Executive Council - 2016 - 2017
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Executive Council - 2016 - 2017

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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Alexander Adami
President

Mr. Alexander Adami is an MD-PhD student at the University of Connecticut. He received a BS in Information Technology and Web Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2010. His current research includes asthma and the dynamics of the host-microbiome relationship as well as a small clinical project concerning the immunology of sickle cell disease. Alex oversees all of APSA's initiatives and committees as President of the Association.  He previously served on the Public Relations Committee as Vice-Chair (2012-2014), Technology Chair (2014-2015), President-Elect (2015-2016), and University of Connecticut Institutional Representative (2011-2016).

Daniel DelloStritto

Daniel DelloStritto
Immediate Past-President

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Jillian Liu
President-Elect

Ms. Jillian Liu is a fifth-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 third-year graduate student, and her research focuses on fundamental respiratory biology in health and disease. Jillian has previously served as Vice-Chair of Events for the 11th Annual APSA Meeting, Chair of Events for the 12th Annual APSA Meeting, and as Institutional Representative for Ohio State University. She is an avid consumer of audiobooks, PRX podcasts, and black coffee.

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Brandon Fox
Vice-President

Mr. Brandon Fox is an MD/PhD student in the University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical Scientist Training Program. He is currently a second year graduate student in the laboratory of Dr. Jennifer Pollock, and his F30 supported research is focused on molecular mechanisms underlying vascular and renal complications of sickle cell disease. Brandon received his BS in Biomedical Engineering with Highest Honor from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he was a recipient of the President’s Undergraduate Research Award. As a strong believer in the importance of professional society involvement, he plans to focus his term on expanding APSA membership across all levels of physician-scientist training.

Mariam Bonyadi
Mariam Bonyadi
Co-Chair, Events Committee

Ms. Mariam Bonyadi Camacho is a fourth year MD/PhD student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). She began her research career in high school at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, focusing on mechanisms of induced pluripotency in an embryonic stem cell research lab. She went on to complete her undergraduate studies in Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), where she conducted undergraduate research both in B-cell development and lymphomagenesis and in the neurobiology of stress. Through her involvement in the International Relations department of the UCLA Health System, Ms. Camacho aided international patients by communicating the culture and language needs of international patients. Ms. Camacho graduated as part of the class of 2013 at UCLA with Cum Laude honors and through the UCLA College Honors Program. Currently at UIUC, Ms. Camacho is working on computational modeling of antidepressant drug effects while taking M1 coursework. She has been a teacher through the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) at UIUC for over three years, teaching hands-on courses laboratory courses in Anatomy and Physiology. In addition to her involvement with the university, Ms. Camacho is a columnist for in-Training, the online magazine for medical students, where she founded the column “Bridging the Gap,” in the Fall of 2013. Outside of the lab, Ms. Camacho is also an active leader and participant in numerous volleyball leagues and organizations in Champaign County. As Vice-Chair of APSA in 2016, she was involved in organizing and moderating the Couples in Medicine Panel at the American Physician Scientists Association (APSA) Annual Meeting, and is looking forward to continuing her leadership role in APSA as co-Chair of the Events committee with Hanna Erickson this upcoming year.

Hanna Erickson
Hanna Erickson

Co-Chair, Events Committee

Hanna is a fourth year MD/PhD student in the Medical Scholars Program (MSP) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and is excited to be one of the co-chairs of the Events Committee this year! She is currently pursuing her PhD in Molecular and Integrative Physiology for which she is studying regulation of metabolism and tumorigenesis in the liver, with a specific focus on the role of the scaffolding protein IQGAP1. Hanna is a proud University of Minnesota alumna, graduating in 2013 with a BS in Chemistry. While at Minnesota, she held a number of leadership positions, notably in the marching band. At UIUC, she has helped plan numerous MSP and department retreats. She has also previously served on the APSA Events Committee (2015-2016).
Krishan Chhiba

Krishan Chhiba
Chair, Fundraising Committee

Krishan is currently a fifth-year MD/PhD student at Northwestern University. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from Cornell University, and is pursuing his PhD in Immunology in the laboratory of Dr. Paul Bryce. His thesis project addresses the epigenetic and genetic consequences of mast cell activation in allergic disease. Currently, he is serving as Chair of the Fundraising Committee for the American Physician Scientists Association.

