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2023-2024 Dean's Teaching Fellows

Sarah Betstadt, MD

George W. Corner Dean's Teaching Fellow, 2022 - 2024

Project: Development and Evaluation of a Family Planning and Contraception Curriculum for Neurology Residents To Prevent Unplanned Pregnancies Among People with Neurological Disorders

Sarah Betstadt, MDDr. Sarah J. Betstadt is an Associate Professor in the Departmentt of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Director of the Ryan Residency Training Program and Complex Family Planning program at URMC.

A native Rochestarian, Dr. Betstadt attended medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. She then completed her obstetrics and gynecology residency at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA. She finished her training by earning a master’s degree in Public Health and completing a fellowship in Complex Family Planning at Boston University. She has been on faculty at URMC since 2008, and serves as the Women’s Health course director for the second-year medical students. Since receiving a grant from the March of Dimes in 2017, Dr. Betstadt’s academic interests have focused on contraception for patients with medical co-morbidities. Dr. Betstadt is passionate about reproductive rights and justice and enjoys spreading her enthusiasm to her learners.

Theresa Bingemann, MD

Lowell A. Glasgow Dean's Teaching Fellow, 2022 - 2024

Project: Can a Faculty Development Program Influence Mindset and Acceptance of New Skill Acquisition?

Theresa Bingemann, MDDr. Bingemann holds a dual appointment in the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Department of Pediatric Allergy & Immunology as well as the Department of Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology. She completed her medical degree at Rutgers Medical School in New Jersey, where she was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. She subsequently completed a combined residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, and her Allergy and Immunology fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. She currently practices clinical allergy & immunology for pediatric and adult patients. Her clinical interests include food allergy, environmental allergies, asthma, atopic dermatitis, medication allergy, urticaria (hives) and angioedema. Dr. Bingemann is the Program Director for the Allergy and Immunology fellowship training program and enjoys clinical research on food allergy and physician wellness.

Annabel S. Fu, MD

George L. Engel Dean’s Teaching Fellow, 2023 - 2025

Project:Teaching Medical Students to Identify Biopsychosocial Factors Using Case Formulations in Basic Sciences Curriculum

Annabel Fu, MD
Dr. Fu graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, MO, with a Bachelor of Science. She received her medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, NY, and completed her residency training in general psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Dr. Fu's focus includes working with those who struggle with severe and persistent mental illness and addiction. She is currently the Medical Director of Adult Ambulatory Service.

Karlo Lizarraga Mendoza, MD, MS

Andrew W. Mellon Dean’s Teaching Fellow, 2023 -2025

Project: Integrating Social Care: Learning within the Neurology Peru-Rochester Exchange Program

Karlo Lizarraga, MD, MSDr. Lizarraga is a board-certified neurologist and clinical neurophysiologist with expertise in movement disorders, motor physiology and neuromodulation. Dr. Lizarraga is associate professor of the departments of neurology, neuroscience, neurosurgery and center for health + technology at our institution. He is also invited professor of the department of neurosciences at the Universidad Nacional de San Agustin in Arequipa, Peru.

Dr. Lizarraga is chief of our division of movement disorders, director (founder) of the motor physiology and neuromodulation program and director (founder) of the Neurology Peru-Rochester exchange program (NeuroPro). His career goals are to optimize the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of movement disorders with the use of neurophysiological techniques, and to develop sustainable international collaborations that promote global equity in neurological education, research and care.

Sarah E. A. McConnell, PhD

Gilbert B. Forbes Dean’s Teaching Fellow, 2023 - 2025

Project: Study Strategies, Time Management, Anxiety Mitigation, and Teamwork (STAT) Skills

Sarah E. A. McConnell, PhD
EDUCATION: BA Neuroscience, magna cum laude, 2007, Oberlin College
BMus Organ Performance, 2007, Oberlin Conservatory
MS Neurobiology and Anatomy, 2010, University of Rochester
PhD Neurobiology and Anatomy, 2013, University of Rochester
MS Health Professions Education, 2022, Warner School of Education

CURRENT TEACHING: Functional Neuroanatomy, for undergraduate students
Neuroscience of Neuroprosthetics, for undergraduate and graduate students
Human Structure and Function, for medical students
Mind, Brain, and Behavior, for medical students
Human Brain Anatomy, for graduate students

Erica Miller, MD

Jules Cohen Dean’s Teaching Fellow, 2023 - 2025

Project: Equity in Action: Scaling a Health Equity and Quality Improvement Curriculum for Department of Medicine Fellowship Trainees

Erica Miller, MDDr. Miller specializes in clinical cardiology, caring for adult patients in the Highland Cardiology office at Red Creek as well as in the hospital at Highland and Strong Memorial Hospitals. She is trained in echocardiography, including stress testing and transesophageal echocardiography, as well as nuclear cardiology. She has a special interest in hypertension, and is a member of the University of Rochester's American Heart Association Hypertension Center of Excellence. She grew up in Ithaca, NY and has enjoyed living in Rochester with her family since 2011.

Dr. Miller earned her medical degree with distinction from Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, NY and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics with distinction in research at the University of Rochester Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY. She also completed Cardiovascular Disease fellowship training at the University of Rochester and served as Chief Fellow. She is board certified in Cardiovascular Disease, Internal Medicine, Echocardiography, and Pediatrics. She is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. She is the Associate Program Director for the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship, and has been a member of the University of Rochester faculty since 2018.

Heather Reyes, MD

John Romano Dean’s Teaching Fellow, 2022 – 2024

Project: Digital Heath Innovation Track for Residency Education

Heather Reyes, MDDr. Reyes is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and is a Pediatric Cardiac Intensivist as well as faculty at the UR Health Lab, the University of Rochester’s digital health incubator. She is director of the Digital Health Innovation (DHI) track for residents across URMC and directs digital health and informatics education for the institution. She has undergraduate and master’s degrees in biomedical engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ and earned her medical doctorate from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. She completed residency and fellowship training at the University of Rochester.

Dr. Reyes’s research focuses on use of data science and digital health tools to improve bedside pediatric care. She is investigating the use of data science and machine learning to improve ICU alarm fatigue. Dr. Reyes has also partnered with Embodied, Inc. to pilot a program bringing Moxie, an artificial intelligence friend, for social and emotional learning to inpatient pediatrics. She is excited for the opportunity to expand the reach and assess the success of the DHI curriculum through her experience with the Dean’s Teaching Fellowship.

Jenny Shen, MD

Marshall Lichtman Dean’s Teaching Fellow, 2022-2024

Project: Development and Evaluation of Curriculum in Perioperative and Consultation Medicine

Jenny Shen, MDDr. Shen is an Assistant Professor in Hospital Medicine and Clinical Nursing.      

Dr. Shen M.D. graduated in 2004 from State University of New York College at Fredonia, with a BS in Molecular Genetics with a Chemistry and Sociology minor. She did research in the field of biochemistry at the University of Rochester Medical Center for 2 years. She then went on to earn her medical degree in 2010 from the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Shen returned to the University of Rochester for her training in Internal Medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital. At the completion of her training, she decided to remain on staff and joined the division of Hospital Medicine in 2013. In her free time, she enjoys music including singing and playing the piano. She is also fluent in Mandarin.

Past and Current Deans Teaching Fellows