our residents!

Leen Bakdash, MD

Position: PGY1

Leen Bakdash, MD
Pronouns: she/her

Undergraduate: University of Chicago
Medical School: Emory University

Originally from Wichita, Kansas, Leen completed college at the University of Chicago where she studied Biological Sciences and Health and Society. There, she grew fascinated by social determinants of health, especially as they pertain to refugee and immigrant communities, interests she pursued in medical school at Emory University. For fun, Leen enjoys baking, cooking, and exploring local coffee shops.

 

 

 

Gabrielle Montalbano, MD

Position: PGY1

Gabrielle Montalbano, MD
Pronouns: she/her

Undergraduate: University of California, Los Angeles
Medical School: University of Colorado

Gabrielle is originally from Chicago and went to college at UCLA, where she studied Human Biology and Society and Public Health, then went on to medical school at University of Colorado. Some of her favorite past activities include researching neglected tropical diseases such as toxoplasma, working on a street medicine project for harm reduction, and working on a WASH project with a community in rural Uganda. She has also enjoyed engaging in activism as part of Students for a National Health Program and absolutely loved getting involved in medical education towards the end of medical school. Gabrielle is interested in global health and refugee/immigrant health, particularly infectious diseases and possibly being a dual med-peds hospitalist. Outside of work, she loves to spend time with family/friends, cooking, music, and traveling. She used to work in California as a backpacking guide, so she loves to spend her time off in the outdoors and is always happy to bring new friends along! 

 

 

Kiarra Mouzon, MD

Position: PGY1

Kiarra Mouzon, MD
Pronouns: she/her

Undergraduate: State University of New York, Binghamton
Medical School: Drexel University

Kiarra is originally from Long Island, New York. She attended undergrad at SUNY Binghamton in upstate New York (Go Bearcats!) where she received a B.S in Integrative Neuroscience. She took a few gap years afterwards, and received a Masters Degree through the Drexel Pathway to Medical School post-baccalaureate program. She  continued on at Drexel for medical school, held leadership positions within the Student National Medical Association and was selected as a member of GHHS. Outside of work, she loves to travel, try new restaurants (she is a major foodie), and partake in various workouts such as pilates, barre and kickboxing. 

 

 

Katya Skaritanov, MD

Position: PGY1

Katya Skaritanov, MD
Pronouns: she/her

Undergraduate: University of Connecticut
Medical School: University of Massachusetts

Katya grew up in Needham, Massachusetts, and went on to study Physiology & Neurobiology at UConn (Go Huskies!). She completed medical school at UMass in Worcester. She is excited to move to Providence with her partner, Jordan, who currently flies for a private charter company. Outside of work she enjoys cooking, live music, reading, and discovering new breweries and restaurants. The love of her life is her parents’ dachshund named ‘Watson’.

 

 

Jevin Clark

Position: PGY2

Jevin Clark, MD
Pronouns: she/her

Undergraduate: Lehigh University
Medical School: Howard University

Jevin hails from Washington, D.C. Before medical school, she studied Chemical Engineering at Lehigh University and then joined the National Institutes of Health as a research fellow. She later attended Howard University College of Medicine where she discovered a passion for providing accessible information and resources to underserved communities.

Jevin is a food enthusiast who loves trying new restaurants, perfecting recipes, and food photography. On a perfect day, you can find Jevin outside enjoying the sunshine and reading the New York Times.

Residency Highlights: 

  • Positive Champion of the Learning Environment, 2024

 

 

 

Katherine Hobbs

Position: PGY2

Katherine Hobbs, MD
Pronouns: she/her

Undergraduate: Middlebury College
Medical School: Brown University

Katherine grew up in Menlo Park, California, but has been in New England for the past decade. She went to undergrad at Middlebury College in Vermont where she played soccer and majored in history. Before landing at Brown for medical school, she spent two years as a research assistant coordinating Alzheimer’s drug trials. Prior to residency, she caught the RI bug (and met her partner, a neurosurgery resident at Brown), so she was thrilled to match at Brown for residency.

During residency, Katherine looks forward to continue playing in her women’s soccer league, jumping in the ocean year-round, and spending as much of her free time outside and with friends as possible.

 

 

 

Nora Jean-Baptiste

Position: PGY2

Nora Jean-Baptiste, MD MSc
Pronouns: she/her

Undergraduate: University of South Florida
Medical School: Morehouse School of Medicine

Nora is originally from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and later grew up in Florida. She studied Biomedical Sciences and Psychology at the University of South Florida, then attended medical school at Morehouse. She is devoted to serving others through medicine and looks forward to supporting the patient population in Rhode Island.

