Class of 2019

Nicole Agcanas, MD
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University

Nicole grew up in Antelope, California. She attended California State University, Sacramento where she graduated with a BS in Biology with a concentration in Microbiology and Molecular Biology. Prior to medical school, Nicole volunteered with programs such as Reading Partners of Sacramento and California Library Literacy Services to increase literacy among all age groups. Additionally, she participated as a tutor for the Roberts Family Development Center, an after-school program, which caters to several underserved public middle schools in the Northern California area. Nicole attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine. During medical school, Nicole volunteered with the HIV Education and Rapid Testing (HEART) group. Through HEART, she provided sexual health education, promoted, and performed free HIV testing at local College campuses throughout the Bronx. She was also involved with the student run free clinic, Einstein Community Health Outreach (ECHO), as a HIV Pre-Test counselor her first year. As a pre-test counselor, she provided HIV education and one-on-one counseling regarding the testing process, and safe sexual practices. She returned during her fourth year, as a session coordinator, which allowed her to work in various positions within the clinic, from supervising first year or pre-clinical students, or overseeing the flow of the clinic, to seeing her own patients. Nicole continues to be passionate about educating/empowering others and providing healthcare to underserved areas. Her interests outside of medicine include: a new found love of cooking, trying to bake, salsa dancing, trying new things such as rock climbing, and of course spending time with family, friends, and her dog Bogey aka the cutest and plumpest Boston terrier!

Albert Bararwandika
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University

Albert grew up in Rwanda. He also lived in Burundi, Kenya and Tanzania before emigrating to US in 2006 and he entered college the same year. While at the College of Mount Saint Vincent, he volunteered at Part of The solution, POTS in the Bronx that delivered food to homeless and families with food insecurity. He graduated with a BS in Biochemistry and has continued to participate in homeless outreach initiatives at his alma mater during medical school. Albert attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine where he continued to deepen his commitment for health disparity and global health. During his time off in 2012, Albert travelled to Kenya to volunteer in AIDS outreach clinic run by his father in rural Kisii. He also completed a global health fellowship in Kisoro-Uganda during his last year of medical school. An experience he describes as “educational, life-changing and humbling”

In his free time, he enjoys long distance running, basketball, volleyball, travelling and learning about other cultures; which is of great importance to him. He is also an active member of the New York School of Practical Philosophy. However, being the oldest of seven; nothing is more precious to him than spending time with his younger brothers and sisters.

Alice Beckman
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University

Alice Beckman is from Rochester, NY and attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where she received a BA in Economics. While in college she began working as a research assistant for Rodney Hayward and the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, where she became more interested in medicine. After college she moved to Washington DC to work for the RAND Corporation in their health department; there she worked on a number of projects including one modeling health care reform as the Affordable Care Act was being drafted and debated. After working in DC for two years, she moved to New York City to join Montefiore's Department of Family and Social Medicine as a project coordinator. At Montefiore she helped with the development of a collaboration between community clinics, community organizations and leadership, and the Bronx Department of Public Health to tackle social determinants of health in communities surrounding family medicine clinics. She then attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and during that time worked on communication research developing and interest in patient empowerment. She is thrilled to be returning to Montefiore's Department of Family Medicine as a resident.

Kim Bui
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

A transplant from Bien Hoa Vietnam to suburban Solon, Ohio. Raised by a single mom and a precocious older sister. The youngest of four daughters.

Nurtured and enlightened at Williams College, graduated with a degree in Art Studio and Biology. Learned the powers of observation and introduced to the capabilities of her own two hands. Acquired restless legs. On streets of Hanoi Vietnam, attempts at education of street children living on the banks of the Red River. Volunteer-tourism in Nicaragua, helping to build a multipurpose building in a primary school. Semester spent exposed to public and global health on campuses of India, China, Switzerland, and South Africa. A month in Egypt focused on drawing and painting.

Cincinnati, Ohio-mentored by a radiologist who became quadriplegic during medical school. Learned to read radiographs and counseled patients regarding biopsies. Applied to medical school and last four years in Rochester NY.

