Ashley Adams, MD
Undergraduate: Johns Hopkins
Medical School: Duke University School of Medicine
Ashley grew up in Montclair, NJ before attending college at Johns Hopkins University where she majored in psychology. Before medical school Ashley worked for a year as a direct-care counselor at a psychiatric residential treatment facility, an experience that fostered her interest in providing integrated medical and psychiatric care for children and adolescents in the residential setting. Ashley received her MD in 2019 from Duke University School of Medicine where she was selected into the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) honor society and spent a year researching the clinical phenotypes of autoimmune brain disorders, such as Autoimmune Encephalitis and Hashimoto’s Encephalopathy. While in medical school Ashley developed a strong interest in medical education, taking an active role in teaching first year students and developing seminars on the emotions of shame, guilt, and the concept of resilience within the medical learning environment. She also began a medical humanities program called Scopes, which allowed medical students to develop creative projects with patients in the Durham community that represented their experiences with chronic illness.
Ashley is interested in working within the criminal justice system, foster care medicine, and integrated primary care. She is ecstatic to be joining the Triple Board program at Brown, where she found the perfect balance between rigorous clinical training at a variety of sites and a community of co-residents and faculty eager to encourage her interests. In her free time, Ashley enjoys listening to podcasts, baking, yoga, documentary film, and pickup outdoor sports. She is thrilled to be moving back to the northeast to a city with plenty of new coffee shops to explore.
Yvorn Aswad, MD
Undergraduate: Stanford University
Medical School: Charles Drew University/David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Awards: Gold Humanism Honor Society
A native of South Central Los Angeles, Doc attended Stanford University for undergrad, where he majored in Human Biology and minored in African-American Studies. As an undergraduate he was passionate about the STEM pipeline for underrepresented minorities and upon graduation, he co-founded the Leland Scholars Program, a program that improved retention of minority and first-gen students in STEM. He returned to his hometown of Los Angeles to serve a term in AmeriCorps with the Youth Policy Institute where he established grant funding for health and wellness education for low-income children. These experiences shaped his interests in using medicine as a tool for social justice, leading him to enroll in the unique Charles Drew University/UCLA Medical Education Program, which focused on the urban underserved. In medical school, he became deeply interested in youth in the juvenile justice system. He chose to Triple Board in order to have a comprehensive lens as a practitioner and researcher to best serve that population and found that Brown would make him not just an excellent physician-scientist, but also a happy one! In addition to his work, Doc enjoys running, swimming, cooking, and yoga-ing. He can also be found waxing poetic about theater, musicals, West coast hip-hop, veganism, college football, Black history, and way more than a healthy amount of TV! He is happy to be calling Providence home!
Paula Lewis-de los Angeles, MD
Undergraduate: Stanford University
Medical School: Northwestern University, MD, PhD (Neuroscience)
Awards: Gold Humanism Honors Society
Paula Lewis-de los Angeles was born in New York City, grew up in Connecticut, and is thrilled to return to New England for Triple Board residency. After graduating from Stanford University, where she doubled majored in Biology and Psychology, Paula worked at the World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland and then completed a master’s in education in the Mind, Brain, and Education track at Harvard University. Paula then joined the Medical Scientist Training Program at Northwestern University, where she completed her MD/PhD and was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Her PhD was in neuroscience with a research interest in the effect of early experiences on typical and atypical brain development. During medical school, Paula was student director of a science mentoring program for Chicago youth as well as a mentor for various programs encouraging young girls to pursue STEM fields.
Paula is excited to pursue Triple Board Training at Brown because of its interdisciplinary approach to the development of the child across the lifespan, with a unique focus on mental and behavioral health.
In her free time, Paula enjoys spending time with her family, which includes her husband and her two-year old daughter and baby-to-be. Together, as a family, they often walk to local farmer’s markets, flower shops, museums, and libraries. They also spend a lot of time in the kitchen at home, trying out new recipes for fun ice cream flavors or bread. Otherwise, Paula likes to spend time on arts and crafts including knitting, reading memoirs, getting reacquainted with her favorite children’s books through her children, and solving puzzles.
