Health Policy Team Leadership


Nicole Damari

Chair

Nicole 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 Master 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 through leadership in UNC’s chapters of AMSA, Physicians for Human Rights, and the Student National Medical Association. Nicole’s interest in AMSA at a national level began with taking AMSA’s Advocacy Leadership Course as an MS1. Last year, she served as Course Director for the course in addition to serving as the Health Equity Policy Coordinator for AMSA National. Nicole is passionate about health policy and is very excited to be working with the AMSA national team again this year.

Karan Ahluwalia

Gender & Sexuality Policy Coordinator

Karan is a second-year medical student at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill School of Medicine. As an undergraduate student at Swarthmore, they developed a deep commitment to challenge injustice and build health systems that centered voices at the margins. In their first year, Karan and a team of motivated AMSA leadership led a petition delivery action of inter-professional health care workers in opposition to House Bill-2 (“the bathroom bill”), which formally halted North Carolina localities from passing anti-discrimination ordinances. This year, their local AMSA chapter has emphasized building a collaborative, UNC system-wide coalition to tackle structural racism in our clinical care, pre-clinical education and research. In addition to AMSA initiatives, Karan has been active in their QSA chapter advocating for integrated curriculum reform for LGBT issues and volunteering as an HIV/STD counselor at the UNC student run clinic. They are really quite excited to join the passionate cadre that is AMSA.

Robby Randhawa

Global Health Coordinator

Robby is a third-year medical student at Windsor University School of Medicine. He was originally born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he completed his Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences with a minor in Gerontology at Simon Fraser University. During his years in undergrad he worked part-time along with volunteering at a residential home at a local hospital. During this time he had the privilege of doing administrative work with the Canadian Cancer Society as a head administrative volunteer where he recruited volunteers for the society, marketed events, and helped the volunteer department managers. During his pre-medical semester he was introduced to AMSA for the first time and has been a member ever since.

He worked his way up at his local AMSA chapter, starting off as a junior executive and eventually becoming Vice-President. He was able to put together several initiatives and workshops during his time with his local AMSA chapter. He was President of the South Asian Student Association (SASA) as well, where they put together talent shows to help raise money for local charities. He had the opportunity to put together a collaborative event between AMSA and SASA to help raise money for a local Nevis charity called Pink Lilly. As he progresses in his journey to become a licensed family practitioner, he hopes not only to be a part of different programs to help others, but also to make himself a better doctor and person with more knowledge to share with his peers and future patients. Along with this, he plan to re-learn Spanish again and to get his post-baccalaureate diploma in Gerontology.

Erin Isenberg

Health Equity Coordinator

Erin is a second-year medical student at UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine. She completed an undergraduate degree at UNC’s Gillings School of Public Health in Health Policy and Management, where she developed her passion for medicine’s role in changing health systems and addressing the social determinants of health to reduce disparities. She got involved in quality projects focused on transitions of care for high risk patients and initiatives to enroll patients in insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Before medical school, she worked at Epic to help health systems utilize population health tools to transition to value-based care. Erin first got involved in AMSA during medical school, serving as an ambassador for Advocacy Day. She is excited about the opportunity to be a member of AMSA’s Health Policy Team and further the organization’s effort to promote health equity.

Michael Walls

Medical Education & Professionalism Policy Coordinator

Coming soon!