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  • Shelby Ballou

    Shelby Ballou

    PGY1

    Shelby grew up outside of Boston in Weston, MA with her younger sister. The story goes that her love of swimming started at age 3 when she jumped into the pool without her floaties (luckily her parents were there to catch her). She started swimming competitively at age 7 and was recruited to swim at Trinity College in Hartford, CT where she majored in Neuroscience. During her Junior year, she studied abroad in Cape Town, South Africa where she found her calling for pediatrics while volunteering at a local clinic. After college, she spent three years as a research coordinator in the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at Boston Children’s Hospital before attending the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, ME for medical school. She is beyond excited to be back in her home state of Massachusetts for residency and to be joining the UMass Pediatrics family! Outside of the hospital Shelby loves traveling, trying new restaurants and breweries, going to the beach, listening to live music, and spending time with her friends and family

  • Coleman Clifford

    Coleman Clifford

    PGY1

    Coleman was born and raised in Easton, Massachusetts, a quiet town adjacent to Tom Brady’s former place of work at Gillette Stadium. After growing up with 3 sisters, he decided to journey north to Boston for his undergraduate education at Northeastern University, where he earned a BS in Biology. During his time at Northeastern, he worked in both academic and industry labs, but realized his passion was not in benchtop science itself, but rather connecting with the people that surrounded the benchtop. This led Coleman to journey west, all the way to Worcester, where he attended UMass Medical School. During his time at UMass, Coleman was highly involved with the Sidekicks program, which partners medical students with pediatric patients receiving care at UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center. This experience had a profound impact on Coleman’s outlook as to the kind of care he intends to provide to his patients and their families. Coleman is thrilled to be staying at UMass for his pediatric training, taking one step closer to becoming a UMass lifer! Outside of the hospital, Coleman is both a remarkably average athlete who enjoys running and hiking, as well as a supremely amateur chef and baker.

  • Harris Feldman

    Harris Feldman

    Med/Peds PGY1

    Born and raised in Annapolis, Maryland, Harris spent his childhood at the ice hockey rink and around the Chesapeake Bay. He went to Towson University where he studied biology, worked as an RA, played club hockey, and was involved in various ecological research projects. After college, Harris spent a year working at a gastroterology practice at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore as a medical assistant and research coordinator conducting a QI study in hepatitis C screening. He attended medical school at University of Maryland School where he was inspired by the kindness and brilliance of his med/peds trained mentors and fell in love with the practice of taking care of both adults and children. During medical school, he conducted research in the field of gastroenterology including studies in both IBD and hepatology. Harris also became involved in the Baltimore community by coaching an inner-city ice hockey team for adolescents living in high risk neighborhoods. He immediately felt at home during his UMass interview day, and was most drawn to the camaraderie, humor, and diverse hobbies of the Med/Peds residents. Harris’ long-term career interests include GI/hepatology, with a focus on transitional care for adolescents, combining both inpatient and outpatient care of his patients, and staying in an academic system to teach and conduct clinical research. In his free time, he enjoys paddle-boarding around Lake Quinsigamond, playing adult league ice hockey, road-biking, skiing the northeast mountains, learning new recipes, playing the piano, Karaoke nights, and trying to read as many “non-medical” books as possible.

  • Kassandra Gibbs

    Kassandra Gibbs

    PGY1

    Kassie grew up in Bridgewater, a small town in southeastern Massachusetts. She attended Brandeis University in Waltham, MA where she majored in Biology and Psychology. After college, she worked as a research assistant at McLean Hospital before heading to the beautiful state of Vermont for medical school at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont. She is very excited to join the UMass family and to return to Massachusetts! Outside of the hospital, she enjoys long walks with her fluffy golden retriever, Jesse, studying dog training & behavior and listening to true crime podcasts. 

  • Jordi Negron

    Jordi Negron

    PGY1

    Jordi was born and raised in San Juan, PR until age 15, when he moved to Orlando, FL to finish high school.  He attended Brown University in Providence, RI and graduated in 2013 with a concentration in Chemical Biology.  Prior to starting medical school, Jordi worked as a research assistant and laboratory manager at the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT & Harvard in Cambridge, MA, where he studied T cell subsets in HIV+ elite controllers.  He then moved to NYC to attend medical school at the NYU Langone School of Medicine.  His Hispanic background, passion for languages, and interests in reproductive health & LGBTQ+ medical care drew him to medicine and a residency in Pediatrics.  Throughout residency, he hopes to learn about all areas of Pediatrics and is particularly excited about Adolescent Medicine, Emergency Medicine, and Endocrinology.   Jordi and his dog, Tank, are thrilled to be moving to Massachusetts for residency and to be close to many friends from college, work, and med school!

