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Academic Associates

Academic Associates

Current and Past Academic Associates

Current Academic Associates

Andrea Bianculli, BS
Originally from North Massapequa, New York, Andrea graduated cum laude from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences, a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience, and a minor in dance.  Andrea also obtained a Certificate of Business Essentials. During college, Andrea worked as an Emergency Medical Technician, served as a teaching assistant, choreographed for her dance company, and volunteered at a local nursing home, soup kitchen, and AI DuPont Children’s Hospital. Andrea served as the Director of Personnel for her ambulance organization, the Vice President of her dance company, and was a co-founder of the University of Delaware chapter of Red Watch Band – an organization that aims to educate college aged students on the signs and symptoms of fatal alcohol overdose, and the steps to take to prevent such deaths. For her senior capstone project, Andrea conducted interdisciplinary research combining her interests in both neuroscience and dance by investigating the connection between neuroplasticity and the improvement of dance technique. During her time as an undergraduate student, Andrea traveled to Tena, Ecuador to volunteer in mobile clinics providing free medical care to impoverished communities. Andrea looks forward to further participating in international medicine throughout her career as a physician. In her free time, Andrea enjoys reading, lying on the beach, spending time with her friends & family, and attending Zac Brown Band concerts. She is currently applying to medical school for matriculation in the fall of 2015.

Katie Bradburn, BA
Originally from Anderson, South Carolina, Katie attended Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina where she graduated magna cum laude with degrees in Chemistry and Religion.  She spent one semester of her undergraduate career abroad in Chile, studying Public Health and the traditional medical practices of a local indigenous community, the Mapuche.  During her stay, she completed research on the relationship between spirituality and medicine in the modern world.  She continued this research upon her return in her Senior Honor’s Thesis, in which she completed a scientific and spiritual analysis of the therapeutic activity of herbal medicines.  This project was awarded the Currin Medal in recognition of its merit as an outstanding thesis.  Katie was also selected for the Easley Medal by the Religion Department for overall excellence during her undergraduate career. Additionally, during Katie’s college career she worked as a Habilitation Technician for a special needs child.  It was this work specifically that inspired her to work in healthcare and one day serve as a pediatric health care provider. Katie loves traveling, meeting new people, long runs, and dancing in her free time. She will be working at North Shore for two years, and then intends on applying for medical school for matriculation in the fall of 2015

Kathryn Brady, BA
Originally from Rye, New York, Kathryn recently graduated from Bowdoin College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and a minor in Economics. At Bowdoin, Kathryn conducted advanced independent research in evolutionary genetics as a research fellow during her senior year. She worked to sequence the complete mitochondrial genome for the follicle mite species, Demodex kutzeri, found on elk hosts. This work has exposed the genetic differences between this more virulent mite species and its counterpart that inhabits human hosts. Her clinical research background includes contributions to a study examining rates of encephalopathy in HIV-positive pediatric patients, evaluating its effect on school performance. Heavily involved with Bowdoin’s Alternative Spring Break Program, Kathryn developed and led her own trip focused on Nutrition and Food Accessibility in New Orleans. She also ran cross-country at Bowdoin during her four years and continues to be a passionate runner, now training for a half-marathon. Outside of her major activities, Kathryn also served as an advocate for survivors of sexual assault on campus and mentored younger students in the sciences by engaging them with her year-long research project. In her free time, Kathryn enjoys traveling, running, and eating baked goods. She will be working at North Shore for two years, and intends on applying to medical school for matriculation in the fall of 2016.

Lauren Granat, BS
Lauren Granat graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Human Development, with a concentration in Aging and Health, and a minor in Nutrition and Health.  During college, Lauren worked as a Writing Tutor, competed for the Gymnastics Team, volunteered as an Orientation Leader, and conducted Alzheimer’s disease research in the Memory and Neuroscience Laboratory.  After graduating, Lauren completed her post-baccalaureate pre-medical coursework at Hofstra University and volunteered as a Research Intern in the Department of Emergency Medicine at North Shore University Hospital.  Lauren is fascinated by the brain and loves making jewelry, hiking, vegetarian Mexican food, Grey’s Anatomy, gymnastics, and soy lattes.  Lauren is currently applying to Medical School for matriculation in 2015 and is very excited to be working as an Academic Associate.

