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    2018 Medical Student, Resident, and In-Training Fellow Scholarship Recipients

    Every year, AAST offers and awards scholarships for medical students, residents, and in-training fellows to attend the Annual Meeting.  Below are this year's scholarsihp recipients.

    For the fourth year, AAST partnered with the Association of Women Surgeons to award a scholarship to one of the association's members. The recipient of this joint sponsored scholarship is Dr. J. Coleman.

    Julia Coleman, M.D., M.P.H.

    Dr. Coleman, an Ohio native, completed her premedical studies at Elon University, graduating in 2010 magna cum laude with a B.S. in Biology and minors in Chemistry, Spanish and Anthropology. She then completed her Master's in Public Health from the Ohio State University, specializing in Health Behavior and Health Promotion. She completed her M.D. from the University of Toledo in 2015 before moving to Colorado to begin her General Surgery Residency at University of Colorado. She is currently a Trauma Research Fellow in Dr. Ernest "Gene" Moore's trauma research lab and plans on pursuing a career in Trauma and Acute Care Surgery/Surgical Critical Care. 

    The AAST Military Liaison Committee offered a scholarship for the second time this year to medical students, residents, or in-training fellows within the military. The recipient of this scholarship is Erik Olson.

    Erik Olson, M.D.

    I was born and raised in northern Nevada and received my B.S. in biology at the University of Nevada, Reno.  I am currently finishing my first year as a Trauma/Surgical Critical Care Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania and am board certified by The American Board of Surgery.  I received a Health Professional Scholarship from the Navy to complete medical school at the University of Nevada School of Medicine and I completed my surgical residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego. During residency, I participated in one year of clinical trauma research at Scripps Mercy in San Diego focusing on identification, prevention, and treatment, of venous thromboembolic disease in trauma patients. I am interested in emergency general surgery, trauma, and caring for critically ill patients and have developed strong research interests in reducing gun violence and improving resuscitation in the trauma bay. After fellowship, I plan to return to active duty Navy to honor my military obligations and eventually plan to return to care for patients at an academic trauma center. 


    This year, AAST partnered with the World Coalition for Trauma Care to provide three scholarships.

    Ankita Sharma, B.S.

    Pursuing PhD from Division of Trauma Surgery and Critical Care (JPNATC), AIIMS, New Delhi. Worked as Senior Research Fellow (SRF) under the D.S.T. Funded Australia India Trauma Systems Collaboration Project under the AISRF. Dental Surgeon and Health Awareness Provider with 1 year 7 months of experience in Dental Care Services. Worked as an intern in Centre for Chronic Disease and Control (CCDC), PHFI (Public Health Foundation of India) New Delhi for three months. 

    Catalina Mejia Tobón, MD


    Dr. Catalina Mejia Tobón during medical school she developed a strong interest in the field of trauma, acute care, she is a 4th year general surgery resident at Universidad del Rosario in Bogota – Colombia After completing her general Surgery residency, she is moving back home to Medellin, next to her husband Sebastian, she plans to complete a fellowship in Head and Neck and Master in epidemiology, hopes to pursue a career as an academic leadership surgeon and clinician-researcher.

    Vitor Kruger

    My name is Vitor Kruger, born on 10 June 1989 in the small town of Catanduva, in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. I chose to study medicine, early in high school, still a teenager, because of the fascination of the biological sciences, curiosity about the human body, and interest in relationships between people and the environment. Great challenges and frustrations were part of the medicine graduation. Overcoming, dedication, and maturity were essential to becoming a physician. Interest in surgery began surgery during the course of anatomy. I already felt an admiration and passion for trauma and emergency surgery, so I decided to become surgeon. The choice to be a trauma surgeon comes from the admiration of trauma surgeons, from the mixture between anatomy and physiology, from complex patients, from complex care, but especially from the need for the traumatized patient to be cared for by someone who values trauma, who effectively devote your training to trauma surgery. Always in my personal formation I valued people with knowledge, listening reflecting and learning Professionally, I am looking for my training based on evidence, commitment to work, always with ethics and honesty, and dedication to the patient.



