Executive Council - 2014 - 2015
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Executive Council - 2014 - 2015

The Executive Council is made up of sixteen 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 Committee 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.

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Michael Guo

Mr. Michael Guo is serving as President for APSA for 2014-2015. He has previously served as President-Elect and as Finance Committee for the organization. Michael is an MD/PhD candidate at the University of Florida, and is currently in his fourth year of his studies. He is pursuing his PhD at Harvard University/Boston Children’s Hospital in the laboratory of Dr. Joel Hirschhorn, where he studies common and rare genetic variation underlying human anthropometric traits. Michael is a proud University of Michigan alumnus, graduating in 2010 with degrees in Business Administration and Cellular and Molecular Biology. During his term, he aims to expand APSA’s membership, build additional partnerships with companies and specialty societies, and develop additional benefits for APSA’s members.

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Evan Noch
Immediate Past-President
Resident Liaison

Dr. Evan Noch is a second-year Neurology resident at Weill-Cornell Medical Center-New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City in a research-track residency program with protected research time during residency. He received his BS in Neuroscience from New York University in 2006 and his MD and PhD degrees from Temple University School of Medicine in 2013, where he studied the role of oncogenes in the regulation of oxygen and glucose metabolism in the pathogenesis of glioblastoma and medulloblastoma. During his MD and 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, and a platform presentation at the Society for Neuro-oncology’s 17th Annual Meeting. Upon completion of his PhD, Evan received the Florence Gloria Freedman Award for Cancer Research and the American Academy of Neurology 2013 Medical Student Prize for Excellence in Neurology. Evan has received travel awards to a variety of meetings, including those of the International Society for Neurovirology, the American Academy of Neurology, as well as the Central Society for Clinical and Translational Research and the Midwestern Section of the American Federation for Medical Research. Evan has been a member of APSA for 6 years, serving on the PR Committee and then as its Committee before serving as President-Elect and then President this past year. Evan has always remained passionate about APSA and its mission in promoting the goals of physician-scientists, and he continues to strive to improve the visibility of APSA among all physician-scientist trainees.

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Daniel DelloStritto
Chair, Events Committee

Mr. Daniel DelloStritto is a fifth year MD/PhD student at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) in Ohio. He completed his undergraduate education at Kent State University (KSU) and in 2010, he graduated Summa Cum Laude with Honors in Integrated Life Sciences. His research at Northeast Ohio Medical University focuses on diabetic oxidative stress 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 has been involved with the Annual Meeting Planning Committee (2011-2013) as a member in 2011-2012 and a vice-chair for the 2013 Annual meeting and was Co-Chair with Ms. Sherry Wen for the 2014 Annual Meeting. Mr. DelloStritto will continue to further the role of APSA as an organization addressing the needs of future Physician-Scientists as the President-Elect for the 2014-2015 EC.

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Steve Chrzanowski

Mr. Stephen Chrzanowski is a fifth 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 Physiology and Functional Genomics, focusing on developing novel biomarkers and therapeutic interventions for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. He is currently being supported by a T32 Training Grant and the Department of Defense for his pre-doctoral studies. Formerly, Stephen has served as a the Vice-Chair and Committee of the Finance Committee and as the Institutional Representative for the University of Florida. Currently, he is excitedly serving as the Vice-President for the American Physician Scientists Association.

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Hsin-Pin Lin
Chair, Fundraising Committee

Ms. Hsin-Pin Lin is currently a sixth-year MD/PhD student at Northwestern University. She obtained her undergraduate degrees in Neurobiology, Biochemistry and Chemistry from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA, and has continued pursuing her interests in neurobiology by working in the laboratory of Dr. Raj Awatamani. Her thesis project is focusing on the role of microRNAs in myelination and myelin maintenance in the peripheral nervous system. Her long-term goal is to decipher the pathophysiology of devastating neurologicial and psychological diseases. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering at local non-profits and charities. She also enjoys visiting her family in Taiwan whenever possible. Ms. Hsin-Pin Lin is currently serving as the Committee of the APSA Finance Committee.

