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Meet our admissions experts below.  We know, they’re impressive.

RYAN KARMOUTA, MD, MBA

Ryan is the founder of AcceptMed. He graduated summa cum laude from New York University on a prestigious scholarship where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa as a junior. As an undergraduate, he had extensive tutoring, mentoring, and teaching experience.  

He graduated from the dual MD/MBA program at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Business School. During his time in medical school, he served as a private admissions advisor for many prospective medical students and prospective MBA students. Ryan is currently finishing his dermatology training at UCLA Medical Center.

In his free time he loves surfing, hiking, and adventuring with his dog Ella.

ZUJAJA TAUQEER, MD, DPHIL

Zujaja graduated summa cum laude from Macaulay Honors College at City University of New York where she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa as a junior. She subsequently won a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship that took her to University of Oxford where she received a doctorate in history. She graduated in 2018 from Harvard Medical School where she received merit scholarships for her academic performance. Zujaja is a resident in ophthalmology at the University of Pennsylvania - Scheie Eye Institute. During her time in medical school and grad school, she has served as an admissions advisor to prospective applicants to medical school, grad school, and for competitive international fellowships. She enjoys helping students discover their voice and applicant story to help them get into the school of their choice.

AGATHA BRZEZINSKI, MD, MPH

Originally from Oregon, she graduated cum laude from the University of Portland where she received a BS in Biochemistry, a BA in Spanish, and played Division I golf. After graduation, she moved to Warsaw, Poland as a US Student Fulbright Grantee in Medicine Sciences where she studied pediatric rheumatological diseases at the University of Warsaw. On returning to the US, she was awarded a Intramural Research Training Award at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and worked at the main NIH campus and at Johns Hopkins studying infectious diseases. She then began her MD at Harvard Medical School. While at Harvard, she also received an Masters in Public Health from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health with a concentration in Global Health and sub-concentration in Humanitarian Studies, Ethics, and Human Rights. She is completing her residency back home on the West Coast in Emergency Medicine at UCLA Ronald Reagan/Olive View.

ALISON DOBRY, MD

Allison grew up in San Diego, CA before moving out east to go to MIT. There she majored in Course 9 (aka Brain and Cognitive Science) and spent her time in a synthetic neurobiology lab working on research in optogenetics. She subsequently went to Harvard Medical School, where she served on the admissions committee.  There she worked in a melanocyte biology lab and received grants from both the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the American Skin Association. She’s now back in Southern California doing her dermatology residency. In her free time she likes exploring nature, boxing, playing with her cats, and going to techno shows.

MICHAL MCDOWELL, MD, MPH

Michal graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University with a B.A. in Human Biology and a minor in Iberian and Latin American Cultures. After college, Michal worked in health policy in Washington, D.C., first tracking Affordable Care Act implementation on a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and next dong HIV/AIDS policy research and writing at the Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR). She attended Harvard Medical School and also pursued a Masters in Public Health (Health Policy concentration) from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, supported by the Primary Care Masters Scholarship. At Harvard Medical School, Michal served on the admissions committee, led the queer student groups at both the medical school and the school of public health, and held multiple leadership positions at one of the medical school student-run clinics. She is passionate about mental health policy, as well as LGBTQ health. She decided to stay in Boston for psychiatry residency, and is training at the Harvard Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital program. In her free time, she practices yoga and goes on runs with her dog.

AMIR AMERI, MD

Amir received his high school diploma, magna cum laude, from The Roxbury Latin School, the oldest school in continuous existence in North America. He received his B.S. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, with Distinction in the Major, from Yale College. He received a Post-Baccalaureate Cancer Research Training Award from the National Cancer Institute and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Medical Research Fellowship. In addition to patient care, his most meaningful medical school experiences have included advising premedical students, both formally and informally. He has been lucky to have wonderful mentors and advisors throughout his education and he aims to pay that forward. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Medical School and is pursuing a residency in internal medicine at the Osler Medical Housestaff Training Program of the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

FALLON CHIPIDZA, MD

Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Fallon moved to the United States to attend Hamilton College where she double majored in Economics and Biochemistry/Molecular Biology.  In college, she received multiple merit-based awards, including grants to fund international projects and microfinance-based services. She then graduated magna cum laude and went on to work in investment management with BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, in New York City. After working in finance, she moved to Boston and graduated from Harvard Medical School in 2016 where she received two merit-based scholarships, several community service awards and the 2016 Massachusetts Medical Society Scholarship awarded to 16 medical students graduating from all four medical schools in the state. Fallon is a current residentat the Harvard Combined Radiation Oncology Residency Program (HROP). She has extensive experience in advising applicants from all backgrounds, including nontraditional candidates, URMs, and those with an international background. In her spare time, Fallon enjoys running, playing squash, trying new recipes and above everything else, she loves being a mother.

HOWARD YAN, MD, MBA

Born and raised in Dalian, China, Howard moved to Los Angeles where he initially attended Pasadena City College. After one year, he transferred to the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) graduating with a B.S. in biology. As an undergraduate, he was the president of the pre-medical society and enjoyed tutoring and mentoring students, especially those who shared similar non-traditional backgrounds. Subsequently Howard moved to Boston where he pursued the dual MD/MBA program at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Business School. During this time, Howard served on the admissions committee for Harvard Medical School where he interviewed and selected incoming students. He is now on the path to become an interventional radiologist, completing his residency at Stanford University.

REBECCA HAMMOND, MD

Rebecca graduated from Swarthmore College with Highest Honors, having also received the school's first ever "Perfect Score" award in organic chemistry for acing every test. She spent the next two years in Norway on a Fulbright Grant, working on a tuberculosis diagnostics project with the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, prior enrolling at Harvard Medical School. She was an All American in Track and Field while at Swarthmore, and continued to run semi professionally on the European track circuit while she conducted her Fulbright research. While at Harvard, she began her career as a professional obstacle course racer, rising to second in the world in her first year of the sport. Rebecca's successes led to her being cast as a 'Defender' character on LeBron James's CBS show 'Million Dollar Mile', which filmed during her final year at Harvard Medical School. Since graduating in 2019, she has become a full time professional athlete. She ultimately plans to pursue residency in psychiatry. Rebecca has extensive experience as a writing coach, and has recently started work as a life coach. She enjoys helping people find that sweet spot where their voice resonates with their goals of communication - an ability relevant for everything from successful application essays to interpersonal relationships.