Sara Ross, MD
Director, Pediatric Residency Program
Charles (Chas) Hannum, MD
Associate Program Director, Pediatrics Residency Program
Jaclyn Boulais, MD
Associate Program Director, Pediatric Residency Program
Program Coordinator, Pediatric Residency Program
Christhian Cano Guerra, MD
Universidad de Oriente Escuela de Medicina, Nucleo de Anzoategui Hola a todos!! I was born and raised in Venezuela, a beautiful and hot country in South America. (We have the highest waterfall in the world!) I went to Medical School and completed my residency training in Pediatrics down there. For multiple reasons (and some dreams) I made it to the United States to pursue my career in pediatrics and critical care. I settled in Boston and never wanted to leave. I started working at Tufts Medical Center as a Clinical Research Coordinator and I love the size of the hospital, as well as the family feeling it has. That’s why I chose Tufts Children’s Hospital as the place to help me set the path in developing my career. In my free time, you will catch me talking about movies, theater, and musicals; enjoying the great food scene in Boston with my husband; discovering new places here and there; and listening to music (a lot!!!).
Matthew Chamberlain, MD
New York Medical College
Hi everyone! I'm Matt, I grew up in Chelmsford, MA, a town northwest of Boston and next to Lowell. I went to Brandeis University in Waltham, MA for undergrad where I majored in Biology and Psychology. There I also worked part-time as a teachers assistant at the preschool on campus, which definitely helped fuel my already strong interest in pediatrics! Following graduation, I worked as a research assistant doing bench research for 2 years at Boston Children's Hospital. Then I finally chased my dream to become a pediatrician and attended New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY. After 4 years away, I am thrilled to be return home to Boston and join the Floating Family! In my free time I love to run outside, hike (especially in the snow), learn new pasta recipes, and play Super Smash Bros!
Michelle Crough, MD
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Hi everyone! I grew up outside Cleveland, OH where I lived until I first moved to Boston for my undergraduate degree in Biology with a minor in Psychology at BU. I returned to Cleveland for medical school at Case Western Reserve University. While I enjoyed starting my medical journey near my hometown, I am so excited to be returning to Boston and joining the Floating family! When not at work, you’ll find me trying new foods, baking, going to musicals, and petting every dog I can find.
Michelle Crowley, MD, MPH
Tulane University School of Medicine
Hello! I was born and raised in Waterford, Virginia and attended college at the University of Virginia. I majored in Global Sustainability and minored in Bioethics and then stayed an extra year and earned my Master of Public Health degree. Throughout my time at UVA I became very involved in the field of global health and fell more in love with pediatrics. I moved down south to New Orleans for medical school at Tulane and spent four years in the Big Easy. But after 4 years in the swamp, I am ready for seasons, snow and the beautiful New England Fall. I grew up visiting Cape Cod and New Hampshire every summer and am so excited to move to New England and be close to so much of my family. I love to run, bike, swim, hike, do yoga, bake, travel, and head to the beach in my spare time. I am so excited to become the pediatrician I’ve dreamed of being at Tufts and continue to advocate for children in my community and globally!
Benjamin Grebber, MD
University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine
Hi everyone! I grew up in Needham, MA with my two younger siblings. Before college, I worked as an EMT in Boston and learned all about one-way streets and potholes. I moved to Burlington, Vermont for college at UVM, where I earned a degree in biology while researching zebrafish eye development! After graduating, I stayed in Vermont for medical school. Outside of work, I enjoy skiing, hiking, biking, and everything outdoors. While I will miss the Green Mountains, I am excited to return to Boston and cannot wait to be part of the Tufts Family.
Wasila Mansouri, MD
Albany Medical College
Hi everyone! My name is Wasila and I am originally from Albany, NY! I attended undergrad at RPI where I majored in Biomedical Engineering. After graduating, I worked in a research lab developing a breast cancer drug and I discovered my passion for medicine! I decided to stay around my hometown for medical school and attended Albany Medical College. I always knew I enjoyed working with kids, but my tutoring and mentoring experiences during my gap years and medical school confirmed my passion for pediatrics! In my free time, I enjoy hiking, going on outdoor runs, exploring local coffee shops and bakeries, and watching rom coms! I have always loved the Boston area and I am so excited to call this amazing city my new home and to join the Floating Family at Tufts!
