Leadership and Current Residents

Sara Ross, MD is the director of the Pediatric Residency Program at Floating Hospital for Children in downtown Boston, MA.Sara Ross, MD
Director, Pediatric Residency Program




Pediatric Resident at Floating Hospital for Children.Charles (Chas) Hannum, MD
Associate Program Director, Pediatrics Residency Program

 


Jessica Bennett Shah, MD, MPH Jessica Bennett Shah, MD, MPH
Associate Program Director, Pediatric Residency Program

 

 

Adrianna Serrao is the program coordinator for the Pediatric Residency Program at Floating Hospital for Children in Boston, MA.Adrianna Serrao
Program Coordinator, Pediatric Residency Program

Peri Akchurin, DOPeri Akchurin, DO
University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth/Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hello! I am originally from Iowa but spent my teen years in Lubbock, Texas. I then moved north to attend Vassar College in New York, where I majored in neuroscience and behavior, worked as a peer health educator, and volunteered as an EMT. Between my undergraduate years and medical school, I worked in New York City at a pediatric psychiatry practice before returning to Texas for medical school at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. While there, I participated in multiple women’s health advocacy programs and realized my passion for mental healthcare and adolescent medicine. Though I will always love the warmth and unique character of the Lone Star State, I am thrilled to join the Tufts Triple Board family and cannot wait to explore Boston and its many sources of oysters! In my free time, I enjoy knitting, drawing, cooking, hiking, and yoga, all while listening to some good classic rock.

Michael Coughlin, DOMichael Coughlin, DO
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

I’m originally from Cleveland, Ohio where I grew up in the chaos of a large family alongside my 2 siblings and 54 first cousins. I attended John Carroll University for college where I majored in biology, ran the 400 meter hurdles, and created a charitable organization to benefit a local children’s hospital. After college, I conducted physiology research at Case Western Reserve University and coached my high school track team. During this time I began the process toward medical school and was fortunate to be accepted into the University of New England. Having spent the majority of my life in Cleveland, I was thrilled with the opportunity to explore a new area in coastal Maine. I quickly fell in love with the east coast and all it has to offer: beautiful beaches, delicious seafood, and many outdoor activities. At UNE, I took advantage of the outdoors and led the Maine Adaptive ski program for kids and adults with disabilities. Outside of Pediatrics, I enjoy running, skiing, and exploring new areas. I’m looking forward to discovering Boston and its sports scene. I’m excited to begin this next stage in my medical career and couldn’t be happier to be at Tufts and a new member of the Floating family.

Robert Joseph Daniels-Mulholland, MDRobert Joseph Daniels-Mulholland, MD
New York Medical College

Born and raised in east Tennessee, I grew up playing all sorts of sports, hiking, mountain biking, and cheering for the North Carolina Tar Heels (my parents both attended and met each other at UNC-Chapel Hill). After a great college experience at the University of Tennessee, I followed a yearning to branch out and explore another part of the country, landing in Westchester County, NY at New York Medical College. The past 4 years of medical school have been filled to the brim with classes, work, studies, extracurricular sports and hiking, not to mention meeting some of my very best friends. Moving on will be hard, but I’m so excited to explore my new town of Boston, go to Celtics games, find some pickup basketball to play, and to grow as a person and physician at Floating Children’s. And hopefully I’ll get to meet some new neat friends along the way!

Ankita Deosthali, MDAnkita Deosthali, MD
Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

Hello! My name is Ankita and I am very excited to train at Floating Hospital at Tufts. I spent the first half of my childhood growing up in Austin, TX and moved to NY for the second half. Growing up in Texas developed my love for Mexican food and growing up in NY introduced me to my favorite season - fall! I returned to Texas for college at Rice University, a real life version of Hogwarts (Harry Potter is another love of mine). In college I was a Cognitive Science major and balanced my pre-med studies with an arts or theater related course every semester. I returned to the northeast for medical school, starting at LKSOM at Temple University in Philadelphia. Living in Philadelphia solidified how much I love city living, and am so grateful for the opportunity to explore Boston. I have been wanting to be a pediatrician for as long as I can remember, and truly cannot wait to work with the Floating community!

