Julia Shatten, MD, M.Ed graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in the Biological Basis of Behavior where she did research in sleep science. After graduation she taught middle school science in St. Louis as a part of Teach For America where she earned her Master’s of Education from the University of Missouri and decided to pursue a career in medicine. She completed her post baccalaureate work at Washington University in St. Louis where she did research in using MRI to detect early signs of demyelination of the optic nerve in mice. She then spent a year doing research in Boston at the Berenson- Allen Center for Nonivasive Brain Stimulation at Beth Israel. She completed medical school at The Robert Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont as a Schweitzer Fellow, and stayed at UVM for her intern year in medicine. Her interests include global health, vision screening, women’s health, aerospace medicine, neuro-ophthalmology and medical education. In her free time she enjoys dance, yoga, rock climbing, hiking, writing and exploring Pittsburgh on her bicycle.