| ||Lauren Andrade, Med/Peds PL-1|
Lauren grew up in Mendon, MA and attended Holy Cross in Worcester, MA for her undergraduate degree. While at Holy Cross she majored in Biology and was the captain of the field hockey team during her senior year. Having grown fond of Worcester, Lauren stayed there for both medical school and residency at UMass. She is considering both primary care and subspecialty training after residency. Outside of medicine, Lauren loves sports, cooking, hiking, movies, skiing, and spending time with her friends and family.
|Katherine Baldwin, Med/Peds PL-3|
Katherine grew up in Boston and left Red Sox Nation briefly to attend college at Cornell University in upstate New York. While there she majored in English and developed an even stronger dislike of both the Yankees and turn signals. She took a year off after college to work at an fMRI lab at McLean Hospital where she studied normal childhood brain development and bipolar disorder. While attending UMass Medical School she traveled to Malawi to work with Baylor University's Pediatric HIV Corps. Katherine loved UMass so much that she managed to talk her husband into continuing the Worcester-Boston commute so that she could stay here for the wonderful Med/Peds residency! She is especially interested in Gastroenterology, specifically IBD, and hopes to pursue a combined fellowship after graduation from residency.
Stacey Beberman, Med/Peds PL-4
Stacey grew up in Worcester, MA. She left to attend Connecticut College as an undergraduate and then worked in Washington DC doing breast cancer reseach at the NIH. She returned to Worcester to attend medical school at UMass, and decided to stay at UMass for residency. During medical school, Stacey performed healthg policy reseach on student health insurance plans in Massachusetts, volunteered in a free clinic and actively participated in the Massachusetts Medical Society student section. Stacey plans to practice primary care in Massachusetts after residency. When she is not in the hospital, Stacey likes to read, make jewlery, and cook, especially desserts.
|Clara Belenky, PL-2 |
Clara grew up in Newton, Massachusetts, and completed her undergraduate education at Mount Holyoke College where she studied Biology as well as Russian and Eurasian studies. Prior to attending medical school at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Maine, she conducted research on sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) at Dartmouth Medical School, while also volunteering at the local free clinic and enjoying the wonderful hiking and skiing that New Hampshire has to offer. In medical school in Maine, Clara enjoyed remaining involved in her community at a local free clinic, working on a smoking cessation program and also provided health and wellness education for adolescents and teens in the community. She has a particular interest in working with teens, as well as preventing childhood obesity. In her spare time she enjoys running, skiing, hiking and camping in the local wilderness of New England as well as Alaska and Canada with her husband, as well as cooking, painting, reading and spending time with her family.
Christine Bielick, Med/Peds PL-4
Chris spent much of her childhood in Wisconsin, but left shortly after receiving her BS in Biology from the University of Wisconsin. Prior to matriculating at medical school, she spent a year in California taking care of her grandfather, which helped confirm her desire to care for critically ill patients. While attending Tufts University School of Medicine, she spent a summer studying the impact if HIV on children in rural India, and trained for and completed the 2007 Boston Marathon. Since moving to the New England area, she has enjoyed all of the hiking opprotunities the region offers, as well as rooting for her beloved Packers, Cubs, and Badgers teams.
|Anna Bingham, Med/Peds PL-1|
Anna grew up in Berkshire County or, as she likes to think of it, the western frontier of Massachusetts. After a bucolic childhood she decided to take on the challenge of Beantown where she attended Harvard University, majoring in History of Science. At Harvard, she tutored immigrant children in Dorchester. With four years of the city life under her belt, she found herself hankering for a new kind of adventure--so she set off for Hickory Flat, Mississippi (population: 500) to find herself and also volunteer at a rural health clinic. In addition to learning about the joys and challenges of primary care, she learned a lot about fried catfish, hush puppies, beagle puppies, and the importance of college football. Her interest in medicine confirmed, she returned to Massachusetts and worked as an EMT while applying to medical school. At UMass Medical School she was involved in the Christian Medical and Dental Association and spent her free time hiking and playing ultimate frisbee. She feels very lucky to be staying at UMass for residency where she hopes to continue to explore the many facets of primary care.
