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Program Year 1 Interns 2019 - 2020
Kara Abarcar, M.D.
Medical School: Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine
Undergrad: Georgetown University, New York University (Post-Baccalaureate)
Activities/Hobbies: Running, playing the guitar/ukulele, true crime documentaries, world travel, photography, food, my dog; Wallace
Home Country: Maryland, the Philippines
Why Johns Hopkins: I chose Johns Hopkins for the rigor of their clinical training (especially in the heart of Baltimore), caliber of faculty mentorship, and local and global opportunities via the FAST program. I was blown away by how approachable and friendly everyone was during my interview day. The residents and faculty had such passion, not only for their respective niches in emergency medicine, but they were equally enthused to collaborate with each other to expand emergency medicine’s reach locally and globally.
Kara Abarcar was born in Manila, Philippines, and moved to Columbia, Maryland, after graduating from high school. She received her undergraduate degree in nursing from Georgetown University. While at Georgetown, she was involved in health systems research and volunteer work in the Philippines and South Africa. Upon graduating, she was a registered nurse in a medical/surgical floor at New York University in Brooklyn for four years. While she loved bedside patient care, she decided to further her career by attending the Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine. She is excited to develop her niche in global emergency medicine while at Johns Hopkins.
Meinkeng Stephannie Acha-Morfaw, M.D.
Medical School: Chicago Medical School/Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
Post-Baccalaureate: Drexel University College of Medicine
Undergrad: Hood College
Activities/Hobbies: Dancing, board games, trying and cooking new food, visiting museums and historic sites, escape rooms, live music and musicals, traveling
Home State: Maryland
Why Johns Hopkins: I chose Johns Hopkins for the diverse and underserved patient population, well rounded development of residents as clinicians, scholars and leaders, and for the faculty and staff, who are committed to resident teaching in a collaborative and innovative environment. The opportunity to return to my home state of Maryland and explore Baltimore was a bonus.
Stephannie Acha-Morfaw was born and raised in Montgomery County, Maryland, in a full house with four siblings, to two loving and hard-working parents who emigrated from Cameroon. She started her post-secondary schooling at Montgomery College in the Montgomery Scholars honors program, where she focused on the humanities. Later, she transferred to Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in biochemistry. Stephannie spent a year working as an emergency medicine scribe at a community hospital in Rockville, Maryland, which ignited her interest in emergency medicine. After scribing for a year, she moved to Philadelphia and completed a post-baccalaureate program at Drexel University. While at Drexel, she spent a summer in Rwanda learning about barriers to health care as a Dornsife Global Development Fellow. She earned her M.D. at the Chicago Medical School/Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Through her experiences, Stephannie has developed many interests, including palliative care, women’s health, humanities in medicine and global health. She is excited to explore these interests further as a Johns Hopkins resident.
Kyle Burton, M.D., M.P.P.
Medical school: Harvard Medical School
Graduate: Harvard Kennedy School — John F. Kennedy School of Government
Undergrad: Howard University
Activities/Hobbies: Driving short distances, watching movie trailers, putting together new furniture, playing sports (basketball, baseball, dodgeball, etc.)
Home State: Missouri, Illinois
Why Johns Hopkins: The community. I was impressed with the group of brilliant Johns Hopkins Hospital staff/instructors/residents whose world-class efforts inspire ideas and interventions pushing the medical frontier. The hospital workforce utilizes unique strategies and an abundance of available resources, working toward a commitment to transforming a Baltimore patient population primarily occupying demographics that disproportionately endure discriminatory treatment. Each physician was enthusiastic about mentoring through the FAST curriculum, supplementing excellent clinical training with opportunities to enhance proficiencies in physician leadership, hospital guidance and patient advocacy.
Kyle Burton was born in St. Louis and spent the latter part of his youth in the suburbs near Scott Air Force Base. There he learned about the expansive world through stories from neighboring military families, and his older brother, Keith, was inspired to become an Air Force officer. Kyle attended Howard University, graduating with a degree in biology, and he spent a fellowship year in Oxford, England, studying biochemistry and playing for the varsity Blues basketball team. At Harvard Medical School and Harvard Kennedy School, he organized student symposiums and conferences while helping hospital networks optimize their integration of clinical services with how they address health-related social needs. He hopes to continue pursuing these interests during residency at Johns Hopkins.
Ubah Jimale Dimbil, M.D.