    We want to congratulate ALL of this year's scholarship recipients and we look forward to see them at the 2018 AAST Annual Meeting & Clinical Congress of Acute Care Surgery!

    Medical Students


    Aaron Alvarado

    Currently, I am a fourth-year medical student at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. I am a Kansas native, dedicated to improving the lives of patients in the Kansas City metro and around the state. I have an interest and passion in taking care of trauma patients, improving outcomes, and facilitating dialogue regarding trauma issues. As a medical student, I have had the opportunity to immerse myself within the realm of trauma, critical care, and acute care surgery through involvement in research, presentations, and trauma protocol revision. Though still very early in my career, I have a strong commitment to trauma and acute care surgery and am excited for the opportunity to attend 77th Annual Meeting of AAST and Clinical Congress of Acute Care Surgery & 4th World Trauma Congress.

    Jennifer Brewer

    Jennifer grew up in Newtown, CT and was a scholar athlete at Wesleyan University where she completed a double major in Neuroscience & Behavior and Biology. After college she worked for two years at Brigham and Women’s Hospital working on oncology clinical research at BWH, Boston Children’s, and Dana Farber Cancer Institute. She now attends University of Connecticut School of Medicine and is applying into General Surgery with an interest in Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. She is involved with the AMA on a National Level working on the Bioethics and Humanities Committee. In her community she volunteers at local clinics organizing the med student volunteers and teaching basic first aid procedures to young people. She has completed much research, co-authoring several papers and has an interest in academic medicine. Outside of medicine she enjoys reading, running/playing sports, going to the beach and being outside as much as possible.

    Brad Chernock, M.S.   

    Brad is a fourth-year medical student at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh bachelor’s in emergency medicine program in 2007. Shortly after he began working for University Hospital EMS, Newark, NJ. Graduating from the Weil Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences Surgical Physician Assistant program in 2010, he accepted a position at Jersey City Medical Center in Trauma and Acute Care Surgery in Jersey City, NJ. In that position he has also worked to advance trauma education of paramedic students. Brad is a member of the FEMA NJ Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue team as a medical specialist. He has established a bleeding control curriculum at NJMS based on the ACS Bleeding Control course. He is a fellow of the Healthcare Foundation Center for Humanism and Medicine, member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society, and he is a pursuing a distinction in medical education. He is particularly passionate about improving patient safety through teamwork and has given several talks on this topic. He has presented research on surgical palliative care outcomes at several national conferences. Brad is looking forward to residency next year and plans to complete an Acute Care Surgery fellowship.

    Marcus Hoof   

    Marcus is originally from Plymouth, Minnesota and then attended the United States Air Force Academy. While at the Air Force Academy he earned the parachutist badge, was a Cadet Squadron Commander, played division one NCAA soccer and upon graduation became a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. Currently he attends the Tulane School of Medicine and is pursuing a dual MD/MPH degree, his MPH concentration is in health policy and administration. He became interested in trauma surgery due to its application to his future career as an Air Force physician, especially in combat environments. He is very thankful for supportive mentors Dr. Jessica Friedman, Dr. Juan Duchesne and the Surgery Department at the Tulane School of Medicine.

    Cody Mullens   

    Cody is a dual degree MD/MPH student at West Virginia University School of Medicine (MD) and the University of Pennsylvania (MPH). A career in surgery has long piqued his interests, but he became interested in trauma surgery and critical care specifically while working as an extern at the Jon Michael Moore Trauma Center during the summer following his first year of medical school. Cody is fortunate to have wonderful mentors in the field of trauma surgery and critical care at both West Virginia and Penn in Drs. Jennifer Knight, Dan Grabo, C.W. Schwab, and Niels Martin. He is currently traversing the public health graduate school curriculum at Penn, while working as a lab associate at the Penn Injury Science Center and as a research fellow within Penn’s Division of Traumatology. Cody is engaged in multiple research projects involving intersections of injury science, public health, and health policy. After obtaining his MD/MPH in 2021, he plans to pursue a surgical residency and an ultimate career in academic surgery. 




