The Executive Team

Mica Esquenazi
Mica is a member of the University of Rochester School of Medicine Class of 2017. She graduated with honors from Stanford University with a B.S. in Science, Technology, and Society, and a B.A. in Medical Anthropology. She works as a clinical researcher within the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Department of Otolaryngology and Burn Surgery Division. She previously served on AMWA’s National Student Executive Board as Secretary and as a clinical researcher for VisualDx. She also served as local president of her school’s AMA and AMWA chapters. Mica is a resident in otolaryngology at the Baylor College of Medicine.
Gabriel Glaun
Gabriel is a member of the University of Central Florida College of Medicine Class of 2017. He graduated magna cum laude with honors from Florida State University with a B.S. in Biological Science. He is currently conducting research under Dr. Jonathan Phillips at the Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital, investigating anterior-distal hemiepiphysiodesis of the femur in patients with knee flexion contractures as well as management of atlantoaxial instability. He served as President of the Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Interest Group at UCF COM. Gabriel is pursuing a career in orthopaedic surgery.
Pooja Karukonda
Pooja is a member of University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine class of 2019, where she is completing the Physician Scientist Training Program. She graduated from the Johns Hopkins University with dual degrees in Neuroscience and Russian, reflecting her enthusiasm for both scientific and literary pursuits. Pooja is interested in radiation oncology and plans to spend a year researching the role of radiation therapy in promoting an anti-tumor host immune response.
Jonathan Cohen
Executive Editor
Jonathan is a member of the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine/Carnegie Mellon University. He graduated from Swarthmore College with a B.A. in Biochemistry. He plans to pursue a PhD in immunology studying the role of cutaneous innervation in immunity. Additionally, he conducts clinical research in the Department of Neurosurgery. Jonathan currently serves on the board of directors of the American Chronic Pain Association. He plans to pursue a career in Neurosurgery.
Anna Artymowicz
Design Associate Editor
Anna is a member of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry class of 2018. She graduated from the University of Toronto with a B.Sc. in Neuroscience and completed her undergraduate thesis on stem cell transplantation for CNS remyelination. After graduating, she volunteered with medical organizations in Panama and Costa Rica, working in a medical clinic and as a Spanish-English translator for the medical N.G.O the Floating Doctors. Born in the USA, she grew up in Sweden and then moved to Canada before starting medical school in the USA.
Eileen Nguyen
The MSPress Journal Associate Editor
​Eileen is an MD-PhD candidate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine – Carnegie Mellon University Medical Scientist Training Program. Originally from Fullerton, California, Eileen completed a BS in Neuroscience at UCLA. After graduation, she received an intramural research training fellowship from the National Institutes of Health to study ganglion cell circuitry at the National Eye Institute and pain signaling at the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. Her interests include systems neuroscience and science literacy. Outside of school, Eileen enjoys cooking, backpacking, and skiing.
William Hsu
Free Clinic Research Collective Associate Editor
William is an MD/MBA candidate at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He graduated summa cum laude from Rice University with a BA in Biochemistry and Cell Biology. While at Rice University, William researched microbial metabolism for industrial applications. Currently, he is involved in quality improvement projects with the UTSW anesthesiology department. In addition to clinical practice, William is passionate about healthcare policy, administration, and operations.
Shaun Webb
The MSPress Blog Copy Editor
​Shaun is member of the Western University of Health Sciences class of 2018. He graduated from Weber State University with a B.S. in Medical Laboratory Sciences. Born and raised in Kaysville, Utah, he loves playing any type of sport and getting outdoors to go camping and hiking.
Janie Cao
MSPress Blog Associate Editor
Janie is a medical student at UT Southwestern Medical Center who is working to become a child psychiatrist. She is particularly concerned with preventive mental health. When not learning medicine, she tries to learn as much as she can about other subjects because she believes that everything is interrelated and very interesting. She also enjoys participating in the arts--all forms pretty much. In the future, she aims to make this world a safer place via creativity and collaboration.
Kate Amodei
Communications and Marketing Associate Editor
Kate is a member of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Class of 2021. She is interested in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. She graduated from Swarthmore College with a degree in Biology. Outside of school Kate enjoys playing volleyball and spending time with her dog Bailey.
Mary Abramczuk
The MSPress Blog Copy Editor
Mary is a member of the Drexel University College of Medicine Class of 2021, completing the Foundations and Frontiers program. She graduated from Cornell University in 2016 with a BA in Biology. While in undergrad she wrote for the school's neuroscience journal, and she is currently pursuing DUCOM's Medical Humanities track and a position with The Tincture, its literary journal. In her spare time she enjoys baking, writing fiction, and video editing.

