Our Uniquely Qualified Experts

VJ Kumar, MD - Head Tutor

  • Valedictorian of his medical class
  • Scored in the 99th percentile on USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK
  • 21 years of experience in high-stakes medical test prep tutoring
  • Has successfully tutored 740+ students, totaling over 18,500 hrs
  • His students have an average score increase of 69 points on USMLE Step 1, and an average score increase of 52 points on USMLE Step 2 CK.

​Michael A. Jordan, MD

Tutor

  • MD from University of North Dakota School of Medicine 
  • Scored 266 on USMLE Step 1 and 280 on USMLE Step 2 CK (both 99th percentile scores)
  • Has completed over 900 hours of Step 1​/2 tutoring
  • Resident in Ophthalmology at University of Minnesota
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society inductee
  • Has taught medical students in a variety of clinical settings:  pediatrics, internal medicine, psychiatry, neurology, surgery, ophthalmology.

Amy Dursteler, MD

Tutor

  • MD from University of Texas Medical School at Houston
  • Bachelor of Arts in Biology from University of Utah, Salt Lake City.
  • Has completed over 2200 hours in high-stakes professional medical tutoring
  • Scored 268 on USMLE Step 1, 266 USMLE Step 2 CK
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society inductee 
  • USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK Specialist Tutor

Scott D. Tuttle, MD

Tutor

  • MD from University of Pennsylvania
  • Scored 267 on USMLE Step 1, 272 on Step 2 CK, and 265 on Step 3  
  • Has completed over 3600 hours in high-stakes professional medical tutoring
  • BS from Northwestern University in Biomedical Engineering, specialization in Biomedical Signals and Images
  • Resident in Dermatology, Mayo Clinic,  Department of Dermatology, Rochester, Minnesota 
  • Full Medical School Scholarship – Walter and Anne Gamble Scholarship 
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Eliot B, MD/PhD

Tutor

  • PhD in Pharmacology from Weill Cornell Medical College School
  • Has completed over 600 hours in high-stakes professional medical tutoring
  • MD from Weill Cornell in high-stakes professional medical tutoring
  • BS from University of Illinois
  • Scored 257 on USMLE Step 1, and 268 on Step 2 CK
  • Past teaching experience includes Instructor for Science Honors Program at Columbia University

Nina Blank, MD

Tutor

  • MD from Weill Cornell Medical College
  • USMLE Step 1 score >250, Step 2CK score >265
  • BA from University of Pennsylvania, summa cum laude
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society inductee
  • Has completed over 500 hours in high-stakes professional medical tutoring

Phillip Tseng, MD

Tutor

  • MD from Duke University School of Medicine
  • Scored 250 on USMLE Step 1, 38 on MCAT
  • Has completed over 420 hours in high-stakes professional medical tutoring
  • MBA – Duke University, The Fuqua School of Business with a 3.94 GPA
  • Masters of Education – Arizona State with a perfect 4.0 GPA
  • Background in extensive tutoring and mentoring for medical students

Kyle Rismiller, MD

Tutor

  • MD from Case Western Reserve Medical School
  • Scored 266 on USMLE Step 1 
  • Perfect 4.0 GPA  from University of Dayton
  • Integrated Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Resident
  • Extensive teaching experience, numerous publications 
  • Has completed over 400 hours in high-stakes professional medical tutoring

Brandon Peplinski, MD/MPH

Tutor

  • MPH from Johns Hopkins
  • Has completed over 350 hours in high-stakes professional medical tutoring
  • MD from Loma Linda University
  • Scored 253 on USMLE Step 1 and 263 on USMLE Step 2 CK
  • Significant prior teaching experience including at Kaplan
  • Multiple published academic articles

Mikel Cody Tihista, MD

Tutor

  • MD from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Scored 255 on USMLE Step 1 and 267 ​on USMLE Step 2 CK
  • Orthopedic Surgery resident
  • BS from Washington State University,​ magna cum laude
  • Has completed over 350 hours in high-stakes professional medical tutoring

