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MD Student Ambassador Program

NYU 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 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 for 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 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. You can also contact one of the following current ambassadors directly.

Class of 2019 Student Ambassadors

Student Ambassador Salma Abdou

Salma Abdou

Salma was born in Cairo, Egypt, and grew up in Brooklyn. She graduated with a bachelor of arts in political science and chemistry from Brooklyn College, where she was a member of the Scholars Program. During college, she worked with Human Rights Watch, served in student government, and co-hosted a radio show on international affairs.

At NYU School of Medicine, Salma is the co-chair of the Physicians for Human Rights club, a leader in Ibn Sina: the Muslim Students Association, and a member of the New York City Free Clinic fundraising committee. Salma is interested in urban and global health and international relations. She loves to read, learn about different cultures, and travel.

Student Ambassador Sarah Azarchi

Sarah Azarchi

Sarah grew up in Marlboro, New Jersey, and attended Brandeis University. She graduated with a double major in biology and health science, society, and policy.

At NYU School of Medicine, Sarah has been on the Course Liaison Committee, which provides suggestions for improving the preclerkship curriculum to our deans and faculty, and served as a co-leader of the Jewish Students Association and a volunteer at the New York City Free Clinic. She is a dual degree student, earning a MS in Clinical Investigation. She enjoys solving New York Times crossword puzzles and exploring the city with her Goldendoodle, Shae.

Student Ambassador William Barbosa

William Barbosa

Will was born in Puerto Rico and raised near Rochester, New York. He graduated from Brown University with a degree in biology and took a gap year before starting medical school to work in a cancer research lab at Harvard. At NYU School of Medicine, Will serves as co-president of the Student Interest Group in Neurology and Neurosurgery and is a member of the Choir Club. In his free time he enjoys playing soccer, jamming out on his guitar, and catching up with friends in New York City.

Student Ambassador Kyra Edson

Kyra Edson

Kyra grew up in Bethesda, Maryland. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in cognitive science.

At NYU School of Medicine, Kyra is on the steering committee for the New York City Free Clinic and a leader of the Infectious Disease Interest Group and Caring for Kids. She enjoys running along the East River, dancing with Spin Doctors, and drawing in the anatomy lab as part of the Master Scholars in Humanistic Medicine program.

Student Ambassador Leah Gonzalez

Leah Gonzalez

Leah grew up in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey. She graduated from Lehigh University with a major in biology and a minor in business. At NYU School of Medicine, she is the fundraising coordinator on the steering committee of the New York City Free Clinic and a member of Mini-Meds, a student organization that promotes health awareness in young people. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, traveling, trying new restaurants, and spending time with friends.

Student Ambassador Luke Hartstein

Luke Hartstein

Luke grew up in Baltimore and attended Emory University where he studied neuroscience and behavioral biology and applied mathematics. Before coming to NYU School of Medicine, he spent a year conducting research on cocaine addiction at the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

At NYU School of Medicine, Luke volunteers at the New York City Free Clinic and helps run the Health Policy Interest Group and the Business and Economics in Medicine Club. He also volunteers with a local healthcare consulting company and plans to enter the MD/MBA in General Management program to pursue healthcare entrepreneurship. In his spare time, Luke enjoys staying active, spending time with friends, listening to music, and exploring the city.

Student Ambassador Neyra Jemal

Neyra Jemal

Neyra was born and raised in Hamilton, New Jersey. She attended Rutgers University—New Brunswick, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and chemical biology and a minor in biological sciences. After graduation, Neyra took a gap year and worked as a pharmacy technician and a substitute teacher at a local middle school.

At NYU School of Medicine, Neyra is vice president of the Black and Latino Students Association, is involved with the Underrepresented Minorities Student Liaison Program, is a member of the Student Diversity Initiative, and mentors children with chronic illnesses through Sidekicks NYC. In her free time, Neyra enjoys exploring New York City, reading, and attempting to make art in Painting Club.

Student Ambassador Efe Kakpovbia

Efe Kakpovbia

Born in Manchester, England, Efe grew up in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She graduated from Columbia University with a degree in biology. After graduating, she spent a year working in a pediatric practice as a clinical and billing assistant.

At NYU School of Medicine, Efe is a co-leader of the Spin Doctors dance group, is involved in the Student Diversity Initiative, and is a member of the Underrepresented Minorities Student Liaison Program. She enjoys all styles of dance, yoga, and KenKen® puzzles.

Student Ambassador Jackie Kim

Jackie Kim

Jackie is from Apple Valley, Minnesota. She graduated from Yale University with a degree in history. She taught at an international school in Tel Aviv, Israel, pursued travel journalism in Seoul, South Korea, and worked for economist and philosopher Amartya Sen at Harvard University. While there, Jackie realized her desire to address health disparities in marginalized communities and completed a postbaccalaureate premedical program at Columbia University.

