Experts
  • Tracy is a 4th year MD student at Harvard Medical School. She has applied to Internal Medicine, and her interests include Medical Education, Global Health, and Gastroenterology. Her current research involves understanding the barriers to cervical cancer screening among women in South Africa and evaluating lactulose breast tests for diagnosis of Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth among patients with a history of gastric bypass. After finishing residency, Tracy hopes to pursue a career in Gastroenterology with a focus on Hepatology and Global Health and Delivery. In her spare time, she enjoys reading books, cycling, hiking, dance, yoga, and generally being active.

     

    • Medical Education
    Founder and Lead Educator at USMLE Pro Tutors
    Founder and Lead Educator at USMLE Pro Tutors
    • Founder and Lead Educator at USMLE Pro Tutors

    Alyssa is currently in-between her 3rd and 4th years at Harvard Medical School, conducting translational Hepatology research full-time at Massachusetts General Hospital. She plans to apply for Internal Medicine residency this coming cycle, with the ultimate goal of pursuing Gastroenterology. Alyssa excelled on the USMLE, scoring a 262 on Step 1 and a 281 on Step 2 CK. She is passionate about medical education and has spent more than 400 hours tutoring students in medical and pre-medical subjects over the past eight years. She is the founder of USMLE Pro Tutors, which offers personalized 1-on-1 online tutoring for the USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK, shelf exams, and medical school coursework. She developed a unified test-prep teaching method that all tutors at USMLE Pro utilize, which incorporates evidence-based principles of adult learning in order to help students study more efficiently, perform better on standardized exams, and overcome test-taking anxiety. She strongly believes that personalized education and test-taking support services should be available for all medical students, and created a program through which USMLE Pro Tutors offers subsidized tutoring to need-based financial aid recipients. When she is isn't working in the lab, tutoring, or spending time with friends and family, she enjoys practicing vinyasa yoga and learning improv and sketch comedy. 

    MD Candidate at Harvard Medical School, Class of 2019
    MD Candidate at Harvard Medical School, Class of 2019

    Nayan is currently in her third year at Harvard Medical School. She grew up in Fairfax, Virginia and attended Columbia University for her undergraduate degree, majoring in Neuroscience and Behavior. During her time at Columbia, she worked in a memory and neurosurgery lab, and also spent a year volunteering at a specialty clinic for children with rare neurodevelopmental diseases. These experiences furthered her interest in the human brain, and she decided to pursue a career in medicine and research. During her time at Harvard, she has become primarily interested in brain tumors and has been conducting research on meningiomas, as well as on the various treatment options for brain metastases.  She is hoping to pursue a career in Radiation Oncology and will be applying to residency in September of this year. 

    • Ophthalmology
    Preliminary Resident at Cedars Sinai Medical Center
    Preliminary Resident at Cedars Sinai Medical Center
    Liane Dallalzadeh was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She attended UCLA as an undergraduate where she majored in neuroscience, minored in public health, and graduated summa cum laude with college honors and highest departmental honors. She received her MD from Harvard Medical School in 2018.    Liane is currently a preliminary medicine intern at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA. Next she will pursue residency training in ophthalmology at UCSD Shiley Eye Institute. Her academic and research interests have previously included hippocampal synaptic plasticity and cerebrovascular disease. Currently, she is interested in retinal disease, telemedicine, and medical education regarding surgery, visual diagnosis, and decision support technologies.   
    MD/EdM Candidate at Harvard Medical School
    MD/EdM Candidate at Harvard Medical School

    Michael is a third-year medical student at Harvard Medical School.  Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, he completed his undergraduate studies at Princeton.  He is passionate about medical education and will pursue a Master’s degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Education this fall.  He plans develop those interests during a residency in general surgery and is committed to promoting humanistic and patient-centered care throughout his career.

    MD Candidate at Harvard Medical School, Class of 2020
    MD Candidate at Harvard Medical School, Class of 2020

    Bliss is a second year student at Harvard Medical School (HMS). His interests outside clinic include medical education, structural biochemistry research, powerlifting, and flying Delta all around the globe. An enthusiastic learner but also an avid teacher, Bliss loves challenging himself to figure out ways to simplify and more easily convey complex concepts. Despite his basic science interests, he is very interested in perceiving the human condition and loves hearing each patient's unique story. As such, he has chosen to do his core clerkships at Cambridge Health Alliance which fields a primarily underserved and primary care population.

    • Health Policy
    • Public Speaking
    MD/MPP Candidate, Harvard Medical School Class of 2020
    MD/MPP Candidate, Harvard Medical School Class of 2020
    • Fellow, Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative Team at Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation

    Jonathan Fried is a third-year medical student at Harvard Medical School. Before coming to medical school, Jonathan completed a degree in political science at the University of Pennsylvania and worked on the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative at the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation. He recently completed his core clerkships at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Boston Children's Hospital, and will be applying to residency this fall.

