National Student Advisory Board 2018-19
Emily Georges previously served on the Conference Committee and Advocacy Committee of the PHR SAB. She is currently a fourth year medical student and a co-chair of the PHR chapter at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Prior to coming to medical school, Emily taught for three years at a public high school in Boston. She also did outreach and education with Planned Parenthood, working specifically to increase health coverage and literacy within underserved, rural communities. Since starting medical school, she has continued her work in adolescent education by starting a nutrition program at a local alternative high school. Emily has also been engaged in addressing issues of gender based violence and started a free clinic for victims/survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence.
AA\ndrew Milewski earned his bachelor's degree in physics from Harvard College in 2012 and is currently enrolled in the Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan Kettering Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program. Andrew completed his PhD training in Professor Hudspeth's Laboratory of Sensory Neuroscience at The Rockefeller University. Since defending his thesis, Andrew has resumed his clinical training at Weill Cornell Medicine. In 2012, Andrew joined the Weill Cornell Center for Human Rights, a medical student-run organization that partners with Physicians for Human Rights to provide pro bono forensic medical evaluations to individuals seeking asylum in the United States. Andrew proudly served as Co-Executive Director of the Center in 2017 and remains an active member in the organization. Andrew currently co-chairs the PHR National Student Advisory Board, an organization comprising hundreds of students across the country who are dedicated to addressing human-rights abuses.
Thomas Kuczmarski serves on the Advocacy Committee after previously serving on the Conference Committee of the PHR SAB. He is a fourth year medical student at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Thomas graduated from Williams College in 2012, and spent a year in Taiwan on a Fulbright grant teaching English to 1st through 6th graders at two elementary schools and to psychiatric patients at a local hospital. He then spent two years enrolling patients into clinical trials in the Emergency Department at Brigham and Women's Hospital. At Dartmouth, he helped organize a symposium on refugee health and the refugee crisis. He is also involved with promoting advance care planning in underserved communities in the Upper Valley and in the medical school. In his free time, Thomas enjoys running, playing basketball, and watching Chicago sports teams.
Michelle Munyikwa serves on the Advocacy Committee after several years volunteering with the Philadelphia Human Rights Clinic. She is an MD/PhD candidate in cultural anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is writing a dissertation on refugees and asylum seekers in the United States, connecting their experiences to broader struggles for racial and economic justice. She has been working with refugees and asylum seekers for six years, from assisting with asylum affidavits to organizing health education sessions for recently-resettled refugee women. An immigrant herself, she is interested in the role of physicians as advocates for more just and equitable migration policy in the United States and beyond.
Shefali Sood serves on the Advocacy Committee on the Student Advisory Board and is also a co-leader for the PHR Chapter at New York University (NYU), where she is a second-year medical student. Shefali grew up in Michigan and graduated from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (Go Blue!) in 2017 with a degree in International Studies, focusing on Global Environment and Health, and Spanish Language and Culture. Shefali wrote her Honors Thesis on the ‘climate change refugee’ discourse in South Asia. She also interned at Jewish Family Services in Ann Arbor though the ESL program for migrants and refugees. Currently, she is interested in exploring the field of environmental health and its widespread implications and is working with the other co-leaders at NYU to establish a student-run asylum clinic at NYU.
Natalia Zbib serves on the Advocacy Committee on the Student Advisory Board. She is a Geisel Dartmouth School of Medicine 2020 who has been involved in PHR since her first year of medical school. She co-chaired the 2018 Regional PHR Conference titled "The 50%: The Changing Arc of Womxn's Rights." The conference discussed the intersectional and reciprocal impacts of business, law, and socioeconomics on womxn's rights and had over 200 attendees. Natalia is also involved in Geisel’s Restorative Justice project and is a Global Health Scholar. She is dedicated to fighting for womxn’s and immigrant rights and looks forward to continuing her work in global health and PHR in the years to come!
Asylum & Refugee Outreach Committee
Nicole Aguirre currently serves on the Asylum and Refugee Outreach Committee. She is a fourth-year student at the Weill Cornell School of Medicine, where she is a senior student advisor to the Weill Cornell Center for Human Rights. Nicole completed a degree in biochemistry at Stanford University. She moved to Peru after graduating to work as an aide in a hospital, working to reduce infant mortality, while also studying the intersect between traditional and western medicine. Most recently, she spent the eight months in India developing and trialing a hand-held colposcope for the early detection of cervical cancer in rural areas. After completing her medical education, Nicole hopes to be a physician dedicated to equal access to health care and a gynecologist dedicated to women's rights.
Ryan Lion previously served as the regional chapter mentor to NYC. He is a third year student at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, he attended the University of Notre Dame where he studied anthropology and developed a passion for Global Health through his work with an NGO in Senegal. He went on to receive his Masters of Science in Global Health from Duke University while working in a lab at the Duke Global Health Institute exploring the co-occurrence of drug addiction and HIV infection. Ryan's research took him to South Africa for several months to study the methamphetamine epidemic in Cape Town. He joined PHR at Georgetown in 2015 and was a coordinator of the chapter’s asylum program. He hopes to be a physician committed to research, global health policy, and addressing social inequity.
