Woman One Emeritus Scholars
Dominique Jones, MD – 2021
A Philadelphia native, Dr. Jones earned her undergraduate degree in biology with a minor in public health from George Washington University and a master’s degree from Hampton University. She graduated from Drexel University College of Medicine in 2021 and is currently in the first year of a pediatric residency at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware. During medical school, Dr. Jones was active in extracurricular activities, serving as co-president of Drexel’s chapter of the Student National Medical Association. She was a founder of Drexel StAR: Students Against Racism, and coordinated the annual Racism in Medicine Conference. Dr. Jones has always had a special interest in pediatric and adolescent mental health in the Black and Latino communities, which are often undiagnosed and underserved. After her residency at Nemours/duPont, Dr. Jones plans to stay in the Philadelphia area to practice medicine where she is needed most. Dominique Jones was the Penn Mutual Woman One Scholar.
Jacqueline Koomson, MD – 2021
Dr. Koomson is from Worcester, Massachusetts, and is a first-generation college student who completed an undergraduate degree in biochemistry at NYU and a master’s degree at Boston University. She graduated from Drexel University College of Medicine in 2021, is now spending an intern year at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in the Philadelphia region, and will then complete a four-year residency in diagnostic radiology at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. During her time at Drexel, Dr. Koomson was involved with the Mentoring and Pipeline Program, the Drexel student chapter of the American Medical Association, and the Learning Climate Committee. She also interned for two summers at a medical hospital in Accra, Ghana, helping underserved patients suffering from trauma. After her residency, Dr. Koomson plans to pursue her interest in women’s health by completing a fellowship in mammography/women’s imaging. Jacqueline Koomson was The Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design/Dean’s Woman One Scholar.
Rita Akumuo, MD – 2020
Born and raised in Camden, New Jersey, Dr. Akumuo attended Syracuse University and graduated with degrees in nutrition science, neuroscience and biology. She received a master’s degree in medical science from Drexel University College of Medicine in May 2016 and entered Drexel’s medical school later that year. During her time there, Dr. Akumuo was involved with student government, and served as the president of her class and on the executive board of Student National Medical Association. Dr. Akumuo earned her medical degree in May 2020 and is now a general surgery resident at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. She has plans to pursue a fellowship in transplant surgery, pediatric surgery or surgical oncology. Rita Akumuo was the Philadelphia Foundation/Dean’s Woman One Scholar.
Stephanie Belancourt, MD – 2020
Dr. Belancourt grew up in Haiti in an underserved area of Port-au-Prince and moved to Florida as a teenager. She is a graduate of Florida International University with a degree in psychology and later received an MBA from Nova Southeastern. She earned her medical degree from Drexel University in May 2020 and is now an internal medicine resident at the University of Miami’s Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She is looking forward to having a positive impact on her patients’ lives, challenging herself and becoming a leader in the field of medicine. Dr. Belancourt was the Haas Woman One Scholar.
Dareen Elgindi, MD – 2019
Born in the Sudan, Dr. Elgindi moved to Columbus, Ohio, when she was a child and earned a BS from Ohio State University as a triple major in biology, microbiology and biochemistry. During her years in medical school, Dr. Elgindi volunteered her time at the Philadelphia Human Rights Clinic, serving asylum seekers. She also volunteered regularly at clinics and hospitals in the Sudan, shadowing doctors and nurses. Dr. Elgindi earned her medical degree in May 2019 and is now completing an internal medicine residency at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. Dareen Elgindi was a Dean’s Woman One Scholar.
Ivonne Martinez, MD – 2019
Originally from Bogota, Colombia, Dr. Martinez moved to the United States when she was 12 years old and lived in New Jersey, later graduating from Seton Hall University as a biochemistry major. She spent her third and fourth years of medical school at Drexel in Sacramento, California, doing clinical rotations, where she had the opportunity to advocate for Spanish-speaking patients. She earned her medical degree in May 2019 and is now in the final year of a three-year residency program at the University of California – Davis Medical Center. Dr. Martinez plans to subspecialize in gastroenterology and pursue a fellowship in that field. Ivonne Martinez was the Honickman Woman One Scholar.