  • April Perez-Moore

    April Perez-Moore

    PGY1

    April is a Texas native and received a BA in Theatre and Dance from the University of Texas at Austin. After college, she moved to New York City and worked as an actor, dancer and certified pilates instructor. During this time, she fell in love with New England while spending summers at dance festivals in Massachusetts and Maine. An unexpected medical illness and desire to learn more about the body and it's capacity to heal, started her down the long and arduous journey of a career change. April moved back to Austin, TX, where she completed her pre-medical prerequisite courses, while working in movement rehabilitation and performing with a local dance company, various theatre companies, and a touring folk-rock band. When the time came, she and her husband (a native New Englander) moved to the Catskill region of New York state, so that she could attend Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Middletown, NY. April is so excited to join the UMass pediatric residency program, and has special interests in developmental and behavioral pediatrics and newborn neurology. In her free time, you can find her with her husband on their 25-acre homestead, cooking, reading, hiking, and of course, dancing.

  • Philip Picard-Fraser

    Philip Picard-Fraser

    Med/Peds PGY1

    Philip was raised in Acton, MA and spent most of his summers growing up in the beautiful province of Quebec, where most of his family stills resides. He attended Emory University for his undergraduate degree in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology where he also played varsity basketball. After college he served as an AmeriCorp member with City Year, supporting students and schools to create more welcoming and effective learning environments for children within Boston Public Schools. The experience of working with young people from communities that are cyclically and systemically disadvantaged ignited his passion to eliminate negative social determinants of health, and crystalized his view that this work is an ethical and moral obligation of physicians. While attending the University of Massachusetts Medical School, he continued these efforts through programs such as Kelley Backpacks which organized and delivered donated backpacks filled with personal items to children being discharged into DCF custody as well as academic inquiry in this field with Dr. Heather Forkey of the Child Protection Program by validating a screening tool for childhood trauma. He is proud to be staying at UMass for Med-Peds training because of the unmatched community he found here during medical school. While not working, he enjoys exploring the (actually) great restaurants and breweries in and around Worcester, going for runs that are way longer than anyone actually enjoys, and then indulging in nutritious and non-nutritious foods.

  • Sarah Rajanek

    Sarah Rajanek

    Med/Peds PGY1

    Sarah was born and raised in Appleton, Wisconsin.  She attended the University of Notre Dame for undergraduate (Go Irish!), where she double majored in Biological Sciences and Psychology.  She enjoyed the Hoosier state so much she decided to stay and attend medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, where she first discovered her love for all things Med-Peds.  After starting her intern year at the University of Rochester Med-Peds program, she transferred to UMass to be closer to her husband. She is incredibly excited to join the Med-Peds family at UMass and explore what New England has to offer! Sarah is still undecided on her career path (classic Med-Peds problem), but she is mostly considering hospitalist work, transitional care and medical education. In her spare time, she enjoys doing crafts, traveling, listening to Disney music, eating good food, and cuddling with her two cats, Luna and Lily.

  • Katherine Rose

    Katherine Rose

    PGY1

    Katie grew up in Villanova, PA, though has considered Massachusetts her home since she moved here in high school. She attended Trinity College in Hartford, CT where she majored in American Studies. After college, she worked as an investment consulting analyst in Boston before pursuing a career in medicine. While completing her premedical studies, she worked in the Pediatric Surgical Research laboratories at MGH. She then attended UMMS for medical school and is thrilled to be staying for her residency. During medical school, she led an initiative to introduce animal-assisted therapy to the children’s medical center in the form of a new facility dog program with the child life department. She can't wait to see the impact of the program on patients and staff. Katie enjoys spending time with her husband and son Grant. They love to visit family and friends, go for walks, and the beach.  

  • Adam Wray

    Adam Wray

    Med/Peds PGY1

    Adam grew up in East Tennessee. He went to the University of Tennessee where he quickly realized that medicine was the career for him. After graduating he attended med school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. With the help of some excellent clinical experiences and some great mentors, Adam realized that adult medicine alone was not going to cut it and decided to pursue Med-Peds. He ultimately would like to subspecialize and the wide-open and ever-evolving world of fellowship available to Med-Peds residents was particularly appealing. When not in the hospital, Adam can usually be found at the gym playing pickup basketball, but really any game will do.

  • Neha Zaer

    Neha Zaer

    PGY1

    Neha was born in Mumbai, India, where her family has lived for three generations since emigrating from Iran. At the age of two, she moved to Savannah, GA. She attended Savannah Arts Academy high school majoring in Theatre followed by undergraduate studies at Georgia Tech majoring in Biology. She then attended medical school at Mercer University School of Medicine in Savannah. During her frequent visits to her brother, his wife, and her two nieces who live in Shrewsbury, she was attracted to Worcester and UMass. Her passions in medicine are preventive health education, advocacy, and the positive empowerment of children and adolescents. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, participating in community service activities, board games, singing, and playing the guitar.