TNS Panel Detail

Now more than ever, the medical problems that people face require the expertise of many different kinds of professionals. Moreover, the efforts of these professionals must be collaborative if the patient or population is to receive optimal care. What will your role be in healthcare and how will you work with your colleagues in medicine? We invite you to explore some of the many health professions and to think about a future that entails an integrative approach to health and medicine. This industry features a diverse set of alumni who leveraged their UChicago experience into successful careers that span across clinical practice, pharmacy, research, healthcare management and policy-making, and community outreach.

Roundtable Participants

Chris Albanis, AB'96, MD'00

Comprehensive Ophthalmologist, Department of Ophthalmology Arbor EyeCare and The University of Chicago Hospitals

Chris Albanis (MD '00, AB '96) is a comprehensive ophthalmologist at Arbor EyeCare focusing on cataracts, diabetic eye disease and glaucoma. She also serves as a Clinical Associate at the University of Chicago Department of Ophthalmology and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Advocate Christ Medical Center. Upon graduating from the College, she went to medical school at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. She then took a break from UChicago to do an internship in Phoenix, AZ, only to return in 2001 for residency. She then served as Chief Resident in ophthalmology. Aside from taking care of patients and teaching, Chris enjoys painting, photography, medical ethics, and health policy.

Nicole Cipriani, AB'02, MD'08, MS'04 (UIC)

Assistant Professor, The University of Chicago

Dr. Cipriani graduated from the College in 2002 with an AB in biological sciences and visual arts. She subsequently obtained an MS in medical illustration from UIC, followed by and MD in 2008 from the Pritzker School of Medicine. She completed a pathology residency (UChicago) and fellowship (Massachusetts General Hospital), and is currently an Assistant Professor of Surgical Pathology at the University, specializing in Head & Neck and Bone & Soft Tissue Pathology. She co-directs the "Cell Pathology and Immunology" course in Pritzker School of Medicine.

Maximilian Hawkins, AB'17


Mr. Hawkins graduated from the college in 2017 with a degree in Biological Sciences with a specialization in Neuroscience. While at the college, he was involved in Peer Health Exchange, volunteering in the Emergency Room, the Maroon, Neuroscience research and Varsity tennis. He is in his first year of medical school at the Pritzker School of Medicine and remains an active member of the community participating in SNMA and LMSA while also volunteering at Community Health and Washington Park Clinics. He has remained in Hyde Park and has an interest in pursuing emergency medicine.

Clara Kao, SB'17

MD/PhD Candidate

Clara Kao graduated from the College in 2017 with a B.S. in Biological Sciences. During her undergraduate years, she was involved in the Taiwanese American Students Association, Chamber Music Organization, and Colleges Against Cancer. She completed her honors thesis in the lab of Dr. Jill de Jong, identifying genetic regulators of hematopoietic stem cells using a zebrafish model. This fall, she matriculated into the MD/PhD program at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She looks forward to pursuing a career as a physician-scientist, combining scientific discovery with patient care.

Maren Loe, SB'16

MSTP, Year 2, Washington University in St. Louis School of Med.

Ms. Loe graduated from the College in 2016 with a degree in Computational and Applied Mathematics. During her years at UChicago, she was a captain of the varsity volleyball team and a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. She volunteered in the UChicago Hospitals for the TLC program and served on the Dean's Advisory Committee and in the Maroon Key Society. Her awards included the Gertrude Dudley medal, Howell Murray Alumni Association Award, and AVCA First Team All-America Honors. Ms. Loe wrote her honors thesis in Stephanie Palmer's Theoretical Neuroscience lab. She is currently pursuing an MD/PhD at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. She continues to be an active member in the University community by conducting alumni interviews in the St. Louis region. In her free time, she enjoys training for triathlons, playing volleyball, hiking, and exploring St. Louis.

Jhonatan marte, SB'16

Medical Student

Mr. Marte graduated from the College in 2016 with a degree in Biological Sciences with Research Honors. While in the College, he performed multiple sclerosis research at UChicago Medicine, volunteered at a low-income clinic in the South Side, and assisted in teaching introductory biology courses. He took a year off after graduating and worked as an MCAT instructor while applying to medical school. He is currently a first-year medical student at the Pritzker School of Medicine with interests in psychiatry, medical education, and addressing disparities in mental health services.

Tamari Miller, AB'13

Student, Pritzker School of Medicine

Tamari Miller graduated from the the College in 2013 with a degree in biological sciences and public policy studies. While in college, he was an assistant resident head and was also involved with Chicago Men's A Capella, Students for Education Equity, and Rhythmic Bodies in Motion. After graduating, he worked as a research assistant in a lab that studies the genetics of muscular dystrophies. He enrolled at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine in Summer of 2014 where he is currently a fourth year student.

Dustin Shaw, AB'13

MD/PhD Student, Pritzker School of Medicine

Mr. Shaw graduated from the College in 2013 with a degree in biology and minor in statistics. While in the College, he was an RA, a member of Peer Health Exchange, and also worked in a developmental biology lab. After graduation, he worked in a mucosal immunology on campus, working on translational projects and clinical trials. A significant portion of his week was spent in the hospital: enrolling patients into studies and collecting human samples during clinical procedures. Both his undergraduate education and research experiences on campus contributed to his desire to become a physician scientist. He is currently a third year student in Pritzker's Medical Scientist Training Program, pursuing a PhD in Immunology.