Women We Admire is pleased to announce the Top 50 Women Leaders in Medicine of 2022. This group of individuals is comprised of physicians, doctors, clinicians and educators who are changing the face of medicine through their profession, teachings, and personal lives. We recognize and honor each awardee for their commitment to quality care and advancements within the field. Their initiatives and dedication have proven to be invaluable contributions to society, both locally and internationally.

Among this year’s awardees is Avril Beckford, Chief Pediatric Officer of WellStar Health System, whose passion in early childhood brain development and emotional intelligence has led her to be published in textbooks and within articles in medical journals and parenting & teaching publications. Awardee Mariam Bekhit, Chief Medical Officer of Hidden River Eating Disorder Treatment, is a passionate psychiatrist who treats patients with a combined psychotherapeutic and pharmacological intervention approach. Also awarded is Theresa Heah, Chief Medical Officer and President of Kriya Therapeutics, who is advancing the company’s ophthalmology gene therapies and overall portfolio through its in-house R&D and business development engines.

Please join us in recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of the Top 50 Women Leaders in Medicine of 2022.

1. Este Geraghty
Chief Medical Officer & Health Solutions Director, Esri

Este Geraghty is the Chief Medical Officer and Health Solutions Director at Esri. She leads the health and human services sector whose mission is to transform health through the strategic implementation of a GIS platform that improves decision-making, increases efficiencies, and facilitates collaboration at local and global scales.

Formerly the deputy director of the Center for Health Statistics and Informatics with the California Department of Public Health, Geraghty led the state vital records and public health informatics programs. She also served as associate professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of California at Davis. Her research focused on using geographic information systems to influence health policy and advance community development programs. She has authored research in diabetes outcomes, pesticide exposure modeling, statewide mental health service access and utilization tracking systems; asset and disparity mapping of youth outcomes, and index development for youth well-being and vulnerability. Geraghty received her medical degree from the University of California, Davis. She completed an internal medicine internship at the University of Utah and her residency at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, CA. She has graduated from two fellowship programs. Geraghty also has degrees in medical informatics and public health. She is a certified public health professional and a geographic information systems professional.

2. Avril Beckford
Chief Pediatric Officer, WellStar Health System

Avril Beckford is a pediatrician who founded the Pediatric and Adolescent Center in 1993 in Atlanta Georgia and is the Chief Pediatric Officer of the WellStar Health System as well as a member of the WellStar Board of Trustees. She has an unmatched passion and unwavering
commitment to the children, adolescents, and multi-professional team she works with. Their goal is to serve every patient and family as if they are their very own and as if they were the only ones that they serve. They believe overarching is the commitment to up to current best
Practice and evidence-based medicine.

Beckford is the past president of the Georgia Chapter of the Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the National Nominating Committee of the Academy of Pediatrics. She is passionate about Pediatrics and Pediatric advocacy and has served on a number of other volunteer boards including that of The Lovett School, The Council for Spiritual and Ethical Education, The 1998 Society of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and Camp Kudzu for Children with Diabetes. She has authored 3 books; a parenting book titled Allow Your Children to Fail if you want Them to Succeed, and two children's books I Love You 65 Bulldozers and The Tooth Fairy, as well as writing the forward of Typecast and a chapter in a major Pediatric textbook. She enjoys public speaking and has given presentations internationally. Beckford graduated from the University of Cape Town with an MD in Pediatrics.

3. Natalie Hartenbaum
President & Chief Medical Officer, OccuMedix

Natalie Hartenbaum is President and Chief Medical Officer of OccuMedix, Inc, an occupational medicine consulting firm located in Dresher, PA. Through OccuMedix, she serves as Medical Director/Advisor to numerous companies including the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia and is a consultant with Corporate Medical Advisors. Hartenbaum is on both the clinical and teaching faculty of the University of Pennsylvania. She is the editor of The DOT Medical Examination: A Guide to Commercial Driver Medical Certification, now in its seventh edition and CDME Review, a quarterly newsletter for commercial driver medical examiners. She has published and lectured nationally on various issues of fitness evaluations in the workplace and is the course director for ACOEM’s National Registry of Certified Medical Examiner training program.

