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  • Jessica Andrade

    Jessica Andrade

    Jess was born in the south of France and immigrated to Marlborough, MA when she was a child. Growing up in Massachusetts, she loved being involved in sports including soccer, lacrosse, and gymnastics. Between sports and school she enjoyed playing video games with her younger brother (both of them being highly competitive Guitar Hero and Halo players). Jess also began playing the violin at a young age and continued on to learn seven instruments. She attended UMass Amherst and earned an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology while playing four years of Women’s Club Soccer. She continued her education up the coast to attend medical school in Maine at the University of New England (please see Alina Bahlavouni’s profile for identical info). Jess and Alina's UMass experience extended to UNE where they were not only roommates but also dominated the intramural soccer league winning all 6 seasons. In her down time, Jess loves to travel. During medical school she participated in three medical mission trips to the Dominican Republic helping children in underprivileged communities. She annually returns to France with her family to enjoy the beautiful blue beaches of the Mediterranean. Jess recently embarked on a road trip to Nice, Paris, Monaco, Rome, and Pisa. When outside of the hospital, Jess can be found weight lifting at the nearest gym. Fun fact, she can toss pizza dough in the air and make an awesome barbecue chicken pizza.
  • Alina Bahlavouni

    Alina Bahlavouni


    Alina grew up outside of Boston in Waltham, MA.  She traveled 2 hours west to attend the University of Massachusetts Amherst, double majoring in Kinesiology and Public Health. She then made her way up to coastal Maine to attend medical school at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is very excited to be back in Massachusetts for residency, close to her family, friends and medical school roommate! (Please see Jess Andrade’s bio for identical info). Jess and Alina were not only roommates, but also teammates in the intramural soccer league, dominating all 6 seasons. In her spare time, Alina enjoys being active, traveling, going to the beach, practicing yoga and playing sports such as soccer, basketball and lacrosse. She enjoys the Harry Potter series (medicine was her second choice after not getting into Hogwarts), Game of Thrones (Jon Snow anyone?), This is us, and whatever Disney movie happens to be on TV (Little Mermaid is her favorite). She also speaks Armenian and is hoping to use that with some of her patients. She considers herself an amateur (very amateur) cook and hopes to improve her skills in the next few years - all recipes and tips are appreciated!  

  • David Chiang

    David Chiang

    Med/ Peds PGY3

    David hails from Silicon Valley, California and went to Stanford for his undergraduate degree. There, he fell in love with both medicine and science, and pursued his MD/PhD at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. He spent years studying the role of T cells in various diseases such as inflammatory bowel diseases and food allergies. He also spent time working at the free clinic and assisting in various QI and research initiatives. During his clinical rotations, he again fell in love with two fields, medicine and pediatrics, and was delighted to discover that he could do a residency in both fields! David is interested in combining his scientific and clinical skills in service of both adults and children, and he looks forward to continuing his training at UMass. When he’s not taking care of patients or thinking about science, David enjoys board games, hiking, whiskey/wine, cooking, and finding the newest spots to eat or enjoy cocktails.

  • Sarah Cooper

    Sarah Cooper


    Sarah grew up in Winthrop Massachusetts and attended Newman high school in the back bay of Boston, where she fell in love with the city, the Red Sox, and the sport of rowing. She earned a BA in Biological Sciences at Connecticut College and rowed on their Division III Women’s Rowing team, with all their races being held at UMass’s doorstep on Lake Quinsigamond. During college she began studying health disparities, and spent a summer in London, England, volunteering at a day rehabilitation center for individuals living with mental health conditions. While in London she also met her husband, Perry, and they just celebrated their wedding last fall! Sarah moved back to MA after college and spent four years working before attending medical school, including a two-year bench research position studying autism spectrum disorders at Mass. General Hospital. She then headed to Yankees territory (aka New York) to attend medical school at Hofstra, and became involved in a primary care program that provides multidisciplinary care to underserved populations. Sarah became increasingly passionate about primary care Pediatrics throughout medical school, and is very excited to be returning to her home state for a residency at UMass!