Dan Leisman, BS
A native New Yorker, Dan Leisman graduated cum laude from Brandeis University where he pursued an interdisciplinary course of study in “Health: Science, Society, and Policy”. Before joining the Academic Associate team, Dan was active in pediatric nephrology research at Cohen Children’s Medical Center. He was the lead investigator on a study that examined the effect of blood pressure variability in children with primary vs. secondary hypertension, which was published in the Journal of Clinical Hypertension. Dan gave a platform presentation on the same study at Pediatric Academic Societies’ (PAS) 2014 Annual Meeting in Vancouver, the largest international conference focused on child health research. He contributed to acute kidney injury research that has been presented at PAS and American Society of Nephrology conferences, and worked on hypertension research that has been published in Pediatric Cardiology. In college, Dan worked full-time for the Escort Safety Service, a division of Brandeis’ Department of Public Safety which runs all campus transportation services. He spent two years as Head Coordinator, where he led the four-member management team in overseeing daily operations, coordinating major campus events including commencement and student move-in, and directly supervising over 100 employees. Dan was a member of Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity, and served as the chapter’s president during his junior year. Dan is a classically trained musician who enjoys everything from classical to jazz to deep house. He enjoys traveling, DJing, and would describe himself as a “steak enthusiast.” Dan is applying to medical school for matriculation in Fall 2015.

Mackenzie Schleicher, BA
Born in Londonderry, NH and graduated cum laude from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME with a major in Biology. Mackenzie has spent significant time in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU), Operating Room, Department of Outpatient Physical Therapy, Department of Dental Medicine, as well as the Department of Anesthesia at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Last summer Mackenzie served as a research coordinator in the Department of Anesthesia studying the neurological complications resulting from prolonged Trendelenburg position during robotic hysterectomies. The abstract for this research study was accepted by the ASA and will be presented in Texas in October of 2014. Mackenzie went on to complete an Advanced Independent Study in the Department of Neuroscience at Bowdoin College regarding this same topic, entitled “The da Vinci Robot: Its surgical application and the need for standards of proficiency”. Mackenzie is a four-year Sarah and James Bowdoin Scholar and a three-time Academic All-American Lacrosse Athlete.  During her junior year, Mackenzie traveled abroad to St. Andrews, Scotland to study cell biology and zoological sciences; she also traveled to France, Germany, and Poland. During her senior year, Mackenzie served as Vice President for the class of 2014. She was also heavily involved in Women’s Varsity Lacrosse, the Public Health Volunteer Group, Out Allies, and a program to feed the homeless, called Food Forward. Mackenzie served as a calculus and chemistry tutor, as well as a lacrosse counselor and coach for Bowdoin College.  She loves running, fishing, listening to music and staying healthy. Mackenzie is thrilled to be working with the Department of Emergency Medicine as an Academic Associate and is in the process of applying to dental school for matriculation in the fall of 2016.

Patrick Sheppard, BS
Originally from New Hampshire, Patrick Sheppard graduated with high distinction from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) with a B.S. in Environmental Engineering and International Studies. At WPI, Patrick was involved with Engineers without Borders. He was also a Writing Tutor at the WPI Writing Center and a Research Associate on a project to integrate Chinese area studies into WPI’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) curriculum. His junior year, Patrick went to South Africa where he grappled with some of the social barriers facing water and sanitation provision in urban slums. This project was an honorable mention for WPI’s President’s IQP Award, and abstracts for the project were accepted to conferences at both Tufts University and UNC Chapel Hill. The summer after his junior year, Patrick worked as an Undergraduate Research Fellow at Clark University on a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project to analyze the social impact of invasive species as well as the responses to these species from different sectors and at different scales. His senior year, Patrick traveled to Shanghai Jiao Tong University on another NSF-funded project to study the impact of inorganic nanoparticles on the performance of polymeric membranes used for water and wastewater treatment. This project was a top three finalist for WPI’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Advisory Board MQP Award. Outside of school, Patrick enjoys skiing, going to the beach, and watching Netflix, and he was also a member of Alpha Chi Rho. Patrick will apply to medical school this year for matriculation in 2015.

