2014 UH IM Graduates
- Kathryn Kline- Katie joined the Tumulty ambulatory practice in the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center. In 2015, she was appointed as the first medical director of the Esperanza Center. She was then medical director for AbsoluteCARE, a high-utilizer clinic, in Baltimore and now is completing an oncology fellowship. Katie completed an MPH through our Urban Health Scholars Program. Katie is in her second year of a heme-onc fellowship at the University of Maryland.
- Dana Mueller- After graduation, Dana joined Mary’s Center, a FQHC with clinics in Washington D.C., Montgomery County, and Prince George’s County, which serves a diverse population, but has a historical focus on caring for recent Latin American immigrants and international refugees. She completed an MBA at the JHU Carey School of Business in 2017 with the support of the Urban Health Scholars Program. As a general internist, she sees patients from 18 to 103 (at last check). Since 2015, she has served as the Director of Adult and Family Medicine, leading the growth of the adult care service line across all sites. She develops educational curriculum for a team of adult care clinicians including internists, family medicine physicians, nurse practitioners and PAs, leads Quality Improvement initiatives, and has spear-headed the institutional response to COVID-19, which has significantly impacted the Mary’s Center community.
- Mark Tenforde- Mark traveled to Uganda to confront the HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis epidemic as an Afya Bora Fellow in Global Health Leadership. He completed an ID fellowship and served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at Centers for Disease. He is now a Medical Officer at the CDC.
2015 UH IM Graduates
- Ravi Ganesh- Ravi is a consultant in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He is part of the Consultative Medicine program where he evaluates patients who do not have a clear medical diagnosis despite extensive evaluation. Ravi specializes in research and treatment of fibromyalgia, the health effects of chronic stress, and the benefits of stress management programs and technology.
- Carolyn Kramer- Carolyn graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Infectious Disease Fellowship. She is providing inpatient and outpatient HIV care.
- Michael Mueller- Michael is a consultant in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He is part of the Consultative Medicine program where he evaluates patients who do not have a clear medical diagnosis despite extensive evaluation. Michael pursues health policy reform through education and advocacy and is an SGIM LEAHP scholar. He additionally works in the International Health division where he sees patients from multiple different regions of the world.
- Mark Munoz- Mark pursued additional training in tropical medicine from USUHS and works in global health with the US State Department. He has served in multiple developing regions throughout the world. He also is a part time hospitalist at Georgetown University Hospital. He is now competing a critical care fellowship.
2016 UH IM Graduates
- Jillian Baron- Jillian completed the University of Pennsylvania Infectious Disease Fellowship. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine with the University of Pennsylvania Infectious Disease Division and sees patients at an HIV primary care clinic.
- Ted James- Ted completed a gastroenterology fellowship at the University of North Carolina and an advanced endoscopy fellowship at Mayo Clinic Rochester. He earned his Masters of Science through UNC School of Public Health. He is on faculty with the University of New England and is part of the Northern Light Gastroenterology practice in Eastern Maine.
- Ryan Lang- Ryan is a Pharmacovigilance Physician with Advanced Clinical as part of the Otsuka Pharmacovigilance Physician Program. They previously served as the Assistant Program Director of the General Preventive Medicine Residency Program and an Instructor in Health Policy & Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where they also earned their MPH degree and completed a second residency in preventive medicine. They were also Chief Resident of the General Preventive Medicine Residency in 2018-2019. They are dually board-certified in internal medicine and general preventive medicine/public health.
- Isabel Pimenta- Isabel is a healthcare leader, hospitalist and radiologist with significant experience in population health, innovation and transformation leadership in healthcare organizations. She also remains at the forefront of clinical medicine practice as an internist/hospitalist. For a decade, she served as a health sector specialist for The World Bank in South Asia and Latin America, leading operational and analytical teams to support healthcare reform in developing countries. She currently provides direct patient care with the Johns Hopkins Community Physicians at Suburban Hospital and at the National Institutes of Health. Her work focuses on innovation, quality improvement, transformation of care models and population health. As faculty with the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine with the neurology and IM departments, she also conducts research on COVID19, healthcare innovation, and imaging of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases. Isabel completed a residency in internal medicine from The Johns Hopkins Hospital, a residency in radiology from University of Sao Paulo, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.
