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Jessica Cheng

Jessica Chang

B.S., Emory University

M.D., Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University

Jessica was born in Atlanta, and raised in Marietta, GA. She graduated magna cum laude from Emory University and is excited to be returning to Emory after medical school at the Medical College of Georgia. She participated in research in the departments of Radiation Oncology and Cancer Pathology during her time at Emory and continuing into medical school, resulting in 2 publications and 2 poster presentations. She served as a research fellow at the CDC where she completed a project on tuberculosis prevention. In addition to her academic work, Jessica has also been involved in various humanitarian efforts. She has served as a peer leader, tutor, and community service organizer. In her free time, Jessica enjoys cooking, hiking, and traveling.

 

Ann Decker

Ann Marie Decker

B.A., University of Virginia

M.D., University of Maryland School of Medicine

Ann Marie graduated with distinction from the University of Virginia in biology and psychology.  While at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, she was a member of the Combined Accelerated Program in Psychiatry.  While in undergrad and medical school, Ann Marie spent several summers at the NIMH in biomedical research in the Section on Bipolar Spectrum Disorders and Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program.  She investigated an experimental diagnosis in children with persistent irritability that had previously been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder (Temper Dysphoria Dysregulation Disorder in DSM5).  Ann Marie also has a passion for music, including vocals and guitar.  She sang in the medical student singing group, the Hippocratic Notes a Capella Singers, and was selected as President as a second year medical student.  The group performed several times a year, including a performance at the NBME 100th Annual Meeting.

 

Jesse Fredeen

Jesse Fredeen

B.A., Dartmouth College

M.S., University of Cincinnati

M.D., Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine

Jesse completed his undergraduate degree at Dartmouth College in Psychology and Brain Sciences.  After graduation from Dartmouth College, Jesse completed a Master of Science degree in Physiology from the University of Cincinnati.  He has been an active member of his medical school class, and was chosen by his peers to serve as the President of the Psychiatry Student Interest Group.  He has an interest in journalism, and has published sports medicine articles in a variety of online publications including Deadspin, Sports on Earth, VICE Sports, and Jezebel.

 

Andrea Green

Andrea Green

B.A., Duke University

M.D., Wake Forest School of Medicine of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

Andrea graduated magna cum laude from Duke University with a distinction in psychology.  While at Duke, she worked as a research assistant in a psychology lab and produced two first author peer-reviewed publications about ADHD in college students.  Growing up with a brother who has autism, Andrea developed an early interest and passion for autism advocacy.  She founded a chapter of Autism Speaks in her high school, raising awareness and money for autism.  In medical school, she organized a team to participate in and donate to the Autism Speaks walk annually.  Her fiancé will be a Psychosomatic Medicine fellow at Emory beginning in July.

 

Carolina Medeiros

Carolina Medeiros

M.D., Universidade Federal do Ceará (UFC) Faculdade de Medicina

Carolina was born and raised in Fortaleza, Brazil, but spent four years of her childhood living in Tennessee.  She attended medical school at the Universidade Federal do Ceará (UFC), graduating in 2014.  Carolina became passionate about psychiatry early on, and while in medical school, joined the Affective Disorders Study Group, a group responsible for the outpatient care of more than two hundred patients with bipolar disorder.  Her work with this organization led to three international oral presentations and several poster presentations in national and international meetings. Carolina has a first author publication in Biological Psychiatry on the use of ketamine in patients with depression and two other international publications concerning HIV and bipolar disorder. Following graduation from medical school, she worked as a general practitioner in the public health system of Brazil. Carolina is extremely enthusiastic about research and teaching and plans on working in academic psychiatry in the future. In her free time she enjoys watching movies and sitcoms, reading fantasy literature and musical biographies, and listening to new and old rock and indie bands.