Hartenbaum is past president of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and a former member of the board of trustees of the American Board of Preventive Medicine. She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Preventive Medicine in Occupational Medicine and has a master’s degree in public health in occupational medicine. Hartenbaum has extensive experience in the clinical, corporate, and academic settings and is a nationally recognized expert in occupational fitness for duty with a special focus on transportation.

5. Mariam Bekhit
Chief Medical Officer, Hidden River Eating Disorder Treatment

Mariam Bekhit is the Chief Medical Officer of Hidden River Eating Disorder Treatment. Hidden River provides residential eating disorder treatment for girls and women ages 12 through 21 utilizing an expert, compassionate treatment team emphasizing family involvement. They offer a beautifully designed facility in a peaceful, natural environment conducive to recovery and healing. Bekhit is a passionate psychiatrist who treats patients with a combined psychotherapeutic and pharmacological intervention approach.

Bekhit is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and by the American Board of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. In addition to being an excellent clinician, she has undertaken a vast amount of administrative responsibilities, which she handled with great success. She also serves with Summit Oaks Hospital as a child psychiatrist. Bekhit graduated from Alexandria University with an M and spent her fellowship at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.

7. Suzanna Fox
Enterprise Deputy Chief Physician Executive, Atrium Health

Suzanna Fox is the Enterprise Deputy Chief Physician for Atrium Health. In her role, she supports the Enterprise Chief Physician Executive, Scott Rissmiller, MD. In this capacity she partners with the Divisions of Surgery, Primary Care, and Adult Medical specialties to assist with operations oversight and execution. She also serves as the executive physician sponsor of the Emerging Care Model Division, Global Health Care Services, and Atrium Health’s Hospital at Home program.

In addition to these responsibilities, Fox serves on multiple committees and councils including as chair of the Physician Compensation Committee, chair of the Best Place to Care Committee, the Enterprise Strategic Council, and Health Equity and Social Impact Leadership Council. Fox is a graduate of the Medical College of Georgia and the University of Georgia. She completed her residency in OB/GYN at Carolinas Healthcare System – now Atrium Health – serving as chief resident.

11. Alice Lorch
Ophthalmologist, Residency Program Director & Chief Quality Officer, Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Alice Lorch is a comprehensive ophthalmologist at Massachusetts Eye and Ear where she is also the Program Director for the Harvard Ophthalmology Residency Program, the Co-Director of the Ophthalmic Telemedicine Fellowship and the Associate Chief for Quality in Ophthalmology. Her research interests include quality reporting, patient reported outcome measures and tele-ophthalmology. She is the Co-PI for the Massachusetts Eye and Ear IRIS Registry Data Analytics Team.

Lorch graduated from Harvard Medical School with an MD, from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health with an MPH, and from Yale University with an undergraduate degree in biology.

13. Theresa Heah
Chief Medical Officer & President, Kriya Therapeutics

Theresa Heah was recently appointed as Chief Medical Officer and President of Kriya’s newly launched ophthalmology division, Kriya Ophthalmology™. She is responsible for advancing Kriya’s current pipeline of ophthalmology gene therapies and continuing to expand Kriya’s ophthalmology portfolio through its in-house R&D and business development engines.

Heah previously served as the CMO and EVP of operations for AsclepiX Therapeutics and eventually assumed the role of Interim CEO. She was responsible for the business strategy, R&D, clinical development, and regulatory strategy to advance the robust pipeline and lead the company in bringing innovative products to market. Within the first year, she closed a Series A of $35M, built a cross-functional team of 16 and transitioned the company to clinical stage. Prior to joining AsclepiX Therapeutics, Heah served as CMO at Applied Genetic Technologies Corporation, where she worked on developing gene therapies in ophthalmology and rare diseases. She earned her Doctor of Medicine from Guy’s Kings and St. Thomas’ School of Medicine, King’s College, University of London, and her executive MBA from the European School of Management & Technology in Berlin.

