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Our Team of Expert Faculty

Know your faculty who will train you to get through every stage of USMLE, their guidance have made the road easy for many, now its your turn…

Dr. Alice Akunyili

Dr. Alice Akunyili is the Associate Director of Clinical Academics at Kaplan Medical. In this role, she leads the efforts to create a clinically relevant and integrated medical curriculum. She has worked with several Medical schools to evaluate their clinical skills curriculum and provide recommendations. She is also on the Kaplan faculty roster for Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Behavioral science, and the co-creator of a remedial basic science course for Medical students.

Dr. Tiffany Alley

“Microbiology is one of those areas I’ve always struggled with. Dr.Alley really helped me sort out all these bugs better in my mind. She was such an engaging and fun professor. It made the information seem more interesting that it ever had been before to me. I feel much more comfortable with the subject now.”

Dr. Sultan Babar

“Loved his teaching. Very engaging and great speaker.”

Dr. Tipsuda Bahri

Dr. Tipsuda Bahri is currently the Chair of Basic Biomedical Science at the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine-New York. She is also the course director and instructor in the Systemic Pathology course. She has a passion and a unique method for teaching Pathology and integrating concepts from other disciplines. In addition, her research interests encompass medical education and minorities in health care. 

Dr. John Barone

For over 18 years, Dr. John Barone, MD has helped thousands of students from around the world achieve higher scores on their medical licensing exams. After graduating from Albany Medical College, Dr. Barone completed his Residency in Anatomic & Clinical Pathology at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where twice he was elected Chief Resident, and later Surgical Pathology Fellow. He is currently in private practice.
“He is the best teacher any student could ever ask for. 

Dr. Nandan Bhatt

Dr. Nandan Bhatt, MBBS, MD, FRCS has been teaching USMLE for Steps 1, 2 and 3 and for those preparing for the SPEX examination for the past nineteen years. He teaches Neuroanatomy and Neurology and has taught other subjects as well due to his extensive experience in various fields. 

Dr. Lauren Biehle

Lauren Biehle is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy. Her practice site includes rounding with an inpatient family medicine team and as a faculty member of the Rose Family Medicine Residency in Denver, CO.  Her areas of interest include infectious diseases, acute management of family medicine patients, medication safety, and the medically underserved.

Dr. Joshua Brooks

Dr. Josh Brooks, National Teacher of the Year 2012, has been with Kaplan for over twelve years serving the Kaplan community as an instructor and as Associate Director of Pre-Clinical Academics. A native Arkansan now in Southern California, Dr. Brooks earned his Ph.D. in Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University, did his clinical research fellowship at the University of California, San Diego, and has authored over 20 books and articles on the biochemistry and pharmacology of oxidative stress in human disease.

Dr. Dana Brown

A native of North Carolina, Dana Brown is currently assistant dean for academics and an associate professor of pharmacy practice at the Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBA) Lloyd L. Gregory School of Pharmacy. She coordinates and teaches in pharmacy calculations during the first didactic year, and serves as an instructor in the pharmacotherapy sequence. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2004 and completed a primary care/managed care residency at Campbell University from 2004 to 2005. She received board certification in pharmacotherapy in 2007 and currently maintains this certification.

Dr. Manuel Castro

Manuel A. Castro, M.D., AAHIVS is board certified in Internal Medicine and is a certified member of the American Academy of HIV Medicine. He currently resides in Wilton Manors, Florida where he has a private practice. he went to medical school at Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriquez Urena graduating in 1983. His residency was in internal medicine at Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago. . Following his residency Dr. Castro moved to Miami, FL and became a teaching attending for the internal medicine residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center, with a title of voluntary assistant professor at University of Miami. Dr. Castro became certified in Occupational Medicine by the State of Florida and was a certified Medical Review Officer. Dr Castro started teaching for Kaplan in 2000. He is also currently a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Nova Southeastern University and at LECOM Bradenton College of Osteopathy.

