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

Catherine Castro, AB'14

Medical Student, Pritzker School of Medicine

Ms. Castro graduated from the College in 2014 with a degree in biology. While in the College, she was involved with Emerging Minds Project, The Triple Helix Society, RBIM, and SASA. After graduating, she became a Research Coordinator for UChicago's Comprehensive Care Program, a randomized controlled clinical trial evaluating a new model of healthcare. Ms. Castro is currently a first-year medical student at the Pritzker School of Medicine where she is the president of the Latino Medical Students Association, volunteers in free health clinics, and is involved in various service organizations working with under-served groups in Chicago.

Matt Cheung, SB'16

Mr., Stritch School of Medicine

Mr. Cheung graduated from the College in 2016 with a degree in biology. While in the College, he was involved with immunology research and was the president of the cycling club (UCVC). He is now attending the Loyola Stritch School of Medicine and is interested in trauma surgery. He is also planning a start-up for the broader use of health data and more efficient use of electronic medical records.

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.

Gameli Dekayie-Amenu, AB'05, MD'10

Physician, Advocate Medical Group & BestiesMD

Ms. Dekayie graduated from the College with a degree in biology. Following graduation, she worked as a research assistant for a diabetes prevention study for overweight minority children at the University of Chicago. She then began her work on her medical degree at Rush Medical College. She completed her Emergency Medicine residency back at the University of Chicago. She now works as a practicing physician with Advocate Medical Group. She also co-owns her own company, BestiesMD, that is dedicated to empowering women of the modern era through online health education on a relatable level.

Linda Diamond Shapiro, AB'77, AM'78, MBA'88

Vice President for Strategy, Planning and External Affairs, Access Community Health Network

Linda Diamond Shapiro is the vice president for strategy, planning, and external affairs at Access Community Health Network (ACCESS), one of the nation's largest Federally Qualified Health Center organizations serving over 200,000 patients in the greater Chicago area. With three decades of experience in public policy and community health roles, Linda has shaped strategies for government affairs, fundraising, marketing, and business development for several Chicago area non-profit health organizations. She previously served in the president's office at University of Chicago Medical Center, and as executive director of Health and Medicine Policy Research Group. She has also held policy development positions at the American Medical Association in Chicago and Washington DC. Linda is a graduate of the University of Chicago where she received her bachelor's degree from the College and her master's degrees from the School of Social Service Administration and the Graduate School of Business.

Jia Guo, SB'14

Medical School Student, Pritzker School of Medicine

Ms. Guo graduated from the College in 2014 with degrees in Biological Chemistry and Chemistry. While in the College she was heavily involved with MEDLIFE, a national student organization dedicated to improving low-income communities' access to medicine, education, and community development. After graduation, Ms. Guo worked as a research associated at the National Institutes of Health and was a NIH Academy fellow. As an Academy Fellow, she explored her passions for healthcare disparities and worked closely with underserved populations. Currently she is a second-year student at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and continues to be an active member of the community as a board member of Pritzker's Bridgeport Free Clinic.

Emily Higgs, AB'17

Student, Pritzker Medical School

Ms. Higgs is a current first year student at the Pritzker School of Medicine. She participated in the Accelerated Medical Scholars Program and will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts from the College in the spring of 2017. While at the college Emily participated in basic science research, volunteered in the emergency department, and tutored at Blackstone Bicycle Works.

Marika Kachman, AB'16

Medical Student, Pritzker School of Medicine

Ms. Kachman graduated from the College in 2016 with a degree in biological sciences. While in the College, she was the leader of University of Chicago Emergency Medical Services (UCEMS) and a Teaching Assistant for multiple biology courses. After graduating she went straight through to attend the Pritzker School of Medicine where she is currently a first year student. Her interests include Emergency Medicine, health literacy, and patient education.

Tae Yeon Kim, AB'13

Medical Student, Pritzker School of Medicine

Ms. Kim graduated from the College in 2013 with a degree in anthropology. While in the College, she was involved in The Triple Helix, Woodlawn After School Kids Program, and a string quartet. After graduating from the College, she worked as a Research Assistant at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics for two years. She is currently a second-year medical student at the Pritzker School of Medicine. At the medical school, Ms. Kim served as the Interpreter Coordinator for Bridgeport Free Clinic, which cares for a predominantly Cantonese speaking immigrant population. She also co-led Big Ideas in Medicine, Reach Out and Read, and Pritzker Community Service Fellowship. She was a Peer Educator for the Health Care Disparities course for first year medical students and is a member of the Identity and Inclusion Steering Committee.

Kyle Kunze, SB'16

Student, Rush Medical College

Mr. Kunze graduated from the College in 2016 with a bachelor of science in the Biological Sciences with honors. While in the College, he played varsity football and was involved in bariatric surgery and metabolism research, was a teaching assistant for physiology for biology majors, and engaged in many volunteer opportunities such as serving as a patient liaison in the UChicago Adult Emergency Room. In addition, he was also in the fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta. He is currently enrolled as an M1 student at Rush Medical College where he is focusing on orthopedic research, steering the Chicago City Church Clinic volunteering site, and serving as a student ambassador for prospective students.

Benjamin Lehrman, SB'14

Medical Student

Mr. Lehrman graduated from the College in 2014 with a degree in biology with a specialization in cancer biology. While in the College, he was involved with Health Leads, the Neighborhood Schools Program and IHC, while also performing research in a protein biochemistry lab. After graduating, he spent his gap year performing research in the Unit on Statistical Genomics at the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland. Currently, he is a second-year medical student at Rush Medical College in Chicago.

