Student Editor and Editorial Advisory Board

The New Physician‘s Editorial Advisory Board members and Student Editor help staff plan strong magazine stories for our readers. The members of the advisory board serve one year terms beginning in May. The Student Editor serves for two years, and is a voting member of AMSA’s Board of Trustees.

The New Physician Student Editor


Ton La, Jr.

Ton (T.J.) is a third-year MD/JD student at Baylor College of Medicine and a Summa cum laude honors graduate of the University of Houston (UH). As part of National AMSA, T.J. is the Student Editor of The New Physician magazine and previously served on the TNP’s Editorial Advisory Board May 2015-May 2017. In the past, he volunteered at Texas Children’s Hospital and the Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center since high school. As an undergraduate student, T.J. represented the U.S. during the 70th Anniversary of D-Day in Caen, France; was the student editor of the UH Scholar Enrichment Program; competed in the 8th Annual Clinton Global Initiative University at the University of Miami; and helped launch the first Texas public Campus Kitchen chapter at UH as an affiliate of the Bonner Leaders Program. T.J. is also a pianist and a 3rd degree black belt in Taekwondo and Hapkido.

The New Physician Editorial Advisory Board


Joseph Burns

Joe is a third-year medical student at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. He is a native of Orlando, Florida, and an alumnus of Stetson University where he studied Biology. He is passionate about community engagement, having served as an AmeriCorps VISTA prior to matriculating to FIU and formerly was the Art Director of the Mammography Art Initiative.

Joe is currently involved with White Coats for Black Lives and acts as the Community Service Learning Director for the Panther Learning Communities. His interests include congenital heart disease and American Indian Health. He hopes to pursue a career in pediatric cardiology.

Sonya Parashar

Sonya is a rising fourth-year medical student at the University of Kansas School of Medicine- Wichita. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Biology and Ancient History. During her undergraduate career, she became interested in medical ethics and was an associate editor of the Penn Bioethics Journal during her senior year. In medical school, she has continued her interest in ethics by serving on the KU hospital ethics committee and interning at Pediatric Bioethics Center at Children’s Mercy Hospital between her first and second years.

Through AMSA, Sonya has participated in the Just Medicine leadership conference, Patient Safety Scholar’s Program, and Summer Creative Arts Contest in The New Physician magazine. Upon graduation, she intends to pursue a career in internal medicine. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with family and friends and visiting national parks. 

Robin Ulep

Robin is a recent graduate from the University of Queensland-Ochsner Clinical School with an international medical background from both Brisbane, Australia, and New Orleans, Louisiana. She graduated with honors from Brown University, where she majored in Biology with a focus in Physiology and Biotechnology. As an undergraduate, she contributed to the Brown Daily Herald and performed in the female spoken word group, Archipelag-a. Following graduation, she joined Teach For America as a high school Special Education teacher.

Robin has been a contributor to The New Physician magazine for the past two years and is excited to be joining the Editorial Advisory Board this year. Her interests include medical education and neurology and she will be combining both when she starts her residency at the University of Virginia. She hopes to encourage more international medical students to engage in dialogue about social issues in medicine. 

Dhanya Kumar

Dhanya is an undergraduate student studying Microbiology in her senior year at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has previously been involved in research at UMass Medical School and the Desmond Tutu HIV Center. She is interested in service, social justice, and policy within the medical field and hopes to stimulate dialogue about these subjects as an Editorial Advisory Board member of The New Physician magazine.

Dhanya is studying at the University of Cape Town in South Africa and volunteering for the Student’s Health and Welfare Centres Organisation (SHAWCO) to deliver primary care services to under-resourced communities within the surrounding suburbs of Cape Town. She has previously been involved in various leadership and volunteering activities.