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Abraar Karan, MD MPH DTM&H
Infectious Disease Fellow, Dean's Office Operations - Dean Other
Bio I am an infectious disease fellow in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine with interests in emerging infections, infectious disease epidemiology, and global health equity.
I completed my residency in internal medicine at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and as a graduate of the Doris and Howard Hiatt Residency in Global Health Equity. I earned my MD from the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine where I served as Student Body President; an MPH from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H) from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; and my undergraduate degree w/ distinction from Yale University in political science, where I was a Yale Journalism Scholar.
From February to October 2020, I worked on COVID19 response for the state of Massachusetts as a medical fellow to Dr. Monica Bharel, MA Commissioner of Public Health. From November to January 2021, I worked as a research consultant to the WHO commissioned Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response on Covid-19 epidemiology. I also served as a research assistant for the Harvard College Fall course on Covid-19 and epidemics. Furthermore, I was involved in Biden-Harris campaign's Covid-19 policy writing for school reopenings. Prior to this, I studied epidemic response and emerging infectious diseases, with a focus on rural pathogens, including Ebola. In 2018, I co-founded Longsleeve insect repellent, winner of the 2018 Harvard Business School New Venture Competition and a finalist in the 2019 Harvard President's Challenge, which we hope will have a notable impact on curbing transmission of vector-borne epidemic outbreaks. I also led the American Medical Association's Journal of Ethics theme issue on pandemic response, published in January 2020; and I am a peer-reviewer for the CDC's Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal.
My previous work over the past 13 years has included various projects in Latin America (Mexico, Honduras, Nicaragua, Haiti, Dominican Republic), Asia (India, Thailand), and Sub-Saharan Africa (Rwanda, Uganda, Mozambique). In 2011-2012, as a Yale Parker Huang Fellow, I conducted an anthropological research study in India exploring sex trafficking and intergenerational sex work in Hyderabad and Delhi. I am also interested in the intersection between medical ethics and global health (particularly neocolonialism). I participated as a medical fellow in Auschwitz studying the history of the Holocaust for the FASPE program in 2016; and led the AMA Journal of Ethics twice (2016-17 on international healthcare systems; 2019-20 on pandemic response).
Since January 2019, I have also been a columnist at the British Medical Journal. Prior to that, I co-edited the book, "Protecting the Health of the Poor", which was published in December 2015. I have authored works in the NEJM, The Lancet, The BMJ, Academic Medicine, Health Affairs, NPR, WaPo, Vox, Los Angeles Times, CNN, Scientific American, Huffpost, Boston Globe, Harvard Business Review, and other major publications. Press coverage has included: NBC, ABC, BBC, PBS, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, Washington Post, New York Times, Bloomberg, Boston Globe, ProPublica, WSJ, TIME, TMZ, Science Friday, Medium, The Verge, Politico, CBC News, MTV News, Democracy Now, NPR, ESPN, The Atlantic, The Hill, Business Insider, Vice, Mother Jones, Boston Magazine, Vox, Healthline, Forbes, Slate, STAT News, Harvard Public Health Magazine (cover story Spring 2020), and others
Mary Ellen Irene Koran
Affiliate, Dean's Office Operations - Dean Other
Bio Mary Ellen grew up in Annapolis, Maryland. She attended college at Duke University, where she majored in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Chemistry. After graduation, Mary Ellen moved to Nashville, Tennessee to join the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) and earned her combined MD/PhD at Vanderbilt University. She completed her PhD in Human Genetics in the laboratory of Dr. Tricia Thornton-Wells, where she studied the radiogenomics of Alzheimer?s Disease. She developed a pipeline of tools to analyze and quantify images from MR and PET images, which she then used as quantitative traits in genetic analyses to tease apart the etiology of Alzheimer Disease. She is continuing her quantitative MR and PET imaging research with various mentors across Stanford.
Outside of radiology, Mary Ellen is excited about curriculum development, wellness, mentorship, and leadership. She developed and co-leads the RadCombinator curriculum for protected research time for radiology residents, co-leads the radiology wellness committee, for which she secured funding for a resident wellness program, is a member of the GME Women in Medicine Leadership Council, and is co-chair of the GME Women in Medicine Community Development committee. She is also an active mentor through the Women in Medicine Mentorship Program and the Stanford Women Association of Physician Scientists (SWAPS).
Outside of work, Mary Ellen enjoys swimming with the Stanford Masters' team, shopping farmer's markets, mountain biking, and hiking the amazing trails around Northern California, all with her husband Cody. They also love playing with their dog, Bowser.
2017 ? Present
Stanford University ? Palo Alto, CA
Department of Radiology
2016 ? 2017
University of Tennessee ? Nashville, TN
Department of Internal Medicine
2009 ? 2016
Vanderbilt University ? Nashville, TN
M.D. Medical Scientist Training Program
2011 ? 2014
Vanderbilt University ? Nashville, TN
Ph.D. Human Genetics
2005 ? 2009
Duke University ? Durham, NC
B.S.E., Graduation with Distinction
AWARDS AND HONORS:
Etta Kalin Moskowitz Fund Research Award
Awarded by Stanford University Radiology Residency Program, 2017
Awarded by Vanderbilt University School of Medicine to 1st in class, 2016
Glasgow-Rubin Citation for Academic Achievement
Awarded by Vanderbilt University School of Medicine to 1st female in class, 2016
Awarded by Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Department of Radiology, 2016
Fellow and Resident Annual Meeting Scholarship
Awarded by the World Congress of Interventional Oncology for the annual WCIO Conference, 2016
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
Vanderbilt University, 2015
Dr. Constantin Cope Medical Student Research Award
Awarded by the Society of Interventional Radiology Foundation, 2015
Society of Interventional Radiology Medical Student Travel Scholarship
Awarded by the Society of Interventional Radiology for the annual SIR Conference, 2014
Flexner Dean?s Lecture Student Lecturer
Awarded by Vanderbilt University, 2013
NIGMS Travel Fellowship
Awarded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences for the Short Course on Statistical Genetics and Genomics, 2011
Medical Scientist Training Program
Funded by NIH T32 GM07347, full tuition scholarship and stipend for both medical and graduate school, 2009 ? 2016
Baldwin Scholars Unsung Heroine Award
Awarded by Duke University, 2009
Research in Practice Program Grant
Awarded by Duke University, 2008
Pratt Undergraduate Research Fellowship
Awarded by Duke University, 2007-2009