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The NMPRA Board of Directors consists of many 2nd-4th year med peds residents, med-peds leaders, and exceptional staff who volunteer their time outside of their clinical duties to maintain the NMPRA and ensure a strong Med-Peds community. 

Positions become available June of every year. Terms vary between position.

Maria Siow

President

Maria Siow

President

Maria Siow

President

Maria grew up just outside of Birmingham, Alabama. She attended Auburn University (War Eagle!) and spent many Saturdays in Jordan Hare Stadium cheering on the Tigers. As a medical student at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, she developed a passion for medical education serving as a representative to the AAMC, on the curriculum committee, and during an LCME site visit. She incorporated implicit association tests into the clinical skills curriculum at South Alabama. Maria looks forward to the work NMPRA will accomplish with the new DEI sub-committee.
Sophia Urban

Past President

Sophia Urban

Past President

Sophia Urban

Past President

Sophia grew up in Falls Church, VA, right outside the nation’s capital, before heading to the University of Virginia, where she developed a love of all things Virginia basketball (GO HOOS!). She then moved on to medical school at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA where she discovered that she enjoyed many different specialties in medicine and couldn't quite decide exactly which path to pursue. After guidance from some awesome mentors, she finally realized that the Med-Peds people were “her people,” and she left her home state for the first time to continue residency training at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. She looks forward to working with underserved populations and incorporating global health opportunities in her future pursuits. She is thrilled to be working alongside her colleagues as the NMPRA Public Relations Secretary this year and is particularly passionate about spreading the word regarding the Med-Peds specialty across the country, especially among medical students whose home institutions do not have an affiliated residency program.

Treasurer

John Tepper

Treasurer

John Tepper

Treasurer

Coming Soon!

Stephanie Lee

President Elect

Stephanie Lee

President Elect

Stephanie Lee

President Elect

Stephanie was born and raised in Oklahoma City, OK where she almost became a Sooner for life until she decided to become a member of the Med-Peds family at Jackson/University of Miami Hospital! She received dual degrees, a Bachelor of Biochemistry and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with honors at the University of Oklahoma. During medical school she unexpectedly fell in love with the pediatrics specialty but couldn’t give up seeing her geriatric patients, so she made the only reasonable choice and became a Med-Peds resident! She is currently pursuing the brand new Transition Medicine track and the Pediatric Medical Education Track at UMH. One of the things she loves the most about Med-Peds is that we have infinite choices in creating our dream jobs, and she is excited to serve as Director of Professional Advancement this year to help NMPRA draw a road map to reaching every Med-Peds residents’ dream job.

NMPRA Coordinator

Jessica Guillemette

NMPRA Coordinator

Jessica Guillemette

NMPRA Coordinator

Coming Soon!

Secretary (Traditional)

Ashley Demory

Secretary (Traditional)

Ashley Demory

Secretary (Traditional)

Coming Soon!

Public Relations Secretary

Meera Iyengar

Public Relations Secretary

Meera Iyengar

Public Relations Secretary

Coming Soon!

Lawrence Rolle

Director of Medical Students/Recruitment

Lawrence Rolle

Director of Medical Students/Recruitment

Lawrence Rolle

Director of Medical Students/Recruitment

Alexis Tchaconas

Webmaster

Alexis Tchaconas

Webmaster

Alexis Tchaconas

Webmaster

Alexis is a lifetime New Yorker. She grew up in Queens and Long Island, attended undergrad at Columbia, went to med school at Hofstra/Northwell and is now in her third year of residency at Mount Sinai. Her interest in medicine developed from her brother's experience in the healthcare system as a young adult with autism. She specifically became interested in the transition of care for young adults with developmental disabilities, which naturally led her to med-peds. Her favorite thing about NMPRA is the opportunity to work with diverse colleagues from across the country who are so incredibly driven and talented! As NMPRA webmaster, Alexis manages our website and provides a unifying place for Med-Peds physicians of all stages. She is currently working to increase medical student engagement through the website by implementing a forum that medical students can use to ask current med-peds residents questions about the field. In her spare time, Alexis enjoys playing golf, cooking and exploring different neighborhoods in NYC.