Dr. Christopher Cimino

Dr. Chris Cimino is the Vice President of Kaplan Medical and Chief Medical Officer. He was the founding Assistant Dean for Educational Informatics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, former Associate Dean for Student Affairs at New York Medical College, Chair of the American Medical Informatics Associations Education Working Group and Education Committees, and an elected member of the American College of Medical Informatics for his research work both in education innovation and the application of semantic networks to managing medical knowledge. In his current role with Kaplan Medical, Dr. Cimino brings his expertise across clinical medicine, education and technology to implement best practices in education, improving faculty and student experience, and increasing student success.

Dr. Clarence Colle

Clarence F. Colle, III, Ph.D. is the Associate Dean of Basic Science/Pre-Clinical Academic Affairs and Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine at Lincoln Memorial University (Harrogate, TN). He earned his B.S. degree from Mount Union College and his Ph.D. from Louisiana State University (Shreveport, LA). He completed his post-doctoral fellowship and was the Director of the Automated DNA Sequencing Facility at Saint Louis University (St. Louis, MO). Prior to joining DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Colle taught at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Bradenton, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Midwestern University and Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Terriann Crisp

Dr. Terriann Crisp has served as an academic neuropharmacologist for over 30 years. She received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Science (Pharmacology) from Marshall University School of Medicine and Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center. Dr. Crisp served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at Des Moines University for almost a decade, where she also received a number of teaching awards. She has published her research findings on the role of oxidative stress in neuropathic pain in numerous medical research journals, including, Brain Research, Neuroscience Letters, Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior and others. Dr. Crisp has served as a question writer and reviewer for the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME) and currently provides Pharmacology review courses for the Step-1 United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE).

Dr. Mariana Cuceu

Dr. Cuceu graduated from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Iuliu Hatieganu (Cluj Napoca, Romania), and she earned the MPH degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago, with a concentration in Health Policy and Administration. Dr. Cuceu is currently also pursuing a PhD degree in the Department of Psychiatry, with a multidisciplinary concentration in community health, faith, medical ethics and public health. DR. Cuceu presented numerous papers in National Conference on Medicine and Religion organized by University of Chicago, Indiana State University, Harvard University Cambridge, Texas Medical Center and she is the author of numerous scientific publications in peer reviewed journals. Dr. Cuceu also volunteers in the community as President and co-founder of Saint Paraskeva Orthodox Charity, whose primary mission is to provide aid to orphaned and ill children. She is the recipient of several awards, including a “Top 100 Eastern European Award “(Washington, D.C.) and the “John Nuveen International Award” (UIC) for excellence in school performance and dedication in community service.

Dr. William Cvetnic

Dr. William Cvetnic is a board certified pediatrician and neonatologist. He has an extensive clinical and academic background and has taught in medical school classrooms, in the clinical setting, as an invited lecturer and as a consultant to large groups. He received a BS in molecular biology from The Johns Hopkins University, MD and MBA from the University of Pittsburgh and completed his residency at the University of California, San Diego, and fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine from the University of California, Irvine. He’s been teaching since 1981, most notably at the University of California, Irvine and the University of Pittsburgh. He has refereed publications, written books, short articles and abstracts, given scientific presentations and done intensive research. He has been with Kaplan since 2004.

Dr. Samuel Daisley

Dr Samuel Daisley is a Board-Certified Family Physician. He is in a group practice since 1989 and is affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He is a part time hospitalist as well. He is also Vice President of Medical Affairs/Quality at UPMC. His educational appointments are with UPMC and the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Nandita Das

Dr. Nandita G. Das is an Associate Professor of Pharmaceutics at Butler University, College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences. She obtained her B.S. degree in pharmacy and M.S. in pharmaceutics from Banaras Hindu University in India, and her Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics from the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to joining Butler in 2004, she was an Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutics in the College of Pharmacy, Idaho State University for six years. She regularly serves on grant review panels for NIH-CSR. Over the years, Dr. Das has taught biopharmaceutics, pharmaceutical calculations, dosage form design, nuclear medicine and industrial pharmacy to Pharm.D. and graduate students, supervised laboratories in pha