Global Health Leadership

Danielle Kelvas


Danielle says: “As I lay on the hospital bed, drips of perspiration racing down my fevered face, I began to ponder two queries: (1) if this bed would be my final resting place, and (2) if my international trips were worth the experience if number one was actually going to happen. I’ve experienced that feeling three separate times now: once in Guatemala with a severe viral illness, in Ukraine with food poisoning, and in Malawi with malaria. Despite them all, I still continue to travel and volunteer in underserved communities. Since 2010, I’ve traveled to over 30 countries, diligently seeking every opportunity imaginable to expand my career in Emergency Medicine and Global Health. After residency, I will pursue additional training in disaster relief and complete a Wilderness Medicine Fellowship.”

Originally from Long Island, New York, Danielle is currently a fourth-year medical student at Quillen College of Medicine. She completed her BS in Applied Biochemistry at Lipscomb University, where her passion for global health first developed. After graduation in 2012, she took a sabbatical from school to volunteer on the World Race. Her hero is her Dad and enjoys hot yoga and tennis in her free time.

Mary Ella Wood

Advocacy Coordinator

Mary Ella is a third-year medical student at the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her undergraduate degree in Biology at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, CA. During her undergraduate studies, she volunteered as an EMT at a clinic in Tijuana, Mexico monthly–an experience that sparked her passion to pursue a career in global health, led her to participate in AMSA’s Global Health Scholars Program and ultimately to apply for an AMSA National Leadership position on the Global Health Team. She has a particular interest in refugee medicine and sustainability in global health.

Outside of her medical studies, Mary Ella writes for her blog, Mod Med. Through her blog, she intends to empower people to work towards their dreams as she writes about becoming a doctor in this day and age. She also writes about controversial issues in medicine and global health as well as maintaining a balance while having a career. Mary Ella ultimately wants to pursue a career in emergency medicine and global health. She hopes to work with other people around the globe to improve health care and access to medicine worldwide.

Shivanthi Gandhi

Programming Coordinator

Shivanthi is an incoming first-year medical student at the University of Mississippi SOM in the fall. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of Mississippi. Having spent most of her life in Malaysia, global health issues have always been very important to her. As an undergraduate she was very much involved in her local pre-medical AMSA chapter. She joined the AMSA’s AIDS Advocacy Network (AAN) Campaign, where she became more passionate about global health and social justice. She will continue to serve as a member of the AAN steering committee. As the Global Health Programming Coordinator, Shivanthi hopes to educate AMSA members on global health and advocate further for global health issues.