HEART-IM 2021 Planning Team
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Prior to medical school, she majored in Global Studies at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and worked in public health research in Lilongwe, Malawi and New York City. While in medical school, she was a participant and leader of the Human Right and Social Justice Program, which connects students to service-learning opportunities in the East Harlem neighborhood of NYC. She was also a leader (with Eileen!) of the Mount Sinai Human Rights Program, which provides forensic evaluations to people seeking asylum. She spent two months interviewing women and children being held in immigration detention and was able to document high rates of mental health distress among these children. She also leads The Story Project at Mount Sinai, a program that allows students to submit monologues that are then anonymously performed by other students.
Sarah is pursuing a career in pediatrics and hopes to continue working at the intersection of research and advocacy. Outside of medicine, she enjoys cross-stitching (especially elephants), hiking, and spending as much time as possible with babies and/or dogs.
Northeast Ohio Medical University in Rootstown
Originally from Dublin, Ohio, Cynthia Pathmathasan (she/her/hers) is currently a fourth-year medical student at Northeast Ohio Medical University in Rootstown, Ohio. In addition to her medical degree, Cynthia is also pursuing her Master of Arts degree in Medical Ethics and Humanities. Cynthia earned her undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Akron in 2016. During her second year of medical school, Cynthia discovered her passion for Reflective Practice and Integrative Medicine through Rachel Naomi Remen’s The Healer’s Art Program as well as AMSA’s Integrative Medicine Scholars Program. She has continued to integrate the principles she’s learned from these programs over the past year as AMSA’s Professionalism and Ethics Advocacy Coordinator.
Cynthia looks forward to a career in family medicine with a special interest in Hospice and Palliative Care, a specialty which has granted her the powers of knowledge, confidence, and courage to go forth and fight for the best care of her patients as well as her fellow medical colleagues. In her free time, Cynthia enjoys Zumba, painting, and spending time with her friends and family. She looks forward to serving the medical community as a 2020-21 HEART-IM Planner and is excited to grow her HEART-IM family over the next couple months!
Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
Maya Prabhu (she/her/hers) is a fourth-year student at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. Prior to medical school, Maya attended The Ohio State University, where she earned a degree in neuroscience. Maya was first introduced to integrative medicine as a child; techniques such as acupuncture and reiki were often implemented in addition to traditional western medicine when a family member was ill. While in college, Maya learned about the significance of cultural competence and advocacy in integrative medicine through her study abroad travels in Peru and India. At Boonshoft, she continued to learn about advocacy and patient-centered care through her involvement with the Open Arms Health Clinic, by co-founding Wright State’s chapter of UNICEF, and by serving on the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians Public Policy Committee. She has also been involved in medical education and academic medicine, fostering a love of sharing ideas and paying it forward.
Maya is an aspiring family medicine physician, with a specific passion for addressing healthcare disparities in women’s health. Additionally, she is passionate about medical education and looks forward to incorporating more integrative medicine techniques into traditional medical curricula. Outside of medicine, Maya loves getting her zen on through yoga, visiting the theater, and (her favorite) spending time with family and friends!
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Eileen Wang (she/her/hers) is a fourth-year medical student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She grew up in Richmond, VA and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania where she majored in Health and Societies (global health) and minored in Anthropology. Prior to medical school, she did a Fulbright fellowship in Hangzhou, China where she studied childbirth and reproductive decision-making after relaxation of the one-child policy. At Sinai, she has worked on maternal health disparities research and has been involved in leading both the Mount Sinai Human Rights Program (with Sarah!) and 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. Eileen is also interested in student wellness and learning about modalities of healing outside of the Western medicine framework.
Eileen plans on pursuing a career in OB/GYN where she hopes to work with women of diverse backgrounds and continue to do research at the intersection of social science, medicine and public health. In her free time, Eileen enjoys water activities (synchronized swimming, scuba diving), doing yoga and reading novels and memoirs.
Myissa Weiss (she/her/hers) is a fourth-year medical student from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Though she was born in Nebraska, she certainly considers New Mexico to be her home. She has spent most of her life in Farmington, a small town near the Four Corners. For college, she moved to Socorro, a town in Central New Mexico, to attend the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. Originally, she studied mechanical engineering. However, when she heard the call to medicine in her last year of study, she quickly changed degrees to a Bachelor of Science in Basic Science. She then headed to the University of New Mexico SOM. As expected, most of her time is spent studying. However, she loves to spend her free time in nature—hiking, downhill skiing, waterskiing, scuba diving, and traveling when possible. She is extremely excited to be involved with HEART-IM this year, to meet and work alongside amazing students from all over the country.