Executive Council - 2012 - 2013
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Executive Council - 2012 - 2013

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.

Dania Daye

Ms. Dania Daye is a sixth-year MD/PhD student and an HHMI-NIBIB Interfaces scholar at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi from Rice University with a degree in bioengineering in 2007. Ms. Daye is currently pursuing a bioengineering PhD with a focus on understanding the metabolo-genetic regulation of breast cancer recurrence using multi-nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. She is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Gilliam fellow and a Paul and Daisy Soros fellow. Ms. Daye is the recipient of a number of local and national awards that include the AMA Foundation Leadership Award and the Rice University Outstanding Bioengineering Undergraduate Alumni Award. Ms. Daye currently serves as the President of the American Physician Scientists Association (APSA). Previously, she served as Chair and Vice-Chair of the Policy Committee and as an Institutional representative for APSA.

Ivayla Geneva
Past President

Ms. Ivayla (Eve) Geneva is an MD-PhD candidate at SUNY Upstate Medical University, having previously graduated Magna Cum Laude from Whitman College with a BS in Biophysics, Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology. During her undergraduate education, Ms. Geneva earned both the Abshire Research Award and the Perry Research Grant, while garnering awards for outstanding performance in physical chemistry and an international student scholarship. Within APSA, Ms. Geneva has served as Treasurer, where she oversaw organizational funding and financial policy, and as Institutional Representative for her medical school. On the local level, she is currently holding the positions of Student Ambassador to the President at SUNY Upstate Medical University and President of the Upstate Ophthalmology Club. Ms. Geneva has also served as a member of Upstate's Strategic Plan Implementation Committee for Research.

Evan Noch

Dr. Evan Noch is a 7th-year MD/PhD candidate at Temple University School of Medicine. He completed his PhD studying the role of oncogenes in the regulation of oxygen and glucose metabolism in the pathogenesis of glioblastoma and medulloblastoma. Evan received his BS in Neuroscience from New York University in 2006. Since joining Temple in 2006, Evan has served as co-chair of various student organizations, including the Student Interest Group in Neurology and the Jewish Student Union. In addition, during his PhD training, Evan presented abstracts at several meetings, including the 10th Symposium of the International Society for Neurovirology in Milan, Italy, where he received the Volker ter Meulen Investigator-in-Training Award. Upon completion of his PhD, Evan received the Florence Gloria Freedman Award for Cancer Research. Evan has been a member of APSA for 5 years, served on the PR Committee and then the Chair of the PR Committee last year and is the current APSA President-Elect. Evan is passionate about APSA and its mission in promoting the goals of physician-scientists, and he hopes to improve the visibility of APSA over this year and expand this organization through its meetings, membership, and website and social media activities.

Taylor Heald-Sargent
Vice-President, Events

Ms. Taylor Heald-Sargent is an MD/PhD candidate at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. She received a BA in Biological Sciences from Smith College in 2006. As an undergraduate, she was selected to participate in the Student Research in Departments (STRIDE) program beginning in her freshman year. During her senior year, she was inducted into Sigma Xi. Beginning during the summer following her sophomore year, spent at Mount Sinai's Summer Undergraduate Research Program, she pursued her interest in infectious disease. Specifically, she researched topical microbicides for Herpes Simplex Virus, T-cell suppression in pediatric Human Immunodeficiency Virus patients, and entry cofactors for Human Coronaviruses. She recently completed her PhD investigating the role of respiratory proteases during Coronavirus infection and returned to medical school clerkships. She is also interested in international medicine and participated in Loyola's International Service Immersion trip to the Dominican Republic during the summer between her first and second year of medical school. Taylor has served APSA as Loyola's Institutional Representative since 2008. She is now President of her local chapter and Vice-President for Events.

Jennifer Kwan
Vice-President, External Affairs

Ms. Jennifer Kwan is an MD/PhD candidate in the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Illinois, Chicago. She previously graduated with honors from the University of California, Berkeley with a BA in molecular cell biology, where she was both a Cal Alumni Scholar and recipient of the Berkeley Academic Scholarship. She is a recipient of the University of Illinois College of Medicine Leadership Award, and her current research on PI3K-Akt signaling has earned her the Molecular Genetics Provost Deiss award. She has presented her research at various national science meetings including the Keystone Symposia. Within APSA, Ms. Kwan previously served on the Policy Committee as Chair, where she helped design and complete analysis of data from the F30 survey. Survey results identify significant biomedical funding shortfalls for which APSA plans to advocate for coverage. As Policy Chair two years ago, with input from leaders at the AAMC, ACE and AMWA, she helped develop and launch the pilot for the Tomorrow's Physician survey. The pilot is complete and data analyses from survey results have characterized future career interests of physicians and physician-scientists as well as identify significant factors that have helped or hindered their career development. The Tomorrow's Physician national launch will take place this year, and results will be used to make data-based policy recommendations to help ensure the career success of physician-scientists in various career sectors, including academia, industry and government. She is also co-founder and chair of the University of Illinois College of Medicine Mentors Program. As the current Policy Committee Chair and Vice President for External Affairs, Ms. Kwan plans to continue moving forward APSA Policy initiatives and strengthen external collaborations to help reach common goals for physician-scientist career development while working to create more benefits for APSA members.

