First Year Fellows
Chang Lu was born in China. She earned her MD from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She completed residency in Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, and worked as a primary care pediatrician in Ohio before beginning fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology. She is interested in all aspects of endocrinology, particularly diabetes management. When Chang isn’t on call you can find her focusing on her animation art, painting or cultural dancing.
Ambreen Sonawalla was born in Karachi, Pakistan and earned her MD and MS from Aga Khan University Medical School. Her love of endocrinology began in medical school and continued through her Pediatrics residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Ambreen is committed to volunteer activities at diabetes camp and community health camps. In her free time, she practices yoga and calligraphy, and enjoys listening to her favorite podcasts.
Rebecca Vitale was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. She received her MD and MPH from the Yale School of Medicine. She completed her Medicine-Pediatrics combined residency at Yale New Haven Hospital, where she served as chief resident. Her research in residency focused on gender disparities in the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic and on the transition from pediatric to adult care. In her free time, Becca is happiest outdoors hiking or running. She also loves to cook, bake, and knit.
Second Year Fellows
Kristie Aamodt was born in Houston, Texas and earned her MD and PhD from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She is a graduate of the Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics, which she completed on the Accelerated Research Pathway. She is dedicated to caring for each individual patient at their bedside, and to using basic research to improve care for all patients. Her basic research experience has focused primarily on proliferation and regeneration of pancreatic beta cells. If you can’t find Kristie on call or in the lab, she is probably training for a triathlon, cycling, or playing the flute.
Charlotte Chen is from Lincoln County, North Carolina. She graduated from New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed pediatric residency training at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (NJ). During medical school she pursued research in the molecular biology of panhypopituitarism to identify novel mutations in genes responsible for pituitary development. Throughout medical school has been an active volunteer for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, providing support to teens with type 1 and 2 diabetes. Charlotte’s passions include cooking healthy cuisine, video filming and editing, and performing stand-up comedy.
Lindsey Gaston was born in Detroit, Michigan and came to the Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics after earning her MD from the University of Michigan. During medical school, she held leadership roles in the Women’s Health and Advocacy section of AMSA and in the Latino/Native American Medical Student Association. As a pediatric resident, Lindsey pursued clinical research on inhaled steroid-induced adrenal insufficiency and the endocrine manifestations of Prader-Willi syndrome. Lindsey is a former Division III springboard diver and enjoys running, skiing, and playing and composing music.
Third Year Fellows
Jia Zhu was born in China and moved to America at age 4. She attended MIT as an undergraduate, where she studied how to engineer better vaccines. She graduated from Harvard Medical School and was an active member of the Asian Pacific America Medical Student Association. Prior to fellowship, she completed her residency in the Boston Combined Residency Program. Her academic interests include the genetics and physiology of puberty.
Svetlana Azova was born in Russia and immigrated to the US at age 9. She received her BA from Hunter College and her MD from the New York University School of Medicine, and completed her pediatric residency at Mount Sinai. Besides being an active volunteer in several organizations, Svetlana loves to travel, ride her bike, and write.
Kevin Scully was born and raised in Portland, Maine. Kevin attended medical school at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, and returned to the US for residency at Maine Medical Center. He has volunteered and taught in many places, including in Ghana and Tanzania. Kevin is a huge New England sports fan, and developed his rugby skills during medical school in Ireland. He loves spending time in the outdoors and with his family, friends, and wife.