Travis Hull

Travis Hull
Chair, Membership Committee

Dr. Travis Hull is serving as the Chair of the Membership committee. He has previously served as Vice Chair of Membership, an APSA Institutional Representative, and the founding member and president of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Local APSA Chapter. Travis graduated from Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA in 2009 with a degree in biology and microbiology. He is currently in his 8th year as an MD/PhD student in the UAB MSTP. He completed his PhD in Immunology and Microbiology in 2015 where his graduate studies focused on the mechanisms of heme oxygenase-1-mediated protection after injury to the kidney and heart. Travis plans to pursue a career as a surgeon-scientist and is currently applying for residency positions in general surgery. In his post as Chair of Membership, Travis aims to expand APSA’s breadth by more fully engaging and utilizing Institutional Representatives around the country and to expand and solidify APSA’s local chapter initiative. Additionally, and equally important, other Membership initiatives include maintaining and growing APSA’s Institutional Memberships as well as organizing useful undergraduate mentorship and interactive session programs.

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Karen Doersch
Chair, Partnerships Committee

Ms. Karen Doersch is a 7th year MD/PhD student at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine and is excited to be joining the Partnerships Committee as one of the Vice-Chairs. She completed Bachelor of Science in psychology and biology at Carnegie Mellon University in 2009 and began her MD/PhD at Texas A&M in 2010. Her graduate research focuses on wound healing in the context of autoimmunity. Additional research interests include urology and women’s health. As an APSA member, Karen has served as the Chair of Programming for the 2015 APSA South Regional Conference prior to joining the Partnerships Committee.

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Andrew Harrison
Chair, Policy Committee

Andrew M. Harrison was born and raised in NJ. He graduated from Rutgers University (BS, Physics and Genetics) in 2010 and entered the Medical Scientist Training Program at Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN). Andrew completed his doctoral dissertation research in clinical research/clinical informatics in 2015 with the Divisions of Critical Care Medicine/Anesthesiology through Mayo Graduate School’s Clinical and Translational Science track: Development and implementation of an automated sepsis detection and alert system for use in the ICU setting. This research was supported by a doctoral dissertation grant in Health Services Research from the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ R36 HS022799). Andrew is an active member of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), including serving as a former student member on the editorial board of JAMIA (the journal of AMIA), as well as Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP). Andrew's interests include health equity and health policy. He has been the co-manager of Mayo Clinic’s Diversity in Education blog since 2013.

Audra Iness

Audra Iness
Chair, Public Relations Committee

Audra Iness is a fourth year MD-PhD student at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Biology from California State University, Fresno's Smittcamp Honors Program in 2013. Audra earned membership in the Association of Clinical Pathologists & The Intersociety Council for Pathology Information, Inc. Pathology Honor Society for her medical school performance. She has also been a coordinator for the Mattaponi Healing Eagle Clinic, serving the Native Americans of Virginia, and is an active member of the medical school Admissions Committee. Currently, Audra is studying the DREAM complex and its role in cell cycle regulation in Dr. Larisa Litovchick's lab at VCU. Additionally, she enjoys playing soccer and has been a part of a community league for several years. Her involvement in APSA began when she founded a local chapter at VCU and held roles as President and Institutional Representative. She is looking forward to helping unify the physician-scientist community in her role as Public Relations Chair.

Tim Kennell

Tim Kennell
Chair, Technology Committee

Mr. Tim Kennell Jr. is currently a fourth year MD/PhD student (GS2) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).  He received his BS in biology and chemistry from the University of North Georgia in 2013.  Moving from the wet lab into the silicon lab, he has joined the lab of Dr. James Cimino where he is pursuing a degree in clinical informatics and specifically focusing on alert fatigue in the electronic health record.  Previously, he served as the Vice Chair of APSA’s national chapter and the Information Technology Officer of Equal Access Birmingham, his current institution’s free, student-run clinic.

