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Healthline’s Medical Affairs team focuses on ensuring Healthline’s content, products, and services uphold the highest standards of medical integrity. Our dedicated team also manages our extensive clinician network, which provides medical review for all clinical content. Covering the full spectrum of medicine, Healthline’s physicians, nurses, public health experts, and patient advocates help ensure that the information you receive is accurate, evidence based, current, and trustworthy.
As one of the most trusted consumer healthcare content providers in the United States, Healthline goes beyond content creation and conducts proactive surveillance for updates in the healthcare ecosystem. A team of healthcare professionals reviews our content accordingly, ensuring that existing and newly created content reflects the latest standard of care. Here’s how it works:
- Content reviews are prompted by new clinical guidelines, drug approvals or recalls, and major practice recommendations.
- The standards of care for some conditions, such as cancer and diabetes, change very quickly, so that content is reviewed more frequently.
- The Medical Affairs team ensures that existing and newly created content reflects the most accurate information.
We strive to be your most trusted ally in your pursuit of health and well-being.
MEET OUR TEAM
E Hanh Le
Senior Director, Medical Affairs
Dr. E Hanh Le leads Healthline's Medical Affairs team and brings her years of clinical and healthcare technology experience to help consistently create high-quality, empathetic, and engaging content and products that uphold the highest medical integrity. She received her MD from Baylor College of Medicine and completed residency at St. Joseph Hospital in Houston, TX. After years of clinical practice, Dr. Le transitioned from clinical medicine to healthcare technology via her work at Epocrates, where she developed clinical news products and disease and drug content. She has also helped create an EHR, secure messaging products, and clinical decision support tools for healthcare systems.
Manager, Medical Review
Dr. Jeanne Morrison manages Healthline's medical review strategy, relationships, and the training of medical reviewers. She is also a nurse educator in the MSN program at Walden University. She graduated from Capella University in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her PhD in leadership and management. Her clinical expertise is in critical care, nephrology, and orthopedics. She has presented at local, national, and international healthcare conferences. In her free time, she is an avid equestrian who shows and competes nationally.
Bobbie Sue Whitworth
PhD, MSN, RNC
Assistant Manager, Medical Reveiw
Dr. Bobbie Sue Whitworth assists with all the medical reviewers, assigns articles, and advises on medical guideline updates. She graduated with a PhD from Capella University. She is currently an educator and the graduate coordinator for a university MSN program. Dr. Whitworth has authored peer-reviewed publications and presentations, both nationally and internationally. Her clinical expertise includes geriatrics, cardiology, education, and community health. She enjoys walking, cooking, gardening, and spending time with her family.
MS in Journalism
Director, Medical Content Integrity
Sara Michael is responsible for developing and directing strategies to ensure the clinical content is accurate, high quality, diverse, internally consistent, and represents the latest standards of care. Prior to joining Healthline, Sara lead the content teams in UBM’s healthcare division, establishing editorial best practices with an eye toward quality and audience engagement, while collaborating to grow the business. Sara previously worked as a digital editorial director and started her career as a daily newspaper reporter. She has an MS in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Outside of work, she enjoys exercising, reading, and spending time with her friends, husband, and two young sons.
Medical Review, provided by members of the extensive Healthline clinician network, ensures that our content is accurate, current, and patient-focused. The clinicians in the network bring extensive experience from across the spectrum of medical specialties, as well as their perspective from years of clinical practice, research, and patient advocacy.
Dr. Adithya Cattamanchi specializes in pulmonary and critical care medicine. He graduated from University of California, San Francisco. He works at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center and is an associate professor of medicine at University of California, San Francisco. He has researched the epidemilogy and management of tuberculosis in high burden countries and published over 70 articles related to tuberculosis and other lung diseases in peer-reviewed medical journals. Dr. Cattamanchi enjoys travelling, scuba diving, and backpacking.
