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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.

Sophia Urban

President

Sophia Urban

President

Sophia Urban

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.

Maximillian Cruz

Past President

Maximillian Cruz

Past President

Maximillian Cruz

Past President

Max was born and raised in St. Louis, MO. He went to Notre Dame for undergrad where he majored in Spanish. After college he took a gap year and spent half of that year in Piura, Peru where he had the opportunity to be involved in many local community service and medical outreach projects. He then went to Cooper Medical School in Camden, NJ where he was the 2nd class to matriculate. He was drawn to the school’s mission of service to the local community. He stumbled on Med-Peds while searching all types of residency programs his M2 year. While his program did not have a Med-Peds residency, luckily for him they did have one Med-Peds hospitalist (shoutout to Dr. Nussbaum!) who also turned out to be an incredible mentor and the rest is history! Max started as NMPRA’s PR secretary as a PGY2, where he helped to grow its social media presence (#medtwitter!) and ultimately became President of NMPRA last year. He helped improve recruitment of URMs into our Med-Peds field and launch digital platforms for our annual conference and medical student recruitment initiatives. He believes that we must create a clear and dedicated effort towards recruiting and retaining a Med-Peds work force that reflects the make-up of the populations that we serve, which he continues to promote in the Past-President.

President-Elect

Maria Siow

President-Elect

Maria Siow

President-Elect

Coming Soon!

Jonathan Phillips

Treasurer

Jonathan Phillips

Treasurer

Jonathan Phillips

Treasurer

Jonathan was born and raised in rural southern Indiana. After attending a small liberal arts college, Kentucky Wesleyan College, for his undergraduate studies in chemistry, he worked at Bristol Myers Squibb in their Quality Control laboratory for two years. While he enjoyed his time in the pharmaceutical industry, he quickly realized he wanted to be more directly involved in patient care. He moved out “west” to Kansas City, MO for medical school at Kansas City University. While in Kansas City, he became a big fan of their local BBQ scene and now tries local BBQ in every town or city he visits. He is thrilled to be at the University of Louisville, where he is a fourth year resident.

NMPRA Coordinator

Jessica Guillemette

NMPRA Coordinator

Jessica Guillemette

NMPRA Coordinator

Coming Soon!

Secretary (Traditional)

Stephanie Cedeño

Secretary (Traditional)

Stephanie Cedeño

Secretary (Traditional)

Coming Soon!

Chelsey Johnson

Director of Medical Students/Recruitment

Chelsey Johnson

Director of Medical Students/Recruitment

Chelsey Johnson

Director of Medical Students/Recruitment

Chelsey grew up in Washington State where she attended University of Washington for undergraduate. She took a gap year to work for a free medical clinic in Idaho. This experience directed her towards a master’s in public health at Drexel University with a focus on community health and prevention. She then attended University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Maine. She found her passion for teaching and took an extra year to be a teaching fellow of anatomy/clinical skills/OMT. She found that Med-Peds was the right choice for her because she enjoyed all aspects of medicine and all people. She hopes to use her training and public health background to continue to treat all patients, help to improve population health, teach students and residents and serve underserved areas. She is currently at ChristianaCare in Delaware for Med-Peds training. She is the Medical Student Recruitment Director for NMPRA this year and is very much looking forward to spreading the joy of med-peds to students.

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.

Sophie Sun

Director of Community Service and Outreach

Sophie Sun

Director of Community Service and Outreach

Sophie Sun

Director of Community Service and Outreach

Sophie was born in Lansing, Michigan, but she grew up somewhere in between Plymouth, Minnesota, and Thousand Oaks, California. While attending undergrad at UC Berkeley, she became active in community service as a club officer in Habitat for Humanity, and she also helped to coordinate the first 1000-volunteer event on campus known as the Berkeley Project. She subsequently obtained her PhD in chemical biology from the Scripps Research Institute before attending medical school at the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix. There, she helped with opening an interprofessional student-run free clinic, and she started an annual week-long event celebrating diversity and inclusion. She was also lead tutor at her school and editor-in-chief for the student newspaper. Now, as a Med-Peds resident at Loma Linda University, she is proud to represent the West Coast on the NMPRA board! In this upcoming year, she hopes to connect the many Med-Peds programs across the country more closely to their local communities. Outside of work, her hobbies include making ice cream, eating ice cream, and sharing ice cream with friends.

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!

Stephanie Lee

Director of Professional Advancement

Stephanie Lee

Director of Professional Advancement

Stephanie Lee

Director of Professional Advancement

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.

Bethany Summerford

Public Relations Secretary

Bethany Summerford

Public Relations Secretary

Bethany Summerford

Public Relations Secretary

Bethany grew up in the small northeastern Mississippi town of Amory, which is known for being the midpoint between the Memphis and Birmingham railroads. From there, she completed undergrad and medical school at the University of Mississippi. She then made the decision to leave her home state and travel to Miami, FL, for residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital, where she is now thriving as a PGY-2. She is excited to join the NMPRA board as this year’s PR Secretary. Feel free to reach out to her with any questions through our numerous social media profiles!

Director of Health Policy/Advocacy

Nicole Damari

Director of Health Policy/Advocacy

Nicole Damari

Director of Health Policy/Advocacy

Coming Soon!

Jennifer DeSalvo

MPAC Liaison

Jennifer DeSalvo

MPAC Liaison

Jennifer DeSalvo

MPAC Liaison

Jen was born in Cleveland, Ohio and grew up as a hopeless Cleveland sports fan. She is a triple Buckeye – attending THE Ohio State University for undergraduate, medical school, and residency. Insight from witnessing interactions between her brother, a 20-year-old with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, her family, and his medical team during his transition from pediatric to adult care served as a catalyst for her desire to pursue Internal Medicine-Pediatrics. It also solidified her passion for using a bench-to-bedside approach to research to improve patient care. Therefore, she is excited to serve as the Medicine-Pediatrics Academic Channel (MPAC)​ liasion to NMPRA​ - MPAC is an online PubMed-indexed academic channel through the Cureus platform (https://www.cureus.com/channels/med-peds). She is passionate about inspiring Med-Peds residents to develop and submit their original research to MPAC and excited about recruiting residents to engage in the peer review process.

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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