Kathryn Martin, MD
University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
Born and raised in Oklahoma, I grew up devouring stories of global adventures and medical mysteries. My curiosity led me to Georgetown, where my undergraduate studies focused on health and environmental issues in Asia and Latin America. After college, I served for two years as a schoolteacher and health educator in rural Yunnan with Teach for China. After seeing the range of factors that determined my students’ health, I was driven to pursue my MPH in population and family health as well as humanitarian assistance from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. I then served as a Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellow with the National Academy of Medicine and as a Programme Officer in Child Health at UNICEF-China in Beijing before attending medical school at the University of Oklahoma in my hometown of Tulsa. My medical studies honed my interest in caring for the whole child, mentally and physically, which drove me to explore the Triple Board path. I am thrilled to be joining the Pediatric team at Tufts and pursuing Triple Board training! I also am looking forward to enjoying life in Boston, including exploring the various parks and cooking spicy Yunnan dishes to share!
Emily Medhus, DO
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Carolinas Campus
Hello! My name is Emily, I was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and have lived in 5 different states. I went to the College of Charleston for undergrad. Before attending medical school at VCOM, I spent 6 months studying abroad in Barcelona. I also worked as an ER Technician prior to medical school. For fun, I enjoy spending time with my new puppy Teddy and finding ways to be creative and crafty. I’m excited about my journey at Tufts and to be joining the Floating Family!
Michael O’Brien, MD
University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville
Hey y'all! I was born and raised outside Syracuse, New York but have spent the past 11 years in South Carolina. I am ecstatic to have returned to the Northeast! My family moved to South Carolina when I was in high school. I stayed in the South to study Microbiology & Spanish at Clemson University (Go Tigers!) and then medicine at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine at Greenville. Outside the hospital I love to cook, hike, surf, and practice semi-professional photography. Inside the hospital, I am passionate about LGBTQ care and medical education. Pursuing a career in medicine has been the adventure of a lifetime, and I am thrilled to have joined the Floating Family here at Tufts!
Barbara Pontes Aires, MD
Universidade Estadual do Ceará (UECE)
Hi, everyone! I grew up in the town of Fortaleza, in the Northeast coast of Brazil, so I've always loved the feeling of living by the ocean. I'm the youngest of four sisters, and I went to medical school in my hometown, at Ceará State University. During medical school, I spent one year in an exchange program at the University of Montreal. That was the first time I experienced living in a city with four seasons, and I was fascinated by the beautiful landscapes and the different activities that each season has to offer! In my free time, I love to explore different places both in the city and in nature (bonus points if it's with a bike!), trying out new recipes, doing yoga and reading. I am so excited to be moving to Boston with my fiancé and to begin my residency at Tufts, and I can't wait to see the amazing experiences that the next three years will bring me as part of the Floating Family!
Alicia Pugh, MD
University of Illinois College of Medicine
Hi everyone! My name is Alicia Pugh, and I was raised in the south suburbs of Chicago in Matteson, IL. I attended Western Illinois University for my undergraduate degree in biology. Following graduation, I worked as a food scientist until matriculating to Columbia University to complete my Masters of Public Health degree. I came back to Chicago to pursue my medical training at the University of Illinois. In my spare time, I enjoy reading and writing poetry, gardening, and watching tons of Netflix and Hulu shows.
Katri Thiele, MD
Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University
I was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan but grew up primarily in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. With a Finnish mom, I am lucky to be a dual-citizen of Finland and the USA and have spent a significant portion of my life with family in Finland, so I’m fully prepared for Boston Winters! I ventured north to Dickinson College in Pennsylvania for undergrad, where I majored in Biology and played varsity softball. After college I returned home to Chapel Hill to work as a medical assistant for two years before starting medical school in rural Eastern North Carolina at the Brody School of Medicine. Outside of medicine I love to cook, spend time outdoors, and meet every dog I come across. I couldn’t be more grateful to be joining the Tufts Peds family!
