Featured Guests
    • Medical Oncology
    • Neurology
    • Medical Education
    • Technology, Innovation and Education
    • Neuroscience
    Neurology Resident at UCLA
    Neurology Resident at UCLA
    • Resident Physician at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine Department of Neurology
    Chirag Patel is a PGY3 neurology resident physician at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. His preliminary year of internal medicine training took place at East Tennessee State University. He graduated with BS/MSE degrees in biomedical engineering from Johns Hopkins University and MD/PhD degrees from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He is the immediate past chair of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities national Student Interest Group and a past member of the national executive council of the American Physician Scientists Association. Chirag is interested in physician-scientist education and development ( http://www.jci.org/articles/view/80933 ). His current research focuses on multimodal neuroimaging in glioma diagnosis and therapy. He will pursue neuro-oncology fellowship after residency training.
    • Internal Medicine
    • Radiology
    • innovative care delivery models
    • precision medicine
    • machine learning
    Resident at Massachusetts General Hospital and Board of Directors Member at American Physician Scientists Association
    Resident at Massachusetts General Hospital and Board of Directors Member at American Physician Scientists Association

    Dania Daye, MD, PhD completed an internal medicine internship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and is currently pursuing radiology residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Daye graduated from the University of Pennsylvania MD-PhD program, with election to Alpha Omega Alpha. She completed her PhD in Bioengineering as an HHMI-NIBIB Interfaces scholar. Her interests lie at the intersection of machine learning, precision medicine and innovative care delivery models.  Dr. Daye served as the 2012-2013 President of the American Physician Scientists Association and currently serves on the board of directors. 

    • Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility
    • Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery at Fertility Associates of Memphis
    Dr. Amelia Purser Bailey is the Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery at Fertility Associates of Memphis. She is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Bailey was an Instructor at Harvard Medical School and a Visiting Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology while completing her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Brigham and Women’s Hospital / Harvard Medical School in Boston, Mass. She was the Chief Resident of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville, Va., and she earned her medical degree from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in Jackson, Miss. Dr. Bailey graduated from the Honors College at the University of Mississippi where she was a Carrier Scholar, inducted into the Hall of Fame, and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Dr. Bailey has authored more than 20 research publications in peer-reviewed national and international journals and delivered more than 50 lectures in the field. She has received multiple teaching and patient satisfaction awards reflecting her focus on patient-centered care. In addition to treating all areas of infertility, her special interests include robotic surgery and the treatment of congenital abnormalities of the reproductive tract.
    • Medical Oncology
    • Medical Oncology
    • Medical Physics
    • Medical Education
    • Leading teams
    • Health Policy
    • Founder
    • Nanomedicine
    • Medical Research
    • Translational Research
    Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow @ MIT, American Physician Scientists Association Founder, Rice Alumni in Medicine President
    Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow @ MIT, American Physician Scientists Association Founder, Rice Alumni in Medicine President

    Freddy T Nguyen, MD, PhD is pursuing a postdoc at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Nguyen completed his MD-PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the Department of Chemistry on the development of Optical Coherence Tomography and contrast agents for the assessment of breast cancer tumor margins and axillary lymph nodes. He was awarded a pre-doctoral fellowship from the Department of Defense's Congressional Directed Medical Research Program in Breast Cancer. Dr. Nguyen's research interests have always been at the intersection of biomedical optics and medicine during his time at Rice University, MIT, and University of Illinois. Dr. Nguyen is the founder of the American Physician Scientists Association (APSA) and has been a long-time supporter and advocate of the physician-scientist trainee and pathway. He has served as President and Chair of the Board of Directors for a number of years and is currently Chair Emeritus of APSA. He has served in a number of national leadership roles representing physician-scientist trainees nationally and internationally. In recognition for his efforts, he was awarded APSA's Director's Award by the American Physician Scientists Association, American Society for Clinical Investigation, and Association of American Physicians. He has represented fellow trainees by serving in a number of leadership roles such as the Associate Member Council of the American Association for Cancer Research, Council of Student Members of the American College of Physicians, and the Association of Professors of Medicine's Physician-Scientist Initiative. In recognition of his leadership, he received the American Medical Association Foundation Excellence in Medicine Leadership Award. In his spare time, he volunteers his time for his alma mater, Rice University, having previously served the Association of Rice Alumni's Board of Directors and currently serves as President of Rice Alumni in Medicine.