Michelle Foley, DOMichelle Foley, DO
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

I have been a New Englander throughout my entire life. I spent the majority of my childhood in Franklin, Massachusetts which is a small suburb of Boston. I decided to follow in my older sister's footsteps for college and attended Holy Cross in Worcester, MA where I obtained an undergraduate degree in Biology with a pre-med concentration. After college I took a few years off of school and did clinical research at Tufts before heading up to the wilderness of Maine for medical school at University of New England COM. While I loved Maine and all it had to offer (especially the close by beach in the summer), I knew that I wanted to head back down the coast for residency and am so excited to pursue my residency at the Floating Hospital! In my free time, I love exploring new places and new foods with my fiancé (a fellow Holy Cross Crusader), reading a good book, spending time with my family, and cooking and baking. I can't wait to spend the next three years in my favorite city and continue exploring everything it has to offer.

Lisa Hsu, MDLisa Hsu, MD
National Yang-Ming University School of Medicine

I was born in California but raised and finished all my education in Taipei, Taiwan. I started to learn Chinese dance and ballet dance at the age of five, and they had become the most important part of my childhood. Until now, I keep it a habit to take dance classes in my spare time.The medical schools in Taiwan are 7-year programs right after high school, so I spent several years in National Yang-Ming University located on a tranquil hillside. It takes hundreds of steps to reach our medical building near the hilltop!

During my clerkship at Taipei Veterans General Hospital (on the other side of the hill), I met my husband, Kuan. He followed my dream to come to the US and got admitted to Boston University School of Dental Medicine last year. No word could express our excitement when the match results came out, and we knew we could stay together for the next few years! Floating Children’s Hospital is my No.1 choice, and I cannot wait to move to this beautiful city, meet the Floating family, and attend the adult ballet classes in Boston Ballet.

Trupti Ingle, MDTrupti Ingle, MD
University of Massachusetts Medical School

Hi everyone! I grew up outside of Boston in Burlington, MA. I was a competitive figure skater growing up, but don't ask me to show you any tricks now! I stayed in Boston for undergrad where I majored in Health Sciences at Northeastern University. I love to travel, and I was fortunate enough to go on several study abroad trips to Singapore, Bali, and South Africa. After college I took a year off and worked at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston as a research administrative assistant before starting medical school at UMASS in Worcester, MA. I loved my time at UMASS where I was very involved in a project aimed at identifying patients who super-utilize medical resources. Outside of medicine, I enjoy trying new restaurants, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. I'm excited to be back in Boston yet again and to join the Floating family!

Christina Kratlian, MDChristina Kratlian, MD
Albany Medical College

Born on the Cape and raised on the South Shore, I traveled up to Boston for my undergraduate education at Boston University. I majored in Psychology, developed a passion for Art History, and worked as a resident assistant on campus. I stayed at BU to obtain my Masters degree at the School of Medicine, where I studied bubble blowing as a way to help kids cope with immunizations - and met my fiance, Andrew! After finishing my degree, I ventured into the adult world and spent a few years researching the heart, and then ventured even further to New York for medical school at Albany Medical College. During medical school, I solidified my love of Pediatrics and became very involved with child advocacy and legislative efforts around pediatric issues. In my free time you can find me cheering for the Red Sox, cooking new recipes or exploring new restaurants, sitting on the beach (even in the winter), attempting to teach my cat how to fetch, or spending time with my family and friends. I couldn't be more overjoyed to come home to Boston and join the Floating family!

Priya Mishra, MDPriya Mishra, MD
Sawai Man Singh Medical College

Hi everyone! I was born in the small town of Kota in India. I grew up with my parents and one older brother moving around. Right after high school, as the first person in my family joining the medical profession, I joined Sawai Man Singh Medical College for medical school which is at the heart of pink city of Jaipur. During my 6 years of medical school, I fell in love with the art of medicine and in particular, enjoyed interacting with children and making them smile. Outside of medicine, I enjoy playing badminton, dancing to bollywood music, painting and traveling the world. Matching at Tufts for residency is a dream come true and I am ecstatic to be a part of the Floating family!

Rachel Olfson, MDRachel Olfson, MD
Albany Medical College

I grew up in New York City with my parents and older sister, where I attended an international school in Manhattan from elementary through high school. I moved to Connecticut to receive a B.A. in Neuroscience and Behavior at Wesleyan University, where I also enjoyed volunteering in local schools to teach children hands-on science projects and discovered an interest in baking. After college, I returned to my home state to attend medical school at Albany Medical College. I am thrilled to be joining the Pediatric team at Tufts, and pursuing Triple Board training over the next five years! I am also looking forward to enjoying life in Boston by jogging on the Esplanade, exploring museums, and discovering all that the city has to offer.