Nora enjoys hiking, visiting botanical gardens, reading, painting, Kdramas, writing, and seeking new teas and health tonics.

 

 

Athena Manatis-Lornell

Position: PGY2

Athena Manatis-Lornell, MD
Pronouns: she/her

Undergraduate: Tulane University
Medical School: Rush Medical College (AOA, GHHS)

Originally from Cape Cod, Athena is excited to be back in the northeast for med-peds residency. She attended medical school at Rush Medical College in Chicago, where she was selected for GHHS and AOA. Before going to medical school, she majored in English at Tulane University in New Orleans and then lived abroad in London for several years working in corporate communications.

Athena looks forward to getting back into skiing and spending time exploring the Rhode Island coast this summer with her husband, Tom, and daughter, Mia.

 

 

Maya Tsao-Wu

Position: PGY2

Maya Tsao-Wu, MD
Pronouns: she/her

Undergraduate: Pomona College
Medical School: Penn State College of Medicine

Maya grew up mostly in Alaska and Vietnam before going to Pomona College, where she graduated Cum Laude with a BA in molecular biology. After a year working as an ED scribe in Washington state, she moved to Hershey, Pennsylvania for medical school. Maya enjoyed volunteering with the student pediatric society, especially in her role as the Paw Prints Editor, delivering monthly activity booklets to children in the hospitals, ED, and clinics. She also enjoyed mentoring pre-med students from throughout southcentral Pennsylvania and returning to Arizona to work with Indian Health Service as part of Penn State’s Global Health Scholar Program.

Brown stood out to Maya on the interview trail because of the incredible kindness and warmth of the faculty and residents, along with the strength of its categorical training programs. Maya is currently undecided on her career path, but she has particularly enjoyed her experiences in childhood obesity research, infectious disease, and global health.

In her free time, Maya enjoys cross country skiing, sci-fi/fantasy audiobooks, lettering, bullet journaling, praying, and eating good food with friends and family.

Residency highlights:

 

 

Anita Gandhi

Position: PGY3

Anita Gandhi, MD
Pronouns: she/her

Undergraduate: University of North Carolina
Medical School: East Carolina University (AOA, GHHS)

Anita received her BSPH from the University of North Carolina, with an honors thesis on molecular mechanisms of alcoholic steatohepatitis. She worked as a biology teacher in an under resourced high school and as a medical scribe before enrolling in medical school. Her medical school projects reflected her interests in education, quality improvement, and health disparities. She completed projects assessing educational interventions promoting use of POCUS in the NICU, access to long-acting reversible contraceptives in the OB resident clinic, and QI projects on diabetic foot exams in the Med-Peds resident clinic. She was inducted into AOA and GHHS and founded an IHI student interest group. She enjoys event planning, design and baking, interval training, karaoke, and cultural immersion opportunities. She considers her hometowns to be Essex Junction, VT, Jersey City, NJ, and Sanford, NC.

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Tabitha Ndung’u

Position: PGY3

Tabitha Ndung’u, MD
Pronouns: she/her

Undergraduate: Warren Wilson College
Medical School: Louisiana State University

Tabitha is from Kijabe, Kenya. She attended Warren Wilson College where she was a biochemistry major. Following graduation, she received an MPH from Tulane. She attended LSU for medical school, where she was a rural scholar. In medical school she was a facilitator for Critical Consciousness in Medicine course and held leadership positions in Wilderness Medicine SIG as well as the Christian Medical and Dental Association. After her rural service commitment in Louisiana, Tabitha hopes to return to Kenya with the goal of establishing chronic disease management clinics. Tabitha enjoys cooking Kenyan cuisine, trail running, and visiting zoos, aquariums, and museums.

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Cecilia Paasche

Position: PGY3

Cecilia Paasche, MD
Pronouns: she/her

Undergraduate: Swarthmore College
Medical School: Tel Aviv University

Cecilia attended Swarthmore College, graduating with a degree in Neuroscience with honors in 2016. She attended Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University, where she was awarded Outstanding Student in the Internal Medicine Clerkship and Outstanding Student in the Pediatrics Clerkship. At Sackler, she published research on the impact of virtual physician disclosures of personal struggle on medical students as well as research on substance use disorders. She also served as managing editor of the Sackler Journal of Medicine chapter, co-president of the American Medical Women’s Association, and led workshops on Racism in Medicine, Maternal Mortality, and the Impact of COVID-19 on Women. Cecilia enjoys writing and reading fiction and poetry, watercolor painting, playing Scrabble and solving crossword puzzles, yoga, and playing piano and percussion instruments.

