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Neha Vapiwala, M.D. is an Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Education in the Department of Radiation Oncology and an Advisory Dean in the Perelman School of Medicine at University of Pennsylvania. She has published extensively on issues related to medical education and training, and received multiple teaching awards in recognition of her dedication to trainees. Dr. Vapiwala also holds leadership roles in several national committees; she was elected as President of the Association of Directors of Radiation Oncology Programs, and Vice Chair of her specialty’s Residency Review Committee of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. She also serves on cancer education and examination committees in the American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Society for Radiation Oncology, American College of Radiology and American Board of Radiology.
Dr. Noronha was born and raised in Rochester, NY. He attended Boston University for his undergraduate and medical school training. He stayed at Boston University for his internal medicine residency and chief residency. After chief residency he accepted a position at Boston Medical Center as a medical educator splitting his inpatient time between primary care and inpatient ward attending. Dr. Noronha was the director medicine consult service including being the clinic director for the Boston Medical Center Pre-procedure clinic for several years. Dr. Noronha is currently an associate program director for the Internal Medicine Residency at Boston University School of Medicine. He has served on Association for Program Directors in Internal Medicine E-Learning and Communication Committees. Dr. Noronha is the Director for Quality Improvement Education at Boston Medical Center. He directs the quality improvement curriculum for the residency and leads the Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (QIPS) pathway. He also directed the ambulatory curriculum for the residency program.
Dr. Noronha’s academic work focuses on career preparation, residency scheduling and quality improvement. He has presented several national workshops on subjects including fellowship and job preparation, trainee professionalism, ambulatory curriculum, and residency scheduling systems. Dr. Noronha acts as a mentor for medical students and residents. While he has a great appreciation for academic medicine, he believes strongly that each trainee should choose a career path that best fits with their individual values and goals. He takes pride in seeing his mentees move on to a variety of fields and areas of practice.
In his free time Dr. Noronha enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 young daughters. He is an amateur aquarium enthusiast, enjoys exercising, and is still an avid Buffalo Bills fan despite decades of futility.
Stacy Higgins, MD is the Director of the Primary Care Residency Track of the Internal Medicine residency program at Emory University, the Director of the Women’s Health Clinic at the Primary Care Center of Grady Hospital, and the Director of the Emory Resident Clinic at the International Medical Center at Grady Hospital. She also serves as Chair of the SGIM Education Committee, is a member of the Georgia ACP Education Committee, and is an active member of AAIM-APDIM. She completed medical school at Weill Cornell Medical School and internal medicine residency and chief residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital- Columbia.
Dr. Wahi-Gururaj was raised in the Chicago area and is a graduate of Northwestern University and the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. After completing her internal medicine residency, chief residency and general internal medicine fellowship at the Boston University School of Medicine, Dr. Wahi-Gururaj was a staff physician at the VA Boston Healthcare System and an associate program director for the internal medicine residency program and VA site internal medicine medical student clerkship director for the Boston University School of Medicine.
Dr. Wahi-Gururaj joined the faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine as program director for the internal medicine residency in 2008. She and her residency program will be transitioning to the UNLV School of Medicine in July 2017.
Dr. Wahi-Gururaj is an associate professor of medicine and a diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine. Professional memberships include the American College of Physicians, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, Society of General Internal Medicine, and the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine.
Dr. Brian Nahed is a neurosurgeon specializing in brain tumors (glioblastoma, gliomas (low grade and high grade), metastatic brain tumors, and meningiomas) as well as Spinal Disorders. Dr. Nahed specializes in brain tumors of the eloquent cortex (language and motor areas of the brain) which require awake surgery, language and motor mapping, and subcortical stimulation. Born in New York, Dr. Nahed attended UCLA where he majored in Neuroscience, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and with the department's Highest Honors. He attended the Yale School of Medicine where he was awarded the Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship and graduated with honors. Dr. Nahed completed his internship and neurosurgery residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital; where Dr. Nahed also completed a postdoctoral fellowship with Drs. Daniel Haber and Shyamala Maheswaran in the MGH Cancer Center. Dr. Brian Nahed was recruited to the MGH Department of Neurosurgery and Brain Tumor Center in 2011. As an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Brian Nahed's research focuses on developing the first blood based test to diagnose and monitor brain tumors. In collaboration with Drs. Haber, Maheswaran, and Stott, Dr. Nahed recently published the first evidence of circulating tumor cells in the blood of patients with glioma. Dr. Nahed is actively enrolling patients into his translational clinical research study. Dr. Brian Nahed serves as the Associate Director of the MGH Neurosurgery Residency Program. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the CNS/AANS section on Tumors. He is an active member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Council State Neurological Societies. Dr. Nahed is focused on education and socioeconomic issues in neurosurgery. He also serves as a neurotrauma consultant for the National Football League (NFL).