Alan Carter, PharmD
Dr. Alan Carter is a clinical pharmacist with interests in medical research, pharmacy practice and medication therapy management. He graduated from the University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Pharmacy. He is currently a research pharmacist manager, clinical pharmacy specialist, and adjunct clinical assistant professor of pharmacy. Dr. Carter has published 15 journal articles, performs medical journal peer review, and serves on many professional committees and boards. He enjoys gardening, hiking, and other outdoor activities to provide a healthy work-life balance.
Dr. Alana Biggers is an internal medicine physician. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is an assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, where she specializes in internal medicine. She also has a master’s of public health in chronic disease epidemiology. In her spare time, Dr. Biggers likes to share healthy living tips with followers on Twitter through @Doc_prevention.
MD, JD, MPH
Dr. Andrew Gonzalez is a general surgeon with expertise in aortic disease, peripheral vascular disease, and vascular trauma. In 2010, Dr. Gonzalez graduated with his doctor of medicine degree from University of Illinois College of Medicine. He also attended John Marshall Law School, where he earned his Juris Doctor degree in 2006. He’s currently completing his vascular surgery fellowship at the University of Michigan. His research interests include hospital quality and disparities in outcomes for vulnerable populations. In his spare time, Dr. Gonzalez enjoys photography.
Ann Marie Griff
Dr. Ann Marie Griff is an optometrist actively practicing in the state of Washington. Dr. Griff earned her Doctor of Optometry degree from Ohio State University. In addition to optometry, Dr. Griff also has expertise in energy medicine, reiki, nutrition, and yoga. In her spare time, Dr. Griff enjoys yoga and spending time with her family.
Brenda B. Spriggs
MD, MPH, FACP
Dr. Brenda Spriggs is a board-certified physician in internal medicine and rheumatology. She graduated from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. She is currently a clinical professor emerita at UCSF. She is the co-author of several scientific papers on systemic lupus erythematosus and Reiter’s disease, and is a highly sought-after lecturer for health and scientific forums. She is also the co-author of the book Focus On YOUR BEST HEALTH: Smart Guide to the Health Care You Deserve.
RN, CCRN, CPN
Carissa Stephens is a pediatric nurse. She graduated from the School of Nursing, Capella University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has worked most of her career in a pediatric Level I trauma center. She is currently a nurse in a pediatric intensive care unit. Carissa has a special expertise in the extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). She practices yoga every day and she enjoys the outdoors and live music with her family.
Dr. Catherine Hannan is a plastic surgeon. She graduated from Georgetown University Hospital in Washington DC. She has been working at the VA Hospital since 2011 and in 2014 became Chief of the Plastic Surgery division. She is also an assistant professor in plastic surgery with Georgetown School of Medicine. Dr. Hannan’s practice focuses on general reconstruction; skin cancer, breast surgery and reconstruction, wound care and limb preservation.
Pharmacology, Ophthalmology, Public Health, Oncology, Immunology, Exercise Physiology
Christina Chun is an oncology trials activation manager. She graduated from John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland with her master's of public health in epidemiology and biostatistics. Chun is interested in cancer research and living a healthy lifestyle.
Dr. Christine Frank is a general dentist. She graduated from Loyola University School of Dentistry in Chicago, Illinois. She currently practices in Elmwood Park Illinois and is a dental consultant for an insurance carrier. She has worked for a county health department screening low income elementary school children.
Women's Health, Dermatology
Dr. Cynthia Cobb is a nurse practitioner specializing in women’s health, aesthetics and cosmetics, and skin care. She graduated from Chatham University in 2009. Dr. Cobb is a faculty member at Walden University and is also the founder and owner of the medical spa Allure Enhancement Center. She has also had numerous publications over the years. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, swimming, gardening, do-it-yourself projects, traveling, and shopping.
Cynthia Taylor Chavoustie
Cynthia Taylor is an experienced physician assistant specializing in family medicine and gastroenterology. In 2005, she obtained her MA in physician assistant studies from the University of Nebraska. She has more than 15 years of clinical experience with all ages and in many different environments. Cynthia has always been committed to public awareness and overall health for herself as well as others. She’s an animal lover and avid traveler.