The Editorial Team


Caitlin Bass
Caitlin is a member of the Saba University School of Medicine Class of 2017. She graduated from the University of Florida in 2011 with a B.A. in Anthropology and Religion. She is currently traveling across the United States completing her clinical clerkships. She loves hearing people’s stories and writing about all of her adventures on her blog Island Gypsy Doctor.
Anand Desai
​Anand is a member of the University of Central Florida College of Medicine Class of 2018. He graduated from the University of Florida with a B.S. in Nutrition. In undergrad, Anand conducted research on Transient Ischemic Attacks (TIAs). His his current research assesses the the impact of medical clinics on medical student volunteers.
Pallavi Dev
Pallavi is a member of the UT Southwestern Medical School Class of 2021. She graduated summa cum laude from UT Dallas with a B.A. in Biology as part of the UT PACT seven year B.A./M.D. program. She has a special interest in genetics and clinical oncology. She is Vice President for UT Southwestern's Internal Medicine Society and enjoys volunteering at free clinics in Dallas. Outside of school, she likes to travel, dance, and play the piano.
Niveditha Manivannan
Niveditha is a member of the Saint Louis University School of Medicine Class of 2019. She graduated summa cum laude with university honors from Ohio Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Pre- Professional Zoology and Biochemistry. At SLU SOM, she is currently the lead of the GI interest group, the community service officer of the Family Medicine Interest Group and she also serves on the Global Health Learning Community as the medical missions chair. In her free time, she loves to write poetry and short stories, watch cricket matches and play chess with her dad.
Stephanie Saed
Stephanie is a member of Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) Class of 2017. She entered the accelerated, six year B.S./M.D. program after graduating high school in 2011. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Natural Sciences and Chemistry summa cum laude from the University of Akron in 2013. She was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society during her third year of medical school. She has conducted clinical research at the Cleveland Clinic, involving psoriasis and cutaneous oncology in transplant patients. Stephanie is interested in global health, traveling to the Dominican Republic in July 2015 on a medical service trip. Outside of school, Stephanie enjoys ballroom dancing, yoga, and kayaking (as much as is possible in Northeast Ohio).
Marvin So
Marvin is a member of the Emory School of Medicine. He holds bachelors and masters degrees in Public Health with a focus on community and maternal-child health. His primary interests concern the development, implementation, and evaluation of community-based interventions to meet the medical and behavioral health needs of underserved children, youth, and families. Previously, he served as an Editor for UC Berkeley's Public Health Advocate and the Harvard Public Health Review.
John Steizer
John is a member of the University of Central Florida College of Medicine Class of 2018. He graduated with a B.S. in biological sciences from Pensacola Christian College and a M.S. in exercise physiology from the University of West Florida. During his graduate studies, John researched the effects of carbohydrate and protein fluid ingestion on inflammatory cytokine release during strenuous exercise. At UCF COM, John served as president of the Arts in Medicine student organization and was privileged to undertake responsibility as editor-in-chief of The Script, the College of Medicine’s annual, student-directed literary art journal. He is currently conducting research with Dr. Melvin Field from the Florida Hospital Neuroscience Institute, investigating the physician management of youth concussions in the state of Florida.
Atrin Toussi
Atrin is a member of the UC Davis School of Medicine Class of 2020. She graduated from UC Davis with a B.S. in Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior and a B.A. in Religious Studies. Her research interests have focused on the mechanisms of axon pruning in the mammalian visual corticospinal tract to better understand the basis of neuropsychiatric disorders. This involvement led her to becoming a Goldwater Scholar. In religious studies, she has focused on the hermeneutics of bioethical law-making in historically religious societies. As an undergraduate, Atrin was the Editor of Primary Research at Harvard College’s publication, Brevia. She is currently affiliated with the Editorial Team at the Cambridge Medicine Journal and is an Associate Features Editor of E-International Relations.
Edward Tsai
Edward is a member of the University of Texas at Southwestern School of Medicine Class of 2019. He graduated from Rice University with a B.A. in Biochemistry & Cell Biology and a B.A. in Asian Studies. Currently, he is completing a MBA degree at UT Dallas in addition to his MD degree.
Genevieve Tuveson
​Genevieve is a member of the Florida Atlantic University College of Medicine Class of 2018. She graduated from Stanford University with a BA in Human Biology. She has been involved in projects surrounding physician workflow and human factor research, quality improvement, and public health intervention and implementation. She is passionate about US healthcare/public health policy reform and tech solutions for clinical medical practice. Outside of school, Genevieve spends time rowing, going to concerts, and spending as much time as possible on/near the ocean. ​
Shannon Wongvibulsin
Shannon is member of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine class of 2019, where she is completing the Medical Scientist Training/MD-PhD Program. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a major in bioengineering and minor in biomedical research. During her four years at UCLA, she performed research on scaffold fabrication for tissue engineering purposes in the Bioengineering Department. As an undergraduate, she was a leader in the Student Wellness Commission and served as the Director and Editor-in-Chief of the student-run health publication Total Wellness Magazine. Her current interests include biomedical engineering and public health, and she is passionate about developing biomedical technology for the prevention and management of diseases.
Priyanshi Patel
Priyanshi is a member of the University of Central Florida College of Medicine Class of 2020. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Florida with a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences and minors in Psychology and Nutrition. At USF, she conducted research on health disparities and Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. Her current research involves Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Cystic Fibrosis. At UCF COM, she volunteers at the school’s student-run free clinic and serves as the president for Mission Nutrition. Outside of school, Priyanshi enjoys dancing, traveling, and trying new recipes.