Christel Francois, MD – 2018
Dr. Francois was born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, but attended high school in New York and graduated from the University of Maryland. While visiting Haiti in 2010, she found herself in the heart of the tragic earthquake, and working with the victims inspired her to become a physician. After completing a three-year family medicine residency at Montefiore Hospital in New York City (the Bronx), she began a New York City Homeless Healthcare Fellowship in partnership with the NYC Collaborative for Homeless Healthcare and the Montefiore Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Francois embraces the opportunity to gain insight into the impact of social factors on health issues, build relationships with her patients and serve those affected by homelessness. Christel Francois was the Suzanne Roberts Woman One Scholar.
Jaclyn Heilman – 2018
A native of Philadelphia, Dr. Heilman attended Pennsylvania State University and earned a degree in bioengineering. After receiving her medical degree from Drexel University in May 2018, she began a residency in general surgery at Abington Hospital, near Philadelphia. She looks forward to continuing the learning process throughout her surgical residency and hopes to build relationships with her patients to become a surgeon who takes care of people and saves lives. Jaclyn Heilman was a W.W. Smith Woman One Scholar.
Jillian Thayer – 2018
Originally from Seattle, Washington, and a graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in biochemistry, Dr. Thayer earned honors designation throughout medical school and received her medical degree from Drexel in May 2018. She is now in a five-year residency program in general surgery at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Thayer hopes to help patients in underserved communities and is considering a fellowship after completing her residency. She also plans to pursue leadership opportunities, eventually becoming the chief of surgery someday. Jillian Thayer was the Jean Forest, MD–WMC/MCP Trust Fund Woman One Scholar.
Christina Schroeder, MD, MBA – 2017
A native of Sacramento, California, Dr. Schroeder graduated from the University of California-Davis and excelled academically during her time in medical school. She earned a dual MD/MBA at Drexel in 2017 and used both degrees during her pediatric residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. She plans to work with the underserved patient population in the Los Angeles area and will apply her knowledge to help young patients in this needy community. Christina Schroeder was the St. Christopher’s/Health
Partners Woman One Scholar.
Angela Bryant, MD – 2016
Born and raised in Ohio, Dr. Bryant is a graduate of Ohio State University. She received her medical degree from Drexel in 2016 and completed her pediatrics residency at the Indiana University School of Medicine Hospital in Indianapolis. She is currently a practicing pediatrician in the Indianapolis area and enjoys working with children and their families.
Susan Ramirez-Chung, MD – 2016
Dr. Ramirez-Chung is a native of the Bronx, New York. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and later received a graduate degree in biomedical sciences at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She earned honors designation in many classes during medical school at Drexel and received her MD in 2016. Dr. Ramirez-Chung completed her residency in pediatrics at Jefferson Medical College/DuPont Hospital for children in Philadelphia and Delaware in 2019. In her role as a pediatrician, she hopes to work with the parents of her young patients to find common ground and improve the lives of the entire family. Susan Ramirez-Chung was the Sunshine Lady Woman One Scholar.
Ingrid Schmiederer, MD – 2016
Dr. Schmiederer is from Morrisville, Pennsylvania, and is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University. She received her medical degree from Drexel in 2016 and is now a general surgery resident at New York Presbyterian Hospital in Queens. During her time at Drexel, she was an active volunteer with many organizations including the Drexel chapter of the Latin Medical Student Association and the Drexel Mentoring and Pipeline program. In 2015, she was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society due to her background of service and academic excellence. Dr. Schmiederer recently took a year away from her general surgery residency for a fellowship in educational research at Stanford University. When the COVID-19 crisis overwhelmed hospitals in New York City in spring of 2020, she returned to her residency in Queen, New York, to take care of seriously ill patients. After her residency ends, Dr. Schmiederer will serve for two years in the U.S. Army Reserves. Ingrid Schmiederer was a W.W. Smith Woman One Scholar.
