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Current & Past Fellows

Current Fellows

Papia, Ginamarie

Ginamarie Papia, DO

Undergrad: New York Institute of Technology, Old Westbury, NY
Medical School:Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Bradenton, FL
Residency:Yale New Haven Greenwich Hospital, Greenwich, CT

Ginamarie Papia was born to first generation American-Italian parents in Queens, New York. Much of her childhood was spent in the small businesses of both her parents and grandparents, as they worked hard to provide for their family. The strong work ethic she observed over the years helped her excel in her academic studies while simultaneously learning the family business. Hoping to build off the foundation of her family, Ginamarie was accepted into New York Institute of Technology’s School of Architecture & Design for Interior Design. There she hoped to learn the skills necessary to bring her family’s legacy to the next level. However, after a year within the program, she discovered a stronger passion for science that would eventually carry her through medical school. After completing her Bachelor of Science degree with honors in 2015, Ginamarie began her studies at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Bradenton, Florida. There she would begin to learn how to treat individual patient’s mind, body and soul. During medical school, she was a member of the Integrative Medicine Club and spent elective time learning from integrative providers. In June of 2019, she began her Internal Medicine Residency at Yale New Haven Greenwich Hospital in Greenwich, Connecticut. Unfortunately, during her first year at Greenwich, the world changed forever as the global pandemic of COVID19 reached the community she served. Although many challenging months were spent on the frontlines, she continued her pursuit of Integrative Medicine by completing online modules and attending virtual conferences through the Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM). She also attended a month-long elective with the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine and before completing her residency, she will participate in the Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice course through the IFM.

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Past Fellows

Ghouse, Amrien

Amrien Ghouse, DO

Undergrad: Benedictine University
Medical School: A.T. Still University- Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville, MO
Residency: Family Medicine Residency, Beaumont Health, Farmington Hills, MI

Ghouse grew up in Naperville, Illinois, and is a primary care physician. Her interest in integrative medicine comes from her desire to find creative solutions to disease prevention and barriers to her patients' wellness. She often utilizes her osteopathic and integrative background to identify and address the root cause of her patients' concerns. She enjoys guiding patients to the realization that despite their circumstances, they can make positive choices that directly impact their health. Her interests include addressing healthcare disparities, functional medicine and implementing Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. In her residency, Ghouse worked with a vulnerable patient population in the Detroit area. She collaborated with a local food bank to create a food pharmacy program that addresses food insecurity in her pre-diabetic patients. Patients enrolled in this program receive targeted nutrition education that includes cooking classes, dietary counseling and a supply of fresh and healthy food. She hopes to expand the program to include any patient with food insecurity, regardless of their chronic health conditions. In her free time, Ghouse has led a resident wellness yoga initiative. She enjoys daily meditation, attending barre class, painting, traveling and experimenting with paleo recipes.

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Mahadevan, Rupa

Rupa Mahadevan, MD

Undergrad: The George Washington University
Medical School: The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Residency: Advocate Children’s Lutheran General Hospital

Mahadevan completed the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine fellowship in 2017. Mahadevan is a practicing pediatrician. During her medical training, Mahadevan completed a specialized track in integrative medicine that sparked her passion to educate and promote wellness in children. This program allowed her many opportunities to explore integrative medicine: She spent time at George Washington University’s Integrative Medicine Center; visited the Chopra Institute for Wellbeing, where she focused on Ayurveda approaches for healing; completed a mindfulness based stress reduction course; and spent one month at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. Prior to medical school, Mahadevan worked as a nutrition counselor, and she is passionate about educating parents to cook healthy, low-cost meals. She has a unique interest in food as medicine and tries to incorporate food prescriptions in all her patient encounters. Her research interests include mindfulness-based therapies for children exposed to stress and trauma, pediatric nutrition and obesity

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Namboodiri, Sreela

Sreela Namboodiri, MD

Undergrad: Haverford College
Medical School: University of Maryland School of Medicine
Residency: Northwestern McGaw Family Medicine Residency at at Humboldt Park

Namboodiri completed the Osher Center Integrative Medicine Fellowship in 2018 with a focus on bringing integrative medicine to the underserved. After her fellowship, she was hired by a Chicago-area federally qualified health center to lead the development and implementation of integrative medicine options for the community they serve. In college, Namboodiri discovered that her passion lies in the intersection of social justice and medicine. In the years that followed, she worked in HIV/AIDS care as a case manager at the AIDS service center of NYC and a research assistant at the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute. These experiences led her to medical school to become a primary care physician for underserved and marginalized populations. In medical school, she expanded her interest in underserved medicine by pursuing a family care track and research experiences that deepened her understanding of how social and economic factors impact health. She was co-awarded an Arnold P. Gold Foundation Student Service Fellowship for research related to food security in pregnant women and the food environment in Baltimore. Through these experiences, Namboodiri realized that looking at the full context of a person's life not only includes social and economic factors, but also their mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. Her interest in integrative medicine comes from her desire to understand the whole context of a person's life and address the root causes of illness in order to better promote health and wellness.

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Shannahan, Anna

Anna Balabanova Shannahan, MD

Undergrad: Northwestern University
Medical School: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Residency: Northwestern McGaw Family Medicine Residency at Lake Forest

Shannahan is associate director of Education at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern as well as assistant professor of Family Medicine. She was born in Russia, speaks fluent Russian and spent much of her life in Colorado Springs, Colorado. As an athlete and figure skating coach who earned a U.S. Figure Skating Association Gold Medal, she is passionate about diet, exercise and helping others achieve their health goals. As a medical student at Feinberg, she chaired the National Student Conference in Integrative Medicine, attended the Leadership & Education Program for Students in Integrative Medicine (LEAPS into IM) and founded the Chicago Holistic and Integrative Medicine Program Series with a grant from the Weil Foundation. As chief resident in family medicine at Northwestern, she stayed heavily involved with education at the medical school and with wellness initiatives for students, earning an Outstanding Teacher Award from Feinberg and was inducted into the Feinberg Academy of Medical Educators. Shannahan has also earned her Wilderness First Responder Certification and is currently a fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine. In addition to the University of Arizona Fellowship in Integrative Medicine, Shannahan also completed a clinical and academic fellowship in integrative medicine at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern. She is passionate about the Chicago community and working to bring nutrition and cooking workshops to underserved areas, and she has presented her work at the Integrative Medicine for the Underserved national conference. Shannahan believes that health is impacted by physical, mental, spiritual, environmental and other components, and aims to address all those areas in her patient care. In her free time, Shannahan loves spending time with friends and family, marathons and triathlons (12 and nine so far, respectively), figure skating, skiing, cooking, writing and anything outdoors in nature.

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