Faculty

Brief Bio

Brenda Shinar, MD
Brenda Shinar, MD

Director, Internal Medicine Residency Education Scholar Program

Dr. Brenda Shinar is a clinical assistant professor and associate program director of the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix Internal Medicine Residency Program. Her clinical practice is in academic hospital medicine at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix. She graduated from University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson in 1997 and completed her residency in internal medicine at the College of Medicine – Phoenix. She served as chief resident 2000–2001. She is responsible for overhauling our didactic curriculum, resulting in ongoing improvements in in-training examination scores and ABIM board pass rates. She also serves as director of Medical Student Transitions and as program director for the Preliminary Medicine Internship at the College of Medicine – Phoenix. Dr. Shinar is the perennial winner of the Internal Medicine Residency teaching award and is working on faculty development for clinician educators at our two main clinical institutions.

Kristen Young, DO
Kristen Young, DO

Internal Medicine Residency Education Scholar

Dr. Kristen Young is a rheumatologist at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix and Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix. Her research interests include medical education, curriculum development and patient-related outcomes in rheumatology. She completed her internal medicine residency at the University of Arizona a College of Medicine – Phoenix, where she also served as a chief resident. She went on to complete her rheumatology fellowship at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. Prior to pursuing medicine, she taught high school and earned her Master's of Education, which spurred her interested curriculum design and implementation. She continues to conduct research on medical education and the training experience. More recently, as a member of the COVID-19 Global Rheumatology Alliance (GRA) and its clinical advisory sub committee (CASC), she is involved in multiple projects relating to COVID-19 and the impact on rheumatology. She has co-led the project on rheumatology trainee experience during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Aditi Kumar, MD

Aditi Kumar, MD

Internal Medicine Residency Education Scholar

Dr. Aditi Kumar joined the Division of Endocrinology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix as an assistant professor of Medicine in 2019. Her interests include management of diabetes, thyroid disorders, thyroid cancer, pituitary disease, adrenal disease, osteoporosis, bone disease and calcium disorders. She is board-certified in Endocrinology and Internal Medicine. Dr. Kumar received her medical degree from JN Medical College, India, in 2009. She did her internal medicine residency at Mount Auburn Hospital/Harvard Medical School (2010–2013). She completed an endocrinology fellowship at Mayo Clinic, Rochester (2013–2015) and University of Mississippi Medical Center (2015–2016). Before joining the college, she worked as an assistant professor of Medicine and an as the associate program director of the Endocrinology Fellowship at Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (2016–2018). She has a passion for teaching and medical education.

Lise Harper, MD

Lise Harper, MD

Internal Medicine Residency Education Scholar

Dr. Lise Harper is a clinical assistant professor at the College of Medicine – Phoenix and academic hospitalist at Banner – UMC Phoenix. She graduated from Creighton University School of Medicine in 2010 and completed her residency in internal medicine at the College of Medicine – Phoenix. She served as Chief Resident 2013–2014. Her academic interests include high value care and patient experience and has won several teaching awards. She has mentored many residents in quality improvement projects. She is working on embedding clinical application of high value care into the didactic curriculum for the Internal Medicine Residency Program.