Julian Ponsetto, MDJulian Ponsetto, MD
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

Hello all! I grew up in Wayland Massachusetts and stayed close to home to attend undergrad at nearby Boston College. I knew I wanted to go into pediatrics after volunteering with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program during college. I spent two years after college working in a hematology/oncology lab at Mass General Hospital and then moved to Chicago to attend medical school at Loyola Stritch School of Medicine. My interests include reading, travel, live music, eating tacos, trying to cook, and playing pickup basketball. Recently my turnaround jump-shot has been developing well. I also enjoy spending time with my family’s pet dachshund, Finnegan. I’m excited to be back in Boston to continue my medical training!

Laura Rosenkrantz, MDLaura Rosenkrantz, MD
Stony Brook University School of Medicine

Hello! I was born and raised on Long Island, NY. My college years were spent at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where I received a BS in Biochemistry/Biophysics and MS in Biology. While there, I continued my love for running on the Track & Field team, became involved in research and met my future husband. After graduation, we moved to Boston and I spent three years working as a Clinical and Research Assistant at Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Among the quaint cobblestone streets and picturesque seashore, I found a welcoming and passionate community with unparalleled culture. Boston had stolen my heart! I returned home to Long Island to attend medical school at Stony Brook University School of Medicine and made monthly trips back to Boston to visit my husband. In addition to traveling, I enjoy hiking, camping, running, reading books on the beach, skiing and spending time with family and friends. I cannot wait to make a one-way trip back to Boston to start my pediatric career and serve this city as part of the Tufts Floating community!

Lauren Shin, MDLauren Shin, MD
Drexel University College of Medicine

I grew up in Brookline, just 30 minutes from the hospital by the T (you’ll get used to calling it that)! I love Boston, but I wanted to escape the winter so I moved down the coast to Emory in Atlanta for undergrad, where I studied Neuroscience and Latin. The most snow I ever saw in Atlanta was 1 inch - which of course shut down the whole city. Once I had enough of biscuits and Waffle House, I returned to the northeast, this time to Philly for medical school at Drexel. I fell pretty hard for anything brain related, so naturally, I went to medical school thinking I would be a neurologist, though soon I discovered there’s such thing as a child neurology residency! It’s sad to leave cheesesteaks, Wawa, and affordable housing but I’m excited to be back home! In my free time, I love to try new restaurants and different recipes. I’m also a heavy binge-TV-watcher with an inconsistent taste - anything from Gilmore Girls to The Wire.

Hannah Brummer, ResidentHannah Brummer, MD
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo

Hi everyone! I was born and raised in Orchard Park, NY (home of the Buffalo Bills!) with my parents and brother.  During my childhood, I enjoyed playing field hockey, taking dance classes, and of course skiing in the lake-effect snow.  I have been fortunate enough to spend summer vacation time in Maine since I was young, so I have a longstanding love of New England.  I attended college at the University at Buffalo, where I majored in Biomedical Sciences.  I then went on to attend medical school at the Jacobs School of Medicine in Buffalo, NY, where I was able to participate in translational research in epigenetics, as well as travel to Haiti for a global health medical relief trip.  My brother has lived in Boston for the past several years, and with every visit, I became increasingly convinced that Boston was where I wanted to be for residency.  In my free time, I enjoy cooking, traveling, trying new exercise classes, and spending time with family and friends.  I can't wait to experience all that Boston has to offer, and am so excited to be a part of the Tufts Floating community!

Cara Coleman, ResidentCara Coleman, MD
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland School of Medicine

I was born in Milwaukee but grew up in the Chicago area surrounded by a very large Irish-American family. I travelled down to Florida to attend the University of Miami for my undergraduate studies where I majored in neuroscience. Touching on my Irish roots, I decided to move to Dublin, Ireland, to attend medical school at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. I fell in love with the country and the time I was able to spend reconnecting with my relatives. Outside of my interest in pediatrics, I enjoy swimming, travelling, reading, and exploring new restaurants. I am so excited to begin my next adventure in Boston as part of the Floating family!

Sarah Daily, ResidentSarah Daily, MD
University of Louisville School of Medicine
Hello - I'm Canadian, but I grew up moving around. I went to high school, college, and med school in Kentucky, and it feels like home. Apart from the Celtics and a general familiarity with intense winters, I don't know Boston that well, but I am so glad to be a part of the triple board.