Luke Dingman, MD

Tutor

  • MD from University of Minnesota 
  • BS from St. John’s MN, magna cum laude
  • Scored 260 on USMLE Step 1 and 259 on USMLE Step 2 CK
  • Past President of Emergency Medical Technician Executive Board
  • Passionate about teaching, with experience as a TA and as a museum educator

Zachary Miller, MD/PhD

Tutor

  • MD/PhD from University of Wisconsin School of Medicine
  • BS Biomedical Engineering from Duke Universitysumma cum laude
  • Scored 264 on USMLE Step 1
  • Multiple years of medical tutoring experience – focuses on case-based questions, teaching students how to think, rather than memorization
  • Published academic author

Louis Anzalone, MD

Tutor

  • MD from Louisiana State University New Orleans
  • B.S. from Louisiana State University, Biochemistry
  • Scored 256 on USMLE Step 1 and 267 on Step 2 CK 
  • Matched into Anesthesiology Residency at University of Pennsylvania
  • Enjoy tutoring high school, college, and medical students in variety of subjects

Scott Cramer, MD

Tutor

  • MD from University of California, Riverside School of Medicine
  • Scored 259 on USMLE Step 1 and 269 on USMLE Step 2 CK
  • Radiology resident
  • BS and MS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from University of California, Riverside
  • 250+ hours of High-Stakes Professional Medical Test Tutoring Experience

Georgette Hattier, MD

Tutor

  • MD from at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, Graduated with Honors 
  • Scored >250 on USMLE Step 1 and >270 on USMLE Step 2 CK
  • Alpha Omega Alpha inductee
  • BA in Philosophy, Vanderbilt University
  • Highly published
  • 450+ hours of High-Stakes Professional Medical Test Tutoring Experience

Mark E. Stephens, MD

Tutor

  • MD from Texas Tech University HSC School of Medicine
  • Scored 257 on USMLE Step 1 and 258 on USMLE Step 2 CK
  • MBA from Texas Tech University Rawls College of Business 
  • BS, Neurobiology from University of Texas, Austin 
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society inductee
  • 250+ hours of High-Stakes Professional Medical Test Tutoring Experience

Erica Linnell, MD

Tutor

  • MD from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
  • Resident Physician at Brown University, Psychiatry 
  • Scored 252 on Step 1 and 266 on Step 2 CK
  • Has completed hundreds of hours of tutoring for Step 1 and Step 2 CK

Michael Ingargiola, MD

Tutor

  • MD from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
  • 4th Year Resident Physcian at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount SinaiPlastic and Reconstructive Surgery 
  • Scored >255 on both Step 1 and Step 2 CK
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society inductee
  •  400+ hours of High-Stakes Professional Medical Test Tutoring Experience

Rahul Gulati, MD

Tutor

  • MD from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
  • Resident Physician at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
  • Scored 262 on Step 1
  • Numerous publications and extensive teaching background

​Jacob Dockterman, MD/PhD

Tutor

  • MD/Ph.D from Duke University School of Medicine
  • Scored 273 on USMLE Step 1, 269 ​on USMLE Step 2 CK
  • Harvard College Class of 2013 – Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Long history as both a mentor and tutor
  • Has completed over 800 hours in high-stakes professional medical tutoring

Vijay Vanchinathan, MD

Tutor

  • PGY-4 Resident Physician, Dermatology at Rutgers New Jersey Medical Center
  • MD, University of Rochester, NY
  • BA in Human Biology from Stanford University
  • Scored 254 on USMLE Step 1
  • Four years of experience tutoring
  • Multiple published academic articles

Benny Wong, MD

Tutor

  • MD from Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
  • BS Biological Sciences Neurobiology from Cornell
  • Scored 248 on USMLE Step 1; 257 on USMLE Step 2
  • 10 years (1100 hours) of teaching and tutoring experience
  • Specializes in High-Performance MCAT Tutoring 

Ozair Rizvi, MD

Tutor

  • MD from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
  • BS Rutgers, 3.9 GPA
  • Scored 255 on Step 2 CK
  • Valedictorian, Woodbrige High School, NJ
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society nomination
  • Multiple academic scholarships​

