Executive Council - 2008 - 2009
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Executive Council - 2008 - 2009

The Executive Council is made up of twelve positions elected by the Institutional Representatives during the APSA Annual Meeting in April of each year. These positions are the only members of the Executive Council with voting privileges. The committee vice-chairs are included as non-voting members of the Executive Council and are appointed to their positions by the Executive Council. The vice-chairs may in the absence of the committee chair serve as the proxy vote.

Visit the Executive Council leadership position page to find out more about the roles and responsibilities associated with each position.

James Pauff
President

Current Institution:

The Ohio State University

Year in Program:

G3

PhD Department/Training:

Biochemistry

Research Interests:

Enzymology, Protein Biochemistry, Neurology, Neuropathology

Main Goals for APSA:

Goals for 2008-2009 include increasing our collaborative partnerships and interactions with other organizations while also focusing on the growth, longevity, and procedural aspects of our own.

David Braun
President-Elect

Current Institution:

Mount Sinai / New York University

Year in Program:

G1

PhD Department/Training:

Computational Biology

Research Interests:

Computational Biology, Immunology, Signal Transduction

Main Goals for APSA:

I hope to help APSA continue to develop and provide resources, mentoring, networking, and outreach opportunities to physician scientist trainees. In the coming years, I would like to see APSA grow in membership and forge new collaborations, so that the organization can continue to effectively deal with issues relevant to future physician scientists.

Freddy Nguyen
Past President

 

Christopher Alvarez-Breckenridge
Vice-President

Current Institution:

The Ohio State University

Year in Program:

G2

PhD Department/Training:

PhD Department/Training: Neurological Surgery

Research Interests:

Innate immunity, angiogenesis, and their combined effect on oncolytic viral therapy for glioblastoma.

Main Goals for APSA:

To enhance inter-committee collaborative endeavors, facilitate leadership development, and aid in the institutionalization best practices within APSA.

June Yowtak
Annual Meeting Committee, Chair

Current Institution:

The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston

Year in Program:

M3

PhD Department/Training:

Neuroscience Graduate Program

Research Interests:

My dissertation focused on the role of reactive oxygen species in promoting spinal GABA neuron dysfunction and central sensitization in the pathogenesis of neuropathic pain in mice.

Main Goals for APSA:

This year, I will work to organize an annual meeting befitting a landmark occasion as APSA's annual meeting celebrates its five year milestone.

Jarish Cohen
Annual Meeting Committee, Vice-Chair

Current Institution:

University of Virginia

Year in Program:

G1

PhD Department/Training:

Microbiology

Research Interests:

Immunology, Cancer Immunology, Autoimmunity

Main Goals for APSA:

My main goals are to make the 2009 APSA Annual Meeting the most ambitious one to date, substantially boost the number of attendees, and make sure that everyone who attends the meeting has a blast!

Kimberly Rathbun
Finance Committee, Chair

Current Institution:

Medical College of Georgia

Year in Program:

G4

PhD Department/Training:

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Research Interests:

Infectious diseases

Main Goals for APSA:

Work to make the organization financially stable, increase membership, increase visibility and name recognition of APSA

Renatta Knox
Finance Committee, Vice-Chair

Current Institution:

UCSF

Year in Program:

G2

PhD Department/Training:

Ophthalmology

Research Interests:

Extracellular matrix signaling

Main Goals for APSA:

1. To work collaboratively with all APSA standing committees (i.e., Annual Meeting, Membership, Policy and Public Relations) on obtaining funding for their projects.
2. To aid in maintaining and developing APSA's financial autonomy.
3. To branch out and collaborate with funding agencies and philanthropic organizations whose goals are congruent with APSAs.

Jonathan Kleen
Membership Committee, Chair

Current Institution:

Dartmouth Medical School

Year in Program:

G2

PhD Department/Training:

Neuroscience

Research Interests:

Epilepsy, Neural Circuitry, and Cognition

Main Goals for APSA:

As the Membership Chair this year, I hope to increase the APSA’s capabilities to provide added resources and valuable opportunities for its members. Accordingly, I would like to connect as many like-minded physician scientist trainees as I can to this beneficial organization. Finally, I wish to encourage involvement and leadership among all those interested in enhancing physician scientist training, for the betterment of our prospective careers in translational research.

Stacie Demel
Membership Committee, Vice-Chair

Current Institution:

Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Year in Program:

M3

PhD Department/Training:

Neuroscience Program; Pharmacology and Toxicology Dept.

Research Interests:

Autonomic Neuroscience, Hypertension, Purinergic neurotransmission

Main Goals for APSA:

My primary goal is to work with and help the Chair of the Committee. In addition, I feel that there is a particular need for recruitment efforts and dissemination of knowledge regarding the APSA organization in osteopathic schools. I feel that there is a large population of MD/DO students, not in dual-degree programs, which is largely untapped. I hope that through the membership committee, with the help of Institutional Representatives, we will be able to reach many physician-scientist trainees and educate them about the enormous benefits of APSA to our future careers.

Rebecca Sadun
Policy Committee, Chair

 

Kenneth Yu
Policy Committee, Vice-Chair

 

Kimberly Gannon
Public Relations Committee, Chair

Current Institution:

University of Mississippi Medical Center

Year in Program:

G3

PhD Department/Training:

Physiology & Biophysics

Research Interests:

Acid Sensing Ion Channel 2 (ASIC2) proteins in regulation of mechanotransduction in cerebral vascular smooth muscle cells.

Main Goals for APSA:

Through APSA, I would like to ensure that all students interested in perusing a career as a physician scientist have access to information that will help in the journey. APSA should be s seen as an organization that brings students together from across the country, provides valuable information regarding research residency programs, and a place to network and find mentorship with more senior physician scientists. Specifically, we would like to be sure that our website is easy to navigate and contains information useful to physician scientists in training. We would also like for our newsletter to be a source of information regarding recent and upcoming events affecting our constituents.

Kofi Mensah
Public Relations Committee, Vice-Chair

Current Institution:

University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Year in Program:

G3

PhD Department/Training:

The Center for Musculoskeletal Research and the Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Research Interests:

Osteoimmunology

Main Goals for APSA:

To enhance awareness of APSA and its mission to the physician-scientist trainee population by making communication between APSA and its membership more efficient and effective.

Brandt Whitehurst
Member-At-Large (MD, DO)

 

Chirag Patel
Member-At-Large (MD-PhD, DO-PhD)

Current Institution:

University of Texas Medical School at Houston

Year in Program:

G3

PhD Department/Training:

Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging

Research Interests:

Spinal cord injury, dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI, blood-spinal cord barrier

Main Goals for APSA:

For APSA to continue to be the leading organization to voice the collective ideas and concerns of physician-scientist trainees from across the United States. For APSA to continue providing networking, mentoring, resources, and outreach opportunities in support of its four pillars.

Scott Stonington
Member-At-Large (Social Sciences & Humanities)

Current Institution:

University of California, San Francisco; University of California, Berkeley

Year in Program:

G5

PhD Department/Training:

Medical Anthropology

Research Interests:

Thailand; End-of-Life/Palliative Care; Global Bioethics; Human Rights; Public Health Care Systems Reform; Engaged Buddhism; Theory of Mind; Philosophy of Place; Global Assemblage.

Main Goals for APSA:

(1) To build a social science and humanities (SSH) physician-scholar community; (2) to provide essential SSH community services through APSA; (3) to create an advocacy body for SSH issues on a national level, including policy and funding; (4) to connect SSH scholars to the larger MD/PhD community.