I am a 2018 M.D. candidate at UCLA. I was born in Russia, and grew up in Philadelphia. After graduating magna cum laude from Georgetown, and obtaining my MSc in epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. I have researched sociodemographic determinants of TB knowledge in Bolivia, pediatric ICU outcomes in Mozambique and worked with Last Mile Health in Liberia to bring primary care services to remote villages. My research with PGSSC focuses on neurosurgical capacity in Uganda and worldwide, and I hope to continue advancing the field of global neurosurgery during my career.