Search Close Search
Search Close Search
Page Menu

Meet Our Student Ambassadors (2023-2024)

If you are applying for admission to the T.H. Chan School of Medicine at UMass Chan Medical School and have questions about student life, research or curriculum, you are welcome to contact our Student Ambassadors for firsthand feedback.

  • Anna Aristarkhova

    Anna Aristarkhova

    MD/PhD, MS2

    Undergrad: UMass Amherst

    Degree: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

    Areas of interest: Neurology

    Favorite quote: "Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game." - Babe Ruth

    Contact: Anna Aristarkhova

  • Sophie Barlos

    Sophie Barlos

    MD, MS3

    Undergrad: McGill University

    Degree: Neuroscience

    Areas of interest: Wilderness and Rural Medicine, promoting balanced lifestyles in medical professionals

    Favorite quote: "Want to come play soccer tomorrow?"

    Contact: Sophie Barlos

  • Lauryn Bates

    Lauryn Bates

    MD, MS2

    Undergrad: University of South Florida

    Degree: Biomedical Sciences

    Areas of interest: Women's health, Adolescent health

    Favorite quote: "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou

    Contact: Lauryn Bates

  • Racquel Bitar

    Racquel Bitar

    MD, MS3

    Undergrad: UMass Amherst

    Degree: Microbiology and Anthropology

    Areas of interest: TBD

    Favorite quote: "Well done is better than well said." - Benjamin Franklin

    Contact: Racquel Bitar

  • Arpan Bose

    Arpan Bose

    MD, MS3
    Undergrad: University of Michigan, 2020
    Degree: Biomolecular Science
    Hobbies: Sports, TV, movies, cooking
    Favorite quote: "Some people were born to play for the Yankees; I was born to play against the Yankees." David Ortiz
    Contact: Arpan Bose

  • Hannah Carroll

    Hannah Carroll

    MD, MS2

    Undergrad: UMass Amherst

    Degree: Psychology

    Areas of interest: General surgery, Psychiatry, Health Systems Science

    Favorite quote: "Whatever you do, always give 100%. Unless you're donating blood." - Bill Murray

    Contact: Hannah Carroll

  • Daniel Chen

    Daniel Chen

    Md, MS3

    Undergrad: University of Maryland, College Park

    Degree: General Biology

    Areas of interest: Orthopedic Surgery

    Favorite quote: "I don't have friends, I got family." - Dominic Toretto/Vin Diesel

    Contact: Daniel Chen

  • Sarah Danforth

    Sarah Danforth

    MD, MS4

    Undergrad: UMass Amherst

    Degree: Spanish Language Studies, Biology

    Areas of interest: Women's Health

    Favorite quote: "I never lose sight of the fact that just being is fun". - Katharine Hepburn

    Contact: Sarah Danforth

  • Ariana Fantakis Ettorre

    Ariana Fantakis Ettorre

    MD, MS2

    Undergrad: Salve Regina University

    Degree: Biology, chemistry, global studies

    Areas of interest: Surgery, Global Health, Women's Health, Pediatrics, and Adolescent Medicine 

    Favorite quote: "Be curious, not judgmental."

    Contact: Ariana Fantakis Ettorre

  • Christopher Fay

    Christopher Fay

    MD, MS4

    Undergrad: Dartmouth College

    Degree: Goverment

    Special Interests: Dermatology

    Favorite quote: "What is this? A center for ants?"

    Contact: Christopher Fay

  • Jason Freedman

    Jason Freedman

    MD, PhD (MS4/GS3)
    Undergrad: Oberlin College, 2016
    Degree: Neuroscience
    Special Interests: Neurology, psychiatry, behavioral medicine
    Hobbies: Ultimate frisbee, music, cooking, outdoors
    Contact: Jason Freedman

  • Julia Hayden

    Julia Hayden

    MD, MS2

    Undergrad: Lehigh University

    Degree: Behavioral Neuroscience, Health, Medicine, and Society

    Areas of interest: Radiation oncology, Hematology oncology

    Favorite quote: "If you risk nothing, then you risk everything."

    Contact: Julia Hayden

  • Allison Holt

    Allison Holt

    MD, MS4

    Undegrad: UMass Amherst

    Degree: Biology, Psychology, Neuroscience

    Areas of interest: Dermatology

    Favorite quote: "No act of kindess, no matter how small, is ever wasted." - Aesop

    Contact: Allison Holt

  • Abigail Horgan

    Abigail Horgan

    MD, MS2

    Undergrad: Boston University

    Degree: Human Physiology

    Areas of interest: Pediatrics, Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, Genetics

    Favorite quote: "It always seems impossible until it's done."

    Contact: Abigail Horgan 

  • Lindsay Issokson

    Lindsay Issokson

    MD, MS2

    Undergrad: Colgate University

    Degree: Neurobiology, Religion

    Areas of interest: OB/GYN, Women's Health, Pediatrics, Cardiology

    Favorite quote: "If the brain were so simple that we could understand it,we would be so simple that we could not."