Anish Raj, MD
Undergraduate: University of Florida
Medical School: Florida State University College of Medicine
Born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida (aka Duval County), Anish went on to complete his undergraduate studies at the University of Florida. He subsequently attended the Florida State University College of Medicine, where he was awarded the Sarasota Regional Campus Dean’s Award and the Clerkship Directors’ Psychiatry Award. His passion for the full spectrum of children’s health and desire to help maximize every kid’s potential motivated him to relocate from the Sunshine State to pursue Triple Board training at Brown. Outside of work, you can be sure to find Anish completely unprepared for the winter in his flip flops at your nearest Taco Bell, sipping on chocolate milk, while cheering on the Jags and watching corgi videos on YouTube.
Sarah (Sally) Elliott, MD, MPH
Undergraduate: Dartmouth College
Graduate: UCLA School of Public Health (MPH)
Medical School: UCLA School of Medicine
Sarah (Sally) Elliott is originally from Massachusetts and is thrilled to be returning to New England for Triple Board residency. After graduating from Dartmouth College, she spent a year working with a children’s nutritional program in Nicaragua and then moved out to California where she worked with a childhood obesity clinic at UCSF and on several food security research projects at Children’s Hospital Oakland. Sally went to medical school at the University of California Los Angeles, where she was part of PRIME, a 5 year MD/MPH program for students interested in addressing healthcare disparities.
Sally chose Brown for several reasons including the strong pediatrics and psychiatry departments, the exceptional training sites, and the supportive culture of the residency program. Her medical interests include working with underserved populations, adolescent medicine and working with children with coexisting medical and psychiatric illness.
In her free time, Sally enjoys exploring the outdoors with her husband and baby. She also likes ceramics, designing furniture and printmaking.
Vicenta Hudziak, MD
Undergraduate: Middlebury College
Medical School: The Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at The University of Vermont
Vic was born in St. Paul, Minnesota and grew up in Charlotte, Vermont. She went to Middlebury College where she majored in Neuroscience and minored in Chinese. Before medical school, Vic worked at the Vermont Center for Children, Youth, and Families on studies of childhood dysregulation and the genetics of self-harm and suicide, spent time in Singapore working on growth and behavioral studies in long-tailed macaques, and worked for two years as a research coordinator at the MGH Center for Addiction Medicine. These experiences fostered a desire to work with kids and families that was solidified in medical school, where Vic also discovered a passion for learning about medical education and physician wellbeing and served as a student member of the Learning Environment and Professionalism Committee. Vic is interested in integrated care, juvenile corrections, and mindfulness interventions in pediatrics and psychiatry. In the Brown Triple Board program, Vic found the perfect blend of rigorous clinical training, unique training sites, excited and accessible faculty, and a fantastic group of happy residents that made the ideal environment to pursue her interests. Outside of work, Vic is an avid podcaster and cross-stitcher who enjoys pick-up basketball, hiking, yoga, potlucks, and book clubs. She could not be more thrilled to live near the ocean and to spend the next five years becoming a Providence foodie.
Phillip Sojka, MD
Undergrad: Indiana University
Medical School: Indiana University (GHHS)
Originally from West Lafayette, Indiana, Phil completed his undergraduate degree from Indiana University, where he studied Psychology and Chemistry. During his time there he worked as a psychiatric technician at a local mental health hospital, which ignited his interest in pursuing medicine and specifically psychiatry. Between undergraduate and medical school Phil spent a year with the Americorps project City Year in Boston, working with underserved youth as a mentor and tutor to help kids get back on track to graduate. During medical school Phil was selected for the Gold Humanism Honor Society. He also volunteered his time as the director of quality improvement for the Indiana University Student Outreach Clinic and founded a peer to peer support training session for medical students. His main career aspiration currently is adolescents with substance use/mental health dual diagnosis, and is excited to see how triple board residency will prepare him to best care for those children. Beyond medicine, Phil is an avid runner and cyclist, exploring the outdoors and reading realistic fiction. Most importantly, he closely follows NCAA college basketball, forever hoping his alma mater will win its 6th national championship. Go Hoosiers!