Maddy Sharp currently serves on the Asylum and Refugee Outreach Committee. She is a third year student at the Yale School of Medicine, where she is a co-leader of the Yale PHR chapter. Maddy conducted cryptococcal meningitis research among HIV patients in Uganda as an undergraduate at Yale University and moved to Nicaragua after graduating to research a kidney disease epidemic among sugarcane workers. Most recently, she spent the 2017 summer in Jordan examining the association between depression and chronic disease among female Syrian refugees and host communities. After completing her medical education, Maddy aspires to provide medical care to displaced populations.
Michael Dorritie serves on the Conference Committee of the PHR Student Advisory Board. He is currently a second-year medical student and chair of the PHR chapter at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harlem, NY. Originally from Long Island, he graduated from the University of Notre Dame, where he studied Pre-Professional Studies and Spanish Language and Culture. Prior to medical school, Michael worked as a healthcare technology consultant, bringing big-data public health solutions to rural communities and improving medical access for local populations. At TouroCOM, he also serves on the executive board for the school's student-run health clinic, which recently opened its doors to the Harlem community in Summer 2018.
Rohini Kopparam serves on the Conference Committee of the PHR Student Advisory Board and is currently an MS2 at Weill Cornell Medical School. Rohini is passionate about gender equality and seeks opportunities to help vulnerable women from all over the world achieve this. After graduation, Rohini pursued research through a Fulbright Grant in Mumbai, India. She conducted qualitative research investigating the utilization of government initiatives to eliminate female feticide and empower girls under the mentorship of professors at the Tata Institute for Social Sciences. At Weill Cornell,Rohini is involved with the Weill Cornell Center for Human Rights as a Public Relations and Advocacy Coordinator.
Meredith Peck serves as Co-Chair for the 2018 National Conference Committee. She is currently a 3rd year medical student at the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harlem and previously served as the Vice President on the 2017-2018 TouroCOM PHR Executive Board. Meredith received her undergraduate degree from Smith College with a B.A. in Biochemistry and a 5-College Certificate in Culture, Health, and Science. Prior to medical school, she conducted Biophysics research at Johns Hopkins and volunteered in a clinic for the uninsured in East Baltimore.
Regional Chapter Mentors
Allison previously served on the Media Committee for the PHR National Student Advisory Board. She is a second-year medical student at Georgetown University School of Medicine. She majored in Biology at the University of Georgia and also completed a Master of Public Health in Health Policy & Management.
She joined PHR at Georgetown in 2017 as a Education & Advocacy Coordinator with the goal of educating students, faculty, and the community about health and human rights issues.
Emlyn is a fourth year student at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, where she led the internal operations of Geisel’s PHR chapter in her second year and co-chaired engagement and outreach initiatives. Her focus on improving inequities in social determinants of health began as a Biology and Society major at Cornell University, leading her to work in population health and explore international health. Then after receiving her Masters in Human Health and Nutrition at Columbia University, she worked at a new insurance company during the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Throughout her time in medical school, Emlyn continues to be passionate about expanding access to care and promoting healthy living in underserved populations as a manager for a free clinic, coordinator for community flu-vaccination drives, and a weight and wellness educator and cooking instructor.
Anu Murthy previously served on the Conference Committee for the PHR National Student Advisory Board. She is a third year student at Georgetown University School of Medicine, where she founded an organization that develops health outreach talks for inmates in correctional facilities. Originally from Orange County, California, she attended UCLA to study Biomedical Engineering. After working as a clinical engineer in the a medical device industry for several years, she is excited to switch gears and explore the role physicians play in addressing health disparities domestically and globally.
Avani Kolla serves on the media committee for the PHR National Student Advisory Board. She is a second year medical student at NYU School of Medicine, where she serves as a co-leader for NYU's PHR chapter. As an undergraduate, she studied Neuroscience and Spanish at the University of Pittsburgh. She was also a co-chair for the Spanish interpreter program at the Birmingham Free Clinic in Pittsburgh, during which she developed a passion for advocating for underserved and refugee health. During medical school, she plans to continue this passion through her research in health disparities at the Center for the Study of Asian American Health as well as by establishing an asylum clinic at NYU along with the other PHR co-leaders.
Katherine Trinh previously served on the Conference Committee for the PHR National Student Advisory Board and currently serves on the Media Committee for the PHR National Student Advisory Board. She is in her third year of medical school and served as the PHR chapter lead at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth during her second year. Before coming to Dartmouth, she studied at the University of California, Berkeley and worked to provide free health care and social services to the homeless and disenfranchised populations of the bay area. Katherine also volunteered at an orphanage for children with special needs and a free clinic predominantly serving undocumented immigrants. This year, Katherine and the PHR chapter at Dartmouth will be focusing their energy on restorative justice, refugee advocacy, and the annual PHR Regional Conference at Dartmouth.