|Minakshi Biswas, Med/Peds PL-1|
Minakshi grew up along the East Coast, but spent most of her adult life in Massachusetts. She studied bioinformatics at Wellesley College, where she was also the musical director of an a cappella group. After college, she worked at a pharmaceutical company developing “armed” anti-cancer monoclonal antibody therapeutics. During medical school at UMass, Minakshi traveled to Guatemala, where she worked to provide healthcare for underserved women and children in remote mountain villages. Her love for singing reached a high when she was invited to sing the US and Canadian national anthems at a Red Sox game! Outside of medicine, Minakshi enjoys spending time with her husband, singing, traveling, and experiencing new cuisines. While interested in a career in primary care, she is excited to see where the world of Med-Peds takes her.
|William Bortcosh, PL-2|
Bill was born and raised in Massachusetts. He attended McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where he earned his major in Psychology. After college, he took a year off and became certified as a personal trainer. He then went to Albany Medical College, where he earned his MD. Bill has done a bunch of research on aflatoxin, a potent liver carcinogen, and its effects on the progression of the cell cycle in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. He also has worked with several community outreach programs throughout his career as a student, and he hopes to continue to do so. Bill enjoys reading, sports, video games, and spending time with his large and local family. His career interests include Heme/Onc, Critical Care, GI, Cardiology, and indecisivology.
Jacklyn Boulais, PL-3
Jackie, our only pediatric resident from UMass this year, completed her undergraduate training in Skidmore College in Saratgoa Springs, NY. Volunteering for the St. Anne’s Clinic, AIDS Project Worcester, a medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic and the Big Brother’s Big Sister’s Program, Jackie has demonstrated her warm, caring and compassionate nature, all the while maintaining interests in baking, rowing, reading and cake decorating. Jackie will be serving as Chief Resident for the 2013-2014 academic year.
Karen Cotting, PL-1
Karen is a UMass “lifer.” Born in Lexington, MA on Patriot’s Day no less, Karen has appropriately always rooted for the Minutemen, from her time at Lexington High to college at UMass Amherst. So it’s no surprise that Karen chose to study medicine at UMass. But don’t be fooled by her loyalty to her home state. Karen is an experienced traveler, having been to many countries: Costa Rica, Belize, Turkey, Malta, and Poland, to name a few. In medical school, she did work in Dominican Republic and Malawi. Before making her way to medical school, Karen studied primate behavior and cognition in college, and then became a veterinary assistant and monkey trainer for Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers for the Disabled. From there, she broadened her animal work at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston. Finally, she answered her calling back to Academia and spent three years working in research at a neurosurgery lab at Mass General Hospital. There, she realized that her experiences in science and behavior as well as her own personal journey as a pediatric patient with chronic illness pointed her straight to a career in Pediatrics. Outside of the hospital, she loves spending time with her husband and their inappropriate fluffy rabbit, literally anyone’s dogs, running, and reading on the beaches of Maine.
Laura Dawson, PL-2
Laura grew up in small town southern NH before heading to Medford, MA for college at Tufts University, where she majored in Child Development and Spanish and played field hockey. After college, she worked at Children's Hospital Boston as a research assistant in Adolescent Medicine, exploring associations between adolescent mood and risk-taking behaviors. Her work experience confirmed her desire to pursue a career in medicine, which required a post-baccalaureate premedical year at Bryn Mawr College outside of Philadephia. From there, she went to Brown for medical school. She participated in research on infant characteristics associated with maternal depression. She is thrilled to be a part of the UMass pediatrics community and plans to practice primary care following residency. Her personal life is spent enjoying time with her husband and young son!
