The 2020-2021 MPHS Virtual Commencement will be held on May 24th, 2021.

The Master of Population Health Sciences program would like to congratulate all of our 2021 graduates!

Owen Hamilton

Mentor: Dr. Veade, OBGYN Dept

Research: Investigating opioid use after delivery.  A review of transgender patients undergoing gender affirmation treatment and reductions in depression. 

Future Plans: I will be starting residency at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque this summer. 

Iris Kuo

Mentor: Dr. Andrea Hagemann

Research: Development of a weight management decision aid for use in the gynecologic oncology clinic

Future Plans: In the immediate future: finish medical school and apply to OB/GYN residency; In the long term: using the skills I’ve gained from this program to improve health equity

Priyanka Parameswaran

Mentors: Dr. Christopher Dy, Dr. Cara Cipriano

Research: Disparities in Orthopedic Surgery

Future Plans: Applying to Orthopedic Surgery Residency

Amisha Parikh

Mentor: Dr. Christopher Smyser and Dr. Barbara Warner

Research: My primary project throughout this year is titled: NICU Network Neurobehavioral Scale Profiles in Term, Healthy Infants: Examining Associations with Maternal Characteristics, Perinatal Factors, and Neonatal Outcomes

Future Plans: Apply to residency this coming year to become a pediatrician

Neel Raval

Mentor: Dr. Amy C. Musiek, Dr. Yevgeniy R. Semenov, Dr. Lynn A. Cornelius, Dr. George Ansstas

Research: Dermatology, cutaneous oncology, cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, melanoma, healthcare disparities, cancer epidemiology, outcomes research

Future Plans: Apply for Dermatology residency 2021-22

Eric Rome

Mentor: MF Masood, MD

Research: Heart Valve Replacements

Future Plans: General Surgery Residency

Arjav Shah

Mentor: Dr. Andrew Lee

Research: The relationship between strabismus surgery success and the variability of strabismus pre-operative measurements in children

Future Plans: Specializing in Ophthalmology

Urvi Sinha

Yash Tarkunde

Mentors: Dr. Charles Goldfarb and Dr. Lindley Wall

Research: Epidemiology of GSWs to the wrist and hand; Risk predictors of readmission following traumatic femur fracture

Future Plans: Apply to residency programs in orthopaedic surgery this Fall

Tiffany Wu

Mentor: Margaret Reynolds, MD

Research: Functional outcomes of retinoblastoma survivors; hematologic risk factors for retinopathy of prematurity

Future Plans: Pediatric ophthalmology

Maggie Xing

Mentor: Dr. Van Stavern, Dr. Sheybani

Research: Dysphotopsia Risk Factors. I have done research in the Department of Ophthalmology.

Future Plans: Ophthalmology. I enjoyed learning about my classmates’ research, and I look forward to using the skills and perspectives gained this year in my future career as a researcher and clinician. I am excited to return to the clinical setting and hope to pursue a residency in ophthalmology after medical school.

Sami Abdulnabi

Mentors: Dr. Mohamed Zayed, MD, Ph.D.;  Dr. Adetunji T. Toriola, MD, Ph.D.

Research: Diabetes, Peripheral Arterial Disease, and Critical Limb Threatening Ischemia

Future Plans: I will be attending the University of Missouri School of Medicine as part of the Class of 2025.  I look forward to applying and improving the skills I learned to address population-based health issues throughout medical school and beyond.

Abby Cheng, MD

Mentor: Graham Colditz, MD, DrPH

Research: Optimization of conservative management for chronic musculoskeletal pain by addressing biopsychosocial comorbidities as part of a person-centered comprehensive treatment plan

Future Plans: Complete training on an NIH-funded career development grant and successfully compete for independent research funding to achieve her research goals

Carrie Coughlin, MD

Mentor: Mary Politi, PhD

Research: Shared decision making in pediatric dermatology

Future Plans: Start a Dermatology Foundation Career Development Award in July for a project: “Choice Help: Optimizing Outcomes by Supporting Encounters for kids with Congenital Melanocytic Nevi” (CHOOSE CMN), continuing on faculty at WashU.

Brendan Thomas Heiden, MD

Mentor: Benjamin D. Kozower, MD, MPH; Varun Puri, MD, MSCI; Bryan F. Meyers, MD, MPH

Research: Defining Quality of Care in Lung Cancer; Patient-reported Outcomes following Lung Cancer Resection; Cost-Effectiveness of Robotic Thoracic Surgery

Future Plans: Continue surgical training

Ebun Otegbeye, MD

Mentor: Dr. Yin Cao

Research: Early-Onset Colorectal Cancer

Future Plans: I hope to pursue a career in Colorectal Surgery and continue to work in translational and cancer epidemiology




We’re disappointed to not be able to celebrate our students in person, but would like to recognize their hard work this year. Congratulations, all!