Current National Board

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Executive Board

PresidentYingfei WuMCW/Johns Hopkins MPHpresident@apamsa.org
Hello everyone! My name is Yingfei and I am currently an M4 at the Medical College of Wisconsin. I feel incredibly honored to serve as your National President/President Elect again for the upcoming year.
I graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Neuroscience from UCLA, where I was involved with circadian rhythms and neurodegenerative disease research. At MCW, I served as the Hmong Health Screening Chair for our APAMSA chapter, Co-Chair for the MCW Student Assembly Diversity Committee, and Treasurer/Secretary for the Global Health Organization at MCW. Additionally, I conducted research on healthcare utilization and health attitudes in the Milwaukee Hmong community as part of the Global Health Pathway. I also took time off this past year to complete a Master of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University in epidemiology and biostatistics. At National APAMSA, I previously served as Region VI Director and Membership Co-Director before being elected as National President for 2018-2019.
Throughout medical school, APAMSA has been an important resource for me to become intimately involved with AAPI issues, develop professionally and personally, and advocate for our community. With ongoing issues impacting the AAPI community, from health inequities to racial prejudice, now is a crucial time for us to bond together, advocate, and serve. I look forward to all that APAMSA members will accomplish in advancing these initiatives, and I hope to help cultivate our students’ passions through our work on the National Board!
External Vice PresidentDonna TranMichigan State Universityexternalvp@apamsa.org
Donna Tran is an MSII from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and hails from Bay Area, California, a diverse AAPI community. Previously, she was APAMSA Community Outreach Director, Region 5 Director, and National Representative to AAMC’s medical student leadership seminar in Washington DC. Her first year with APAMSA was filled with community excellence, learning opportunities, and most of all, solidarity in camaraderie. Prior to medical school, she was a Stanford and UCSF psycho-oncology researcher, and clinical manager and health fair director for VN CARES, a UC Davis Asian Vietnamese cancer-screening clinic. Her outside interests include rock climbing, nerdy shows (GoT & DW), and music concerts. She is enthusiastic to bring her experiences, leadership, and skills to progress APAMSA forward.
Communications Vice PresidentRyan FangUniversity of Washingtoncommunications@apamsa.org
My name is Ryan Fang and I am thrilled to be your Communications Vice President this year! I was born and raised in the Seattle area, did my undergraduate studies at the University of Washington in Biochemistry and Music, and am now a third year medical student at the University of Washington School of Medicine. I’m particularly interested in social justice, racism in medicine, LGBTQ health, and palliative care.
Strategy Vice PresidentTej GantiTufts University strategy@apamsa.org
Hello! My name is Tej and I’m a medical student at Tufts University School of Medicine. I’m a Maryland native, but I thoroughly enjoy going to medical school in Boston’s historic Chinatown, giving me the opportunity to learn about many cultures and the issues that affect them. My interest in advancing the interests of the Asian American community has led me to APAMSA leadership. I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting many other civically-engaged students and hearing about all their amazing achievements!
As the Strategy Vice President, I coordinate our pre-health engagement, alumni connections, educational resources, and research endeavors, while also helping to steer APAMSA's future as the only nationwide medical student organization for Asian Pacific Americans. Feel free to reach out with any ideas or questions!
Advocacy Vice PresidentJustin NguyenTouro Californiaadvocacy@apamsa.org
Hey everyone! I’m fired up to lead the Advocacy Branch through some major changes this year!
As your Executive Advocacy Director, I will fulfill three main goals:
  1. Enhancing the online presence of our advocacy efforts. I will work closely with the Communications Branch to ensure that each member of the Advocacy Branch can promote their initiatives through the APAMSA website and social media platforms.
  2. Expanding our collaboration with national student organizations. Together with SNMA and LMSA, we have pushed the AMA to prioritize issues that affect communities of color. We can strengthen our collective voice by becoming more vocal in other powerful organizations such as SOMA and AMSA.
  3. Greater focus on issues that affect our communities at the state and local levels. We will start by examining high profile state bills, determining how those bills align with APAMSA policies, and then encouraging local chapters within those states to advocate for AAPI communities by engaging their legislators.

The Advocacy Branch will grow exponentially in the next few years. If you’d like to play a vital role in these changes, reach out to me at advocacy@apamsa.org!
Health Affairs Vice PresidentBhargava ChittiGeorge Washington Universityhealthaffairs@apamsa.org
Hi everyone! I’m Bhargava. Friends call me Bhargs. I’m from Flushing, NYC, and am a fourth year medical student at George Washington University applying into radiation oncology!
I’ve always been really proud to be Asian American, and counted among my hobbies growing up, reading about our history. We’re a diverse bunch with a long history, with so much to be proud of.
I’m excited for the year ahead and all the opportunities it presents to serve.
Membership Co-Vice PresidentJustin ChinTouro New Yorkmembership@apamsa.org
Hello APAMSA!
My name is Justin Chin and I am a fourth year medical student from Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York. Originally from San Francisco, California, I have always been surrounded by the rich culture and diversity that makes up the Asian and Pacific Islander community. Moving forward to medical school, I established an APAMSA chapter at my institution, was a regional director for NY/NJ, EVP/CFO, and now serve as a National Membership Co-Director this year.
Some of my goals this year include better support for chapters and continuity with the regional directors.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns on how to help your chapter!
Membership Co-Vice PresidentKevin HonWestern University - Pomonamembership@apamsa.org
Kevin Hon is a 4th year Medical Student at WesternU COMP Pomona. He’s served APAMSA previously as Region 7 Director and Pre-Medical Director for the 2018-2019 year. His passions for APAMSA are about building a community and expanding on the family that APAMSA is for all of our pre-med, medical and alumni members. He is going into Emergency Medicine. His passions include eating, running/earning medals (may or may not involve mud), and expanding his ridiculous board/card game collection.
Membership Co-Vice PresidentGeorge NguyenUniversity of Arizona - Phoenixmembership@apamsa.org
Hello APAMSA fam! My name is George Nguyen and I am a 4th year medical student at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix. I am currently applying into Internal Medicine. I was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ and eventually graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Physiology. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, playing basketball, scouting the land for the best food, and lifting weights.
After serving 2 terms as a Region 7 Co-Director and 1 term as a Co-Membership Director, I am proud to represent the organization again this year! I am excited to continue my involvement with APAMSA and to serve you all well. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or ideas and I look forward to impacting the API community together with you all!

