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MD Student Ambassador Program

NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s MD Student Ambassador Program is a student-run organization that connects prospective and current medical students to exchange information about our admissions process and campus life.

Our volunteer student ambassadors represent NYU Grossman School of Medicine and our student body, providing applicants with an inside look at the student experience. Ambassadors show the many pathways our students can take on the medical school journey.

Previous ambassadors have founded community-supported agriculture programs on campus, mentored middle school and high school students in the sciences, volunteered at free health clinics in New York City, and advocated human rights. They are dancers and cooks, athletes and musicians, and come from across the United States and around the world.

Connect with our ambassadors to get answers to your application questions, discover information about student clubs and activities, and gain tips on life at NYU Grossman School of Medicine and in New York City.

MD Student Ambassadors

If you are a prospective student or applicant with a question, or you’re a current student interested in becoming an ambassador, email us at askanambassador@nyulangone.org.

William Beaty

William Beaty

William (Will) Beaty is a second-year medical student from Houston, Texas. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in mechanical engineering. He hopes to combine his experience from undergrad with clinical knowledge to develop biomedical devices. At NYU Grossman School of Medicine, he leads the Data and Computation in Medicine Club and is involved in research on inflammatory bowel disease and pneumonia treatment. In his free time, he enjoys running, playing basketball, and watching Texas sports.

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Elyse Berlinberg

Elyse Berlinberg is from Silicon Valley, California. She is the oldest of three siblings, and her role as a big sister has helped foster her interest in teamwork, leadership, mentorship, and teaching. She studied biochemistry and global studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she led cheers at athletic events as a member of the UCLA Spirit Squad. After college, Elyse worked in clinical research and global development at the Proctor Foundation at the University of California, San Francisco, to treat preventable causes of blindness worldwide. At NYU Grossman School of Medicine, she has enjoyed engaging in service to her school as an admissions ambassador, Violet Society Peer Mentor, and member of the Wellness Committee, as well as service to her community as the Volunteer Coordinator for the NYC Free Clinic. Currently, she is taking a research year in Sports Medicine at Midwest Orthopedics at Rush in Chicago, where she enjoys biking the lakefront, weightlifting meetings with her co-researchers, listening to house music, and appreciating gorgeous architecture. She plans to become an academic orthopedic surgeon.

Mason Blacker

Mason Blacker

Mason Blacker was born in St. Joseph, Illinois, and graduated in 2009 from Western Illinois University with a degree in law enforcement and justice administration. After 12 years of military service, he is now in the 3-year pathway for neurosurgery and involved in traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder research. His volunteer activities include mentoring local Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) students and helping to provide healthcare for Afghan refugees that have relocated to the area. His hobbies include fitness, nonfiction books, seasonally relevant movies, and hockey.

Sabrina Chen

Sabrina Chen

Sabrina Chen is a third-year student in the four-year program at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. She was born and raised in the Bay Area in northern California. She received her BS in neuroscience and molecular and cellular biology at Johns Hopkins University.

At NYU Grossman School of Medicine, Sabrina participates in clinical research in both the Departments of Pediatrics and Ophthalmology. She served on the officer board for the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association and served as the co-chair for the Medical Mandarin Program. Sabrina also enjoys volunteering with the NYC Free Clinic and BASIS (Brothers and Sisters in Science), a one-on-one mentorship program that works with local underrepresented in medicine and economically disadvantaged high school students. In her free time, Sabrina enjoys reflective writing, trying new recipes, caring for her rubber plant, and taking photos of her friends and family.

Somil Chugh

Somil Chugh

Somil Chugh grew up in Long Valley, New Jersey, and attended the University of Virginia, where he studied biology and psychology. At NYU Grossman School of Medicine, Somil is in his last year of the MD/MBA dual degree program. Somil also dedicates time to teaching the Practice of Medicine course for first- and second-year medical students, helping oversee the Violet Society Program, and serving on the school’s student council. In his free time, he enjoys shooting hoops, playing board games, hanging out with friends, and visiting new cities.

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Alyson Dennis

Alyson Dennis is from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and graduated from Barnard College in 2019. She majored in biology and developed a love for science and research through her participation in the Beckman Foundation studying a mechanism called the cephalic phase insulin response. She worked as a care coordinator at Columbia University Fertility Center for her gap year before starting medical school. Alyson is currently in her second year and is part of the four-year MD program. She is interested in pursuing a career in women’s health.

