Current National Board
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Many of my friends call me Maddy, I am currently a second-year medical student at NYMC. I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and went to NYU for undergrad. Before entering medical school, I worked as a medical assistant for one year, and as a research technician for another year. I grew up in an artistic household and while developing a passion in creative arts, ultimately decided to pursue something that was scientific and challenging. To me, medicine is one of those special careers that is able to incorporate many different flavors of life into one field, and became the perfect platform for me to bridge my talents in art with science and society. I joined APAMSA because I sought a sense of community and family within my medical school. I personally struggled to find my voice throughout the early years of my education. However, through opportunities in leadership and advocacy, I am convinced that we can learn the skills to develop the confidence to stand and advocate for the values we believe in. I hope to continue growing and contributing as an aspiring physician, while taking APAMSA to the next level!
Hi APAMSA family! My name is Tiffany Cheng and I am an MS3 at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine. I was born and raised in Los Angeles, and attended college at UCLA where I received a B.S. in Biochemistry. I have long been involved with serving the AAPI community, including hosting health fairs and workshops for both my AAPI peers and community during my undergraduate career. I served as the treasurer for my local APAMSA chapter from 2019-2020, as a member of the 2020 National APAMSA Hepatitis B/C Conference committee, and as Region IV Co-Director from 2019-2021. Outside of school, I enjoy bouldering, hula dancing, swimming and watching new Netflix shows. I am excited to serve the AAPI community as your External Affairs Vice President, and I hope we get to meet soon!
Hello everyone! My name is John Yuen and I am in my fourth year of the MD/PhD program at Stony Brook University, currently doing my PhD in Genetics. I grew up in the Lower East Side of New York City and I attended New York University for my undergraduate education, where I was part of the founding members of their pre-med chapter. Afterward, I served as the President at Stony Brook, where many of my experiences lie in community service and health affairs. For the past two years, I have served as a Regional Director and in the latter part of 2020, I served as the Interim Health Affairs Vice President. I am excited to continue to tackle AAPI health issues as your elected Health Affairs Vice President. I will ensure that all chapters and members have the resources they need to have a successful year tackling AAPI health issues and I am excited to collectively improve APIA health. I look forward to working with you all and having a terrific year with APAMSA!
How can we as future health professionals rise to meet the need for leadership while facing misinformation and distrust? What must we do as a field to dismantle and make reparations for historical and present injustices? How do we make sure AAPI communities don't get left behind in these conversations?
These are the questions the APAMSA Advocacy Branch was founded to grapple with, and they are more relevant than ever before. In the year and a half that I've been Health Advocacy Director and Interim Advocacy Vice President, we've spoken against anti-immigrant policies, responded to a global pandemic that led to anti-Asian racism, and stood with our Black and brown siblings against police brutality. Internally, we've created chapter guides to advocacy events, continued to build our anti-racism coalition, and pushed for the expansion of the Diversity department to highlight individual communities within our AAPI umbrella.
As we look forward, my goal remains the same as always: to equip you all with the tools you need to advocate for our patients. We're looking to create opportunities for you all to practice legislative advocacy skills; to deepen our investment and solidarity with fellow students of color; and to make APAMSA a leader on the student advocacy stage.
Greetings! I’m Cyrus. I am currently a fourth year MD/PhD student at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and I am currently in my second PhD year in molecular genetics and genomics. There, I study the best ways that we can clinically leverage our understanding of the gut microbiome to treat conditions, such as childhood undernutrition.
A little bit about myself. I was born and raised in New York City and I received my bachelors in Molecular Biology and Biophysics from Johns Hopkins in 2015. I took a gap year based in Vancouver, Canada and I am the proud parent of two rabbits. They are both very cute and very destructive.
This is my fourth year with APAMSA and my third serving on the National Board and I am deeply excited to serve and advocate on behalf of my fellow APAMSA peers, alumni, and the boarder AAPI community.
Hi, my name is Rodan Mecano and I am an OMS-II at the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. I attended the University of Michigan for undergrad and graduated with a degree in Neuroscience and a minor in Asian Languages and Culture. I’m a Filipino American and am interested in the intersection between culture and mental health. Prior to medical school I spent two years in the Philippines working with Non-profit organizations and Local government units using a public health approach to provide holistic programming for community-based drug rehabilitation. When I can carve out some time away from studying, you can find me playing board games, rock climbing, or watching anime.
Hi! My name is Rachel Chang and I am a 3rd year student at Vanderbilt School of Medicine. I grew up in Irvine, California and attended college at the University of Southern California. I am passionate about advocating for our APA/API community and am excited to bring my experience and enthusiasm to National Board.
