Michelle Blumenschine is a medical student in the Class of 2018. She holds degrees in film & TV production and journalism & mass communication from New York University and completed her pre-med post-bac certificate at Columbia University. Before moving to Phoenix from New York City, Michelle worked as a producer for documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock. She is pursuing a career in obstetrics and gynecology. For recommendations about future articles or for submissions, please contact Michelle at mlb826[at]email.arizona.edu.
Bridget Ralston is a member of The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix Class of 2020. She graduated from Santa Clara University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry and a French minor. She de-stresses by whipping up delicious treats (and subsequently devouring them), playing soccer, and cuddling with her cat, Tuxedo. She has a particular interest in healthcare for underserved communities.
Sophie Sun is a medical student at The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. She completed her undergraduate degree at UC Berkeley and earned a PhD in chemical biology from The Scripps Research Institute, where she focused on unnatural amino acid incorporation and antibody engineering. Some of her current academic interests include student-run free clinics, vaccine compliance, and accountability in research. However, she might sound more excited when talking to you about classic American cinema, urban compost collection, and French dessert recipes. Her true passion lies in learning how to make the perfect puff pastry.
Aishan Shi is part of the 2019 class at The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. She graduated in 2013 from the UA with bachelor’s degrees in biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology, and English. Her interests include medical humanities, structural biology, Shakespeare, stuff in the realm of postmodern, and cartoons. She aims to bring all these interests together somehow in medicine.
Business + Policy
Jason Singh is a student at The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix, class of 2020. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor with a BS in economics. His academic interests include alternative health care models and methods to improve efficiency in medicine. In his spare time, Jason enjoys traveling, reading and running. Please feel free to contact him at jpsingh[at]email.arizona.edu with any questions or comments.
Lisa Yanez is the Assistant Director, Curricular Programs in the Department of Academic Affairs at The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. She earned her Master of Business Administration degree at Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois. Lisa successfully defended her dissertation recently and will graduate in May 2017 with a Doctor of Education at Arizona State University. Her dissertation research focused on active engagement in medical education.
Madalyn Nelson is part of the 2019 class at The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. She is an Arizona native and graduated from Xavier University in 2015 where she earned her bachelor’s degree in biology. Madalyn has a passion for traveling and global health. To contact Madalyn, please email her at madalyndnelson[at]email.arizona.edu.
Nancy Lopez was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She graduated from the University of California, Irvine, with a degree in biological sciences with a minor in medical anthropology. She received a Master’s in global medicine from the University of Southern California. She has a special interest in rural and public health. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, hiking, snowboarding when the sunny Arizona weather is permitting, and spending time traveling.
Medical Science + Technology
Agnes Ewongwo is a first-year medical student at The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physiology with minor in Africana studies and biochemistry from The University of Arizona, Tucson. Agnes is captivated by the complex realm of medical technology and passionate about the intersection of research, culture, policy, and humanism in the practice of medicine. She hopes to explore and merge these different areas throughout her medical training and beyond.
Laeth George is part of the 2019 class at The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. He graduated from The University of Arizona in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in physiology. He is passionate about spreading scientific knowledge and ideas to others. More specifically, Laeth is interested in advances in understanding disease pathology and innovations in medical therapies. If you have comments, questions, or recommendations, please feel free to contact him at laethgeorge[at]email.arizona.edu.
Ogaga Ojameruaye is a first-year medical student at The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. He completed his BS in physiology at The University of Arizona and completed his MS in psychology at Grand Canyon University. Ogaga is passionate about translational medicine, bench-to-bedside research, and the discovery of new diagnostic tools as they contribute to the model of precision medicine.
Charles Smith is part of the 2019 class at The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. He graduated in 2014 from Southern Virginia University with a BS in biology and a minor in chemistry. He went on to earn his MA in biomedical science from Midwestern University. He is passionate about the humanities; during his undergraduate years, he was involved in theater, choir, and writing. His interests are in ethics, religious liberties and medicine, and rural medicine with an emphasis on Native American health. However, his proudest moment is performing with the groom’s party at his best friend’s wedding in the band “The Groom Reapers.”
Dr. Eric vanSonnenberg is an interventional radiologist who graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He is board certified in both internal medicine and radiology, having done residency and fellowship training at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Over 100 medical students have been mentored by Dr. vanSonnenberg, many of whom have first-authored articles and projects. He is an honorary fellow of the Royal Society of Australia and New Zealand and a fellow of the Society of Abdominal Radiology. With colleagues, Dr. vanSonnenberg has authored over 400 primary publications and book chapters and written and edited 3 radiology and interventional radiology books. He has chaired the Department of Radiology at the University Texas Medical Branch, and been Chief of Radiology at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School. Professorships include those at UCSD, University of Texas, UCLA, and Harvard Medical School. Currently, he enjoys working with The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix medical students in his role as advisor in Scholarly Projects, in the Office of Student Affairs as an advisor in career and professional advising, as a simulation lab instructor, a case-based instruction facilitator, as a faculty member for radiology independent projects, and in numerous medical school interest groups.
Haig Aintablian is a student at The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix, class of 2018, and is originally from Los Angeles, CA. By 21 years of age, Haig obtained his BA in biological sciences, summa cum laude, and his MS in molecular genetics and biochemistry from the University of Southern California. He enjoys such weird things as curling (the sport no one has heard of), collecting meteorites, and metal detecting.
Yael Kusne is part of the 2018 class at The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. She completed her PhD in neuroscience prior to starting medical school at ASU/BNI where she studied the complex signaling mechanisms of glioblastoma. Her passion lies in finding ways to incorporate research and medicine. She has four rescue dogs (yes, four)—who she loves more than life and thinks of as her children. To send Yael pictures of your puppies, or for any other correspondence, you can e-mail her at ykusne[at]email.arizona.edu.
Kate Townley (lover of parenthetical afterthoughts) is a medical student at UA COM-P, class of 2018. She hails from the great, cold state of Montana but has come to truly love the diversity and proximity of adventure in Phoenix/Arizona. She tries to leave the country at least once/year (i.e., has a penchant for backpacking and sleeping on airport floors) and spends free minutes reading (fiction), hiking, backpacking and enjoying life with her husband, Chris, and two adventure hounds, Kula and Maia. Art and creativity have, and will continue to be, an important element of her being, as well is a strong commitment to serve the underserved (likely in family medicine, eventually).