At NYU School of Medicine, Jackie is co-director of the Women’s Health Free Clinic, helps lead the New York metropolitan chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program, and performs research in the Department of Population Health. Jackie lives in Brooklyn, where she trains for marathons and commutes by bike.

Student Ambassador Andrew Lin

Andrew Lin

Andrew was born in Taipei, Taiwan, and grew up in Holmdel, New Jersey. He attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied biology.

At NYU School of Medicine, Andrew leads the Ophthalmology Interest Group and is involved in microbiome research. In his spare time, Andrew loves biking around the city, spending quality time with friends, playing music, and improving his vertebrae-drawing skills in the Master Scholars Program in Humanistic Medicine Art and Anatomy seminar.

Student Ambassador Anthony Marte

Anthony Marte

Anthony grew up in the South Bronx and graduated from Boston College with a bachelor’s degree in biology. After graduating, he spent a year working for City Year New York, a nonprofit that helps underperforming urban schools provide role models, tutors, and afterschool programs. At NYU School of Medicine, Anthony loves to sing and is a co-leader of the Ketones A Capella group. He also likes to read, travel, and try new restaurants.

Student Ambassador Michael Migotsky

Michael Migotsky

Michael grew up in Bellevue, Washington. He attended Duke University, where he majored in biology and minored in French. Following graduation, he took a gap year working at Pacific Science Center in Seattle.

At NYU School of Medicine, he is the volunteer coordinator of the New York City Free Clinic, as well as a leader of Gifts of Time, a student organization focused on improving the hospital experience of pediatric patients at Tisch Hospital; the pediatrics interest group Caring for Kids; and the Outdoor Club. Between his first and second years of medical school, he participated in the Pediatrics Summer Research Fellowship, investigating parental understanding of discharge instructions at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue.

In his spare time, he enjoys sleeping, watching the television show 30 Rock, eating peach gummy candies, and bringing nature to New York City with as many houseplants as will fit inside his apartment in Greenberg Hall.

Student Ambassador Allison Perelman

Allison Perelman

A New York City native, Allison attended the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied European history. After graduating, she participated in the Great Oaks Tutor Corps, teaching middle school science to urban students.

At NYU School of Medicine, she is co-president of Caring for Kids, a pediatrics interest group, holds leadership roles in the NICU Ambassadors group and the mentorship program Reach Out to Kids, and volunteers with Brothers and Sisters in Science and Gifts of Time, a student organization focused on improving the hospital experience of pediatric patients at Tisch Hospital.

In her free time, Allison runs, tries out new workout classes, and explores New York City restaurants.

Student Ambassador Rachel Sibley

Rachel Sibley

Rachel is from Dobbs Ferry, New York. She attended Northwestern University, where she majored in biological sciences with a concentration in neurobiology. After finishing her undergraduate studies early, she spent three months working at a local law firm and one month traveling in Europe and Israel.

At NYU School of Medicine, Rachel serves as the sixth-grade life science coordinator for Brothers and Sisters in Science and organizes an HIV/AIDS and immunology course for students at a nearby middle school. Rachel also serves on the executive board of the Jewish Students Association. She is actively involved with hosting lunch panels and campus tours for prospective students.

Along with her other activities, Rachel is looking forward to participating in the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases Summer Research Fellowship . Outside of school, she is an avid Northwestern Wildcats football fan and loves exploring New York City restaurants.

Student Ambassador Farah Tamizuddin

Farah Tamizuddin

Farah was born in Wales and grew up in Springfield, Illinois, a town that, while surrounded by corn fields, is notable for being the state capital and true home of The Simpsons.

Farah attended Colombia University and spent most of her free time exploring and falling in love with New York City. She majored in neuroscience, participated in debate and philosophy clubs, and performed psychology research on self-regulation and romantic attraction.

At NYU School of Medicine, she is a leader of Dining with Docs, a dinner club that helps current MD students meet NYU Langone doctors, participates in Mini-Meds, and is a member of the steering committee for the New York City Free Clinic. She attends all events with free food, occasionally takes hot yoga classes, and if she had unlimited power, would make Broadway musicals free for medical students.

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Emma Trawick

Emma grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, and graduated from Vanderbilt University with degrees in art history and biology. Following graduation, she worked in research at the University of Rochester and Columbia University, where she found her passion for medicine.