Kushbu Joshi, MD
Undergraduate: Widener University
Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine
Born and raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Khushbu went on to complete her undergraduate studies at Widener University where she received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Biology. During her time at Widener, she volunteered in the Pediatrics and Psychiatry departments, instrumental experiences that contributed to her passion for working with children. She then attended Drexel University College of Medicine where she served as the President of the Family Medicine Interest Group, participated in various health outreach project clinics and had culturally enriching experiences as part of culinary club, and South Asian Medical Student Alliance. She is excited to be at Brown for residency and is looking forward to exploring the New England area. As part of the Triple Board program, she believes that she will receive the training she needs to be able to recognize and provide early interventions for both the medical and psychosocial needs of patients so they can grow to their fullest potential. When she’s not in the hospital, she can be found either in the kitchen cooking up a storm or on Yelp reading reviews for the best drunken noodles in town. She also enjoys spending time with friends and family, dancing, biking, hiking, and is looking to continue her most recent interest in kickboxing
Colleen Victor, MD
Undergraduate: Michigan State University
Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine (AOA and GHHS)
Colleen received her MD in May 2017 from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, where she was selected for Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) and the Gold Humanism Honor Society. She earned Bachelor of Science degrees in physiology and psychology from Michigan State University and was a member of Lyman Briggs College. Colleen was awarded a Professorial Assistantship scholarship to conduct research on bone mineralization and diabetes during this time, and was an active member of the volunteer organization Alternative Spartan Breaks. During medical school, she was secretary of Education Transforming Community Health, a student organization that taught health lessons to residents of a youth shelter. She completed training to become a member of the Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention team and become a medical advocate, responding to provide resources and support to survivors of sexual assault. Colleen completed the Leadership in Medicine for the Underserved certificate program, which enables students to lead efforts to address the needs of medically underserved populations. She volunteered at a residential school for children in the foster care system and organized a new running club for them to train for a charity 5k race. She also completed qualitative research on nutrition interventions as a follow-up to the Flint Water Crisis
Claire Williams, MD
Undergraduate: Brown University
Medical School: Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University (GHHS)
Claire comes from a small beach town in California, but after attending Brown for undergrad and Medical School, she is basically a Rhode Islander. She spent her time between college and medical school working with former child soldiers in Uganda and then as a nanny in Virgina. In medical school, she worked with incarcerated youth and hopes to work with this population in the future. She couldn't help but stay at Brown for residency because of the wonderful people, abundant mentorship, and the flexibility and resources to pursue individual interests. She spends her time outside of the hospital cooking, scuba diving, and exploring RI beaches and parks with her sister
Jennifer Cueto, MD
Undergraduate: Northwestern University
Medical School: University of Illinois, Chicago
Jenny was born and raised in Chicago (the city, not the suburbs). She attended Northwestern University for college, where she majored in Human Development and Psychological Services. Both during and after college, Jenny volunteered as a social work intern in child abuse and neglect at Stroger Hospital of Cook County. After graduating from college, she spent a year working in a child development lab at Northwestern and then moved east for a year to complete a post-baccalaureate premedical program at Bryn Mawr College near Philadelphia. She then spent an additional two years as a smoking cessation counselor at Northwestern and subsequently completed medical school at UIC, where she was the recipient of a Dean’s Scholarship, based on a combination of academic achievement and extracurricular leadership. She spent the summer after her first year of medical school at Camp STAR, a summer treatment camp for children with ADHD and mild autism spectrum disorder, after being awarded a highly competitive summer fellowship through the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)’s Campaign for America’s Kids. She has also served as student leaders for the Klingenstein Third Generation Foundation and the psychiatry interest group. In addition, Jenny helped develop and implement a health education curriculum at a free clinic in Chicago during medical school. Outside of school and work, Jenny enjoys spending time with her husband and family, cuddling with adorable animals, and eating deep dish pizza and Chicago-style hot dogs (she even packed a supply of both of those items for her move to Rhode Island). Jenny is thrilled to have matched at Brown for Triple Board and can't wait for what the next five years hold.
