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Student Bios

Boyd   Jones   Gupta   Lopez   Sales   Smith

Dr. Emily Boyd


Kathryn Jones


Aneesh Gupta


Mora Puertolas Lopez


Eric Sales


Morgan Smith

Dr. Emily Boyd,
Class of 2012

Dr. Emily Boyd graduated in 2012 as part of UQ Ochsner’s first cohort. She is currently a Physical Medicine & Rehab (PM&R) resident at Emory University. Prior to medical school, Emily graduated summa cum laude from Ohio State University majoring in Health Information Management Systems with a pre-med focus.

Growing up in Norcross, GA, Emily was surrounded by medicine her entire life and was drawn to the field. Her work as a rehabilitation aide at an inpatient rehab facility further sparked her in interest in the field of rehab medicine.

While in Australia, Emily was able to volunteer through the UQ/Ashintosh Foundation and participated in the ‘Teddy Bear Hospital’, a foundation run by medical student volunteers encouraging children to make healthy lifestyle choices through various interactive and fun activities. With her background as an NCAA gymnast for OSU, Emily was able to gain employment as a gymnastics coach during her second year in Brisbane.

On a personal note, Emily was lucky enough to find her spouse while studying in Australia. Her husband has now immigrated to the US and just recently obtained his green card!

Back in the states, an elective rotation at Emory University during her fourth year gave Emily the opportunity to learn more about their PM&R program as well as give the program the opportunity to get to know her as a potential resident. In addition, Emily was able to participate in a trip to Haiti, led by Ochsner physicians.

As a trailblazer for the UQ Ochsner Program, Emily has thoroughly enjoyed her role as an ambassador for future and current students. She takes pride in being able to answer any questions and ease concerns for applicants. Emily truly believes in the opportunity this unique program provides.

Kathryn Jones,
Class of 2014

Kathryn Jones, Class of 2014, grew up in Duxbury, Mass. and completed her undergraduate education at Wesleyan University, with a B.A. in Psychology.

While at Wesleyan, Kathryn was the starting goaltender on their lacrosse team, and also competed on their varsity squash team. She was named to the Intercollegiate Women’s College Lacrosse Association academic honor roll. She spent a semester abroad at the University of East Anglia, in Norwich (UK).

Following graduation, Kathryn worked as an ESL instructor in Seoul, South Korea and traveled around Asia. Returning home to the US, she was trained in classical French pastry before deciding on medical school.

Kathryn completed a pre-medical post baccalaureate program at Harvard University prior to enrolling in the University of Queensland/Ochsner program. During her two years in Brisbane, she raised over $2500 for the Queensland Institute of Medical Research as a participant in the Ride to Conquer Cancer 250 km cycling race.

After arriving in New Orleans, she founded the LGBT Health Interest Group, which aims to improve healthcare for LGBT patients through Ochsner medical student education. She will be applying for a residency in Internal Medicine, and hopes to eventually work as a Gastroenterologist. Kathryn appreciates all of the opportunities that the University of Queensland/Ochsner program has provided her, and is proud to help represent the program as an Ambassador.

Aneesh Gupta,
Class of 2015

Aneesh Gupta, Class of 2015, has always had a strong interest in science and knew he wanted to help people around the world in a very real, hands-on way after shadowing multiple physicians throughout high school and college. He attended Moorestown H.S in New Jersey, where he received the National Merit Scholarship Award. He went on to major in Biology at Georgetown University. At Georgetown University Medical Center, Aneesh conducted neuroanatomy research on the development of dopamine pathways in embryonic and post-natal mice for three years.

In addition to his interest and accomplishments in science, growing up Aneesh played the piano, was a two-time high school state champion in tennis, and was a Bhangra dance member of Georgetown University’s “GU Jawani.” During his junior year, he directed over 400 students for Georgetown’s annual two-day dance showcase.