At NYU Grossman School of Medicine, Alyson is involved in COVID-19 vaccination efforts. She volunteered at the vaccine site and currently calls unvaccinated pregnant individuals to discuss vaccination recommendation. She became involved in research with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology through her participation in the Obstetrics and Gynecology Summer Fellowship during the summer between her first and second years. Alyson is a co-president of the Jewish Students Association and helps plan events for the Jewish holidays, and is also a preclinical volunteer at the NYC Free Clinic. In her free time, she loves doing a DIY project, going to Central Park, visiting family, and playing with her family’s golden retriever.

Heidi Dong

Heidi Dong

Heidi Dong is a first-year student in the four-year MD program at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. She is from Dunlap, Illinois, and graduated from Yale University in 2020, where she majored in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology. At NYU Grossman School of Medicine, she is a course liaison, working with faculty and other students to provide feedback on the curriculum. She also plans to volunteer with the NYC Free Clinic and is still exploring the many extracurriculars available at the school! In her free time, she enjoys baking, exploring New York cafes and restaurants, and dog-watching in the park.

Rachel Dubner

Rachel Dubner

Rachel Dubner is in her final year of the four-year MD program and is currently applying into internal medicine. She was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and attended Northwestern University where she double majored in biology and psychology.

At NYU Grossman School of Medicine, in addition to serving as an admissions ambassador, she volunteers at the school’s NYC Free Clinic, teaches bedside sessions as part of the Practice of Medicine curriculum, and serves as a peer mentor for junior students through the Violet Society Program. She has also had the opportunity to contribute to research projects in the Leon H. Charney Division of Cardiology and Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology throughout medical school. In her free time, you can find her reading in the park, thrifting, going to museums, and exploring new coffee and boba shops in the city!

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Kathryn Duckworth

Kathryn (Katie) Duckworth is a first-year student in the four-year MD program here at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. She was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. She graduated from Brown University in 2019 with a BA in gender and sexuality studies with a focus on women’s health. After she graduated from Brown, she spent her two gap years home in Boston working at Massachusetts Eye and Ear as the medical scribe of a head and neck surgical oncologist. She is currently most interested in obstetrics and gynecology, surgical oncology, and medical oncology as possible specialties, but she is open to anything and is currently exploring as many specialties as she possibly can as a preclinical student through shadowing in various specialties.

She is currently volunteering as a preclinical assistant in the NYC Free Clinic and was just selected to be the Women’s Health Free Clinic coordinator beginning in January 2022. In her free time, she enjoys attending as many concerts as she possibly can, taking long meandering walks while binging her favorite podcasts, and thrift shopping for fun and funky clothing.

Roxana Ghadimi

Roxana Ghadimi

Roxana (Roxy) Ghadimi is a first-year medical student at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. She grew up Palos Verdes, California, a suburb outside of Los Angeles. Roxy received a degree in neuroscience from Duke University and is now in the four-year MD program. At NYU Grossman School of Medicine, Roxy enjoys volunteering at NYC Free Clinic and as a birth doula at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue. She is also involved in research spanning dermatology and psychiatry. Outside of school, Roxy enjoys yoga, painting, poetry, and sunny hang outs in Madison Square Park.

Madeleine Goldberg

Madeleine Goldberg

Madeleine (Maddy) Goldberg is a second-year student at NYU Grossman School of Medicine from Bethesda, Maryland. She graduated in 2018 from Cornell University with a degree in human biology, health, and society and is in the four-year MD program. Outside of school, she is part of the EMPOWER research team, a clinical research and advocacy lab dedicated to studying issues of gender-based and sexual violence. She is also working on research related to health disparities in patients with type 1 diabetes, and on a study about child vaccination rates during COVID-19. Additionally, she volunteers with NYU MedED, an organization that teaches sexual health to high school students in the community. In her free time, she enjoys crossword puzzles, rock climbing, going to concerts, Pilates, and snacking her way through New York City.

