Katina Christopher, M.D.

Katina Christopher, MD
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Hometown: Crownsville, MD
College: University of Virginia 
Career Plans: Primary Care and Policy/Advocacy 
Honor Societies: AOA, GHHS 
Projects & Committees: Pediatric Education Task Force, UMMS Health Policy Journal Club

Katie grew up just south of Baltimore in a town called Crownsville, best known for the Maryland Renaissance Festival.  She went to the University of Virginia and worked with the UVA rescue squad, where she met her husband and Charlottesville native, Jake. She then came back to Maryland for medical school, and chose to stay at Maryland for her Med/Peds training. After residency she plans to pursue a career in primary care, community medicine, and policy/advocacy. Currently, she is pursing multiple policy and advocacy projects including in the AAP advocacy project Acess4Kids and an elective performing policy analysis at the Maryland General Assembly, as well as community projects at local schools and barber shops. Her Quality Improvement (QI) projects include a community health program funded by an AAP CATCH grant regarding helmet ownership and use at the UMMC Pediatrics Clinic and Community Engagement Center, and a project implementing a formal Social Determinants of Health screening at the UMMC residents’ clinic. Outside of the hospital Katie loves camping, hiking, reading, painting/collaging, photography and photo-editing, She is a lifelong Orioles, Capitals, and Maryland basketball fan.


Clare Coda, M.D.

Clare Coda, MD
Drexel University College of Medicine

Hometown: Shady Grove, PA
College: Juniata College
Career Plans: Primary Care, Global Health 
Projects & Committees: Post Graduate Education Committee, Global Health Track

Clare grew up in Ohio, California, Papua New Guinea, and Pennsylvania, but calls south central PA home. She is the oldest of four siblings, and her Dad is also a Med-Peds physician who inspired her to pursue this career. Clare went to Juniata College for undergrad and then took a year off and volunteered with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, working at a homeless shelter in Philadelphia. She attended Drexel University for medical school, where she met her now husband Andrew. Clare and Andrew, now an Orthopedics resident in Baltimore, couples matched to Baltimore. After residency Clare is interested in pursuing a career in outpatient primary care and also in global health. She spent a month in southwest Uganda during her PGY-2 year. Outside of hospital Clare loves spending time with her family and her Med-Peds classmates, thrift store shopping, seeing Baltimore plays and symphony performances, learning to play the violin, and squeezing in travel whenever possible.


Jessica Lee, M.D.

Jessica Lee, MD
Medical College of Wisconsin

Hometown: Palo Alto, CA
College: New York University
Career Plans: Primary Care
Projects & Committees: Graduate Medical Education Committee, Duty Hours Subcommittee, House Staff Committee for Improvement, Pediatric Diversity Council

Jess was raised in southern and northern California before attending NYU for undergrad. She originally majored in broadcast journalism and had plans to be a TV reporter. A number of things led her to medicine, and after a post-bacc program at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, she was accepted to the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, WI where she met her significant other, Danny. The Match brought them to the University of Maryland, and she could not be happier! She currently lives in Hampden with Danny. Jess’s medical interests include transgender medicine, palliative medicine, and transitional care. In her free time she enjoys continuing to explore Hampden and Baltimore (even though she has lived here for 2 years and counting!), eating, being active, and watching gobs and gobs of TV and movies!


Alissa Werzen, M.D.

Alissa Werzen, MD
Sidney Kimmel School of Medicine at Jefferson Medical College

Hometown: Wilmington, DE
College: University of Delaware
Career Plans: Undecided
Honor Societies: AOA
Projects & Committees: Transitional Care Research Project

Alissa grew up in New Jersey before moving to Delaware for high school. She became a Blue Hen at the University of Delaware where she studied biology and political science. For medical school, she moved to Philly to attend Jefferson and was amongst the first class to graduate from the re-named Sidney Kimmel School of Medicine. Alissa matched at Maryland and continues to be interested in primary care and transitional care. She enjoys checking out concerts, interior decorating, walks around the harbor and cooking with her boyfriend.