- Chris Terndrup- Chris joined the GIM division to practice primary care at OHSU. He is the Medical Director for the hospital-based Internal Medicine Clinic at OHSU and the Assistant Program Director for Ambulatory Medicine for the OHSU IM program. He has published on PrEP, quality improvement efforts, and patient safety. He works with the Wellbeing and Improvement Science Curriculum (WISC), and continues to advocate for LGBTQ and Latinx healthcare. He volunteers with the student-run clinic called Bridges Collaborative Care Clinic, and is an active member of SGIM, currently serving as the Northwest regional President.
2017 UH IM Graduates
- David Lawrence- David was the medical director of Central City Concern’s Hooper Detoxification & Stabilization Center and an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine’s section of Addiction Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University. He has now moved to Los Angeles where he is the Medical Director, Downtown LA Substance Use Disorder Clinic and faculty at UCLA.
- Bailey Miles- Bailey joined the Johns Hopkins Community Physicians organization and provided primary care through the Priority Access Primary Care program at East Baltimore Medical Center where he was the medical director. In 2020, Bailey left EBMC to provide primary care in Chinle, Arizona through the IHS. Bailey also got his MPH through the UH Scholars Program.
- Karly Murphy- Karly completed the Johns Hopkins GIM Fellowship and is currently an Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins. Her research focuses on care coordination and health care delivery of primary care services to vulnerable populations, namely people with serious mental illness.
- Victoria Powell- Victoria completed Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellowship at NIH Clinical Center and is now a Clinical Lecturer/ Research Fellow at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on psychosocial distress, chronic pain, and long-term opioid use.
2018 UH IM Graduates
- Michael Poku- Michael is currently the Senior Medical Director at Oak Street Health.
- Alex Rittenberg-Alex is the Associate Program Director for Inpatient Medicine for the Virginia Commonwealth University Internal Medicine Residency program and the Medical Director for the Housestaff units. He attends on the General Medicine, Hematology/Oncology, and Gastroenterology/Hepatology inpatient wards and supervises housestaff as an Academic Hospitalist-Nocturnist.
- Shakira Sanchez-Collins- Shakira is now a "Holistic Primary Care Physician" at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern Medicine. She is also an associate pastor of St. James AME Church in Chicago, IL and a public speaker in health and wellness. She was recently inducted into the 35th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. College of Ministers and Laity Board of Preachers at Morehouse College.
- Chris Steele- Chris works as an assistant professor of Medicine at UConn in general internal medicine and the Health Equity Track Director for the internal medicine residency program. He is course director of the health systems science curriculum for the 3rd and 4th year students in the medical school. He is co-founder of UConn Health Leader’s (UCHL) program which trains pre-professional health students to address social determinant of health barriers within primary care: https://health.uconn.edu/health-leaders/
2019 UH IM Graduates
- Francisco Alvarez- Francisco is an academic hospitalist at UCSF where he teaches social medicine and pursues projects in health systems innovation and health policy.
- Nicky Mehtani- After completing fellowship in addiction and HIV medicine at UCSF, Nicky currently serves as volunteer faculty in the Division of HIV, ID & Global Medicine at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and provides primary care to patients experiencing homelessness through San Francisco Department of Public Health’s ‘Street Medicine’ program and at Ward 86. She also serves as an HIV and Substance Use expert clinician for the National Clinician Consultation Center (UCSF Warm Lines).
- Jesse McDermeit- Jesse is a clinician-educator at East Baltimore Medical Center where he is also precepting our residents. He is assisting in developing and implementing our enhanced ambulatory curriculum for EBMC IM residents.