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Maya Christine Graves

Maya Christine Graves is a third-year medical student in the four-year MD program. She was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. She attended Indiana University for undergraduate where she attained a BS in nutrition science and a minor in chemistry. Eight days following graduation from Indiana University Maya moved to New York City to spend the summer working as a co-leader for Project Healthcare, a volunteer program for undergraduate students around the country interested in the medicine, held at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue. Before starting medical school, she achieved an MS in human nutrition at Columbia University, where her master’s thesis focused on the topic of food order (nutrition sequencing) in pre-diabetes.

Since starting medical school, Maya has been involved in a handful of activities including Preclinical Course Liaisons, Black and Latino Student Association Social Chair, STARs Sexual Education Program, and the NYC Free Clinic, and she also serves as a co-leader for the Seed Mentoring Program. In addition to extracurriculars, she has been involved with multiple research projects with transplant surgery at the NYU Langone Transplant Institute. Research topics include predictors of COVID-19 mortality in transplant patients, evaluation and transplantation of COVID-19 seropositive kidney transplant candidate, and BK virus kinetics and graft function in kidney transplant; her active project is the Medical Student Transplant Organ Procurement Program, which facilitates NYU Grossman School of Medicine students’ participation in organ recovery operations and transplantations with the transplant surgery team.

Outside of school, Maya is a non-for-profit board member at Girls Helping Girls, Period, where she fundraises and advocates for free access to menstrual hygiene products, she enjoys taking barre and Pilates classes, afternoon high tea on Saturdays around the city, going out to eat and drink with friends, and spending time with her puppy, T’Challa.

Hunter Hernandez

Hunter Hernandez

Hunter Hernandez was born in Miami, Florida. He attended the University of Florida and graduated in 2020 with a BS in biology. He is a current first-year student at NYU Grossman School of Medicine and is part of the standard four-year track. Hunter is currently in various specialty interest groups, Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA), and is a clinical assistant at the student-run NYC Free Clinic. Outside of school, Hunter enjoys playing sports, going to the gym, and playing video games.

Amanda Jurewicz

Amanda Jurewicz

Amanda Jurewicz is a fourth-year student originally from Royersford, Pennsylvania (a suburb of Philadelphia). She studied molecular and cellular biology and french at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, before coming to NYU Grossman School of Medicine for medical school. During preclinical training, she was involved in a variety of extracurricular activities including Mini Meds, a group that teaches medicine-inspired lessons to high school students, and NYU Harm Reduction Alliance, which conducts Narcan trainings for men in the 30th Street shelter and Bellevue Detox. Her harm reduction work inspired participation in research that focused on the intersections between homelessness and substance use.

Aspiring to broaden her knowledge of how hospital systems function, Amanda chose to pursue an MD/MBA as part of NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s dual degree program. She hopes to apply her new knowledge to quality improvement projects in residency and beyond. Amanda is applying this year to internal medicine residency. During her flexible time this interview season, she plans to perfect her baking techniques, tend to her plants, and attend fitness classes with friends outside of her regular activities in medical and business school. In her final year as a student ambassador, Amanda hopes to continue to share with prospective students the multitude of wonderful experiences available at NYU Grossman School of Medicine while providing any helpful guidance during this overwhelming but exciting time.

Elizabeth Klein

Elizabeth Klein

Elizabeth Klein is from New York City (born at Tisch Hospital!) and grew up in Short Hills, New Jersey. Before returning to New York City for medical school, she attended Duke University where she majored in gender, sexuality, and feminist studies. Her undergraduate research focused on access to healthcare for transgender youth. Elizabeth is currently a third-year student in the dual degree MD/MS in Translational Research. She is a research fellow in the Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology where she focuses on hair loss disorders, racial disparities in dermatologic care, and patient education. Elizabeth is active in the school’s community as a volunteer for BASIS (Brothers and Sisters in Science) and NODA (No One Dies Alone). Outside of work, Elizabeth loves to ski, cook, and explore New York City.

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Madison Langen

Madison (Maddie) Langen is from Belleville, Illinois, which is a small town outside St. Louis, Missouri (go Blues!). She went to Saint Louis University and majored in biology with a minor in women and gender studies. She is in the four-year MD program at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. She is one of the Women’s Health Free Clinic coordinators as well as a clinical assistant for NYC Free Clinic, is involved with the Medical Student Volunteer Doula program, and is very excited to be a student ambassador! She also just finished up participating in the Vaccine Ethics Project through the Division of Medical Humanities (always hit her up if you want to chat vaccines).

