Meet the Class of M16


Owen Amadasum

Owen Amadasun is an MD/MBA candidate. He was born and raised in East Hartford, Connecticut. Owen graduated from Cornell University in May 2012 with a B.S. in Biology and Society and a minor in Science and Technologies Studies. He greatly enjoys participating in any type of sports activity and enjoying time with people through food, music, or relaxation. He is eager to specialize in either pediatrics or neonatology, because he has been working with young people for the majority of his life. As an MD/MBA graduate, Owen hopes to incorporate a business mindset into making a healthcare operation more efficient and more accessible to all people while still having patient care as his primary objective.

  Owen Amadasun MDMBA class of 2016

Alexander de Castro-Abeger

I grew up in Los Angeles, CA playing water polo and surfing most of my life.  After high school, I took a hiatus from the beach lifestyle and attended Tufts University where I attained a B.A. in Philosophy but always knew that I wanted to attend medical school.  I loved working as an EMT for the student-run volunteer Tufts Emergency Medical Services.  I also played club water polo for Tufts playing in the National Tournament 4 years and placing 1st in my junior year.  I am a brother of Theta Delta Chi fraternity where I held the position of treasurer.  After graduation from Tufts, I moved back to LA where I was an assistant coach for my high school water polo team and a scribe for an Emergency Department which afforded me the opportunity to learn about medicine in a clinical and business environment.  With my MD/MBA, I plan to be better equipped to practice medicine in the ever changing face of health care.

  Alexander deCastro Abeger MDMBA class of 2016

Ted Handler

Ted Handler was raised in the suburbs of New York City in Montclair, New Jersey and went to Montclair High School. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2010 with a BA in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology and a minor in Political Science. After graduating, Ted spent two years doing research in Child Psychiatry at the Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. He worked on two research projects; one investigating early brain changes of infants at a high risk for developing autism, and another studying children with preschool onset depression over the course of their development. In his spare time, Ted enjoys cooking, eating, dining out, grilling, and other consumption-based hobbies. He also likes to ski, swim, hike, bike, and rock-climb when he can find the time.

  Ted Handler MD MBA class of 2016

Caitlin Kiker

Caitlin Kiker was born and raised in California. Following high school graduation, Cait attended Concordia University Irvine in Southern California where she graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Biology: Medical Science. While at CUI, Caitlin spent time researching efficacy of various methods of photodynamic therapy in clinical dermatology. After graduation, Cait elected to pursue a gap year to work, travel, volunteer, and enjoy her freedom before starting the MD/MBA program. During that year, she was able to work in private practice, fulfilling both administrative and clinical duties, volunteer, and travel to thirteen countries. Caitlin loves being by the water, traveling, reading, SCUBA diving, and is a bit of an adventure junky. She is passionate about people and loves spending time with her family and friends. Caitlin is looking forward to the new chapter of life marked by her matriculation at Tufts University School of Medicine and is excited about the opportunities that await.

  Caitlin Kiker MD MBA class of 2016

Brian Like

Brian Like grew up in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan and most recently completed his undergraduate education at Boston College in 2012, majoring in biology.  While in college he competed on BC’s varsity fencing team, was a member of the honors program, and earned an ACC Postgraduate Scholarship.  During the summers he volunteered at a hospital in his hometown and worked to help manage medical records for Wayne State University Physician Group.  He is extremely excited to begin the MD/MBA program and looks forward to being able to apply his business education to the practice of medicine.


  Brian Like MD MBA class of 2016

John Muse

I grew up in Canton, MA.  After completing high school at the Holderness School, I attended Connecticut College where I played varsity lacrosse and graduated with a major in Bioethics in 2009.  Following graduation, I worked for two years as a research associate at the National Institute of Mental Health in a neuroimaging lab exploring the effects of normal human aging on brain structure and function, and how genetic variation modulates these age-related changes.  For the past year, I have continued this research at the NIH while under contract with the Lieber Institute for Brain Development.  It is my hope that through the MD/MBA program I will have a strong foundation in the business of medicine when I become a clinician.  I believe that this foundation will translate into improved patient care and outcomes.  I come from a family of five children, play ice hockey, and own a Siberian husky.

