Keeping Trust Afloat

Our Medical Review Team examines each and every piece of Buoy content to ensure it is accurate, up-to-date, and helpful. Representing a broad range of medical disciplines, these experts are committed to setting the highest standards for quality in their fields. Meet the doctors and health professionals working tirelessly to keep trust afloat.

Medical Editors

Jeffrey M. Rothschild is a Buoy Health medical editor or writer

Jeffrey M. Rothschild, MD, MPH

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Jeff has been a faculty member at Brigham and Women’s Hospital where he is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He currently practices as a hospitalist at Newton Wellesley Hospital. In 1978, Dr. Rothschild received his MD at the Medical College of Wisconsin and trained in internal medicine followed by a fellowship in critical care medicine. He also received an MPH in 1998 from the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health. Dr. Rothschild was a health services researcher at Brigham and Women with a focus on patient safety, quality improvement and information technology. More recently he was the Clinical Device Director for Partners Healthcare System integrating biomedical devices and physiologic monitors with the enterprise electronic health record.

Peter L. Steinberg is a Buoy Health medical editor or writer

Peter L. Steinberg, MD

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Dr. Peter Steinberg is a board-certified urologist and the director of endourology and kidney stone management at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He is also an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. He received his undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Middlebury College (1999) and graduated from University of Pennsylvania Medical School (2003). He completed a urology residency at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (2009) and an Endourology Fellowship at Montefiore Medical Center (2010). Beyond training residents and medical students, his research interests include medicolegal and malpractice aspects of urology, quality improvement in urologic surgery, and reducing the no-show rate for kidney stone patients and communication in the operating room. He also enjoys skiing, sailing, squash, running, tennis, stand-up paddleboarding and personal finance.

Andrew Q. Le is a Buoy Health medical editor or writer

Andrew Q. Le, MD

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Dr. Le obtained his MD from Harvard Medical School and his BA from Harvard College. Before Buoy, his research focused on glioblastoma, a deadly form of brain cancer. Outside of work, Dr. Le enjoys cooking and struggling to run up-and-down the floor in an adult basketball league.

Karin Bruil is a Buoy Health medical editor or writer

Karin Bruil, MD

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Karin is a physician from the Netherlands, where she got her medical training at the University of Groningen and affiliated hospitals University Medical Center Groningen, Ziekenhuisgroep Twente and Isala Klinieken. She spent 6 months in the Royal Childrens Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, to complete her graduate thesis. She has an interest in Family Care Medicine and Gastroenterology and a passion for Healthcare technology and innovation. Her 1.5 years of clinical experience is in Internal Medicine and at the Emergency Department. During her training, Karin has been active in many boards, student councils, voluntary work, student teaching and fundraising activities. She currently works at Buoy Health as a physician researcher on the AI and Medical Team.

Rachel Lannigan is a Buoy Health medical editor or writer

Rachel Lannigan, MPAS, PA-C

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Rachel is a certified Physician Assistant with expertise in Family Medicine and Women’s Health. Currently, Rachel works as a Clinician Researcher with Buoy Health. She holds a Bachelors degree in Spanish from the University of Florida and earned her Masters of Physician Assistant Studies from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science in Boston. Rachel is passionate about using data and technology to drive healthcare quality and process improvement. Formally, as a manager and clinical advisor, she was responsible for leading teams, successfully executing quality improvement initiatives, and optimizing program management for highly complex patients. During graduate school, Rachel served as a Research Coordinator at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She enjoys practicing yoga, hiking, skiing, cooking healthy meals and spending time with family.

Medical Writers

Gerald W. Smetana is a Buoy Health medical editor or writer

Gerald W. Smetana, MD

Dr. Gerald Smetana is a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and a physician at Beth Israel Medical Center in Boston. He practices outpatient primary care general internal medicine in an academic setting at Beth Israel Deaconess, where he also completed his residency. Dr. Smetana received his medical degree at University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine.

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Bradley P. Graw is a Buoy Health medical editor or writer

Bradley P. Graw, MD, MBA

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Brad Graw, MD, is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in reconstructive surgery of the hip and knee at Palo Alto Medical Foundation. Dr. Graw completed two fellowships at Stanford University for joint replacement surgery and Sports Medicine. He received his medical degree at Georgetown Medical School where he also completed residency. He received his MBA at the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania.

