AIDS Advocacy Network Leadership

Avanthi  Jayaweera


Avanthi is a third-year medical student at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine. She graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.A. in Spanish Language and a B.S. in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Microbiology. She served as the VCU AMSA Chapter Co-President and hosted multiple events to engage others in student activism. Her leadership team was recognized as the recipient of the Paul R. Wright Chapter Success Award in 2017 for their strong commitment towards building new and strengthening current physician leaders in the community.

Avanthi has also taken an active role with AMSA National by serving on the Steering Committee for the AIDS Advocacy Network (AAN) for four years before deciding to step into the shoes of Co-Chair. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to work more closely with her peers and is ready to do whatever it takes for effective healthy policies that protect patient rights. She is pumped for another year of advocacy and is eager to continue to fight for social justice!

Shima Ge


Shima Ge is an MPH student at George Washington University who graduated from University of Maryland with a Bachelor’s Degree in General Biology and Spanish. He will be applying to begin medical school after completing his masters program. Currently, he is a clinical research coordinator at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.