New residents bring breadth of strengths, interests

Our new residents include, from left: Drs. Maryam Laiyemo, Lalita Thitiseranee, Dahlin Jackson, Molly Gannon, Sandra Giraldo, Jaejoong Kim, Harshita Pinnamaneni, and Misha Zara.

We welcomed eight new residents this year and this is the first of two articles introducing them. They are done with orientation and have officially started their four-year residencies. This group of mini bios includes Drs. Molly Gannon, Sandra Giraldo, Jaejoong Kim, and Dahlin Jackson.

We are incredibly excited to introduce you to…

Molly Gannon, MD
Molly GannonDr. Gannon earned her medical degree from the University of Minnesota and her undergraduate degree in Spanish from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid in Spain. She is an active volunteer, having worked with organizations such as the Minnesota Medical Association (Student Section Executive Board-Outreach Coordinator), Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation (Summer Institute for Medical Students), Psychiatry Student Interest Group Network, UMN Center for Spirituality and Healing (Food Matters Course Volunteer), National Alliance for Mental Illness (volunteer resources assistant), Camp Neuro (board member), Centro Tyrone Guzman (summer program volunteer), Nutrition Experiential Learning & Advocacy group (co-founder) in Minneapolis, Crohn's and Colitis Foundation (Patient Education Conference and Twin Cities Take Steps Walk volunteer), and UnityPoint Health-Meriter Hospital (Hospital Elder Life Program).

Prior to attending the U, Dr. Gannon spent a year as the Student Medical Practice Administrator for University Health Services at UW-Madison in Wisconsin; served as a private Spanish tutor for two students in Madrid; and served as a camp counselor at UW-Madison’s MadBiology Bootcamp.

Dr. Gannon is building her research skills in the department, working with faculty member Dr. Kaz Nelson on a patient education research project. Prior to that, she spent two years as an undergraduate research assistant in the UW-Madison Department of Nutritional Sciences lab of Dr. David Eide. She has co-authored one journal article.

When she has spare time, Dr. Gannon enjoys staying fit, listening to Latin music, cooking, photography, skiing and tennis, and travelling.

Sandra Giraldo, MD
Sandra GiraldoPrior to medical school, Dr. Giraldo spent seven years serving as the associate director of the Patient Relations Department at Elmhurst Hospital Center. She then earned her medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Rockford, and her graduate and undergraduate degrees in biology and psychology, respectively, from Queens College, City University of New York in Flushing. While in medical school, Dr. Giraldo won the Nettie & Jesse Gorov scholarship, awarded by the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois to a non-traditional student who exhibits character and scholastic achievement.

A committed volunteer, Dr. Giraldo is the co-chair of social media for the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Medical Students and Residents Committee. While in Rockford, she was an on-call volunteer, working through a video call phone app called Be My Eyes to help visually impaired English and Spanish-speaking users, and was a health mentor for seniors through the Lifescape Program.  In New York, she volunteered at Elmhurst Hospital Center in Queens as a tutor in an after-school program and as a Spanish interpreter in the Congestive Heart Failure clinic. She was also part of the Big Buddy program, which paired Queens College students with children in need.

Dr. Giraldo built her research skills working as a research assistant in the Queens College neurobiology lab of Dr. Joshua Brumberg. She was also an undergraduate researcher in the pediatric pulmonology lab of Dr. Madu Rao at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn. She co-authored one peer-reviewed journal article and has made several poster and oral presentations.

In her spare time, Dr. Giraldo enjoys photography, travel, creative writing, trying different cuisines, gardening, and meditation.

Dahlin Jackson, DO
Dahlin JacksonDr. Jackson completed his Doctor of Osteopathy degree at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) in Pennsylvania where he received an Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Scholarship. His undergraduate degree in psychology was earned from the University of Miami, Coral Gables.

Chosen for a highly selective scholar program, Dr. Jackson completed a year of rotations at the PCOM Georgia campus in Suwanee. He also completed a City Year with AmeriCorps in Miami, FL, helping students in low-income areas with one-on-one/group tutoring in mathematics and reading. In addition, he was a resident assistant at the University of Miami for almost three years.

Dr. Jackson built his research skills as a research assistant in the Child Social/Behavioral Psychology Lab of Dr. Alexandra Quittner and in the Evolutionary Psychology Lab of Dr. Debra Lieberman at the University of Florida, Coral Gables. He has made one poster presentation and given an oral presentation.

An active volunteer, Dr. Jackson devoted almost two years to working as a Health Outreach Peer Educator/Bacchus Peer Educator at the University Student Health Center in Florida. He was also a Streetlight Volunteer at Holtz Children’s Hospital in Miami, offering companionship to hospital-bound children and teens. In addition, Dr. Jackson was a volunteer member of Alternative Breaks through the University of Miami, Coral Gables during which he tutored kids who went on social issue-themed trips sponsored by the organization.

In his free time, Dr. Jackson enjoys dance fitness, bodybuilding, and playing tenor saxophone.

Jaejoong Kim, MD, PhD
Jaejoong KimDr. Kim completed his medical degree at Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine and Graduate School of Medicine in Korea and his PhD in computational psychiatry and computational affective neuroscience at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in Daejeon. He received a full Samsung Scholarship during medical school.

Following graduation, Dr. Kim worked for two years as a postdoctoral researcher helping to investigate the neurocomputational mechanism of human fear and anxiety under naturalistic settings in the lab of Dr. Dean Mobbs at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. He also spent several months as a neurocomputational postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Dr. Bumseok Jeong at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. Prior to that, Dr. Kim spent three years as a military physician with the Ministry of National Defense of South Korea in Jeungpyung.

Dr. Kim helped co-author six journal articles and was first author on four and has made several poster and oral presentations. He won the Outstanding Trainee Award from the Korean Human Brain Mapping Society and a Silver Prize during the 18th annual Korean Mathematical Olympiad.

When he has free time, Dr. Kim enjoys playing basketball, surfing, sky diving, scuba diving, and singing.

In the next article, we will profile Drs. Maryam Laiyemo, Harshita Pinnamaneni, Lalita Thitiseranee, and Misha Zara.

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