Hello everyone! My name is Sai and I am an M3 attending Sidney Kimmel Medical College in Philadelphia. I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia but decided to escape the heat for freezing cold for undergrad at Dartmouth College with a degree in Neuroscience. In my free time you can find me searching for the next aesthetic cafe, in a dance class, or just binging Netflix.
I look forward to working with fellow Regional Directors and co-Membership Vice Presidents to better serve the AAPI community and expanding APAMSA’s presence! Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any suggestions or ideas for APAMSA membership.
My name is Jonathan Weng, and I am an MS2 at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. I grew up in Ohio as the only child of Taiwanese immigrants, and the tension of living in the narrow space between “Asian” and “American” bruised my bicultural self-identity as an incomplete member of either. Finding a niche as a leader in the AAPI community during my undergraduate years facilitated my discovery of the beauty in each culture and compelled me to embrace the peculiar opportunity of simultaneously indulging in both. More recently, my experiences as a Region II Director and interim Membership Vice President have afforded me the rewarding opportunity of collaborating with AAPI students and leaders in medicine across the nation who have a similar heart and mind for bettering AAPI health. Outside of medicine, some of my interests include music, basketball, and theology.
I look forward to working with and learning from each of you as we seek to understand, appreciate, and leverage the gift of our cultural identities in the context of medicine. Membership in our local chapters is the foundation for our national organization, and I am eager to continue serving this vital branch of APAMSA.
External Affairs Branch
Laureen Chan is an incoming MS3 at SUNY Downstate. Besides eating her way around the city, she is passionate about accessible education, medical writing, and music. Other than medicine, she enjoys trying new things like Brazilian Jiu Jitsu!
Kathleen (Kat) Dinh is originally from southern California, where she completed her undergraduate studies at UCLA in physiology. She is a first-gen Vietnamese-American college student, and is an aspiring OBGYN with an interest in high-risk pregnancies, especially those affecting communities of color. During her time at MSUCHM, Kat was on the leadership board of Women’s Health Interest Group and Medical Students for Choice in addition to APAMSA, where she led projects emphasizing reproductive health and abortion training. Outside of medical school, Kat is a lover of things art and music, and enjoys painting and going to concerts.
Hello! My name is Chelsea Wu, and I am an MS3 at UT Health San Antonio. I’m originally from Phoenix, AZ. I went to Rice University for college, where I graduated in 2018 with a BA in Biochemistry and English Literature. I am passionate about exploring racial disparities in medicine, mental health within APIA communities, and patient advocacy. Outside of medicine, I enjoy reading, writing, trying new foods, and playing with my cat.
This past year, I served as APAMSA Region IX Director, and I really enjoyed working closely with my local chapters and supporting their events. I am excited to serve on APAMSA national board again and look forward to working with sponsors so that we have the support we need to carry out the amazing ideas and initiatives that our APAMSA members have. Please reach out if you have any questions!
Hi everyone! My name is Lily Lin, and I'm from the central Ohio area. I completed my undergrad at The Ohio State University, and I loved it so much that I decided to stay for medical school. In medicine, I am passionate about improving access to healthcare, advocating for human rights, and educating about environmental issues. In my free time, I love to explore different cuisines and binge-watching documentaries. I'm excited to serve the APAMSA community and put together a National Conference that is thought-provoking, inspiring, and inclusive.
Hello! My name is Cindy Ho and I am an M2 at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. I am from the Chicago suburbs and went to college at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH where I received a B.A in Biology and minors in Communications for Health Professional and Business Management. Spending many summers living in Chinatown with my grandparents and then in a predominately white suburbs during the school year, I found myself growing up in two vastly different cultures since I was young. These experiences growing up have driven my passion for serving the AAPI community. I have been dedicated to my local AAPI community from my cultural club in high school to serving on the executive board for the Asian American Alliance during undergraduate to serving as the National Conference Director during medical school. I am super excited to be planning this years conference and meet everyone! Outside of school I love playing the piano and guitar, eating out with my friends, and perusing through the frozen section of Trader Joes.
Hi y'all! My name is Sang Min Lee, but everyone call me Kevin. I am an M1 at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. I was born in South Korea, but was raised in San Diego, California. I went to undergrad at Brandeis University near Boston and am currently based in Columbus, Ohio!
My passion for medicine is deeply rooted in my desire to give back to the community around me. Throughout my life, the APIDA community played an integral role in my academic, professional, and personal growth. I grew a deep appreciation for this community and became committed to play an active role in it. I am incredibly excited to see how this year's National Conference can impact our APIDA communities throughout the nation.
Outside of school, I love to cook for others, buy plants, and go on long drives!
