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    • Pediatric Gastroenterology
    • Pediatric Transplant Hepatology
    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Hepatology
    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Hepatology
    Dr. Pamela Valentino completed medical school at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and remained for pediatric residency at the Montreal Children's Hospital. She went on to complete her pediatric gastroenterology fellowship, as well as a Master's degree in clinical epidemiology, at the Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto. Following this, she pursued advanced training as a pediatric transplant hepatology fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital. She is currently on faculty as an Assistant Professor at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Valentino’s research interests have focused on liver abnormalities in children with inflammatory bowel diseases. Specifically, she has published on the development of abnormal liver enzymes that arise in this vulnerable population, and is working on a diagnostic approach to primary sclerosing cholangitis in children with IBD.
    • Gastroenterology
    • Transplant Hepatology
    • GI Attending Physician at Union Hospital of Cecil County
    Board-certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology, I am specially trained to manage conditions of the digestive tract, including Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, hepatitis, pancreatitis, celiac disease, heartburn, hemorrhoids, ulcers and cancer. I earned my medical degree from St. George’s University, Grenada, and completed a residency in internal medicine at Georgetown University Hospital. I also completed my GI (gastrointestinal) fellowship at State University of New York in Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • MD/MBA Candidate at Tufts University School of Medicine
    MD/MBA Candidate at Tufts University School of Medicine
    I am confident that the MD/MBA will allow me to effectively practice medicine, while leading other physicians through healthcare constantly shifting landscape. I grew up in my Father’s independently owned pharmacy, and realized early on that regardless of the intent and expertise of the professional, healthcare does not work without effective management and organization. After high school, I left Central California to attend Hampton University in Virginia. At Hampton, I pursued a degree in Cellular/Molecular Biology and became involved in various organizations that (Beta Kappa Chi, HU Honors College, Golden Key, etc.) forced me to re-evaluate myself in order to learn to lead. In 2013, I graduated from Hampton and became a Physio of Georgetown University’s Special Master’s Program in Physiology where I put my hopes to the test, confronting a year’s worth of medical school level classes. Now at Tufts University, I am not only self-assured, but also determined for these new challenges to force me to grow academically, socially, mentally, and in width of perspective.
  • MD Candidate at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
    MD Candidate at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
    Alyssa Kirsch is a second year medical student at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in Rochester, Michigan. She attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor for her undergraduate studies where she received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in French and Francophone Studies. Alyssa has served as the President of the Radiology and Radiation Oncology Student Advocacy Group. She is also actively involved in a new student organization called RAISE which focuses on raising awareness and educating undergraduate and high school students on current, popular health topics. Alyssa is very passionate about her research which is assessing physician interactions with pediatric patients who are severely physically and cognitively impaired. In her spare time, Alyssa is an avid runner participating in many half-marathons and enjoys spending free time with her family in Northern Michigan.