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15. Stephanie Coyne
Lead Clinician & Referral Coordinator Western Market, Veterans Administration

Stephanie Coyne, Lead Clinician for the Western Market VISN 4, continues to advocate on a micro and macro level to increase access to specialty care for veterans in rural areas. Responsible for developing, collaborating, and implementing clinical programs, Coyne has worked to reduce the reliance on community care needs by strategically placing specialists directly onsite or accessible virtually to rural veterans. These programs offer veterans continuity of care, a whole team collaborative approach to their healthcare, and more. Many of the programs implemented by Coyne and her team work to modify risk factors of early-stage disease, reduce burden, and optimize health outcomes. She has been part of several national initiatives that have worked to improve veterans access to care across the nation. She continues her journey and vision within her role to continue to open specialty care access for veterans on a larger scale.

Before joining the Veterans Administration, Coyne was a surgical physician assistant at UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside. She graduated from the University of Lynchburg with an MD in physician assistant studies and from Chatham University with an MPAS.

17. Jess Guarnaschelli
Senior Medical Director & Radiation Oncologist, Medpace

Jess Guarnaschelli is the Senior Medical Director and Radiation Oncologist of Medpace. She is a board-certified radiation oncologist with more than 15 years of clinical research experience. She works with biotech and radiopharmaceutical companies who need medical affairs, regulatory affairs, and clinical operations expertise to accelerate drug and device approval. As a Radiation Oncologist at Medpace, she works with sponsors to refine their development strategy, create protocols, and to offer radiation oncology expertise throughout the drug's (or device) development to marketing authorization.

Before joining Medpace, Guarnaschelli was a radiation oncologist at TriHealth and before that, with the University of Cincinnati. She graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine with an MD, and from Brown University with an undergraduate degree in biology.

18. Meera Wells
Statewide Medical Director, Pediatric Psychiatry Collaborative, Hackensack Meridian Health

Meera Wells is the Statewide Medical Director of the Pediatric Psychiatry Collaborative of Hackensack Meridian Health. Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading nonprofit healthcare organization that is the largest, most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey. The organization offers a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care. The health company comprises 17 hospitals from Bergen to Ocean counties and more than 500 patient care locations throughout the state which include ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, fitness and wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, urgent care centers, and physician practice locations.

Wells has over 20 years of medical experience. She is a double board-certified physician with a unique combination of training and career experience that enables her to provide exceptional care. Her career includes specialized as well as super specialized medical practice in adult, child and adolescent psychiatry, psychoanalysis, clinical research, teaching and senior leadership responsibility. She first got her start in 1993 as an emergency room physician at Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital. From there, she went on to Stanford University, before eventually moving on to her own private practice. Wells graduated from Maulana Azad Medical College with an MD.

19. Aenor Sawyer
Director, UC Space Health, University of California
Director, Skeletal Health Service UCSF Department Orthopaedic Surgery

Aenor Sawyer has more than two decades of experience in development and evaluation of health technologies, telemedicine and remote medical management. Her experience in remote medical management includes 15 years as an Expedition Medic and Medical Advisor for extreme ocean rowers. She also conducts research with the Australian Antarctic Division on remote medical monitoring. Additionally, she has expertise in remote care and Space Health/Medical management as the Director of the UC Space Health Program and previously served as the Chief Health Innovation Officer for the Translational Research Institute for Space Health, a NASA-funded program.

Sawyer is a member of the UCSF IT Governance Committee, Co-Founder and Co-Director of the UCSF Center for Advanced 3D+ Technologies, Co-Founder of the Center for Digital Health Innovation, and a UCSF HEALTH HUB board member. Her external roles also include chair of MCRI HealthTechnology Advisory Board, advisor to UCSF Invest Fund, advisor to ANDHealth, External Advisory Board Member of the Scripps Translational Sciences Institute, and prior Associate Editor of Nature’s Digital Medicine Journal.

