RESIDENTS COMMITTEE

Residents Committee
Aviva Berkowitz

Aviva Berkowitz, MD

Chair

Aviva is a Radiation Oncology resident at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She received her medical degree at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed her internship in Internal Medicine at Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital.

Her clinical and research interests include applications of stereotactic body radiation therapy and immunotherapy in the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma, and oligometastatic disease. As a member of the Radiosurgery Society Resident Committee, Aviva has led two resident-driven regional workshops, including a resident debate regarding emerging topics in radiosurgery. Dr. Berkowitz is the Chair of the Residents Committee.

Evan M. Thomas

Evan M. Thomas, MD, PhD

Vice-Chair

Evan Thomas is a resident in the UAB Department of Radiation Oncology. He help the position of Chair of the RSS Residents Committee upon its conception and is currently Co-Chair of the Committee. He was educated in Materials Engineering at Arizona State University, then received an M.S. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley before returning to his home state of Alabama to complete PhD in Biomedical Engineering and then his M.D. As a side project during his graduate thesis, he became interested in radiosurgical treatment planning under the mentorship of John Fiveash.

His particular relevant expertise is in single-isocenter volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) treatment planning and delivery for multiple metastases, which he has been studying for nearly a decade. Additionally, he worked in close collaboration with Varian Medical Systems during a postdoctoral research fellowship which resulted in implementation of the UAB single-isocenter methodology into the HyperArc platform and its successful benchmarking

More recently he has helped develop the UAB Movement Disorder Radiosurgery Program, which utilizes the first coneless, MLC-based linear accelerator delivery technique for functional radiosurgery applications as well as the UAB Cardiac Radiosurgery Program for ventricular arrhythmia. He has published a variety of papers within the radiosurgery field, and given an extensive array of lectures & webinars on radiosurgical treatment planning for multiple metastases. Some of his other additional research interests include novel applications of emerging technology within radiation oncology, health physics, and healthcare public policy.

Amanda Rivera

Amanda Rivera, MD

Junior Faculty Advisor

Amanda is a Chief Resident in the department of Radiation Oncology at Montefiore/Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She completed her medical training at Jefferson Medical College (Sydney Kimmel Medical College) in Philadelphia and will be completing her Radiation Oncology residency training in June 2020.

Her research interests include use of SRS for both benign and malignant intracranial indications, as well as, SBRT in pancreatic adenocarcinoma. She has been involved in several investigational projects including a review of the RSSearch Pancreatic SBRT Registry analyzing outcomes and obesity metrics. Amanda is also leading ongoing projects in the areas of radiation proctitis, diversity enhancement and improving disparities in cancer outcomes, social media as a tool in Radiation Oncology awareness, and Brachytherapy. As a member of the RSS Resident Committee, she has led two resident driven regional workshops, including a resident debate regarding emerging topics in radiosurgery and is actively involved in the new RSS mentorship pathway initiative. She is looking forward to starting her career as a junior attending this fall.
Twitter handle: @AmandaRiveraMD

Stephanie Schaub

Stephanie Schaub, MD

Junior Faculty Advisor

Stephanie Schaub, MD, is honored to be serving as an Advisor on the Radiosurgery Society (RSS) Resident Committee. Stephanie completed her internship in medicine at Brigham and Women"s Hospital and is a current Chief Resident at University of Washington.

Stephanie has authored or co-authored numerous peer-reviewed publications in the use of stereotactic body radiation therapy, proton therapy, clinical and imaging biomarkers for decision-analytics research, and functional imaging-guided radiation therapy for the management of a variety of solid tumors, including ongoing research to identify radiomic predictors of the tumor microenvironment in soft tissue sarcomas. She worked with the RSS Resident Committee team to develop the new RSS mentorship pathway and will relish seeing the strong relationships this pathway fosters in the years to come. Stephanie is looking forward to pushing the frontiers of precision oncology, including increasing the use of SRS/SBRT, in the field of Pediatrics and Sarcoma malignancies as an Assistant Professor at University of Washington starting Fall 2020.