|Maya Dor, PL-1|
Maya is excited to return to Massachusetts after attending medical school in Maine. She grew up in Newton, MA and studied biology as an undergraduate at Brandeis University. During college she worked in different laboratories and enjoyed teaching art class at a local Hebrew School. After college, Maya spent the summer in Israel volunteering for Save A Child’s Heart, an NGO which provides sick children from developing countries with life-saving heart surgeries and other treatments not accessible in their native countries. After that summer, Maya knew that taking care of kids would be part of her job description someday! Prior to med school she spent two years researching smooth muscle physiology and the causes of preterm labor at Beth Israel in Boston. She attended medical school at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Maine, where she volunteered at the local free clinic, helped organize a medical brigade to Peru, and learned many tactics to avoid shoveling snow. Now-a-days she enjoys spending a few minutes a day with her new husband (a medicine intern at UMass), cooking, playing tennis and escaping to the cape whenever she can.
|Nasim Gorji, PL-3|
Nasim was born in California, but grew up in Portland, Oregon. She completed her undergraduate education at Brandeis University where she minored in French and spent time abroad in Southern France. Prior to attending medical school, she spent three years conducting clinical research on retinal degenerations at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. She then moved back to the west coast to attend Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Vallejo, CA. Her hobbies include cooking, mountain biking, hiking, and pottery. She plans on pursuing a career in NICU.
Mary Guillot, PL-2
Born and raised in Vermont, Mary managed to escape Vermont for a few years to work in Washington, DC as a Senate staffer and then a lobbyist. She also enjoyed driving her ambulance on the wrong side of the road during rush hour. Then she was called back to Vermont for medical school. While there, she filled her “free time” by leading her local Pediatric student interest group with her fellow resident Lindsay, organizing respite sessions for parents of children with special needs, representing her class in the curriculum improvement committee, and participating in the odd marathon or two. She is super excited to be a member of the UMass Pediatrics family and to escape Vermont for a few more years. She loves to eat, to run, to bake, to dance, to eat, and to play Apples to Apples. Mmm, Ice cream...
|Meghan Gunn, PL-3|
Meghan grew up in Vermont and graduated from Syracuse University where she majored in Biology. She was an active member of a student volunteer group, working with the elderly in nursing homes. Meghan then returned home to attend medical school at the University of Vermont. During medical school, she participated in Smile Docs where she went into schools and taught kids about health. She also was a counselor at a summer camp that helps high school students pursue their interests in the medical field. In her free time, Meghan enjoys cooking, traveling, running and spending time with her husband, Greg.
|Sarah Gyllstrom, PL-3|
Sarah grew up in Avon, CT with her two sisters and brother. After graduating from Trinity College in 2004, Sarah moved to Boston and worked as a researcher at the Boston University School of Dental Medicine. Two years later, Sarah matriculated at Boston University School of Medicine where she was a co-chair for the Pediatrics Interest Group and a member of AOA. In her free time, Sarah enjoys spending time with friends and family, running, and traveling to warm places. After residency, Sarah plans to practice primary care pediatrics in Massachusetts.
|Ariel Hoch, PL-1|
Ariel was born and raised in Westwood, MA with her two sisters. After graduating high school, Ariel moved to New York City, where she attended Columbia University for college. Prior to starting medical school at A.T. Still University, she worked in clinical research in Dermatology at the Columbia University Medical Center, while also getting her Master's in Public Health at Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health. It was through her MPH program, her experience in clinical research, and summer that she spent in Honduras working on a water purification project, that Ariel knew she would pursue a career in medicine. Although she lived in NYC for many years, Ariel has stuck to her Boston roots, and remains a huge Red Sox, Patriots, and Celtics fan. In her free time, Ariel enjoys spending time with friends and family, visiting Cape Cod, and traveling.