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Anubodh (Sunny) Varshney is a Buoy Health medical editor or writer

Anubodh (Sunny) Varshney, MD

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Dr. Varshney is currently a fellow in cardiovascular medicine at the Brigham Women’s Hospital of Harvard Medical School, where he also completed his residency in internal medicine. He earned his bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, followed by his M.D. at University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Vashney is interested in developing and evaluating innovative medical technologies and healthcare models to improve cardiovascular disease management.

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Daniel A. King is a Buoy Health medical editor or writer

Daniel A. King, MD, PhD

Dr. King is a fellow in Oncology at Stanford University. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Columbia University affiliated New York- Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. King received his medical degree at Wayne State University and a PhD at the University of the Cambridge.

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Jack Wilkinson is a Buoy Health medical editor or writer

Jack Wilkinson, MD

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Dr. Wilkinson received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his BA from Princeton University where he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Princetonian. He is currently a resident in psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. Outside of the hospital, Jack worked as an editor at The JoongAng Daily of South Korea and a freelance writer.

Lauren Nadler is a Buoy Health medical editor or writer

Lauren Nadler, MD

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Lauren is a resident physician in family medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She earned her medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania and her undergraduate degree at Oberlin College. Lauren also has an interest in teaching as well as experience with college tutoring and writing MCAT preparatory materials. She believes family medicine challenges her to maintain a broad field of medical knowledge and she hopes to work in an academic setting in the future. In her free time, Lauren enjoys running, reading, and visiting historic sites.

Claudia Gambrah-Sampaney is a Buoy Health medical editor or writer

Claudia Gambrah-Sampaney, MD Candidate

Claudia Gambrah-Sampaney is a fifth-year medical student at the University of Pennsylvania. She graduated cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis with degrees in biochemistry and Spanish. Claudia will start her residency in child neurology next year and has extensive research in the field. Her research explores the intersections between neurology, public health and infectious disease. She has investigated nutrition and cerebral palsy in Botswana, and recently returned from a year-long project in Brazil, researching growth and developmental outcomes of Zika virus infection in pediatric patients. Claudia speaks four languages, loves staying active and enjoys sharing her love for medicine through teaching and writing.

Danielle S. Murashige is a Buoy Health medical editor or writer

Danielle S. Murashige, MD, PhD Candidate

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Danielle is an MD/PhD candidate in biochemistry at the University of Pennsylvania. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude with a B.A. in biology from the University of Virginia. Danielle also completed a fellowship for the Whitaker International Program for Biomedical Engineering at the Garvan Institute for Medical Research in Sydney, Australia. She received several scholarships for research excellence, including the Hess-Newman Scholarship for Public Service and another from the American Diabetes Association.

Jesse Passman is a Buoy Health medical editor or writer

Jesse Passman, MD, MPH Candidate

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Jesse received his BA from Rice University and is a fifth-year medical school student and public health student at the University of Pennsylvania with the ultimate goal of applying into a general surgery residency. His research interests include psychiatric outcomes of violent trauma, trauma surgery, global surgery access and education, as well as the public health implications and clinical outcomes of trauma. He has spent time performing global surgery research projects abroad in Madagascar and Ghana. Past work has led to presentations at the Academic Congress of Surgeons the American Medical Association, and the West African College of Surgeons.

Mina Pirzadeh is a Buoy Health medical editor or writer

Mina Pirzadeh, MD

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Dr. Pirzadeh is a fellow in pulmonary and critical care at Boston Medical Center (BMC), where she also completed her residency in internal medicine. She received her bachelor's degree in Neuroscience at the University of Michigan and then attended medical school at the Wayne State University School of Medicine.

Ivy Maina is a Buoy Health medical editor or writer

Ivy Maina, MD Candidate

Ivy Maina is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn). After graduating from Princeton University with a degree in psychology, she spent a year researching embryonic gene expression with the Center for Research on Reproduction and Women’s Health at UPenn. She also received a grant from the National Institute of Health to study abnormal innate immune responses and taste-related genes in chronic sinus infections with the UPenn Department of Otorhinolaryngology. She is applying to residency programs in otorhinolaryngology this fall. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, reading, listening to podcasts and finding new DIY projects.

