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2014 - 2016
Ophelia Adipa, MD
Xinshu She, MD, MPH
Jennifer Werdenberg, MD
2015 - 2017
Jessica Bradford, MD
Sajithya Perera, MD
Unami Mulale, MD
Chris Carpenter, MD, MPH
Sara Gonzalez, DO
Leana May, DO, MPH
Molly Moore, MD
Brittany Potts, MD
Theresa Strong, MD
Jill Veselik, MD
Vanessa Wolfman, MD
I graduated from Williams College in 2006 and from Jefferson Medical College in 2011. I was awarded a Howard Hughes Summer research fellowship in 2005 when I assisted in one of the microbiology laboratories at the Pasteur Institute in Paris. I explored my interest in HIV through a summer research fellowship at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in August, 2008 and was accepted into the Hobart Amory Hare Medical Honor Society in 2009. I subsequently started my pediatric residency at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC in June, 2011. During residency, I completed an international elective in Ghana and will earn a Certificate in Global Child Health. My additional volunteer experiences have been in Senegal and Nicaragua.
Born in China, raised in Spain and educated in America, I grew up navigating across cultural and social systems. I love meeting people from different backgrounds and learning from them. My experiences with health disparities began when I taught African American children in West Philadelphia during College. By mentoring young children from an underserved community, we empowered them to live a healthy life and to pursue big dreams. In medical school, I lobbied in Washington DC and co-organized a national medical student service Project “Cover the Uninsured". I learned that as physicians, we can and we must become advocates for patients who otherwise have no voice in an imperfect system. As an MPH student, I studied the association between early puberty, childhood obesity and hypertension using a large Chinese epidemiological study. It changed my idea of challenges facing today's developing countries: chronic diseases are rapidly becoming predominant. I also coordinated a microfinance project in the DR Congo that provided sustainable funding to women and orphans despite the worldwide financial crisis. Empowerment, rather than charity, seemed to be the key to sustainable impact in Global Health. In 2009, I helped conduct a randomized controlled trial of iron fortification among rural children with the Chinese Center for Disease Control to prevent neuro-developmental delays. In 2010, I helped set up a pilot study in Guatemala City to incentivize early HIV detection via social networks. During residency, I spent 2 months living in the poorest province in China studying the health behaviors of school-age children and the community readiness for holistic school-based interventions. I am a recipient of the Albert Einstein Scholarship of Research and Service, The Albert Einstein Public Health Scholarship, the Johns Hopkins Global Health Field Study Grant and the American College of Preventive Medicine Future Leaders Student Award.
Jennifer graduated from Rice University in 2006 with a B.S. in Bioengineering focused on cellular and molecular engineering. During her time as an undergraduate Jenny remained active in serving under-resourced populations in Mexico, Boliva and Guatemala through her church as a medical translator as well as being a leader the Rice Student Volunteer Program her Junior year. As a senior she was awarded the Alan Grob Award in recognition of “Being a voice for those who cannot speak.” Following graduation she started medical School at University of Texas at Southwestern where she graduated in 2010 with her medical degree and a Certificate of Knowledge in Community Medicine which she earned secondary to her work throughout medical school in additional lectures, coursework, time spent in community clinics and capstone project with Vaccines for Children. Following medical school she became part of the first class of Global Health Pediatric Residents at Baylor College of Medicine. As part of her residency she spent twelve months working with the Baylor International Pediatric AIDs Initiative in Maseru, Lesotho in the Baylor Children’s Center of Excellence, an outpatient clinic for children with HIV, and as a supervisor on the wards of Lesotho’s national referral Center, Queen Mammohato Memorial Hospital. In addition to daily clinical duties she assisted in the mentoring and training of medical officers, organized and created lectures regarding common pediatric issues, assisted in the revision of clinical care guidelines and developed learning tools to assist the hospital medical officers during their transition to pediatric care. Additionally she became a certified Helping Babies Breathe trainer and participated in a grant to study the efficacy of this curriculum in Lesotho, Botswana, Swaziland and Malawi.
Jessica received a BS in mathematics and a BA in German from the University of Notre Dame in 1997. Following graduation she worked for a few years as a research assistant on a project on group B streptococcus vaccine development. She then attended medical school at Vanderbilt University. During medical school she had the opportunity to spend time at Siloam Family Health Center, a clinic providing health care to the uninsured population in Nashville, many of whom are immigrants or refugees. Jessica then went to University of Rochester, Strong Memorial Hospital, for residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. During residency she did a rotation in Gaborone, Botswana caring for children with HIV. Following residency Jessica worked with Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative for 6 years in Tanzania. There she cared for children infected and affected by HIV, TB, and malnutrition. She also educated other health care providers about pediatric HIV. In addition, she taught Tanzanian medical students about general pediatrics during their clinical rotation at Sekou Toure Regional Hospital in Mwanza, Tanzania. While in Tanzania she helped developed the country’s curriculum for Pediatric HIV with the National AIDS Control Program. She also helped start a program for women living with HIV with young children to counsel and support other pregnant women living with HIV regarding testing, HIV prophylaxis and treatment, and infant feeding, to help keep those women in care and facilitate their babies receiving appropriate services. In 2014 Jessica attended the AIDS 2014 Conference in Melbourne, Australia, and presented a poster on ART in children under 2 years of age in Mbeya, Tanzania.
Originally from Sri Lanka, Saji attended the College of William and Mary and graduated with a BSc in Biology and Environment Science in 2008. During her time as an undergraduate, Saji was a University of Washington/National Institutes of Health MIRT (Multidisciplinary International Research Training) Fellow and collaborated with colleagues in Seattle, Washington and Bangkok, Thailand to complete a cross-sectional population study investigating the association between elevated liver enzymes and metabolic syndrome among Thai adults. After graduation, Saji attended Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA and earned her medical degree in 2012. Following medical school, Saji completed her residency training in pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters/Eastern Virginia Medical School with a certificate in public health. Throughout her time as a medical student and resident, Saji worked in various global settings including the Philippines, India and Belize participating in mobile clinics geared towards reaching patient populations with poor access to medical care as well as helping educate local nurses, students and teachers. Saji is the recipient of the 2011 Physicians for Peace Dr. Charles E. Horton Scholarship and 2015 Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters/Eastern Virginia Medical School Global Health Award.
Unami grew up in Botswana as one of six children, and was raised by a mother who didn’t complete elementary school and a father who went against tradition to educate his girls. After completing her education at college level in Botswana, she went to medical school in Grenada and subsequently did Pediatric Residency and Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship in New York, with a longstanding vision to contribute to building Botswana’s first children’s hospital. Unami views medicine as a platform to bring complete wellness and wholeness, and not merely to treat disease.
The future of pediatrics will be forged by thinking differently, breaking paradigms and joining together in a shared vision of tackling the toughest challenges before us.”