Scholars

First Year Scholars (2015-2017)

Alicia Agnoli, MD, MPH (VA Scholar) earned her undergraduate degree from Princeton University. She completed Family Medicine residency at Tufts University School of Medicine, where she also earned her medical degree and an MPH. Dr. Agnoli is interested in integrated behavioral health in primary care, addiction treatment in primary care, and primary care innovation.


Anita Arora, MD, MBA received her undergraduate degree from Pomona College in Claremont, California and her medical degree and an MBA from Dartmouth. She completed Internal Medicine residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Arora is interested in underserved care, well-being, and end-of-life care.

 

Dowin Boatright, MD, MBA (VA Scholar) earned his undergraduate degree from Morehouse College. He received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine along with an MBA from Rice University. Dr. Boatright completed residency in Emergency Medicine at Denver Health. He is interested in diversity in medicine, high utilizers of the emergency department, and emergency department quality measures.

 

Sanket Dhruva, MD (VA Scholar) earned his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He completed medical school and residency at the University of California, San Francisco and a Cardiology fellowship at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Dhruva is interested in FDA approval decisions, CMS coverage decisions, and technology assessment.

 

Joshua Elder, MD, MPH received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh and his medical degree from UCLA along with an MPH from the UCLA School of Public Health. He completed residency in Emergency Medicine at Stanford University. Dr. Elder is interested in end of life care decision-making, variation of care, and cost transparency.

 

Courtney McMickens, MD, MPH earned her undergraduate degree from Tuskegee University and her medical degree from Harvard Medical School where she also received an MPH from the School of Public Health. She completed residency in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and a Child Psychiatry fellowship at Cambridge Health Alliance. Dr. McMickens is interested in child mental health services and prevention, trauma, PTSD, and health disparities.

 

Alon Peltz, MD, MBA received his undergraduate degree from Ohio State University and his medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine along with an MBA from the Vanderbilt School of Management. He completed residency in Pediatrics at the Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center. Dr. Peltz is interested in risk prediction modeling, quality measures and reimbursement, and clinical epidemiology.

    

Carolyn Presley, MD earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and her medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School. She completed residency in Internal Medicine and fellowships in Hematology/Medical Oncology and Geriatrics at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Presley is interested in geriatric oncology, comparative effectiveness research, and community-based participatory research.


Second Year Scholars (2014-2016 cohort)

William Fleischman, MD received his undergraduate degree from Touro College and his medical degree from the University of Buffalo School of Medicine. He completed residency in emergency medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Fleischman is interested in frequent emergency department visitors, the cost-effectiveness of US emergency department care, and cost-sharing and resource utilization.

 

Nir Harish, MD, MBA received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, along with an MBA from Harvard Business School. He completed residency in emergency medicine at the Denver Medical Center. Dr. Harish is interested in observation units and cost of care, how price variation affects patient care, and the management of critically ill patients in the ED.

 

Michael O'Brien, MD (VA Scholar) received his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Albany and his medical degree from the State University of New York Downstate. He completed his residency in combined internal medicine-pediatrics at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Dr. O'Brien is interested in new models of primary care delivery, environmental justice and primary health care, and decentralized health care delivery systems.


Amy Salerno, MD (VA Scholar) received her undergraduate degree from Case Western Reserve University and her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Emory University and worked for the Indian Health Services in Tuba City, Arizona before joining the Program. Dr. Salerno is interested in the social determinants of health, cardiovascular disease, and community-based health initiatives.


Wagahta Semere, MD (VA Scholar) received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and her medical degree from the University of Michigan. She completed residency in internal medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Semere is interested in managing chronic medical conditions among refugees, assimilation of refugees into health care systems, and health disparities medical curriculum development.