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Current Residents

Maria Mora
Maria Mora
Beth Stein
Elizabeth Stein
Diego Tamez
Diego Tamez
Jasmine Zapata
Jasmine Zapata

 

Maria Mora, MD, MS (PGY2)

Maria Mora Pinzon received her MD from the prestigious Universidad Central de Venezuela - Escuela Jose Maria Vargas in 2008. She also obtained a master's in clinical research from Rush University at Chicago in 2013. Over the years, she has participated in multiple research projects in the area of surgery and successfully published and presented dozens of projects at national and regional meetings. She completed two years of general surgery residency at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois, during which she continued her involvement in research.

 

Maria's passion for research and knowledge drove her to pursue preventive medicine. She has a strong desire to bring public health and surgery closer, focusing on the development, management and delivery of affordable quality surgical care to underserved areas. She proudly joins UW Preventive Medicine Residency, where she will be in University Health Services, and the Office of Health Informatics within the Wisconsin Division of Public Health.

 

Outside of medicine she enjoys reading fiction books, going to the movies, traveling, exploring new restaurants, and is looking forward to experience the outdoors in Madison. Learn more about her academic work or follow her on Twitter.

 

Why you chose University of Wisconsin:

 

The experience, challenge and opportunities. UW-Madison has been involved in public health for a long time, therefore you have a large amount of world-class mentors available during your career, and you can go as far as you desire in your search of knowledge.

Favorite part of living in Madison:

 

It is a very friendly, stress-free community. You can always find something to do, and experience the wonders of nature very close to home.

 

Medical/research interests:

 

Big Data, being able to use data to create predictive models that will improve our knowledge of health and disease.

 

Interests outside of medicine:

 

Travel, food, movies (particularly sci-fi). Since moving to Madison, I have been hitting the gorgeous trails.

 

Hometown:

 

Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela.

 

If you weren’t in medicine you would be ...

 

Engineer.

 

Favorite part of being an preventive medicine resident:

 

Personal: The sense of family; our faculty go above and beyond for you.

 

Academic: The possibilities are infinite, there are so many things to do that I feel there is not enough time to explore. Preventive medicine will allow you touch lives of thousands of people and make the world a little bit better.

Elizabeth Stein, MD, MS (PGY2)

Elizabeth Stein received her MD from Howard University after transferring from Jefferson Medical College, where she completed her preclinical years. Prior to medical school, she earned her MS in foods and nutrition from the University of Georgia and a bachelor's in computer science from New York University.

 

In graduate and medical school, she published research papers on vitamin D levels in children and on metabolic syndrome criteria in non-Hispanic black adults. She also participated in the assessment of bone mineral density in postmenopausal women and the collection of surveillance data on the nutrition of older adults in rural Georgia and surveillance data on overweight status in children in Georgia. After medical school, she developed experience in grant writing and basic science research working as a postdoctoral research fellow of microbiology at the University of Virginia.

 

Elizabeth comes to UW-Madison after completing her intern year in psychiatry at the University of Florida-Gainesville. Her experience working with inpatient psychiatric patients piqued her interest in preventive medicine, where the study of population health can influence policy changes and improve public health to prevent bad outcomes.

 

As a preventive medicine resident, she will complete clinical rotations at the VA Mental Health Clinic and work with the Survey of the Health of Wisconsin (SHOW) to examine data on mental health and chronic disease prevalence in veterans.

 

In her free time, she loves watching dialogue-heavy movies (e.g. Richard Linklater films), going to parks with her dog Mikey, taking her daughters to the zoo, and enjoying the outdoors with her husband and daughters.

 

Why you chose University of Wisconsin:

 

I like that we have a small program with accessible and friendly faculty, but with the resources of a well-established public health school. Our program directors are responsive and open to feedback and eager to facilitate educational plans to suit the interests of each resident.

 

Favorite part of living in Madison:

 

I love that my family felt like a part of the strong community in the Willy-Marquette neighborhood shortly after moving here from Florida. My daughters love their schools, and I enjoy my pleasant bike ride to work along Lake Monona and the commuter trails. Also, city quickly becomes country, and in 20 minutes, my daughter and I can get to a farm to ride horses, surrounded pastoral beauty and rolling hills.

 

Medical/research interests:

 

The intersection of psychiatric illness and chronic disease, determinants of mental health in underserved populations, obesity and the built environment, quality of life in older adults.