Hi everyone! My name is Tiffany Guan, and I am a current 1st year medical student at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. I am so excited to serve as one of the National Conference Directors this year. I was born and raised outside of Boston, MA and graduated from Boston University with a BA in Biology. I was extensively involved with the Community Service Center in undergrad which cultivated my passion to help the underserved, a passion that currently guides my journey to be a physician. I am thrilled to be able to help bring everyone together for the next APAMSA National Conference.
Hi everyone! My name is Clarine Long, and I am so excited to serve as your Announcements Director! I am currently an M3 at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. I was born and raised in Seattle, Washington and went to Case Western Reserve University where I studied Anthropology and Biochemistry. Having volunteered at local free clinics throughout my life and most recently serving as a coordinator for OSUCOM’s Asian Free Clinic, I am most passionate about bringing healthcare to the underserved populations. I am also currently the secretary of the OSUCOM Landacre Research Honor Society. My research interests include management of heart failure in patients with diabetes and management of thyroid cancer. As the Announcements Director, my goal is to make sure each and every member or future member of APAMSA is well informed of the organization’s events. I look forward to working with everyone!
Hello Everyone! My name is Justine Ku and I am a third-year medical student at the UCR School of Medicine. I was born and raised in California and majored in Biology with a minor in Global Health at UCLA. As a child of first-generation immigrants, I am passionate about advocating for our AAPI community. I have served as the Co-President of the UCRSOM APAMSA Chapter. In my free time, I enjoy photography, cardio kickboxing, and reading. I love meeting new people and learning about other people’s passions as well!
Chào các bạn - hello friends! My name is Arlene Ho and I am a current rising M4 at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine (WMed) on my graduate school year as an MD/MBA student. I am honored to serve on APAMSA's national board and am very interested in social justice, health equity, palliative care, and being able to see any and all patients of varying ages and creeds. As a Little Saigon native from Orange County, California, I am always happy to share bits and pieces of the Vietnamese culture and have long conversations about heritage and identity. I am also very interested in mentorship and helping making med-ed more accessible and affordable.
I founded WMed's chapter of APAMSA along with 4 wonderful classmates 2 years ago and I am excited to continue to see it grow, even with us being a smaller medical school. I am also thankful for this opportunity to learn from our sister chapters across the nation and contribute to making API health concerns more visible.
Hello! My name is Amberly Diep-Vu, a current 3rd year medical student at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA.
As the first American-born child in a family of Vietnamese refugees, I was born and raised in the South Shore area of MA. Though my family did not stay in one place for too long, I have always found the APIA community to welcome me with open arms. When meeting new people, the unique intersections of each person’s identity has always been important for me to understand. It is this curiosity that fueled my studies at UMass Amherst in Neuroscience/Psychology with minors in Anthropology and Biology.
My passion lies in mentoring, advocacy, and addressing the health & education disparities in underrepresented populations. With recent political and health-related developments, the once overlooked voices of APIA communities have grown a larger presence. Thus, my goal is to help create a space where we can reflect and build upon our unique APIA identities and positions as budding healthcare providers. With this, I am delighted to continue this journey together with you all this year!
Hi, my name is Victoria Cegielski and I am currently a first-year medical student at UMKC School of Medicine. I feel so lucky to be a part of the National APAMSA board, joining this team as Social Media Director! :D
My mom is first-gen from China and my dad is first-gen from Poland, so consequently I am #wasian. My cultural upbringing has played a prevailing role in molding me into the person I am today. Moving from the PNW to the Midwest, I recognized a significant reduction in Asian representation; mercifully, APAMSA was my saving grace. I am super excited to hear other stories and make new friends in this family-like community, all while documenting and advocating APAMSA on social media!
Some of my favorite hobbies include exploring the outdoors, drinking tea, spending time with loved ones, playing the piano, taking pictures, and playing tennis. I am a true Seattleite at heart. <3
My name is Onyoo Park, and I am an MS2 at New York University Grossman School of Medicine. I was originally born in South Korea but immigrated with my family to the United States when I was young. I grew up primarily in Pennsylvania, where I also attended college at the University of Pennsylvania. I graduated with a major in Biological Basis of Behavior and a minor in Chemistry. My past involvement in APAMSA includes serving as a Region II Director. I am incredibly excited to serve on the national board as the (Alumni or Community Outreach) Director this year and serve as a resource for members seeking (mentorship or community outreach opportunities).
My name is Jerry Cui, and I’m a second-year MD/PhD student at the Ohio State University. I was born in Vancouver, Canada but grew up in Charlotte, NC. I graduated from Yale University with a BS/MS in Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry.
My academic interests are in natural product drug discovery (especially for antibiotics) and integrative medicine, while my professional interests are in mentorship and Asian representation in leadership.