Interim Executive Board (6/20 - 1/21)

Interim PresidentDonna TranMichigan State Universitypresident@apamsa.org
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Interim Advocacy Vice PresidentLeena YinUC San Franciscoadvocacy@apamsa.org
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Interim Health Affairs Vice PresidentJohn YuenStony Brook Universityhealthaffairs@apamsa.org
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Interim Membership Co-Vice PresidentRachel ChangVanderbilt Universitymembership@apamsa.org
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Interim Membership Co-Vice PresidentSai MupparajuJefferson - Sidney Kimmelmembership@apamsa.org
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Interim Membership Co-Vice PresidentJonathan WengNew York Universitymembership@apamsa.org
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External Affairs Branch

National Conference Co-DirectorMarycon JiroUC Berkeley - UCSF JMPconference@apamsa.org
MS2/JMP2 at the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program (JMP)Hey everyone! I was born in Iloilo, Philippines and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. I went to UC Berkeley for undergrad and am now currently in UC Berkeley again as a concurrent masters student and medical student studying eye diseases disparities within the Filipino-American community. In medical school, I'm the Public Relations Director of the White Coats for Black Lives (WC4BL) Berkeley chapter, Workshop Committee Coordinator of the Council for Young Filipino Americans (CYFAP), Organizer of Freedom School Intersectional Medicine and Health Justice, and a PRIME-US scholar. I'm interested in pursuing ophthalmology and continuing advocacy work and research in this field. Outside of medical school, I enjoy playing tennis, running, yoga, and seeing musicals.
National Conference Co-DirectorJoey ChiangUC Berkeley - UCSF JMPconference@apamsa.org
MS3/JMP4 at the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program (JMP)Hi Folks! I was born right outside of Seattle, WA and came down to UC Berkeley for my BA in Public Health with a focus in Infectious Disease. I enjoyed my time at Berkeley so much that I went back to complete my Master's and preclinical education at the JMP. My Master's thesis at the JMP studied the effect of forced displacement on unstably housed communities in San Francisco. I plan to continue addressing health disparities in underserved communities, and my interests lie in Internal Medicine with a potential focus in Cardiology or Addiction Medicine. Outside of medicine I enjoy running, photography, and cooking
National ConferenceCo-DirectorMichelle LeungUC San Franciscoconference@apamsa.org
I'm from the Bay Area in California and I majored in English and Molecular Cell Biology with an emphasis in Immunology, Infectious Diseases. At my school APAMSA chapter I am also a community engagement co-chair, and I am especially interested in working with local communities. I am also interested in anesthesia and cognition research, and in professionalism in healthcare. In my free time, I like to ice skate, travel, and try new foods.



National Conference Co-DirectorJames ZhengUC San Franciscoconference@apamsa.org
I'm from the great city-state of Fairfield, CA. I majored in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology and Public Health at UC Berkeley - Go Bears! I'm interested in oncology and surgery, and not only in researching novel treatment strategies but also how we can ensure equitable access to them. In my free time, I like playing golf and tennis.
National Conference DirectorHaruna AridomiUC Berkeley - UCSF JMPconference@apamsa.org
MS2/JMP2 at the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program (JMP)Hi! I'm from the San Francisco Bay Area and am very excited to be one of the National Conference directors this year. I majored in both Social Welfare and Molecular and Cell Biology (Infectious Diseases Concentration) at UC Berkeley as an undergraduate. I am now a concurrent MD/MS student with a focus on working with marginalized communities, particularly people experiencing homelessness. Outside of my role with APAMSA, I am a Schweitzer fellow, AHEC scholar, one of the founding organizers of the Berkeley Outreach Coalition, an administrator for the Suitcase Clinic, and the Community Engagement Director for White Coats 4 Black Lives (WC4BL) Berkeley chapter. I am especially interested in community health and integrating advocacy into my medical career. In my free time, I love going on hikes, doing yoga, and eating good food!
National Conference Co-DirectorMegan YeeMedical College of Wisconsinconference@apamsa.org
I'm from Los Angeles, CA and went to undergrad at UC Berkeley where I got a degree in Public Health. I'm interested in community health and community engagement, especially in minority and underserved communities. I love ice cream and whenever I travel, I make sure to try local favorite ice cream shops.
National Conference Co-DirectorMatt RocesUC San Franciscoconference@apamsa.org
Hello! I’m from Sacramento, CA and majored in Public Health with an emphasis in Infectious Diseases at UC Berkeley. I am currently the medical student coordinator for Mabuhay Health Center, a student-run free clinic that caters to the predominantly elderly Filipinx population in the SoMa community of San Francisco. My academic interests include community engagement, public and global health. Outside of medical school, I enjoy playing/watching basketball (Go Kings!), snowboarding, traveling, and eating good food!
Sponsorship DirectorVivien XieUniversity of Marylandsponsorship@apamsa.org
Hi everyone! My name is Vivien Xie and I’m an MS3 at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. I am a native Marylander and received my B.S. from the University of Maryland, College Park (Go Terps!). In undergrad, I was involved in Asian-American health issues, specifically concerning domestic violence and sexual abuse in minority groups. I have been involved with APAMSA since my first year of medical school, and this year, I am thrilled to be a part of National Board to further our mission of addressing AAPI health disparities by ensuring sufficient funding for our programming.
As Sponsorship Director, my goals are to canvas a greater number of potential business partners, solidify current partnerships with frequent communication and updates on APAMSA programming, and create multiple resources for local APAMSA leaders to increase their chapter’s funds and budget. I look forward to meeting all the wonderful people in the APAMSA community!
Sponsorship DirectorMelody TongNew York Universitysponsorship@apamsa.org
Hi Everyone! I am an MS2 at NYU School of Medicine. I was born in Beijing, China and grew up in Dallas, Texas. I attended Harvard University, where I majored in Neurobiology. Previously, I served as the chapter president of NYU APAMSA. I am so excited to now serve on the national board and look forward to helping APAMSA reach new heights!
Fundraising DirectorSierra HaStanford Universityfundraising@apamsa.org
Hi, my name is Sierra Ha and I am excited to serve as your Fundraising Director for the upcoming year! I am currently a junior (undergraduate) at Stanford University. Last year as Fundraising Director, I organized sales of APAMSA merchandise at the National Conference as well as an APAMSA sticker sale at several regional conferences. In the upcoming year, I plan to continue these events while also expanding APAMSA’s fundraising efforts to the larger community.