Anna Zhang, MD
Tufts University School of Medicine
Hi everyone! I grew up in Westford, Massachusetts with my parents and three younger brothers. I spent my undergraduate years in Pittsburgh at Carnegie Mellon University, where I studied Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering. I returned to Boston for medical school at Tufts and am beyond thrilled to officially rejoin the Floating Family and remain in this wonderful city for residency! Outside of medicine, I love cooking (currently learning how to make bread), running on the Esplanade, and picnicking/watching sunsets at Lars Anderson Park!
Brianna Albert, DO
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hey guys! I was born and raised in Middleboro, MA. My college years were spent in Boston at Northeastern University where I studied Behavioral Neuroscience and participated in the co-op program. After college, I worked as an ABA Teacher Assistant at the May Center School for Autism and Developmental Disabilities by day and bartended by night. I eventually ventured to Western PA to start medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. I then moved to Buffalo, NY for my clinical rotations. I will miss the city of good neighbors and their wings, but I’m thrilled to be back home. I’m so excited to join the Floating Family and have the opportunity to pursue my residency in Child Neurology at Tufts! In my spare time, you can find me at the beach, in the gym, dancing, playing video games, baking cookies/eating the cookie dough, or hiking with my husband and our two furbabies, Gatsby and Betsy.
Stephanie Batson, MD
Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University
Hi! I’m Stephanie, I was born in Israel, but spent most of my childhood in Charlottesville, Virginia. I attended the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA for undergrad. Following graduation, I spent five months working in a lab at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel. Shortly after returning to the States, I got a job in a lab at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. I spent three years living in (and loving) Boston, while studying the JC virus. I ventured down to CT for medical school at the Frank H Netter MD School of Medicine. And now, after four years, I’m thrilled to return to Boston and to join the wonderful community at the Floating Hospital. Outside of the hospital, I love to be outdoors, whether that’s taking in a view on a mountaintop or having a picnic on the Common.
Kyna Donohue, MD
Robert Larner, M.D., College of Medicine at the University of Vermont
Hello everyone! I grew up in a suburb of Boston, MA (Newton - specifically Newton North, go Tigers!). I moved out to Amherst, MA, to attend UMASS Amherst from 2006-2010, where I studied Neuroscience. Following graduation, I returned to the Eastern side of the state, and lived in Brighton, MA, for 6 years. During that time, I worked at Boston Children's Hospital in Orthopaedics as a research coordinator. I realized my dream of going to medical school in 2016 when I moved to Burlington, VT, to attend UVM. While I loved living up north, I am thrilled to be coming back home for residency!
Colleen Geraghty, MD
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Hi everyone! I am originally from Bedford, New Hampshire where I grew up with my parents and 3 siblings. I went to the University of New Hampshire for undergrad and then made the move to Virginia with my now husband, Jeff, while he pursued his PhD at UVA. I worked as a newborn hearing screener at UVA before attending VCU School of Medicine. In January I had my daughter, Eleanor! I am beyond excited to be moving back to New England to be close to my family while raising my daughter and completing residency! I can’t wait to join the Floating Family!
Alexandra (Alex) Kenney
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, MD
Hi! I grew up just outside of Boston in Milton, Massachusetts. I then moved to Philly to attend the University of Pennsylvania, where I studied Biological Basis of Behavior and Hispanic Studies, and played clarinet in Penn Band. After college, I came back to Boston and worked at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute for a few years before heading to New York for medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. While I will miss NYC, I'm so excited to be coming home to Boston to join the Floating family! In my free time I love to travel, go to the beach (even during the winter), watch reality tv, try new restaurants, and explore the city that I'm in!
Alexandra (Alex) Miller, DO
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hi everyone! My name is Alex Miller and I am from Buffalo, NY. For my undergrad I decided to venture to New England and attended Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. At Holy Cross, I obtained a degree in Math with a pre-med concentration. After college I moved to Boston to get my Masters at Boston University, and stayed to do research. This is when I really fell in love with Boston! I then left to start medical school at LECOM in Western PA. When choosing a specialty, I realized that I had been unknowingly preparing to be a pediatrician my entire life- both in my jobs and volunteering, I always wanted to be working with kids! Pediatrics was the perfect fit. After living and falling in love with all things Boston (except the Patriots- Go Bills), I knew I wanted to head back to Boston for residency. I am so excited to have the opportunity to pursue my residency at Tufts and to join the Floating Family! In my free time, I enjoy being outside, trying any and all exercise classes, binge watching Netflix, and spending time with my husband and our dog Jack (who we are both obsessed with).