MS, NASM-CPT, NASE Level II-CSS
Naturopathy, Health Coach, Sports Medicine, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Exercise Physiology
Daniel Bubnis is a nationally certified personal trainer and a faculty instructor at Lackawanna College in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Bubnis graduated with his master’s degree in exercise science and health promotion in 2016 from California University of Pennsylvania. His specialties include exercise science, health promotion, wellness, and fitness. Bubnis has developed exercise programs for older adults with chronic health conditions and for adults with fibromyalgia and other pain syndromes. His interests include strength training, genealogy, forestry history and preservation, and gardening.
Dr. Daniel Sallis Murrell is an associate professor specializing in internal medicine and infectious disease. He graduated from the University of Tennessee Health and Science Center in 2014 with his degree in medicine. He recently completed his residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Murrell is also an urban health program mentor. His personal interests include brewing beer, childrearing, and literature.
PhD, RN, CRNA
Dr. Deborah Weatherspoon is an advanced practice nurse. She graduated with a PhD from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She is currently a university nursing educator and has authored multiple publications. She has also presented at national and international levels about medical and leadership issues. She enjoys walking, reading, traveling to new places, and spending time with her family.
Debra Rose Wilson
PhD, MSN, RN, IBCLC, AHN-BC, CHT
Herbal Medicine, Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Dr. Debra Rose Wilson is an associate professor and holistic healthcare practitioner. She graduated from Walden University with a PhD. She teaches graduate-level psychology and nursing courses. Her expertise also includes obstetrics and breastfeeding. Dr. Wilson is the managing editor of a peer-reviewed international journal. She enjoys being with her Tibetan terrier, Maggie.
PhD, MSN, RN, CNE, COI
Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Pediatrics, Dermatology, Cardiology
Dr. Debra Sullivan is a nurse educator. She graduated from the University of Nevada with a PhD. She is currently a university nursing educator. Dr. Sullivan’s expertise includes cardiology, psoriasis/dermatology, pediatrics, and alternative medicine. She enjoys daily walks, reading, family, and cooking.
Pharmacology, Patient Education, Women's Health, Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Dr. Dena Westphalen is a clinical pharmacist with interests in global health, travel health and vaccinations, nootropics, and custom compounded medications. In 2017, Dr. Westphalen graduated from Creighton University with her doctor of pharmacy degree, and is currently working as an ambulatory care pharmacist. She has volunteered in Honduras providing public health education, and has received the Natural Medicines Recognition Award. Dr. Westphalen was also a scholarship recipient for IACP Compounders on Capitol Hill. In her spare time, she enjoys playing ice hockey and the acoustic guitar.
Psychology, Psychiatry, Public Health, Social Work, Women's Health
Dr. Dillon Browne is a clinical psychologist at Zuckerburg San Francisco General Hospital (UCSF). He completed his PhD in psychology at the University of Toronto and has written numerous articles in the domains of children’s mental health, human development, and family studies. Dillon enjoys playing the guitar and piano, cycling, and fitness.
Elaine K. Luo
Dr. Elaine Luo is a board-certified internal medicine physician. She graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts. She has experience in utilization management and has worked as a hospitalist and an outpatient primary care provider. She enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.
Dr. Euna Chi is an internal medicine physician. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is an assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Medicine, where she specializes in internal medicine. She takes care of adults in inpatient and outpatient settings and stays involved in medical education. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and looking forward to summertime in Chicago.
Gerhard Whitworth is a registered nurse specializing in cardiology. In 1995, Gerhard graduated with his degree in nursing from Jones College. For the past 18 years, he’s worked at a cardiac catheterization laboratory. Gerhard has also worked as a registered nurse and a patient care coordinator at Forrest General Hospital and holds certifications in BLS and ACLS. In his spare time, he enjoys farming and playing the guitar.