 

Interests outside of medicine:

 

Horseback riding, fiction, travel, hiking.

 

Most interesting job outside of medicine:

 

A brief stint as an au pair outside of Barcelona, Spain.

 

Hometown:

 

Lakeland, Florida.

 

If you weren't in medicine you would be ...

 

A zoologist.

 

Favorite part of being a preventive medicine resident:

 

Learning is the focus of everything I do, and the broad and unique skill set that I am building has the power to improve the health outcomes of many people.

Diego Tamez, MD (PGY1)

Diego Tamez graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine in 2010. He finished his internship in internal medicine at the University of South Florida in Tampa in 2011. Just before coming to UW-Madison, he was a general practitioner in Puerto Rico and a primary care provider with the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma.

 

Outside of medicine he is a music lover; he plays violin and viola and likes jazz and classical music. He is looking forward to shifting his career from individual patient care to population-based medicine and directly influencing public health policy implementation.

 

Why you chose University of Wisconsin?

 

I chose UW-Madison mostly due to its reputation within the nation. I also felt that the faculty and staff were very welcoming during the interview process.

 

Favorite part of living in Madison:

 

Madison offers a great number of cultural activities in a relatively small space. The city is very walkable, therefore a car is not needed for everything you do. It also offers urban living without being overwhelming.

 

Medical/research interests:

 

Obesity and diabetes prevention, health care systems and primary care.

 

Interests outside of medicine:

 

Music/art, politics, technology.

 

Most interesting job outside of medicine:

 

College campus tour guide.

 

Hometown:

 

Ponce, Puerto Rico.

 

If you weren’t in medicine you would be ...

 

A violinist/violist.

 

Favorite part of being a preventive medicine resident:

 

Preventive medicine is a different approach to medicine. It is focused on population health, and you are able to explore many topics from understanding/treating diseases to dealing with politics. It takes you away from the hospital/clinics and puts you in a leadership role where you can influence health policies of large populations in order to prevent diseases.

 

Jasmine Zapata, MD (PGY1)

Jasmine Zapata is an author, pediatrician, youth empowerment motivational speaker, entrepreneur, mother and wife from the Madison area on a mission to spread the message of "hope, strength, and the power to overcome." She has participated in extensive community engagement work in both the Madison and Milwaukee area and is passionate about getting outside of the clinic walls to make a change.

 

She is extremely excited to be starting with the UW Preventive Medicine Residency to learn more about long-term solutions to many of the public health issues our society currently faces. She loves exploring and learning more about upstream factors that lead to poor health outcomes and then using her creativity and energy to combat them. Her passions are initiatives related to combatting poverty, teenage pregnancy, racial disparities in infant mortality and depression/suicide. She is determined to make a change!

 

Why you chose University of Wisconsin:

 

I chose UW for medical school because I loved the focus on both medicine AND public health. I also am committed to the health of Wisconsin, particularly Madison and Milwaukee, and was honored to stay in my own state to train. I had such a great experience during medical school and pediatric residency that I decided to stay for Preventive Medicine Residency. I'm glad I made that choice. Everyone here is very welcoming. The Health Sciences Learning Center is so beautiful!

 

Favorite part of living in Madison:

 

My favorite part about living in Madison is the family-friendly environment. I love the carnivals and festivals. My favorites are Brat Fest and Corn Fest! I also love the Dane County Fair. I also have a great church community and volleyball crew!

 

Medical/research interests:

 

My passions are mental health, financial health, the link between poverty and poor health outcomes, adolescent sexual health, racial disparities in infant mortality and family/community wellness.

 

Interests outside of medicine:

 

Entrepreneurship, volleyball, family, playing Monopoly, singing/songwriting, nonprofit leadership, bookwriting, softball, coaching track and field, spending time with husband and my kids!

 

Most interesting job outside of medicine:

 

Pre-K class instructor during summer between first and second year of medical school. It was awesome helping academically high-risk children get ready for summer school.

 

Hometown:

 

Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

 

If you weren't in medicine you would be ...

 

A teacher, full-time entrepreneur, world traveler.

 

Favorite part of being a preventive medicine resident:

 

Learning to step outside of the clinic walls to make a change! Looking at problems systemically and working to find solutions. Networking. Engaging. Growing out of my comfort zone.


Current Residents

Last updated: 09/29/2016
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