Alex Nanchanatt, MD
Drexel University College of Medicine
Hello! I was born and raised in New Jersey. Growing up in northern NJ I enjoyed playing baseball and basketball and rooting for many of the New York sports teams. I stayed in New Jersey for undergrad at Monmouth University by the Jersey Shore where I studied Biology and minored in Chemistry. After graduating I went into industry before attending medical school in Philadelphia at Drexel University. I have always enjoyed teaching and mentoring others, and I developed my interest in pediatrics during medical school. Living in Philly for the last few years made me appreciate city living and I am excited to move to Boston and train at Floating Hospital. Living in Boston I am excited to see the Yankees beat the Red Sox a few times!
Jessica Price, MD, PhD
Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
Hi! I grew up in the South in Nashville, Tennessee. I attended Bryn Mawr College, a women’s college outside Philly, where I was a Biology major studying genetics and developmental biology. After college, I spent two years living in Washington, D.C, doing research at the NIH in the National Human Genome Research Institute. I studied cancer genomics including cancer with ethnic disparity. I then moved to New York City where I earned my M.D./Ph.D. from Columbia University. My Ph.D. research focused on metastasis signaling in cancer. After I graduated, I spent a year conducting research in pediatric surgery, investigating congenital disorders and fluid administration in critically ill post-operative and trauma patients. Living in NYC has been amazing since I enjoy the performing arts, museums, and baseball. I am looking forward to exploring Boston's museums and seeing the Boston Ballet. I am excited to be a part of the Tufts Floating family!
Amira Ramadan, MD
I was born in Prague but raised in beautiful, warm Egypt. I graduated and completed a Pediatric residency at the School Of Medicine at Ain Shams University in Egypt. I earned a master degree studying the adrenal reserve in children with tuberculosis and Ph.D. degree studying atypical pathogens among community acquired pneumonia in pediatrics. My career then brought me to the United States where I pursued an interest in research in Asthma, Allergy and Immunology division at Boston Children’s Hospital. After that, I transitioned back to my passion of clinical care and pursued a fellowship training in pediatric endocrinology at University of North Carolina. I am excited to be back in Boston and thrilled to be joining the Pediatric residency team at Tufts for the next two years! In my free time, I enjoy cooking new recipes, painting and enjoy being outdoors with my husband and friends.
Cassandra Scott, MD
Tufts University School of Medicine
Born NYC and raised in the suburbs, and part of a pretty eclectic bunch. I'm half-French, half-born-and-bred-New Yorker, and the product of a biology teacher and a computer engineer. Naturally, I went to McGill University in Montreal and The University of Edinburgh in Scotland to study computer science and biology before making my debut as a medical student at Tufts University School of Medicine. During my time here, I've become passionate about sex and relationship education, medical student and resident mental health, and preventive psychiatric care. I am so excited to continue my training in the Triple Board program at Tufts with some of the most incredible mentors I've ever had. When I'm not at Tufts, I work on far too many knitting projects, bake bread, and cook new meals with my ever-expanding collection of kitchen supplies. When I'm not doing those things, I spend a lot of time going on walks with my husband, Gregor, who is a recent immigrant from Scotland getting used to New England life. Between the two of us, we have a large collection of stuffed animal friends, including a beluga whale named Keith, a penguin named Pingwing, and an owl named Q-Tip.
Allison Seats, MD
Creighton University School of Medicine
I'm originally from Golden, CO where I grew up skiing, hiking and playing volleyball. After high school, I attended Creighton University and majored in Biology with a minor in Spanish. During this time, I developed an interest in medicine and global health in the Dominican Republic through yearly medical service trips. After my graduating, I returned to Colorado to earn my Masters in Biomedical Sciences from Regis University. Shortly after, I headed back to Omaha for medical school at Creighton. I spent my first two years in Omaha but then decided to pick up and move to Phoenix, Arizona to Creighton's regional campus. That's where I discovered my shared love of pediatrics and child psychiatry. I'm thrilled to move cross country once again to further explore medicine through the triple board program at Tufts Medical Center!
