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Third Year Residents

Jillian Dodge, DO


  • Hometown: Centerport, NY
  • Undergraduate: BS Physics, Mathematics, Psychology, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY 
  • Postbaccalaureate: Columbia University, New York, NY
  • Medical School: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, Biddeford, ME


  • Learning by Living: Living the Life of an Older Adult Nursing Home Resident. Dodge, J. Poster, American Geriatric Society Annual Scientific Meeting, Orlando, FL, May 2014.
  • Teaching Students to be Systematic, Sensitive and Self-Aware When Assessing Sexual Health. Dodge, J., Doucette, S., Edmonds, E., Levasseur, M. Poster, AMSA Convention, New Orleans, LA, March 2014.
  • Substance Abuse and Violence: A Missed Opportunity. Dodge, J., Indgjer, K. Poster, Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Intervention in Interprofessional Practice Poster Session, UNE, Portland, ME, October 2014.
  • Life Care Center of Nashoba Valley, Learning by Living: Living the Life of an Older Adult Nursing Home Resident, Littleton, MA, July 3, 2013 
  • Genomic Variation, Cognitive Performance, Neuroanatomy and Neurofunction in VCFS, Dodge, J., Radoeva, P., Coman, I., & Kates, W.  Oral Presentation by Jillian Dodge, 15th Annual Scientific Meeting of the VCSEF, Detroit, MI, July 2008.
  • Longitudinal Changes in Cortical Folding in Velocardiofacial Syndrome: An MRI Study, Ohm, D., Dodge, J., Kunwar, A., & Kates, W.  Poster, Mayfest, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, April 2008.
  • Effect of a COMT Polymorphism on Working Memory in Velocardiofacial Syndrome: An fMRI Study. Dodge, J., Krauss, B., Kazmerski, D., & Kates, W.  Poster, 21st Annual Charles R. Ross Research Poster Session, SUNY Upstate, Syracuse, NY, November 2007.
  • Effect of a COMT Polymorphism on Facial Emotion Recognition in Velocardiofacial Syndrome: An fMRI Study.  Kates, W., Middelton, F., Faraone, S., Antshel, K., Kazmerski, D., Dodge, J., & Shprintzen, R.  Poster, World Congress on Psychiatric Genetics, New York, NY, October 2007


  • Administrative resident for the class of 2020, URMC OBGYN Residency, 2017-Present
  • ​LD 83 An Act to Strengthen the Consent Laws for Abortions Performed on Minors and Incapacitated Persons, Testimony, Maine State House, May 13, 2015, Augusta ME
  • LD 1312 An Act to License Outpatient Surgical Abortion Facilities, Testimony, Maine State House, May 13, 2015, Augusta ME​
  • Center for Reproductive Rights


  • University of Rochester Medical Center, Obstetrics and Gynecology Department
    • William Clay Award, 2017
    • ​Laparoscopic Olympics Winner, 2017

Matthew Gevelinger, MD


  • Undergraduate: Brown University (Providence, RI) Bachelor of Arts, Biology
  • Medical School: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Honors and Awards

  • 2015-present     Gold Humanism Honor Society
  • 2012-2016    Harry and Patricia Ivey Foundation Scholarship (outstanding student in a medical field)
  • 2008-2009    Brown University UTRA Scholar
  • 2008-2009    Academic All-American Wrestler (awarded to outstanding student athlete in the country on basis of GPA and winning percentage)



  • Gevelinger M, Sanderson D, Jaworski E, Doyle P. Evaluation of sacral nerve stimulator revision and explanation in a single center, multidisciplinary cohort. Manuscript in process. Selected for accepted as a salon presentation at AUGS 2019.
  • Sanderson D, Gevelinger M, Jaworski E, Doyle P. Changes in Sleep Disturbance after Treatment of Refractory Urinary Symptoms with Sacral Neuromodulation. Manuscript in process.
  • Jaworski E, Sanderson D, Gevelinger M, Doyle P. Changes in the Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information  System (PROMIS) scores following Sacral Neuromodulation for Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms. Manuscript in process.


