Executive Board

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Co-President

Estevan TorrezEstevan Amilcar Torrez, MS II
San Juan Bautista School of Medicine
copresident.lmsase@gmail.com

Estevan Torrez was born in Bolivia, but was raised in Anaheim, CA. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry from the University of California, Irvine. He is currently a second year medical student at San Juan Bautista School of Medicine, where he started Puerto Rico’s first LMSA Chapter. His current research study focuses on Computerized Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention in the Latino community. He plans to pursue a career in emergency medicine, with fellowship training in disaster medicine, while conducting research in trauma and injury prevention.

Co-President

Adrian DiazAdrian Diaz, MSIII
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
copresident.lmsase@gmail.com

Adrian is a first generation Cuban-American who was born and raised in Miami, FL. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Nova Southeastern University and his Masters Degree in Biomedical Science from Barry University. He is currently a third year medical student at VCU School of Medicine, where he started VCU’s LMSA chapter. He plans to pursue a career in surgery and public heath and his interest global surgery, patient safety, and access to healthcare.

Chief Financial Officer

Karen ValverdeKaren Velarde, MS IV
San Juan Bautista School of Medicine
cfo.lmsase@gmail.com

Karen Velarde is a 4th year medical student at San Juan Bautista School of Medicine, Caguas, PR. Karen is originally from the suburbs of Chicago, Il. She attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she received her degree in Sociology. She completed a Post-bac program and Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences at Barry University. She went on to do research for several years at the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis in Miami, Florida. Her present research study involves Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome, in which she and her team won 3rd place at the 2014 LMSA national conference. The research team is currently working on a publication, which will be coming out in Fall 2014. LMSA leardership experience includes serving as local chapter medical representative for two years and LMSA-SE regional co-conference chair in 2013-2014. This year, she is working diligently to familiarize herself with her new position by “keeping the books in order”, so she may be a successful Chief Financial Officer.

Parliamentarian

Chief Financial OfficerWilfredo Gonzalez, MS IV
University of Miami
School of Medicine
parliamentarian.lmsase@gmail.com

Wilfredo Gonzalez was born and raised in Miami, FL. He graduated from the University of Miami in 2009 with a BS in Neuroscience/Psychobiology and a minor in English Literature and Chemistry. He is currently a fourth-year medical student at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (UMMSM). Wilfredo served as CFO of the LMSA-Southeast region from 2012-2014. He also served as the 2011-2012 President of the Hispanic American Medical Student Association (HAMSA), the LMSA-SE chapter at UMMSM. He is currently an Upperclassman Advisor for HAMSA.  

Chief Information Officer

Amnha-Zambrano-ElustaAmnha Zambrano Elusta, MS III
San Juan Bautista School of Medicine
cio.lmsase@gmail.com

Amnha Elusta was born and raised in South Florida. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Florida International University. She is currently a second year medical student at San Juan Bautista School of Medicine(SJBSM), where she has been an  active student leader  focusing on community outreach, particularly through her work with LMSA. Last summer she did research at University of Miami’s, EL CENTRO, to implement a program to better educate the Miami Latina community on HIV and STDs. She plans to pursue a career in pediatrics with fellowship training in neonatology, while also exploring research interests in healthcare disparities.

VP of Membership

Jennifer SanchezJennifer Sanchez, MS III
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
membership.lmsase@gmail.com

Jennifer Sanchez was born in Queens, New York and raised in Miami, FL. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology (BA) while also minoring in Biology and Chemistry from Florida International University. She is currently a second year medical student at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine Class 2016 and is serving as president for Hispanic Community Medical Outreach (HCMO) organization.

VP of Scholarship

Rafael SaldanaRafael Alonso Saldana, MS
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
scholarship.lmsase@gmail.com

Rafael was born and raised in San Jose, Costa Rica. He graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a bachelor’s degree in Biology. He currently attends the University of North Carolina School of Medicine at Chapel Hill. He also does clinical research for UNC’s Lineberger Cancer Center. His research focuses on bettering end-of-life care for the Latino population.

VP of Mentorship

Philip RamirezPhillip Ramirez, MS
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
mentorship.lmsase@gmail.com

Born in San Bernardino, CA, Philip experienced a nomadic lifestyle allowing him to explore many different cultures. The constants in Philip’s life were family and the sport of wrestling. At the age of 18, Philip served as a combat medic in Iraq. Upon returning, he wrestled at UNC-Chapel Hill before forfeiting his career due to injury. Upon completion of his B.A. at UNC-Chapel Hill, Philip completed a post-baccalaureate program at UNC-Greensboro. It was not until he gained a hand from the Medical Education Development program at UNC-Chapel Hill that Philip, at age 28, gained entry into UNC’s School of Medicine. He is now the Co-President and a founding member of UNC’s very own Latino Medical Student Association. Philip will never forget the times in his life when a mentor would have eased his journey and wishes to aid in extending a hand to others.

