Recent Graduates




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Walaa Alshuaibi, M.D.

Dr. Alshuaibi received her M.D. degree from the King Saud University Riyadh College of Medicine, and did her Pediatric training at Children's National Medical Center in Washington D.C. Her residency research project was studying metabolic rates in patients with inborn errors of metabolism at baseline, and while ill. She also presented a quality improvement project of Safety and Discharge Planning at Tufts Medical Center. She is an avid reader!
After completing her medical genetics training, Dr. Alshuaibi returned to Saudi Arabia, where she will be the second pediatric geneticist at her medical school.








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James T. Bennett, M.D.,Ph.D.

Dr. Bennett received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from New York University, and his pediatric training at Seattle Children's Hospital. His previous research was on signal transduction mechanisms in the nervous system. His honors include membership in Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha. He received the 2011 American College of Medical Genetics travel award. He is interested in a career as a physician-scientist in developmental neuroscience. His personal interests include cycling and sailing. He was a resident in the program from 2010-2012.
Dr. Bennett joined the UW faculty, and is a pediatric geneticist at Seattle Children's Hospital; his research interests are in the genetics of somatic mosaicism. He is the recipient of a Burroughs-Wellcome Career Award.





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Heather Byers, M.D.

Dr. Byers received her M.D. with Distinction in Research and Distinction in Service from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and did clinical training in OB-GYN at UT-Southwestern in Austin, TX. As a medical student, she studied the epidemiology and genetics lipids in pregnancy as a Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellow. Her research mentor was Dr. Kristi Borowski. She also participated in the Iowa Medical Student Research Program under the mentorship of Dr. Jeff Murray. Her project was on genetics of preterm birth and genetics of persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn. This project was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Research Foundation. She lived in Spain (and is fluent in Spanish) and Australia prior to moving to Seattle.
Dr. Byers is continuing her research interests in genetics of recurrent pregnancy loss with support from the NIH T32 postdoctoral training grant in Medical Genetics.





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Sirisak Chanprasert, M.D.

Dr. Chanprasert received his M.D. from the Faculty of Medicine, Siriraj Hospital at Mahidol University in Thailand, and completed Internal Medicine residency at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, NY, followed by residency in Medical Genetics and fellowship in Medical Biochemical Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. He has been a co-investigator for clinical trials of metabolic diseases, and participated in research on glucose kinetics, arginine flux and NO production in MELAS. He is doing an academic/research fellowship year in Mitochondrial Diseases in the lab of Drs. Marge Sedensky and Phil Morgan, and mitochondrial medicine with Dr. Russ Saneto with the support of the Mitochondrial Research Guild of Seattle Children's Hospital.
Dr. Chanprasert will join the medical genetics faculty at the University of Washington later this year. His areas of interest include: biochemical genetics, mitochondrial medicine, and adult clinical genetics.







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Andrew P. Dervan, M.D., M.B.A.

Dr. Dervan received his M.D. and M.B.A. degrees from Harvard Medical School and Harvard University, and did his Internal Medicine training in Seattle at the University of Washington Medical Center. During graduate school he studied the business models of molecular diagnostic companies. He is interested in the translation of genetic and genomic discoveries into new therapeutic and diagnostic tools, and in precision medicine.
After completing his medical genetics training, Dr. Dervan joined Celgene as Medical Director, and will be an attending in the Adult Genetics Clinic and faculty member in the UW Division of Medical Genetics.










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Carlos J. Gallego, M.D.

Carlos J. Gallego M.D. is a graduate of the Universidad del Valle, in Cali, Columbia. He did dual training in Internal Medicine and Clinical Genetics at the University of Alabama, and did postdoctoral research in microarrays and human T cell receptor diversity in Dr. Jian Han's lab at the Hudson Alpha Institute of Biotechnology. Carlos' research interests are in translating genetic research to patient care by evaluating the impact of high throughput technologies as well as the return of incidental results in the clinical setting. He is also interested in health care disparities that may limit the utility of this type of information in minority populations. He was a K12 Scholar in the University of Washington Institutional Training Program for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research.
Dr. Gallego moved to the University of Michigan for a hematology-oncology fellowship, where he will concentrate on cancer genetics, precision medicine, and continue his outcomes research.





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Kelly Jones, M.D.

Kelly Jones M.D. is a graduate of Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia, and Florida State University College of Medicine. She completed her residency in Pediatrics at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis, Tennessee. She received the Ouida Johnson Ward scholarship for academic excellence. Kelly's research interests are in dysmorphology and development, and she presented a poster at the 2011 American College of Medical Genetics Meeting. She was a resident in the program from 2012-2014.
In 2015, Dr. Jones accepted a position as Assistant Professor at the University of Mississippi.







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Mari Tokita, M.D.

Dr. Tokita graduated from the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She was selected to participate in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Scholars Program at the National Institutes of Health. Her clinical training includes internal medicine and radiation oncology. Her research interests are in the biology of cancer. Her personal interests include travel, yoga, and studying languages. She was a resident in the program from 2011-2013.
Dr. Tokita moved to Baylor for a fellowship in Molecular Genetics.







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Hunter S. Underhill, M.D.,Ph.D.

Dr. Underhill received his M.D. from Wake Forest University and his Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of Washington. His internship and residency were in surgery and neurosurgery respectively. His research interests include magnetic resonance imaging of carotid artery atherosclerosis, and proteins influencing glioma invasion. His abstract was selected for a platform presentation at the 2011 International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine meeting. He was a resident in the program from 2010-2012.
In 2015, Dr. Underhill became Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Biochemical Genetics) at the University of Utah.