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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




Jennifer McGuirl, DO, MBEJennifer McGuirl, DO, MBE
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

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.Jessie DiCarlo, MD
University of Texas Medical School at Houston
Triple Board Program
Hi all! I was born in Chattanooga, TN, and was raised by a mom from a Midwestern farm and a dad from a New Jersey city. However, I am definitely a Texas girl at heart! My family and I moved to the Clear Lake area of Houston when I was almost four years old. Growing up, choir rehearsal was the most likely place to find me! After high school graduation, I ventured out (just a little) to College Station to attend Texas A&M University where I received my BS in Biomedical Sciences. It is in Aggieland where I also learned how fun it is to wear cowboy boots and two-step. At Texas A&M, I sang in a large mixed choir– an experience which was an extension of my lifelong love of music. Besides singing, another passion of mine is working with kids and teens. It has often been through church– serving on many varied forms of retreat teams– where these experiences have been the most memorable. After college, I moved back to Houston, but this time to the Texas Medical Center where I encountered the big city life! Through exploring the medical humanities at McGovern Medical School, I discovered my desire to provide a depth of care for patients that encompasses physical and mental health as well as caring for the whole family. This discovery led me to Tufts Triple Board residency program! I embrace the new adventure and perspective that Boston and the program offer. In my free time, I enjoy singing, listening to 90s and Disney music, traveling, spending time with family and friends, napping with my cat, Snickers, and finding new coffee shops. Although my winter wardrobe is continually being reworked as a Southern girl in the Northeast, experiencing four seasons in the vibrant city of Boston is quite the opportunity!

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!

Savonya McAllister, ResidentSavonya McAllister, MD
Emory University School of Medicine
I was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, but decided to head North for college to attend Brown University. At Brown, I concentrated in Hispanic studies while also fulfilling the Pre-Med track. When I wasn’t studying I was usually dancing with the Brown Ballroom Dance Team or MEZCLA Latino Performance Arts Troupe. After college, I decided to head down South to attend Emory University School of Medicine. In addition to falling in love with Atlanta, I was also lucky enough to fall in love with my wonderful fiancé and his amazing daughter, who I am proud to claim as my own. I am one of the new kids on the block as an incoming PGY2, and I am very excited that I get to work with such supportive, hard-working, and fun colleagues! Outside of work, I am still an avid dancer who has really enjoyed exploring the social dance scene in Boston. I love trying new foods and restaurants, learning new languages, and traveling.

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.

Pediatric Resident at Floating Hospital for Children.Dara Azuma, MD
John A Burn School of Medicine, University of Hawaii at Manoa
I was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, and although island life is appealing, I fell in love with the seasons and culture of the East Coast after many childhood trips to Boston and Bar Harbor, Maine. When the time came to apply to college I knew I wanted to head eastward, and ultimately attended Wellesley College where I studied psychology and chemistry. Post-graduation, I moved back home to attend medical school at the University of Hawaii, where my interest and enthusiasm for pediatrics developed. After four years in what most would call paradise, I am thrilled to return to my second home of Boston and am equally as excited to begin my training at the Floating Hospital for Children. In my free time, I enjoy playing tennis, baking, and traveling.

Pediatric Resident at Floating Hospital for Children.Kaye Brathwaite, MD
Saint Louis University School of Medicine

I was born in Trinidad & Tobago and moved with my family to Brooklyn, NY at age eleven.  I attended Boston University for undergrad where I majored in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.  I then completed a post-baccalaureate program at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, before attending Saint Louis University School of Medicine to pursue my medical career.  I knew after the first week of my pediatric clerkship that I would become a Pediatrician!  I am thrilled to be returning to Boston to join the family at the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts.  I am passionate about the underserved community and plan to continue to be an advocate for children through medicine and service at Tufts.  In my free time I love cooking, ballroom dancing, running, biking, reading, playing my piano, and listening to soca/gospel music.

Pediatric Resident at Floating Hospital for Children.Jasmin Darling, MD
University of Toledo College of Medicine

Born and raised in the small town of Findlay, Ohio, I had dreams of becoming a city girl from a young age.  During my four years at Case Western Reserve University I earned my B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Bioethics.  Before starting medical school at the University of Toledo, I headed across the ocean with a childhood friend - now my husband! - to teach at One Planet International School in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  Throughout medical school I was an active clinical volunteer in a local student-run free medical clinic and on several medical mission trips to Guatemala and Honduras.  I'm interested in utilizing social media and blogging to interact with and educate patients & their families.  Additionally, I am passionate about global health and working with patients and their families to lead healthy lifestyles.  I aspire to be an outpatient general pediatrician who continues to work internationally, but we shall see where the next three years at Tufts take me!  My husband and I have a rescue dog (half dachshund, half crazy) named Obi, and I enjoy spending time with family, reading, and traveling.  I am so excited to be part of the Floating family!  We are looking forward to many trips to Fenway, kayaking on the Charles, spending time with our Bostonian family, and all of the good food and cultural opportunities that this city has to offer.

