IHPI Scholars, National Clinician Scholars Program, 2018 - 2020 Cohort

Jessica Billig, M.D.

IHPI Scholar

Dr. Billig is a current plastic surgery resident at U-M. She is originally from Los Angeles, California. Jessica received her undergraduate degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of California, Berkeley and graduated with High Distinction in Academic Scholarship. She earned her medical degree from the New York University.

Career Interests: Jessica plans to pursue a career in academic hand surgery, focusing on health services research. She plans to focus on delivery of high-value healthcare to reconstructive surgical patients.

Research Interests: Jessica’s research interests include investigating avenues to improve surgical outcomes for plastic surgery patients at lower costs and eliminating disparities. She is interested in finding drivers for healthcare variations to provide high-value healthcare.

Karan Chhabra, M.D.

IHPI Scholar

Dr. Chhabra is a General Surgery resident at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. He is from Allendale, New Jersey and studied at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Prior to medical school, he worked on strategic research for hospital executives at The Advisory Board Company in Washington DC. He has written for various outlets about health policy, including the blogs Project Millennial, The Incidental Economist, Forbes.com and bostonglobe.com.  As an undergraduate, he studied English at Duke University, where he also researched physician-patient communication.

Career Interests: He plans to pursue a career in academic general surgery and health policy research, with a focus on optimizing the quality and value of care health systems deliver to populations of surgical patients. In addition to research, he plans to pursue these interests through writing and advocacy.

Research Interests: His areas of interest are in: 1) the effects of healthcare changes on surgical access and quality, 2) designing the optimal delivery network for surgical population health, and 3) methods to measure and encourage improvement in surgical quality.

Ana De Roo, M.D.

IHPI Scholar

Research Interests: Her main research interests involve investigating enhanced recovery pathways in surgery for older adults and vulnerable patients to improve outcomes and care. 

Alex Friedman, M.D.

IHPI Scholar

Dr. Friedman is a chief resident in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Brown University. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Washington University in St. Louis, and completed medical school at Northwestern University, where she was awarded the Student Senate Award and the Beatrice Tucker Award for dedication to women’s health. She is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha. Dr. Friedman is dedicated to improving health disparities and patient access to care. During her time as a Schweitzer Fellow she created Coaching for Control, a medical student health coach program for underserved patients with diabetes. She has also patients’ preferences for antenatal education and peer coaching in low resource settings. Dr. Friedman has a passion for quality improvement, and led the creation of an Enhanced Recovery After Surgery protocol for post-cesarean patients, which is being implemented at Women & Infants Hospital. 

Career Interests: Dr. Friedman hopes to be a change agent in antenatal and perioperative care delivery, using innovative approaches to improve all patients’ experiences’ through pregnancy and the postpartum period.

Research Interests: Dr. Friedman is interested in exploring new modalities of care delivery to improve outcomes and patient centeredness, while increasing clinical consistency and efficiency in pregnancy and the postpartum period. 

Aliya Hines, M.D., Ph.D.

IHPI Scholar

Dr. Hines is a native of Yellow Springs, Ohio and received a B.S. in chemistry from Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia. She completed an MD, and a Ph.D. in pharmacology, at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, with doctoral research focused on the synthesis of small molecule kinase inhibitors.  She then completed residency in Dermatology at the University of Michigan. She has worked in both academic and private settings in Detroit, MI since completing residency, including tele-dermatology work at the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center in Detroit. Her experiences as a dermatologist in an underserved urban center led to her interest in using tele-medicine to help increase access to care for patients with dermatologic disease.

Career Interests: Following completion of the National Clinician Scholars Program Fellowship, Dr. Hines hopes to pursue a career focused on health policy and innovation within Dermatology. 

Research Interests: Dr. Hines’ research interests center around the use of technology and health policy to improve access to dermatologic care. Specifically, she is interested in tele-dermatology as a tool to provide increased access to underserved veteran and Medicaid insured patient populations. 

Jin Jun, M.S.N., R.N.

IHPI Scholar

Jun is a PhD candidate at New York University, Rory Meyers College of Nursing, where her doctoral education was supported by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH T42). Her dissertation study examined the association between nursing unit culture and the use of evidence based practice. Jin has over 14 years of clinical experiences as a trauma and intensive care nurse as well as primary care and gerontology nurse practitioner in the US and in India. Through her clinical experiences, she has developed strong curiosity and passion to develop and sustain a healthy workforce in order to create a better healthcare system. Jin has received undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania.

Career Interests: Jin plans to pursue a career as a scholar, activist, and leader focused on developing healthy and strong healthcare workforce in the US and globally.

Research Interests: Jin’s research interests include occupational and environmental health, organizational management, and complementary and alternative methods of stress management. She is also interested in developing policy that supports healthcare providers. 

Kara Mizokami-Stout, M.D.

IHPI Scholar

Dr. Mizokami-Stout is an endocrinologist originally from rural southern Colorado. She received her BS in biology and biochemistry from Regis University and her MD from the University of Colorado. She completed an internal medicine residency at the University of Colorado and endocrinology fellowship at the University of Michigan. She is passionate about improving the lives of patients with diabetes mellitus. While at the University of Michigan, she researched diabetes complications, specifically the relationship between metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy as well as the prevalence and risk factors for microvascular and macrovascular complications in a national cohort of patients with type 1 diabetes. Additionally, she has been involved in several clinical trials involving a wide-range of interventions for diabetes.

Career Interests: Dr. Mizokami-Stout plans to pursue a career in academic endocrinology focusing on health services research and advocacy for patients with diabetes.

Research Interests: Her main research interests involve exploring the gender-specific differences in diabetes mellitus complications, particularly the disproportionate cardiovascular mortality in women. She is especially interested in how psychosocial factors impact diabetes care and outcomes.