Ricardo Correa
Member-at-Large, MD/DO

Abhik Banerjee
Member-at-Large, DO-MD/PhD

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

Evan Noch 
Evan Noch
Resident Liaison Lead

Dr. Evan Noch is a fourth-year Neurology resident at Weill-Cornell Medical Center-NewYork Presbyterian Hospital in New York City in a research-track position within the lab of Lewis Cantley.  He also serves as Chief Resident for Research and Education.  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 involved in APSA for 8 years, serving on the PR Committee and then as its Committee Chair before serving as President-Elect and then President.  More recently, Evan has served as APSA's Resident Liaison for the past 2 years.  As a resident, Evan continues to remain passionate about APSA and is now working on ways to better understand the needs of post-graduate physician-scientist trainees to improve their career development opportunities. 

Phillip Dmitriev
Undergraduate Liaison Co-Lead

Mr. Phillip Dmitriev is a senior undergraduate student at the University of Florida. His double major is in Neurobiological Sciences and Microbiology and Cell Science. His research in neuroimaging at Prof. Mingzhou Ding's laboratory at the Department of Biomedical Engineering focuses on elucidating the neural markers of cognitive decline in Parkinson's Disease using Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI). Phillip aspires to become a physician-scientist in begin an academic career in investigating translational approaches to alleviating the burden of neurodegenerative disorders.

Kaitlyn Szostak

Kaitlyn Szostak
Undergraduate Liaison Co-Lead

Ms. Kaitlyn Szostak is finishing up her last semester at Grand Valley State University. She will graduate with a BS in Biomedical Science. She aspires to become a neuroscientist, specifically focusing on research involving neurodegenerative diseases. As an undergraduate, Ms. Szostak has been involved in many on-campus organizations including Pre-Med club, Pre-PhD/MD club, Cognitive Neuroscience club, Beekeeping club and even an all-girl a cappella group. Between school and clubs Kaitlyn still made time for research. She has worked for the last 3 years on indentifying specific anxiety triggers and behaviors involving crayfish. Additionally, Kaitlyn also worked on an international project in Iran looking at consanguinity and academic success. This is her first year serving as the Undergraduate Liaison for APSA.

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Sue Wagner
Executive Director

Ms. Sue Wagner 

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Allyson Palmer

Vice-Chair, Events Committee

Ms. Allyson Palmer is a 7th-year MD-PhD student in the Mayo Clinic Medical Scientist Training Program. She completed her thesis work in the Robert and Arlene Kogod Center on Aging, exploring the role of cellular senescence in metabolic dysfunction in the context of obesity and aging.  Allyson graduated magna cum laude from the College of Wooster with a degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 2010. Allyson is the recipient of an F30 individual fellowship award from the National Institute on Aging as well as a Glenn/AFAR Scholarship for Research in the Biology of Aging. Within APSA, Allyson has previously served as an Institutional Representative and on the Events Committee as chair of the Residency Luncheon at the Annual Meeting.

Lillian Zhang
Vice-Chair, Events Committee

 

Jonny Cummock
Vice-Chair, Fundraising Committee


Charissa Kim
Vice-Chair, Fundraising Committee


Leanne Dumeny

Leanne Dumeny
Vice-Chair, Membership Committee

Ms. Leanne Dumeny is a third year MD/PhD student (GS1) at the University of Florida. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida with a BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and an MS in Management. She is pursuing a PhD in Genetics and Genomics and her research focuses on cardiovascular pharmacogenomics. She has previously served as one of the Undergraduate Liaisons for APSA and the Co-President of the APSA Chapter at the University of Florida.