Emma leads both the American Medical Women’s Association and NYU School of Medicine’s Student Partnership for Urban Health. She loves working with other university clubs including the Hepatitis Project, Gifts of Time, a student organization focused on improving the hospital experience of pediatric patients at Tisch Hospital; NICU Ambassadors, and Sidekicks NYC, a mentorship program for children with chronic illnesses.

Emma also loves concerts, the comedian Amy Schumer, New York City’s culinary scene, and talking about the South.

Student Ambassador Melissa Velasquez

Melissa Velasquez

Melissa was born and raised in Miami. She graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in biology. After college, she spent a year as a full-time math tutor in a Chicago public high school.

At NYU School of Medicine, Melissa is co-president of the Black and Latino Students Association, helps lead the Physicians for National Health Program, and volunteers in a harm-reduction program at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue. In her free time, she enjoys kayaking, cooking, and exploring New York City.

Student Ambassador Carrie Vuong

Carrie Vuong

Carrie grew up in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and attended Princeton University, where she majored in ecology and evolutionary biology and minored in global health and health policy and Spanish language and culture. She also competed in the 400 meter race on the track and field team. After graduating, Carrie spent a year working at a community health nonprofit.

At NYU School of Medicine, she serves on the steering committee for the New York City Free Clinic, as a patient coordinator, and as one of the leaders of the Hepatitis Project at the Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center. She plans to work as a clinical coordinator during her third and fourth years of medical school. She loves playing soccer and spikeball, cooking, traveling, flowers, and the ocean.

Student Ambassador Joshua Weinstein

Joshua Weinstein

Josh grew up in Wayne, New Jersey, and attended Washington University, where he studied philosophy, neuroscience, and psychology, and graduated with a minor in Spanish. During college, Josh played goalie for the lacrosse team and volunteered as a medical Spanish interpreter at a health clinic. After graduating, he took a gap year and worked as a medical assistant at a dermatology practice outside of Boston.

At NYU School of Medicine, Josh gives campus tours to prospective students and serves as a coordinator for the Brothers and Sisters in Science Heartbeats Program for seventh-grade students. He is an avid fan of the New York Islanders and New York Jets, loves puns, and enjoys exploring New York City’s culinary options.

Student Ambassador Audrey Zhang

Audrey Zhang

Audrey grew up in Cheshire, Connecticut. She attended Harvard University, where she studied the history of science and global health and health policy.

At NYU School of Medicine, she is co-director of the Women’s Health Free Clinic and a leader of the Health Policy Interest Group and the American Medical Women’s Association. She is also a course liaison for the preclinical curriculum, providing feedback and practical suggestions to faculty and deans.

In her spare time, Audrey enjoys classical music at New York City’s concert spaces, searching for the best cortado (espresso coffee “cut” with a small amount of milk) in the neighborhood, and feasting on dollar oysters.

Class of 2020 Student Ambassadors

Student Ambassador Jayne Caron

Jayne Caron

Jayne grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and attended Dartmouth College, where she majored in English and minored in French and biology. She took two gap years during which she worked at Epic, the electronic medical record software manufacturer, implementing surgery and anesthesia software systems. At NYU School of Medicine, she co-leads the Medical Students for Choice, the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Awareness and Education Club, and the Health Policy Interest Group. She also conducts research on gender-based violence under Dr. Veronica Ades, MD, MPH, in the EMPOWER Lab, a clinical research and advocacy lab dedicated to furthering gender equity. In the summer before her second year of medical school, Jayne worked in the family planning obstetrics and gynecology department at the lab, gaining clinical and research exposure.

Jayne is also the director of development for the Women’s Health Free Clinic and a frequent volunteer at the New York City Free Clinic. In her spare time, she enjoys high-intensity interval training, or HIIT; having brunch; finding deals on Broadway tickets through lotteries; and going to bed early.

Student Ambassador C. Austen Hartwell

C. Austen Hartwell

Austen grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and went to Fordham University, where she majored in biology and anthropology. At NYU School of Medicine, Austen helps lead the Integrative Medicine Club and the Dermatology Interest Group. She also volunteers in the KiDS Emergency Department, part of the Ronald O. Perelman Center for Emergency Services.

Austen works as a tutor for the Medical College Admission Test® and enjoys mentoring students who are applying to medical school. She is interested in pursuing a career in pediatric medicine and is participating in the Pediatrics Summer Research Fellowship this summer. In her spare time, Austen enjoys practicing yoga, riding her bike in the city, and reading The New Yorker.

Student Ambassador Eileen Jiang

Eileen Jiang

Eileen grew up in Edison, New Jersey, and attended Columbia University, where she majored in biology. After college, she spent two years researching pediatric tumors at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

At NYU School of Medicine, she helps lead the Integrative Medicine Club, the Brothers and Sisters in Science middle- and high-school mentoring program, and the Hepatitis Project. She enjoys crocheting, gardening, volunteering, and watching animated shows and movies.

