Welcome to the virtual shadowing program! We will be hosting virtual shadowing sessions every week. We offer insight into various medical specialties such as Anesthesiology, Spinal Surgery, OB/GYN, and so much more! These sessions are free for everyone to attend. Registration links will be changing after each session. Members who participate will be credited 1 virtual shadowing hour per session on behalf of The Premed Scene as long as the quiz for that session is passed with a score of 60% or higher in the first attempt. It is required to subscribe to The Premed Scene to become a member and be eligible for the virtual shadowing hours.
Heather O. Irobunda, MD, FACOG
Dr. Heather Irobunda is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist based in Queens, New York. Dr. Irobunda practiced for four years as an active duty Army OB/GYN, and now works for NYC Health and Hospitals. She is a member of Peloton's Health and Wellness Advisory Committee, HealtheVoices HCP Advisor for Johnson & Johnson, Expert Contributor for MindBodyGreen, and serves as a women's health advocate and an ambassador of wellness throughout the world. Dr. Irobunda attended the University of Pennsylvania for her bachelor's degree, Albert Einstein College of Medicine for her medical degree, and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the National Capital Consortium.
December 1st, 2021 at 7:00 PM CST
December 15th, 2021 at 7:00 PM CST
Past Virtual Shadowing Speakers
David Janiczek, MD
September 19th, 2020
Dr. David Janiczek is the founder and CEO of Get Admitted MD, a premed consulting company, and is a midwest native. He attended the University of Iowa for both his undergraduate degree in Human Physiology and the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine for his MD, one of the top 30 medical schools in the country. He is currently completing his residency training at the University of Illinois-Chicago Department of Anesthesiology. Dr. Janiczek has also served on medical school admissions committees. He is also a vital part of The Premed Scene's operations helping oversee programs and opportunities and serves as the Team Advisor for The Premed Scene.
Antonio J. Webb, MD
October 6th, 2020
Dr. Antonio Webb is a fellowship-trained Spine Surgeon and specializes in all medical conditions related to the spine including degenerative, deformity, trauma, cervical/lumbar arthroplasty, and minimally invasive spine surgery. Dr. Webb is a long-term resident of San Antonio, Texas for the past 19 years and welcomes patients to the clinic who struggle with spine pain and who are looking for a solution. He currently runs a successful private practice spinal surgery clinic in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Webb is also a prominent influencer, having over 215K subscribers on his Youtube channel, inspiring and engaging many to pursue the field of medicine.
Hector O. Chapa, MD, FACOG
November 19th, 2020
Dr. Hector Chapa is a board-certified OB-GYN physician and serves as a clinical assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology and clerkship director for OB-GYN at Texas A&M College of Medicine. He is a nationally and internationally recognized speaker and published author in the field of obstetrics and gynecology. Dr. Chapa has been involved in research of minimally invasive gynecological procedures. He has published more than forty clinical articles and has taught as an invited physician-faculty member in South Africa, Israel, the European Union, the Netherlands, Norway, Chile, Columbia, and Canada. In clinical practice, he is an OB-GYN hospitalist at the CHI St. Joseph Regional Hospital.
Austin L. Chiang, MD, MPH
January 7th, 2021
Dr. Austin Chiang is a triple board-certified dual ivy league (Harvard, Columbia) educated and trained gastroenterologist and advanced endoscopist. He is one of the few bariatric endoscopy and advanced endoscopy dual-trained gastroenterologists in the world. Dr. Chiang is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Jefferson Health (Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals) in Philadelphia, PA, and serves as the Director of the Endoscopic Weight Loss Program and Chief Medical Social Media Officer for the health system. Dr. Chiang is also a prominent influencer, with over 340K followers and 11.8M likes on Tiktok, inspiring many and spreading information about the field of medicine.
Lenox Hill Neurosurgery
January 20th, 2021
Lenox Hill Neurosurgery comprises of world-renowned neurosurgery experts and recognized leaders in advanced, compassionate treatment of brain, spine, and nervous system disorders at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. Their surgeons combine their unique expertise in minimally invasive surgical techniques to treat rare complex conditions of the brain and spine. The Lenox Hill Neurosurgery team is also the mastermind behind the hit TV show Lenox Hill and the ever-popular BRAINterns program, led by Dr. Randy D'Amico. These programs are responsible for providing inspiration, education, and enjoyment to thousands of people around the world.
