We are delighted to introduce our 2017-2018 Inaugural Class for the new Brigham and Women’s/HMS Residency!
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Chinedu was born in the Southern part of Nigeria where he spent the first seventeen years of his life. He moved to Texas at seventeen (after completing high school) and was at the University of Texas at Austin where he studied Biomedical Engineering. After college, he spent a year at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) after which he was admitted to the college track program of Case Western Reserve School of Medicine with the Cleveland Clinic. During medical school, he returned to the NIH where he examined age-related functional connectivity differences between autistic individuals and typically developing individuals. He developed a passion for the brain and mental health disorders during his time in medical school and is very excited to be doing his Psychiatry Residency at Brigham and Women’s. He loves laughing with family and friends and enjoys science fiction and fantasy movies and novels. He is also a huge fan of sonnets, especially Shakespearean sonnets.
Heather Burrell Ward
Duke University School of Medicine
I grew up in Northern Virginia and then went on to attend Williams College in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, where I majored in chemistry. I first developed an interest in psychiatry when I worked as a clinical research coordinator at the Harvard/MGH Center for Addiction Medicine, where I ran smoking cessation clinical research studies in patients with severe mental illness. I went on to attend medical school at Duke, where my passion for psychiatry continued to grow. There, I conducted research on the role of tobacco in the development of first episode psychosis. I also developed a program that partnered medical students with local Assertive Community Treatment teams in order to improve medical conditions in patients with severe mental illness. My interests include severe mental illness and neurostimulation. I enjoy running marathons, traveling, hiking, and camping – mostly just being outside! My husband and I live in the suburbs outside of Boston, which gives us ready access to the mountains of New Hampshire and the coast of Maine! I was thrilled to return to Boston to join the inaugural class of the Brigham & Women’s Residency Program!
University of California, Davis, School of Medicine
I was born and raised in San Diego, California. I received my undergraduate degree in Neuroscience from UCLA. I spent several summers during college studying bottlenose dolphin brains with the US Navy. My favorite college memories are when I studied abroad in Madrid, Spain! I went to medical school at the University of California, Davis. I am interested in early psychosis, child/adolescent psychiatry, and neuroimaging. I live with my husband Bart and my dog Mac. I like playing ping-pong, drawing, painting, reading, and watching Red Sox games.
University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
Hello! My name is Hema (pronounced “Hey Ma,” like that beautiful love song by Cam’ron). I was born and raised in Daytona Beach, FL. I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Florida, where I studied Health Science and Public Health. I then went to medical school at the University of Miami, where I was part of the combined MD-MPH program. I am thrilled that my first home outside of Florida is Boston and even more excited to be part of the BWH Psychiatry Residency Program. During my time in this program, I have enjoyed getting to know my co-residents and faculty, who have all been welcoming, enthusiastic, and driven. At this point, I am interested in geriatric or consultation-liaison psychiatry, but I am looking forward to learning about the many different opportunities within psychiatry. In my spare time, I enjoy participating in fitness classes and hope to one day become a certified Spinning instructor! I also enjoy cooking, finding coffee shops and live music around town, spending time at the Boston Public Library, and binge-watching TV shows on Netflix.
University of Illinois College of Medicine
I grew up in the Chicago suburbs, and went to the University of Chicago for undergrad, where I majored in Biology and International studies (with a dual focus on French literature and global health) and where my interests evolved from research in the basic sciences, to public health, and finally, to medicine. In particular, I spent the summer before my senior year volunteering at an NGO in India designing and implementing various public health initiatives, which helped me realize how much I enjoyed working directly with patients. Upon my return to Chicago, I wrote my BA thesis on the history and economics of healthcare delivery in India, and after graduation, I spent a year in DC doing clinical research on Congenital Muscular Dystrophy at the NIH. I went back to Chicago for med school at UIC, where I had the opportunity to work with an ethnicaly and socioeconomically diverse patient population and grew more interested health policy and health disparities, and began to think more deeply about the biopsychosocial determinants of health. As a fourth year, I had a hard time choosing between psychiatry, med/psych, and medicine (but I absolutely made the right decision in the end). Coming to BWH for residency is the first time in my adult life that I’ve left Chicago for an extended period of time, and while being away from my family and all my friends at home has been a real adjustment, I’m absolutely thrilled to be at such an amazing program in a vibrant city with wonderful, passionate, mentors and colleagues. My interests in psychiatry (as of right now) include health policy, medical psychiatry, psychoanalysis, women’s mental health, and global mental health. In my free time, I enjoy reading, doing creative things, exploring Boston and New England (and more far-flung locales when time and money allow), doing crosswords, cooking and eating delicious things, and of course hanging out with my fabulous co-residents!
