The members of MedPage Today’s “The Lab” are students and early-career doctors, nurses, public health professionals, and others in the health space who want to change the field of medicine for the better. The Lab bridges the worlds of journalism and medicine, acting as a resource to keep us informed about the most pressing issues impacting healthcare workers, patients, and the profession of medicine itself. Members of The Lab contribute ideas, tips, op-eds, and expert insights to MedPage’s editorial team.
Henry Bair is an MD/MBA candidate and Knight-Hennessy Scholar at Stanford University. His research focuses on the application of innovative technologies to deliver efficient, affordable, and accessible patient-centered healthcare. At Stanford, Henry directs courses on healthcare leadership, digital health, and clinician-patient communication strategies. His writings on humanistic medicine, healthcare delivery innovation, and medical education have appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Academic Medicine, Journal of Hospital Medicine, and other publications.
Amanda Joy Calhoun, MD, MPH
Amanda Joy Calhoun, MD, MPH, is an adult/child psychiatry resident at Yale Child Study Center/Yale School of Medicine. Calhoun’s research focuses on the mental health effects of anti-Black racism in children, and she also specializes in the effects of medical anti-Black racism. She writes for both academic journals and general press and has published in New England Journal of Medicine, TIME magazine, Washington Post, and HuffPost, among others; she has appeared on CBS News, PBS Newshour, and MSNBC, discussing the harmful effect of racism on Black Americans. Calhoun is also a fellowship leader of the OpEd Project, a public speaker, a consultant, and a guest instructor at Yale College. You can follow her on Twitter (@AmandaJoyMD) and Instagram (@amandajoymd)
Logan Cho is a medical student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He is co-leader of the Health Policy Program at Mount Sinai and a content contributor for Healthcare Huddle. Logan completed his undergraduate degree at Brown University and is from Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. He can be found on Twitter @Lcho13.
Jared Dashevsky, MEng
Jared Dashevsky is a fourth-year medical student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. He's co-founder and head writer at Healthcare Huddle, a weekly healthcare newsletter focused on simplifying industry news for health professionals. You can follow him on Twitter @jareddashevsky.
David Dent is a PharmD candidate at VCU School of Pharmacy, and he is passionate about making the public more #AWARxE of the vital roles pharmacists play in healthcare. He is the co-founder of CREATORx, a collective of pharmacy students and pharmacists supporting pharmacy digital content creation across social media. His writing focuses on mental health, digital health, and healthcare news and policies impacting pharmacy practice. He has 4 years of inpatient pharmacy experience, and upon graduation, plans to pursue a residency in hospital administration. You can subscribe to his pharmacy podcast OVERxDOSE, to laugh and learn more, and follow him on Twitter and Instagram @DavidDentRx.
Shanina Knighton, PhD, RN, CIC
Shanina Knighton is a nurse, scientist, and infection preventionist, and a faculty member at Case Western Reserve University in the school of nursing and biomedical engineering. Her work focuses on infection prevention and technology-based interventions to engage patients and older adults. During COVID-19, she has been instrumental in innovating and providing practical prevention tools and guidelines to community members, small businesses, community organizations, and public officials. She has distributed over 200,000 infographic sets locally and through organizations in different states; her practical tips have appeared in Forbes, Self Magazine, and Modern Woman Magazine.
Rafid Rahman, MD
Rafid Rahman is a resident physician at the University of Toledo College of Medicine and an incoming physical medicine and rehabilitation resident at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. You can follow him on Twitter @RafidRahmanMD.
Abigail Regan, RN
Abigail Regan is a registered nurse at Beth Israel in Boston in the Neonatal Intensive Care unit. She completed her undergraduate education at Boston College. After graduating, she began her nursing career in Denver, Colorado, where she was fortunate enough to enjoy the mountains and all the skiing Colorado had to offer! She recently relocated back east to be closer to family during the pandemic. She’s currently obtaining her family nurse practitioner certification from Georgetown University.
Caroline Regan, NP
Caroline Regan is a nurse practitioner who graduated from Yale School of Nursing in 2019. She went on to complete a critical care fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and is currently practicing palliative care in the Nuvance Health system at both Norwalk Hospital and Danbury Hospital in Connecticut. As an NP fairly new in her career, her interests include the intersection of science and humanity, preserving nuanced discussions in science, and moving toward a healthcare system that combines these ideas.
Michal is an MD candidate at Wayne State University. He is interested in how disruptive medical journalism leads to improved scientific and medical understanding. He has previously written for MedPage Today and The Michigan Daily. He was born and raised in Queens, N.Y. and is passionate about ceramics and brewing kombucha.