Communications Branch

Announcements DirectorBrian KoUniversity of Washingtonannouncements@apamsa.org
I’m a MS3 at the University of Washington and am super excited to return as the Announcements Director! It has been incredibly inspiring to work with passionate, like-minded individuals on the unique challenges API communities face, and I am hopeful the newsletters and announcements can serve as a reminder the important work we do through APAMSA as well as keep this organization connected throughout the year!
Newsletter DirectorKatie ShenJefferson - Sidney Kimmeleditor@apamsa.org
Hi everyone! My name is Katie Shen and I am a fourth-year medical student at Thomas Jefferson University, going into internal medicine. I grew up in Ohio, and I graduated from Penn State in 2016. I have loved staying involved in APAMSA throughout medical school, from hosting hepatitis B screenings as one of the Community Service Directors for my local chapter, to recently serving as the 2019 Hepatitis B/C Conference Co-Director. I am excited to learn more and continue for another year as your Newsletter Director! In my free time, I love buying more books than I can read, running outside, and grocery shopping in Chinatown. Please reach out if you have any questions 🙂
Database DirectorKimberly NgoUC Davisdatabase@apamsa.org
Kimberly Ngo is a 3rd medical student at UC Davis, but grew up in San Jose CA. She majored in Public Health at UC Berkeley, where she learned more about AAPI health issues and health disparities in a student run lecture series and through volunteering as a labor doula for monolingual Vietnamese women in Berkeley/Oakland. She had been previously involved with APAMSA as a Region VIII Regional Director and a co-president at UC Davis and is excited to continue being involved with APAMSA in her new role.
Network DirectorClara SzeSt. George's Universitynetwork@apamsa.org
Hi!! I am a 3rd year at St. George’s University currently in New York for my clinical rotations. I was born in NY but was raised in Maryland. I graduated the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a bachelors in biological sciences and double minor in psychology and Chinese. I enjoy playing volleyball, hiking and solving puzzles.
I am excited to continue my involvement in APAMSA. APAMSA was the first organization I joined in medical school and I have seen it grow so much within my chapter. I am excited to join the Nationals board and see this side of the organization.
Social Media DirectorLinh VuUC Irvinenetwork@apamsa.org
Hello everyone! I am from Southern California, Orange County to be exact, and I absolutely love everything about SoCal! You can take me out of SoCal, but you can never take SoCal out of me. I also love to find new food/boba places and hidden gems wherever I go.
You do not know how thrilled I am to be the Social Media Director for National APAMSA! Since I just let out the secret, you do know now. Social media has been growing exponentially and it amazes me that we do everything through social media. We receive news and communicate through from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or even Snapchat. Thus, I will make sure that all APAMSA-related news and updates will be available at your finger tips. Let’s break the internet with APAMSA’s awesome hashtags that will be trending all over social media!
#breaktheinternetwithAPAMSA