    M. D. Candidate at UCSF School of Medicine
    M. D. Candidate at UCSF School of Medicine
    • Tutor at USMLE Pro Tutors
    Originally from Long Island, NY, Norah attended Harvard University, where she majored in chemistry and was awarded the Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize for her undergraduate thesis on cancer chemotherapeutics. As an undergraduate, Norah worked as an organic chemistry teaching fellow, and was awarded the Derek C. Bok Certificate of Distinction in Teaching. She is currently a third-year medical student at UCSF, and will be applying into general surgery. She also has extensive experience tutoring standardized exams for high school students in the Bay Area. She has excelled on all of her third year rotations and shelf exams, and scored above the 95th percentile on USMLE Step 1. In her free time, she enjoys running, baking, and playing classical music.
    • Anesthesiology
    Resident Physician in Anesthesiology at Massachusetts General Hospital
    Resident Physician in Anesthesiology at Massachusetts General Hospital
    • Resident at Massachusetts General Hospital

    Originally from Massachusetts, Elisa graduated with honors from the California Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in English in 2012. Subsequently, she obtained her M.D. in 2017 from Harvard Medical School, graduating from the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences & Technology (HST) program. She is currently a preliminary intern in Internal Medicine at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, and will continue onto her advanced residency in Anesthesiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital in 2018. Elisa is passionate about education, and has extensive experience teaching in the classroom as a teaching assistant and tutor for topics such as clinical pharmacology, introductory biology, writing, and the history & physical exam. She also served as an author for First Aid for Organ Systems, third edition, and is a current co-editor for Concepts in Medical Physiology, second edition, a physiology textbook designed for first-year medical students. In her free time, Elisa enjoys running along the Charles River, hiking, cooking, baking, reading, and the occasional photography stint.

    • Internal Medicine
    • Primary Care
    General Internist at UT Southwestern
    General Internist at UT Southwestern
    • Assistant Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
    Primary Care physician Internal Medicine Clerkship Co-Director for 3rd year medical students.
    MD Candidate at Harvard Medical School
    MD Candidate at Harvard Medical School

    3rd year MD candidate at HMS.

    MD/MBA Candidate at Harvard Medical School
    MD/MBA Candidate at Harvard Medical School

    Joe Tung is an MD/MBA candidate at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Business School with interests at the intersection of clinical medicine, healthcare management, and medical innovation. He attended Yale University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry. At Harvard, Joe has been involved in the Crimson Care Collaborative student-faculty clinic and has served as Co-President of the Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association and the HMS Healthcare Management Interest Group. In his spare time, Joe enjoys hiking, cooking, attending hackathons, and learning about the latest innovations in technology and health care.

    • Surgical Critical Care
    • General Surgery
    • Public Health
    • Quality Improvement
    • Health Policy
    • Technology, Innovation and Education
    • Health Services Research
    Assistant Professor of Surgery / Associate Chief, Division of Acute Care Surgery / Director, Emergency General Surgery / The Johns Hopkins Hospital
    Assistant Professor of Surgery / Associate Chief, Division of Acute Care Surgery / Director, Emergency General Surgery / The...
    • Assistant Professor of Surgery / Director, Global Health & Disaster Preparedness /Chair, Resident and Associate Society American College of Surgeons at Medical University of South Carolina
    Dr. Joseph V. Sakran is currently an Assistant Professor of Surgery and Director of Global Health and Disaster Preparedness at the Medical University of South Carolina. As an Acute Care Surgeon, Joe spends most of his time caring for critically ill and injured patients. His research interests are in healthcare innovation, biomarkers for sepsis, trauma system development, public policy, and the advancement of surgery in poorly resourced environments. His interest in medicine stems partly from having nearly lost his life after a gunshot wound to the throat during his senior year of high school. Joe has dedicated his life to making social impact. While completing his undergraduate degree at George Mason University, Joe trained as a medic and firefighter where he spent a significant amount of time volunteering at the City of Fairfax Fire and Rescue Department. His interest in global health began when he decided to attend The Medical School for International Health, a unique collaboration between Ben-Gurion and Columbia University. Joe subsequently integrated his medical studies with public health when he attended the Johns Hopkins University, where he completed a Masters in Public Health in the global health track. After completing a diverse and comprehensive general surgery residency at Inova Fairfax Hospital, he joined the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where he completed a fellowship in Traumatology, Surgical Critical Care, and Emergency General Surgery. During his residency, Dr. Sakran Co-founded a nonprofit organization called Surgeons for Global Health (SGH) that is tailored towards addressing the surgical burden of disease in low and middle-income countries (LMIC). The aim has been to provide long-term sustainable interventions in order to reduce the global burden of surgical disease. Joe has delivered care and sustainable solutions throughout numerous countries in India, the Middle East, and Africa. He has responded to a number of international disasters including the Asian Tsunami in 2004, and the Haitian Earthquake in 2010. As a Google Glass Explorer/Beta tester, Joe has been working on ways to enhance access to care in LMIC. The American College of Surgeons (ACS) recently recognized Dr. Sakran for his work in resource poor settings when he received the 2014 Surgical Volunteerism Award. He has been actively involved in the ACS, and is currently the Chair of the Resident and Associate Society (RAS). Dr. Sakran just finished spending the year pursing a Masters in Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) of Government where he is developing a unique skill-set focused on economics, public policy, and leadership development in underserved and minority populations.
    • Health Policy
    • Healthcare Management
    • Healthcare delivery
    MD/MBA Candidate, Harvard Medical School Class of 2019
    MD/MBA Candidate, Harvard Medical School Class of 2019
    • Managing Director at Crimson Care Collaborative