Dylan Nielson
Public Relations Committee, Chair

Mr. Dylan Nielson is an MD-PhD candidate at The Ohio State University Medical Scientist Training Program. He received BS degrees in chemistry and genetics from Clemson University in 2007. From 2007-2009, he worked as an Intramural Research Training Award Fellow in the lab of Dr. Susan Swedo at the National Institute of Mental Health. His currently studies transcranial magnetic stimulation. Mr. Nielson has continued to be an active member of his community and school, completing more than 200 hours of community service with the Columbus Suicide Prevention Hotline. He has served as the president of OSU's Medical-Student Scientist Organization and is currently a member of the Honor and Professionalism Council. Mr. Nielson is the Chair of APSA's Public Relations Committee.

Steven Back
Membership Committee, Chair

Mr. Steven Back is a 6th year MD/PhD student at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. He currently serves on the Executive Council as the Membership Committee Chair. Steven began working with APSA by serving on the Membership committee during the 2011-2012 academic year and leading the organizational committee for the 2011 North East Regional Meeting that was held at Temple University School of Medicine. Steven's academic interests are in osteoclast cell biology and bioengineering, and he plans to enter the field of orthopaedic surgery upon graduation from medical school. Steven has been an avid runner and swimmer since his time in high school and competes in local triathlons during the summer season.


Kate Hartmann
Annual Meeting Committee, Chair

Ms. Kate Hartmann is an MD/PhD candidate at The Ohio State University Medical Scientist Training Program. She received a BS in Biology from Cornell University in 2010. At Ohio State, Ms. Hartmann currently serves as Co-Chair of the OSUWMC Research Day, Treasurer of the OSU Medical Scientist Student Organization, and Journal Club Co-Chair on the SUCCESS Planning Committee. Within APSA, Ms. Hartmann has served on the Annual Meeting Committee and is currently its Chair.


Michael Guo
Finance Committee, Chair

Mr. Michael Guo is a third year student (G1) in the MD-PhD program at the University of Florida. He attended the University of Michigan for his undergraduate, where he graduated with high distinction, obtaining a BBA in Business Administration and a BS in Cellular and Molecular Biology. Mr. Guo will be conducting his PhD studies at Harvard University starting in September 2012, studying statistical genetics at the Broad Institute. He hopes to study the role that genetic variants play in helping to explain the heritability and pathophysiology of complex diseases. Mr. Guo has previously served as president of his local chapter and as a member of the Finance Committee; he is currently the Chair of the Finance Committee for 2012-2013.

Alvin Das
Member-At-Large (MD, DO)

Mr. Alvin Das is an MD candidate at Northeast Ohio Medical University (formerly Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine) and is a student of the accelerated MD program in conjunction with Kent State University. In 2010, he graduated summa cum laudewith a BS in Integrated Life Sciences and a minor in Biological Sciences from the Honors College at Kent State University. Currently, Mr. Das is Member-at-Large (MD, DO) of APSA having previously served as his university's Institutional Representative. On a local level, he is president of both his medical school's APSA chapter and Student Interest Group in Neurology chapter. His current research focuses on degenerative diseases in the brain, and he has received research scholarships from the American Academy of Neurology as well as Northeast Ohio Medical University to conduct research in molecular neuroscience.

Sherry Wen
Annual Meeting Committee, Vice-Chair

Ms. Sherry Wen is a fourth year MSTP student at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She is in the Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology; her research focuses on human metapneumovirus (HMPV). Sherry is a vice-chair for the APSA Annual Meeting Committee. She was also on the planning committee for the 2012 APSA Annual Meeting, and the 2010 and 2011 Southeast Medical Scientist Symposium. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and ballroom dancing.

