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Our Faculty

LAUnCH Track Leadership

Olanrewaju "Lanre" Falusi, M.D.
Undergraduate: Virginia Commonwealth University
Medical School: University of Virginia
Residency & Chief Residency: Children’s National Hospital
Other Education: Master Teacher Certificate in Medical Education, Master in Education Candidate
Primary Role within LAUnCH Track: Director, LAUnCH Track; Associate Resident Program Director
Academic Interests: Community health; social determinants of health; advocacy; medical education; diversity, equity and inclusion; and immigrant health 

Yael Smiley, M.D.
Undergraduate: McGill University
Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School
Residency: Children’s National Hospital
Primary Role within LAUnCH Track: Assistant Director, LAUnCH Track; Director, Population Health and Leadership Rotation 
Academic Interests: Health equity, implicit bias, reproductive health and medical education

LAUnCH Track Faculty

Damilola Akani, M.D., M.P.H.
Undergraduate: Imperial College London, United Kingdom
Medical School: University of California San Diego
Residency: Children's National Hospital
Primary Role within LAUnCH Track: Co-Director, Global Health Curriculum
Academic Interests: Global health, medical education, health workforce development, health equity and physician wellness

Danielle Dooley, M.D., M.Phil.
Undergraduate: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Medical School: Columbia University of Physicians & Surgeons
Residency: Johns Hopkins Children’s Center 
Other Education: Master of Philosophy in Community Health from University of Edinburgh
Primary Role within LAUnCH Track: Co-Director, CHAI Advocacy Rotation
Academic Interests: School health, immigrant child health and teen pregnancy prevention

Kathy Ferrer, M.D.
Undergraduate: Brown University
Medical School: Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Residency: Meds/Peds
Primary Role within LAUnCH Track:  Co-Director, Global Health Curriculum 
Academic Interests: Global health, immigrant health, community STI screening and resident/student medical education

Tamara Gayle, M.D., M.P.H., M.Ed.
Undergraduate: Duke University
Medical School: University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Residency: Holtz Children's Hospital
Primary Role within LAUnCH Track: Co-Director, CHAI Advocacy Rotation
Academic Interests: Health policy, social determinants of health and DEI work

Allison M. Jackson, M.D., M.P.H.
Undergraduate: Harvard Radcliffe University
Medical School: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Residency: Children’s National Hospital
Other Education: Master Teacher Certificate in Medical Education, Graduate Certificate in Leadership Development, DC Clinical Research Training Consortium Program Fellow
Primary Role within LAUnCH Track: Division Chief, Child & Adolescent Protection Center (CAPC), Director, CAPC Rotation
Academic Interests: Medical education on child abuse and family violence, improving the recognition of child abuse by medical professionals and vicarious trauma

Julie Krueger, M.D. 
Undergraduate: The College of William and Mary
Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine
Residency: Children’s National Hospital
Other Education: Master in Public Health, George Washington University
Primary Role within LAUnCH Track: Director, Community Building Blocks Rotation
Academic Interests: Access to healthcare services in under-resourced communities, social determinants of health, resident/medical education and improving electronic medical record (EMR) utilization

Cara Lichtenstein, M.D., M.P.H
Undergraduate: Brown University
Medical School: Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Residency: Children’s Hospital at Montefiore
Other Education: Fellowship in General Academic Pediatrics/Community-Oriented Primary Care; Masters in Public Health at George Washington School of Public Health and Health Services; Master Teacher and Leadership Development Program
Primary Role within LAUnCH Track: Director of Resident Health Equity Education
Academic Interests: Residency training around health equity, implicit bias and the social determinants of health  

Stacey Stokes, M.D.
Undergraduate: Fordham University
Medical School: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Residency: Children's National Hospital
Primary Role within LAUnCH Track: Co-Director, Global Health Curriculum
Academic Interests: Global health, immigrant health, clinical informatics, resident education

Desiree de la Torre
Undergraduate: University of California, Los Angeles
Graduate School: Boston University (MPH) and Johns Hopkins University (MBA)
Primary Role within LAUnCH Track: Co-Director, Population Health and Leadership Rotation
Academic Interests: Heath equity, social determinants of health, advocacy and school health