speakers

ANTHONY ADEBAYO ADETOMIWA, MD, MPH (HE/HIM/HIS)

Dr. Anthony Adebayo Adetomiwa, MD was born in Nigeria and raised in Houston, TX. He attended undergrad at The University of Texas at Arlington, where he obtained a bachelors of science in biology. He later attended University of North Texas Health Science Center to obtain a masters in public health, specifying in Health Management and Policy. He recently graduated from ROSS University School of medicine in Barbados and is currently working with Authority Health GME and is a pediatric resident.

FEYI ADUNBI, LMSW (SHE/HER/HERS)

Feyi Adunbi, LMSW holds multiple graduate degrees and has worked in refugee resettlement, serving survivors of war and sexual violence from Africa and the Middle-East. Prior to working in healthcare, Feyi was an activist and human rights advocate in Nigeria, where she developed awareness, training, and empowerment programs aimed at addressing gender-based discrimination, particularly on women's rights issues including women's health, education, and participation in politics. In her spare time, Feyi is an active volunteer with the American Red Cross (Crossroads Chapter, MI), where she is a member of the Disaster Mental Health and Integrated Care Condolence Teams as well as a facilitator for the Service to the Armed Forces program.

JOHN AYANIAN, MD (HE/HIM/HIS)

Dr. John Ayanian, MD is the inaugural Director of the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation which includes over 650 faculty members from 15 schools and colleges at the University of Michigan, where he is also the Alice Hamilton Distinguished University Professor of Medicine and Healthcare Policy, Professor of Health Management and Policy, Professor of Public Policy, and a practicing general internist. He leads a team of 15 faculty members conducting the federally-authorized evaluation of the Healthy Michigan Plan, which has expanded Medicaid coverage to more than 700,000 adults in Michigan. He previously served as an Associate Editor of the New England Journal of Medicine and currently serves as founding Editor of JAMA Health Forum.

IMAM KAMAU AYUBBI (HE/HIM/HIS)

Imam Kamau Ayubbi grew up in Los Angeles California.  He received his Bachelor’s Degree from San Francisco State University in Visual Art in 1998, including an internship in Holistic Health studies.  He received his religious and spiritual education and training under the Islamic Supreme Council of America (ISCA) and was appointed as an Imam in 2002. Imam Ayubbi received his Clinical Pastoral Education (chaplaincy training) at Beaumont CPE Center in Royal Oak, MI. Before serving at University of Michigan Hospital and Health Systems, Imam Ayubbi worked as a staff chaplain in Adult Palliative Care and in a Cardiac Progressive Care Unit at Beaumont Royal Oak from 2010-2015.

JULIE BLASZCZAK, MD (SHE/HER/HERS)

Dr. Julie Blaszczak, MD is an Academic Fellow in the University of Michigan Department of Family Medicine and is pursuing a Masters of Education in the Health Professions from Johns Hopkins University.  She completed her training at the University of Michigan Medical School and University of Michigan Family Medicine Residency Program. Her interests include medical education, LGBTQ health, care of the underserved, and anthropology.

ARRICE BRYANT (SHE/HER/HERS)

Arrice Bryant is a class of 2021 MD/MPH candidate at the University of Michigan Medical School. She will be a Family Medicine physician who is passionate about serving communities of color, connecting patients to resources, and building a health system where all people, especially BIPOC, can feel safe and respected.

TIFFANY BURRELL, RN (SHE/HER/HERS)

Tiffany Burrell is a Registered Nurse at Michigan Medicine currently working in inpatient obstetrics and newborn care. She also volunteers for the Luke Project which provides free prenatal care to the uninsured and pediatric care up to the age of 1.

MARICELA CASTILLO MACKENZIE, MD (SHE/HER/HERS)

Dr. Maricela Castillo MacKenzie, MD was born and raised in Mexico. She completed medical school in Mexico City and her residency in Family Medicine at Henry Ford Hospital. She is passionate about working with the Hispanic community.

CHRISTINA CECI, MD (SHE/HER/HERS)

Dr. Christina Ceci, MD is a recent graduate from the University of Michigan Medical School. She recently started her Family Medicine Residency at UM and her continuity clinic site is in Ypsilanti, Michigan, where she is privileged to serve the healthcare needs of the community. She is passionate about empowering individuals and providing resources to create a more equitable health care experience for all people, especially POC.

