Lawrence was born in Taiwan and grew up in Orange County, California, before crossing the country for college, and eventually venturing up to Boston for residency. On his days off, he can be found running (or more often strolling) along the Charles River Esplanade or Seaport Harbor Walk, lounging in coffee shops, exploring new food or bubble tea spots, or hurrying home to catch the start of a Dodgers game. In addition to teaching students and residents, his academic passions revolve around advancing upstream interventions to address social determinants of health and alleviate health disparities.
Laurel grew up in a small town of 900 full-time residents on the tip of Long Island. Prior to medical school she lived and worked in over 7 different countries, developing a passion for international public health and diverse cuisines. After completing medical school in Boston she moved to Philadelphia for residency, but is happy to be back in Boston for fellowship. One of her favorite things to do in Boston is stroll through the Arboretum or around the Jamaica Pond with her dog and wife (she used to run rather than stroll, but being currently pregnant with twins has made the running part much harder). Other than strolling, she loves to hike, camp, make amateur pottery, watch horror movies, play board games, read murder mystery novels and get out of the city to see beautiful foliage as much as possible. She is passionate about global health and hopes to continue to work internationally after fellowship.
Alexandra “Ally” Geanacopoulos
Ally grew up in a suburb of Boston and went to Penn for medical school prior to returning home for pediatrics residency at the Boston Combined Residency Program. She plans to pursue a career combining clinical research and emergency care with an emphasis on improving diagnosis and management of infectious diseases in the emergency department. In addition to her work, Ally enjoys spending time with her family and friends, playing soccer, taking Peloton classes, and trying new restaurants in Boston. She loves baking and cake decorating and is currently working her way through the cookbooks Zoe Bakes and 100 Cookies. She loves Boston for its local farmers’ markets, festive holiday craft fairs, and scenic nature walks in JP and the Arnold Arboretum. On long weekends, Ally and her husband, Ben, like to visit her favorite coastal town, Kennebunkport, Maine.
Katia is an IMG from Beirut, Lebanon. She went to medical school at the American University of Beirut (AUB) then moved to the United sates for residency. She completed her residency in the Boston Combined Residency Program at Boston Children’s Hospital. Having grown up minutes away from the beach with a 6-month long summer, Katia naturally enjoys ANY and ALL bodies of water (highly recommend Plum Island beach), and she was really excited to discover that Boston even has it’s own local beach scene! Her other hobbies (if going to the beach can even be considered a hobby) include playing the guitar, hanging out with friends and discovering bars around Boston. Best of both worlds are bars WITH live music, her favorite being Wally’s.
Nathan hails from near Jacksonville, Florida. Despite the UV index, he enjoyed watching his Jags put up strong efforts in their 15 consecutive “rebuilding seasons”. Voting biennially for the members of the Mosquito Control Board is one of his most cherished civic duties. While in Chicago for residency, Nathan became an avid biker and he’s enjoyed exploring Boston’s neighborhoods on two wheels. He has many uninformed opinions about the incredible Boston food scene — ask him his recs for the beloved Longwood Galleria!
Caroline was born and raised in Los Angeles and ping-ponged across the country, attending college in New York, returning to Los Angeles for medical school at UCLA, before finally making her way to Boston for residency training in the Boston Combined Residency Program. As an official East Coast convert, Caroline’s favorite activities include enjoying New England weekend getaways (highlights: Newport, Portland, Gloucester, Nantucket, Bar Harbor, the Berkshires – find her to discuss recs!), bike-riding, cycling, skiing, baking and reading. She is working through her goal of trying (almost) every restaurant in Boston (highlights: Pammy’s, Kava, Gourmet Dumpling House — ask her for recommendations on this front too) and shockingly, the Boston winters are one of this California girl’s favorite parts of living here. Long term, Caroline hopes to combine a rich clinical career with her interests in longitudinal, clinical research and medical education.
Arianne Cuff Baker
Cuff Baker grew up in Sterling, Mass., known for “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” For fun outside, she likes to read, travel, cook, bake, and hang out with her husband and toddler. She plays Ultimate Frisbee and loves to travel for tournaments. Her favorite thing about Boston is being able to commute on foot, by bike, or via public transit. Academically, she is interested in medical education and leadership development in medicine.
Robert is an International Medical Graduate from Germany. He was born and raised in Nuremberg and went to Medical School at the University of Munich (LMU). After completing a basic science research traineeship at Mayo Clinic, he decided to come to the United States for his clinical residency. He completed his pediatrics residency in the Boston Combined Residency Program. As a stereotypical German, he enjoys soccer, A LOT. Luckily, there are several soccer teams at Boston Children’s and there are plenty of opportunities to play. His other interests include classic piano, surfing, tennis, squash, golf, and biking. As you can see, he is easily distractible. His favorite part about Boston is that there is always something fun and exciting to do, no matter the season. In the summer, there are plenty of beautiful beaches nearby such as Plum Island or Cape Cod. In the wintertime, he enjoys going to the symphony, which offers ticket discounts for young professionals. His current academic focus is innovative applications of point of care ultrasound in the ED and ICU.
Sonia grew up moving a lot between cities in Asia and the U.S. By college, she had moved eight times and had lived in Chengdu, Singapore, Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Washington, D.C. Her medical training has allowed her to explore the northeast: New York, Philadelphia, and now Boston. Some things she loves about Boston already include how bike-friendly it is and how easy it is to access New England’s mountains, state parks, and beaches. She is excited to be part of the International Pediatric Emergency Medicine combined fellowship at Boston Children’s.