Erin Dunn, ResidentErin Dunn, MD, MPH
University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
I grew up in Arkansas but moved to southern California when I was in high school. From there I traveled up to northern California to attend college at UC Berkeley. For medical school I moved all the way to the other side of the country to get my MD/MPH at the University of Miami. I am excited to be joining the Triple Board Program at Tufts and the Floating Hospital for Children! As I enjoy living in and experiencing different parts of the US, I look forward to discovering what Boston has to offer!

Yevgeniya Harrington, ResidentYevgeniya Harrington, MD
University of Massachusetts Medical School
was lucky to grow up in a beautiful beach town called Swampscott, MA after immigrating from Minsk, Belarus.  My college years were spent in Boston at Northeastern University, during which time I studied Biology with a minor in Psychology, and participated in the co-op program working for a research lab at Boston University School of Medicine. After receiving my B.S. in Biology, I was accepted to medical school at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester.  At UMass I was active in a student-run community service organization called Kelley Backpacks that benefitted children going into DCF custody from our hospital. I was also a leader of the Complementary and Integrative Medicine elective, a founding member of the UMass Community Mural Group, and worked on a burnout research project for the YWCA of Central MA.  My other interests include any form of art, spending quality time with family and friends, my two adorable Mini Aussies, my fat cat, and, of course, Boston sports. Despite the weather, I have never wanted to leave Massachusetts as my husband and I have always considered this beautiful state our home. I am overjoyed to be training at Tufts and in the city that I love most, Boston!

Tiffany Johnson, ResidentTiffany Johnson, MD
Tufts University School of Medicine
Raised in southern New Hampshire, I grew up with a love for medicine and musical theatre. I embraced both of these passions in my undergraduate career at Brandeis University, where I studied Theatre Arts and was on the pre-med track. As a teenager and young college student, I pursued a semi-professional career as a vocalist, and this afforded me the opportunity to not only work with many incredibly talented musicians but to work with thousands of children from underserved communities of Massachusetts and New Hampshire through song and celebration. Through lots of hard work and quite a bit of lucky timing, I was accepted to Tufts University School of Medicine in my sophomore year at Brandeis through the Tufts Early Assurance Program. This allowed me to expand upon my creative and performance arts training before beginning medical school. It was at this time that I fell in love with ballroom dancing, a sport (yes, it's a sport!) I continue to compete in, teach, and practice regularly. Throughout all of this, my love for working with children has grown and strengthened. I am very interested in making the use of music, art, and theatre therapies more accessible and intrinsic to preventative and primary care pediatric medicine--and can't wait for the next few years to explore this as a member of the Floating family! Other interests include dogs, the beach, experimental baking, writing and--of course--the Red Sox!

Ryan Kilpatrick, ResidentRyan Kilpatrick, MD
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
grew up just outside of Boston, in Acton, MA, with my parents and two brothers. I didn’t travel far for my undergraduate education, attending Boston College where I studied Biology. After taking a year off to work as a medical scribe, I moved to Chicago, IL to attend Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. There, I founded a program called Reading Circle, which brought medical students into outpatient pediatric clinics to read to children waiting for appointments. While I loved exploring Chicago and the Midwest, I am excited to return home to Massachusetts and to continue my training at Tufts. Outside of medicine, I enjoy playing music (drums, guitar, and banjo), reading non-fiction, and following Boston sports (Go Pats!). I am thrilled to be back home in New England with family and friends and I look forward to joining the Floating community!

Alyssa Levin-Scherz, ResidentAlyssa Levin-Scherz, MD
Tufts University School of Medicine
am thrilled to join the Floating family and become a triple Jumbo! Born in Belmont, MA I ventured a mere 4 miles from home to Tufts University where I majored in Political Science and Community Health (Jumbo number one). After college I moved to Washington, DC to complete my premed requirements and see the world outside Boston!  However, I missed the freezing winters and impressive accents and was beyond excited to come back for medical school at Tufts  (Jumbo number two).  While in medical school I got married to my undergraduate sweetheart and had my son Alexander! When not playing and providing endless entertainment for my toddler I love cooking, exploring new cities, and eating at vegetarian-friendly restaurants. I want to go into primary care, and especially love taking care of adolescents!

