Healthcare

Now more than ever, the medical problems that people face require the expertise of many different kinds of professionals. Moreover, the efforts of these professionals must be collaborative if the patient or population is to receive optimal care. What will your role be in healthcare and how will you work with your colleagues in medicine to solve the problems facing healthcare today? We invite you to explore some of the many health professions and to think about a future that entails an integrative approach to health and medicine. This industry features a diverse set of alumni who leveraged their UChicago experience into successful careers that span across clinical practice, public policy, medical education, and business ownership.

Roundtable Participants

Chris Albanis, AB'96, MD'00

Comprehensive Ophthalmologist, Department of Ophthalmology Arbor EyeCare and The University of Chicago Hospitals

Dr. Albanis is a comprehensive ophthalmologist at Arbor EyeCare focusing on cataracts, diabetic eye disease and glaucoma. She also serves as a Clinical Associate at the University of Chicago Department of Ophthalmology and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Advocate Christ Medical Center. Upon graduating from the College, she went to medical school at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. She then took a break from UChicago to do an internship in Phoenix, AZ, only to return in 2001 for residency. She served as Chief Resident in ophthalmology. Aside from taking care of patients and teaching, she enjoys painting, photography, medical ethics, and health policy. (Table 55)

Nick Antos, AB'17

Medical Student, The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Mr. Antos graduated from the College in 2017, where he studied Biological Sciences. At the College, he was involved in Health Leads, clinical research projects, and peer teaching programs. During the summers of his undergraduate tenure, Mr. Antos interned at Summer Links, Potter Fellows, and the Pozen Human Rights Internship program. He hails from Columbus, Ohio but he considers himself a Chicago transplant because he is now a first year medical student at the Pritzker School of Medicine. At Pritzker, Mr. Antos is active in a student-run free clinic, a LGBTQ affinity group, and a harm reduction advocacy organization. (Table 56)

Catherine Castro, AB'14

Medical Student, Pritzker School of Medicine

Ms. Castro graduated from the College in 2014 with a degree in Biology. While in the College, she was involved with Emerging Minds Project, The Triple Helix Society, RBIM, and SASA. After graduating, she became a Research Coordinator for UChicago's Comprehensive Care Program and volunteer Spanish Interpreter at CommunityHealth. Ms. Castro is currently a second-year medical student at the Pritzker School of Medicine where she has served as the president of the Latino Medical Students Association. She has a background in global health and healthcare disparities research and plans on pursuing a residency program in Psychiatry after graduation. (Table 57)

Nicole Cipriani, AB'02, MD'08, MS'04 (UIC)

Assistant Professor, The University of Chicago

Dr. Cipriani graduated from the College in 2002 with a degree in Biological Sciences and Visual Arts. She subsequently obtained an MS in medical illustration from UIC, followed by and MD in 2008 from the Pritzker School of Medicine. She completed a pathology residency (UChicago) and fellowship (Massachusetts General Hospital), and is currently an Assistant Professor of Surgical Pathology at the University, specializing in Head & Neck and Bone & Soft Tissue Pathology. She co-directs the "Cell Pathology and Immunology" course in Pritzker School of Medicine. (Table 58)

Anjali Gera, AB'08, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago)

Fellow Physician, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Medicine

Dr. Gera graduated from the College in 2008 with a degree in Biological Sciences with a specialization in endocrinology. While there, she served as President of the Student National Medication Association, member of the Bhangra team, and Fundraising Director of the Red Cross Club. She has since completed medical school at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she was Vice President and Disabilities Chair of the American Medical Students Association and participated in medical mission trips to Honduras through the Global Brigades. In July 2017, she completed her residency in Neurology at the University of Chicago. She is now a first-year Movement Disorders Fellow at Rush University Medical Center. As a fellow, Dr. Gera is studying the effects of video gaming in adolescents with Tourette's Syndrome. She also has an interest in the use of deep brain stimulation surgery in Parkinson's Disease, essential tremor, and dystonia. (Table 59)