Jack C. Smith III, MD

Tutor

  • Board-certified Cardiologist
  • MD from Texas Tech University
  • Specialist tutor for Step 2 CK and Step 3 
  • Eight years experience as an interventional cardiologist
  • Extensive experience teaching both residents and medical students

Cary S. Politzer, MD

Tutor

  • MD from Duke University School of Medicine
  • B.S. Neuroscience with Departmental Distinction, Duke University 
  • Scored 251 on USMLE Step 1
  • 4 years of tutoring experience

Rose Tillis, MD

Tutor

  • MD from University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine 
  • Scored 251 on USMLE Step 1 and 252 on USMLE Step 2 CK 
  • Plastic Surgery resident at Duke University  
  • BS in Biology from University of Florida, Summa Cum Laude 
  • Alpha Omega Alpha honor society member 
  • Experience in tutoring and mentoring pre-medical and medical students for both pre-clinical classes and board exams

Alexander Suarez, MD

Tutor

  • MD from University of Pennsylvania with a certificate in Healthcare, Management, Entrepreneurship, and Technology
  • Scored 248 on USMLE Step 1, 251 on Step 2 CK
  • Neurosurgery resident
  • BS in Bioengineering from Rice University
  • Extensive research in orthopedic surgery, quality improvement, patient safety, and healthcare innovation

Clayton Conner, MD

Tutor

  • MD from University of Louisville School of Medicine
  • Scored 255 on USMLE Step 1, 243 on Step 2 CK
  • Dermatology resident at Wright University
  • MS in Physiology & Biophysics, University of Louisville School of Medicine
  • BS in Biology from University of Kentucky 
  • Extensive teaching experience, numerous publications
  • Has completed over 750 hours in high-stakes professional medical tutoring

Bryan Broderick, MD

Tutor

  • MD from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
  • Johns Hopkins Internal Medicine Resident 
  • Scored 251 on USMLE Step 1 and 269 on USMLE Step 2 CK
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society Inductee
  • 8 years of prior tutoring and teaching experience, including as a TA at Rutgers
  • Volunteer at local NJ community organizations and free clinics

Pranavi Vemuri, MD

Tutor

  • MD from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
  • BS from The College of New Jersey
  • Scored 253 on USMLE Step 1 and 260 on USMLE Step 2 CK
  • Passionate about Women’s Health issues, and founder of OB/GYN interest group at Rutgers
  • Has completed over 550 hours in high-stakes professional medical tutoring
  • PGY-3 Resident in OB/GYN at Thomas Jefferson University Sidney Kimmel Medical College

Christopher Hennessy, MD

Tutor

  • MD from Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
  • BS from SUNY Geneseo
  • Scored 259 on USMLE Step 1
  • Tutors MCAT as well (received a score of 40)
  • Loves teaching and helping others – has extensive experience tutoring students at all levels

Suraj Rambhia, MD

Tutor

  • MD from Stony Brook University, School of Medicine
  • Scored 246 on USMLE Step 1 and 247 on USMLE Step 2 CK
  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude with double major in Pharmacology and Biomedical Engineering
  • Interventional Radiology Resident at Washington University
  • Numerous publications, book chapters, posters, presentations and former Intel STS Semifinalist.

Michael Ewing, MD

Tutor

  • MD from University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine
  • Scored 259 on USMLE step 1 and 268 on Step 2 CK
  • BS in Finance from University of Alabama, summa cum laude
  • Vice President of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
  • Entering Orthopaedic Surgery Residency
  • Extensive teaching, mentoring, and publication history

Joshua Ladner, MD

Tutor

  • MD from Harvard Medical School  
  • BS from United States Military Academy, West Point
  • Full academic scholarships at Harvard Medical School and United States Military Academy, West Point 
  • Scored 249 on USMLE Step 1, 265 on Step 2 CK, and 39 on MCAT
  • Extensive experience in high-stakes, professional medical tutoring (over 2 years)
  • Numerous publications, scholarships, military awards, and honors

Anjali Mitra, MD

Tutor

  • MD from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School 
  • BS from New Jersey Institute of Technology, summa cum laude
  • Scored 260 on USMLE Step 2 CK
  • Past teaching experience as a peer mentor, chemistry TA, and directed the Student Family Health Care Center at Rutgers NJMS

