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Previous Syvertsen Scholars and Fellows:

2014 Fellow Fadzai Chinyengetere, PhD’13, Med’15 
As a child in Zimbabwe, Fadzai Chinyengetere saw terrible suffering and death in her own family and community from HIV/AIDS. At a young age, she knew she would become a medical doctor and return to her country to help these people. Chinyengetere has pursued the MD/PhD dual degree program at Geisel to have the greatest possible impact in her community. “I believe that as a physician scientist, I have the potential to have a huge impact by serving these populations through simple and cost-effective public health programs,” she says.
Read a profile of Fadzai Chinyengetere.


2014 Scholars
Mazin Abdelghany
IIya Bendlich
Fadzai Chinyengetere
Andre Koop
Whitney Hitchcock
Sadie Marden


2013 Fellow Karl Dietrich ‘14
As a first-year student, Karl Dietrich and classmate Holly Schroeder established a migrant workers’ medical program for Mexicans working on dairy farms in the Upper Valley region. Dietrich went on to do clinical rotations with underserved populations in locations as diverse as Tuba City, San Francisco, and southern Maine. These experiences reinforced his interest in family medicine. “A little effort on your part can make a profound difference in someone else’s life,” says Dietrich. “That’s been a driving force behind my interest in primary care.”
Read a profile of Karl Dietrich.

2013 Scholars
Caroline Burns
Tomas Desmarais
Jody Epstein
Andrew Giustini
Elizabeth Richey

2012 Fellow Leo Liu ’13 
One could say that Xinran “Leo” Liu was destined to become a physician. Born in China, he lived there until he was five and a half, spending a year with his grandparents while his mom and dad established a new life in the United States. “My grandpa, a physician, would bring me to the hospital where he worked and I would just run around and hang out with the nurses,” says Liu. Since then, Liu has found his own passion for the profession, especially in the related fields of quality improvement and health care delivery science. “Being a doctor is more than just being a clinician,” he says. “I didn’t completely get that until I came to Dartmouth.” 
Read a profile of Leo Liu.

2012 Scholars
Meredith Bartelstein
Nicholas Barnes
Alexandra Coria
Laura Bozzuto
Jacob Stevens

2011 Fellow
Jon Zipursky '12

It was a three-year-old boy in Israel who helped Jon Zipursky understand and feel the gravity of congenital heart diseases in children. Zipursky’s experience in Israel was “formative,” he says, because it showed him the toll an illness can take on a family. It’s not just the patient that a physician cares for, he learned, “it’s everyone around them, too.”
Read a profile of Jon Zipursky.

2011 Scholars
Laura Brown ’12
Tom Finn ’12
Elissa Furutani ’12
Begem Lee ’12

2010 Fellow
Amy Chan 11
Amy Chan entered DMS with a masters degree in electrical engineering and an interest in geriatrics. In her fourth-year neurology rotation, Chan discovered an exciting intersection between the two. But Chan will take much more than that from her years at DMS. “Dartmouth made me a better person,” she says. “I didn’t expect that.”
Read a profile of Amy Chan.

2010 Scholars

Laura Amar-Dolan ’11
Kimberly Cartmill ’11
Alissa Curda ’11
Michael Erkkinen ’11
Abiodun Kukoyi ’11

2009 Fellow
Matthew Cheney, DC ’02, DMS ’06, ’10
When Matt Cheney graduated from DMS in June 2010, he left Dartmouth having studied in Hanover for 12 years and earned three degrees – an AB, a PhD, and an MD. He also takes with him several honors, including The Good Physician Award, chosen by his peers as the class member who best exemplifies the personal and intangible qualities of the good physician. Next for Cheney: a prelim year in medicine at University of Washington Affiliated Hospitals in Seattle, followed by a residency in radiation oncology at Harvard.
Read a profile of Matt Cheney.