  John Muse MD MBA class of 2016 

Ian Nelson

I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area of Northern California. After graduating from high school, I attended Brigham Young University in Provo, UT, where I majored in Physiology and Developmental Biology and minored in Chemistry, Molecular Biology, and Business Management. After completing my freshman year, I took a two year break from my studies to serve as a full-time representative for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Southwest Idaho. My time in Idaho taught me many valuable lessons about what it truly means to help and serve others. As a student at BYU, I discovered my passion for racing triathlons. I have completed numerous triathlons, including an Ironman in May of 2012. It was also at BYU that I met my wife, Liz, and we anxiously await the arrival of our first child who is due in July of 2012. As a member of the joint MD/MBA program, I hope to be equipped with the tools that will enable me to be part of creating innovations within health care that will reduce costs, making high quality health care available to everyone.

   Ian Nelson MD MBA class of 2016

Rachel Newman

After graduating as an English and Art History double major from Wellesley College in 2008, I moved to Vail, CO to work as a ski instructor and SEO marketing specialist for a web development company. Although the mountains were wonderful, I decided that I would always regret not attempting to become a physician, an idea that had long been in my mind, so I applied to a post-baccalaureate pre-medical program in California. I spent the next three years knocking out all of my science requirements, doing a bit of research on the role of acupuncture in IVF success rates, working in an emergency department, and volunteering as a tutor for inmates at San Quentin State Prison. I'm already missing the gorgeous farmer's markets and hiking trails of the Bay Area; however, I'm thrilled to be part of the MD/MBA 2016 cohort and looking forward to learning how to become a more versatile physician and leader in the ever-changing field of health care.

  Rachel Newman MD MBA class of 2016 

Nana Owusu-Sarpong

I graduated Brandeis University with a B.S. in Biology in 2012. I have lived in New York City for the majority of my life; however, have come to love Boston for what it’s worth. I find that Boston provides just the perfect dosage of “work” and “play.” In my free time, I like to travel, go on adventures with friends, play and watch basketball, go to concerts, and plan events for Boston’s nightlife industry. During my college summers, I shadowed and volunteered in hospitals, clinics, and as a Global Impact Fellow for Unite for Sight, delivering eye care in Ghana’s remote villages—eventually leading me to an interest in medicine. From this range of experiences, I have come to understand that hospital administration is integral in the process of providing medical attention to patients, and that the need for leaders who are firmly grounded in both medicine and business has never been greater. I am very excited to begin the MD/MBA program this summer and hope to knit my medical knowledge with my skills in finance, management, and administration.

  Nana Owusu Sarpong MD MBA student class of 2016 

Mayur Patel

I was born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit, MI. I graduated from the University of Michigan in 2012 with a degree in Neuroscience and a minor in Medical Anthropology. During my undergraduate career, I had many great learning opportunities. These included dissecting at the University of Michigan Plastination Lab, working as a Patient Care Associate at a local hospital, helping lead Dandia Dhamaka (an Indian cultural dance competition), and even being a coxswain for the University of Michigan Men’s Rowing Team. The move from Ann Arbor to the city of Boston was a relatively drastic change for me. I sought after the MD/MBA program to further pursue my passions for both medicine and business. I am particularly captivated by new technologies and how they have the potential to change the health care field.

   Mayur Patel MD MBA class of 2016

Kara Sarrel

Kara Sarrel was born in Brooklyn and grew up in Long Island. During the majority of her summers growing up, she worked at her family’s business, Ruby’s Bar & Grill on the Coney Island Boardwalk. She graduated from Tufts University in 2010 with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in economics, and spent one semester studying abroad in the Gold Coast region of Australia. After graduation, Kara moved to Manhattan for two years to work in the Clinical Genetics Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Here, Kara worked with MSKCC’s genetic oncologists on research studies geared to search for new genetic mutations in individuals with interesting phenotypes, particularly women diagnosed with both breast and ovarian cancers at a young age. Her dual interests in science and business have led her to pursue the MD/MBA degree program, and she is looking forward to exciting future career paths.