Hospital Medicine, Internal Medicine
Dr. Graham Rogers is an internal medicine physician. He graduated from the University of Mississippi in Jackson, Mississippi. He is currently a hospitalist at South Central Regional Medical Center, director of St Joseph's Hospice, and director of Laurelwood Transitional Care. He is a former adjunct professor at William Carey College of Osteopathic Medicine and served as medical director of a girls’ home for mentally handicapped women for 10 years.
Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Medicine, Physical Therapy
Dr. Gregory Minnis is a physical therapist with an interest in orthopedic manual therapy. He graduated from the University of St. Augustine in Florida with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. His work experience includes orthopedic physical therapy, sports medicine, neurological rehab, advanced assessment and treatment of running injuries, and advanced treatment of the pelvic complex, spine, and extremities. He loves spending time outdoors biking, skiing, and surfing.
Obstretrics and Gynecology
Holly Ernst is a physician assistant specializing in obstetrics and gynecology. She graduated from Rocky Mountain College in 2014 with a Master of Science in physician assistant studies. Holly is currently practicing in an OB-GYN clinic in Central California, working with obstetric and gynecologic patients each day. Holly has expertise in prenatal education, physiological changes in pregnancy, and contraceptives. In her spare time, Holly enjoys cooking and baking, crafting, woodworking, and being outdoors with her sweet dachshund.
James Keith Fisher
Dr. James Keith Fisher is a physician specializing in anesthesiology. Dr. Fisher earned his MD at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in 1990. He then completed his residency at Vanderbilt University Hospital. Dr. Fisher currently works as an anesthesiologist at South Central Regional Medical Center in Laurel, Mississippi, where he’s served as the director of the department of anesthesia since 1996. One of Dr. Fisher’s hobbies includes collecting all forms of analog music.
Exercise Physiology, Health Coach
Janna Young is a life coach and pilates personal trainer for Seek to Find, LLC. She specializes in fitness, exercise, coaching, and mind, body, and spirit wellness. Young graduated from the University of Hawaii with a master's of public health degree in epidemiology. Her personal interests include traveling, socially and environmentally responsible living, and community building.
Jason C. Baker
Diabetes and Metabolism, Endocrinology
Dr. Jason Baker is an endocrinologist. He graduated from Emory University Medical School in Atlanta, Georgia. He is an assistant professor of clinical medicine and attending endocrinologist at Cornell Medical College in New York. Dr. Baker, who himself has type 1 diabetes, has interests that include the impact of diabetes on international health, prevention of type 1 diabetes, and disease management through education and lifestyle interventions. Dr. Baker was named International Endocrinologist of the Year by the Metro New York Association of Diabetes Educators.
Immunology, Infectious Disease
Dr. Jill Seladi-Schulman is a manager for clinical trials. She specializes in microbiology and infectious disease. In 2014, she graduated from Emory University with her doctorate in microbiology and molecular genetics. Dr. Seladi-Schulman has publications in peer-reviewed journals and has had her work featured on the cover of the Journal of Virology. Dr. Seladi-Schulman is an avid reader with interests in medical writing and communication. She also enjoys writing fiction for fun.
PhD, LCSW, CST
Women's Health, Psychology, Social Work
Dr. Janet Brito is a nationally certified sex therapist specializing in relationship and sex therapy, gender and sexual identity concerns, compulsive sexual behavior, mindfulness and sexuality, and infertility. She graduated from Pacifica Graduate Institute with a doctorate in clinical psychology. Dr. Brito is the founder and owner of Sex Therapy Hawaii, LLC. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, traveling, photography, yoga, and locating unique coffee shops.
Dr. Judith Marcin is a family physician. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has been a graduate medical educator for the past 15 years at Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center in Chicago. When she is not writing or reading, she enjoys traveling in search of the best wildlife adventure.