    • Neurology
    Neurologist/Movement disorders specialist and Neuroscientist at Penn State Hershey Medical Center
    Neurologist/Movement disorders specialist and Neuroscientist at Penn State Hershey Medical Center
    Dr. Mark Stahl received his B.A. in Biology from Johns Hopkins in 1997 and then his M.D. and Ph.D. from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 2008 as part of the MSTP program. His internship in internal medicine was at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) in 2008-2009 and he completed residency in Neurology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2012. He did a combined research postdoctoral and clinical fellowship in movement disorders also at UCLA from 2012-2014, with the support of an NIH R25 Research Education grant. He took his first faculty position at Penn State in 2014 where he maintains an active clinical practice seeing patients with various movement disorders, participates in medical student and resident education, is involved in community outreach and education, and conducts both clinical and basic science research. In his own laboratory he studies basic mechanisms of neurodegeneration, primarily in zebrafish models of proteinopathies with a focus on alpha-synuclein. Outside of the clinic and the laboratory, he enjoys spending time with his wife, son, and daughter and tinkering with old cars that probably shouldn’t be on the road anymore.
    • Internal Medicine
    • Obesity Medicine
    Dr. Taraneh Soleymani is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She received her MD degree from St. George’s University, Grenada, WI. She completed her training in Internal Medicine at Seton Hall University, St. Michael’s Medical Centre, Newark, NJ. She is board certified in Internal Medicine with fellowship training in Clinical Nutrition and Obesity Management. She joined UAB as a faculty in July 2011. She is the medical director of EatRight by UAB, a comprehensive weight management program, and the co-director of UAB Weight Loss Medicine Center. She is the director of nutrition consultation services at Birmingham VA Medical Center. Her clinical expertise includes patient tailored comprehensive medical management of obesity and inpatient nutrition management in the critically ill. Dr. Soleymani’s research includes the effect of diet macronutrients on body composition and resting energy expenditure, targeted disruption of cancer cell metabolism and growth through modification of diet quality, effectiveness of a telehealth-based weight management program for persons with traumatic-brain-injury, identifying overeating patterns in patients seeking treatment for obesity, designing a complication based medical model for evaluation and management of obesity, and the effect of weight management counseling training on medical students’ skills and attitudes towards obesity. Dr. Soleymani is also involved in teaching obesity and nutrition to medical students, medical residents, dietetic interns, and physician assistant students at UAB and is the course director for medical school elective course titled: “Obesity, Clinical Nutrition, and Food Policy”, offered to 3rd and 4th year medical students. She is a member of American College of Physicians, American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, Society of Behavioral Medicine, Obesity Action Coalition and a fellow of The Obesity Society and associate scientist at the UAB Nutrition Obesity Research Center.
    • Internal Medicine
    • Population health analytics
    • Research, Medical Device Development, Clinical Software Development
    • Informatics
    • healthcare information technology
    Physician Informaticist
    Physician Informaticist
    • Sr. Scientist (Clinical Informatics), Innovation Lab at Wolters Kluwer Health
    While healthcare organizations continue to invest significantly in electronic health records, most lag behind in effectively utilizing the true power of data analytics for clinical decision support. Dr. Sharad Manaktala’s experience and interdisciplinary training have enabled him to contribute successfully to several point of care decision support applications, and user centric technologies for improving patient outcomes and provider knowledge management. Sharad Manaktala, MD PhD, is Physician Informaticist with over a decade of experience in clinical informatics and healthcare analytics. Dr. Manaktala works in the Innovation Lab for Wolters Kluwer Health, developing next generation decision support technologies, that leverage EHR data to improve the quality of care.
    • Orthopaedic Surgery
    • Resident Physician, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
    Dr. James Irvine received his B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Pennsylvania State University in 2006. As an undergraduate he pursued his interests in basic and clinical research working in an evolutionary biology lab and a bioinformatics lab from 2003 to 2006. As the recipient of the Wistar Institute’s Undergraduate Research Fellowship in 2004, he worked with tissue regeneration expert, Dr. Ellen Heber-Katz studying gene expression levels in MRL-derived mice following musculoskeletal injury. He then went on to receive his M.D. from the University of Virginia School of Medicine where he worked alongside leaders in cardiothoracic surgery, Drs. Irving Kron and Gorav Ailawadi, investigating the pathogenesis of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA). For this work, he was awarded research fellowships from the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI). It wasn’t until late in his third year of medical school that he found his calling in Orthopaedic Surgery. He matched into the 6-year Clinician Scientist Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He spent one year in the University of Pittsburgh’s biodynamics and sports orthopaedic surgery research laboratories studying ACL graft behavior and meniscal biomechanics under Dr. Scott Tashman and renowned knee surgeon Dr. Christopher Harner. He has given podium presentations at annual meetings for the American College of Surgeons (ACS), American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) and Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA). He has authored 10 peer-reviewed manuscripts, multiple abstracts and is currently a peer-reviewer for the Journal of Arthroplasty (JOA). He is a member of the Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS). He plans to complete a fellowship in sports medicine once he has completed his residency training. When not working, he tries to spend as much time as he can with his wife (Chief Resident in Psychiatry) and their newborn baby.