Nicole is a second year medical student at Virginia Commonwealth University. As a third culture kid, Nicole spent her formative years between Beijing, Hong Kong, Vancouver, and other parts of Asia. She attended UCLA for college, where she also joined and became President of APA Health CARE, a student-led organization that provided free health screenings, clinic referrals, and seminars for different API communities in LA County. Continuing her dedication to serve and improve the health status of API populations into medical school, she reactivated her local APAMSA chapter, going on to organize events such an anti-API racism listening session with school deans/administration, an implicit bias in healthcare workshop, and several lectures on mental health stigma, Hepatitis B prevalence in API communities, and inclusion of subpopulations in clinical research. Concurrently, Nicole served as one of APAMSA’s Region 3 Regional Directors last year. Besides coordinating with different chapters in the DMV area, she helped organize the virtual Region 1-3 Regional Conference with other directors to highlight API health issues including Native Hawaiian health disparities, immigrant health concerns, health equity, and intersectional identities. Nicole is excited to continue collaborating with APAMSA, utilizing the skills, experiences, and growth from past years to address the needs and concerns of API populations.
Hi all! My name is Diane Wei and I am an M1 at the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences. This past year was my first year with APAMSA and I am really looking forward to becoming more involved with this passionate community!!
I am a first generation college and medical student from Chicago, IL and graduated with a degree in Molecular and Sciences from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign last spring. Outside of studying these days, I absolutely love watching Netflix/k-dramas/c-dramas, baking, and going on a walk/run outside!
Hi y'all! My name is Chiara Macaraig and I'm an OMS-1 at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. I went to undergrad at the University of California, Davis, and I'm a California girl at heart. Please reach out if you need anything.
Hi everyone! My name is Grant Wen and I’m a M1 at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. One of the main reasons I pursued medicine as a career was due to the opportunity it gave me to serve the immigrant community. Growing up in a predominantly Asian and Latinx community, I feel like the second-generation experience has been formative in my identity, and I hope to carry this identity and commitment to my community in the work I do as a physician and as an advocate. My goal is that through this role on the national board, I will be able to facilitate productive reflection, discussion, and action to better understand ourselves and our roles as champions for those who we have the privilege of serving.
Hi everyone! I’m Jay, a 5th MSTP student from Vanderbilt School of Medicine. Over those 5 years I had a lovely experience serving APAMSA from membership VP to regional director to chapter co-president. I am thrilled to serve as AAPI director this year and excited to get to know you all!
Hi all! My name is Daniel Pham, and I’m a medical student at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine (Class of 2023). I was born and raised in Oklahoma City, which has one of the largest Vietnamese communities outside of Texas/California. I attended the University of Oklahoma as a Global Engagement Fellow studying chemical biosciences, psychology, and philosophy, which has shaped my interests at the intersection between social medicine, global mental health, and critical medical humanities. In the summer of 2020, I was featured in The Oklahoman, Oklahoma Policy Institute, and Doctors for America in helping Oklahoma passed Medicaid expansion, making it the first state to do so during the COVID-19 pandemic. I am looking forward to keeping all of our members informed on critical social and political events relevant to APAMSA’s mission. Whenever I have free time, I enjoy working out, watching anime, and obsessing over chocolate.
Hi! I’m Annie, and I’m an MD/PhD student at the University of Connecticut currently doing neurobiology research in an Alzheimer’s Disease lab. I grew up on the East Coast, I ballroom dance for fun, and I love to nerd out about the brain!
I am passionate about policy. I strongly believe in empowering medical students as voices of change. Resolutions are a fundamental way for us to advocate for health equity and take a stand against pervasive social justice issues affecting our communities. As your Resolutions Director this year, I’m excited to work with you all to shape APAMSA policy!
Hi everyone! My name is Emilee Tu and I'm excited to be your Peer Organization Liaison! I grew up in southwest Virginia, went to college at Princeton, and am currently an MS3.5 (on a research year) at Einstein COM. I love hiking, nature, dance, and music!
I had the pleasure of serving as APAMSA’s 2017-18 Alumni Liaison and 2019-2020 Peer Organizations Liaison. I am so excited to continue serving as Peer Organizations and growing APAMSA's relationships with our friends at SNMA, LMSA, MSPA, ANAMS, SOMA, AMWA, AMA, and more! In the past year, we have issued joint statements showing solidarity against police brutality, xenophobia, anti-immigration policies, and more. We also helped launch the #ShareTheMicNow campaign where allied organization members opened their social medias to Black members of SNMA to share and amplify Black joy. Additionally, drawing inspiration from LMSA's Policy Summit and AMA's MARC, we are planning APAMSA's first Advocacy Summit!