Aneesh’s passion for global heath led him to the UQ Ochsner Program. He enjoyed his valuable international experience at UQ St. Lucia, where one of his first-year rotations helped him decide on his specialty of interest, OB/GYN. He hopes to complete his residency in either New Orleans or along the Mid-Atlantic region. At Ochsner, Aneesh is currently working on a project involving labor induction practices in obese women. During his time at UQ Ochsner he served as a Phase One Social Chair for the Ochsner Student Medical Association and currently holds the positions of treasurer and board member in New Orleans.

Mora Puertolas Lopez,
Class of 2015

Mora Puertolas Lopez, Class of 2015, grew up in La Paz, Bolivia and Bethesda, Maryland. She participated in the Presidential Honors Program at NYU, where she studied Psychology, Child and Adolescent Mental Health.

Mora was involved with various research projects in diverse fields including Pediatric Hepatology at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Pediatric Oncology at NYU Langone Medical Center, Epidemiology at NYU School of Medicine, Psychiatry at NIMH, and Culture, Development and Education at NYU.

Her specialty field of interest is Pediatrics. Mora’s work with children includes her experience as a Summer Camp Counselor at Positive Nature Inc. in Washington D.C., where she worked with children in foster care. Mora serves as a Student Ambassador to students who are interested in attending the UQ Ochsner Program.

Outside of the medical field Mora’s interests have included playing the acoustic guitar and participating in musical theatre.

Eric Sales, Class of 2015

Eric Sales, Class of 2015, is a native of Los Angeles, California. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2008 double majoring in Science-Business and Film, Television, and Theatre. After deciding to pursue medicine, he later pursued a post-baccalaureate at the University of Pennsylvania prior to attending the University of Queensland.

Art has played a significant part of his life. He has studied abroad in London where he performed at the Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. He also traveled to Rome after obtaining a scholarship to film a documentary about Opus Dei which included Pope Benedict XVI. While at Notre Dame, he served as a photographer for his college newspaper The Observer covering various sporting and community events.

His volunteer work has also spanned the globe having built a house in Ecuador to volunteering as a camp counselor in Lithuania. His desire for a more long-term experience led him to Yanji, China where he pursued a year of service abroad in China. He volunteered with a Catholic organization teaching English at a boarding high school for underprivileged students near North Korea. While there, he learned Mandarin which ultimately helped him travel by train throughout China. Prior to Typhoon Haiyan, he went on a medical mission to Tacloban, Philippines after his first year of medical school. Little did he know, that city would later become the worst hit area with the death toll reaching over 5,000.

After his experiences abroad and employment with various hospitals including Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Eric ultimately decided he had to pursue medicine through The University of Queensland School of Medicine Ochsner Clinical School. When he is not studying for exams, he can be found cheering on the Lakers and Fighting Irish, stuffing his face with food, or longing for the day he will be reunited with his snowboard.

Morgan Smith, Class of 2015

Morgan Smith, Class of 2015, is originally from Bellevue, Washington, and completed his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History at the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2005. After completing his degree, Morgan moved to Washington, D.C. to work for Congressman Mark Udall of Colorado, as a Legislative Assistant, with a focus on health care policy.

After working for Congressman Udall for several years, Morgan realized his interest was in being a practitioner, instead of a policy advocate, and he began to pursue his goal of becoming a physician. He completed his Post-Baccalaureate studies in Pre-Medical Science at Montana State University, where he achieved Dean's List ranking every semester.

While in Brisbane at UQ, Morgan completed a research project that examined the feasibility of using a frailty index to predict the severity of chronic kidney disease. This research was accepted for presentation at the annual conference of the Australia and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine in 2014. While at UQ-Ochsner Morgan has been an active member of the student community, acting as a Peer Tutor, and serving as a Year 1 Mentor. Morgan continues to volunteer in New Orleans as medical support staff for local triathlon races and is working on research with physicians both at Ochsner and the LSU Emergency Department.

Morgan, and his wife, who works as an international human rights attorney, enjoyed the opportunities that came from an international education, including experiencing the local culture and traveling while living in Australia. They are now excited to explore all that New Orleans has to offer. Outside of medicine, Morgan has a passion for the outdoors, including skiing and trail running with his Labrador retriever.


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