Board of Directors, 2010 - 2011
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The Board of Directors serves as an advisory and oversight board to the American Physician Scientists Association and the Executive Council. The board is made of physician-scientist stakeholders and leaders and of former/current members of the APSA Executive Council. Together this group of individuals not only maintain and guide the long term vision of the organization but they also retain the institutional memory for the organization.

 

Jason Mann, MD, PhD
Chair

Dr. Jason Mann, MD, PhD, is a healthcare consultant for McKinsey & Company with a special focus on biotech development. Dr. Mann received his MD-PhD in cancer biology under Dr. Raymond DuBois, MD, PhD at the Medical Scientist Training Program (MD-PhD Program) at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 2008 and received his undergraduate studies from Harvard University in East Asian Studies in 2001. Dr. Mann has traveled to over 60 countries. Dr. Mann has served as an APSA Institutional Representative (2006-2008), as APSA Public Relations Committee Chair (2006-2007), and as APSA Member-At-Large (MD-PhD, DO-PhD) (2007-2008). Dr. Mann has been a member of the board of directors since April of 2007 and chaired the Nominations Committee on the APSA Board of Directors during 2008-2009. Dr. Mann serves on the Nominations Committee on the APSA Board of Directors.

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Jaimo Ahn, MD, PhD
Director

Dr. Jaimo Ahn, MD, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed a fellowship in Orthopaedic Traumatology at the Hospital for Special Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College (2008-2009). He did his internship and residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Pennsylvania (2003-2008) where he also received his MD-PhD in Cell & Molecular Biology (1995-2003). Dr. Ahn received his undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from Stanford University. He has written several peer-reviewed articles on the topic of physician-scientist trainees and their training over the years based on his own studies. His research interests include molecular modulation of bone formation and healing, outcomes based fracture care, medical education. Dr. Ahn became a member of the APSA Board of Directors in April of 2007. Dr. Ahn serves on the Fiscal Committee of the APSA Board of Directors.

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Christopher Alvarez-Breckenridge
Director

Mr. Christopher Alvarez-Breckenridge is an MD-PhD candidate at The Ohio State University Medical Scientist Program. He received a BA in Biology and a BS in classics from The Ohio State University in 2005. As an undergraduate, he was named a Barry M. Goldwater Scholar as a sophomore and a Thomas J. Bardos Scholar as a Junior. Mr. Alvarez-Breckenridge has continued to be an active member of his community and school. His leadership positions have included his appointment to The Ohio State University Board of Trustees by Governor Bob Taft (2006-2008), and his appointment to the American Medical Association Foundation Board of Directors (2008-2009). Mr. Alvarez-Breckenridge has served as Vice-President of APSA (2008-2009) and was recently elected to be the President of APSA in 2010-2011. During this upcoming year (2009-2010), he will be serving as the President-Elect of APSA and as an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors of APSA. Mr. Alvarez-Breckenridge joins the APSA Board of Directors in July of 2009.

 

Joseph Bast, PhD
Director

Dr. Joseph Bast, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology. He also serves as the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and as the Director of the MD-PhD Program at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Bast has been a member of the APSA Board of Directors since January of 2005 and has served as an advisor to APSA since its inception in late 2003. Dr. Bast currently chairs the Nominations Committee on the APSA Board of Directors.

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David Braun
Director (Ex-Officio)

Mr. David Braun is a second-year MD/PhD student and the first Sanfurd Bluestein, MD, Scholar at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. He graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University with a degree in molecular biology and certificates in applications of computing and engineering biology. Mr. Braun currently serves as the President of APSA, and as a member of its Board of Directors. Previously, he served as Chair of the Membership Committee and as an Institutional representative for the American Physician Scientists Association (APSA). Mr. Braun has also served as the Chief Clinic Manager for the East Harlem Health Outreach Partnership, a student-run clinic that provides free comprehensive medical care to the uninsured. Further, he was the Co-President of the Mount Sinai Chapter of Physicians for Human Rights. His central goal is to help ensure that the enormous promise of translational medicine will be effectively delivered to the community and society at large.

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Ivayla Geneva
Director (Ex-Officio)

Ms. Ivayla (Eve) Geneva is the current President-Elect of APSA. She 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.

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Shwayta Kukreti, MD, PhD
Director

Dr. Shwayta Kukreti, PhD is an MD/PhD student at the University of Illinois Medical Scholars Program. She received her PhD in Biophysics and Computational Biology in 2007 working at the Laboratory for Fluorescence Dynamics in collaboration with the Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic at the University of California-Irvine. Dr. Kukreti's research focus is in biomedical devices. More specifically, using lasers she is interested in developing methods of breast imaging and analysis in optical spectroscopy. Dr. Kukreti graduated Bronze Tablet, Summa Cum Laude, with Bachelors of Sciences degrees in Honors Biology and Biochemistry from the University of Illinois-Urbana, Champaign in 2003. She is currently the graduate assistant for the Women in Math, Science and Engineering Program at the University of Illinois-Urbana, Champaign. Dr. Kukreti joined APSA as Vice President from 2007-2008. Currently she serves on the Nominations Committee of the APSA Board of Directors.