TAMMY CHANG, MD, MPH, MS (SHE/HER/HERS)

Dr. Tammy Chang, MD, MPH, MS is a health services researcher and practicing family physician with a passion for breaking down the cycle of poverty and poor health among marginalized communities.

SUZIE DiBATTISTA, MD (SHE/HER/HERS)

Dr. Suzie DiBattista, MD is a second year pediatrics resident planning to pursue a career in primary care pediatrics. She attended medical school at Rush University in Chicago where she developed a passion for caring for underserved individuals and community engagement. Her goal is to utilize her career to continually practice culturally sensitive care and build lasting, sustainable relationships with the surrounding community.

LISA EVANS (SHE/HER/HERS)

Lisa Evans is a primary care social worker at East Ann Arbor Health Center. 

FRANCES FEI, MD (SHE/HER/HERS)

Dr. Frances Fei, MD is a recent graduate from the Ohio State University where she completed a residency in OBGYN.  She is now training further in pediatric and adolescent gynecology at University of Michigan.

KATHERINE GOLD, MD, MSW, MS (SHE/HER/HERS)

Dr. Katherine Gold, MD, MSW, MS is a family physician-researcher at Michigan Medicine. She provides general primary care, inpatient obstetrics and newborn care, and is the Medical Director of Luke Clinic which offers free prenatal and infant care in Detroit. She trained in social work prior to medicine so her practice reflects the values of social justice.

KEERTHI GONDY (SHE/HER/HERS)

Keerthi Gondy is a fourth year medical student at the University of Michigan applying into Emergency Medicine. After working in Washtenaw and Detroit throughout undergrad and medical school, she has become deeply passionate about caring for communities of color and underserved populations.

AISHA HARRIS, MD (SHE/HER/HERS)

Dr. Aisha Harris, MD is a Family Medicine Physician who works with under-resourced populations in her hometown of Flint, Michigan and has the continued desire to combat health disparities and inequities. She graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed her family medicine residency at the University of Illinois - Chicago. Additionally, she is the primary contributor to the BLK FAM DOC platform that works to improve health literacy and access by sharing health information through diverse outlets.

ANITA HERNANDEZ, MD (SHE/HER/HERS)

Dr. Anita Hernandez, MD is a family physician at the University of Michigan. She provides full spectrum family care including obstetrics and is fellowship trained in cesarean delivery. Her interests include care for the Latino community, adolescent health, and care for underserved pregnant women.

ERIN KHANG, LMSW (SHE/HER/HERS)

Erin Khang is a Social Work Manager and Director of Graduate Social Work Education at Michigan Medicine as well as an Interprofessional Leadership Fellow. She teaches health and social justice courses at the UM School of Social Work as an adjunct faculty member. She also chairs the Michigan Medicine Social Work Diversity Committee. Erin is committed to engaging interprofessional colleagues and students around issues of social justice, social determinants of health, and health inequities stemming from racism, environmental injustices, and the ongoing discrimination of marginalized and oppressed communities. 

ERICA E. MARSH, MD, MSCI, FACOG (SHE/HER/HERS)

Dr. Erica E. Marsh, MD, MSCI, FACOG, is the S. Jan Behrman Collegiate Professor of Reproductive Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School, Chief of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility in the Department of OBGYN, and has an appointment in the Department of Women’s Studies. She is the Founder and Director of the Women’s Health and Reproductive Disparities Collaborative (onWHARD), a group committed to advancing reproductive health through meaningful research, empowering education, and committed advocacy. She is also the Director of Community Engagement for the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (NIH-funded CTSA program) at UM. Dr. Marsh graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and cum laude from Harvard Medical School. She completed her residency at the Integrated OBGYN Residency at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital followed by a Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility fellowship at Northwestern University. Dr. Marsh has received millions of dollars in funding to support her research and has published significantly in the area of fibroids, patient perspectives, and health disparities in reproductive health. Dr. Marsh’s research area of interest is comparative reproductive health across populations: her focus is on developing a holistic understanding of uterine fibroids, abnormal uterine bleeding, and ovarian reserve. Dr. Marsh also is a committed community advocate, scientific mentor, and proponent of community-engaged research.