Medical School: George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Undergrad: Stanford University
Activities/Hobbies: Boxing, bullet journaling, DIY projects, learning languages
Home State: California
Why Johns Hopkins:: Diverse patient population, ability to pursue interest in gun violence recidivism, supportive faculty and senior residents
Ubah Jimale Dimbil grew up in the Bay Area, about 20 minutes outside of San Jose, California. She attended Stanford University and graduated with a degree in biology and a minor in Arabic in 2014. After graduation, she worked for a small consulting firm in Washington, D.C., before enrolling at the George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Ubah has always been interested in social emergency medicine and wishes to pursue this interest during residency at Johns Hopkins.
Seema Ghelani, M.D.
Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine
Undergrad: Northwestern University
Activities/Hobbies: Traveling, horseback riding, playing with my puppy, skiing, hiking, cooking and exploring new restaurants
Home State: Illinois
Why Johns Hopkins: I chose Johns Hopkins because after my subintern rotation and interview day, I felt an unparalleled connection to the residents and faculty. Everyone was so friendly, helpful, and invested in our growth on both a professional and personal level. Additionally, the opportunity to work with the diverse and underserved community of Baltimore and the unique FAST curriculum made Johns Hopkins the perfect place to pursue my interests in social emergency medicine.
Seema Ghelani grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. She attended nearby Northwestern University, where she studied biology and business institutions. After taking a year to work at Epic Systems in Wisconsin, she headed back to Chicago for medical school at the University of Illinois. While working with a diverse patient population during medical school, she developed a passion for helping underrepresented minorities and finding ways to mitigate health care disparities. She is excited to pursue these interests during her residency, as well as to live on the East Coast for the first time!
Won-Jun Kuk, M.D.
Medical School: Emory University School of Medicine
Undergrad: Williams College
Activities/Hobbies: Cooking, exploring with my dog, skiing
Home State: Virginia
Why Johns Hopkins: I chose Johns Hopkins for the opportunity to work with the underserved communities in Baltimore, and the access to resources of a strong academic center to help make a difference for our patients. I also loved how much the program is dedicated to our learning and professional development. Johns Hopkins checked every single important box for me with the bonus of being close to home.
Won-Jun Kuk was born in South Korea and grew up in Northern Virginia. He attended Williams College — while there, he worked as an emergency medical technician for a community ambulance company and discovered his love for emergency medicine. After graduation, he moved to Boston and worked at a charter school as an assistant teacher. He then completed his medical school education at Emory University School of Medicine. Won-Jun spends most of his free time spoiling his dog with too many treats and belly rubs.
Richa Manglorkar, M.D.
Medical School: University of Maryland School of Medicine
Undergrad: Baylor University
Activities/Hobbies: Knitting, crocheting, crafting in general
Home State: Texas
Why Johns Hopkins: I chose Johns Hopkins because after going to medical school in Baltimore, I knew I had found the community I wanted to serve.
Richa Manglorkar grew up in Flower Mound, Texas, a town outside Dallas. She attended Baylor University and majored in biology. After graduating, she moved to Baltimore to attend the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Having felt like a true Baltimorean during that time, she is excited to stay for residency at Johns Hopkins. Her academic interests include infectious disease and critical care.
Kiriana Morse, M.D.
Medical School: State University of New York, Downstate
Undergrad: Quinnipiac University
Activities/Hobbies: Hiking, outdoor adventures with my dog, watching Netflix, trying the latest food trends
Home State: New York
Why Johns Hopkins: I chose Johns Hopkins because it is the perfect combination of caring for an underserved patient population and having the top-notch resources to truly make a difference.
Kiriana Morse was born and raised on Long Island, New York. She was an undergraduate student at Quinnipiac University, where she majored in behavioral neuroscience and first began conducting research. After college, she worked in inpatient psychiatry and continued her neuroscience research at Stony Brook University. For medical school, Kiriana attended the State University of New York, Downstate, where she discovered her love of helping an underserved patient population. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, kayaking, adventures with her dog and keeping up with the latest true crime series on Netflix.
Joshua Niforatos, M.D., M.T.S.
Medical School: Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
Graduate School: Boston University School of Theology
Undergrad: University of New Mexico
Hobbies: Writing, hobby researching, HGTV/History channel, grilling, vintage pen collecting, trivia night at bars, jogging
Home State: Illinois
Why Johns Hopkins: Diversity of patient population and training sites, FAST program, faculty and resident passion for the city of Baltimore, great social emergency medicine initiatives (MAT, HIV/HCV testing, etc.), Bloomberg School of Public Health and mentorship. Honestly, I didn’t want to leave the interview day!