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Peter Mittwede
Chair, Membership Committee

Mr. Peter Mittwede is an MD/PhD candidate at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC). He received his BS in Sports Medicine and Exercise Science in 2008 from Belhaven University, where he was active in leadership, research, community outreach, and athletics. At UMMC, he is starting his sixth year in the program and his third in graduate school. His clinical interest is in the field of orthopedic surgery, and his research is focused on understanding the mechanisms of increased target organ damage after orthopedic trauma in the context of obesity. He has served as the Philanthropy Coordinator and President of Graduate Student Body at UMMC, and is beginning his term as President of the Associated Student Body. Mr. Mittwede is passionate about becoming a surgeon-scientist at an academic medical center. An exercise enthusiast, Mr. Mittwede regularly participates in a variety of intramural and local sports leagues, and has run 7 marathons and 2 ultramarathons. He helped found his local APSA chapter, served as an Institutional Representative at UMMC for three years, and spent one year as Vice-Chair for News on the Public Relations Committee. He currently serves as Committee of APSA’s Membership Committee.


Josh Cohen
Chair, Partnerships Committee

Josh Cohen is currently a fourth year student (GS2) in the MD-PhD program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Josh graduated from Muhlenberg College in May of 2011 with a B.S. in Neuroscience. At UAB, Josh is pursuing a PhD in Neuroscience and has joined the lab of Dr. Sarah Clinton. His thesis project focuses on the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying individual differences in stress response. He has served on the Finance/Partnerships committee for the last year.

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Jennifer Kwan
Chair, Policy Committee

Dr. Jennifer Kwan is in the Physician Scientist Training Program, Internal Medicine-Cardiology track, at the University of Illinois, Chicago. She obtained her MD and PhD degrees from 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, Chancellor's Service Award, Eugertha Bates Memorial Award and her PhD research on PI3K-Akt signaling, supported by an NIH T32 research fellowship, has earned her the Molecular Genetics Provost Deiss award and the Erdös Prize for Excellence in Basic Sciences. She has presented her research at various national science meetings, including the Keystone Symposia. Within APSA, Dr. Kwan previously served as the Vice President of external affairs where she helped initiate and build multiple partnerships, including with the Keystone Symposia, Association for Clinical and Translational Science (ACTS) and the American Heart Association (AHA). As the Policy Committee Committee for the past four years, she has helped design and launch several major initiatives including the F30 and Tomorrow’s Physician and developed a policy panel to address issues like biomedical research funding advocacy and policies governing intellectual property/translational research at the APSA Annual meeting. Completion of analysis of F30 survey data identified significant biomedical funding shortfalls for which APSA continues to advocate for coverage. Over the advocacy period and with support from AAMC GREAT group leaders and MD/PhD program directors, the number of NIH institutes participating in the F30 funding mechanism went from 10/27 to 14/27 institutes. As Policy Committee three 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. Results have been accepted as peer reviewed abstracts and presented at the 2012 AAMC annual meeting and the Association for the Study of Higher Education. The Tomorrow's Physician national launch took place last 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 founder of the University of Illinois, College of Medicine Mentors Program that provides medical students with exposure to 26 different medical specialties and opportunities to apply and integrate their course material via real clinical cases. As the current Policy Committee Committee, Dr. 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.

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Stephanie Brosius
Chair, Public Relations Committee

Dr. Stephanie Brosius is a sixth year MD/PhD student at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She received her BA from Washington University in St. Louis, where she studied Biochemistry and painting. Her thesis work, which was supported by a F31 from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, focused on the role of the Schwann cell mitogen neuregulin-1 in the development of malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors. Stephanie has previously served on the Annual Meeting Committee.

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Alexander Adami
Chair, Technology Committee

Mr. Alexander Adami is an MD-PhD student at the University of Connecticut Health Center. He received a BS in Information Technology and Web Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2010. His current research includes sickle cell disease, asthma, and the dynamics of the host-microbiome relationship. He has served as the Institutional Representative to APSA from the University of Connecticut since 2011 and served on APSA’s Public Relations committee from 2012 to 2014. In 2014/2015, he became the Technology Committee, extending his work on the Public Relations Committee. He assists with design and maintenance of the APSA website, audio-visual work (such as annual meeting videography and photography), and management of APSA's online services.