Jean was born and raised in Michigan, and attended medical school in Boston prior to completing pediatrics residency in San Francisco. As a relatively new city bicyclist, one of her favorite aspects of Boston is being able to get everywhere she needs via bike. Aside from cycling and working in the emergency department, she loves jogging, playing clarinet, listening to audio books and podcasts, and spending time with her co-fellows. She is also passionate about health equity, global health, poverty alleviation work, voter mobilization, and policy advocacy.
Vidya grew up in Mumbai, India and Bloomfield Hills, Mich., but for the past two years Boston has been her home. She discovered her love for chocolate, hiking, and skiing (in that order) while living in Switzerland and continued to grow these passions domestically in Denver and, now, Boston. Currently, she enjoys spending quality time chasing behind her toddler at local parks or splash pads in the North End. She once boarded a flight to Miami instead of Detroit, only to realize her error while taxing on the runway. Ask her how that story ends!
Ann is a native of Houston and has a Texas fanny pack to show for it. She’s a fan of rock climbing, backpacking, cooking and eating with friends, organizing her life, and puns. Her favorite things about Boston are hanging out in its beautiful green spaces, biking and walking everywhere, and eating $1 East Coast oysters at buck-a-shuck to her heart’s content. She dislikes fax machines, inefficiency, and wasting food. She’s active on Twitter and you can find her at @AnnYoungMD.
Rachelle El Helou
Rachelle is from Lebanon and went to medical school in the heart of Beirut. She lived a few miles from the Mediterranean Sea, so her favorite thing about Boston is the Charles River Esplanade. Her former biggest fear was the idea of February in the northeast, but quickly realized that there’s nothing a good coat and boot combo can’t fix. Rachelle is not exactly a foodie so her restaurant picks are mostly based on ambiance, but she cannot get enough of the PB flavor at JP Licks (you’ll see) and was ecstatic to learn that Cambridge has its own Milk Bar! Her long-term goal is to help build the field of PEM in newer locations closer to home while still living a stone’s throw away from the sea.
Eli is a born and bred Bostonian, growing up 20 minutes from downtown and attending the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He enjoys spending time with his partner, Megan; their 1-year-old, Leo; and their tuxedo cat, Oreo. He enjoys reading science fiction, fantasy, and mystery books; playing card games and board games; and spending time outside walking and hiking with his family when it’s warm and snowboarding when it’s cold. His favorite Boston restaurants are Bonchon (amazing/cheap Korean fried chicken), Sweet Cheeks Q (incredible BBQ and biscuits), and Los Amigos (local family-owned taco/burrito joint). His long-term goals include pursuing a PEM career with a blend of clinical work, operations, and legislative advocacy. His favorite ice cream flavor is coffee cookies and crème.
Becca is a Philadelphia native enjoying living in New England for the first time. When she’s not frequently watering her urban vegetable garden, you can find her biking or running, usually through the Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain. Along with her husband, Jon, Becca has been eating her way through Boston, with current favorites being The Haven (the burger) and Sarma (everything). She loves to read (mostly fiction) and her favorite read of 2020 so far was “The Other Americans.” Her favorite New England state that she’s visited so far is Vermont (very green and gorgeous). Her long-term goals include an academic, research-focused PEM career and completing a New York Times crossword without help of Google.
Hailing from Jamaica, Jheanelle is an island girl at heart (despite slowly making her way up the East Coast for college and medical training). She lives in the city with her husband and two daughters, and enjoys taking walks to the Rose Garden or the Boston Public Garden, traveling to fun places, and making friends from all over. She loves seeing the New England foliage each autumn and can’t get enough of the seafood in the city — Saltie Girl is one of her favorite restaurants. When you can’t find her playing poker with her friends internationally, chances are she’s watching an FC Barcelona football match. Her career goals include improving access to Pediatric Graduate Medical Education locally and in Jamaica.
Erin was born and raised in central Missouri but ventured east by way of medical school in Cleveland and residency in Boston. In his free time, you’ll likely find him tending to his backyard veggie garden, at a local yoga studio (read: living room), cooking his Abuela’s arroz con habichuelas (his favorite and only mastered recipe), engrossed in a Sci-Fi trilogy, or watching Premier League soccer with his two fluffy cats (@orionandcosmo). Erin and his wife, Annie, love to escape to the White Mountains for weekend hikes. Long-term, Erin hopes to continue in academia, somehow connecting his mismatched passions for PEM and neuroscience.
Although Dan left some of his heart in the San Francisco Bay Area where he lived before moving to Boston, he loves the seasons (and the oysters) in the Northeast. Here, he enjoys growing flowers in his community garden in the Fens, rooting for New York sports teams, and going on day trips around New England. As a native of New Haven, Conn., he appreciates a good slice of pizza (and recommends the Pepe’s outpost in Chestnut Hill). He plans to pursue a career in research with a focus on improving the emergency care of children with common pediatric infectious illnesses.
Kristen grew up in Pleasantville, N.Y., but has lived in Boston for about 15 years. She spends a lot of time hanging around the city, but often drives to the beach on the weekends during the summer. Her favorite beach is Crane Beach in Ipswich, which is about 45 minutes north of Boston. She loves to try new restaurants. Most of her favorite restaurants are in the South End, where she lived during medical school and residency. Right now she’s very excited about Banyan (Asian fusion and the best patio) and B&G Oysters. Other favorite locations in the city are the Esplanade along the Charles River and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. She loves to cook and browse farmers markets; her favorite is in Copley Square. Academically, she’s interested in health services research and is in the Harvard Pediatric Health Services Research Fellowship and completing an MPH.