Zachary Kiss
Zachary Kiss
Vice-Chair, Membership Committee
 

Zachary Kiss is a second year DO student at the Rowan University School of Osteopathic medicine in Stratford, New Jersey. Mr. Kiss is a recent graduate from the Postbaccalaureate Prehealth program at New York University, where he subsequently worked in Traaseth lab of membrane protein biophysics as a Junior Research Scientist. His research involved elucidating structural dynamics of a known multi-drug resistant efflux pump using advanced biophysical interrogative techniques, predominantly: multidimensional solution and solid state nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. At NYU, Zachary founded the Post-Baccalaureate Literature Review club (PLR) and was awarded for outstanding commitment to community building. Prior to attending NYU, Zachary earned undergraduate degrees in both Geography and Theater from Rowan University. While at Rowan, he presented research at the 2012 Association of American Geographer's annual meeting regarding mathematical modeling of geospatial accessibility to healthcare facilities. Zachary’s clinical research interests revolve around optimization of healthcare delivery systems through “big data” utilization, and advancing diagnostic instrumentation. He can be reached at zachary.kiss@physicianscientists.org

Kyle Koster
Vice-Chair, Membership Committee


Stephanie Robert
Stephanie Robert
Vice-Chair, Membership Committee

Dr. Stephanie Robert is a MD/PhD student in the University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical Scientist Training Program (UAB MSTP). She graduated summa cum laude from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry. Her dissertation work focused on the role of glioma-mediated glutamate release in tumor-associated seizures and epilepsy. Stephanie was a founding member and officer of the UAB Local APSA Chapter, and, in addition to serving as the Vice Chair of the Membership Committee, now also serves as Chair of the Local Chapter Initiative. She aims to continue expanding the reach and impact of APSA Local Chapters and its members.

Daniel Barnett
Daniel Barnett

Vice-Chair, Partnerships Committee

Mr. Daniel Barnett is a 6th year DO-PhD student at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.  He completed his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at UC Santa Cruz, after which he worked in animal genomics and drug development in the biotechnology industry.  He joined the PhD program in Cell and Molecular Biology at Michigan State University in 2011 and the DO-PhD program in 2012.  His graduate research focuses on elucidating the roles of glycans in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma.   In APSA, Daniel has worked to facilitate partnerships with student and specialty societies on the Partnerships Committee.  He has also initiated and led the team organizing the APSA Medstro student interest forums.

Elise Burger
Vice-Chair, Partnerships Committee 

 

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Vice-Chair, Partnerships Committee


Shinnyi "Cindy" Chou
Vice-Chair, Policy Committee

 

 Thomas McIntyre
Vice-Chair, Policy Committee

 

 Mohamed Soliman
Vice-Chair, Policy Committee

 

Derek Essegian
Vice-Chair, Public Relations Committee


Bianca Islam
Vice-Chair, Public Relations Committee

 
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Ali Alawieh
Vice-Chair, Technology Committee

Mr. Ali Alawieh is a fifth year MD/PhD candidate at the Medical University of South Caroline (MUSC) in Charleston, South Carolina. Ali has graduated from the American University of Beirut with a high distinction BS in Biology in 2011. Following graduation, Ali accomplished two years of medical education at the American University of Beirut prior to transferring to the MD/PhD program at MUSC. He is currently pursuing a PhD in neurosciences with his research focused on the role of the complement cascade in injury and recovery after stroke along with the investigation of novel targeted approaches of complement modulation after stroke. Prior to his PhD, Ali was working on developing a global understanding of molecular pathogenesis of neurological diseases using data mining, computational bioinformatics and machine learning. Ali will use his expertise to serve on the Technology Committee at APSA.

Alex Dussaq 
Alex Dussaq
Vice-Chair, Technology Committee

Mr. Alex Dussaq is currently a sixth year student (GS4) in the MD-PhD program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Before moving to Birmingham, Alex graduated from University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) in May 2010 with a dual degree in Mathematics and Biochemistry. Alex then spent a year as a staff scientist working with Dr. Joseph Gryzymski learning bioinformatics and computer science. At UAB, Alex is pursuing a PhD in Bioinformatics and has joined the lab of Dr. Christopher Willey. His thesis project focuses on developing web tools for analysis of kinomic peptide arrays, a new technology for measuring kinase activity in the cell. He currently serves as the Vice Chair of the national APSA technology committee and as the webmaster since 2012 for his local APSA chapter. Previously Alex served as the Vice Chair (2014-2015) and the Chair (2015-2016) of the National APSA technology committee. 

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