4th Year Residents
Kristin E. Cutler, MD
University of California, Davis
Born in Watsonville, CA, Kristin completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Santa Cruz with a BS in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology and has studied in Edinburgh, Scotland, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Oaxaca City, Mexico. As a member of the Community HealthCorps / Americorp program, Kristin directed the food security program and taught diabetes education in Santa Rosa, CA,. She was awarded the Medical Student Research Fellowship for family planning research, investigating menstrual suppression and contraceptive options in reproductive age women undergoing myelosuppressive therapy. She is a member of the AOA honor society and Phi Beta Kappa. Kristin enjoys choir and musical theatre, competing as a vocal jazz soloist, yoga, and camping.
Anne K. Erickson, MD
Born and raised in California, Anne completed her undergraduate degree at Stanford University, earning a degree in Human Biology with a concentration in International Health and Infectious Diseases, spending time in Ethiopia, Cape Town, India. Prior to entering Medical School Anne served as a Fulbright scholar in Mozambique, where she studied and coordinated projects on rural surgery. Anne extended her medical training by one year to pursue research interests using the Stanford Military Data Repository (SMDR), funded by the Stanford MedScholars Program with a recent 1st author publication “Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptive Placement Among Active Duty US Army Servicewomen” in the Green Journal. Anne enjoys rock climbing and mountaineering, writing fiction, woodworking, and welding.
Nicole M. Kretzer, MD, PhD
Washington University in St. Louis
Born in Rockford, Illinois, Nicole completed her undergraduate education at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a BS degree in Biochemistry. Her PhD research focus is on dendritic cell functions and how they will help guide future vaccine development. She has 11 publications, and numerous abstract presentations, winning the AAI Young Investigator Award in 2014. Nicole served as the volunteer coordinator for the St Louis Triathlon Club and the assistant triathlon swim coach for Evolve Coaching Systems, leading swim clinics and group training sessions. In addition to triathlons, Nicole enjoys cooking and nutrition.
Leah M. Savitsky, MD
Oregon Health Sciences University
Born in San Francisco, CA, Leah attended Reed College in Portland, OR graduating with a BA in Political Science, and completed her pre-med courses at Bryn Mawr College. Leah worked for NY State Dept of Health AIDS Institute, analyzing HIVQUAL/National Quality center data set. She worked with Dr. Meg O’Reilly at OHSU to develop educational models and simulations, teaching >200 3rd year students at the ACOG ACM using the cesarean section model. Her decision analysis projects with Dr. Caughey has resulted in 9 publications. She was elected to AOA and Gold Humanism Honor Societies and was the recipient of 4 academic scholarships at OHSU. In her free time Leah enjoys hiking, cooking, and balcony gardening.
Brian W. Wakefield, MD
University of Virginia
Born in San Diego, CA, he attended Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA, receiving a BA in Honors Biology and was elected Phi Beta Kappa. Brian’s research has focused on biochemical signaling that controls uterine contractility and onset of labor which was presented at the 2013 SGI meeting. His summer research focused on student and faculty perspectives on the use of self-directed learning in a medical school curriculum. Brian served as the president Whitman College’s Triathlon team and Varsity Swim team as well as president of qMD, a LGBTQ advocacy group at UVA School of Medicine. In his free time Brian enjoys triathlons, hiking and backpacking, photography and playing the saxophone.
Arielle R.S. Weiss, MD
Born in Philadelphia, PA, Arielle completed her undergraduate studies at Cornell University where she received her BA, Cum Laude majoring in Biological Sciences. She has 8 publications on several research areas: identifying new genes that could be used to predict a predisposition for developing breast cancer, identifying new modulators of the TGF-beta pathway, and development of validated checklists for common bedside procedures. She is a member of the AOA honor society, and enjoys running marathons, cooking, and traveling to Finland where her mother is from.
Roshini S. Zachariah, MD
Born in Madurai, India Roshini was raised in Massachusetts and attended MIT, graduating with a Biological Engineering degree. She obtained her Masters in Medical Science from Boston University. Her research interests include investigating the use of different agents used in gestational diabetes on actual glycemic control and the impact of neonatal macrosomia on childhood obesity. She completed her thesis on the genetic basis of cancer and the transition from epithelial to mesenchymal transition. She has three publications and two poster presentations. Roshini enjoys cooking, knitting, and reading, especially science fiction and fantasy.
3rd Year Residents
Jacob P. Christ, MD
Case Western Reserve - Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
Born in New York, NY, Jacob graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology, Health, and Society. He completed a Fulbright fellowship in Utrecht, The Netherlands where he performed research focused on reproductive endocrinology. His research is entitled Predicting Hypertension in Pregnancy among Women with Polysystic Ovary Syndrome. He also first authored two additional studies. As a member of the International Federation of Medical Students Association he explored the cultural, operation, and structural differences of the Dutch healthcare system as compared to the United States. In his free time Jacob enjoys running, hiking and skiing.