Student Ambassador Keshav Mangalick

Keshav Mangalick

Keshav was born and raised near St. Paul, Minnesota. He attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied biology and worked for a year after graduating in a radiation oncology laboratory.

At NYU School of Medicine, he is a co-leader of Mini Meds and the Ask An Ambassador team that organizes the student ambassadors, and serves on the revisit event planning committee for incoming medical students. In the summer after his first year of medical school, Keshav plans to conduct clinical and translational research on lung cancer treatments with an interventional pulmonologist. He enjoys dancing, reading, and trying new restaurants.

Student Ambassador Nicholas Martin

Nicholas Martin

Nick was born and raised in central New Jersey, where he studied public health at Rutgers University. At NYU School of Medicine, Nick is the president of the Black and Latinx Students Association and Primary Care Progress, a primary care student leadership group. He has also been involved in planning Diversity Week. In his spare time, Nick enjoys trying new restaurants and going on spontaneous adventures.

Student Ambassador Elizabeth Owens

Elizabeth Owens

Elizabeth grew up in Springfield, Pennsylvania, and attended Bowdoin College, where she majored in neuroscience. Before beginning medical school, she spent two years working in a hypertension research laboratory.

At NYU School of Medicine, she helps lead the Harm Reduction Alliance and the Student Wellness Committee, and also works with the Brothers and Sisters in Science mentorship program. In her spare time, she enjoys spin and yoga classes, preparing new dessert recipes, and spending time with friends.

Student Ambassador Mackenzie Roof

Mackenzie Roof

Mackenzie grew up in Westport, Connecticut, and attended the University of Southern California, where she majored in neuroscience and minored in business administration. At NYU School of Medicine, she helps lead the History of Medicine Club, the Surgery Interest Group, and the Interventional Radiology Interest Group.

She is also one of NYU School of Medicine’s delegates to the American Association of Medical College’s Organization of Student Representatives. This summer, Mackenzie is participating in the NYU Orthopedic Surgery Summer Fellowship. She enjoys reading, working out, snowboarding, and spending time with friends and family.

Student Ambassador John Wang

John Wang

John grew up in Paramus, New Jersey, and went to college at Washington University in St. Louis, majoring in anthropology and neuroscience. Before starting medical school, he worked as a confidential peer counselor and texting hotline responder, where he became passionate about mental health.

At NYU School of Medicine, John is on the leadership teams of the Harm Reduction Alliance and the Asian-Pacific American Medical Student Association. His interests include photography, Asian culture, exploring new places, pop culture, and finding the best bowl of noodles in New York City.

Student Ambassador Garseng Wong

Garseng Wong

Garseng grew up in Lake Elmo, Minnesota, and majored in human biology with a concentration in food, obesity, and chronic disease at Stanford University. At NYU School of Medicine, he is a three-year MD student on the primary care track, pursuing his interest in preventive medicine and chronic disease management.

During his first summer of medical school, Garseng plans to work with Dr. Mark Schwartz, MD, to evaluate a pilot program that seeks to prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes. The program pairs prediabetic patients with community health workers and primary care teams at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue to provide increased outpatient contact.

Garseng co-leads the Wine and Food Society, Spin Doctors dance club, and the Primary Care Interest Group, reflecting his love of cooking, taking dance classes, and exploring the city.

Student Ambassador Stephanie Wu

Stephanie Wu

Stephanie grew up in Carmel, Indiana. She graduated from Duke University, where she studied art. At NYU School of Medicine, she helps lead LGBT People in Medicine, Painting Club, and Physicians for Human Rights.

Prior to attending medical school, Stephanie conducted research on the intersection of trauma, politics, and visual culture and is excited to be continuing her research on trauma with the EMPOWER Lab, a clinical research and advocacy lab dedicated to furthering gender equity. She loves coffee shops, Bob Dylan, and welding steel sculptures.

Student Ambassador Joseph Xu

Joseph Xu

Joseph grew up in Newark, Delaware, and attended Rice University, where he majored in psychology and minored in biochemistry. After college, he spent one year conducting research in gene-regulatory proteins. At NYU School of Medicine, he co-leads the Internal Medicine Interest Group, the Infectious Diseases Interest Group, and the Christian Medical and Dental Association. He enjoys cooking, playing ping-pong, exploring New York City, and volunteering.

Student Ambassador Trevor Young

Trevor Young

Trevor grew up in Norwalk, Ohio, and majored in biochemistry at Brown University as a first-generation college student. At NYU School of Medicine, he is the coordinator for LGBT Student Liaison Program, participates in the Hepatitis Project, and leads the Brothers and Sisters in Science middle-school mentoring program, while also volunteering in the high school program.

