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Priya Garg, MD
Director, Pediatric Residency Program

Anna Furry is a Program Coordinator in the Pediatric Residency Program at Floating Hospital for Children in Boston, MA.Anna Furry
Program Coordinator, Pediatric Residency Program

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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 was born and raised in the Himalayan nation of Nepal. I moved to the United States at 18 to pursue undergraduate studies. 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.  I truly started my journey in Massachusetts, a place that I consider home today. Needless to say, I am beyond excited to have the opportunity to live and learn in Boston, a city I have dearly loved for all these years.

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.

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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! 

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Pediatric Resident at Floating Hospital for Children.Ireen Ahmed, MD
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
Triple Board Program
I was born in Queens, New York and grew up on Long Island.  Not straying too far from home, I went to undergrad at Brooklyn College where I received a degree in Anthropology and Religious Studies.  I continued my academic journey in Brooklyn and went to medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.  During my time at Downstate, I realized I loved working with adolescents, specifically those who had been labeled as “high risk”.  These individuals often had many psychiatric as well as medical issues, and I felt that having training in both Psychiatry and Pediatrics would be ideal when working with these “high risk” individuals.  Outside of medicine, I love taking pictures, reading and taking on DIY projects.   After having been a native New Yorker for most of my life, I’m excited about moving to Boston and being a part of the Triple Board Program as well as the Floating family at Tufts!

Pediatric Resident at Floating Hospital for Children.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.

Pediatric Resident at Floating Hospital for Children.Jeff 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!

Pediatric Resident at Floating Hospital for Children.Kristyn Beam, MD
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
I grew up in Concord, NC – a suburb of Charlotte. I ventured two hours up the road to attend undergraduate at UNC-Chapel Hill and fell in love with Tarheel basketball. I stuck around for medical school and reunited with a high school friend who later became my husband! I took an additional year of medical school to do a year of research in Neonatology, which I hope to go into in the future. We have loved living in the Triangle, but are ready for a change and a little bit of city living. In my free time I love to exercise (I’m a huge proponent of Insanity, but apartment living doesn’t accommodate this well), work on my (very) beginner tennis game, read teen fiction, and watch too much Netflix. I’m excited to move to a state with successful professional sports teams, but I will have to bring my college sports enthusiasm to the area as well! I’m looking forward to starting pediatric residency at Tufts, meeting new people, and living in a city with real public transportation!

Pediatric Resident at Floating Hospital for Children.Mike Bozzella, DO
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
I knew from day one of med school that I would become a pediatrician. Kids are just so much more interesting than big people, and I’m still a big kid at heart myself. Speaking of being a kid, I spent my childhood not too far from Boston, in the little town of Wilmington. It was clear early on that I would end up in science, and after leaving Wilmington High (a mix of bio nerd, theater dork, and band geek) I headed to western NY and the University of Rochester for my undergrad years to study biology, with a splash of music and performance. There was a short span where I didn’t know if I would pursue medicine, or pure research; so I stuck around in the Gorbunova Lab at the U of R studying the biology of aging and cancer. Thankfully, I came to my senses and headed back to the coast and the University of New England COM to begin my medical career. While balancing my studies with time on the beach, and time skiing; I discovered a passion for teaching. I spent an extra year at UNECOM doing just that in the anatomy, clinical skills, and osteopathic manipulative medicine courses. I even began work towards a masters in medical education and leadership. Now, I am thrilled to come back to Boston and the Floating Hospital to start the next chapter of my story. If I’m not in the hospital, banging out a tune on my piano, or relaxing by the waterfront; chances are you’ll find me in one of the many great museums, theaters, or restaurants around this wickedly awesome city.

Pediatric Resident at Floating Hospital for Children.Eddie Gill, MD
University of Massachusetts Medical School
I grew up just south of Boston in the quiet seaside town of Hingham, MA.  The oldest of four kids, I spent most of my childhood stumbling through experiences I could then guide my younger siblings through with confidence.  I come from a large, very tight-knit Irish/Italian family with strong roots in Boston and the surrounding area that quickly instilled in me a deep sense of pride in where I come from – in my extremely biased opinion, Boston is the best city in the entire world.  I left New England for a few years to attend Villanova University in Philadelphia, PA, where I majored in Biology and met my fiancée, Sara.  After graduation I had the opportunity to return to my home state to attend UMass Medical School in Worcester, where I roomed with my friend and fellow Floating intern Jeff Barrett.  Outside of my interest in Pediatrics, I love to play and watch hockey (I’ve been a huge Bruins fan since before I could talk), fish for stripers out by Boston Light, travel, and spend time with my family.  I’m not sure what area of pediatrics I’ll be practicing in after residency, but I do know I want to work at an academic medical center to help train future residents and medical students, and I hope to do some lobbying at the State House advocating for healthcare reform.  I’m so excited to move into Boston - the best city in the world - to start my residency training with the Floating team!