 

Gaby Ritfeld

Gaby Ritfeld

Ph.D., Universiteit Leiden Medical Center

M.D., Universiteit Leiden Medical Center

Gaby was born in Paramaribo, Suriname, and grew up in the Netherlands. Before medical school, she spent six months in Mexico volunteering at an orphanage and middle school. Gaby attended medical school at Leiden University in the Netherlands, and in her second year, she was selected for the competitive MD/PhD program. She conducted her research in the US as an MD/PhD fellow in labs at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Pittsburgh and received her PhD in Neuroscience. Her research involved the investigation of questions pertaining to cell-mediated neuroprotective treatment strategies after spinal cord injury. She successfully wrote a high quality dissertation as well as numerous peer-reviewed journal articles. Gaby has competed internationally in badminton tournaments and leagues.

 

Eric Stanshine

Eric Stanshine

B.S., Emory University

M.B.A.,Temple University Fox School of Business

M.D., Temple University School of Medicine

Eric graduated from Emory University with a degree in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology.  While at Emory, he founded the ice hockey team, and served as president, captain, and eventual coach of the club.  He attended Temple University School of Medicine, during which he took a year away to pursue a Master of Business Administration degree.  He also used this time to progress a company that he created the previous year, CapShine, Inc.  He is the founder and Co-CEO of the company that created a cold remedy product currently in development.  During medical school, Eric also created and implemented a ride sharing system for medical students to use during rotations.  Outside of school, Eric enjoys painting and spending time with friends.

 

Joseph Vinson

Joseph Vinson

B.S., Toccoa Falls College

M.D., Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University

Joseph double majored in Cross-Cultural Studies and Biology at Toccoa Falls College.  While there, he played on the men’s soccer team and was an Academic All-American, an All-Regional athlete, and Valedictorian of his college class.   He attended the Medical College of Georgia where he founded the Medical Humanities Interest Group and also founded Folia Literary Magazine, an online magazine where students, faculty and the local community share reflections on health care.  While at MCG he also performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of clinical medical education in underserved areas and eventual practice outcomes.  He was also selected by his peers as an Honor Counsel Representative.  Joseph enjoys playing soccer, golf, hiking, and the drums.

 

James Walker

James Walker

B.A., B.S., Johns Hopkins University

M.P.H., Emory University Rollins School ofPublic Health

M.D., Emory University School of Medicine

James graduated from Johns Hopkins with a BS in Molecular and Cellular Biology and a BA in Earth and Planetary Science.   At Hopkins, he was captain of the Track and Field and Cross Country teams for two years and held several school records.  Prior to beginning medical school, James obtained an MPH degree from the Rollins School of Public Health with a concentration in epidemiology.  He then attended Emory for medical school, where he was an active volunteer with the Lifeline Animal Project, the AWARE Wildlife Center, and TREES Atlanta.  He worked with Dr. Nadine Kaslow as a discovery student with the NIA project where he did a psychometric analysis of the scales used in the Grady CAMP project.  In his spare time, he performs complete restorations of vintage motorcycles from the 1960s and 70s.

 

Joseph Wilson

Joseph Wilson

B.A., Pomona College

M.D., Emory University School of Medicine

Joseph graduated Cum Laude from Pomona College with a BA in Neuroscience.  He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and was Co-chair of the Senior Class Social Committee.  For a year after graduation, he worked as a Research Assistant at the Oregon Health Science Center exploring treatments for Rett Syndrome using a mouse model.  While at Emory for medical school, he remained active in research and worked with the Grady Trauma Project on a project called Stress Related Psychobiology and inflammation in Diabetic African American Women.  He was treasurer of the Psychiatry Interest Group and the recipient of the Scaife Fellowship to work in Pittsburgh at the Institute for Research, Education, and Training in Addictions.  Joseph enjoys playing basketball, running, stand-up comedy, and board games.

 

Diana Woodall

Diana Woodall

B.A., Emory University

M.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Diana attended Emory as a F. Glenn Candler scholar and graduated with a BA in Sociology. In undergrad, she did research on the role of tobacco use in prison and was President and Editor-in-Chief of the Emory Undergraduate Research Journal. She then attended UNC-Chapel Hill for medical school, where she served as a student leader of the Psychiatry Interest Group and volunteered at a local homeless shelter helping to perform psychiatric evaluations. She also organized an initiative to provide information regarding community resources for substance abuse treatment. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and attending concerts.