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Meet the Newest Members of the Joslin Pediatric Team


Osama Baghdadi, MD - Research Fellow

Osama grew up in a beautiful city by the Red Sea coast called Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. In September, Osama moved to Boston after passing his United States Medical License Exam while living in Virginia for the past year. He is currently doing his research fellowship at Joslin. Osama loves working with children and is fascinated by their imaginative prospective. His particular interest while here at Joslin is the multidisciplinary approach to diabetes care and bringing that back to his country where diabetes affects almost 30% of the population. He loves to play sports: soccer, tennis, squash, and volleyball. He has traveled to many countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and North America. He hopes to visit Alaska someday. He also loves the ocean and deep sea fishing. 

Ryan Busha, MHMS- SeniorResearch Assistant

Ryan grew up in Vestal, NY and recently moved to Boston at the end of May. Ryan attended  SUNY Geneseo for undergraduate school and Duquesne University for his Master’s in Health Management Systems. Before coming to Joslin, Ryan was a research assistant at Brown University’s Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center. In his free time, Ryan enjoys learning new skills like cooking, practicing yoga, meditation, and marathon running. He is looking forward to furthering Joslin’s mission of improving the lives of all people with diabetes. 

Bharti Deswal, MD - Endocrinologist

Dr. Deswal grew up in India and moved to Boston in May 2006. She attended graduate school and medical school while in India. She completed her residency in Pediatrics in 2010 and her fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology in 2013 at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children in Boston. Before working in pediatrics at Joslin, Dr. Deswal was working in the Patti Lab at Joslin. Dr. Deswal is excited to be joining the pediatric team and the emerging opportunities that will one day open doors to a deeper understanding, more effective treatments, and eventually a cure. Her interests include understanding the causes of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes, by looking at links between nutrition, genes, and insulin. In her free time, Dr. Deswal loves traveling, cooking and music. She also loves spending time with her three children. 

Ming Ding, MD - Research Staff

Ming grew up in China and completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Peking University. She moved to Boston in 2011 and is a doctoral student at Harvard University - School of Public Health while working at Joslin. Ming’s particular clinical/research interests are nutrition, obesity, and type 2 diabetes. Ming is excited to be at Joslin to see different views on obesity and the diabetes epidemic. Her favorite aspect of working in pediatrics is generating and testing new ideas. Ming loves drinking coffee and reading in her free time.

Jessica Elbach, BS - Research Assistant

Jessica grew up in Norwood, MA and received her Bachelor’s degree in May in Health Policy and Management from Providence College. Jessica loves spending time with friends and family and staying active. In her free time, Jessica enjoys hiking, running, going to the beach, and playing lacrosse. Jessica is excited to be a part of the Joslin team and looks forward to the opportunity to connect and meet more patients and families. 

Elisa Giani, MD - Research Fellow

Growing up in Milan, Italy, Elisa enjoyed the artistic city which is known for its fashion, shops, and historic landmarks. Elisa attended medical school at the University of Milan. Before coming to Boston this past October, Elisa was a resident in the Pediatric Department at the University of Milan.  Elisa enjoys her interactions with children and teens and the collaborations with families to try and give them the best care possible and to magine a new future without diabetes. She loves playing the piano, traveling, visiting art museums, theater, visiting with friends, swimming, and cooking. No one knows her original hair color. 

Mao Mao Guo, MPH - Research Assistant

Mao Mao grew up in Athens, GA and received her Bachelor’s in Biology/Statistics from the University of Georgia and received her Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology from Columbia University in New York. Mao Mao is excited to be involved with research studies aiming to improve glycemic control in children and adolescents. Mao Mao plays the piano, likes trying new restaurants, and taking nature walks. If she could have any animal in the world, she would adopt a giraffe or a koala bear. 

Anita Kao, BS - Research Assistant

Anita was born in the United States but moved and lived in Taiwan until she was 7 years old. She is a recent graduate of Brandeis University with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology.  As a past intern of Joslin, Anita is excited to be back and to be a part of the pediatric team. She is looking forward to learning and experiencing more with the patients and families of Joslin. Anita enjoys playing the piano, baking, and dancing in her free time.

Stella Lu, BS - Administrative Coordinator

Stella grew up in Brooklyn, NY and moved to Boston in 2009. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science from Northeastern University. Stella has interned at many clinics/hospitals during her college experience, but is excited to be working at Joslin “because whether you are a researcher or an endocrinologist or an administrator such as myself, we all share a common goal and work collectively as a unit to improve the care and outcomes of people with diabetes.” In her free time, Stella, enjoys catching up with friends and trying new foods but is extremely afraid of pigeons, which is hard to get away from in Boston. 

Brittany Martin, BSN,RN,CDE - Nurse Educator

Brittany grew up in Perkasie, PA and received her BSN from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. She moved to Boston in 2012  for a position working as a diabetes educator for an outpatient adult endocrinology clinic. After spending two summers at Camp Joslin, she knew that she wanted to pursue pediatric diabetes education as a career. She loves being able to work with the whole family and to learn from each family’s unique experience. If Brittany was not a nurse, her alternative career would be a pastry chef. She is very excited to be part of the Joslin Pediatric Team!

Rebecca Snelgrove, Psy.D. LMHC, NCSP - Psychology Fellow

Rebecca grew up in Sturbridge, MA with her identical twin sister.  Before coming to Joslin to do her fellowship in clinical psychology, she was a school psychologist. Rebecca enjoys helping children develop  strategies to gain a sense of acceptance, but most importantly, to gain  mastery over their chronic medical condition, realizing that it should not limit their dreams/aspirations.  In the little free time she has, Rebecca enjoys running, cooking, traveling, photography, and spending time with her dog. She also drives an orange car. 




Page last updated: October 10, 2015