This summer, Trevor plans to work with the Department of Radiology on clinical research. In his spare time, he enjoys walking in Central Park, drinking coffee, cooking, and playing music.

Student Ambassador Eric Zhou

Eric Zhou

Eric is from Columbia, Maryland. He attended the University of Maryland and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry. At NYU School of Medicine, he leads the school’s chapter of Asian-Pacific American Medical Student Association and coordinates labs for the New York City Free Clinic. Outside of classes, he enjoys playing ping-pong, traveling, and dining at the best cheap eats in the city.

Class of 2021 Student Ambassadors

Student Ambassador Shaili Babbar

Shaili Babbar

Shaili is from Robbinsville, New Jersey and attended University of Pennsylvania, where she majored in health and societies.

At NYU School of Medicine, she helps lead the Hepatitis Project. She plans to participate in an integrated health project the summer before her second year. In her free time, she enjoys trying new restaurants, exploring the city with friends, and running along the East River.

Student Ambassador Somil Chugh

Somil Chugh

Somil grew up in Long Valley, New Jersey, and attended the University of Virginia, where he studied biology and psychology.

At NYU School of Medicine, Somil helps lead the Orthopedics Interest Group and volunteers at the New York City Free Clinic. In his free time, he enjoys shooting hoops, playing board games, hanging out with friends, and exploring Manhattan.

Student Ambassador Kush Fansiwala

Kush Fansiwala

Kush is from Albany, New York, and graduated from NYU, where he majored in economics and minored in public health and chemistry.

At NYU School of Medicine, Kush leads the Hepatitis Project, a community service club that offers hepatitis A and B vaccines to underserved populations, and the History of Medicine Club. He also volunteers with high school tutoring and mentoring clubs and takes seminars in the Master Scholars Program in Humanistic Medicine. Kush is an avid football fan (go Giants!), a big foodie, and enjoys exploring various parts of New York City.

Student Ambassador Hayley Galitzer

Hayley Galitzer

Hayley grew up in Santa Barbara, California, and graduated from Columbia University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. After graduation, she worked in a research group at Mount Sinai studying mood and personality disorders.

At NYU School of Medicine, Haley helps lead the Psychiatry Interest Club and the Student Wellness Committee. She also volunteers in the Buddy Program, which pairs medical students with individuals who have Alzheimer’s or related dementias. In her spare time, she enjoys practicing yoga, trying new restaurants, and traveling as much as she can!

Student Ambassador Kelly Hu

Kelly Hu

Kelly grew up in Boca Raton, Florida and attended Washington, where she majored in chemistry and economics and minored in ancient studies.

At NYU School of Medicine, Kelly is a course liaison, co-leads Mini-Meds, and helps to coordinate labs for the New York City Free Clinic. She enjoys running, hiking, exploring new places, and baking.

Student Ambassador Jonathan Hyde

Jonathan Hyde

Jonathan grew up in Bristow, Virginia and studied microbiology at Brigham Young University. Before starting medical school, he spent a gap year working on cardiology and vascular medicine research at a hospital in Minneapolis.

At NYU School of Medicine, he helps lead the Health Education Literacy Program, a group that teaches local adults about healthcare literacy, and enjoys volunteering at the New York City Free Clinic. He is also involved in a pediatric neurosurgery research group working on a study of children with epilepsy caused by tuberous sclerosis.

Student Ambassador Buokem Ikwuazom

Buokem Ikwuazom

Buokem was born in Nigeria and moved to the United States when he was 8 years old. He grew up in Queens, New York and currently lives on Long Island. He completed his bachelor of science in biochemistry and molecular biology at the State University of New York at Albany.

He is the vice president of Black and Latinx Students’ Association and is involved with the Student Diversity Initiative, where he does community outreach and helps recruit underrepresented minorities in medicine. He enjoys reading poetry (Rupi Kaur and R.M. Drake) and even more so writing his own. He loves the many diverse cultures, food, and people of New York City.

Student Ambassador Amanda Jurewicz

Amanda Jurewicz

Amanda was born and raised in Royersford, Pennsylvania. She attended Vanderbilt University, where she majored in molecular and cellular biology and minored in French.

At NYU School of Medicine, Amanda enjoys extracurricular activities that involve education and outreach. She is a leader of Mini-Meds, a group that teaches interesting medical topics to high school students, as well as the Harm Reduction Alliance, which provides education on avoiding opioid overdose and administering the life-saving drug naloxone. In her free time, Amanda enjoys walking and eating around the city with her friends, playing volleyball, dancing, singing, and supporting Philadelphia sports teams (go Birds!).