Joshua Niforatos was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. He graduated from the University of New Mexico with degrees in ethnology/linguistics and biology. He attended seminary at the Boston University School of Theology, earning a Master of Theological Studies in philosophy, theology and ethics. Joshua returned to the Midwest and earned his M.D. through the physician-investigator training program at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, where he developed a passion for health services research and metaresearch. Joshua loves nothing more than spending time with his wife trying new restaurants, going on walks, and now attempting to figure out a way to raise pet pigs while in residency in Baltimore. He’s also excited to attend the yearly Baltimore/Washington International Pen Show!
Harsh Pathak, M.D.
Medical School: Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Undergrad: Rutgers University School of Engineering
Activities/Hobbies: Breakdancing, salsa dancing, Krav Maga, weight lifting, magic tricks, sitcoms, board games, billiards
Home State: New Jersey
Why Johns Hopkins: For me, Johns Hopkins was all-inclusive: strong, diverse clinical training, a place full of amazing faculty and co-residents, and a patient population that needs care. In its entirety, I believe Johns Hopkins elevates you as a human being. The level of training down to every interaction is guided to make you into the finest doctor and person you can be.
Harsh Pathak was born and raised in New Jersey. He went to school at Rutgers University to pursue engineering, like his father. By his sophomore year, Harsh became driven to work with and help people, and chose to apply himself in the field of medicine. He was later accepted to medical school at his home institution of Rutgers, in the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Harsh says some of the best times of his life were during his eight years at Rutgers University, where he made long-lasting friendships. His interests run far and wide, with hobbies such as salsa dancing, magic tricks, lifting weights and board games. He is sure his training at Johns Hopkins will mold him into a phenomenal physician and human being. He believes life is full of opportunities, and he looks forward to meeting everyone who will push him to reach further, dig deeper and become better.
Daniel Piening, M.D.
Medical School: Emory University School of Medicine
Undergrad: Boston College
Activities/Hobbies: Hiking, camping, snowboarding, surfing, building stuff
Home State: New York
Why Johns Hopkins: For me, Johns Hopkins was the perfect combination of a large academic program that will allow me to connect with mentors and continue work in health policy, while also showing a true commitment to their community and to the underserved in this city. The interview day just felt right and got me jazzed to be a part of this community and to serve the residents of Baltimore.
Daniel Piening was born and raised on Long Island, New York. He attended Boston College, where he majored in biology. After graduation, he moved to the Bay Area to serve with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps as a case manager at a homeless outreach program. Soon after, he moved to Atlanta to pursue his M.D. at Emory University School of Medicine, where he focused his time on health policy and homelessness. Dan enjoys spending time outdoors — from camping in national parks to spending the day in the snowy mountains or on the beach.
Aera Shin, M.D.
Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine
Undergrad: University of Washington
Activities/Hobbies: Tennis; hiking; skiing; wake surfing; rock climbing; playing the piano, drums and clarinet; spending time with family; reading; searching for the best coffee and ice cream shops
Home State: Washington
Why Johns Hopkins: Johns Hopkins was an easy choice as soon as I walked out of the interview day. Not only was it a fantastic program, but the residents and faculty were laid back, approachable, and clearly shared the same patient focus mission. Baltimore was diverse with an incredible patient population, and there were plenty of things to do close by. The FAST program was unique in that its flexibility offered a chance for me to customize my training to best fit my interests. Finally, coming from the West Coast, I saw Johns Hopkins as an awesome opportunity to gain a different perspective and spend time with some loved ones who lived on the East Coast.
Aera Shin was born in South Korea and immigrated to the United States with her parents when she was young. She grew up just south of Seattle and participated in the Running Start program, allowing her to complete two years of college during high school. Prior to medical school, while working as a scribe manager and a Make-a-Wish intern, she realized her passion for medicine. She was lucky enough to attend the University of Washington for both college and medical school. In her free time, she enjoys playing music with her three younger siblings, spending time with loved ones — preferably outdoors — and looking for hole-in-the-wall, “hidden gems” coffee and ice cream shops. Aera is excited to continue her training at Johns Hopkins, and is currently interested in disaster medicine.