Salmaan Jawaid, Med/Peds PL-2
Salmaan grew up in Houston, TX where he completed his Biology degree at the University of Houston. During this time he performed research on glucose control in Ghrelin receptor deficient mice at Baylor College of Medicine, while also volunteering as an EMT at various locations. He then moved to West Virginia to attend medical school at Marshall University, where he also studied the relationship between obesity and CA-MRSA infections in children. Continuing his exciting journey from the south to the north, Salmaan then decided to pursue a Med-Peds residency at UMass, where he could fully exercise his passion for teaching. He loves spending time with his wife and enjoys watching and playing all kinds of sports. Although he’s a fan of the Dallas Cowboys, the Red Sox are still his favorite team and he’s excited to see them firsthand at Fenway Park.
|Mandy Johnson, PL-1|
Mandy grew up in Norwood, MA, studying and performing with Boston Ballet. She completed her undergraduate education at Boston College, where she majored in English and Psychology. Prior to starting medical school, Mandy worked as Marketing Manager for a technology-based start-up and then as a research assistant at the Joslin Diabetes Center. She attended UMass Medical School where she became a member of AOA. During medical school she continued to pursue clinical research interests through the Clinical Translational Research Pathway and also worked with the Department of Pediatric Cardiology to help formalize outreach efforts and support services for patient families. In her free time, Mandy spends every available moment with her amazing husband and incredible little boys.
Lana Kieras, Med/Peds PL-2
Lana grew up in nearby Holden, MA and completed her undergraduate education at Holy Cross. At Holy Cross she pursued her interests in both science and international cultures and majored in biology and Germany. Prior to starting medical school, Lana worked at the Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center in Providence, RI on two behavioral research studies on childhood obesity. Lana then returned to Worcester to attend medical school where she continued to pursue her interest in different cultures and underserved populations. She traveled to Tanzania, the Dominican Republic and Ecuador as part of her medical education. She also served as a volunteer coordinator at a free medical clinic. She hopes to continue working with international and underserved populations.
Jay Lawrence, Med/Peds PL-3, Med/Peds Chief Resident
Jay grew up in Massachusetts and studied psychology and film as an undergraduate at UMass Amherst. Before starting medical school at UMass, Jay worked with adults with developmental disabilities in San Francisco, managed business development and advertising sales for television production companies in New York City, learned Spanish in Central America, wrote for a newspaper in his hometown of New Bedford, MA and worked in neurocognitive research at Brown University. He had a great experience as a medical student at UMass and was active in public health education, health policy, and international medicine, completing electives in the Dominican Republic and Cambodia. It was in the DR where he got to know his classmate and now wife and co-resident, Stephanie. Jay remains a fan of film and television, plays guitar, travels as often as possible, and loves spending time with family and friends.
|Stephanie Lawrence, Med/Peds PL-3|
Stephanie grew up in the Worcester area and went to Tufts University for college. She studied bio-psychology and was on the cross country and swim teams. She stayed in Boston after graduation and worked at Children’s Hospital studying iron metabolism. She returned home for medical school and loved her four years at UMass. She was involved in international work, youth mentoring, and health education. Stephanie is excited to be staying on at UMass with her husband, Jay, and ultimately hopes to practice primary care. When she’s not working, she enjoys family, friends, running, swimming, yoga, and travel.
Kristen Markie, PL-2
Kristen is a relatively locally grown resident, having been born in RI and raised in North Attleboro, MA. She didn't venture far for undergrad at Brown University, where she majored in Psychology and did research in ADHD in a neuropsychological office out of Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket, RI. She went straight from undergrad to medical school at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. While there, she helped with research for the Anesthesia Department on lung transplants. Kristen is extremely excited to be back home in the great state of MA and able to watch her favorite team, the New England Patriots, whenever they play. In her free time, Kristen likes to spend time with her husband Ryan, cook, read, and is currently teaching herself to crochet. Her career interests are primary care and Development and Behavioral Pediatrics.
