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P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans

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Markella Zanni, 2002

MD, Harvard University

Markella Zanni is the child of immigrants from Greece

Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MD in Medicine at Harvard University

Markella V. Zanni, MD, is a physician in the Massachusetts General Hospital Neuroendocrine Clinical Center (MGH NECC), a Faculty member in the Neuroendocrine Unit at MGH, and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She is a clinical researcher in the MGH Program in Nutritional Metabolism and she studies metabolic and cardiovascular complications of inflammation.

Markella was born in the US to parents who emigrated from Greece.

Markella studied English literature at Harvard University, writing a prize-winning senior thesis and graduating summa cum laude with election to Phi Beta Kappa. While at Harvard University, she also appeared in many dramatic productions and served on the fiction board of the Harvard Advocate. Sustaining her interest in literature, she continues to write short stories. After college, Markella went on to pursue an MD at Harvard, where she was elected to the Harvard Medical School Admissions Committee. Markella graduated from Harvard Medical School in June 2004 and was selected by her peers to deliver the student Commencement address, which was later published. Markella completed a Residency in Internal Medicine at Brigham & Women's Hospital (BWH) in Boston, where she was awarded the Dunne Award for compassion and dedication to patient care, as well as the Resident Mentor award. She was also selected to serve as Chief Medical Resident at BWH, and was nominated for teaching awards by students at Harvard Medical School and Tufts Medical School. During her fellowship training in Endocrinology at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston, she received an NIH a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award.

Currently, Markella's faculty-level clinical and research work is based out of MGH. Along with her colleagues in the MGH Neuroendocrine Clinical Center, she cares for patients with pituitary diseases. Her clinical research in the MGH Program of Nutritional Metabolism explores the role of inflammation in mediating cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, and she has published several scientific papers in this area. In recognition of her recent research, she has received a Harvard Catalyst KL2 Merit Award and a Claflin Distinguished Scholar Award. She also has a strong interest in teaching and serves as the Course Director of the Harvard Medical School/ MGH Clinical Rotation in Endocrinology.

Markella and her husband, David, have a son and two daughters.

  • MD Medicine | Harvard University 2004
  • BA English and American Literature | Harvard University 1999
Work History
  • Harvard Medical School, Assistant Professor of Medicine
  • Massachusetts General Hospital Neuroendocrine Clinical Center (MGH NECC), Physician