Chinwe Ibeh, MD – 2015
A graduate of Columbia University, Dr. Ibeh is originally from Nigeria. She was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society in her fourth year at Drexel. After receiving her medical degree in 2015, she began a residency in neurology at the University of Washington in Seattle and will work with patients in critical care situations who suffer from devastating neurological conditions, including stroke victims. Dr. Ibeh finished her residency and is currently at Columbia University in New York City for a fellowship in vascular neurology.
Amber Peterson, MD – 2015
A native of Oxon Hill, Maryland, Dr. Peterson graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. She received her medical degree from Drexel in 2015 and completed a residency in the emergency department of the University of Hackensack Hospital in 2018. She is now working as an attending physician at the University of Maryland Charles Regional Hospital in LaPlata, Maryland, and plans to pursue a career in emergency medicine administration to further develop her strong leadership abilities.
Nejat Naser, MD – 2014
Dr. Naser was born in Ethiopia, moved to Maryland as a teenager and is a graduate of the University of Maryland. She received her medical degree from Drexel in May 2014. During her time at Drexel, Dr. Naser volunteered with Squash Smarts, tutoring students in English, math and other subjects. She completed a residency in internal medicine at George Washington Hospital in Washington, D.C., and is now a practicing physician in the Baltimore region.
Donyell Doram, MD – 2013
A native of New Jersey and graduate of Rutgers University, Dr. Doram received her medical degree from Drexel in 2013 completed a residency
in internal medicine at Lehigh Valley Hospital
in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She is now an
internist in private practice in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. During her final year of medical school, Dr. Doram was the AmeriHealth Mercy Woman One Scholar.
Alicia Howard, MD, MPH – 2013
Dr. Howard grew up in North Carolina and is a graduate of Howard University. She completed a master's degree in public health at Drexel University while simultaneously pursing her medical studies. She was also a Greater Philadelphia Albert Schweitzer Fellow for a project that involved working with an anti-poverty organization in West Philadelphia. Dr. Howard earned her MD from Drexel in 2013, completed a residency in internal medicine-primary care at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut, and is now a hospitalist at Catawba Valley Medical Center in rural Hickory, North Carolina. Dr. Howard was the Sunshine Lady Woman One Scholar.
Stephanie Johnson-Sirianni, MD – 2013
Dr. Johnson-Sirianni grew up in western Pennsylvania and graduated from Temple University. Throughout her time at Drexel, she volunteered as a tutor for disadvantaged children, both in Philadelphia and in Pittsburgh, where she completed many of her clinical rotations. Since graduating from Drexel in 2013, Dr. Johnson-Sirianni relocated to Arizona and is pursuing a master's degree in public health and is doing research on combined/interdepartmental psychiatry and cardiology studies. She is particularly interested in the psychiatry of disease, especially as it pertains to disadvantaged communities.
Sharrón (Ronni) Manuel, MD, PhD – 2013
Originally from West Virginia, Sharrón (Ronni) Manuel earned dual MD/PhD degrees while at Drexel. Because she wanted to be able to provide continuity of care for patients throughout the lifespan, Dr. Manuel specialized in ob/gyn and graduated from Drexel in 2013. She completed a residency at the University of Kentucky in Lexington in 2017, followed by a two-year Master of Reproductive Science and Medicine program at Northwestern University in Chicago. Dr. Manuel is now an assistant professor at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso, Texas, in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, where she works with a large underserved Latino population. She recently conducted a research study on the effects of COVID-19 in pregnancy in the El Paso community.
Carla Zeballos, MD – 2013
Dr. Zeballos was born in Bolivia, but grew up in Virginia and is a graduate of the University of Virginia. She was involved in the Latino Medical Student Association at Drexel, in which she volunteered as a tutor and mentor and presented health programs to underserved
populations in North Philadelphia. Dr. Zeballos graduated from Drexel with her MD in 2013 and completed a residency in general surgery (research track) at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, where she was able to work with the large underserved Latino population. She completed four years of a PhD program in cancer biology and in 2019 decided to switch her career path to diagnostic radiology, which will allow her to work closely with cancer patients. Dr. Zeballos is currently completing a radiology residency at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
Ifeoma Nwabuzor, MD – 2012
Born in London to Nigerian parents, Dr. Nwabuzor lived in Connecticut and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. After earning her medical degree from Drexel in 2012, she completed an ob/gyn residency at North Shore Long Island Jewish Hospital in New York and is now a physician in the Philadelphia area with the Crozer Keystone Health System. Dr. Nwabuzor’s philosophy is to provide care and equip patients with information so that they may make the best decisions for their lives and their families. She is particularly excited to help women of all ages create practical plans for a healthy lifestyle.