JESSIE KIMBROUGH MARSHALL, MD (SHE/HER/HERS)

Dr. Kimbrough Marshall, MD is board certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. She is a faculty member at the University of Michigan Medical School and is a medical director for a Medicaid health maintenance organization, Meridian Health Plan; she formerly served as a medical director for a local public health agency, the Washtenaw County Health Department, in MI. Her interests include population health, health disparity interventions, and the intersection of the social determinants of health and childhood traumatic experiences.

DEVON KINNEY (SHE/HER/HERS)

Devon Kinney is a Project Manager with a Master's in Quality Management. She has a passion for process evaluation and improvement.  Working with Primary Care physicians, providers, and care teams provides excellent opportunities to collaborate and improve health care processes.

POOJA LAGISETTY, MD (SHE/HER/HERS)

Dr. Pooja Lagisetty, MD is an Assistant Professor in the Division of General Medicine and also the Center for Clinical Management and Research at the Ann Arbor VA. She is also a practicing primary care physician and teaching hospitalist at the Ann Arbor VA. Her research focuses on understanding how stigma and bias affects access to care for patients with chronic pain and substance use disorders.  She also develops and evaluates interventions to improve safe opioid prescribing and integrate addiction treatment in general medical settings. Her research focuses on expanding access to evidence-based treatments, developing multi-disciplinary models to integrate behavioral health and physical health treatment, and addressing barriers in patient engagement.

MIKEL LLANES, MD (HE/HIM/HIS)

Dr. Mikel Llanes, MD is a Family Medicine Physician with interest in obstetrics and Latino Health. 

MADISON MILLER (SHE/HER/HERS)

Madison Miller is a fourth year medical student at the University of Michigan. She is applying into OB/GYN, and is particularly passionate about reproductive justice, trauma-informed healthcare, and mitigating health inequities.

BRIAN NICKERSON, LMSW (HE/HIM/HIS)

Brian Nickerson, LMSWhas a BA in Community Studies from UC Santa Cruz and a MSW from Portland State University. He has been an inpatient social worker in University Hospital for three years, and has been facilitating Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy skills-training workshops for interdisciplinary staff throughout Michigan Medicine since 2018.

EBONY PARKER-FEATHERSTONE, MD (SHE/HER/HERS)

Dr. Ebony Parker-Featherstone, MD is an assistant professor of Family Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology at Michigan Medicine. Her interests include Women's Health, Vulvar diseases and Health Equity. She serves as the Director of DEI for Family Medicine and is the medical director for the Ypsilanti Health Center. 

ALLISON RUFF, MD (SHE/HER/HERS)

Dr. Allison Ruff, MD is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of General Medicine at the University of Michigan. Her clinical practice includes primary care for adult patients at Michigan Medicine with a focus in care of medically complex adults and women’s health. Dr. Ruff completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Florida, medical school at the University of Miami, and internal medicine residency as well as chief residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.  Dr. Ruff is involved in medical student education at the University of Michigan, teaching in the Doctoring course, as well as co-directing the Patients and Populations Branch which focuses on Population Health, Public Policy, and Health Care Disparities.

NABEEL SALKA (HE/HIM/HIS)

Nabeel Salka is a fourth year medical student at the University of Michigan and a second generation Muslim Arab American. His identity, ability to speak multiple languages, and experiences traveling have exposed Nabeel to a variety of communities, which has largely informed his interest in primary care.

MARIA PAOLA SANTOS (SHE/HER/HERS)

Maria Paola Santos is a fourth year medical student at the University of Michigan. She was born in Bogota, Colombia and grew up in Atlanta, GA. She graduated with a Bachelor's in Biochemistry from Berry College. During medical school, Maria has worked extensively with the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) as the Midwest Fundraising Chair, Midwest Policy Chair, and most recently, is the National Vice President and Chair of Policy. She is currently also serving in the Leadership Team for VotER, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization seeking to bridge the gap between healthcare and civic duty. Other project have included the Michigan Migrant Clinic, National Medical Spanish Taskforce, and community-based research of Latinx mental health in Southeast Michigan. She will be applying into Family Medicine this fall.

