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Grayson Armstrong

Grayson ArmstrongBorn in South Carolina and raised in the suburbs of Charlotte, North Carolina, I focused my high school studies around the visual arts and math before graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a music degree and a chemistry minor. I then began medical school at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, where I became interested in medical education, health care policy, and ocular trauma research. After my first year of medical school, I helped co-found The Providence Alliance of Clinical Educators, a non-profit that creates and distributes high school teaching materials for science classes nationally, free of charge. I also became actively involved in the American Medical Association’s Medical Student Section. Driven by a desire to improve the US health care system, I was elected to serve as the organization’s National Chair. I also took one year during medical school to pursue a master’s degree in health care policy and management at the Harvard School of Public Health. While there, I attended a field study assessing the Syrian refugee crisis in Jordan and the Middle East, where I worked with colleagues to implement policy change in the region. I’m extremely excited to serve patients at the Cambridge Health Alliance, after which I will be training to be an ophthalmologist at the Harvard Medical School Department of Ophthalmology Residency Training Program. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, playing guitar, singing, and running.

Justin Besen

Justin BesenI grew up just outside of Scranton, PA (hold the Office jokes) and made my way to Philadelphia for undergrad at the University of Pennsylvania. While at Penn, I was involved in neuroscience research investigating the mechanisms of learning and memory. I completed my medical school training at Boston University School of Medicine where I gained an understanding of health care disparities and social determinants of health. I also completed a year of dermatology research at BU, specifically focusing on rheumatic skin disease. Following my intern year at CHA, I will try my hand at West Coast living, completing a dermatology residency at Stanford University. Outside of medicine, I am an avid sports fan, with bicoastal ties to the Yankees and the 49ers. I also spend my free time working out, running, enjoying craft beers, barbecuing, and looking at puppies on Instagram.

Patrick Burke

Patrick BurkeI was born and raised on Connecticut’s shoreline in a town called Branford, and I lived there until I moved to Boston College where I completed my undergraduate degree in biology with a minor in computer science. Living in Boston has been a remarkable experience, and I’ve been here ever since. Before starting medical school at Tufts, I worked for two years in an HIV research lab at Massachusetts General Hospital. I would return to this same lab after my third year of medical school as a Doris Duke Fellow to study an immunosuppressive cell type in HIV infection.

I originally intended to pursue a career in infectious disease but was later drawn to the elegant procedures and technology in ophthalmology and its unique medical and surgical patient relationships. Following my CHA intern year, I will be continuing my training, and finally adventuring outside of New England, at the Georgetown University / Washington Hospital Center ophthalmology program.

I love spending my free time outdoors playing tennis and skiing, and I’ve recently become an avid rock climber. I’ll rarely miss an opportunity to spend time with my friends or family regardless of the occasion.

Gibran Minero

Gibran MineroI grew up in Guadalajara, Mexico and Los Angeles, California. I attended Harvard College where I studied Neurobiology and East Asian Studies and earned a language citation in Mandarin Chinese. As an undergraduate, I spent time doing research in health disparities, mentoring students from underserved high schools, and learning ballroom dancing. During the year between college and medical school, I decided to combine my passion for medicine and Chinese language and culture and went to Fuzhou, China, where I volunteered at the Fuzhou Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital. I then matriculated into the combined MD/MBA program at Harvard. I pursued management training with the desire to help lead improvements in quality and patient safety, and healthcare operations and delivery innovation during my career. During my surgery rotation, I fell in love with anesthesiology: the critical, fast-paced decision-making, the constant application of physiology, the satisfaction of working with my hands, and the team-work and coordination required to provide every patient with the highest quality of care. I am especially interested in cardiac anesthesia and critical care. After gaining a strong foundation in medicine at Cambridge Health Alliance, I will be heading to Massachusetts General Hospital to pursue residency training in anesthesiology.

Christine Nguyen

Christine NguyenI hail from Culver City, California but have lived in several countries including Viet Nam, Philippines, and Spain. I went to Yale (Morse ’09) for college and led various organizations to promote cultural connections as well as social and distributive justice.

After college, I went to Viet Nam as a Fulbright Scholar and Stanford for medical school (MD/MS ’15) with a focus on healthcare economics and policy. During medical school, I also completed a healthcare innovation fellowship with the Clinical Excellence Research Center and cofounded a digital platform to improve physical therapy. I am passionate about designing, implementing, and evaluating new models of care delivery to optimize care and minimize costs.

I chose CHA because it is a nationally recognized exemplar of patient-centered, high quality, and efficient care delivery as well as its commitment to protecting the provision of care for diverse, underserved populations. After CHA, I plan to pursue my PM&R training at Harvard Spaulding.

Outside of medicine/healthcare, I love staying active through running, golfing, etc. and exploring the culinary arts (cooking, baking, eating!).

Vanessa Pascoe

Vanessa PascoeI am from the Bay Area, CA. I attended Stanford University (‘08), where I majored in Human Biology/Neurobiology. I then pursued an interest in global reproductive health through 2 years of research at UCSF prior to migrating East to Johns Hopkins for medical school, becoming the first person in my family of lawyers/engineers to pursue medicine. At Hopkins I invested myself in the school community, serving as a class senator, peer advisor, and student preceptor. I also loved all my clinical rotations - until I had a lightbulb moment during my dermatology elective, which miraculously combined my interests in medicine, pediatrics, surgery, psychiatry, women’s health, etc.

I furthered this interest through a year of clinical dermatology research at MGH, which brought me to Boston. I am particularly interested in complex medical dermatology and chronic conditions including hidradenitis suppurativa and psoriasis, as well as patients’ experience with disease. After CHA, I will be returning west for dermatology residency at UWashington in Seattle.

I loved my interview day at CHA: its warm faculty and residents, its diverse patients, and its community-centric philosophy of caring for those in need. I am excited to spend a year learning from such wonderful individuals.

Tyler Wilhite

Tyler WihiteI was born in Keokuk, IA, and grew up in small towns throughout Iowa and Illinois. I attended the University of Pittsburgh, where I majored in history and philosophy of science. While there, I worked in a basic science research lab at the Starzl Transplantation Institute of UPMC focused on immunology and transplantation biology. My research group endeavored to make pig cells immunologically acceptable for transplantation into humans. I then attended Harvard Medical School, where I developed an interest in cancer treatment and research. During medical school, I completed several clinical oncology research projects at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham & Women’s Hospital. After a transitional year internship at Cambridge Health Alliance, I will begin a residency in radiation oncology at Mayo Clinic. In my free time, I enjoy the outdoors, traveling, reading, and watching TV.