Aaron Berkowitz

Aaron recently joined the founding faculty of Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine as a professor of neurology and director of global health. He previously served as an associate professor of neurology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, where he directed the Mind-Brain-Behavior course for first-year students and was a teaching attending on the neuro-hospitalist service and in the general neurology resident clinic. As a health and policy advisor to Partners In Health and senior specialist consultant to Doctors Without Borders, he has worked tirelessly to bring neurology care and education to regions where it is limited or non-existent, including co-developing the first neurology residency in Haiti. He is the author of Clinical Pathophysiology Made Ridiculously SimpleClinical Neurology and Neuroanatomy: A localization-based approach, and most recently One by One by One, which tells the complex, moving, and inspiring stories of patients he and colleagues brought from Haiti to Boston for neurosurgery for brain tumors. When he is not trying to #EndNeurophobia, Aaron loves hiking, backpacking, and obsessively researching outdoor camping gear.

Twitter: @AaronLBerkowitz 

Arsalan Derakhshan









Arsalan was born in Iran and moved to Atlanta, Georgia as a young child. He loves to travel and considers himself a global citizen. After graduating from Emory University, he attended the Medical College of Georgia and completed internal medicine residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He spends his time attending on inpatient team, staffing resident clinic, and working as the global health track director. He enjoys working with medical students and interns to help them discover their passions. His primary interests include clinical reasoning, global health,  and medical innovations.He enjoys listening to hip-hop, drinking tea, and having lively discussions with friends. He dislikes ticking clocks, the idea of skipping leg day, and how much air is in a bag of potato chips.

Twitter: @ArsalanMedEd

Utibe R. Essien

Utibe Essien is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and a health disparities researcher in the VA Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion. He additionally serves as the director of the Career Education and Enhancement for Health Care Research Diversity Program for Medical Students (CEED II) at Pitt. Dr. Essien completed Primary Care residency and General Internal Medicine fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Essien’s research focuses on developing interventions to advance equity in the management of cardiovascular diseases.

Twitter: @UREssien

Anna Fretz

Anna is from Vancouver Island, British Columbia and came to the US for college. She studied public health as an undergrad at UC Berkeley and went on to get a Master’s degree in epidemiology at Johns Hopkins. After completing medical school at Dartmouth, she returned back to the west coast for residency, where she is currently a first year resident in Internal Medicine at UCSF. She is interested in hospital medicine, critical care and clinical epidemiology. In her free time, she enjoys doing anything outside, including hiking, biking, skiing, windsurfing, and petting as many dogs as possible.

Twitter: @AnnaFretz

Smitha Ganeshan

Smitha Ganeshan is a first-year internal medicine resident at the University of California San Francisco. She was born and raised in Johns Creek, Georgia outside Atlanta. She studied Biology at the University of Georgia and then earned a MD/MBA at Harvard. She is interested in technology in healthcare, medical education, and physician leadership. Outside of the hospital, she loves traveling, running, and exploring Bay Area hikes. 

Twitter: @SmithaGaneshan

Shelly Ganguli

Shelly grew up near Philadelphia and is currently living in Toronto. She graduated from Temple University and has worked as a project manager with a background in managing medical education efforts for various non-profit organizations. In her spare time, she enjoys mastering new recipes, all things coffee and hummus, and impromptu dance parties with her son.

Greg Garneau

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Greg is a retired consultant for numerous nonprofit and for profit organizations. He also served as the executive director for two national organizations and as a board member for a variety of nonprofit organizations. Greg Garneau earned his MBA at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business.

Will Garneau

Will Garneau is from Durham, NC and attended Yale University. After college he served for two years in the Peace Corps as a teacher in Namibia. After his experience in Peace Corps he decided to pursue medicine and enrolled at UNC School of of Medicine where he also earned a masters of public health. He recently completed the internal medicine residency at Johns Hopkins and joined the faculty of Johns Hopkins as an academic hospitalist. Outside of the hospital he enjoys yoga, sharing delicious food with friends and listening to podcasts.

Twitter: @gaarno

Rabih Geha









Rabih was born in Lebanon, and grew up mostly in Pakistan before coming to the US to attend Boston College and then Brown for medical school. He completed residency and chief residency at UCSF. An avid soccer fan, he plans his weekends around watching soccer. He also enjoys relaxing getaways with his wife, and high school sweetheart, Zari. Rabih splits his time between the Emergency Room and the inpatient teaching wards. His primary interests are in medical education and clinical reasoning. Within diagnosis, Rabih enjoys creating diagnostic schemas; this interest in crafting logical solutions dates back to the good old days of high school math, most of which he learned from his dad.

Twitter: @rabihmgeha

Ryoko Hamaguchi

Ryoko Hamaguchi is a self-taught artist and medical student at Harvard Medical School with a passion for the intersection of visual art and medicine. Throughout her medical school career, she has expanded her repertoire to include surgical and scientific illustrations, portraits of patients aimed to humanize the illness experience, and innovative applications of the visual arts in medical education. She has published illustrations in a variety of journals including the AMA Journal of Ethics, Circulation, and the Journal of Laparoendocopic and Advanced Surgical Techniques, and has spoken about her work at the 2017 Hippocrates Symposium on Poetry and Medicine. 


