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 Sheyla Candido, PGY3
Sheyla grew up in Newton, MA and attended MCPHS for undergrad.  After college, she spent a year at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute as a research technician.  She then attended Rutgers Medical School where she met great mentors who introduced her to Med-Peds. She realized she loved both fields, met the most amazing inspiring people in the Med-Peds community, and decided it was the right field for her! Sheyla is passionate about helping the underserved and was very involved in community service throughout medical school. She worked mostly with the Latino and Hispanic community, as she is fluent in Portuguese and proficient in Spanish.  While Sheyla was heartbroken to move away from her med school friends, she wanted to come back home for residency, and is beyond excited to be back in MA to be a part of the Med-Peds family at UMass! She hopes to continue working with underserved communities and when she grows up wants to be a Med-Peds hospitalist. Also, while not working Sheyla enjoys cooking, being outdoors, hiking, playing with her dog Charlie, going to the beach, and spending time with family and friends!

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Bonnie Cao, PGY1
Bonnie spent her childhood in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. She attended Bowdoin College where she studied Biochemistry and Asian Studies and competed on the squash and rowing teams (with many visits to Worcester to race on Lake Quinsigamond). After college, she spent two years doing inflammatory bowel disease clinical research at Brigham and Women's Hospital. She ventured out of New England to attend medical school at University of Rochester where she fell in love with medicine and pediatrics and developed a particular interest in transitional care. She is excited to be back in Massachusetts and to join the UMass Med/Peds community. In her free time, Bonnie enjoys baking, running, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

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Sanjay Chainani, PGY1
A lifelong Marylander, Sanjay grew up in Germantown, MD and attended a high school program focusing on environmental science. He went to the University of Maryland, College Park for his bachelor’s degree and spent his free time singing a cappella, including recording an album that is now on Spotify. He then attended the University of Maryland Baltimore for medical school where he participated in research on direct acting antivirals in HIV/Hepatitis C co-infected patients and did rotations in Lusaka, Zambia and Shiprock, New Mexico. He loved both internal medicine and pediatrics as a medical student and was thrilled to learn about the wonderful world of Med/Peds. During his interview at UMass, he was most drawn to the palpable atmosphere of friendliness, support, and education. He is excited to kick off his career with these qualities front and center! Sanjay’s career interests include hospital medicine, GI/hepatology, infectious disease, and global health. Besides medicine, his other loves include bubble tea, coffee shops, board games, time with his family, and watching too many movies in the theater.

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David Chiang, PGY2
David hails from Silicon Valley, California and went to Stanford for his undergraduate degree. There, he fell in love with both medicine and science, and pursued his MD/PhD at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. He spent years studying the role of T cells in various diseases such as inflammatory bowel diseases and food allergies. He also spent time working at the free clinic and assisting in various QI and research initiatives. During his clinical rotations, he again fell in love with two fields, medicine and pediatrics, and was delighted to discover that he could do a residency in both fields! David is interested in combining his scientific and clinical skills in service of both adults and children, and he looks forward to continuing his training at UMass. When he’s not taking care of patients or thinking about science, David enjoys board games, hiking, whiskey/wine, cooking, and finding the newest spots to eat or enjoy cocktails.

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Charlotte Delaney, PGY4
Charlotte was born in New York City and grew up in Pelham, NY (a small town outside NYC). She graduated from Williams College in 2006 with a BA in Music and Psychology. After college, she decided to pursue her love of music and theatre, and she headed back to The Big Apple and earned a Master of Music in Vocal Performance at NYU. While she was there, she taught voice lessons as a member of the NYU faculty, and she spent a few years auditioning and performing in and around NYC (some all-time favorite roles included “Laurey” in Oklahoma! and “Cinderella” in Into the Woods). After completing her post-baccalaureate classes, Charlotte started at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 2012. At Einstein, she was president and musical director of the college's a cappella group The Lymph Notes. She also wrote and starred in several musical parody videos. Her video "Hell (Little School)" (a parody of the opening number from Disney's Beauty & the Beast won second place in the National Memmy (Medical Emmy) contest. ()  Charlotte is thrilled to return to Massachusetts for her residency in Med-Peds! Her academic interests include adolescent medicine and transitional care. She lives in Westborough with her husband Caleb. She loves snow, baking, board games and Disney movies.