In the upcoming year, I hope to:
1) Maintain close relationships with our peer organizations and keep a pulse on current events to use our collective voices to push for inclusion, equity, and justice on all fronts.
2) Work with the APIA Advocacy Director to expand our anti-racism trainings to include SNMA, LMSA, and ANAMS.
3) Create a Peer Organization section of our Advocacy newsletter to stay informed about events/issues important to our peers. And likewise, create shareable digests to allow us to inform our peers on what is important to us.
I am excited for a wonderful year creating change with APAMSA and would love to hear from you if you have any ideas for collaborating and sharing our work with our peers!
Health Affairs Branch
Hi everyone! My name is Shannon, I am an MD/MPH student at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn. I previously served on my local APAMSA chapter as Vice President. My fun fact is that I’ve never lived in the same city for longer than 5 years, so when people ask me where I’m from I usually say that I went to high school in Southern California (Irvine). I attended Cornell University for undergrad majoring in biological sciences and spent a few years working as a clinical research coordinator at NYU before starting medical school. I’m interested in reducing healthcare disparities through community service and epidemiological research in my future career as a physician.
I’m from Fairfield, CA and did my undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley. I’m currently a medical student at UC San Francisco. I’m passionate about AAPI health and caring for our LEP patients. I like playing golf and tennis and basketball, as well as exploring the Bay Area in my free time!
Hello! My name is Justin Jiang and I am second year medical student at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. I grew up in Columbus and attended Ohio State for undergrad, majoring in Pharmaceutical Sciences. I previously served as my chapter’s president. Outside of medicine, I spend my time playing soccer or tennis with the occasional reality show here and there. I am also involved with our school’s interprofessional orchestra.
Hi APAMSA! My name is Nathan Pan-Doh and I am a first-year medical student at Johns Hopkins. I grew up in the suburbs of Boston, MA and graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. I am passionate about mental health, particularly with leveraging storytelling as a form of healing. I also enjoy fostering interpersonal connections and mentorship relationships, and I am excited to deepen my involvement in APAMSA this upcoming year!
Hello APAMSA members! My name is Karen Bach and I am currently a second-year medical student at the University of Toledo College of Medicine. I am extremely honored to be serving as your External Affairs Vice President this year.
APAMSA holds a special place in my heart- this will be my 4th year as part of the organization. In the past few years, I have served as the National Bone Marrow Director, Region V Director, and Chapter President.
As the new year begins, I want to continue being a part of APAMSA and help further grow our family. My goals as External Affairs VP include: - Tackling the new challenges and restraints COVID has brought along this year to continue supporting our members and communities through their conference and financial needs – Growing our student organization’s budget through sponsorship, donors, and partnerships. I truly appreciate your support and I look forward to getting to know and work with all of you!
Hello everyone, my name is Bonnie Nguyen and I am a first-year medical student at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. I was born and raised in San Jose, CA and attended UC Davis where I received a B.S. in Biological Sciences with a minor in music, and a M.A.S. in Maternal and Child Nutrition. I served for three years as the Hepatitis Committee Undergraduate Co-Director for two UC Davis-affiliated student-run clinics that provide free cancer screening and health services to the Sacramento, CA community, predominantly the underserved Asian community. What drew me to this role was the complexity of hepatitis and I wanted to challenge myself to understand and spread awareness on a disease that is highly prevalent among the Asian population. In these three years, I worked with the medical student Hepatitis Committee Co-Directors from UC Davis APAMSA and knew that I wanted to be involved in hepatitis-related work as a medical student. I am excited to share my knowledge and contribute my skills to APAMSA and our APIA communities!
Hi everyone, my name is Vivian Lou (she/her/hers) and I am an MS2 at Stanford School of Medicine. I was born in Beijing, China, and grew up in Vancouver, Canada, before coming to the US to study biology and music at Stanford and staying for med school. Having grown up in a diverse API community as well as living in the Bay Area for the past few years, I'm especially passionate about community-centered work, health outreach, and anti-racism and social justice in healthcare. I am grateful and excited to be a part of the work of national APAMSA!
Aloha! My name is Eun Ah Cho and I am excited to serve as the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Director. My experience with APAMSA includes serving as Vice President of my local chapter and as Hepatitis B & Bone Marrow Director in college at the University of Southern California. I look forward to working together and addressing health disparities to better serve our AAPI community.