Gisela Vargas, MD – 2012
A Johns Hopkins University graduate, Dr. Vargas was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and grew up in Maryland. During medical school, her goal was to work in primary care and preventive medicine and to make a difference in the lives of her patients. She graduated from Drexel in 2012 and began an internal medicine residency at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Pa., working with the growing underserved Hispanic community in the Lehigh Valley. Dr. Vargas completed her residency and now practices medicine in Allentown.
Michelle Ballentyne, MD – 2011
Dr. Ballentyne is a native of Jamaica and a graduate of Temple University who worked full time to support herself through college while also volunteering to help the elderly and disabled. During her medical school education at Drexel, she traveled to Kenya on a medical mission trip. Dr.
Ballentyne received her medical degree from
Drexel in 2011, finished a residency in ob/gyn
at Chestnut Hill Hospital in Philadelphia, and is
now practicing medicine in Lancaster County,
Janielle Hyde, MD – 2011
Dr. Hyde is a graduate of Howard University with roots in Canada, Jamaica and Florida. After graduating with her medical degree from Drexel in 2011, she completed a residency in neurology at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C., and a fellowship in clinical neurophysiology and epilepsy at the University of Florida in Gainesville. She is now a practicing neurologist in Florida.
Edwina Coleman, MD – 2010
Dr. Coleman is originally from Umatilla, Florida. During her time in medical school at Drexel, she
held leadership roles in the Student National
Medical Society. After graduation, she completed
an internship in family medicine with the
Main Line Health System in the Philadelphia
region. She is now a staff physician at the
Georgetown University student health center in
Washington, D.C. Dr. Coleman's Woman One scholarship was fully funded by The Sunshine Lady Foundation.
Emilia Cuneo, MD – 2009
Dr. Cuneo completed her residency in family medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. She practiced medicine at the Lynn
Community Health Center in Massachusetts, near
Boston, and now works as a primary care physician
in Parkesburg, Pennsylvania. She has always
had a passion for women's health, patients with
HIV/AIDS and working with underserved populations.
Keri Fugarolas, MD – 2009
Dr. Fugarolas finished a four-year residency in pediatrics at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, followed by a neonatology fellowship at the hospital. She is currently an attending neonatologist at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia.
Veronica Ramirez, MD – 2009
During her fourth year in medical school, Dr. Ramirez was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. After graduation, she returned to her native California to become a resident in pediatrics at Children's Hospital Central California – UC San Francisco, and is now a pediatrician in Fresno, California. She is also a volunteer clinical instructor at UCSF Fresno and works with the UCSF Fresno Latin Center to mentor underrepresented high school and college students who are interested in health careers. Veronica Ramirez’s Woman One Scholarship was funded by the Suzanne Roberts Cultural Development Fund.
Annette Lopez, MD – 2008
Prior to graduation from Drexel in 2008, Dr. Lopez was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. During her residency at Albert Einstein Hospital in Philadelphia (2008–2012), she was named chief resident in emergency medicine. Dr. Lopez later moved to Portland, Oregon, where she worked for two years as a toxicology fellow in the Emergency Medicine Department of Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) Hospital. She is now on staff at the Oregon Poison Center and is assistant chief of the Emergency Department of the Portland VA Hospital.
LaToia Marks, MD – 2008
Dr. Marks completed her ob/gyn residency at the University of Texas at Houston, Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital and is now a practicing physician at the Women’s Healthcare Center in Baytown, Texas. A Houston native, she returned to Texas to treat underserved patients in her home community. Dr. Marks' Woman One Scholarship was funded by AmeriChoice.
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