Student Ambassador Mirhee Kim

Mirhee Kim

Mirhee was born and raised near Poughkeepsie, New York. She graduated from Harvard University with a major in molecular cellular biology and a minor in music.

At NYU School of Medicine, Mirhee leads the Asian-Pacific American Medical Student Association and is involved in cancer immunology research. In her free time, she likes to learn dance choreographies, attend Broadway musicals, and take photos of cute desserts.

Student Ambassador Chris Kuhner

Chris Kuhner

Chris grew up on Long Island, New York and attended Tufts University, where he majored in Spanish and biochemistry.

At NYU School of Medicine, he dedicates his time to the New York City Free Clinic, where he works as the referrals coordinator, and is a co-leader in both the LGBT People in Medicine club and the Spin Doctors dance club. Chris also spends time with pediatric cancer patients as part of the Reach Out to Kids mentorship program. He attends music and dance events as a member of the choir club and enjoys reading Spanish Baroque literature in his spare time.

Student Ambassador Joseph Lebowitz

Joseph Lebowitz

Joseph was born and raised in New York. As an undergraduate he attended NYU, where he majored in psychology. During that time, he spent two years working in a molecular neurobiology laboratory and two years volunteering in the emergency department at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue.

At NYU School of Medicine, he is a three-year MD student on the ear, nose, and throat track. Outside of school he spends his time playing hockey, watching the Rangers, and going to the movies. He also enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Student Ambassador Maya Liran

Maya Liran

Maya was born and raised on the Upper West Side of New York City and could not imagine spending her medical school years in any other city. She attended Washington University in St. Louis, where she majored in philosophy, neuroscience, and psychology and minored in women, gender, and sexuality studies.

At NYU School of Medicine, Maya is on the steering committee for the New York City Free Clinic and loves her position as a volunteer in the Women's Health Free Clinic. She recently ran her first half marathon. Her other hobbies include singing, modern dance, painting, and interacting with kids!

Student Ambassador Zoë Norris

Zoë Norris

Zoë grew up in York County, Pennsylvania, and attended Temple University, where she double-majored in dance choreography and performance and kinesiology. After graduating, she served for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in South Africa, facilitating projects focused on HIV/AIDS outreach and education. Both during college and after the Peace Corps, she performed pancreatic cancer research at Thomas Jefferson University and Johns Hopkins University.

At NYU School of Medicine, Zoë is the patient-scheduling coordinator for the New York City Free Clinic. She also co-leads the Global Medicine Club and Spin Doctors, a dance club. In her free time, Zoë enjoys dancing, weightlifting, cycling, and exploring New York City with friends.

Student Ambassador Jillian Pecoriello

Jillian Pecoriello

Jillian grew up in Westport, Connecticut, and attended Washington University, where she studied global health and biology.

At NYU School of Medicine, she is the co-director of the Women’s Clinic at the New York City Free Clinic and helps lead the Gastrointestinal Interest Club. In her free time, Jillian loves spending time with friends and family, running along the east river, and practicing her drawing skills in an art and anatomy course.

Student Ambassador Connor Peterson

Connor Peterson

Connor grew up in Fairfield, Connecticut, and attended Georgetown University, where he majored in biology.

At NYU School of Medicine, he helps lead the Oncology Club and is a member of the student advisory committee in the Violet Society Program. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball, spending time with friends, and exploring New York City.

Student Ambassador Connor Peterson

Noah Rosenberg

Noah grew up in Englewood, New Jersey, and attended Swarthmore College, where he studied neuroscience.

At NYU School of Medicine, he helps lead the Ketones A Capella group and is part of Primary Care Progress, a primary care student leadership group, and the Pediatric Obesity Prevention Program. He also conducts research in his areas of interest, health disparities and population health. In his spare time, Noah loves playing guitar, watching soccer, and working out along the East River.

Student Ambassador Tony Tao

Tony Tao

Tony grew up in Queens, New York and graduated from NYU, where he majored in neuroscience and minored in chemistry.

At NYU School of Medicine, Tony is the co-director for Camp Neuro, a summer camp for high school students interested in psychology, and participates in Mini Meds. He is interested in pursuing a PhD in cancer immunology with a focus on signaling in the tumor environment. In his spare time, he enjoys running, reading, and going to cheap concerts.

Student Ambassador Shailin Thomas

Shailin Thomas

Shailin grew up near Boston, Massachusetts and received a bachelor of science from Yale University, where he studied cognitive neuroscience and explored the anatomy and physiology behind social phenomena. He is currently completing a joint MD/JD at NYU School of Medicine and Harvard Law School.