Strategy Branch

Alumni DirectorErica KimUT San Antonioalumni@apamsa.org
My name is Erica Kim, an MS4 at UT Health San Antonio and a current Internal Medicine Residency applicant. I was born in Berkeley, California, but I consider myself a life long Texan since I grew up in Dallas, Texas. I went to undergrad at Rice University, where I majored in bioengineering. Given my engineering background and strong interest in medical devices, I am currently pursuing Internal Medicine with the intention of specializing in either cardiology or critical care. My APAMSA experiences include serving as the Vice President of my local APAMSA chapter as well as Region IV Co-Director. I look forward to working with everyone!
Alumni DirectorJerry CuiOhio State Universityalumni@apamsa.org
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.
Premed DirectorJack XieOhio State Universitypremed@apamsa.org
Hello APAMSA! My name is Jack Xie, and I am in my research year in between M2/M3 at the Ohio State University. I grew up a little bit everywhere, lived in both the East and West Coast. And now I’m in the Midwest! I went to undergrad at Washington University in St. Louis majoring in Chemistry with Biochemistry concentration and grad school at Case Western Reserve University with an MS in Medical Physiology.
I am privileged to be part of the class that restarted the APAMSA Chapter at OSU. It has been an exciting year and I am eager to continue to foster collaboration and community building with APAMSA. Being surrounded by like-minded and driven individuals, I hope to contribute my part to the betterment of our APIA community.
Premed DirectorHannah OngOhio State Universitypremed@apamsa.org
Hello everyone! My name is Hannah Ong and I am an undergraduate at the Ohio State University and am currently in the process of chartering the first premed APAMSA at OSU! I hope to incorporate research, mentorship, education, evidence-based medicine, and diverse perspectives into my future career to serve the most vulnerable and inspire the next generation to advocate for APA/API community. Outside of school, I enjoy playing sports such as basketball, soccer, and lacrosse!
Academic Education and Research DirectorCyrus ZhouWashington University - St. Louisresearch@apamsa.org
Hello! I’m Cyrus. I recently finished my second year of medical school at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and I am currently in my first PhD year in molecular genetics. I was born and raised in New York City and I received my bachelors in Molecular Biology and Biophysics from Johns Hopkins in 2015.
This is my third year with APAMSA and my second serving on the National Board and I am deeply excited to serve and advocate for my fellow AAPI medical students.

Advocacy Branch

Health Advocacy DirectorLeena YinUC San Franciscohealthadvocacy@apamsa.org
Hi all! My name is Leena Yin and I’m an MS2 at the University of California, San Francisco. I grew up in a predominantly Asian immigrant suburb of SF, and my calling to medicine has always been tied to my calling to serve my community. I’ve served as co-chair for the UCSF chapter of APAMSA; helped start the national organization Medicine for Migration in response to the new public charge rule in 2018; and conduct research on language access & AAPI sexual health/intimate partner violence. I’m excited to continue to build APAMSA into a powerful network of advocates that can speak up for our patients, our families, and our allies. If you’re ever in SF, drop by and let’s get boba!
Rapid Response DirectorConnie ChenTouro NYrapidresponse@apamsa.org
Hi Everyone! My name is Connie Chen and I’m very excited to serve as your Rapid Response Director. I am currently a second-year medical student at Touro College in New York City. I graduated with a degree in Financial Economics from Columbia University and a master’s in human nutrition from Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University. I am looking forward to keeping all of our members informed on critical social and political events relevant to APAMSA’s mission.
AAPI Advocacy DirectorVivian Chan LiBrown Universityaapi-advocacy@apamsa.org
My name is Vivian Chan Li and I am currently a second year medical student at Alpert Medical School of Brown University. I grew up in the mainline suburbs of Philadelphia, but I would spend my childhood weekends in Chinatown, split between my family restaurant and local Chinese church – which proved to be formative in my Asian identity. It was also in Chinatown where I participated in my first community protest against developer plans to build a casino in the heart of the neighborhood. I would take these experiences with me to Harvard where I studied Anthropology, Global Health and Health Policy, looking at the intersections of culture and medicine. Over time, I have developed a deep passion for health equity, especially across races, and believe that AAPI communities have an important voice in advocacy that is often hidden or silenced. My goal is to facilitate reflections on our AAPI identity, which influences how we practice medicine and how we are perceived by patients and fellow colleagues. With a critical understanding of our racial identity, we may become better advocates for our patients and for each other.
Diversity DirectorRodan MecanoMichigan State Universitydiversity@apamsa.org
Hi, my name is Rodan Mecano and I am an OMS-I 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.
Resolutions DirectorKevin TangBrown Universityresolutions@apamsa.org
Hi everyone! My name is Kevin and I’m currently a third year medical student at the Brown Medical School. I grew up in the sunny Bay Area, CA, but sadly I’ve been stuck on the East Coast since 2010 (just kidding it’s nice here too). I graduated from Brown University in 2017 and continued on in Providence for medical school.
I served as Regional Director for Region I last year, and this year I hope to become more involved with APAMSA and advocating for APIA health. I have a special interest in health policy, medical education, and the intersection of Eastern and Western medical paradigms. In my free time I like to attend dance workshops, take photos of random things, and pretend like I’m a classical pianist. Please feel free to reach out to me anytime, and I look forward to serving with APAMSA for another year!
Peer Organizations LiaisonEmilee TuAlbert EinsteinPeerOrgLiaison@apamsa.org
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 at Einstein COM. I love hiking, nature, dance, and music!
I had the pleasure of serving as APAMSA’s 2017-18 Alumni Liaison and had a wonderful time working with the amazing humans on National Board. We began the process of collecting and aggregating alumni information to create a searchable map and database of APAMSA alumni who are interested in mentorship and can act as valuable resources to our current APAMSA members. This project continued into this year under the careful guidance and leadership of Stephanie and Katarina, and I really think it is and will be a great resource.
I was inspired to run for Peer Organizations Liaison after attending the anti-racism training put on by Vivian and Jennifer at National Conference last year. In the upcoming year, I hope to:
  • Build upon Jennifer’s vision of expanding national anti-racism training to include SNMA and LMSA
  • Collaborate with SNMA and LMSA to write joint statements on current events and launch a national minority Get Out the Vote initiative
  • Work with the Communications Branch to create a Peer Organization section of our monthly newsletter to stay informed regarding events/issues that are important to our peers

I am excited for a wonderful year with APAMSA and would love to hear from you if you have any ideas for collaborating and sharing our work with LMSA and SNMA!

