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Class of 2019

Rebecca Alschuler 

Rebecca Alschuler

Rebecca and her 4 siblings were born and raised in the beautiful city of angeles, Los Angeles. Rebecca studied Biology and Comparative Literature with a focus in Spanish at Williams College with the hopes of becoming a wild life researcher and science journalist. After graduating from Williams, she spent a few of years teaching middle school and elementary school science in Los Angeles Unified School District and discovered her love for teaching and medicine! She then pursued a post baccalaureate at UCLA and left teaching to begin working in the administration of a network of Federally Qualified Health Centers in Los Angeles. From this work on, Rebecca has developed a passion for working at the intersection of human rights and medicine and population health. She is honored to serve as a senator in her last year at NYMC and excited to see what work can be done! Aside from studying, she loves her awesome golden doodle named Mochi, keeping her body in motion, eating glorious food and discovering the world through traveling and new friendships. Email: rebecca_alschuler@nymc.edu

   
Justin Cole

Justin Cole (Vice President of the Student Senate for 2018-2019 academic year)

Justin was born in Topeka, KS and grew up in Northeast Ohio on the west side of Cleveland. He is a Spring 2013 graduate of Ohio University where he received a double major with a B.S. in Chemistry/Biochemistry; Biological Sciences and a minor in Spanish Language. For the last two years, he has worked as a Biomedical Engineer in Miami, FL for a neurovascular division of Johnson & Johnson. In his free time, Justin enjoys sports, traveling, golfing, fishing, hiking, camping, reading, working-out, and the beach. Email: justin_cole@nymc.edu

   
Hannah Gissel

Hannah Gissel

Hannah is from Eugene, Oregon. She graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2012 with degrees in Integrative Physiology and Spanish Language and Literature. Throughout her undergraduate career, she worked as a researcher at the Institute for Molecular and Behavioral Genetics, and as a director for Health Outreach for Latin America, a non-profit health organization. After graduating from college, Hannah worked for two years as a director of orthopedic clinical research at Denver Health Hospital before moving to New York to attend NYMC as an Accelerated Masters student. Hannah loves to run, hike, play sports, and eat good food. Email: hannah_gissel@nymc.edu

   
Philip Maynard

Philip Maynard 

Phil was born and raised in New York City. He studied Economics and Slavic Studies at Brown before heading to Columbia for the Postbac Premed Program. There, he was on the student government, TA-ed Orgo Lab, and mentored multiple classes of students. The year before medical school he helped run a volunteer program at Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center (formerly Flower and Fifth Hospital—NYMC’s affiliated hospital from 1935 until 1978) where current students spend a day during their Neurology Clerkship learning about Huntington’s Disease. Phil is passionate about medical education, innovation in healthcare, and student wellness. He is honored to be representing the SOM Class of 2019 for the fourth year in a row. Email: philip_maynard@nymc.edu

   
Maya Rubin

Maya Rubin

Maya was born and raised in Manhattan, New York City. After graduating from high school she spent a year in Israel volunteering, taking classes, and travelling. Maya then moved west to the University of Colorado at Boulder (GO BUFFS!) and studied psychology in between snowboarding trips. After receiving her BA Maya moved back to New York City where she spent two years working as a clinical research coordinator at NYU Langone Medical Center’s cardiology department. At New York Medical College Maya has been excited by the opportunity to represent her class at a student senator! When not studying, she enjoys travelling, spending time with family friends, and eating amazing food (along with a glass of wine, of course). Email: maya_rubin@nymc.edu

Class of 2020

Reid Goodman 

Reid Goodman

Reid grew up in Portland, Oregon. He graduated from Pomona College in Southern California with a BA in Biology in 2015. Before attending NYMC, he worked as a research assistant in a lab studying cancer immunotherapy. Reid enjoys outdoor activities, traveling, and exploring the local food scene. Email: rgoodman5@nymc.edu

