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2019 Minority Trainee Development Scholarship (MTDS) WINNERS

Congratulations to the 2019 Minority Trainee Development Scholarship!


Congratulations to the 40 recipients of the 2019 ATS Minority Trainee Development Scholarship (MTDS)!  Please click here to view the complete list of names!  The MTDS is supported by the American Thoracic Society and provides travel support for underrepresented minorities defined by the National Institute of Health (NIH) to attend the ATS 2019 International Conference in Dallas, TX.


The MTDS recipients will be honored at the Diversity Forum, Sunday, May 19, 2019 from 11:45 am – 1:15 pm, Hyatt Regency Dallas, Landmark D Ballroom, Lobby Level. The annual ATS Diversity Forum focuses on diversity within the fields of pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine and research. At the 2019 forum we will hear from a speaker, to be named, who will address career and diversity issues followed by a question and answer period. The Minority Trainee Development Scholarships (MTDS), which recognize trainees who are members of underrepresented minority groups, will also be presented at this forum. MTDS recipients are selected for the quality of the science in their submitted abstract, among other criteria. Their abstracts will be presented at this conference. All conference attendees, including past MTDS recipients, are invited to attend this forum which provides an opportunity for discussion and networking among attendees. Attendees will find inspiration and valuable career insights.

The Diversity Forum is organized and presented by the ATS Membership Committee and will be hosted by its chair Janet Lee, MD. The Minority Trainee Development Scholarships are supported by the American Thoracic Society.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Elizabeth Guzman at the ATS office by email ( or by telephone (212-315-8627).

Once again, congratulations to the 2019 MTDS awardees, and thank you to all those who applied.  We look forward to seeing you in Dallas, TX!


Yolanda Mageto, MD, MPH
Chair, MTDS Subcommittee

2019 Minority Trainee Development Scholarship (MTDS) Awardees

1. Daniel Ahle, BA         
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine
Mentor: Sharilyn Almodovar, PhD
2. Matthew Barrett, MA           
Princeton University
Mentor: Michael F. Beers, MD
3. Aaron  Baugh MD     
University of California San Francisco
Mentor: James Frank, MA, MD
4. Jessica Bell, MPH       
Mentor: Jacek Mazurek, MD, PhD
5. Chloe Castro, MD      
MetroHealth Medical Center
Mentor: Vidya Krishnan, MD, MHS, ATSF

6. Daniel Colon Hidalgo MD     
Loyola University Medical Center
Mentor: Franco Laghi, MD
7. Courtney Copeland, PhD      
Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School
Mentor: William M. Oldham, MD, PhD
8. Lorene Cudjoe BA      
Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Mentor: Roberta Kato, MD
9. Myra Grace dela Pena-Ponce, PhD  
University of California, Davis
Mentor: Lisa Miller, PhD
10. Edward Dominguez, PhD      
University of California, Riverside
Mentor: Tara Nordgren, PhD
11. Katelyn Dunigan, BS 
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Mentor:  Trent Tipple, MD

12. Emanuel Eguia, MD, MS, MHA         
 Loyola University Medical Center
Mentor: Majid Afshar, MSCR, MD
13. Magno Formiga, PT  
University of Miami
Mentor: Lawrence P. Cahalin, PhD
14. Sherie Gause, MD     
Cleveland Clinic
Mentor: Daniel Culver, DO
15. Miguel Hernandez, MSc       
University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
Mentor: Cherie A. Singer, PhD
16. Andrea Jonas, MD     
Stanford University
Mentor: Rebecca Aslakson, MD, PhD
17. Tiffanie Jones, MD, MPH      
University of Pennsylvania
Mentor: Nuala Meyer, MD, MS
18. Babikir Kheiri, MD    
Hurley Medical Center/Michigan State University
Mentor: Elfateh Seedahmed, MD
19. Christian Lopez-Padilla, MD 
Northwell Health LIJ Forest Hills
Mentor: Negin Hajizadeh, MD, MPH
20. Carolina Lyon De Ana, MS    
Boston University
Mentor: Joseph P. Mizgerd, ScD, ATSF
21. Corina Marziano, MS
University of Virginia
Mentor: Swapnil Sonkusare, PhD
22. Kristina Montemayor, MD   
Johns Hopkins University
Mentor: Natalie West, MD
23. Maria Morcos, BS      
Rochester Institute of Technology
Mentor: Christine Freeman, PhD
24. Titilope Olanipekun, MD      
 Morehouse School of Medicine
Mentor: Gloria Westney, MD, ATSF
25. Nkiru Osude, MD      
Loyola Medical Center
Mentor: Amal Jubran, MD
26. Jezreel Pantaleon Garcia, MD          
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Mentor:  Scott Elliott Evans, MD
27. Jacelyn Peabody, BA 
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Mentor: Steven M. Rowe, MD
28. Jamila  Picart, BS       
University of Chicago Medicine
Mentor: Matthew Churpek, MD, MPH, PhD, ATSF
29. Jovanka Ravix, BS      
Mayo Clinic
Mentor: Y.S. Prakash, MD, PhD
30. Andre Rebaza, MD    
Yale University School of Medicine
Mentor: Charles Sun Dela Cruz, MD, PhD
31. Kimberly Sanchez, BA           
Columbia University
Mentor: Stephanie Lovinsky-Desir, MD, MS
32. Carlos Sendon, MD   
 Yale University
Mentor: Emanuela Bruscia, PhD
33. Alma Solis, MS           
National Institute of Health
Mentor: Stavros Garantziotis, MD
34. Aisha Souquette, BS
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Mentor: Paul Thomas, PhD
35. Ahmed Taha, MD      
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Mentor: Manish Patel, MPH, MD
36. Shalina Taylor, PhD  
Stanford University
Mentor: Marlene Rabinovitch, MD

37. Adelaide Tovar, SB    
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Mentor: Samir Kelada, PhD, MPH
38. Zasha Vazquez-Colon, MD    
San Juan City Hospital
Mentor: Ricardo Garcia De Jesus, MD
39. Mason Weupe           
University of California, Irvine
Mentor: Steven Rowe, MD
40. Jerry Zifodya, MD, MPH        
University of Washington
Mentor: Kristina Crothers, MD

Last Reviewed: April 2019