In her free time, she loves to spend time with friends, read pretty much anything, write poetry, and explore the city. Her best new city discovery has been the Rose Reading Room at the New York City Public Library. It is basically like studying at Hogwarts. She also loves to hike, especially with her dad, and is looking to take the train north to Breakneck Ridge soon. She is interested in pediatrics and women’s health, especially working with uninsured and underinsured patient populations and has been amazed by all the opportunities to do that at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. She is super excited to meet you all, so please reach out to her about anything!

Jacob Lester

Jacob Lester

Jacob Lester is an MD candidate in NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s four-year program with interests in emergency medicine and health policy. He was born and raised in Overland Park, Kansas, and he graduated from the University of Southern California with a BS in neuroscience in 2020. He took one gap year in between undergrad and medical school, during which time he worked at a private outpatient surgery center in Santa Monica, California. When not in class, Jacob can be found shadowing in the emergency department or volunteering with the NYC Free Clinic. He also enjoys running, rock climbing, reading good fiction, and hunting for good vegetarian restaurants around New York City.

Nathan Lorentz

Nathan Lorentz

Nathan Lorentz was born in Bangkok and raised in Tokyo. In the past, he played baseball professionally and at the collegiate level. Before coming to NYU Grossman School of Medicine, he studied at the University of San Diego where he majored in behavioral neuroscience and did research in organic chemistry. He is now a third-year student in the three-year pathway for orthopedic surgery.

At NYU Grossman School of Medicine, Nathan has been active in research in orthopedic surgery and served as a leader in the Orthopedic Surgery Interest Group. He is involved with the NYC Free Clinic and Harm Reduction Alliance, as well as several homeless outreach efforts. He is interested in most sports, especially baseball, and he enjoys skiing, hiking, and traveling when time permits.

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Aleeza Leder Macek

Aleeza Leder Macek is a third-year student in the traditional four-year program here an NYU Grossman School of Medicine. She is originally from Naperville, Illinois, outside of Chicago and went to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for undergrad where she majored in integrative biology and minored in chemistry and classics. She came straight through from undergrad to medical school.

In her time here, Aleeza has had the opportunity to be involved in many activities including the NYC Free Clinic, Keytones A Capella group, the Violet Society Program, and of course, admissions ambassadors. Outside of these activities, she has also had the chance to participate in research about cancer screening, surgical oncology, and otolaryngology. Outside of school, Aleeza enjoys performing, specifically musical theater, baking, and exploring the city with friends.

Michael Martinez

Michael Martinez

Michael Martinez is a second-year medical student in the four-year MD program at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, he attended the University of Illinois at Chicago, graduating in 2019 with a BS in finance and a BS with a major in biological sciences. Michael is extremely passionate about high-value care. He hopes to help drive health innovation, working to establish novel and efficient practices that make care more affordable and accessible.

At NYU Grossman School of Medicine, Michael serves as the president of NYU’s Latino Medical Student Association, a STARS (Students and Trainees Advocating for Resource Stewardship) Choosing Wisely Ambassador, and as co-director of finance at the NYC Free Clinic. Michael’s current research projects include improving transitions in care, uncovering what makes a successful healthcare innovation center, and understanding patient motivations for elective cosmetic procedures. Outside of medical school, Michael enjoys looking at real estate, visiting Chicago with his partner, and participating in speech and debate. Michael currently holds a coaching position with the University of Illinois at Chicago’s top ranked speech team, which he founded as an undergraduate student.

Philip Martinez

Philip Martinez

Philip (Phil) Martinez is from Westfield, New Jersey, which is a 45-minute train ride from New York City. He graduated from Cornell University last May, majoring in biological sciences with a concentration in neurobiology and behavior. Phil is a first-year student in the four-year MD program at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. As a first-year student, he is part of BASIS (Brothers and Sisters in Science), a mentorship program where medical students support a high school senior as they apply to college. Additionally, Phil is part of the Violet Society Student Advisory Committee where medical students work to facilitate meaningful mentorship relationships and a strong sense of community. Outside of school, he enjoys hiking, playing chess, and painting like Bob Ross.

