Meet Our Scholars

First Year Clinical Scholars - 2014-2016

Elena Byhoff, MD (VA Scholar)
University of Michigan

Elena Byhoff, MD received her M.D from the University of Pennsylvania, where she is currently an Internal Medicine resident. She is interested in improving end-of-life care and decision-making, with a particular concern for patients with low health literacy. She also has a strong interest in communication and decision-making more generally.

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Alicia Cohen, MD
University of Michigan


Alicia Cohen, MD received her M.D from Mount Sinai (NYC), completed her Family Medicine training at UCSF-Santa Rosa, and is currently in an Integrative Medicine Fellowship at U-M. She is committed to developing and evaluating innovative approaches at both the clinical practice and policy level, directed at reducing  food insecurity and improving access to and consumption of fruits and vegetables. She also is interested in prevention and treatment of diet-related diseases.  

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John Harris, M.D.
University of Michigan

John Harris, MD received his M.D from the University of North Carolina and completed an Obstetrics/Gynecology residency at the University of Kentucky. He is  interested in the relationship between obesity stigma and the quality of cancer care. He is also focusing on integrating palliative and curative oncology care and enhancing patient-centered outcomes in gynecological oncology.

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Kristin Kan, M.D.
University of Michigan

Kristin Kan, MD received her M.D from Johns Hopkins and is currently a Pediatrics resident at the University of Washington. She is determined to have an impact on policy regarding government programs, particularly those related to immigrant child health and access to care. She is also interested in the organization and improvement of primary care.  

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Pooja Aggarwal Lagisetty, M.D.
University of Michigan

Pooja Aggarwal Lagisetty, MD received her M.D from Johns Hopkins and completed her residency training in Internal Medicine and Primary Care at the Massachusetts General Hospital. She is interested in designing, implementing, and evaluating innovative methods of increasing access to food, housing, and primary care via community redesign. She is also interested in cardiovascular risk factors and health disparities amongst varied races.

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Chithra Perumalswami, M.D. (VA Scholar)
University of Michigan

Chithra Perumalswami, MD received her M.D from the University of Michigan, where she subsequently completed her Internal Medicine residency.  She went on to complete a Hospice and Palliative Care fellowship at Northwestern University, where she is now an Assistant Professor. She is interested in promoting and evaluating large-scale implementation of more effective, innovative palliative care interventions.

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Michael Seyffert, M.D. (VA Scholar)
University of Michigan

Michael Seyffert, MD is a Psychiatry resident at UM and long-time career military officer (until 2011, a Major and Flight Surgeon in the USAF Reserve Medical Corps). In addition to tours in active combat theaters, he has taken part in national and international disaster relief efforts (Katrina, Haiti, and Mozambique). Now retired from active military duty, he wishes to focus on better understanding complex PTSD, especially among returning veterans, and to developing more effective treatment, programs, and policies to address complex trauma.

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Second Year Clinical Scholars - 2013-2015

Lauren Hughes, M.D.
University of Michigan

Lauren Hughes, M.D., MPH is a family physician who pursued her undergraduate studies in zoology and Spanish at Iowa State University, her graduate training in health policy at The George Washington University, and her medical degree at the University of Iowa.  She served as the national president of the American Medical Student Association for one year prior to completing her residency at the University of Washington in Seattle.  Dr. Hughes has volunteered in a federally qualified health center through AmeriCorps, worked at Iowa Senator Tom Harkin's office in Washington, DC, and studied medicine and health systems in Brazil, Sweden, Tanzania, and Botswana.  She has been a visiting scholar at the Robert Graham Center and at ABC News Medical Unit in New York City.

Career Interests: She plans a career combining community health center practice, health policy and administration, and academic family medicine.

Research Interests: As an RWJ Clinical Scholar, she will focus her research in primary care workforce development and innovations in primary care delivery.

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Justin List, M.D. (VA Scholar)
University of Michigan

Justin List, M.D., MAR received his undergraduate degree in biology and religion from Augustana College (IL).  He then went on to study ethics at Yale University Divinity School and completed a fellowship at the Institute for Ethics at the American Medical Association afterwards.  During medical school at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, he trained through the NIH/Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars program in Kampala, Uganda as study coordinator for a TB/HIV active case finding community-based project.  He completed his internal medicine training in the Yale Primary Care program.  He has written on topics in the areas of bioethics, global health, service learning, and social justice.

Career Interests: He would like to conduct health services research and provide consulting skills to strengthen primary care health systems, including more effective chronic disease care management.  He also intends to practice primary care.

Research Interests: His research interests include understanding risk perception for diabetes among pre-diabetic patients, screening/treatment disparities in cancer care, data linking social determinants of health to chronic diseases, and learning implementation science skills to translate clinical research into public health programming and policy.

 

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Michelle Moniz, M.D.
University of Michigan

Michelle Moniz, M.D. is an Obstetrician-Gynecologist who grew up in Los Angeles, California.  She earned her undergraduate degree in Biology and English from the Johns Hopkins University.  Dr. Moniz studied medicine at Washington University in Saint Louis and went on to complete her residency training with the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh/Magee-Women’s Hospital.