The Blogging Team


Mohammad Aref
Mohammad is an MD/PhD candidate at the Indiana University School of Medicine. He studied Biomedical Engineering as an undergraduate student and grew an interest in bone biomechanics and a passion for civic engagement and research. He currently serves as the Research Chair of the Indiana University Student Outreach Clinic.
Manjit Bhandal
​Manjit is a member of the Central Michigan University College of Medicine (CMU COM). She graduated with her bachelors degree from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to entering medical school, she worked as a clinical research assistant at the Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute, with the Berkeley Cardiovascular Medical Group, and at the Stanford Medical School. Her research interests include improving outcomes in cardiac transplantation as well as cardiac tumors. She is an avid reader, and loves food, animals, and traveling. ​
Josip A. Borovac
​Josip is a member of the University of Split School of Medicine in Croatia. He graduated from the State University of New York with B.Sc. degree (cum laude) in Molecular and Cellular Biology. He conducted research on mechanisms of epilepsy at the Barrow Neurological Institute (St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center) in Phoenix, Arizona, and studied biology for one year at the California State University, Bakersfield, through a National Student Exchange (NSE) program. His medical interests include Neurology & Neurosurgery, Psychiatry and Clinical Pharmacology. In addition, he is interested in statistics, scientific writing and he co-authored some scholar peer-reviewed papers. He is an avid lover of books, music, movies, and good people.
Ashley L. Franklin
​​Ashley is a member of the University Of Central Florida College Of Medicine class of 2017. She graduated from Rollins College with a B.A. with Honors in Chemistry. Ashley is a varsity rower of ten years, as well as an enthusiastic runner, cyclist, climber, and hiker. She is passionate about women’s health, and plans to pursue a career in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Her research interests include exercise in pregnancy, the health concerns and practices of pregnant athletes, adolescent gynecology, the implementation of new OB/GYN guidelines, and medical education. Ashley also enjoys reading, crocheting, collaging, and dancing.
Shivali Fulchand
​​Shivali is a member of the Cardiff University School of Medicine Class of 2017. She is currently taking a year out of her medical degree to complete her Bachelor of Science in Medical Genetics and is researching the genetic causes of Tuberous Sclerosis. Shivali has an interest in Dermatology and is currently serving as the President of the Cardiff University Dermatology Society. She is also an ambassador for the British Council, helping to develop UK-India work and study relations. Shivali also delivers regular seminars on mindfulness, lifestyle management, and yoga practices. Her writing interests revolve around the intersection between philosophy, ethics and clinical practice.
Leigh Goodrich