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Hi, my name is Michael McLaughlin. I was born in Connecticut, but grew up in a small coastal town in eastern North Carolina with my parents, sister, and two dogs. I went to Duke University for undergrad where I majored in Public Policy, and developed an interest in social justice and racial health disparities. After college, I moved to Washington, DC where I worked for HUD’s Office of HIV/AIDS. I returned to school at the University of Maryland where I studied Chemistry and Biology. In medical school at the University of Pittsburgh, I conducted basic science research in hepatocellular carcinoma, and studied statin use and pulmonary function in patients with HIV. I took a leadership role in my school’s LGBT physician group, organizing workshops on Transgender health and helping to integrate LGBT health issues into the curriculum. I developed an interest in addiction psychiatry during my core clerkship in Psychiatry. I am extremely excited to continue my training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where addiction training is so strong. I have been delighted to find supportive mentors and colleagues at BWH who share my fascination for psychiatry and genuinely care about my well-being. Outside of medicine, I enjoy cooking, musicals (especially Hamilton), swimming, and reading.
Matthew J. Mosquera
Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
Hi!!! My name is Matt Mosquera and I’m originally from the “good part” of the Jersey Shore. I grew up in Colts Neck, NJ and moved with my family to New Hampshire Seacoast region at the start of high school. While my folks recently moved back to the J Shore (Monmouth Beach), I consider both New Hampshire and New Jersey to be home. I went to college down in D.C. at Georgetown University and absolutely loved it. I majored in Science Technology and International Affairs with a concentration in Global Health, aka I had to take all sorts of cool and awesome classes all year round. After graduating, I stuck around Georgetown for an extra year for a Masters program in physiology and biophysics that focused on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). This program laid the foundation for one of my greatest passions in medicine: wellness and mind-body medicine. From D.C., I moved onto Northwestern University in Chicago for medical school and quickly fell in love with the city. Throughout medical school, I worked on various research projects related to developing a wellness curriculum and stress scale for medical students. These are projects and interests that I plan on exploring further in residency and beyond. Outside of medicine, I’m big into sports (basketball, soccer, tennis, squash, spikeball), cooking, yoga, snowboarding, biking, and reading. Probably my weirdest skill/secret talent is being able to name any flag from any country in the world.
Harvard Medical School
Rachael grew up in northern Alabama, and she had quite the adventure when she moved to Boston to attend Harvard Medical School. She studied Philosophy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), and she generally enjoyed doing lots of atypical pre-med activities. She was excited to join the new Brigham psychiatry residency program because she saw the potential to have a lot of autonomy and flexibility that would help her maximize her education. Her professional interests include bioethics, medical education, and physician wellness. Her personal interests include befriending dogs, discussing the intersections of pop culture and culture-at-large, and bodyweight training.
Research Track Residents
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Sarah was a Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology as well as Music Major at Emory University. In medical school, she was accepted into Case Western’s College Program, a 5‐year collaborative program. There she did a year of research investigating visual systems in mouse models and has received a number of training grants for her research. She was also involved with the admission committee, volunteered for public animal welfare society of Ohio and free clinics. Initially interested in ophthalmology, she became increasingly interested in the behavioral sciences and plans to translate her previous work into the psychiatric setting.
Natalie O. Fedotova
University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
Natasha was a Psychology major at Princeton and obtained her Masters and Ph.D. in Psychology at U Penn. In medical school, she was selected for the pathway of emphasis in genetics and genomics and participated in the ACMGF Summer Genetics Scholars program. She was the President of the Genetics Student Interest Group and the Academic Medicine group and has volunteered as a coordinator in free clinics. Her research interests include cognitive and social psychology and most recently she has studied the psychological and social issues surrounding genetic testing. Having taught multiple college courses in Psychology before medical school, she is also interested in medical education. She enjoys playing tennis and badminton, reading fiction, and experimenting in the kitchen.