Featured Guests
    • Radiology
    PGY-3 Diagnostic Radiology Resident at Mount Sinai West
    PGY-3 Diagnostic Radiology Resident at Mount Sinai West
    • Diagnostic Radiology resident at Mount Sinai West

    Florence (Flo) Doo is a physician innovator (in training), translating research ideas into clinical patient benefit. Currently, she is interested in the intersection of science/medicine, business/entrepreneurship, and education. As an undergraduate, Flo built an eye-tracker device to conduct research on visual distraction. In her first year of medical school, Flo won the 2014 MedTech Boston Google Glass Challenge, and founded Surgerati, a startup based on her concept. She also was one of 12 winners of the 2014 AAMC-Khan Academy-Robert Wood Johnson Foundation MCAT Video Competition. She has been elected to serve on numerous national medical organizations, including: National Gender and Sexuality Chair of AMSA, National Gender Equity Task Force Student Co-Chair of AMWA, and a National OSR for the AAMC. She is a co-author on the inaugural Equal Curriculum textbook, a novel student-driven textbook on LGBT health for health professions students and educators, and other posters and publications in translational medicine and medical education. She enjoys brainstorming on new medical innovations and initiatives, and meeting other medical students and physicians who share the same passion. Flo received her MD from Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, a BA in Neuroscience from Wellesley College, and an MA in Medical Sciences from Boston University. She is currently pursuing residency training at Yale-Waterbury (Preliminary-Medicine) and Mt.Sinai-West (Diagnostic Radiology).

  • MD/PhD candidate at the University of Mississippi Medical Center
    MD/PhD candidate at the University of Mississippi Medical Center
    Peter is in his final year of the MD/PhD program at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He recently completed my PhD in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics under the mentorship of Dr. Robert Hester. His research interest is at the intersection of orthopaedics and physiology, and upon graduation, he plans to enter a residency program in orthopaedic surgery. His long-term goal is to be a surgeon scientist at an academic medical center, and to be actively involved with research, clinical practice, teaching, and service.
  • MD/PhD Candidate at UMass Medical School
    MD/PhD Candidate at UMass Medical School
    Jordan L. Smith is a first year MD/PhD candidate at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She is a Hutton Honors graduate of Indiana University where she majored in Biology and English, and minored in history. Before starting at UMass, Jordan was a postbaccalaureate cancer research fellow at the National Cancer Institute in the lab of Dr. Ji Luo focused on understanding Kras oncogene biology and exploiting said biology to identify new therapeutic targets. While at the NCI, Jordan was also a NIH Academy Fellow actively exploring health disparities in basic and clinical sciences. At UMass, she plans on continuing her work in cancer biology and incorporating a health equity lens. Currently, she is the student representative to the University of Massachusetts Medical School Committee on Scientific and Research Affairs where she will actively advise and consult on relevant research interests of the institution. As a transplant from the Midwest, she is looking forward to becoming a true New Englander in the coming years.
  • MD Candidate at Tufts University School of Medicine
    MD Candidate at Tufts University School of Medicine
    Steve Young is a third year medical student at Tufts University School of Medicine. He received his Bachelor's of Science in Microbiology and Immunology with a Minor in Chinese at the University of California-Irvine. Between undergraduate and medical school, Steve worked in the United States Peace Corps where he taught English and Math in a primary school as well as to secondary students. He also applied for and received a $5000 grant for the first solar powered computer lab in the region. He trained a four-member team of local villagers to manage the lab sustainability. Additionally, Steve collaborated with five Peace Corps Volunteers to create a regional specific HIV manual of activities and applied it in the co-facilitation of one HIV workshop with another NGO. He reached over 30 youths in the village from HIV workshops regarding proper usage of contraceptives and brought over 25 villagers to the local clinic to receive free HIV testing. With Steve's passion for Global Health, with the Tzu Chi International Relief Foundation, he organized "Walk for the Earth." This was a walk-a-thon for the people of Haiti after their devastating earthquake. Steve envisioned, planned, and executed the event that brought in more than 300 walkers and 700 sponsors and raised more than $33,000. Integral to the execution, Steve led the central committee of 15 members from 3 college campuses. Steve also has a passion for entrepreneurship and was a Tufts Medstart Innovation Challenge 2014 Participant, where he provided medical background and experience on an app that would merge and aggregate data from technology that tracked biometrics and visualize it for physicians on the patient's next visit. Additionally, he was a Tufts Medstart Hackathon 2015 Participant, where he worked on a project with the Myo armband that would provide haptic feedback to wearers about their posture to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Pooja Yerramilli is a medical student at the Perelman School of Medicine (University of Pennsylvania) and a Project Coordinator for the Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network. She has research and media experience in South Africa and India, where she studied the challenges associated with aging populations, cancer care and control, and access to medicines and vaccines. She graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Political Science, concentrating in Health Politics & Policy, and holds an MSc. in Health Policy, Planning, and Financing, a joint degree awarded by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the London School of Economics.
  • Christos Theophanous is a fourth year medical student at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California. Before medical school, Mr. Theophanous worked as a strategy consultant for the Boston-based L.E.K. Consulting, and subsequently as a business analyst for DaVita Rx, a subsidiary of the Fortune 500 dialysis provider. In those roles, he became interested in the broader challenges of health care delivery. Currently, he serves as the National Student Delegate for Legislative Affairs for the Association of American Medical Colleges. He also serves as class president on his campus where he is active in a variety of initiatives related to medical education. He is a 2015 recipient of the American Medical Association Foundation’s Excellence in Medicine Teaching award. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Harvard University.
    • medical writing
    • Teaching
    • Research
    • Public Speaking
    • Writing
    • Mandarin Chinese (Conversational Fluency)
    • EMT-B trained
    Founder & President @ Doctors Who Create; MS4 @ UPenn; applying into pediatrics
    Founder & President @ Doctors Who Create; MS4 @ UPenn; applying into pediatrics

