Katelyn Atkins – Katie grew up in a small town near Eugene, Oregon where she enjoyed the beautiful outdoors. She completed her undergraduate degree in biology at Concordia University in Portland, Oregon, where she also played collegiate basketball. She went on to complete her MD/PhD at Oregon Health & Science University, where her research at the Vollum Institute focused on HIV immune evasion and DNA damage response pathways. She went on to complete an internal medicine internship at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland before moving across the country to Boston. Katie hopes to continue her career as a physician scientist with a strong basic science interest and is thrilled to join the Harvard Radiation Oncology Program. In her free time, Katie enjoys the outdoors, running, brunch, and spending time with her fiancé and their two hound dogs.
Danielle Bitterman – Danielle grew up in Woodbridge, Connecticut. She attended Columbia University in New York City, where she majored in ecology and evolution, and then went on to medical school at New York University School of Medicine. She moved to Boston and completed her internal medicine internship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She is very excited to join HROP and to devote her career to cancer care. When not in the hospital, she enjoys traveling, hiking the White Mountains, cooking, and exploring new restaurants in Boston with her husband.
James Byrne – James grew up on the Texas-Mexico border in Laredo, Texas. He studied biomedical engineering at the University of Texas in Austin and then completed the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His thesis research involved the development and testing of an implantable local drug delivery device for the treatment of pancreatic cancer. He completed his internship in internal medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. When he’s not in clinic or lab, he loves to spend time with wife and son, scope out Texas barbecue spots in the northeast, and find great hiking spots.
Fallon Chipidza – Fallon was born and grew up in Zimbabwe before moving to beautiful upstate New York for college. At Hamilton College, she encountered snow for the first time and came to believe that U.S. winters lasted 8 months. After majoring in Biochemistry and Economics, she took a brief detour to work in finance in Manhattan NYC, before heading to Boston to attend Harvard Medical School. She completed her internship in internal medicine at Mass General Hospital and is excited to transition into radiation oncology as part of the HROP family. Outside of work, Fallon enjoys playing squash, exploring new restaurants, traveling with her family and taking her son to the numerous parks and museums in the Boston area.
Shekinah Elmore – Shekinah is from Denver, Colorado and ironically and unfortunately does not ski. She attended Brown University for her bachelor’s and Columbia University for her master’s, both in global public health. She went on to attend Harvard Medical School, and spent a research year in Rwanda working at a rural cancer center. She then completed her internship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital prior to joining HROP. Her research and service center around improving equity in global cancer care. Outside of medicine, she loves writing, singing, and apologizing for not skiing.
Nicholas Giacalone – Nick grew up in rural Northern Ohio and went to college at the University of Cincinnati, majoring in molecular biology. He went on to complete his MD at Vanderbilt University. He did a preliminary internal medicine internship at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Given his naivety, his clinical interests are still varied, though he is currently most interested in thoracic and CNS. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Pam (a psychiatry resident), going to the beach, cooking/eating out, exploring New England, and avoiding the cold.
William Hwang – Will was born and raised in Maryland before heading to Duke University to study Biomedical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Physics. He then made the hop across the pond to complete a Masters in Chemistry at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. Upon returning stateside, he enrolled in the Harvard-MIT MD/PhD program, earning his PhD in Biophysics in the laboratory of Xiaowei Zhuang by elucidating the mechanism and regulation of chromatin remodeling using a combination of single-molecule biophysics and molecular biology approaches. Before joining HROP, Will completed an Internal Medicine year at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is excited to devote his career to cancer and the field of Radiation Oncology as a physician-scientist. Outside of the clinic/lab, he is passionate about educational outreach and directs a non-profit educational organization, United InnoWorks Academy, which develops innovative STEM programs for underserved youth. He enjoys traveling with his wife and playing volleyball.
Sophia Kamran – Sophia is originally from outside of Chicago, IL (a small town called Hampshire, IL). She attended the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy for high school, and then went on to MIT to major in biological engineering. Her medical school training was completed at Harvard Medical School, during which she spent one year studying the genetic and epigenetic regulation of the fetal-to-adult hemoglobin switch to explore novel therapeutic targets for disease such as the beta-hemoglobinopathies with a Howard Hughes Medical Institute research fellowship. Her internship training was completed at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. She is now in her first year of radiation oncology residency at HROP. In addition to many research and academic interests, she also enjoys traveling abroad, and has spent time volunteering in Ecuador, Argentina, Kenya, as well as Singapore.
Daniel Kim – Daniel was born and raised in Springfield, MO. He went to Amherst College, double majoring in neuroscience and music and captaining the varsity tennis team. He the completed the joint MD/MBA program between Harvard Medical School and Harvard Business School. After being awarded Harvard Business School’s Leadership Award and to better pursue his policy interests, Daniel served as the Advisor to the Mayor at the City of Boston under Mayor Walsh. Daniel entered clinical training with an Internal Medicine year at Brigham and Women’s Hospital prior to joining the Harvard Radiation Oncology Program. Daniel looks forward to his clinical training in radiation oncology as well as further developing his cancer research and policy interests. Outside the hospital, he enjoys traveling with his wife, Judy, eating any and all BBQ, playing squash, and skiing.
