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Meet the Team

Our Team is made up of experienced and dedicated researchers from a wide variety of disciplines and backgrounds. What unites them is an undying passion for learning and discovery. Meet them below.


Michael Donnino, MD

Dr. Donnino is the principal investigator leading the study. He is the Vice Chair of Resuscitation Science for the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Emergency Department, and Director of Faculty Research Development.  He is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Donnino is author of over 160 manuscripts with over 60 senior author publications in high impact journals including the NEJM, JAMA, the British Medical Journal, and Circulation. 

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Myrella Paschali, MD

Myrella Paschali was born in Cyprus where she lived until she moved to Germany in 2005. She received her medical and doctorate degrees from the Heinrich-Heine-University School of Medicine in Düsseldorf, Germany.  She completed her residency in psychiatry and psychotherapy in 2018. She then moved to Boston to pursue a postdoctoral fellowship in chronic pain. Her research interests include non-pharmacological treatments and mind-body interventions for chronic pain. In her free time, Myrella enjoys cooking, reading and travelling.


Iris Stammberger, MSEE, MED,PHD

Iris is an instructor with the mind body chronic back pain study. She has extensive experience in team and organizational performance as well as a project manager.  In 2007, Iris graduated from Tufts University with a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies. She also holds a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from Cambridge College and a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from Universidad Central de Venezuela. Outside work, Iris loves coaching and mentoring women at the Healthcare Business Women Association (HBA), the association of Women in Engineering, Science, and Technology (WEST), and other professional groups in the Boston area


Jeremy Silverman, BA

Jeremy is a clinical research assistant at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He graduated from Tufts University in May 2021 with a BA in Community Health and a minor in Chinese. At Tufts, Jeremy taught English language and health education lessons to students of diverse ages in the Boston area and worked on Emergency Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery clinical research teams at NYU Langone Health. Intrigued by the intersection of public health and clinical medicine, he hopes to become an empathetic and informed emergency medicine/critical care physician working alongside medically underserved communities.​


Shivani Mehta, BA

Shivani Mehta is a clinical research coordinator at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She graduated from Boston University, with her B.A. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and a minor in Public Health. While in college, Shivani also worked as an emergency medical technician and conducted research at the Fuxman Bass Laboratory, with a focus in transcription factor-cytokine interaction, contributing to the development of the comprehensive CytReg database. As an advocate for individuals with disabilities, she is excited continue her passion for patient advocacy and aspires to be a physician.


Maria Cabrera, BA

Maria is a clinical research assistant at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2019 with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. She is currently in her second semester of Northeastern’s Pre-Medical Post-Baccalaureate Program. She has previously worked as a medical scribe, an EMT and biology TA. Passionate about bioethics, equitable health care and preventive medicine, Maria's long term goal is to be a health care provider and researcher. 

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