Tess Cersonsky

Previous Alumni

Tess Cersonsky is a current MS1 at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She received her BS in biomedical engineering and music from the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Columbia University in 2017, where she was an active member of the Research Cluster on Science and Subjectivity, serving as an administrator and scholar. With Dr. Pollack, she created the currently-running course, “Life at the End of Life: Palliative Medicine and Service,” which built upon the service-based learning experiences she had as an intern at Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center. 


Tess is interested in the intersections between patient experiences and cognitive change, which she explores through computer science modeling. Her post-graduate work at Yale University also looked into ideas of demoralization, enfeeblement, and caregiver burden. She plans to pursue a residency in either neurology or neurosurgery and hopes to devote a career to academic medicine. She is a classically-trained opera singer and enjoys using music and art to engage patients in geriatrics and memory units.