National Board

The National Board is elected by representatives from all medical schools at the annual National Conference. Meet the members of the National Board below:

APAMSA National Board 2014-2015

APAMSA National Board 2014-2015

Kevin Riutzel

Touro University Nevada, M3

President

Originally from Glendale, CA – Undergrad at UC San Diego (SD), grad work at Columbia, work in the 9-1-1 system in SD (ambulances, public education, etc.), work in healthcare simulation, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts for 7 years, P.F. Chang’s, In-N-Out Burger, and even on a food truck in NYC!

By happenstance, I’ve seen a lot of death and tragedy throughout my life. APAMSA offers me a great chance to make measurable differences as a health professions student. One of my goals is to utilize all the lessons I’ve learned throughout my different careers and experiences in life to help improve APAMSA’s current infrastructure in order to make everything as efficient for everyone as possible. We’re arguably the busiest types of students in education, so we’ve got to make every second count. Look forward to serving you all!

Andy LiuAndy Liu

Albert Einstein College of Medicine, M3

Senior Membership Vice President

I’m a M3 at Einstein and past chapter president of Einstein APAMSA. I was born in PA to Taiwanese parents, grew up in New Jersey, studied computer science at Columbia, and interested in the application of technology to healthcare.

I am passionate about the work we do in APAMSA, identifying and advocating for the health needs of the APIA community and spreading awareness of issues often masked by the model minority stereotype. As every student’s background and journey to med school is unique, it is our responsibility to spread the word, expose our peers to the disparities and needs, and get more members and chapters involved. I look forward to a productive year working with our Regional Directors and chapter presidents. Please feel free to reach out, I’m happy to share my experiences!

RobertRobert Hsu

Tulane University School of Medicine, M3

Junior Membership Vice President

My name is Robert Hsu and I’m a third year medical student from down here in crazy New Orleans where festivals happen just about everyday and red beans and rice are served every Monday! I’m originally from New York but have lived all over including Nebraska.

I joined APAMSA when I started medical school because APAMSA is such a unique organization when it comes to addressing and focusing on APIA issues. Through my involvement locally as former Co-President and nationally as Secretary and Pre-Med Co-Director I have gained so much insight on the health fairs that benefit our local communities, the speakers that bring awareness, and social events that bring a bond among people. As one of your Membership Vice Presidents this year, I will work as hard as I can with Andy, our national board, and Regional Directors to bring this visibility out to other local chapters and to expand on adding new chapters with more medical schools starting up! If you read this, please do not hesitate to share any suggestions you have to improve communication within our organization, questions about starting a new chapter, and news about any events your chapter holds!

CalvinCalvin Sheng

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, M3.5

Chief Financial Officer

I was born in Shanghai, China, and moved to the US when I was 8 years old. I started by learning my ABC’s in 3rd grade here and have come a long way since then. I went to Duke University for undergrad and now attend Vanderbilt for med school. As an individual who was raised deeply rooted in Chinese cultures, I have developed a keen sense of current events in Asia, especially health-related issues due to my professional interest. Serving as the CFO, I hope to establish new avenues of funding so our organization can better help the local chapters carry out their initiatives and to create opportunities for annual APAMSA scholarships.

Jiun-Ruey Hu Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Jiun-Ruey Hu

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, M2

Communications Director

Hi everyone! My name is Ruey. I’m a second-year medical student at Vanderbilt. I grew up in Toronto and studied at Princeton, where I majored in molecular biology and minored in Chinese language and culture, neuroscience, and applications of computing. I am very passionate about public policy.

APAMSA has an important mission that matters to all of us. As your communications director this year, I aim to create platforms to amplify muted voices and issues and promote diversity even within our organization. I am working with the board improve our communication strategy to raise greater awareness about health disparities in our country. I am working to accelerate the development of our communication processes to deepen our engagement at the local, regional, and national levels. Over the upcoming months, this will begin with focus groups and culminate in a bottom-up revamping of our newsletter, database, and website to meet the needs of our organization today. I would love to listen to any ideas and concerns that you have.

