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Alexandra Adler

Alexandra AdlerI was born in Seattle, WA and grew up in Chappaqua, NY. I went to Yale for college (Davenport '07), where I majored in biology and also was a violinist in the Yale Symphony Orchestra and an editor for the Yale Daily News. Between college and medical school, I spent three years doing research and working -- one at the University of Cambridge as a Gates scholar studying neonatal heart physiology, one at the NIH, and one at HealthiNation.com, a health media company. Although I began medical school at Yale thinking I might specialize in pediatric cardiology, I found that I loved the fast pace of the OR and decided to pursue anesthesiology. My interests include chronic and acute pain and the use of a multimodal approach for pain management (especially acupuncture). I plan to pursue my anesthesia training at MGH. My decision to attend CHA came down to the philosophy of the program. It provides a strong medicine experience, but also the flexibility to pursue individual interests.

Andrew Chalupka

Andrew ChalupkaI am a Bay State native, having grown up in Grafton, Massachusetts. I attended college at Yale University, where I majored in political science with a particular interest in health policy. After graduation I received the Harvard Initiative for Global Health Post-Bachelor Fellowship and performed a year of research as part of the World Health Organization’s Global Burden of Disease Project. I attended medical school at Harvard, where I developed an early interest in anesthesia and critical care. During my time in medical school, I served as a premedical tutor for Harvard undergraduates, engaged in critical care research, and was very involved with the Massachusetts Medical Society. Prior to graduation, I also completed my MBA at Harvard Business School with the goal of equipping myself with the necessary management skills to address issues of quality of care and patient safety during my career. Next year, I will be heading to Massachusetts General Hospital for residency in anesthesiology. Aside from the OR, my favorite place to be is on a squash court.

Katrina Chu

Katrina ChuBorn and raised in the great state of New Jersey, I was very lucky to grow up inspired by various teachers, family members, and community role models dedicated to public service in its many forms. This, combined with personal experiences and participation in several non-profit and civic activities, encouraged me to consider a career in medicine relatively early on. I applied to Brown's eight-year Program in Liberal Medical Education with the idea to keep an open mind about how I might hope to make a difference in any future career. As a Brown undergraduate, I became very interested in cancer biology and my research over the years has focused largely on molecular and biochemical targets in oncology. Alongside this, I've been active in several groups dedicated to women's interest work, and also pursued abroad experiences in Taiwan, Spain, France, and the Dominican Republic. I've loved the opportunity to take care of patients through the lens of the different medical and surgical specialties during medical school, which brought me to appreciate the uniquely wide-ranging, collaborative, and dynamic field of diagnostic and interventional radiology. After my intern year at Cambridge Health Alliance, I will be completing a radiology residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. In the meantime I hope to continue my outside interests in running, skiing, cooking, tennis, yoga -- and of course to pick up exciting new ones in Boston.

Emily Holick

Emily HolickI grew up in Sudbury, Massachusetts with an avid love for sports and nature. After playing for the Middlebury College tennis team, I became passionate about adaptive sports and professionally trained wheelchair tennis players in Vermont and Boston. While at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), I grew my passion for integrative medicine, starting a weekly neuroscience-yoga class for medical students with my friends at BUSM. I chose CHA for its outstanding commitment to treating each patient holistically. I have yet to meet a CHA physician by which I was not inspired. After CHA I will be continuing my education at Tufts in PM&R (physical medicine and rehabilitation). Outside of medicine I enjoy surfing in New England (wetsuit necessary).

Lisa Ratanaprasatporn

Lisa RatanaprasatpornI was born and raised in Staten Island, NY. Although I grew up with strong interests in theater and dance, I knew I wanted to be a physician at a young age and matriculated into the Program in Liberal Medical Education, a combined baccalaureate-MD program at Brown University. At Brown, I studied human biology and became particularly interested in West African dance. In medical school, I became interested in thoracic and women’s imaging. I am ecstatic to continue my training in the Northeast at Cambridge Health Alliance and as a future resident of the diagnostic radiology training program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (along with my twin sister!). If I were not a physician, I would be a chef. I spend most of my free time in my garden or in my kitchen, where every day is another culinary experiment in cooking, baking, or canning/preserving. I also enjoy bikram yoga, knitting, and refurbishing furniture.

Michael Schecht

Michael SchechtI am a native of Fairfax, Virginia, in the Washington, DC metro area. After high school I moved up north to Boston to attend Tufts University. As an undergraduate there, I studied Biology, and in my free time I worked as a writer/cartoonist and eventual Editor-in-Chief of the student humor magazine. I graduated in 2010 but decided to stay in the Tufts family and moved downtown to attend Tufts University School of Medicine. As a medical student I realized that my talent for drawing, love of puzzle solving, and interest in medical technology were most compatible with a career in Radiology. I am excited to spend the next year at Cambridge Health Alliance working hard and building a broad foundation of medical knowledge as a Transitional Intern. And in the summer of 2015, I will return to Tufts for my Diagnostic Radiology residency and become the rare “Triple Jumbo.”

Swarup Swaminathan

Swarup SwaminathanI was born and raised in New Jersey, and am the first person in my immediate family to enter medicine. I initially thought I would be interested in emergency medicine, having worked as an EMT in my hometown for a few years. I studied biochemistry and South Asian studies at Columbia University; living in New York City was a wonderful experience. I then matriculated into the HST program at Harvard Medical School in 2009. I ended up developing an interest in ophthalmology, given its combination of medicine and surgery, fine surgical nature, and potential for research and global health. I got involved in basic science research on glaucoma during my med school years, and ultimately took an additional year to complete an HHMI research fellowship. After six years in wintry Boston, I’ll be heading to the warmth of Florida to complete my ophthalmology residency at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami. In my spare time, I enjoy playing the harmonium (an Indian accordion-like musical instrument) and piano, browsing through art, working on community service projects, and experimenting in the kitchen.