientific Affairs for seven years, serving as its chair in l999-2000, and of the governing council of the AMA Section on Medical Schools for ten years, serving as the section's chair 2003-2004. A Distinguished Service member of the Association of American Medical Colleges(AAMC), he was chair of the AAMC's Council of Academic Societies in 1990-91. Dr. Genel is the recipient of a number of awards including the Abraham Jacobi Memorial Award from the AMA and the American Academy of Pediatrics(AAP) in 1999, the Distinguished Service Award from the Society for Pediatric Research in 2003, the Joseph W. St. Geme, Jr. Leadership Award from the Federation of Pediatric Organizations in 2004 and the Presidents Award for Distinguished Service from the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2010.
    • Alfred M. Rankin Professor of Law and Professor in the Institution for Social and Policy Studies; Faculty Director, Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy Yale Law School; Professor of Internal Medicine (General Medicine), Internal Medicine; Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health

      bbe R. Gluck is the Alfred M. Rankin Professor of Law and the founding Faculty Director of the Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy at Yale Law School. She is also Professor of Internal Medicine (General Medicine) at Yale School of Medicine and a Professor in the Institution for Social and Policy Studies at Yale. From November 2020 until November 2021, she served in the Biden Administration as the lead lawyer for the White House COVID-19 Response, first for the Biden-Harris Transition and then in the White House, as Special Counsel to the White House COVID-19 Response. In that capacity, Gluck also served as a member of the White House Counsel’s Office, where she was additionally responsible for health care issues across the administration, including the Affordable Care Act. She is a member of the Affiliated Faculty of the Yale Program on Addiction Medicine, an Executive Committee member of Yale’s ISPS Health program and founded and directs the Yale Law School Medical Legal Partnership Program. She joined Yale Law School in 2012, having previously served on the faculty of Columbia Law School. She is an expert on Congress and the political process, federalism, civil procedure, and health law, and is the chair emerita of Section on Legislation and the Law of the Political Process for the Association of American Law Schools. Gluck has extensive experience working as a lawyer in all levels of government. Prior to joining Columbia, she served in the administration of New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine as the special counsel and senior advisor to the New Jersey Attorney General; and in the administration of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, as chief of staff and counsel to the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, senior counsel in the New York City Office of Legal Counsel, and deputy special counsel to the New York City Charter Revision Commission. Prior to law school, she worked in the U.S. Senate for Senator Paul S. Sarbanes of Maryland. Before returning to government work after law school, Professor Gluck was associated with the Paul Weiss firm in New York. She earned her B.A. from Yale University, summa cum laude, and her J.D. from Yale Law School. Following law school, she clerked for then-Chief Judge Ralph K. Winter on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Her latest books, The Trillion Dollar Revolution: How the Affordable Care Act Transformed Politics, Law, and Health Care in America, with Zeke Emanuel, and A New Deal For Cancer: Lessons from a 50 Year War (with Charles Fuchs) were published in March 2020 and November 2021, respectively. Gluck’s scholarship has been published in the Yale Law Journal, the Harvard Law Review, the Stanford Law Review, the Columbia Law Review, the New England Journal of Medicine, Health Affairs, and many other journals. Among her most recent work is the most extensive empirical study ever conducted about the realities of the congressional law-making process (published as two articles in the Stanford Law Review); the Harvard Law Review’s Supreme Court issue comment on King v. Burwell, the 2015 challenge to the Affordable Care Act; and a study, published in the Stanford Law Review, of the state implementation of the Affordable Care Act. She is co-author of a leading Legislation casebook, and has served as co-counsel on several major health-law cases, including filing influential amicus briefs in the 2019 constitutional challenge, Texas v. Azar,  King,  and the 2012 ACA challenge, NFIB v. Sebelius. In 2018, Professor Gluck organized and convened the largest gathering of cancer experts in Connecticut history for a conference on The Policy, Politics and Law of Cancer. Professor Gluck currently serves on numerous boards and commissions, including as an appointed member of both the Uniform Law Commission, where she serves as Chair of the Health Law Committee and the New York State Taskforce on Life and the Law, and as an elected member of the American Law Institute (ALI). She was elected to the leadership body of the ALI, the Council, in 2018. Gluck received the Law School’s teaching award in 2015.
    • Professor of Pediatrics (General Pediatrics); Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning, General Pediatrics; Director of the Center for Medical Education, Pediatrics