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Randy Luu

Tulane University School of Medicine, M3

Health Affairs Director

I grew up in San Francisco, went to UC Irvine for undergrad, and studied abroad at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. I go to medical school in New Orleans and have amassed over 25 pounds of Mardi Gras beads.

I have experience working with sensitive, largely ignored issues like HIV/AIDS, mental health, substance abuse, immigrant health, language access and so on. I’m already familiar with the different National APAMSA Initiatives from being Health Advocacy Director for the past 2 years; I’m excited to serve a more supervisory role toward the different Health Initiatives, and to work on better coordinating our efforts. My vision for this year is to focus on accountability, collaboration, and helping unlock the potential that a national organization like APAMSA has to make a strong impact in our community.

Hillary Lin

Hillary Lin

Stanford University School of Medicine, M4

Director of Strategy

I am Hillary, a medical student with a variety of interests within and outside of healthcare including oncology, entrepreneurship including social entrepreneurship, music, writing, Taiwanese and other Asian affairs, amongst other things. As I have been part of the APAMSA National Board for the entirety of my medical school career, I am motivated to pursue the bigger vision of our organization. I imagine that APAMSA will be a major non-profit in the future that is more cohesive with its regional and school-based chapters, which has sustainable financial practices, and a stronger voice in the public sphere.

Those of you who already know me will know that I am both hard-working and fun-loving. I enjoy collaborating with the rest of APAMSA on our ambitious projects, and I also greatly enjoy spending time getting to know each individual person. Feel free to reach out if you have great ideas for APAMSA, want any mentorship or advice (or want to offer some!), or if you think we might make some interesting conversation.

Jenny Wang

Jenny Z. Wang

Albert Einstein College of Medicine, M2

Public Relations Director

Hi! My name is Jenny Wang, and I am currently a 2nd year at Einstein. I have a background in graphic design and have been involved with marketing as an undergraduate. As this year’s Public Relations Chair, my job is to increase APAMSA’s exposure nationally. I am focusing on social media to bring awareness to our organization’s goals and projects. This year, I hope to bring local chapters together by spotlighting specific chapters on Facebook each week. This is a chance for members across the nation to see what each of everyone is up to. I am also working with prospective partners for our conference next year, to further increase our visibility in the medical world. Next year, I want to generate more club merchandise to create a sense of unity within our organization.

Andy Tien

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Eastern Virginia School of Medicine, M2

Hepatitis B/C Initiative Director

I grew up in Los Angeles, California and completed my undergraduate at UCLA in Neuroscience and Economics. After learning about the hepatitis B epidemic in my undergraduate years, I became heavily involved in APAMSA, Team HBV at UCLA, and the Asian Pacific Liver Center where I raised awareness about hepatitis B and organized free hepatitis B screenings.

As the Hepatitis B/C Initiative Director, I hope to help APAMSA chapters nationwide brainstorm and execute new hepatitis B initiatives. I also hope to create unified hepatitis B educational materials that all chapters can use as well as organize nationwide APAMSA hepatitis B/C events. I will also do my best to support all existing hepatitis B/C projects that are out there and to provide as many resources as I can to all chapters. If you ever need any advice about hepatitis B/C related projects, please feel free to contact me. I encourage every chapter to join in on the fight against hepatitis B/C.

Michelle Chen

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UCLA School of Public Health

Hepatitis Conference Director

I am currently a second year MPH student at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health majoring in Health Policy and Management. I have been involved in APAMSA since being an undergraduate at UCLA.

As the Hepatitis Conference Director, I hope to continue the tradition of organizing highly successful and educational conferences for medical students from around the nation! At the November 2014 Conference in Boston, I hope to increase the number of attendees and provide more opportunities for students and physicians to interact at the conference. In addition to learning about Hepatitis from well-respected leaders in the field, the conference is aiming to further encourage, inspire, and motivate students to work together to fight this silent killer in the various Asian American populations in the United States.

Peggy Su

Johns Hopkins, M1

Health Advocacy Director

Hello, everyone! I am originally from New Jersey and am currently an M1 at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. I’m very excited to be serving you on APAMSA’s national board as your national health advocacy director. This year, I’d like to focus much of our efforts on advocacy around breaking down barriers to access by Asians and Asian-Americans, emphasizing education on the ACA and health reform. In addition, I hope to support our other board members in their amazing projects through complementary advocacy work. Please reach out with any ideas you have or topics you would like to see more activity around!

