Class of 2015 Ambassadors

Jared Beller

Jared Beller
Class of 2015
Jared.Beller@nyumc.org
Jared is from Bellmore, NY. He attended Duke University where he graduated in 2010 with a degree in Biomedical Engineering. Before starting medical school, he spent a year teaching adaptive skiing in Colorado. During his preclinical years at NYU SoM, Jared was co-president of the Wilderness Medicine Club, taught middle school science classes through Brothers And Sisters In Science (BASIS), and was on the intramural basketball and volleyball teams. In addition, he participated in the International Health Program, traveling to Iquitos, Peru. Jared has been a member of the leadership committee for the CHEF (Cook Healthy, Eat Fresh) Master Scholars seminar. Currently, Jared is involved in research focused on aortic dissections and plans to pursue a career in cardiothoracic surgery.

Sucharita Boddu

Sue Boddu
Class of 2015
Sucharita.Boddu@nyumc.org
Sue was born in India and raised in the US. She attended Stevens Institute of Technology, where she majored in Chemical Biology and History, and played field hockey. After graduating in 2008, she taught MCAT classes for The Princeton Review, volunteered as an EMT, and traveled abroad to conduct research in ophthalmology. At NYU SoM, Sue has been a leader of the History of Medicine Interest Group, the Ophthalmology Interest Group and HELP (a program dedicated to teaching GED students in Central Harlem about health literacy).

Aaron Brandt

Aaron Brandt
Class of 2015
Aaron.Brandt@nyumc.org
As one of nine adopted children in his family, Aaron grew up in a small town of Wahoo, Nebraska with his parents and eleven siblings. He spent two years at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska playing basketball, but ultimately graduated from the University of Nebraska in 2011 with a degree in Nutrition Science, and a spot on the track team. At NYU SoM, Aaron has been involved with programs including Minimeds and Brothers And Sisters In Science (BASIS), and works to improve diversity and inclusion thorugh the Student Diversity Initiative. Sports and outdoor activity continue to be a major part of Aaron’s life. After being split between Pediatrics and Orthopedic Surgery throughout medical school (“I know, not even close to the same thing,” he acknowledges), Aaron will be applying into Orthopedics this year and is looking forward to the next stage of this process.

Marcus Cimino

Marcus Cimino
Class of 2015
marcus.cimino@nyumc.org
Marcus grew up in Newtown, Pennsylvania. He attended NYU College of Arts and science where he earned a B.A. in Biology, as well as minors in Chemistry and Business Studies.  At NYU SoM, he has held officer positions in the Running Club and Harm Reduction Club. He also served as the Fundraising Coordinator for the NYC Free Clinic. Currently, Marcus is pursuing a dual degree in the MD/MBAprogram with the Stern School of Business. In his free time, he enjoys reading, drawing, and running marathons.

John Dankert

John Dankert (MD/PhD)
Class of 2015
John.Dankert@nyumc.org
John is from Rochester, NY. He attended Rochester Institute of Technology, where he majored in Biomedical Sciences with a minor in German language. At NYU SoM, he is currently studying E3 ubiquitin ligase-mediated protein degradation in the laboratory of Dr. Michele Pagano for his thesis project. John enjoys attending metal concerts and going to the gym in his free time.

Sonya Dasharathy

Sonya Dasharathy
Class of 2015
Sonya.Dasharathy@nyumc.org
Sonya grew up in Edmond, Oklahoma and attended Washington University in St. Louis, where she majored in Mathematics. Before med school, she spent a year conducting research in Reproductive Epidemiology at the NIH. At NYU SoM, she was Fundraising Coordinator for the NYC Free Clinic, leader of OB/GYN Interest Group, and a preclinical Women's Clinic volunteer for the NYC Free Clinic. She is also involved in a clinical study regarding the effects of a specific progesterone on vascular function. Outside of med school, Sonya enjoys practicing yoga and attending the many amazing concerts that NYC has to offer. Sonya is applying for residency in Internal Medicine.