Carli Needle

Carli Needle

Carli Needle is a first-year student in the four-year MD program at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. She is originally from Potomac, Maryland (a suburb of Washington, DC), but spent her four undergraduate years living in Nashville, Tennessee. She graduated from Vanderbilt University in May 2021 with a double major in neuroscience and medicine, health, and society, as well as a minor in Spanish. Thus far at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, Carli is involved with the NYC Free Clinic Referrals Team, Advanced Medical Spanish, clinical research in the Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology, physician shadowing at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, and the Admissions Ambassador Program.

To highlight some of Carli’s involvements in college, she worked in a biomedical research lab, led an interactive science education program for underserved middle school students, volunteered at the Vanderbilt Hospital, tutored and mentored at-risk youth, served as a campus tour guide, and competed on the Vanderbilt Club Tennis Team. Some of Carli’s other hobbies include hiking, cooking, tennis, traveling, singing, and exploring new restaurants around New York City. Carli absolutely loves medical school and would be happy to answer any questions about NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s vibrant community, curriculum, and opportunities.

Christopher Nmai

Christopher Nmai

Christopher Nmai (they/them) is a second-year student taking a research year at the moment, working with a preventative cardiologist on cardiovascular disease research, Chris’s field of interest. Chris is originally from Twinsburg, Ohio, and they went to Harvard College where they studied history and science: medicine and society.

At NYU Grossman School of Medicine, Chris is part of the four-year MD pathway, but is interested in pursuing an MBA during their time here. Additionally, Chris has been involved in a handful of student organizations, serving as the president of the school’s Student National Medical Association Chapter and co-leader for both the Internal Medicine Interest Group and History of Medicine Club. Outside of school, Chris enjoys DJing, playing tennis, watching soccer (go Chelsea!), cycling, and cooking and baking.

Chinemelum Obijiofor

Chinemelum Obijiofor

Chinemelum Obijiofor was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She graduated from Rice University with a major in biochemistry and cell biology. Throughout her time at Rice, Chinemelum lived out her passion for serving minority populations, mentoring Houston high school students from underserved communities and organizing Rice’s first minority teen health summit.

She is currently a second-year student in NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s four-year MD program. Continuing her work with underserved communities, she serves as the referrals coordinator for the NYC Free Clinic. She is interested in pursuing a career in dermatology and conducts research on hidradenitis suppurativa, a chronic, inflammatory skin disease that disproportionately impacts Black women. For fun, Chinemelum enjoys working out and watching anime.

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Natalie Palaychuk

Natalie Palaychuk grew up in New York City before attending college at Brown University. There she studied chemistry. Her favorite subject was organic chemistry. While at Brown, she also explored a variety of other interests including architecture, religious studies, and computer science. She also discovered her love for teaching and served as an organic chemistry teaching assistant for multiple years. After graduating, she pursued a master’s in biotechnology and conducted research in computational chemistry. She then moved to San Francisco where she worked at a health tech start-up, Collective Health, while applying to medical school.

Natalie was thrilled to come back to New York City to attend NYU Grossman School of Medicine because of the opportunity to work with a diverse group of patients. Here she is part of the Tachycardia Interest Group (the running club), was a co-leader of the Food and Wine Club, and served as a mentor to high school students as part of Brothers and Sisters in STEM (BASIS). Before entering medical school, Natalie never thought she would be a radiologist, but during her time at NYU Grossman School of Medicine she gained a love for the field and entered the three-year MD program for radiology. She is working on research focused on developing artificial intelligence (AI) tools for noninvasive diagnostic strategies and is excited about the future of AI in medicine. In her free time, she enjoys doing yoga and trying new workout classes, traveling, baking, and exploring the New York City restaurant scene.

Michael Papazian

Michael Papazian

Michael Papazian is a current third-year medical student. He grew up in Lincoln, Rhode Island, and attended Georgetown University for undergrad where he studied biology. He is enrolled in the standard four-year MD pathway and is interested in applying into otolaryngology. He has volunteered with the NYC Free Clinic and Mini Meds groups on campus and has conducted research through the Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery and Division of General Surgery. Outside of school, he enjoys running on the East River, playing pickup basketball, and trying new restaurants in the city.