    Vidya Viswanathan is the founder and president of Doctors Who Create (www.doctorswhocreate.com), which promotes a culture of creativity in medicine. She is a fourth-year medical student at the Perelman School of Medicine (University of Pennsylvania) applying into pediatrics, and is the 2018-2019 Artist-in-Residence for the American Medical Women's Association. She enjoys writing about medicine and innovation, and has published her writing in The Atlantic, MedTech Boston, Academic Medicine, and The Establishment. She has presented on creativity in medicine at the conferences Stanford MedX, AMSA National, and the Hippocrates Poetry Symposium. Vidya graduated from Harvard College in 2011 with a degree in Social Studies and citation in Mandarin Chinese, and spent a year in Taiwan after graduation teaching English on a Fulbright fellowship. She did her post-bacc pre-med classes at the Harvard Extension School.

  • MD-MBA Candidate at Harvard Medical School/Harvard Business School
    MD-MBA Candidate at Harvard Medical School/Harvard Business School
    Brian W. Powers is a 4th year MD/MBA candidate at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Business School and Deputy Editor of Healthcare: The Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation. He previously worked at the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Roundtable on Value & Science-Driven Health Care and the Division of Population Health Management at Partners HealthCare. His research and writing focuses on population health management, delivery system reform, physician leadership, and medical education. He has authored over 20 academic articles in venues such as JAMA, Health Affairs, Academic Medicine and BMJ. He has written numerous blog posts and essays that have been featured in venues such as the Harvard Business Review and Health Affairs, and syndicated through widely read outlets such as Kevin MD and The Health Care Blog.
  • Medical Student at Harvard Medical School
    Medical Student at Harvard Medical School
    Robert Smalley is a second-year MD candidate at Harvard Medical School. He is the sole voting medical student on the Massachusetts Medical Society’s Committee on Legislation. Prior to medical school, he was an Air Force officer who held command authority in a 700 person medical training unit, served as executive officer of the largest trauma center in Iraq, and was a staff officer in the Pentagon office of the Surgeon General of the Air Force. As a research fellow at the RAND Corporation, he co-authored reports on specialty specific costs related to running GME programs for the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission and on a redesign of the military health system into an integrated medical home model for the Department of Defense. He holds a Master’s degree in Health Administration and Policy from the Uniformed Services University, where he was valedictorian, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the US Air Force Academy, where he was a Distinguished Graduate. He intends to pursue a career in surgery in the US military, while continuing to influence this area of federal health policy.
  • OMS-4, President, International Medicine Student Organization/D.O. CARE at Touro-COM NY
    OMS-4, President, International Medicine Student Organization/D.O. CARE at Touro-COM NY