Health Affairs Branch

Community Outreach DirectorAnthony NguyenOhio State Universityoutreach@apamsa.org
My name is Anthony Nguyen and I’m an MS3 at The Ohio State University. I was a first generation college student originally from Cleveland, OH and graduated from Case Western Reserve University. Between graduation and medical school, I served with AmeriCorps where I taught in 10 different Cleveland high schools
My professional interests include a career practicing in primary care, teaching, advocacy, and establishing pipeline to medicine programs for underrepresented minorities.
Outside of medicine I love playing basketball, watching all Cleveland sports teams, finding new restaurants, and butchering your favorite song at karaoke night.
Cancer Initiatives DirectorGeorge MoSUNY Downstatecancer@apamsa.org
Hi everyone! My name is George, and it’s my pleasure to serve as your Cancer Initiatives Director. I’m currently between my third and fourth year at SUNY Downstate working at the NIH in the pediatric oncology branch as part of their year-long fellowship program. I grew up in Long Island, New York, and went to Yale University, where I studied biomedical engineering. Growing up in a large Asian American population, I found myself drawn to issues specific to our community. I want to advocate for our community, and as the Cancer Initiatives Director, I hope to 1) continue expanding our robust database of useful cancer resources that would be useful for the AAPI community, 2) organize fundraiser events and opportunities for medical students to engage in patient initiatives, and 3) continue managing our partnerships with various organizations (AANCART, American Cancer Society) while establishing new connections with other organizations. Feel free to reach me at george.mo@downstate.edu. I look forward to working with everyone!
Bone Marrow DirectorJulie NgoMichigan State Universitymarrow@apamsa.org
My name is Julie Ngo and I am an M2 at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Prior to medical school, I established a 501(c)3 non-profit primary care clinic that served culturally mindful medical care in Sacramento CA. I also worked as a grant writer, where I collaborated with Bay Area CA organizations and we successfully received a grant that went to support Vietnamese-American families affected by gambling addiction. With the community reach through APAMSA, I intend to address health disparities that stem from language and cultural barriers in medical care. Outside of academics and medicine, I enjoy trying different foods, snowboarding, and travel.
Mental Health DirectorMaggie ZhangVanderbilt Universitymentalhealth@apamsa.org
Hi APAMSA!
I am excited to be your new Mental Health Director! My name is Maggie Zhang and I am a current fourth year medical student at the University of Texas Health at San Antonio (UTHSA). I am a native of San Antonio, TX and graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) with a B.S. in Biology. I served as Region IV Co-Director and President of my local chapter before applying to the position of Mental Health Director.
Mental Health is one of the things I am most passionate about in this world. I hope to continue the work previous directors have done as well as create my own initiatives including increased access to resources like information about local organizations for chapters. I will continuously work to increase awareness about mental health issues like stigma important in AAPI communities and other minorities. I will collaborate closely with National Board to serve you to the best of my ability. Please contact me if you have any further questions I can answer.
Hepatitis Co-DirectorMelinda WangYale Universityhepatitis@apamsa.org
Hi everyone! My name is Melinda Wang, and I am a MS4 currently at Yale School of Medicine. I am excited to continue working as your Hepatitis B/C co-director this year! Many of us, including myself, have had the experience of knowing someone in our personal life with hepatitis B/C. This year, I hope to continue supporting each and everyone of your hepatitis B/C efforts through screening/education grants, our annual Hepatitis conference, revamping resources and guides on our website, and expanding our efforts to include supporting and spotlighting hepatitis B/C QI, research, and international experiences. Please feel free to reach out with any questions/comments/concerns!
Hepatitis Co-DirectorMadeleine WongNew York Medical Collegehepatitis@apamsa.org
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!
Hepatitis Co-DirectorYaQun (Arlene) WangTouro NYhepatitis@apamsa.org
Hi APAMSA! I am Arlene Zhou, a current 3rd year from Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine. Being brought up in China for half of my childhood then Brooklyn for the rest, it allowed me to recognize the differences in culture exist not only with in society but with in medicine as well. I am glad I am part of APAMSA as its mission is to explore the asian community existence in medicine and sheds lights on many issues that we might not have realized. I have been involved in APAMSA for the past years as chapter national liaison and national conference director. It had been such an enriching experience meeting people and learning from conference and events. Thats why I am so excited to take part in planning the next Hepatitis Conference, to work with all the amazing people in APAMSA to carry on the success of the previous national conferences.