Lulu Peng

Lulu Peng

Lulu Peng was born in Chengdu, China, but grew up in Houston, Texas. She graduated from NYU in 2014, majoring in finance and management. She worked in investment banking and venture capital in San Francisco before undergoing her career switch into medicine (and her move back to New York City). She is a first-year student in the four-year program. She is involved in the Medical Student Doula organization and is currently volunteering to help pregnant patients get their COVID-19 vaccines. In her free time, Lulu enjoys working out, running, reading, and cooking.

Akshay Pulavarty

Akshay Pulavarty

Akshay Pulavarty is a second-year student from Portland, Oregon. He attended the University of Virginia where he completed a BA in neuroscience and a master of public health. Akshay is in the three-year MD program and plans to focus on dermatology.

Akshay is a member of NYC Free Clinic and Dermatology Interest Group, and is actively involved in dermatology research. His research focuses on identifying disparities in dermatologic care and differential presentation of disease in people with skin of color. Outside of class, you can find him binging TV, whipping up lattes, or lounging in a park.

Alyssa Pullano

Alyssa Pullano

Alyssa Pullano is originally from Westchester, New York, and attended Georgetown University where she majored in human science and minored in studio art. In college, she was involved with the Center for Social Justice, served as a teaching assistant, peer advisor, and tutor, and led non-denominational reflections and retreats for first-year students. After graduating college in 2018, Alyssa spent two years conducting research at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, where she worked on HIV vaccine trials and volunteered in the DC community. As a four-year MD student at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, she is currently involved in the NYC Free Clinic, Asylum Clinic, Students for a National Health Program, research, and serves as a MiniMentor for the Violet Society Program. In her free time, you can find her checking out all of the amazing food in New York City, running alongside the East River, trying different workout classes, drawing, and caring for her many plants.

Nicholas Roig

Nicholas Roig

Nick Roig is a second-year medical student in the four-year MD pathway at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. He grew up in Clifton Park, New York, and attended Stony Brook University, where he studied biochemistry and graduated with the Class of 2020. At NYU Grossman School of Medicine, he has volunteered with the NYC Free Clinic, is a co-leader of the ENT Interest Group, and is an active member of the Violet Society Student Advisory Committee and Student Wellness Committee. He is also one of the founding members and co-leaders of No One Dies Alone at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, a volunteering organization that pairs medical students with patients on the palliative care service at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue. In his free time, he enjoys running along the East River, cooking, seeing Broadway shows, and exploring all that New York City has to offer.

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Joshua Ross

Joshua Ross is currently a fourth-year medical student who is in the MD/MBA program, in his first year at NYU Stern School of Business. He is originally from Fair Lawn, New Jersey, and attended Stevens Institute of Technology for undergrad where he majored in chemical biology and minored in philosophy. During his time at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, he has been heavily involved in NYC Free Clinic as the labs coordinator and a clinical student, a as co-leader of Mini Meds, a club with the purpose to provide medical exposure to underserved high school and middle school students throughout the New York City area, and as a leader of the Emergency Medicine Interest Group. He has also participated in research projects focusing on the epidemiology of factors leading to differential severities of measles infections as well as a project focusing on virtual discharge counseling of COVID-19 patients during the height of the pandemic. He is planning on applying into residency in internal medicine with a goal toward critical care.

Victor Sanchez

Victor Sanchez

Victor Sanchez is a second-year medical student and admissions ambassador at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, on the four-year MD track. He was originally born in Cuba and immigrated to the United States when he was 6 years old. He grew up in south Florida and did his undergraduate studies at the University of Florida where he studied economics. While attending the University of Florida he was involved in volunteering work with the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit and a local free clinic serving uninsured members of the Gainesville community.

Since starting at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, Victor has gotten involved with several clubs on campus. He is the finance coordinator for the NYC Free Clinic where he has continued his work in providing care for the underserved. Additionally, he is an officer for the Christian Medical and Dental Association and for the Ophthalmology Interest Group. He currently participates in research with the Department of Ophthalmology assessing the cost-effectiveness of surgical interventions and finding ways to improve telemedicine in ophthalmic screening. In his free time, he enjoys exploring the city and rooting for his Miami Heat.

