The 2013-2015 Michigan RWJF Clinical Scholars Program Cohort
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Lauren Hughes, MD, MPH
University of Michigan

Lauren Hughes is a family physician who pursued her undergraduate studies in zoology and Spanish at Iowa State University, her graduate training in health policy at The George Washington University, and her medical degree at the University of Iowa.  She served as the national president of the American Medical Student Association for one year prior to completing her residency at the University of Washington in Seattle.  Dr. Hughes has volunteered in a federally qualified health center through AmeriCorps, worked at Iowa Senator Tom Harkin’s office in Washington, DC, and studied medicine and health systems in Brazil, Sweden, Tanzania, and Botswana.  She has been a visiting scholar at the Robert Graham Center and at ABC News Medical Unit in New York City.

She plans a career combining community health center practice, health policy and administration, and academic family medicine. As an RWJ Clinical Scholar, she will focus her research in primary care workforce development and innovations in primary care delivery

Justin List, MD, MAR (VA Scholar)
University of Michigan

Justin List received his undergraduate degree in biology and religion from Augustana College (IL).  He then went on to study ethics at Yale University Divinity School and completed a fellowship at the Institute for Ethics at the American Medical Association afterwards.  During medical school at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, he trained through the NIH/Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars program in Kampala, Uganda as study coordinator for a TB/HIV active case finding community-based project.  He completed his internal medicine training in the Yale Primary Care program.  He has written on topics in the areas of bioethics, global health, service learning, and social justice.

He would like to conduct health services research and provide consulting skills to strengthen primary care health systems, including more effective chronic disease care management.  He also intends to practice primary care. His research interests include understanding risk perception for diabetes among pre-diabetic patients, screening/treatment disparities in cancer care, data linking social determinants of health to chronic diseases, and learning implementation science skills to translate clinical research into public health programming and policy.

Michelle Moniz, MD
University of Michigan

Michelle Moniz is an Obstetrician-Gynecologist who grew up in Los Angeles, California.  She earned her undergraduate degree in Biology and English from the Johns Hopkins University.  Dr. Moniz studied medicine at Washington University in Saint Louis and went on to complete her residency training with the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh/Magee-Women’s Hospital.

She hopes to be a Clinician-Investigator in an academic ObGyn department where she can work with medical trainees. During her residency, she studied the effects of a text messaging intervention on pregnant women’s preventive health beliefs and behaviors.  As a scholar, she is interested in leveraging cellular phone technologies and public health marketing for health promotion among obstetric populations.  She is also interested in exploring novel ways for physicians to communicate with patients and motivate health promoting behaviors.

Elizabeth Patton, MD (VA Scholar)
University of Michigan

Elizabeth Patton is an obstetrician-gynecologist interested in patient communication and understanding of risk in the OG/GYN setting.  She is originally from Harvard, Massachusetts and earned a BA in Comparative Religion and the History of Science at Harvard University.  She subsequently completed a Masters of Philosophy in Theology at Cambridge University in the UK.  After working for a couple of years while completing her post-baccalaureate premedical requirements, she attended the University of Massachusetts Medical School, obtaining her medical degree.  She recently completed a four year obstetrics and gynecology residency at Northwestern in Chicago, where she had the opportunity to work at both Northwestern Prentice Women’s Hospital and Stroger Hospital of Cook County.

Having found her experiences working with underserved populations through her resident clinic and at Stroger Hospital of Cook County to have been the most meaningful and satisfying of her residency training.  She would like to eventually work in an academic setting that serves a similar population.  She would like to work with communities to design systems of women’s health care that innovatively meet community needs for education and OB/GYN care. She is interested in patients’ understanding of risk and how that understanding affects decision making in OB/GYN clinical care, particularly in communities with lower health literacy.  She is also interested in communication between physicians, patients and the healthcare team, its impact on patient safety, and how system changes can improve patient care.

Andrew J. Schoenfeld, MD (VA Scholar)
University of Michigan

Andrew J. Schoenfeld earned bachelor’s degrees in history and integrated life sciences at Kent State University before going on to medical school at the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine.  He completed an orthopaedic surgery residency at Akron General Medical Center/Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine and then engaged in a spine surgical fellowship at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital/Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  He subsequently served four years on active duty with the United States Army, where he deployed to Afghanistan and served as the Clinical Director of the Medical Evaluation Board, Fort Bliss Texas, as well as the Director of Orthopaedic Research for the William Beaumont Army Medical Center/Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Orthopaedic Residency Program.