Sam H. Shen, MD, MBA
February 5th, 2021
Dr. Sam Shen is a board-certified emergency medicine physician and the Vice-Chair of Clinical Operations at Stanford University School of Medicine, Associate Chief Quality Officer/Patient Safety Officer at Stanford Healthcare, Fellowship Director of the Emergency Medicine Administration fellowship at Stanford University, and former Medical Director of Emergency Medicine at Stanford. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and a member of the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine Fellowship Committee. Dr. Shen's professional interests include Health Care Management, Emergency Department Operations, Quality Improvement, and Patient Safety.
Thomas M. Scalea, MD, FACS, MCCM
February 17th, 2021
Dr. Thomas Scalea is The Honorable Francis X. Kelly Distinguished Professor in Trauma and is globally recognized for his pioneer in leadership and advancing the field of shock and injury care. As Physician-in-Chief of the University of Maryland Medical Center's R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, he heads the only freestanding trauma center in the world, a center caring for over 8,000 critically injured patients annually with a 96% survival rate. Dr. Scalea performs over 600 operative cases yearly while serving as a funded prolific investigator and System Chief for Critical Care Services and the University of Maryland School of Medicine in addition to his administrative duties.
Raymond L. Fowler, MD, FACEP, FAEMS
March 3rd, 2021
Dr. Raymond Fowler is the director of the widely-popular Pre-Health Virtual Shadowing program and Professor of Emergency Medicine and Chief of Emergency Medical Services at UT Southwestern. Dr. Fowler has been involved in EMS as a leading educator, author, medical director, and political advocate for almost four decades, being widely regarded as an outstanding lecturer and public leader in the field of EMS. He was a founding member of the National Association of EMS Physicians and served as the second elected President. In addition, he served as the President of Georgia College of Emergency Physicians and as a perennial member of the State of Georgia EMS Advisory Council.
Richard C. Wender, MD
March 10th, 2021
Dr. Richard Wender is the Chair of Family Medicine and Community Health in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. A Perelman School of Medicine graduate and a nationally-recognized leader in the specialty, Wender was the Chair of Family and Community Medicine at Jefferson for 12 years and served as the first-ever Chief Cancer Control Officer for the American Cancer Society. At Jefferson, Dr. Wender was responsible for substantial service line growth including the creation of the Division of Geriatric Medicine and a Palliative Care program. His work has led to methods that address social determinants of health and health equity.
David B. Nash, MD, MBA
April 7th, 2021
Dr. David Nash is the Founding Dean Emeritus and the Dr. Raymond C. and Doris N. Grandon Professor of Health Policy at the Jefferson College of Population Health (JCPH). His 11-year tenure as Dean completes 30 years on the University faculty. A board-certified internist repeatedly named on Modern Healthcare’s list of Most Powerful Persons in Healthcare, his national activities cover a wide scope. Dr. Nash has governance responsibilities for organizations in the public and private sectors and has served on the Board of Trustees for numerous healthcare systems. In the for-profit sector, he has served nearly a decade as a member of the Board of Directors for Humana, Inc., one of the nation’s largest publicly traded healthcare companies.
Amber R. Leis, MD, FACS
April 21st, 2021
Dr. Amber Leis is an expert board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon who specializes in pediatric hand and reconstructive surgery for brachial plexus injuries. She has specific expertise in functional muscle transfer, tendon transfer, and nerve reconstruction. Dr. Leis is an Associate Professor at the UCI School of Medicine's Department of Plastic Surgery, where she also serves as Program Director for the Plastic Surgery Resident Training Program and Division Chief of Hand Surgery. She is also affiliated with Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) where she specializes in congenital hand surgery and pediatric brachial plexus injuries.