Worked with men and women who were homeless to provide health care—fast recognition that best health care was a home. Translated this knowledge to Hotspotting-an effort that identified and supported highest utilizers of healthcare dollars. Lured by the promise of primary care to prevent a myriad of complex, advanced, and chronic conditions seen in the hospital setting. Summer in Hanoi, Vietnam crunching data on TB research with the WHO. Currently in Uganda, working in rural clinics in and around Mbale. Excited to start working with a diverse population in the Bronx, and learning from dedicated educators in the field of family and social medicine. "

Melissa Burnside
Ohio State University College of Medicine

Melissa was born in Spanish Town, Jamaica and raised in The Bronx, NY. Her entire schooling occurred thru the Bronx public school system until she headed off to college at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) in Baltimore, MD. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Public Health with a minor in Spanish. While at JHU she was actively involved with mentoring Baltimore City youth, conducting community-based participatory research in health disparities, and serving on the Executive Board of the premedical chapter of Student National Medical Association(SNMA). She recognized that health issues extended beyond doctors' offices and hospital walls and developed a strong interest in the Social Determinants of Health. She pursued her graduate studies at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where she earned a Master of Health Science in Environmental Health. Her thesis focused on the impact of smoking in urban adolescent populations. After completion of her graduate studies Melissa returned to The Bronx to serve as a Project Manager at the Bronx Center to Reduce and Eliminate Ethnic and Racial Health Disparities(BxCREED). In this position, she spearheaded several community-academic conferences that would encourage open and honest dialogue about the interaction between social justice and health care. She was also responsible for the East Coast debut of "Food Stamped", a documentary film about a couple attempting to eat a healthy and well-balanced diet on a food stamp budget - a reality for many families.During her time at Einstein, Melissa became actively involved in Mentoring in Medicine(MIM). She relocated to Columbus, OH to attend The Ohio State University College of Medicine (OSUCOM). Melissa is passionate about education and mentoring, health disparities, adolescent medicine, women’s health, and HIV/AIDS. She speaks Spanish and English. She enjoys traveling, cooking, exercising, mentoring, and spending time with family and friends. Melissa is excited to return to The Bronx and serve the community that she calls home!

Hymavati Kavuri
Albany Medical College

Hyma grew up in Cerritos, CA. She graduated from Union College with a B.S. in Philosophy and Biology and M.S. in Healthcare Management. She was part of the Leadership in Medicine program, an 8 year combined B.S./M.S./M.D program. While at Union, she led Campus Action, a club dedicated to social activism. She went on to Albany Med where she was AMC’s AMSA Public Health Chair and actively involved with Girl’s Inc and Project SOAR (after school programs for middle school kids in inner-city Albany). Through these experiences and time spent abroad, she fostered an interest in gaining a deeper understanding of policy affecting underserved communities. Between her 2ndand 3rdyear of medical school, she spent two years exploring the medical and legal aspects of human rights issues. She worked as an Intern at Apne Aap, a grassroots organization in New Delhi, India addressing sex trafficking, and later went to Boston, MA as a Visiting Scholar at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights and Intern at the Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology. Her projects focused on domestic and international human trafficking both within and outside the healthcare setting. This included a qualitative research study giving voice to survivors of trafficking to create an appropriate evaluation tool for anti-trafficking initiatives in India. In addition to learning about trafficking, she has also contributed to a Supreme Court case in India on staffing shortages in public hospitals. Hyma is passionate about the intersection of medicine and law and hopes to continue learning from patients and communities about the practical implications of policies. She loves to play basketball, sing Carnatic music, dance, go on long drives, and star gaze.