  • Michelle Georgia

    Michelle Georgia


    Michelle grew up in Orono, ME where she stayed to complete her undergraduate studies at the University of Maine. In between studying, Michelle always found time to work with children whether it was coaching soccer/basketball, attending medical outreaches in both Maine & Ecuador to teach children about health, or nannying for three amazing and curious troublemakers. After graduating, Michelle went to Barcelona, Spain for a year to take art, history, and business. While abroad Michelle taught English to children native to Barcelona and discovered a love for traveling. Upon returning to the US, Michelle was a nanny for three tiny human beings (all under three years of age who kept her busier than she thought was possible) in Boston for a year while applying for medical school. While in Boston, Michelle fell in love with the area and since then has always wished to return and practice medicine in the greater Boston area. Michelle attended the University of New England of Osteopathic Medicine in order to be close to her family. While in medical school, Michelle was an active member of the pediatrics club, a mentor for a child at a local elementary school, and was the mentoring program’s coordinator. In her free time, Michelle enjoys practicing yoga flows, teaching yoga to children, going for runs outside especially in the autumn, hiking, playing tennis, cuddling with her adorable niece, watching sunsets/sunrise, perpetually caffeinating herself with coffee, exploring new places, catching up with friends/family, and dreaming of her future goldendoodle. 

  • Arjun Kumar

    Arjun Kumar

    Med/Peds PGY3

    Arjun was born in Bombay, India, and moved to the US when he was 5 years old. He grew up in Lilburn, Georgia, outside of Atlanta, and lived there until coming to Worcester. He did his undergrad in Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech and worked as a supply chain consultant for 4 years before deciding to go back to study medicine at Augusta University (formerly Medical College of Georgia). These years in residency will be his first real winters, and he is looking forward to it! Arjun is excited to start his Med-Peds residency at UMass, and hopes to work in primary care in the future. Outside of work, Arjun enjoys playing basketball, running, working on cars, gardening, and spending time with his wife, family and friends.

  • Erin McMahon

    Erin McMahon


    Erin grew up about an hour north of New York City and then moved to Boston, MA to complete her Biology degree at Northeastern University. She fell in love with New England and spent 2 years working on various research projects trying to better understand the NICU environment at Brigham and Women's Hospital. It was then that she came to realize her passion for Pediatrics! Erin ventured to the country roads of West Virginia to obtain her medical degree at WVSOM and is thrilled to be moving back to New England for Pediatric residency at UMass. In her spare time, Erin loves doing anything outdoors, traveling to new places, and spending time with friends and family. She is also excited to explore all the great restaurants in the Boston/Worcester area!

  • Christine Miller

    Christine Miller


    Christine grew up in Mansfield, MA and then went on to Bucknell University for her undergraduate degree.  While there, she studied Biology and ran mid-distance for the team’s Division I track team.  After college, inspired by the thought of doing something different, Christine ventured west to work in Yellowstone National Park for a season and had the delightful chance to work, live, and hike in America’s first national park.  Once the season ended, Christine came back home to the Boston area to work in a stem cell lab at Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston.  While in the lab, Christine worked with mice to study things like cancer, aging, and hematopoiesis. She also spent a lot of time working with induced pluripotent stem cells, which are cells that are functionally identical to human embryonic stem cells but come from reprogrammed adult tissue.  Christine started and ran the first induced pluripotent stem cell core facility at Joslin, where she reprogrammed skin cells from the clinic, taught classes and workshops on stem cell culture, and was heavily involved in the greater stem cell core community. Interested in a more direct role in helping patients, Christine went on to attend Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Middletown, NY.  Christine lives with her husband and 2 cats. In her free time, she loves to cook with her husband, run with friends, and do pretty much anything outdoors.

