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Med-Peds Residents

Interns (PGY-1)


Jaime La Charite

Hometown: Corona, CA (Southern Cali)

Medical School: University of California, Irvine (UCI)

For fun I: I enjoy playing with my son, going on family trips/adventures, eating good ethnic food, photography, hiking, traveling, horseback riding, trying new things, hanging out with friends

Favorite things about Baltimore: So many unique and interesting neighborhoods, diverse, great food, easy to get around, beautiful historic buildings, proximity to D.C., Philly, and NYC, the festivals, green beautiful areas within and near the city.

Career interests: Primary care, healthcare for under-resourced urban communities, immigrant and Latino populations, advocacy, healthcare policy, public health, health disparities and community participatory research, transitions of care.



Kevin Klembczyk

Hometown: Voorheesville, NY
Medical School: Columbia University
For fun I: read and write, play basketball, spend time with friends, curate my twitter feed, question systems

Favorite things about Baltimore: street art, friendly and real people, coffee, southern warmth with northeast hustle

Career interests: primary care in disadvantaged communities, activism


Jessie Calihan

Hometown: Rochester, NY

Medical School: Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons

For fun I: spend time outside running, hiking, & skiing, explore new restaurants (especially on the water!), love black-and-white (now Berger!) cookies, relax with friends and family

Favorite things about Baltimore: running along the harbor, the diverse neighborhoods and amazing architecture, Old Bay, the monument, hearing church bells from my apartment

Career interests: primary care for underserved families, adolescent medicine, building community partnerships to improve health, human rights & social justice in medicine



Christine Krueger

Hometown: Baltimore

Medical School: Brown

For fun I: I enjoy running (with my daughter in tow in our jogging stroller!) in Patterson Park or around the waterfront promenade, exploring Baltimore restaurants and museums, finding snowball stands, and sailing on the Chesapeake bay.

Favorite things about Baltimore: The food (steamed crabs!), the climate, the diversity, abundance of family-friendly activities, and being on the water!

Career interests: Primary care for underserved children and adults, general internal medicine, health policy and advocacy, adolescent health


Assistant Residents (PGY-2)


Brittany Badesch, MD

Hometown: Denver, CO

Medical School: University of Colorado

For fun I: I enjoy spending time with my pug dog, exploring new restaurants, eating brunch, ice cream (really any food, any time) running, walking, painting, doing Tae Kwon Do, anything outdoors

Favorite things about Baltimore: vibrant, diverse city with so many different areas to explore, the harbor (loveeee walking my dog around the water), super delicious brunch spots

Career interests:  Primary Care for urban underserved populations, primary care for children and adults with disabilities and complex health care needs over the lifetime, transitions of care from pediatric to adult medicine; health disparities research, medical education


RatnerJessica Ratner, MD

Potomac, MD

Medical School: University of Pennsylvania

For fun I: explore new restaurants/neighborhoods/parks, cook, spend time outside with my enthusiastic dog (hiking, running, swimming), travel to Latin America

Favorite things about Baltimore: quality crab cakes every where you turn, how everyone pronounces it "Baldimore," quirky neighborhoods with great restaurants, how friendly people are, Maryland flag pride, unique festivals and traditions, dogs everywhere, and the energy around improving urban health

Career interests:  working with underserved families, health behavior change, addiction, advocacy and community partnership




Harita Shah, MD

Hometown: Peoria, IL

Medical School: Johns Hopkins

For fun I: explore the city, paint, dance to Indian or Salsa music, think it's never too early to plan a Halloween costume

Favorite things about Baltimore: the diversity, the neighborhoods, quirky traditions, water everywhere!

Career interests:  primary care for immigrant and underserved families


LloydCooper Llyod, MD

Boston, MD

Medical School: Vanderbilt

For fun I: run, hike, play fiddle and bagpipes, try new restaurants and coffee shops

Favorite things about Baltimore: ​rowhouses and roof decks, the harbor, the farmer's market, the mixture of Northern and Southern influences, the loyalty residents feel to the city

Career interests:  public health and primary care


Senior Assistant Residents (PGY-3)


Justin Berk, MD

Hometown: Amarillo, TX

Medical School: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine

For fun I: spend time with friends, read, run along the harbor, drink diet mountain dew

Favorite things about Baltimore: tangible feel of community, the ease of getting around, relentless pride in the Orioles, Old Bay seasoning, lower-tier beer, and chocolate covered Berger cookies

Career interests:  working with underserved populations, medical education, public health policy, clinic management, becoming Lenny Feldman


Gitlin_ZacharyZachary Gitlin, MD

St. Louis, Missouri

Medical School: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

For fun I: Cook endlessly, stubbornly bike commute everywhere, Crossfit too much, try to impress my wife, read, talk to my dogs, hang out with med-peds. 

