Perry Tsai is a rising 8th-year MD/PhD student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, returning for his clinical rotations. After growing up in New Orleans, LA, and studying biochemical sciences at Harvard in Cambridge, MA, he worked in a laboratory of the Immune Disease Institute at Harvard Medical School. In 2009, he moved to Chapel Hill to begin his clinical and scientific training. There, he realized a passion for sexual health and LGBT health and took on opportunities to be an HIV testing coordinator, a Daily Tar Heel sex columnist, a co-leader of the Queer Straight Alliance, and a sexuality lecturer at his school and other local colleges. In addition, he continues to enjoy music as the director of the MedUNCedoos medical school a cappella group. He is completing his graduate studies in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology, studying HIV in a humanized mouse model.
Perry’s journey with AMSA began as a participant in the Sexual Health Scholars Program (now called the Sexual Health Leadership Course), which he went on to co-direct for three years. He was later elected to the national positions of LGBT Programming coordinator and Gender & Sexuality action committee chair, where he has helped to develop a national network of LGBT-group student leaders. His efforts were recognized with the James Slayton National Award for Leadership Excellence in 2013, and he has previously served on the Board of Trustees as Vice President for Programming Development.
Perry enjoys stitching together Powerpoint animations, bonding with his (roommate’s) Rhodesian ridgeback, and breaking out into spontaneous recitative throughout the day.