   
Robert Kane

Robert Kane

Robert is from Ogunquit, Maine. He spent most of his childhood in Oxfordshire, England, and then returned to the US to attend high school in the greater Boston area. He graduated in 2014 from the College of William & Mary with a bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience. After graduating, he remained in Virginia for the next two years, working as a phlebotomist and medical scribe, and then later as a clinical research assistant at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Playing classical piano and cooking are some of his favorite hobbies. Email: robert_kane@nymc.edu

   
Nikathan Kumar 

Nikathan Kumar

Nikathan was born in Los Angeles, CA, but spent his formative years in Nashville, TN and Madison, CT. He graduated from Vanderbilt University with a double B.A. in Spanish and Music. Having always had an interest in traveling and different cultures, he spent a year in Meru, Kenya, where he discovered a passion for medicine and global health while working on a financial aid program for high school students in a rural village. Returning to the States, Nikathan completed a postbaccalaureate program and a M.S. in Developmental Biology at New York University before joining the NYMC community. Nikathan continues to enjoy playing soccer, cycling, and rock climbing when not studying. As a student senator, he hopes to better understand the interplay between medical administration and students in order to enrich the medical experience for NYMC students, and to later apply this knowledge in the developing communities that he hopes to serve. Email: nkumar@nymc.edu

   
 ‌Jennifer Lindelof

Jennifer Lindelof (President of the Student Senate for 2018-2019 academic year)

Jen was born in Boston, Massachusetts and grew up in nearby Chappaqua, New York. She graduated with honors from Bates College in 2012, double majoring in environmental studies and geology. She worked in advertising for several years before deciding to pursue a career in medicine.  She completed the postbaccalaureate program at Columbia University, before starting at New York Medical College.  When not studying Jen likes watching football, going for hikes, traveling and baking. Email: jennifer_lindelof@nymc.edu

   
Abhiniti Mittal

Abhiniti Mittal (Outreach Coordinator of the Student Senate for 2018-2019 academic year)

Abhiniti grew up in Buffalo, NY. She graduated from the University of Rochester with a B.S. in Microbiology in 2014. Throughout her undergraduate studies, Abhiniti participated in Neuroscience research and was an active member of a competitive dance team. Shortly after graduation, she enrolled in the Accelerated Master's Program at NYMC. During her second gap year, Abhiniti worked at Weill Cornell Ophthalmology in New York City!

Abhiniti enjoys traveling and exploring different cultures, especially through food. Whenever she can, she tries to continue her love of dancing and getting to explore New York City! Email: abhiniti_mittal@nymc.edu

   
Akshitha Yarrabothula 

Akshitha (AK) Yarrabothula

Although she was born and raised in India for the first seven years of her life, Akshitha (AK) Yarrabothula considers herself to be a true Southerner — having spent the majority of her life first in Tennessee and then in Alabama. She graduated from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville with a degree in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and later went on to earn an MS in Biomedical Sciences with a concentration in Design, Technology, and Entrepreneurship from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. At Sinai, AK worked to model Long QT syndrome and Marfan syndrome in patient-derived human induced pluripotent stem cells, which bolstered her passion for personalized medicine and encouraged her to pursue medical school. AK is excited to be a member of Student Senate and looks forward to representing the interests of her classmates and fellow medical students, while also working to build a strong sense of community and identity amongst the four classes. In her free time, AK enjoys cooking, reading, painting, playing tennis, and enjoying all that NYC has to offer. Email: ayarrabo@nymc.edu

Class of 2021

Mark Brombacher

Mark Brombacher

Mark was born and raised in Jamestown, NY (a small city near Buffalo). He attended Miami University (Ohio), where he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biochemistry with minors in Molecular Biology and European Studies. While in college, Mark was a resident assistant and participated in research involving the assessment of biomarkers of pancreatic cancer. It was through these extracurricular academic experiences that he first found his passion for medicine. While taking a gap year before beginning medical school, he worked as a patient care technician in the emergency department of UPMC Chautauqua Hospital. Mark enjoys playing soccer, cooking, politics, and he is so excited to be part of this year’s Student Senate! Email: mbrombac@nymc.edu

