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Meet the Class of M22

Regina Ahn

Undergraduate School: UCLA, 2015

Where did you grow up? Bay Area in California 

If you have been out of school, what have you been doing since you graduated?
My first year, I worked as a part-time UCLA Nuclear Medicine Clinic Assistant, volunteered at a museum, and continued my undergraduate research in quantitative PET brain analysis. I moved across the country to MD to join NIH's post-bacc IRTA program for 2 years where I prepared transmission electron micrographs in a basic science lab, mentored a college-bound student, and tutored high school students in science test prep. In my free time, I have continued my passion for viola playing in non-profit ensembles.

What interests you about the MBA, and/or what do you want faculty and other students in the MBA program to know about you?
I am curious to explore and continue learning about the business-side of healthcare in the hopes of becoming a more well-informed physician advocates. I imagine the MD will be a way for me to train in the bottom-up perspective, and the MBA degree from the top-down. Managing and funding a science summer camp of no cost for underserved students while I was an undergraduate at UCLA was an exciting, challenging experience that motivates me to improve my leadership and collaboration skills. Surprisingly, it is my community service work with non-profits that have led me to pursue this MBA degree. I can't wait to meet and be inspired by others in this program with like-minded goals of improving healthcare systems through business and medicine.
 

Aniksha Balamurugan

Undergraduate School: Dartmouth College, 2016

Where did you grow up? Suburbs of New York City
 
If you have been out of school, what have you been doing since you graduated?
Since graduation, I have been working at a healthcare consulting firm in Boston, where I have been involved in healthcare innovation through engaging with pharmaceutical and biotech companies on a variety of projects in different therapeutic areas such as oncology, infectious diseases, medical aesthetics, respiratory diseases, etc. 

What interests you about the MBA, and/or what do you want faculty and other students in the MBA program to know about you?
My work in healthcare consulting has helped me hone critical skills for my medical career and better understand the importance of business in delivering high quality patient care. Physicians often play multiple roles as clinicians, advisors, leaders, advocates, and innovators. The MBA program will provide me with formal training in relevant skills and knowledge so that I am well equipped to handle all of these responsibilities in a constantly evolving environment. What excites me most about medicine is that it is a team sport – I’m looking forward to working with and learning from others during this program and beyond to better patient care. Outside of academics, I enjoy traveling, dancing, hiking, and trying new things.
 

Nicholas Coccoluto 

Undergraduate School: Boston College, 2018

Where did you grow up? Saugus, MA

What interests you about the MBA, and/or what do you want faculty and other students in the MBA program to know about you?
While attending Boston College, I worked as an Operating Room Assistant at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and as an EMT/Supervisor at Boston College EMS. While serving as the organization’s Materials Management Officer, I saw just how crucial the efficient allocation of resources is to organizational success. By utilizing the leadership abilities and management skills that a MBA provides, I hope to explore, develop, and incorporate techniques and protocols that maximize the efficiency of healthcare systems without sacrificing the quality of patient care in the process. In my spare time, I love to be physically active. Sports were an important part of my childhood and, along with other activities such as exercising, continue to serve as an outlet and contribute to the person I am today.
 

Lara Gruye

Undergraduate School: Cornell University, 2015

Where did you grow up? Berkeley, California/East Bay Area, CA

If you have been out of school, what have you been doing since you graduated? 
After graduation, Lara worked for Adaptive Biotechnologies in Seattle WA, which harnesses high-throughput sequencing of T and B cell receptors to drive research in oncology, autoimmunity, and other immune-mediated diseases. Lara worked as a manager in Business Development, focusing on the company’s relationships with pharmaceutical and biotechnology customers. Though she had an incredible experience working in healthcare industry, Lara decided that she wanted to work with patients directly, and became a research study assistant at the University of Washington Medical Center in the department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine. There, she ran clinical trials, procured data for multiple prospective and retrospective research studies, and wrote a clinical case study of a unique tricuspid valve infective endocarditis case.  

What interests you about the MBA, and/or what do you want faculty and other students in the MBA program to know about you?        
In working in the biotechnology space, Lara has seen firsthand how technology and medicine combine to better patient outcomes. This experience also taught her the importance of having business knowledge in order to successfully monetize the process, promote collaboration, and drive research to improve patient care. Lara’s work with the University of Washington has taught her about the ins-and-outs of clinical trial design, and the importance of adhering to the scientific method. She hopes to use her experiences in both a business and hospital setting to drive medical research and industry.
 

Samuel Nowicki

Undergraduate School: Tufts University, 2018

Where did you grow up? Woodstown, New Jersey

What interests you about the MBA, and/or what do you want faculty and other students in the MBA program to know about you?
I worked as a scribe in a primary care office. I became involved in billing and coding with my provider and became incredibly interested in reimbursements and health costs vs. insurance coverage. I hope to become involved in both health policy and hospital management in my career, tackling some of the ethical billing issues I saw in my time as a scribe.
 

Benjamin Pockros

Undergraduate School: Washington University in St. Louis, 2017

Where did you grow up? Washington DC

If you have been out of school, what have you been doing since you graduated?
I worked as a research assistant in a lab at NIH investigating potential therapeutic treatments for septic shock. What interests you about the MBA, and/or what do you want faculty and other students in the MBA program to know about you? While working as a research assistant for Children’s National Medical Center in DC, I became interested in health care delivery in terms of both the individual physician and the broader hospital administration strategy. I am very excited to begin the dual MD/MBA program and apply this integrated education as an opportunity to become a leader in patient care, hospital management, and health policy in the future. In my free time, I love to play sports, watch comedies, and relax with family and friends.
 

Jacob Radparvar

Undergraduate School: University of California, San Diego, 2018

Where did you grow up? I grew up in Los Angeles, California

What interests you about the MBA, and/or what do you want faculty and other students in the MBA program to know about you?
My interest in the MBA program stems from my desire to enter the field of health politics, specifically policy pertaining to mental health. I plan to be fluent in the clinically relevant business and economics of healthcare, so that I can initiate global policy efforts that cut costs while enhancing patient care. I would like faculty and other students in the program to know how excited I am to be moving to Boston and matriculating into such a superb program. I consider myself to be social, open to new experiences, and a go-getter! I’m looking forward to meeting my peers and instructors!

Akash Rastogi

Undergraduate School: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2018

Where did you grow up? Mahwah, New Jersey

What interests you about the MBA, and/or what do you want faculty and other students in the MBA program to know about you?
Akash Rastogi was born and raised in northern New Jersey. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.S. in Biology. During his undergraduate education, he became fascinated by the ever-changing nature of our healthcare system, which led to his pursuit of a Minor in Business through the Ross School of Business. In the summer of 2017, he worked as a pediatric hospital administration intern at the Hackensack University Medical Center, where he reviewed financial reports and future projections to determine methods to increase hospital efficiency and improve patient safety. Through the MD/MBA program at Tufts, he hopes to combine the art of medicine with business to deliver cost-effective, high quality care to patients. Outside of his passion for medicine, he enjoys playing tennis and basketball, traveling the world, and hanging out with friends and family.