    Smitha Ganeshan is an MD/MBA candidate at Harvard University with interests in healthcare management and healthcare delivery transformation. Her aim is to ultimately work toward building a health system that delivers high quality, affordable care. She currently helps lead a student-faculty collaborative clinic with seven different clinical sites that provides care for a wide range of patient populations. She also conducts research on healthcare costing and care delivery innovations. Smitha graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.S. in Biology in 2014. 

     

    • Anesthesiology
    • Psychiatry
    • Co-Founder | Editor-in-Chief at AMBOSS

    Sievert is a physician trained in Anesthesiology and Psychiatry and a Co-founder of the medical education platform AMBOSS.com 

    AMBOSS is the number one study resource and knowledge platform for med students and physicians in Europe. Last year, their team of 60+ physicians created the dedicated version for the U.S., based on U.S. curriculums and NBME guidelines, and it is already used by over 40 percent of students from the top medical schools in the U.S. 

    More than 95% of German medical students use AMBOSS as their primary exam resource, and tens of thousands more globally use AMBOSS as a clinical companion, exam preparation tool and comprehensive study guide. 

    • Internal Medicine
    • Palliative Care
    • Hospital Medicine
    Internal Medicine Clerkship Co-Director
    Internal Medicine Clerkship Co-Director
    • Associate Professor, Academic Hospitalist and Palliative Care, Division of General Internal Medicine, Clerkship Co-Director, Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center

    My experiences in training and clinical practice at the Texas/Mexico border, the Bronx, and in socialized New Zealand have all made me the physician that I am today: practicing and learning medicine in such disparate environments served to underscore the importance of seeking to empathically understand each patient’s narrative and their social context as equally as elucidating their underlying diagnosis. I currently focus my clinical effort in two areas:  as a palliative care physician at Parkland Hospital, a safety net health system in Dallas, and an academic hospitalist in both a quartenary university hospital system and Parkland Hospital. In my role as UT Southwestern Internal Medicine Clerkship Co-director and Colleges Mentor, I create a safe learning environment in which our learners continually strive to grow in the application of evidence-based medicine, aspire to view medicine from their patients’ perspectives with empathy and embed reflection into their daily practice. 

    • Learning Specialist & Director, Student Academic Support Services at UT Southwestern Medical Center

    Arlene Sachs, Ph.D. is Director of Student Academic Support Services at UT Southwestern Medical School and Clinical Assistant Professor in Psychiatry. Student Academic Support Services (SASS) is a resource for all UT Southwestern students and residents to help them achieve their potential. She advises students on time management strategies, learning skills development, test-taking strategies and National board support. Dr. Sachs has more than 35 years of experience, and is a published expert in cognitive learning strategies, reading, writing and assessment. Sachs received a Ph.D. in learning disabilities, assessment and cognition from Vanderbilt University. In additions, she has a Masters in Reading and Masters in Early Childhood Education from the George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. Upon completing the degrees, she joined the faculty at The University of Texas at Dallas, While on faculty at The University of Texas at Dallas, Sachs conducted and published research focused on effective reading and writing strategies for students with learning disabilities. Sachs also taught undergraduate and graduate courses in reading, learning disabilities, psycho-educational assessment and cognitive development.

    • Internal Medicine
    Chief Editor and Lead of US Content at AMBOSS
    Chief Editor and Lead of US Content at AMBOSS

    Zeb is the lead of US content for the medical education platform AMBOSS.com 

    AMBOSS is the number one study resource and knowledge platform for med students and physicians in Europe. Last year, their team of 60+ physicians created the dedicated version for the U.S., based on U.S. curriculums and NBME guidelines, and it is already used by over 40 percent of students from the top medical schools in the U.S. 

    More than 95% of German medical students use AMBOSS as their primary exam resource, and tens of thousands more globally use AMBOSS as a clinical companion, exam preparation tool and comprehensive study guide.