HEART-IM Planning Team
2020 Student Planning Committee
Ohio State University College of Medicine
Elana Curry (she/her/hers) is a fourth-year medical student at The Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus, Ohio. She grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio and studied Public Health at The Ohio State University. As an undergraduate student, she founded ENCompass, an organization that bridges the gap between medical care and social care by connecting underserved community members with resources critical to their health and well-being. She has continued her involvement with ENCompass as an advisory board member. As a medical student, she founded and now leads a thriving student-run free acupuncture clinic. She has also loved serving as the American Academy of Family Physicians student delegate to the American Medical Association, where she worked to shape policy that will improve health and promote equity in our country.
Elana is pursing a career in Family Medicine. Her mission is to advance healthcare delivery for underserved communities, not only by providing preventive, patient-centered, holistic care, but also by advocating for systemic change to mitigate health disparities in our country. Outside of medicine, Elana loves to cook, run, read, and be in the outdoors.
Des Moines University
Anna Johnson (she/her/hers) is a fourth year osteopathic medical student at Des Moines University. Anna earned her undergraduate degree in Public Health and Social Justice from Saint Louis University. During her time in Saint Louis, she began a non-profit student charted organization with the mission of empowering underserved middle school students through the ability of musical expression. She also designed and implemented an elementary and middle school health education curriculum for urban charter schools. In her breaks from school, she loved having the opportunity to travel to Nicaragua, Honduras, and Cameroon to study ethical global health missions, identify systemic needs, and immerse herself in learning about a variety of cultural norms regarding health.
Prior to beginning medical school, Anna spent one year living at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. While participating in their volunteer immersion program, she dedicated her time to studying yogic philosophy and texts, deepening self-practices, and living in an intentional community. After three years at Des Moines University, Anna took a year to complete a Predoctoral Fellowship in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine before returning for her final year of medical school. She is excited to be applying to combined Internal Medicine and Pediatric residencies and is passionate about fostering osteopathic medical care in which individuals are not something to be fixed but rather people to be understood. Anna is an avid equestrian, loves long hikes, and a can never have enough of a good charcuterie board.
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Adam Kraus (he/him/his) is a fourth-year dual MD/MPH student at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. Prior to medical school, he studied anthropology and global health at Dartmouth College and then spent a year working in a rural primary care clinic in Thomassique, Haiti supporting their community health programming. During his time in medical school, Adam has spent a lot of time working with the East Harlem Health Outreach Partnership (EHHOP), Sinai’s student-run free clinic serving primarily undocumented and uninsured patients in the East Harlem neighborhood of NYC. He spent a summer in the Dominican Republic conducting research on the perinatal care experiences of Haitian women living there to inform his MPH thesis and future work in the area. He has volunteered in Sinai’s introductory doctoring course to assist with the curriculum concerning race and bias within medical education. Most recently, he has taken a Scholarly Year off of medical school to work for the CDC on polio eradication, while also generating clinical pathways for chronic diseases at a NY-based startup meant to provide full-spectrum care and social support to Medicaid patients.
Adam is excited to apply into combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics programs to prepare for a career in primary care. He is very passionate about improving primary care infrastructure throughout the world via capacity building and education. He hopes to fuse primary care clinical work with global health education and advocacy in the future to work on an interpersonal as well as international scale. When not studying medicine or public and global health, he is an avid runner and enjoys running half-marathons and also loves trying to learn new languages (currently working on French!).
George Washington University
Kami Veltri (she/her/hers) is a fourth year medical student with an Integrative Medicine Scholarly Concentration at the George Washington University. Born and raised in the Sunshine State, Kami attended the University of Florida where she explored the roles of spirituality, plants, and arts in medicine before graduating summa cum laude with a degree in Behavioral and Integrative Neuroscience. After graduation, she moved to Quetzaltenango, Guatemala as a scholar of the Somos Hermanos Student Immersion Program to learn Spanish, volunteer in rural clinical and public health programs, and hike the countryside. There, her personal healing experience with a local acupuncturist solidified her beliefs in the power of ancient healing practices.
Since starting medical school, Kami has served as the Student Director for the Leadership and Education Program for Students in Integrative Medicine, as well as a National Student Representative for both Physicians for Social Responsibility and the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health. She is passionate about health as a human right, having interned for Physicians for a National Health Program and Public Citizen, and enjoys her biweekly work at Unity’s Upper Cardozo Health Center, a local FQHC that serves the under and uninsured in her DC neighborhood, Columbia Heights. Moreover, she helped to found Access to Integrative Medicine Health Institute, currently serving as the Medical Student Representative on the Board for the only nonprofit offering holistic health care services to all, regardless of ability to pay, in the DC metropolitan area. Lastly, Kami loved her weeks spent living in intentional community at Patch Adams’ Gesundheit! Institute, and can’t wait to commune with fellow med students for a month in the Redwoods!
Kami looks forward to training in a Family Medicine residency to best prepare her for a full-spectrum practice, one that addresses the whole person, family, community, and systems at large. When she isn’t prescribing parks through Park Rx, she enjoys playing in them herself––running, biking, hiking, climbing, picnicking, and practicing yoga outdoors are a few of her favorite things.
Lilian White (she/her/hers) is a fourth-year student at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. She graduated summa cum laude with a degree in chemistry from Heidelberg University. Lily discovered integrative medicine the spring before starting medical school. Ever since, she has been an active member of the field by attending LEAPS into IM (Leadership & Education Program for Students in Integrative Medicine); being a part of the planning team for Integrate Chicago; and, most recently, bringing students together to found Paths to Wellness: health-oriented, medical and psychology student-led appointments for patients at the Bellbrook Open Arms Health Clinic, a free clinic for the community.
Lily is an aspiring family physician with a specific passion for addressing chronic disease through integrative medicine with an emphasis on nutrition. Lily is an advocate for practicing compassionate, patient-centered care and was recently nominated to join the Gold Humanism Honor Society at Boonshoft. Outside of medicine, Lily loves to spend her time stretching out on the yoga mat, breathing deep on a hike, or her favorite: planning gatherings for family and friends!