Maximilian Hawkins, AB'17

Medical Student, Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago

Mr. Hawkins graduated from the College in 2017 with a degree in Biological Sciences with a specialization in Neuroscience. While at the College, he was involved in Peer Health Exchange, volunteering in the Emergency Room, the Maroon, Neuroscience research and Varsity tennis. He is in his first year of medical school at the Pritzker School of Medicine and remains an active member of the community participating in SNMA and LMSA while also volunteering at Community Health and Washington Park Clinics. He has remained in Hyde Park and has an interest in pursuing emergency medicine. (Table 60)

Emily Higgs, AB'17

Student, Pritzker School of Medicine

Ms. Higgs is a current MD-PhD student at the Pritzker School of Medicine. She participated in the Accelerated Medical Scholars Program and graduated with a degree from the College in the spring of 2017. While at the College, Ms. Higgs participated in basic science research, volunteered in the emergency department, and tutored at Blackstone Bicycle Works. (Table 61)

Faiyaaz Kalimullah, AB'06, MD'10 (Rush Medical College)

Cosmetic Dermatologist, Center for Dermatology and Aesthetic Medicine

Dr. Kalimullah graduated from the College in 2006 with a degree in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and received a medical degree from Rush Medical College in 2010. Following an internship in internal medicine at UChicago, he completed a dermatology residency at the University of Arizona Medical Center, serving as chief resident during his final year of training. After completing his residency, Dr. Kalimullah was an associate at one of the largest cosmetic dermatology practices in the nation. In 2017, he returned to Chicago and co-founded a private practice, the Center for Dermatology and Aesthetic Medicine, where he specializes in cosmetic dermatology and laser surgery. (Table 62)

Clara Kao, SB'17

MD/PhD Candidate

Ms. Kao graduated from the College in 2017 with a degree in Biological Sciences. During her undergraduate years, she was involved in the Taiwanese American Students Association, Chamber Music Organization, and Colleges Against Cancer. She completed her honors thesis in the lab of Dr. Jill de Jong, identifying genetic regulators of hematopoietic stem cells using a zebra-fish model. This fall, she matriculated into the MD/PhD program at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She looks forward to pursuing a career as a physician-scientist, combining scientific discovery with patient care. (Table 63)

Henry Litt, AB'16

Medical Student , University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Mr. Litt graduated from the College in 2016 as a Biology major and East Asian Languages and Civilizations minor. Throughout his time as an undergraduate, he was heavily involved with the Japanese Students Association and Peer Health Exchange. He then spent a year tutoring students at a Chicago Public high school in math as a SAGA Innovations fellow, before returning to Hyde Park to attend Pritzker. In his free time he enjoys cooking, reading, and following and playing basketball. (Table 55)

Maren Loe, SB'16

MSTP, Year 2, Washington University in St. Louis School of Med.

Ms. Loe graduated from the College in 2016 with a degree in Computational and Applied Mathematics. During her years at the College, she was a captain of the varsity volleyball team and a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. She volunteered in the UChicago Hospitals for the TLC program and served on the Dean's Advisory Committee and in the Maroon Key Society. Her awards included the Gertrude Dudley Medal, Howell Murray Alumni Association Award, and AVCA First Team All-America Honors. Ms. Loe wrote her honors thesis in Stephanie Palmer's Theoretical Neuroscience Lab. She is currently pursuing an MD/PhD at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. She continues to be an active member in the College community by conducting alumni interviews in the St. Louis region. In her free time, she enjoys training for triathlons, playing volleyball, hiking, and exploring St. Louis. (Table 56)

Jhonatan Marte, SB'16

Medical Student, The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Mr. Marte graduated from the College in 2016 with a degree in Biological Sciences with Research Honors. While in the College, he performed multiple sclerosis research at UChicago Medicine, volunteered at a low-income clinic in the South Side, and assisted in teaching introductory biology courses. He took a year off after graduating and worked as an MCAT instructor while applying to medical school. He is currently a first-year medical student at the Pritzker School of Medicine with interests in psychiatry, medical education, and addressing disparities in mental health services. (Table 57)

