Class of 2023
“Every one of these old people was over ninety. They were as shrivelled as prunes, and as bony as skeletons, and throughout the day, until Charlie made his appearance, they lay huddled in their one bed, two at either end, with nightcaps on to keep their heads warm, dozing the time away with nothing to do. But as soon as they heard the door opening, and heard Charlie’s voice saying, ‘Good evening, Grandpa Joe and Grandma Josephine, and Grandpa George and Grandma Georgina,’ then all four of them would suddenly sit up, and their old wrinkled faces would light up with smiles of pleasure – and the talking would begin. For they loved this little boy. He was the only bright thing in their lives, and his evening visits were something that they looked forward to all day long.”
Megan Dupuis, MD, PhD, is Associate Program Director of the Hematology and Oncology Fellowship Program. Dr. Dupuis completed her PhD in tumor immunology from Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY. Shortly after graduating from her MD/PhD program, she began to focus on her passion for medical education. During her time at MD Anderson, she worked on innovative curriculum design, including chalk talks, educational podcasts and app development. Her research in fellowship focused on work-based assessment and feedback. Dr. Dupuis is also passionate about wellness and Narrative Medicine; she has been a founder of a Narrative Medicine program at both Duke and at MD Anderson, and has been and invited lecturer for a workshop on Narrative Medicine at a national conference.
Matthew was born and raised in Potomac, Maryland along with his older brother and sister. Growing up, he enjoyed playing various sports and musical instruments and spent way too much time playing video games. During college, he studied Biomedical Engineering at Duke University, loved working as a residential assistant, and was actively involved in InterVarsity, a Christian student group. After college, he spent three years working as a college pastor at a local church while he also completed a Master's Degree in Theological Studies. Matthew got married to the love of his life, Sarah, right before starting medical school at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, and they now have their hands full with two young boys, Daniel and Enoch. Professionally, he is interested in oncology, medical education, and healthcare provider burnout. In his free time, Matthew enjoys playing with his kids, watching TV shows with his wife (This Is Us), sports, board games, and the occasional video game.
Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Class of 2023
My favorite playtime prop growing up was a little wooden desk my mom picked up at a garage sale. The desk wasn’t for me to sit in, of course. It was for my student—my little brother—who was compelled with Halloween candy bribes to sit down, crayons in hand, as I taught him how to color and write his ABCs in my classroom of one. Back then, my parents could have told you what I now know very well—my passion lies in sharing what I know with other people. Today, as a pediatric emergency medicine fellow deep in the weeds of medical academia, I enjoy teaching medical students and residents, patients and their families, and high school students in the community. I firmly believe learning is not just done by the student and instructing is not just the job of a teacher. Together, my students and I find our way to lessons we teach each other through curiosity and vulnerability. My learners are also my teachers—from my patients to my med students. They all inspire me and make me believe in a bright future for medicine. My greatest successes are the “Aha” moments when everything finally clicks and my greatest joy is watching students shine.
Dr. Webber grew up in Middle Tennessee and is a graduate of Brentwood High School. He completed his BA in English and German literature at Tufts University in Boston, where he was a Tisch College Public Service and Citizenship Scholar. He attended medical school at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, and then in 2014 returned to New England for his residency in internal medicine at the University of Massachusetts. He joined the Vanderbilt faculty as Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine in 2017.