As a UCSF Orthopedist, she is Founder and Director of the Skeletal Health Service where she combines her background as an Orthopaedic Surgeon, Physical Therapist and Exercise Physiologist enabling pediatric to geriatric patients optimize their bone health across the lifespan. Her career includes 10 years as a Physical Therapist, after which she received an MS in human physiology and her MD from the University of California, Davis. Upon completion of her Orthopaedic Surgery residency at Stanford University, she completed fellowship training in Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgery and Paediatric/Adolescent Sports Medicine, both at Boston Children's Hospital, in the Harvard Orthopaedic program.

20. Arshiya Seth
Medical Director, Cambridge Health Alliance

Arshiya Seth is an internist and Medical Director of Ambulatory Risk and Patient Safety at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA). She has expertise in patient safety, risk, quality and performance improvement and is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality®. She trained in Internal Medicine from CHA, followed by Primary Care Innovations Fellowship and the Linde Fellowship from BIDMC. Seth has dedicated her career to improving patient and staff experience of care through innovation and quality improvement.

In addition to her roles with CHA, Seth is an Instructor in Medicine with Harvard Medical School. She earned an MD in internal medicine from Harvard University.

22. Arti Lakhani
Hematologist-Oncologist and Director of Integrative Oncology, AMITA Health

Arti Lakhani is board certified in the fields of Internal Medicine, Hematology, and Oncology, and practices at the Amita Cancer Institute in Hinsdale, IL. She has published numerous articles in the fields of hematology and oncology and is dedicated to caring for patients with complex malignancies. Arti has also completed a fellowship in Integrative Medicine and has established an Integrative Oncology Center to serve the needs of the surrounding community.

Lakhani treats a broad range of cancer patients, where she approaches each patient with a team of doctors to provide multidisciplinary care. Her mission is to provide cancer patients with state-of-the-art treatments while incorporating evidence-based complementary and alternative methods. Arti defines Integrative Oncology as a practice that not only treats disease, but aims to prevent cancer recurrence, reduce side effects, improve quality of life, and most importantly empowers patients to take an active role in their own personal health. Shei earned an MD from Rush Medical College of Rush University Medical Center and an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

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28. Theresa Pazionis
Spine Surgeon & Orthopedic Surgical Oncologist, Temple Health – Temple University Health System

Theresa Pazionis is a fellowship-trained Orthopedic Oncologist and Spine Surgeon. She specializes in the assessment and treatment of benign and malignant tumors of bone and soft tissue. She also has special expertise in adult and pediatric spinal deformities, cervical and lumbar spine degenerative diseases, fracture nonunion, bone infections and metabolic disorders, cervical motion preservation, and cervical disc replacement and laminoplasty in appropriate candidates. Her collaborative research work with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center focuses on advancing the current understanding of cancer biology and exploring new ways to cure, control and prevent disease. She has presented her research both nationally and internationally, and is a current member of the International Society of Limb Salvage (ISOLS) and the Musculoskeletal Tumor Society.

Pazionis has extensive teaching experience. Prior to joining Temple University, she served as assistant clinical professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at New York University Langone Medical Center, and at the Herbert Wertheim School of Medicine. She has taught both Advanced Trauma Life Support and Advanced Musculoskeletal Limb Support. She has authored book chapters and articles for numerous medical journals and presented her clinical findings at scientific conferences. Pazionis earned an MD and an MA in economics from the University of Toronto.

31. Sulin Chung
Associate Medical Doctor, Envision Healthcare

Sulin Chung is the Associate Medical Director of the adult emergency room at Westchester Medical Center for Envision Healthcare. Envision Healthcare is pioneering solutions to the toughest challenges in healthcare. They serve as a partner to help navigate the constantly evolving landscape of healthcare delivery and are vigilantly in working with health systems and hospitals to identify opportunities to better serve communities. Chung has over 10 years of experience in emergency medicine at multiple level 1 trauma centers.