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Andrew M. Harrison
Member-at-Large, DO-MD/PhD

Mr. Andrew M. Harrison was born and raised in Marlboro, NJ. In 2010, he graduated from Rutgers University (BS, Physics and Genetics) and entered the Medical Scientist Training Program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Thus, he will be a fifth year MD-PhD student in the 2014-2015 academic year. He is currently in Mayo Graduate School’s Clinical and Translational Science track. The subjects of his research are clinical informatics and critical care. Specifically, he is developing and implementing an intelligent sepsis detection and alert system for use in the ICU setting. This research is supported by a doctoral dissertation grant in Health Services Research from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (R36 HS022799-01). He also serves on the student editorial board of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA). Andrew’s other academic interests include healthcare policy and diversity in education. Related to these interests, he has attended national conferences and lobbying events for the American College of Physicians, Physicians for a National Health Program, and is co-manager of Mayo Clinic’s Diversity in Education blog.

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Tyler Zahrli
Member-at-Large, Social Sciences & Humanities

Mr. Tyler Zahrli is a third year MD/PhD student at Saint Louis University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. He received a BA in Biology and a BA in Theological Studies with honors from Saint Louis University in 2012. Currently, Mr. Zahrli is working at the Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics with an endowed organization focused on education and development of medical business ethics, the Bander Center. His research interests include the incorporation of spirituality in the medical profession, non-pharmacological holistic healing measures, international clinical educational programs, and professionalism in health care. He currently serves on multiple boards of local and national organizations with the intent of promoting holistic medicine. Within APSA, Mr. Zahrli is serving as the Member-at-Large for the Social Sciences and Humanities (MAL SSH) and is working to develop a local APSA chapter at Saint Louis University.

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Alvin Das
Member-at-Large, MD/DO

Dr. Alvin Das is currently a preliminary medicine resident at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Following his internship, he will be completing his residency in neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital through the Harvard Medical School Partners Program. He received his medical degree from Northeast Ohio Medical University and was a student of the accelerated Doctor of Medicine program in conjunction with Kent State University. In 2010, he graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Integrated Life Sciences and a minor in Biological Sciences from the Honors College at Kent State University. For the past three years, Alvin has been Member-at-Large (MD, DO) of APSA having previously served as his university’s Institutional Representative. On a local level, Alvin was president of both his medical school’s APSA chapter and Student Interest Group in Neurology chapter. During his time in medical school, Alvin was inducted into his school’s chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. His current research interests are in neurodegenerative diseases and neurogenetics, 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.

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Sofia Campos
Undergraduate Liaison

Ms. Sofia Campos has just completed her fourth undergraduate year at the University of California, San Diego studying in the Cognitive Science. She is a Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) scholar. She was in the founding cohort of the MD/PhD Undergraduate Summer Fellowship at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. She has worked in the Epilepsy, Development and Cognition Group in the Neurology Department at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. At UC San Diego, she has worked in the Institute for Neural Computation, the Cognitive Neuroscience Lab and the Chiba Lab. Currently, she works with Dr. Eliezer Masliah in the UCSD Medical School investigating molecular mechanisms of neuro-degeneration in HIVE. Sofia has presented her research at the annual meetings of the American Physician Scientist Association (APSA), the Society for Neuroscience (SfN), the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/as and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), and the American Epilepsy Society (AES). Outside of research and studies, Sofia volunteers at the Veterans Hospital in San Diego in the Psychiatry Department and has created the Dignity Project to help aspiring physicians understand and attend to the final wishes of terminally ill veterans. When she graduates, Sofia plans to pursue a career in neuroscience investigating the mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases and the effects of those mechanisms on cognition.

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Leanne Dumeny
Undergraduate Liaison

Ms. Leanne Dumeny is a first year MD/PhD student at the University of Florida. She previously graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida with a BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and an MS in Management. She aspires to become a physician-scientist while integrating her different interests in business and medicine. As an undergraduate, Ms. Dumeny was a UF-HHMI Science for Life Research Scholar and presented her research posters at several conferences. Her previous research focused on intimal hyperplasia development in vein grafts. She has previously served and continues to serve as one of the Undergraduate Liaisons for APSA.