Director of Community Service and Outreach

Salima Sewani

Director of Community Service and Outreach

Salima Sewani

Director of Community Service and Outreach

Coming Soon!

Adrianna Stanley

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Subcommittee

Adrianna Stanley

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Subcommittee

Adrianna Stanley

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Subcommittee

A northern California native, Adrianna grew up enjoying sunny days in the Bay Area. At 18, she traded sunshine for snow boots, attending Harvard for undergrad and majoring in History of Science with a minor in Global Health and Health Policy. In 2013, she completed a post-graduate fellowship in her mother’s home country of Costa Rica, where she worked to provide primary care to uninsured Nicaraguan immigrants. After this she attended Dartmouth for medical school, where she dedicated her time to serving on the Latino Medical Student Association NE executive board, further fueling her passions for health equity. In 2017, she took a brief detour to the United Kingdom, where she completed a masters at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. A decade after leaving the nest and exploring the world, Adrianna has returned to her home state of California, where she is a second year Med-Peds resident at UCLA. She serves as traditional secretary of NMPRA last year and created the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee of NMPRA that she now directs. She loves mentoring undergrads and medical students so feel free to reach out with any ideas or questions! As we say in Costa Rica – Pura Vida!

Director-Elect of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Subcommittee

Amara Davidson

Director-Elect of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Subcommittee

Amara Davidson

Director-Elect of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Subcommittee

Nathan VanderVeen

Director of Professional Advancement

Nathan VanderVeen

Director of Professional Advancement

Nathan VanderVeen

Director of Professional Advancement

Nate was raised in a rural Midwest town called Allegan, Michigan. In an example of undoubtable Med-Peds foreshadowing, he spent his clinical years of medical school in the very hospital where he was born while at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker SOM. In between, he studied Spanish and biochem at the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) where he lived for several years after his undergraduate studies and conducted research on gene-based therapies for brain cancer. He taught university students in Rio de Janeiro on a Fulbright grant before returning home for medical school. He is currently a 3rd-year Med-Peds resident at UCLA in the Medical Education Pathway where he loves caring for the diverse patient population in Los Angeles, cheerleading medical students and residents, teaching clinical pearls, and helping trainees refine and pursue their professional aspirations. In his free time, he can be found hitting tennis balls with anyone who is willing to play, biking along the ocean path in search of tacos and açai bowls, and swimming in the ocean. 

Nicole Damari

Director of Health Policy/Advocacy

Nicole Damari

Director of Health Policy/Advocacy

Nicole Damari

Director of Health Policy/Advocacy

Nicole Damari is a third-year resident at University of Cincinnati / Cincinnati Children’s. She received her undergraduate degree in biology and anthropology from Brown University in 2012, and her MS in pathobiology in 2013. Prior to medical school, she held an AmeriCorps VISTA position at the Arizona Department of Health Services in the Refugee Health Program. She attended medical school at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, where she was involved in advocacy and services initiatives aimed at eliminating health disparities for all marginalized and underserved communities. She is passionate about empowering healthcare professionals to use their platform to advocate for changes that support the wellbeing of their patients and profession, and is thrilled to be serving as NMPRA’s Director of Health Policy and Advocacy.

MPAC Liaison

Juhi Ramchandani

MPAC Liaison

Juhi Ramchandani

MPAC Liaison

Coming Soon!

About NMPRA

NMPRA (the National Med-Peds Residents’ Association) seeks to enhance the Med-Peds specialty by: supporting and promoting resident advancement and professional opportunities; creating national connections and opportunities for residents; increasing awareness of and advocating for med-peds as a specialty; and recruiting medical students in the specialty.

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