Pediatric Resident at Floating Hospital for Children.Natasha Gill, MD
St. George’s University School of Medicine

I was born in India and lived there until I was nine years old. After my family moved to the US we eventually settled down in a little town called Sturbridge, MA – known for its Old Sturbridge Village that everyone should visit at least once in their lives! I attended Boston University for undergrad where I obtained a degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and met my now-husband in freshman chemistry class. I guess we’ve always had chemistry from the beginning! I then attended St. George’s University for medical school and completed my first year of pediatric residency at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. My future goals at this time include a fellowship in either PICU, ED or Hospitalist medicine. When I am not working, I enjoy experimenting with cooking, eating anything and everything I can get my hands on, having staycations in and around Boston, hosting and attending game nights (I’m very competitive!) and doing anything involving water –swimming, snorkeling, etc. I am extremely excited to come back home to complete my residency in the best city in the world! I am very grateful for the opportunity to meet and work with my amazing new family at Tufts Floating Hospital for Children.

Pediatric Resident at Floating Hospital for Children.Dave Justus, MD
George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
I was born and raised in the small rural desert highland town of Okanogan, Washington and a place that only until recently was deemed worthy of Google maps street view (though continues to be quite limited).  I traveled a short distance to Ellensburg, Washington where I attended Central Washington University (C-Woo!) and studied biology and chemistry (unique I know).  This is where my love for science began and decided to pursue research regarding the evaluation of the bactericidal characteristics of water from local Soap Lake, a lake alleged to have natural healing characteristics.  I left Central Washington University and made the cross-country trek to join the National Institute of Health Cancer Research Training Award program where I worked at the Experimental Transplantation Immunology Branch investigating immune reconstitution and graft versus host disease post cancer therapy.  In fall of 2010 I began medical school at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and became involved in more research opportunities with the Blood and Marrow Transplantation department at Children’s National Medical Center.  It was here that I discovered pediatrics and have since not looked back.  I am very excited to be moving to Boston and even more importantly to begin the next chapter of my life at the Floating.

Pediatric Resident at Floating Hospital for Children.Elizabeth Killmeyer, MD
West Virginia University School of Medicine
Triple Board Program
I was born in Northampton, MA, but moved to a small town in West Virginia when I was 4. After a year, my family settled in nearby Buckhannon, WV. I attended West Virginia University for undergrad and ended up staying there for medical school. I initially thought I was going to pursue pathology, but during third year I discovered I love working with children. I went back and forth between pediatrics and child psychiatry until I discovered the Triple Board Program. So now I’m moving to Boston, and bringing along my husband, Drew, and our two cats. I couldn’t be more thrilled to be joining the Tufts community for my residency training!

Pediatric Resident at Floating Hospital for Children.Shannon Leung, MD
Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University
I was born in Toronto, Canada, but was raised in Atlanta, Georgia.  I went to Emory University for my undergraduate degrees and to the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University for my medical degree.  Having spent the majority of my life in Georgia, I am excited to start my residency at Tufts.  Although I will miss the South, I look forward to exploring Boston and the New England area.  In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling to various cities, watching movies/television, and exploring new restaurants and bakeries.

Pediatric Resident at Floating Hospital for Children.Amanda MacGregor, MD
Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University
Hi! I grew up on St. Simons Island, GA—where the beach is always warm and flip flops are a year-round thing! Following a long family tradition, I went to the University of Georgia to become a Georgia bulldog. After 4 glorious years of cheering on the DAWGS, I graduated with a degree in Biology and headed off to medical school at the Medical College of Georgia.  Even though I’ve spent most of my life in the south, I’ve always felt part New Englander because my Dad is from Massachusetts. I grew up loving all Boston sports—especially the Celtics!! It is a dream come true to be able to return to Boston to continue my journey to becoming a pediatrician.  I have wanted to become a Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist since before medical school and plan to pursue that fellowship after residency. I enjoy painting/crafting, reading, movies and quoting Friends. I am thrilled to be joining the Floating family and can’t wait to meet everyone!