Favorite things about Baltimore: Canton and it's canopy of roof-decks, the Patterson Park Pool, the sub-83 farmer's market, Gunpowder Fall's state park, my local Ace-hardware, the Enoch-Pratt library, Justin Berk's dry wit, Lenny Feldman's outbursts of laughter.  

Career interests: Full spectrum primary care.  Integrative medicine for underserved communities.  Physician resilience and burnout.


Muller_SeffySeffy Muller, MD

Silver Spring, MD

Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

For fun I: play basketball/volleyball, watch basketball/volleyball, play board games, bar trivia

Favorite things about Baltimore: the aquarium!  Playing pick up in Patterson Park

Career interests: Med-Peds Urban Health Primary Care wasn't enough, huh? I want to work in the community health clinic.  I'm going to take advantage of the MPH program and I may pursue health system management.



Robin Ortiz, MD

Hometown: Edison, New Jersey

Medical School:  Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

For fun I: dance, cook, enjoy the sun and outdoors (biking, hiking, beach), spend time with friends and family near and far (I also love to travel), and do any of the above with my dog by my side

Favorite things about Baltimore: the diversity of people, neighborhoods and sometimes quirky events, the opportunities for community partnerships, how dog friendly it is, the manageability of the city, the awesome farmer's market, and the proximity to other east coast cities and highlights

Career interests:  preventive, lifestyle and integrative medicine through primary care, public health research and initiatives, and academic medicine all under the umbrella of understanding and optimizing biopsychosocial influences on health and disease (psychoneuroimmunology research)


Super Senior Assistant Residents (PGY-4)


Alejandra Ellison-Barnes, MD

Hometown: Boston, MA

Medical School:  Harvard Medical School

For fun I: bake chocolate chip cookies, host dinner parties, day trips to the beach, entertain my cat

Favorite things about Baltimore:  the giant Sunday farmer's market, the variety of neighborhoods, and the waterfront

Career interests:  tobacco control, non-communicable diseases, access to primary care



James Miller, MD

Hometown: Reading, PA

Medical School:  Ohio State University College of Medicine

For fun I: hike and jog, sample the ethnic cuisine of Baltimore, read, pray, and spend time talking with friends and family

Favorite things about Baltimore:  lots of diversity in the city, great places to eat with lots of quality ethnic restaurants.  The area around the city has a number of beautiful trails and state parks and the city itself has several large, scenic parks with frequent festivals and events.  And the local sports scene in' too bad either.

Career interests:  working with homeless populations, improving access to care for urban underserved groups, researching and developing alternative models of healthcare delivery, and faith-based medical practices.



Angela Orozco, MD

Hometown: South Los Angeles, CA

Medical School:  UCLA/Drew

For fun I: play board games, cooking with my husband, walking my dog, and figure skating

Favorite things about Baltimore:  There is so much green space!  Taking a stroll around various parks here is very relaxing.  My other two favorite things include how dog-friendly it is around the city, as well as the opportunity to enjoy many delicious brunch places 

Career interests: Community-based participatory research, Epidemiology, Health Disparities research, Chronic disease management (Metabolic syndrome & its' contributors)



Jeremy Snyder, MD

Hometown: Bowling Green, KY

Medical School:  Saint Louis University School of Medicine

For fun I: hike, run, cook, try new restaurants, and generally explore the city with my wife and dog.

Favorite things about Baltimore:  the diversity of landscapes has been pleasantly surprising.  there's the harbor, a few rives, and multiple parks with green space, all close to downtown.  That, in addition to the generally laid back attitude of people in the city, has made this a great and welcoming place to be!

Career interests: (currently) General academic med-peds, medical education, infectious disease in vulnerable populations, and community health interventions for refugee populations