Rachel Alinsky, MD, FAAP
Rachel Alinsky, MD, FAAP
Rachel Alinsky was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. She received her undergraduate degree in Political Science at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. While in college, she engaged in epidemiological research in Neurology, and studied abroad for one year in Copenhagen, Denmark, focusing on comparative health, social, and economic policy. She attended medical school at Georgetown University, where she advocated with local HIV/AIDS groups and the American Academy of Pediatrics regarding the passage and implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and interned with Health and Human Services’ Office of Adolescent Health exploring governmental programs aimed at preventing teen pregnancy, dating violence, and bullying. She completed residency in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics (Med-Peds) at Harvard / Massachusetts General Hospital, and is now board-certified in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. During residency she explored care and reimbursement redesign, transitions between pediatric and adult care, and additional aspects of adolescent health including prison health, substance use disorders, and college health. She is now in her second year of fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at Hopkins, and is concurrently training in Addiction Medicine. This year she is pursuing her MPH to further focus on adolescent substance use and reproductive health through clinical care, health services research, and health policy. Her fellowship projects have included designing, implementing, and evaluating a Quality Improvement project for Pediatric primary care SBIRT (screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment), as well as investigating healthcare utilization patterns after opioid overdose in adolescents using a large Medicaid dataset, which she will be presenting at a national meeting this fall where she has been awarded Best Research Abstract. She is actively involved with the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM), currently serving as treasurer of the Chesapeake Chapter of SAHM, and is a newly appointed member of the Committee on Alcohol and Drugs.
FAYE KORICH, MD
Faye Korich is a pediatrician with a passion for the adolescent population. She was born and raised in Philadelphia prior to moving to New York City for undergraduate education. At Columbia University, she studied Neuroscience and Behavior and developed an interest in women’s health through various campus groups. Following undergrad, she further pursued her interest, providing contraception at an HIV clinic in Western Kenya. When she returned to the US, she continued HIV work as a researcher in the Bronx, NY, which is where she remained for medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. During her time in medical school, she focused her research on adolescent contraceptive decision making in both Bronx, NY as well as internationally in Chile, South America. Faye received her pediatric training at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland where she received the opportunity to conduct chlamydia research in Fiji. During her time at Johns Hopkins, Faye will further explore her interests in sexual and reproductive health combined with international health.
JEN MAKRIDES, MD
Dr. Jen Makrides is a clinical fellow in Adolescent Medicine. She received her MD from the University of Vermont College of Medicine and completed her residency in Pediatrics at Oregon Health & Science University. She holds a BA in Italian Language and Literature from Smith College and a MA in International Relations from Boston University. Prior to medical school, she worked in education and advocacy. Her commitment to working with adolescents began as a teacher and college professor—where she got a taste for advocating on behalf of her students. She then transitioned to the Washington, DC non-profit world, working on reproductive health rights at the National Women's Law Center and in science and human rights, including the human right to health, at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. During medical school she served as Health Committee Co-Chair to the Vermont Human Trafficking Taskforce, worked with the Director of Diversity and Inclusion to implement Privilege/Bias training, and, in conjunction with other members of the Gender and Sexuality Alliance, developed clinical simulation curriculum on sexual and sexual minority health. As a resident, she joined the Oregon Pediatric Society Advocacy Committee, co-led a training on micro-aggression and privilege, and worked on a Quality Improvement project to increase depression screening of adolescent patients. She looks forward to exploring Baltimore and getting involved in local policy and advocacy during fellowship. Dr. Makrides’s clinical and research interests include sexual and reproductive health, health disparities, and care of LGBTQ youth and families
CATHERINE SILVA, MD
Catherine Silva was born and raised in Miami, Florida. Prior to beginning her medical career she was a middle school science teacher for Miami Dade County Schools. She attended Ross University in Dominica for medical school. She then went on to complete her pediatric residency at UF Health in Jacksonville, Florida. During her residency she realized the importance of advocating for adolescents rights with a focus on access to adequate reproductive health care. During her residency, she worked on a QI initiative to improve HPV immunization rates and advocated for implementing LARC training in pediatric residencies. Her interests include advocating for access to reproductive health for adolescents, prevention of teen pregnancies and addressing health disparities among adolescents due to socioeconomic status.
Sujatha Seetharaman, MD, MPH
Sujatha Seetharaman is a pediatrician and Adolescent Medicine Specialist who obtained her medical degree at Kasturba Medical College in India and Masters in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Prior to completing Adolescent Medicine Fellowship at Stanford University, she worked in practice at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and subsequently Boston Children’s Hospital. During fellowship, she completed her research focused on evaluating the implementation of HIV screening recommendations into clinical practice and conducted new research focused on adolescent eating disorders. Dr. Seethmaran joined the physician staff at Kaiser Permanente California in 2017 after completing her fellowship and now returns to Hopkins to complete a research fellowship focused on reducing adolescent sexual and reproductive health disparities in preparation for a career in academic medicine.