Graduate Career Selections

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2014 MP Graduates

  • Sara Mixter- Sara is the director of the Johns Hopkins PACT (Pediatric-informed Adult Care and Transition) Clinic, where she provides primary care and transition care for adults with developmental disabilities and other complex childhood onset conditions. She is also a preceptor in the Med-Peds and IM resident clinics and works with the Pediatric Complex Care service as a peds hospitalist. Immediately after residency, Sara served as the Assistant Program Director for Ambulatory Education for Internal Medicine in 2014-2015 and as an Assistant Chief of Service (IM Chief Resident) in 2015-2016.
  • Monica Mix- Monica is a clinician-educator in the Med-Peds clinic at East Baltimore Medical Center. She serves as the Med-Peds APD and earned an MPH through our Urban Health Scholars Program.
  • Deanna Wilson- Deanna is a clinician investigator at the University of Pittsburgh within the Divisions of General Internal Medicine and Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine. Her current research focuses on building health equity for vulnerable populations with substance use disorders, with particular emphasis on engaging and retaining young adults who inject drugs into care.  She sees individuals 12-76 for outpatient addiction treatment, serves as medical director for an adolescent addiction medicine clinic, and attends on the inpatient addiction medicine service.  Following residency training, she completed Adolescent Medicine fellowship at Hopkins with additional training in Addiction Medicine.  She also received her MPH through the JH Bloomberg School of Public Health.

2015 MP Graduates

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  • Zachary Nayak- In 2015, Zach joined Total HealthCare, a Baltimore-based FQHC, where he provides primary care for children and adults as well as substance-abuse care. Zach finished his MBA at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School through our Urban Health Scholars Program. In 2023, he joined Green Spring Internal Medicine LLC. The practice is focused on innovative care delivery and payment models for independent primary care practices.  Zach finished his MBA at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School through our Urban Health Scholars Program.
  • Katie Shaw- Katie joined the Med-Peds primary care practice at the East Baltimore Medical Center. She is a clinician-educator for our Johns Hopkins MP residents and a MP APD.
  • Jocelyn Ronda- After completing an Adolescent Medicine fellowship at Hopkins, Jocelyn provides Med-Peds primary care in Boston and serves as adolescent medicine faculty at Massachusetts General Hospital.
  • Natalie Spicyn- After 2 years in Med-Peds primary care at Chase Brexton where she earned her AAHIVM certification and experience in gender affirming health care, Natalie joined Park West Health System, another Baltimore-based FQHC, where she serves as chief of internal medicine & a pediatrician. At Park West, Natalie provides medical leadership for the HIV and substance use disorders programs (she is boarded in Addiction Medicine) alongside general primary care for children and adults. Natalie helped design and build the integrated behavioral health program at Park West, leads quality initiatives related to cancer screening, hypertension, and diabetes, and provides co-direction to the clinic’s COVID-19 vaccination program. She enjoys team-based care and bringing a health equity lens to her work in community medicine.

2016 MP Graduates

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  • Nikita Barai- Nikita is an Assistant Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and serves as the Senior Medical Director for Quality for Mount Sinai Health Partners. In this role, Nikita collaborates with clinical and operational leadership across the health system to promote better clinical outcomes for patients, while also driving financial performance across Mount Sinai’s value based contracts and quality programs Prior to this role, she served as the Associate Medical Director for Population Health in the Internal Medicine Associates practice, the ambulatory teaching site for Mount Sinai’s Internal Medicine residency program and worked at New York City Health + Hospitals/Kings County as a clinician educator.
  • Carolyn Bramante- Carolyn completed a GIM/GPAM fellow at JHH and is now a translational researcher and Med-Peds physician at the University of Minnesota. She studies remotely delivered interventions to improve health in children and adults with overweight and obesity. She is core faculty in the Program for Health Disparities research and is motivated to reduce obesity in low-income populations. Prior to COVID -19, this was mostly through behavioral and pharmacologic interventions for obesity treatment and included creating a patient advisory panel to guide her work in this sensitive topic of obesity. Since COVID, Carolyn is running an outpatient trial for early treatment of SARS-CoV-2 infection to prevent severe COVID -19 and long- COVID symptoms. This work will mostly benefit areas of the world without access to vaccines, as vaccine equity has been a huge issue during the pandemic.
  • Iris Leviner- Iris is providing MP primary care at Health Care for the Homeless in Baltimore and is the Director of Pediatrics and Family Medicine there.
  • Benjamin Oldfield- Completed the National Clinician Scholars Program at Yale and is now VP of Clinical Affairs at Fair Haven Community Health Care, a federally qualified health center in New Haven, CT. He is board certified in internal medicine, pediatrics, and addiction medicine, and is a Deputy Editor for the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

