NYBC Welcomes Four Fellows for 2018-2019
Sarah R. Vossoughi, MD is currently completing her Clinical Pathology residency at Columbia University Medical Center in New York, NY. Dr. Vossoughi has the notable distinction of having served as a military officer and nurse in the United States Air Force in South Korea, Iraq, and Afghanistan; an experience which inspired her to pursue a career in medicine. She obtained her medical degree from the University Of Vermont College Of Medicine in Burlington, VT. Her hobbies include fostering dogs for deployed military members through Dogs on Deployment, hiking, scuba diving, and travel.
Sabrina E. Racine-Brzostek, MD, PhD is currently completing her Anatomic and Clinical Pathology residency at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY. She obtained her combined M.D. /Ph.D. from the Stony Brook University School of Medicine, where she studied the interferon response to DNA damage under the tutelage of Nancy C. Reich Marshall. Dr. Racine Brzostek is eager to explore and find her passion within the many facets of transfusion medicine. During her free time, her hobbies include baking, cake decorating and gardening.
Gianna Ballon, MD is currently completing her Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Residency at Northwell Health in Long Island, NY. She obtained her medical degree, with distinction summa cum laude, from the University of Padova, Italy. Prior to her pathology residency, she was a post-doctoral fellow at the Institute for Cancer Genetics at Columbia University, NY, where she contributed to the generation of transgenic mice for BCL6 oncogene, the first mouse model of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma in humans. From 2003 to 2014, she worked at Weill Cornell Medical College, NY, where she was eventually appointed faculty instructor and where she took leadership in a project addressing the role of vFLIP gene in Kaposi's sarcoma herpesvirus-mediated viral oncogenesis. The mouse models that she generated unveiled the capacity of this gene to induce tumorigenesis in vivo, perturbation in serum cytokines and emergence of myeloid cell subsets with tumor suppressor functions and a role in tumor immune evasion.
Dr. Ballon has molded her career to be a clinician scientist and is interested in incorporating her passion for laboratory based medicine into a translational medicine career in transfusion medicine. Her hobbies include listening to classical music, cooking for family and friends, walking in the park and in the city and financial management.
Aaron Wyble, MD obtained his medical degree and is also currently completing his Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Residency at University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX, where he is Co-Chief Resident. Dr. Wyble helped implement an innovative system for laboratory information that underwent two inspections from the AABB and CAP during his residency. He is excited to bring this passion for clinically-oriented innovation to his career as a transfusion medicine physician. His hobbies include guitar, skiing, paintball, and racquetball.