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Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences and RWJBarnabas Health are pleased to announce the 2021 Rutgers Rising Star scholars.

Rising Star Scholars are selected based on academic achievement, excellence in discovery, innovation and entrepreneurship, and commitment to our community. All applicants must be a student of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School or New Jersey Medical School. Awardees who have committed to joining the Rutgers Health or RWJBarnabas Health system as an employed clinician at the completion of their Rutgers Health‐based residency or fellowship receive $20,000 annually, for each year they remain employed by Rutgers or RWJBarnabas Health, up to ten years with a potential total benefit of $200,000 to each Rising Star.

The 2021 honorees are:

Nathalia Arias-Alzate

Nathalia Arias-Alzate
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Specialty: Family Medicine/A-Program
Residency Program: Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Jessica Barnes

Jessica Barnes
New Jersey Medical School
Specialty: Anesthesiology
Residency Program: Preliminary Medicine: MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, MD; Anesthesiology: Johns Hopkins Hospital, MD

Angel Chen

Angel Chen
New Jersey Medical School
Specialty: Internal Medicine
Residency Program: New Jersey Medical School

Aastha Chokshi

Aastha Chokshi
New Jersey Medical School
Specialty: Internal Medicine
Residency Program: Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital

Katherine Chung

Katherine Chung
New Jersey Medical School
Specialty: Family Medicine
Residency Program: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NY

Crystal Diaz

Crystal Diaz
New Jersey Medical School
Specialty: General Surgery
Residency Program: Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, NC

Danielle Flood

Danielle Flood
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Specialty: Family Medicine - Pawtucket
Residency Program: Brown University/Kent Hospital, RI

Charles Hamilton

Charles Hamilton
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Specialty: Vascular Surgery
Residency Program: Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Robert A. Huseby

Robert A. Huseby
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Specialty: Anesthesiology
Residency Program: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NY

Stephen Lieto

Stephen Lieto
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Specialty: Internal Medicine
Residency Program: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NY

Margaret MacGibeny

Margaret MacGibeny
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Specialty: Dermatology
Residency Program: Yale New Haven Hospital, CT

L. Julian McRae

L. Julian McRae
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Specialty: Surgery-Preliminary
Residency Program: Stony Brook University Hospital, NY

Maximilian Munoz

Maximilian Munoz
New Jersey Medical School
Specialty: General Surgery
Residency Program: New Jersey Medical School

Daphney Noel

Daphney Noel
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Specialty: Obstetrics-Gynecology
Residency Program: Temple University Hospital, PA

Reshma Parikh

Reshma Parikh
New Jersey Medical School
Specialty: Obstetrics-Gynecology
Residency Program: Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center, NJ

Neeket (Nick) Patel

Neeket (Nick) Patel
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Specialty: Ophthalmology
Residency Program: New Jersey Medical School

Nithisha Prasad

Nithisha Prasad
New Jersey Medical School
Specialty: Neurology
Residency Programs: Preliminary Medicine: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, PA; Neurology: NYU Grossman School of Medicine

Claire Ruane

Claire Ruane
New Jersey Medical School
Specialty: Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Residency Program: New Jersey Medical School

Cassandra Soto

Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Specialty: Vascular Surgery
Residency Program: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NY

Reshma Vohra

Reshma Vohra
New Jersey Medical School
Specialty: Internal Medicine
Residency Program: New Jersey Medical School