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Anu Goel

Position: PGY4

Anu Goel, MD
Pronouns: he/him

Undergraduate: Washington University in St. Louis
Medical School: Weill Cornell Medicine

Anu graduated Summa cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in Neuroscience and minors in Spanish and Music. He attended medical school at Cornell, where he was very involved in the arts and humanities. He led both WCM’s Music and Medicine initiative and the Journal of Humanities, and performed with many groups throughout NYC. His research interests were in the use of complementary and integrative medicine in palliative care. Anu is also interested in medical education, having spent time in medical school working on curriculum development and receiving a certificate in effective clinical teaching.

In his spare time, Anu enjoys performing music (#DocsWhoRock on Twitter), comedy, cooking and baking, meditation, and board games.

Residency highlights: 

 

 

Emily Kruse

Position: PGY4

Emily Kruse, MD
Pronouns: she/her

Undergraduate: University of Notre Dame
Medical School: University of Minnesota

Emily grew up in a suburb of Minneapolis. She attended undergrad at the University of Notre Dame, where she studied abroad in London for a semester and graduated with a Science-Business major and Poverty Studies minor. She worked as a medical scribe and volunteered as an inmate supporter through the Minnesota Department of Corrections during her gap year after college. At the University of Minnesota Medical School, Emily researched racial and gender biases in medicine and worked to implement opioid harm reduction strategies in the Twin Cities community through syringe exchanges and street outreach programs. She hopes to become a dual internal medicine/pediatrics urban academic hospitalist and complete fellowships in addiction medicine and toxicology.

Outside of medicine, Emily enjoys kayaking in the Boundary Waters of MN, vegetarian cooking, crosswords, teaching her female cat Jimmy new tricks, and spending time with loved ones.

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Tamara Lhungay

Position: PGY4

Tamara Lhungay, MD
Pronouns: she/her

Undergraduate: University of Colorado
Medical school: University of Colorado

Tamara grew up in rural Hygiene, Colorado. She attended the University of Colorado where she graduated with honors with a B.S. in Biology and dual minors in Interdisciplinary Research Methods and Health Humanities. At the University of Colorado School of Medicine, she developed an interest in oncology and survivorship, as well as in serving refugee and migrant populations. (Her father is a Tibetan refugee and her mother is the daughter of Dominican and Jamaican immigrants.) Her research was mainly focused on quality improvement and oncology, but her guiding star remained the humanity within medicine. Wanderlust struck, and after crisscrossing the country, Tamara fell in love with New England, and Brown instantly felt like home because of the warm and genuine people, paired with academic excellence and a supportive and growth-focused culture.

In her free time, Tamara enjoys hiking, skiing, (or any outdoor activity), and will say yes to most adventures. When she must stay indoors she enjoys board games, crocheting, and spending time with her two cats, Remi and Theo.

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Rebecca Raymond-Kolker

Position: PGY4

Rebecca Raymond-Kolker, MD
Pronouns: they/them

Undergraduate: Smith College
Medical School: Brown University (GHHS)

Becca completed their undergraduate studies at Smith College with a BA in Latin American Studies. Prior to a post-bac program at Bryn Mawr College, Becca worked as a case manager for tenants living with serious mental and chronic illnesses in the Bronx. As a medical student, they completed the Brown Advocates for Social Change and Equity (BASCE) fellowship, a scholarly concentration in Medical Humanities and Ethics, and was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Becca has produced multiple episodes of the Cribsiders pediatric podcast and is on the national leadership team of Medical Student Pride Alliance.

They enjoy bike paths, yoga, mystery novels, and farmers’ markets. Becca speaks basic Spanish and completed a semester of cultural identity studies in Chile.

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Laura Schwartz

Position: PGY4

Laura Schwartz, MD
Pronouns: she/her

Undergraduate: George Washington University
Medical School: University of Massachusetts (AOA, GHHS)

Laura graduated from George Washington University with a BS in Biological Anthropology. At UMass she was a leader in diversity and inclusion advocacy. She was the founder of their White Coats for Black Lives chapter, expanded the LGBTQ+ student group QMass to the UMass Baystate campus, and created a new umbrella organization Student Coalition for Advocacy, Inclusion & Equity. She was engaged in asylum evaluations and community tutoring.

Laura enjoys musical theater, skiing, the Washington Nationals, and knitting (dozens of NICU baby hats and counting!)

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