Chung is board certified and licensed in several states to conduct patient care through telemedicine. She is trained in medical aesthetics and certified by AAOPM. In addition to her roles with Envision Healthcare, she is the medical director of Hedera Spa for medical aesthetic consultation and services in the comfort and privacy of clients' homes. Chung has also recently joined the faculty at BP Rehabilitation and Nursing Center providing care for residents undergoing rehabilitation and practicing geriatric medicine. She graduated from Binghamton University with an undergraduate degree in biology and from State University of New York Upstate Medical Center with an MD. She completed her residency in Emergency Medicine from Stony Brook University.

33. Luxme Hariharan
Pediatric Ophthalmologist & Global Health Specialist, Nicklaus Children's Health System

Luxme Hariharan is a Pediatric Ophthalmologist within the Division of Pediatric Ophthalmology at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. As an accomplished global researcher and child health advocate, Hariharan has a passion for international health that is deeply rooted in her own background. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals and she has written textbook chapters on childhood blindness prevention. Hariharan’s life and career passion is to create and scale effective programs and policies to prevent, diagnose and treat childhood vision disorders both locally and abroad. Specifically, she has experience in policy, advocacy and governance, working with ministries of health on the implementation of childhood blindness prevention programs in Africa, Asia, Latin America and with the United Nations’ World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.

As part of the University of Wisconsin’s competitive medical scholar program, Hariharan majored as an undergraduate in biology, as well as Spanish and Caribbean studies. She earned her medical degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison. She completed a residency in ophthalmology at the University of Pennsylvania/Scheie Eye Institute in Philadelphia, followed by a fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine/Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. Hariharan then pursued an additional fellowship in pediatric cornea, cataract and glaucoma with an emphasis on international health at the University of Southern California Gayle and Edward Roski Eye Institute at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She also holds a MPH with an emphasis on global and child health policy from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. Hariharan is board-certified in ophthalmology. She is a member and serves on several committees within the American Academy of Ophthalmology, The American Academy of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus; and sits on the board of directors of Combat Blindness International.

34. Shanna Newbold
Medical Doctor, Vituity

Shanna Newbold is a board-certified emergency medicine physician specializing in wound care. She has been in practice for over a decade. She currently serves as the Medical Director of Jovive Wound Care and also sees patients at Redlands Community Hospital. Jovive Wound Care is a group of trained wound care specialists who provide at-home care through a combination of in-person and online visits, with physician oversight from start to recovery.

Newbold earned her medical degree at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and completed her residency in Emergency Medicine at Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield, California. She is certified by the American Board of Wound Medicine and Surgery. Her current focus is on creating a health care model for wound care patients that will improve outcomes and lower cost.

36. Jamie Engel
Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeon, Parkview Medical Center

Jamie Engel is an Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeon at Parkview Medical Center. Her clinical interests include polytrauma, complex fracture care, periarticular fractures, nonunions, and pelvic/acetabular fractures. Engel’s experience is primarily within clinical and biomechanical research.with national and regional presentations, as well as multiple publications of peer reviewed articles and a book chapter.

Engel currently serves on committees in the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society, the Orthopaedic Trauma Association and the ACGME. She is passionate about orthopaedic education and research and the advancement of women in orthopaedics. Previously, she served as an assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine where she was responsible for covering trauma calls, operating on complex fractures, teaching residents and medical students, and conducting research. Engel graduated from Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo with an MD and from the University of Notre Dame with an undergraduate degree in science professional studies.

39. Elana Oberstein
Principal Medical Director, ModMed

Elana Oberstein is the Principal Medical Director of Musculoskeletal of ModMed. She first joined the organization in 2013 as medical director of EMA rheumatology. Oberstein is a board-certified internist with a subspecialty in Arthritis and Autoimmune Disease. She is also a certified clinical densitometrist with expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis.