- Jordan Nahas-Vigon- Jordan is a clinician-educator at Remington and preceptor for our residents at East Baltimore Medical Center. She is also involved in addiction and carceral medicine. She is assisting in developing and implementing our enhanced ambulatory curriculum for EBMC IM residents.
2020 UH IM Graduates
- Ravi Gupta- Ravi is a fellow in the National Clinician Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania. Ravi’s research focuses on access to medications and drug pricing, FDA regulation and pharmaceutical policy, and the effect of social policies on individual and population health
- Meron Hirpa- Meron is practicing as a primary care physician with the Cincinnati Health Department.
- Julius Ho-Julius is practicing as a hospitalist at Johns Hopkins Bayview while focusing on community advocacy in the Baltimore area.
- Arcadia Paine- Arcadia serves as a primary care physician with the Indian Health Service in Gallup, NM.
- Ashish Thakrar- Ashish completed addiction medicine fellowship at Johns Hopkins Bayview, where he continues to moonlight on the Addiction Medicine Unit. He is a fellow in the National Clinician Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on improving initiation of medications for opioid use disorder, retention in care, and hospital-based care of patients with addiction.
2021 UH IM Graduates
- Maria Bellantoni- Maria is a Geriatrics fellow at Johns Hopkins Bayview. She is excited to come back to Osler as ACS for the 2022-2023 Academic Year. She will then continue her career in the U.S. Public Health Service, initially serving as a medical officer in the Indian Health Service. - Geriatrics fellowship followed by ACS year in '22-'23
- Tuyet Nguyen- Tuyet is an urban health primary care physician at AbsoluteCARE in Prince George's County, a clinic that focuses on high utilizer patients.
- Talia Robledo-Gil- Talia is practicing as a bilingual urban health primary care at Whitman-Walker in Washington, DC. She provides primary care, HIV care, LGBT health, gender-affirming care.
- Lea Selitsky- Lea is an addiction medicine fellow at Johns Hopkins Bayview
We asked our UH graduates to comment about our program. This is what they had to say:
Reflecting on my training, five years after completing the program, I appreciate how the Urban Health Program prepared me for my current practice. I’m equipped to provide care in a low-income, under-resourced setting at a high-level of care. I don’t regret my decision to train at the Urban Health Program.
Zachary Nayak, MP15
Clinically, the program offers exceptional training in both medicine and pediatrics. But by far the best feature is the people! It’s awesome to have such brilliant and passionate coresidents, and the faculty prioritize teaching and care about resident success. I really appreciated having a wonderfully supportive community of people with similar interests and goals.
Alejandra Ellison-Barnes, MP18
I truly feel like the Urban Health Program has helped me to become the kind of doctor I wanted to be. By combining rigorous hospital-based training with opportunities for learning in diverse community settings, the program provided me with strong clinical skills as well as a deeper understanding of people’s lived experience, preparing me well to care for urban underserved populations. Not to mention that my co-residents are just unmatched! I learned so much and had tons of fun working alongside these fantastic people and really cherish the Med-Peds UH community.
Jess Ratner, MP20
The Johns Hopkins Urban Health Program is a truly unique medical training program. It offers a rare combination of unparalleled clinical training, immersion in the surrounding community, and a deep understanding of the health barriers that our most vulnerable patients face and how to begin to address them. I feel fortunate to have trained there and to have befriended so many like-minded individuals.
Ravi Gupta, UH IM20
The Hopkins Urban Health program is unlike any other in the country. This program gave me the confidence in my clinical skills that can only be granted at a world-renowned institution, while uniquely giving my perspective through the community members we serve on the social and political determinants of health. This escalated my skills as a physician to be prepared to sit at the table with leaders and policy stakeholders in healthcare locally and nationally and put me in a position to be hirable in versatile positions and job markets. Aside from the skills and experience, Hopkins MP program gave me a family that I will always be a part of regardless of where I’m fortunate enough to have my career take me.