Laura Henry is a Buoy Health medical editor or writer

Laura Henry, MD Candidate

Laura is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her BA from Williams College and worked in finance before starting medical school. As a medical student, she has been the editorial manager of an otolaryngology publication and has extensive experience with medical writing. She is currently working on research projects for publication in the sub-specialty fields of otology, head and neck cancer, and facial plastics. Outside the hospital she enjoys fly fishing, squash, hiking, and watching pro tennis.

Ezekiel Richardson is a Buoy Health medical editor or writer

Ezekiel Richardson, MD Candidate

Ezekiel Richardson is a fourth-year medical student at University of Pennsylvania (UPenn), currently applying into Emergency Medicine. He completed an undergraduate degree with a concentration in health disparities at Stanford University. After graduation, he spent a year working in the Maryland Department of Health as a John Gardner Public Service Fellow. Between his third and fourth year of medical school, he completed multiple publications on public health and health accessibility through the Center for Emergency Care and Policy Research Fellowship. He has participated as a teaching assistant in anatomy, histology, and doctoring ethics courses at UPenn. Outside of medical school, he enjoys cooking, volunteering, and traveling in support of his partner’s work on girls’ education in Africa.

Tim Becker is a Buoy Health medical editor or writer

Tim Becker, MD

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Tim Becker graduated from Cornell University (BS, 2012) and UPenn Medical School (MD with a certificate in global health, 2018) and is currently a psychiatry resident at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center of Harvard Medical School. Prior to medical school, he helped teach pre-medical biology and chemistry at Weill Cornell Medicine- Qatar. He has contributed to research on neurotrauma and mental health in Botswana, HIV stigma among Asian-American immigrants, communication in pediatrics, and implementation of clinical pathways. In his free time he enjoys running, hiking, and exploring new places.

Katie Street is a Buoy Health medical editor or writer

Katie Street

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Katie is a senior marketing manager and digital consultant. She specializes in online marketing and content marketing. She has worked in the Search Advertising for 11 years. She received her BA from Bentley University.

Carina Ryder is a Buoy Health medical editor or writer

Carina Ryder, MS, BSN

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Carina is a Nurse-Midwife with 20 years of clinical experience in both high- and low-risk obstetrical settings. She received her MS and BSN from Columbia University of Nursing. Most recently she has extended her scope of practice to include care for the peri/menopausal woman, and has NCMP (North American Menopause Society Certified Menopause Provider) certification in this area. Carina also has expertise in women's sexual health, sexual assault forensics and cervical cancer screening, management of abnormal pap smears and colposcopy, and the management and care coordination of higher risk obstetrical patients.

Tom (Tianyu) Liu is a Buoy Health medical editor or writer

Tom (Tianyu) Liu, MD Candidate

Tianyu Liu is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Swarthmore College with a B.A. in biology and a minor in public policy. He has published research in Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Archives of Ophthalmology, and Healthcare. He was awarded a Prevent Blindness Medical Student Eye Research Fellowship for research in ophthalmology. He is also applying for residency training in ophthalmology. In his free time, he enjoys running, biking, and spending time with friends and family.

Dorothy Charles is a Buoy Health medical editor or writer

Dorothy Charles, MD Candidate

Dorothy is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Pennsylvania and is pursuing a career in family medicine. She received a B.A. in molecular biology from Princeton University. Over the past several years, she has written about a variety of topics on different mediums, from cognitive neurology research in peer-reviewed academic journals to science op-eds for the popular press. Dorothy’s interests in medicine include public health, women’s health, and health justice. She is also passionate about patient education and enjoys translating complex medical topics into language that is accessible to non-medical audiences.

Rochel Maday is a Buoy Health medical editor or writer

Rochel Maday

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Rochel specializes in writing for health, dental and orthodontist industry. She has written several eBooks that have ranked number one in their category. Rochel received her BA from College of Lake County.

Emily Martin is a Buoy Health medical editor or writer

Emily Martin, MD

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Dr. Martin received her BA from Stanford University and her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently a resident in Emergency Medicine at the University of Washington affiliated hospitals. She has extensive experience with scientific writing and grant writing and is particularly interested in community health, community violence rehabilitation, and global medicine.