Pediatric Resident at Floating Hospital for Children.Phillip Drayton, MD
Indiana University School of Medicine
Triple Board Program
I am a proud Hoosier, born and raised in the small Indiana town of La Porte near the shores of Lake Michigan. Don’t know what a Hoosier is? Not to worry, we aren’t quite sure ourselves!  My undergraduate career took me to Indiana University in Bloomington, IN to study biochemistry. While there, I was fortunate enough to join a competitive collegiate bicycle team and continue to enjoy recreational cycling. For medical school, I made the arduous journey from Bloomington to Indianapolis to attend Indiana University School of Medicine. Although pediatrics had always been an ambition of mine, my clinical years helped me discover the thrilling prospects of combining pediatrics and psychiatry through a triple board residency. I’ve taken a particular interest in working with a pediatric population with complex, chronic conditions. I’m excited to spend the next 5 years training at Tufts in Boston! As a self-described amateur cook, I couldn’t have asked for a greater city. My black lab Zooey and I cannot wait to see what new opportunities the East Coast has to offer!

Pediatric Resident at Floating Hospital for Children.Nicole Kalinske, 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 a Bachelor’s in Child Development and Community Health. At Tufts, I met my fiancé and soon-to-be husband, Ryan, who is from Massachusetts and more than thrilled to be returning to the city where we first met. After college, I worked for Winthrop House in Brookline, MA—a specialized school for adolescents with depression and anxiety disorders. I loved my time working with this population and knew pediatrics was definitely in my future. I left Boston to attend medical school at Georgetown  University in Washington DC. I am so excited to be back in Boston, close to future in-laws, and able to call myself a “Double Jumbo”. Outside of medicine I enjoy traveling, photography, and cooking.

Pediatric Resident at Floating Hospital for Children.Francis Kim, MD
Boston University School of Medicine
I am a New Englander through and through, growing up in Connecticut before shipping up to Boston for college at Harvard.  I slowly worked my way across the Charles, completing my master’s work on hematopoietic stem cell biology at the Joslin Diabetes Center, migrating to the South End for medical school at Boston University, and now up the street to Tufts Floating!  I am thrilled to stay in Boston, and to gain experience caring for another diverse patient sub-population that I haven’t worked with yet.  While I am keeping an open mind professionally, at this point I am considering sub-specializing and hopefully incorporating some combination of research and policy into my future career.  When I am not in the hospital, I enjoy traveling, music (playing and going to concerts), taking day hikes around New England, running along the Charles, and rooting for Boston sports teams.

Pediatric Resident at Floating Hospital for Children.Laura Li, MD
University of Maryland School of Medicine

I am originally from Rockville, Maryland, a suburb about 30 minutes outside of Washington D.C.  I travelled a great distance of 10 miles to attend University of Maryland College Park for biochemistry. When I got roped into a tutoring program by a friend I discovered I loved teaching and interacting with children. I thought I was going to become a researcher but I realized I enjoyed applying and teaching people about science much more, which is how I ended up at University of Maryland School of Medicine. My passion for educating kids expanded to the medicine aspect as well. When I am not in the hospital I am spoiling my cat, playing volleyball, and exploring different restaurants. While I will always be a Terps fan at heart it is time for a change. I am thrilled to be moving to Boston and joining the Floating family!

Pediatric Resident at Floating Hospital for Children.Sheena McDaniels, MD
Rush Medical College of Rush University
Triple Board Program
I was born and raised on the south side of Chicago, IL in the neighborhood Englewood. I stayed in Chicago to receive my B.S. and M.S. in chemistry from DePaul University. After instructing college chemistry for a bit, I attended Rush Medical College in Chicago’s very own medical district.  Moving to Boston will be my first time living outside of Chicago and I’m very excited to join my Tufts and Floating family! My passions include volunteering, teaching, mentoring, research and advocacy. I’ve worked a lot with urban populations and at-risk youth and adolescents are my population of choice! I discovered the Triple Board program in my 3rd year of medical school and knew it was meant to be. In my free time I love cooking, singing, dancing, and listening to music, traveling, and spending time with my two cats and friends and family.

Pediatric Resident at Floating Hospital for Children.Katherine Medford, MD
Albany Medical College

I was born and raised in Upstate New York (near Saratoga). I ventured a few hours west to University of Rochester for college, where I was a Neuroscience major and (let’s face it) practically a Track and Cross-Country minor. I graduated in 2009 and worked for 2 years in Rochester doing research on video games – ask me about teaching Call of Duty to grandmas! During that time I discovered my passion for patient care so I made my way back to where I grew up and attended Albany Medical College. I cannot wait to move to Boston and join the Pediatric team at Tufts! In my free time, I dabble in triathlons and like to participate in all types of marathons, ranging from Netflix to the far less enjoyable form, running. I am also a nondiscriminatory baked good lover, so please send me buttery requests and get ready to chow down!

Pediatric Resident at Floating Hospital for Children.Abigail 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. Given my obvious love of New England and Boston, I’m thrilled to be staying to start residency at Tufts! Outside of medicine, I enjoy spending time being active outdoors and particularly love skiing during the long New England winters,  or spending time at the beach with family and friends in the summer. I also enjoy cooking, and traveling whenever I can.

