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  • Zainab Alam

    Zainab Alam

    PGY2

    Zainab was born and raised in the city of Lahore, Pakistan. She decided to pursue medicine as a profession and got enrolled in one of the best medical schools in her home country - The Aga Khan University, located in the coastal city of Karachi. During her five years of medical school, she developed a fond interest in pediatric medicine. New England has been home to her for the last two years. She moved to Worcester with her husband in 2017. Zainab considers herself a bookworm, a dog lover, a music and food enthusiast. In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her husband and hopes to cover all fifty states of the US. So far, she has checked off ten from the list. Apart from pursuing pediatric medicine as a profession, one of her long term goals is to publish a worldwide bestseller! 

  • Bonnie Cao

    Bonnie Cao

    Med/Peds PGY2

    Bonnie spent her childhood in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. She attended Bowdoin College where she studied Biochemistry and Asian Studies and competed on the squash and rowing teams (with many visits to Worcester to race on Lake Quinsigamond). After college, she spent two years doing inflammatory bowel disease clinical research at Brigham and Women's Hospital. She ventured out of New England to attend medical school at University of Rochester where she fell in love with medicine and pediatrics and developed a particular interest in transitional care. She is excited to be back in Massachusetts and to join the UMass Med/Peds community. In her free time, Bonnie enjoys baking, running, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

  • Sanjay Chainani

    Sanjay Chainani

    Med/Peds PGY2

    A lifelong Marylander, Sanjay grew up in Germantown, MD and attended a high school program focusing on environmental science. He went to the University of Maryland, College Park for his bachelor’s degree and spent his free time singing a cappella, including recording an album that is now on Spotify. He then attended the University of Maryland Baltimore for medical school where he participated in research on direct acting antivirals in HIV/Hepatitis C co-infected patients and did rotations in Lusaka, Zambia and Shiprock, New Mexico. He loved both internal medicine and pediatrics as a medical student and was thrilled to learn about the wonderful world of Med/Peds. During his interview at UMass, he was most drawn to the palpable atmosphere of friendliness, support, and education. He is excited to kick off his career with these qualities front and center! Sanjay’s career interests include hospital medicine, GI/hepatology, infectious disease, and global health. Besides medicine, his other loves include bubble tea, coffee shops, board games, time with his family, and watching too many movies in the theater.

  • Adriana Chou

    Adriana Chou

    PGY2

    Adriana was born in Fremont, California, where she and her two younger siblings grew up. Being so close to the ocean, she is a surprisingly poor swimmer. Fremont was also in close proximity to Lake Tahoe, but again, she somehow doesn't really ski or snowboard very well either. She can do some damage on a pogo stick, though. She ventured even further out west, to Stanford University for college, where she studied Human Biology with a focus in International Public Health, then worked for a few years as a clinical research assistant at Stanford and then UCSF. She eventually chose the University of Wisconsin in Madison for medical school for its integrated Public Health curriculum. While at the University of Wisconsin, she joined a laryngeal physiology lab, where she spent a dedicated year of basic and translational research. She is excited to join the Pediatrics department at UMass, with her three-legged dog and cat in tow!

  • Robert Gakwaya

    Robert Gakwaya

    PGY2

    Rob was born and raised in Butare, a small town in the Southern province of Rwanda. After high school, he moved to the US and lived in and around Dorchester,  MA where he attended UMass Boston. During his time at UMass, he worked as a research assistant for PIH/Harvard School of Public Health on study aiming to develop scales and measures for Depression and Anxiety assessment in pediatric populations in post conflict areas.  After graduating from UMass Boston with a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Rob worked as a research assistant in a lab in Cambridge Ma focusing on RNAi therapeutics. After few years in lab, he was ready for a new challenge and Rob enrolled at UMass Medical School. In his free time Rob still enjoys playing soccer and basketball, and more importantly spending time with family. Of note, he is a jigsaw puzzle devotee

  • Alex Mauricio Gale

    Alex Mauricio Gale

    PGY2

    Alex was born and raised in Sinaloa, Mexico before immigrating to Phoenix, AZ at 10 years old. He decided to pursue his undergraduate education at Arizona State University as a biomedical engineer, while taking the opportunities to pursue sports like soccer, baseball, and ultimate frisbee, but also Linguistics where he studied Italian and Mandarin Chinese. He decided to escape the heat and experience true winters as he attended Indiana University School of Medicine. During his years studying medicine and volunteering at free clinics around the state, he noticed his passion for treating all children and decided this was his calling. He has spent time researching at MGH in the past, so this area is not new to him. He is very excited to be in Massachusetts to experience exploring and living in the Northeast. Aside from medicine and science, Alex enjoys board games, video games, languages, reading, decaf coffee (weird, right?), sports (not all, I know disappointing), baking or anything food related, exercising (would like to run Boston marathon), and anything outdoors!

