Chief Residents

  • Chiazotam Ekekezie, MD


    Hometown:Maiduguri, Nigeria & Kansas City, MO
    Undergrad: Harvard, Cambridge MA
    Medical School: University of Missouri-Kansas City

    Why I came to Brown: When I found out that I matched at Brown for Internal Medicine, I was overjoyed! From the moment I interviewed, I sensed that Brown is a special place full of extraordinary people. I was impressed by the culture of collegiality, community, and collaboration. To date, I have not been disappointed and feel honored to stay on to serve as a chief. I feel fortunate to be part of a program that prizes the delivery of high quality, conscientious care as well as physician wellbeing and total development.

    Resources and opportunities abound at Brown. Mentorship and support are readily accessible and tangible. Clinically, we strike the right balance between resident autonomy and supervision. Our program directors are thoughtful and engaged. Our residents are impressive—but also incredibly humble and fun-loving. Our patient population is diverse and a privilege to serve. I could not have imagined a better place to train and make lasting relationships along the way!

    Professional Interest:Gastroenterology & Hepatology

    Fun fact most people don't know about me: In a former life, I was a jazz singer and medical anthropologist who spent a summer living in rural Malawi, conducting fieldwork on maternal mortality, notions of femininity in relation to fertility, globalization and economic development. The work was published by Harvard University Press… and I still love to scat/perform vocalise from time to time! Scoobie-doo-wop-bop-BOW!
  • Aryeh Pelcovits, MD


    Hometown: Silver Spring, MD
    Undergrad: New York University
    Medical School: University of Maryland

    Why I came to Brown: My hope for residency was to find an institution that fostered both a sense of humility as well as emphasized the joy in practicing medicine. In my three years at Brown I have been fortunate enough to learn from incredible teachers, both attendings and co-residents, who demonstrate these essential qualities of great physicians. This time has allowed me to model these behaviors as well as develop my own sense of self as a medical practitioner.

    Professional Interest:Hematology/Oncology, End of Life Care

    Fun fact most people don't know about me: I have had two short stories published in online journals
  • Jaclyn Shameklis, MD


    Hometown: Holliston, MA
    Undergrad:Dartmouth College
    Medical School: Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

    Why I came to Brown:Most of us hope to find the place with the "good vibes" while trucking along on the exhausting and overwhelming interview trail for residency programs. I felt a sense of "coming home" when I first visited the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Brown. The combination of dedicated work ethic and down-to-earth approachability of the residents and leadership at Brown was refreshing. I quickly learned that these traits were only further augmented by a culture of compassion and teamwork. The residents at Brown take their profession very seriously, but don't take themselves too seriously. This was the balance I was looking for, and fortunate to find. It was icing on the cake that Providence, RI is a lively and fun city, with excellent food and music, that made moving here easy.

    Professional Interest:Palliative care and Hospice Medicine, Medical Ethics

    Fun fact most people don’t know about me: I was able to meet fellow Hollistonite and country music artist, Jo Dee Messina, and sing as a member of the back-up choir during one of her concerts!
  • Christopher Terry, MD


    Hometown: Beech Creek, PA
    Undergrad: Binghamton University
    Medical School: Jefferson Medical College

    Why I came to Brown: There is a unique balance of collegiality, hard work, and fun at Brown. I met so many intelligent, warm and inspiring people during my interview day. The leadership truly care about the professional and personal development of the housestaff. It was clear that co-residents are more like family than friends. They are a motivated and supportive group of people. All of this made Brown a very attractive institution to continue my medical training. Additionally, Rhode Island is truly a hidden gem. The affordability, food, music scene, proximity to major cities, beaches and coastline help make Rhode Island an incredible place to live and explore.

    Professional Interest: Hematology / Oncology for Adolescents and Young Adults, Medicine-Pediatrics, Medical Education

    Fun fact most people don't know about me: I worked as a dog-runner and undercover food critic during medical school in Philly to make some extra money
  • Colin Vale, MD


    Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
    Undergrad:Saint Louis University
    Medical School: Saint Louis University

    Why I came to Brown:Hailing from the Midwest, my first steps in the Ocean State did not occur until my interview day. I was impressed with the residents’ commitment in caring for a diverse, often underserved, patient population, and envisioned myself also integrating research, medical education, and a robust inpatient and outpatient experience into my future residency training.

    I found dedicated mentors, supportive administration, and compassionate, inquisitive, lively co-residents. My interest in Hematology/Oncology has been reinforced by significant inpatient and outpatient exposure through our community-based teaching or "second site". My time at Brown has been incredible, and I am thrilled to extend my East Coast foray for at least one more year!

    Professional Interest: Hematology/Oncology, Medical Education

    Fun fact most people don't know about me: I am currently halfway through my goal of visiting all 30 Major League Baseball ballparks, and have several trips planned for this summer!