VP of Fundraising

Alexandra RodriguezAlexandra Rodriguez, MS II
San Juan Bautista School of Medicine
fundraising.lmsase@gmail.com

Alexandra is from Caguas, Puerto Rico and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Physiology at the University of Arizona. She has done research with the Down Syndrome Research Group at the University of Arizona and has also done research on pulmonary hypertension with the University of Colorado. She is currently pursuing her medical degree from San Juan Bautista School of Medicine in Caguas, Puerto Rico. She is interested in working to serve the underserved minority community in the United States. She is hard-working, determined and very excited to work as VP of fundraising this year at LMSA southeast.

Regional Conference Chair

LaurenWhite_editedLauren White, MS IV
San Juan Bautista School of Medicine
conference.lmsase@gmail.com

Lauren White is a fourth year medical student at San Juan Bautista School of Medicine in Caguas, PR. Lauren was born and reared in Dallas, TX. She first knew she wanted to be a doctor when she was 14. At that same time, she developed a keen interest in the Spanish language and Latino culture when she learned about the horrific accident and difficult life lead by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. During undergraduate at American University in Washington, D.C., Lauren traveled to Mexico and Venezuela on service and health care related endeavors.  She was also a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters with their Hispanic mentorship program for two years after finishing her undergraduate. She joined LMSA in 2013 and has since been active in her chapter as the co-mentorship leader. Lauren’s devotion to mentoring minority youth is at her core and she is eager to continue her efforts with LMSA post graduation. She is also thrilled to be this year’s conference co-Chair.

Henoc-RodriguezHenoc Rodriguez, MS III
San Juan Bautista School of Medicine
conference.lmsase@gmail.com

Henoc is from Caguas, Puerto Rico and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Microbiology at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez. He has done research at the Center for High Rate Nano-manufacturing at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, UPR at Mayaguez, Northeastern University and the University of Colorado at Anschutz. He is currently pursuing his medical degree at San Juan Bautista School of Medicine in Caguas, Puerto Rico. He is interested in serving the under served minority communities of the United States. He is hard-working, determined and very excited to work as conference co-Chair at LMSA Southeast 2015 regional conference.

Policy Chair

CramerCramer McCullen, MS III
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
policy.lmsase@gmail.com

Cramer is a second year medical student at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine at Chapel Hill, NC. He graduated from Vanderbilt University as an Ingram Scholar in 2011 with a BA in Spanish and a BA in Medicine, Health & Society. Prior and during medical school, Cramer has participated in non-profit medical and public health work in Guatemala and El Salvador. Particularly, he has worked with the CDC offices in Guatemala in programming to increase participation in STI screenings and preventive health care for Guatemala’s gay and transgender communities. He is also currently researching smoking cessation for LGBT persons. He hopes to eventually serve a primarily hispanic patient population base as a physician. At UNC SOM he also serves as the Attorney General for the Medical School and as the Queer Straight Alliance Co-President. As LMSA-SE conference co-chair, he is working diligently to ensure that this year’s regional conference is a success.

Undergraduate Student Representative

Lina TibavinskyLina Tibavinsky
University of Georgia
undergraduate.lmsase@gmail.com

Lina majors in Cellular Biology with a minor in Public Health with the intentions of pursuing a career in medicine. She was born in Bogota, Colombia, and in 2005 I moved to Atlanta, GA. She is passionate about contributing back to the community through education and raising awareness about the diversity within the Latino community. Through LMSA, she hopes to expand this organization to the undergraduate and High School students, in order to create a more supportive community for students who are interested in pursuing a career in medicine.

Webmaster

398618_10150485659950866_427872895_nDiego Cardenas
University of South Florida
webmaster.lmsase@gmail.com

Diego is from Bucaramanga, Colombia and graduated with a Bachelors in Science in Psychology at the University of Central Florida. He has done research in Human Factors Psychology at the Minds in Technology Research Lab. Currently, he is pursuing a Masters Degree of Public Health at the University of South Florida. He wants to pursue Occupational Medicine and continue his research in public health. He is interested in serving the Hispanic community and bringing health care to the underserved communities. He is a tech-guru, grant writer, and facilitator at the Rayito de Sol Foundation that brings health and sanitary solutions to the village of Tutunendo in Quibdó, Colombia.