Julia Staschen, MD
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
I was born in a small town in Germany and moved to the United States with my family when I was in elementary school. We spent time in Virginia and California before settling down in Kennett Square, a small suburb outside of Philadelphia. For college I attended Tulane University in New Orleans where I studied neuroscience. After graduating, I worked in research and as a medical scribe before starting at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. I love baking (Nutella flower bread is a fan favorite), Star Wars, and hanging out with my two cats, Honey and Bowie. I’m very excited to move to Boston with my fiancé and to join the Floating family!
Kaleigh Tomkinson, DO
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hello! Although I have called Boston my home for a long time now, I actually grew up in Littleton, Colorado and made my way back to the East Coast for college. I went to WPI in Worcester, Ma and then first became part of the Tufts family when I did my Master of Biomedical Sciences here. I then went off to Maine for medical school at the University of New England, but I am so happy to be back at home and once again a part of the Tufts family. I enjoy cooking, trying various workout classes, skiing, and exploring Boston with friends. On the weekends I spend a lot of time with my family who all live in the area. I am so happy to settle down in the city I call home, start this new chapter as a pediatric resident, and join the Floating Family!
Annie Wang, MD
Boston University School of Medicine
I grew up in the East San Francisco Bay Area and enjoyed dancing, playing piano and violin, and tennis. My family spent a lot of time outdoors, from hiking along the California coast to skiing the mountains around Lake Tahoe. For college, I moved to the Midwest to attend Washington University in St. Louis, where I majored in biochemistry. After graduation, I spent a year working in a dermatology practice in the Boston suburbs, during which I explored all that New England has to offer. I decided to stay in the area and attend Boston University School of Medicine, and I’ve come to love Boston and its people through my experiences in medical school. I’m thrilled to stay in this amazing city and join the Floating Family for residency!
Hala Al-Safarjalani, MD
Hi there! I come from the deep south, where I studied at the University of South Alabama (Go Jags!) for college and medical school, and I am very excited to join my new family at Tufts! I'm happy to escape the humidity of the south and brave the cold weather of Boston, with the help of some clam chowder and my new Canada Goose investment. I enjoy bodybuilding, failed attempts at cooking, and the guilty pleasure of watching the Kardashians...which my hubby also secretly enjoys. I'm 5'2" and am a huge proponent for Tufts Children's's catch phrase: You Don't Have To Be Big To Be Strong!
Eleanor Allen, MD
I grew up in Belvedere, a small town near San Francisco, and attended a French immersion school from pre-K through high school. I then moved to Houston to attend Rice University, where I was a French literature major and pre-med. I also did a short stint as pre-vet, and worked at the Houston Zoo! After undergrad, I stayed in Texas and moved to Dallas for medical school at UT Southwestern. There, I stayed very busy studying, doing clerkships, volunteering, and taking care of my Golden Retriever/Great Pyrenees, Sonoma. Now, I am super excited to move to Boston and start my residency training at Tufts Children's!
Ruba Barbar, MD
Hello, I am originally from Damascus-Syria. I earned my Medical Degree from Damascus University School of Medicine and then moved to Beirut /Lebanon to finish my training in general pediatrics. Later on, I was so fortunate to join the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital /Le bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis, TN which was a fascinating period of my life. Outside medicine, I have a 3-year-old son who keeps me busy all the time. My husband and I enjoy cooking, watching TV, traveling and hanging out with friends. Although I have been in Boston for short period, I have fallen in love with this city! Too many outdoors activities and great people to hang out with. I am so happy to be part of such an amazing pediatric residency program at Tufts Medical Center and looking forward for the next 2 years here!!
Daneille Burton, MD
I was born in New York City and then grew up in a ballet studio in beautiful Boulder, Colorado. I attended Smith College where I double majored in Dance and Chemistry. After graduating, I was a professional ballerina with American Midwest Ballet, Missouri Ballet Theatre, and the Montgomery Ballet. During that time I taught dance as well, which is when I fell in love with working with children. Seeing my students struggle with illness and injury inspired to go to medical school to become a pediatrician. My passion for psychiatry developed when I moved back to Colorado to complete my medical training at University of Colorado School of Medicine. I am thrilled to be a part of the Triple Board Program at Tufts Medical Center and to work at the intersection of pediatrics and psychiatry. I am excited to live in Boston with my husband, Ryan, and two kittens, Autumn and Earl Grey. Outside of medicine, I enjoy dancing, drinking coffee with friends, long walks, and folding paper cranes.
