Mentors for MD/PhD Students

A major goal of the MD/PhD-track of the START@Yale program is to provide participants with the opportunity to undertake a graduate research rotation during the summer before the first year of medical school.  Participants can choose any faculty member with a primary or secondary appointment in a Yale Graduate School department.  A full list of all Graduate School faculty is available at:

We especially encourage START@Yale participants to take this first rotation with physician-scientist mentors who are role models for successful career development that involved both research and clinical training.  Examples of clinically trained physician-scientist faculty members are listed below.  A link is provided for information about the research interests of each of these faculty members:


Jeffrey Bender, MD
Internal Medicine (Cardiology), Immunobiology
Hal Blumenfeld, MD, PhD
Neurology, Neurobiology, Neurosurgery
Jonathan Bogan, MD
Internal Medicine (Endocrinology), Cell Biology
Marcus Bosenberg, MD, PhD
Dermatology, Pathology
Richard Bucala, MD, PhD
Internal Medicine (Rheumatology), Pathology, Epidemiology
Lloyd Cantley, MD
Internal Medicine (Nephrology), Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Michael Cappello, MD
Pediatrics (Infectious Diseases), Microbial Pathogenesis, Epidemiology
Judy Cho, MD
Internal Medicine (Rheumatology), Immunobiology
Joseph Craft, MD
Internal Medicine (Rheumatology), Immunobiology
Madhav Dhodapkar, MBBS
Medicine (Hematology), Immunobiology, Cancer Center
Marie Egan, MD
Pediatrics (Respiratory), Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Erol Fikrig, MD
Internal Medicine (Infectious Diseases), Immunobiology, Microbial Pathogenesis
Patrick Gallagher, MD
Pediatrics (Neonatology), Genetics, Pathology
Joel Gelernter, MD
Psychiatry, Genetics
Thomas Gill, MD
Internal Medicine (Geriatrics), Epidemiology & Public Health
Peter Glazer, MD, PhD
Therapeutic Radiology, Genetics
Fred Gorelick, MD
Internal Medicine (Digestive Diseases), Cell Biology
Murat Gunel, MD
Neurosurgery, Genetics
David Hafler, MD
Neurology, Immunobiology
Kevan Herold, MD
Internal Medicine (Endocrinology), Immunobiology
Amy Justice, MD, PhD
Internal Medicine (General Medicine), Epidemiology & Public Health and
Barbara Kazmierczak MD, PhD
Internal Medicine (Infectious Diseases), Microbial Pathogenesis
Mustafa Khokha, MD
Pediatrics (Critical Care), Genetics
Richard Kibbey, MD, PhD
Internal Medicine (Endocrinology), Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Diane Krause, MD, PhD
Laboratory Medicine, Pathology, Cell Biology
Harlan Krumholz, MD
Internal Medicine (Cardiology), Public Health
Gary Kupfer, MD
Pediatrics (Hematology/Oncology), Pathology
Richard Lifton, MD, PhD
Internal Medicine (Nephrology), Genetics
Michael Nathanson, MD, PhD
Internal Medicine (Digestive Diseases), Cell Biology
Laura Niklason, MD, PhD
Anesthesiology, Biomedical Engineering
Christopher Pittenger, MD
Psychiatry, Psychology
Warren Shlomchik, MD
Internal Medicine (Hematology/Oncology), Immunobiology
Gerald Shulman, MD, PhD
Internal Medicine (Endocrinology), Cellular & Molecular Physiology
Michael Simons, MD
Internal Medicine (Cardiology), Cell Biology
Stefan Somlo, MD
Internal Medicine (Nephrology), Genetics
Mary Tinetti, MD
Internal Medicine (Geriatrics), Epidemiology
Flora Vaccarino, MD
Child Study Center, Neurobiology
Lawrence Young, MD
Internal Medicine (Cardiology), Cellular and Molecular Physiology


Please feel free to contact MD/PhD-track START@Yale Program Coordinator Peter Aronson ( with any questions


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