Elizabeth Abbs is a fourth year medical student at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH) and an active member of the UWSMPH’s Training in Urban Medicine and Public Health (TRIUMPH) program. She aspires to become a community responsive physician-leader focused on chronic disease prevention with both clinical and public health research capacity. Her current global health work stems on identifying cardiovascular risk factors in school-aged low-resource adolescents of Lima, Peru and implementing effective reduction programs. In her free time Elizabeth attempts to find balance; finding strength in nature, food, art, and social empowerment.
Calvin Fong is a 4th-year medical student at Boston University School of Medicine as part of the Seven-Year Liberal Arts / Medical Education Program. He grew up in Los Angeles, CA and still visits often! In medical school, he has demonstrated a strong interest in contributing to the community and exploring healing as an art. He was a co-leader for the Integrative Medicine Interest Group and worked on a pilot study with Dr. Robert Saper regarding the use of massage and music therapy in the inpatient setting. He was recently inducted into the Arnold P. Gold Humanism Honors Society. He strives to become a Family Medicine physician with an emphasis on whole-person healing and an interest in improving primary care delivery. He enjoys playing guitar, watching movies, and video gaming and hopes to run the Boston Marathon one day!
Amalia Kane is a fourth year medical student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in NYC. She studied Latin American Economics and Global Health at Middlebury College in beautiful Vermont. After a summer doing grassroots public health work in the rural Dominican Republic, where she has 2 goddaughters and continues to be involved, she found the Humanities and Medicine program at Mount Sinai and ended up on an alternative path to medical school in the city. She participated in civil disobedience with the environmental group 350, and is interested in the potential healthcare providers have to be advocates for climate justice. At Sinai she is a Spanish interpreter at the free clinic and leads meditation for hospital staff as a part of the Integrative Medicine group. Living by Central Park has been important grounding, and she does most of her favorite things there – picnicking with friends, reading, running, and petting dogs. She aspires to be a holistic family doctor, and can’t wait to spend a month in the Redwoods with an amazing group of healers!
Simon Parzen-Johnson is a fourth year medical student at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine in Public Health. He hopes to become a pediatrician who focuses on cultivating an empowering environment for his patients to develop compassion and empathy that they can utilize throughout their lives. He spent 4 summers in India studying with Tibetan monks and western scientists on the intersection of understanding of mind and compassion between the two groups in an effort to build resources for how to accomplish his career goals. He likes to play soccer, cook and bake, take photos and read nonfiction food books in his spare time.
Katie Ryan is a fourth year MD/PhD student at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. She stumbled into integrative medicine while she was working on her PhD and has found meditation, yoga, and mindfulness to be invaluable for surviving graduate and medical school. She has served as president of the Vanderbilt Chapter of Medical Students for Choice and currently leads the Integrative Medicine Interest Group. She hopes to practice psychiatry with a focus on the mind-body connection. She spends her free time hiking, cooking, working out, and snuggling with her dog and husband. She is beyond excited to spend the next year planning and attending HEART.
2016 HEART-IM Faculty Advisors
WENDY KOHATSU, MD
Dr. Kohatsu, a graduate of the inaugural class of Fellows from the Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, is a family medicine faculty member at Oregon Health Science University. Dr. Kohatsu is certified in shiatsu massage, a clinical researcher and lecturer locally and nationally, with the goal of promoting integrative medicine in the academic environment. She has worked to increase utilization of integrative medicine in underserved populations, and is the editor of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Secrets, (June 2002) and co-author of chapters on the History of CAM in the US, Nutrition, Supplements, Low Back Pain, and Integrative Medicine. Dr. Kohatsu will assist in HEART faculty selection and serve as lecturer.
BILL MANAHAN, MD
Dr. Manahan is assistant professor of the Center for Spirituality and Healing and of Family Practice and Community Health at the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center in Minneapolis. He serves on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Holistic Medicine as well as the board of directors for the Northwestern School of Homeopathy. He is on the editorial board for Alternative Therapies in Health Journal, Integrative Medicine Access, and Integrative Medicine Consult Newsletter. He has published numerous articles on the scientific evidence regarding the use of complementary and alternative modalities as well as community based health care in light of managed health care. He has served as the program director of the MN Rural Family practice Residency program and has served on numerous boards, councils, and coalitions for community based programs addressing drug use, education, and reaching the underserved. He currently is a member of the American Holistic Medical Association’s Board of Trustees. Dr. Manahan will be a faculty advisor and a guest lecturer on integrative medicine in practice.
Ms. Stoyan-Rosenzweig is the Director of the Medical Humanities program at the University of Florida College of Medicine where she teaches a variety of electives and courses in narrative medicine, media and medicine, environmental health, history of medicine and international health issues, and creative expression. She runs the Thomas Maren Medical Student Reading Room and facilitates the development of projects and programs that reflect medical student interests and passions. She also is creating a Medical History Center at the University of Florida. She will serve as advisor and lecturer for the HEART elective.