  • University of Wisconsin Department of Gynecologic Oncology Contributor to several projects under the direction of Ahmed N. Al-Niaimi, MD


  • In The Middle Pasture, Syncopated Press, Providence, RI, 2009. Fiction novel published under a pseudonym about coming of age on a family farm in the 1990s in Wisconsin. Companion novel to The Great Berrier by Carol DeBoer-Langworthy in a series by Syncopated Press.



  • Gevelinger M, Siclari F, Tononi G. Neural and EEG Correlates of Sleep Consciousness. University of Wisconsin Shapiro Research Forum, Madison, WI, November, 2013.


  • Gevelinger M, Bender J. The R2 Domain of Glucosinolate-Regulating Myb Transcription Factors Controls Specificity. Brown University Research Symposium, Providence, RI, 2009.



  • Gevelinger M, Siclari F, LaRocque J, Tononi G. Brain Activity Upon Awakening and Report of Sleep Consciousness. University of Wisconsin, Department of Neurology/ Dept of Psychiatry. Shapiro Summer Research.



  • University of Wisconsin Transgenic Animal Facility and Department of Physiology - Research Specialist
    • Chief Investigators: Dr. Pat Powers and Dr. Richard Moss
    • Designed vectors and improvised strategies to create transgenic mice by culturing and targeting embryonic stem cells.

Katrina Heyrana, MD, PhD


  • Hometown: Fairfax Station, VA ​
  • Undergraduate: Georgetown University, Biochemistry, 2008 
  • Post-Graduate: Penn State College of Medicine, Cell and Molecular Biology Ph.D., 2014
  • Medical School: Penn State College of Medicine, 2016 


  • K. Heyrana, H. Byers, P. Stratton, “Increasing the participation of pregnant women in clinical trials.” (Manuscript under review)  
  • K. Heyrana, N. Whaley, “Contributions of structural racism to inequality in women’s health,” Grand Rounds, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Rochester Medical Center. July 2017. 
  • J. Aredo, K. Heyrana, B. Karp, J. Shah, P. Stratton, “Relating chronic pelvic pain and endometriosis to signs of sensitization and myofascial pain and dysfunction.” Sem. Repr. Med., 2017, 35 (1) 88-97 
  • K. Heyrana, B. Goh, J. Perilla, T. Nguyen, M. England, M. Bewley, K. Schulten, R. Craven, “Contributions of charged residues in structurally dynamic capsid surface loops to Rous sarcoma virus assembly.” J. Virol., 2016, 90 (12)  


  • Junior Fellow District 2, Section 10 Vice Chair, ACOG, 2018-present 
  • Resident representative, U of R Commission for Women and Gender Equity in Academia, 2017-present 
  • Administrative resident for class of 2020, URMC Ob/Gyn Residency, 2017-present


  • Ryan Program Resident Award for Excellence in Family Planning, University of Rochester, 2017 
  • Resident Reporter, ACOG Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting, 2017


Reproductive justice, complex decision-making in family planning, health disparities in communities of color, impact of immigration on reproductive health 

Danielle Krueger, MD


  • Hometown: Ogema, MN
  • Undergraduate: University of Minnesota, BS Biology
  • Medical School: University of Minnesota, Duluth and Minneapolis, MN


  • National Health Service Corps Students to Service Awardee

Rachel O’Connell, MD


  • Hometown: Lehigh Valley, PA
  • Undergraduate: University of Rochester, Biomedical Engineering, 2009
  • Medical School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2016


  • UR Pursuing Excellence Resident Leader


  • O'Connell RV, Dotters-Katz SK, Kuller JA, Strauss RA.  Gastroschisis: A Review of Management and Outcomes. 
  • Hahn P, Migacz J, O'Connell R, Izatt JA, Toth CA. Unprocessed real-time imaging of vitreoretinal surgical maneuvers using a microscope-integrated spectral-domain optical coherence tomography system. Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2013 Jan;251(1):213-20.​
  • Chiu SJ, Izatt JA, O'Connell RV, Winter KP, Toth CA, Farsiu S. Validated automatic segmentation of AMD pathology including drusen and geographic atrophy in SD-OCT images. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2012 Jan 5;53(1):53-61
  • Maldonado RS, O'Connell RV, Sarin N, Freedman SF, Wallace DK, Cotten CM, Winter KP, Stinnett S, Chiu SJ, Izatt JA, Farsiu S, Toth CA. Dynamics of human foveal development after premature birth.  Ophthalmology. 2011 Dec;118(12):2315-25