Joanne Snapp, MSEd, MA
May 12th, 2021
Joanne Snapp is a leading premedical advisor and currently runs a premedical advising company, My Honest Advisor. She previously served as the Director of Health Professions Advising and Director of the Health Professions Post-bac Program at the University of California-Davis for the past six years. She founded UC Davis's Health Professions Advising in 2014 with the intent to use holistic advising practices to help more students reach their goals. Prior to moving to the west coast, Joanne served as the Director of Admissions at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra University where she coordinated interview days, trained the admissions committee, and ran committee meetings.
Neil R. Desai, DO
May 19th, 2021
Dr. Neil Desai is a fellowship-trained vascular surgeon and Assistant Professor in the Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth. In addition to his roles at UTHealth, Dr. Desai joined HCA Houston Healthcare and founded Gulf Coast Vascular. He has authored many publications within the field of vascular surgery in the form of peer-reviewed articles and textbook chapters and has been invited to speak at various medical symposia and conferences. Dr. Desai is known for using cutting-edge technology and minimally-invasive procedures and specializes in complex aortic surgery, limb salvage, and hemodialysis access.
Alejandro Badia, MD, FACS, FRCSI
May 26th, 2021
Dr. Alejandro Badia is an expert orthopedic hand and upper extremity surgeon, author, and entrepreneur. Dr. Badia is a founding member of the American Hand Institute and past worldwide president of the International Society for Sport Traumatology of the Hand. Dr. Badia co-founded the world-renowned Miami Anatomical Research Center and also created Badia Hand to Shoulder Center and the Surgery Center at Doral. He is also the founder and Chief Medical Officer of OrthoNOW, a chain of walk-in orthopedic centers that has been extremely successful. Dr. Badia also wrote Healthcare from the Trenches, a book focusing on his experiences as a surgeon and entrepreneur and the barriers for healthcare reform.
Matthew R. Kohler, MD
June 2nd, 2021
Dr. Matthew Kohler is a leader in the field of interventional pain medicine and an ivy-league trained, double board-certified anesthesiologist and interventional pain specialist. He is further specialized in regenerative medicine (PRP & stem cells) and venous therapies. After spending three years in one of Manhattan’s premier private practice medical groups as the Director of Venous Therapies, Dr. Kohler co-founded Ospina Medical, a leading pain management clinic in New York City, and is a physician for Northwell Health at Lenox Hill Hospital. As a cancer survivor himself, Dr. Kohler brings an unique insight into how to provide the best patient care. Nationally, Dr. Kohler remains an active participant in numerous distinguished medical societies.
David R. Stukus, MD
June 9th, 2021
Dr. David Stukus is a pediatric allergist-immunologist and leading influencer of pediatrics. He serves as associate professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Allergy and Immunology and director of the Food Allergy Treatment Center at Nationwide's Children's Hospital. Dr. Stukus also serves as an official spokesperson for the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology and is on the Board of Directors for the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. He is devoted to communicating evidence-based medicine and is an internationally renowned keynote speaker. Dr. Stukus is also an influencer, using his popular Twitter and Instagram accounts @AllergyKidsDoc to dispel myths and combat misinformation.
Deanna J. Attai, MD, FACS
June 16th, 2021
Dr. Deanna Attai is an Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California Los Angeles. Dr. Attai is a Past-President of the American Society of Breast Surgeons and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. As well, she is certified by the American Society of Breast Surgeons for the performance of breast ultrasound. Dr. Attai was an early adopter of social media for professional and patient education and serves as the social media editor for the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Journal of Oncology practice and for the Annals of Surgical Oncology. She has received national media attention with profiles in USA Today, CURE Magazine, and Forbes Online.
Charles D. Fraser, Jr., MD, FACS, FACC
June 23rd, 2021
Dr. Charles D. Fraser, Jr. is one of the world’s leading pediatric and congenital heart surgeons and active member of the Texas Heart Institute. He was the Surgeon-in-Chief at Texas Children's Hospital and leader of their congenital heart surgery program, ranked No. 1 nationally. Dr. Fraser now serves as Chief of Pediatric and Congenital Cardiothoracic Surgery at Dell Children’s Hospital and Division Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin. He has fostered the development of internationally recognized pediatric heart and lung transplant and mechanical circulatory support programs and is widely regarded as being the pioneer of lifesaving first-in-human procedures and devices.
