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PGY-2 Residents

Michael Armbruster

Michael Armbruster

B.S., Tulane University

M.D., University of Florida College of Medicine

Michael earned his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering, and a second degree in Cell and Molecular Biology.  Throughout medical school at the University of Florida, he has been actively involved in numerous research projects.  He has a specific research interest in novel forms of trauma resuscitation.  He obtained independent funding in medical school for his bench work research.  Subsequently, he received the Lawrence M. Goodman Trust Award for his presentation at the Medical Student Research Day.  This work also led to his first author publication in Perfusion, entitled, “Soybean Oil: a potentially new intravascular perfusate.”  His ongoing projects involve investigation of psychological stress and inflammatory markers in medical students and brain imaging in patients who have undergone bariatric surgery.  In his free time, he enjoys running, cycling, and playing racquetball.

Virginia Dawson

Virginia Dawson

B.F.A., University of Louisville

M.D., University of Louisville School of Medicine

Taking a nontraditional undergraduate degree path, Virginia received a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts and has become an accomplished artist in both paint as well as photography.  It was in her senior year in college that she felt a calling to medicine and changed career path.  While in medical school, she demonstrated her scientific curiosity by performing research on success of complex wound closure using a negative pressure wound vacuum device which resulted in several publications.  She was also awarded the AOA Carolyn Kuckein Student Research Fellowship in order to continue her work on cutaneous nerve density.  She matched into a general surgery residency at Mercer University/Medical Center Central Georgia in 2014.  During this intern surgical year, she has reconsidered how she wants to practice medicine and is passionate about beginning her training in psychiatry.

Sarah Debrey

Sarah Debrey

B.A., University of Illinois

M.H.S., Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

M.D., Rush Medical College of Rush University Medical Center

Following graduation from college, Sarah worked at the NIH for 2 years on the Stroke Neuroscience Unity, researching the effects of statin treatment on the expression of genes associated with ischemic stroke.  Sarah has demonstrated an established interest and commitment to care for the elderly.  Following her NIH fellowship, she pursued a master’s degree at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in epidemiology, with a focus on cognition and aging.  While pursuing her master’s degree, she also earned a certificate in gerontology.  She completed a research elective in movement disorders, and has a submitted manuscript related to this work.  Sarah envisions a career in academic medicine with a focus on geriatric populations.  Her favorite hobby is cooking and enjoys cooking for family and friends.

 

Laura Hack

Laura Hack

B.S., The College of William and Mary

M.D., Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

Laura attended college at William and Mary and received a strong background in research in neuroscience and electrophysiology.   Summer research rotations helped her discover her passion for thought, emotion, and behavior, and she began an MD-PhD program at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine.  Her doctoral work involved participation in studies that sought to identify the genes contributing to schizophrenia and alcoholism.   She conducted both a candidate gene study of dopamine family genes and a genome-wide association study of alcohol dependence and related traits.  She presented her data at three national meetings and will have two first-author publications in peer-reviewed journals.  Outside of her school activities, she enjoys yoga and traveling.

 

Georgina Hartzell

Georgina Hartzell

B.S., University of California, Berkeley

M.D., Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine

Georgina is a couples match with Akshay Ganju who will be in Emergency Medicine.  She completed her undergraduate work at the University of California, Berkeley where she received a degree in nutritional sciences.  She spent the following year at Kaiser Permanente Division of Research where she continued her undergraduate work on a breast cancer study and a menopause study.  During medical school, she conducted research in cancer epidemiology in the Division of Public Health Services.  Her Dean’s Letter comments that she stood out for her high energy and enthusiasm and excellent interpersonal skills.  She has an interest in learning and practicing languages, and is fluent in Spanish and currently studying Hindi.