Rebecca Clayman, MD
Hi Everyone! I grew up just north of Boston in Marblehead, while spending my summers working at a summer camp up in Maine. I then travelled out to the Midwest to study Biomedical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin (Go Badgers!). Eventually, I returned back to Boston to teach, do research and get my masters at Boston University. My research brought me to Botswana, and ignited my interest in global health. I soon after left for medical school in Ireland and was able to spend four wonderful years in Dublin. That being said, I am so excited to be returning to Boston for residency and to join Tufts Children's Hospital Family!
Geoffrey Daves, MD
Hello! I was born and raised in Laredo, Texas, a small South Texas border town filled with fantastic Mexican food. I grew up playing sports and enjoying the outdoors, particularly hunting and fishing with my parents and sister. I attended college at Texas A&M International University, where I majored in Biology and played collegiate golf. After college, I earned a Masters of Anatomical Sciences from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. After graduate school, I attended medical school at Ross University which is located on a small island in the Caribbean. It was here where I met my beautiful wife, Seanna. Seanna, who grew up in Easton, MA, introduced me to Boston and I absolutely loved it. I am extremely excited and appreciative to train at Tufts Children's.
Sarah Ghabbour, MD
Hello! I am originally from Arlington, Massachusetts, where I grew up with my little sister and parents. Staying close to home, I attended Boston University, where I majored in health science and minored in business administration. After graduating, I ventured two hours north to attend medical school at Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine. I am super excited to be back in Boston and joining Tufts Children's Hospital family! Outside of pediatrics, I enjoy figure skating, running, soccer, listening to podcasts, and spending time with family.
Courtney Hanna, MD
Hi everyone! I grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan and went to the University of Michigan for college. I made the move to Penn State for medical school, but have always remained a loyal Wolverine (even in enemy territory)! I did a 1-week pediatric rotation outside of Boston during my first year of medical school and fell in love with the city, so I am incredibly excited to be doing my training here!
Samuel Hilbert, MD
When people ask me where I’m from I usually say “the east coast.” I was born in Columbia, South Carolina but grew up in Southborough, Massachusetts. I went to college at Boston University where I majored in biology with a specialization in neuroscience and played rugby. After graduating I stayed in Boston for four years doing a little bit of everything. During that time, I created my own position at a high-end restaurant, L'Espalier, volunteered at Horizons for Homeless Children, drove for Lyft/Uber, pursued a masters in medical science at BU, and researched LASIK surgery. I then was lucky to have the opportunity to attend medical school at Drexel University in Philadelphia where I was able to work with a diverse patient population and explore a new city. While in Philadelphia I enjoyed running, cooking, and hiking with my foster dog. Now I am thrilled to return to Boston and have the opportunity to learn and grow as a resident at Tufts Children's.
Diane Saint-Victor, MD
Hi! Originally born and raised here in Boston but spent a lot of time travelling (one of my favorite hobbies) since then. I went to undergrad at Williams College, where I majored in psychology, started a slam poetry group, and helped out doing some theater tech for plays my friends were in. Then I flew down to Atlanta for grad school at Emory and stayed in the city doing some health research for a few years. I was excited to explore a new city and eat lots of Southern comfort food! Eventually, I left the warmth to go to Pennsylvania for medical school at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. After all that, I made my way back home to Tufts Children's! I am so excited to be back and see new and familiar sites. Looking forward to exploring Boston with friends, new and old. Outside of loving pediatrics, I also enjoy running, yoga, reading, and trying to train my cat. I couldn't be happier to join this great group of future pediatricians and I'm so honored to be at Tufts Children's Hospital!
