Matt is a PGY-6 general surgery resident planning on a career in pediatric general, thoracic and fetal surgery. He grew up in Chappaqua, New York and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with degrees in Biochemistry and Secondary Science Education. After a short time teaching high school chemistry in Austin, Matt matriculated into the MPH program at the George Washington University (GWU) School of Public Health where he studied maternal-to-child HIV transmission and worked in East Africa. After completion of his MPH, he started medical school at GWU, then took a leave of absence to pursue his PhD in perinatal epidemiology in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He moved back to Washington, DC in 2014 to complete medical school and started residency at PENN in 2016.
Matt has always been interested in how maternal disease impacts child health and finds it unjust that socioeconomically deprived women and children are more at risk of disease. He believes that the relationship between maternal and child disease is both a result of biological influence and social context. Matt’s current research is situated in the Center for Birth Defects Outcomes (CBDO), an innovative program informed by life course epidemiology to study the health trajectories of children with congenital disease. His clinical interests include pediatric vascular disease, pediatric abdominal transplant and pediatric surgical critical care.