Erin McMillan, ResidentErin McMillan, MD
Tufts University School of Medicine
I grew up in Hockessin, Delaware where I spent a good amount of time working in my dad's pet store and learning about aquatic critters for my high school's Envirothon team. College took me to Ithaca, NY where I studied biology at Cornell. Concentrating in animal physiology continued my love of learning weird and useless animal facts. Acting as a teaching assistant, tutor, and student advisor revealed my passion for teaching (especially weird animal facts, but also things like biology and medicine). I then came to Tufts for medical school and fell in love with Boston. I'm so excited to join the Floating team and become a Double Jumbo! At home, I bake a lot of pies that unfortunately my turtle, Gus doesn't help me eat. I also like to be outside and spend time with friends and family.

Emily Niemi, ResidentEmily Niemi, MD
Tufts University School of Medicine

Hi everyone! I grew up in nearby Peabody Mass., just north of Boston, and then made my way to undergrad at Colby College up in the lovely state of Maine. There I majored in biology, but also took an array of classes in psychology, sociology, and Spanish. I can’t deny that I also spent plenty of time pursuing my passions in the great outdoors; hiking, skiing, and exploring. I then went to medical school at Tufts, where I was lucky enough to split my time between my two favorite places, Boston and Maine, as a part of the Maine Track program.  I will now officially be a “Double Jumbo” and am so excited to continue my pediatric education here at the Tufts Floating hospital.  I can’t wait to spend my free time with friends and family, be a quick drive to the New England mountains, and experience all of the culture (and food!) that Boston has to offer!

Olivia Perrone, ResidentOlivia Perrone, MD
Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans
Born and raised below sea level in the festival capital of the world, New Orleans, Louisiana, I always dreamed of attending college in New England. That dream came true at Tufts, where I majored in French and Community Health and met my now husband, Sam! I then headed back down south and obtained my Master's degree in Cell and Molecular Biology at Tulane University before starting medical school at LSU New Orleans School of Medicine. There, I realized early on that I would pursue a career in pediatrics. During medical school, I was active in the LSU student-run homeless clinic, serving as clinic director. Although I am admittedly more at home in the humid warm weather, I am excited to be back in Boston along with Sam and our endlessly energetic dog, Bruno, and to join the Floating team. Right now I am unsure where my training will take me after residency, but I know that I'll be a happy camper as long as kids are involved!

Katherine Pleet, ResidentKatherine Pleet, MD
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
Born and raised in Springfield, I am a proud Massachusetts native.  After graduating from high school I attended Brown University (Go Bruno!) where I majored in Biology.  In my undergraduate years I was an active member of the club tennis team, participated in a number of mentoring programs, and explored my inner design nerd on my college yearbook staff.  After my four wonderful years at Brown I ventured north to Boston where I spent a year serving as a City Year AmeriCorps member at The Burke public high school where I tutored and mentored 10th grade students. It was here that I realized my desire to work with teens and children.  Their passion, humor, and resiliency motivates me to work hard each day to give every child the opportunity to be the best version of themselves.  I moved out of my New England bubble for medical school where I attended Sidney Kimmel Medical College - the school formerly known as Jefferson Medical College - in Philadelphia.  My experiences in Philly, both clinically as well as in various volunteer opportunities, solidified my passion for pediatrics. In my free time you can find me hitting the tennis courts, playing card games, at spin class, traveling, or nurturing the foodie in me at a cool new restaurant.  I couldn’t be more excited to be moving back to Boston and becoming a part of the Tufts family!
 
Jeffrey Swarz, ResidentJeffrey Swarz, MD
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
I’m a lifelong Red Sox fan from the Boston area who grew up watching the greats like Yaz, Lynn, Rice, Stanley, and Fisk and couldn’t be happier to come back home for training in Pediatrics and Pediatric Neurology at Tufts. I’ve led an exciting life and can’t think of a better way to add to it than joining the residency program here.  After graduating from Syracuse University with history degree I decided to ski full time in Vermont for several years while being a whitewater rafting guide during the off season. I became a paramedic in Boston in 1995 and later moved out to Western Massachusetts to work in Holyoke and Springfield. Driving an ambulance in Boston’s infamous traffic was thrilling.  When this thing called the “world wide web” came out, I thought computers and medicine might be a thing and enrolled at UMass Amherst for a degree in bioinformatics and then continued on to a master’s degree in public health.  I was lucky to be offered a public health research fellowship at the National Cancer Institute and subsequently spent seven years living on embassy row in Washington DC while conducting research into cancer screening at Federally Qualified Health Centers.  I started taking my prerequisites for medical school at night and eventually found my way to the Midwest at the University of Missouri, Columbia School of Medicine. Coming home to Boston for residency is a dream come true. Where else can I enjoy the beach and in two hours be in ski country?  I love hiking and skiing in the Whites and the Greens, whitewater kayaking, gardening, rock and roll, and of course, the Red Sox.

