Meet the Class of M17


Toyin AlakijaI was born in the US, raised in Nigeria and attended high school in England. I spent half of the year before matriculating at Boston College (BC) painting and the other half enrolled in a French immersion course in Normandy. After BC I enrolled in the Tufts MBS program and then moved back to Nigeria to be with my family and work on my thesis on malaria control strategies and behavior change. I am very interested in global health, preventive medicine and the holistic approach to medicine. Some of my other interests include dancing, learning languages, the theatre and hiking. I am very excited about this next phase of my life and looking forward to being able to apply what I have learned and the experiences I have had over the years to making people feel better in a clinical setting. I am hoping that the Tufts MD/MBA training will give me the knowledge, perspective and insight needed to engage people not inclined to think about health issues by presenting to them the measurable financial benefits of investing in their individual health as well as in the health of their communities.


Maria Arshanskiy was born in Moscow, Russia, and grew up near Boston in Winchester, Massachusetts. Maria graduated from Tufts University in 2013 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, where she was also involved in various biomedical research through the Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering Departments. She spent many summers teaching tennis in the Boston area, as well as at the Amherst and Williams Nike Tennis Camps. She loves Boston, tennis, and music, and enjoys staying active and creative. She is thrilled to be part of the MD/MBA program and is looking forward to acquiring an administrative background that will afford greater responsibility as a future physician.


Michael Belmont was born in San Francisco and raised in Urbana, IL, where he eventually attended University Laboratory High School. In 2011 he graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Economics, during the pursuit of which he designed and implemented a household consumption survey for a health clinic in west Africa and wrote a senior thesis on the comparative performance of managed health plans. He spent the following two years working on various quality improvement projects at a community health center in CT. It was during this period that he developed his intellectual interest in health care systems and discovered the importance of good management and leadership in their success. In his free time, Michael enjoys reading, writing, playing and watching soccer, enduring his minimalist fitness regimen, skiing, cooking, and traveling. 


Michael Gowen was raised outside of Pittsburgh, PA. After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with a Neuroscience degree I moved to Boston where I completed an internship at Fenway Health and spent 10 months as a research technician at TUSM. I have a first-author publication from my research at the University of Pittsburgh; my project studied the anatomical circuitry involved in the vestibular control of the cardiovascular system via the RVLM. I initially became interested in the MD/MBA program when I spent a summer living in an orphanage in Jaipur, India with 24 HIV+ children. Taking the children to the public hospitals taught me a valuable lesson: no matter how talented a physician is, working in a hospital that lacks an organized infrastructure will severely limit one’s ability to care for patients. This made me appreciate the business aspect of running a hospital/health care organization. Aside from academics, I love cooking and spending time in Provincetown, MA with my Fiancé and our vizsla. 


Raised in Seoul, South Korea and New York City, Rohan Jotwani grew up with an interest in health and entrepreneurship. He graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelor's in Biology and spent his gap-year working as a producer for The Doctor’s Channel. He has previously worked for WebMD, Pfizer and MTV, and is the former President of the Columbia Debate team. He has worked on projects including improving the health of football fans with the New York Jets, developing tools for diagnosing autism spectral disorders in rural India, identifying tumor suppressor genes in head and neck cancer, and performing in hundreds of debates ranging from medical ethics to international politics. Ironically, he made the New York Times once for a debate about the societal value of reality television. Recently, he co-founded The "Almost" Doctor's Channel, a website that aggregates the web’s best content for medical students, and serves as its Managing Editor


Eung-Mi Lee was born in Denver, CO, but lived in several different places growing up including California, New Jersey, Colorado, Shanghai, and New Hampshire. She double majored in Philosophy and English at Boston College and became deeply involved in a social justice based service learning program called PULSE, and spent two years on its Leadership Council. PULSE provided the opportunity to work with various service organizations in Boston such as Health Care for All and Boston Healthcare for the Homeless. After graduating, she served as the Clinical Operations Manager at Planned Parenthood League of MA, and worked with a team of 24 direct reports to provide high quality reproductive health care services. Eung-Mi is excited to start the dual MD/MBA program to explore the ways in which business principles can be used to deliver excellent, patient-centered care particularly in light of the change currently taking place in the delivery of healthcare.


My name is Ani Patil. I graduated from Rutgers University in 2013 with a double major in Ecology and Biology. My research interests while there included studying invasive mosquito species and their efficacy as disease carrying vectors as well as clinical research through the Cancer Institute of NJ on Breast Cancer. I decided medicine was the right choice for me after working as a medical transcriptionist at Ocean Medical Center and Jersey Shore University Medical Center ER in South Jersey. I loved the job, not only because it gave me clinical experience, but also because the people I met helped me grow and shaped me as an individual. I was eventually promoted to manager of the program and was placed in charge of the 20+ employees’ in 2 ER’s. It was here I realized my interest in healthcare management because the position allowed me to affect real change. I am extremely excited about beginning the MD/MBA program at Tufts, and hope to use the program to better manage and lead in the new face of healthcare.


My name is Dan Rodkey.  I grew up in Ashland, MA (home of the first electric clock and the original start of the Boston Marathon) and attended Tufts University as an undergraduate.  At Tufts, I received a chemical engineering degree and Spanish minor.  My favorite undergraduate experience was developing an assay to detect GMO soy products and then bringing it into underserved high school classrooms to excite students about science.  After graduating from college in 2011, I worked as a process engineer at Genzyme Corporation supporting the manufacture of three orphan drugs.  The MD/MBA degree will allow to me to combine my passion for science with my desire for innovation to better empower patients.  I look to combine lean operation principles with new technologies to make health care delivery better for all parties.  For fun, I enjoy running, country music, fantasy football, grilling meats and lawn sports.  


Courtney Scanlon was born and raised in the small town of Barrington, Rhode Island. After high school, she attended Boston College (Go Eagles!) where she majored in Business Management with a concentration in Marketing. At BC, she worked as a Teaching Assistant for freshmen business students and volunteered as a Peer Advisor at the Career Center. During her summers, she explored the business side of healthcare while interning as a Store Brands Analyst at CVS Corporate and a Communications Intern at Dana-Farber. From her experiences, she discovered her true passion for direct patient care. Since college, Courtney has been working in administration at Tufts Medical Center. She is eager to begin her dual degree and use her business knowledge to improve inefficiencies and the overall quality of her patients’ care. Outside of work, she enjoys participating in running challenges/races, skiing, hiking and anything outdoors. 


Mahima Vijay was born in India but grew up in Chicago. She graduated from Northwestern University in 2012 with degrees in International Studies and Biology. She also participated in dermatology research and volunteered at a community clinic in the city of Chicago - both which aided in developing her interest in clinical medicine. After her undergraduate career she spent time working in the healthcare IT industry which propelled her toward the MD/MBA program. In her spare time she enjoys the outdoors, attending concerts, and loves to paint. She looks forward to approaching medicine and healthcare through a macroscopic lens in her studies and in her career.