Tori Martin, PL-3
Tori was born and raised in Massachusetts and has rarely wanted to leave! She did her undergraduate work at Harvard, studying biology and writing an honors thesis at Children’s Hospital Boston about pneumococcal disease. She came to UMASS for medical school and fell in love with pediatrics (and this place). She went to UCONN for her internship, but the yearning for Massachusetts and her UMASS family was too strong, so she’s back to finish her residency with us! She likes to travel, both for pleasure and for medical work. As a student she traveled to Mumbai, India working on a clinical trial there, and she would love to travel to the Spanish-speaking third world as a resident to use her Spanish and medical skills to serve patients in need there. In her free time, she loves being outdoors—especially hiking with her dog Bailey in rain, snow, or sunshine—and also loves to cook, to read, and to watch football (go PATS!).
Mike Mazzotta, Med/Peds PL-4
Mike grew up in Newton, Massachusetts and attended Middlebury College in Vermont. At Middlebury, he filled his time studying chemisty and running on the cross country and track teams. Mike then followed his wife to Missoula, Montana where he worked inj a microbiology lab studying Lyme disease. Mike returned home for four great years at UMass Medical School and is excited to join the Med/Peds residency program. He plans to pursue a career in primary care taking care of both children and adults. Mike loves to spend time with his wife and son, run, play sorts and explore the outdoors.
|Heather Mane, Med/Peds PL-3|
A Massachusetts native, Heather grew up in Haverhill and attended UMass Amherst for her undergraduate years, spending a semester abroad in Brisbane, Australia. She stayed nearby to attend medical school at UMass in Worcester. During her medical school career, Heather continued to travel, spending a month in Costa Rica for a Spanish language immersion and a month in India as part of a rabies virus antibody trial. In her free time, she also enjoys spending time with her new husband, reading, and running, having recently completed both the Disney World and Hartford Marathons. Heather's career interests include endocrinology and primary care.
Madeline McCarthy, PL-2
Madeline was born and raised in Milton, MA. She completed her undergraduate degree at Dartmouth College. After college, Madeline spent time working at Brigham and Women’s Hospital on a research project on medication safety and electronic medical records. She then received a Master of Science degree from Georgetown University. Madeline attended UMass Medical School, where she was a member of AOA. When not in the hospital, Madeline enjoys taking her bike out on the road, spending time with family and friends and reading for pleasure.
Lauren Miller, PL-2
Lauren is originally from New Hampshire and graduated from Boston University with a degree in Human Physiology. Before medical school, she enjoyed working as a medical assistant for a family practice office in NH. She then attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine where she graduated as a member of Sigma Sigma Phi--an osteopathic honors society. She enjoys running, adventures while traveling, skiing on New England's icy slopes, and spending time with friends and family.
Leslie Morris, PL-3
Leslie is a native of snowy St. Paul, Minnesota and graduated from Carleton College. During her undergraduate years, she studied and volunteered in Tanzania and Honduras. After college, she spent a year researching models of midwife-obstetrician collaborative care as a Fulbright Fellow in Norway. Ready to explore a new part of the country, Leslie moved to New England to participate in the Brown-Dartmouth Combined Program in Medicine. While at Dartmouth, Leslie volunteered as a smoking cessation counselor at a free clinic and was granted an Albert Schweitzer Fellowship to work on mental health advocacy. Leslie enjoys spending time with family and friends in the U.S. and Germany, as well as running and gardening.
Lindsay Oliver, PL-2
Lindsay was born and raised in Worcester, but after graduating from South High she left the city behind for the rural charm of Vermont. She attended Middlebury College, where she studied neuroscience and played trumpet in the orchestra. After staying up north for medical school at UVM, she is excited to be back home in Worcester for residency. Outside of medicine, Lindsay’s greatest passion is sports, as she is an avid fan of all of the major Boston and local sports teams. She has a particular soft spot for ice hockey, and is disappointed that her lack of skating skills kept her from pursing her dream of being a professional goalie. She also enjoys camping, playing board games, amateur meteorology, and spending time with her family and friends. Lindsay plans to remain in New England after residency to pursue a career in primary care.