Therese Y. Andraos

Therese Y. Andraos, MD

Dr. Andraos received her medical degree from the American University of Beirut. She spent 1 year in Houston as a postdoctoral research fellow at The MD Anderson Cancer Center. As a foreign medical graduate, it was invaluable to have had that research training experience.

Dr. Andraos worked on multiple research projects highlighting the role of radiation therapy in various disease sites including lymphoma, prostate cancer, and breast cancer. In January 2020, she was part of the Radiosurgery Society resident debate, and discussed SBRT monotherapy vs EBRT+LDR Boost in intermediate risk prostate cancer. More recently, during the COVID-19 pandemic, she was redeployed to cover the inpatient internal medicine floors. While it was a stressful time both mentally and physically, it reminded her of what originally attracted me to medicine. It allowed her to continue to improve my medical acumen and helped her understand the importance of treating the patient as a whole.

One of Dr. Andraos' future career goals is to develop a further understanding of the role and implications of radio-immunotherapy in cancer patients. She strives to explore this aspect of radiation oncology further as a member of the RSS resident committee. She believes that precision medicine is the future of our field, as it can offer more personalized treatment options tailored towards the diverse immune and genetic profiles of each individual patient. With the help of her colleagues on this committee, she also plans to explore options which may improve the outreach of the RSS not only to the professionals in the field, but to the general public as well.

Hayden Ansinelli

Hayden Ansinelli, MD

Dr. Ansinelli was born in Huntington, West Virginia. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Miami University (Oxford, OH), where he completed a Graduate Assistantship in Exercise & Health Science while teaching a variety of undergraduate-level courses. He then spent a year working for the McKown Translational Genomic Research Institute (Huntington, WV) before continuing his education at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.

In medical school, Dr. Ansinelli was the recipient of numerous accolades, including being inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha and the Gold Humanism Honor Society, and was recognized for playing a leading role in the school’s student tutoring program. During medical school, he was driven towards a career in Radiation Oncology after several close friends and family members were diagnosed with cancer. He then went on to complete his Transitional Year internship at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine / HCA Consortium (Ocala, FL) where he was selected as Resident of the Year.

Outside of work, Dr. Ansinelli enjoys playing the guitar, running, ping pong, disc golf, and spending time with his Golden Retriever, Riley.

Dante Capaldi

Dante Capaldi, PhD-MClSc

Dante Capaldi, PhD, completed both PhD and MClSc degrees in Medical Biophysics at the University of Western Ontario, Canada, in 2018. His PhD research, funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, focused on the development and application of novel image acquisition and analysis methods to measure pulmonary ventilation in patients with lung disease. Dante joined the Stanford University Medical Physics Residency in 2018.

Phillip Cezayirli

Phillip Cezayirli, MD

Phillip is a Neurosurgery Resident at Montefiore Medical Center / Albert Einstein College of Medicine who is interested in pursuing a career in neurosurgical oncology. He has additional interests in research and initiatives involving quality, value, and prospective data collection. In addition to his role with the RSS Residents Committee, Phillip is on the resident committee for the Congress of Neurological Surgeons working on leadership and education projects.

Bory Eastman

Bory Eastman, MD, PhD

Bory is a Radiation Oncology resident at the University of Washington Medical Center. She received her graduate and medical degree from the University of California, San Diego, where she also completed her internship year in Internal Medicine.

Dr. Eastman is interested in the application of stereotactic surgery in the treatment of brain malignancies as well as benign processes and its combination with targeted therapies and immunotherapy. She is also interested in the integration of radiation oncology into palliative care and the increased exposure of medical students to Radiation Oncology.

Yin Gao

Yin Gao, MS

Yin Gao is a PhD student in Medical Physics at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She completed her master's degree in Medical Physics at Duke University. Her master research investigated the potential relationship between radiomic features extracted from the peritumoral region based on the pre-treatment CT and non-local cancer recurrence following primary SBRT for non-small cell lung cancer.

