HEART-IM Planning Team

Alex Cours

Alex Cours (she/her/hers) is a fourth year medical student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in NYC. She rowed competitively and studied human biology at Stanford University. After her acceptance into the Humanities and Medicine program at Mount Sinai, she took a year off to wander and work before starting medical school. At Mount Sinai she spends much of her time volunteering at the student-run free clinic as a student clinician and teaching senior. She is applying into internal medicine and aspires to return west and become a physician advocate and medical educator. A passionate outdoorswoman, Alex has won 10 national rowing championships, hiked the presidential traverse in one day, and ran the NYC marathon this past year. In her free time she enjoys being outside, seeing shows, and making ice cream.

Ann Crawford-Roberts

Ann Crawford-Roberts (she/her/hers) is a fourth year medical student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, pursuing psychiatry or family medicine in residency. She plans to integrate concerns for physical and mental health, as well as individual and community well-being, into her clinical practice. She is interested in medical education and hopes to incorporate reflective, creative, and critical thinking into medical education. She aims to teach about the history of medicine and systems of oppression within medicine in her future medical career. A recipient of the National Health Service Corps Scholarship, she plans to practice medicine in health care provider shortage areas. This past year, she studied health policy and social sciences to earn a master’s degree at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her research interests include racial, class, and gender inequities in health; increasing access to mental health care; and examining the effect of individual and systemic discrimination on mental health. Ann studied anthropology and international relations at Brown University. She studied abroad in India, China, and South Africa through the International Honors Program. Ann enjoys hiking, gardening, traveling, cooking, and dancing.

Kareem Fakhoury

Kareem Fakhoury (he/him/his) is a fourth year medical student at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. He studied biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins University, where he developed a research interest in radiation oncology. As a medical student, he fell in love with the field’s interesting combination of technology and humanism. He is interested in the unique physio-psychosocial stresses imposed by the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, as well as the existential perspectives that patients bring to the patient-physician relationship. He is motivated by the idea that, as an oncologist, one’s responsibility is not only to treat disease but also to enhance patients’ wellness by providing holistic supportive care. Kareem enjoys traveling and trip planning, making coffee and espresso, and hiking and backpacking.

Sir Normal Melancon

Sir Norman Melancon (he/him/his) is a 4th year medical student at Vanderbilt. He majored in history with a focus on marginalized populations in North and Central America during his undergraduate years at Dartmouth, where he also played football. Before starting medical school, he explored an administrative environment as a Presidential Fellow at Dartmouth and also worked on managing virtual research partnerships as a project coordinator at The Dartmouth Institute. In medical school, Sir Norman serves as the class and student body president working towards incorporating more opportunities for leadership development and service engagement. His career passion is to bring ideas and innovation from social entrepreneurship into medicine to use business thinking to solve problems of disparity and inequality. He is pursuing a career in psychiatry with interests in systems of mental health delivery, business medicine, street (homeless) medicine, and emergency psychiatric services. Sir Norman spends all of his copious amounts of free time listening to audiobooks while working in his backyard garden, watching food tv shows on Netflix, kayaking, and walking around random places in the world with a camera.

Matt Soloman

Matthew Solomon (he/him/his) is a fourth year medical student at the University of New Mexico. He is currently pursuing a pediatric residency with a special interest in advocacy for homeless and at-risk youth populations. As an advocate, he is invested in addressing health disparities that cause pediatric patients to experience adult-sized health problems. As a medical student, Matt is invested in wellness through his participation on the Learning Communities Institute Student Council and is proud to be the co-creator of the UNM Medical School Zia Bowl Olympic Games. He is devoted to promoting wellness among his peers and patients throughout residency and beyond. Matt has enjoyed the stimulating environment of academic medicine and wishes to contribute to this cycle of learning and teaching as part of his career. In his spare time, he enjoys CrossFit, playing the drums and occasionally…chocolate chip pancakes.

HEART-IM 2018 Senior Faculty

Bill Manahan, MD

Dr. Manahan is Assistant Professor Emeritus of Family Practice and Community Health at the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center in Minneapolis. He has served on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine as well as the Board of Directors for the Northwestern Academy of Homeopathy. He is a Past-President of the American Holistic Medical Association (now known as the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine). He was the founding Program Director for Minnesota’s first rural Family Medicine Residency program. He has also served on numerous boards advocating for programs addressing health care for the underserved. He currently is the Co-Chair for the Minnesota Holistic Medicine Group which is composed of 800 healthcare practitioners in Minnesota who come together to do multidisciplinary education and referrals. Dr. Manahan will be a faculty advisor and a guest lecturer on integrative medicine and energy medicine.

Anthony Fleg, MD

Anthony Fleg is a father of 3, husband, son and brother. Originally from Baltimore, MD he has called New Mexico home since 2008. He is a family physician at the University of New Mexico and also a Coordinator/Co-Founder of a love funded partnership, Native Health Initiative (NHI). Through NHI, Anthony lives out his highest value/vision, to use love as a strategy for social change. Anthony has a long history of activism with AMSA, including helping to change the culture around industry gifting of the students (PharmFree) and serving on the Executive Board as a resident physician. His work on wellness is diverse, starting with a day-to-day “beautiful struggle” on his own balance/wellness. Anthony starts medical school lectures with meditation, often doing this with patients as well. He tells his patients that exercise is the medicine he prescribes most, and lives this out through a wellness program he coordinates through NHI, Running Medicine.

Nina Stoyan-Rosenzweig, PhD

Ms. Stoyan-Rosenzweig is the Director of the Medical Humanities program at the University of Florida College of Medicine where she teaches a variety of electives and courses in narrative medicine, media and medicine, environmental health, history of medicine and international health issues, and creative expression. She works with medical students throughout their four years and on many projects promoting use of the arts and humanities in healing at multiple levels.  Other work focuses on the role of nature and the environment in healing. She will serve as advisor and lecturer for the HEART elective.

Wendy Kohatsu, MD

Dr. Kohatsu, a graduate of the inaugural class of Fellows from the Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, is a family medicine faculty member at Oregon Health Science University. Dr. Kohatsu is certified in shiatsu massage, a clinical researcher and lecturer locally and nationally, with the goal of promoting integrative medicine in the academic environment. She has worked to increase utilization of integrative medicine in underserved populations, and is the editor of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Secrets, (June 2002) and co-author of chapters on the History of CAM in the US, Nutrition, Supplements, Low Back Pain, and Integrative Medicine. Dr. Kohatsu will assist in HEART faculty selection and serve as lecturer.

HEART-IM 2018 AMSA National Planning Team

Rebekah Apple, MA, DHSc

Director of Student Affairs and Programming