Maya Lozinski, AB'14

MD/PhD Student, Pritzker Medical School & Harris School

Ms. Lozinski is a alumna and current MD/PhD student studying health policy. She graduated from the College in 2014 with honors in economics. While in the College, she volunteered at a community health clinic, choreographed for Rhythmic Bodies in Motion, and served on the Student Fine Arts Fund Grant Committee. As a junior, she studied abroad in Pune, Paris, and Beijing. She also received the David S. Hu Award in Economics for her BA thesis research on physician incentives. After graduating, Ms. Lozinski worked in technical services at Epic Systems, an electronic health records company, before returning to graduate school at UChicago. She is now working on her PhD in Public Policy at the Harris School, with a focus on health economics. Her current research involves exploring machine learning methods for better risk adjustment of complex patients.

Nick Lyon, AB'16

Medical Student

Mr. Lyon graduated from the College in 2016 with a degree in biology and psychology. While in the College, he was involved with Track and Field, Peer Health Exchange, and the Summer Service Partnership. He was also actively involved in research with the de Wit Behavioral Pharmacology Lab. His projects were focused on the behavioral effects of MDMA and amphetamine. Currently, he is a first year medical student at the Pritzker School of Medicine. He is involved in the Graduate Council, Anesthesiology Interest Group, American Medical Association, and Gardening Club.

Khatcher Margossian, SB'15

Medical Student, Rush University Medical Center

Mr. Margossian graduated from the College in 2015 with B.S. degrees in chemistry and biological chemistry. While at the College, he worked as a researcher at the Institute for Molecular Engineering under the guidance of Professor Matthew Tirrell. There, he studied the physical and chemical properties of soft materials. He was also a T.A. in the Biological Science Collegiate Division under Professor Marvin Makinen, who teaches Introduction to Biochemistry. Khatcher participated in a number of student organizations, including The Triple Helix, Inc., and Scientia Journal, and he volunteered in the UCMC Emergency Department. After graduation, he began his medical training at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. He is currently a second-year M.D. student.

Carmel Nichols, AB'13


Ms. Nichols graduated from the College in 2013 with a degree in Biology. She is currently a second-year medical student at UChicago's Pritzker School of Medicine.

Ream Qato, SB'07, MBA'15, PharmD'12

Strategic Consultant, Humana

Ms. Qato received her bachelor's degree in chemistry from the College in 2007, and a doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Illinois in 2012. She returned to the University of Chicago a few years later and completed her MBA from the Booth School of Business in 2015. Ms. Qato is a Consultant on the Trend and Pipeline team at Humana, a fortune 100 company. Her work focuses on pipeline agents within solid tumor oncology and the biosimilar space. She is also responsible for following patent litigation and brand to generic launches. She previously was a Clinical Pharmacist at the University of Illinois at Chicago, on a government contract with Illinois Medicaid, to reduce state drug expenditures.

Frank Qian, AB'14

Medical School Student, Pritzker School of Medicine

Mr. Qian graduated from the College in 2014 with majoring in Biological Sciences and minoring in Statistics. While in the college, he was involved with breast cancer research, The Triple Helix, Health Policy Scholars Program, and Team HBV. After graduation, he worked as a health economics and outcomes research analyst at Analysis Group Inc. in Boston, MA for year before starting medical school at Pritzker School of Medicine. In medical school, he continues to be involved with numerous medical and public health initiatives such as the Diabetes Prevention and Management Group, American College of Preventive Medicine, and multiple medical student publications. His work continues to focus on elucidating lifestyle and genetic determinants of chronic diseases including breast cancer, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease in collaboration with researchers from University of Chicago, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dustin Shaw, AB'13

Medical 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 second year student in Pritzker's Medical Scientist Training Program, pursuing a PhD in Immunology.

Luther Walls, AB'16

Student, Stritch School of Medicine

Mr. Walls recently graduated from the College in 2016 with a degree in biological sciences. While in the College, he participated with Health Leads, Student National Medical Association (SNMA), served as a Lecture Teaching Assistant for biochemistry, and research assistant for clinical, biomolecular, and social projects. Since graduating, he has matriculated to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine where he is a part of the Admissions Committee and planning his next clinical research project. In his free time, he enjoys running, volunteering at clinics, and watching bad movies.

David Weinstock, AB'93, MD'97 (Geoerge Washington University)

Associate Professor, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Medical School

Dr. Weinstock graduated with a degree in biology in 1993. He completed medical school at George Washington University, residency training at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Cornell, and a fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He is currently a physician-scientist at the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, where his clinical expertise involves the care of stem cell transplant recipients. His laboratory focuses on identifying targets for new therapeutic approaches to leukemia and lymphoma.

Meng Wu, MD'19

Medical School Student, Pritzker School of Medicine

Meng Wu graduated from the College in 2013 with a degree in Biological Sciences. During her time at UChicago, she was a member of the service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, and founded an RSO, Team HBV, dedicated to raising awareness about hepatitis B as a health disparity. After graduation, she returned home to the San Francisco Bay Area, where she worked as an emergency department scribe and tutor. Currently, she is a second year medical student at Pritzker SOM.

Allen Zhu, SB'16, AB'16

MD/PhD Candidate

Mr. Zhu graduated from the College in 2016 with an SB in biochemistry and chemistry, as well as an AB in Economics. During his time, he enjoyed being a teaching assistant for biochemistry and genetics courses for multiple years. He has also been involved with an a cappella group, Asian American InterVarsity, tennis club, and computational biochemistry research in the Roux lab. After graduation, he is currently in his physician-scientist training as part of the University's MD-PhD dual degree program. His research interests involve using chemical biology to investigate the mechanisms of cancer and other diseases. He continues to be involved with the community by serving on the Board of Bridgeport Free Clinic.