  • Daniel Marchuk

    Daniel Marchuk

    Med/Peds PGY2

    Daniel was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. For his undergraduate education, he attended Davidson College, where he studied Mathematics.  He used this background to work in bioinformatics at the University of North Carolina, studying medical genetics and clinical applications of exome/genome sequencing. Daniel then stayed at the University of North Carolina for medical school, where he enjoyed working in both internal medicine and pediatrics.  He is excited to be a part of the UMass Med-Peds family and looks forward to exploring New England. When not in the hospital or clinic, Daniel enjoys outdoor activities (especially hiking) with his wife, cooking, and following college athletics and hockey.‚Äč

  • Samantha Rosenblum

    Samantha Rosenblum

    Med/Peds PGY2

    Samm grew up in Sharon, MA and went on to attend undergrad at Northwestern University, where she studied journalism at the Medill School of Journalism with a minor in global health studies. Studying journalism encouraged her lifelong interest in learning peoples’ stories, a large factor in her decision to pursue medicine. She then spent one year working at Massachusetts General Hospital as a clinical research coordinator in thoracic oncology. Samm attended medical school at the Boston University School of Medicine where she served as the head of the medical humanities interest group and developed a course curriculum on narrative medicine for fourth year medical students. During medical school she had the opportunity to work with multiple med/peds providers and felt connected to their overall approach to patient care. While she is  excited by the many directions she can take with med/peds, she is currently excited about using narrative medicine as a tool to improve patients’ transition from pediatrics to the world of adult medicine. When she’s not at the hospital, Samm can be found reading, hiking, doing yoga, and making greeting cards for her friends and family. 

  • Celia Sobelman

    Celia Sobelman

    PGY2

    Celia was born in Wareham, MA and grew up in Connecticut with her two younger brothers. She played soccer from the time she could walk and played three varsity sports in high school at Miss Porter’s School. She was recruited to play soccer at the Division III collegiate level at Centenary College, a liberal arts school in Northern Louisiana, where she majored in Biology. During college, she served as philanthropy chair of her sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha, and organized multiple fundraising events for breast cancer education and research. The Southern food and hospitality led Celia to remain in Louisiana for a bit longer and attend medical school at Louisiana State University (Geaux Tigers!). At LSU, Celia was a counselor at Camp Tiger, an annual week-long day camp for children in the community with various disabilities. During her time in Louisiana, Celia developed a passion for cooking, and her “Yankee Gumbo” won first place in two gumbo cookoffs! She was able to integrate her interests in running and volunteering by serving as a head coach for Girls On The Run, a national afterschool program that trains elementary school girls for a 5k fun run while imparting lessons of female empowerment. She has completed the Little Rock Marathon and the Heroes Half Marathon and hopes to do more in the future. For residency, Celia was thrilled to return to New England to regrow her roots. When she’s not working Celia enjoys cooking new recipes, running, skiing, watching Chef’s Table and other shows on Netflix, spending time outdoors and playing with her dog, Lilly.

  • Alane Stalcup

    Alane Stalcup

    PGY2

    Alane grew up as a Coast Guard kid around the Great Lakes and Eastern Seaboard. She moved to California for college at Stanford and adopted the Bay Area as her hometown. After starting her family, she moved to North Carolina to get a PhD in Maternal and Child Health and Epidemiology at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health. She then moved 10 miles down the road to Duke for medical school. Alane is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and her research interests include breastfeeding and hospital maternity and newborn care practices. She enjoys skiing, hiking, boating, SCUBA diving, camping, board games and gardening with her husband Luke and 4 children Ellie, James, Anna, and Joshua.

  • Courtney Tolliday

    Courtney Tolliday

    PGY2

    Courtney grew up in Burlington, MA and then moved to Bolton, MA in 2011 before starting college at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. There she received a dual degree in Pre-Veterinary Studies and Biology. After a few too many long nights at the UMASS barn, Courtney decided to pursue a career in human medicine and was accepted to the University of Massachusetts Medical School. While in medical school Courtney developed her love for Pediatrics and was thrilled to become a true “UMASS Lifer” when she matched with the UMASS Pediatric Residency Program. Courtney is excited to stay local and close to her friends and family. In her free time, Courtney likes to try out new recipes, watch Netflix, and cuddle with her cat Peeni.

  • Scott Wagner

    Scott Wagner

    PGY2

    Scott grew up in central Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  His love of the mountains and fresh water brought him to Dartmouth College where he dabbled in cognitive neuroscience in between his hiking and canoeing trips.  Through college internships, he worked with disadvantaged adolescents and children with histories of trauma.  Following his undergraduate studies, Scott worked in Boston as a biotechnology consultant in the areas of growth hormone deficiency, hemophilia and asthma.  Wanting to increase his debt-to-income ratio, he attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.  Pediatrics at UMass is a natural fit for Scott given his passion for child advocacy and the institution’s focus on scientific innovation.  He currently lives on the Shrewsbury side of Lake Quinsigamond and enjoys stellar views of the UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center as he paddles across the lake.