Zev Balsen, MD

2019_Balsen
Hometown:
Malden Bridge, NY

 

Education:
Yale Medical School, MD (2015)
University of California – Berkeley, MS Fire Ecology (2011)
Yale College, BS Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (2004)

 

Hobbies/Interests:
Mountains, pasta, gardens, woodwork, dogs, trees, wind, sand, and stars

 

Past Life:
Ditch Digger for the United States Forest Service. Stick Counter in the Sierra Nevada.

 

Academic Interests:
Disaster response, remote sensing, wildland fire, human factors.

 

Favorite New Haven Activities:
Cross-country skiing, kayaking, and running in East Rock Park, stalking wild asparagus, exploring our world-class post-apocalyptic beaches.

 

Why Yale EM:
Yale EM is the perfect setting to become a strong, well-rounded emergency physician. As the only hospital system serving a large, diverse geographic area, we see a huge range of disease and injury. We serve rough urban areas in New Haven and Bridgeport, as well as the shoreline towns and rural inland towns. So in any given shift we see a mix of patients from urban, suburban, and rural areas and every sort of trauma and illness associated with these settings. On top of that, the Yale ED faculty is amazing. They’re great role-models in their interactions with patients and they create a supportive, friendly learning environment in which residents are really considered colleagues. Perhaps the most important factor, however, is the residents themselves. They’re a wicked smart, diverse, dedicated group that I enjoy being around.

 

Random factoid:
Prior to my mid-20s, the only meat I had ever eaten was bacon.

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Katherine “Kate” Couturier, MD, MPH

2019_Couturier
Hometown:
Mission Viejo, CA

Education:
Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (Virginia), OB/GYN Internship
Tufts University School of Medicine, MD/MPH
Georgetown University, BS Foreign Service (Science, Technology and International Affairs)

Hobbies/Interests:
I love being outside (hiking, running, climbing, scuba), cooking, refinishing furniture, playing with my dog, reading, crosswords, traveling.

Past Life:
I’m just leaving active duty in the Navy where I’ve spent the past couple of years as a Dive and Undersea Medical Officer. I also spent a year working in the non-profit sector doing children’s advocacy work, and a fair amount of time doing electrics, lighting and stage managing for theatre groups. One day I’ll figure out what I want to be when I grow up.

Academic Interests:
Wilderness Medicine and EMS

 

Favorite New Haven Activities:
Eating my way around town.

 

Why Yale EM:
I loved meeting the residents and staff and was really inspired by the commitment to intensity of training to produce top-notch EM physicians while still maintaining a supportive environment.

 

Random factoid:
I once sang in a choir that was on the radio in Russia.

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Joseph “Joey” Felice, MD

2019_Felice
Hometown:
Shawangunk, NY

Education:
SUNY Downstate College of Medicine, MD
SUNY New Paltz, BA

 

Hobbies/Interests:
Hiking, running, music, and cooking.

 

Past Life:

After college, I worked for a few years as a paramedic in New York’s Hudson Valley.

 

Academic Interests:
EMS, pediatrics, and ultrasound

 

Favorite New Haven Activities:
Running in East Rock Park, exploring the coastline and discovering new restaurants.

 

Why Yale EM:
One of the first things that struck me during my interview was the incredible faculty. In addition to being deeply passionate about the field of emergency medicine, they also demonstrated impressive sub-specialty training with a variety of research interests. Particularly interesting to me was the strength of the EMS and ultrasound departments, both of which are world-class. The thing that most drew me in, however, was the fantastic house staff. Throughout all of my interviews, I did not come across a more enthusiastic and inviting group of people. Overall, it’s an environment where I felt I could thrive and reach my full potential.

 

Random factoid:
My favorite tree is the Magnolia.

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Andrew Franco, MD

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Hometown:
Houston, TX

 

Education:
Baylor College of Medicine, MD (2015)
Case Western Reserve University, BS Biology (2011)

 

Hobbies/Interests:
Hiking, photography, movies, fast cars, and trying new things

 

Past Life:
I had big hippie hair.

 

Academic Interests:
Care of the underserved

 

Favorite New Haven Activities:
Checking out the free stuff to do around campus

 

Why Yale EM:
The diversity of patients, high volume with high acuity, and incredible residents made this program an easy choice

 

Random factoid:
I’m a Star Wars original trilogy geek

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Matthew James, MD

2019_James
Hometown:
Fountain Valley, CA

 

Education:
Creighton University School of Medicine, MD (2015)
Cal State Fullerton, BS Cell and Developmental Biology (2010)

 

Hobbies/Interests:
Surfing, snowboarding, hiking/backpacking, traveling, Angels baseball

 

Past Life:
I worked at a surf shop in undergrad

 

Academic Interests:
International EM, EMS

 

Favorite New Haven Activities:
I’m new to New Haven, so not sure yet. I will probably hike and eat a ton of pizza

 

Why Yale EM:
Awesome faculty, diverse patient population, resources and support to explore any niche I may be interested in

 

Random factoid:
I’ve mountain biked down the North Yungas road in Bolivia

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Aamer Khan, MBBS

Hometown:
Karachi, Pakistan
2019_Khan
Education:
Sindh Medical College, Pakistan, MBBS

 

Hobbies/Interests:
Cooking, cycling, repairing things

 

Past Life:
Wild Pakistani dog herder

 

Academic Interests:
Critical care, EMS, still exploring

 

Favorite New Haven Activities:
Exploring the smaller towns surrounding New Haven, hiking up East Rock

 

Why Yale EM:
Residents and staff are a friendly and supportive group of people. Openness to ideas and the willingness to evolve to support residents’ future career plans. The diversity of pathology that comes through the ED at Yale and Bridgeport.

