Ton La, Jr.
Ton La, Jr. (T.J.) is a first-year MD/JD student at Baylor College of Medicine and a Summa cum laude and Collegiate Honors graduate of the University of Houston. Since high school, he has volunteered over 1000 hours at Texas Children’s Hospital and the Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center. Currently, he is a Editorial Advisory Board member of the American Medical Student Association The New Physician magazine since May 2015. Outside of school, T.J. is a pianist and a 3rd degree black belt in Taekwondo and Hapkido. Previously at the University of Houston, he represented the U.S. during the 70th Anniversary of D-Day in Caen, France and most of all helped lay the groundwork for the first Texas public Campus Kitchen chapter as an affiliate of the Bonner Leaders Program.
Kali Xu is a second-year medical student at UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine. In addition to medicine, she has strong interests in journalism, education, and international development. Kali wrote, edited, and cartooned for a variety of publications as an undergraduate and led the MIT chapter of Engineers Without Borders. She hopes to encourage large-scale dialogue among students about social issues in medicine through The New Physician’s publications.
Caitlin Bevvino-Ring is a second year MD/MPH student at The Commonwealth Medical College. She is a graduate of Barnard College, where she majored in English and Women’s Studies. As an undergraduate student, Caitlin spent a summer working as an editorial intern for Ms. magazine. Following graduation, Caitlin joined the 2008 Teach For America Corps in Chicago, IL where she taught middle school and high school English for several years. She later moved to the Bay Area where she worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Tobacco Research Center at the University of California, San Francisco. Prior to attending medical school, Caitlin also spent some time in Haiti learning about international medical relief work and disaster area care delivery in and around Port-Au-Prince. She is passionate about primary care, social justice in medicine, and the power of the written word for social change.
Abhinav Seetharaman is a second-year undergraduate student at Columbia University in the City of New York, majoring in Economics and Political Science. Currently on the pre-medical track, he has conducted research at institutions such as the National Institutes of Health, Indian Institute of Technology, and Columbia University Medical Center. Abhinav’s involvement with AMSA began after recognizing the invaluable resources, workshops and seminars it provides for aspiring physicians nationwide. AMSA has provided him with an opportunity to grow and evolve as an aspiring physician, and work alongside and interact with students and physician leaders who share similar interests. He is looking forward to actively serving as an Editorial Advisory Board Member for The New Physician magazine for the 2016-17 school year.
Abhinav intends to pursue a career in medical journalism or health policy, and serve and educate populations locally, nationally, and internationally. Outside of his academic interests, Abhinav is a professional South-Indian Classical Drummer, as well as fluent in the Sanskrit language.