   

 Christopher Driscoll, PGY3
Chris grew up in upstate New York, just outside of Albany, as the oldest of three brothers, though only by twenty-seven minutes. Influenced by the wisdom of his parents, who were both native New Englanders, he developed a love for the Red Sox and Bruins. Chris attended college at the University of Rochester, where he studied math and participated in the school’s Take 5 scholars program, spending an extra year studying economics. Towards the end of his college years, he became involved with the Double H Ranch, a year round residential camp founded by Paul Newman, which serves children with serious medical conditions. There, he was a residential camp counselor and an adaptive ski instructor. Chris went on to study medicine at the University at Buffalo, where he developed a true affection for the cold, cold winters and overwhelming amount of snow. In his spare time, he enjoys being with close friends, board games, card games, hiking and golfing. And though not what anyone would consider a particularly talented skater, he does love to play hockey, too.

Jeannine Jeha, PGY3
Jeannine is a lifelong New Englander from Rhode Island. She attended college at Northeastern University in Boston, MA, studying Health Sciences. Throughout her undergraduate career, Jeannine volunteered for Peer Health Exchange, a non-profit program that trains college students to teach a comprehensive health curriculum in underserved high schools. She continued at Northeastern University to pursue her master’s degree in Public Health, while simultaneously working as a high school health teacher. Teaching fueled Jeannine’s love of public health and a personal mission of promoting the need for health education as a means of primary prevention.  For medical school, Jeannine travelled north to attend the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in the lovely state of Maine.  Jeannine is thrilled to return to Massachusetts to train at UMass for Med/Peds. Beyond medicine, Jeannine enjoys spending time with her husband, Mark, and family. Her interests include snuggling with her dogs, gardening, hiking, rock climbing, yoga, practicing the harmonica, and refurbishing antique furniture.

Jay Kachoria, PGY3
Jay is originally from The Mitten (Michigan) and loves all things Michigan! He attended the University of Michigan for undergrad where he majored in Neuroscience and competed on a collegiate Indian dance team. Following undergrad, he moved back home to go to Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine for medical school. At OUWB, he discovered his passion for teaching as well as for caring for adults and kids. Jay is incredibly excited to start at UMass because of their emphasis on education and Med/Peds in the community. He’s a recent newlywed and lives in Shrewsbury with his wife, Aparna. He loves playing and teaching boardgames, exploring the outdoors, and drinking great local beer. 

 

Arjun Kumar, PGY2
Arjun was born in Bombay, India, and moved to the US when he was 5 years old. He grew up in Lilburn, Georgia, outside of Atlanta, and lived there until coming to Worcester. He did his undergrad in Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech and worked as a supply chain consultant for 4 years before deciding to go back to study medicine at Augusta University (formerly Medical College of Georgia). These years in residency will be his first real winters, and he is looking forward to it! Arjun is excited to start his Med-Peds residency at UMass, and hopes to work in primary care in the future. Outside of work, Arjun enjoys playing basketball, running, working on cars, gardening, and spending time with his wife, family and friends. 

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Emily Levoy, PGY4
Emily grew up in Newton, Massachusetts and went to Brown University for undergrad. Between college and medical school, she spent a year teaching English in Thailand. She returned to Massachusetts to attend medical school at UMass and quickly had to readjust to the snow, but she absolutely loved her time in medical school and is very happy to be staying at UMass for residency. Emily is passionate about physician wellness and mindfulness, and she loves teaching. She is also interested in clinical hypnosis. Outside of the hospital, she enjoys playing volleyball and basketball (preferably outside), and spending time with friends and family.

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Daniel Marchuck, PGY1
Daniel was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. For his undergraduate education, he attended Davidson College, where he studied Mathematics.  He used this background to work in bioinformatics at the University of North Carolina, studying medical genetics and clinical applications of exome/genome sequencing. Daniel then stayed at the University of North Carolina for medical school, where he enjoyed working in both internal medicine and pediatrics.  He is excited to be a part of the UMass Med-Peds family and looks forward to exploring New England. When not in the hospital or clinic, Daniel enjoys outdoor activities (especially hiking) with his wife, cooking, and following college athletics and hockey.​