  • Richard E. Fullerton Award, June 2018

Arti Taggar, MD, MPH


  • Hometown: Chapel Hill, NC
  • Undergraduate: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, BA in Chemistry, 2011
  • Medical School: University of North Carolina School of Medicine


  • Morse, J., Ajmani, A., Handler, L. “Reproductive life planning to improve reproductive health outcomes: A systematic review." [ Manuscript under review]
  • Bhagavath, B., Taggar, A., Foster, A. “The Steroid Pathway Game: Medical Learning through Virtual Reality.” [Ongoing]


University of Rochester Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Award in recognition of the resident who demonstrates, through interaction, teaching and/or testing, a superior understanding of Reproductive Endocrinology, an excellent performance on her Reproductive Endocrinology rotation, and the highest standards of care of patients with Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility concerns, May 2018

Elizabeth Whinston, MD, PhD


  • Hometown: Tunkhannock, PA
  • Undergraduate: University of Scranton, PA, BS in Biology, 2005
  • Postgraduate: Jefferson Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, PA, PhD, in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 2012
  • Medical School: The Commonwealth Medical College, Scranton, PA

Research Experience

Jefferson Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

  • Investigation of the activation of the meiosis specific mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK), Smk1 in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Principal Investigator: Edward Winter PhD. 2008-2012


The Commonwealth Medical College

  • Michael Khalili, Elizabeth Whinston, Saurabh Patel, Priya Niragulathan, Qi Shi - Utilizing Cytokeratin Biomarkers as a Diagnostic Tool for Unknown Primary Site (Ovarian Cancer) - Poster presentation at TCMC Fifth Annual Spring Research Symposium (May 2015)
  • Michael Khalili, Elizabeth Whinston, Saurabh Patel, Priya Niragulathan, Qi Shi - A Rare Case of Asymptomatic Cameron Lesions Presenting with Iron Deficiency Anemia - Poster presentation at TCMC Fifth Annual Spring Research Symposium (May 2014)
  • Elizabeth Rogers Whinston and Aleksandra Kuczmarska. Health Care and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community - Speaker at TCMC First Annual Diversity Week (April 2014)
  • Kanika Agarwal, Aldo Fafaj, Paul McKinley, John Mangan, Elizabeth Whinston. Investigation of Health Literacy and Availability Information Sources in NEPA - Poster presentation at TCMC Fourth Annual Spring Research Symposium (May 2013)


  • Whinston, E. R. (2013). Non-Canonical MAP Kinase Signaling and Meiotic Development in Saccharomyces cerevisiae (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. (Accession Order No. AAT 3522501)
  • Whinston, E. R., Omerza, G., Singh, A., Tio, C. W., Winter, E. Activation of the Smk1 Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinase by Developmentally Regulated Autophosphorylation. Mol Cell Biol. 33, 688-700 (2013).
  • Langelier, M. F., Servent, K. M., Rogers, E. E., Pascal, J. M. A Third Zinc-binding Domain of Human PARP –I Coordinates DNA-dependent Enzyme Activation. J Biol Chem. 283, 4105-14 (2008).

Clinical Experience

  • Rural Primary Care Summer Internship - Janet Townsend MD - Summer 2013
  • Care and Concern Clinic Student Volunteer Group  - Spring 2013-Spring 2014

Awards and Scholarships

  • Gold Humanism Honor Society - The Commonwealth Medical College(2015)
  • Learning Environment Commendation for Work with The Deaf Community - The Commonwealth Medical College(2013)
  • Jefferson Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Alumni Thesis Prize - Jefferson Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences(2013)

Volunteer and Leadership Experience

  • Northeastern and Central PA Interprofessional Education Coalition Collaborating Care Summit - March 2015, Marywood University
  • Dog Rescue and Therapy Dog - Fall 2014-Present - Humane Society
  • Family Centered Experience Volunteer Family - The Commonwealth Medical College - Fall 2013-Present
  • Activity Volunteer and Sign Language Classes - Scranton School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children(2013-2014)
  • Medical Student Admissions Interviews - The Commonwealth Medical College(2013-2014)
  • Host of TCMC Annual Talent Show - The Commonwealth Medical College(2013)