June 30th, 2021
Joshua Cools is a flight paramedic for Life Flight, a division of Memorial Hermann's Red Duke Trauma Institute. Memorial Hermann Life Flight is a critical care air medical transport service based in Houston, Texas. They serve the community within a 150-mile radius of the Texas Medical Center with helicopters and worldwide using fixed-wing transport. Life Flight is the first air medical ambulance in Texas; second in the United States. Their educational programs instrumental in training NASA astronauts in case of possible clinical emergencies. In addition to his medical role, Joshua Cools serves as an administrator as the Director of Business Development for the Memorial Hermann Health System.
Michael L. Kueht II, MD
August 4th, 2021
Dr. Michael Kueht is an Assistant Professor of Transplant Surgery at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston, Texas. He earned his Doctor of Medicine at UTMB and completed internship and residency in general surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Upon completing his residency, Dr. Kueht completed an abdominal transplantation fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine. He has been involved with medical research for over a decade and has authored over 45 articles in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Kueht is a researcher on liver disease and surgical risk stratification, as well as outcomes in abdominal transplantation.
Michele Neskey, MMSc, PA-C
August 11th, 2021
Michele Neskey AKA The Posh PA is a practicing Hematology/Oncology Physician Associate, PA counselor, and Wellness Advocate. She graduated from Yale's PA program in 2005 and started out in hospitalist medicine before transitioning to hematology/oncology in 2007. Michele created The Posh PA to help guide, educate, inspire and encourage aspiring PAs as well as to promote wellness and build confidence. She is also an influencer working on helping and educating pre-PA students, PA students, PAs, and people all around the world with over 105K followers and 3.3M likes on Tiktok and 39K followers on Instagram.
Robert M. Wachter, MD
August 18th, 2021
Dr. Robert Wachter is Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, ranked the best internal medicine department in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. He coined the term “hospitalist” in 1996 and is often considered the “father” of the hospitalist field, the fastest-growing medical specialty in the United States. Dr. Wachter is the past Chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine and past President of the Society of Hospital Medicine. His tweets on COVID-19 were viewed over 200 million times and serves as a trusted source of information on issues surrounding the pandemic.
Raman K. Malhotra, MD, FAASM
August 25th, 2021
Dr. Raman Malhotra is an Associate Professor of Neurology and Program Director of the Sleep Medicine Fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He is also the current President of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the leading professional society in the medical subspecialty of sleep medicine. In this role, Dr. Malhotra leads an organization that has a combined membership of 11,000 accredited member sleep centers and individual members, including physicians, scientists, and other health care professionals who provide care for patients with sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea and chronic insomnia.
Brent W. Lacey, MD
September 1st, 2021
Dr. Brent Lacey is a gastroenterologist at Texas Digestive Disease Consultants in Southlake, Texas with a passion for financial management and career coaching. Dr. Lacey is a board-certified gastroenterologist and a Master Financial Coach through Ramsey Solutions. In this financial role, he helped his first 300 coaching clients pay off over $1.2 million of debt in just 2 months. Dr. Lacey is also the founder and CEO of The Scope of Practice, in which he helps mentor health care professionals on how to run a practice and manage finances. As well, after his fellowship, Dr. Lacey helped created a Financial Discipleship Ministry at his church and developed a personal finance curriculum for his hospital.
David Janiczek, MD
September 22nd, 2021
Dr. David Janiczek is a fellow in cardiothoracic anesthesiology at the world-famous Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dr. Janiczek finished his residency in anesthesiology at the University of Illinois-Chicago, one of the top 30 medical schools in the country, in June 2021 where he served as one of the Chief Residents for the final year. Prior to residency, he was born and raised in Iowa, and attended the University of Iowa for his undergraduate education before obtaining his MD from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in 2017. In addition to his clinical roles, Dr. Janiczek is the Founder and CEO of Get Admitted MD and the Team Advisor of The Premed Scene, and has served on a medical school admissions committee.
