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Meet Our MD Students

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Get to know our MD student ambassadors: Sort our handy table by class year or other columns, or use the search bar to find specific areas of expertise or interest. If you’d like to get in touch with a particular ambassador, just let us know and we’ll connect you.

 Preferred Name Class OfWhat program do you belong to?HometownUndergraduate Institution Student orgs:Specialty interests:Ask me about:
Anna Henricks2024MDLakeland, FLHarvard UniversityShade Tree Clinic, Social Mission Committee, Scrubs Addressing the Firearm Epidemic, Pickelball Club, Robinson CollegePediatricsimmersion phase, college system, life in Nashville, health equity, SMC, Shade Tree
Kaitlyn Mi2027MDBrentwood, TNBrown UniversityShade Tree ClinicUndecidedLiving in Nashville,
Viraj Mithani2027MDPalm Harbor, FloridaCornell UniversityShade Tree ClinicSurgery? Pediatrics? Radiology? I'm totally unsure.FMK Curriculum, Learning Communities, Wellness, Student Life
Joy Justice2026MDPoca, West VirginiaUniversity of VirginiaShade Tree Clinic, Wellness Committee (Social), Vanderbilt Community Conversations, Social Mission Committee, Cadaver Ball, Student Technology Committee, Nashville Aquatic Center Masters Swim TeamPediatrics, Dermatology, Internal Medicine FMK Curriculum, Wellness, Research, Nashville Living, Coming from a Rural Area
Anvith Reddy2026MSTPSnellville, GeorgiaUniversity of GeorgiaVMS Dance, Shade Tree Clinic, MSTP SAC Heme/Onc, Surgical OncologyMD/PhD training, living in the South, Research (and the opportunities here at Vandy), FMK curriculum, VMS Dance
Anoop Chandrashekar2025MDMiddleton, WIVanderbiltCurriculum Committee, Shade Tree, Pacemaker (running club), Orthopedic Interest GroupOrthopedic surgeryResearch, wellness, curriculum 2.0, living in Nashville, moving to the south
Hae Weon Lee2026MDDublin, OHCase Western Reserve UniversityBest Buddies, SNMA, SMC, shade tree clinicUnsure!FMK curriculum, taking a gap year, student orgs listed in previous question (best buddies, SNMA, SMC), shade tree clinic, first-gen MD, low-income student
CJ Bakle2026MDCharleston, SCClemson University Shade Tree Clinic, VUSM Intramurals,VUSM Pickleball club, VUSM Mentor ProgramOrthopaedic surgeryI can definitely speak to FMK curriculum, living/eating in Nashville, mental health within your first year, gap years, Shade Tree Clinic, wellness, coming in from a state school, research, and finding things to do outside of VUSM.
Maro Doce2026MDNashville, TNJohns Hopkins UniversityAmerican Medical Association, Tennessee Medical Association, Vanderbilt Coptic Medical Student Association, Shade Tree ClinicUndecidedFirst Generation MD
Living in Nashville
Shade Tree Clinic
Wellness in Medicine
Carter Lovvorn2025MDNashvilleDuke UniversityVPIL, Shade Tree, Interpreter Services, LMSAPediatricsVPIL, Nashville things, relationships during med school, wellness, gap years
Peyton Hickman2027MSTP and VPILDyersburg, TNUniversity of TennesseeMedical Christian FellowshipPediatrics, Medical Genetics, OncologyMD-PhD, VPIL, being married in med-school, first-get college (also first-get MD), Medical Christian Fellowship
Gia Harrell2027MDFt. Lauderdale, FloridaUniversity of MiamiShade TreeCardiology, Surgery, and OB/Gyn taking 2 gap years, shade tree clinic, first-gen MD
Kyle Maas2027MDHolland, MIUniversity of AlabamaNone yet but I am looking forward to joining some!Orthopedic SurgeryGap years, research, exercise and wellness, VUSM Colleges
Shreya Bhatia2025MDGreat Falls, VADuke UniversityCouncil of Class Officers, Literature Arts & Medicine, Shade Tree Clinic, Unsure!LC, Shade Tree, CCO, taking a gap year, wellness, Nashville food scene, music!