Brent Dibble

Brent Dibble
Class of 2015
Brent.Dibble@med.nyu.edu
Brent is from Ocean City, Maryland. He attended Georgetown University, where he studied neuroscience. Since arriving at NYU SoM, Brent has served as a Course Liaison, class vice president, Student Council President, and Chair of the Student LCME Committee. Brent spent the summer before his second year traveling and conducting basic science research in Shanghai, China. He is currently pursuing his MD/MBA as part of the inaugural class of the dual degree program between the NYU School of Medicine and Stern School of Business. He plans to match into a New York City Emergency Medicine residency program this spring and will be getting married shortly after graduation.

Kaitlyn Dugan

Kaitlyn Dugan
Class of 2015
Kaitlyn.Dugan@nyumc.org
Kaitlyn is from Hatfield, Pennsylvania. She attended the University of New Hampshire where she majored in Chemistry and was the captain of the Track and Field team. At NYU SoM, she led the NICU Ambassadors Program as well as the Christian Fellowship group. She has volunteered with the NYC Free Clinic Outreach and Gifts of Time. She is currently pursuing a research concentration in cardiology and applying into Internal Medicine.

Matthew Gross

Matthew Gross
Class of 2015
Matthew.Gross@nyumc.org
Matthew is from Centerport, NY. He attended Haverford College where he majored in Biology. Before attending med school, Matthew took a year off to continue his research in the field of Allergy/Immunology. At NYU SoM, Matthew has been a leaderf the Cardiology Club and an avid participant in the HELP community outreach program, as well as the NYC Free Clinic.

Matt Haber

Matt Haber
Class of 2015
Matthew.Haber@nyumc.org
Matt is from Holland, Pennsylvania.  He graduated from Cornell University in 2011, where he studied Neurobiology and Behavior. At NYU SoM, Matt has been a leader of the Partnership for Urban Health, the Jewish Students Association, the Food and Wine Club, and was a Course Liaison. He conducted research on brain tumor therapeutics this past summer at NYU. In his spare time, Matt enjoys cooking, collecting vinyl record albums, and enjoying all NYC has to offer – especially the food!

Arielle Bayer

Arielle Bayer
Class of 2015
Arielle.Haves@nyumc.org
Arielle, a New York City native, graduated from Yale University where she majored in History of Science, History of Medicine. Prior to completing a post-bacc pre-med at Columbia University, she worked for an adolescent health education program, as well as for an ENT and facial plastic surgeon. At NYU SoM, Arielle is involved in Medical Students for Choice and volunteers at the Women’s Free Clinic. She is applying for residency in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology. In her spare time, Arielle enjoys traveling, spinning, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

Jessica Heidenberg

Jessica Heidenberg
Class of 2015
Jessica.Heidenberg@nyumc.org
Jessica grew up in Demarest, NJ and went to Horace Mann School for high school. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011, where she was a Chemistry major and Theatre Arts minor. In college, she was a cheerleader and her college mascot (go Quakers!). At NYU SoM, she was actively involved in the Orthopaedic Surgery Club, and participates in research in the fields of Acute Care Surgery and Orthopaedic Surgery. She is currently applying for residency in Orthopaedic Surgery. Outside of NYU, Jessica loves baking, cycling, skiing, and exploring NYC’s restaurants.

Jensen Henry

Jensen Henry
Class of 2015
Jensen.Henry@nyumc.org
Jensen grew up in Omaha, NE, and attended Miami University in Ohio where she majored in Zoology with a Neuroscience minor, and was a member of the varsity women's swim team. At NYU SoM, she spent an additional year doing clinical research in spine surgery with the HJD orthopaedic surgery department. She will be applying into Orthopaedic Surgery this year. Outside of school, she enjoys travel and scuba diving.

Melinda Katz

Melinda Katz
Class of 2015
Melinda.Katz@nyumc.org
Melinda is originally from Colts Neck, NJ. She attended NYU for her undergraduate degree, where she majored in Economics and minored in Chemistry. Prior to starting medical school, she worked in vascular surgery research at Englewood Hospital. At NYU SoM, she has been a leader of the Oncology Club, a founder and leader of the Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Awareness & Education organization, taught middle school health workshops as part of the student teaching club Brothers And Sisters In Science (BASIS), and was a co-chair of the NYU Student Ambassadors. She spent six weeks conducting interdisciplinary research on maternal-child health in Lima, Peru as part of NYU's International Health Program. As a fourth-year student, Melinda is currently pursuing her concentration in health disparities, and is applying to residency in Internal Medicine.