Julie Jiang

Julie Jiang, MD, PhD

Julie Jiang is a radiation oncology resident at Montefiore Medical Center. She completed a double major in Biomedical Engineering and Applied Mathematics & Statistics at the Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Jiang then went on to obtain an MD and PhD in Biomedical Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Jiang has given oral presentations at conferences including ESTRO and Association for Clinical and Translational Science. She has published in several journals, such as Oral Oncology and Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology.

Aram Modrek

Aram Modrek, MD, PhD

Aram Modrek is a Radiation Oncology Resident at New York University School of Medicine. He completed his MD and PhD at NYU in the Medical Scientist Training Program.

As a PhD student in the lab of Dimitris Placantonakis, Dr. Modrek developed a tumor model to study the earliest stages of low-grade glioma formation using human neural stem cells. Aram was accepted into NYU’s three-year MD pathway to Radiation Oncology residency and remains at NYU for his training. He is broadly interested in cancer biology, radiobiology and pursuing a career as a physician-scientist.

Tomi F. Nano

Tomi F. Nano, PhD, MClSc

Dr. Nano is a medical physics resident in the Radiation Oncology department at the University of California San Francisco. His clinical work is focused on reducing patient treatment errors and improving motion management during SRS and SBRT treatments. His research projects include development of low-cost technology for low-resource centers, implementation of artificial intelligence for augmented image segmentation, and improving image guided in radiation treatments.

Jean-Pierre Obeid

Jean-Pierre Obeid, MD

JP is a graduate of the University of Miami medical school, who completed his medicine intern year at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and is currently a Radiation Oncology resident at Stanford University. He has a background in math and physics, and his research interests revolve around radiomic analyses and predictive model formulation. His SRS/SABR related projects include evaluating spinal cord constraints in the treatment of spinal arterio-venous malformations, as well as working to build radiomic models for SRS/SABR response and radiographic features of side effects.

Ankur Patel

Ankur Patel, MD

Dr. Patel is a Resident at University of Pittsburgh, Hillman Cancer Center, Pittsburgh, PA, in the department of Radiation Oncology. He completed his undergraduate studies at Miami University and medical school at Ohio State University. His research experiences include studying the application of radiosurgery to GI malignancies, CNS malignancies, and the oligometastatic setting. He has specific interests in understanding delivery techniques in radiosurgery as well as tumor-specific dose-fractionation and target volume delineation with radiosurgery

Raj Singh

Raj Singh, MD

Raj Singh is a Resident Physician in Radiation Oncology at the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System Massey Cancer Center in Richmond, VA. He was originally born in Edison, NJ, and moved when he was in elementary school to Parkersburg, WV.

Dr. Singh did his undergraduate training at Duke University in Durham, NC, and medical school in Marshall University in Huntington, WV. He has clinical interests in head and neck, CNS and spine, prostate, and lung malignancies, particularly with regards to applications of SRS and SBRT in each of these settings and comparative effectiveness of different fractionation schedules, as well as the growing role of SBRT in the oligometastatic setting. He also hopes to be involved in medical education both in the undergraduate and graduate medical education settings later in his career.

Stephanie Yoon

Stephanie Yoon, MD

Stephanie Yoon is a resident physician in the Department of Radiation Oncology at University of California, Los Angeles. She graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Literature.

She earned her medical degree at Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University and went onto completing her internship at Abington-Jefferson Health. She has interests in stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT), magnetic resonance-guided radiotherapy (MRgRT), functional imaging, and other advanced techniques in radiation therapy.

Michael Zhang

Michael Zhang, MD

Michael Zhang, MD, a resident in Neurosurgery at Stanford University, has been greatly involved in the study of SRS for intracranial pathologies.

As a Stanford medical student and resident, much of his work derives from mentorship and collaborations with Drs. Iris Gibbs, Steven Chang, and John Adler. These experiences have also stimulated an interest in other imaging applications. He has been looking to apply additional experiences in molecular imaging and radiomics to neurosurgery.