Ashwin Gupta2026MDSpringfield, ILVanderbilt UniversityAAPIO, MD Ambassadors, POCUS, various specialty interest groupsUnsureFMK curriculum, living in Nashville, being a double dore, research as a med student,
Sunaya R Krishnapura2025MDCupertino, CAUC BerkeleyShade Tree STEPP Clinic, Social Mission Committee, Vanderbilt Community Circles, MSFC, Vanderbilt Letter ProjectPediatrics, OBGYNCurriculum, Moving Across the Country, SMC, Shade Tree Clinic, Taking a Gap Year, Research
Lena KhanolkarLena Khanolkar2025VPILPlano, TXWashington University in St. LouisSMC, Shade Tree, CiM, MELP, sustainability IR FMK curriculum, LC & colleges, SMC, VPIL, living/eating in Nashville, wellness, Shade Tree
James YangJames Yang2025MDMurfreesboro, TennesseeVanderbilt UniversityAPAMSA, Shade Tree ClinicInternal MedicineResearch, FMK/FCC curriculum, eating/living in Nashville, gap years
Amad AmedyAmad Amedy2025MDNashvilleWesleyan UniversitySocial Mission Committee, SNMA, club soccerEM or OrthoOpen to anything, but feel I can be helpful about life in Nashville
Maddy BallMadeleine Ball2024MDMill Valley, CATufts UniversityCCO, Shade Tree Clinic, Wilderness Medical SocietyUrologyMoving across the nation, medical scholars, alternative paths to medical school, life outside of medical school, non-medical partner in medical school, Shade Tree Clinic, living/eating in Nashville, nature in Tennessee.
Brian HouBrian HouYear-outMDMontgomery NJVanderbilt UniversityStudents as Teachers, Shade Tree Clinic, Admissions Committee, Athletics & Intramurals, Best Buddies, HEART, VU/VUSM MentoringOrthopedic SurgeryResearch gap year during medical school, Shade Tree Clinic, Ortho, living in Nashville, fun things to do in Nashville, pick-up sports, wellness
Harrison ThomasHarrison Thomas2024MDCarterville, ILVanderbilt UniversityShade Tree Trot, Plastic Surgery Interest Group, Shade Tree Clinic, Pride in Medicine, ResearchPlastic SurgeryFirst-Gen MD, coming from a rural area, LGBTQ in Medicine, Immersion Curriculum, Shade Tree Clinic
Atlee WittG1MSTPDenver, ColoradoVanderbilt University Careers in Medicine, Ambassadors, Women in Radiology, VUIIS Research, Society of Interventional Radiology Committees Interventional Radiology Dual degree (MSTP), living in Nashville (since 2016...!), wellness (I work at Fahrenheit yoga studio and will be training to be a yoga teacher this year).
Denise Shkurovich2027VPILLos Angeles, CaliforniaDuke UniversityShade TreeUnsureGap years, living/eating in Nashville, VPIL
Lily Campbell Lewis2027MDLos AngelesBoston UniversityNone so far, but I intend to get involved with the Social Mission CommitteeSurgery (not sure which type yet)FMK, Learning Communities/Colleges, gap years, relationships/long-distance relationships, living/eating in Nashville, first-gen MD
Jennifer Kong2027VPILRiver Edge, NJVanderbilt UniversityI haven't joined any student organizations/groups yet but I am very interested in the social missions committee! Gastroenterology, General Surgery, Oncologylife in Nashville, FMK, going straight through college, student life, VPIL
James F. Bathon2026MDPleasantville, NYUniversity of Notre DameWellness Committee (Social Chair), Shade Tree Clinic, Social Mission Committee, Medical Christian Fellowship/Society of Saint Cosmas&Damian, Meharry-Vanderbilt Student Alliance.Mainly unsure and open-minded. Currently, I have the most interest in some form of surgery (Ortho, General….). I do have a strong interest in sub-specializing in pediatrics.I feel I could speak well on curriculum (I understand it very well) and I also love talking about Shade Tree Clinic. I can also talk on the Council of Class Officers, Wellness Committee, Social Mission Committee, Student Life, Gap Year before Medical School, being Christian/Catholic at VUSM, etc. I am open to talking about almost anything.
Lilly He2026MDGermantown, TNVanderbilt UniversityVEGI (community garden), VMS Knits, Pride in MedicineVery unsure!Wellness, Living in Nashville, First-gen MD
Nikki Jew2026MDLos Angeles, CACornell UniversitySNMA, Global Health Organization, Shade Tree Clinic, Methuselah SocietyUnsure! Maybe emergency medicine or something surgicalFMK curriculum, Learning Communities & our Colleges, moving across the nation, taking multiple gap years, wellness, Shade Tree Clinic, living/eating in Nashville, first-gen MD
Roma Kankaria2026VPILLeonardtown, MDVirginia Commonwealth UniversityI participate in LMSA, AAPIO, and SMC.I am interested in hematology/oncology, allergy/immunology, and dermatology.I can speak to prospective students about the FMK curriculum, the Health Equity certificate, VPIL, Shade Tree Clinic, coming in from a rural area, AAPIO, LMSA, and SMC.
Dhweeja Dasarathy2025MDCleveland, Ohio HarvardAAMC OSR rep, Student Tech Committee, Tabula Rasa, KNN, Internal Medicine Interest Group, SMCLikely an internal medicine subspecialty! FMK curriculum, extracurriculars, college system
Jessica McDonald2025MDTiverton, RIBrown UniversityChapman SAA, Pathology Interest Group, STCPathologyCurriculum, LC + Colleges, STC, Nashville life, Pathology
Alexander Landry2025MDBaton Rouge, LouisianaLouisiana State UniversityShade Tree Clinic, Immersion Phase Curriculum Committee, The Vanderbilt Clinical Problem Solvers, Emergency Medicine Interest Group, Robinson SAAEmergency MedicineFMK curriculum, Learning Communities & our Colleges, Shade Tree Clinic, Curriculum Committee, Vanderbilt Clinical Problem Solvers, wellness, all things Nashville.
