Course and Clerkship Personnel

M1 Courses

Course Directors:

M1 Anatomical Foundations of Clinical Practice (AFCP) 1 and 2 

Malli Barremkala, M.D.
Jickssa Gemechu, Ph.D.

M1 Biomedical Foundations of Clinical Practice (BFCP) 1 and 2

Paul Megee, Ph.D. (BFCP 1)

M1 Cardiovascular

Suzan ElSayed, Ph.D.
Monica Jiddou-Patros, M.D.

M1 Hematopoietic and Lymphoid

Sarah Lerchenfeldt, Pharm.D.
Elizabeth Wey, M.D.

M1 Neuroscience 1 and 2

Doug Gould, Ph.D.
Gustavo Patino, M.D., Ph.D.

M1 Respiratory

Bhavinkumar Dalal, M.D.
Claudio Cortes, Ph.D.

Course Coordinators:

Cheryl Lim
Katie Hitt


M2 Courses

Course Directors:

M2 Behavioral Sciences

Changiz Mohiyeddini, Ph.D.

M2 Diagnostic Medicine 

Radiology component:

Rachel VanHulle, M.D.

Coordinator: Phyllis Washington

Pathology component:

Wendy Weisend, M.D.

Coordinator: Maria Rivait

M2 Endocrine

Michael Brennan, M.D.
Virginia Uhley, Ph.D.

M2 Gastrointestinal and Hepatology

Mitchell Cappell, M.D.
Tracey Taylor, Ph.D.

M2 Integrative Evidence Based Medicine

Alexandra Halalau, M.D.
Brett Holmes, D.O.

M2 Musculoskeletal

Rajesh Iyer, M.D.
Amish Patel, D.O.
Rebecca Pratt, Ph.D.

M2 Neuroscience 

Doug Gould, Ph.D.
Gustavo Patino, M.D., Ph.D.

M2 Psychopathology

Changiz Mohiyeddini, Ph.D.
Agnes Wrobel, M.D.

M2 Renal and Urologic


Mohammad Jafri, M.D.
Inaya Hajj Hussein, Ph.D.
Saima Mansuri, M.D

M2 Reproductive

Stephanie Attardi, Ph.D.
Sangeeta Kaur, M.D.
Jeffrey Yeamans, M.D.

Course Coordinator:

Loretta Trader

M3 Courses

Embark 6-8

Dwayne Baxa, Ph.D.
Victoria Roach, Ph.D.
Kara Sawarynski, Ph.D.

Coordinator: Julie Strong

Interdisciplinary Studies 1&2

Nicole Marijanovich

Coordinator: Dawn Burgess

Medical Humanities and Clinical Bioethics 1-6

Jason Wasserman, Ph.D.

Coordinator: Christine Schwartz

M4 Courses

Embark 9&10

Dwayne Baxa, Ph.D.
Kara Sawarynski, Ph.D.

Coordinator: Julie Strong

M3 and M4 Clerkships

M3 Clerkship Directors and Coordinators

M3 Family Medicine Clerkship Director: (Troy)

Srikala Yedavally

Coordinator: Angelina Gjokaj


M3 Internal Medicine Clerkship Directors:

Lisa Cohen

Maham Siddiqi

Coordinator: Lynn Gleason


M3 Neurology Clerkship Director:

Adam Kuhlman

Coordinator: Lindsay Yeatts


M3 OB/GYN Clerkship Director:

Ty Kwaiser

Coordinator: Christine Cooperrider

M3 Ophthalmology Clerkship Director:

Lori Stec

Coordinator: Kira Smith


M3 Pediatrics Clerkship Director:

Christopher Bergsman

Coordinator: Jill Gibson


M3 Psychiatry Clerkship:

Jolyn Wagner

Coordinator: Karlene Kilburn


M3 Surgery Clerkship Director:

Jimmi Mangla

Coordinator: Jo Johnston


M4 Clerkship Directors and Coordinators

M4 Anesthesia and Pain Medicine Clerkship Director:

Rebecca Clemans

Coordinator: Kira Smith


M4 Diagnostic Medicine:

Radiology component:

Rachel VanHulle

Coordinator: Phyllis Washington

Pathology component:

Wendy Wiesend

Coordinator: Maria Rivait


M4 Emergency Medicine Clerkship and M4 Sub-Internship Director:

Steven Joseph

Coordinator: Takesha Shelton


M4 Family Medicine Sub-Internship Director:

Ronald Hunt


Coordinator: Angelina Gjokaj


M4 Internal Medicine Sub-Internship Director:

Francisco Davila

Coordinator: Dawn Burgess


M4 Pediatrics Sub-Internship Director:

Christopher Bergsman

Coordinator: Dawn Burgess


M4 Surgery Sub-Internship Directors:

Jimmi Mangla

Mario Villalba

Coordinator: Dawn Burgess


Troy, Beaumont:

Troy Site Director:

Shanna Jones

Troy Site Coordinator: Lyndsey Schroeder

Longitudinal Courses

Art and Practice of Medicine Course Directors:

Nelia Afonso, M.D. (APM 2) 
Dawn Jung, M.D. (APM 3) 
Arati Kelekar, M.D. (APM 4&5) 
Ida Rubino, M.D. (APM 1)

Course Coordinator:

Gabrielle LeClerc


Embark Course Directors:

M1 Embark 1 & 2 - Dwayne Baxa, Ph.D., and Kara Sawarynski, Ph.D.
M2 Embark 3,4 & 5 - Kyeorda Kemp, Ph.D., and Victoria Roach, Ph.D.
M3 Embark 6, 7 & 8 - Dwayne Baxa, Ph.D., Victoria Roach, Ph.D., and Kara Sawarynski, Ph.D.
M4 Embark 9 & 10 - Dwayne Baxa, Ph.D., and Kara Sawarynski, Ph.D.

Embark Course Coordinator:

Julie Strong


Medical Humanities and Clinical Bioethics Course Director:

Jason Wasserman, Ph.D.

Course Coordinator:

Christine Schwartz


PRISM Course Directors:

M1 and M3 years - Serena Yan Kuang, M.D., Ph.D., and Varsha Karamchandani, M.D.
M2 and M4 years - Thomas Ferrari, Ph.D, and Sheala Jafry, M.D.

Course Coordinator:

Karen Smith


Promotion and Maintenance of Health Course Directors:

James Grogan, Ph.D. (3-4)

Victoria Lucia, Ph.D.  (1-2)

Promotion and Maintenance of Health Course Coordinator:

Christine Schwartz