  Kara Sarrel MD MBA student class of 2016 

Eric Schwaber

Eric Schwaber grew up in Connecticut and graduated from Brandeis University class of 2012 with a degree in Biochemistry and Economics. He has always maintained a strong interest in the sciences through his natural curiosity and his desire to understand the universe around him. His interest in health care stems from this curiosity combined with an interest in caring for and helping others. Eric is excited to start his MD/MBA program and hopes to encounter new opportunities to care for people. Eric swam competitively for many years before college and still enjoys getting into the water when he can. His other interests include good books, good food, and good company.

  Eric Schwaber MD MBA class of 2016 

Akal Sethi

I was born in Toronto, but raised in Chicago and Houston. I attended McGill University in Montreal for my undergraduate degree and majored in biochemistry with a minor in management. I have conducted research at the MD Anderson Cancer Center on CpG island methylation in leukemia cell lines as well as HoxA chromatin conformation in embryonic development. I am an avid sports fan and follow soccer, football, and hockey rather religiously. I became interested in the MD/MBA program after spending a summer working for a healthcare financial firm in India and realizing the necessity for integration in both disciplines. I hope to achieve a sound understanding of both medicine and business and help contribute in solving the current healthcare situation the world faces today.

  Akal Sethi MD MBA class of 2016 

Ethan Tseng

I grew up in Newton, Massachusetts and continued on to study at Boston University. I graduated in May of 2012 with a B.A. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and a minor in Economics. I spent most of the summers during high school and college working as a research assistant at the V.A. Hospital in West Roxbury studying gastrointestinal motility. I chose to do the combined MD/MBA program because as much as medicine is about helping others, it is also a business. I believe that in order to be the best physician possible, I must understand all aspects of healthcare, even the fiscal side. Three weeks after graduation, I found myself back in a classroom but I could not be happier. My interests include sports, cooking and piano. One day, I hope to become an educator in the classroom, helping to shape the minds of the next generation of clinicians and scientists.

  Ethan Tseng MD MBA class of 2016 

Vivek Varma

I graduated from Ohio State University with a Bachelors in Science in Microbiology with Honors and Research Distinction.  Afterwards, I devoted significant time to finishing my research, which developed an anti-cancer drug for the treatment of resistant testicular cancers and pediatric spinal cord tumors and which is currently being published and fast tracked to clinical trials. My true professional passion lies in social entrepreneurship and poverty alleviation, particularly in developing nations in Asia and South America. Having worked in rural Indian health clinics as part of a unique Public Private Partnership, I saw firsthand the impact that small studies can have on a medical care and want to continue these and other projects throughout medical school. I am excited to start as an MD/MBA student at Tufts and Brandeis because I believe that by learning the business side of medicine, I can apply this fundamental knowledge to affect positive change as investment and social consciousness skyrockets in the developing world! In my spare time,

  Vivek Varma MD MBA class of 2016 

Yiru (Sophie) Xiang

Sophie, coming from a family of doctors, has always known that she wanted to be a physician. But as she shadowed physicians and observed hospital and private practices, she noticed how essential understanding economics and business was to the successful practice of medicine in this era. Immediately after graduating from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio with majors in Biochemistry and Economics and a minor in French, Sophie hopes to gain from the MD/MBA program the knowledge and resources needed to work efficiently in a world of business-like medicine where patients are consumers and many "shop around" for the best healthcare available.

  Yiri (Sophie) Xiang MD MBA class of 2016 

Yuan Yao

I was born in mainland China but have lived in Boston, MA for most of my life. In 2011 I received my BS in Biochemistry from Brandeis University and took a gap year working on an osteoporosis clinical research project. My strong interest in research has led me to memorable experiences in half a dozen academic and industry labs in the Greater Boston area. In my spare time, I volunteer as a leader at the nonprofit organization Student Immigrant Movement, helping to promote equal access to education and push for comprehensive immigration law reform at the state and federal level. I hope to use my MD/MBA to catapult my leadership capacity and give back to my community that has provided me with the support to come this far. I enjoy photography, oil painting, dancing, playing the violin, and playing tennis.

  Yuan Yao MD MBA class of 2016