    Amanda Allen, M.D.

    Dr. Amanda Allen, a native of Naples Florida, is a PGY-3 General Surgery resident at the University of Missouri. A college athlete, she graduated with honors from Florida Institute of Technology, obtained a masters degree from Tufts University, and excelled in medical school at the University of Florida. As a junior general surgery resident, she stands out as a promising young surgeon, sharply focused on the care of the acutely ill and injured. She is a paper competition winner of the Missouri Committee on Trauma and has presented three times at the state’s annual meeting. Additionally, she has completed multiple national presentations and manuscripts focused on trauma care. Dr. Allen currently lives in Columbia, MO with her two huskies, and is engaged to Captain Chelednik of the 101st Airborne.

    Erin Andrade, M.D., M.P.D.

    Dr. Erin Andrade recently completed her second year of general surgery residency at Washington University in St. Louis and has now joined the Department of Acute & Critical Care Surgery for two years of clinical outcomes research. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with dual majors in Public Health and Social Justice and French Literature. She then attended Tulane University School of Medicine where she obtained an MD and MPH with a concentration in epidemiology.  Her current research focuses on recidivism in gun violence patients and the effectiveness of Stop the Bleed in reducing gun violence mortality. She has studied and volunteered abroad in Haiti, Mali, and Guatemala and hopes to make global surgery a part of her future career in academic trauma surgery.

    Bryan Carr, M.D.

    Dr. Carr is a 4th year General Surgery resident at Indiana University. After his 3rd year of training, he spent 2 years completing a Surgical Critical Care fellowship in addition to a year of Trauma Outcomes Research in the Center for Outcomes Research in Surgery (CORES) at Indiana University.  He is originally from Northwest Indiana, and received his B.A in Biology and Chemistry from Wabash College. He then matriculated to IU School of Medicine, and subsequently surgical residency. His academic interests include further specialization in adult ECMO. Going forward, he wants to study its indications expand and standardize its use in Trauma and Surgical Critical Care.

    Jeff Choi, M.D.


    Dr. Jeff Choi is a PGY2 general surgery resident at Stanford, where he also completed medical school. Having moved over 20 times, researched healthcare delivery systems in various countries as a Policy Analysis and Management undergraduate major at Cornell University, and with interest in serving the Korean community, he is looking forward to connecting with trauma surgeons across the globe at this year's joint World Trauma Congress. 

    Lauren Coleman, M.D.

    I grew up in the Hoosier state with an amazing family and a love for competitive sports. I accepted a full-ride scholarship to University of New Mexico and played Division 1 basketball while double majoring in Biology and Spanish. During medical school at UNM, I developed a passion for surgery and began research aimed at improving how we provide care to trauma patients. I moved to Sacramento, California and am now in my third year of general surgery residency at UC Davis. I am a “Stop the Bleed” instructor and am pursuing research in critical care and endovascular control of hemorrhage. In my free time, I am usually out hiking or camping in the beautiful Northern California outdoors with my dogs. I am very grateful for the opportunity to attend this year’s conference.

    Erik DeSoucy, M.D.

    Major Erik DeSoucy (USAF) is serving as the administrative chief resident in his fifth clinical year at the joint military civilian general surgery training program at UC Davis Medical Center and David Grant USAF Medical Center. His research has focused on prolonged field care, REBOA, flight surgeon training and the tactical use of tranexamic acid. As flight surgeon and medical director for the 48th Rescue Squadron, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, he deployed to Afghanistan and the Mediterranean, flew over one hundred combat medical transport missions and was responsible for the training and actions of 50 Pararescumen. Next year Erik will start trauma and critical care fellowship training at the joint military program in San Antonio, TX. He and his wife Stefanie are the proud parents of three and enjoy homebrewing, cycling, and home improvement.