2009 Scholars
Sarah Dotters-Katz ’10
Noah J. F. Hoffman ’10
Duncan Meiklejohn ’10
Crandall Evan Peeler, DC ’03, DMS ’10
Christopher R. Russo '10

2008 Fellow
Daniel Kaser ’09
A graduate of Ohio State University with degrees in both microbiology and the humanities, Kaser plans to pursue a career in obstetrics and gynecology. While at DMS, his experiences at the DarDar Clinic in Tanzania, working with Native American teens in South Dakota, and interning with Doctors Without Borders have deepened his commitment to providing medical care to underserved populations. He also continues to pursue a lifelong interest in studio art.
Read a profile of Dan Kaser.

2008 Scholars
Narath Carlile ’09
Carolyn Presley ’09
Andrea Russo ’09
Kris Sherwood ’09
Tivon Sidorsky ’09

2007 Fellow
Mara H. Rendi ’09

Rendi is a student in the MD/PhD program working in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology.  Her research has already resulted in multiple publications. As a PhD student, Rendi was the recipient of the Susan B. Komen Foundation Fellowship for breast cancer research and an American Cancer Society Scholar in Training for excellence in graduate program research.  She was awarded her PhD from Dartmouth College in 2004. Upon completion of her PhD, Mara spent two years teaching histology to first year medical students at DMS as an assistant professor.  She also taught undergraduate courses in Physiology at Middlebury and Dartmouth College.  Rendi will receive her MD degree in June 2009.

2007 Scholars
Benjamin E. Northrup ’09 
Heidi Ladd Keup ’08 
Kara Y. Detwiller ’09 
Brian Leslie Jones ’08 
Ashlee M. Walls ’08

2006 Fellow
Brian S. Porter ’07
Porter majored in geology at Amherst College where he was also active on his college swim team.  He continued his study of geochemistry as a graduate student in California before deciding to become a doctor. While catching up on some of the medical school prerequisites that he missed the first time around, Porter worked in pharmaceutical research labs in the Boston area before enrolling at DMS.  He will complete his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Washington Hospitals-Seattle, WA.

2006 Scholars

Elizabeth Lynn Fingar ’08
Sharon A. Silveira ’08
Natalia C. Berry ’08
Peter V. Killoran ’07
Jonathan Trumbull Huntington ’07

2005 Fellow

Lisa Karen Ernst '06
Ernst did her undergraduate work at Syracuse University.  At her DMS graduation, she received The Dean’s Medal, the Department of Medicine Award, and the AMWA’s Glasgow-Rubin Achievement Award.  Ernst will complete her residency in Internal Medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

2005 Scholars

Christine Lynne Cooley ’06
Jean-Paul Henri Dedam ’06
John Raser ’06
Rebecca Swenson ’06
Theodore Hwan Yuo ’07

2004 Fellow

Evan Lee Dvorin ’05
Dvorin attended Boston University where he studied biochemistry and molecular biology.  He spent the year before entering DMS working as a research technician at Children’s Hospital in Boston, traveling, teaching fifth grade at his synagogue, and one afternoon a week reading to children at a free pediatric outpatient clinic.  At his DMS graduation he received the John and Sophia Zaslow Prize.  Dvorin will complete his residency at Brigham & Women’s-Boston, MA (Harvard).

2004 Scholars

Rebecca Jane Cogswell ’05
Corey Alexander Couto ’05
Lizabeth Dane Martin ’06
Cloe Felicya Shelton ’06
Geoffrey Andrew Walford ’05

2003 Fellow

Stanley John Weinberger III ’04
Weinberger earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Dartmouth College, where he first became interested in health policy, especially community health delivery.  Before returning to DMS, he lived in the Denver-Boulder area and worked as a research assistant in Public Policy and Contemporary Issues for the University of Colorado and on the Colorado Legislature’s Health Care Task Force.  He enjoys kayaking, mountain biking and skiing.  Weinberger will complete his residency in Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota Medical School-Minneapolis, MN.