2017 MP Graduates

  • Ani Ramesh- Ani completed a palliative care fellowship at Johns Hopkins and now provides outpatient and inpatient palliative care for the MedStar Washington Hospital Center. He is working on building a pediatric palliative care program at Georgetown University Hospital.
  • Daniel HindmanDaniel completed a fellowship in General Internal Medicine and an MPH through the Urban Health Program. After completing fellowship, he joined the faculty at Hopkins as an Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in the Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics. He has led research on health equity, healthy communities, and telehealth. As faculty, he practiced adult primary care as well as pediatric hospitalist and ER medicine and helped with operations as the Medical Director for the Bayview Pediatric Combined Unit. In 2023, he joined Johns Hopkins Health Plans as a Medical Director. He currently works on utilization management, cost of care initiatives, and pretty much anything that he can reasonably pitch as an improvement to healthcare delivery within the Hopkins ecosystem. He is still making up his mind on what he wants to be when he grows up.
  • Candice Nalley- Practiced internal medicine and pediatrics primary care at Johns Hopkins Community Physicians Canton Crossing from 2017-2020. In 2020, she became the Medical Director of the Priority Access Primary Care program at East Baltimore Medical Center, where she currently provides intensive primary care to adult Priority Partners patients with the highest utilization of care.
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2018 MP Graduates

  • Alejandra Ellison-Barnes- Alejandra completed General Internal Medicine Fellowship at Johns Hopkins, during which she completed an MPH as an Urban Health Scholar and conducted policy-oriented research on the social and structural determinants of health over the life course with a focus on nutrition/obesity as well as tobacco. She is now an Assistant Professor in GIM engaged in several clinical roles throughout the institution while continuing her research.
  • Jimmy Miller- Jimmy works primarily in the Homeless Medicine and Urban Poverty arm of the Allegheny Health Network Center for Inclusion Health with a sub-focus in addiction medicine. He provides primary care for a number of different patient groups including people struggling with addictions and those experiencing homelessness. He staffs shelter clinics, engages in medical street outreach for the homeless, and prescribes MAT for persons with opiate addictions.
  • Angela Orozco- Med-Peds Primary Care Doctor and Clinician Educator at Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers, a long-standing FQHC serving the local Latino community in Milwaukee, WI
  • Jeremy Snyder- Jeremy is the medical director of the young adult clinic for youth living with HIV at Truman Health Services, a University of New Mexico clinic. There he also provides HIV pre-exposure and post-exposure prophylaxis, as well as Hepatitis C treatment. In 2022, he also joined the ADOBE clinic, a multigenerational interdisciplinary clinic at UNM for youth and their families affected by the juvenile justice system. As adjunct faculty within the Departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, he also teaches medical students and residents.

