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  • Kathryn Delaney

    Kathryn Delaney, MD, MA

    Katie Delaney is a fellow in Maternal Fetal Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She received a Bachelor's degree in English and Non-fiction Writing from Brown University, a Doctor of Medicine and Masters of Arts in Bioethics and Medical Humanities from Northwestern University, and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. Her academic interests include ethics and decision-making in prenatal diagnosis and ethics instruction in medical education. 

  • Jacqueline Furbacher

    Jacqueline Furbacher, MD

    Jackie (Jacqueline) Furbacher is a Health Equity Fellow in the Department of Emergency Medicine at UMASS. She completed her Emergency Medicine Residency at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. She received her Doctor of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry at The University of Colorado at Boulder. Her research interests include health disparity, social determinants of health and food insecurity. 

  • Eileen McNicholas

    Eileen McNicholas

    Eileen McNicholas is a medical student at UMass, currently pursuing a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation between her third and fourth years. Prior to coming to UMass, she completed her undergraduate studies in neurobiology and psychology at McGill University where she conducted research on neurodegenerative disease. Her research interests are in mental health and woman’s health, and the overlap between them. 

  • Kamaris Merritt

    Kamaris Merritt, MD

    Kamaris Merritt grew up in New Jersey and attended Brown University where she studied neuroscience as an undergraduate and then went on to obtain her medical degree. She completed her pediatrics training at Mass General Hospital for Children and is now a neonatology fellow at UMass. Her clinical interests include care of the extremely preterm infant, neonatal nutrition, and ethics. She hopes to focus her research on use of non-invasive technology to direct and improve care. She plans to study the role of near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) in the NICU, looking at mesenteric perfusion and effects of feeding for infants undergoing therapeutic hypothermia. 

  • Kara Smith

    Kara Smith, MD

    Kara Smith is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology at UMass Medical School. She received her medical degree from Tufts University, and completed her Neurology Residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and a Movement Disorders Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. Her clinical research focuses on cognitive impairment in Parkinson’s disease. She is currently funded by the National Institute of Deafness and Communication Disorders (NIDCD) for her work on developing novel speech and language markers to detect mild cognitive impairment in Parkinson’s disease.

  • Dawn Truong

    Dawn Truong

    Dawn Truong is a medical student between her 3rd and 4th year at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMass). She is pursuing research experience through the Master of Science Degree in Clinical Investigation Program. Her research interests began during her undergrad at Harvard College, where she joined the Liao Lab at Massachusetts General Hospital to investigate the genetic basis of cleft lip and palate. At UMass, she has worked on women’s cancers and postmenopausal transition with Drs. Thomas Fitzgerald and Wendy Marsh.

  • Gianna Wilkie

    Gianna Wilkie, MD

    Gianna Wilkie attended Tufts University for her undergraduate degree majoring in biochemistry and clinical psychology with a minor in Spanish. She then attended medical school at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and began doing research focused on obstetrics and gynecology as a student. She attended OBGYN residency at the integrated combined program at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. Her research has focused on infectious and cardiac complications in pregnancy.