Sumit Kumar

Sumit Kumar
Class of 2015
Sumit.Kumar@nyumc.org
Sumit hails from Long Island, NY. For college, he journeyed out to attend the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where he majored in Evolutionary Anthropology & became a passionate fan of the Wolverines. After graduation, he conducted basic science research at the NIH studying retinal ganglion cell development. He then returned to his home state and enrolled in NYU School of Medicine! Sumit has served on Student Council and volunteered at the NYC Free Clinic. He is pursuing a dual MD/ MPA and will be applying into a career in Internal Medicine and Health Policy.

Marissa Lafer

Marissa Lafer
Class of 2015
Marissa.Lafer@nyumc.org
Marissa grew up in Los Angeles, California and attended Cornell University where she majored in Italian. She worked in finance after college, but later decided to pursue a career in medicine. She completed the post-bacc program at Columbia University and then spent a year doing clinical research in Orthopedics before starting medical school. At NYU SoM,  Marissa was the Vice President and Treasurer of Student Council and currently serves an Advisor. Among other activities, she plays on the NYU Club Volleyball team and is active in the local NYC community including volunteering for organizations like the Center for Hearing and Communication. As a fourth-year student, she is a student instructor for the bedside sessions in the Practice Of Medicine class for pre-clinical students. She is applying to Otolaryngology residencies and is looking forward to what lies ahead.

Lauren Santiesteban

Lauren Santiesteban
Class of 2015
Lauren.Santiesteban@nyumc.org
Lauren grew up outside of Indianapolis, Indiana. She graduated from Indiana University in 2011 where she double majored in Anthropology and Biochemistry. During her pre-clinical years at NYU SoM, she was a leader for the Student Collective for ENT (SCENT), social chair of BALSA, a member of the club volleyball team for NYU SoM, and a tour guide for prospective students. Lauren is now applying into Orthopaedic Surgery, which was greatly influenced by the summer externship program at Hospital for Joint Diseases she completed in the summer before her second year of medical school. In her free time, she loves cooking, running, and hiking along with exploring NYC!

Nola Seta

Nola Seta
Class of 2015
nola.seta@nyumc.org
Nola grew up in Small Town, Georgia and majored in Science Business at the University of Notre Dame. At NYU SoM she has been actively involved in Reach Out to Kids, Mini Meds, and the Community Service Program. In her first and only summer as a medical student she did a Pediatric Fellowship through NYU, participating in research on pediatric obesity prevention at Bellevue Hospital. She has applied for residency in the field of obstetrics and gynecology. Outside of school she is proud to be a Notre Dame football fan and enjoys exploring NYC!

Pritha Subramanyam

Pritha Subramanyam
Class of 2015
Pritha.Subramanyam@nyumc.org
Pritha was born and raised in New York. She attended the United Nations International School in New York and graduated from Yale University in 2011, where she majored in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology.  At NYU SoM, she has been part of the Steering Committee of the New York City Free Clinic, where she served as co-chair for Laboratory Services. Pritha has studied many languages including French, Spanish, and Tamil, and enjoys doing yoga in her free time. She is applying to residency in Internal Medicine.

Stephanie Wu

Stephanie Wu
Class of 2015
Stephanie.Wu@med.nyu.edu
Stephanie is originally from Boca Raton, Florida. She attended MIT, where she majored in Biology and Music. At NYU SoM, Stephanie was one of the executive clinical coordinators for the NYC Free Clinic, a leader of the Chamber Musicians in Medicine club, and a coordinator for Medical Mandarin. Stephanie is also enrolled in the dual-degree MD/MBA program at Stern and plans on applying for radiology. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys playing the piano, exploring new restaurants, and rooting for the Miami Dolphins and Miami Heat!