Class of 2013 Mission Statement
As the Class of 2013,
We dedicate ourselves to optimize the health and well-being of our patients, in all stages and walks of life.
•For our patients, we will provide comprehensive care without judgment, with respect for their family and social roles. We will work with our patients to empower them to have an active role in their health.
•For our colleagues, we will support and respect each other. We pledge to uphold the standards of our profession.
•For our community, we will actively participate to improve the quality of life through education and service.
•And finally, we will take care of ourselves - physically, mentally and spiritually in order to fulfill our mission.
Thomas McIlwain Campbell, M.D.
State University of New York, Buffalo
Growing up as the youngest of five kids in Ithaca, NY one of my favorite things to do was swimming on a hot summer day in the gorges around Ithaca and the Finger Lakes. From this background I enrolled in my hometown Cornell University and majored in theatre arts (acting). After pursuing professional acting for two years, I returned back to Ithaca to co-author a book with my Dad about his life’s work in nutrition and health, The China Study. Several years in front of Microsoft Word, PubMed, and in the Cornell library stacks planted in me a passion for health and health promotion. This led me to SUNY Buffalo Medical School where I developed an appreciation for family medicine and how it suited my particular interests in nutrition and lifestyle as they relate to health. I am married and my wife and I bought a house when I arrived in Rochester. In my spare time I enjoy anything outdoors, including running, soccer, mowing and downhill skiing. I like more refined things such as piano (playing and listening), live theatre, and Finger Lakes wineries but I also have been known to obsess over my entertainment system. Email Tom.
Joanne Chan, M.D.
University of Rochester
I grew up in the New York City metro area, the oldest of two children. I attended Columbia University, and earned a BA in Computer Science. Afterward, I spent several years working in the finance industry before deciding to go to medical school. While attending Stony Brook University for post-baccalaureate work, I worked in a variety of positions, from EMT to health insurance coordinator. I came to the University of Rochester for medical school in 2006. After 4 wonderful years, I stayed on for residency. My interests include mental health care, patient education and self-management. When I am not working, I enjoy science fiction, movies, and crochet.
Seema Dar, M.D.
I was born in London, England and moved to Canada with my parents when I was a year old. I lived all of my life in Toronto, Ontario which included the completion of my undergraduate degree in Psychology with Honors at York University until I left to begin medical school. I attended Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica where I completed my basic sciences. While in Dominica, I was director of a student organization called Salybia Mission Project which provided care to the Indigenous people of Dominica. I completed my clinical clerkships in New York City and rotated through hospitals in the New York area. The opportunity to offer care to people in these vastly different environments nurtured and strengthened my desire to become a family medicine doctor and to provide consistent, reliable care to people, irrespective of their background or circumstance. This desire developed from watching both my parents provide care to their patients on a regular basis in their family practice. I feel very fortunate that I now have the opportunity to train at the University of Rochester and to continue my educational career to become a medical professional. My interests include preventative medicine including the implementation of physical fitness and exercise and other lifestyle changes that improve health and quality of life. I am looking forward to living in Rochester and being close to my husband and family who all reside in Toronto.
Briani Jackson, M.D.
State University of New York, Syracuse
My family moved to Rochester from Queens, New York before my first birthday and we have been here ever since. I have only left Rochester to attend college and medical school, both of which were in Syracuse, New York: Syracuse University and SUNY Upstate Medical University. I always thought I would do my residency in Florida, but as I started seriously thinking about my future and starting a family, I could not imagine being anywhere else but home here in Rochester with my parents and extended family. My husband and I had our first child, a son named Kade, in February and we are overjoyed to be a part of the University of Rochester/Highland Hospital Family Medicine family and I am excited to be starting my residency at my first choice. All of my free time is devoted to enjoying my son and spending time with family and close friends. I also enjoy baking and exercising.
Rebecca Lavender, M.D.
