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Meet Eva Chernoff, MMPH candidate '18

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EVA CHERNOFF (MMPH '18, MD '19) received her BS in psychology and neuroscience with a minor in human development and family studies at Penn State University where she researched how ADHD impacts juvenile, higher level brain function and emotional regulation. She worked for the Child Attention Learning Study at Penn State, coordinating research efforts including participant recruitment, student training, statistical analysis, grant finances and I... 

Meet Eva Chernoff (MMPH '19), Dean's Scholar

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“I was raised not to think of myself in terms of ethnicity but rather to have my own experiences,” says Eva Chernoff. Her experiences in medical school and working in the Philippines “have influenced my career motivations toward clinical practice among diverse, underserved populations affected by the social determinants of health.” At Pitt, she hopes to learn more about community-based participatory research and methods in qualitative research. ... 

Meet Simon Yohannes (MMPH '17), Dean's Scholar

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Third-year medical student Simon Yohannes decided on Pitt Public Health's Multidisciplinary Master of Public Health  to better serve the communities he cares about most. “I chose public health because of my interest in psychiatry—particularly in immigrant and refugee populations.” 

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Salah Al-Zaiti, RN, NP, PhD

ssa33@pitt.edu

As an Assistant Professor of Acute & Tertiary Care Nursing at Pitt, my research involves using machine learning methods to develop ECG tools that can improve the recognition of Non-ST elevation (NSTE) cardiac ischemia or risk of poor outcomes. I am currently working with 15 different EMS agencies in the City of Pittsburgh to recruit a large cohort of chest pain patients. The findings may provide insights that can influence NSTEMI guidelines revisions and improve public health

CRISTINA ARMBRUSTER 

cca19@pitt.edu 

 

I graduated in 2015 from the University of Florida with my Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Cell Science. I am currently a D.M.D. student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine as well as an MMPH student at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. I aspire to help underserved communities through my talents, skills, and compassion.

 

David Gorski

deg32@pitt.edu

I am in the School of Dental Medicine and am not sure yet if I want to specialize in periodontics after completing dental school, but could envision myself in a community health center or helping to develop dental public health policies and procedures. Prior to receiving my BS in Biology from Pitt and becoming a dental student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, I graduated from West Allegheny High School where I was class president and valedictorian.

Previously, I spent two years volunteering for AmeriCorps. My first year was spent at Carlow University's Community Outreach Center teaching GED courses and helping to set up a student computer lab for the site. My second year, I developed programs for veterans in the Wilkes-Barre area. Currently, I am president of the Periodontics Club at the dental school. I enjoy playing piano (I've played for 22 years), singing with the PalPITTations, and curling on Saturday nights.

Juchul Hwang, MD

juh63@pitt.edu

After graduating from the Catholic University Medical College, I have worked as a public health doctor in a rural area in South Korea. I met many elderly patients with chronic illnesses such as hypertension, diabetes, and arthritis. In the meanwhile, I was elected the president of a provincial association of public health doctors, and established a new exercise education program for elderly people in the province. By this effort, I was honorably awarded a Ministry of Health and Welfare Citation for my contribution to regional health improvement. Later, I entered the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and was in charge of the management and research of waterborne and foodborne diseases. I joined the MMPH program of the University of Pittsburgh from spring semester 2016, because I am passionate to pursue studying diverse academic fields that can improve the quality of people’s lives. With core knowledge and experience gained during my MMPH course, I hope to see myself in the future as a researching physician who can concretely promote public health with new, creative ideas. 

CARLO J. IASELLA, PHARMD  

carlo.iasella@pitt.edu   

 

After completing my Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of Pittsburgh in 2015, I completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at UPMC Presbyterian in 2016.  I am currently a pharmacy fellow in Clinical Trials and Outcomes Research at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy.  My current research interests center on improving our understanding how medications work for specific populations and individuals so that medication therapy can be most appropriately tailored to the needs of patients.
Upon completion of my fellowship I would like to pursue a career in academia where I can focus on research and academic activities while maintaining a role in patient care.   By completing my MMPH degree at the Graduate School of Public Health I hope to gain the research skills necessary to provide meaningful advances in the way medications are used to help care for populations and individual patients.



Jamie Kaufer, BS/BA

jamie.kaufer@gmail.com

In addition to pursuing my MMPH, I am also a member of the Class of 2017 at the School of Dental Medicine at Pitt. I graduated from Pitt undergraduate in 2013 with a dual degree in neuroscience and anthropology, with minors in French and chemistry and a certificate in the conceptual foundations of medicine. I hope to practice in an undeserved population and to understand the challenges my patients may face at a deeper level through my work at the Graduate School of Public Health. I am excited to be a part of this program and I look forward to the years ahead!

Rebecca Levine, MD

rebecca.levine@gmail.com

I grew up in Pittsburgh and went to medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine after spending time working in information science fields in New York City. I currently work with information organization at Google’s Pittsburgh office. I plan to return to a residency program in clinical medicine with a solid foundation in public health so that I am best prepared to care for communities as well as individuals.