David Konieczkowski – Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, David graduated from Princeton with a concentration in molecular biology and a certificate in Latin. He then earned a master’s degree in Roman history at Oxford, focusing on the work of St. Augustine, before entering the MD-PhD program at Harvard Medical School. His PhD, under Levi Garraway at Dana-Farber and the Broad Institute, characterized the genomic determinants of resistance to MAP kinase pathway inhibitors in BRAF-mutant melanoma. He completed a preliminary internship in internal medicine at Brigham & Women’s Hospital prior to joining the Harvard Radiation Oncology Program, where he aims to combine clinical training with his research interests in precision medicine. In his free time, he enjoys photography, travel, and spending time with his wife.
Konstantin Kovtun – Kos was born in Ukraine and grew up in Madison, Wisconsin and the Boston area. He attended Cornell University and studied biological engineering before graduating from Harvard Medical School and doing an internship in internal medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. His current research focus leverages recently available virtual reality technologies to develop a novel system for medical image visualization, contouring and radiation treatment planning with the goal of improving speed and accuracy of guided cancer therapies. A video demonstration of some of his work is available at www.DICOMVR.com. His other research interests include clinical outcomes in GI and GU malignancies.
Puyao Li – Puyao was born in Zhengzhou, China and grew up in Ames, Iowa and Orange, Connecticut. She attended Yale University, where she majored in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. Following graduation, she spent some time in Baltimore, Maryland studying Alzheimer’s disease at the National Institutes of Health before pursuing her MD at Harvard Medical School, where she studied molecular therapies for Ewing sarcoma and radiation induced optic neuropathy. She completed an internal medicine internship at Mount Auburn Hospital before joining the Harvard Radiation Oncology Program.
Brandon Mahal – Brandon was born and raised in Madera, California. He attended UCLA for undergrad where he studied psychobiology with a research focus in behavioral neuroscience in the Fanselow lab. Brandon then completed graduate training at Harvard Medical School where he also linked up with Dr. Paul Nguyen to conduct health services research with a focus in prostate cancer. He completed his first year of post-graduate training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Brandon very much took a non-traditional route to HROP and is blessed to be a part of the HROP family. In his spare time, Brandon enjoys sports, weight-lifting, nutrition science, playing with his toy poodle, and enjoying family time.
Susan McDuff – Susan grew up in Sheridan, Wyoming. She attended Davidson College for undergraduate and received a PhD in Psychology and Neuroscience from Princeton University. For her PhD research, she worked with Ken Norman in the Princeton Computational Memory Lab to utilize and develop novel methodologies for analyzing functional MRI data in order to understand neural processes underlying memory and forgetting. She received an MD from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and completed her internship in Internal Medicine at UCSD. Her research interests are broad, but she has particular interest in applying her imaging background to clinical problems in radiation oncology. Outside of medicine, she enjoys distance running and spending time with her husband and three wonderful children.
Devarati Mitra – Devarati was born in the San Francisco Bay Area, lived in Belgium for her early teenage years and then graduated from high school outside of Washington DC. She went to college at Stanford and then went on to Harvard Medical School for her MD/PhD. For her graduate work, she studied melanoma biology with David Fisher. She completed her Intern year at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and is very excited to become part of the HROP family. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors, exploring the local theater scene, and trying new restaurants.
Vinayak Muralidhar – Vinayak grew up in Chandler, Arizona before attending college at MIT, where he studied math and biology. After college, he studied health and social policy at Oxford University on a Marshall Scholarship. He attended Harvard Medical School’s HST program, where he spent a year doing clinical research under the mentorship of Dr. Paul Nguyen. Before starting HROP, Vinayak completed an internship in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Outside of his clinical and research interests, Vinayak enjoys spending time with his wife Sheila and visiting warm places.
Oluwadamilola Oladeru – Damilola was born in Nigeria and moved to New York with her family at the age of ten. She attended Yale University for her Bachelor’s and Masters’ degrees in Biology, African studies and Global Health. She worked in Nigeria as a research investigator to assess the impact of a World Bank Initiative to reduce maternal mortality and improve access to women’s health services. She attended Stony Book University School of Medicine, during which she participated in Radiating Hope (Tanzania) and made a commitment to increase awareness of cancer disparities globally and participate in initiatives that improve access to care. She completed her medical internship at NYU Winthrop Hospital and is excited to join the HROP family. In her free time, she can be found writing short stories, managing an event planning and catering business, and exploring warm climates with her husband.