Alex Horne

Alex was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. She graduated from the Duke University School of Medicine and subsequently moved to Baltimore for Internal Medicine residency at Johns Hopkins. Alex is now completing her final year of residency and will soon be starting as a Pulmonary/Critical Care fellow at Hopkins. The following year, she will be returning to the residency as an Assistant Chief of Service during the 2021-2022 academic year. Alex has a passion for medical education and clinical reasoning. She ultimately hopes to combine her love for working with learners and critical care. Outside of the hospital, she loves to travel the world every second she gets with her husband, Mike. 

Twitter: @AlexHorneMD

Salmaan Kamal

Sal is from Tuscaloosa, AL and attended Princeton University with focuses in  biology and public health. After college, he briefly worked in health policy in Washington, DC before returning to his home state to attend UAB School of Medicine. He’s currently a second year internal medicine resident at UAB and plans to pursue a career in academic GIM, caring for the underserved, and health policy reform. When not in the hospital, Sal enjoys lifting weights, biking, watching NBA basketball, and re-watching Marvel superhero movies!

Twitter: @SZKamal

Stephenie Le

Stephenie Le grew up in a small town in Ohio and attended college at the University of California, Berkeley and medical school at Albany Medical College. There she fell in love with the Adirondack and Catskill ranges and loves hiking and camping trips.  She is currently a third year internal medicine resident at the University of California, San Francisco. She is interested in clinician education, physician mentorship, and clinical reasoning. In the future she plans to pursue additional specialty training in infectious diseases. 

Twitter: @StephenieLe11

Emma Levine

Emma Levine

Emma Levine is currently a fourth-year medical student at the University of California, San Francisco, applying to Internal Medicine residency programs this fall. She is interested in clinical and epidemiological research, medical education, and clinical reasoning. Her clinical interests include gastroenterology, with a special interest on how we can use food to heal the gut and better understanding the gut microbiome, as well as palliative care.

When not in the hospital, Emma  enjoys training and teaching as a barre instructor, traveling the world with her family, and exploring restaurants in San Francisco and abroad.

Twitter: @EmmaHLevine

Reza Manesh














Reza was born in Tehran, and grew up mostly in Pittsburgh. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and completed internal medicine residency at UCSF. He works as a hospitalist, primarily taking care of patients with medical students and residents. Reza’s passions include lifting heavy weights, eating at chipotle, and studying at coffee shops. His life hero is his grandfather. His ultimate goal is to share his excitement and love of clinical problem-solving with others.

Twitter: @DxRxEdu

Daniel Minter












Dan grew up in Gig Harbor, WA (a small town outside of Seattle). He studied neurobiology at the University of Washington and then spent a year in Argentina working in a basic science lab after graduation. He moved to San Francisco to attend medical school at UCSF. He stayed on for internal medicine residency and is currently in the middle of his intern year. He is considering fellowship in infectious diseases and ultimately wants to be a physician educator focusing on clinical reasoning. His hobbies include traveling, cooking, and jogging in golden gate park

Twitter: @dminter89

H. Moses Murdock

H. Moses Murdock is a 5th year medical student at the University of Pennsylvania applying in Internal Medicine. He is originally from Orlando, Florida, and received his undergraduate degree at the University of Central Florida in molecular biology and microbiology. In his free time, Moses enjoys running, reading, and discovering new vegetarian restaurants.


Saman Nematollahi

Saman is from Tucson, AZ. He graduated from the University of Arizona College of Medicine and finished internal medicine residency at Columbia. He is currently a second year ID fellow at Johns Hopkins. He is interested in transplant ID and is obtaining a Master’s of Education in the Health Professions at The Johns Hopkins School of Education. He enjoys cooking with Reza and washing the dishes. In his spare time, he loves to watch PJ Masks with his wife and son, who was featured in Episode 42 as AstroBoy.

Twitter: TxID_Edu

Sarah Onorato

Sarah was born and raised in Boston, MA. She completed her undergrad at Yale, where she studied psychology and was a catcher for the softball team. After college, she returned to Boston, where she is currently a third year medical student at Harvard Medical School planning on applying into internal medicine residency. Outside of medicine, she enjoys reading, board games, and all things Boston sports! 

Twitter: @sonorato11

Anand Patel

Dr. Anand Patel is a hematology-oncology fellow at the University of Chicago and the Medical Education Lead at the Human Diagnosis Project. He attended University of Missouri-Columbia for medical school and completed both his internal medicine residency and chief residency at Northwestern. Anand’s academic interests include medical education and clinical reasoning. Specifically within hematology-oncology, he is interested in clinical trial design using targeted therapies for patients with leukemias and myeloid neoplasms. Outside of medicine he loves watching/playing basketball (go Bulls!), eating ice cream, and binging movies/TV shows. His twitter handle is anand_88_patel 

Twitter: @Anand_88_Patel

Dereck Paul

Dereck Paul is a 4th-year medical student at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine and applying into residency this fall. He studies the relationships between homelessness and health under Dr. Margot Kushel at the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations. He was a 2018 Student National Medical Association David E. Satcher MD, PhD Health Disparities Research Fellow for his work mapping the role of structural racism in susceptibility to housing insecurity and homelessness. Outside of his studies and research, he writes about health policy, medical education, and the underrepresented medical trainee experience.