S. Akila Ali grew up in Dhaka, Bangladesh and moved to Chicago for college. Having faced inequities in large urban centers throughout her life, she is passionate about linguistically concordant-care, social determinants of health and urban health. Akila completed her undergraduate from University of Chicago and is currently an MS2 at University of Illinois. During her undergraduate years, and later working in Chicago's local public health agency, she conducted multiple projects combatting racial health inequity and hopes that through her career she will be able to tackle the multiple forms of oppressions that exist within healthcare. In her free time, she can be found bathroom singing in three languages and arguing about what is the best kind of biryani and the best flavor of tea.
Vi Lam is a 2nd-year medical student at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM). Originally born and raised in Saigon, Vietnam, Vi moved to the US for undergraduate studies and later resided in Southern California with her family. In her first year in medical school, she joined the PCOM APAMSA family as their secretary/social media chair and has been able to steadily grow the club's online following. Vi is passionate about health inequalities in the AAPI community and mental health in the Southeast Asian population.
Kevin is an MS2 at Sidney Kimmel Medical College originally from Queens, New York. They are passionate about LGBTQ+ health, immigrant health, and health equity. In particular, they are interested in how stigma, limited English proficiency, and capitalism interact with healthcare. In their free time, Kevin loves finding new music and learning how to vogue.
Region I Directors
I am a first-generation college medical student in the Health Sciences and Technology (HST) Program at the Harvard Medical School. I am originally from Wuxi, China and have lived in the United States for the past 9 years. I received both of my B.S. and M.S. degrees in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the Johns Hopkins University. During my undergraduate career and throughout my master's education, I was involved in HIV and extracellular vesicle research with the Witwer Lab. My research focused on discovering new biomarkers and mechanisms important during HIV pathogenesis. Outside of the wet lab, I worked passionately to bridge the gap in healthcare inequality by pioneering a first-of-its-kind integrated HIV screening & PrEP referral project in the Hopkins Emergency Room. I was also involved with the LGBTQ community at Hopkins by building a supportive campus climate as a SafeZone facilitator. When I am not engaging in medicine or science, you can find me either in nature or in the kitchen as I love exploring various cultures via the lens of traveling and food. I also enjoy being physically active and being in the gym.
Hi everyone! My name is Alice and I am a second year medical student at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. I’m originally from around Boston and majored in Human Biology, Health, and Society at Cornell University. I’m excited to collaborate with various chapters to find ways to serve our local communities, address healthcare disparities, and ultimately advocate for AAPI health.
Region II Directors
Hello! My name is Michelle Tran, and I’m an MD/PhD student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in Manhattan, New York. I made the full coast-to-coast journey to medical school. I was born and raised in Southern California, did my undergraduate studies at Rice University in Houston, Texas, and then switched out my flip flops for winter boots in NYC. At the Sinai APAMSA Chapter, I serve as president and enjoy bringing together students for advocacy and community service benefiting the Asian community in NYC. I am passionate about cancer immunology research, healthcare disparities, and increasing diversity in STEM. In my free time I enjoy running in Central Park, vegan baking, and expanding my indoor garden!
Hi! My name is Matthew Ho and I'm an MS1 at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. I was born and raised in NYC, and received a degree in Bioinformatics and Asian American Studies at Hunter College. Some of my most fulfilling experiences in college came from exploring more about my identity as an Asian American in college and I hope to continue that with APAMSA and in my professional career. I'm excited to work with everyone as regional director and to work with the local communities to host a great conference!
Hi everyone! My name is Lillian Xie, and I am a first year medical student at New York Medical College. I am originally from Queens, New York, and completed my undergraduate studies at UCLA, where I received a Biology B.S. My hobbies include yoga, hiking, and making homemade lattes. I have often grappled with what it means to be a part of the Asian/Pacific American community, and it has been challenging to explore this aspect of my identity. Joining APAMSA has provided me with a community of friends and colleagues who not only share these passions but also have diverse perspectives! I am extremely excited to serve as a liaison between Region II and our national APAMSA community.
Hi everyone! My name is Laetitia Zhang, and I am an MS1 at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine. I grew up in Bellevue, Washington and graduated in 2019 from Johns Hopkins University with a B.A. in Public Health. I'm incredibly excited to work with my fellow regional directors and serve the greater AAPI community!
Region III Directors
Hi everyone! My name is Tracy Gao, I'm an MS1 at Sidney Kimmel Medical College. I grew up in South Jersey, and I graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2019, where I studied anthropology and women, gender, and sexuality studies. I'm extremely passionate about women's health and health advocacy and education within the APIA community. In my free time, I enjoy painting, film photography, and playing board games with friends.
I'm really excited about working with other regional directors and to get more involved in APAMSA!
Hi everyone! My name is Jessica Hsueh, and I am a MS1 at Georgetown University School of Medicine. I was born and raised in Los Angeles and attended California State University, Los Angeles for college. In my free time, I enjoy walking with my two dogs, watching football, baking new desserts, and traveling to new places!
