Faculty Spotlight

Each faculty we spotlight has been selected from recent nominations we received from our department chairs, center directors, and educational leadership.


Kiki Nissen, M.D.

Senior Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs
Associate Dean, Graduate Medical Education

Fall 2022 Series

Andrew Chen, M.D.

Dr. Andrew Chen, associate professor of Surgery, was nominated for Faculty Spotlight by Dr. David McFadden, chair of the Department of Surgery. Dr. Chen was the lead and corresponding author on a paper he directed which included a multidisciplinary workgroup of physicians from different specialties and societies to create recommendations for the care of patients undergoing reconstruction after skin cancer. He received a 2022 Best Paper Award in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Kenia Mansilla-Rivera, M.D.

Dr. Kenia Mansilla-Rivera, associate professor of Family Medicine, was nominated for Faculty Spotlight by Dr. David Henderson, chair of the Department of Family Medicine. She was nominated for her dedication to community service for students and residents and has been a major pillar in the Urban Service Track since 2007. She is heavily engaged with the Boys and Girls Club in Hartford and collaborates within the Hartford communities that support victims of gun violence.

Megan O'Grady, Ph.D.

Megan O'Grady, assistant professor of Public Health Sciences, was nominated for Faculty Spotlight by Dr. Doug Brugge, chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences. Dr. O'Grady recently received her first NIH grant as a PI which she adds to 10 other grants, contracts and subawards. She was hired as an assistant professor in 2020 and exemplifies early academic career grant funding. The SAMHSA grant is a collaboration with the State of Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and will tackle underage drinking among adolescents within a number of communities across the State.

Madina Falcone, M.D.

Dr. Madina Falcone, assistant professor of Surgery, was nominated for Faculty Spotlight by Dr. Jeanine Suchecki, ophthalmologist and associate professor of surgery. Dr. Falcone is the director of the Thyroid Eye Disease Clinic which offers state of the art treatment for Thyroid Eye Disease (TED). She was the first in the state to offer patients Tepezza, the only FDA approved infusion medication to treat TED.