Career Interests: She hopes to be a Clinician-Investigator in an academic ObGyn department where she can work with medical trainees.

Research Interests: During her residency, she studied the effects of a text messaging intervention on pregnant women’s preventive health beliefs and behaviors.  As a scholar, she is interested in leveraging cellular phone technologies and public health marketing for health promotion among obstetric populations.  She is also interested in exploring novel ways for physicians to communicate with patients and motivate health promoting behaviors.

 

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Elizabeth Patton, M.D. (VA Scholar)
University of Michigan

Elizabeth Patton, M.D. is an obstetrician-gynecologist interested in patient communication and understanding of risk in the OG/GYN setting.  She is originally from Harvard, Massachusetts and earned a BA in Comparative Religion and the History of Science at Harvard University.  She subsequently completed a Masters of Philosophy in Theology at Cambridge University in the UK.  After working for a couple of years while completing her post-baccalaureate premedical requirements, she attended the University of Massachusetts Medical School, obtaining her medical degree.  She recently completed a four year obstetrics and gynecology residency at Northwestern in Chicago, where she had the opportunity to work at both Northwestern Prentice Women’s Hospital and Stroger Hospital of Cook County.

Career Interests: Having found her experiences working with underserved populations through her resident clinic and at Stroger Hospital of Cook County to have been the most meaningful and satisfying of her residency training.  She would like to eventually work in an academic setting that serves a similar population.  She would like to work with communities to design systems of women’s health care that innovatively meet community needs for education and OB/GYN care.

Research Interests: She is interested in patients’ understanding of risk and how that understanding affects decision making in OB/GYN clinical care, particularly in communities with lower health literacy.  She is also interested in communication between physicians, patients and the healthcare team, its impact on patient safety, and how system changes can improve patient care.

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Andrew J. Schoenfeld, M.D. (VA Scholar)
University of Michigan

Andrew J. Schoenfeld, M.D. earned bachelor’s degrees in history and integrated life sciences at Kent State University before going on to medical school at the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine.  He completed an orthopaedic surgery residency at Akron General Medical Center/Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine and then engaged in a spine surgical fellowship at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital/Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  He subsequently served four years on active duty with the United States Army, where he deployed to Afghanistan and served as the Clinical Director of the Medical Evaluation Board, Fort Bliss Texas, as well as the Director of Orthopaedic Research for the William Beaumont Army Medical Center/Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Orthopaedic Residency Program.

Career Interests: Anticipates a career in academic orthopaedics and spinal medicine with a research focus on healthcare disparities in musculoskeletal medicine and the impact of chronic medical conditions on the development of musculoskeletal disease as well as their impact on outcomes following treatment.

Research Interest: Include examining surgical healthcare disparities present in single payer systems and their underlying etiologies as well as investigating change agents capable of enhancing care for spinal and degenerative disorders within underserved populations.  As a clinical scholar, he plans to discern the impact of chronic infectious diseases on the development and severity of musculoskeletal conditions, particularly within the American Veteran population.

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Renuka Tipirneni, M.D.
University of Michigan

Renuka Tipirneni, M.D. is a general internist motivated to improve the health care system for vulnerable populations.  She completed her undergraduate training at Cornell University, medical degree and certificate in biomedical research at the University of California, San Francisco, and primary care internal medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).  During her training, she was active in legislative advocacy efforts, most notably in organizing health professional students across California to promote universal health care through lobby day events.  After residency, she stayed on at MGH to work at a community health center serving immigrants and other underserved groups in Chelsea, MA.  She is interested in investigating how local and national health care reform implementation may impact health disparities, and how the delivery system may be optimized to improve care for vulnerable populations.

Career Interests: she will pursue a career in academic medicine and public health/health policy.  Her career goals are to work to find innovative ways of creating an ideal health care system for underserved populations and to work toward eliminating health disparities.

Research Interests: she is interested in the potential impact of health care reform on health disparities and generally in issues related to health care access, primary care redesign, immigrant health, and vulnerable populations.

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William Wood, M.D. (VA Scholar)
University of Michigan

William Wood, M.D. is a general surgery resident at the University of California, San Francisco - East Bay Surgery Program. He received an Associate’s degree in Biology from Santa Rosa Junior College in California and a Bachelor’s degree in Integrative Biology from University of California, Berkeley. He continued his education in the Joint Medical Program, a dual-degree program through the University of California, San Francisco where he completed his medical degree (M.D.), and the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health, where he earned his Masters of Science (MS). His Master’s thesis focused on MRSA infections amongst intercollegiate athletes.

Career Interests: He is pursuing a career as a clinically active surgeon and academic clinician-researcher. He intends to become a leader in the field of patient safety.

Research Interests: His introduction to research began as an undergrad in an animal behavior lab while working with stomatopods and octopus, taking him to distant places such as Mo’orea, French Polynesia. After graduating from Cal, he joined researchers at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, M.D. to study the effects of Helicobacter pylori in a murine model. As a RWJF scholar, he will conduct outcomes-based studies in surgery to improve patient safety and policy