Fellows Alumni Class of 2016–2018

Four Fellowships were offered and accepted for the class that started July 1, 2016. Our deepest thanks and congratulations to the graduates!
L to R: Rajshri Mainthia, Matthew Germak, Nneka Nzegwu, Brittany Etsy


Brittany Esty, MD

Brittany Esty, MD is a Clinical Fellow in Allergy and Immunology at Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Esty graduated from Williams College and earned her M.D. degree from the University of Utah School of Medicine. She completed her residency in pediatrics at the University of Utah School of Medicine and was selected as the department’s Chief Resident. During her time as Chief Resident, she worked closely with hospital leadership and administration with quality improvement projects and safety initiatives.

Selected to be an Error Prevention Trainer in the hospital’s new Zero Harm program, committed to safety and high reliability, Dr. Esty was dedicated to integrating patient safety and high reliability concepts into residency education. Her specific interest in the field of Allergy and Immunology is optimization of asthma control as well as improved education regarding epinephrine use for children with food allergies.

Today: Dr. Esty is an attending physician in Allergy and Immunology at Boston Children’s Hospital. She also serves as Associate Director of Quality Improvement in their immunology division.

Matthew Germak, MD

Matthew Germak, MD completed his residency in Internal Medicine/Pediatrics at Brown University, Rhode Island Hospital. He graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and earned his M.D. degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Prior to completing his M.D., Dr. Germack held several positions with Boston Children’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Harvard School of Public health.

His experiences and projects over the past several years in the area of quality improvement have fostered an interest in health care leadership and addressing broader health care issues. His longer-term career goal is to become an effective leader of change by optimizing population health management and value-based care delivery models, and through disruptive innovation healthcare.

Today: Dr. Germak serves as the Medical Director of Quality Improvement and Patient Safety at Beth Israel deaconess Health Care.

Rajshri Mainthia, MD

Rajshri Mainthia, MD is currently a General Surgery Resident at Massachusetts General Hospital. Prior to residency, she studied at Virginia Commonwealth University and Oxford University, and graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine as a Canby Robinson Scholar. In medical school, Dr. Mainthia spearheaded several quality improvement projects, domestically and in Guatemala, Kenya, and Zambia. Her previous research and clinical experiences have shaped her interest in quality and safety.

She is particularly interested in over diagnosis and over treatment in surgery and hopes to address this costly and potentially harmful public health issue with evidence-based medicine, better outcomes tracking, and incentives for physicians to cost-save in ways that lead to improved patient outcomes.

Today: Dr. Mainthia is a Chief Resident in the Department of Surgery & Fellow, Endocrine Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Nneka Nzegwu, DO

Nneka Nzegwu, DO is an attending Neonatologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a Clinical Instructor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a B.A. in Biophysics, and earned her D.O. degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her Pediatrics Residency at Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children in northern Virginia, and her Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital in New Haven, CT.

During her fellowship, Dr. Nzegwu developed an interest and passion for utilizing quality improvement methodology to improve system processes and the quality of care provided to neonates. Her long-term goals are to participate more widely on the institutional, state, regional, and national levels and to collaborate with other centers and organizations on quality and patient safety initiatives to improve patient outcomes.

Today: Dr. Nzegwu serves as the Associate Director, Quality and Safety, Neonatology Division at Children's National Hospital.