Carlos Gabriel Sandoval Hernandez

Carlos Gabriel Sandoval Hernandez

Carlos Gabriel Sandoval Hernandez was born in Barranquilla, Colombia, and moved to Miami, Florida, as a child. Carlos went on to attend Florida International University where he received a BS in biological sciences and liberal studies. Carlos is currently in his first year of the four-year MD program at NYU Grossman School of Medicine.

Carlos is involved in the NYC Free Clinic and Latino Medical Students Association (LMSA). As of right now Carlos has an open mind as to which specialty he would like to pursue, but his specialties of interest are cardiology and orthopedic surgery. Outside of his academics, Carlos loves to play soccer, spikeball, and basketball with his classmates as well as go to the gym and run along the East River. On the weekends, he enjoys watching NFL and Premier League games and exploring new food spots across the city.

Nicholas Scott

Nicholas Scott

Nicholas (Nick) Scott is a first-year student in the three-year MD pathway specializing in emergency medicine. He grew up in Newton, Massachusetts. He went to Brown University, where he majored in biology and music. As an undergrad, Nick worked as an emergency medical technician in the public, private, and collegiate emergency medical services settings.

Nick is involved in NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s student-run NYC Free Clinic and is a student in the Medical Mandarin class. He also works as a student course liaison, communicating classmates’ feedback on curriculum delivery to the course directors in the Office of Medical Education. Outside of school, Nick sings alto in a local church choir at the Church of the Transfiguration. He enjoys playing the piano and the pipe organ, as well as escaping the city for a hike whenever the opportunity arises.

Shruthi Shankar

Shruthi Shankar

Shruthi Shankar is from South Brunswick, New Jersey. Shruthi graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in neuroscience and spent a gap year at the National Institutes of Health researching viral hepatitis. At NYU Grossman School of Medicine, Shruthi is in the three-year MD pathway for otolaryngology. Some of the activities Shruthi is involved in include Mini Meds, the NYC Free Clinic, and admissions ambassadors. Shruthi also loves doing The New York Times mini crossword and bullet journaling!

Quinn Silverglate

Quinn Silverglate

Quinn Silverglate is a third-year medical student from Boca Raton, Florida. He graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in microbiology and cell science. He is currently in the four-year program and is planning on applying into radiology, hoping to specialize in cardiothoracic radiology. He has been involved in the NYC Free Clinic as well as the Internal Medicine Interest Group. He currently is involved in cardiothoracic radiology research with Lea Azour, MD. He lives in Long Island City (LIC) with his fiancée and his Australian shepherd, Jax. In his free time, he likes to take the ferry to explore Williamsburg or walk around Chelsea Market and Soho. He also likes to stay active by walking and running with his dog through LIC and lifting weights throughout the week.

Walter Sobba

Walter Sobba

Walter (Walt) Sobba is a first-year medical student originally from Whitefish, Montana. Growing up in the backwoods of Montana, he learned to love all things outdoors. Whether hiking, biking, or climbing a tree, he’s happiest under the big sky. Walt studied human biology and Spanish at Stanford University and spent his gap year studying how stay-at-home orders affected diet and dietary behaviors.

At NYU Grossman School of Medicine, he is part of the four-year MD program. Outside the classroom, Walt enjoys scouting the local neighborhood for restaurants and farmers’ markets. He lives in Vilcek Hall and is an avid participant in pool and ping pong competitions the class has organized. Walt is planning to pursue a career in global health and hopes to work abroad in South America.

Melissa Song

Melissa Song

Melissa Song is a second-year medical student from Tempe, Arizona. She went to the University of Pennsylvania for college where she majored in neuroscience. Melissa is currently enrolled in the four-year program at NYU Grossman School of Medicine and serves as class president for the Class of 2024. She is also involved in the Medical Student Doula club. Her career interests are still undecided, but she spent the summer with the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at NYU Langone and continues to participate in orthopedic surgery research. Outside of medicine, you can find her working out at Blink gym, reading a book in Bryant Park, watching football at a midtown Irish pub, walking all over Manhattan, or simply spending quality time with her favorite people.