Oberstein received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University. She graduated with research distinction from the University of Miami School of Medicine with a dual MD and MPH. She completed an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Jackson Memorial Hospital and served as chief medical resident for the Department of Medicine. Subsequently, she completed a fellowship in the Division of Rheumatology and Immunology. During her time at the University of Miami, Oberstein was inducted into the Iron Arrow society, the highest honor attainable at the University. She now serves as a voluntary faculty member with the MD/MPH program at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and as a mentor to first- and second-year medical students. Oberstein is a member of the American Medical Association, American College of Physicians, Florida Society of Rheumatology, and the American College of Rheumatology (ACR). She has presented original scholarly work at the Annual Session of the ACR. She is also a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.

40. Ilkcan Cokgor
Stroke Director, MarinHealth

Dr. Ilkcan Cokgor is the Stroke Director of MarinHealth, assuming the role in May of 2017. She oversees ER, hospitalists, neurologists, physical, occupational therapy, and speech therapy services. Dr. Cokgor is responsible for the timeliness and the availability of offering every cutting-edge therapy to patients. MarinHealth Medical Center is one of the main stroke centers in the Bay Area and is diamond certified for their care of patients admitted to MGH.

Dr. Cokgor received her MD from Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey, and her PhD at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. She completed her residency in neurology at Duke University in North Carolina. She sub-specialized in neuro-oncology after completing her residency and joined the faculty as assistant professor at Duke University. After moving to the San Francisco Bay Area, she started her practice in San Anselmo, Marin County. In addition, she was a clinical associate in the Department of Neurosurgery at UC Davis until 2006. Dr. Cokgor sees patients at Novato Community Hospital as well.

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41. Annie Varughese
Chief Cardiologist, North Houston Family Medicine

Annie Varughese is a highly renowned interventional cardiologist and international speaker regarding the issues of preventive cardiology and of women and heart disease, practices the art of cardiovascular medicine. She is the founder of Advanced Cardiovascular Care Center, Houston, Texas, Chief Cardiologist at North Houston Family Medicine and The Woodlands Specialty Hospital. Additionally, she is a visiting consultant cardiologist in Prime Hospital and Specialist Cardiologist in German Heart Centre in Dubai, UAE. Varughese is also a Clinical Professor at Baylor University, Texas, USA.

Varughese attended the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, Georgia, subsequently completing her residency in Internal Medicine and Fellowship in Cardiovascular Diseases at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. She then attended The Texas Heart Institute/Baylor College of Medicine for further training in Interventional Cardiology. She is board-certified in cardiovascular disease, certified in Interventional Cardiology and Nuclear Cardiology and for many years she held the title of Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston.

44. Allyson Shrikhande
Founder & Medical Doctor, Pelvic Rehabilitation Medicine

Allyson Shrikhande is the Founder of Pelvic Rehabilitation Medicine (PRM). At PRM, they treat whole human beings, not symptoms. Their physicians treat both female and male patients, taking an innovative approach which combines traditional medicine with holistic
modalities, behavioral healthcare, and restorative and rehabilitation medicine in order to treat every aspect of chronic pelvic pain. Their treatment protocols are individually tailored to each patient and their goal is to empower patients to take control of their health, utilizing a range of treatment strategies to not only reduce pain but also improve overall physical function allowing them to enjoy an active, high quality life.

Shrikhande founded PRM to serve chronic pelvic pain patients. As a physiatrist treating pelvic pain she focuses not on a single organ system but on the interplay of the different organ systems in the pelvis with each other and with the muscles and nerves. This unique lens is what allowed her to discover an outpatient neuromuscular protocol to treat the “silent” often ignored neuromuscular dysfunction that co-exists with our patient population. Formerly affiliated with Weill Cornell, Shrikhande helped to found the Weill Cornell Medical Center Women’s Health Musculoskeletal Outpatient Clinic.