Chirag Ram2025MDPhiladelphia, PANYUOrgan Donation Awareness Club, VUSM Ultimate Frisbee, AAPIOGeneral SurgeryCurriculum (FMK and FCC), Organ Donation Awareness Club, moving to Nashville, wellness, research (including global health). Open to discussing anything!
Olivia Prosak2025MDArlington, VABrown UniversityShade Tree, SMC, Assoc of Women Surgeons, Ultimate Frisbee clubENTCurriculum, college system, gap years (I took 2), wellness, research, shade tree, first-gen, life in Nashville
Monica Nable2025MDCebu City, PhilippinesUCLAShade Tree, Diagnostic Radiology Interest Group, Project VINE (Vanderbilt Initiative for Nutrition and Exercise) Radiologymoving across the nation, gap years, non-traditional students, wellness, Shade Tree Clinic, living/eating in Nashville, first-gen MD
Julia Bielanin2024MDCabot, ArkansasUniversity of ArkansasFamily Medicine Interest Group, First Gen MD (1GMD), Second Look Weekend Planning Committee, MD Ambassadors, MD Admissions Committee, Healthy Teaching Kitchen, Shade Tree Clinical Volunteer, Vanderbilt Recreation Center Cycling InstructorFamily MedicineFirst-gen MD, Family Medicine, Lifestyle Medicine, Wellness, living in Nashville, the college system
Paulina Chumakov2027MDAshland, MAUNC Chapel HillVPIL, Shade Tree PHE, currently running for Curriculum CommitteeunsureFMK curriculum, Learning Communities & our Colleges, Shade Tree, taking two gap years, long-distance relationships, having a family, wellness, living/eating in Nashville
Sarah Li2026MDSan FranciscoUC BerkeleyShade Tree Social Work, Medical Christian FellowshipEmergency Medicine, Surgeryanything! (moving across the nation, volunteering, diversity, sports, etc.)
Julia Hong2026MDWayland, MAWashUVU/VUSM Mentorship program, APAMSA, VUSM Student AmbassadorUnsureFMK curriculum, LC + Colleges, moving across the nation, wellness*, living/eating in Nashville**
Jake Manuel2027MDMemphis, TNRhodes CollegeNone yet! I plan to volunteer at Shade Tree and join a few interest groups once we have the opportunity. PM&R, Neurology, Psychiatry, Internal MedicineFMK curriculum, living in Nashville, first-gen MD
Halle Petrie2027MDNashville, TNNorthwestern University Hoping to join the OB-GYN interest group and the a cappella group!OB-GYNColleges, taking a gap year, long distance relationships, wellness, FMK
Akhil Rekulapelli2026MDDulles, VirginiaUniversity of VirginiaShade Tree Clinic, VUSM Ultimate Frisbee, and everything Robinson College!Orthopedic Surgery, Oncology, Sports MedicineThe College System, FMK Curriculum, Shade Tree Clinic, Student Life, Living in Nashville
Christian Oakley2026MDSouthampton, NYUniversity of Notre DameVanderbilt Educational Garden Initiative (VEGI), Wilderness Medicine Society, Vanderbilt Run ClubOrthopedics, Internal Medicine, ENT.Wellness, Learning Communities, Student Life, Outdoor Activities, Coming from a rural area
Connie Xiao2025MDAtlantaJohns HopkinsAPAMSA, VMS DanceEmergency MedicineNashville living, research abroad, wellness!!
Chinonso Ani2025MDLawrenceville, GAUniversity of Georgia Student National Medical Association (SNMA), Batson Student Affiliate Advisor (SAA)Emergency Medicine, Orthopedics, or PM&RCurriculum, Gap Years, College System, SNMA, Wellness, Student Life, Diversity, Anything
Jessica Sims2025MDBrookline, MAUCLAShade Tree, SAA, Wellness, MSFC, general surgery, obgynWellness, gap years, curriculum 2.0,
Kirsten Nguyen2025MDLaguna Hills, CAUC BerkeleyAPAMSA (local and national), MVSA, Shade Tree Clinic, Social Mission CommitteeFamily Medicine, Internal MedicineMoving to Nashville from California, finding community in Nashville, doing research without previous experience
Naadir Jamal2025MDYorba Linda, CARice UniversityCouncil of Class Officers, Shade Tree Clinic, Careers in Medicine, Wellness CommitteeOrthopaedic SurgeryFMK curriculum, learning communities & colleges, moving across the nation, wellness, research, living/eating in Nashville