He anticipates a career in academic orthopaedics and spinal medicine with a research focus on healthcare disparities in musculoskeletal medicine and the impact of chronic medical conditions on the development of musculoskeletal disease as well as their impact on outcomes following treatment. His research interests include examining surgical healthcare disparities present in single payer systems and their underlying etiologies as well as investigating change agents capable of enhancing care for spinal and degenerative disorders within underserved populations.  As a clinical scholar, he plans to discern the impact of chronic infectious diseases on the development and severity of musculoskeletal conditions, particularly within the American Veteran population.

Renuka Tipirneni, MD
University of Michigan

Renuka Tipirneni is a general internist motivated to improve the health care system for vulnerable populations.  She completed her undergraduate training at Cornell University, medical degree and certificate in biomedical research at the University of California, San Francisco, and primary care internal medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).  During her training, she was active in legislative advocacy efforts, most notably in organizing health professional students across California to promote universal health care through lobby day events.  After residency, she stayed on at MGH to work at a community health center serving immigrants and other underserved groups in Chelsea, MA.  She is interested in investigating how local and national health care reform implementation may impact health disparities, and how the delivery system may be optimized to improve care for vulnerable populations.

She will pursue a career in academic medicine and public health/health policy.  Her career goals are to work to find innovative ways of creating an ideal health care system for underserved populations and to work toward eliminating health disparities. She is interested in the potential impact of health care reform on health disparities and generally in issues related to health care access, primary care redesign, immigrant health, and vulnerable populations.

William Wood, MD (VA Scholar)
University of Michigan

William Wood is a general surgery resident at the University of California, San Francisco – East Bay Surgery Program. He received an Associate’s degree in Biology from Santa Rosa Junior College in California and a Bachelor’s degree in Integrative Biology from University of California, Berkeley. He continued his education in the Joint Medical Program, a dual-degree program through the University of California, San Francisco where he completed his medical degree (M.D.), and the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health, where he earned his Masters of Science (MS). His Master’s thesis focused on MRSA infections amongst intercollegiate athletes.

He is pursuing a career as a clinically active surgeon and academic clinician-researcher. He intends to become a leader in the field of patient safety. His introduction to research began as an undergrad in an animal behavior lab while working with stomatopods and octopus, taking him to distant places such as Mo’orea, French Polynesia. After graduating from Cal, he joined researchers at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, M.D. to study the effects of Helicobacter pylori in a murine model. As an RWJ Clinical Scholar, he will conduct outcomes-based studies in surgery to improve patient safety and policy.


Enesha Cobb, MD, MS
University of Michigan

Enesha Cobb is an emergency medicine resident who is interested in the use of multimedia for patient education and the use of multimedia and social networking applications to improve health literacy and decrease high-risk behaviors amongst emergency department patients; she is also interested in boosting emergency medical care to a new level of involvement in health services research, community partnership, and the reduction of health disparities.

April Inniss, MD
University of Michigan

April Inness is a pediatrician who is interested in employing the life-course perspective to understand and address racial and ethnic health inequities. She aspires to influence policies related to social determinants of health, with the perspective that much of policy is fundamentally health policy. Her research interests include the diversity of the U.S. pediatrician workforce, health social movements at the grassroots level, community-based participatory research as a tool to build community capacity that can be used to address social determinants of health and improve the local social milieu, and how child-serving institutions (such as schools and day care programs) can more effectively interface with the health care system to improve health status and health outcomes for children.

Peter Jenkins, MD
University of Michigan

After graduating from Williams College, Peter Jenkins joined Teach for America and taught second and third grade in Baltimore for several years. Impressed by the health needs of his students, he moved to Philadelphia in pursuit of a career in medicine. While attending medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, Peter studied injury prevention among adolescents in West Philadelphia. He then completed general surgery residency and a critical care fellowship at Penn. During residency, Peter studied variations in outcomes among trauma patients.

He plans to practice at a Level 1 academic trauma center and to promote an integrated disaster response system. His rsearch interests include Emergency and Trauma Surgery Outcomes, Disaster Response System Modeling, and Vulnerable Populations.

Kori Sauser, MD, MS
University of Michigan

Kori Sauser is an emergency medicine resident interested in improving outcomes for patients who present to the emergency department with acute heart failure, namely by decreasing re-hospitalization.

Megha Shah, MD, MS
University of Michigan

Megha Shah is a family medicine resident who is interested in the concepts of community engaged research and would like to select a health outcome to address for a specific community and conduct a community needs assessment with the help of community partners to develop strategies to improve health outcomes.

Katherine Vickery, MD, MS
University of Michigan

Katherine Vickery is a family medicine resident who is interested in innovative approaches to healthcare re-design to improve health disparities by using participatory approaches to research that increase patient and community engagement and partner citizens with healthcare providers to improve health inequities; she is also interested in exploring innovative models for medical education using community-based participatory research to facilitate resident and medical student learning.

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