Pediatric Resident at Floating Hospital for Children.Ted Pei, MD, MPH
Tulane University School of Medicine
Hi everyone! Although I went to medical school in beautiful New Orleans (laissez le bon temps roulez!), I actually am a northeastern boy through and through. I was born in New Jersey, went to college at Tufts (going for the double Jumbo!), and now I am making my triumphant return back to Bean town.  I hope to bring the humbling and greatly differing experience of health care delivery in the South to the wonderful pediatric residency here at Tufts Floating.  Armed with my MD/MPH combined degree, I also hope to participate in projects to promote public health campaigns in the local community and abroad.  Career wise, I’m currently considering fellowships in GI or Neonatology, although that could easily change.  In my spare time, I enjoy being very active (Ultimate Frisbee, biking, rock climbing), hunting for good live music, photography, singing in a local gospel choir and traveling.

Pediatric Resident at Floating Hospital for Children.Frinny Polanco Walters, MD
New York Medical College
I was born in the beautiful Dominican Republic and moved to Boston at the age of 10. I lived in Jamaica Plain, one of Boston’s most fascinating neighborhoods, through high school.  I moved to Providence to attend college at Brown University, where I majored in Community Heath. After graduating from college, I moved to Washington, D.C. and became a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Fellow and worked on legislation aiming to enhance health care services to underserved communities. I then spent two years at NIH as an Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) Fellow. I started my trip back north with a stop in New York for medical school. My hobbies include cooking, traveling, and dancing to Latin music such as Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, and Reggaeton. I also enjoy doing fun exercise routines such as Zumba and kickboxing. I am a Red Sox fan and I am really looking forward to attending games at Fenway. I am very happy to be back in Red Sox Nation and to join the Floating family!

Pediatric Resident at Floating Hospital for Children.Nasrin Samji, MD, MPH
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland School of Medicine
I grew up in Toronto and moved to Montreal to attend McGill University, where I majored in Kinesiology. After college, I pursued my masters degree in public health at Columbia in the big apple before moving back to Toronto to work as a project manager at a community hospital. I then decided to embark on a new adventure and with great excitement I moved to Ireland, to pursue my medical degree.  The city quickly won me over with its rich culture, beautiful landscapes and friendly people. I am now extremely excited to live in Boston to join the Tufts family and start my pediatrics training! Outside of medicine I enjoy hiking, playing sports, travelling, and baking.

Chief Residents

Pediatric Resident at Floating Hospital for Children.Charles Hannum, MD
SUNY Upstate

Hi! I was born and raised in Fredonia, New York – a small town close to the shores of Lake Erie in western New York. I moved slightly more east for college where I attended SUNY Geneseo, located in a small town south of Rochester, NY. While at college I majored in biology and music – my two passions! For medical school I attended SUNY Upstate in Syracuse – once again, moving more eastward (hmm, I see a trend…). As I move on to the next phase in my education I am ecstatic to be joining the pediatric residency program at The Floating Hospital for Children!! (Hopefully my last move eastward; I don’t think I’d enjoy living in the ocean). Outside of medicine I enjoy many things – singing, playing the piano, cooking and enjoying the outdoors in all seasons (swimming, hiking, kayaking, skiing, etc). I am excited to be living in Boston and experience some more sunshine during the winter and to experience living close to the ocean (yay seafood!). My academic interests include medical education and perhaps a career as a hospitalist, peds GI doc or a maybe even a future program director!

Pediatric Resident at Floating Hospital for Children.Emily Hsieh, MD 
Duke-National University of Singapore Medical School

I distinctly remember the thrill of moving away from home for the first time to attend college at Duke University, a whopping 15 miles away from my hometown of Chapel Hill, NC. After graduating with a degree in Neuroscience and a minor in Chinese, I decided to put the latter to good use and experience life outside of the United States. This decision brought me across the world to Shenzhen, China, where I spent a year lesson-planning about American culture while jet-setting across Asia. After I returned to the U.S. to do neuro-oncology research in San Francisco, my love for Duke and international travel brought me back to South-East Asia, where I completed medical school at a joint program between Duke and National University of Singapore. In my “free” time, I love to run, dance Zumba, discover new music, and aspire to one day play my violin again. I’m excited to start another new chapter at Tufts, to become a pediatrician, and to experience my first real winter!