Alyssa is a 4th year MD/MTR student planning to pursue a career in ENT Surgery. Originally from Miami, FL, she graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016 with a BA in Cognitive Science and a minor in Hispanic studies. During medical school, she has been on the boards of the Penn Global Surgery Group and Latino Medical Student Association, and currently leads the ENT interest group. Furthermore, she served as a founding member of the Project HOP clinic, which provides support to Philadelphians experiencing homelessness. She works in the Cohen lab as an MTR student, investigating the translational potential of taste receptors in chronic rhinosinusitis as prognostic and therapeutic targets. In addition, she is working on varied clinical projects in ENT. She is excited about merging her interests in community outreach, advocacy, and surgery through the Center for Surgical Health! Feel free to reach out with any questions about the MTR, deciding between different surgical subspecialties, and research in ENT.