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.

Executive Board Roles and Responsibilities

Contact Information


Derek Pinkerton
President
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Derek was born in Morristown, NJ where his father was completing ​his Med-Peds residency, but about a year after moved to Wilkesboro in rural western North Carolina where he grew up. His father was a primary care physician, but also a part time hospitalist, director of a nursing home, and ran a clinic in rural Honduras, so Derek had the chance to see how many things a Med-Peds physician could do early on. He moved to the "big city" for college, completing his undergraduate education at UNC Chapel Hill with a BS in Biology as well as a BA in Ancient/Medieval History. Tarheel-born and Tarheel-bred, Derek chose to stay at UNC for medical school, where his experiences with both Pediatrics and Internal Medicine as well as meeting the phenomenal people that are the Med-Peds community led him to choose to be a Med-Peds physician. He moved to the "even bigger city" of Indianapolis, IN to complete his Med-Peds residency. He is happily married to his college sweetheart Ali, who is a medical social worker at Riley Children's hospital in Indianapolis. He is passionate about Global Health, medical student education, medical history, and of course all things Med-Peds and would be happy to talk to you about any of these things if you have questions!
Colby Dendy
President-Elect
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Colby grew up in Round Rock, TX, just outside of Austin. She went to Baylor University for her undergraduate degree (Sic 'Em!) where she found a passion for international medical mission work and knew she wanted to pursue medicine to be a doctor for all ages. Following 4 years in Waco (pre-Chip and Joanna Gaines fame), she moved to Houston to attend medical school at McGovern (previously UT Houston). There, she discovered a love of both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, and was thankful to have discovered NMPRA early on which helped her not only learn more about the specialty more, but also helped her when it came time to apply. Colby is now very happy to be a Med-Peds resident at ECU/Vidant in Greenville, NC. She spent last year as NMPRA's Director of Community Service and Outreach where she was able to learn more about the inner-workings of NMPRA and connect the Med-Peds community through service. Colby is now ECSTATIC to be serving NMPRA as President-Elect, and hopes to continue to connect the Med-Peds community across the nation! #MP4L

Joshua Price
Past-President
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Josh is a born and raised native Vermonter (if he can call himself that without the requisite three generations having lived in the state). After high school he opted for a taste of city life and moved just west of Chicago to attend Wheaton College. Life away from New England charm was an adventure but he decided to return home to Vermont to attend the University of Vermont for medical school. While a student he was actively involved with numerous programs including "bedside brainiacs" tutoring pediatric patients, and leading the UVM chapter of the AMA. Despite no knowledge of Med-Peds prior to summer of fourth year, Josh ended up a member of the Med-Peds family at Baystate in Springfield, Mass. He is excited to not only continue Med-Peds' strong tradition of excellence but help to expand its reaches into previously untapped areas of the country. Please feel free to reach out with any ideas or questions you might have about Med-Peds as a specialty and he'll be happy to share why he is so passionate about being a Medicine-Pediatrics trained physician!
Maggie Connolly
Treasurer
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Maggie grew up in Rochester, New York. She moved to Boston to study economics at Boston College. Go Eagles! While at Boston College, she was a member of the Boston College Irish Dance team. She was able to travel to Nicaragua for a medical study abroad program and to Australia to work with researchers at Australian Catholic University. She chose to stay in Boston for medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine and then came back home for her Med-Peds training at University of Rochester. She is very grateful for her Med-Peds family in Rochester and is excited to have recently welcomed her new Great Dane puppy, Aoife, to the group. She is looking forward to working with NMPRA and meeting even more people interested in Med-Peds!
Alex Choi
Secretary (Traditional)
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Alex was born and spent his early childhood in Norman, OK. He moved to South Korea for ten years before coming back to the US to earn his degree at Pennsylvania State University in Biology and Psychology (WE ARE!). He then spent two years in New York City as a case manager and DJ, before completing medical school at University of Illinois in Peoria. He is now grateful to be part of Stony Brook University Med-Peds and excited to be part of NMPRA to spread the Med-Peds love!
Allison Stickles
Secretary (Public Relations)
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Allison is from Arnold, Maryland and spent most of her childhood along the sunny shores of the Chesapeake Bay. Despite her love for Blue Crabs and the Navy (BEAT ARMY), Allison moved north to the University of Rochester for undergrad, where she earned Bachelors degrees in Neuroscience and Psychology and a MS in Neurobiology. Somewhere along the line, she decided that she wanted to spend yet another decade in school and subsequently earned her MD/PhD degrees from Oregon Health & Science University. When she wasn't doing her part to "keep Portland weird", Allison enjoyed working as a kids Kung Fu instructor, doing set design for local theaters, revamping the OHSU medical curriculum, and designing novel antimalarial drugs with her PhD lab. Allison plans to pursue a career in tropical medicine/ID and global health. She firmly believes that you should never choose between two great careers when you can do them both, and she is overjoyed to be a part of the Med-Peds family at the University of Cincinnati and a part of the NMPRA team!
Bailey Hansen
Webmaster
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Bailey grew up in Jackson, MS, attended Mississippi State University as a biological engineering student, where he was the president of the basketball student section and amassed an impressive streak of almost, but not quite winning intramural championships. He began doing website development as a summer researcher for the HumMod Project at University of Mississippi Medical Center. After graduation, he attended medical school at UMMC and served as the IT Director for the school's student-run free clinic. He is now a second-year Med-Peds resident at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN and can be found either at the hospital or stealing playing with his co-residents' dogs. His current career goals are to be an academic Med-Peds hospitalist. He likes history, sci-fi, fantasy, and has an unhealthy obsession with college football.