Daniel DelloStritto
Annual Meeting Committee, Vice-Chair

Mr. Daniel DelloStritto is a third year MD/PhD student at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) in Rootstown, Ohio. He completed his undergraduate education at Kent State University (KSU). In 2010, he graduated from KSU Summa Cum Lade with Honors in Integrated Life Sciences. His research at Northeast Ohio Medical University focuses on diabetic oxidative stress to the heart and its effects on myocardial blood flow, focusing on its regulation by the TRPV1 (Transient Receptor Potential Vanilloid 1) ion channel. At NEOMED, Mr. DelloStritto contributed to the creation of the MD/PhD program and was the co-founder of the local chapter of APSA. Furthermore, he was involved with the Annual Meeting Planning Committee (2011-2012) and will serve as its Vice-Chair for this coming year.

Igor Katsyv
Finance Committee, Vice-Chair

Mr. Igor Katsyv is a third-year MD/PhD student at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He received his BA with honors in Neuroscience from the Johns Hopkins University in 2008. From 2008-2010, he studied malignant glioma stem cells at the National Institutes of Health Surgical and Molecular Neuro-oncology Unit. His current research is on mechanisms of treatment resistance in malignant gliomas. At Mount Sinai, he is active in several surgical interest groups. Igor is Vice-Chair of the Finance Committee, of which he has been a member since early 2012.

Chris Audu
Vice-President, Fundraising

Mr. Christopher Audu is an MD/PhD candidate at Dartmouth Medical School. He graduated in 2007 with highest distinction from Purdue University with a BS degree in Chemistry. During his undergraduate years, he led various academic groups and served as a mentor to incoming students. At Dartmouth, his research in chemistry is focused on drug development and design against BK virus, an infectious agent implicated in chronic kidney rejection post-transplantation. His work led him to receive the Dartmouth Arts and Sciences Graduate Student Alumni Award in 2010. Outside of his work with APSA, Chris presides over Dartmouth Ears – a patient-visitation volunteer organization co-founded by him and another medical student in 2009. Chris served as the Chair of the Finance Committee during the 2011-2012 year and currently serves as Vice-President for Fundraising.

Semah Zavareh
Vice-President, Recruitment

Ms. Semah Zavareh is currently a fourth year medical student at the University of Medicine and Dentistry School of Osteopathic Medicine (UMDNJ-SOM). In 2005, she graduated from the University of California in Irvine with a B.S. in Biological Sciences. She then went on to complete her M.S. in Biomedical Sciences at the UMDNJ Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in Stratford, NJ in 2009, where her research focused on the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases in the brain. Currently, Semah is the Vice President of Recruitment for APSA, having previously served as Membership Chair and on the Membership Committee in the years prior. At the local level Semah co-founded the local APSA chapter at UMDNJ-SOM and has served on the local chapter Executive Council. Semah has continued her research throughout medical school garnering 2 institutional research fellowship grants to continue her research in neurodegenerative diseases, which have resulted in multiple publications and poster abstracts at local and national conferences.

Stephen Chrzanowski
Finance Committee, Vice-Chair

Mr. Stephen Chrzanowski is a third year MD-PhD candidate at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville, Florida. He previously graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a BS in Biomedical Engineering in 2010. Mr. Chrzanowski is currently pursuing his PhD in the Pharmacology/Physiology training program of the Interdisciplinary Program, focusing his studies on the synthesis of molecular vehicles that will serve as drug delivery carriers as well as imaging contrast agents for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy patients. Mr. Chrzanowski is currently serving as the Vice-Chair of the APSA Finance Committee and is an Institutional Representative for the American Physician Scientists Association.

Carolyn Brokowski
Policy Committee, Vice-Chair

Ms. Carolyn E. Brokowski is the vice chair of APSA's Policy Committee and is involved in innovative research in dermatology and immunobiology at the Yale School of Medicine. Currently, she is investigating the role of innate immunity in tumor progression and the mechanisms by which cancer cells recognize their oncogenic state and communicate with other host cells. Further, recently she has performed clinical research in plastic surgery, by evaluating the reliability and effectiveness of frozen section examinations of sentinel lymph nodes in patients with malignant melanoma. In addition to her infatuation with science and clinical medicine, Carolyn appreciates fully the numerous ethical, legal, and economic challenges emanating from the U.S. healthcare system in its dynamic state of reform. She has lobbied productively for increasing the federal funding of biomedical research and is co-executive editor of the Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics at Yale Law School. As an aspiring physician-scientist, Carolyn is determined both to make groundbreaking contributions to basic science and clinical medicine, and, equally important, to promote social justice optimally therein. Finally, before she retires, Carolyn would like to master the Beethoven Violin Concerto and its corresponding cadenza.