 Amanda Bowers, ResidentAmanda Bowers, MD
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Born and raised within an hour of Princeton, New Jersey, as I grew up I watched my mother go back to school after 10 years of being a stay at home mom, first for a Master’s degree, then an MD.  As I watched my mother become a doctor and go on start her own practice in internal medicine, I remember remarking to my friends that anyone who goes into medicine must really love it, because it’s so much work. I made the unadventurous choice to go to Princeton University for undergraduate even though it was so close to home,where I studied molecular biology and neuroscience.  I decided to take a few years to be sure of my love of medicine before finally deciding to go to medical school, and spent three years working as a medical assistant and a clinical research coordinator in psychiatric clinical trials.  In the end, I loved my time with patients too much not to go to medical school, and I went to Robert Wood Johnson at Rutgers University New Brunswick (in central New Jersey); followed by pediatrics internship in Long Island NY at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, where my love of making silly faces at kids while helping parents understand what was going on with their children only deepened. Unfortunately, I found that New York was not viable for my husband’s career, and I was thrilled to be able to work with Cohen's and Tufts to join the Floating Hospital Pediatrics Residency as a second year pediatrics resident. I am very excited to have this opportunity, and despite the big transition from the NY metro area, I already feel at home here, (of course coming in a Patriots fan didn’t hurt).

Pediatric Resident at Floating Hospital for Children.Joshua Brown, MD
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
Triple Board Program
Originally from Teaneck, NJ, I traveled the short distance to NYC to attend Yeshiva University for my undergraduate studies where I majored in History and studied Talmudic law along with my secular classes.  After college, I spent a year conducting bio-medical lab research at Columbia University Medical Center. Thereupon, I returned to Yeshiva University for advanced studies at their rabbinical college, Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, and in 2014 I was ordained a Rabbi. As part of my training, I completed a chaplaincy internship at North Shore University Hospital, and in addition, served as Rabbinic Intern at a large synagogue in NJ, where I taught several courses in Jewish law and philosophy and helped officiate at life cycle events.  After my rabbinical studies, I attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY where I discovered my love for working with and treating children, and in particular with children who have experienced personal or family trauma.  I am absolutely thrilled to join the Triple Board Program at Tufts and the Floating Children's Hospital, where I can seamlessly combine my two passions in medicine, Pediatrics and Psychiatry. Outside of my studies, I enjoy reading (especially mystery novels), going to concerts and sports games, hiking, rafting, and traveling around the globe.  In summary- just 2 words: "Go Patriots!!"

Pediatric Resident at Floating Hospital for Children.Emily Coggins, MD
University of Massachusetts Medical School
 
I grew up on the South Shore in the small town of Cohasset, MA with my parents, younger brother and sister. My undergraduate years were spent at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, MA. There, I received a B.S. in Biology and minored in Chemistry and Philosophy. I took one year off before medical school and worked at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. To continue saving money, I worked for 6 months in an Irish pub. (St. Patrick’s Day was very lucrative!) In summer 2012, I started at the University of Massachusetts in Worcester, MA. There, I actively participated in Sidekicks, an organization that pairs medical students with pediatric hematology-oncology patients. As a rising second year, I also helped organize the orientation trip called “MOE” for our incoming class. I have participated in global health trips to the Dominican Republic, Ghana, and Micronesia and have also been fortunate enough to travel recreationally. While I love to spend time exploring new places, Massachusetts has always been my home and I could not be more thrilled to continue my journey in Boston at Tufts! Outside of medicine, I love live music, sports games, cookouts – pretty much anything that brings friends together.