 

Random factoid:
I enjoyed driving a tractor at a family orchard during my teenage years

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Jean Kurtz, MD

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Hometown:
Albuquerque, NM

 

Education:
University of New Mexico School of Medicine, MD
University of New Mexico, BS

 

Hobbies/Interests:
Climbing, running, hiking, kayaking, cycling, writing, painting/drawing

 

Past Life:
Particle physics researcher, science tutor, cocktail waitress

 

Academic Interests:
Global health, wilderness medicine, EMS, bioethics

 

Favorite New Haven Activities:
Going for runs with my dog, going out to eat/drink

 

Why Yale EM:
I really liked having so many unique training opportunities at an awesome institution with a diverse patient population that happens to be staffed with incredibly nice, dedicated people.

 

Random factoid:
I can do ten pull-ups?

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Ross Littauer, MD

2019_Littauer
Hometown:
Lexington, MA

 

Education:
Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, MD
Swarthmore College, BA

 

Hobbies/Interests:
Ultimate Frisbee, basketball, soccer, board games, reading, card games, travel, crossfit, socializing, food.

 

Past Life:
Graduated from college, spent a year tutoring/mentoring students in inner city Philadelphia K-8 school with City Year, did perception research at Temple University, then went to Bryn Mawr post-bac program before starting medical school at Hofstra.

 

Academic Interests:
Intensive care, ultrasound.

 

Favorite New Haven Activities:
Don’t know yet!

 

Why Yale EM:
Loved the residents, the faculty I met, the emphasis on producing leaders in emergency medicine, research available, but priority being producing great clinicians.

 

Random factoid:
I have won medals playing ultimate Frisbee in both the UK and Italy.

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Dan Nogee, MD

2019_Nogee
Hometown:
Baltimore, MD

 

Education:
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, MD (2015)
Washington University in St. Louis, BA (2010)

 

Hobbies/Interests:
Home beer brewing, BBQ, rugby, board games.

 

Past Life:
Wilderness EMT in college. Researcher at the NIH/NIAID through Medical Research Scholars Program.

 

Academic Interests:
Infectious diseases, toxicology, tactical medicine, aviation medicine, CBRNE response.

 

Favorite New Haven Activities:
I don’t know New Haven that well yet, but I’m looking forward to exploring it! Think I’m going to have to try a slice from every single pizza place (then jog up and down East Rock a few times to burn off the calories).

 

Why Yale EM:
Yale’s EM program has an outstanding reputation for both clinical strength and academic research. I really enjoyed meeting the residents and faculty on my interview day, and look forward to working with them for the next several years.

 

Random factoid:
I was the star actor in a training video for an Eastern European police force. I’m also allergic to hedgehogs. Not related.

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Richard Rechenmacher, MD, MA

2019_Rechenmacher
Hometown:
Naperville, IL

 

Education:
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, MD
Loyola University Chicago, MA Medical Sciences
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BS Health Planning and Administration

 

Hobbies/Interests:
Playing and coaching baseball, following Chicago sports teams (except the Cubs. Go White Sox!), watching movies, working out and most of all—spending time with my fiancé, family and friends. Also reading and learning about past historical figures, especially Ancient Rome and in American History.

 

Past Life:
In high school I played for the football and baseball teams, both sports I enjoy playing today. Also, I worked as the photo guy for a year before I started medical school at my hometown’s local Walgreen’s.

 

Academic Interests:
Administration, Ultrasound, sickle-cell disease

 

Favorite New Haven Activities:
The food here is incredible. Also, using the Yale libraries to study is pretty sweet.

 

Why Yale EM:
The faculty, residents and staff were some of the nicest and most down to earth individuals I have met. I felt like I could depend on these people to help me become the best doctor I can be.

 

Random factoid:
Recreated “Indiana’s Smallest Park” from Parks and Recreation to create a backdrop in which to ask my fiancé to marry me. Building a tiny park was a very difficult task for me.

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Daniel Shanin, MD, MBA

2019_Shanin
Hometown:
Glen Ridge, NJ

 

Education:
Boston University, MD (2015)
Boston University, MBA with a concentration in Health Sector Management (2015)
Haverford College, BA (2010)

 

Hobbies/Interests:
Skiing, Tennis, Eating, Cooking, Travel, Sailing, relaxing with friends

 

Past Life:
EMT and ambulance lieutenant, SCUBA instructor in the Caribbean

 

Academic Interests:
Administration, Quality Improvement, and Ultrasound

 

Favorite New Haven Activities:
East Rock Park, eating out…excited to discover more.

