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Web Editor 

Neil Mehta, MBBS, MS, FACP 
NEIL MEHTA is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Assistant Dean for Education Informatics and Technology at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of  Case Western Reserve University.  He is also Director of the Center for Online Medical Education and Training at the Cleveland Clinic.  He is interested in the appropriate use of technology in the education of medical students, house staff, patients and the continuing education of medical practitioners.  He is currently involved in the "Watson goes to medical school project".  

Deputy Web Editors



Beth Hill, DO (Clinical Images)

Beth Hill is a Chief Medical Resident for Cleveland Clinic’s Internal Medicine residency program in Cleveland, Ohio. She completed her undergraduate training in Kinesiology and Chemistry at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan and medical school at A.T. Still University – Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Missouri. She completed her internal medicine residency at Cleveland Clinic. She is interested in medical education with a focus on quality improvement and systems-based practice.


Rachel Elkin

Rachel Elkin  (medical humanities)

Rachel Elkin is a resident in pediatrics at New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia University Medical Center. Her interests include medical education, curriculum development, and the use ofreflective writing as both an educational and a therapeutic tool. She previously served on the editorial board for Stethos, the medical humanities journal for the Lerner College of Medicine, for five years, three of which were in the role of Editor-in-Chief. Rachel received her MD from the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and her MS in Clinical Research from Case Western Reserve University, following a bachelor's degree in psychology from Cornell University.She can be reached at this email address.

Assistant Deputy Web Editors

Lauren Banaszak
Lauren Banaszak

Lauren Banaszak is a fourth-year medical student at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine (CCLCM) of Case Western Reserve University. She received her Bachelors degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Lauren is currently conducting research at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD as part of the year-long Medical Research Scholars Program. After medical school, Lauren hopes to pursue academic internal medicine. In her free time, Lauren enjoys reading, writing, cooking, and cheering on the Wisconsin Badgers. 


Mara Feingold-Link

Mara Feingold-Link is a fourth year medical student at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She developed her love of language studying linguistics and gender as an undergraduate at Vassar College. She currently is completing a scholarly concentration in the medical humanities, focusing on medical jargon and the patient experience. Her poems have been published in JGIM, The Rhode Island Medical Journal, Blood and Thunder, and The Quince. Her hobbies include backpacking with her family, fostering cats with medical conditions, cooperative living, and reading trilogies. 


Joseph Hadaya

Joseph is a fourth year medical student at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Integrative Biology and Physiology from the University of California, Los Angeles. During his undergraduate and medical training, he has been involved in cardiovascular disease research including basic, translational, and clinical studies. He is currently a Fellow of the Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Foundation and is studying cardiovascular genomics at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.

Rachel Hammer

Rachel Hammer is a resident in internal medicine and psychiatry at Tulane in New Orleans. She earned her MD at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. She holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from Seattle Pacific University. Her writings have been featured in Academic Medicine, JGIM, Abaton, Oregon Quarterly, and elsewhere. She is currently completing her first book of personal essays on the years she spent teaching high school in post-Katrina New Orleans. She enjoys teaching Literature and Medicine sessions for staff at Tulane and facilitating narrative medicine seminars with medical students. She also serves on the editorial staff for The Examined Life Journal.

Daniel Leonard 
Daniel Leonard

Daniel Leonard is a medical student at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine (CCLCM) of Case Western Reserve University. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the State University of New York at Albany. He is a National Institutes of Health Postbaccalaureate Intramural Training Award recipient as well as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Medical Research Fellow. His thesis work, in the lab of Dr. Gotham Narla, focuses on the utilization of novel reverse-engineered small molecules aimed at reactivating a ubiquitous tumor suppressor altered in numerous malignancies. He can be reached here.

Irene Mathieu

Irène Mathieu is a pediatrician and writer based in Philadelphia. She holds a BA in International Relations and was a Fulbright scholar in the Dominican Republic. Her interests include child and family health, public policy, migration/urbanization, mental health, and chronic disease prevention. Irène has been a Pushcart Prize nominee and aCallaloo fellow. Her poetry, prose, and photography have been published extensively and her first poetry collection,the galaxy of origins, is available from dancing girl press


Benji Perin

Benji Perin is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Washington School of Medicine. His interests include improving access and quality of healthcare for immigrant communities, which led to creating this online language tool for healthcare providers. Before medicine, Benji studied literature at Middlebury College and then taught Humanities to ninth and tenth graders for eight years. For hobbies, he loves riding bikes and writing, but never at the same time. His essays and poetry have appeared in JGIM, The Annals of Internal Medicine, The Pharos, BMJ Medical Humanities, and The New Physician.


Stephen Raithel

Stephen Raithel is a medical student at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine (CCLCM) of Case Western Reserve University.  His interests include medical prediction models, medical education, and understanding the stories of the patients we serve.  He is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of Stethos, the medical humanities journal of CCLCM.   Prior to medical school he received his Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Kenyon College.


Alicia Stallings

Alicia Stallings is a fourth year medical student at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. Her research interests include health disparities, medical resource allocation, and medical education. She currently serves on the student LCME re-certification task force for her medical school, and is a member of the Foundations of Medicine course advisory committee for her school as well. Alicia is passionate about improving healthcare outcomes through research and education, and enjoys contributing to the field through her work with JGIM.

Web Coordinator

  • Irissa Lu