    • Neurology
    Neurologist worked in Clinical , Academics, and Pharmaceuticals/CROs
    Neurologist worked in Clinical , Academics, and Pharmaceuticals/CROs
    • Consultant at Consultant
    Dr. Li received her medical training from Beijing University of Chinese Medicine and First Military Medical University, and got her MBA and MPH from Johns Hopkins University. She practiced in Beijing Military General Hospital as a Neurologist and became an attending physician. Then she moved to Japan and did neuroscience research. In 2002, she came to US for postdoc training in NIH and Johns Hopkins universities. Since 2007, she transferred to industry, has worked in major pharmaceuticals (J & J, Otsuka, BMS, Pfizer) and CROs (INC Research) doing clinical development and medical affairs.
    • Cardiovascular Disease
    Cardiology Fellow At Columbia University Medical Center and New York Hospital
    Cardiology Fellow At Columbia University Medical Center and New York Hospital
    • Physician Scientist at Columbia University Medical Center
    Dr. Barry Fine is currently in his last year of a combined clinical fellowship in cardiovascular disease and post-doctoral fellowship in biomedical Engineering at Columbia University and New York Hospital. He received his BS in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University and his MD and PhD in the MSTP Program at Columbia University Medical Center, with his doctoral thesis focusing on the regulation of the PTEN phosphatase under Dr. Ramon Parsons. He entered the fast track internal medicine residency at New York Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center in 2009 and then started a combined clinical and research fellowship in Cardiology in 2011. He is currently pursuing research on signaling pathways in cardiac progenitor cells and has just gone through his first round of applying for grants from the NIH. He is also a co-founder of TailoredMD, a startup for monitoring biometric data from wearable devices. When he is not working, he is happy to chase around his three children at home.
    • Hematology and Oncology
    Hematology-Oncology Fellow at DFCI/MGH
    Hematology-Oncology Fellow at DFCI/MGH
    Rebecca Porter, MD, PhD recently completed Internship and Residency training in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital. She is currently a first year Hematology-Oncology Fellow in the Dana Farber Cancer Institute/MGH fellowship program. Rebecca is a graduate of the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Rochester where she earned her MD as well as her PhD from the Department of Pathology. In the lab of Dr. Laura Calvi, her thesis work focused on the role of prostaglandin signaling in the bone marrow microenvironment in regulating hematopoietic stem cells. During her graduate school training, Rebecca presented her work at several national conferences including oral presentations at the American Society of Hematology and the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research, and her work was funded by an independent F30 grant from the NHLBI. In addition, she was elected into Alpha Omega Alpha during medical school. Throughout internship and residency, Rebecca developed a strong interest in Oncology and decided to short track into fellowship at DFCI/MGH. She is enjoying her clinical training currently, and is excited to get back into the lab. She plans to continue to study the role of the tumor microenvironment in regulating tumor cell biology, likely in the context of hematologic malignancies. In addition, she is interested in identifying the challenges of physician scientist training and career paths, and working together with colleagues to develop solutions to these issues.
    • Medical Oncology
    Medical Oncologist and Translational Researcher, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School
    Medical Oncologist and Translational Researcher, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School
    • Associate Professor of Medicine at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School
    David Frank received a B.S. in Biology from M.I.T., and then received an MD and PhD in molecular pharmacology from Yale. After serving as an intern, resident, and chief resident in internal medicine at Yale, he completed clinical training in medical oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Frank also pursued a postdoctoral fellowship in intracellular signal transduction at Harvard Medical School. He subsequently brought his laboratory group back to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, with a focus on understanding the molecular events that cause cancers to arise, and developing targeted molecular therapies based on this knowledge. In addition to directing his laboratory’s research, Dr. Frank cares for cancer patients at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and teaches on the faculty of Harvard Medical School. Dr. Frank also has a longstanding interest in mentorship and career development. Reflecting this focus, he is the associate director of the medical oncology fellowship program at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. In addition, he serves on the committee of advisors for the MD-PhD program at Harvard, and the committee for women faculty at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. In 2013, he was voted mentor of the year at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.