Millie Shah, DO
Hi! I was born and raised along the famous Jersey Shore and grew up loving the sand, waves, and salt of the water. But, I soon found my love for the mountains when I attended Lehigh University (real life Hogwarts!) for my undergraduate years. After Lehigh, I moved back to South Jersey to earn my masters at UMDNJ and then went on to attend Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. I enjoy drawing, climbing, reading, hiking, and, of course, spending time at the shore. Philly is the first city to claim a spot in my heart as home but I am incredibly excited to be making the one way trip to Boston and to join the Triple Board and Tufts Children's family!
Cristina Stefanescu, MD
Boston has been my home for a long time and I'm super excited to spend another three years here as a Tufts pediatric resident! I grew up in Needham, MA and went to college at MIT, majoring in Materials Science and Engineering. I then worked for several years in biomedical research focused on developing controlled drug delivery systems to enhance medical treatments at the Koch Institute in Cambridge. While working there, I realized I wanted to pursue a career in medicine and enrolled in Tufts MBS masters program. After that, I went on to start medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine. Needless to say, I am very familiar with Beantown and the Tufts medical community! In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with my husband cooking or catching a show at the House of Blues. I also love spending time with family, including my 15 month-old nephew who is currently obsessed with fish and balloons. I also used to play both field hockey and ice hockey in college and still like to play pick-up games of either sport whenever I get a chance. I am ecstatic to be staying in Boston and to be joining Tufts Children's Hospital family!
Lauren Winter, MD
Hi! My name is Lauren Winter and I am from Lake Placid, New York - Home of the Winter Olympics! Although I loved growing up in a small town and loved being in the mountains, when I applied to college I wanted to experience living in a city. So I came to Boston, went to Northeastern, and studied Finance. Northeastern's co-op program helped me realize finance wasn't my true calling and allowed me to find my passion for medicine. After graduation I did research at GW in DC before starting medical school in Albany, NY. Before starting at Albany Med, I was drawn to pediatrics, which was only reaffirmed during my clinical years. Children are so optimistic and resilient, and I am so happy that I get to spend every day with them. I am thrilled to join Tufts Children's Hospital Family in pursuit of my dream of becoming a pediatrician!
Ying Yi Zhang, MD
Hello everyone! I was born in China but moved to New York City with my mom to pursue "the American dream" when I was in elementary school. I love everything about New York City, even the very old and always delayed subway system, but I decided that I need to explore other places. So after graduating high school, I moved to MA to attend Wellesley College for undergraduate studies where I majored in Economics and Chemistry. During this time, I made so many meaningful friendships, and I met my then boyfriend, now husband, who is native to MA. I then spent two years doing research in Boston at Brigham and Women's Hospital before moving back to New York to attend medical school. While I will surely miss New York, I am excited to come back to Boston and train at Tufts Children's. I look forward to this next stage in my life, making new friends, and being part of the Patriots fandom.
Ankita Deosthali, MD
Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
Hello! My name is Ankita and I am one of the Pediatric Chief Residents. I spent the first half of my childhood growing up in Austin, TX and moved to NY for the second half. Growing up in Texas developed my love for TexMex food and growing up in NY introduced me to my favorite season - Fall! I returned to Texas for college at Rice University, where I was a Cognitive Science major and balanced my pre-med studies with an arts or theater related course every semester. I returned to the northeast for medical school, starting at LKSOM at Temple University in Philadelphia where I met my now husband. We couples matched at Tufts for residency, and have spent the last few years exploring New England (which is especially magical in the fall — see above :) ). Boston has become our home with our dog Kingsley, and I feel lucky to be a Chief Resident to the close knit, hardworking, and intelligent people that make up our program. After Chief Year I will be starting a career in primary care, hopefully with some MedEd incorporated!
Trupti Ingle, MD
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Hi! My name is Trupti and I’m one of the Pediatric Chief Residents. Unlike Ankita, I have never left the Boston area! I grew up in Burlington, MA which is just 20 minutes north of the city. I then went to Northeastern University in Boston for undergrad, where I was a Health Sciences major and was fortunate enough to travel abroad to South Africa, Bali, and Singapore! After college I traveled west from Boston for about 45 min and landed in Worcester, MA to attend the University of Massachusetts Medical School. I’m now back in Boston completing my chief year in pediatrics. I’m so excited for the opportunity to spend another year with this amazing group of residents and faculty! After chief year I will be continuing my training in a Pediatric Critical Care Medicine fellowship.