2019 MP Graduates

  • Justin Berk- Justin is a Med-Peds primary care clinician-educator at Brown University and is the Medical Director of the Rhode Island Department of Corrections. He also works on the medical education podcasts, The Curbsiders and The Cribsiders.
  • Zachary Gitlin- Zach began his career in global health equity with the IHS, living and working  with the Navajo Nation in Shiprock, New Mexico, providing full spectrum care and building medical education curricula on resource-limited care. He subsequently worked as medical director for the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head Aquinnah in MA.  He currently lives and works as regional lead for pediatric education and development with IU Center for Global Health Equity and the AMPATH Global Health Consortium in Eldoret, Kenya. He remains a regular volunteer with Physicians for Human Rights.
  • Joseph Muller- Seffy completed the addiction medicine fellowship at Hopkins in 2020 and since then has worked as a primary care doctor and addiction specialist at Unity Health Care, a large FQHC in Washington, DC, working in a community clinic and the DC jail. In 2022 he became the Medical Director for Addiction Services at Unity. .
  • Robin Ortiz- Robin is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Population Health through the Institute for Excellence in Health Equity at NYU on the physician-scientist track and is an attending physician at Bellevue Hospital. Prior, Robin completed the National Clinician Scholars Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia after graduating from our Med-Peds residency.

2020 MP Graduates

  • Brittany Badesch- Brittany is a JHH Pediatrics Chief Resident this year and will embark on critical care training for adults and children in 2022.
  • Cooper Lloyd- From 2020-2023 Cooper was a med-peds primary care clinician-educator at Vanderbilt. She taught a course on Community Health to the medical students and was co-Medical Director of Shade Tree Clinic, Vanderbilt’s student-run free clinic. In 2023, she took on a new role as Associate Medical Director for TennCare, Tennessee’s Medicaid program.
  • Jessica Ratner- PC and addiction medicine at Bayview Comprehensive Care Practice and Center for Addiction & Pregnancy Pediatrics and part-time consultant to Baltimore City Health Department/B’More for Healthy Babies on perinatal SUDs.
  • Harita Shah- Harita is a Med-Peds primary care physician and assistant professor at the University of Chicago. She leads community-based participatory research projects to improve access to care for underserved populations, specifically including HIV prevention and COVID-19 testing and vaccinations for Latinx communities. She is also part of the leadership for the LUCENT primary care residency track. 

2021 MP Graduates

  • Jessie Calihan- After graduation, Jessie completed an adolescent-focused addiction medicine fellowship in the Boston Children's Hospital Adolescent Substance Use and Addiction Program. She is now an Adolescent Medicine fellow at Boston Children’s.
  • Jaime La Charite- Jaime is currently a National Clinician Scholar at UCLA and a primary care physician at Saban Community Clinic. She is doing research in adverse childhood experiences, resiliency building, and immigrant health.
  • Kevin Klembczyk- Kevin is a Med-Peds primary care physician at East Baltimore Medical Center.
  • Christine Krueger- Christine is an Assistant Professor at Yale School of Medicine and core faculty in the Yale Primary Care internal medicine residency program. As a clinician educator, she focuses on community engagement, advocacy, patient-centered communication, and using quality improvement to address health disparities. She also provides primary care at an FQHC in New Haven.

2022 MP Graduates

  • Martha Brucato- Critical care fellow at the University of Pittsburgh
  • Julie Gonzalez- Med-Peds Primary Care Clinic preceptor and hospitalist at Baylor
  • Katie Hesselton- Pediatric hospitalist at Johns Hopkins Bayview
  • Paul Loeser- Med-Peds primary care physician at La Clínica del Pueblo

2023 MP Graduates

  • Joan Park- Medicine Hospitalist at JHH. Pediatric ED/Hospitalist at Bayview. HIV Primary Care doctor at the Bartlett Clinic
  • Mike Rose- Medicine Hospitalist at JHH. Pediatric ED/Hospitalist at Bayview. Addiction Medicine Consult Service at JHH. ACS in 2024-25!
  • Amitte Rosenfeld- MP primary care clinician educator at the University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Lindsay Sheets- Ambulatory Assistant Chief of Service for Osler Internal Medicine Residency Program, 2023-2024

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)
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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 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)
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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)