      As associate dean for teaching and learning Dr. Hafler is professor in Pediatrics and leads the Center for Medical Education, which includes Continuing Medical Education and Evaluation and Assessment. Dr. Hafler works in Continuing Medical Education, Graduate Medical Education and Undergraduate Medical Education. She received her master's degree in education specializing in maternal and child health from Columbia University and her doctorate in Education from Harvard University. She focuses on assisting faculty, students, and residents to explore innovative ways to effectively promote learning in both the classroom and the clinical settings. Promoting, influencing and nurturing a climate in which physicians, residents and students can teach — and learn — has been foremost among her career objectives. She has focused on providing an awareness of context for students, residents and faculty, urging them to be innovative in their many teaching environments and encouraging them to explore ways to understand how they can effectively promote learning in their interactions among themselves. Dr. Hafler directs the the Master of Health Science-Medical Education Track Degree. Dr. Hafler runs an active research program applying qualitative research methods in medical education. She collaborates with and mentors clinicians and faculty on the elements of qualitative research in the field of medical education and medical care. In turn, mentored faculty members have learned to develop and demonstrate the tools necessary to effectively teach and lead others. Dr. Hafler has published over 50 book chapters, curriculum materials and original articles in medical education and clinical journals. She has served as visiting professor internationally and has been invited to present regularly at regional and national professional meetings.
    • Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Hospital Medicine); Chair, Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital Pediatric Ethics Committee, Pediatrics

      As a Pediatric Hospitalist, I specialize in the care of children of all ages who are sick enough to be hospitalized for both general pediatric illnesses and more medically-complex situations which require an attending who can coordinate care and input from across different specialties.
    • Deputy Dean for Education and Harold W. Jockers Professor of Medical Education and Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences

      Dr. Illuzzi is Deputy Dean for Education and Harold W. Jockers Professor of Medical Education and Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences. Dr. Illuzzi is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and completed her OB/GYN residency here at Yale-New Haven Hospital. In 2004, she was named a Women’s Reproductive Health Research Scholar supported by a career development grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Development. In 2006, she completed a Master of Science degree in Epidemiology at the Yale School of Graduate Studies. Dr. Illuzzi’s research examines the use of obstetric interventions and their impact on maternal and neonatal outcomes, especially among low-risk women. Topics include prophylaxis to prevent vertical transmission of group B streptococcus and innovative models of maternity care. Dr. Illuzzi served as Chief of the Obstetric Specialties and Midwifery division as well as the Medical Director of the Vidone Birthing Center at the St. Raphael Campus of Yale-New Haven Hospital until 2020. In the education domain, Dr. Illuzzi previously served as clerkship director and director of medical studies in OB/GYN and curriculum director for the Advanced Training Period for the MD program at YSM. She has played an active role in the YSM curriculum redesign, LCME reaccreditation cycles, and continues to be a strong advocate for students, trainees, and faculty in the educational mission of the Yale School of Medicine.
    • Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine; Director, Emergency Medicine Clerkship