Jane Wang

Johns Hopkins, M1

Community Outreach Director

Hi everyone! My name is Jane, and I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. I graduated from UCLA in June 2014 and have now moved to Baltimore, where I’m now enjoying the passing of seasons! In my spare time, I like to run, hike, and shoot amateur photography.

Community outreach in the API population has been an important issue to me for many years, and throughout my undergraduate career, I worked extensively with underserved Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Thai populations in Los Angeles. This year, I hope to turn our focus to educating our community on the ACA changes and mobilizing them to enroll in marketplace exchanges. I also hope to work with each chapter to generate project ideas and execution strategies, stimulate cross-talk amongst individual chapters, and support chapters by distributing an annual project grant. I’m looking forward to serving you all, and I’m excited for what we can do together!

Ophelia Yin

Johns Hopkins, M2

National cancer Initiatives Director

Hi everyone! I’m a native of Orange County, California and received my undergraduate degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University. My medical interests include women’s health, education, and (of course) AAPI health.
This year, I have three main goals as Cancer Initiative Director. I hope to coordinate cancer awareness events across chapters so that similar activities occur around the same time, facilitating idea sharing and cooperation in real time. I want to provide ethnic group-specific resources for chapters reaching out to smaller API communities and finally, I want to ensure that the National Asian American Cancer Awareness Week becomes a reality. Please contact me for any questions or suggestions. I look forward to meeting many of you this coming year!

Ashley Wu

Vanderbilt, M1

Bone Marrow Director

Hi everyone! My name is Ashley and I am a first year at Vanderbilt. I am originally from Princeton, NJ and I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania where I studied Biochemistry.

My goal as the National Bone Marrow Director and as a member of the national board is to expand student and community education, registry membership, and financial support. I am excited to work with national bone marrow registries and APAMSA chapters nationwide to achieve these goals. No doubt that there is a long road ahead, both for patients and the field of bone marrow transplant, but I am thrilled to be an advocate for this cause!

Margaret Wang

UChicago, M2

Academic Education Director

Hi, I’m Margaret and currently an MS2 at the University of Chicago. I was born in China and grew up in a largely Asian community in San Francisco. I went to college at UCLA and spent a few years studying mitochondrial sirtuins in a research lab at UCSF before medical school.

My goal for this year is to continue the resources APAMSA has established, to create mentorship resources for pre-med and medical students and to begin a program where students can collaborate on research projects together.

Anderson Ngyuen

UCLA (Graduated)

Global Health Director

Hi Everyone! My name is Anderson Nguyen and I am honored to be on the APAMSA National Board for the 3rd year. I graduated from UCLA and have had opportunities to explore global health from an interdisciplinary perspective. I studied abroad in England, where I examined the impact of healthcare system infrastructure on healthcare delivery; I participated in an international medical mission trip to Latin America with Global Medical Training; I studied the epidemiology of Hepatitis B as a Rhodes Scholarship candidate; and most recently, I have been working on a cervical cancer research project to improve screening methods in resource-poor regions and third world countries.

As APAMSA’s Global Health Director, I look forward to using this platform to advocate for health issues impacting API populations worldwide. I hope to provide resources for students interested in participating in global health projects and volunteering abroad. By spotlighting the global health experiences of APAMSA students, I also aim to further engage others in addressing API health issues. As an organization, APAMSA has the opportunity to lead health awareness and advocacy efforts in APIA communities, and I am excited to lead the efforts in extending our work globally.

Andrew Liu

Jefferson, M2

Alumni Liason

My name is Andrew Liu, and I am excited to begin serving as this year’s alumni liaison. I have lived in the Philadelphia area nearly my entire life, so I’m grateful for the opportunities APAMSA has given me to meet so many students passionate about Asian American health issues from all across the country!

As alumni liaison, I aim to unite APAMSA alumni and current students to better accomplish our common goal of improving Asian American health. My agenda focuses on raising awareness of existing networking resources at the chapter level, as well as designing an intuitive and functional application for APAMSA members to connect with local alumni.

