Avalos, Oswaldo Hasbun UHF Scholar Oswaldo Hasbun Avalos
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

A third year medical student, Oswaldo Hasbun Avalos is a native of El Salvador. He seeks to improve the quality of care for immigrants and other “limited English proficiency” patients. While an undergraduate at Stanford University, he was a Spanish interpreter at the Arbor Free Clinic. Realizing the need to reduce errors due to inaccurate language translation, he helped restructure interpreter services. He later partnered with Stanford Interpreter Services to develop an effective volunteer interpreter education program.

Day, Marcqwon UHF Scholar Marcqwon Day
Morehouse School of Medicine

A fourth year medical student, Marcqwon Day completed his BA at Georgia Southern University where he served as a mentor and tutor for African-American males. He is currently the SGA vice president and academic co-chair for his class. As H-Prep Chair, he works to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in the medical field. Mr. Day participated in the 2012 GE-NMF Primary Care Leadership Program, during which he worked to strengthen diabetes education programs among the Hispanic population in LA. His project evaluated the effectiveness of a health education program, the Healthcare Seminars & Leadership Academy, for high school students in Atlanta which he established last year.

Londono Gentile, Tatiana UHF Scholar Tatiana Londono Gentile
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

A fourth year medical student, Tatiana Londono Gentile, served as Brigades Chair of MEDLIFE, where she aided families in poverty, while an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania. After graduating with a BA in Hispanic studies and biology, she researched cancer biology, and recently published her findings as first author in Molecular Cell. Currently, she serves as vice president of the Latino Medical Student Association chapter, and volunteers as a student-doctor at Promise Clinic.

Lopez, Wylie UHF Scholar Wylie Lopez
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

A fourth year medical student, Wylie Lopez deliberately integrates healthcare with community service. While an undergraduate at Rutgers University, he helped establish a community program, BrosUnited, which mentored autistic teenagers. He has actively participated as a teacher mentor in the Rutgers University Office for Diversity and Academic Success in the Sciences (ODASIS) which aims to increase the representation of minorities in health allied fields.

Mendez, Karen UHF Scholar Karen Mendez
New York Medical College

A third year medical student, Karen Mendez obtained a BS degree in health promotion and disease prevention and a Master of Public Health in global health and leadership from the University of Southern California. Her interest is the reduction of health disparities among vulnerable populations in the US and abroad by developing sustainable interventions in partnership with transdisciplinary teams. With Dr. Michael Levy at Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego, she has published research on the impact of cross-cultural variations on autism spectrum disorders, produced an award-winning promotional video to educate the public on environmental issues, and helped support programs that increase diversity in healthcare workforce populations in the medical school at the University of California San Diego.

Nwagbara, Whitney UHF Scholar Whitney Nwagbara
Morehouse School of Medicine

A fourth year medical student, Whitney Nwagbara received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia. Her community commitment includes her work as a fourth grade science teacher, and also volunteer experiences with organizations focused on physical, mental, and social health issues of youth. As a medical student, she continues to devote time to the community, volunteering at Project Open Hand, a non-profit organization that delivers healthy meals to those who cannot afford groceries and to those who have no means of transportation to obtain groceries.

Onyima, Chiemeka UHF Scholar Chiemeka Onyima
Drexel University College of Medicine

A third year medical student, Chiemeka Onyima is the president of his class. During his undergraduate program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, where he studied biochemistry and molecular biology, he conducted research at the medical school and presented on seasonal affected disorders at symposiums. An active member of the Anesthesiology Interest group and a cultural peer in the Office of Student Affairs, he has organized food drives and diversity talks across campus.

Ramsey, Natasha UHF Scholar Natasha Ramsey
New York University School of Medicine

A fourth year medical student, Natasha Ramsey is dedicated to making a difference in her community. As an undergraduate, her dual involvement in community service and interest in science led to a major in public health and a minor in biology at Rutgers University. As a medical student, she continues her public health work with disadvantaged populations at Bellevue Hospital. In the future, she hopes to continue working with high need populations in the US and globally.

Rocha, Jorge UHF Scholar Jorge Rocha
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

A fourth year medical student, Jorge Rocha integrates his orthopedic interests with health disparity issues. While completing his post-baccalaureate pre-medical program at Columbia University, he was a volunteer coach and mentor for young Black and Hispanic children in Harlem. During medical school, Mr. Rocha joined the Nth Dimensions/American Academy of Orthopedic Scholars Program where he researched health disparities in community-acquired pediatric musculoskeletal infections; this research was presented at the 2013 National Medical Association National Conference in Toronto.