Triple Board Residency Training Program
Meet Our Residents!
Meet the Triple Board Chiefs!
Chase Samsel – 2013
Chase earned his MD in 2010 from the Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine in Augusta, Georgia. He completed his undergraduate training with a B.S. in Biomedical Ethics at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA. During medical school, he was Social Chair of his class and very involved in social experiments involving loud music, lots of medical students, and good times. During residency, Chase was was accepted into the Pediatrics Global Health Certificate Program while rotating at Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya. He is interested in global psychiatry, pediatric palliative care, chronic and lift-limiting illness, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and serves as the Assistant Director of the TALC Program. To those ends, he is the currently doing prospective research on palliative care initiatives in the NICU, presenting a poster at the 2011 AACAP annual meeting on adult transition outcomes of chronically ill adolescents in the TALC program, co-presenting a workshop on Procedural Hypnosis in Pediatric Patients at the 2011 AAP annual meeting, working with the pediatric refugee clinic in establishing better trauma screening and treatment options, attends the Philosophy and Psychiatry reading group at Brown, and will start a psychotherapy fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis in the Fall of 2011. Outside of work, he enjoys jet-setting, eating the delicious foods of Providence, getting ripped at CrossFit, and continuing his social gallivanting ways.
Michelle Palumbo – 2013
Dr. Michelle Palumbo is originally from New Jersey. She attended Rutgers University where she completed a double major in Biological sciences and Psychology in 2003, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa. Dr. Palumbo migrated south to Richmond, Virginia to attend medical school at the Medical college of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University and graduated in 2008. During medical school, she was involved as her class curriculum representative, LCME accreditation committee, admissions committee, and a fourth year co-leader for the foundations of clinical medicine course for first year students. Dr. Palumbo had received two Commonwealth awards, the Nancy B. King Memorial scholarship for pediatrics, an AMA foundation award, and the High score award for the second year behavioral sciences course. Dr. Palumbo was also elected to the National Pathology Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi and Alpha Omega Alpha during her time at MCV/VCU. During residency, Dr. Palumbo has been actively involved as a parent group co-leader in The Adolescent Leadership Council (TALC), a resident created and led group involving teens and parents with chronic illness. When not working, Dr. Palumbo enjoys spending as much time with her family in NJ as possible, running, dancing, and knitting.
Meet the Triple Board Residents!
Rasa Heyda – 2013
Rasa received her MD from Duke University School of Medicine in May of 2008. She completed her undergraduate studies in the San Diego Community college system, the University of California, Los Angeles and Duke. Prior to medical school, Rasa was an elementary school teacher for seven years teaching language arts, math, social studies, science and art. She was instrumental in curriculum creation and worked intensively with students with special learning needs. Working with children with special needs prompted her interest in psychiatry and her desire to change career paths. At Duke medical school, she received an NIH Roadmap fellowship which funded her research year at Duke's Brain Imaging and Analysis Center. Rasa's passion lies in helping children succeed in the face of neurological, developmental and psychiatric challenges. Rasa is also an artist, has studied classical Indian music in India and the U.S., has taught Indian drumming, and enjoys yoga, reading, cooking and quilting.
Lisa Hutchison - 2014
Lisa earned her MD in 2009 from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. She completed her undergraduate training at Duke University in North Carolina. During medical school, she had an interest in community health care and was involved in the student run free clinic. During residency, Dr. Hutchison has continued to be interested in high risk populations with a focus on children in the foster care system. She spent a month abroad during residency working in a community clinic in Guatemala. In her spare time, she can usually be found somewhere near water, jogging, reading, or wishing she owned a sailboat.
Daniel Spencer - 2014
Dan is originally from upstate New York, but is a Red Sox fan and thinks of himself as a New Englander. He received a BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Brown University here in Providence, RI. During college, he conducted research on mammography screening and played varsity water polo. Following graduation, Dan spent a year doing clinical pediatric orthopedic research at NYU. He earned his MD in 2009 from the University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles. During medical school, he was interested in a wide range of specialties including pediatrics, psychiatry, ophthalmology, and oncology. He taught health topics at a local middle school, participated in a program which matched medical students to children with chronic illness, worked on research projects in the pediatric ophthalmology department at CHLA, and played on a champion intramural dodge ball team. During residency, Dan has been become involved in EMR improvement committees and the Patient and Family Centered Care Steering Committee. He also wears a bow tie every Friday for “Bow Tie Friday”, a tradition which he and a fellow pediatric resident started while on a PICU rotation. Dan is married to Emily and has one son named Henry. He spends most of his free time with his family, and also enjoys home brewing beer, watching cheesy movies and TV shows, and golfing.
Beth Brannan - 2015
Beth earned her MD in 2010 from University of California at Davis School of Medicine in Sacramento, California. She completed her undergraduate training at Stanford University in California and taught there as a Human Biology Course Associate for two years prior to entering medical school. During medical school, she served as the student representative on the Curriculum Committee for four years and was elected by the faculty and students to receive the Golden Goblet Award for her service. She was also inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Society. During residency, she is currently participating in The Adolescent Leadership Council with teens with chronic illness, plans to do research on nurse- resident communication surrounding difficult patient interactions, and would like to pursue a career in consultation-liaison psychiatry working with children with medical and psychiatric needs. Outside of work, she enjoys going to farmers markets; hiking, bike riding, and doing anything else outdoors; exploring the Northeastern coast in her intrepid Prius; and hanging out with her amazing co-residents.