Gerald Coronado is a medical student at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine (VCU SOM) and a scholar in the VCU Family Medicine Scholars Training and Admission Track, with an interest in pursuing Family Medicine residency with a focus in lifestyle and prevention. He served as the 2020 Co-President of the APAMSA chapter at VCU and the 2020 President of the Medicine with Pride at VCU student organization. He also served as a grant writer for the inaugural 2020 conference of the Council of Young Filipinx Americans in Medicine. Currently, he is the medical student representative on the Inclusion Council under the VCU SOM Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Additionally, he is research assistant for Dr. Youssef Roman with the Filipino Americans Community Genetic Project, exploring the pharmacogenetics of gout in the Filipino American population. His passions in service, community, education, inclusion, and their intersection are what guided him toward medicine and now to APAMSA. He looks forward to continuing to build engagement and, more importantly, inclusion.
Region IV Directors
My name is Andy Lai; I am a 3rd year medical student at Saint George’s University. It is my honor to be a part of this amazing team at APAMSA National. A little background about me, I was born and raised in NYC and currently home in NYC preparing for Step One and my clinical rotations. Prior to medical school, I attended Syracuse University for undergraduate majoring in nutrition, then completed my dietetic internship at Stony Brook Medicine prior to working as a Registered Dietitian for 2 years in the Surgery ICU department. My interest in medicine grew while working with the critical care interdisciplinary teams at my hospital managing patients on IV nutrition. Through my nontraditional pathway to medicine and as a first generation college graduate and medical school student in my family I was lost during my first year of medical school. Luckily, I was able to find new friends and mentors through our APAMSA chapter at SGU to help me throughout my basic sciences. I am forever thankful for the opportunities that APAMSA have provided me and the friendships that I have made through APAMSA at SGU. I look forward to meeting new APAMSA members and to work with the national board in providing more opportunities for APAMSA chapters to participate in.
My name is Rod Carlo Columbres. I am a first year medical student at William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine. I was born and raised in the Philippines, and moved to the US at age 16. I graduated from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in spring of 2018 with a BS in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology. I am currently the President and founder of the APAMSA Chapter at my COM (the first in the state of Mississippi). I am looking forward to be more involved in APAMSA, and continue my work in advocacy for health equity and justice for the AANHPI communities.
Hello, my name is Aliasger Ezzi! I am a medical student at FIU College of Medicine. I served as the President of our local chapter. I also received my bachelors in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida. I enjoy skateboarding and digital painting. I look forward to a great year!
Region V Directors
Hi APAMSA! My name is Crystal An, and I am a first-year medical student at Case Western Reserve University. Originally from New Jersey, I graduated from CWRU with a degree in Cognitive Science. I’m passionate about global health, healthcare affordability, and representation in medicine. As Region V Director, I’m excited to create meaningful connections across our chapters and collaborate with the rest of the APAMSA family!
Hi everyone! My name is Derek Shu, and I am a second year medical student at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. I was born in Michigan as a child of Taiwanese immigrants and grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. I attended Duke University, where I majored in Computer Science and Biology while wrestling with and learning to appreciate my identity as an Asian American. Previously, I served as the chapter president of UC APAMSA. Some of my interests include running, music, personal finance, and working with underserved populations. I am honored and excited to serve on the board this year, and I look forward to learning from all of you!
Hi everyone! My name is Joanna Chen and I am first year medical student at the University of Toledo. I’ve spent most of my childhood in Boston, but I’ve been lucky enough to have lived in China and Canada after my parents immigrated from China to continue their own educations. I did my undergrad at Washington University in St. Louis where I majored in anthropology with a focus in global health and minored in healthcare management. I am passionate about integrating global health, social justice and activism into my future career. I am excited to continue my involvement in APAMSA and connect with students around the country!
Region VI Directors
Joyce Lee is a current first year medical student at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. She was born in Tainan, Taiwan and immigrated to East Los Angeles when she was 8 years old. Since then, she moved to La Jolla, where she completed her BS in Physiology and Neuroscience at UC San Diego and interned over the summers at Janssen Pharmaceuticals (Johnson & Johnson). Following graduation, she moved to NYC, where she attended Columbia University as a part-time student in the MS Bioethics program and worked full-time at NYU as a Research Data Associate researching Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood. After acquiring her Master's, she spent half a year in lockdown in an apartment before moving to Wisconsin, where she is currently enjoying her time as a medical student at MCW. She hopes to become a neuropsychiatrist one day, but she is open to many sub-specialities in neurology.