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Aaron Adair
Executive Director

Aaron Adair is an association professional who has represented multiple organizations throughout his career, including the Association of University Technology Managers, the Academy for Eating Disorders, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and the American Pediatric Surgical Association. Aaron is a Certified Facilitator for the American Society of Association Executives' University Certificate Program in Association Management. In this role, he educates tomorrow's association leaders in topics ranging from membership and leadership development to communications and public relations. As APSA's Executive Director, Aaron focuses on the organization's governance and operations, and assists volunteers in creating value for its members and stakeholders.

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Jillian Liu
Vice-Chair, Events Committee

Jillian Liu is a third-year MD/PhD student in The Ohio State University Medical Scientist Training Program in Columbus, Ohio. She attended Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa where she graduated with a BSS in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Psychology. She is currently a first-year graduate student in The Center for Gene Therapy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, where her research focuses on non-cell-autonomous mechanisms of motor neuron death in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Jillian has previously served on the Executive Committee of the APSA Midwest Regional Meeting, which was held at OSU in 2013, and currently serves as OSU’s APSA Institutional Representative. She is an avid consumer of audiobooks, PRX podcasts, and black coffee.

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Travis Hull
Vice-Chair, Membership Committee

Travis Hull is serving as the Vice Chair of the Membership committee. He has previously served as the founding member and president of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Local APSA Chapter. Travis is currently in his fifth year as an MD/PhD student in the UAB MSTP, where his graduate studies focus on the role of inflammation in the kidney and heart. Travis graduated from Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA in 2009 with a degree in biology and microbiology. In his post, Travis aims to expand and solidify the APSA’s local chapter initiative, to expand APSA’s reach within academic medical institutes across the country.

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Ryne Ramaker
Vice-Chair, Partnerships Committee

Mr. Ryne Ramaker is serving as Vice-Chair for the APSA Partnerships Committee for 2014-2015. Ryne is an MD/PhD candidate at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and is currently in his third year of his studies. He is pursuing his PhD in Genetics and Genomics at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in the labs of Dr. Sara Cooper and Dr. Rick Meyers. Ryne is a University of Arkansas at Little Rock alumnus and former Donaghey Scholar, graduating in 2012 with bachelor's degrees in Biology and Chemistry. He has served on the Finance/Partnerships committee for the past year.

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Carolyn Brokowski
Vice-Chair, Policy Committee

Carolyn Brokowski serves as the vice-chair of APSA’s Policy Committee. While she has long-term interests in basic science and clinical medicine, increasingly, she appreciates the indisputable importance, urgency, and weight of law, policy, and economics in shaping the successes and failures therein. This is especially evident in today’s era of the Affordable Care Act implementation, congressional sequestrations, corporate medicine, and the stagnation of the federal funding of biomedical research. Nevertheless, she aspires to pursue a career in academic medicine, while engaging in advocacy at the federal level to promote the infrastructural well-being of medical science, health policy, and law. Carolyn is a Yale College graduate and a student at Columbia University.


Michelle Bach
Vice-Chair, Member-At-Large, Social Sciences & Humanities

Michelle Bach is an MD/PhD candidate at Saint Louis University. She completed her B.A. in Biology at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA, graduating summa cum laude. Michelle has received a variety of awards, including the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, for her work in bacterial meningitis at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Michelle is currently an M2 student and will be pursuing her PhD in Health Care Ethics. Her interests include exploring the limits of liberty and authority in medicine, neuroethics, and psychiatry. Michelle is very enthusiastic about contributing to dialogue about the philosophy of medicine and helping other students explore opportunities for physician-scholarship in the humanities and social sciences. Michelle spends her spare time rock-climbing and volunteering at a foot clinic for homeless women and men in St. Louis.


Zachary Kiss
Vice-Chair, Undergraduate Liaison

Zachary Kiss is a recent graduate from the post-baccalaureate program at New York University. He currently works in Traaseth lab of membrane protein biophysics at NYU's Silver Center and his research involves elucidating the structural dynamics of two infamous proteins involved in neurodegenerative disease pathogenesis utilizing advanced biophysical interrogative techniques, predominantly: multidimensional solution and solid state nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. He has undergraduate degrees in Geography and Theater from Rowan University. While at Rowan Zachary presented his research at the 2012 Association of American Geographer's annual meeting regarding mathematical modeling of geospatial accessibility to healthcare facilities. At NYU, Zachary co-founded the Post-Baccalaureate Literature Review club and was awarded for outstanding commitment to community building.

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