Robin Ortiz, MP19
I came to the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Program to not only gain world-class internal medicine training but also one that is grounded in the community and serving the most vulnerable members of our community. I found a wonderfully supportive community in my co-residents (now lifelong friends) and mentors and further developed my passion for health equity.
Karly Murphy, UH IM17
My experience training at Johns Hopkins in the Urban Health Program was invaluable. The greatest asset of any institution is its people. Lenny is an amazing program director, and he has recruited so many wonderful people to develop a one of a kind program.
Daniel Hindman, MP17
The Urban Health Program is a truly unique and phenomenal program. It offers outstanding clinical training and provides the necessary training in care of vulnerable patients and social determinants of health so that residents are trained to provide truly patient-centered care to those patients who need it most. The UH Leadership is also adept at connecting residents to the many resources at Hopkins so that a resident can pursue whatever their interest in primary care that might be, whether it is clinical care, education, policy, or research. Finally, when you join the UH program, you join an amazing group of like-minded people during residency and beyond.
Bailey Miles, UH IM17
The Johns Hopkins Urban Health track is a gem. I fell in love with the program during my interview day, where I was inspired by the program’s commitment to our patients and community. Now, having finished my training, I can say that the program actually exceeded my expectations. The clinical training is unparalleled, both in the inpatient setting at JHH and in the outpatient at EBMC. The people in the program are fun, passionate, kind, and inspiring. And I feel honored to have had the opportunity to work with our patients here in East Baltimore.
Ashish Thakrar, UH IM20
If you want to truly understand the myriad ways that health and society interact, there’s no better program than the Urban Health track at Johns Hopkins. You get the best of both worlds: rigorous medical training at one of the most renowned programs and hospitals in the country and in-depth community exposure in correctional medicine, street medicine, substance use disorders, public health and health policy, etc. You will see first-hand how the complexities and problems our society faces - institutional racism, poverty, an inadequate social safety net, etc. - affect the most disadvantaged among us. But you will graduate equipped to effect change, not only through clinical practice but through research and advocacy on many levels, and best of all you will embark on this journey with incredible, like-minded colleagues. I completed the Urban Health track not only feeling that I had become a physician, but that I had deepened my understanding of the society around us.
Francisco Alvarez, UH IM19
We asked our graduates to provide comments about Baltimore. This is what they had to say:
I came to Baltimore thinking I’d move again after residency. Instead, I stayed for fellowship and plan to live here for the foreseeable future! There is so much I love about this city--the water, the parks, the restaurants, the diverse neighborhoods, the quirky festivals. It’s a big enough city that there’s plenty to do but it’s small enough that you can get around easily and know it pretty intimately.
Alejandra Ellison Barnes, MP18
Baltimore is a smaller city that has hidden gems- from food to festivals to the random neighborhood festivals that you find when you start to look for them. It also has easy access to great state parks to go hiking. I love how dog friendly it is!
Karly Murphy, UH IM17
I love Baltimore! It is a friendly, diverse, and yes, charming city. It is the type of place where people are kind and say hello, no matter where you are from. The parks are fantastic (especially my favorite, Druid Hill Park), and there is beautiful hiking, biking, camping, right outside the city. It is also very dog-friendly and there are more and more protected bike lanes every year.
Ashish Thakrar, UH IM20
Baltimore is the perfect city for residency. There’s more than enough that you will always have plenty of fun activities for a day off, but small enough that it doesn’t feel overwhelming. The cost of living is easily affordable and the different neighborhoods are charming and fun to explore. Also, compared to many areas of the U.S. the winters are relatively mild (important for me as a Miami native)! The city is full of parks and monuments and the waterfront never gets old - enjoying those Baltimore Harbor views on a brisk jog was a great way to unwind during residency!
Francisco Alvarez, UH IM19