    Michael DeWane, M.D.

    Michael is a current 3rd year General Surgery Resident at Yale. He recently completed two years of dedicated professional development time during which he conducted clinical outcomes research in Emergency General Surgery under the direction of Dr. Robert Becher and Dr. Kimberly Davis. He attended medical school at the University of Maryland and completed his undergraduate degree at Johns Hopkins University. A native son of Minnesota, Michael now enjoys spending his non-clinical time with his wife Madeline and daughter Abigail at their home in Hamden, Connecticut.

    Navpreet Dhillon, M.D.

    Dr. Navpreet Dhillon is a third-year general surgery resident at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She graduated with a degree in Molecular and Cell Biology with an emphasis on Genetics, Genomics, and Development from the University of California, Berkeley and then went on to obtain her medical degree from the University of California, San Diego. She recently finished a two-year research fellowship at Cedars-Sinai, under the guidance of her mentor, Dr. Eric Ley. Dr. Dhillon has conducted benchtop research investigating the relationship of the catecholamine response after repetitive traumatic brain injury as it relates to the onset of neurodegenerative diseases and was instrumental in developing a mouse model of chronic traumatic encephalopathy. In addition, she has performed clinical research on the outcomes of attenuating the adrenergic response after traumatic brain injury, vasopressor use in the resuscitation of trauma patients, chemoprophylactic dosing strategies to reduce the rate of venous thromboembolism, and human factors research in the critical care unit setting. Dr. Dhillon wishes to pursue a career as an academic trauma surgeon after completing her training.

    Nathan Manley, M.D., M.P.H.

    Nate Manley is from Cody, Wyoming and attended the University of Wyoming where he majored in Peace and Conflict Studies.  He then served in the Peace Corps on a health assignment in rural Botswana from 2004-2006—this experience piqued his interest in medicine and surgery. Next, he worked in southern Africa on several public health projects and completed a Master’s in Public Health at Columbia University in 2010 before attending medical school at the University of Wisconsin.  In 2014, Nate matched in general surgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. Currently, he is a PGY-3 and just finished two years of dedicated trauma research, while also completing a master’s degree in epidemiology. His research projects have centered on the epidemiology of gun violence, peripheral vascular injuries and prehospital traumatic cardiopulmonary arrest. Nate is also a recipient of an Air Force scholarship and will go on active duty after residency in 2021. He is interested in trying out for the Special Operations Surgical Teams and is excited to serve wherever needed.  Eventually he plans to complete a surgical critical care fellowship and looks forward to a career in trauma surgery and research. 

    Anghela Zarella Paredes, M.D., M.S.

    Anghela Z. Paredes, MD, MS is a general surgery resident at The Ohio State University, Wexner Medical Center. She has completed two clinical years of her residency, and is currently in her first year of dedicated research in the Division of Trauma, Critical Care and Burn. She obtained a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition from the University of Florida. She obtained a master’s degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition from the University of Florida.  She then obtained her medical degree from the University of Illinois. Her current research focus is on health disparities and access to emergency general surgery. As an immigrant from Peru who has previously faced difficulties navigating the healthcare system, she is motivated to improve access to care for all individuals irrespective of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and background.

    Audrey Pendleton, M.D.

    I grew up in New York City and went to Smith College where I studied Neuroscience. I then worked in the Department of Microbiology at Mt Sinai Medical Center researching the underlying genetics of the immune response to viral infections. After graduating medical school at Stony Brook University, I completed an internal medicine residency at NYU Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital Center. I worked as a hospitalist at NYU before starting my surgical residency at Montefiore Medical Center and Jacobi Hospital Center in the Bronx. I am now a chief resident in general surgery and am planning to pursue fellowship in Trauma/Critical Care. An interest of mine is global surgery and I have participated in several medical missions in Mongolia, Bolivia and Haiti.