      Karen Jubanyik, MD is Associate Professor, Clinician-Educator Track, in the Department of Emergency Medicine. She received her medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine and completed residency training in Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine as well as a fellowship in Women's Health, at Yale-New Haven Hospital. In 2000, she was hired as faculty for the Department of Emergency Medicine, Education Division, and served multiple roles, including Associate Residency Director, Interim Residency Director and Emergency Medicine Clerkship Director. In 2008, she was named as one of four Academic Advisors in the Office of Student Affairs, advising medical students in each class of throughout their medical school career. As a co-course Director, she teaches a first-year medical school course, Professional Ethics and Responsibility. She has received multiple teaching prizes at Yale, including the Francis Gilmore Blake award (2009), Leonard Tow Humanism award (2016) and the Leah Lowenstein Award (2018). She serves on the Yale-New Haven Health Bioethics Committee and the Resource Triage Advisory Group, has obtained additional training in End-of-Life and Palliative Care, and is immediate-past National Chair of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine's Palliative Care Section. Integrating Palliative Care and End-of-Life Care teaching to residents, fellows, and medical students has been a priority for Dr. Jubanyik. She has developed instructional tools to teach Palliative Care and End of Life topics to students and residents and is interested in racial and cultural disparities in patients who receive palliative and hospice care at end of life. In the covid-19 era, she has written several articles and a book to educate the lay community about the virus and the importance of advanced directives and palliative care.  She continues to teach resident and student workshops devoted to recognizing and treating victims of Intimate Partner Violence, Sexual Assault and Harassment.  Locally, she is past-President of the Connecticut Chapter of Emergency Physicians (CCEP) and is still involved on multiple Connecticut state committees. As a co-investigator, she has received grant funding from the NIH and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to study emergency department initiation of palliative care.
    • Lecturer in Biostatistics; Lecturer, Division of Health Informatics; Yale Interdisicplinary Bioethics Center Scholar; Faculty Affiliated Fellow, Yale Information Society Project, Yale Law School; Faculty Affiliate, Yale Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy; Faculty, Program on Biomedical Ethics; Faculty, Center for Biomedical Data Science

      Bonnie Kaplan, PhD, FACMI, is a lecturer in the Yale School of Public Health’s Department of Biostatics, Division of Health Informatics. She also is faculty at the Yale Interdisiciplinary Bioethics Center, Yale Law School’s Information Society Project and the Yale Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy, and the Yale Medical School’s Program for Biomedical Ethics and the Center for Biomedical Data Science. She is an interdisciplinary researcher whose focuses on ethical, legal, social issues, and organizational issues related to health information technologies and on ethnographic and qualitative research and evaluation approaches. Dr. Kaplan’s international publications are among the most cited in these areas. Her latest writing is on digital health, telemedicine, virtual health care, personalized medicine, and health data, privacy, and AI. She is a frequent keynoter and panelist at major US and international conferences. Dr. Kaplan chaired numerous committees, including the American Medical Informatics Association and the International Medical Informatics Association working groups and task forces on consumer health informatics, vendor contracts, and ethical, legal, social, and organizational issues. She was the inaugural chair of two Yale working groups on technology and ethics. She is an elected fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics and received the American Medical Informatics Association President’s Award. Her B.A. is from Cornell University and her M.A. and Ph.D. are from the University of Chicago.
    • Sherwin B. Nuland and Michael K. Vlock Associate Professor of Palliative Medicine; Chief, Palliative Medicine, Palliative Care Program

      Provides clinical palliative medicine to patients at Smilow Cancer Hospital. In addition, she focuses on developing a research mission in palliative medicine and expanding teaching opportunities for existing Yale faculty, staff, fellows, residents, and medical students. Has been charged with creating an ACGME certified fellowship in hospice and palliative care.
    • Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases); Track Director, Critical Topics, Executive MPH; Program Co-Director, Global Health Ethics Program, Yale Institute for Global Health

      Dr. Khoshnood is an Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies at the Yale School of Public Health and executive committee member at Yale Council on Middle East Studies. He is Faculty Director for Humanitarian Research Lab. Dr. Khoshnood is trained as an infectious disease epidemiologist and has more than three decades of domestic and international experience in HIV prevention research among people who use drugs and other at-risk populations. Dr. Khoshnood's research interests include: 1) epidemiology and prevention of HIV/AIDS, 2) research ethics and 3) humanitarian health.
    • Professor of Surgery (Cardiac)

      Dr. Gary Kopf is a Board Certified Cardiothoracic surgeon and has over 30 years of experience in all aspects of adult and pediatric cardiac surgery.Dr. Kopf graduated from Columbia College majoring in Physics. He received his medical degree from Harvard University (cum laude). He trained in General Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the Children’s Hospital of Boston. Dr. Kopf spent two years at the National Institutes of Health doing research on perinatal physiology.Dr. Kopf is a member of the American Association of Thoracic Surgery, The Society of Thoracic Surgery, the American College of Surgeons, and the Congenital Heart Surgeons Society, among many other organizations. He has been listed as one of America’s Top Doctors, New York’s Best Doctors, and America’s Top Surgeons for many years.Dr. Kopf is also interested in biomedical ethics and is a member of the Adult and Pediatric Ethics Committees at Yale-New Haven Hospital, the Technology and Ethics Working Group, and the End of Life Issues Study Group at the Yale Bioethics Center.Dr. Kopf is the only surgeon in the Yale system to be awarded the certificate as a Health Ethics Consultant (HEC-C) by the American Society of Bioethics and HumanitiesPatient Care: Cardiac Surgery, Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, Adult Congenital Heart Surgery, Aortic Surgery Learn more about one of Yale Cardiac Surgery's Pediatric surgeons.
    • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Cardiology); Associate Director of Fetal Cardiology, Pediatrics