DEVIN SHEN (HE/HIM/HIS)

Devin Shen is a fourth year medical student who is interested in practicing primary care in a community setting, especially within urban underserved and immigrant populations. He will be applying to Internal Medicine residency in this upcoming cycle. In his free time, he likes to cook food and do yoga.

CAROL SHETTY (NORONHA), MD (SHE/HER/HERS)

Dr. Carol Shetty, MD is a first year Family Medicine resident at the University of Michigan. She has developed a passion for serving communities of color through her college experiences in Detroit, serving in the Peace Corps in Tanzania, and mentoring and empowering underrepresented students in medical school at UM through the Doctors of Tomorrow program.

KATE SIROKY (SHE/HER/HERS)

Kate Siroky is a fourth year medical student at the University of Michigan who is applying into Family Medicine. She is especially interested in women’s health and adolescent medicine. In her free time, she enjoys running the many trails of Ann Arbor.

MADIHA TARIQ, MPH (SHE/HER/HERS)

Madiha Tariq, MPH is the Deputy Director of the ACCESS Community Health and Research Center. She oversees health promotion and disease prevention programs including: substance abuse, tobacco cessation, infectious disease prevention, maternal and infant health, refugee health and wellness programs. As an advocate for the health rights of Arab Americans and other minorities, Madiha is at the forefront of Arab community-based research. She has managed the planning and implementation of various international Arab health conferences, which have been the platform for ground-breaking research on Arab Health that have been presented and preserved through publications. Madiha also advocates for improved access to health care through the ACCESS Affordable Health Care Education and Enrollment Initiative. She earned her Master of Public Health degree from George Washington University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Politics and Economics from Middlebury College.

DANA THOMAS, MPH (SHE/HER/HERS)

Dana Thomas, MPH is the director of public health practice and the Future Public Health Leaders program at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She has over a decade of experience connecting and collaborating with communities and institutions to improve health, address health equity, and build capacity. Using a participatory action approach, Thomas works with organizations by listening and understanding to address community-identified needs. She prepares and trains students to enter into and work alongside communities. Thomas has traveled the world (and in her own backyard) with students to increase their public health skills, competency, and cultural awareness and appreciation. Her work with communities in the recovery stages of disasters has taken her to Flint, Mississippi, Louisiana, Kentucky, Texas, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Thomas is not afraid of the unknown and engages in moments of discomfort to stretch her understanding of humanity. She loves a good story and uses storytelling to engage and inspire individuals, particularly the future generation of leaders. Her applied work and interests include health equity; rural and island health; applied research to address community and organizational capacity building; public health preparedness; and evidence-based public health.

MARY TURFAH (SHE/HER/HERS)

Mary Turfah is a second-year medical student at the University of Michigan and a masters student at Columbia University.

VALERIA VALBUENA, MD (SHE/HER/HERS/ELLA)

Dr. Valeria Valbuena, MD is a General Surgery resident at the University of Michigan. Originally from Colombia, she completed her undergraduate education starting in her local community college, the State College of Florida. She obtained a B.A in Biochemistry from the New College of Florida and her medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago where she was an active member and leader of the Latino Medical Student Association. Her research interests include workforce diversity with a focus on medicine and surgery, healthcare disparities, community-based intervention to increase access to safe surgery, and organ donation and transplantation in minority populations. She was selected as part of the 2020-2022 cohort of the National Clinician Scholars Program where she will be completing her Academic Development Time while pursuing a Master's Degree in Health & Healthcare Research


Dr. Valbuena is the program lead for the LEAGUES Fellowship, a pipeline program designed for medical students interested in the intersection of racial and gender equity and surgery. As the Resident Life Director of Recruitment at Michigan Surgery, Valeria hopes to redesign the surgical residency selection process focusing on holistic review of applications with the goal of making surgical training accessible to candidates of all backgrounds.

NITHYA VIJAYAKUMAR (SHE/HER/HERS)

Nithya Vijayakumar is a fourth year medical student interested in Pediatrics and community-based research. In her spare time, she likes to be outdoors, write, and teach/practice yoga. 

ELIZABETH (LIZ) ZAVALA, MD (SHE/HER/HERS)

Dr. Liz Zavala, MD is a Mexican-American, Chief Family Medicine Resident at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a bilingual provider that has the privilege to care for a diverse patient population from primarily underserved, under-resourced neighborhoods in Chicago.

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