Anna C. Curtin, MD
University of Washington
Born in Salt Lake City, UT, Anna earned her BA in Biology at Carroll College in Montana as a scholar athlete soccer player. During her undergraduate years she worked as an EMT, and was a medical scribe between undergrad and medical school. Anna also served as program director/research assistant for Global Emergency Care Collaborative in Uganda. Two of the main studies she conducted while in Uganda looked at emergency department outcomes, and the use of ketamine as a sedative in resource limited emergency departments. As a former college athlete she continues to stay physically active and successfully completed an Olympic distance triathalon and an Ironman 70.3.
Shauna A. Dentler, MD
University of Washington
Shauna was born in Olympia, WA. She graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in Medical Anthropology and Global Health. She conducted original research entitled Impact of Power Morcellator Removal on Hysterectomy Practice Patterns which was published in the European Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and presented at the Pacific Coast Obstetric and Gynecological Society Annual Meeting. Shauna is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys backpacking, hiking, mountaineering, skiing, and ran the Ragnar Northwest passage 200 mile Relay.
Elena L. Pellicer, MD
University of Washington
Elena was born in Seattle, completed her undergraduate degree at the Univ of Colorado with a BA in Integrative Physiology and Spanish Language and Literature. Elena has an interest in global health and has worked in Uganda to establish a clinic to combat pediatric malnutrition. During medical school her research project was to evaluate the prognostic impact of headaches in children with craniosynostosis, she presented this work at several national meetings and will publish her first author paper in the American Journal of Plastic Surgery. She enjoys yoga and running.
Noah J. Qualls, MD
University of Washington
Noah was born in Ithaca, NY. He grew up with 8 younger siblings. Staying close to home to help his family, he attended University of Idaho, graduating with a BS in Finance. He worked his way through college as a manager for a trucking company and independent film company. His research interests focused on how income affects the health of harvest farm workers in Eastern Washington, and also worked with the Harborview Injury Prevention Research Center. Noah is an Eagle Scout and earned a service award in 2017 for his outstanding contributions to advocacy in underserved communities as well as his work mentoring underrepresented premedical students. In his free time Noah enjoys home brewing beer and hard cider.
Rosemary L. Shay, MD
University of North Carolina
Born in Chapel Hill, NC, Rosemary graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College with a major in Biology and a minor in Music. She was a member of the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra as a violinist and Basic/Wilderness EMT team. Following college graduation, she spent a year tutoring math and reading to students at a school serving a diverse population in Boston as part of Match Corp. During medical school Rosemary participated in a clinical research project assessing knowledge and opinions of palliative care among patients with cystic fibrosis, their caregivers and healthcare providers. She enjoys running, baking, hiking and reading.
Emily V.A. Unger, MD
Emily was born in Boston, MA. She attended Dartmouth College where she studied Biology and Medical Anthropology. In Hanover, she helped establish a chapter of MEDLIFE that helped bring OB/Gyn to Ecuador for clinical are and training at a public hospital in Quito. After graduating she served as a Maternal Child Health Educator in Denver, CO through an Americorps project, where she trained as a doula, became a lactation educator for low-income mothers, and taught breast-feeding, and maternal health classes. At Harvard she served as a student representative to Harvard committees on sexual assault response and prevention, developing a training module for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. Emily enjoys photography and cycling and was on a semi-professional cycling team in Colorado.
2nd Year Residents
Rona Ding, MD
University of Washington
Born in Cleveland, OH, Rona graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences with Phi Beta Kappa honors. Rona completed the Global Health Pathway certificate program and studied the effects of HIV treatment in men with alcohol use disorders with IMPACTA Peru, which was presented at the STD and AIDS Research Symposium. She is interested pursuing a family planning fellowship and MPH. Rona enjoys ski mountaineering, rock climbing, and baking.
Sanika Gadkari, MD
Pennsylvania State University
Born in Vadodara, India, Sanika graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Studies. She served in Americorp National Health Corp for a year in Philadelphia. During medical school, she worked as a research assistant, identifying risk factors for vaginal cuff dehiscence after laparoscopic hysterectomies. As part of the Global Health Scholars Program, Sanika conducted tropical medicine research in collaboration with the US Navy in Peru. Sanika enjoys traveling and is the founder of the student dance group Sinus Rhythms and member of Med Notes a capella choir.
Oyenmwen J. Inneh, MD
Meharry Medical College
Alyssa K. Kosturakis, MD
University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio
Born in Houston, TX, Alyssa graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience, and Master of Science from MD Anderson Cancer Center. During medical school, she was selected for a one-year research fellowship at the NIH and joined the Reproductive Endocrinology and Gynecology branch to study a gene linked to human fertility, meiotic recombination, and several human diseases. She has worked extensively in translational and clinical research, with 14 publications in peer review journals where she is first author on 4. Alyssa is a native Spanish speaker and enjoys salsa and swing dancing and hiking in her free time.
