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First Year Fellows

Jia Zhu was born in China and moved to America at, age 4. At a young age, Jia became very interested in science, growth and development. She graduated from Harvard Medical School and completed her residency in the Boston Combined Residency Program. Jia went to MIT for her undergrad where she helped transition another undergrad researcher to the student research position. Jia also researched the biology of PBAE polymer-based materials for DNA vaccinations and lipoids for protein vaccinations. Jia has done a lot of volunteer work. She volunteered at the Asian Pacific America Medical Student Association where she organized and advertised faculty lunch series and mentor mixers. She was awarded the APAMSA in 2012, Chapter Awards for Best Educational Events. Jia also volunteered at HMS AIDS as a STI Counselor. Where she provided free testing services, and at risk community members through Project Protection a Martha Eliot Health Center. She organized and volunteered at Boston-area community health fares and adolescent outreach events. Beyond research Jia has a passion for teaching and mentoring. During her freshman year at MIT she established a leadership training institute. In her role she worked closely as a personal mentee to help out in the community such as fighting bullying, worked at health fairs, and had the opportunity to teach adolescents about safe sex principles. Jia is exceedingly hard-working and conscientious, while maintaining an understated and pleasant manner. Jia is no stranger in the halls of BCH. We are over thrilled she is staying within the BCH community and joining the Endocrinology Division.

Svetlana Azova attended New York University School of Medicine. She was awarded the Samuel Spiegel Award for Excellence in General Academic Achievement that was meant for a student who is a resident of Greater New York. While her residency at Mount Sinai Pediatric, she was co-captain for creating the "Meet the Residents". Dr. Azova received her BA from the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College in New York in, 2010. She has demonstrated a strong interested in Endocrinology. In her 3rd year of medical school she became involved in the BODY lab. She participated in research on the relationship in Banishing Obesity and Diabetes. Her achievements are all more impressive since she migrated in America at age, 9 from Russia. Svetlana's diligence in mastering her academic and research pursuits was matched by her drive to serve her community. Svetlana participated in numerous community-service projects on and off campus. For three years, she was a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. She worked at Children for Children, teaching and instilling in young people the value of social responsibility and community involvement. She worked with Holocaust survivors as a participant in the international commission on holocaust era insurance claims service Corps. Svetlana also worked for Media 4 Humanity, was a nurse assistant at Coney Island Hospital for two years, and helped rebuild homes after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Svetlana also partnered with the Mott Haven Academy Charter School, an elementary charter school in the Bronx founded by the NY Founding, one of the largest child welfare systems in NY. A third of the kids are in the foster care system. She developed and led sessions on puberty and hygiene for fourth and fifth graders. Besides all of Svetlana's volunteer work she also loves to travel, ride her bike, fluent in Russian and loves to write. We are excited to welcome Svetlana to Boston.

Kevin Scully was born and raised in Portland, Maine. Kevin graduated with high honors, from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Kevin is no stranger to Boston Children's Hospital as he volunteered as a research assistant in the Emergency Department with Dr. Mark Neuman. He conducted a prospective studt on physcians' assessments of the likelihood of pneumonia. His first manuscript was published in Pediatric Emergency medicine in Nov, 2010. While the second publication, titled " Prediction of pnuemonia in the pediatric emergency department" was published in, Aug 2011. His experience here was a major affirming event in his decision to enter medical school. Kevin has done a tremendious amount of volunteer work. During Kevin's second year of medical school, he served as president of the RSCI cancer society where he hosted an array of educational and philanthropic events, such as the organizing Dublin's first relay for life, raising several thousand euros or the irish cancer society along with many other events. Kevin even traveled to Tanzania to volunteer at a program called, "The Olive Branch for Children." The group runs an orphanage, but also has a community lead HIV home-based care program. He also volunteered during spring break, to rural Appalachia in Leslie County, Eastern Kentucky doing repairs and constructions on low incoming housing. Kevin was awarded all of his volunteer work his sophmore year at Dartmouth, he was awarded a Tucker Fellowship to persue an unaccompanied volunteer opportunity in, Ghana. He taught health and science to a local orphange. Even with all of his expereinces Kevin admits Ghana was the most meaningful experience in his lifetime and verified why he wanted to become a physcian. In residency as a senior resident Kevin had an opportunity to be apart of the PICU transport team, he was a class representive for the wellness committee. It looks like Dr. Scully has always been a huge New England sports fan and has played a lot of sports growing up. He even played Rugby while in Ireland all four years. He loves spending time in the outdoors and with his family, friends and fiance.

Second Year Fellows

Kate Millington was born in Maryland but grew up in Chatham, NY. She graduated from high school at age 16. She matriculated at Bard College at Simon’s Rock where she studied liberal arts. She also did a two year BS in biomedical engineering at Columbia and taught high school math, physics and engineering in Queens before entering the Perelman School of Medicine at the University Of Pennsylvania. Her interest in Endocrinology started when she spent a summer doing diabetes research at the NIH and another camp at CHOP. She has been interested in this specialty for a long time. When Kate has free time, she is training for her next marathon (just completed her first marathon last year) hanging out with her dog Eleanor and traveling across the US to catch up with friends. She is praised by her work and efficiency and was an exceptional resident within the BCRP. She is no stranger around the halls of Boston Children’s Hospital.