University of Rochester
In short, I’m what folks call a Rochester “lifer.” Born and raised in the town of Penfield, I spent my younger years on soccer fields around the city, and my high school years doing the requisite time as a Wegmans cashier. I attended college at the University of Rochester, where I majored in psychology and biology. Unsure of what I wanted to do after graduation, I decided to spread my wings and moved out to the west coast, landing in Berkeley, California. I spent one year volunteering with the AmeriCorps HealthCorps, linking uninsured children and families with available healthcare coverage. Seduced by the discovery of “sunshine,” I choose to stay in the Bay area for two short years, during which I worked as a medical assistant at a local Community Health Clinic (CHC). The amazing work we accomplished at our CHC solidified my desire to continue a career in health care, and ignited my interest in psychiatry, addiction medicine, and working with the underserved. When it came time to apply to medical school, Rochester was first on my list, and 4 years later the same was true for residency. After many, many years of school, I’m so very happy to be completing my training in the city that I proudly call home. These days, my free time is filled with family and friends here at home, and enjoying my biggest hobbies—running, cooking, baseball, and beer. Email Rebecca.
Monica Leibovici, D.O.
Midwestern University, Chicago
I was born in Bucharest, the capital city of Romania, and moved to the US when I was 3 years old. My family settled in Rochester where my father did his residency in Psychiatry and then a geriatrics fellowship afterwards. I grew up in the town of Brighton, where I went to school from kindergarten until graduating from high school in 1998. I went to Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA where I fell in love with academics, and decided to become a college professor in the field of neuroscience. In 2002, I started a PhD program at Tufts University in Boson. After several years of graduate school, I discovered that pure academics was not the career for me and I decided to apply to medical school. I loved my 4 years of medical school in Chicago at Midwestern University, and am very happy to be back in upstate New York for residency. Otherwise, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, I love to travel, I try to cook (as best as I can), I enjoy running and downhill skiing, I practice yoga when I can make it to a class, and have happily settled into my new neighborhood of Corn Hill. Email Monica.
Jaskaran Singh, M.D.
I was born and bred in New Delhi, India and then migrated with my family to Toronto, Canada. I attended and received Honors in Bachelor of Science degree at McMaster University. Thereafter I continued at Saba University of Medicine on the world famous island of Saba for scuba diving. The journey included volunteering in different areas from hospital to old age homes to organizing blood drives. Some of my hobbies include horseback riding, motorcycle riding, Gatka-Sikh form of martial arts and outdoor activities. I am excited and look forward to spending time at Rochester to learn, serve and enjoy. I like all aspects of medicine with special interest and inclination towards public policy and world health. Email Jaskaran.
Robbyn Upham, M.D.
Medical School for International Health, Israel
Family medicine is the perfect fit for my practical, easy-going, jack-of-all-trades approach to patient care. Over the past three years, the department here in Rochester has helped me to hone my clinical skills, both in the inpatient and outpatient settings. I'm now confident when managing patients who are acutely decompensating, clinically complex, or psychosocially complicated. I’ve also learned how to connect those in need with available resources. Additionally, I’ve met like-minded clinicians who are passionate about making primary care truly great not only through our efforts here in Rochester, but also in conversation with other clinicians across the country.
During the 2013-14 academic year, I will be serving as one of the chief residents in the department, which will hopefully give me an opportunity to learn more about administration, finish my master’s degree in health professions’ education, and have time to teach residents. On a personal note, Rochester has been a great place to raise a family, enjoy gorgeous summers (and white snowy winters), and learn about mindful living practices (like community supported agriculture). Email Robbyn.
Allyson Wise, D.O.
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
I was born and raised in Rochester, NY and attended public school in a small town just west of Rochester named Hilton. For college I stayed in town to complete a Bachelors in Biology with minors in English Lit and Women and Gender Studies at St. John Fisher College. I then moved down to Erie, PA to attend medical school at LECOM. My husband and I got married after my first year of medical school, and he is currently working as a history teacher at Northwest College Prep High School in the Rochester City School District. He grew up in the city of Rochester also and so we are both thrilled to be coming back home where most of our families still live. My major interests in medicine are obstetrics and women’s health as well as preventative medicine. I feel as if Family Medicine is a perfect fit for me because of the ability to pursue these interests well at the same time taking care of the entire patient and their families. Outside of medicine my hobbies include renovating the 1927 home my husband and I just moved into, reading, baseball, and spending time with my family. Email Allyson.