Neuropathy, Health Coach
Karen Cross is a family nurse practitioner, naturopath, and expert health coach in Hashimoto's and thyroid disease. She graduated from Maryland University in 1997 and Trinity School of Natural Health in 2013. Karen is the owner and operator of The Hashimoto’s Solution, an eight-week program to help heal a patient’s Hashimoto's disease. She enjoys spending time with family, reading, decorating, and being in nature.
Dr. Karen Gill is a pediatrician. She graduated from the University of Southern California. Her expertise includes breast-feeding, nutrition, obesity prevention, and childhood sleep and behavior issues. She has served as chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Woodland Memorial Hospital. She was a clinical preceptor with the University of California, Davis, teaching students in the physician assistant program. She now practices at the Mission Neighborhood Health Center, serving the Latino residents of the Mission district in San Francisco.
Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Diabetes, Dietetics, and Geriatrics
Kathy Warwick is a registered dietitian and a certified diabetes educator with over 37 years of experience in nutrition care and diabetes management. Kathy graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1982 with her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics. She’s the owner of Professional Nutrition Consultants LLC, providing diabetes education, long-term care consultation, health and wellness services, hospice consultation, medical legal expert services, and communication services. She’s received a number of awards for her work in the field of dietetics, including being recognized by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as an outstanding dietitian for the state of Mississippi in 2006. When Kathy isn’t working, she enjoys gardening, yoga, and art.
Pharmacology and Women’s Health
Dr. Lindsay Slowiczek is a pharmacy practice instructor and drug information research fellow at Creighton University. Dr. Slowiczek specializes in pharmacology and women’s health. She obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Florida in 2016 and has authored a number of synthesis research manuscripts. Her personal interests include fitness, hiking, dogs, and exploring new cuisines and wines.
Maria S. Prelipcean
Dr. Maria Prelipcean is a physician specializing in endocrinology. She currently works at Southview Medical Group in Birmingham, Alabama, as an endocrinologist. In 1993, Dr. Prelipcean graduated from Carol Davila Medical School with her degree in medicine. In 2016 and 2017, Dr. Prelipcean was named one of the top doctors in Birmingham by B-Metro Magazine. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her children.
Katherine Marengo is a clinical registered
dietitian. Katherine earned her undergraduate degree at Louisiana State University and completed her dietetic internship at Southern University in Baton Rouge. She specialized as a Certified Nutrition Support Dietitian (CNSD) in New Orleans at the No. 2 Level 1 trauma center in the nation. Since then, she’s been raising her three children while running a successful private business. She enjoys volunteering at her children’s school, travel, tennis, cooking, and quality time with family and friends.
Dr. Marina Basina is an endocrinologist specializing in diabetes mellitus type 1 and 2, diabetes technology, thyroid nodules, and thyroid cancer. She graduated from Second Moscow Medical University in 1987 and completed her endocrinology fellowship at Stanford University in 2003. Dr. Basina is currently a clinical associate professor at Stanford University School of Medicine. She is also on the medical advisory board of Carb DM and Beyond Type 1 and is a medical director of inpatient diabetes at Stanford Hospital. In her spare time, Dr. Basina enjoys hiking and reading.
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Dr. Michael Weber is an OB/GYN. He graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in Jackson, Mississippi. He has been a practicing obstetrician and gynecologist for over 20 years. He has also served as a clinical instructor and adjunct professor for the schools of medicine at the University of Mississippi and William Carey University. He enjoys working outdoors and playing his guitar in his free time.
Women's Health, Breast Cancer, Surgery—General
Dr. Michelle Azu is a board-certified surgeon specializing in breast surgery and diseases of the breast. Dr. Azu graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2003 with her doctor of medicine degree. She currently serves as the director of breast surgical services for New York-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital. She also works as an assistant professor at both Columbia University Medical Center and Rutgers School of Public Health. In her spare time, Dr. Azu enjoys traveling and photography.