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William Mitchell, PGY2
Will was born in Myrtle beach, South Carolina, but being the son of a fighter pilot, he moved around a lot growing up. Collectively, he's lived in five different states, making his move to Massachusetts his sixth "home" state. Will attended undergrad at Clemson University (Go Tigers!) before mixing it up with grad school at Columbia University in New York, obtaining his MS in Nutrition; then headed back home to the University of South Carolina for medical school. He’d never heard anything about Med/Peds until medical school, where he got to help take care of a young man with down syndrome and learned about the challenges some patients have to face in making the transition from childhood to adult care. He realized how instrumental Med/Peds providers can be in caring for patients through that transition and he was hooked! Med/Peds is the life for him. Moving to Worcester was his thirteenth move but he's excited to be up north, get a break from the sweltering heat of the south, and explore more of New England. Temporarily, he is a single dad to an extremely sweet, lab-mix named Buttercup while his fiancé, Mandi, finishes her PA training in New Mexico. In his spare time, Will enjoys baking, cycling, playing guitar, and brewing his own beer. He also enjoys playing fetch with Buttercup, and he hopes to introduce everyone to some real, southern BBQ.  

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Aleena Paul, PGY4
Aleena was born in the idyllic state of Kerala, India and moved to the heart of New York City with her family when she was six years of age. She then headed to the slower pace of upstate NY to attend Union College’s Leadership in Medicine Program, where she majored in Biology and Sociology. She obtained a MBA in Healthcare Management from Union Graduate College, and then earned her MD from Albany Medical College. During her medical school days, Aleena conducted quality improvement research on improving inpatient tobacco cessation services. She was an active member of the American Medical Women’s Association, and served as the NY/NJ student division regional director. Aleena is the proud founder of Pager Publications, Inc., a nonprofit literary organization that curates and supports peer-edited publications for the medical education community. She founded and served as editor-in-chief of in-Training, the online magazine for medical students, and recently published a print compendium of narrative essays entitled in-Training: Stories from Tomorrow’s Physicians. Aleena is excited to be crossing the border into MA and joining the UMass Med/Peds community for residency! She looks forward to furthering her interests in primary care delivery, medical education innovation, the medical humanities, and reflective writing.  Aleena enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, reading novels, trying new recipes, and working on developing her newest project: in-House, the online magazine for
residents and fellows.

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Samantha Rosenblum, PGY1
Samm grew up in Sharon, MA and went on to attend undergrad at Northwestern University, where she studied journalism at the Medill School of Journalism with a minor in global health studies. Studying journalism encouraged her lifelong interest in learning peoples’ stories, a large factor in her decision to pursue medicine. She then spent one year working at Massachusetts General Hospital as a clinical research coordinator in thoracic oncology. Samm attended medical school at the Boston University School of Medicine where she served as the head of the medical humanities interest group and developed a course curriculum on narrative medicine for fourth year medical students. During medical school she had the opportunity to work with multiple med/peds providers and felt connected to their overall approach to patient care. While she is  excited by the many directions she can take with med/peds, she is currently excited about using narrative medicine as a tool to improve patients’ transition from pediatrics to the world of adult medicine. When she’s not at the hospital, Samm can be found reading, hiking, doing yoga, and making greeting cards for her friends and family. 

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Harun Thimmiah, PGY2
Harun grew up in Worcester and is excited to return to his hometown to begin his med/peds residency. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music and Chemistry from the College of the Holy Cross, Master of Arts in Teaching from Clark University, Master of Science in Medical Sciences from Boston University, and his Medical Doctorate at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. His academic interests include pediatrics-medicine transitional care, patient advocacy, medical outreach, hospitalist medicine, and medical education. He has pursued these interests while teaching students from underserved communities at the Nativity School of Worcester, as a tutor with African Community Education, as a patient advocate at the Eliza Shirley women’s clinic in Philadelphia, and researching the role of HIF-1α in triple negative breast cancer at Drexel University. Outside of the hospital, he enjoys performing and writing music, playing in community soccer leagues, vegetable gardening, and spending time with his family and friends. 

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Laura grew up in Massachusetts and went to Williams College in the Berkshires - which she considers “real” western Mass!  She fully enjoyed the beautiful area by being involved with sports year round (crew, riding, and soccer).  After graduating with majors in Economics and Chemistry, she traded the test tubes and beakers for clinical research on the genetic epidemiology of asthma at Brigham & Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School.  She then attended Future Institute - a dream come true having looked up at the hospital many times from Lake Quinsigamond while rowing there in college.  She loved the collegial environment and being involved in the student Learning Communities in med school and is thrilled to be continuing at UMass for residency.  She also hopes to continue being involved in teaching and medical education.  Outside the hospital, she loves animals, music, staying active, cooking, and following sports, especially the New England Patriots!

 

 

 

 

 

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