Vedika Nehra – 2015
Dr. Nehra earned her MD in 2010 from New York Medical College. She completed her undergraduate training at the University of Missouri-Columbia (Mizzou), in Columbia, MO, majoring in biochemistry and creative writing. Dr. Nehra’s interest in the arts and teaching blossomed at Mizzou. During medical school, she developed a strong interest in rural medicine, mental health, and infectious disease leading her to create the Nehra-Savent Foundation (NSF), a non-profit organization focused on providing health and education assistance to rural communities (for more information please click http://nehra- saventfoundation.webs.com). During her intern year of residency Dr. Nehra presented her work at the department of pediatrics grand rounds in February 2011. She received the Warren Alpert School of Medicine outstanding teacher award in June 2011. As a second year TB resident Dr. Nehra is currently fundraising and working to expand NSF’s work in India. Specifically, she is organizing projects to improve immunization rates in rural Haryana, develop a permanent family clinic, and build a rural public library. In the realm of mental health, Dr. Nehra has a strong interest in suicide, particularly as it relates to children and the rural population. In her spare time Dr. Nehra can be found running (a new interest and her legs are still sore), sketching, teaching arts and crafts, meandering museums, and writing short stories.
Stacey Wermert – 2015
Stacey is from Marietta, Georgia and earned her MD in 2010 from Medical College of Georgia. She completed her undergraduate training at Barnard College in New York City with a major in psychology. After college, she worked as a research assistance in the substance abuse unit at the NY State Psychiatric Institute. During medical school, she co-authored a book entitled “Adherence to Mental Health Treatment.” Since high school, she has been involved in coaching Special Olympics swimming, and is interested in working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Disabilities. Other interests include international travel and volunteer work. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with friends, being outdoors, relaxing, laughing, or planning her next trip abroad.
Jen received her MD from the University of Kentucky, College of Medicine, in May 2011. She received her undergraduate degree from Colby College in Maine where she graduated magna cum laude. She has been actively involved in a variety of community service activities during medical school and she received the Outstanding Leadership and Community Service Award in 2006 because of her efforts. Jennifer was also selected as a Clinical and Translational research fellow in 2008-09 studying the relationship between children with chronic illnesses and their health care providers. She also co-authored a study entitled “Integrating Clinical Hands-On Experiences into the Curriculum for First Year medical students”. Jennifer likes running, art, and spending time with her husband, daughter, and their pets.
Stephanie received her MD from the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine in May 2011. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She did bench work in epigenetics and genetics as an undergraduate and volunteered at the Center for Treatment and Study of Anxiety. Prior to starting medical school, Stephanie was a high school teacher and then studied prescription drug abuse as a research technician at the University of Chicago. Stephanie has also served as editor of "Vital Signs," the medical student newspaper. She published two articles and wrote essays about medicine, ethics, and history for which she won the Robert D. Sparks Essay contest and took second place the following year.
Paul received his MD from The University of Utah School of Medicine in May 2011 where he was also inducted into the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Society. He completed his undergraduate studies at Brigham Young University. He has been a volunteer/mentor teaching behavioral and social skills to autistic children through the arts and swimming and has mentored a developmentally disabled man in life skills. Paul co-authored a study entitled "Identification of Hearing Loss in Pediatric Patients with Down Syndrome". He is noted for his advocacy, hard-work, responsibility, and ethics. Paul also worked full time as an electrician before entering medical school. He is married and has two boys.
Kahleb received his MD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in May, 2012. He also has a B.A in Religious Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. He attended the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education where he earned certification in middle school mathematics. Following graduate school worked as a middle school math and science teacher in the very competitive Teach for America program. Kahleb is a member of the Arnold P. Gold Humanism Honor Society and was the recipient of the American Academy of Family Physicians “Tomorrow’s Leader Award.” He was awarded an R25 NIMH Medical Student Research in Mental Health Fellowship relating to collaborative physical and mental health care of pediatric patients.
Christina received her MD in May 2012 from Tufts University School of Medicine. She also has a Bachelor of Science in dual majors, Biology and Clinical Psychology, from Tufts University. She was president of the Tuft’s chapter of the American Medical Women’s Association and organized several events to enhance leadership, advocacy and mentoring skills to medical students. Christina has broad experiences working with adolescent girls with complex psychological and physical trauma in a Massachusetts residential facility as well as with teaching typically developing younger girls’ leadership skills in a summer camp. Christina remained active in teaching as a medical student and recently was a Problem Based Learning tutor for first year medical students.
Jason Rafferty is a Jack Kent Cooke Scholar who received his M.D., M.P.H. in Maternal and Child Health, and Ed.M. in Child Development and Psychology from Harvard University. At graduation, he was recognized with the Intellectual Achievement/Faculty Tribute Award for dedication to scholarship that enhances academic life and positively impacts fellow students. He was a Charles A. Dana Scholar who graduated magna cum laude with honors in neuroscience and a concentration in philosophy from Bates College in 2005, and spent a year teaching in a public junior high school before starting graduate work at Harvard. In medical school, he has served in faculty positions as a clinical preceptor and Gross Anatomy tutorial and lab instructor where he was recognized by his students with an “Excellence in Tutoring” award. Pursuing interests in medical ethics, Jason served as vice-chair for the American Medical Association’s Student Bioethics and & Humanities Committee. Jason’s interest in health policy has recently led him to China and Japan to study international health systems, and to numerous leadership courses at the Harvard Kennedy School. During his tenure at Harvard, he was elected to two terms as the Vice-President of Student Advocacy on the Harvard Graduate Council, the University-wide graduate student government. His aspirations are to care for at-risk adolescents and, for the past four years, he has collaborated with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in the design and implementation of a peer leadership intervention to increase health literacy and utilization of school-based primary care services.