My name is Thao Doan, and I’m currently a second year MD/MPH student at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX. I was born and raised in Houston, TX, and I have always enjoyed exploring all the cultural foods and experiences Houston has to offer. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, powerlifting, learning new crafts, and reading. I look forward to serving the Asian Pacific American community and hope to continue strengthening our voice in medicine!
Hello! My name is Erum Chowdhry and I am currently a third year medical student at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. I was born in Long Island, NY, and grew up in Las Vegas, NV where I went to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas for undergrad and studied Biology. I am excited and honored to become an APAMSA representative as Region VII Director!
Region VII Directors
Hello everyone! My name is Kevin Mai and I am currently a second-year medical student at WesternU COMP. I was born and raised in NYC and came to California for a change of pace from the usual subway commutes. During my free time I enjoy looking for new dessert spots, building PCs and snowboarding. I am excited to work with our chapters towards their goals and building a stronger bond with our community. Thank you for having me as your Region VII Director and I look forward to working with everyone!
Hello! My name is Avery Zhou, and I am a 2nd year medical student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Medicine. I grew up in a small town in Ohio, and went to undergrad at Case Western Reserve University where I graduated with my bachelor's in psychology and biology, and my master's in bioethics. While in undergrad, I co-founded Case Esports Club and found a love for creating a community and organizing events. I look forward to growing a new community in medical school as a part of the APAMSA family!
Hi everyone! My name is Paul Nguyen, and I am currently a 2nd year medical student at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Tucson! I am originally from Peoria, Arizona and I graduated from the University of Arizona in May 2019 with a bachelors in Physiology. In my spare time, I enjoy playing/watching/talking basketball, traveling, and munching on delicious foods. I am so excited to continue my leadership in APAMSA and I look forward to creating a lasting impact on the API community with everyone!
Hello! My name is Catherine Ha, and I am a third-year medical student at the UC Riverside School of Medicine. I grew up in Walnut, CA and continued both my undergraduate and medical school studies at UC Riverside! In my first year of medical school, I joined APAMSA in search of community—to be able to go through this tough educational journey alongside folks who share a similar cultural background. It was a privilege to serve as my school’s Chapter President for APAMSA, as I led multiple initiatives to increase access to culturally-responsible mental health care and holistic community wellness for our local AAPI community, a passion I hold very close to my heart. I look forward to serving as one of your Region VII Directors!
Region VIII Directors
Hi all, my name is Rachel and I'm a MS2 at OHSU. I grew up in Portland, OR and went to undergrad at UO. I was really excited to get involved with the APAMSA community my first year, and now am honored to be serving as one of Region VIII's Regional Directors! I look forward to connecting with APAMSA members from all different chapters, and supporting the APIA medical student community as best I can.
Apart from all things school and medicine-related, I'm a big fan of food, exploring new cities, and dance.
Hello APAMSA! My name is Joyce Kim, and I'm an MS2 at Oregon Health & Science University. I grew up in Fullerton, CA (near Disneyland) and went to Brown University for undergrad. My hobbies include eating food and taking pictures of food. I am so excited to serve as Region VIII Director, strengthen our community, and plan a wonderful regional conference this coming year!
Brandon Yan is a fourth year medical student at UCSF. He was previously co-chair of the APAMSA chapter at UCSF, where he established a community partnership with the San Francisco Chinatown community to bring regular health education workshops to Chinese-monolingual residents of the neighborhood's SRO apartments. He is also an active national health policy and Asian American health researcher whose work includes investigations on the death toll of COVID-19 on Asian Americans. He is an obnoxious fan of Duke basketball and all things Blue Devil as well as boba, hotpot, and Asian foods.
Region IX Directors
Hello! I'm Kayla Nguyen and I'm an MS3 at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. I love to rock climb and go camping with my dogs! My goal in APAMSA is to work towards furthering relationships between chapters in our regions.
Althea Alquitran is medical student from Tulane University School of Medicine. She is originally from Los Angeles, CA and went to UCLA, graduating with a B.S. in Biology. She served as Vice President of Tulane APAMSA in 2018-2019 and desired to continue her work with APAMSA by running for Regional Director. In her APAMSA roles, her passions are fostering connection through shared identity, experience, and mentorship. She is interested in pursuing ophthalmology, and in her free time she loves to bake fancy cakes, sing in a band, and indoor rock climb.
Hi all. My name is Matthew Tran, and I am a second year at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. I was born and raised in Arkansas and graduated from Hendrix College with a degree in biochemistry. After starting an APAMSA chapter at my medical school, I decided that my next step was to serve on National APAMSA. My life outside of studying includes playing volleyball and racquet sports, especially badminton, and practicing judo and BJJ. I look forward to working with you all to serve the AANHPI community!