Membership Branch

Region I Directors

Region 1 DirectorAmberly Diep-VuUniversity of Massachusettsregion1@apamsa.org
Hello APAMSA! My name is Amberly Diep-Vu, a current 2nd 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 didn’t stay in one place too long, I’ve always found the APIA community to welcome me with open arms. Whether it was the same taste in food or a shared second language, the sense of ease that accompanied a similar heritage helped us navigate past life’s hurdles. The diversity in people’s “way of life” has always fascinated me. Our lives become enriched by our experiences, the more we learn and grow with one another.
Emboldened to continue my interests, I studied Neuroscience/Psychology at UMass Amherst, with minors in Anthropology and Biology. I was a part of an Asian-interest sorority and Residential Life, where I gained most of my skills in hosting events and collaborating with other student-led groups. At UMass Med, I am President of the local chapters of Students National Medical Association (SNMA) and APAMSA. My passion lies in mentoring, advocacy, and addressing the health & education disparities in underrepresented populations. With this, I am delighted to be one of your Region 1 Directors this year!
Region 1 DirectorReona KimuraStony Brook Universityregion1@apamsa.org
Hi everyone! My name is Reona Kimura and I am currently a second year medical student at Stony Brook School of Medicine. I grew up in Tokyo, Japan and attended Johns Hopkins for undergrad. When I’m not busy watching Boards and Beyond on double speed, I enjoy kickboxing and binge watching Terrace House on Netflix! I am excited to serve as Regional Director for Region I and continue learning and advocating for APIA health.
Region 1 DirectorJohn YuenStony Brook Universityregion1@apamsa.org
Hello everyone, my name is John Yuen a 3rd year medical student in the MD/PhD program at Stony Brook University. I grew up in the Lower East Side of New York City and I attended New York University for undergrad where I was part of the founding members of their pre-med chapter. Since, I have been the president of Stony Brook’s chapter of APAMSA, where we have found a lot of recent success in community outreach, including hosting the first hepatitis B screening for AAPI individuals. Most recently, I have served as one of the Regional Directors for Region II. I have experience with different APAMSA chapters in different environments and I hope to be able to translate that leadership to serve you as your Health Affairs Vice president. I want to be able to advocate on behalf of each of the chapters and provide you with the full support of APAMSA national in your health initiatives. I look forward to working with you all and having a terrific year with APAMSA!

Region II Directors

Region 2 DirectorEric KimNew York Universityregion2@apamsa.org
Hello everyone! My name is Eric Kim, and I am an M1 at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine. I majored in philosophy at Amherst College and graduated in May 2019; my hobbies include singing, dancing, playing the guitar, bowling, baking artisanal bread, and barbering. I was born and raised in North Jersey, where I was surrounded by a large, somewhat homogeneous Korean American community. It was only when I went to Amherst College that I was exposed to diversity in any meaningful sense. It pushed me to explore my own ethnic identity – what does it mean to be Korean American, to be part of the Korean American and Asian American communities? As I delved deeper, I learned how much I enjoyed being surrounded by others who think deeply about and care about such questions and issues. Being a part of APAMSA and serving the community have therefore been an exciting and joyful opportunity to me. I look forward to meeting and doing whatever I can for my Asian American classmates across the country!
Region 2 DirectorRichard LiangNew York Institute of Technologyregion2@apamsa.org
Hey I’m Richard. I am currently a 1st year medical student in NYITCOM. I graduated from Stony Brook in 2018, double majoring in Biology and Anthropology. I am currently interested in Gastroenterology/Hepatology especially in terms of the Asian community. When I’m not studying, I enjoy cooking some Instagram worthy dishes (even though I don’t really have an Instagram).
Region 2 DirectorOnyoo ParkNew York Universityregion2@apamsa.org
My name is Onyoo Park, and I am an MS1 at New York University School of Medicine. I am originally from 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. I am incredibly excited to work with the other Regional Directors to support the local chapters and serve the AAPI community.
Region 2 DirectorJonathan WengNew York Universityregion2@apamsa.org
My name is Jonathan Weng, and I’m a first-year medical student at NYU 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 APIDA community at Cornell University 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. I hope to continue serving in these communities as I begin my medical career. Some of my other 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.

Region III Directors

Region 3 DirectorJoseph ChangJefferson - Sidney Kimmelregion3@apamsa.org
Joseph Chang is a first year medical student at the Thomas Jefferson University – Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Philadelphia who grew up in Cupertino, CA. When he’s not studying, he can be found playing badminton, watching anime, cooking home dishes from Taiwan where he was raised briefly or napping. He’s excited to be a part of such an incredible organization!
Region 3 DirectorSai MupparajuJefferson - Sidney Kimmelregion3@apamsa.org
Hello everyone! My name is Sai and I am an M1 attending Sidney Kimmel Medical College. I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia but decided to escape the heat for freezing cold for undergrad at Dartmouth College. 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 members to better serve the AAPI community and expanding APAMSA’s presence!
Region 3 DirectorNicole NgVirginia Commonwealth Univregion3@apamsa.org
Hi everyone! My name is Nicole and I’m super excited to be one of your Regional Directors this year! Originally from Vancouver, Canada, I attended UCLA for undergrad. During my time in Los Angeles, I made a commitment to minimize healthcare disparities and advocate for the underserved API communities in the local area. I was heavily involved in APA Health CARE, an organization that provided many free health screenings, health seminars, and clinic referrals every year for various types of API communities around LA County. During 2017, I also helped coordinate APAMSA’s 24th National Conference in Los Angeles, especially the Pre-Med conference. Utilizing my previous outreach experiences and resources to help various APAMSA chapters serve their own API communities, I look forward to improving our collective health and to collaborating with all of you!

Region IV Directors

Region 4 DirectorRachel ChangVanderbilt Universityregion4@apamsa.org
Hi! My name is Rachel Chang and I am a 2nd 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.
Region 4 DirectorTiffany ChengUniversity of South Floridaregion4@apamsa.org
Hi everyone! My name is Tiffany Cheng and I am a second year medical student 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 API community, including hosting health fairs and workshops for both my API peers and the community during my undergraduate career. I am currently serving as the treasurer for my APAMSA chapter. Outside of school, I enjoy bouldering, hula dancing, swimming and watching new Netflix shows. I am excited to be serving as one of your co-regional directors to bring awareness to the API communities in our region and host a Regional Conference that you all will enjoy and get something out of!
Region 4 DirectorKathy LeeVanderbilt Universityregion4@apamsa.org
Hello! My name is Kathy and am currently a second year medical student at Vanderbilt. I’m originally from Taipei, Taiwan and studied biomedical engineering at Duke. I’m so excited to collaborate with various chapters in our region, to share our unique experiences, and to foster greater awareness for the unique role of APIA students in the greater medical community as one of your region 4 directors this year!