      Katherine (“Katya”) is a board-certified pediatric cardiologist with expertise in cardiac imaging and fetal cardiology. After obtaining her medical degree from Ross University, she completed her pediatric residency at the Children's Hospital of Illinois and her pediatric cardiology fellowship at Arkansas Children's Hospital. She then went on to complete an advanced imaging fellowship at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital where she trained with international experts in fetal cardiology. During her fellowship, she investigated outcomes of congenital heart surgery in patients with trisomy 13 and 18. That work culminated in an important publication highlighting that congenital heart surgery improves in-hospital mortality in children with trisomy 13 and 18 (Kosiv et al, Pediatrics, 2017). She continues to engage in research with her mentor to devise recommendations for congenital heart surgery in trisomy 13 and 18. In addition, Dr. Kosiv has investigated the effect of congenital diaphragmatic hernia on the fetal heart and fetal brain and continues to be interested in the effects of non-cardiac diseases on the fetal heart such as in twin-twin transfusion syndrome and lower urinary tract obstruction. She is currently planning an investigation of the genetic predictors of left sided obstructive heart diseases such as hypoplastic left heart syndrome and aortic stenosis. She hopes that with this information in hand, cardiologists will be able to better predict which patients will go on to develop severe left sided obstruction.
    • Professor of Anesthesiology; Vice Chair for Medical Education, Anesthesiology

      Viji Kurup MD is Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology at Yale. Viji completed her Residency in Anesthesiology and Fellowship in Cardiothoracic Anesthesia at Yale. She has been on faculty in the department since 2005 where she has developed a career as a medical educator. She has completed her fellowship in Medical Education and is currently Vice Chair for Medical Education as well as Director of the Yale Anesthesia Media Lab and the Course Director for the Anesthesia Resident Simulations. She has led the integration of the Flipped Classroom model for Anesthesia Resident Training at Yale.Viji's academic interests include participating in Global Health projects and exploring innovative ways of integrating technology in medical education. She is also the Co-Chair for the Global health and outreach committee in the Society for Education in Anesthesia (SEA). She has volunteered with the Health Volunteer Overseas Program (www.hvousa.org) in Vietnam. She enjoys teaching and was awarded the Faculty Award for Excellence in Education and Leadership for the Department of Anesthesiology. She is a firm believer in the importance of physician wellness and has introduced a comprehensive wellness curriculum within her department. She is the Past President of the CT State Society of Anesthesiologists and is actively involved in advocacy efforts both at the State and Federal level. She also volunteers in the community and is a regular speaker at career day for inner city schools in New Haven. She lives in Trumbull CT with her husband and two kids, and because that was clearly not keeping her busy enough, a high-maintenance cat!! In her free time, she enjoys cooking, painting (acrylic on canvas), reading and meditating..
    • Former Associate Director

      served as Associate Director of the Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics from 2002-2010. His interest in applied clinical ethics was sparked by his early experience as co-director of a then unique multi-disciplinary clinic for children with multiple congenital malformations at Yale in the mid 1960’s. As Director of the Department of Pediatrics at Bridgeport Hospital in the 1970’s (where he laid the foundation for the current Yale affiliation), he inaugurated a monthly hospital-wide session on medical ethics with Jay Katz. Later on, while serving as Director of Pediatrics at Hartford Hospital and associate chair of the academic department at UConn, he founded, and for 15 years chaired, the hospital ethics committee. Following “retirement” in 1996 he worked in the international arena under contract with the Open Society Institute organizing public health education programs in the 15 countries of the former Soviet Union, taking the opportunity to open up exploration of previously taboo issues in health care ethics. While at the Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, his areas of interest have been research ethics and public health ethics. As chair of the Public Health Ethics working group, he forged a collaboration with the Yale Center for Public Health Preparedness and the Connecticut Department of Public Health to assist in the development of guidelines for altered standards of care during public health emergencies. That group has recently embarked on a study of ethical aspects of planning for community resiliency to the effects of climate change on public health.
    • Senior Research Scholar; Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health, Yale Institute for Global Health; Director, Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics

      Stephen R. Latham, JD, PhD is Director of the Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics. A graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Law School, and UC Berkeley’s doctoral program in Jurisprudence, Latham is a former healthcare business and regulatory attorney, and served as Director of Ethics Standards at the AMA before entering academia full-time. Latham is a Fellow of the Hastings Center, and has been a graduate fellow of Harvard’s Safra Center on Ethics and a Research Fellow of the University of Edinburgh’s Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities. At Yale, Latham teaches about bioethics and environmental ethics in the College, the Law School, and the School of the Environment. He chairs the Human Subjects Committee, co-chairs the Embryonic Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee, and does clinical ethics consultation at the Yale-New Haven Hospital. He is a former board member and Secretary of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, from which he received a Distinguished Service Award in 2010. Latham's 100+ publications in bioethics and health-law have appeared in leading medical, bioethics and health-law journals.
    • Jean McLean Wallace Professor of Pediatrics and Professor of Cellular And Molecular Physiology

      Dr. Lister is the Jean McLean Wallace Professor of Pediatrics and Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology at Yale School of Medicine. He was formerly Chair of Pediatrics at Yale School of Medicine and Chair of Pediatrics and an Associate Dean for Education at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Lister received his medical education at Yale School of Medicine. He obtained his residency training at Yale-New Haven Hospital and fellowship education at the University of California San Francisco, and the Cardiovascular Research institute in Pediatric Cardiology and Neonatology. He is certified in the specialties of Pediatrics, Pediatric Cardiology, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. He has been elected to a number of national offices including President of the Society for Pediatric Research, President of the American Pediatric Society, and Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Pediatrics. He has served as Editor-in-Chief of Pediatric Research, a Senior Editor of Rudolph’s Pediatrics textbook. He is a member of The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas, the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering, and the National Academy of Medicine.
    • Associate Professor of Surgery (Trauma); Director, Surgery Clerkship Program, Yale School of Medicine

      Dr. Lui is board certified in general surgery and in surgical critical care by the American Board of Surgery. His clinical interests include trauma, surgical critical care, emergency and elective general surgery, re-operative surgery, sepsis and resuscitation, and shock. His research interests include shock physiology, resuscitation in trauma, pediatric trauma, and surgical infections, including necrotizing soft tissue infections, surgical education and bioethical issues in medicine.He is certified in and is an instructor of Advanced Trauma Life Support and Advanced Trauma Operative Management. He is also certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support.Dr. Lui earned his undergraduate degrees in Biomedical Ethics and Biology and his medical degree from Brown University. He completed his residency in general surgery at Berkshire Medical Center, University of Massachusetts School of Medicine in Pittsfield, and was fellowship trained in trauma and surgical critical care at R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, University of Maryland Medical School in Baltimore. He is an Associate Professor at Yale School of Medicine Department of Surgery (Trauma).Dr. Lui is a member of the following organizations: Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, Society for Critical Care Medicine, Surgical Infection Society, Association for Surgical Education, Connecticut Committee on Trauma, Connecticut chapter of the American College of Surgeons, and Association for Academic Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
    • Riva Ariella Ritvo Professor in the Child Study Center and Professor of Psychiatry; Medical Director, Children's Psychiatric Inpatient Service at Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital; Director, Standardized Patient Program, Teaching and Learning Center; Director of Medical Studies, Yale Child Study Center, Child Study Center

      Dr. Andres Martin is the Riva Ariella Ritvo Professor at the Child Study Center, and Director of the Teaching and Learning Center’s Standardized Patient Program, Yale School of Medicine. He is also medical director for the Children's Psychiatric Inpatient Service at Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital. Dr. Martin will serve as academic advisor to the CHATogether program.
    • Nixdorff-German Professor of Neurosurgery; Executive Vice Chair, Neurosurgery; Division Chief, Spine, Neurosurgery; Disease Center Director, Spine Oncology Program, Yale Cancer Center