2003 Scholars

Danielle Mercedes Adams ’04
Joren Brent Keylock ’04
Fremonta Lee Meyer ’04
Symeon Missios ’04
Sarah Alden Boynton Pitts ’04

2002 Fellow

Elizabeth Love Bassett ’03
Bassett attended Stanford University where she played rugby, served as a resident assistant in a freshman dorm, tutored some, and did a little drama and music.  She left with a M.A. in Education and for two years after graduation, she stayed within the field of education—teaching reading skills, and then working for an educational research firm. Moving to the Philadelphia area from San Francisco, Bassett went to work for an arbitration/mediation firm.  Realizing she wanted to be a doctor, she completed her pre-med program at Bryn Mawr College.  While at DMS she received the Saul Blatman Award for excellence in Maternal and Child Health and the Janet M. Glasgow Achievement Citation.  Bassett completed her residency in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital-Oakland, CA.

2002 Scholars

Amy Kathleen Madden ’03
Katherine Ann O'Donnell ’03
Jennifer Lynn Plant ’03 
Amy Blair Seidler ’03
Adrienne Page Williams ’03

2001 Fellow

Karen A. Bradley ’02
Bradley attended Clark University and earned her master's degree in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology.  She returned to Clark to complete her premedical studies before attending DMS.  After completing her residency in OB-Gyn at the University of Rochester, Dr. Bradley joined a woman’s health group called Women Gynecology and Childbirth Associates.

2001 Scholars

Alex Reyentovich ’02
Aubrey Ingraham ’02
Jennifer Noon ’02
Morris Rivera ’02
Oneil Lee ’02

2000 Fellow

Gillian Salton ’01
Salton attended Harvard where she majored in Geology, traveled to New Zealand on a Fulbright Scholarship, enjoys kayaking, rock climbing, and skiing.  At her DMS graduation she received the Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Award.  Salton completed her residency at Denver General Hospital.

2000 Scholars

Tawnya Bowles ’01
Jason Fanuele ’01
Julia Mcgraw ’01
Sonja Olsen ’01
Cheryl Seymour ’01

1999 Fellow
Derek T. Woodrum ’00

Woodrum did his undergraduate work at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., where he majored in chemistry and received the Department of Chemistry Award for Distinguished Academic Achievement. At DMS, he has sung with the Dermatones, the DMS a cappella group; taught with the Partners in Health Program; mentored local elementary students through the Healthquest program; and served as a volunteer organic chemistry tutor. After his graduation from DMS, he will enter a residency in surgery at the University of Michigan Hospitals in Ann Arbor.

1999 Scholars

Michael Betsy ’00
Robyn L. Byer ’00
Christine L. Mackey ’00
Christopher J. Vinton ’00
Joseph A. Vitterito ’00

1998 Fellow
Paul E. Holtzheimer ’99

A summa cum laude graduate of Pacific Lutheran University, Holtzheimer majored in philosophy, biology, and psychology. At DMS, he served on the Course Evaluation Committee and the Admissions Committee. He is currently doing a residency in psychiatry at the University of Washington Affiliated Hospitals in Seattle.

1998 Scholars

Abigail Childs Akinyemi ’99
Geoffrey T. Emry ’99
Elizabeth A. Gray ’99
Laura M. Myers ’99
Robert C. Parisien ’99

1997 Fellow
Dale B. Chappell ’99

Before completing his final year at DMS, Chappell spent two years at the National Cancer Institute, working on the development of a melanoma vaccine. He was awarded a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Continuing Research Fellowship Award for this work, which also resulted in four publications. He is currently a first-year M.B.A. student at Harvard Business School and intends to pursue a management position in a health-care or biotechnology company upon his graduation in 2001.