Region V Directors

Region 5 DirectorKaren BachUniversity of Toledoregion5@apamsa.org
Hello APAMSA friends and family! My name is Karen Bach and I am currently a first-year medical student at the University of Toledo College of Medicine. Originally from Southern California, I graduated from UCLA in 2017 with my bachelor’s in Physiological Science. For the past two years, I have served as the APAMSA Bone Marrow Director and this year, I am immensely excited to be serving as one of your Region V Directors.
Growing up in the San Gabriel Valley of SoCal, I have always been surrounded by diverse minority groups. Now that I am in the Midwest, I have grown increasingly aware of the lack of AAPI representation that exists out here in these communities. I am incredibly honored to be your Region V Director this year and as your regional director, I promise to work tirelessly and endlessly to put together a strong and successful regional conference. Through wonderful keynote speakers, workshops, and panels, I hope to raise awareness about APIA health, social struggles, and wellness. I am also looking forward to building meaningful connections and relationships across our Midwest chapters. Together with your support, I truly believe that we can have the best regional conference yet!
Region 5 DirectorIrene LieuMichigan State Universityregion5@apamsa.org
Hi there! My name is Irene and I am currently a MSII at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. My experience with APAMSA includes serving as co-president of my local chapter and now as Region V Director. Original hailing from the Bay Area, I grew up witnessing the various socioeconomic factors that affect the health of Asian and other minority underserved communities. I have my Bachelors in Neurobiology from UC Berkeley and my Masters in Applied Life Sciences from Keck Graduate Institute. Throughout school, I worked in the NICU for 4 years, which budded my interest for pediatric intensive care. Outside of school, I consider myself a foodie and love making travel itineraries around the restaurants a city has to offer. I also enjoy being outdoors, snowboarding every winter, and am a certified SCUBA diver.
Region 5 DirectorStephanie WentzelOhio State Universityregion5@apamsa.org
My name is Stephanie Wentzel. I am a second-year medical student at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. Being a devoted buckeye, I completed my undergraduate education in Neuroscience and Leadership Studies at OSU. I grew up in a military family where my childhood was divided between various cities in the United States and South Korea. Throughout my years of moving back and forth between two countries, I learned to embrace the beauty of the cultures that make up my biracial identity. Being exposed to diverse communities where I witnessed systematic oppression and social disparities sparked my interests in social justice, human rights and health equity.
I joined APAMSA because I am passionate about our mission to serve the greater Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) community through medicine, advocacy, and education. As a future physician and medical student, I want to strengthening the voice of APIDA community in the ears of our government because public policy reflects health policy. I am honored to return as a RD for the 2019-2020 academic year!
Outside of my studies, I am a traveler, avid yelp reviewer, and coffee/tea enthusiast.
Region 5 DirectorJack XieOhio State Universityregion5@apamsa.org
Hello APAMSA! My name is Jack Xie, and I am in my research year in between M2/M3 at the Ohio State University. I grew up a little bit everywhere, lived in both the East and West Coast. And now I’m in the Midwest! I went to undergrad at Washington University in St. Louis majoring in Chemistry with Biochemistry concentration and grad school at Case Western Reserve University with an MS in Medical Physiology.
I am privileged to be part of the class that restarted the APAMSA Chapter at OSU. It has been an exciting year and I am eager to continue to foster collaboration and community building with APAMSA. Being surrounded by like-minded and driven individuals, I hope to contribute my part to the betterment of our APIA community.

Region VI Directors

Region 6 DirectorJon DengWashington University - St. Louisregion6@apamsa.org
My name is John and I am a second year at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. I was originally born in Beijing, but moved to Sweden and then to the US when I was young. I studied Biology at Brandeis University. I am very excited for this upcoming year and to meet and work with everyone!
Region 6 DirectorVictoria ShiUniv of Missouri - Kansas Cityregion6@apamsa.org
Hi! My name is Victoria Shi, and I am a 2nd year medical student in University of Missouri-Kansas City’s 6 year BA/MD program. I am originally from a suburb of New Jersey about 30 minutes out from New York. I enjoy exploring big cities, trying new restaurants, and running!
Growing up, I was never surrounded by a very strong Asian American community. This all changed when I joined APAMSA after starting medical school. I love that APAMSA provides a platform for Asian Americans to support each other and collaborate to promote culturally sensitive healthcare for APIA populations. I have been on my APAMSA chapter’s executive board for the past two years, and I am currently Treasurer.
I first became interested in healthcare issues not only for the APIA (Asian and Pacific Islander American) population but also Asians in foreign countries because my family and I travel a lot to Asia, and I’ve seen how impoverished some of the people in those countries are. These individuals have very low health literacy, which makes for a patient population uneducated on their health conditions and diagnoses. I have relatives in the rural areas of China, and they don’t even have access to hospitals, let alone healthcare. As a future physician, I would like to raise awareness for the healthcare issues that these underrepresented populations face and be their voice.
Region 6 DirectorCyrus ZhouWashington University - St. Louisregion6@apamsa.org
Hello! I’m Cyrus. I recently finished my second year of medical school at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and I am currently in my first PhD year in molecular genetics. I was born and raised in New York City and I received my bachelors in Molecular Biology and Biophysics from Johns Hopkins in 2015.
This is my third year with APAMSA and my second serving on the National Board and I am deeply excited to serve and advocate for my fellow AAPI medical students.

