The 2020-2021 MPHS Virtual Commencement was held on May 24th, 2021. Congratulations again to all our graduates and thanks to everyone who could attend!
The Master of Population Health Sciences program would like to congratulate all of our 2021 graduates!
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.
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
Mentors: Dr. Christopher Dy, Dr. Cara Cipriano
Research: Disparities in Orthopedic Surgery
Future Plans: Applying to Orthopedic Surgery Residency
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
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
Mentor: MF Masood, MD
Research: Heart Valve Replacements
Future Plans: General Surgery Residency
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
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
Mentor: Margaret Reynolds, MD
Research: Functional outcomes of retinoblastoma survivors; hematologic risk factors for retinopathy of prematurity
Future Plans: Pediatric ophthalmology
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.
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