Ali Bokhari is a first year medical student at NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine. Ali has been involved with AMSA since 2009, beginning his journey at his undergraduate premedical AMSA chapter where he served as President for 2 years. He completed AMSA’s Paul Ambrose Healthcare for All Leadership Institute and became a national leader in 2015. Ali has a background in research, government, and political campaigns which include research in oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, serving as an intern at the White House, and operating on campaigns at the presidential, congressional and city council levels. Most recently, Ali served as a consultant at the Office of the Mayor in NYC before beginning medical school. Ali enjoys running, traveling, and watching reruns of The West Wing for some inspiration.
Gender & Sexuality Policy Coordinator
Adam earned his MPH in Health Behavior and Health Education, with a concentration in research methods, from the University of Michigan School of Public Health in 2016. There, he worked as a research assistant at the UM Center for Sexuality and Health Disparities (AKA SexLab), as a research associate in the Department of Urology, and was a graduate student instructor for the Program in Biology and the Health Sciences Scholars Program. Adam earned his BA with High Honors and Distinction from the University of Michigan in 2015. He created his own major: Determinants and Inequities in Health Care. His thesis, Coming Out for Change: Interdisciplinarity’s Role in Ameliorating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Queer People’s Health, allowed him to study the roles of medicine, public health, sociology, and history in relation to LGBQ health.
Adam is taking a break before going back to school to earn his MD and PhD. For the next two years he will serve as the Director of Pediatric Urology Research at the University of Michigan Health System. Long-term, Adam plans an attempt to tackle the trifecta of being a physician, researcher, and instructor at a large university. He is interested in health policy to promote health equity, as well as researching and improving health care provider education around cultural humility for LGBTQ people, and studying the role of the patient-provider relationship in ameliorating LGBTQ health. Adam enjoys traveling, being outdoors, and binge watching Netflix. He also loves talking with people who are passionate about LGBTQ health, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to him if that description fits you!
Health Equity Coordinator
Nicole Damari is an MD candidate in the class of 2019 at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Nicole grew up in Arizona before attending Brown University, earning a Bachelor’s in Biology and Anthropology in 2012 and a Masters of Science in Pathobiology in 2013. During her time at Brown, Nicole discovered her passion for public health and health equity through her work as a program coordinator for Health Leads. After school, she furthered this interest through her time as an AmeriCorps VISTA members working for the Arizona Department of Health Services in the Refugee Health Program. Since starting medical school, Nicole became involved in health equity issues as co-president of UNC’s chapters of AMSA and Physicians for Human Rights in addition work as an HIV testing counselor and a board member of the local Student National Medical Association chapter.
Nicole’s interest in AMSA at a national level began with taking AMSA’s Advocacy Leadership Course. She has begun trying to put the skills the course taught her to use at the local level in North Carolina and is excited to have the opportunity to use them as a member of AMSA’s health policy team as well.
Global Health Coordinator
Yetunde Akinde is a 3rd year MD/MPH student at Drexel University College of Medicine. She is a cum laude graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she majored in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology (MCDB) and Psychology-Neuroscience. Besides studying medicine, Yetunde has strong interest in global health policy and management. She is currently pursuing her Master of Public Health degree with the goal of working to increase healthcare access for underserved populations, both locally and internationally. Her favorite activities include exercising, cooking, and catching up on TV shows.
Medical Education & Professionalism Policy Coordinator
Wesley Field is a first-year medical student at University of Louisville School of Medicine and cum laude graduate of Tufts University where he majored in biology. Before starting medical school, he worked as a clinical research coordinator at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the department of neurosurgery where he helped manage various functional neurosurgery research studies. He also worked as an EMT both at Tufts University and a private ambulance service in Boston for almost 5 years. This is his first year serving in a leadership position and is excited to utilize his skills and experience to help further AMSA’s goals. Wesley hopes to inspire AMSA members to become passionate about medical education and medical professionalism in their future careers.