  • William Mitchell

    William Mitchell

    Med/Peds PGY3

    Will was born in Myrtle beach, South Carolina, but being the son of a fighter pilot, he moved around a lot growing up. Collectively, he's lived in five different states, making his move to Massachusetts his sixth "home" state. Will attended undergrad at Clemson University (Go Tigers!) before mixing it up with grad school at Columbia University in New York, obtaining his MS in Nutrition; then headed back home to the University of South Carolina for medical school. He’d never heard anything about Med/Peds until medical school, where he got to help take care of a young man with down syndrome and learned about the challenges some patients have to face in making the transition from childhood to adult care. He realized how instrumental Med/Peds providers can be in caring for patients through that transition and he was hooked! Med/Peds is the life for him. Moving to Worcester was his thirteenth move but he's excited to be up north, get a break from the sweltering heat of the south, and explore more of New England. Temporarily, he is a single dad to an extremely sweet, lab-mix named Buttercup while his fiancé, Mandi, finishes her PA training in New Mexico. In his spare time, Will enjoys baking, cycling, playing guitar, and brewing his own beer. He also enjoys playing fetch with Buttercup, and he hopes to introduce everyone to some real, southern BBQ.

  • Marissa Parrillo

    Marissa Parrillo, Rising Chief


    Marissa was born and raised in the little, but beautiful, state of Rhode Island. Growing up, her family spent a lot of time driving up to NH on weekends for hiking and skiing. She made a bold move and ventured outside of New England to attend college at Lehigh University. Afterwards, she moved over to Long Island (mostly for the amazing bagels) and attended NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine. During her time in New York, she was the community service chair of the school’s pediatric club. She spent time volunteering at a pediatric hematology-oncology clinic and mentoring elementary school kids in the Bronx. Marissa and her family were also involved in various fundraisers for childhood cancer, including St. Baldrick’s and the Tomorrow Fund. Marissa started to miss home, and was tired of being the only Patriots fan in NY, so she set her sights on returning back to New England for residency. She is thrilled to be moving close to home and cannot wait to start her pediatric residency at UMass. In her free time, Marissa is an avid skier and loves winter. She can also be found cheering on her favorite team, GO PATS, for every football game. She enjoys hanging out with her friends and family, exploring different restaurants and binge-watching tv shows.

  • Hallie Pearl

    Hallie Pearl


    Hallie grew up in Potomac, MD with three younger siblings and a yellow lab. She attended the University of Maryland, College Park for her undergraduate education, where she was part of the Gemstone Honors Program and majored in Biology with a concentration in Physiology & Neurobiology. She wrapped up her 21 years in Maryland’s public education system by attending the University of Maryland School of Medicine. It was during medical school in Baltimore that Hallie met her now-husband, a nice boy from Framingham who introduced her to the lovely Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Hallie is excited for the opportunity to be a part of UMass and explore all that New England has to offer. Ever since her summers as a camp counselor, Hallie has known that she wanted to work with children, and she is thrilled to be one step closer to her dream of being a pediatrician. In her free time, Hallieenjoys befriending any dogs she can find, playing basketball, and spending time with family and friends. 

  • Harun Thimmiah

    Harun Thimmiah

    Med/Peds PGY3

    Harun grew up in Worcester and is excited to return to his hometown to begin his med/peds residency. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music and Chemistry from the College of the Holy Cross, Master of Arts in Teaching from Clark University, Master of Science in Medical Sciences from Boston University, and his Medical Doctorate at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. His academic interests include pediatrics-medicine transitional care, patient advocacy, medical outreach, hospitalist medicine, and medical education. He has pursued these interests while teaching students from underserved communities at the Nativity School of Worcester, as a tutor with African Community Education, as a patient advocate at the Eliza Shirley women’s clinic in Philadelphia, and researching the role of HIF-1α in triple negative breast cancer at Drexel University. Outside of the hospital, he enjoys performing and writing music, playing in community soccer leagues, vegetable gardening, and spending time with his family and friends.