Mohamed Ahmed
Public Relations Committee, Vice-Chair

Mr. Mohamed Ahmed recently graduated from Syracuse University with a major in Bioengineering and Medical Physics and with a plan to pursue an MD/PhD degree. During his time at Syracuse, Mohamed also was elected to be the president of the Society of Public Health Education and the Biomedical Engineering Society. Through his college, Mohamed gained interest in Scholarship in Action. He helped to enrich and aid the inner city of Syracuse along with expanding the idea of giving a hand to people in need. Mohamed took a role as a leader with Cornell University through a newly founded program, Roots and Wisdom, to help educate teenagers about opportunities through organic agricultural and life mentoring. Mohamed also helped to establish Hope Prints, a program for refugees in Syracuse, after he made a trip to Darfur with Partners in Health. While studying for his degree, Mohamed invented modified plethysmography and Multi-Faceted Distal Radioembolization Balloon Catheter, and Vascular Design, Inc, and took the role to clinically test and manufacture this device.

Lesley Gardiner
Member-At-Large (MD-PhD, DO-PhD)

Mrs. Lesley Gardiner is an MD/PhD candidate at Texas A&M Health Science Center (HSC). She graduated magna cum laude from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in 2003 with a BS in Biology. As an undergraduate she was the recipient of the Presidential Scholarship at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Mrs. Lesley Gardiner began her involvement with APSA in 2009 when she became the Institutional Representative for Texas A&M HSC. In the spring of 2010, she founded the first local APSA chapter at Texas A&M HSC, and also served as the Head Chair of the 2010 South Regional APSA meeting. In addition to leadership positions within the APSA organization, she has also served on the MD/PhD steering committee at Texas A&M and was the Lead Coordinator charged with organizing the first annual MD/PhD Summer Seminar Lecture Series at Texas A&M HSC. Mrs. Lesley Gardiner was honored to serve as Vice President of Internal Affairs of APSA in 2011-2012, and in Spring 2012 began serving as Member at Large MD/ PhD.

Jennifer Ghandhi
Member-At-Large (Social Sciences & Humanities)

Ms. Jennifer Ghandhi is a rising third year MD/PhD student at the University of Chicago, where she is obtaining her PhD from the Harris School of Public Policy Studies. She received a BA summa cum laude with University Honors in Economics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2010. During her undergraduate training, she served as a student leader in Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and the University Honors Program and was a member of the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl team. Additionally, she completed a summer Research Experience for Undergraduates at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University in 2009. At the University of Chicago, she has participated in the interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Health Administration and Policy. In 2011-2012, she was a member of the Annual Meeting Committee for APSA and now will serve as the HSS Student Member-At-Large.

Eli Levin
Resident Liaison

Eli Levin, DO PhD, is a first year resident at Northside Hospital, St. Petersburg FL. Next June, Dr. Levin will begin the Johns Hopkins Research Scholars Program in Anesthesia. This four year program includes both a clinical anesthesia residency and research fellowship, guaranteeing a minimum of 18 months of protected research time. Dr. Levin defended his dissertation, "The implications of blood-brain barrier breakdown on Alzheimer's disease pathogenesis," in April 2010, which was researched in the lab of Dr. Robert Nagele. Dr. Levin received his medical degree from UMDNJ: SOM in May, 2012, at which point he was presented an award for Outstanding Achievement in Geriatrics. Dr. Levin is currently serving APSA as Resident Liaison to the EC. Previously, Dr. Levin spent two years as APSA Membership Vice-chair, subsequent to being the Institutional Representative for UMDNJ: SOM. Dr. Levin founded the UMDNJ: SOM chapter of APSA, as well as the Anesthesia Club, on that campus.

Diane Rutherford
Executive Director

Diane Rutherford is an association professional with more than 15 years' experience supporting volunteer leaders and providing administrative and management services to nonprofit organizations. Diane joined The Sherwood Group in 2004 as an association administrator, and in 2010, Diane was tapped to serve as the primary administrator for Sherwood's "Client Incubator Practice," where she is able to draw on her broad experience to help small organizations grow and add value. In that role, she serves as executive director for the American Physician Scientists Association.

At Sherwood, Diane has been responsible for supporting boards of directors and committees, helping them translate goals into achievable objectives. Prior to joining The Sherwood Group, Diane served in senior positions with prominent professional societies, including the Society of Actuaries Foundation, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the American Academy of Dermatology.

Diane attended Loyola University Chicago, where she majored in English. In her spare time Diane reads historical fiction and uses her experience to help her condo association board develop reasonable goals for property enhancement and to create a safe, healthy and green environment.

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