45. Aarti Singla
Interventional Pain Physician, Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine

Aarti Singla is passionate about helping people regain their active lifestyles. She specializes in providing comprehensive non-surgical care for spine-related issues, joint pain and a wide variety of pain syndromes. She is dual board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, pain medicine, and independent medical examinations and is an integral member of the Beacon Spine care team. Singla embraces a comprehensive approach to patient care, customizing each treatment plan to her patients’ specific needs. Her practice is mainly referral generated from primary care providers, specialists, and patients. At her disposal is a wide variety of options, including interventional pain procedures, regenerative treatments, medications, therapy, bracing, and patient education.

Singla has additional certification in independent medical examinations from the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners. She conducts independent medical examinations, serves as an expert witness, and reviews records. Singla attended an accelerated program for undergraduate and medical school at Northeastern Ohio Medical University and completed her residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. She further advanced her training and education by completing a fellowship in pain management at the University of Kentucky. Previously, she worked for a private practice orthopaedic group in St. Louis and Cincinnati, and served as medical director of an inpatient rehabilitation unit prior to joining Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine.

46. Rohini Bogineni
Chief of Staff and Trauma Medical Director, Doctors Medical Center of Modesto

Rohini Bogineni is a practicing trauma and general surgeon. She is the Chief of Staff for Doctors Medical Center as well as the Trauma Medical Director for their busy Level 2 ACS verified Trauma Center for the past 5 years. A very skilled and compassionate surgeon, Bogineni has over 20 years of experience in general surgery with special interest in advanced robotic surgery. She is among one of the busiest female robotic surgeons in the Central Valley area of California. Bogineni also has special interest in endocrine surgery for thyroid and parathyroid pathology. She has held various leadership roles and strived to work hard not only in the field of trauma and general surgery but also worked towards contributing to improve the processes geared towards improving overall quality of care for the surgical patients. She has served as the past chairman for the Department of Surgery and was instrumental along with other physician leaders in reshaping surgical care during the COVID pandemic.

Bogineni obtained her MD from the prestigious Kasturba Medical College in Manipal, India. She trained in general surgery at the Worcester Warwickshire BST program in the UK for 3 years prior to her move to the United States. Her general surgery residency was at the Bronx Lebanon Hospital in New York before completion at the Carolinas Medical Center, affiliated with Wake Forest School of Medicine. She has also served as the cancer liaison physician for the Cancer Committee for Doctors Medical Center. In addition to her surgical practice, Bogineni serves as the secretary at Stanislaus Medical Society and has been on the board of directors for the Medical Society. She is a board-certified general surgeon by the American Board of Surgery and a current fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

48. Melissa Rosenhan
Physician Associate, Schweiger Dermatology Group

Melissa Rosenhan is a Certified Physician Assistant at Schweiger Dermatology Group. As a clinician, she takes pride in seeing patients of all ages for both medical and cosmetic treatments. She believes and practices medicine in accordance with the strong correlations between self-confidence, overall health, wellness and quality of life allowing for a holistic approach to her care. She focuses on a patient-centered approach, aiming to address each patient’s concerns by understanding motivations and adequately educating each patient with each visit.

Rosenhan graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in biochemistry. From there, she earned her MPH from New York University, focusing on community and international healthcare, education, and healthcare management. Her passion has always been attributed to clinical medicine, namely dermatology. As such, she went on to receive her master’s degree in physician assistant studies from Stony Brook University. She completed clerkships in psychology, obstetrics/gynecology, general surgery, internal medicine, pediatrics, orthopedics, outpatient medicine, geriatrics, emergency medicine, and dermatology. In addition, she went on a medical mission to Honduras, where was given the opportunity to serve underprivileged communities from a public health and clinical medicine standpoint. During her two years at Stony Brook, Rosenhan served her class as the House of Delegate representative of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. She completed a dermatology residency program at Schweiger Dermatology Group, where she trained alongside top dermatology clinicians in medical and cosmetic treatments and surgical interventions. Melissa is a member of the New York State Society of Physician Assistants, American Academy of Physician Assistants, and the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants.

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