    Tania is in her fourth year at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York City. She is interested in pursuing cardiology and enhancing/improving patient interactions. Additionally, Tania is president of the International Medicine Student Organization/D.O. Cares at Touro and looks forward to planning medical trips abroad and working with the numerous international communities in Harlem to improve their accessibility to healthcare. Currently, Tania volunteers at a nearby food pantry and serves as a mentor for high school students interested in medicine. She spends her free time watching Netflix and attempting to decipher the NYC subway system. After graduating in 2018, Tania plans on pursuing an internal medicine residency with a concentration in invasive cardiology. She looks forward to working in underserved urban areas and abroad, if possible. Tania would love to communicate regarding any medical issue, specifically concerning addressing the medical needs of urban communities, current legislation regarding residency spots, and finding the perfect slice of pizza.

    • Internal Medicine
    • Hematology and Oncology
    • Narrative Medicine
    • Social Media
    • Journalism
    • Spanish language
    • Photoshop
    • QuarkXpress
    • Hematology and Medical Oncology
    Hematology-oncology fellow at the University of Chicago and physician-publisher passionate about narrative medicine.
    Hematology-oncology fellow at the University of Chicago and physician-publisher passionate about narrative medicine.

    My name is Ajay Major, and I am currently a fellow in adult hematology and oncology at the University of Chicago. I am a Class of 2016 graduate of Albany Medical College and finished my residency in internal medicine at the University of Colorado in 2019.

    My journey into narrative medicine and publishing began in April 2012 when I founded in-Training, the online peer-reviewed publication for medical students, and served as editor-in-chief for four years. I also founded in-House, the online peer-reviewed publication for residents and fellows, and currently serve as editor-in-chief since 2016.

    To support these publications, I founded Pager Publications, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit literary corporation that curates and supports peer-edited publications for the medical education community, in 2014. We currently provide administrative and financial support for six publications: in-Training, in-House, The Palate, North Wing Magazine, Mosaic in Medicine, and Intervene Upstream.

    Since our inception, Pager Publications, Inc. has published four books, most recently Salve: Words For The Journey, a compilation of poetry, prose, and journaling prompts written by psychiatrist and author Monisha Vasa, MD.

    I am also a lover of all things science fiction and fantasy (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is my favorite -- apologies to all you Picard fans), and I play classical piano, clarinet, and the tenor saxophone.

  • Medical Student at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
    Medical Student at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
    I am a University of Pittsburgh medical student pursuing a physician-scientist pathway in pediatric hematology/oncology/bone marrow transplantation through the Clinical Scientist Training Program. As Chair of Pitt's Women in Science and Medicine Association, I expand opportunities to recruit and retain female physician-scientist trainees. I seek a career where I can practice translational science/medicine, contribute to trainee professional development, and lead in a healthcare administration capacity.
  • MD-PhD Candidate at Emory University
    MD-PhD Candidate at Emory University
    Howard Chiou is an MD-PhD candidate in anthropology at Emory University. His research examines cultural change in healthcare, as hospitals implement new models of teamwork between doctors and nurses. As primary investigator on two grants funded by the AHRQ and NSF, his research examines the role of meaning and context on inpatient hospital units in the US and Australia. Howard is also passionate about serving the underprivileged, and, working alongside his students, he created a program to train non-clinical students as medical interpreters to help staff free clinics throughout Atlanta. The Emory University Volunteer Medical Interpretation Services is currently in its fifth year, and has been recognized through two awards from Emory University. As a former outdoor and museum educator, his teaching style focuses on creating meaningful experiences for students in his classrooms. He also worked on medical curriculum reform on the Emory University Executive Curriculum Committee for three years, and serves as graduate student faculty to help train new graduate students in pedagogy. Howard also developed a novel pedagogical training program that was adopted at two other universities and received finalist for a POD innovation award. Howard is currently completing his first book on changing culture in healthcare, and will be working at the Stanford University Clinical Excellence Research Center before returning to medical school. He’s considering clinical residency in preventative or emergency medicine.
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