Alexandra Snock, BA
Originally from New York, Alex graduated from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health and a concentration in Community Health and Health Education. Upon graduation, Alex was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society. Throughout her undergraduate career, Alex worked with underserved populations in Baltimore as a student medical assistant at a local community health center, as an intern at a non-profit that provides business attire to women transitioning from welfare to work programs, and as a research assistant at the Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center. In addition to her passion for serving the needs of the Baltimore community, Alex is also very interested in global health. She had the opportunity to study mental health in Uganda and traditional medicine in India, Vietnam, and South Africa, and work as a research assistant in Peru. Alex enjoys trying out new recipes, avoiding the MCAT, and listening to murder mystery audiobooks during her daily commute. Alex will apply for medical school for matriculation in the fall of 2016.

Chris Valente, BS
Born in Fairport, NY, Chris graduated magna cum laude from Bucknell University in January 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a minor in chemistry. While in college, Chris worked in an organic chemistry lab, where he conducted polymer research. His paper, titled “Dimerization of Poly(methyl methacrylate) Chains Using Radical Trap-Assisted Atom Transfer Radical Coupling” was published in the polymer journal, Macromolecules, in March 2014. Chris also interned for the gastroenterology department at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA, where he conducted clinical research in an effort to standardize the use of the HIDA scan. He worked as a calculus tutor throughout college and was also involved in Bucknell’s Reunion Weekend, during which he served as an ambassador for the school’s alumni. In his free time, Chris enjoys traveling, playing sports, and spending time at the beach. Most importantly, he is an avid New York sports fan. Chris is currently applying to medical school for matriculation in 2015.

Benjamin Wie, BA
Benjamin Wie is a second-year Academic Associate, and will be focusing his efforts on the clinical research studies in the North Shore University Hospital Emergency Department this year. He has played a key role during his first year on several major Performance Improvement projects in the department, including patient flow initiatives and preparations for The Joint Commission surveys. In addition to research, he will continue to be heavily involved in the department’s efforts with the Surviving Sepsis Campaign.  He graduated from Cornell University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology & Society.  At Cornell, Benjamin conducted research in Neurobiology and Behavior as a Rawlings Cornell Presidential Research Scholar for four years.  These studies examined the mechanisms of learning and recall for olfactory-based learning in mouse and rat models.  Benjamin also played on the Cornell Buds Ultimate Frisbee team, and started on the defensive line his senior year as the Buds advanced to the College National Championship Tournament for the fifth consecutive year.  He was a backpacking guide with Cornell Outdoor Education (COE) and led various backpacking trips throughout the year along with Outdoor Odyssey, a pre-orientation trip for incoming freshmen.  He got his introduction to outdoor education through being a facilitator at the Cornell Team & Leadership, and worked closely with COE’s world-class trainers as Lead Facilitator his senior year.   Outside of his major activities, Benjamin also tutored Organic Chemistry and was trained to be a counselor for EARS, Cornell’s student-run counseling and therapy service.  In his free time, Benjamin enjoys attending concerts, road tripping the East Coast, cooking, and spending time outdoors.  At the end of his term as an Academic Associate, Benjamin will travel south to Winston-Salem to begin his medical education at Wake Forest School of Medicine.

Academic Associate Contact Information:
Andrea Bianculli, abianculli@nshs.edu
Katie Bradburn, kbradburn@nshs.edu 
Kathryn Brady, kbrady6@nshs.edu
Lauren Granat, lgranat@nshs.edu
Dan Leisman, dleisman@nshs.edu
Mackenzie Schleicher, mschleicher@nshs.edu
Pat Sheppard, psheppard1@nshs.edu
Alex Snock, asnock@nshs.edu
Chris Valente, cvalente@nshs.edu
Ben Wie, BA bwie@nshs.edu
 

2013-2014 Emergency Medicine Academic Associates

Katie Bradburn, BA 
Alexa Dattilo, BA 
Alexa Dryer, BS 
Claudia Gambrah, BA 
Zach Kopelman, BA 
Zayan Mahmooth, MSPH, BS 
Patrick Sheppard, BS 
Tammy Tavdy, BS 
Lara Weiss, BSPH
Ben Wie, BA
James Zhou, BA 

2012-2013 Emergency Medicine Academic Associates

Natali Baner, BS
Eric Boccio, BS
Andrew Chen, BA
Jenny Goltser, BS
Stephanie Haddad, MD
Emily Kintzer, BA, BS
Robert Medairos, BS
Mark Wu, BS

2011-2012 Emergency Medicine Academic Associates

Sandra De Cicco, MD
Jessica Gatt, BS
Alvin Lomibao, BS
Maxwell Mathias, BS
Kate Miele, MA
Robert Spencer, MS
Karen Tenner, BS