Sagar Patel – Sagar was born and raised in a small town of Birmingham, Alabama. He developed a strong interest for all sports, playing tennis and baseball in high school, while being a dedicated college football fan. He was accepted into the Early Medical School Acceptance Program for UAB School of Medicine out of high school, but subsequently completed his undergraduate studies in Psychology/Physics at the University of Alabama. He moved to Boston right after college and ultimately graduated from Harvard Medical School. He completed a preliminary medicine internship at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Vivek Patel – Vivek was born and raised in Queens, New York. He attended Cornell University where he earned a BSc in Biology in 2006. He further pursued his interest in biomedical science at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University, where he investigated novel drug therapies for autoimmune thrombocytopenia. He joined the Albert Einstein College of Medicine MD PhD program in 2007. Working in the laboratory of Dr. Robert H. Singer, his research was directed towards revealing RNA recognition elements, “zipcodes,” that marked mRNAs for post- transcriptional control. Upon graduation, he completed an internship in Internal Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York before moving to Boston for residency training within the Harvard Radiation Oncology Program (HROP).
Luke Pike – Luke grew up in Grand Bank, a small town in rural Newfoundland, Canada. He received a joint honors degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry from Memorial University of Newfoundland. He went to complete a DPhil in Medical Oncology at Oxford University on the Rhodes Scholarship and then an MD at Yale. He did an internship in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. Luke has pursued competitive powerlifting at the varsity and international level. In his spare time, he likes to ride dual sport motorcycles in interesting places (Norway, Namibia, New Zealand).
Rifaquat Rahman – Rif was born in Montreal, Canada and moved to Randolph, New Jersey at a young age. As an undergraduate at Cornell University, he majored in neurobiology and psychology with a concentration in sleep neurobiology. He then completed his MD at Harvard Medical School. During medical school, he did a year of research investigating the use of magnetic resonance imaging in glioblastoma for assessment of prediction and assessment of treatment response. He joined the Harvard Radiation Oncology Program after completing a preliminary year in internal medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Zachary Reitman – Zach grew up outside of Philadelphia, PA. As an undergraduate, he studied biochemistry and molecular biology at Schreyer Honors College at Penn State. He then went on to complete the MD/PhD program at Duke University in North Carolina. There, he worked in the lab of Hai Yan in the Department of Pathology, studying genomics of brain tumors to inform the development of new therapies and to improve brain tumor classification. Zach then completed an internal medicine internship in Baltimore before moving up to Boston. He is interested in using discoveries in cancer genetics to guide and improve the treatment of oncology patients. In his free time, Zach enjoys hiking, camping, running and exploring the city.
Trevor Royce – Trevor was born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina where he developed a passion for basketball, travel, the outdoors, and vinegar-based pork barbecue. He attended the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he studied biomedical engineering. He pursued graduate school at Georgetown University in Washington, DC and then received an MD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. During medical school he spent some time in Africa developing a cancer registry for Malawi and also spent a year as a Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellow conducting health services research. He completed an internship in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA.
Nina Sanford – Nina was born in Beijing, China and moved to the US at the age of 3. She grew up in Newton, MA and attended Princeton University where she majored in Spanish and Pre-med. She then studied at Harvard Medical School and graduated in 2013. Before starting HROP, she completed a preliminary medicine internship at the Brigham and Woman’s Hospital. Outside of the hospital, Nina enjoys taking steps with her Fitbit, bargain hunting, and testing new Vitamix recipes. She is also looking forward to getting married in May of 2015.
Roshan Sethi – Roshan grew up in Calgary, Alberta before moving to Arizona in 2005, when he naturalized as a dual citizen of Canada and the United States. He majored in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at Yale University. He went on to Harvard Medical School, where he completed a Doris Duke Fellowship focusing on the use of proton radiotherapy for pediatric malignancies. He also works on the side as a screenwriter. He wrote for BLACK BOX (ABC) and CODE BLACK (CBS), and recently finished a script about Rosalind Franklin.
Veena Venkatachalam – Veena grew up in New Jersey and attended MIT as an undergraduate, where she majored in chemistry and biology. After college, she joined the Harvard/MIT MD-PhD program. As a Biophysics PhD student in the laboratory of Adam Cohen, she enjoyed combining a variety of techniques in microscopy, spectroscopy, molecular biology, and electrophysiology to engineer fluorescent biosensors of cellular membrane potential. Later on, during her clinical years, she discovered a passion for oncology, which was reinforced during her medical internship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She is excited to be starting her career as a physician-scientist in radiation oncology at HROP! When she’s not in the hospital or lab, she enjoys running, hiking, and spending time with family.
Divya Yerramilli – Divya grew up outside of Princeton, New Jersey before attending Duke University, where she earned degrees in Biology and Ethics. She then attended Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania where she completed her MD and Masters in Bioethics. She finished her intern year at Pennsylvania Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania. She hopes to continue pursuing her interest in ethics during residency. In her free time, she enjoys painting, Indian dancing, going to museums, playing various instruments, and eating ice cream.