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.
Ali is a Massachusetts local, born and raised on Cape Cod. She currently lives in Jamaica Plain with her partner, Katie; their puppy, Pudding; and cat Chowder. Their goal is to visit all 155 Massachusetts state parks and 130-plus craft breweries, and so they spend most of their weekends hiking, kayaking, adventuring, and enjoying breweries with the pup. Her favorite place to visit in Boston is the Esplanade, where you can set up a hammock, grab a good book, and watch the sailboats go by. Fun fact: Ali played on the Amsterdam women’s lacrosse team and won the Dutch National Championships just before starting medical school.
Jeff grew up just south of Boston in Cohasset, Mass. He travelled all the way south to Providence College for undergrad and west to the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He came to Boston for residency and chief residency at the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center and continues to love living in the city. He loves trying all the new restaurants, cheering on Boston sports teams, watching live music, and attending fellow “rounds” after a shift at Tasty Burger. He pretends to be part of the global health track and travels at every opportunity. In the winter, he makes sure to get a ski pass and spends the off days skiing up north, and in the summer he loves spending time on the Cape and Islands. He’s interested in firearm prevention and pediatric trauma research, medical education, clinical informatics, and advocacy. An interesting fact about Jeff is that he had never been a patient in an emergency room until he was in fellowship.
Boston is an amazing place to complete your training, meet new friends, raise a family, and have fun! Ashley is originally from outside of Philadelphia and first came to Boston when she was an undergraduate at Boston College. She is thrilled to be back in Boston to complete her fellowship training and raise her family. She is interested in clinical operations and is currently a part of the operations and administration concentration. She has two children that keeps her busy while she’s not working. She loves taking day trips around Boston — Newburyport, Portsmouth, Cape Cod, Newport — with her husband and also enjoys finding time to try all of the amazing restaurants in Boston. Two of her favorites are Buttermilk & Bourbon and Citrus & Salt.
David grew up outside of Chicago and ventured his way East for fellowship. He enjoys running, hiking, biking, traveling, and anything outdoors. There are so many things to love about Boston, but he mostly enjoys spending time on the Charles River running, cycling, or hanging out with his co-fellows. His academic interests include health and human rights, global health, and pediatric resuscitation.
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.
Larissa is from sunny West Palm Beach, Fla. She lives in Brookline with her husband Andrew; her 1-year old daughter, Noelle; and their dog, Julie. She loves being outside, hiking, being on the water, and taking trips in the New England area. Ask her about how a Floridian survives Boston winters, life as a MEM (Mom in Emergency Medicine), or advocacy in PEM.
Kelsey is from Wayzata, Minn., and is still a proud Minnesotan, even though it’s been awhile since she’s called it home. She is a part-time fourth year fellow who is also getting a Masters of Education. Not surprisingly, her academic interests center on medical education, with specific focus on critical procedures, leadership, interprofessional education, and supporting women in medicine. When she’s not at work, Kelsey is hanging out with her two boys (ages 3 and 1), hiking, running, baking, listening to books on tape, and not playing enough ice hockey (she played through college and misses it). She has a couple favorite food spots in Boston: Area 4 for pizza, Little Donkey or Sarma for tapas, and Blunch for the best chocolate chip cookie in the city. Pre-COVID, she also loved to check out the SoWa Market for food trucks and art. Fun facts: She can’t wink and adamantly prefers Coke to Pepsi.
Chris grew up in the shadows of the Wasatch mountains in Salt Lake City. He has extensive experience in global child health and has worked in Bolivia, Peru, India, Malawi, Liberia, and Tanzania. During fellowship, he has been involved in multiple studies assessing healthcare inequities globally and domestically. He is also a research consultant for the WHO and UNICEF. In his spare time, he enjoys running, listening to music, spending time with his wonderful wife, and seeing the world through the eyes of his two children.