 

Jungjin Kim

Jungjin Kim

B.A., University of Chicago

M.D., State University of New York Upstate Medical University

Jungjin was born in Australia and grew up in South Korea. He graduated from the University of Chicago with honors. Following college, he spent a year doing hematology/oncology research and subsequently attended medical school at SUNY Upstate.  During medical school, he took two years off to serve in the Korean Army as a combat medic. While there he won numerous awards for his service and, in fact, it was during this time as a medic that he developed a keen interest in psychiatry. Upon returning to medical school, he actively pursued his newfound passion by spearheading several psychiatry research projects. He published three papers, including two case series and a review of tardive dyskinesia. He is excited to bring his passion for psychiatry to Emory and is hoping to pursue a career in academic psychiatry. In his spare time, he enjoys working out, watching Dodger baseball/NCAA basketball, and visiting art museums around the world.

 

John Mahler

John Mahler

B.A., Brigham Young University

M.D., University of Connecticut School of Medicine

John was born in Minnesota, and moved with his family to Charlotte, NC during middle school. He graduated from high school in Charlotte and then attended Brigham Young University. After serving a two-year mission in Daejeon, South Korea, John returned to BYU and majored in International Relations, with an emphasis on European Studies. He attended medical school at the University of Connecticut, where he discovered psychiatry through the PIG, clerkship and excellent mentorship. An elective on a psychosis unit at the Institute of Living in Hartford cemented his interest. He then joined Emory University as a psychiatry resident. John spends most of his free time with his wife and children, but still enjoys reading, biking and baking bread.

 

Collin Reiff

 Collin Reiff

B.A., Emory University

M.D., Sackler School of Medicine

Collin impressed us with his unique background in the arts and sciences.  His painting, which has been sold professionally since 2002, has served as his creative outlet through college and medical school.  While at Emory he was a member of the Stipe Society for Creative Scholars and won the John Fenton Prize in Religion in 2007.  Before medical school he worked for two years at the Artificial Pancreas Center at Thomas Jefferson to develop an oral formulation of insulin and an industry funded project to develop an intravascular continuous glucose monitoring system. While at Sackler, he was a volunteer for the Physicians for Human Rights in the West Bank and offered medical care to underserved patient populations.  It seemed like a natural fit when Collin recognized psychiatry as his calling during his fourth year of medical school.

 

Neguine Rezaii Dizgah

Neguine Rezaii Dizgah

M.D., Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences

Neguine shows great promise as a clinician scientist and was awarded several prizes as the top student in her medical school class in Iran.  She has a long-standing interest in becoming a psychiatrist since high school and has conducted extensive research in neuroscience.  After med school, she travelled to Cambridge University and worked on fMRI analyses of autistic patients to build functional connectivity maps.  She worked for two years at Harvard Medical School’s Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory on event-related potential analysis of prosody processing in patients with schizophrenia, earning her several publications.  In her spare time she enjoys running marathons, and studying philosophy of the mind.

 

Rafael Tapias

Rafael Tapias

B.A., Wesleyan University

M.D., Morehouse School of Medicine

After graduating from Wesleyan with a degree in economics, Rafael worked in finance for two years before pursuing a career in medicine.  While at Morehouse, he had an outstanding academic record and made a number of service contributions to the community.  He participated in research on culturally tailored patient videos to educate patients about colorectal cancer screening and was funded to investigate lifestyle choices of medical students.  He also won a travel award for the 2014 Schizophrenia International Research Society Conference in Florence, Italy.  Rafael did a sub-internship at Grady on the inpatient unit and impressed the residents and faculty with his work ethic, professionalism, compassionate patient care, and promise as an educator.  He is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and enjoys cycling, running, basketball, and cooking.

 

Matthew Thrun-Nowicki

Matthew Thrun-Nowicki

B.A., Emory University

M.P.H., State University of New York Downstate Medical Center School of Public Health

M.D., State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine

Matt graduated summa cum laude from Emory University majoring in Physics.  During undergrad he served as a case manager for the Atlanta Asylum Network, working to link individuals with legal representation and proper medical and psychiatric evaluations.  Prior to matriculating at SUNY Downstate, he worked for two years for AmeriCorps in Peekskill, NY where he assumed multiple leadership roles promoting community health.  During medical school, Matt also earned an MPH degree (concentration in epidemiology) and was awarded the Roy Seideman Award for having the highest GPA in his MPH class.  Matt is an avid reader of fiction and non-fiction, and plays guitar in a bluegrass/folk trio that performs across the New York City area.