Elizabeth Stiles

Elizabeth Stiles

Elizabeth Stiles is a first-year student in the four-year MD program at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. She grew up in Syosset, New York. During high school, she started a not-for-profit organization called Helping Hand Babysitting, which offers free childcare to Long Island families affected by cancer. She went on to major in neuroscience and minor in philosophy at Swarthmore College. She played on the varsity women’s basketball team and advised student interns as an associate for public health at the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility. Elizabeth worked as a clinical assistant and medical scribe at a private fertility clinic in Manhattan during her gap year. In addition to being an admissions ambassador at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, Elizabeth is a Silverstein Scholar, volunteer doula at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, and clinical assistant at the NYC Free Clinic. In her free time, Elizabeth loves to run along the East River, try new restaurants, and play with her orange tabby cat.

Vishal Sundaram

Vishal Sundaram

Vishal Sundaram is an MD student in the Class of 2025. He grew up in the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio, and graduated from Cornell University in 2021 with a major in chemistry and minors in math and global health. While currently part of the four-year pathway, he is interested in pursuing the MD/MPA dual degree program in health policy and management. He also hopes to get involved in clinical and/or policy-based research in the coming months.

In his free time, Vishal likes to sing, listen to, and make music. He is a cellist by training and is working on learning the guitar and piano. He also loves to cook for people and try all of the food that New York City has to offer. If he’s looking to blow off some steam, Vishal enjoys playing basketball with his friends and going for runs along the East River.

Jairo Triana

Jairo Triana

Jairo Triana is a third-year medical student in the four-year pathway. He was born in New York and raised in Miami, Florida, surrounded by a vibrant Latino community. He served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps before deciding to change career paths to medicine. Jairo graduated with a BS degree in biology from Florida International University and participated in research at his home institution for one year following graduation. Upon entry, Jairo has participated in multiple student groups including, volunteering at the NYC Free Clinic and taking part in the STARs Sexual Education Program. He is former co-president of the Latino Medical Student Association, is an active member of the Black and Latino Student Association, and has participated across multiple efforts in NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s admissions department, including but not limited to, campus tours and interviewing prospective applicants. He has been dedicated to increasing diversity within the student body and enriching pipeline programs for future students. He participated in the Orthopedics Research Program in the summer between his first and second year. His interests include weightlifting, water activities, hiking, and traveling.

Katherine Ventre

Katherine Ventre

Katherine (Katie) Ventre is a student in the MD/PhD program from Cumberland, Maine. Before starting at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, she studied biochemistry at Amherst College and worked in a pancreatic cancer lab at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She is involved in MD and MSTP admissions, the American Medical Women’s Association, Women of the Medical Science Training Program at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, and the medical school doula program. She is currently completing her PhD in the lab of Amanda W. Lund, PhD, studying lymph node metastasis of melanoma. When not in lab she can be found reading in the park or on the search for the city’s best cannoli.

Matthew Xin

Matthew Xin

Matthew Xin grew up in Columbus, Ohio. He completed his undergraduate degree at Vanderbilt University, where he studied the role of mucosal immunity in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. After graduating with a major in molecular and cellular biology and a minor in neuroscience, he spent a year at Stanford University studying the role of innate immune inflammation in Alzheimer’s disease. Matthew joined the MD/PhD program in 2021 and assists with student admissions and recruitment for the MD and MD/PhD programs. He also participates in community outreach supporting students who are interested in science in general as well as those interested in physician–scientist careers. In his free time, he enjoys exploring New York City, window shopping for new furniture he can’t afford, trying new restaurants, and swimming with friends.

Michelle Zabat

Michelle Zabat

Michelle Zabat is a second-year student originally from Rochester Hills, Michigan. She graduated from Brown University in 2018 with a degree in health and human biology and food studies. Before matriculating at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, she served as a U.S. Fulbright Research Fellow to the Philippines, studying the microbial communities of traditional fermented foods; subsequently, she worked as a strategy consultant in the life sciences, biotech, and pharmaceutical industries.

Michelle is in the traditional four-year pathway at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. She leads the Orthopedic Surgery and Dermatology Interest Groups, the Brothers and Sisters in Science program (a collaboration with New York State’s Science and Technology Entry Program), and the Wine and Food Society. She conducts research with the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and is interested in pursuing surgery. Outside of school, she serves as an associate board member for the Joyce Ivy Foundation, a non-profit committed to the academic advancement and leadership development of young women from the Midwest. In her free time, she likes to play volleyball, run along the East River and Hudson River Greenways, hike the White Mountains, and ferment sourdough.