Leigh is a member of the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine Class of 2018. She is passionate about bringing health care to the underserved, both at home and abroad. As part of the student-run Outreach Clinic, she teaches a class for high-risk Spanish-speaking patients with uncontrolled Diabetes. She also volunteered in rural Panama this summer, partnering with the non-profit organization Floating Doctors to serve indigenous communities. Hopefully, writing and working with our medical student network will be another step towards global health advocacy. In her free time, Leigh enjoys traveling to new places, meeting new people, discovering new ice cream shops and writing about it all.
Angela Gupta
Angela is a member of the Saint Louis University School of Medicine Class of 2018. She graduated from Saint Louis University in 2014 with a B.S. in Public Health. Angela is particularly interested in the prevention of chronic disease and the eradication of food desserts—she wants to help those in underserved communities gain access to fresh fruits and vegetables. In her spare time, she enjoys reading historical fiction, watching psychological thrillers, and running outside (and to the kitchen).
Samira Hassan
​Samira is a member of the University of Central Florida College of Medicine class of 2019. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a B.A. in Behavioral Biology and Spanish, and an M.S. in Health Science degree in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (Concentration: Reproductive & Cancer Biology) from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins. In her free time, Samira enjoys cooking, writing and journaling, and spending time with her family and friends.
Jordan Metsky
Jordan is a member of the Western University of Health Sciences-College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest Class of 2018. She gradated from American University in Washington, DC with a B.A. in Bioethics. She is particularly interested in examining the intersection between women’s health, culture, and contemporary philosophy. Previously, she taught students with autism spectrum disorders and learning disabilities. Other areas of interest include mental and behavioral health, and adolescent health.
Michael Milligan
Michael is an MD/MBA student at Harvard Medical School. He grew up in Maine and graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Before medical school, Michael worked in the biotechnology industry. While not blogging, Michael enjoys running, swimming, and eating lobster rolls.

Peer Reviewers


Ambika Anand
Raviteja Venkat Burra
Dahima Cintron
Jonathan Andrew Cohen
Sasha DeSuze
Bassim El-Sabawi
Miriam Louise Henry
Cameron Jones
Samuel Kaplan
Shaza Khan
Kyle Hyungu Kim
Ashton Lee
Michelle Lee
Jeong Hoo Lee
Jonathan Li
Charles Joshua Milrod
William Bruce Minteer
Eileen Nguyen
Eleni Panagoulas
Grace Park
Ololade Temitope Saliu
Puneet Sharma
Suprit Chelsea Singh
Min Li Tey
Genevieve Tuveson
Raymond Van Ham
Cassandre Voltaire
Eric Wei
Alexandra Wood
Lusine Zakharian

Emeritus Members

Sanah Ali
Ilya Aylyarov
Roy Collins
Angela DelPrete
Aleksandar Gavric
Kelle Goranson
Matej Goricar
Suraj Kannan
Arvind Krishnan
Stephen Kwak
Elizabeth Christine Lee
Susan Christy Mirabal
Daniel Moses
Ankur Narain
Eric Nielsen
Kyle Rodenbach​
Sara Rendell
Aryan Sarparast
Gunjan Sharma
Joshua Sheak
​Tony Sun
Tara Vartanian
Kelsey Wong
Stephanie Zuo

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