Cardiology, Pulmonology, and Nephrology
Dr. Nancy Moyer is a board-certified internal medicine physician specializing in cardiology, pulmonology, and nephrology. Dr. Moyer graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Medicine with her MD in 1991. She’s currently working as a medical content developer, writer, and editor, and has been a board member of Northern St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity since 2005. Dr. Moyer is an avid reader and enjoys spending time at the lake, walking in the woods, being near the ocean, and deep-sea fishing. She also enjoys spending time with her family.
Dr. Nancy Carteron is a rheumatologist and immunologist. She graduated from John Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. She is an associate clinical professor in medicine at the University of California in San Francisco. She also has a private practice in rheumatology and autoimmune disease at the California Pacific Medical Center. She is cofounder of HealthWell Foundation and is the medical and scientific advisory board chair and editor of the Sjogren’s Quarterly (www.sjogrens.org). She enjoys time in Napa Valley with her family and serving as a catechist.
Dr. Morgan Rabach is a board-certified dermatologist with expertise in the full spectrum of medical dermatology. Her practice encompasses medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology. In addition to her private practice, she is a clinical instructor in the Department of Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital. After graduating from Brown University with honors in Biology, Dr. Rabach earned her medical degree from New York University School of Medicine. She completed her medical internship at Yale New Haven Hospital and her dermatology residency at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, where she served as chief resident.
Natalie Butler, RD, LD, is a foodie at heart and passionate about helping people discover the power of nourishing, real food. She graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University and completed her dietetic internship through Marywood University. She’s a corporate dietitian for Apple Inc. and also manages her own private practice, Nutrition by Natalie. She specializes in weight management, gastrointestinal diseases, food allergies and intolerances, inflammatory diseases, gut health, and functional nutrition. Her happy places are her kitchen and organic garden, and she loves teaching her two kids how to cook, garden, be active, and enjoy a healthy life.
RD, LD, ACSM EP-C
Dietetics and Exercise Physiology
Natalie Olsen is a registered dietitian and exercise physiologist specializing in disease management and prevention. She focuses on balancing the mind and body with a whole foods approach. She has two bachelor’s degrees in health and wellness management and in dietetics, and she’s an ACSM-certified exercise physiologist. Natalie works at Apple as a corporate wellness dietitian and does consulting in a holistic wellness center called Alive + Well, as well as through her own business in Austin, Texas. Natalie has been voted among the best nutritionists in Austin by Austin Fit Magazine. She enjoys being outdoors, warm weather, trying new recipes and restaurants, and traveling.
Women's Health, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Obstetrics (Labor & Delivery), Midwifery and Doula
Rachel Liberto is a registered nurse. She graduated from New York University in NY. She has experience in maternal child health and has worked in labor and delivery, postpartum and the special care nursery. She also has extensive experience in providing lactation support. Before becoming a nurse, she worked as a birth doula for women delivering at home and in the hospital setting.
Dr. Ricky Chen speciality is Neuro-Oncology. He graduated from Oregon Health Sciences University. His primary interest is in advancing the treatment and care of patients who have primary brain cancers as well as other cancers that involve the brain including metastatic disease from other cancers. His interests span the wide spectrum of diseases that affect the neurological system, including epilepsy and treatments for refractory seizure disorders. He is committed to providing quality information to patients and their caregivers in an understandable format, and also in ensuring the highest quality in our medical literature.
Dr. Sachin Kapur is a neurologist specializing in movement disorders. Dr. Kapur earned his doctor of medicine degree in 2005 at Rosalind Franklin University of Medical Sciences/Chicago Medical School. He currently works as an assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Kapur also practices neurology at Neurologic Associates LLC and is the medical director of movement disorders at the Neurosciences Institute. In his spare time, Dr. Kapur enjoys playing the guitar and bass.
Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology, Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders
Sara Minnis MS, CCC-SLP is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in the state of Massachusetts. Sara completed her Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Ithaca College in 2009. Clinical interests include speech-language, voice and swallowing disorders, stroke, brain injury, head and neck cancer, and FEES Procedure.
Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine, Patient Education
Dr. Saurabh Sethi is a board-certified physician specializing in gastroenterology, hepatology, and advanced interventional endoscopy. In 2014, Dr. Sethi completed his gastroenterology and hepatology fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at Harvard Medical School, and soon after completed his advanced endoscopy fellowship at Stanford University in 2015. Dr. Sethi has been involved with multiple books and research publications, including over 30 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Sethi’s interests include reading, blogging, traveling, and public health advocacy.
Dr. Han is a neurological surgeon. He graduated from the a University of California, San Francisco. He is a Fellow/Clinical Instructor at UCSF in the department of neurological surgery. His interests include surgical neuro-oncology, clinical trials and quality improvement in surgery.
MD, CAQ, FAAFP
Family Medicine, Geriatrics, and Integrative Medicine
Dr. Shilpa Amin is a board-certified physician specializing in family medicine, geriatrics, and integrative medicine. Dr. Amin’s clinical work experience has ranged from private internal medicine and family practice to urgent care, long-term care, and public health. Dr. Amin completed her medical degree and residency in family medicine at The George Washington University. She completed two fellowships in geriatrics and women’s health at the University of Pittsburgh St. Margaret’s program and Mayo Clinic, respectively. Dr. Amin received a master’s in biomedical sciences from the Mayo Clinic Graduate School. At present, Dr. Amin is planning to pursue her masters of jurisprudence in health law through Loyola University. One of Dr. Amin’s personal interests is mosaic tile work.
Dr. Stacy Sampson is a board-certified family medicine physician. She graduated from Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Iowa. She has experience in utilization management and hospital medicine and is a volunteer physician at a free clinic. She likes to spend time with her family and is a hobbyist musician.
Dr. Suzanne Falck is an internal medicine physician. She graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in Farmington, Connecticut. She is an associate professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, where she specializes in internal medicine. Her clinical practice involves seeing patients with varying medical issues, from diabetes to psychiatric complaints. She also researches the safe use of opiates in the hospital, health literacy in the clinic, and drug name confusion. She has three young children and enjoys puzzles, baking, and exercise.
Timothy J. Legg
PhD, PsyD, CRNP, ACRN, CPH
Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Geriatrics, Addiction Medicine, Psychiatry
Dr. Timothy Legg is board-certified as both a geriatric and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and is also a licensed psychologist. He graduated from Touro College in New York with a doctorate in health sciences research and education and from California Southern University in Irvine, CA, with a doctorate in clinical psychology. He’s currently a university professor and clinician in private practice. He’s certified in addiction counseling, public health, health education, and is also an AIDS-certified registered nurse. Tim is a vegetarian, and in his free time, he’s an avid weight lifter and jogger.
Thomas Dean Chiampas
PharmD, BCPS, AAHIVP
Dr. Thomas D. Chiampas is a clinical pharmacist. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is a clinical assistant professor and clinical pharmacist at UIC, where he works in HIV and AIDS clinics. He also participates in patient educational opportunities via Community Advisory Board meetings. He is an avid Chicago sports fan, appreciates all genres of music, and enjoys trying new recipes in the kitchen.
Valinda Riggins Nwadike
Obstetrics and Gynecology Physician and Surgeon
Dr. Valinda Riggins Nwadike is an obstetrics and gynecology physician and gynecology surgeon with 16 years of experience performing deliveries and gynecologic surgeries. Dr. Nwadike graduated from Columbia University with her MPH in 1992 and then went on to earn her MD from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in 1996. She’s also skilled and has years of experience in prenatal, antenatal, and postpartum care. In her spare time, Dr. Nwadike enjoys running, reading, and yoga.
Infectious Disease, Epidemiology, Food Safety, Animal Welfare, Lupus, Public Health
Vincent Tavella is currently a candidate for a veterinary medical doctorate at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine and specializes in epidemiology. In 2018, Vincent earned his master’s in public health at Virginia Tech. He’s served on veterinary mission trips to Nicaragua and co-authored several journal articles on lupus nephritis. In his spare time, Vincent enjoys being outdoors, hiking, camping, and fishing.