Pediatric Resident at Floating Hospital for Children.Laura Coyle, MD
Joan & Sanford I. Weill Medical College of Cornell University
I grew up in Pennsylvania with my three sisters, who are my best friends in the world. After years of escaping to the mountains, my family moved north to New Hampshire. This was convenient for me, as I went to college at Dartmouth where I enjoyed ski patrol and driving across the country in a veggie-powered bus. After college, I moved to NYC for medical school and explored preventive medicine by directing CHEF ED, a cooking class for medical students, and by focusing on reproductive health at our student-run community clinic. In my free time, I am usually outside skiing or hiking or in the kitchen. I love plants, particularly colorful, edible ones, and I have a particular nack for making any recipe virtually unrecognizable (and some would argue inedible) through experimental substitutions. My fiancé and I are looking forward to returning to New England to be close to family and the mountains, and I am excited to join the Tufts community and continue pursuing primary care. 

Pediatric Resident at Floating Hospital for Children.Audrey DiMauro, MD
Boston University School of Medicine
I was born and raised in Langhorne, PA, a town that's a few miles northeast of Philadelphia. I moved down to Baltimore, MD to attend Johns Hopkins University, where I majored in neuroscience. While in college I decided that there wasn't enough winter in my life so I moved to Boston for medical school at Boston University. I immediately fell in love with the city and realized that I'm a New Englander at heart. I'm fortunate that I'll be staying in Boston for residency, and I'm excited to become part of the Floating family! When I'm not working or studying I enjoy knitting, baking, traveling and yoga.

Pediatric Resident at Floating Hospital for Children.Rebekah Frazier, MD
University of South Alabama College of Medicine
Hi! I grew up just south of Atlanta in a suburb called McDonough. I graduated from high school and attended Auburn University where I studied Biomedical Sciences. War Eagle! After undergrad, I moved down to Mobile, AL for medical school at the University of South Alabama. I love everything about the South but have long wanted to explore other parts of the country. I am thrilled to be joining the team at the Floating! In my free time enjoy going to the beach, reading, running, and spending time with my soon-to-be husband, Drew. I can’t wait to move to explore Boston and the New England area!

Pediatric Resident at Floating Hospital for Children.Annie Kao, MD
Georgetown University School of Medicine
I was born in California and raised in Taiwan, but eventually returned to California for undergraduate studies at UCLA where I majored in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics. I then ventured to the East Coast to pursue a MPH at Columbia University and spent some time after that working for various HIV/AIDS groups, both domestically and abroad. My experiences working with HIV/AIDS patients inspired a change of heart and I decided to pursue a career in medicine. It was during medical school at Georgetown University where I met my Boston-native boyfriend. After hearing endless praises of Boston and Bostonians, I ended up doing an away rotation at the Floating Hospital during my fourth year of medical school and fell in love with the faculty and residents here. I am excited to be back at the Floating and look forward to exploring my new home (and hoping I survive the cold)!

Pediatric Resident at Floating Hospital for Children.Dilasha Mahat, MD
University of Vermont College of Medicine
I have lived in Massachusetts for the majority of my adult life. I attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, MA, where I majored in biochemistry. Following my graduation, I worked for a year in systems biology research at University of Massachusetts Medical School. Then, the green mountains of Vermont lured me in for medical school. Now, I am really looking forward to living in one of my favorite cities as a resident.

Pediatric Resident at Floating Hospital for Children.Malek Mazzawi, MD
University of Massachusetts Medical School
My whole life I’ve been able to call Massachusetts my home. I grew up in a town not too far from Boston called Walpole, MA, and went to UMass Amherst where I studied Biochem, Chemistry, and French. After graduating college, I decided to get my Masters at Tufts in Biomedical Sciences where I fell in love with Boston. I went to medical school at UMass Medical and now I am proud to once again call myself a Jumbo by doing my residency at the Floating Hospital. In my free time, I enjoy traveling the world but avoiding touristy things. I am very interested in fitness and consider myself somewhat of a foodie. Long before I knew I wanted to go into medicine, I knew I wanted to work with kids so becoming a pediatrician was a no-brainer. I look forward to going into work everyday and handing out Popsicles and stickers for a living while ultimately providing medical care for the kids of my home state!

Pediatric Resident at Floating Hospital for Children.Nicole Noronha, MD
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

I have lived near the ocean for most of my life and I am excited to navigate the waters of residency at Floating Hospital. I was born in Mumbai, India and raised on Long Island, New York. Eight years ago, I ventured across the sound to Providence, Rhode Island as an aspiring pediatrician in the Program in Liberal Medical Education at Brown University. As an undergraduate, I studied Human Biology with a focus on brain and behavior. My interest in caring for children and their families deepened during my clinical work at Brown Medical School and volunteering in my community. I am especially interested in working with underserved communities, addressing social determinants of health through physician advocacy, and caring for children with complex medical conditions. In my free time, I enjoy long-distance jogging, playing the viola, biking and hiking, baking cookies, and of course, long walks on the beach.