    Joshua Sumislawski, M.D.

    Joshua Sumislawski is a general surgery resident at the University of Colorado and is in his second year of a trauma research fellowship at Denver Health Medical Center. A native of Nashville, he attended medical school in Memphis at the University of Tennessee, where he first became interested in trauma. His current research interests include trauma-induced coagulopathy, targeted resuscitation, blunt cerebrovascular injury, and the open abdomen. He intends to pursue acute care surgery fellowship after residency and is grateful for the opportunity to grow professionally through the AAST. 

    Ana Velez-Rosborough, M.D.

    Dr. Ana Velez-Rosborough is a PGY-5 general surgery resident at New York University Langone Health and Bellevue Hospital Center. Originally from Medellin, Colombia, she grew up in New York and graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Biology from Ithaca College. She then completed her medical education at the University of Florida College of Medicine, where she pursued her interest in global health by participating in an international health outreach program providing care in rural Dominican Republic. She returned to New Yok to begin her general surgery residency in 2012. During residency, she completed a post-doctoral research fellowship in the Sarcoma Biology Laboratory at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. More recently, her research interests have focused on clinical outcomes in trauma patients. She is interested in surgical education as well as quality improvement, serving on several hospital committees as a resident representative to improve the structure of care for patients at Bellevue and NYU. Dr. Velez-Rosborough plans to pursue fellowship training in trauma and acute care surgery and surgical critical care after residency. 

    Kelly Zhang, M.D.

    I grew up in Dallas, went to UT Austin for undergrad, Texas Tech University HSC for Medical School, and stayed on for General Surgery Residency. I’m starting my PGY2 year in surgery.


    In-Training Fellows

    Christopher Horn, M.D.

    Christopher Horn is a PGY3 general surgery resident at Saint Louis University. He attended the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, graduating with a degree in biochemistry in 2010. He was selected for the Air Force Health Profession Scholarship Program, allowing him to attend medical school at the University of Virginia. After medical school, Christopher moved to Saint Louis to start his general surgery residency.

    During residency, Christopher pursued a research fellowship at Washington University in St Louis with Dr. Grant Bochicchio, chief of the Division of Acute and Critical Care Surgery. Their research has a broad focus in emergency general surgery and trauma. Christopher is specifically interested in infectious complications after emergency general surgery and trauma surgery. Christopher is the co-author of 13 peer reviewed publications, including 9 first author manuscripts. Christopher also serves on the American College of Surgeons Resident and Associate Society Communications Committee and writes for SCORE. 

    Following residency, Christopher plans to pursue an Acute Care Surgery Fellowship. He lives with his wife, Sarah, a hospitalist and their son. In his spare time, Christopher enjoys spending time with his family, flying light aircraft and cleaning up after his son, Alexander.

    Andrew Isaacson, M.D.


    Andrew Isaacson was born and raised a few miles outside of Detroit, Michigan.  He attended Eastern Michigan University and earned a BS in Exercise Science, with a minor in Chemistry. After that, he went on to earn his M.D. at Wayne State University in Detroit.  It was here as a student that he first developed an interest in the art of Trauma surgery and critical care. Next, Andrew went on to do his residency in General Surgery at The Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. It was here that interest in trauma became a true passion. In Detroit, he was able to work with and learn from the likes of Drs. Charles Lucas and Anna Ledgerwood, Dr. Lawrence Diebel and Dr. James Tyburski. After completion of residency, Andrew began an Acute Care Surgery and Surgical Critical Care fellowship with Emory University, where his time is split between Emory University Hospital and Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. After completion, he would like to pursue a job in an Urban, level 1 academic trauma center. Andrew is also a Captain with the United States Army Reserve Medical Corps.