1997 Scholars

K. Meredith Atkins ’98
Kellen Glinder ’98
Morana V. Lasic ’98
Rachel L. Rosen ’98
Michael C. Scheuller ’98

1996 Fellows
Seth McClennen ’97 and Martha C. Wu ’97

McClennen and Wu hold the unique distinction of having shared the Syvertsen Fellowship, and both are currently completing senior residencies in internal medicine at Harvard's Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center (and, in addition, they are married to each other). McClennen is a graduate of Williams College, where he majored in chemistry and was a Division III all-America runner. At DMS, he tutored first-year students in anatomy and biochemistry and volunteered with the Vermont Handicapped Skiing Program. When he finishes residency, he will be a general cardiology fellow at Beth Israel-Deaconess; he expects to subspecialize in electrophysiology. Wu did her undergraduate work at Dartmouth College, where she majored in biology and was tapped for Phi Beta Kappa. At DMS, she was active in the Surgical Interest Group and the Community Service Committee. Upon completion of her residency, she will be a general internist affiliated with Beth Israel-Deaconess.

1996 Scholars

Kristina L. Baker-Sole ’97
Patrick J. Casey ’97
Peter J. Putnam ’97
John C. Stein ’97

1995 Fellow
William A. Castrucci ’96

After completing his internship in internal medicine at the San Diego Naval Medical Center, Castrucci was assigned from 1997 to 1999 as the medical department head aboard the U.S.S. Camden. He is currently stationed at the Newport (R.I.) Naval Hospital in a dual role as an ambulatory-care physician and a general practitioner. He holds the rank of lieutenant and has earned designation as a surface warfare medical officer. Upon completion of his service in the Navy, he plans to return to residency.

1995 Scholars

Matthew R. Camuso ’96
Carey A. Conley ’96
Jerilyn M. Latini ’96
Kenneth C. Nowak ’96
Joseph W. Olinger ’96
Alison M. Samitt ’96

1994 Fellow
Scott D. Krugman ’95

After completing his residency in pediatrics at Johns Hopkins, Krugman joined Franklin Square Hospital Center in Baltimore in 1998. In 2002, he was named chair of its pediatrics department. In that role, Krugman has been part of Franklin Square’s transformation into a top-quality community hospital that has earned recognition from US News and World Report and whose pediatric department was honored with the 2010 Health Care Delivery Award from the Academic Pediatric Association. Read a Q&A with Scott Krugman here.

1994 Scholars

Stephen A. Hilty ’95
Christine L. Lau ’95
Nancy J. McNulty ’95
Kip K. Mihara ’95
Margaret A. Satchell ’95

1993 Fellow
Lawrence W. Stratton ’94

After graduating from DMS, Stratton went on to the combined medicine-pediatrics residency program at Harvard's Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). In 1998, he was named chief resident in pediatrics at MGH. He currently practices pediatrics with MGH Everett Family Care. In addition, he holds an appointment as an instructor in pediatrics in the Primary Care Mentorship Program at Harvard Medical School and is an attending in internal medicine and in pediatrics at Mass General.

1993 Scholars

Scot T. Bateman ’94
Mary M. Christian ’94
Paula C. Kirby-Long ’94
Michele LaBotz ’94
Joseph T. Lonergan ’94

1992 Fellow
James L. Campbell, Jr. ’93

Campbell did his internship in internal medicine and residency in dermatology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, where he also served as chief resident. Since then, he has been in private practice in the seacoast area of New Hampshire. In addition, he holds an appointment as adjunct assistant professor of dermatology at Dartmouth Medical School and has coauthored two textbooks in dermatology.

1992 Scholars

Brian K. Brodwater ’93
Ellen Doane Kulaga ’93
Kelly R. Jackson ’93
Cara E. Walther ’93

1991 Fellow
Cynthia Clark Cushman ’92

Ever since completing her residency in psychiatry at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Cushman has been working in the field of community mental health&emdash;first in South Bend, Ind., at Madison Center and Hospital and currently at Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services of the Berkshires in Pittsfield, Mass.

