Michael Itidiare, DO, MBS, is a board-certified Internist with specialty training in Gastroenterology. Early in his life he developed a keen interest in education, science, and medicine. Upon receiving multiple college acceptances and scholarship offers, he decided to attend Rutgers College at The Rutgers State University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

After arriving on campus his guiding principle was the voice of his Nigerian father. He recalls one of many impactful lines, “Remember who you are and where you come from!” Guided by this cranial voice, he cultivated his interest in medicine through mentorship, research, and volunteer opportunities.

In 3 years, he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences and was accepted to graduate school at The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. As his passion to pursue medicine grew, he was introduced to the study of Osteopathic Medicine. The blending of this holistic approach to medical training captured his attention.

As fate would have it, his roommate asked him to attend an open house at The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Four years later he graduated with D.O.—Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine.



Rajiv M Mallipudi, MD, MHS is a board-certified internal medicine hospitalist physician, healthcare systems clinical researcher, and passionate medical educator who currently serves as Unit Medical Director and Physician Lead for COVID-19 at Yale New Haven Health Bridgeport Hospital in the Division of Hospital Medicine, and concurrently serves as a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Medicine at Yale School of Medicine.

He served as a mentor for high school and college students, as well as medical students and resident physicians for over a decade. His greatest joy as a mentor is to see his mentees achieve their career goals and then set out for even high goals. Dr. Mallipudi remains committed to providing guidance to all his mentees to help them navigate their career goals in the competitive healthcare industry.