Rebecca Harris grew up in Chicago, “The Windy City”. Even though she may be a Cubs fab, we are excited she is coming to Boston. She first became interested in Endocrinology when her brother was diagnosed with Prader-Willi Syndrome. Her brother’s diagnoses have had a significant impact on her professional career and development. She has always been interested in endocrinology, reproductive biology and genetics. While studying for her PhD with Dr. J Larry Jameson Rebecca also found the time to pursue a master’s degree in medical humanities and bioethics at Northwestern University. Rebecca is a well-rounded physician and investigator in the field. She is a graduate of Northwestern University, The Finberg School of Medicine. In Rebecca’s free time you might find her practicing yoga or cooking something delicious. Rebecca also enjoys reading biographies and planning on re-starting ikebana courses (Japanese flower arrangements).

Elise Schlissel did her undergrad at Princeton majoring in Public and International Affairs. She then attended the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She just completed her residency at Yale New Haven hospital where she was chief resident. Elise is described as a thoroughly engaged learner and teacher, and an exemplary provider of high quality care to her patients and families. Elise is known to have a wonderful sense of humor and is fun to be around. When Elise is not in the hospital, she enjoys spending as much time outdoors as possible. You may find her running along the Charles River, or hiking the Blue Hills. She also loves to cook, read and write, and play tennis and this summer she is busy planning her wedding. Elise became interested in Endocrinology as a medical student.

 

Third Year Fellows

Brynn Marks is currently a third year fellow at Boston Children's Hospital. She is originally from Philadelphia, the home of the Liberty Bell and the cheesesteak. She attended Georgetown University (Hoya Saxa!) before matriculating at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. Brynn was awarded The Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children Prize- awarded to the member of the graduating class whose performance best demonstrates academic and clinical excellence, human compassion, and commitment to the welfare of others Brynn is not your typical physician- she has lived with type 1 diabetes herself for many years which spurred her interest in pediatric endocrinology. Brynn is conversant in Spanish and has volunteered as an interpreter at a clinic for underserved patients. She volunteers with the Gift of Life and captains Team Brynn Tin Tin, one of the largest teams in the annual Philadelphia Donor Dash, while working to raise over $20,000 to support families going through the transplant process. Brynn has also volunteered at the Dragonfly Heart Camp in Maryland to work with children with heart transplants. Currently, Brynn is building a spaced learning curriculum- TeKnO T1D- to improve fellow's knowledge and problem solving skills for insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors. She is working towards her Masters in Health Science Professions Education at MGH and is also interested post-transplant diabetes. Despite all of Brynn’s accomplishments she remains, humble and down to earth. She is an office favorite and well-liked by her patients and all who know her.

Daniel Zeve is from Sugarland Texas, staying close to home he attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Southern Medical School where he completed his MD and Ph.D. Getting started on his endocrinology research early he was awarded The Endocrine Society Medical Student Achievement Award bestowed to a medical student who has done significant research in endocrinology. While working on his residency at Mount Sinai Kravis Children's Hospital Dr. Zeve completed a review looking at the definition of small for gestational age across multiple specialties during his residency. Currently Daniel is working in the Breault lab studying human organoids and stem cell development and differentiation. Dr. Zeve Idiopathic growth hormones deficiency and central diabetes insipidus, along with review of the literature involving combined pituitary hormone deficiencies. . Because of his hard work he received the research fellow's award from the pediatric endocrine society. Daniel has an amazing sense of humor and always brightens everyone's day when he is around. He is enthusiastic, energetic, and well- liked by all who work with him. In Daniels free time he likes to golf, sing karaoke, attend concerts, comedy clubs and spending time with his dog, Harry! 

Christine Cherella is a New England Native as she was born and raised in Rhode Island. No stranger to Boston, she completed her undergraduate studies at Harvard College. Her love of endocrinology began in college while working in Dr. Morris White’s lab on her senior thesis project regarding insulin signaling. After attending medical school at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Christine decided to come back to Boston for her pediatrics residency, at the Boston Combined Residency Program. While in residency she was involved in endocrine research projects, studying hypoglycemia in kids with type 1 diabetes and the diagnosis of precocious puberty. After completing residency Christine was a pediatric hospitalist for one year at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center; she then decided to ship back up to Boston with her new husband. Christine is currently a third year endocrinology fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital and is researching pediatric thyroid disease. She is also involved in quality improvement and patient safety projects. She is on the executive leadership committee of the House Staff Council for Patient Safety and Quality Improvement, and is a member of the Division of Endocrinology Quality Improvement Team. She is the recipient of many awards, including the prestigious Hutchinson Award for her outstanding service at the John Winthrop House at Harvard University. While in medical school, Christine was recognized by a faculty member for her effective leadership efforts and commitment to self-directed learning community involvement; she was awarded the James A. Stockman III Award for her Excellence in Pediatrics and was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha. In her first two years of fellowship she was a Presidential Poster Competition Winner at the 2017 Endocrine Society national meeting, and a Trainee Poster Competition Winner at the 2017 America Thyroid Association national meeting. Christine's knowledge regarding endocrine is very strong and growing rapidly. She has an upbeat, energetic approach to patient care that shows in her interaction with families. She is incredibly intelligent, kind and has an amazing rapport around the halls of BCH. In Christine's free time, she loves go the gym, travel to exotic islands, bake delicious cakes, and spend time with her family and friends.