 

Why Yale EM:
The people, an elite medical center that also takes care of the underserved, huge numbers of diverse patients, awesome ultrasound, Yale resources.

 

Random factoid:
I went to Space Camp.

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Samantha Siegel, MD

2019_Siegel
Hometown:
Birmingham, MI

 

Education:
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, MD (2015)
Bowdoin College, BA Biochemistry (2011)

 

Hobbies/Interests:
Skiing, hiking, travel (hoping to go to all the continents at some point – I only have Antarctica, Australia, and South America left!), cooking (I love making big dinner parties for friends), exploring new places, kayaking, reading

 

Past Life:
Avid skier – I was on the ski team in high school and spent a month working in a hospital in Breckenridge, CO in medical school. I have had a season pass to various New England ski resorts for the past 8 years. I also worked as a volunteer for the Israeli Ambulance Service.

 

Academic Interests:
Wilderness Medicine, International and Global Health

 

Favorite New Haven Activities:
Farmers Market at Wooster Square, hiking around East Rock Park, exploring the amazing restaurants around New Haven

 

Why Yale EM:
Yale offers endless opportunities to explore all the various areas of Emergency Medicine, while getting unparalleled training and exposure to the exciting world of EM. The faculty and residents I met on my interview day seemed like a family that I wanted to be a part of.

 

Random factoid:
I love Portuguese Water Dogs! I had one before Obama made them cool.

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Rachel Solnick, MD, MSc

2019_Solnick
Hometown:
Potomac, MD

 

Education:
Baylor College of Medicine, MD
University College London, MSc Social Epidemiology
Rice University, BA Film, Health Policy, and Psychology

 

Hobbies/Interests:
Running, hiking, adventure races, high-intensity interval training, biking, cooking, dinner parties, board games, museums, dancing (Argentine tango, swing), travelling, scuba, thrift shopping, coffee, movies, going to start learning poi!

 

Past Life:
High school trackie turned health policy wonk—organized a 5K road race for my medical school and running club at a local middle school, internship in DC at the Urban Institute and ACEP, writing resolutions for the Texas Medical Association and the AMA. Film major in college- directed a film, visited Cannes film festival.

 

Academic Interests:
Women’s health, health disparities, access to care, global health and ultrasound, end of life care and advance directives, substance abuse

 

Favorite New Haven Activities:
Jogging around Yale then up to East Rock, BAR, meeting the awesome people who live here, exploring the neighborhoods, checking out the activities going on at Yale, new to the area so lots more to see!

 

Why Yale EM:
It’s the perfect blend of an academic powerhouse, dynamic and engaged faculty, high volume and diverse pathology, and brilliant residents who are still really down to earth. I love that the hospital is the best of both worlds—county patients but with resources.

 

Yale’s emphasis on education (SIM, constantly examining and updating their curriculum) and subspecialty development are a real stand out and demonstrate the program’s commitment to their residents. I’m also very interested in global health, which is very strong and well resourced through opportunities like the J& J Scholars Program.

 

Random factoid:
I taught an Argentine Tango class at college and couch surfed in over 10 countries

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Lydia Wallace, MD

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Hometown:
Boston, MA

 

Education:
Tufts University School of Medicine (2015), MD
Wesleyan University (2009)

 

Hobbies/Interests:
I like to run outdoors. I’m a big foodie and am excited to learn about the food scene in New Haven. I was an English major and still read a lot of fiction. I’m a big board game fan and love to host game nights. I love to travel and international work is what brought me to medicine.

 

Past Life:
I was an English and Religion major and worked as a tutor, teacher, and journalist for a while in China before I decided to go to medical school.

 

Academic Interests:
I want to work in global health, and I’m eager to learn more about disaster response, public health, and medical education in the developing world.

 

Favorite New Haven Activities:
Game night with friends. Apizza.

 

Why Yale EM:
Incredible global health resource and network of people who can help guide me to a life in global health. Great US program. All the resources in place so I can learn more in my areas of interest while also receiving excellent clinical training.

 

Random factoid:
I love dogs. I brought a dog home from China. She now lives with another family and I have visitation rights and occasional sleepovers. Her collar reads: Nunu World Traveller.

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Abbott “Cotton” Widdicombe, MD

2019_Widdicombe
Hometown:
Brookline, MA

 

Education:
University of Massachusetts Medical School, MD
University of Colorado, BA

 

Hobbies/Interests:
I love outdoors activities: hiking and skiing being the top two, supplemented with a smattering of biking, climbing, and sea kayaking. When sitting still, I enjoy nonfiction survival stories, playing cards, and backgammon.

 

Past Life:
I alternated between working as an EMT and traveling through South America.

 

Academic Interests:
Wilderness Medicine, POC testing, US guided nerve blocks

 

Favorite New Haven Activities:
I enjoy running in East Rock, biking along the bike path to visit with my grandparents, and skiing any chance I get. I also love exploring New Haven’s restaurants, bars, and museums with friends.

 

Why Yale EM:

The people are awesome! In addition, the training in EM ultrasound and opportunities to explore wilderness medicine really set the program apart from the others.

 

Random factoid:

I would like to learn to speak Quechua someday.

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