Tammy Abughnaim, MD

Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine- Rockford 

Undergraduate:University of Chicago, Biological Sciences 

Service: High school student mentor at National Leadership Conference

Work: Saint Anthony Hospital, Development operations coordinator. Arab American Action Network, Youth Organizing Staff 

Notables: EMRA Emergency Medicine Essay winner 

Outside of Medicine: Hiking, running, writing, swimming and scuba diving, space movies, reading


Uzma Ahmad, MD

Medical School: University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine

Undergraduate: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; Health Planning and Administration

Service: Relief trip to Staten Island after Hurricane Sandy – President Obama’s Golden Volunteer Service Award

Work: Tennis coach

Research: Social determinants of health for patients utilizing free clinic, bio-behavioral factors of DM

Notables: Health literacy advocate and free clinic volunteer at Apollo Hospital in Hyderabad, India

Outside of Medicine: tennis, bouldering, frisbee, biking, beatboxing, hanging with my nieces and nephews

Matthew Aronson, MD

Medical School: Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

Undergraduate: Yale University, Psychology and Neuroscience

Service: Big Siblings Program, New Haven, CT. Students-Advising-Students, Loyola SSOM

Work: Peak Performance Project (P3): professional athlete training and research

Research: Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology, EEG Biofeedback

Notables: Yale Lacrosse Team Captain

Outside of Medicine: Exercise, Hanging with Doug (my dog) and Courtney (my wife)

Manuel Bernal Mejia, MD

Medical School: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

Undergraduate: University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, Biology

Service: LMSA National Immigration Caucus Chair, Stritch Pride Treasurer, Access To Care Clinic Interpreter

Work: Quinn Community Center Summer Camp Manager, ER Scribe

Research: Nanofiber based bone repair device for limb salvage; cochlear deafness in inherited polyneuropathies

Notables: Recipient of That All May Be One: A Celebration of Cultural Unity Award, 2018. Short prose published in  The Country I Call Home: Stories of Growing up Citizen in Every Way but One.

Outside of Medicine: Hiking, Camping,  Swimming, Brews (of all kind), Puppies. 

Christian Capanna, MD

Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Undergraduate: Loyola University Chicago, Biology and Classical Civilizations

Service: Director of Pride at Einstein, Director of Bronx based harm reduction program, Director of HIV Rapid Testing and Education program, Steering Committee of Project Kindness.

Work: Peer Tutor, Anatomy Teaching Assistant

Research: Prostate Cancer Education Intervention Among Western Jamaican Men

Notables: Proud SAEM dodgeball champion

Outside of Medicine: Video Games, Dungeons and Dragons, Weight lifting and playing with my dog.

Thomas Cranmer, MD

Medical School: University of California, Davis School of Medicine

Undergraduate: University of San Diego, Psychology, and International Relations

Service: Military Scholarship Mentor, Event Medicine, Student-Run Free Clinics

Work: Naval Special Warfare SEAL Officer

Research: Short Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) in the ED

Notables: Gold Humanism Honor Society

Outside of Medicine: Spending time with my wife and 3 kids, backpacking, travel, snowboarding, mountain biking


Tim Hanaway, MD

Medical School: University of Missouri- Kansas City 6 Year B.A. Biology/M.D. Program

Undergraduate:  University of Missouri- Kansas City 6 Year B.A. Biology/M.D. Program

Service: Wounded Warrior Project

Work: United States Air Force Flight Surgeon

Research: DVT Mimics: What should the emergency physician consider?  emDocs.net

Notables: Randolph AFB EMS Director, Top Knife Fighter Surgeon School Graduate

Outside of Medicine: Golf, Snowboarding, Sports

Tim Henderson, MD

Medical School: The University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine

Undergraduate: Middlebury College, History of Art and Architecture

Service: Spanish interpretation at free clinics

Work: Congressional intern, research assistant, alpine ski racing coach, bartender, med school peer academic tutor, Board exam prep question writer

Research: Breast cancer screening and risk assessment, barriers to medication-assisted opioid abuse treatment, predicting treatment outcomes in soft-tissue sarcoma

Notables: NCAA Division I alpine ski racing; Burdenko Method Level 1 certification

Outside of Medicine: Mountain/downhill/road biking, alpine/Nordic/backcountry skiing, geology, baking bread, visiting my family in Lake Tahoe, finally living less than 3,000 miles from my girlfriend


Ryan McKillip, MD

Medical School: University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Undergraduate: Pepperdine University, Financial Accounting

Service: New Life Volunteering Society free clinic Volunteer Coordinator

Work: Medical school peer educator; PricewaterhouseCoopers Certified Public Accountant 

Research: ED presentations of patients with LVADs; Development of a resident personal finance curriculum; Radiation oncology clerkship curriculum outcomes; Patient perceptions of pharmacogenomics

Notables: MDintheBlack.com contributor; ASCPT Presidential Trainee award

Outside of Medicine: Barbecue & grilling, soccer, golf

Thomas Mukai, MD

Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School

Undergraduate: Duke University, Neuroscience 

Service: Coordinated medical education for high school students

Work: Teaching Fellow with Citizen Schools, Boston

Research: Barriers to care in slums of Kolkata, India.  Bench work of learning in memory in rodent models.

Notables: Medical Adventures President, Pratit International Vice President

Outside of Medicine: Weight lifting, podcasts, cooking, trivia, concerts 

Oluwaranti (Ranti) Ositelu, MD

Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine

Undergraduate: Washington University in St. Louis, Biomedical Engineering

Service: Volunteered at IUSM student led free clinic and peer mentor

Work: ED Scribe with Scribe America at Community Hospital N

Research: Breast cancer research on BRCA triple negative cells and development of nanoparticles to act as artificial platelets

Outside of Medicine: Cooking Nigerian food, traveling

Gisele Papo, MD

Medical School: New York Medical College

Undergraduate: University of Michigan, Chemical Engineering

Service: Big Brother Big Sisters

Work: Research Assistant at University of Michigan; Patient Transport 

Research: Post-operative pain and patient recruitment for the Michigan Genomics Initiative; Researched and created a natural food coloring

Notables: Completed Rock the Ridge, a 50mile endurance challenge; New York Medical College Foundations of Clinical Medicine Exemplary Professionalism Award

Outside of Medicine: Yoga, international and wilderness backpacking, skiing, and all things food related 

Tehreem Rehman, MD

Medical School: Yale School of Medicine, Merit Scholarship

Graduate School: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Sommer Scholar, Concentration in Epidemiological and Biostatistical Methos for Public Health and Clinical Research

Undergraduate: Columbia College, John Jay Scholar, Major in Women's & Gender Studies

Service:  Gold President’s Volunteer Service Award, Co-Founder of Columbia University Public Service Initiative, Dean's Prize for Community Service in medical school

Work: Policy Fellow, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Research: Medical school thesis on Impact of Structural Determinants of Health Inequity on ED Utilization

Notables: Gates Millenium Scholarship, Recipient of Yale University Seton Elm-Ivy Award for civic service

Outside of Medicine: hiking, thrift shopping, writing

Michael Tednes Jr, MD

Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin

Undergraduate: Bradley University, Mechanical Engineering

Service: High school student mentor at National Leadership Conference

Work: Research and Development intern for Baxter Healthcare

Research: Gait analysis of various ACL tendon graft replacements; Designed a new shunt system for patients with hydrocephalus

Notables: Student Surgical Society president, Phi Kappa Tau president

Outside of Medicine: Backpacking, mountaineering, cooking