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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@nyumc.org. You can also contact one of the following current ambassadors directly.

Class of 2018 Student Ambassadors

Student Ambassador Lauren Becker
Lauren Becker
lauren.becker@med.nyu.edu

Lauren grew up in Schaumburg, Illinois, outside of Chicago, and attended Washington University in St. Louis, where she studied vocal performance and chemistry.

At NYU School of Medicine, Lauren is on the steering committee for the New York City Free Clinic and is one of the officers of Brothers and Sisters in Science. She loves music and sings in Choir Club/Ketones A Capella. Lauren enjoys writing short fiction, walking around New York City, and doing yoga.

Student Ambassador Jon Bekisz
Jon Bekisz
jonathan.bekisz@med.nyu.edu

Jon grew up in Waterford Works, New Jersey, and attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in neurobiology. At NYU School of Medicine, he helps lead the Surgery Club, Students 4 Growing Interest for Transplantation, and SiriusXM’s Doctor Radio program. In the summer before his second year of medical school, he taught anatomy on our campus to medical students from Italy and Saudi Arabia. He enjoys running, rooting for Philadelphia sports teams, and exploring New York City.

Student Ambassador Ignacio Calles
Ignacio Calles
ignacio.calles@med.nyu.edu

Ignacio is from Houston. A middle school dropout, he earned his GED® at 19, attended community college for two years, and completed a bachelor of science degree in biology at the University of St. Thomas.

At NYU School of Medicine, Ignacio is involved with the Black and Latino Student Association, where he participates in community outreach and recruitment activities for minorities underrepresented in medicine. His hobbies include motorcycling, hiking, and salsa dancing.

Student Ambassador Rhodes Hambrick
Rhodes Hambrick
horace.hambrick@med.nyu.edu

Rhodes hails from Georgetown, Kentucky. He completed his bachelor of science in biochemistry at Furman University.

At NYU School of Medicine, Rhodes pursues his interests in health disparities and public health as a patient coordinator for the New York City Free Clinic and as a leader in the LGBT People in Medicine and American Medical Women's Association clubs. He volunteers as a harm reduction educator in an overdose prevention program at the Department of Homeless Services’ 30th Street Intake for Homeless Men. A longtime trombonist, Rhodes loves music and musicals.

Student Ambassador Sydney Liang
Sydney Liang
sydney.liang@med.nyu.edu

Sydney was born in Boston and grew up in Potomac, Maryland. She attended the University of Maryland, where she majored in cell biology and genetics and minored in human development.

At NYU School of Medicine, she has been a co-leader of Gifts of Time, a student organization focused on improving the hospital experience of pediatric patients at Tisch Hospital, co-president of the Orthopedic Surgery Club, president of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Club, and a volunteer with the New York City Free Clinic. In her free time, Sydney loves exploring the city with friends, rooting for New England sports teams, and sampling the many delicious foods of New York City.

Student Ambassador Christina Poa
Christina Poa
christina.poa@med.nyu.edu

Christina is from Rolling Hills Estates, California. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, with a degree in biochemistry. At NYU School of Medicine, Christina helps lead the Anesthesiology Interest Group and participates in Mini-Meds and the Volleyball Club. She enjoys working out, playing board and video games, and exploring New York City with friends.

Student Ambassador Andrew Sideris
Andrew Sideris
andrew.sideris@med.nyu.edu

Andrew was born in New York City and raised in Port Washington, New York. He graduated from NYU with a degree in neurobiology. He has since completed a master’s degree in neurobiology at the Pasteur Institute in Paris and a master’s degree in technology and innovation management at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne.

At NYU School of Medicine, Andrew has served as the financial coordinator for the New York City Free Clinic, a co-president of the Food and Wine Society, and a founder of the Interventional Radiology Interest Group. Andrew enjoys triathlon training, cooking, and exploring the city.

Student Ambassador Matthew Siow
Matthew Siow
matthew.siow@med.nyu.edu

Matt was born in Anaheim and raised in Irvine, California. He graduated from Princeton University with degrees in ecology and evolutionary biology and Spanish. During his time there, he was captain of the tennis team and ranked 11th in the nation in doubles.

At NYU School of Medicine, Matt has served as the financial coordinator for the New York City Free Clinic, as a site director for a hepatitis program at the Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center, and as co-president of the Health Policy Interest Group.

Through the International Health Program, he studied for six weeks in Santander, Spain, where he took medical Spanish classes and gained clinical and research experience. He enjoys playing tennis and basketball, rooting for the Lakers and Dodgers, cooking, going to the beach, and being interviewed on SiriusXM’s Doctor Radio.

Student Ambassador Helen Stanley
Helen Stanley
helen.stanley@med.nyu.edu

Helen was born and raised in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and attended Georgetown University, where she majored in the biology of global health. After graduating, she worked at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, coordinating clinical studies in sickle cell disease and thalassemia.

At NYU School of Medicine, she is co-president of Brothers and Sisters in Science and participates in Gifts of Time, a student organization focused on improving the hospital experience of pediatric patients at Tisch Hospital. She enjoys running and staying active, cooking, and sampling the many foods available in the city.