Carolyn E. Kloek, MD is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School and Program Director of the Harvard Ophthalmology Residency Training Program. Dr. Kloek received her BA from Dartmouth College in 1998, followed by her MD from Harvard Medical School in 2002. She completed an internship in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital followed by ophthalmology residency at the Harvard Ophthalmology Residency Training Program. Following completion of residency she served as Chief Resident and Director of the Eye Trauma Service at Mass. Eye and Ear, a position in which she organized educational initiatives, lectured and mentored trainees, and oversaw one of the busiest eye trauma centers in the northeast. She also completed a one-year fellowship in medical education at Harvard Medical School. She subsequently joined the Comprehensive Ophthalmology Service at Mass. Eye and Ear and has a busy clinical practice. Dr. Kloek has numerous leadership roles at Mass. Eye and Ear and HMS. She served as Associate Residency Program Director from 2008-2013 before assuming the role of Program Director in 2013. She is the Clinical Director of Mass. Eye and Ear- Longwood, a multi- specialty ophthalmology clinic and OR, as well as Chief of the Division of Ophthalmology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She also serves as the Associate Chief of Practice Management at Mass. Eye and Ear and is a member of the HMS Academy, a group of faculty dedicated to improving medical education within the HMS community. Dr. Kloek has been honored with the Women in Ophthalmology Emerging Leader Award and the Pinnacle Award for Achievement in the Professions by the Boston Chamber of Commerce in 2014. She has also been acknowledged with the Women in Ophthalmology Educator Award in 2017.
Karen attended both undergraduate and medical school at the University of California, San Diego. Knowing that she wanted a career in primary care, she chose her residency at the University of Colorado, Denver based on their excellent primary care internal medicine residency program. After completing her residency, she was chosen as the chief resident and then joined faculty in 2000.
She joined the educational group at the University of Colorado early in her career as an associate program director, and she transitioned into the program director role for the primary care internal medicine residency in 2006. In that role, she has led several curricular changes including the implementation of an HIV track, oversight of the development of a new student run free clinic with the help of one of her residents, maintained a dynamic curriculum, and even involved the clinical rotations to keep up with the changing landscape of primary care. She has mentored well over 100 residents who have gone onto successful primary care careers, and career development and guidance remain one of her passions to this today.
Karen is currently on the national APDIM (Association of program directors in internal medicine) Council, works with the national APDIM survey committee, is on the SGIM program planning committee for the upcoming year, and her medical education interests lie in residency curriculum design and administration, evaluation and development for trainees, and ambulatory curriculum and outpatient medical care.
Adedapo Iluyomade, known as Dapo, is a native of Nigeria and raised in Maryland, the eldest of four children. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Marketing from Emory University, then a Doctor of Medicine degree at American University of Antigua, where he graduated cum laude. His dual interests in Medicine and Business led him to pursue a Masters of Business Administration degree in Healthcare Administration, while simultaneously completing medical school.
He then completed an Internal Medicine internship and residency at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai West Hospitals in New York City. After his chief residency year, he will pursue a fellowship in Cardiovascular Diseases at the University of Miami, with a focus on disease prevention and outcomes research.
His interests are preventive cardiology, electrophysiology and both healthcare policy and advocacy. He continues to work on projects with the National Coalition on Healthcare, as well as the Cardiovascular Research Foundation.
Extracurricular interests include graphic design, basketball, football, track & field, binge watching TV series' and foreign travel excursions.