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2021 Scholars

  • Assistant Professor of Surgery (Plastic)

    A native of Connecticut, Dr. Michael Alperovich is a Board Certified plastic surgeon, full-time faculty member, and Co-Director of Craniofacial Surgery at Yale University. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University, attended the University of Oxford for graduate school receiving Distinction honors, and graduated Alpha Omega Alpha from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Alperovich completed a plastic surgery residency and a craniofacial fellowship at New York University's Department of Plastic Surgery. He has clinical expertise in facial, breast and body aesthetic surgery. Watch a video with Dr. Michael Alperovich>>

    Dr. Alperovich has been named to Connecticut Magazine's "Top Doctors" list. He has been invited nationally and internationally as a visiting professor and guest faculty to speak about craniofacial and aesthetic surgery. Dr. Alperovich has authored over one hundred peer-reviewed publications and multiple plastic surgery book chapters. He serves on the Editorial Board of plastic surgery journals as well as contributes as an ad hoc reviewer for several other journals.

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  • Assistant Professor

    Rachel Beekman began her medical training in her home state of New York at Stony Brook University School of Medicine but has since relocated to New Haven, where she completed her neurology residency and neurocritical care fellowship at Yale New Haven Hospital. Rachel is the first Yale alumni to continue as faculty in the department of neurocritical care. Rachel has a passion for treating survivors of cardiac arrest and hopes to develop a multi-disciplinary cardiac arrest program. In her spare time Rachel loves being mom to her two young boys and spending family time at all the beautiful Connecticut parks.

  • Instructor of Pediatrics (Critical Care Medicine)

    Dr. Nina Brodsky is an Instructor of Pediatrics in the Section of Critical Care Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine. She received her M.D. from the University of Maryland, completed her Pediatric residency training at The Children's Hospital at Montefiore, and her Pediatric Critical Care fellowship at Yale New Haven Children's Hospital. Her research interests include the genetic and environmental etiologies of immunodeficiency and pathologic inflammation, as well as signaling and mechanisms of disease in patients with these conditions. Dr. Brodsky is particularly interested in human T cell developmental immunology and regulation of inflammation in health and disease. Her goal is to uncover and develop targeted translational therapies to improve immune responses during vaccination, infection, and immune-mediated diseases.

  • Assistant Professor of Medicine (Hematology)

    Cecelia Calhoun, MD, MSPH, MBA, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine (Hematology) in the Clinician-Scientist Track and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Hematology/ Oncology). Dr. Calhoun cares for adolescents and young adults with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) as part of the Smilow Cancer Hospital Pediatric and Adult Hematology Programs and Director of the Adolescent-Young Adult Sickle Cell Program.

    Her research focuses on the relationship between health literacy, self-management, and cognition in adolescent and young adult patients with SCD. In addition, she’s interested in conducting health services research to inform interventions and improve transitions of care for adolescents and young adults with SCD to adult care. 

    Dr. Calhoun received her medical degree from Wayne State University in Detroit and completed her clinical fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, where she also received her MSPH. She recently received her MBA from the Yale University School of Management. In 2019, Dr. Calhoun received the Pozen-Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Minority Health Leadership at Yale University, which is intended to give healthcare practitioners the leadership skills and the deep understanding of teams, markets, and organizations necessary to tackle major inequities in the U.S. healthcare system.

  • Instructor

    Dr. Cudahy is an instructor in infectious diseases with a research interest in HIV and tuberculosis co-infection. He currently conducts research in South Africa trying to improve treatment outcomes in people co-infected with tuberculosis and HIV by investigating biomarkers of treatment response and analysis of tuberculosis strain complexity. Dr. Cudahy is board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases.

  • Assistant Professor; Assistant Hospital Epidemiologist, Hospital Epidemiology & Infection Prevention

    Rupak Datta, MD, PhD is an Assistant Professor at the Yale School of Medicine and an Assistant Hospital Epidemiologist at the Veterans Affairs Connecticut Healthcare System. He completed his undergraduate training at Tufts University, earned his MPH at the Yale School of Public Health, and received his MD/PhD at the University of California Irvine School of Medicine. His dissertation focused on quantifying the burden and transmission potential of multidrug-resistant organisms across statewide healthcare facilities. Dr. Datta entered the American Board of Internal Medicine physician-scientist research pathway at the Yale School of Medicine and completed his infectious diseases fellowship program in 2020. His current research has focused on infection prevention and antibiotic stewardship in older adults. His areas of interest include hospital epidemiology, antibiotic-resistant organisms, and quality improvement.