Lily Ryzhkova
University of Oklahoma College of Medicine – Tulsa

Lily was born in St. Petersburg, Russia and grew up in Norman, Oklahoma. She graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and International Studies, and a minor in Global Health. Lily became deeply interested in health disparities after becoming involved in NU’s GlobeMed chapter, further cultivating this interest by participating in a public health study abroad program in Uganda. She attended medical school at the University of Oklahoma where she helped develop a longitudinal partnership between the medical school and a partner site in Gulu, Uganda. She also co-founded a discussion group called Fireside Chats to encourage constructive discourse about prevailing global health challenges.Lily is passionate about growing global health interest on the Tulsa campus as well, and founded the Global Health Interest Group to provide engagement and learning opportunities for other students. During her final year of medical school, Lily helped launch The Ladder, a pipeline mentorship program for kids in underserved communities interested in the health fields. Lily’s medical interests include community medicine, global health, and promoting social determinants of health within medical education. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring cities, spending time outdoors, and reading Sufi poetry.

Andrew Telzak
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University

Andrew grew up in New Rochelle, NY, and moved to Baltimore to complete his BA in Public Health studies at Johns Hopkins University. While there, he focused on health disparities in the local Baltimore community, as well as internationally. He spent a semester studying the public health system in Bahia, Brazil, and a summer working in a pediatric HIV clinic in Cape Town, South Africa. After graduating, he stayed to work for the Baltimore City Health Department, getting to know the communities of West Baltimore through counseling, testing and partner notification based out of an HIV/STI clinic, and then doing Quality Improvement at the Ryan White office within the Health Department. He returned to New York to complete his pre-med requirements, and then received his medical degree in the Bronx from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. While at Einstein, he was involved in a number of medical education curricular reform efforts, including building a systems sciences curriculum focused on population health and the practice of medicine. He continued to address health disparities with a student group aimed at teaching social determinants of health through longitudinal patient relationships, as well as helping to organize other activism initiatives on campus. He feels privileged to be able to stay in the Bronx to build on the many great relationships he’s formed with friends, mentors and patients, and is excited to continue to learn from and be inspired by each of these communities.

Inimfon Udoh
Drexel University College of Medicine

Inimfon was born in Nigeria, and immigrated to Bronx New York at the age of 14. She attended Harry S. Truman High school and later went on to attend Brooklyn College where she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and a minor in Psychology. While in College, Inimfon volunteered at Eastchester Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, where she facilitated various activities to encourage emotional and physical health of the elderly. After graduating from college, she volunteered as a Community Health Ambassador through a program sponsored by the American Heart Association, which gave her the opportunity to speak to individuals in her neighborhood about their health and ways that diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and hypertension can be prevented. Her goal was to improve lives and make her community a better place, and these experiences led to the discovery of her love for people, her passion for service, and her dream of working with underserved populations. Before attending Medical School, Inimfon worked as a Student Advocate at the Harlem children Zone, where she served as part of a dynamic team that help to create positive change and opportunities for Harlem youth. Inimfon later went on to attend Drexel University College of Medicine. In medical school she volunteered at St. Christopher’s Children Hospital as part of the pediatrics play program and also volunteered at a homeless shelter for women and children. She loves the Bronx and is looking forward to serving this great community. In her free time, Inimfon loves spending time with her family and friends.

Melissa Cadet, MD
Medical School: New York Medical College

Melissa grew up in Orange, New Jersey. She attended Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey where she graduated with a BS in Molecular biology and biochemistry. Following undergraduate school, she went on to pursue a graduate degree in Physiology and Biophysics at Stony Brook University. Melissa then went on to attend medical school at New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY.

While in medical school, Melissa served as the co-president for the International Medicine Club, which was successful in fundraising over $700 towards the Malawi Mom’s Project, a program that is geared toward providing safe delivery and antepartum care in Malawi. She also participated in efforts to provide health care supplies to countries in Africa and Haiti, including traveling to Haiti with a medical missions group. She volunteered at the student run clinic in East Harlem, NY, providing healthcare to the community of Harlem. She began as a patient advocator providing patient education, to student clinician, and student coordinator. To relax, Melissa was also a member of her school's A-capella group called the Arrhythmias. Prior to completing her medical school curriculum, Melissa worked for IBM as a Watson Senior Medical Annotator in IBM’s Watson Group based in Yorktown heights, NY working to improve physician diagnoses and navigation through an EMR.

Other interests include: traveling, trying new foods, playing volleyball, and spending time with her friends and family.