Kelly Barnes
NMPRA Coordinator
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While Kelly is originally from Rochester, New York, she now calls Portland, Maine her home.  She has been the Residency Program Manager for the Med-Peds program at Maine Medical Center since 2006 and became the NMPRA Coordinator in 2011. Kelly’s responsibilities include program membership management, jobs board management, and generally keeping NMPRA running on a day-to-day basis. While decidedly NOT interested in a career in medicine, Kelly would definitely choose med-peds as her specialty of choice – she couldn’t imagine working with doctors in any other specialty.

Hannah Rosenblum
Director of Health Policy/Advocacy
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Hannah grew up in New Jersey, moved to the Hudson Valley for college at Vassar, and then spent a few years in New York City pursuing social justice work in the non-profit world. She then moved to the Bronx for med school at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where she connected with the many like-minded students and physicians also invested in Social Medicine. A bit further north on I-95, she found her residency home at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Med-Peds, and has enjoyed spearheading efforts around advocacy, policy-change and innovation and entrepreneurship in medicine across residency programs. She enthusiastically looks forward to participating in the NMPRA board this year as Director of Health Policy/Advocacy, and welcomes ideas for action!
Harinder Kaur Bawa
Director of Medical Students/Recruitment
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Harinder was born in Jersey City, New Jersey and grew up in a close-knit family. She went to Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken for her undergraduate degree, majoring in Chemical Biology. Here, she explored both worlds of medicine and basic science research, ultimately deciding to pursue a career in medicine at Albany Medical College. She was fortunate to meet the extraordinary Med/Peds community at AMC and has been a part of their residency program. She has been working closely with the Medical Student Interest Group over the past 3 years, organizing various events to promote Med/Peds. She is excited to be a NMPRA director this year and is looking forward to working with her Med/Peds colleagues to help the next generation of Med/Peds physicians discover and experience this specialty. Please feel free to reach out to her with any questions.

Burton Shen
Director of Professional Advancement
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Burton was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. He went to Harvard College, where he received a degree in History with a minor in Economics. After graduating, he completed a post-baccalaureate before attending medical school at Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He stayed at Brown for Med/Peds residency. He is excited to help medical students and residents in their career development and goals.