Prior to school, Shailin worked in healthcare in both administrative and clinical roles and as a research associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. At NYU School of Medicine, he helps lead the Health Policy Interest Group and the Bioethics Club. In his free time, he watches more Netflix than he should and blogs about health policy issues.

Student Ambassador Malika Wilson

Malika Wilson

Malika was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska. She graduated from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where she studied neuroscience and biology.

At NYU School of Medicine, Malika serves as the 2021 Class President, the chair of the Student Diversity Initiative advocacy group, and co-leader of BASIS, a mentoring group for middle school students. Malika enjoys working out, exploring the city, and hanging out with friends.

Class of 2022 Student Ambassadors

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Elyse Berlinberg

Elyse grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a degree in biochemistry and global studies. After graduation, she worked as a clinical research fellow at the Francis I. Proctor Foundation for Research in Ophthalmology.

At NYU School of Medicine, Elyse is a volunteer coordinator for the New York City Free Clinic, a member of the Student Wellness Committee, and leader of the Orthopedic Surgery Interest Group. She is involved in clinical research in sports medicine and the medical humanities. In her spare time, she likes weightlifting, hiking, cooking, and dancing.

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Philip Carlucci

Phil grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania, and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in biology. He spent two years after college researching lupus and other autoimmune diseases at the National Institutes of Health.

At NYU School of Medicine, Phil continues to conduct research on lupus, is a leader of the GI Interest Club, and serves as the director of the LGBTQ Liaison Program for prospective students. He also participates in the Hepatitis Project and is a mentor for the Brothers and Sisters in Science program. In his free time, Phil enjoys finding new restaurants and exploring the city with friends.

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Rachel Dubner

Rachel was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Northwestern University, where she studied biological sciences and psychology.

At NYU School of Medicine, she serves as one of the Patient Scheduling Coordinators for the New York City Free Clinic and enjoys her position as a lab volunteer at the clinic. In her spare time, Rachel loves going to museums, taking photos of the city, and finding new coffee shops and restaurants in New York!

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Alex Gordon

Alex was born in New York City and grew up in Somers, New York. He graduated from Cornell University with a major in biological sciences and a minor in psychology.

At NYU School of Medicine, Alex serves as a class representative on the Student Council and as a co-leader of the Surgery Club. He also volunteers with the New York City Free Clinic and mentors a middle-school student as part of BASIS. In his free time, he enjoys playing the guitar, reading, and playing video games with his classmates.

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Margareta Ianosi-Irimie

Margareta was born in Timisoara, Romania, and grew up in many locations throughout the United States. She attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she majored in biochemistry and molecular biology and minored in French and francophone studies.

At NYU School of Medicine, she leads the Pathology Club and the Soccer Club. She also volunteers with BASIS, a program that pairs medical student mentors with high school seniors, who are applying to college. In her free time, Margareta enjoys skiing, surfing, and wandering aimlessly around NYC.

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Marisa Ilag

Marisa was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She attended Washington University in St. Louis, where she graduated with a degree in biochemistry and economics.

At NYU School of Medicine, Marisa is one of the leaders for Mini-Meds and serves as patient scheduling coordinator for the New York City Free Clinic. In her spare time, she enjoys working out, traveling, and eating sushi.

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Tamara Kahan

Tamara grew up in New York City and attended Cornell University, where she majored in biological sciences. She took one gap year before starting medical school to pursue clinical research in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at the Cohen Children’s Medical Center.

At NYU School of Medicine, Tamara leads the Hepatitis Project and the Jewish Students Association and is on the steering committee for the New York City Free Clinic. She is also involved in BASIS, a mentoring program for high school students, and participates in the Buddy Program, where she spends time with a person in the early stages of dementia.

During her free time, Tamara loves going to spin class, listening to podcasts, and exploring coffee shops around the city.

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Savannah Karmen-Tuohy

Savannah was born in New Mexico and grew up in Connecticut. She attended Johns Hopkins University and majored in neuroscience. Before beginning medical school, Savannah took two years off to work on research projects abroad, first in Israel and then in Malawi.

At NYU School of Medicine, she is the leader of the Global Health Club and the Outdoors Club. When she’s not involved with school responsibilities, Savannah enjoys traveling, running, and tending to her version of a New York City garden—an assortment of potted plants in her apartment.

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Mya King

Mya is from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and attended Yale University, where she majored in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology.

At NYU School of Medicine, Mya is vice president of the Black and Latinx Student Association, chair of diversity and recruitment for the Student Diversity Initiative, and a member of the Underrepresented Minorities Student Liaison Program. She also participates in BASIS, a middle-school mentoring program. In her free time she loves to dance, watch sports, and explore the city.