|Alex Procaskey, PL-1|
Alex was born and raised in Michigan, where he attended the University of Michigan for undergrad. He studied Cellular and Molecular Biology as well as Medical Anthropolgy. He is a life-long Wolverine fan, and absolutely loves watching michigan football. Upon graduation Alex decided to leave the Great Lake State and travel to the city of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia for Medical School. Here, he studied at Drexel and had a great time at all the fantastic restaurants in Philadelphia (but refused to eat cheesesteaks with cheese wiz because that's just strange). While at medical school Alex helped to found the Drexel Oral Health Initiative, a brand new program designed to improve the awareness of oral pathology amongst future physicians as well as improve access to oral healthcare for underserved populations. Alex is incredibly excited to be in Massachusetts and can't wait to explore all the outdoor activities like rock climbing and sailing and is especially excited about being so close to the ocean.
|Tara Richardson, PL-1|
Tara was born and raised in Worcester, MA. She went to the College of the Holy Cross as an undergraduate and then moved to Leipsig, Germany for a summer of research and travel. She attended a post-baccalaureate program at Bryn Mawr College. Afterwards she came back to Worcester to teach in the Worcester Public School System as a special education and an AP chemistry teacher. She was excited to attend medical school at UMass and then stay on for another three years for residency. Tara plans to practice primary care in Massachusetts after residency. Tara loves spending time with her husband and two year old daughter, especially at the beach.
|Christa Rosenberg, PL-1|
Christa Rosenberg graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, NY, far from her hometown in Hot Springs, Arkansas. In college, she majored in chemistry at Pomona College in Claremont, CA. In her free time, she loves cooking, trying out new restaurants, seeing movies with her husband, and she is trying to learn to love running. She and her husband, a family medicine intern at UMass, also enjoy spending time with their two new kittens that they adopted just this year.
Brian Schneider, Med/Peds PL-2
A native of New England, Brian grew up in Maine where he developed a passion for the outdoors that persists to this day. He pursued a degree in biology from Brown, while also doing research on neurodegenerative disorders and coordinating a group that taught swimming lessons to children with asthma. Between college and medical school, he spent a year working as a phlebotomist at a small hospital in Maine, then a little further away at a larger hospital out in Oregon, before taking time to travel across the country. While attending medical school at the University at Buffalo, Brian was president of his school's AMA, spent a summer doing pediatric research in Vermont, and ran over 50 road and trail races. Brian is strongly thinking about primary care after residency. When not in the hospital or running, he enjoys being with family and friends, cycling, hiking, snowboarding and sailing.
Carla Schwartz, Med/Peds PL-2
Carla was born and raised in Rochester, NY. A lifelong upstate New Yorker, she attended Cornell University, where she majored in Human Biology, Health and Society, and earned her medical degree from SUNY Upstate. While an undergraduate, Carla spent a semester abroad learning Spanish in Seville, which she later put to good use, spending a month in Guatemala with a traveling medical clinic and seeing patients in Syracuse, NY at her medical school's migrant clinic. After residency Carla is planning to practice primary care. In her free time Carla enjoys tennis, piano, and cooking, but mostly spending time with family and friends.
Maureen Shyu, PL-3
Maureen was born and raised up north in Canada. After wearing the red and white on her sleeve, she made room for the green of the New Hampshire mountains when she attended Dartmouth College. Having spent the year after college researching the effects of prostacyclin on smooth muscle cells, she stayed at Dartmouth to attend medical school. She had the chance to spend some time in rural clinics in Ecuador, Appalachia and British Columbia. In her spare time, she likes to hang out with her bunny, cook and sketch historic buildings.