Lauren T. MacNeill, MD
State University of New York Upstate Medical University
Born in Schenectady, NY, Lauren graduated from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Community & Global Health. She was elected as President of the Gold Humanism Honor Society and AOA’s Chair of Academics. Lauren worked on a variety of clinical research and quality improvement projects with 4 publications in peer reviewed journals. She was invited to give OBGYN Grand Rounds entitled “The Global Gag Rule: International Family Planning Funding Under the Trump Administration.” In her free time, Lauren enjoys playing the bagpipes, hiking, kayaking, and backpacking.
Jacqueline W. Nichols, MD
University of Chicago The Prizker School of Medicine
Born in Chicago, IL, Jackie is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of University of North Carolina with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Political Science. Jackie was selected for a NIH funded research program investigating tumor suppression in neuroblastoma. She presented her research on patient centered technology, “Piloting Comics and Graphic Art Advocacy to Promote Patient Engagement with the Electronic Medical Record” at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibition. She has also worked on a preeclampsia toolkit in OBGYN, and developed standard operating procedures to improve recovery after sexual assault. Jackie enjoys running, hiking, and attending Chicago Cubs baseball games with her partner who matched in Internal medicine.
Andrea C. Sanchez, MD
University of Florida
Born in Armenia, Columbia, Andrea graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology & Cell Science and Psychology. Andrea has been an active leader in outreach, recruitment, and development programs for minority students, and was selected as a member of the medical school interview and admissions committee. As a native Spanish speaker, she also obtained certification as a Spanish translator to assist patients in navigating the U.S. healthcare system. Her research project, sponsored by Columbia University, was on “Utilizing Community-based Organization Mapping in the Academic Medical Setting: Addressing Social Factors within the Patient –Centered medical Home Model.” Andrea enjoys traveling the world, experiencing new cultures and foods, trail biking, and orange theory fitness.
1st Year Residents (Interns)
Loren Castellon, MD
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Coming from Los Angeles, CA, Loren graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Loren has an interest in geriatric medicine and studied frailty as a proxy for surgical outcomes following kidney transplantation. She presented this research at the American Geriatrics Annual Scientific Meeting. Loren enjoys yoga, gardening, basketball, and volley ball.
Michelle Domini, MD, MS
Boston University School of Medicine
Coming from Bellevue, WA, Michelle graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Subsequently, she attended the University of Oregon, and graduated with a Master of Science in Biology (Bioinformatics and Genomics). Michelle has an interest in trauma medicine and helped create a student group called Sexual Trauma Outreach and Prevention (STOP) and worked to incorporate trauma-informed care into medical school curriculum. Michelle enjoys competitive running, rock climbing, hiking, and cooking/baking.
Sara Ficenec, MD
Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Coming from Omaha, NE, Sara graduated from Rockhurst University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Sara is interested in pediatric and adolescent gynecology and volunteered at the Saint Louis County juvenile detention center during medical school. In addition, Sara worked on a randomized control trial studying the effects of meditation on lactation and milk production on mothers with infants in the NICU. Sara enjoys travel, listening to podcasts, fishing, and painting.
Caitlin Hamilton, MD
Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
Coming from Danville, CA, Caitlin graduated from University of California – Davis with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Caitlin has worked on a survey-based research study, “Reproductive-Age Women’s Perceptions of Nutrition, Exercise, and Weight Gain Guidelines During Pregnancy.” In addition, she was first author on a paper published in the American Journal of Medical Quality, “Gratitude and Recognition in a Hospital Setting: Addressing Provider Well Being and Patient Outcomes.” Caitlin enjoys cooking/baking, running, swimming, and hiking.
Judy Han, MD
University of Washington
Coming from Corvallis, OR and Bainbridge Island, WA, Judy graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Judy is interested in caring for underserved communities and participated in the Rural Underserved Opportunities program in medical school. In addition, she travelled to the Dominican Republic with the Children of Nations volunteer organization and helped complete community-based projects in Haitian-Dominican neighborhoods. Judy enjoys hiking, international travel, and biking.
Anisha Khanijow, MD, MBA
University of Alabama
Coming from Madison, AL, Anisha graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science in Cellular and Molecular Biology. Anisha is interested in caring for underserved communities. She has volunteered to mentor children from underserved backgrounds and at the student-run free clinic at the Birmingham City YMCA. Additionally, Anisha has several research interests including a case report on urachal cancer, a cost analysis in urological surgery, and a study of barriers to breast feeding identified at six-week postpartum visits. Anisha enjoys hiking, cooking healthy foods, yoga, and calligraphy.
Bianca Vannucci, MD
Washington University in St. Louis
Coming from Milan, Italy and St. Louis, MO, Bianca graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. Bianca received funding through a NIH T-35 training grant to investigate the role of macrophages in reinnervation of the neuromuscular junction and published this work in Muscle and Nerve as the first author. Bianca couples matched with her partner, Noah Eby, in neurology. Bianca enjoys arts-and-crafts, running, hiking, crossword puzzles, and cooking Italian food.