Twitter: @dereckwpaul

Jack Penner

Jack Penner was born and raised in Los Gatos, CA (a small town about an hour south of San Francisco). He studied public health sciences at Santa Clara University, and then spent four years on the east coast, attending Georgetown University for medical school. He was lucky enough to come back home to the Bay Area for residency at UCSF, where he is in his second year. Jack is hoping to pursue a career as a clinician educator in HIV primary care, infectious diseases, and general medicine. Outside of residency, he is a fan of brewing coffee, attempting latté art, and spending time in the ocean whenever he can. 

Twitter: @jackpenner

Mike Rose

Mike grew up in rural North Dakota. He went to Concordia College nearby where he majored in Biology and Chemistry and pitched for the baseball team. He then attended the University of Minnesota for Medical School. Between MS3 and MS4 years he took a break from his medical studies to get an MPH in Health Policy from Harvard. Now he is starting his Medicine and Pediatrics residency at Johns Hopkins. Mike plans to be a generalist,  loves morning report, care for the underserved, destigmatizing mental health, global health, and health policy. Outside medicine his loves include canoeing, fishing, writing, drinking coffee, playing cards with his grandparents, and listening to hip hop.   

Twitter: @MikeRoseMDMPH 

Sharmin Shekarchian











Sharmin was born and raised in Iran before moving to the Bay Area. After graduating from UC Berkeley, she attended UCSF medical school. She is currently a chief resident at UCSF. After residency, Sharmin is planning to be a hospitalist and to pursue a career in medical education. Her interests include clinical reasoning and curriculum design. Sharmin is an avid tennis and soccer fan and loves traveling and spending time with family and friends. She knows every episode of Friends by heart, thinks there is never a bad time to drink coffee and she’s a big fan of a good laugh.

Twitter: @Sharminzi

Lindsey Shipley

Lindsey Shipley is a second year internal medicine resident at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. She was raised in Jackson, TN and received her medical degree from East Tennessee State University, Quillen College of Medicine. After residency, she hopes to pursue a career in gastroenterology. In her free time she enjoys lifting weights and spending time with family, friends, and her Airedale Terriers, KC and Izzy. 

Twitter: @LindseyShipley8

Evelyn Song

Evelyn was born in China and moved to Madison, Wisconsin in middle school. She majored in Biology at MIT, went to medical school at Penn State, and is currently a first/second year Internal Medicine resident at Johns Hopkins. After residency, Evelyn plans to specialize in either Cardiology or Oncology, or Cardio-Oncology! When Evelyn is not in the hospital, you can find her playing with her two dogs, dancing to random songs, trying out new restaurants, and traveling around the world. She strives to become a great diagnostician and clinical educator. 

Twitter: @EvelynSongMD

Eugene Sun

Eugene was born in Wuhan, China, and moved to San Francisco with family when he wasn’t old enough to do otherwise. He studied EECS at MIT, and has bounced around in different startups since graduation. Other than typing loudly in front of a computer, he enjoys roasting coffee beans and making espresso, cooking with woks and cast-iron skillets, and writing pseudo-philosophical narratives for his indie video games.
Twitter: @eugsun

Annette Wang

Annette grew up in Taipei, Taiwan and Auckland, New Zealand, eventually moving to Baltimore for undergrad. She is currently a second year student at Harvard Medical School and is interested in medical education and illustration. Outside of school, Annette is probably hiking somewhere, finding interesting music events in Boston, doodling, or snacking on dark chocolate Tim Tams. 

Twitter: @annetteawang

Ellen Yu

Ellen grew up in sunny Southern California, solely subsisting on a diet of boba milk tea and In-N-Out burgers. An early interest in science led Ellen to pursue a degree in Chemistry at Caltech, where her passion for science and human engagement led her to consider a career in medicine. She is currently pursuing an MD-PhD at Harvard Medical School and conducts research on the dysregulation of cell death in cancer. Ellen hopes to one day serve as a pediatric oncologist, guiding children and teenagers through one of the most grueling journeys that a person can face. In her spare time, Ellen rocks out on keytar in a four-piece girl band called Sister Citrus and dreams about a side-career in medical illustration.

Twitter: @ey_poptosis

Zari Zahra

Zari Zahra

Zari was born in Lahore, Pakistan and moved to the US for college. After her Harvard MBA, she worked as a Product Manager and builder of web and mobile apps for Pandora, SquareTrade, RealtyShares and Rakuten, before co-founding Spekit – a just-in-time knowledge management solution. In her spare time, she enjoys reading a good murder mystery and spicy sub-continental food.

Twitter: @zarizahra