Student Ambassador Rahul Thakker
Rahul Thakker
rahul.thakker@med.nyu.edu

Rahul is from Saratoga, California, a small town in the heart of Silicon Valley. He attended University of California, Berkeley, and graduated with a degree in bioengineering. In his postgraduate year, he performed research in cardiovascular medicine at Stanford University, before packing his bags and moving to the East Coast.

During college, Rahul performed in national Bollywood dance competitions and continues to choreograph routines for talent and culture shows at NYU School of Medicine. He also volunteers at the New York City Free Clinic and is actively involved with school administration, serving as a student interviewer during the multiple mini interview for applicants to the MD degree program, an orientation committee member, and more. When he’s not dancing in his bedroom or singing in the shower, Rahul enjoys playing sports and video games, traveling, and eating. Especially eating.

Student Ambassador Katherine Underwood
Katie Underwood
katherine.underwood@med.nyu.edu

Katie grew up in Westchester, New York. She graduated from Yale University, where she majored in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology and played on the varsity women’s soccer team. At NYU School of Medicine, she leads the Outdoor Club. In her free time, she enjoys running along the East River, reading, and trying out new restaurants.

Student Ambassador Patrick Vining
Patrick Vining
patrick.vining@med.nyu.edu

Patrick was born in Los Angeles and has lived in Southern California and Missouri. He attended Southeast Missouri State University, where he graduated with degrees in political science and economics. Throughout college he was involved with the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and student government.

At NYU School of Medicine, he gives tours to prospective students and sings in two vocal music ensembles. Patrick is a movie aficionado and references pop culture in most of his conversations.

Student Ambassador David Warshaw
David Warshaw
david.warshaw@med.nyu.edu

David grew up outside of Detroit and graduated from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor with concentrations in biology and Latin American studies. He spent a year teaching elementary English in Málaga, Spain.

At NYU School of Medicine, David is the vice president of the Global Medicine Club and volunteers for the New York City Free Clinic and the Hepatitis Project. In his spare time, David enjoys playing the piano, drinking coffee, and exploring the city.

Student Ambassador Stephanie Willson
Stephanie Willson
stephanie.willson@med.nyu.edu

Stephanie is from Mount Holly, New Jersey. She graduated from Rutgers University with degrees in cell biology, neuroscience, and psychology. As an undergraduate, Stephanie served as a resident assistant and taught a course on health professions to first-year students.

At NYU School of Medicine, she participates as a patient educator for New York City Free Clinic, is a club leader for the domestic violence and sexual assault awareness group, and serves as a course liaison for the preclinical curriculum, providing feedback and practical suggestions to faculty and deans. Stephanie enjoys staying active, cooking, and exploring New York City.

Class of 2019 Student Ambassadors

Student Ambassador Salma Abdou
Salma Abdou
salma.abdou@nyumc.org

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.azarchi@nyumc.org

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.

After a year spent tutoring and learning American Sign Language, Sarah started at NYU School of Medicine. She is on the Course Liaison Committee, which provides suggestions for improving the preclerkship curriculum to our deans and faculty, and serves as a co-leader of the Psychiatry Club, a co-leader of the Jewish Students Association, and a volunteer at the New York City Free Clinic. She enjoys testing the speed of New York City food delivery (current record: nine minutes) and drawing bones in the Art and Anatomy seminar.

Student Ambassador William Barbosa
William Barbosa
william.barbosa@med.nyu.edu

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.edson@med.nyu.edu

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.gonzalez@med.nyu.edu

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
george.hartstein@med.nyu.edu

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.jemal@med.nyu.edu

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
efe.kakpovbia@med.nyu.edu

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
jacqueline.kim@med.nyu.edu

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.

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.lin@med.nyu.edu

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.marte@med.nyu.edu

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.migotsky@nyumc.org

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
allison.perelman@med.nyu.edu

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.sibley@med.nyu.edu

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.tamizuddin@med.nyu.edu

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.trawick@med.nyu.edu

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.velasquez2@med.nyu.edu

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.vuong@med.nyu.edu

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
joshua.weinstein2@med.nyu.edu

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.zhang@med.nyu.edu

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.caron@nyumc.org

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
charlotte.hartwell@nyumc.org

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.jian@nyumc.org

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.mangalick@nyumc.org

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
nicholas.martin@nyumc.org

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.owens@nyumc.org

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.roof@nyumc.org

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.wang@nyumc.org

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.wong@nyumc.org

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.wu@nyumc.org

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.xu@nyumc.org

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.young@nyumc.org

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.zhou@nyumc.org

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.babbar@nyumc.org

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.chugh@nyumc.org

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.fansiwala@nyumc.org

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.galitzer@nyumc.org

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.hu@nyumc.org

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.hyde@nyumc.org

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
chibuokem.ikwuazom@nyumc.org

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.jurewicz@nyumc.org

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.kim@nyumc.org

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.kuhner@nyumc.org

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.lebowitz@nyumc.org

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.liran@nyumc.org

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
zoe.norris@nyumc.org

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.


Jillian Pecoriello
jillian.pecoriello@nyumc.org

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.


Connor Peterson
connor.peterson@nyumc.org

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 Tony Tao
Tony Tao
anthony.tao@nyumc.org

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.thomas@nyumc.org

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.wilson@nyumc.org

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.