James Mathews, AB'86, AM'87, PhD'92

Executive Director, Medicare Payment Advisory Commission

Mr. Mathews graduated from the College with the class of 1986, and subsequently obtained graduate degrees, all in anthropology. After leaving the University, he developed an expertise in health care policy, and served in various executive and legislative agencies in the Federal government, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Office of Management and Budget, the Prospective Payment Assessment Commission, and the U.S. Government Accountability Office. His last executive branch position was to serve as the senior career health policy official in the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. He left HHS in 2007, and is currently the executive director of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, an independent, nonpartisan commission in Washington DC that advises the U.S. Congress on the Medicare program. (Table 58)

Tamari Miller, AB'13

Medical Student, Pritzker School of Medicine

Ms. Miller graduated from the the College in 2013 with a degree in Biological Sciences and Public Policy. While in the College, he was an assistant resident head and was also involved with Chicago Men's A Capella, Students for Education Equity, and Rhythmic Bodies in Motion. After graduating, he worked as a research assistant in a lab that studies the genetics of muscular dystrophies. He enrolled at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine in Summer of 2014 where he is currently a fourth year student. (Table 59)

James Paik, AB'16

Medical Student, The Pritzker School of Medicine

Mr. Paik is a first-year medical student at the Pritzker School of Medicine who graduated from the College in 2016 with a degree in Psychology and a minor in the Biological Sciences. As an undergraduate, he was involved in the University's Judo Club, MEDLIFE, and the South Asian Students Association's annual show. He also pursued opportunities in basic science, clinical, and public health research. Between graduating from the College and starting medical school, he tutored and mentored teenagers enrolled in Chicago Public Schools for SAGA Innovations, an education-focused non-profit organization. Mr. Paik is a life-long Illinois resident, and he enjoys eating his way through Chicago, running along the Lakefront Trail, and partaking in dollar shakes. (Table 60)

Saieesh Rao, SB'17, AB'17, AB'17

Medical Student, Pritzker School of Medicine

Mr. Rao graduated from the College in 2017 with degrees in Biological Chemistry, Chemistry, and South Asian Languages and Civilizations. While in the College, he held roles such as president of the Phoenix Biology RSO, Team Leader for Collaborative Learning in Chemistry, Peer Adviser in the Office of Career Advancement, biochemistry lab research assistant, and teacher of several philosophy courses for high school students through the Splash! Chicago organization. As an alum, Mr. Rao continues to be involved with the Hindu Student Sangam on campus and has volunteered to lead PUMP (Pritzker-UCIHP Medical Preparation), a medical student organization that conducts practice medical school interviews for undergrads in the College. Outside of his coursework, Mr. Rao enjoys reading about philosophy and historical linguistics, gardening, and expanding his computer programming skills. (Table 61)

Andy Rapoport, SB'16, AB'16

Operations Manager, ExplORer Surgical

Mr. Rapoport is the Operations Manager of ExplORer Surgical. He is a recent graduate of the College with degrees in Biology (Neuroscience specialization) and Public Policy (Health Policy specialization). He aims to become a physician while also working to develop solutions to larger-scale issues in healthcare. (Table 62)

Dustin Shaw, AB'13

MD/PhD Student, Pritzker School of Medicine

Mr. Shaw graduated from the College in 2013 with a degree in Biology and minor in Statistics. While in the College, he was an RA, a member of Peer Health Exchange, and also worked in a developmental biology lab. After graduation, he worked in a mucosal immunology on campus, working on translational projects and clinical trials. A significant portion of his week was spent in the hospital: enrolling patients into studies and collecting human samples during clinical procedures. Both his undergraduate education and research experiences on campus contributed to his desire to become a physician scientist. He is currently a third year student in Pritzker's Medical Scientist Training Program, pursuing a PhD in Immunology. (Table 63)

Allen Zhu, SB'16, AB'16

MD/PhD Candidate

Mr. Zhu graduated from the College in 2016 with a degree in Biochemistry, Chemistry, and Economics. During his time, he enjoyed being a teaching assistant for biochemistry and genetics courses for multiple years. He has also been involved with an a cappella group, Asian American InterVarsity, tennis, and computational biochemistry research in the Roux lab. He is currently in his physician-scientist training as part of the University's MD-PhD dual degree program. He helps co-direct Bridgeport Free Clinic, plays IM Volleyball, tutors high school students, and is currently a graduate student in the Chuan He Lab, where he is studying the effects of chemical modifications in mRNA on cancer and translation efficiency. (Table 55)