Cortney Taylor, MD
Undergraduate: University of Washington
Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Cortney grew up in the beautiful Northwest in Vancouver, WA. She attended the University of Washington where she received a double degree in Psychology and Neurobiology and her dream of becoming a psychiatrist was born. While applying to medical school, she worked as a high school cheerleading coach. Then she packed her bags and headed to New York City for medical school at Albert Einstein, where she became interested in primary care, women's health and social justice, as well as working with children and adolescents. Cortney choose Brown for its excellence in psychiatry and pediatrics and the creativity that is part of the culture at Brown and encouraged in its trainees. Cortney has been enjoying getting acquainted with Providence mostly for its impressive restaurant scene, which is one of the most important considerations when finding a place to live in her opinion.
Raina Milne, MD
Undergrad: Dartmouth College
Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine
Raina is a native of Clarksburg, Massachusetts, a small town perched in the northwest corner of the state. She traveled to New Hampshire to go to Dartmouth College, where she received her bachelor's degree in Psychological and Brain Sciences. She then worked as an adjunct therapist in a high-security psychiatric facility, followed by a year of teaching middle school math and science at a bilingual school in Honduras. Raina attended Tufts University School of Medicine as a member of the rural medicine focused "Maine Track". She is delighted to be at Brown for residency and lives in the suburbs of Mass with her fantastic fiancé, Jared, and adorable tuxedo kitten, Riot. As a member of the Triple Board program, she feels strongly about pursuing training that will allow her to serve the complete needs for a healthy mind, body, and spirit of a child. When she's not with patients, Raina can be found playing outdoors, exploring far-off lands, and telling corny jokes.
Charles Wulff, MD
Undergraduate: Colby College
Medical School: Tufts University
A New England native, Charlie hails from a small town named Millis in Massachusetts. For undergrad, he headed up to Maine to study at Colby College, where he studied biology and also became captain of the varsity swim team. After graduating, he spent a year researching biochemical nutrition with the US Army while also working as a tutor for middle and high school students. Charlie then pursued his medical degree at Tufts University School of Medicine. While there, he realized his passion for pediatrics and mental health. He also continued to pursue his interests in education by developing an SAT program for under-served high school students, teaching science to 2nd and 3rd graders, and facilitating a problem based learning class for first year medical students. When it came time for residency, Charlie found a perfect fit in Brown’s Triple Board Program. He saw an opportunity to pursue his interests, including medical education, inpatient pediatric med-psych management and adolescent medicine. In his free time, Charlie enjoys running, board games, craft beers, finding great food, and relaxing outside with a good book or friends.
Liza Wagner, MD, MPH
Undergraduate: University of Chicago
Graduate: Tulane University School of Public Health
Medical School: Tulane University
Liza is a native Rhode Islander and excited to be returning for Triple Board training in her hometown of Providence. She received her MD and MPH in Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences in May 2017 from Tulane University. While at Tulane she was a member of the Combined MD/MPH Degree Merit-Based Scholarship Award. She also received an American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Summer Medical Student Fellowship and was a Tulane Klingenstein Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Medical Student Fellowship Scholar. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from the University of Chicago. She initially became interested in pediatrics and infant mental health during college when she began working as a volunteer “cuddler” in the NICU at Comer Children’s Hospital. Between college and medical school she worked at Bradley Hospital in East Providence, RI as a milieu therapist on the children’s inpatient unit, which solidified her interest in child and adolescent psychiatry. Liza chose Brown for its excellent pediatrics and psychiatry training, coupled with wonderful mentorship and innovative approaches to providing care to children and families, and unique training opportunities specific to care of infants and very young children. In her free time she enjoys playing soccer, rock climbing, hiking, traveling and taking walks with her two dogs.
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