      Dr. Ehud Mendel joined Yale in September 2021 as a Professor of Neurosurgery. He serves as the Disease Center Director of the Spine Oncology Program and member of the Executive Leadership Group at Smilow Cancer Hospital/ Yale Cancer Center at Yale New Haven Hospital. He also serves as the Division Chief of the Spine section, Neurosurgery, and the Executive Vice Chair in the Department of Neurosurgery at the Yale School of Medicine.Dr. Mendel comes to Yale from Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University (OSU) and the James Cancer Hospital Solove Research Institute, where he served as the director of the Spine Oncology Program and clinical director of the Ohio State University Spine Research Institute. While at OSU, Dr. Mendel led a multidisciplinary team that made incredible advances in oncological spine surgery. Among many things, his team pioneered a new surgical technique to reconstruct the spine following surgery to remove spinal tumors and has spent his career developing numerous spine tumors research protocols and spine surgery techniques. A true academic surgeon, Dr. Mendel comes to Yale with a wealth of experience in teaching, research, and clinical affairs. In 2006, he became the first honoree of The Justine Skestos Endowed Chair in Minimally Invasive Neurological Spinal Surgery and was recognized for his excellent contributions to education with the Lawrence Mervis, MD Teacher of the Year award in 2016. In addition to seeing patients, Dr. Mendel also served as vice chair for clinical affairs and was elected by his peers to the OSU University Senate and OSU Faculty Council. An honors graduate from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Dr. Mendel also holds an MBA from The Ohio State University Max M. Fisher College of Business. He completed his residency at the University of Southern California Medical Center and a fellowship in reconstructive spinal surgery-combined neurosurgery/orthopedics at the University of Florida School of Medicine.From 2017 to 2019, he served as president of the Ohio State Neurosurgical Society. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He is a member of AOA Honor’s Society and was selected for the American Academy of Neurological Surgery.
    • Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging and of Biomedical Engineering; Co-director for Imaging, Yale PET Center

      Morris specializes in using kinetic modeling and image processing to extract physiological information from dynamic PET images. His current projects include: Modeling and texture analysis to image Non-small cell lung cancer with tyrosine kinase inhibitor tracers Novel kinetic modeling to image dyskinesias in Parkinson's Continued Optimization of Dopamine Movies to study Addiction and Behavior Applying principles in functional connectivity and machine learning to analyze dopamine movies Imaging new targets in Depression, AlcoholismUsing multimodal PET to understand the opioid system in alcoholism.Creating new parametric images to speed drug discovery Morris and his group continue to refine mathematical and statistical aspects of their techniques for making "dopamine movies" of the brain. With their dopamine movies, Morris and colleague Kelly Cosgrove and their team discovered sex differences in brains of smokers smoking cigarettes (J Neurosci Dec 10, 2014).
    • Associate Professor of Medicine (Geriatrics); Director of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Education and Director, Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship

      Laura J. Morrison, MD, FAAHPM, FACP is Associate Professor of Medicine at Yale School of Medicine and an attending physician on the Yale-New Haven Hospital Palliative Care Consultation Service. She serves as Director of Palliative Medicine Education and Program Director for the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship at Yale. Dr. Morrison received her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, where she also completed her internship, residency, and chief residency in internal medicine at MetroHealth Medical Center. She completed fellowship training in geriatrics and palliative care at Baylor College of Medicine and spent 9 years on faculty, serving as Education Director for the Supportive and Palliative Care Consultation Service at Houston Methodist Hospital from 2006-2013. She is board-certified in geriatrics and hospice and palliative medicine. Dr. Morrison has witnessed significant gaps in palliative care training for all clinicians and has become a passionate local and national educational leader. She aims to improve local palliative care training for health professional learners across disciplines and learner levels. Dr. Morrison continues to contribute to national work on competencies, milestones, and accreditation standards for hospice and palliative medicine fellowship training and advances in the approach to learner assessment in the field.