 

Stephen Magill
Director

Mr. Stephen Magill is an MD-PhD candidate at Oregon Health and Science University. After spending his childhood in Indianapolis, IN, he went to the University of Pittsburgh where he received his undergraduate degree in neuroscience. He is currently working on his thesis research where he uses a stem cell differentiation model to study the regulation of transcription factors that are essential for pancreatic islet development. He is using his findings to try to enhance the differentiation of embryonic stem cells towards insulin-producing cells. In addition to his basic research, he has also been involved in several clinical research projects through the Department of Neurological Surgery. Currently, he is leading a randomized, double-blinded placebo-controlled study to prevent wound infections following implantation of functional neurosurgical devices. Outside of the lab he enjoys spending time with his fiancée, working in the yard, snowboarding, guiding whitewater rafting trips, or going for rides on his motorcycle throughout the beautiful Oregon landscape. Mr. Magill has served as an APSA Institutional Representative (2006-2007), on the APSA Finance Committee (2006-2007), and as Chair of the APSA Public Relations Committee (2007-2008). Mr. Magill joins the APSA Board of Directors in July of 2009.

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Juanita L. Merchant, MD, PhD
Director

Dr. Juanita Merchant, MD, PhD is a Professor of Internal Medicine and Molecular and Integrative Physiology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She received her BS from Stanford University and her MD, PhD degrees from Yale University's Medical Scientist Training Program. Dr. Merchant completed her residency in Internal Medicine with a research fellowship in molecular Gastroenterology at the Massachusetts General Hospital and a clinical fellowship in Gastroenterology at the University of California - Los Angeles. Dr. Merchant is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation (where she served on the ASCI Council in 2002-2004), the Association of American Physicians, and the American Gastroenterological Association. At the University of Michigan, she serves on the committee on Strategies and Tactics for Recruiting to Improve Diversity and Excellence (STRIDE) and is a Co-Director to the University of Michigan's Medical Scientist Training Program. Dr. Merchant joins the APSA Board of Directors in July of 2009.

 

David Nathan, MD
Director (Ex-Officio)

Dr. David G. Nathan, MD is President Emeritus of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Robert A Stranahan Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics, and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Nathan is a graduate of Harvard College (1951) and Harvard Medical School (1955). He completed his internship and residency at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and was a clinical associate at the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Nathan is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, the American Pediatric Society, the Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the National Medal of Science, the Stratton medal of the American Society of Hematology (of which he was president), the Walker Prize of the Boston Museum of Science, the John Howland Medal of the American Pediatric Society, and the George M. Kober Medal of the Association of American Physicians. Dr. Nathan joins the APSA Board of Directors in July of 2009.

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M. Kerry O'Banion, MD, PhD
Director

Dr. Kerry O'Banion, MD, PhD is Associate Professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy and Department of Neurology. Dr. O'Banion serves as the Director of the Medical Scientist Training Program (MD-PhD Program) at the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry. He received his MD-PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Medical Scholars Program in 1987. He is currently the Chair-Elect of the MD-PhD Section of the Graduate Research, Education, and Training (GREAT) Group of the Association of American Medical Colleges and his term as Chair will be during 2009-2010. Dr. O'Banion has been a member of the APSA Board of Directors since March of 2006 and has been an advisor to APSA as early as January of 2004 during the initial inception of APSA. Dr. O'Banion serves on the Nominations Committee on the APSA Board of Directors.

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James Pauff, PhD
Director

Dr. James Pauff, PhD, is as an MD-PhD student in the Medical Scientist Program at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. He received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry and Biochemitry from Miami University in 2004. Dr. Pauff has served as an Institutional Representative (2006-2007), President-Elect (2007-2008), and President (2008-2009). He has been a member of the APSA Board of Directors since July of 2008. He also represents the APSA on the Board of Advisors of the Clinical and Tanslational Science Network. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the APSA Board of Directors.

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Rebecca Sadun, PhD
Director

Dr. Rebecca Sadun, PhD, is an MD-PhD student at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. She completed her undergraduate studies in Biology at Brown University (2002). In addition to her academic achievements, Ms. Sadun has been most active in the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) having served as the Director of Student Programming (2008-2009), Chair of the AMSA Medical Education Action Committee, and National Director of the AMSA Medical Education Leadership Institute. She continued her interests in medical education through her involvement with LCME accreditation at the local and national levels. Due to her interests and experience, she was appointed as a Student Member of the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) on behalf of AMSA. She served as Chair of the APSA Policy Committee (2008-2009). Ms. Sadun joins the APSA Board of Directors in July of 2009.

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Michael Zasloff, MD, PhD
Director

Dr. Michael Zasloff, MD, PhD, a leader in innate immunity, is a Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Zasloff received his MD, PhD degrees from the New York University Medical Scientist Training Program. He completed his residency training in pediatrics at the Boston Children's Hospital and his post-doctoral training at the NIH in molecular genetics. In 1981, Dr. Zasloff was named Chief of the Human Genetics Branch of the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development. In 1989, he became the Charles E.H. Upham Professor of Pediatrics and Genetics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Human Genetics of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He founded Magainin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in 1988 and served as its Executive Vice President and President of the Magainin Research Institute in 1992. Dr. Zasloff became Vice Chairman of its Board of Directors during 1996-2000. He went on to serve as Dean of Research and Translational Science at the Georgetown University Medical Center, and primarily responsible for the overall management of Georgetown's biomedical research and its translation from the laboratory to patient care. Dr. Zasloff joins the APSA Board of Directors in July of 2009.

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