Sogol Pahlavan, MD, FAAP
October 6th, 2021
Dr. Sogol Pahlavan is a pediatrician and Chief Operating Officer of ABC Pediatric Clinic in Houston, Texas. She is also a physician for Texas Children's Hospital and Memorial Hermann. Dr. Pahlavan graduated from Texas A&M University with a BA in Biology, finished medical school at Baylor College Medicine, and completed residency in general pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine, training at Texas Children's Hospital and Ben Taub General Hospital. Shortly after residency, she and her sister established ABC Pediatric Clinic. In addition to her clinical and entrepreneurship roles, Dr. Pahlavan is a Certified Mindfulness Physician Coach and host of the podcast Mindful Living with Dr. Sogol.
Jordan D. Frey, MD
October 13th, 2021
Dr. Jordan Frey AKA The Prudent Plastic Surgeon is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon in the Center for Cancer Care, Department of Head and Neck Surgery, and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at ECMC in Buffalo, New York. Dr. Frey completed his plastic and reconstructive surgery residency and microsurgery fellowship in the Hansjörg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery at NYU Langone Health and is one of the few plastic surgeons in the country who is trained to perform robotic-assisted microsurgical breast reconstruction. He is also an expert in financial management for healthcare professionals and is the creator of the blog The Prudent Plastic Surgeon sharing his journey to financial well-being.
Paul Thomas, MD
October 20th, 2021
Dr. Paul Thomas is a board-certified family medicine physician practicing direct primary care for Plum Health in Detroit, Michigan. Direct primary care is a form of healthcare focused on streamlining visiting your primary care physician and allows you to have a direct relationship with your doctor and minimize costs. Dr. Thomas's service is the first of its kind in Detroit and Wayne County. He has been featured on WDIV-TV Channel 4, WXYZ Channel 7, Crain's Detroit Business, and CBS Radio. Along with this, he has been a speaker at TEDxDetroit and is an author of two books, The Cure for Our Broken Healthcare System and Startup DPC: How to Start and Grow Your Direct Primary Care Practice.
Bradley B. Block, MD
October 27th, 2021
Dr. Bradley Block is a general adult and pediatric otolaryngologist and ENT surgeon in Garden City, New York and Partner at ENT and Allergy Associates. Dr. Block also serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at NYU Langone Health's Long Island School of Medicine. He is the host of the podcast Physician's Guide to Doctoring and is well-versed in guiding practicing physicians and other healthcare practitioners looking to improve in any and all aspects of their lives and practices. Dr. Block completed his residency in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at Georgetown University Hospital, where he was appointed Administrative Chief Resident, and received awards for research and leadership.
Barbara N. Hamilton, MD
November 3rd, 2021
Dr. Barbara Hamilton is an interventional radiologist, leader, and the author of Save Lives, Enjoy Your Own: Finding Your Place in Medicine. She serves as the Chief of Interventional Radiology at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, California. As well, she is the founder of the TiredSuperheroine platform, editor of IR Quarterly, and former Chair of the Society of Interventional Radiology’s Women in IR section. Dr. Hamilton helps aspiring and early career doctors succeed in surgically-oriented and traditionally male-dominated fields by pulling back the curtain on what it looks like to be a woman and parent in medicine. Ultimately, she strives to be an example of what is possible for those who would follow in her footsteps.
Jason S. Mizell, MD, FACS, FASCRS
November 10th, 2021
Dr. Jason Mizell is a staff Colon and Rectal Surgeon and Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Dr. Mizell currently serves as the Surgery Clerkship Director at UAMS and is a busy clinician, academic surgeon, as well as an active researcher. He has developed curricula on business and personal finance management for residents and medical students and has published and spoken nationally on this topic. Dr. Mizell also is the founder and director of the award-winning Business of Medicine course and serves as Special Advisor for Physician Education at Aptus Financial. In 2020, Dr. Mizell was awarded the White Coat Investor Financial Educator of the Year.
Lauren Allan, DO
November 17th, 2021
Dr. Lauren Allan is an osteopathic trained trauma and acute care surgeon at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. Dr. Allan also serves as the Director of Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at Carver College of Medicine. Her specialties are emergency general surgery, surgical critical care, and trauma surgery. Dr. Allan finished her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine at Des Moines University, residency in general surgery at Mercy Medical Center, Des Moines, Iowa, and her fellowship in surgical critical care at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa. She is an instructor in Advanced Trauma Life Support and a practicing surgeon in Iowa City, Iowa.