Our Advisors

Meet Our Admissions Experts Below.

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 an 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.

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.

DANIEL PEARSON, MD, PHD

Daniel grew up in rural Washington State in the shadow of the Cascade Mountains. While at Willamette University, he ran varsity track and graduated summa cum laude with a major in Biology. He then spent two years as a post-baccalaureate research fellow at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). During this time, he helped characterize the genomic architecture underpinning the heritability of type 2 diabetes in the laboratory of Dr. Francis S. Collins, the former head of the Human Genome Project and current director of the NIH.

He joined the Harvard/MIT MD-PhD program at Harvard Medical School and received his PhD from Harvard University in the biomedical and biological sciences in 2018. There Daniel focused on the role of RNA metabolism in stem and progenitor cell biology in the laboratory of Dr. George Q. Daley, Dean of Harvard Medical School. While in graduate school, he developed a passion for mentorship and teaching while serving as a teaching assistant at Harvard College and Harvard Medical School. He is currently a resident in Clinical Pathology at Massachusetts General Hospital. In his free time Daniel enjoys fishing, kickboxing, and teaching his son how to cook.

ANAHITA (ANIE) NOURMAHNAD, MD

Anie was born in Iran and grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia. As an undergraduate at Haverford College, she received a Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant and Departmental High Honors for her research, which used computational models to characterize crystals. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa with a B.S in chemistry, Anie spent two years between college and medical school teaching advanced chemistry and performing anesthesia research at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She subsequently enrolled at Harvard Medical School and received multiple merit-based and community service scholarships. During medical school, she took courses at MIT as part of the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology (HST) program and developed a special interest in technological innovations for the operating room. She also continued her love for mentoring as the HMS co-president of the American Medical Women's Association. Anie and her younger sister are proud to be the first sisters to obtain their MD degrees from the HST program.

Currently, Anie is an otolaryngology-head and neck surgery resident at the University of Miami. In her free time she loves going to the beach, playing her ukulele, and improving her squash skills. She enjoys mentoring students who are passionate about a future career in medicine.

GEORGE BUGARINOVIC, MD

Soon after his birth in Belgrade, Serbia, George’s family moved to Ontario, Canada, for five years before ultimately settling in Kansas City. An integral piece of his roots, the universal language of basketball served as a key facilitator in his immigrant integration and personal development. Studying public health and natural sciences as a Bloomberg Scholar at Johns Hopkins University, George led the varsity basketball program to its best season in school history his senior year. Graduating with university honors in 2015, he received the Jostens Trophy, Academic All-America, and Walter Byers Graduate Scholarship recognitions for his academic and athletic endeavors. 

George spent his gap year conducting developmental biology research at the Stowers Institute and working as a pre-medical mentor with an international education company, helping establish a summer medical program for US undergraduates in Serbia. Through this mentoring passion, he has co-authored a pre-medical admissions guide and worked with over 1,000 pre-medical students via webinar, large group, and individual settings. Graduating from Harvard Medical School in 2020, George is currently an orthopedic surgery resident with Stanford University Health Care. In his free time, he enjoys exploring nature, playing sports, watching Netflix, and following the NBA.

SARAH BERMAN, MD

Sarah was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and attended the University of Cincinnati for undergrad where she majored in Neuroscience. While in college she spent her time in a behavioral endocrinology lab and worked as a crisis hotline volunteer and a high school rowing coach. After graduation, she attended Harvard Medical School where she served on the admissions committee and helped with curricular and student wellness initiatives. For her work at Harvard, she received a merit scholarship from the Massachusetts Medical Society. Sarah is now a psychiatry resident at the Cambridge Health Alliance. Outside of medicine, Sarah enjoys biking, rock climbing, trivia, and keeping her beloved houseplants alive.

MICHAEL GIROUARD, MD, MBA

Michael is originally from Maine and graduated magna cum laude with degrees in chemistry and French literature from Williams College, where he sang a cappella and served as tutor/TA for multiple courses. He spent two years working as an HIV health policy and economics researcher at the Massachusetts General Hospital before attending Harvard Medical School and Harvard Business School for their dual MD/MBA program. At Harvard, Michael served in multiple leadership roles, including in the HMS LGBTQ student group and the HBS Healthcare Club, and also conducted novel research in opioid use disorder. As a first-generation college student, Michael is passionate about mentoring and advising students from all backgrounds to help them tell their story and achieve their fullest potential. Michael is now attending residency in the Internal Medicine UCPC Primary Care Track at the University of California, San Francisco. Outside of work, Michael enjoys cycling, skiing, and crossword puzzles.

DAMIR LJUBOJA, MD, MBA

Damir was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia but relocated to Houston, Texas as a refugee of the Yugoslav civil war. Against all odds, he graduated top of his high school class and received a full academic scholarship to the University of Texas at Austin. While obtaining degrees in Biology and Humanities, Damir dabbled in device development, stem cell research, and still found time to row for Texas Crew and became Academic All-American. As an undergraduate teaching assistant, Damir mentored and tutored fellow students. Damir graduated as a Dean’s Honored Graduate (top 1% of his class), Phi Beta Kappa, and was a 2012 New England Journal of Medicine Scholar.

Damir then spent the next six years in Boston, obtaining an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MD with Honors in a Special Field, magna cum laude, from Harvard Medical School. He upheld his undergraduate passions for research and mentoring. Utilizing his business and medical background, his research provided insights into the intersection of finance and healthcare, particularly in radiology. For this work, he received recognition and awards from national and international radiology organizations alike. He also continued mentoring pre-medical and pre-business students, one of whom was recently admitted to Harvard Medical School. 

He is now on the path to becoming an interventional radiologist and will complete his residency at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. In his spare time, Damir enjoys trying his hand at mixology with his home bar, exploring local restaurants, HIIT, and traveling as often as he can.


SARAH OSMULSKI, MD

Sarah was borned and raised on the Jersey shore before she headed to Boston to attend undergraduate at MIT. At MIT she majored in Biology (Course VII) with a minor in Brain & Cognitive Sciences (Course IX). At MIT she was a 6-time All-American with the Women's Swimming and Diving Team and was extensively involved in teaching and tutoring for the Chemistry and Biology departments as well as mentorship for pre-medical students. Upon graduating from MIT, she went straight to Harvard Medical School, where she graduated with magna cum laude honors. At HMS, she was involved in mentorship for pre-medical and medical students and she was a two-time member of the Committee on Admissions. Sarah is currently an anesthesiology resident at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Outside of work, Sarah is passionate about the outdoors, she can be found running and biking around Boston, or ski mountaineering or mountain biking in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

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