Dr. William Morrison is an orthopedic surgeon with over 35 years of experience. He graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He has had academic appointments to Michigan State University and University of Mississippi. His interests are in total joint reconstruction and trauma. In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis.
Women's Health, Breast Cancer
Dr. Yamini Ranchod is an epidemiologist with a background in women’s health, nutrition, and the epidemiology of cancer and cardiovascular disease. Dr. Ranchod graduated from Harvard University with her MS in epidemiology and later earned her doctorate in epidemiology from the University of Michigan. Dr. Ranchod was a Harvard University Presidential Scholarship recipient and has received a number of prestigious awards for her work in the field of epidemiology. Her research has been published in scholarly journals, including the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and American Journal of Epidemiology. Dr. Ranchod enjoys cooking and salsa and swing dancing.
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MS, Science and Medical Journalism
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Medical Advisory Board for Aesthetics Medicine
There’s a lot of confusion around beauty and aesthetic procedures due to a constant stream of new offerings that promise miraculous results. Healthline recognizes that how you look contributes to how you feel, so it’s important that you have what you need to make the best decisions for yourself. We’re partnering with some of the leading physicians in the beauty and aesthetics space — including dermatologists and plastic surgeons — who can help you figure out what products, services, and procedures best meet your needs.
Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Dr. Benjamin Paul is a double board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon who practices in Manhattan. Dr. Paul is known for exceptional talent in rhinoplasty, facelift, eyelid surgery, and hair restoration. He prides himself on delivering natural, long-lasting results with no evidence of surgery and minimal down time. Dr. Paul completed the prestigious Honors Program in Medical Education at Northwestern University, where he earned his undergraduate and medical degrees. Dr. Paul went on to complete his general surgery internship, otolaryngology-head and neck surgery residency, and facial plastic and reconstructive surgery fellowship at New York University.
Dr. David Shafer is board-certified in plastic surgery, is a diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and fellow of the American College of Surgeons. As a graduating Chief Resident, Dr. Shafer was honored with all 3 possible awards, one of which was the Harry W. Hale Jr. Surgery Award for Outstanding Surgeon. He trained at Mayo Clinic and was selected as an Aesthetic Surgery Fellow at the Manhattan Ear, Eye & Throat Hospital in NYC. In addition, he teaches plastic surgery fellows and residents from New York University, Cornell, and Northwell/Lenox Hill Hospital.
Deanne Mraz Robinson
Dr. Deanne Mraz Robinson received her Doctorate of Medicine from University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and completed her dermatology residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, where she served as Chief Resident and Director for the Yale Resident Cosmetic Clinic. Following her time at Yale-New Haven, she completed a Cosmetic and Laser Surgery Fellowship. Currently, she is president and co-founder of Modern Dermatology of Connecticut. Dr. Mraz Robinson serves as assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Yale University of Medicine in New Haven and sits on boards and committees for the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, and ASLMS.
Dermatology and Aesthetics
Dr. Estee Williams is a board-certified medical, cosmetic, and surgical dermatologist, as well as an assistant clinical professor in dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center. She treats adult and pediatric patients and has a focus on the interplay between hormones and the skin. Dr. Williams graduated with honors from Barnard College, Columbia University, with a double major in Premedical Sciences and History. She received her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society of Dermatologic Surgeons, American Contact Dermatitis Society, and the Dermatologic Society of Greater New York.
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Oculoplastic Surgery and Plastic Surgery
Dr. Sheila Barbarino is a board-certified surgeon who has completed two fellowships, one in oculoplastic surgery and a second in full face and body aesthetic plastic surgery. Dr. Barbarino is a fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology, and member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. She also sits on the executive board of the Cosmetic Surgery Foundation. She brings her expertise to the practice of cosmetic, corrective, and reconstructive surgery of the eyelids, face, and full body and applies her oculoplastic and cosmetic surgical skills to rejuvenate the eyelid, face, and full body.
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