  • Assistant Professor (General Medicine); Deputy Director of Mental Health & Well-Being, General Internal Medicine

    Claudia-Santi F. Fernandes, Ed.D., LPC, MCHES, NCC is a youth mental health expert with experience in public schools, clinical settings, and research institutions. Previously, her work focused on a practitioner-based approach that concentrated on health education, social and emotional learning (SEL), and school climate. She served as a former public school teacher, bilingual school counselor in New York City, and part of the founding leadership team at Bard High School Early College (BHSEC) Newark where she developed and oversaw student-centered policies, programs, and structures. As part of her doctoral studies, she explored facilitators and barriers to the implementation of school wellness policies. She was also a project director at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence where she led the earlier stage of development for the inspirED Online Resource Center. Recognizing the impact and reach of evidence-informed, technology-based interventions to improve mental health and well-being in youth, she completed her postdoctoral studies at the play2PREVENT Lab, Yale Center for Health & Learning Games. Since her transition to a research career, she continues to apply a public health approach to reach more students and to improve youth mental health and well-being outcomes in schools with a specific focus on reducing the risk of suicide.

    Currently, Dr. Fernandes is the Deputy Director of Mental Health & Well-Being at the play2PREVENT Lab, Yale Center for Health & Learning Games and an Assistant Professor in the Section of General Internal Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine. In her role at the play2PREVENT Lab, she was the Project Director of a NIH-/NIDA-funded Helping to End Addiction Long-term (HEAL) project (PI: Lynn Fiellin, M.D.) to address opioid misuse in youth in school-based health centers. The project is in its third year and the goal is to develop an evidence-informed intervention to address opioid misuse, to evaluate the intervention in a large-scale RCT, to implement the intervention in school-based health centers across the nation, and to conduct a cost evaluation. More recently, Dr. Fernandes became a Yale Center for Clinical Investigation (YCCI) Scholar where she was awarded a KL-2 (Mentored Career Development Award) to design and to evaluate a digital intervention to reduce the risk of suicide among youth who misuse opioids. Other research interests focus on the translation of policies into practices and successful transitions from high school to post-secondary education, employment, and healthcare. Dr. Fernandes aims to use evidence-based research to inform federal-, state-, and local-level policies and to provide support to schools in their implementation efforts. Dr. Fernandes also practices as a licensed professional counselor and serves on the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Association of School-Based Health Centers and Society of Public Health Education, CT Chapter. 

  • Associate Research Scientist

    Karim Ibrahim is an Associate Research Scientist at the Yale Child Study Center. His translational neuroscience research focuses on brain networks associated with emotion regulation impairments in childhood-onset psychiatric disorders. Dr. Karim Ibrahim’s research is interdisciplinary and integrates multimodal imaging methods including functional and structural MRI, machine learning, and network neuroscience/connectomics approaches to identify biomarkers relevant to child psychopathology. His recent interests lie in using and developing tools predictive modeling/machine learning approaches that leverage large-scale neuroimaging datasets, including data from the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study, for identifying robust brain-based biomarkers. Among other things in this area, his research also investigates dynamics of the human functional connectome and large-scale networks, how brain connectivity is altered in mental health disorders (such as a disruptive behavior disorders, anxiety disorders, and autism spectrum disorder) and the neural response to treatment in youths. As a licensed clinical child psychologist, he also has extensive experience in developmental psychopathology, including assessments and cognitive-behavioral interventions for autism spectrum disorder, mood, anxiety, and disruptive behavior. Karim completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Yale Child Study Center T32 research program in Translational Developmental Neuroscience and through an award from the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation multidisciplinary research training program.