|Suzanne Sprague, Med/Peds PL-1|
Suzanne grew up just north of the Massachusetts border, in Durham, NH. She studied Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University then moved to New York City and worked in financial consulting. After a few years in finance, Suzanne decided to change her career path and pursue a medical degree. While taking night classes, Suzanne worked for Partners In Health and as an Early Intervention Preschool teacher in Boston. She then attended medical school at Tufts University. In medical school, Suzanne worked at The Sharewood Project, a free clinic in Malden, MA. She also established a program for medical students to mentor pregnant teens. She is excited to continue to work with adolescents and patients of all ages in her med/peds training. Suzanne lives in North Smithfield, RI with her husband and dog, Fenway Parker.
|Callie Stone, PL-1|
Callie grew up in Lowell, MA and completed her undergraduate degree at UMass, Amherst. There, she majored in Biology and minored in Kinesiology. After college she worked as a research assistant for 2 years at Boston University, traveling all over the U.S. to meet Gulf War I veterans who were study participants. Callie attended medical school at UMass. During her time there, she had the opportunity to volunteer in a free clinic, travel twice to the Dominican Republic as part of medical mission trips, and volunteer at a local agency dedicated to serving troubled youth. She hopes to continue traveling and working with underserved populations throughout her career in pediatrics. In her spare time, Callie enjoys being with her husband and 2 dogs, eating at Worcester’s many awesome restaurants, hiking, reading fiction, fishing, and traveling.
|Sasha Svendsen, PL-3|
Sasha grew up in Newton, playing soccer and dancing. After high school, she took an interim year, going on a cattle drive in Colorado, researching the topic of medical error at Mass General, and working as a medical assistant at Harvard Vanguard. She attended Colorado College, and became actively involved in a student group that ran a rape crisis line and advocated for victims of sexual and domestic violence. She loved Colorado so much that she stayed on as a teaching assistant in the biology department. She then moved to Hershey, “the sweetest place on earth” to attend Penn State medical school, where she completed a research project on the use of medical jargon in medical practice. She enjoys dancing, yoga, snowboarding, traveling, and exploring the outdoors, and the Bo Sox! Sasha is looking forward to serving at Chief Resident during the 2013-2014 academic year!
Stephen Weinberger, Med/Peds PL-4
Stephen is a New Yorker, but is excited to make the transition to Massachusetts life. Raised in Westchester County, NY, he attended SUNY Binghamton and earned a double major in Biology and English. He was active in Habitat for Humanity during college and captures mosquitoes wihle doing West Nile Virus field research. Between college and medical school he worked on community outreach programs as an Americorps VISTA member at a health center in Mount Vernon, NY. Stephen attended medical school at SUNY Upstate in Syracuse where he pursued his interest in international medicine while working at a clinic in the Peruvian Andes and also raised funds and awareness for international medical organizations on the Ride for World Health, a cycling trip across the United States. He enjoys running, cycling, backpacking, and spending time with his wife. He plans to pursue a career in primary care or infectious disease.
Robyn Wing, Chief Resident
Robyn was born and raised in Fall River, Massachusetts. She attended Providence College as an undergrad before coming to Worcester for medical school where she was active in organizing free clinics, pursuing interests in Adolescent Medicine, and became a member of the AOA. She started making her contributions to the Pediatrics program as a student at UMass Medical School, where she was involved in studies to improve the quality of patient care in Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Robyn stays busy outside of the hospital participating in various activities such as dance, running, volleyball, photography and reading (preferably on the beach!).
William Zawatski, Chief Resident
Bill is a life-long resident of Massachusetts. He graduated from Saint Anselm College, where he majored in biology and minored in Spanish and Latin American studies. In college, he traveled to Costa Rica and Peru to volunteer in both urban and rural areas. His experiences in Latin America inspired him to study public health prior to attending medical school. He received an MPH from Boston University where he focused on environmental health. While studying public health, he again traveled to Costa Rica to study environmental and international law at the University of Costa Rica. As a medical student at UMass, he participated in research in cystic fibrosis and also studied infant mortality in Worcester. He is a member of AOA and received the New England Pediatric Society Award upon graduation from medical school. He was eager to remain at UMass for residency because of the program’s commitment to education and faculty support of medical students and residents.
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