Education / Graduate Medical Education / Prospective Residents / Preventive Medicine Residency / Our Residents / Recent Graduates Recent Graduates A Partial List of our Former Residents Scott Matthews, M.D. Scott Matthews was educated at Yale University and the University of New Mexico. He has a long-standing interest in preventive medicine, as a researcher and a clinician. Scott’s research activities include mapping environmental gene flow, use of systems theory to develop health policy, polymer chemistry, drug delivery, infectious disease prevention, tropical medicine, urban water quality, and global health. He is now in the process of filing a patent for an environmentally friendly mosquito larvicide effective against vectors of Zika virus, malaria, and dengue fever with longtime collaborator Ravi Durvasula. His clinical interests include environmental health, primary prevention of psychiatric illness, use of deciduous teeth to screen for lead exposure, treatment of immune dysfunction, addiction medicine, development of social media platforms to promote Type II diabetes management, and food intolerance. Prior to his career in preventive medicine, Scott worked in music, pharmaceutical development, and education. In his spare time, he enjoys music composition, Taylor guitars, running, yoga, and Muay Thai. Janaki Nathan, M.D. Janaki Nathan completed college at University of Chicago and earned a B.S. in Chemistry. After two years of doing basic science research, she attended medical school at University of Rochester. She especially enjoyed learning about the genetic and environmental factors that influence neuroscience, psychology, and human behavior. She also worked on two rewarding public health research studies: one assessing water use and need for a sanitation intervention in rural Ecuador and one evaluating a mentoring program designed to increase emotional literacy in Rochester elementary school children. After she received her medical degree, she started child neurology residency at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. There she realized that she wanted to do clinical work that focused more on psychological health. She relocated to Seattle, WA, where she worked at the University of Washington on a clinical research study examining the correlations between mental health symptoms in self-harming, suicidal adolescents and parental validating and invalidating behaviors. Following that experience, she returned to University of Rochester and started psychiatry residency before transitioning to preventive medicine residency. She enjoys supporting patients with chronic physical, mental, and social health problems to make health behavior changes that improve their quality of life. Outside of work, Janaki enjoys being in nature, running, yoga, spending time with family and friends, salsa dancing, art and music experiences, playing board games, gardening, and birdwatching. (Michael) Jacob Adams, M.D., M.P.H. Dr. Adams completed his residency in July 2011, during a leave of absence from his faculty position. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Rochester with a primary interest in the health of cancer survivors, and a primary research focus in the cardiotoxic effects of cancer therapy, particularly radiation exposure to the chest. He credits his residency experience with expanding his clinical and research interests into the realms of patient safety and smoking cessation. For more information see Dr. Adams’ profile. Douglas J. Ball, M.D., M.P.H. Dr. Ball was the first resident in the re-established General Preventive Medicine and Public Health residency program at the University of Rochester and received his M.D. degree from Washington University in St. Louis. Upon graduating from the residency, Dr. Ball became the Medical Director for the Bureau of Emergency Management of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and later took the same position in the New York State Public Health Department. Currently he is board certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine, is a consultant with a private firm and is pursuing his doctorate in public health from the University of North Carolina. Jill Abramson, M.D., M.P.H. After completing a residency in Pediatrics and her MPH, Dr. Abramson completed her preventive medicine residency training in our program. She is currently the Chief of the Program Development Section, Children’s Medical Services, Department of Health Care Services, State of California. Elizabeth Helm, M.D., M.P.H. After completing my undergraduate training (B.S. Biology, B.A. Psychology) and medical school at SUNY Buffalo, I came to Rochester for a combined Family and Preventive Medicine Residency. My primary interests are Global Health, Maternal Child Health, and Nutrition, which I have been able to explore through the MPH curriculum and Preventive Medicine rotations. My husband, a native Arkansan, is completed his Pediatric Residency in Rochester in 2015. We are planning to move to Cameroon with our abroad with our son and daughter practice full spectrum primary and preventive care as part of our missionary calling. Until then, we are enjoying (have enjoyed) the many things we love about Western New York: hiking, swimming, sledding, cooking, attending festivals, church, and family. We are grateful for the excellent training and wonderful people Rochester continues to bring into our lives. Amanda Hagen, M.D., M.P.H. Dr. Hagen completed her residency in July 2011 after an initial internship year in internal medicine and 4 years of service in the U.S. Navy. Her Masters in Public Health Thesis was an online survey of Navy personnel regarding the possible institution of a no-smoking ban on all Naval bases and ships. She was hired by the University of Rochester Occupational Medicine Practice prior to graduation and is currently an Instructor in that department. Arianne Marie Mitchell, M.D., M.P.H. Dr. Mitchell completed a preliminary clinical year in pediatrics and a fellowship in Preventive Cardiology research at the University of Rochester prior to joining the Preventive Medicine Residency training program. Her Masters in Public Health Thesis was entitled “Relationships Between Attachment, Health Care Utilization and Morbidity in Maltreated and Non-Maltreated Infants.” She is currently an Assistant Professor at Loma Linda University Medical Center in Southern California. Dulan Hailoo, M.D.