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Saydee McQuay

Saydee grew up in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, and graduated from Syracuse University as a Division I rower with degrees in biology and psychology. Following graduation, she decided to pursue a career in the nonprofit sector,working with kids and young adults in the criminal justice system. Her work aimed at reforming criminal justice practices through grassroots community organizations, education, and job placement programs. To keep things fun, she worked as a bartender at a speakeasy.

At NYU, Saydee is on the executive board for the Student Diversity Initiative as the Medical Education Chair and the treasurer for the Black and Latinx Student Association. Because of her passions for primary care and working with medically underserved communities, Saydee is also serving as codirector for the New York City Free Clinic.

In her free time, Saydee enjoys working out and cooking. She also appreciates music from all different cultures and time periods, including Reggaeton, Classical, and Motown.

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Vlad Obsekov

Vlad was born in Gomel, Belarus, and grew up in a predominantly Russian neighborhood of Northeast Philadelphia. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a major in biological basis of behavior and a minor in architecture.

During his time at Penn, he was involved in research at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where he worked with the Department of Anesthesiology and at the Center for Autism Research. Vlad has been passionate about working with the pediatric population. He spent many years tutoring the youth of Philadelphia and a summer teaching science classes in Hong Kong.

Between college and medical school, Vlad split his time in New York City at a healthcare investment firm, where he researched neuromuscular disease candidates for targeted therapies with adeno-associated viruses (AAV), and a teeth-whitening company, where he worked on developing a product that targets oral-systemic health.

At NYU School of Medicine, Vlad is a three-year pathway student in pediatrics and is interested in product design, medical technologies, and clinical research. Outside of the classroom, he enjoys travelling, eating his way through New York City, and finding free events in the city. Vlad never returns to the same restaurant twice. Unsurprisingly, he is one of the leaders of the Food and Wine Society.

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Lucelenie Rodríguez-Laureano

Lucelenie was born and raised in Puerto Rico, where she attended the University of Puerto Rico and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in cell biology. After graduating, she pursued research interests in the fields of neuroscience and computational biology. More recently she performed experimental and computational studies to design selective kinase inhibitors.

Lucelenie is part of the Black and Latinx Students’ Association executive board and she is the Latino Medical Student Association representative at NYU School of Medicine. She is also a preclinical volunteer and outreach coordinator at the New York City Free Clinic. In her free time she enjoys going to eat with friends and family, dancing, and singing reggeaton, salsa, merengue, and bachata.

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Joshua Ross

Joshua grew up in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, and attended Stevens Institute of Technology, where he majored in chemical biology and minored in philosophy.

At NYU School of Medicine, he is in charge of laboratory services for the New York City Free Clinic and is leader of Mini-Meds, a club focused on teaching high schoolers various medical topics through interactive sessions, and the Emergency Medicine Interest Group.

Joshua volunteers as an emergency medical technician in Hoboken, New Jersey, is a huge soccer fan (Go Cheslea!), and enjoys spending too much money at all of the coffee shops in New York City.

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Vyom Sawhney

Vyom was born in New Delhi, India, and grew up in East Brunswick, New Jersey. He graduated from Rutgers University with a double major in cell biology and neuroscience and psychology.

At NYU School of Medicine, Vyom is a co-leader of Mini-Meds and the Psychiatry Interest Group. He is also one of the NYU School of Medicine representatives for the ChoosingWisely STARS program and is working to integrate high-value care discussions into the MD curriculum. In his spare time, Vyom enjoys cooking, hiking, and traveling.

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Sharnendra Sidhu

Sharn was born and raised in Locust Valley, New York, and attended Cornell University, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in human development and a minor in gerontology.

After graduation, she was a clinical research assistant in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, where she completed a number of research studies. During this time, she presented her work at pediatric medical conferences around the United States.

At NYU School of Medicine, Sharn is a three-year pathway student in Internal Medicine, where she is excited to complete a majority of her medical training. She serves as a preclinical volunteer at the New York City Free Clinic and as a co-leader of the Food and Wine Society and the American Medical Women’s Association.

Outside of the classroom, Sharn loves to explore New York City—especially the best food spots, ride around on her Vespa, and try out new recipes from New York Times Cooking.

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Melody Tong

Melody was born in Beijing, China and grew up in Dallas, Texas. She graduated from Harvard University with a major in neurobiology and a minor in psychology.

At NYU School of Medicine, Melody leads the Asian-Pacific American Medical Student Association and co-leads the Orthopedic Interest Group. She volunteers with the New York City Free Clinic as a referrals coordinator. She also loves taking dance lessons, listening to music, and taking naps.