   
Tucker Callanan 

Tucker Callanan (Treasurer of the Student Senate for 2018-2019 academic year)

Born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Tucker grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He attended Trinity College, graduating in 2014 with a major in Neuroscience. While in college, Tucker played on the Men’s Soccer team and was president of Saint Anthony Hall Literary Society. Following his graduation, he worked for two years as a clinical research coordinator in the Spine department at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. Tucker then went on to complete the Accelerated Master’s Program at New York Medical College. Tucker enjoys playing sports, being outdoors and eating good food. Email: tcallana@nymc.edu

   
Tom Kim

Hyungjin “Tom” Kim

Tom was born in Seoul, Korea and has since lived in Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston, and London. He graduated from Rice University with a major in Psychology and minors in Neuroscience and Biochemistry. During his time in college, Tom developed a passion for mental health and social advocacy through his work with the university’s student peer mental health counseling program. He further pursued these interests during his MSc. Global Mental Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. During his time at New York Medical College, Tom hopes to supplement his public health education with a clinical perspective to become a successful physician and healthcare advocate both inside and outside the clinic. Email: hkim11@nymc.edu

   
Scarlett Tohme 

Scarlett Tohme

Scarlett is a native New Yorker, growing up most of her life on Staten Island, New York. She is a graduate with a Bachelors of Arts in Biology from Columbia University and with a Masters of Science in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University. Over the past few years, Scarlett has worked as a clinical associate in a private plastic surgery practice in NYC as well as a medical assistant at a private orthopedic practice on Staten Island. She has also been an active executive board member of the Columbia College Young Alumni Association as well as an online college admissions consultant to underrepresented high school students in NYC. She is very passionate about women’s health disparities especially in cardiology and is hoping to pursue a future career in the field. Scarlett is a strong advocate for student community building, as she believes the best way to succeed is when one works together with others and they all become each other’s pillars of support and motivation. She will work at NYMC to continue to build that strong student dynamic that makes the institution exceptionally unique.  Scarlett is an avid piano and flute player, and even composes her own pieces and produces electronic music through the Music Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) platform. She also loves to fence, play volleyball and kickbox, and you’ll always find her at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, her favorite spot in the city! Email: stohme@nymc.edu

   
Suyu Zhang 

Suyu Zhang (Secretary of the Student Senate for 2018-2019 academic year)

Suyu was born in Zhengzhou China, and grew up in Sendai Japan, New Haven and Cheshire Connecticut. He graduated from Tufts University in 2013, and has a deep love for the Boston Community. He eventually settled in Crown Heights, Brooklyn to “find himself” before medical school. He had the privileged opportunity to work with individuals facing the hardship of economic and healthcare inequality in NYC. Through this experience Suyu developed a deep passion for listening to the story of different people, and advocating for social justice. “You can learn something from everyone”, being a favorite quote of his. Through his work with Memorial Sloan Kettering, Suyu has developed a passion for taking care of the “whole patient”, understanding that the quality of life is a vital consideration of ethical medicine. As a first-generation immigrant American, and a global citizen, connecting with others, and building “community” is something that is close Suyu’s heart. Shortly before coming to NYMC, Suyu backpacked, India, Southeast Asia, and Japan. His final destination was his childhood home of Sendai, which he had not visited for 16 years. Using old Kodak photos, he tracked down his childhood friends, and teachers. This touching reunion left an indelible mark on him, teaching him that people are worth all the efforts. He is an avid reader, his favorite novels include: The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende, Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami and all the Harry Potter books. During his spare time, he also likes to backpack, write in his journal, meditate and go for long runs. He is very excited to work towards making NYMC a better place! One Love! Email: szhang2@nymc.edu