Pediatric Resident at Floating Hospital for Children.Alice Rhee, MD
Georgetown University School of Medicine

Hello everyone! My name is Alice, and I come from all over the map. I was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea until I moved to sunny San Diego with my family at the age of 12. I stayed in San Diego through college at UCSD then found my way to the East Coast by starting medical school at Georgetown University, where I met my Boston native boyfriend, Chuck, and my awesome co-intern, Nicole Kalinske! At the end of third year of medical school, my sister gave me a tour of the Floating Hospital where I attended her Tufts School of Dentistry graduation. I remember instantly falling in love with the hospital and the lively surrounding area of Chinatown; I told myself that I would come back. During fourth year, Chuck and I spent a month in Boston doing away rotations – I rotated at Floating and he was at Beth Israel Deaconess Neurology. My month at Tufts surpassed all of my expectations and we both loved our time in Boston with support from his wonderful family. With all of that said, you could only imagine our excitement when we found out that we both matched into our respective away programs! I am thrilled to move up north to really adapt to the Boston charm that I love so much. I have my big parka and Jetblue credit card ready to go! I doubt that I would ever ditch the San Diego Chargers—not even for the mighty Patriots ;)—but I am looking for an NBA team to obsess over! Moreover, I cannot wait to share my enthusiasm for Pediatrics with all of the wonderful people I will get to know at the Floating Hospital!

Pediatric Resident at Floating Hospital for Children.Pedro Urday, MD
Tulane University School of Medicine

Hello! I was born in Lima, Peru and moved to the US at the age of seven. I grew up in Morristown, NJ where I learned to get used to the snow and the fickle Northeast weather. I decided to stay not too far from home and went to school at Boston College where I studied Biology and Theology. I fell in love with the city, its culture, and the opportunities it offered. This time period transformed my way of looking at the world and eventually led me to medicine. I ended up in New Orleans for medical school, drawn by the unique culture and diverse population of the city. I loved my time in the South and how it began to shape my medical career but wanted to be closer to home and the city that originally inspired me to do medicine.  Apart from medicine, I enjoy dancing, working out, and traveling whenever I get the chance. The opportunities to enjoy the arts, good dining, and overall fun make Boston a great place to be. I’m excited to begin my training as a Pediatrician at the Floating and the great things to come!

Pediatric Resident at Floating Hospital for Children.Chandni Vaid, MD
Albany Medical College

Hailing from the suburban streets of Stockton, California, I was born and raised in Northern California. I grew up with my family of my mom, dad and one older brother, although we were treated more like twins. For college, I decided to venture across the country to the hip and happening Schenectady, New York (no, it wasn’t). I completed the Leadership in Medicine combined degree program at Union College where I majored in Biology and Economics, and received my master’s - an MBA in healthcare management. I went on to attend medical school at Albany Medical College, where I discovered my passion for tiny children and their health problems. In the future, I hope to practice general pediatrics or perhaps pursue a sub-specialty (still tbd). I am interested in hospital administration and eventually would like my career to head in that direction. My hobbies and interests include traveling, being a loyal Sacramento Kings basketball fan, binge-watching shows on Netflix, cooking (or at least attempting to), bouncing to Bollywood music and spending time with family and friends. I’m very excited to live in Boston to take in all the joys of big(ger) city living; lets just hope the snowfall doesn’t break any records this year. I’m looking forward to begin my training in pediatrics and joining the Floating family! 

Laura Arvidson-Guzman, MD Laura Arvidson-Guzman, MD
Georgetown University School of Medicine

I was born and raised in Massachusetts, where I developed my love for Boston sports teams.  I loved the opportunities available in Boston and chose to attend college at Boston University (Go Terriers!).  I left Massachusetts for medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC.  Although I enjoyed the excitement of living in DC, I am so happy to be returning home to train at the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center.  In my free time, I love cooking, hiking, and spending time with my family and friends.

Jeff Barrett, MDJeff Barrett, MD, MPH 
University of Massachusetts Medical School

I grew up the oldest of six kids in Cohasset, MA – a little town just south of Boston. For college, I ventured down to Rhode Island to attend Providence College. There I majored in biology, minored in political science and became a huge Friars fan! After college, I did a post-bacc program right here at Tufts and liked it so much I stayed an extra year to get my Masters in Public Health with a concentration in health policy and management. I then moved out west to Worcester, MA, and spent four great years at UMass Medical School. Outside of medicine, I love to travel and have been fortunate to have friends I can visit in some incredible places around the world. I enjoy cooking, playing hockey and hanging out with my family and friends. I also love pretty much everything that has to do with Boston: the people, the accents, the movies, the driving, the weather and of course, our top-notch sports teams, especially the Bruins! In the future, I hope to become a fisherman living in a small village somewhere along the Italian coast - but until then I could see myself being a general pediatrician or maybe pursuing pediatric emergency medicine and am interested in health policy and politics, as well as medical education. I am incredibly excited to come back to Boston to start my pediatrics training and can’t wait to join the Floating family!