Pediatric Resident at Floating Hospital for Children.Erin Resch, MD
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
I was born and raised in the New York area.  I left to attend Swarthmore College, a small liberal arts school in the suburbs of Philadelphia, where I studied Biology and Chinese.  After graduating, I moved into Philadelphia and worked in cell and developmental biology research before attending medical school at Sidney Kimmel Medical College (aka Jefferson Medical College during my first 2 years!).  Outside of medicine, my husband and I share a love of food and travel and combine the two at every vacation opportunity.  I also enjoy running, hiking, and exploring the National Parks.  Despite never living in Boston, I am an east coaster at heart and feel at home already.  I'm looking forward to exploring the Boston food scene, finally visiting Acadia, and summers on the New England Coast!

Pediatric Resident at Floating Hospital for Children.Gayathry Sooriyakumar, DO
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
The first four years of my life were spent in sunny Sri Lanka and even sunnier Seychelles, before my family immigrated to Massachusetts for the better New England weather! Growing up in Canton, MA, I kept busy pestering my older brother, but also learning dance, swimming, and serving in the community. In 2005, I had the chance to spend a summer volunteering at a tsunami-stricken orphanage back in Sri Lanka. Working with kids facing desperate circumstances inspired me to seek further avenues to advocate for children, whether as a Community Health and Child Development double-major at Tufts, or later as a medical student pursuing pediatrics at the University of New England COM. Boston has been the setting for many of these meaningful experiences outside the classroom, and I am thrilled to join the Floating team for a new set of adventures! Aside from working with kids, my favorite interests include dancing, traveling, eating ice cream, watching football, and everything to do with dogs, much to the disappointment of my cat-loving husband.
 
Pediatric Resident at Floating Hospital for Children.Jaclyn York, MD
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
I was born and raised in a town in western NJ called Flemington. There I got into all sorts of sports including soccer, lacrosse, and even a few dance classes. Then I ventured across the state line into PA for college and attended Villanova University. Go Wildcats! I majored in biology but fell in love with ancient roman art and architecture on a summer semester abroad. Then I returned home to NJ to attend Rutgers NJMS. I am so excited to start this new journey in Boston at Floating Hospital for Children! When I am not in the hospital I enjoy hiking, running, and in the colder months skiing. I can’t wait to explore all the outdoor adventures New England has to offer.

Nicole Gendron, MDNicole Gendron, MD
Georgetown University School of Medicine

I was born in California, and grew up in the Bay Area, just outside of San Francisco. I ventured across the country to attend undergraduate at Tufts University (Go Jumbos!), where I received my Bachelor’s in Child Development and Community Health.  At Tufts, I met my husband, Ryan, who is from Massachusetts and more than thrilled to be living in the city where we first met. I left Boston to attend medical school at Georgetown  University in Washington DC, and while I loved DC,  I am happy to be back in Boston, close to in-laws, and able to call myself a “Double Jumbo”.  I have loved my time at the Floating and am so excited to be staying on as Chief Resident.  In the future, I hope to pursue a career as a pediatric hospitalist.  Outside of medicine, I enjoy traveling, hiking, and spending time with family and friends. 
 

Abigail Scully, MDAbigail Scully, MD
Tufts University School of Medicine 

I grew up north of Boston in Andover, MA and stayed relatively nearby for undergrad at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. At Holy Cross, I majored in political science and spent quite a bit of my time as a member of the women’s rowing team. After college, I worked at a law firm for a year before deciding to change paths and pursue a career in medicine. I spent the next few years completing a post-bacc and working on clinical research in liver transplantation. I went to medical school at Tufts and had nothing but great experiences at the Floating, which led me to stick around for residency. I loved my time as a resident here and developed wonderful relationships with my co-residents, faculty, and other care team members, and am thrilled to be staying on as a chief this year! After chief year, I plan to work as a hospitalist. As a lifelong New Englander, I enjoy spending time being active outdoors and particularly love skiing during our long winters, or spending time at the beach with family and friends in the summer. I also enjoy cooking, and traveling whenever I can.