Brock Medsker, MD

bhm12@pitt.edu

Prior to starting my NICU Fellowship in Pittsburgh, I lived in Indianapolis. While there, I completed my medical training at the Indiana University School of Medicine, and pediatrics residency at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. 

I am currently a fellow in the Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Program at UPMC. In addition to pursuing my MMPH, I am working as a post-doctoral research fellow in Dr. Juan Celedon’s lab at Rangos Research Center, studying the effects of environmental exposures on asthma in children in Puerto Rico. My project involves conducting data analyses to study the association of maternal stress, preterm birth and subsequent pulmonary outcomes including asthma. In addition to studying these associations, I will look for epigenetic changes in DNA methylation that mediate these effects. I hope to continue my current research looking at specific birth cohorts to identify infants that are predisposed to outcomes such as interventricular hemorrhage or bronchopulmonary dysplasia as candidates for early intervention.


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Chaves-Gnecco receives CATCH Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics  

Chaves-Gnecco receives CATCH Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics

Alumnus DIEGO CHAVES-GNECCO (MMPH ’00), now associate professor at Pitt’s School of Medicine and founding director of the program SALUD Para Niños at UPMC’s Children’s Hospital, received the F. Edwards Rushton CATCH Award at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition... (11/20/2017)
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Meet Eva Chernoff (MMPH '19), Dean's Scholar 

Meet Eva Chernoff (MMPH '19), Dean's Scholar

“I was raised not to think of myself in terms of ethnicity but rather to have my own experiences,” says Eva Chernoff. Her experiences in medical school and working in the Philippines “have influenced my career motivations toward clinical practice among diverse, underserved populations affected by t... (09/05/2017)
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Cut off: A bereft nervous system may eat away at the will to live  

Cut off: A bereft nervous system may eat away at the will to live

PITTMED MAGAZINE - Someone once told Eve, a teen with severe intractable depression, "You just aren’t working hard enough in therapy." And then her doctor, HuGen’s LISA PAN—along with fellow Human Genetics faculty member DAVID FINEGOLD—learned that she can’t seem to make critical neurotransmitters. ... (06/20/2017)
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Tammy Haley: 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award for Teaching and Dissemination 

Tammy Haley: 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award for Teaching and Dissemination

Tammy Haley is director of nursing and radiological sciences, associate professor of nursing, and coordinator of the RN-BSN program in the Division of Biological and Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, where she has been a member of the nursing faculty since 2003. She teach... (05/18/2017)
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MMPH alumna “Nellie” Jafari named Congressional Healthcare Policy Fellow  

MMPH alumna “Nellie” Jafari named Congressional Healthcare Policy Fellow

NILOFAR “Nellie” JAFARI (MMPH '16) has been named the ACCP-ASHSP-VCU Congressional Healthcare Policy Fellow for 2017-18. Pharmacists selected for the position have the opportunity to gain real-world insight into health care policy analysis and development via immersion in the congressional environme... (04/25/2017)
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HANNAH M. RENNER, PHARMD
            
  Community Pharmacy Research Fellow, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy Hannah.renner@pitt.edu  

 

Hannah earned her PharmD at St. Louis College of Pharmacy in 2015. She then completed a PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residency at the University of North Carolina and Walgreens. She is currently the Community Pharmacy Research Fellow at PittPharmacy. Her research interests include quality in healthcare and patient behavior/psychology. After completing the Multidisciplinary Master of Public Health Program as well as her Research Fellowship, Hannah plans to continue the advancement of pharmacist-provided patient care in the community, potentially through an academic setting.

 

Isha Samreen, MD

iss35@pitt.edu

I grew up in Southern California and completed my medical training in India. While I was there I worked in a community hospital in the rural outskirts of Karnataka, where we were faced with many challenges. During this time certain instances lead me to develop an interested in public health, making me a strong believer in prevention is better then cure. I decided to pursue my mmph in order to develop a better understanding of the various factors leading to disease progression and how environmental changes can limit them, also a better understanding of bacterial and viral alterations and how they can be limited. I plan on returning to a clinical residency program, after which I would like to work with underserved populations. I wish to attain a better understanding of public health and apply it to my clinical practice.


Faraaz Shah, MD

shahfa@upmc.edu

I am currently completing a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and will be staying on as a postdoctoral research scholar. I am currently funded on an NIH T32 research grant and am anticipating starting on an F32 National Research Award in summer 2015. I have an interest in studying long term recovery after critical illness with a particular focus in elderly populations which led me to pursue a Master's in Public Health. I plan to pursue a career as a translational physician scientist following the completion of my degree.

 


SIMON YOHANNES, BE 

 Medical Student

   spy6@pittt.edu  
   

I am a second year medical student at the University of Pittsburgh. I graduated with a degree in biomedical engineering from Vanderbilt University, and I hope to combine my engineering knowledge in helping underserved populations. I am also interested in working with refugee and immigrant populations, particularly understanding the mental stressors that they have gone through on their journey from their respective home countries. In the future, I hope to work with underserved populations and to design novel solutions to psychiatric disorders that they may have.  

 

 

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