    Contact: Lindsay Issokson

  • Renee Joyce

    Renee Joyce

    MD, MS3

    Undergrad: UMass Amherst

    Degree: Biology, Anthropology

    Areas of interest: Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine

    Favorite quote: "In examining disease, we gain wisdom about antomy and physiology and biology. In examining the person with disease, we gain wisdom about life."  - Oliver W. Sacks

    Contact: Renee Joyce

  • Kayla Loycano

    Kayla Loycano

    MD/MBA, MS3
    Undergrad: University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
    Degree: Bioengineering
    Special Interests: Emergency medicine, sports medicine, pediatrics
    Hobbies: Soccer, hiking, camping, reading, DnD
    Favorite quote: "Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right." Henry Ford
    Contact: Kayla Loycano

  • Michael Marget

    Michael Marget


    Undergrad: University of Virginia

    Degree: Global Public Health and History

    Special interest: Pediatrics/Internal Medicine

    Favorite quote"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams" - Eleanor Roosevelt

    Contact: Michael Marget

  • Haim Moore

    Haim Moore

    MD, MS2

    Undergrad: UMass Dartmouth

    Degree: Biology, biochemistry

    Areas of interest: Oncology, Cancer immunology, Therapeutic development

    Favorite quote: "How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time."

    Contact: Haim Moore

  • Christina Nguyen

    Christina Nguyen

    MD, MS2

    Undergrad: UCLA

    Degree: Mollecualr, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

    Areas of interest: Pediatric Oncology

    Favorite quote: "In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." -Abraham Lincoln 

    Contact: Christina Nguyen

  • Brian Nickley

    Brian Nickley

    MD, MS4
    Undergrad: Georgetown, 2018
    Degree: Human science
    Special Interests: Community-based medicine, free clinics, vaccine drives, primary care
    Hobbies: Exploring, beach, hiking, trying new restaurants
    Favorite quote: "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."
    Contact: Brian Nickley

  • Muhammet Ozdemir

    Muhammet Ozdemir

    MD, MS4

    Undergrad: UMass Amherst

    Degree: Psychology

    Areas of interest: Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Gastroenterology

    Favorite quote: "Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere."

    Contact: Muhammet Ozdemir

  • Rebecca Panwala

    Rebecca Panwala

    MD/PhD, MS3
    Undergrad: UC San Diego, 2020
    Degree: Bioengineering, biotechnology
    Special Interests: Marine biology
    Hobbies: Running and swimming
    Favorite quote: "I'm not superstitious, but I am a little stitious."
    Contact: Rebecca Panwala

  • Aris Paschalidis

    Aris Paschalidis

    MD, MS2

    Undergrad: Brown University

    Degree: Computational Biology

    Areas of interest: Surgey, Cardiovascular disease, Health analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Bioinformatics

    Favorite quote: "As you set out for Ithaka, hope your road is a long one, full of adventure, full of discovery." - Constantine P. Cavafy 

    Contact: Aris Paschalidis

  • Sonia Radu

    Sonia Radu

    MD, MS3

    Undergrad: University of Pennsylvania

    Degree: Neuroscience, Chemistry

    Areas of interest: Pediatrics, Public Health

    Favorite quote: "Perfection is the enemy of progress." -Winston Churchill

    Contact: Sonia Radu

  • Michael Rogalski

    Michael Rogalski

    MD, MS4

    Undergrad: Tufts University

    Degree: Engineering Science, Biology, and Community Health

    Areas of interest: Orthopedic Surgery, Clinical Research, Mentoring, and Leadership 

    Favorite quote: "Set you goals high, and dont stop till you get there." - Bo Jackson

    Contact: Michael Rogalski

  • Lisa Sangermano

    Lisa Sangermano

    MD, MS3
    Undergrad: Tufts University, 2016
    Degree: Psychology, Biology
    Special Interests: Reproductive justice, nutrition, peer mentorship
    Hobbies: Travel, cooking, tennis
    Favorite quote: "I would rather be happy than dignified." Charlotte Bronte
    Contact: Lisa Sangermano

  • Sassi Schick

    Sassi Schick

    MD, MS4

    Undergrad: Swarthmore College

    Degree: Biology

    Areas of interest: Family Medicine, LGBTQ+ health and gedner affirming care, Medical Leadership and Administration 

    Favorite quote: "Act as if what you do makes a difference, it does." - William James

    Contact: Sassicaia Schick 

  • Colin Stoll

    Colin Stoll


    Undergrad: University of Notre Dame

    Degree: Psychology 

    Areas of interest: Cardiology, Sports Medicine

    Favorite quote: "If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball."

    Contact: Colin Stoll

  • Becca Sullivan

    Becca Sullivan

    MD, MS4

    Undergrad: University of Georgia

    Degree: Exercise and sports science

    Areas of interest: Orthopedics

    Favorite quote: Any quote from "Friends"!

    Contact: Becca Sullivan

  • Vanessa Zhang

    Vanessa Zhang

    MD, MS2

    Undergrad: Yale University

    Degree: Economics

    Areas of interest: Otolaryngology, Medical humanities, Health economics and outcomes research

    Favorite quote: "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou

    Contact: Vanessa Zhang