Sam Kelly is a Buoy Health medical editor or writer

Sam Kelly, MD Candidate

Samuel is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his undergraduate degree from Emory University with a B.A. in Spanish. Samuel has formal training in medical interpretation and translation, along with several years of professional experience in medical communication and editing work for publication. He is currently pursuing a dual Master’s Degree in Internal Medicine and Bioethics.

William Fix is a Buoy Health medical editor or writer

William Fix, MD Candidate

William C. Fix is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Pennsylvania, and a graduate of Brown University. He has received awards from the National Institutes of Health and the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for oncology research. He is currently performing clinical research with a focus on skin cancers in the Department of Dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania, and hopes to specialize in dermatology after medical school.

Katherine Freeman is a Buoy Health medical editor or writer

Katherine Freeman, MD Candidate

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Katharine is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Pennsylvania. She graduated magna cum laude from Yale University with a B.A. in anthropology, studying women’s health and resilience. While at UPenn, she has also served as a tutor and mentor for the Philadelphia City Rowing program, as well as a blog writer for the Leonard Davis Institute. She is also active in student government and has served as the elected vice president for her college. Katharine is currently pursuing her master’s in health policy, and afterward, she will apply for residency in urology.

Sarah Yang is a Buoy Health medical editor or writer

Sarah Yang, MD

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Dr. Yang went to Harvard University for college and attended University of Texas Health San Antonio for medical school. She is now a fellow in musculoskeletal pain at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation. She completed her residency at Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital with the University of Chicago, focusing on everything from spinal cord injuries to sports medicine. She is from Texas, born and raised and very proud to be a Texan.

Raquel Rodriguez is a Buoy Health medical editor or writer

Raquel Rodriguez, MD, MPP

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Raquel graduated from Harvard College and then received her medical degree at the David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2016. She also completed a Masters in Public Policy from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. Currently, she is a resident physician in family medicine at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center. She spends her free time kayaking, trying new foods, and reading about health innovation.

Editorial Board

Donna Siegfried is a Buoy Health medical editor or writer

Donna Siegfried

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Donna received her B.S. in biology and journalism from Moravian College and worked toward an M.S. in science and technical communication at Drexel University. She was on staff at Rodale Press and edited medical books for Lippincott Williams & Wilkins in Philadelphia. Donna was medical editor ofArthritis Todaymagazine and led the interactive content team at WebMD. Donna led the launch of a chatbot A.I. product for Healthgrades. She is the author of the first editions ofBiology for Dummies(Hungry Minds, 2001) andAnatomy and Physiology for Dummies(Wiley, 2002) and taught college-level anatomy and physiology. Donna lives in Atlanta with her husband, four kids and two dogs. She bakes, bikes, boats and plays piano and flute.

Yvonne Bertovich is a Buoy Health medical editor or writer

Yvonne Bertovich

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Yvonne received a B.S. in journalism with honors from the University of Florida. In addition to web writing and editing, she has worked extensively in print. Yvonne had a hand in publishing many nonfiction titles ranging from history to health for Atlantic Publishing located in Ocala, Florida, and has written three books. While at UF, she also managed a statewide journalism organization and worked for the local NPR affiliate, WUFT News. Also passionate about her minor in disability studies, she spent many hours leading fitness and sports activities for college-age students with disabilities for community-based participatory research. Yvonne also enjoys cooking and baking, going to museums, being active, and cheering for LeBron James.

Rhonda (Cawthorn) McGary is a Buoy Health medical editor or writer

Rhonda (Cawthorn) McGary, PhD

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Rhonda is currently a writer for a variety of online publications, specializing in health and wellness. She also served as an English teacher and professor of both undergraduate and graduate students for 22 years at various schools, including the University of South Carolina, Indiana University, and Sullivan University. She received her M.A. in English Language and Literature from Southern Illinois University and her PhD in American Literature from the University of South Carolina.

Janeen Sloan is a Buoy Health medical editor or writer

Janeen Sloan

Janeen has worked over eight years as a full-time medical transcriptionist, specializing in pain management and gynecologic oncology. She later began transcribing reports for hospital emergency rooms and acute care admissions. This background gave her a strong medical vocabulary as well as a heart for making medical information accessible to the average person, leading her to work as a medical writer. She began as a pre-veterinary medicine major at Texas State University.