I look forward to a productive and super fun year. If you have any questions or would like to introduce yourself, feel free to contact me through the alumni email.

Theresa Tharakan

Einstein, M1

South Asian Liason

I’m an MS1 at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, right in my hometown of the Bronx, NY. I completed my undergrad at Harvard in 2014 with a degree in neurobiology and a minor in global health and health policy. As this year’s South Asian Liaison, I hope to draw APAMSA’s attention to health issues that uniquely affect South Asians both in the United States and worldwide. I’m excited to be on board!

Han Shi

Vanderbilt, M2

Webmaster

Hey all:

I am a second-year medical student at Vandy in Nashville, TN. I did my undergrad at University of Pennsylvania majoring in Biology and Biochemistry. My medical interests include wound regeneration and tissue repair while my personal interests include all things football related and Kentucky Wildcats Basketball! My job on APAMSA is to maintain the national website and work with local/regional chapters to set up their webpages. If there are any problems with this site or if you just want to comment/recommend something, please email me.

Alex Choy

Einstein, M1

Database Director

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Linh Vu

UC Irvine Premed

Premed Director

Hello, everyone! I am finishing my last undergraduate year at UC Irvine to acquire a degree in Public Health Sciences. I’m very excited and honored to be National APAMSA’s Premedical Director this year. I look forward to utilizing my creativity and resources to promote health advocacy amongst undergraduates in their communities in overcoming health barriers. Being a premedical student myself, I’m always eager to look for resources and connections to guide me to the right path. Thus, one of my goals is to create newsletters for premedical students with individual sections devoted to students at all stages of the pre-medical process and a diverse forum of perspectives for pre-medical students to utilize as a resource. Overall, I’m very excited! Just like Tony the Tiger says, it’s going to be a grr-eaaattttttt year!

Samantha Wu

Michigan State, M3

Sponsorship Co-Director

I am currently a third year at Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine. I grew up in the Bay Area, but have now lived in the Midwest and along both coasts. I graduated from Cornell University with degrees in Urban & Regional Planning and Asian Studies. I then attended California State University, East Bay for graduate school to study Physiology. At MSU, I was President of APAMSA, as well as Women’s Health Interest Group, Association of Women’s Surgeons, and American Women’s Medical Association. For the last two years, I served as Regional Director of the Midwest (Region V) and truly enjoyed working with APAMSA leaders across the nation. MSU was lucky enough to hold the Region V Regional Conference, which gave me a chance to get to know many of the APAMSA members in the Midwest. I am extremely passionate about APAMSA and hope that our organization continues to succeed. This year as Sponsorship Chair, I hope to raise funds and promote APAMSA so that we continue to thrive.

Jeffery Kwock

Duke, M1

Sponsorship Co-Director

I was born and raised in Hawaii, where I received my Bachelors of Science in Biology from the University of Hawaii. Currently, I am in my first year of medical school at Duke University. My passions include education in the medical profession, event-planning, and health prevention.

I am very excited to serve as one of APAMSA’s Sponsorship and Fundraising Co-Chairs. In the next year I am hoping to expand our network of professional contacts to include additional hospitals and universities, as well as research organizations. I am particularly interested in developing connections with hospitals and universities in Asia and potentially opening up opportunities not only for funding, but also for APAMSA students to participate in summer research or away rotations overseas.

Julia Kim

WesternU, M2

Sponsorship Co-Director

Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA.
Graduated from Cornell University.
Currently OMS-II at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA studying to become an Osteopathic Physician!

Being involved in leadership since middle school, I have a lot of experience running into project limitations due to lack of funding and/or resources. I am hoping my term as Sponsorship Co-Chair for APAMSA will help streamline some of these funding issues within APAMSA National as well as our beloved chapter clubs so that our organization can continue to expand on both national and local scales.

I am passionate about being an active and vocal leader for our AAPI community, and inspiring future generations to continue leading! With these passions in mind, I look forward to working with APAMSA and am so humbled to work alongside great leaders like you. Let the year begin!