Kamal Amer, MD

Tutor

  • MD from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School 
  • BS Biology from Rutgers
  • President of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
  • Scored 250 on USMLE Step 1
  • Extensive volunteer experience and 5 years of tutoring experience
  • Published academic author

David Olshan, MD

Tutor

  • MD from University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
  • Scored 251 on USMLE Step 1 
  • BA from Cornell University
  • Extensive teaching experience, numerous publications
  • Has completed over 450 hours in high-stakes professional medical tutoring

Suraj Patel, MD

Tutor

  • MD from Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
  • Scored 257 on USMLE Step 1 and 267 on USMLE Step 2 CK
  • BS in Psychobiology from University of California, Los Angeles 
  • Emergency Medicine Resident 
  • Extensive teaching experience, numerous publications​

Janice Hu, MD Candidate

Tutor

  • Scored 260+ on USMLE Step 1  
  • Harvard University, MSc in Global Health
  • MD Candidate at Duke University School of Medicine
  • Alpha Omega Alpha honor society member
  • Pursuing residency in Anesthesiology 
  • Numerous years (and over 800 hours) of teaching experience and volunteering in the healthcare arena internationally

Nicholas Joseph Volpe, MD Candidate

Tutor

  • MD Candidate at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine 
  • Scored 263 on USMLE Step 1 and 271 on USMLE Step 2 CK
  • MBA from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management 
  • BA from University of Pennsylvania
  • Extensive teaching experience

Brenda French, MD

Tutor

  • Internal Medicine Resident 
  • MD from Thomas Jefferson University
  • Scored 256 on USMLE Step 1; 253 on Step 2 CK
  • Bachelors of Science in Biology, Biotechnology, Psychology, and Biomedical Engineering Sciences from Tufts University
  • Clerkship honors in nearly all medical specialties
  • Tutoring experience in extensive medical disciplines 
  • Multiple publications and research experience in the study of Surgical Pathology and Dermatology

Ashwin Malhotra, MD

Tutor

  • PGY-3 Resident Physician, Neurology at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center 
  • MD from Stony Brook University, School of Medicine 
  • Scored 256 on USMLE Step 1 and 252 on USMLE Step 2 CK 
  • Matched Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center for 2020 
  • Bachelors in Biochemistry and English; as well as a background in Finance 
  • 8+ years of tutoring sciences and application preparation experience: strengths include Neurology, Psychiatry, Internal Medicine, and Graduate School Applications
  • 8 years of Basic Science and Clinical Research Experience

Kyle Kennedy​, MD Candidate

Tutor

  • Bachelors of Science Biology and Business Minor  from Sienna College
  • Scored 259 on USMLE Step 1 and 276 on Step 2 CK 
  • MD candidate from American University of Antigua 
  • Tutoring experience in extensive medical disciplines
  • Research experience and publication on traumatic brain injuries for the American Psychological Association

Shawn Robinson, MD

Tutor

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery fellow, University of Texas
  • MD from Drexel University
  • Scored 253 on USMLE Step 1, 253 on Step 2 CK
  • MS in Physiology from Georgetown University
  • Numerous awards and publications
  • 300+ hours of High-Stakes Professional Medical Test Tutoring Experience

Sarah Parauda, MD

Tutor

  • MD from Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Scored 266 on USMLE Step 2 CK
  • BA from Cornell University, summa cum laude
  • Matched into Neurology residency at New York Presbyterian-Cornell
  • Years of tutoring and teaching experience, interested in pursuing a career in medical education
  • 450+ hours of High-Stakes Professional Medical Test Tutoring Experience

Daniel Adran, MD

Tutor

  • MD from Boston University 
  • Scored 267 on USMLE Step 1, 277 on Step 2 CK
  • BS from University of California, Berkeley in Molecular and Environmental Biology 
  • 200+ hours in specialized USMLE tutoring
  • 5+ years tutoring in Biochemistry and Physiology
  • 700+ hours of High-Stakes Professional Medical Test Tutoring Experience

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