Region VII Directors

Region 7 DirectorJustin LeUC Los Angelesregion7@apamsa.org
Hello! My name is Justin Le, and I’m from Orange County, CA. I studied Psychobiology at UCLA and am currently applying to medical school. My interests are in urban underserved communities, psychiatry, culture and medicine, and public health. I really enjoyed my experience as a Region 7 director last year, so I am back! I hope to strengthen connections between chapters and plan an enlightening regional conference. I’m excited to work with you all to improve AANHPI health in our communities!
Region 7 DirectorAndy MoonUC Los Angelesregion7@apamsa.org
Hi everyone, my name is Andy Moon and I’ve lived in southern California my entire life. I went to college at UCLA where I majored in biochemistry, molecular biology, and business economics. I am currently a 2nd year medical student at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and am serving as the president for our APAMSA chapter. I am excited to get more involved with APAMSA and join like-minded students to serve the AAPI community. I look forward to working with everyone as the Region VII Director!
Region 7 DirectorTerri ShihUC Los Angelesregion7@apamsa.org
Hello there! My name is Terri, and I’m a second year at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. I grew up in Burma and Taiwan, and I’m a double Bruin! Here in LA, I’ve enjoyed getting to know the city’s nooks and crannies, and I’ve had the privilege of giving back, from community health projects serving the underserved, to holding photography and dance workshops to foster and spread our love for these crafts. I’ve really gotten to know the photographer and hip hop dance community here, and I’ve enjoyed finding ways to continue them throughout medical school! I strongly believe in the power of multidisciplinary collaborations and the synthesis of different backgrounds and perspectives to create meaningful experiences, and I look forward to opportunities to work with APAMSA’s diverse representatives!
Region 7 DirectorHanning XingUC Los Angelesregion7@apamsa.org
Hi! My name is Hanning. I’m a third year at David Geffen School of Medicine. A SoCal native (for the most part) and double Bruin, I enjoy getting out of Westwood, playing frisbee, and eating at and reviewing the eclectic restaurants around LA. I’m excited to be a part of the APAMSA family this year!

Region VIII Directors

Region VIII DirectorRui Heng ChenOregon Health Sciences Univregion8@apamsa.org
I go by Heng and I’m an MS1.5 at the Oregon Health and Science University. I am excited to be serving as one of the regional directors for Region VIII! I believe that good communication and transparency are the most important factors in running and maintaining an organization such as APAMSA, whether on an institutional or national level. My goal is to keep a consistent flow of information and updates to my local chapters and promote APAMSA events throughout the year.
Region VIII DirectorDiana NguyenOregon Health Sciences Univregion8@apamsa.org
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Region VIII DirectorYup (Derek) SongOregon Health Sciences Univregion8@apamsa.org
My name is Derek, 宋玥. I was born and raised in Huainan, Anhui, China and immigrated to Sacramento, California when I was 13. I went to UC San Diego for my BS in Human Biology, Tulane University for my MS in Pharmacology, and now I am a third year medical student at OHSU. It was very difficult for me to navigate through the system of higher education, I am very thankful to what I have achieved so far, and I am looking forward to support those who are also interested in or already on the path of medicine.
I am passionate about food, TV shows, Chinese pop music, educational access and retention, social justice, global health, and serving the underserved. Finally, I am proud to serve as your Regional Director for Region VIII!

Region IX Directors

Region 9 DirectorTaryn JurgensenTulane Universityregion9@apamsa.org
Hi everyone! My name is Taryn and I am currently a 3rd year at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana. I grew up in the SGV in Los Angeles and went to New York University for undergrad. One of my fun facts is I have dual US and Thai citizenship! I represented Thailand in international figure skating and I am so excited to now represent the Asian Pacific American community as one of your region IX directors. I look forward to supporting our chapters in any way I can and please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at any time!
Region 9 DirectorMichael PhanUT Medical Branchregion9@apamsa.org
Hometown: Arlington, TexasMedical School: University of Texas Medical Branch, MS2Hobbies: Gym, music, cooking, traveling,Goal: Foster a strong professional and social network within our region’s local APAMSA chapters
Region 9 DirectorStacey TranTulane Universityregion9@apamsa.org
Hey there, APAMSA! My name is Stacey Tran, and I’m currently an MS3 at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans. I’m originally from San Jose, California and I spent my undergraduate years devouring all things Nutritional Science at UC Berkeley.
Growing up in a Vietnamese household, I bonded with my family over rice noodles and spring rolls. Food became a universal language through which I connected with people and, now, with which I come to better understand and care for my patients. I devoted my post-grad years to working with youth as a City Year AmeriCorps member. I worked in an elementary school, mentoring students during the school day and teaching them after school. Perhaps most importantly, I orchestrated family events that encouraged our students to share their passions and talents with the people they care about most. As an AmeriCorps alumnus, I hold service near and dear to my heart. I look forward to serving as one of your Region IX Directors and am excited to cultivate a shared space for our community.
Region 9 DirectorChelsea WuUT San Antonioregion9@apamsa.org
Hello! My name is Chelsea Wu, and I am an MS2 at UT Health San Antonio. I’m from Phoenix, AZ, but I spent my childhood in New Orleans, and I went to Rice University for college, where I graduated in 2018 with a BA in Biochemistry and English Literature.
I am excited to be one of your Region IX directors! With the creation of our region, I am eager to work with the other Region IX directors to reach more chapters and to encourage collaboration between schools. Being in the South Central region of the United States, I hope to explore some of the issues both APIA health students and patients face within our unique geographical location. I look forward to organizing Regional Conference and to working with you all!