1991 Scholars

Andrew D. Auerbach ’92
Lucienne S. Bouvier ’92
Will W. Lee ’92

1990 Fellow
Philip J. Lavallee ’91

Lavallee did a transitional internship at David Grant Medical Center on Travis Air Force Base in California and attended Flight Surgeon School at Brooks Air Force Base in Texas. He then served as chief of the Flight Medicine Clinic at MacDill Air Force Base Hospital in Florida. In mid-1995, he was deployed in Europe as a flight surgeon and chief of the air transportable clinic for the Bosnia Contingency Operation. He subsequently completed his residency in aerospace and occupational medicine at the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine in San Antonio, Tex., and also earned a master's in public health from the University of Texas Health Science Center. He holds the rank of lieutenant colonel and is currently the medical operations squadron commander and chief of the medical staff at Ellsworth Air Force Base Hospital in South Dakota.

1990 Scholars

Catherine V. Caldicott ’91
David Castellano ’91
Laurie J. Donahue ’91

1989 Fellow
Judith A. Lindsey ’90

After completing her residency in internal medicine at Providence Medical Center at Oregon Health Sciences University, Lindsey entered private practice in 1993 at Clackamas Internal Medicine in Milwaukie, Ore. She is currently practicing with Northwest Primary Care in Portland, Ore.

1989 Scholars

Pamela A. Moore ’90
Annemarie Paddock Hargadon ’90
Paul D. Sweigert ’90

1988 Fellow
Kerry M. Sullivan ’89

Sullivan completed her residency in surgery at Harvard's Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and a fellowship in pediatric surgery at Children's Hospital in Seattle. She also was a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Surgery at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF). She is currently chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Santa Clara, Calif., and a clinical instructor in pediatric surgery at UCSF.

1988 Scholars

Sarah Garlan Johansen ’89
Joyce A. Sackey-Acheampong ’89
D. Brian Shea ’89

1987 Fellow
Anne E. de Papp ’88

Following her internship at Harvard's Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, de Papp completed a junior residency jointly at Brigham and Women's and at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and then a senior residency in internal medicine at the Brigham. From 1991 to 1994 she held a fellowship in endocrinology at Yale, and from 1994 to 1995 a research fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. She was then named chief of the Division of Endocrinology at Pennsylvania Hospital, an affiliate of Thomas Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia; she also holds an appointment as a clinical assistant professor of medicine at Jefferson.

1987 Scholars

Daniel E. Austin ’88
Paul F. Cameron ’88
Eleanor C. Pitts ’88

1986 Fellow
Katharine A. Phillips ’87

Phillips interned at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and did her residency in general psychiatry at Harvard's McLean Hospital in Belmont, Mass., where she was chief resident in psychopharmacology in 1990-91. She has also held research fellowships at Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital. The author of The Broken Mirror: Understanding and Treating Body Dysmorphic Disorder, written in 1996, Phillips is currently the director of the Body Dysmorphic Disorder Program and associate medical director at Butler Hospital in Rhode Island, and an associate professor of psychiatry at the Brown University School of Medicine. She is also coauthor of a book due out soon, titled The Adonis Complex: The Secret Crisis of Male Body Obsession.

1986 Scholars

Andrew J. Breen ’87
David M. Feinstein ’87
Stephanie Zacharer Ruyle ’87

1985 Fellow

Joan M. O'Brien ’86
After completing her internship in internal medicine at Harvard's Beth Israel Hospital, O'Brien went on to a residency in ophthalmology at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Her training also included a research fellowship at Harvard Medical School in 1987 and a fellowship in ocular oncology at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) in 1992. She is currently the director of the Ocular Oncology Unit at UCSF and also holds an appointment as an assistant professor in UCSF's Department of Ophthalmology.

1985 Scholars

Dina DiFrancesco Curran ’86
Patricia I. Dillon ’86
Cheryl L. Westmoreland ’86

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