  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry; Researcher, VA-Yale Clinical Neurosciences PTSD Research Program

    Dr. Kaye is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, using a combination of circuit and computational approaches to understand adaptations to the danger in the environment and how those adaptations underlie PTSD. He graduated from the University of California M.D., Ph.D. program, where he used two-photon imaging and computational modeling to understand the organization of visual motion processing. Then, he joined the psychiatry residency at Yale, where he worked in Alex Kwan's lab on using calcium and neurotransmitter imaging to understand how arousal states change after stress, and also developed computational models of PTSD.

    The lab will focus on understanding how neuromodulatory circuits reprogram one another to create adaptive responses to traumatic experiences. Underlying this idea is the central problem of developing a mechanistic and functional understanding of stress and anxiety. The lab uses microendoscope and two-photon imaging of calcium and neurotransmitter sensors, large-scale electrophysiology (Neuropixels), computational analysis of behavior (DeepLabCut), and single cell transcriptomics to understand this problem. 

  • Assistant Professor

    Dr. Maudry Laurent-Rolle received her B.S. from Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus in Biology in 2001. She then obtained her MD and PhD from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Her dissertation research was funded by an NIH pre-doctoral fellowship, which allowed her to examine the molecular mechanisms by which flaviviruses inhibit host innate immune responses.  She completed residency training in Internal Medicine at Albert Einstein/Montefiore Medical Center in 2016 then joined the Infectious Diseases Fellowship program here at Yale University. Her research focus is on vaccine design and development of antivirals. She is originally from the beautiful Caribbean island of Dominica, known for its many rivers, tropical rainforests, and natural hot springs.

  • Assistant Professor of Neurology; Director, Fellowship Program, Multiple Sclerosis & Other Inflammatory Brain Disease

    Dr. Longbrake is an assistant professor in the Department of Neurology. She graduated summa cum laude from Cedarville University in 1998, then earned combined MD/PhD degrees at the Ohio State University. Her dissertation research focused on the neuro-immune response to traumatic spinal cord injuries. Dr. Longbrake then completed her neurology residency at Washington University in St. Louis. From 2013-2016, Dr. Longbrake was a Sylvia Lawry fellow of the National MS Society. During her fellowship, she was involved in numerous MS clinical trials and focused her research on better understanding the effects of modern MS disease modifying drugs. Dr. Longbrake is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Society and the American Academy of Neurology. She joined the Yale faculty in 2016.

  • Instructor

    Dr. McAdow received her MD and PhD in Microbiology from the University of Chicago. Her doctoral studies conducted in the laboratory of Dr. Olaf Schneewind investigated the interactions between Staphylococcus aureus virulence factors and the host coagulation cascade during the pathogenesis of bacterial infection. She came to Yale University for her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and stayed for fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine. 

    Dr. McAdow cares for patients with high risk pregnancies. She is the recipient of one of the inaugural Yale Physician Scientist Development Awards. Her research, conducted in the laboratory of Dr. William Sessa in the Department of Pharmacology, investigates the molecular mechanisms of endothelial dysfunction in preeclampsia, a common complication of pregnancy that jeopardizes the health of the mother and fetus. 

  • Instructor of Pediatrics (General Pediatrics)

    Julia Rosenberg is a graduate of Cornell University, Weill Cornell Medical College, Yale Pediatric Residency, and the Yale National Clinician Scholars Program. She is in the Pediatric Scholar Program and a YCCI Scholar whose work focuses on access to mental and behavioral health care for immigrant and refugee children and families and addressing disparities in access to care.

  • Assistant Professor

    Dr. Shin completed Allergy and Clinical Immunology fellowship training (2017-2020) at Yale and joined the Yale Section of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology as a faculty in 2020.  As an Allergy and Immunology specialist, she cares for patients with wide range of allergic and immunologic diseases. Dr. Shin also joined Dr. Insoo Kang's laboratory in 2018 and has been studying the immune system of patients with immune deficiency and/or immune dysregulation using in-depth immune profiling techniques. Dr. Shin’s overall research goal is understanding how immune alterations occur and affect the pathogenesis of such disorders in relation to their genetic defects, clinical presentations and comorbidities.